I've been reading about supplementing with Zinc Monomethionine pills and found this link showing many excellent positive experiences using this cost effective method. I'm trying chelated zinc myself at the moment and believe it's necessary to take between 50-100 mg to see results.
Look up pyroluria..it causes zinc and b6 deficiency. I ordered a test online and should be getting it soon. Im pretty sure i have pyroluria since my zinc blood test was within the LOW normal range even though i was supplementing. I'll probably retest the zinc too.
-Zinc is important for hormones, thyroid, acne
-When you have low zinc, you overproduce dht (which causes excess hair growth: hirsutism!)
-Pyroluria and zinc deficiency play a role in anxiety, mood disorders, depression, schizophrenia
-Pyroluria is also characterized by digestive issues
-Zinc deficiency is often in those that are anorexic
-People with pyroluria often have bad breath (Zinc appears to block the production of gases in anaerobic bacteria, greatly reducing the objectionable odor of halitosis)
Thanks so much for drawing my attention to Pyroluria and helping me (self)diagnose what my problem might be.
-I'm a 43 yr old female and display quite a few of the symptoms of this deficiency...i've always known in myself that acne is a side issue in many ways...along with other skins problems - slow healing (scalp dermatitis); mild depression, low energy,was always underweight with no appetite as a young adult - but these are things people suffer regardless, so who can tell!!
-Doc shows no interest in Thyroid tests but will be getting a blood test soon with regard to hormones and will raise notion of Pyroluria when I have read a little more.
- most notably I am Pale skinned /anxious (nervous rashes)/no appetite for breakfast; feel lethargic in morning but much more alert in the evenings/ white spots on fingernails / am fair haired but 'hairy' skinned and have found things which aid digestion /increase stomach acid (betaine hydrochloride/pantothenic acid) helped my acne.
So many thanks again for this link, it may prove most helpful.
You're so very welcome! I've learned so much on curezone (and still learning!) so I want to return the favor.
I had my eureka moment about 2 weeks ago when I stumbled on pyroluria. I was actually looking for something to help with my apathy/depression/memory problems and googled my way until I found something on amino acids, specifically phenylalanine. I took the book out of the library and found a chapter on pyroluria which sums up all my symptoms!! I feel like I'm really onto something here. I ordered the pyrrole test last week so I should be getting it any day now.
Here's the book that I found online:
Optimum Nutrition for the Mind
by Patrick Holford
Google Book Search offers a limited view of the contents.
Here are some other books that mention pyroluria:
By Joan Mathews Larson
The Mood Cure
By By Julia Ross
Pyroluria is not usually recognized by Doctors, so I think we're going to have to do some teaching. Hopefully your doctor is open to learning. You don't really need a doctor to order the tests, so you can probably do them on your own, but it might be best to have a doctor's help with the process (if possible).
I'm doing the testing on my own first and from there I'll bring the results to my doctor. Luckily for me, my doctor is pretty open to alternatives. I'll post the results when they're available.
Apparently, since I live in NY, the lab company does not have the authority to send the kit to me. NY has apparently enacted a law within the last MONTH that restricts tests like these (WTF!). According to the lab rep, they could get hit with a really steep fine if they ship it out to me.
I'm really annoyed and disappointed...but I still want to have it done so I think I'll try to get it sent to NJ if I can find someone willing to pick it up for me.
If anyone's interested, this was the lab I was ordering from:
Ever think that the 'powers that be' would prefer you not to heal yourself with something as simple as doses above the RDA of a few vits or minerals?...they'll be putting the price of zinc tabs up next;(perhaps that's just my Pyroluria paranoia kicking in!!), but I'm tired of being thrown off the scent by articles which say this or that supplement is dangerous or a waste of time (based on inconclusive medical surveys)...only to find that with persistence they in fact work better than prescribed drugs like Roaccutane, antibiotics or birth control pill.
Zinc supplements seem to bring any inflammation down on an hour by hour basis for me; no irritation or flakiness. Skin feels relaxed, how it should be. Spots are flattened, it's such a benign treatment! They're very easy to take too and I have zero nausea myself.
I don't believe what professionals say any longer to be honest...I'm in the UK where a consultation with a doctor is free, but of little use!! Tetracycline and Duac gel anyone? have mine!
Well I read up about B6 and guess what? A deficiency fits my symptoms exactly; so I will press ahead with the supplements and eat more B6 rich foods, with or without an official diagnosis.
Once again thanks for drawing my attention to B vits; had only ever tried them in the form of multi vitamin tablets before and now think the dose was too small to have any effect. Am also having accupuncture, which is a nice complementary medicine to run in conjunction with the zinc etc.
Were you self-supplementing before you decided to get tested? I ask because I'd like to self-supplement. I just moved to the Netherlands, and it seems like they take pyroluria more seriously here; it's called HPU here. I haven't been tested yet but I have many of the symptoms. It sure would explain a lot if I were diagnosed. I don't have health insurance yet here though and I'm really sick of some of the symptoms so I'd like to self-supplement for now. Zinc and B6? How much?
Did you ever get your results? Maybe they could mail them to a friend who could then mail them to you?