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Could you have Pyrrole Disorder? Check this list of common symptoms

by on 05 December, 2017

Does this sound like you, or your child?

Anxious, can’t handle stress, mood swings, sensitive to loud noise, bright light or skin sensitivity? You may have a nutrition deficiency caused by pyrrole disorder.

Pyrrole disorder is a relatively unknown condition which affects over 10% of the population. This condition has a profound effect on a person’s physical and mental health.

These are a list of symptoms, however it is common to only have a couple, and not all listed.

Common symptoms

• Anxiety
• Low stress tolerance
• Mood swings
• Depression
• Motion sickness
• Auditory processing disorder
• Memory loss
• Temper outbursts
• Insomnia
• Joint pain
• Poor dream recall
• Fatigue
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Delayed onset of puberty
• Hyperactivity
• Craving for high-sugar and high-carbohydrate foods
• Cold hands and feet
• White spots on the fingernails

What is Pyrrole Disorder?

Also known as Kryptopyrrole, pyroluria or mauve factor, this condition is caused by an overproduction of the pyrrole molecule.
As this molecule travels through the bloodstream it binds to vitamin B6 and zinc. These two nutrients are then excreted through the urine, causing the person to become very deficient. As B6 and zinc are essential for the production of brain chemicals, hormones, sleep regulation and learning, the impact is widespread.

The cause of pyrrole disorder is a combination of genes and oxidative stress, and although supplementing with these key nutrients gives great improvement, it is essential to investigate and treat the underlying cause.  A qualified practitioner will refer you for lab tests for this reason.

Children with Pyrrole Disorder

Years ago I worked in a practice with clinical psychologists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists who provided services and diagnosis of children with sensory issues, ADHD, ADD, autism, fussy eaters and behaviour and learning difficulties.
The high anxiety and sensory issues common to pyrrole disorder I found to be prevalent in many of my clients, and after lab testing and replacing these key nutrients parents reported marked improvements in their child’s mood, learning and behavior.

I currently work with a number of therapists to offer a comprehensive treatment approach to families.

If you want to learn more, this article explains the diagnosis and treatment of 10 year old Sophie;

What to do if you suspect Pyrrole Disorder?

It is important to see a qualified functional health practitioner who understands pyrrole disorder, and can refer you for comprehensive lab testing to assess pyrrole levels, zinc status and functional lab profiles to identify the underlying cause of oxidative stress.

You can work with me, Corrin Ainley ND, Nutritionist, CBP. For enquiries use the contact us section of this website

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