Years ago my son had major health issues which included anxiety, OCD, depression, allergies, and abdominal pain. Doctors were of no help, they just wanted to give him pain meds and antidepressants! So, I started digging into why he was so ill.

I came across a genetic blood disorder / chemical imbalance called Pyroluria or Pyrrole Disorder. This condition answered many of my questions, and explained why he was not improving.

So What is Pyroluria?

Pyroluria is a condition where during the synthesis of hemoglobin in the body, waste products called kryptopyrroles are produced. Kryptopyrroles are normally excreted with no problems, except those with Pyroluria. With Pyroluria, Kryptopyrroles are overproduced in the liver and bind with zinc and vitamin B6 which are then dumped in the urine. Pyrroles also keep omega 6 gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) from supporting brain function.

This is a major problem because these nutrients are critical for the well being and functioning of mental health, digestion, immune system, and basically the entire body.

Zinc and B6 are required to produce enzymes, neurotransmitters and hormones for day to day functioning. Zinc is also needed to keep copper in balance. Low zinc can create copper overload in the body which is a primary offender in many mental disturbances such as anxiety, hyperactivity, and postpartum depression.

Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) are needed to support brain function, the reproductive system, bone development, skin & hair health, and metabolism.

When under stress, the amount of Kryptopyrroles increase. My son had just entered college, so already being low in nutrients from Pyroluria, the added stress made his anxiety and OCD extremely worse!

Think of Zinc and B6 as faucets in your body. With Pyroluria these faucets are always turned on pouring out your zinc and B6. Your body gets depleted, and simply cannot work correctly.

Conditions associated with Pyroluria:

  • Social Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger, rage
  • Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome, (TICS)
  • Epilepsy
  • Learning disorders such as ADD / ADHD, and Dyslexia
  • Allergies
  • Postnatal Depression
  • Bipolar Disease
  • Substance abuse, Alcoholism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ( OCD)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Hypochlorhydria


Symptoms associated with Pyroluria:

  • Little or no dream recall
  • White spots on fingernails
  • Poor morning appetite, nausea. Tendency to skip breakfast
  • Pale skin, poor tanning, easy to sunburn
  • Hypersensitive to noise and smells
  • Poor memory
  • Mood swings / temper outburst
  • Fatigue
  • Social withdraw
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Weak immune system, (colds, flu)
  • Anemia
  • Poor tooth enamel
  • Reduced hair on head, eyebrows and eyelashes
  • Vegetarian or history of being one
  • Migraines
  • Joint pain, usually in knees, creaking joints, restless leg syndrome
  • Skin conditions such as, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis
  • Gluten intolerance
  • Hypoglycemia with cravings for sweets
  • Motion sickness (car or sea)
  • Hyperactivity
  • Feeling uncomfortable with strangers

Treatment of Pyroluria:

Individuals with Pyroluria need help with additional supplements. They simply cannot get enough through food alone. Extra zinc, B6 (or P5P), GLAs such as evening primrose oil or black currant oil, and often magnesium are required daily. The dosage is dependent upon the individual. That’s why I do both lab testing and muscle testing. I get the correct dosage for what each person requires.

What about Fish Oils?

We all have a unique blueprint and one size / way certainly does not fit all.  We hear from the media, doctors, and dietitians we all need Omega 3 fish oils, and if there is depression or inflammation, increase the dosage.

Well, not so fast!

The best diet for one person may be the worst for another.

Pyroluric individuals actually tend to get worse when given Omega 3’s (EPA,DHA). This is due to poor processing of arachidonic acid and this increases inflammation in the body and brain.

Testing of Pyroluria:

There is an easy at home test for Pyrroles that I give to my clients. It’s a urine test that looks for Kryptopyrroles. The higher the number the more kryptopyrroles in your urine and the higher incidence of having Pyroluria.

This was such a relief to find some answers for my son. Being Norwegian I was giving him fish oil because he hated fish.  His body intuitively knew what he needed all along, and it wasn’t fish oil.

So if you or a family member suffer from ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, Bipolar, anorexia or any behavior disorder get tested. So many times mental disorders get prescribed drugs as a band aid, when what the body really needs are foods and nutrients for their body type with absorption help.

The body is not deficient in Ritalin or Paxil, it’s deficient in nutrients.

But, before you blindly add in extra supplements, get tested! Our bodies  need a balance.

If you would like more information on Pyroluria and testing please contact me here.

You or your children don’t need to suffer any longer.

Great energy is my wish for you,