Why Test For Pyroluria?

by Greg Newson

Why Test For Pyroluria?

Why is it Important to Test For Pyroluria

Without proper Pyroluria Testing an accurate diagnosis cannot be achieved. People who rely on their Pyroluria symptoms alone for a diagnosis can be unwittingly putting their health at risk by taking excessive amounts of nutritional supplements. For example too much vitamin B6 can cause nerve damage and excess zinc will suppress immune function and compete with copper, manganese and iron for absorption, resulting in their deficiencies.

People with multiple Pyroluria symptoms may indeed suffer from Pyroluria or Pyrrole Disorder, but many of the symptoms can be caused by a straight zinc, vitamin B6 or biotin deficiency and not Pyroluria. Alternatively health conditions such as Dysbiosis, Candida, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Adrenal Fatigue and excessive stress can all mimic many of the symptoms of Pyroluria. As a practitioner I have come across many patients with multiple Pyroluria symptoms only to find they test negative for Pyroluria and conversely people with only 1 or 2 symptoms have been found to test positive. Pyroluria Testing is important and the only real way to determine if a person is suffering from Pyroluria. It also provides confirmation for treatment and can save people a lot of money on ineffective supplements if they don't test positive. 

What is Involved in a Pyroluria Test

Their are two types of Pyroluria Testing. One that needs to be done at a collection agency and the other is where a sample is collected in the privacy of your own home. The  do at home Pyroluria Test contains a preservative, that once combined with the urine and frozen overnight, enables the sample to be stable for up to 30 days even after thawing out. We always uses the at home Pyroluria Test in our clinic for the convenience of the patient. 

The Pyroluria Test is simple to do, basically a urine sample is taken in a darkened room (as light destroys the sample), wrapped in aluminium foil and frozen overnight. The next day the Pyroluria Test is collected by an overnight courier (US mainland only) and delivered to the testing Laboratory.  For all Pyroluria Testing samples excluding the US mainland the sample is sent to the laboratory using you local express postal service. It is often advisable to stop all nutritional supplements for four days prior to completing the Pyroluria Test as this rules out any false negatives that nutritional supplements can cause. 

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For other related articles on Pyroluria, please refer to the links below;

Pyroluria and Depression

Pyroluria, GABA and Anxiety

What Is Pyroluria

Triggers for Pyroluria

I hope you found this blog useful and informative. If so please leave a comment or help others by sharing on social media.




Greg Newson
Greg Newson

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Greg is a Naturopathic Doctor and Clinical Herbalist. He is passionate about educating people on all matters of health. Qualifications: B.Sc Health Science, Adv. Dip Naturopathy, Adv. Dip Herbal Medicine, Adv. Dip Nutrition, Dip Remedial Massage



2 Responses

Saeed
Saeed

August 14, 2018

My english is slightly poor
I live in Saudia Arabia and My symptoms are identical 99% for Pyroluria symptoms!
I could’nt find this kind of test here in Saudi Arabia! So, what I understood from ur artical is that there is chance to send my urine sample to ur lab!! If that is true, what are the procedures to do that?!

Martian Meltcher
Martian Meltcher

May 12, 2017

Good advice, never really thought about testing for Pyroluria I just thought with all the symptoms that i’d be positive. thanks

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