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.
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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