A whopping 10% of the population suffer from Pyrrole Disorder, also known as Pyroluria or Mauve Disorder. It’s easily treatable, but many GPs don’t know even know it exists.
Pyrrole Disorder has a range of physical and psychological symptoms, making it hard to pin down, but some of the symptoms are so common that many people might recognise them in their own children, or someone they know.
What is Pyrrole Disorder?
Pyrrole is a genetic blood disorder that causes a significant deficiency of zinc, vitamin B6 and arachidonic acid (an omega-6 fat). It can make your body inefficient at producing serotonin, which can cause a range of symptoms.
Common symptoms include:
- inability to cope with stress
- mood swings
- sensitivity to light and sound
- motion sickness
- inability to deal with stress
- clinginess with parents
- a reliance on routine, and trouble adapting if that routine is put out
- memory loss
- joint pain
- poor dream recall
- temper tantrums
- a dislike of loud noises
- irritable bowel syndrome
- delayed onset of puberty
- craving for high-sugar or high-carb foods
Physical signs can include:
- white spots on fingernails
- larger mid-section
- sweet, fruity breath and body odour
- pale skin
- overcrowded teeth and weak tooth enamel
- creaking knees
- cold hands and feet.
Symptoms can be exacerbated by stress and poor diet.
Pyrrole Disorder can also cause learning difficulties and auditory processing disorder, which can make it hard for kids to learn in a classroom environment, where it’s noisy.
How is Pyrrole Disorder diagnosed?
Diagnosis is as simple as a urine test you can get from your GP.
How is Pyrrole Disorder treated?
Treatment is simple too. Your GP can prescribe supplements that should make a difference overnight. Dosage will have to be watched, of course, and you’ll need to keep reviewing the situation with your family doctor, but supplements can be life-changing to a child with Pyrrole Disorder.
What causes Pyrrole Disorder?
Pyrrole Disorder can be genetic, which means if your child has it, at least one parent may have it too. Although adults are often better at dealing with Pyrrole Disorder, and therefore the symptoms will be milder, they can also benefit from supplements.
It can also be caused by environmental stress, especially from leaky gut syndrome or from the overuse of antibiotics.
Pyrrole Disorder affects around 10 per cent of the population, but that number is even higher among those with mental disorders like ADHD, schizophrenia and depression.
If you think your child may have Pyrrole Disorder, ask your family doctor for a urine test to detect KPU (Kryptopyrroluria).