Suffering with anxiety while fighting MSIDS (multi systemic infectious disease syndrome) can be debilitating.  I remember the days when my husband would literally start shaking while talking with people.  He never knew when it would strike.  He could be having lunch with a sales rep or standing in the foyer of someone’s home.  He dreaded it, and I felt completely helpless.  He is completely free of anxiety after three years of treatment.  And while I feel treatment is truly the answer, there are often things we have to do to assist our bodies.  Published on Apr 23, 2015  Could diet and nutrition be central determinants of mental health? Find out when Trudy Scott, CN, provides evidence presented at The Anxiety Summit, seasons 1 and 2, which has showcased vitally important research now available to integrative practitioners and to people who suffer with anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety and OCD. The gut-brain connection and microbiome, methylation, adverse effects of benzodiazapines, the role of inflammation, and controversial opinions about serotonin, GABA and urinary neurotransmitter testing are a few of the concepts that will be shared.  Published on Feb 21, 2014  “Using Targeted Individual Amino Acids to Overcome Anxiety, Panic, Worry, Negativity, Cravings and Emotional Eating” with Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott

Supplementing with specific individual amino acids can raise neurotransmitter levels and balance brain chemistry, alleviating anxiety, fear, worry, panic attacks, and feeling stressed or overwhelmed. They can also be supportive in addressing other issues that contribute to or exacerbate anxiety, such as sugar cravings, emotional eating and addictions. In addition, supplemental amino acids can help with depression, PMS, poor focus/ADHD and insomnia, which often co-occur with anxiety.

This presentation will cover symptoms of low serotonin, low GABA, low endorphins, and low catecholamine neurotransmitters. How to raise these neurotransmitter levels with the amino acids l-tryptophan, GABA, d- phenylalanine (DPA) and l-tyrosine, thereby improving mood and ending emotional eating will be taught. The use of glutamine to stabilize low blood sugar, leading to improved mood and gut health will also be addressed.

Trudy says: “The amino acids are key to the success of my practice. They help my clients eliminate stress-eating, and make food changes without feeling deprived and only having to use willpower. My clients feel calm and happy right away, giving them hope, while their other health and nutritional challenges are addressed. Many people suffering from various health concerns could receive tremendous relief with the proper use of amino acids”.

Quite often with MSIDS, we find ourselves dealing with side issues.  Which came first, the infection of MSIDS or the condition?  In nearly every case, the science is completely lacking, but unless dealt with will stop our healing.  Pyroluria is perhaps one such condition.  Normally considered an “inherited” condition associated with inner tension and anxiety, especially in social settings, and is made worse by stress, MSIDS sufferers should consider it.

Discuss all treatment information to your health care practitioner.  Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt claims that most patients he treats for autism or Lyme disease have pyroluria, a defect in the synthesis of haemoglobin which causes excess excretion of zinc. His treatment for the condition is extremely high doses of zinc (200mg or more each day) although this level of zinc can cause nausea, adversely affect copper levels in the body (leading to anaemia), double the risk of prostate cancer, and result in diarrhoea, stomach pain, and vomiting in some. Patients should be extremely cautious regarding zinc supplementation whether suffering from Lyme disease or not as excess levels can build up quite quickly if pyroluria is not present.

Pyroluria is also known as kryptopyrroluria (KPU) or the Mauve Factor and is most commonly observed in women, possibly due to the more overt effects of chronic deficiency in B6 and zinc that may result in women during their teens and early twenties. Symptoms associated with pyroluria include halitosis (bad breath), severe stretch marks, fatigue, poor concentration, confusion, sleep disturbances, poor appetite or increased appetite, mood swings, pale skin, multiple food allergies, and changes in libido (raising or lowering). Some patients may be prescribed antidepressants such as Prozac as low levels of zinc and B6 can reduce the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin which regulates mood (amongst other things). Patients may be persistently depressed to some degree with symptoms exacerbated (in women) as part of the premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

The recommended daily allowances for zinc (in the US) are 8milligrams (8mg) for women and 11mg for men, although these used to be around 15mg a few years ago and have been lowered in recent years; anything over 50mg per day is considered excessive. Those with pyroluria however, may be advised to take supplements containing vitamin B6 and levels of zinc above the generally recommended levels but taking high levels of either nutrient is inadvisable without medical supervision (excessive B6 may lead to a kind of peripheral neuropathy when taken long-term).  Published on Jun 19, 2014  Pyroluria is more common than we realize and has overlaps with social anxiety and introversion. Carl Pfeiffer did the initial research while working with schizophrenic patients and found that the key nutrients zinc, vitamin B6 and evening primrose oil reduced and often eliminated symptoms.

This presentation will review:

• The associated signs and symptoms of this condition
• The concerns with pyroluria urine testing, and why the pyroluria questionnaire may be a better option
• Fatty acid testing
• Concerns with low vitamin B6 and zinc markers
• Food sources and supplemental forms of these nutrients
• Additional supportive nutrients
• Risk factors related with excess intake of some of the nutrients
• Tips to enhance absorption
• Review of a supportive protocol and its duration

This presentation will also examine the connection of pyroluria to gluten intolerance, inflammation, stress, heavy metals, low serotonin, insomnia, women’s hormonal health, methylation mutations and low histamine. Case studies will be discussed.  Here is an excellent article written by Scott Forsgren on KPU/HPU.

The HPU complex is a biochemical marker and neurotoxic substance frequently identified in the urine of patients with autism, learning disabilities, alcoholism, substance abuse, schizophrenia, ADHD, Down syndrome, depression, bipolar disorders, and even criminal behavior. Some estimate the incidence of KPU to be 40-70% in schizophrenia; 50% in autism; 30% in ADHD; and 40-80% in alcoholism and substance abuse.  HPU may be an inherited condition but it can also be induced by childhood psychological trauma or chronic infections. Dr. Klinghardt has found the incidence of HPU in Lyme disease to be 80% or higher; in patients with heavy metal toxicity (lead, mercury, cadmium, and others) over 75%; and in children with autism over 80%. These are very significant percentages of the patient population with chronic illness that may benefit from a treatment program which addresses HPU. Normal, healthy controls do not test positive for HPU. Dr. Klinghardt believes that it is not possible to have chronic symptomatic Lyme disease as an adult without a preceding mold illness or the patient having developed HPU. He postulates that the biotoxins from microbes block one or more of the eight enzymes of heme synthesis. This leads to a significant loss of key minerals in white blood cells which effectively disarms cellular immunity.

Last year, Certified Nutritionist Trudy Scott interviewed researchers, doctors, psychiatrists, nutritionists, consumer advocates, and psychologists on natural solutions for anxiety.  By going here, you can purchase recordings/transcripts, or contact Scott for any upcoming free on-line events.