by Greg Newson October 06, 2017


Often people with depression or other mental health disorders have an abnormal production of a group of chemicals called pyrroles, this condition is known as Pyroluria or Pyrrole Disorder or Kryptopyrroles.

These pyrroles rob your body of vitamin B6, zinc and biotin causing them to be excreted in your urine resulting in a deficiency of these vitamins. An elevation in pyrroles may be a factor which is responsible for you or a loved one developing; epilepsy, ADD, autism, schizophrenia, hyperactivity, bi-polar disorder or depression.

What signs and symptoms of Pyroluria?

There are many signs, symptoms and emotional responses that may indicate an abnormal production of pyrroles by your body;

abdominal pain abnormal body fat distribution anxiousness
argumentative cold hands and feet constipation
difficulty remembering your dreams dramatic fatigue
frequent colds, fevers and chills as a child frequent ear infections as a child hyperactivity
hypersensitivity to loud noises impotency in males inability to think clearly
inability to tolerate drugs or alcohol insomnia lack of regular menstruation cycles in girls
mood swings and temper tantrums morning nausea much higher capability and alertness in the evening, compared to mornings
nervous exhaustion pale skin, poor tanning, or burn easy in sun poor memory
poor morning appetite and/or tendency to skip breakfast preference for spicy or heavily flavoured foods reading difficulties such as dyslexia
seizures sensitivity to bright light significant growth after the age of 16
unusual smelling body odour unusual smelling breath

Are there any unusual body appearances associated with Pyroluria?

Yes, there are various physical appearances that may indicate you suffer from an excess in pyrroles such as;

if your family has black skin yours will be the lightest skin in your family lack of hair on your head, eyebrows and eyelashes pale skin which is prone to stretch marks
the teeth in your upper jar will often be overcrowded (unless orthodontic treatments have taken place) white spots on your fingernails you may suffer from acne, eczema or herpes
your tooth enamel has a poor appearance your skin will be paper thin

What will the Kryptopyrrole test or Pyroluria Test tell me?

The Kryptopyrrole test will tell you if you have elevated pyrroles which are inhibiting vitamin B6, zinc and biotin from doing the many roles required of them for your body. With these results you will be recommended to make dietary, lifestyle and nutritional supplementary changes to help rectify your problem.

It makes sense to test yourself to find out whether pyrroles are a possible cause of your current or future health issues.

What is involved in the Kryptopyrroles Test or Pyroluria Test?

The Kryptopyrroles Test is a simple non-invasive test that requires a sample of urine to be sent away to pathology for analysis. A full set of instructions and any equipment required are provided in our Kryptopyrroles Test Kit.

How much does a Pyroluria Test cost?

With every test we will analyse your results and provide a personalised treatment plan to improve your health. Your treatment plan may include suggested improvements to your lifestyle and diet as well as recommended nutritional supplements to help rectify your body’s underlying imbalances. 

Please Note: The personalised treatment plan provided with test results is not suitable for children under 3 years of age.  

How reliable are the test results if the sample provided for testing is posted in the mail?

The Kyrptopyrrole Test is extremely accurate due to the fact that the urine sample you provide is frozen overnight with a preservative before being sent to the lab. Once the sample has been frozen the HPL is stabilised for up to 3 months.

What treatment do you recommend if I have already been tested for Kryptopyrroles, Pyrrole Disorder or Pyroluria?

If you have already been tested we can offer the following services to you;

1. Recommended Pyroluria Treatment Plan - Online Download

The Pyroluria treatment plan consists of downloadable files (PDF & Audio);

    • A Comprehensive Guide which provides the nutritional, dietary and lifestyle advice that Naturopath Greg Newson uses with patients everyday in his clinic for the successful treatment of Pyroluria (16-18 Page PDF file).
    • An Audio mp3 File by Greg Newson explaining this treatment plan and how it can help you (running time approx 10 mins).

Please select the appropriate treatment plan based on your test results (use the CHILD Treatment Plan for persons 3 to 15 years of age);  

Positive Pyroluria Treatment Plan  Borderline Pyroluria Treatment Plan 
Positive (ADULT) Treatment Plan Borderline (ADULT) Treatment Plan
Positive (CHILD) Treatment Plan Borderline (CHILD) Treatment Plan

2. Skype Consultation

If you would like a more comprehensive overview of your health a Skype Consultation can also be arranged.

For more information:

Please refer to our article on Pyroluria - Kryptopyrroles.

Greg Newson
Greg Newson


Greg Newson is a qualified Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist and Health Enthusiast who is passionate about wellness and dedicated in educating people of the enormous potential of natural medicine.

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