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Pyroluria: A Social Anxiety Condition with Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott, CN

Pyroluria is an inherited but not commonly recognized condition that is associated with inner tension and anxiety, especially in social settings. It is made worse by stress, 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.

Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott is a certified nutritionist on a mission to educate and empower women worldwide about the healing powers of food in order to find natural solutions for their anxiety, depression, emotional eating and sugar cravings. Trudy works with clients one-on-one and in groups, serving as a catalyst in bringing about life enhancing mood transformations that start with eating real whole food and using some pretty amazing nutrients. Trudy uses a comprehensive 9 step approach with her clients to help them overcome their anxiety, depression, emotional eating and sugar cravings. It is, of course, customized to their unique biochemistry.

She is the author of The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood & End Cravings (New Harbinger, 2011).

Trudy also presents nationally to holistic health practitioners and mental health practitioners on food and mood, sharing all the recent research and how-to steps so they too can educate and empower their clients and patients.

She has been featured on NPR, GaiamTV, morning shows like Good Day Sacramento, Fox 40, and been quoted in AARP, Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines.

Trudy publishes an electronic newsletter entitled Food, Mood and Gal Stuff, available at and

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.