HPU not causally curable, but good to treat
According to current knowledge, HPU is not causally curable. However, a suitable therapy and an adjustment of the lifestyle enables the affected persons to live a (nearly) symptom-free life. The basic therapy consists of returning the lost micronutrients (zinc, manganese and activated vitamin B6 (P5P)) to the body.
“However, the complete recovery of symptoms can take months and depends on age. Very rapid improvements are often observed in children.”
Dr. med Joachim Strienz, Living with KPU, 6th edition, Zuckerschwerdt Verlag, 2017
Not taken seriously by conventional medicine
Many HPU patients undergo a physician odyssey with unsatisfactory therapeutic success before their diagnosis. In self-help groups, they report the feeling of “not feeling taken seriously”, of the symptoms being shifted onto the psyche (“we can’t find anything physically, your problem must be psychological”) or of pure symptom treatment (pain tablets for chronic headaches or stomach aches).
Since HPU can also be accompanied by psychological disorders such as anxiety and panic attacks, depression, AD(H)S, as well as high sensitivity, many affected people end up in psychotherapeutic practices.
A psychotherapeutic treatment can be a useful accompaniment to HPU therapy, but it does not counteract the causes of the symptoms.
Broad spectrum of symptoms requires individual therapy
Since HPU can manifest itself in very different symptoms, there is no generalized therapy recommendation that works equally well for all HPU sufferers.
HPU rarely occurs alone, but is often caused by disorders:
- the thyroid gland (e.g. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis),
- the mitochondria (mitochondriopathy),
- the adrenal glands (adrenal weakness),
- of the intestine (leaky gut) and the intestinal flora (dysbiosis) etc.
For this reason, therapeutic support by a doctor experienced in HPU (environmental or orthomolecular medicine) or alternative practitioners is usually unavoidable.
The Dutch research institute KEAC provides a list of therapists for Germany, Austria and Switzerland on its website. The therapist list of HPU and You can be found here.