Many HPU patients first go through a doctor’s odyssey
Many HPU patients undergo a doctor’s odyssey with unsatisfactory therapeutic success before being diagnosed. In self-help groups, they report on the feeling of “feeling not taken seriously”, of pushing the symptoms onto the psyche (“we cannot find anything physically, your problem must be psychological”) or of pure symptom treatment (painkillers for chronic head, joint, muscle or abdominal pain).
If, on the other hand, HPU is diagnosed, those affected usually feel significantly better after a few months. Why has HPU not yet found its way into conventional medicine? In order to explain this, a look into the past will help.
KPU (Cryptopyrroluria) known since the 1960s
KPU (Kryptopyrrolurie) is very similar to HPU. KPU also causes a deficiency of vitamin B6, zinc and manganese in the body. In contrast to HPU, KPU can also be caused by a toxin load.
In the 1960s KPU was discovered in the field of psychiatric research in the USA by doctors – not by alternative practitioners. In Europe, orthomolecular medicine still has no place in orthodox medicine.
Dr. Joachim Strienz, specialist for internal medicine in Stuttgart, was initially sceptical himself when patients drew his attention to the metabolic disorder. In his practice, he had treated numerous patients with hypothyroidism. But some did not feel any improvement of their symptoms despite a well adjusted thyroxine therapy.