Pyroluria: Links to Down syndrome and autism

It’s been estimated that as many as 50% of children with autism and 71% of children with Down syndrome have pyroluria. This genetic condition leads to zinc and B6 deficiency with a wide array of mental and physical consequences. Both zinc and B6 are important for hundreds of biochemical processes within the body. Learn what pyroluria is, signs and symptoms, comorbid conditions, and testing and treatment for pyroluria.

Dr. Erica Peirson, ND

Dr. Peirson is a naturopathic physician and the mother of a 7-year-old son with Mosaic Down syndrome. She specializes in the biomedical treatment of children with special needs and sees patients privately at the Peirson Center for Children. She also lectures, whenever possible, to help spread awareness to parents and physicians that the symptoms of Down syndrome are treatable.