|Karen MEBO Research|
The founder of Herbal Hills has devised a checklist to help those who are new to the community.
A starter checklist of tests for those with body odour that appears to have come ‘from nowhere’:
1. TMAU test (MUST be choline loaded: ie. 2 eggs + a can of baked beans the night before the test. Take first morning urine.). This should tell you whether you have TMAU1 or TMAU2. TMAU1 is genetic, and a low choline diet should be immediately started. TMAU2 is non-genetic. The underlying cause should be investigated (it could be any number of things, see below). See HOW TO GET TESTED HERE: tmau.org.uk testing instructions
http://meboresearch.org/tmau-test/ (MEBO TMAU Test Program has been suspended until January 2016 due to construction. Anyone interested can fill out the requisition form to go on a waitlist)
orphanet TMAU test list
If you are negative or diagnosed as TMAU2 on the TMAU urine test, your next steps should be (in no particular order):
2. Genova Diagnostics Complete GI test with parasitology [or other similar stool test]. Have a look on the Genova website, find a nutritionist/doctor in your area, and order the test. Expensive (approx £250 last we heard), but worth it. This should tell you whether you have a gut dysbiosis, as it profiles your gut bacteria, fungi and parasites.
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3. Colonoscopy for potential bowel prolapse. We’ve heard of several cases in which bowel prolapse has been thought to be an underlying cause of body odour.
4. Liver and kidney check – take blood tests to ensure your kidney and liver is functioning normally. Any disease or damage to the liver or kidneys can reduce the ability of your detoxification system to work at its best. If there is an ammonia smell particularly, the liver should be suspected. Also, ask your doctor to check for a Urea cycle disorder if the ammonia smell comes mainly after eating protein/meat meals.
5. Coeliac disease blood test. We’ve had many anecdotal instances of those with underlying coeliac disease who say that 1-2 days after eating wheat/gluten, they experience a ‘fecal’ body odour. So, it is worth checking out.
6. Constipation – see your doctor for the best way to treat this. Many people find Apple Cider vinegar capsules and a 500mg capsule of magnesium before bedtime can help relieve symptoms of mild constipation. If the constipation is very bad or longstanding, you should see your doctor immediately, and we’d heavily suggest a colonoscopy to check for potential issues in the gut.
7. Diet – an easy way to back check whether you have an issue with a single food, is to do an ‘elimination diet’. Some people claim that eliminating a single food (eg. Gluten for coeliacs) can stop their body odour in its tracks. We've heard people say restricting the amount of protein and/or dairy foods particularly beneficial, but we’d advise seeing a doctor or nutritionist before embarking on any sort of restrictive diet, as finding the underlying cause is important
(eg. If you have coeliac disease, lactose intolerance or issues with protein digestion, you really should know why, and discover how best to treat for whatever condition you have).
8. Skin fungal issue. Particularly if there is itching and/or rash, and particularly if the itching and/or rash is in the groin, underarms and/or feet. Fungal issues on the skin can be very odorous. A dermatologist is the best one to check for this. We've heard people say that some skin fungal issues do not show any of the usual itching/rash symptoms. There are some over-the-counter antifungals which may be helpful, and Herbal Hill has some effective combination anti-fungals which they will be selling soon on www.herbalhill.org.
Other: Herbal Hill sells some very strong natural deodorants which some people may find useful ( www.herbalhill.org ). Also we hear that products with some very effective natural anti-fungals will be selling on this site soon.