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Test analysis performed in batches of 20 or more

DATE: 11 NOV 2016
Currently on : BATCH #17
Program resumed July 2016
Samples analyzed since June 2012 :

Metabolomic Profiling Study

Start : Aug 2016
Stage 1 : 27 Canadian volunteers to test
Latest click here (26 oct) :
17 samples returned

Note : Stage 1 is Canada only.
Return cut-off date : passed
Analysis can take 6/8 weeks
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Sonya's TMAU diet book

One of our group, Sonya McClinton, has written a 'low choline' recipe book. If you buy from Amazon through these links MEBO get a small % at no extra cost to the buyer

Amazon USA
38 sold

Amazon UK
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Don't have a kindle ? There are details on the right-side of the amazon pages how to download an app for smartphones, PC, or tablet. For Spain/Canada use the Amazon links in the left sidebar

£ 943.03/GBP
$ 568.00/USD

TOTAL at today's ROE
£0.80/GBP = $1.00/USD

£1,398.07 = $1,745.14



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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

2nd UCL TMAU group session : official summary

2nd UCL TMAU group session
Summary of TMAU group session given by  psychologist Dr Monique Cloherty

On 22nd October 2016, the London NHS Adult Metabolism Unit (Charles Dent Metabolic Unit, UCL National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London) held its second TMAU Group Meeting. This follows similar meetings this year at free healthcare Adult Metabolism Units in Dublin and NHS Birmingham, a breakthrough for the TMAU community.

Perhaps others can see if their regional Adult Metabolic Disorder Units might start TMAU group meetings.

Clinical Psychologist Dr Monique Cloherty hosted the session. The Charles Dent Metabolic Unit has kindly given this summary of the session  with Dr Cloherty for public release. :

Summary of TMAU session given by  psychologist Dr Monique Cloherty
The Charles Dent Metabolic Unit, London
22 Oct 2016

We got to know each other in small groups and shared our
experiences of TMAU.

We shared out stories of isolation. TMAU is very much a social
problem. A secret that we are constantly trying to hide. We told of
difficult events; name calling, bullying and not being believed that
have happened. People rarely spoke about a single event but a
sequence of events linked through time. We shared how TMAU made
us feel about ourselves, we can feel alone at times and paranoid.

We also heard about initiatives and steps that people have taken to
address the problems that TMAU can cause. We identified resources
and skills that made it possible:

Use of knowledge and being fearless
Planning ahead
Having a supportive friend and family
Not putting up with it. Knowing which battles to fight, which
comments to let go.

Key messages to remember from the session were:

We are sharing this experience
Its been a relief to share it
We are not the only ones
We want to live a normal life
We are not going to be defeated
We want to be ‘in’ it.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

MEBO TMAU Test Program United States only

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It is with deep regret that I announce that MEBO will not be shipping the TMAU test international for the time being for the following reasons.
  1. The cost of the test plus round trip shipping is within the $300+ to $400+/USD, which is too high for some countries who have a low currency exchange against the US dollar. Most often, the shipping cost is the same as the test itself ($150/USD) or significantly higher than the test cost.

  2. Many countries like China, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, and others do not allow either payments made to a charity of a foreign country or do not allow the kit to enter their country, or do not allow the test to be performed unless a medical doctor in their country to prescribe the test.

  3. Due to numerous reasons, Custom Agencies may delay the 2 day sample shipment to enter the United States, thus resulting in the samples being too long at room temperature or higher, and thus, may give spurious results.  After paying the much higher rate than the US sufferers have to pay, there is a significant risk that the samples would be damaged in transit to the United States, and this is unacceptable.

I was my intention to provide TMAU testing to all sufferers around the world, but very few indeed have actually been able to do the test because of the reasons stated above. Thankfully, more and more labs around the world are offering the genetic test, though very few other than the United Kingdom that I know of, are offering the urine test.

The genetic test obviously checks for Primary TMAU, a genetic mutation resulting in a deficient FMO3 metabolic enzyme function, thus allowing for high levels of the odorous trimethylamine (TMA) chemical in the blood. That I am aware of, only MEBO and the UK Sheffield lab offers the urine test that also tests for Secondary TMAU, which is the result of an overproduction of TMA in gut bacteria that overloads a fully functional FMO3 enzyme, thus allowing for high levels of TMA in the blood. Both Primary and Secondary TMAU have high TMA body odor symptoms, though with different causes.


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Sunday, December 4, 2016

References on TMAU in English and Spanish

Just Yesterday a sufferer in Mexico said she has to do a thesis for her Master's in Science degree, and wants to do it on TMAU. She asked me for information. I really believe that MEBO should support sufferers who are students, especially when they want to focus their studies on the medical causes and treatment of breath and body odor conditions. So, I spent most of the day researching college level info and giving her experts' information so that she may contact them, if she wants.

I think I'll share the info with this group as well. The first part is in Spanish, since she is doing her thesis in Spanish, and the 2nd part is in English.


Organización de apopyo en América Latina y España

Entrevistas con expertos:

Webinar sobre la TMAU por la Dra. Mercedes Serrano

Resumen de la Trimetilaminuria y su protocolo

Guia Metabólica

Trimetilaminuria congénita, adquirida y transitoria

Diagnóstico de trimetilaminuria en Madrid y Barcelona

Artículo Federación Española de Enfermedades Raras (FEDER) (Si recuerdo bien, el artículo dice equivocadamente que se puede comer la yema de huevo pero no la clara, y es lo opuesto. La yema es muy alta en colina.)

Pros y Contras de la prueba de TMAU

Resumen del protocolo de reduccion de Olor por TMAU

Sobre la Trimetilaminuria Primaria y Secundaria

Consecuencias Psicosociales del olor corporal incontrolable

Supresión de la producción intestinal como tratamiento para la TMAU






Utility gene card on Trimethylaminuria

FMO3 coding sequence

TMAU paper by New Zealand test lab

Carnatine, not just choline to be avoided in TMAU diet



Links to discussion of liver damage due to decrease of choline in the diet.

Links to discussion of the effects of DMB on choline,  l-carnitine, and lecithin ingestion –> TMA production by gut bacteria –> TMAO production by FMO3 metabolic enzyme in the liver.

These articles to be saying is that experts' research indicates that taking DMB, especially with a low choline diet, decreases TMA levels and increases choline levels in the body, and thus may not cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Instead of decreasing the amount of choline that goes to the liver, it helps protect the choline from the gut bacteria would have normally consumed to produce odorous TMA. DMB actually prevents the bacteria from consuming choline, so the choline goes to the bloodstream to the liver. DMB also prevents the bacteria from producing TMA. It's a win-win situation, but only for sufferers who do have TMA producing bacteria in the gut.

For sufferers who don't have TMA producing bacteria in the gut, DMB won't really have much effect. These sufferers really need for the MEBO Metabolomic Profiling research project to give more answers on other causes of odor conditions. However, a very strict low choline diet is definitely a danger to TMAU sufferers and non-TMAU sufferers for developing nonalcoholic fatty liver. We do need to keep in mind that there may also be other causes of nonalcoholic fatty liver, such as medication and diet.

That’s exactly what its implying, especially vital for TMAU sufferers with bacterial overgrowth problems, the vast majority of the choline being converted to TMA not leaving much at all by the time it gets to your liver leaving very little choline to decongest the fat in our livers, along with our reduced choline intake its quite worrying what impacts this has on our livers.

That along with the mental health benefits from choline which I’ve always been worried about, too many TMAU sufferers are subjected to mental health problems because of the nature of the illness, the reduced choline levels very much amplify this. See here:

Treating Depression and Anxiety Through Choline Supplements

Information on Choline, as an essential nutrient.

Sufferers of TMAU need to go on a low choline diet in order to control their odor symptoms. However, it can be very dangerous to one's health because choline is an essential nutrietn. Low choline diet can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver and increased anxiety and depression. It causes severe neurological abnormal development in fetuses.


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