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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Suggestion for when trying to convince a Dr of TMAU

Tip : Visiting a Dr about TMAU : provoke the symptom by taking choline bitartate (or other cheap absorbable form of choline) for a few days beforehand.
One of the main problems with someone who feels they have TMAU but cannot convince a Dr about the problem is that they are likely to be 'transient/intermittent/periodic' cases, and possibly cannot usually smell themselves and so don't know how to 'smell on demand'.

A suggestion is (if you think it may involve TMAU) would be to buy choline from a health shop and take it for a day or 2 before the visit to the Dr. You may then at least be smelling at the visit. It would probably be best to choose a form of choline other than phosphatidylcholine, which is not is easy for bacteria to break down than other types of choline. The most common form of choline is choline bitartate, which would do fine.

It must be remembered that this may only provoke an odor in a strict TMAU case that has bacteria in their gut that breaks down the choline to TMA. Without the bacteria the choline will not be changed. Probably the real way to see if you have an FMO3 weakness would be to take TMA capsules, however for obvious reasons (horrible taste and no usefullness) these are not readily available.    

It must also be pointed out that this should in theory only be expected to provoke a 'fishy odor', whereas people with 'FMO3 body odor' may have their odors caused by other FMO3 substrates which although can be processed by other enzymes may have built up to excessive levels.


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