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Body Odor / Scalp Odor / mercury and lead tox / candida / menopausal symptoms
Posted by: Robin
Date: August 14, 2006 1:02 AM

Iíve had body odor since menopause some six years ago. In 2004 I have really strong underarm odor that I could not correct with washing. I began bio-identical hormone replacement and the underarm odor stopped, but a general body odor worsened. In 2005, I ate the wrong foods and developed a vinegar smell on the occipital lobe. The odor grew worse in the sun. A doctor suggested the cause as heavy metal intoxication. The results showed 2x the level of mercury and 3 x the level of lead. This doctor prescribed chelation. I had 14 amalgams removed and water filters installed in the kitchen and bathroom. By June of 2006 mercury went from 13 to 2.5. The lead decreased but remained high. The odor remained. I decided to see a doc who diagnosed candida and not heavy metals. He tested foods, prescribed a probiotic, collodial silver, Ultraclear, myocpryl, and tanalbit. He said the odor was probably from some imbalance. Medical Mysteries on TMAU piqued my interest. Although the odor is not fishy it is musty and can fill a room. Iíve cut high level choline foods. I had been eatiing flax and sesame seeds which I just learned are high in choline.

RE: Body Odor / Scalp Odor / mercury and lead tox / candida / menopausal symptoms
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: August 14, 2006 1:52 AM

It is exceedingly unlikely that any particular individual has fish odor syndrome as it is extremely rare. Also it needs to have been present throughout life and it needs to smell like fish. Extreme body odor can nevertheless be genetic. There are two kinds of sweat glands - apocrine and eccrine. Apocrine glands put out an oily substance which is easily metabolized by bacteria into a reeking odor. These people need to bath frequently and use deodorant. Eccrine glands make no offensive odor. Beyond that, while heavy metals give a metallic taste in the mouth, I am not aware that they produce a generalized body odor. However, organic toxins surely can - such as pesticides. However, the most common cause of offensive body odor is a dysfunctional colon. The toxins from a dirty colon are carried by the circulation throughout the body and often give a severe case of halitosis.

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