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MikeS
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Posted on Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 8:53 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

After a full day of researching "sulfite sensitivity" (allergy), I've learned that it may be caused by a relative deficiency of the enzyme sulfite oxidase which breaks down sulfites, and requires molybdenum as a cofactor.

I had a hair mineral analysis done 4 months ago, and I scored .003 for molybdenum. The reference range was .003 to .008 (meaning I was borderline-low).

Because I've had such bad luck with supplements, and only sporadically taken my multi-vit, it wouldn't surprise me at all if my level has dropped even further.

I wonder if I've set myself up for perfect storm? (worsening a deficiency in something required to make the enzyme which breaks down sulfites???

Whatta u think?

BTW: I didn't see a group dedicated to sulfite sensitivity at curezone. Do you know of one??
MikeS
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Posted on Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 8:59 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Furthermore: I wonder if that's maybe why many sensitive to MSG have issues with sulfites.

(I have the impression that many folks here don't take supplements like Multi-Vitamins for a variety of reasons).

So, I guess my hypothesis is folks that don't take multi-vitamins are more likely to be sensitive to sulfites.

Just a theory.

Mike
Mariann
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Posted on Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 8:43 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mike you pose the most interesting questions. You ought to be a scientist or FBI investigator I swear. I love your questions, you make us all look beyond our noses. I know that I am sensitive to sulfites, sulfa drugs are a real problem for me, swollen tongue, not good. Keep us thinking. Mariann
LisaS
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Posted on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 8:37 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mike, have you found anything more on molybdenum? My son has it low on several hair tests. He takes a supplement but it only has 67% RDA. I haven't started looking into sulfite sensitivity yet.
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Monday, December 28, 2009 - 2:42 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

From http://www.diagnose-me.com/cond/C488839.html

"Molybdenum
An essential trace element. It helps regulate iron stores in the body and is a key component of at least three enzymes: xanthine oxidase, aldehyde oxidase and sulfite oxidase. These enzymes are involved with carbohydrate metabolism, fat oxidation and urine metabolism. The average adult has about 9mg of molybdenum concentrated mostly in the liver, kidney, adrenal glands, bones and skin. Molybdenum deficiencies are associated with esophageal cancer, sexual impotency and tooth decay."

http://www.naturalhealthtechniques.com/diet_nutrition/molybdenum.htm
MikeS
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Posted on Monday, December 28, 2009 - 3:17 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi Lisa,

According to:
http://www.digitalnaturopath.com/cond/C488289.html
and many other sources,

"It appears that sulfite sensitivity may be caused by a relative deficiency of the enzyme sulfite oxidase which breaks down sulfites and requires molybdenum as a cofactor."

Molybdenum is in SOME multi-vits (two I've used in the past, but two others didn't have it).

I ordered Molybdenum from iHerb.com; I picked the one from Carlson. It will arrive on Monday.

I'm going to do a sulfite challenge BEFORE I start supplementing with the Molybdenum. I think welsch's WHITE grape juice will be my test solution.

The sulfitesnomore group at groups.yahoo.com is awesome! (it's an email list, so you might want to setup an email filter to route all that mail into a separate folder).

Interestingly, when I cut out the MSG foods, I did pretty well. It turns out there's a lot of overlap between banned foods on the msg list and the sulfite list.

BTW, apparently wet process corn contains sulfites, and SOME of the folks very sulfite sensitive have issues with that pesky citric acid stuff.

Mike

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