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  1. pspaeth12@gmail.com' peter
    June 3, 2016 @ 9:51 pm

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22784341

    The science does not support the zinc tally test.

  2. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    June 4, 2016 @ 8:46 am

    Hi Peter! Thanks for the link, though because this was not an actual study but only a review – “The methodology of the three studies is critically discussed” then it cannot be said that “the science does not support the zinc tally test”. Especially when one of the studies “discussed” concluded, “Accuracy of zinc taste test in individual cases ranged between 70 and 100 percent. On the whole, zinc taste test was well correlated with serum zinc level, and provides a fair idea of zinc deficiency.”

    To me that suggests the need for more actual studies and a little less “discussion” to really determine the science. The zinc tally test, for me, has proven to be impressively accurate and because zinc deficiency is sadly epidemic, I will confidently continue to use and recommend it. Thanks again for the link! I love seeing all sides!

  3. douglassantos.eng@gmail.com' Lucas
    February 14, 2017 @ 5:17 am

    Hi,
    I was diagnosed with pyroluria about 1 year ago, since then I started supplementing with zinc + B6. During all this time I have been using Zinc tally test to assess my zinc levels and the maximum that I get is “No flavor to start with, but a “mineral” type flavor starts to appear = zinc deficiency”.

    Recently, I had a blood test (plasma) and it shows normal zinc levels. However, I have heard that serum/plasma are not good markers for zinc levels.
    When I stop zinc supplementation and try the zinc tally, the result normally is: No flavor (water-like) = typical zinc deficiency. Then I put the supplementation back in and the taste change to the level mentioned before. I can feel for sure that there is a relation between zinc tally and the zinc supplementation.

    The Pyroluria symptoms are still present but become less severe when I am supplementing zinc for any reason.

    If I were asked about what I feel, I would say that my zinc levels are still low based on my pyroluria symptoms and zinc tally despite the fact I am supplementing zinc for more than a year and the blood serum shows normal levels.
    Question; is there any chance of myself being correct? Have you come across any case where the zinc tally did not agree with the blood serum? Would be possible supplement zinc for more than 1 year and still have low levels?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Regards

    Lucas

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