The response to the previous blog has been great. As promised, I’m presenting the scientific evidence.
The research shows that olfaction (sense of smell) is necessary not only for protection but also for digestion, memory, emotions, and motor skills such as maintenance of balance. If the sense of smell is “off”, its effect on the body will be “off.” The following is what Lisa Ann had to say about her experience with odors:
“I joke that I have a super nose. I can detect odors others miss. Sadly, certain perfumes immediately distort my balance. I know it is an allergic type reaction, but we ask anyone entering our home to skip the perfume. I have actually passed out from excessive perfume. I do not see this as MS related. I know many other people with this. On a final note, we never visit stores where well meaning clerks spritz perfume without our consent.”
Although an altered sense of smell may be the initial symptom of MS, it may wax and wane and become progressive along with its effects. However, breathing purified air in your home will go a long way in rejuvenating the sense of your smell. Smelling the odor emitted by the peelings of oranges and lemons can be fruitful. After all, you’re told that eating several helpings of fruits daily is healthy. Carry it an additional step—-smell the fresh odor.
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Dr. Rudy Cartwright
MS Health Coach