I have gradually lost my sense of smell over the past several years until I have nothing at all now. How do I cope with this? I'm now losing my sense of taste as well it's making me nuts because it is in a small sense affecting my job. I would also like some help with stopping smoking as I just watched my Dad pass away from a major stroke after 3 heart attacks need some encouragement.
My reasons for impaired smell and taste: vitamin B12 deficiency (due to autoimmune pernicious anaemia), zinc deficiency, and hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's thyroiditis). I had to diagnose all three conditions myself. Thankfully we have google eh? :)
Excerpt from "Smell and Taste Disorders: A Primary Care Approach" - American Academy of Family Physicians:
Selected Possible Causes of Smell Disturbance
Nasal and sinus disease (e.g., allergic or vasomotor rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, adenoid hypertrophy)
Upper respiratory infection
Head trauma (e.g., frontal skull fracture, occipital injury, nasal fracture)
Neurodegenerative disease (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis)
As for heart attacks, check your homocysteine levels. High levels are bad news! A good article on this is "Homocysteine the Silent Killer" - Squidoo. And there is an excellent book entitled: The H Factor Solution: Homocysteine, the Best Single Indicator of Whether You Are Likely to Live Long or Die Young by James Braly MD and Patrick Holford.
A good article on the many reasons why the cholesterol causes heart disease theory is extremely flawed (and backed up by clinical trials): 5 reasons not to worry about your cholesterol numbers - Chris Kresser. And another great article The Hidden Truth About "Reducing Your Cholesterol" by Mike Geary.
For those who do take statins, the newest black box warning on statin drugs: memory loss, confusion, high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes risk. Statins also lower CoQ10. Depletion of CoQ10 can cause any number of symptoms including nausea, headaches, dizziness, sleep disturbances, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, shortness of breath, memory loss, liver problems, muscle weakness, muscle pain, peripheral neuropathy, congestive heart failure.
Try electronic cigarettes. They look like a cigarette and even have nicotine (that's the reason you can't give up smoking - more addictive than heroin!) but it doesn't contain the cancer causing agents. So you can lower the nicotine cartridges over time until you quit. You can smoke e-cigs indoors as it is a water vapour not toxic second hand smoke. Johnny Depp was smoking an e-cig in the movie The Tourist. A bit of trivia. :)
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