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smells aid in medical practices

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do you have a dulled sense of smell? this is a common problem according to dr. john briffa in an article he has written that you can check out here: http://www.drbriffa.com/2005/05/15/natural-remedies-for-a-lack-of-sense-of-smell/.

hyposmia is the medical term for an impaired sense of smell. mucus forming foods are a possible culprit. dr. briffa has found that “dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, and ice cream are some of the worst offenders” in regard to “congestion and a tendency to snotty build-up”. another possible reason may be a deficiency in the mineral zinc. These can be found in foods such as oysters, lentils, sunflower seeds, and pecan nuts. since most of us don’t get enough zinc in our diets, a zinc supplement may be a possible alternative.

this article talks about smelling out a disease as well, which is fascinating! a device has recently been developed by doctors at strathclyde university that has the ability to detect odors of different medical conditions. dr. briffa talks about a doctor his mother worked with who was known “for his ability to accurately diagnose internal cancer on the basis of a physical examination. this skill, he maintained, was based less on what he saw and felt, and more by the smell emanating from his patient.” so if it is possible to use our noses to sniff out illnesses, that brings up a whole new world for scientists and doctors alike to discover more about!

all of it is so fascinating to me. what do you think? read the article and leave your comments and thoughts because, as always, i would love to hear what you think!

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