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A poor sense of smell might matter more than you thought

August 16, 2021

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. … See Full Bio
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June 19, 2019

Is there anything we can do to prevent or improve our sense of smell?

June 24, 2019

I instantly lost sense of smell (anosmia) and taste (ageusia) after my GP, against my will, injected me with antibiotics, as l am allergic to most (against pneumonia). I have minimally recovered in the last 3 years. I take some supplements, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is probably the most effective, but also ashwagandha & Curcumin C3 complex, both strong anti-inflammatories. A friend also suggested to “retrain” the brain by inhaling a few times a day (just few seconds) some essential oils, such as lemon, clove, etc. Sadly, even when l saw a neurologist, she knew less than l about olfactory loss as mine. There is a great study published by University of Pennsylvania on this subject (~ 150 pages) & l understand that they perform a full scale day-long test for the olfactory problems. Also, you might contact and

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