Comments on “A simple smell test may help reveal signs of unhealthy aging and frailty”

  1. Jerry C Hornbuckle says:
    01/13/2023 at 8:39 AM

    There may be a special circumstance you have overlooked, maybe two. At age 5 we lived in out in the country in a sparsely populated area. In order to play baseball, everyone from age 5 to 18 had to participate. But at age 5 I could not throw the ball far enough to play any defensive position except “pitcher”. On one occasion, a 16 year old batter, who was large for his age, hit a line drive that hit my nose squarely. It splattered blood over 6 feet and knocked me unconscious. Everyone fled because they thought I had been killed, but someone told my father who carried me to the Emergency Room. As a result, most of “olfactory sensor” was severely damaged and left me with almost no ability to smell anything … from age 5 to my now age of 80 years. However, I do have now a declining sense of taste.

    I believe there may be others like me that are exceptions to the author’s assertions relating reduced sense of smell to declining health. There may be another one I have, too.

    As a subject in a VA study related to brain function, it was discovered that I have an inherent condition called “pre-cortal processing”. All of our senses are fed into the brain via nerves that pass through ganglia that modifies the signals in the same sense as electronic signal processing. But in my case, they discovered I was “thinking” and making decisions in those ganglia before the information ever reached my brain. Please note this applies to all senses except for “smell”, which is not subject to a ganglia performing signal processing.

    I believe both perhaps ought to be considered in this research.

  2. SuzanneL says:
    01/13/2023 at 9:45 AM

    “For example, if someone flunks a smell test then maybe this patient needs to improve their nutrition or …”

    There’s no “or”. This sentence fragment is the heart of the article. Go on, say it. Loss of sense of smell primarily indicates zinc deficiency. Covid uses up your body’s stores of zinc fighting the virus, which is why “covid causes loss of smell”. Hydroxychloroquine helps the body absorbe dietary zinc, hence it had to be banned. But not to worry, the natural original, quercetin, also found in many foods such as garlic, also helps you absorb zinc. So they’ve already come for our primary sources of zinc – meat and eggs. Next they will come for our other main source of zinc – beans. You watch.

    1. walker roamer says:
      01/13/2023 at 10:52 AM

      Totally agree with you. Got Covid in early 2020. Was given HCQ before the ban and walked out of the hospital. Probably they will blame beans on Sudden Adult Death Syndrome…

    2. Bubba Six Pack says:
      01/13/2023 at 11:30 AM

      Haha, coming for our beans.


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