Walking out my front door, I catch a whiff of a sweet fragrance. The smell, courtesy of my blooming hackberry tree, is distinctive, a little heavier than the perfume that seems to envelope the area around the gardenia plant in my courtyard. And both are decidely different from the delicate odor offered by my blooming jasmine. I rarely stop to think about the integral part that smell plays in a life; in fact, my olfactory abilities probably are the least developed of my senses. And yet, the sense of smell is a key part of the brain, designed to bring joy (the smell of a loved one) or to warn of danger (just think of the contents of a dumpster filled with rotting food). And, according to a psychologist who ran Mom through a battery of tests concerning her memory loss in 2004, the sense of smell originates in a part of the brain that often is attacked first by Alzheimer’s disease. So the sense of smell, long ignored in the rush through life, has moved up in my awareness as I go thoug...
Reprinted with permission from Amy Tenderich of www.diabetesmine.com. Splenda vs. Equal vs. Sweet & Low... Which is the lesser of evils? I've noticed that lately, at least in California, restaurants and cafes now fill their ramekins with ALL THREE PRODUCTS, so patrons can choose their poison . I often stare long and hard at those yellow, baby blue and pink packets, wondering "should I be choosing on taste (who can tell the difference?) or based on some important health concern?" What's in them, anyway? I made a special stop at Starbucks yesterday (not nearly as eventful as Kerri's !) to grab three fresh packets and check it out: SPLENDA: sucralose EQUAL: dextrose with maltodextrin, aspartame SWEET & LOW: nutritive dextrose, calcium saccharin, cream of tartar, and calcium silicate (an anti-caking agent) (Check out a brand new book on the "sweet and sour" scandals behind the Cohen family Sweet & Low Empire, by the way) From what I read, it's all pretty crappy for ...
Certain medications can change the way the receptors in your mouth and nose tell your brain what you're tasting or smelling. Some foods may taste bitter, rancid, or metallic. Foods that used to be your favorites may taste different while you're getting treatment. This condition usually only lasts as long as treatment does -- in most cases, your will senses will return to normal a couple months after you're done.
The following breast cancer treatments can affect your sense of taste and smell:
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab), a targeted therapy
Some pain medications also can affect your sense of taste and smell.
Managing taste and smell changes
Try new foods . If you find yourself disliking your favorite foods, try foods that are different from what you normally eat. Be sure to try new foods when you're feeling good so you don't develop more food dislikes.
Eat lightly and several hours before you receive chemotherapy . This helps prevent food aversions caused by nau...
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