Do strong smells bother your asthma? If so you are not alone, and you are not weird, and it's not all in your head. In fact, a study from the University of West Georgia found that as many as 30 percent of Americans have a sensitivity to strong smells.
By strong smells I'm referring to the following:
Strong smells are not visible, and they are not -- like dust mites, cockroach urine, and molds -- allergens. They are not chemicals or substances. They are simply smells that are proven by various studies to trigger the asthma and allergy response, or cause headaches.
The exact mechanism is not known. It's also not possible to do a scientific study because it's not like you can take a smell, put it into a syringe, and insert it under your skin to see if it causes a response. You can do that with allergens, but not smells.
The University of West Georgia stu...
The experts tell us that we should eat more fish. Then, the experts tell us that eating too much fish can be dangerous because of high mercury levels. This information leaves the average person confused about what to do. Concerns for excess mercury have caused many people to eat less fish than they did before. However, such changes may have a detrimental affect on cardiovascular health.
First, let's talk about why fish is good for you. Fish is an excellent source of protein. It has very little saturated fat and is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. There are good fats, and there are bad fats. Omega-3 fatty acids are good fats. Benefits of omega-3 fatty acids include lower blood pressure, lower triglyceride levels, slower progression of atherosclerotic plaques, and lower risk of blood clots. These effects translate as a lower risk of heart attacks. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important in brain development and the proper growth of children.
Consuming fish does have p...
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is a metabolism disorder passed down through families in which the body cannot break down certain parts of proteins. Urine in persons with this condition can smell like maple syrup.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is caused by a gene defect. Persons with this condition cannot break down the amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine. This leads to a buildup of these chemicals in the blood.
In the most severe form, MSUD can damage the brain during times of physical stress (such as infection, fever, or not eating for a long time).
Some types of MSUD are mild or come and go. Even in the mildest form, repeated periods of physical stress can cause mental retardation and high levels of leucine.
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