Growing reports suggest that the loss of your sense of smell, a condition known as anosmia, is a common symptom of COVID19.
Losing our ability to smell is one of the most mysterious symptoms of the coronavirus.
According to researchers in Europe, more than 85% of coronavirus sufferers experience the problem.
Most of these patients also experience a loss of the sense of taste, a condition known as dysgeusia. This is logical, since olfaction plays an important role in the sense of taste. In fact, as much as 85% of taste can be dependent on olfaction.
When losing their olfactory sense, some people may experience depression, feelings of abandonment or insecurity.
The objective of this book is to give you a better understanding of the importance of a little understood sense: the olfactory sense. This sense has been neglected and rejected by our society since the 19th Century more focused on the senses of sight and hearing considered more “intellectual”.
How, starting from a chemical molecule in our environment by an ailment, a flower or a fragrance, do we succeed in creating in our brain something called « a smell » which is linked to taste, memory, emotions but also to wellbeing and physical health.
How a trauma, a cancer or a viral infection like COVID19 could be altering this olfactory sense?
And finally, what treatments are available based on olfactory training?
This book brings hope of renewal, putting back the olfactory sense next to sight and hearing to balance all of our senses.
Smelling and wellbeing: this will be the heritage and gifts we leave to our children and next generations.
Creezy Courtoy is an historian and anthropologist specializing in perfume and olfaction.
She is also Founder and Chair of the non-profit International Perfume Foundation.
During her research the author spent a lot of time with gorillas to study the sense of olfaction.
She created « Les Ateliers des Petits Nez » Workshops for Little Noses is an educational program teaching how to preserve the olfactory sense for babies, to develop it for children and to restore it for adults.
Preamble by Marc Luyckx Ghisi.
He was, for almost ten years, adviser to EU Presidents Delors and Santer at the European Commission's Prospective Cell in Brussels.
Edited by Terry Johnson.
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