Body Talk 1/10/17

Scientists have now discovered that the onset of dementia can be detected by a simple smelling test.That’s correct smelling! It seems to be the sense that is affected the most, several years before the start of the disease. If detected it could be possible to reverse the symptoms.

This research discovered that the worse the sense of smell, the more likely dementia was to develop in old age.

Peppermint, fish, orange, rose and leather were the smells that were used. They can be used as an early warning system and take it as time to maybe change diet and lifestyle to protect your health into old age.

Dementia can go unnoticed for an incredible 20 years as the body goes into a slow decline. Five years after the test participants started to be monitored, all of those who had no sense of smell were all displaying signs of dementia, and nearly all of those who only provided one or two correct answers also had those same signs.

This simple test could provide a quick and inexpensive way to identify those who are already at high risk. Of all human senses, smell is the most undervalued and underappreciated until it’s gone. Other senses may also play a part in dementia detection, but it seems the olfactory sense could be the most important.

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About Mel Watson

I have been with Phoenix FM since April 2007 - I came in to be interviewed about yoga just after the station launched in March, and enjoyed it so much that my own show - Body Talk - was born. On Body Talk I cover a different health topic every week and interview top healthcare profesionals including doctors, surgeons, healers, reflexologists and life coaches. I feel that all therapies have their place in today's world, and some of the more alternative methods can easily complement convential medicine. I have been a yoga and meditation teacher for over 20 years, am a qualified hypnotherapist, and I have also trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Technique, Reiki, Lucid Dreaming and Dream Therapy. I run regular classes at the Brentwood Centre as well as private one to one sessions. I've walked a spiritual path for most of my life and outside of radio and teaching I'm an Independent Celebrant. I officiate at Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Spiritual Blessings and Funerals. You can find out more at