Zicam to fix a smell issue?

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Registered: 06-18-2009
Zicam to fix a smell issue?
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Thu, 06-18-2009 - 3:24pm

I found out about Sensory Integration Disorder from a member of another message board and figured it might be better to ask at a place like this what I was asking there. I've pasted my posts from that thread below:

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31388177/ns/health-cold_and_flu/

As someone who’s sense of smell has been overbearing for over 26 years and caused massive dietary issues… Not to mention inability to attend certain social events or go to most restaurants based on what they serve there…

This gives me reason for the first time in over a decade to take a cold remedy.

As with anything that could be permanent though, I'd first want a few other opinions.

My only real worry is that I lose my sense of smell only to still have my throat close up and/or burn from being around certain smells... Or that my head still fogs up and I still become unable to concentrate in the presence of certain smells... It'd be great if I wasn't jumping in with no real data regarding what I hope happens, you know?

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All I've been able to get from my general doctor or the ear, nose & throat doctor I went to was "Looks normal."

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However, I do know the following:

All of my senses are boosted to some degree. This is great in some ways, but an occasional problem in others (like velvet causing my fingertips to hurt a little for a bit after touching it) Smell is the only one that's been a real problem though. I don't want to sacrifice the others to fix smell.

This is a result of slightly higher than average voltage in my nervous system which, in turn, is from an increase in the redox reaction in my blood from a naturally higher level of certain heavier metals. Redox, or reduction-oxidation reaction, is how your body gets energy from oxygen. It's also why the body ages though. (It's also the same reaction that occurs in a battery and causes metal to rust.)

Oddly though, despite the fact that it certainly has physical roots, it requires a psychologist to diagnose "Asperger's Syndrome". This is because with the higher voltage in the nervous system, there are certain effects within the brain as well. Those simply being that certain signals are stronger. For example, patterns are more interesting to look at and will be seen in more places... Which generally results in such a person being more likely to look at the grain of wood behind you than your face while talking to you.

Throughout these 26 years though, I've kept all the good parts and found ways to nullify the bad. (Did you know there's a spirograph-ish pattern in the colored part of people's eyes?) And I had to do that completely on my own.

My only remaining limitation that the average person doesn't have is my heightened sense of smell.

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The problem here though is that it's actual pain. The smell of anything spicy, from across the room, burns my throat. The smell of anything too strong (most food) will cause my throat to close and my mind to fog up. My body is reacting to the smell of food, something required for life, as if it were something rancid and dangerous. (This was confirmed one time when a man walked onto the subway covered in feces. My reaction was exactly the same as it is to the smell of most foods, and everyone else seemed to have the same reaction as me for the first time ever.)

My resulting diet is mostly plain pizza & pasta with lots of dairy. (I go through a gallon of milk every two days.) And some canned juice. (I prefer the can's metaleyness for some odd reason.) Continuing with this diet is probably more dangerous than losing my sense of smell, but how can I eat anything else if my throat is literally going to close up before I try to? I take Centrum, but I know that doesn't have everything I need.

So I've grown to find the entire concept of food and eating disgusting. I get a jolt of fear when I see somebody take out a paper bag or a tupperware container. I've considered injected nourishment, but it turns out that's not actually healthy for anyone who's conscious. (They could fix that, but there's too low a demand.)

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So, if I could get some feedback as to any possible alternatives, that'd be great, but barring that, I'll be looking for a 2nd-rate supermarket that hasn't gotten word yet to remove Zicam from their shelves. Thanks!

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Registered: 09-27-2007
Fri, 06-19-2009 - 7:20pm

hmmm...interesting thought/idea. I have a heightened sense of smell...but nowhere to the extreme you have described. My son is actually the one that brings me to this board.

I was very interested in what you had to say about aspies. My son has an ASD dx. and he always seems to see things we don't see and definitely has sensory issues.

I don't know if I would try the zicam or not. Do you see a DAN dr? Have you tried ways to resolve the heavy metal issues you have? That may be causing some of the issues with your smell...also it might be just the reason for you craving juice out of a metal can.

You will have to keep us posted as to what you decide to do....sorry I can't help you more.

Jessie Mommy to Gabe (5.8 yrs old ASD, CAS, SPD) and Zane (1.10 yrs old ESD)

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Fri, 06-19-2009 - 10:26pm

Well, I don't want any of my other senses to diminish in the process. Having 15/20 vision, for example, has only helped me. My mind being focused & logical is another related aspect I'd like to keep.

I don't actually see Asperger's as a disorder, but rather, as evolution. We've added more metals to the air, and now people are starting to use them. Like anything in nature, the first few tries aren't perfect, but it explains so many things. 200 years ago, it was possible for a person to know everything mankind knew. Now there's so much info that people need to specialize. Asperger's makes a person want to specialize in a particular subject. There's also more social detachment in modern society, and again Asperger's feels like an adaptation to that. All the great inventors and thinkers had it too... DaVinci, Einstein, Bill Gates, and it's becoming more and more common.

So, for the most part, I embrace my Asperger's. It's why I'm great at what I choose to do. This smell issue is simply the only drawback. I am not seeing any specialists nor am I taking any medication. I don't need it. I just want to halve my sense of smell. Getting rid of it altogether is the next best thing to that, which is what Zicam offers.

Somehow the Zinc's interaction with the nose does it. I'd like more information on exactly how before I do it. (I don't want tumors or anything bad like that.)

I know there are clay baths that will pull out the metals. I don't want that. I want to have my cake and eat it too, so to speak... And I may finally have figured out how with Zicam. I just need more info on it.

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Mon, 06-22-2009 - 7:09am

What an interesting take on aspergers. Never even thought of it that way. hmmm.

Apparently zinc in high doses can cause this nerve damage. It looks like polly grop and other denture cream can cause nerve damage too. It also appears that zinc in extremely high doses can even cause death....but I only saw that on one web page...and it was a site put out by an attorneys office (don't now how reliable that is)

I have a friend that swears by zicam...and she has not lost any sense of smell.

Hopefully you can find something that works for you....good luck.

Jessie Mommy to Gabe (5.8 yrs old ASD, CAS, SPD) and Zane (1.10 yrs old ESD)

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