Over 200,000 people visit doctors each year for smell and taste problems. Since our ability to smell and taste decreases with age, up to 14 million Americans aged 55 and older may live with these disorders, undiagnosed. Smell and taste disorders affect a person's ability to enjoy food and drink and may result in decreased appetite, weight loss, and too much added sugar and salt in the diet. In severe cases they may lead to depression. Smell and taste problems can also interfere with personal safety, limiting the ability to notice smoke and potentially harmful chemicals and gases.
Navigating Smell and Taste Disorders is a unique collaboration between a doctor and a food consultant that both addresses the subject of smell and taste loss and provides food preparation tips and a special recipe section that will appeal to other senses and make food attractive again. This is a must-have reference book for all those living with smell and taste disorders.
The book covers the whole disorder including
- How smell and taste work
- Causes of smell and taste problems
- What you can expect when you visit a specialist
- Recipes that will appeal to other senses and make food attractive again
- First-person accounts of coping with this disorder
Navigating Smell and Taste Disorders is the inaugural book in the series Neurology Now Books from the American Academy of Neurology. Inspired by Neurology Now, the AAN's leading neurologic patient information magazine, Neurology Now Books are written from a multidisciplinary approach, combining the expertise of a neurologist with other related experts and patients and caregivers. Each volume will provide the reader with the most up-to-date information, answers to questions and concerns, and first-person accounts of others who are living with a neurologic disorder."
About the Author
Dr. Ronald DeVere had practiced neurology for 30 years when he lost part of his ability to smell in 1995. He began researching smell and taste disorders in-depth after discovering a lack of information available on the subject. As a result of his research he opened the Taste and Smell Disorders Clinic in Austin, Texas as part of his practice and is director of the clinic to this day.
Table of Contents
Foreword Richard L. Doty, PhD ix
About the AAN Neurology Now Books Series Lisa M. Shulman, MD xiii
Chapter 1 Why Can't I Smell? 1
Common Causes of Smell Disorders 1
Chapter 2 Why Can't I Taste? 21
Common Causes of Taste Disorders 22
Chapter 3 Temperature, Texture, and Spice: How Does the Smell and Taste System Work? 33
How We Smell 33
How We Remember Odors 37
How We Taste 38
Chapter 4 Sniffing Out What's Wrong: How Smell and Taste Disorders Are Diagnosed 49
Which Doctor to See? Seeking Medical Help 49
Visiting a Smell and Taste Clinic 52
Specialized Smell Testing 53
Specialized Taste Testing 56
Chapter 5 What Does It Mean? Treatment Options and Lifestyle Changes 61
Education about Your Disorder 62
Treatment for Smell and Taste Disorders 62
Living Well with a Smell and Taste Disorder 72
Potential New Treatments 77
Looking to the Future 78
Chapter 6 Food Preparation 81
General Information 81
Five Basic Tastes, Unlimited Flavors 86
Food Preparation Methods Suggested by Patients with Smell and Taste Disorders 88
Snacks and Appetizers 105
Fish and Seafood 109
Marinades and Sauces 135
Tips for Holiday Meals 147
Recipe Credits 151
Appendix A Smell and Taste Clinics 153
Appendix B Food Resources 157
Appendix C Recommended Reading 159
Appendix D Internet Resources 161
Appendix E About Neurologists 163
Appendix F About the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Neurology Foundation 165
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I requested this book because I can't smell, haven't been able to for years, and yet I can taste just fine (or at least what appears to be fine to me, having never been able to smell). I can somehow tell when cookies are burning. I can smell warm, lit candles three inches from my nose - but if I could see only as well as I can smell, I would most certainly be legally blind. It was interesting reading the medical background on what causes this to happen, and the various things that science can occasionally do to help fix this problem. The recipes are interesting, though I don't think will make for great family fare - getting my seven year old daughter to enjoy spicy meats and curries is a challenge far greater than I wish to take on. Also, I felt that the comments from other people who can't smell were not true of me vis a vis food they enjoyed - I never take my steak well done. I almost always prefer it medium rare. I'm not sure why this would help you enjoy the taste of it, although if you stood very close to the stove while it was cooking, you'd have a fairer shot at smelling it before it came to the table. I do look forward to trying the recipes soon - the life of a busy mom hasn't left much time for cooking lately (we're having a hectic week of cheerleading camp). And someday, if I ever have decent enough medical insurance to make it an option, I'd love to look into some of the medical treatments they suggested, to see if they might help. On the whole, I now feel lucky. From the descriptions, it sounds like anosmia and related issues are a much greater problem for some people than they are for me. Also, it feel much more informed about exactly why things don't work the way they should - something I'm sure is very important for almost anybody missing (or partially missing) a sense. An informative book about a rarely-discussed subject.
Dr. DeVere's book is a much-needed asset to problem solving this multi layered human reality. His clear style, simplifying so many complications, provides opportunity to encourage in a meaningful way. Amazing to have a quick read in such intricate details -- a useful resource.
This is a comprehensive guide to smell and taste disorders aimed at helping sufferers readjust their lifestyle to deal with their condition. It presents everything from a clear and concise explanation of different causes of taste and smelling disorders to practical advice for living as a sufferer. As a sufferer of hyponosmia, I was pleasantly surprised at how well-written and useful this book was. It even includes recipes to help non-tasters and smellers enjoy their food more. Highly recommended.
I liked this booklet - it was a light, easy read. It has clinical-style information but written for the layman.This 19.95 book has 180 pages - 90 are a discussion of your taste/smell system, with a light brush on touch and how it enhances flavor.The second half of the book are recipes, some of which are intriguing, index, Location of clinics, & glossariesIt also has a couple of illustrations to help you visualize this sensing system.It is an intersting read for ANYBODY who feels their taste/smell is wonky. It discusses regular, hpo, and non sensing, causes, effects, how medications can help and hurt - how some common diseases can affect your senses and if it will clear up...and I think I need to see if the local ENT will do a nasal endoscopy - it might clear up a mystery nobody else had been able to touch.Gotta love catching books - this one is definetly a keeper!
Authors Ronald DeVere and Marjorie Calvert have provided a very well designed and much needed book in this publication. Written in such a way that it can be understood by the layman, the book offers information for those who have lost their sense of taste, their sense of smell, or both.The main chapters of the book are:Why Can't I SmellWhy Can't I TasteTemperature, Texture, and Spice: How Does the Smell and Taste System Work?Sniffing Out What's Wrong: How Smell and Taste Disorders Are DiagnosedWhat Does It Mean? Treatment Options and Lifestyle ChangesConcepts are presented in a clear way with definitions of words in the footnotes area, with diagrams, and with text boxes for extra information.The most wonderful part of the book though is found in the final two chapters: "Food Preparation"; and "Recipes". The cooking tips and recipes here were taste tested by both smell/taste impaired individuals and individuals with normal taste and smell. Each recipe includes a note on why it was chosen for inclusion in the book. Also, variations are also included with most recipes. These are ideas that can be used if the recipe as presented does not succeed in better satisfying the impaired person.The book has several appendices also:Smell and Taste ClinicsFood ResourcesRecommended ReadingInternet ResourcesAbout NeurologistsAbout the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Neurology FoundationFinally there is a glossary, and an index.This book is a great resource for anyone suffering from spell and/or taste impairment, and for anyone who has a loved one dealing with the problem.
This is an excellent guide for people with smell and taste disorders (as much so for caretakers). It explains causes (injury, cold, etc.) that can lead to smell or taste loss, as well as the biology, the diagnosis, and the treatment. Therefore it is educational not only to people who are currently being treated, but also to people who have not been diagnosed. The biology is very simply explained, though the book has some vocabulary words with glossary footnotes for people who want to learn the relevant vocabulary. Best of all, the book makes suggestions about how to enjoy food with a taste disorder, explaining why different spices, etc are added. It even has a wonderful list of recipes designed by a nutritionist. Overall, I think this is one of the better-written medical handbooks I've read.