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Modern Living Is Killing Our Sense of Smell, Says Leading Scientist

Air pollution has become such a worldwide epidemic that scientists now believe it’s literally destroying our natural sense of smell — a travesty that can lead to poor food choices, obesity and chronic diseases such as heart attacks and dementia, The Telegraph reports.

Pollution aside, our olfactory nerves are also being assaulted more and more every day with an onslaught of scented products such as dryer sheets, candles and air “fresheners” — which contain chemicals that can cause serious adverse health effects.

For example, chemicals known as phthalates, which are used as plasticizers in everything from vinyl flooring to detergents, hoses, raincoats, adhesives, air fresheners, and toys, are also used in many soaps, shampoos, lotions, nail polish and other personal care products.

If you’re concerned about the scent assault on your body, you can begin at home by refusing to buy scented products, by looking for products that are made by companies that are Earth-friendly, animal-friendly, sustainable, certified organic and GMO-free, and by using natural cleaning products or making your own.

For example, if you want a good substitute for dryer sheets and static cling, you can spritz a little water on your clothing or rub a small amount of natural moisturizer such as coconut oil over your skin before you dress. Keeping a humidifier in your laundry room may help reduce static cling in your clothing as they are removed from the dryer. If your clothing has a static charge, slip the clothing over a metal hanger to discharge the unbalanced protons and electrons, and reduce or eliminate the static cling.
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