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By lurkingforacure On 2012.05.11 09:17
I have not posted in awhile because we have been having a hell of a time. We are still having a hell of a time, but I read this today and it really gave me hope. I know it's not about PD, but I believe it has implications for PD because of the zinc factor: not many realize this, but loss or impaired sense of smell is a symptom of not only PD but also zinc deficiency. Most PWP can't smell at all or are unable to smell normally. My husband can smell stinky stuff like dog poop, but not a rose. This apparently is quite common, so common in fact, that they have developed a "sniff test" when testing for PD now. You have to be able to identify something like 20 different smells and if you can't, well, they include it as a symptom of PD. FYI, not ONE of the FIVE neuros we have seen has mentioned loss of smell is a symptom of zinc deficiency...they probably have no idea. But I digress.

Here's the link:

But before you go out and buy zinc to supplement with, read this article. Plus, too much zinc can be really bad (google for that if you want).

By karolinakitty On 2012.05.12 12:11
Lurking...I guess we were fortunate that our Movement Specialist DID tell us about the zinc.....we supplement in very low doses according to the blood work....right now he is taking it WITH the magnesium @15mg 2x a day.....

to back your statement DON'T go out and start buying the latest thing......

ALWAYS check with your doc first....get the necessary blood work before jumping into things...what's good fro the goose isn't always good for the gander as the saying goes....and we all know the rule....Every PWP is different :)

Has my guys cognition betcha...but there also were many other factors involved besides the zinc....and I've spoke on that before so I won't go on.....

By dkleinert On 2012.05.24 21:52
When I met my pd spouse at age 39, he already could not smell my perfume or anything else, could not taste anything unless it was really salty or really sweet; had tingling in his right hand, numbness in the tops of both of his thighs. He tended to have ADHD symptoms and could not stay on one subject for a long time. He was an accomplished engineer with IBM, and had many boxes of comendation placques and awards for his job performance.....but, pd was beginning to rear its head and we didn't know it. We married later that year, and as time went on, more and more pd symptoms appeared, but we didn't know them to be pd symptoms as we do now. So a smell test - that is awesome! One of the very early signs. Hurrah for that. We also had a hair analysis done that first year we were married, and mine was totally normal, but his came back disturbing to the technician who did the test. She said that he had heavy metal toxicity in his hair, and it looked like he didn't absorb essential fatty acids well. Those were her conclusions from the hair analysis. She was totally right on......those are the case for almost all pders that I have read about. So maybe hair analysis should be done also. Joe drank 2 liters of Dr. Pepper a day and drank loads of coffee and smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day when I met him. He attributed all the physical symptoms he was having to those abuses plus added to the fact that he was very athletic and said he'd had injuries that could have caused the numbness and tingling....but no - that was not the cause......have read that for those with a tendency to pd, the pesticides and chemicals in those things he included in his life at the time contributed to his pd.....who knows, really, but we have read that over and over again. A smell test - Hurrah for that! thank, Lurking!

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