Did You Smell The Peanut Butter?

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You’ve probably seen the news. It’s been shared on Facebook no telling how many times. If you GOOGLE you will get close to 179,000 hits that tell you about it.

Basically, the headlines tout the ability to test for Alzheimer if you open a jar of peanut butter, hold it up to your nose (a certain distance) and holding one side of your nose, see if you can smell it. Supposedly the sense of smell is one of the first things to go when you are a victim of Alzheimer’s.

This all fits into our 21st century mindset: to have quick and simple answers.

So having succumbed and sniffed the peanut butter myself, I did wonder…

What if you had a cold? What if you had an infection some time back and it left you permanently unable to smell on one side of your nose? Maybe you got hit in the nose and your deviated septum didn’t allow the odor molecules to filter up to where they were supposed to? And lastly, I wondered just how good was the science of this whole thing?

The way we get news and information scares me. Not to get on a soapbox, but you can’t believe everything you see on the internet. Even though we in