Altamont, NY (PRWEB) April 12, 2004
These days our busy lives make it tough to stop and smell the roses, but just imagine "never" being able to smell those roses even if you had the time. That's the reality for more than 2 million Americans who have a condition known as "Anosmia".
Anosmia sufferers either partially, or completely lose their sense of smell. Basically, Anosmia is to smell, as blindness is to sight. For a very few people it's a congenital disorder starting at birth, but for most it's due to a variety of sinus ailments. Chronic sinus conditions such as rhinitis, sinusitis, and even allergies can all lead to anosmia. But there's a new debate on the medical front concerning "anti-cold" nasal sprays containing Zincum Gluconicum, also known as Zinc Gluconate. The intranasal use of Zinc Gluconicum has been linked to anosmia for over 50 years yet it was somehow accepted as a safe OTC product, and heavily marketed during the 1990s.
There are several brands out there, but the two most prominent ones are marketed under the names, "Cold-Eeze" and "Zicam". Both brands were approved by the FDA for over the counter sales as intranasal cold remedies, but there are thousands of Americans claiming these nasal sprays have destroyed their senses of smell.
Attorneys representing former zinc nasal spray users claim Matrixx Initiatives Inc. and Quigley Inc., the manufacturers of Zicam and Cold-Eeze respectively, intentionally misled their customers concerning the known effects of intranasal zinc usage. Despite the knowledge that zinc can seriously affect the sense of smell and taste, manufacturers of these nasal sprays failed to warn their customers on their packaging and within their advertising.
In fact, several class action lawsuits are presently in the works, and both sides are hunkering down for a long drawn out battle. The nasal spray makers, and the FDA both contend zinc based nasal sprays have not been proven to destroy one's sense of smell. Yet it's hard to explain the thousands of people who have lost their ability to smell after using a Zinc Gluconate based nasal spray.
Lawsuits and court battles aside, there may be an amazing answer that could satisfy both parties in this delicate situation. It's an all natural nasal spray made with hot pepper extract known as "The Sinus Buster". This nasal spray has been proven to bring back the sense of smell for a handful of users suffering from Anosmia.
Since the Sinus Buster nasal spray was first introduced only six months ago, there have been more than a dozen users who claim this spray actually cured their Anosmia. Incredibly, the effect was noticed within 24 hours for most of these users, and it appears to be a permanent fix.
Such was the case for Amelia Anderson of Chula Vista, California. A chronic sinus sufferer for most of her adult life, Amelia completely lost her sense of smell more than a decade ago. Over the years she eventually got used to not being able to smell, but she always missed the fragrances of the environment around her. Now after years of suffering, Amelia can once again stop to smell the roses thanks the Sinus Buster capsaicn (hot pepper extract) nasal spray.
"I havenÂt been able to smell anything for about 10 years. We live by the ocean and I could never smell the air around me. You know that smell the ocean has. I always missed that. I've taken all kinds of medications for my sinus problems over the years. I've been on all kinds of over the counter medicines and even prescriptions from my doctor, but nothing ever worked until I used that spray. Now I can smell everything," Anderson said.
The Sinus Buster's main active ingredient, capsaicin, is the natural chemical that puts the "Hot" in hot peppers, and it's been clinically proven to relieve many sinus conditions including chronic rhinitis. Capsaicin is also touted as one of the best headache remedies ever discovered relieving migraines, cluster headaches, and even hang-overs. Now according to Amelia Anderson, The Sinus Buster may also help some Anosmia sufferers re-gain their sense of smell.
"When my husband ordered the sinus buster over the internet I was skeptical. But I said okay IÂll give it a try. As soon as we got it I used it that night and the next day I noticed I could smell certain odors. I couldn't believe it. The first thing I smelled was my daughter coming home after a night of partying, and I could smell cigarette smoke all over her. I had to bring her coat out to the garage because the smoke odor was so strong. Then my daughter told me thatÂs how she always smells after going out, but I never smelled the smoke before. It's absolutely amazing," Anderson added.
Although Amelia didn't lose her smelling ability due to zinc nasal sprays, the process that stole her sense of smell is still the same. Officials from SiCap Industries, makers of The Sinus Buster pepper nasal spray believe their product could also help former zinc users to regenerate their "smellers".
"We've heard from 13 people who claim they regained their sense of smell after using our product. We did some research and found there have been credible studies that show capsaicin may be able to regenerate the dead nerve fibers that control the human sense of smell. These nerve fibers actually die and regenerate constantly on their own, but chronic sinus problems and allergies can kill them permanently, or so we thought. Maybe the answer is capsaicin, and our spray seems to be proving it as a medical fact. I believe it's got something to do with the thermal heat action of the pepper extract," explains Wayne Perry, President of SiCap Industries.
Perry may not be far off the mark -- the cases of Amelia Anderson and other Sinus Buster users appear to back up his theory. Every Sinus Buster user who regained their smelling abilities claimed the unique deep penetrating "heat action" felt as if it was actually recharging their nerves. If this holds true, many "zinc nasal spray" lawsuit plaintifs may want to ask for The Sinus Buster as part of their settlements.
SiCap Industries officials would like to participate in clinical trials testing the effects of their capsaicin nasal spray on participants with Anosmia. They believe the trials could lead to a total cure for most Anosmics, and a possible answer to many of the lawsuits.
"We are in no way claiming the sinus buster is the cure for anything, but so far our customers have found it to have an amazing effect on the nerve patterns and chemicals associated with chronic sinus, allergy, and headache symptoms. If the guys who make zinc nasal sprays, or the FDA would fund some clinical trials using capsaicin, our company would be happy to supply them with product. I believe it's important to see if the people who lost their senses of smell could actually be permanently cured. It sure might change some things with all those pending lawsuits," says Perry.
To Find Out More About The Sinus Buster Natural Hot Pepper Nasal Spray -- go to (http://www.sinusbuster.com). They have the whole story about where this unique formula comes from, and how it works. It's quite interesting.
It's important to note that Zicam and Cold-Eeze are not the only nasal spray products that contain Zincum Gluconicum. Below is a list of other cold remedies that also contain zinc in various forms:
*Zinc Nasal Spray
*Neti Wash Plus
*SYMTEC Cold & Sinus Nasal Spray
Media Outlets interested in following up on this story should contact SiCap Industries directly through the contact information provided, or through email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(Released by Ashtar Press Services)
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