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On today’s Creation Moments Minute, we take a closer look at our sense of smell.
Most people notice an odor only when it is unusual. The smelly chemical that utility companies put in natural gas so that we can smell leaks is methyl mercaptan. The human nose is extremely sensitive to this smell. We can detect as little as one 400-billionth of a gram of it in a quart of air.
Doctors have long known that their noses are helpful in diagnosing disease. A sweet smell could indicate diabetes. The smell of ammonia could indicate a kidney malfunction. Arsenic poisoning smells like garlic. Diphtheria can be identified by a sickeningly sweet odor, and a patient who smells like freshly baked bread may have typhoid.
While we seldom think about our sense of smell, it’s a wonderful gift from our Creator for which we owe Him thanks.
For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.