This seems like an innovative approach to weight loss: reducing appetite by blocking the senses of smell and taste.

Compellis Pharmaceuticals of Boston said it has been issued an initial patent for a nasal spray that aims to treat obesity by blocking the senses of smell and taste.

"It seems so simple - blocking the sense of smell and taste," company chief executive Chris Adams wrote in an e-mail. "But it has never been used to treat obesity, and it really does work. Our bodies do not crave what we cannot smell or taste."

Assuming that the senses come back when you stop using the spray, this seems like a fantastic idea.



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