Under deck Viewers know the crew is often tightly packed in their quarters “under deck.” Each cabin usually has a bathroom, which is very close to the sleeping quarters. The fact that Chastain’s sense of smell wasn’t as keen when she was in sailing allowed her to avoid some of the more uncomfortable things Smells waft in the narrow rooms.
Kate Chastain joked about why it’s good not to have a sense of smell
While working on her first boat, Chastain found herself in a situation similar to what the Below Deck Down Under crew encountered. One crew’s toilet overflowed at least twice Below Deck Down Under. The crew are seen gagging and pulling their shirts over their faces because the Smell is so overwhelming.
Chastain said she didn’t have these problems when it happened to her. “It happened on my first boat,” Chastain told Malia White Total Ship Show podcast. In fact, White also encountered an overflowing toilet.
“I was born without a sense of smell,” she continued. “I already told you that. So there I was, on a stool in the engineer’s booth, with a radio telling them when the s*** water was going down. ‘It’s starting to sink!’”
Kate Chastain from Below Deck didn’t realize it until she was 14
As disgusted as White was by the toilet talk, she needed Chastain to fight back and tell her more about not having a sense of smell. She asked Chastain if she could taste it. “I really don’t know,” Chastain replied. “You know, I think I have a very deviated septum, but I could have surgery. But if I have an operation, I have to make a documentary. So it’s like I’m an infant at this stage. Like what is happening on my face?”
Chastain admitted she wasn’t fully aware that she didn’t have a sense of smell until puberty. “I didn’t know until I was 14,” she said. Adding: “That’s probably why I’ve gotten this far in sailing, to be honest. You know, it’s an ability. It’s called anosmia.”
White wondered if Chastain wanted to acquire her sense of smell at this point in her life. “Honestly, I know it would be awesome, and then I would feel bad about it,” she said. What’s more, while she’s wearing perfume, she has no idea if she’s wearing too much or too little.
Chastain also said that gaining a sense of smell could change her life for the worst. “What if I hate my dog? What if I gain 500 pounds? My life is good,” she said.
How rare is it to be born without a sense of smell?
Chastain has congenital anosmia, which is actually a fairly rare condition. How rare is it? According to the National Center for the Advancement of Translational Sciences, Congenital anosmia affects 1 in 10,000 people. And while Chastain has spoken about surgery, there’s usually no way to fully reverse the condition.
Unfortunately, it seems that a cure won’t be available any time soon. “We underestimate smell so much that there is very little research into curing anosmia,” said biologist Paul Moore NPR.
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