|What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?
sits next to you on the bus wearing a lovely but strong fragrance. Your eyes begin to burn and water, and
then come the sneezes. The same reaction occurs as you get off the bus and walk past a man spraying
flowers with a pesticide. This is MCS.
According to Christiane Tourtet, Coordinator for the Global Recognition Campaign for MCS, multiple
chemical sensitivity (also known as multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome or environmental illness)
is an "increasingly alarming world-wide public health problem caused by our toxic environment" in the
form of a "debilitating chronic medical condition characterized by extreme sensitivities to chemicals."
MCS can develop after exposure to chemicals such as pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides,
household cleaning products, air fresheners, deodorizers, glues, carpets, building materials, paint,
ink, emissions from copying machines, automobile exhausts, cooking fumes, gasoline, wood burning,
perfumes, scented products, carbon paper, candles, incense, dry-cleaning, shampoos, beauty products, and
other personal care products.
|Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Symptoms
|Reactions to chemicals in our environment may be immediate or delayed. Symptoms may include difficulty breathing, neurological problems, joint pain,
short-term memory loss, visual changes, dysfunction of senses, loss of smell, sinus congestion, burning eyes and throat, nausea, digestive problems,
fatigue, numbness, tingling, convulsions, irregular heart beat, behavioral changes, and rhinitis. With such a range of symptoms, MCS can often be
|MCS and Indoor Air Quality
and other toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) enter the air you breathe from carpets, plastics, insulation, adhesives, and other
building materials. Pesticides, lawn chemicals, household cleaners, and other dangerous chemicals also make their way into the
air in your home. The right air purifier will remove these toxic chemicals... but the wrong air purifier can actually contribute
to the problem. See Multiple Chemical Sensitivity & Indoor Air Quality
for more information.
|MCS and Personal Care Products
live in an increasingly toxic world. If you're sensitive to the synthetic chemicals found in many personal care products or
worried about their long-term affects on your health, you can prevent reactions and decrease your toxic load by using
irritant free and safe personal care products. Vanicream skin care products
offer an excellent solution for those looking for an alternative to department store brands made with harsh chemicals. Developed and manufactured in
the U.S. Vanicream and Free & Clear products excludes a long list of common chemical irritants
that are common in main stream brands. Call us today for your free Vanicream samples!
|MCS and Diet
|For most people, the food that they ingest is a primary source of chemical exposure. For many people,
eating organic and non-genetically modified food can make a big health difference. Many grocery stores,
farmers markets, and even warehouse shopping clubs have a wide variety of organic foods. And while it is far from perfect, look for labels that
say "Organic" and not just "natural" or "all natural". Not all terms and claims are regulated the same by the FDA. MCS sufferers tend to suffer
more from food sensitivities and food allergies. Organic food sales have been steadily increasing for the past 20 years or so and have
recently skyrocketed. To learn more about how the food you eat can affect your MCS,
see Dr. Gloria Gilbere's interview on
Food Allergies and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.
|Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Survival
As with allergen avoidance, the key to MCS survival is to avoid exposure to the substances that trigger symptoms. Some people
are sensitive to so many different chemicals that they do not allow any synthetic materials in their home; even all of their
furniture is natural and organic. Most MCS sufferers, however, can pinpoint the specific chemicals to which they're sensitive
and take steps to avoid them. Many chemically sensitive people find relief by sleeping
on organic cotton bedding. Modern textiles are often
treated with formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals that can cause reactions in many people.
For the purest, most natural sleep available, relax on a
Royal-Pedic Organic Cotton Mattress.
The 100% organic Peruvian cotton is grown without pesticides or chemical
fertilizers, and the mattress is custom built without formaldehyde, glues, dyes, resins, polyurethane foam, or
synthetic latex. Customers who are sensitive to petrochemical emissions from treated fibers love this mattress. The
Royal-Pedic Organic Natural Latex Quilt-Top Mattress is
another ideal option for chemically sensitive individuals and its seven zones of orthopedic support create the most
comfortable sleep imaginable.
People who are sensitive to personal care products find relief with natural products like
Free & Clear Shampoo and Conditioner and
Free & Clear Liquid Cleanser.
Air purifiers will remove chemicals from the air in your home as
well as HEPA vacuum cleaners, and allergy masks
will protect your lungs from chemicals outside of your home. Many people with MCS have thrown out their synthetic cleaning
chemicals altogether and switched to steam cleaning to destroy allergens and germs. Vinegar mixed with
water also makes an excellent natural cleaning solution as does lemon juice.
Remember, whenever you are exposed to synthetic chemicals, they enter your body whether you're sensitive to them or not, and MCS can develop
at any time. We recommend that people avoid exposure to toxic chemicals whenever possible. Avoidance of toxic chemicals will
help your immune system stay healthy.