by Dr. Hanna Ian

Living in the modern world is very difficult for people who suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS).  Generally speaking, MCS refers to an unusually severe reaction to a low exposure of chemicals, pollutants and/or solvents. Simply put, those who suffer from MCS experience an excessive or severe reaction to everyday pollutants found in our modern environment. 

In the “natural world” and among indigenous cultures, MSC and symptoms associated with chemical exposure are unheard of. Among residents of industrialized nations, studies indicate 16-33% of the population experience “unusually sensitive or allergic reactions to chemicals.” Studies in Europe and the United States conclude that chemical sensitivity is of “global concern”.

The most commonly cited triggers are: pesticides • cigarette, wood and other sources of smokeair pollutionpaint fumeswood preservativesfood additives, colorings and flavorings    mercury amalgams from dental restorationsphotocopier fumes    perfumesformaldehyde found in engineered wood, insulation, personal care products, and other consumer productsisocyanates found in polyurethanes, insulation and other consumer productsepoxy and other gluespharmaceutical drugs gasoline and petroleum fumes 

Symptoms

Symptoms associated with MCS are broad, ill defined and vary from patient to patient.
Most patients with MCS report experiencing several symptoms from the list below:

  •   Burning and stinging eyes
  •   Wheezing, breathlessness and nausea
  •   Extreme fatigue and lethargy
  •   Headache, migraine and dizziness
  •   Confusion, slurred speech, and loss of focus
  •   Anger, irritation or mood swings
  •   Poor memory and concentration
  •   Chronic runny or congested nose
  •   Sore throat and cough
  •   Sinusitis and Post-nasal drip
  •   Skin rashes and itchy, bumpy skin
  •   Sensitivity and/or intolerance to light and noise
  •   Sleep disturbances
  •   Digestive disturbances
  •   Fibromyalgia
  •   Muscle and joint pain

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