Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Definition of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity:

The diagnostic label of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is being applied increasingly, although definition of the phenomenon is elusive.  MCS has become more widely known and increasingly controversial as more patients receive the label.  Persons with the label of multiple chemical sensitivity are said to suffer multisystem illnesses as a result of contact with – or proximity to – a spectrum of substances, including airborne agents.  These may include both recognized pollutants and other pollutants ordinarily considered harmless.  Some doctors believe that MCS is a purely psychological issue.  Others, however, counter that the disorder can cause the kinds of problems that keep those who are affected from leading a normal life.

Also: Chemical Hypersensitivity, Environmental Illness, MCS

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Arrhythmias/Dysrhythmias

...relationship to Environmental Illness / MCS
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Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Avoidance

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“...Aspartame Disease may mimic symptoms of, or worsen: Fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, lupus, multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), diabetes and diabetic Complications, seizures, Alzheimer's disease, birth defects, chronic fatigue syndrome, lymphoma, Lyme's disease, attention deficit disorder (ADD and ADHD), panic disorder,...”

Asthma

...relationship to Environmental Illness / MCS
“Respiratory complaints among MCS patients include adult-onset "asthma", shortness of breath, and fibrotic lung disease...”

Calcium-D-Glucarate

...as a treatment
“...Detoxification For people who suffer contamination from heavy metals/plasticizers and those with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), auto-immune disorders or fibromyalgia, the detoxifying effect of glucarate offers great benefits by reducing total toxin burden...”

Chemical Avoidance

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“...Dust is a problem for the MCS sufferer as it is very good at absorbing VOCs...”

Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome

...relationship to Environmental Illness / MCS
MCS is a distinct illness that many times is diagnosed secondarily to CFS and/or fibromyalgia...”
...recommendation Dental Metal Removal
“...Metal-driven chronic inflammation may affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA-axis) and trigger a myriad of non-specific symptoms characterizing CFS, MCS and other related diseases...”

Electrical Hypersensitivity

...the condition
“...Contributing Risk Factors: ES patients often are also Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) sufferers...”
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Environmental Illness / MCS

...the condition
“...Chemical sensitivity disorder or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is defined as "an acquired disorder characterized by recurrent symptoms, referable to multiple organ systems, occurring in response to exposure to many chemically...”
...our question about Joint pain/swelling/stiffness
“Joint pain is a possible symptom of environmental illness...”
...relationship to Autoimmune Tendency
“Reports of autoimmune markers in MCS patients, like most MCS data, are inconsistent...”
...relationship to Allergy to Foods (Hidden)
“...People with MCS are often unaware of hidden food allergies which could be contributing to their overall allergic load...”
...recommendation Dental Metal Removal
“...Metal-driven chronic inflammation may affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA-axis) and trigger a myriad of non-specific symptoms characterizing CFS, MCS and other related diseases...”

Excessive Fatigue

...relationship to Environmental Illness / MCS
“Daytime grogginess is a possible symptom of environmental illness...”

Gulf War Illness

...the condition
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