Being Allergic To Chemicals

What Causes Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)?

Multiple chemical sensitivity can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose multiple chemical sensitivity, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "multiple chemical sensitivity" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • Immune System Imbalance
  • Selenium Need
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Vasomotor Rhinitis
  • Liver Congestion

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
metallic taste in mouth
bags under eyes
major fatigue for 3-12 months
gallbladder attacks
mild diesel exhaust exposure
genital sores
occasional runny nose
inability to recover from alcoholism
current birth control pill use
high current exposure to solvents
broad-spectrum antibiotic use
having a CFS diagnosis
... and more than 90 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of multiple chemical sensitivity:
Cause Probability Status
Candida / Yeast 90% Confirm
Selenium Need 51% Possible
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 25% Unlikely
Vasomotor Rhinitis 2% Ruled out
Immune System Imbalance 1% Ruled out
Liver Congestion 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate suffering allergic/other reactions, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you suffer negative reactions to various chemicals, such as perfumes, insecticides, exhaust fumes, cleaning products, glues, paints? Symptoms might include, for example, dizziness, nausea, irritation, headache, breathing problems, fatigue.
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Minor symptoms after prolonged exposure
→ Moderate symptoms after prolonged exposure
→ Moderate symptoms after a short time, later severe
→ Severe reaction to even small amounts of chemical
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either allergy to chemicals or severe allergy to chemicals, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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