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:
  • Selenium Need
  • Vasomotor Rhinitis
  • Liver Congestion
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Immune System Imbalance
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

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:
major fatigue for 3-12 months
current birth control pill use
high refined sugar consumption
ovarian cysts
very deformed toenails
chronic vaginal yeast infection
difficulty swallowing
being easily irritated
sugary soft drinks consumption
refined white flour consumption
history of hemorrhoids
elevated liver enzymes
... and more than 80 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
Selenium Need 95% Confirm
Candida / Yeast 70% Possible
Vasomotor Rhinitis 30% Unlikely
Immune System Imbalance 0% Ruled out
Liver Congestion 0% Ruled out
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 0% 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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