Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)
What Are Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)?
There has been an increase in the chemicals in our environment since WWII, leaving us now with 88 thousand unregulated chemicals in our daily lives. Women are exposed to 127 chemicals just getting ready in the morning using their regular shampoo, perfumes, hair products, lotions and makeup. No wonder it is estimated that 70-80% of chemical sensitivity sufferers are female!1 Exposure can also come from paints, carpets, furniture, plastics, clothing, personal body products, household cleaning products, Xenobiotics, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and pesticides. Exposure to all chemicals can trigger an increase in inflammation2 which can explain the varied symptoms that come with this syndrome. The increase of chemicals in the environment has lead to a dramatic health decline in those who are overexposed, and for those who are sensitive.
What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Syndrome (MCS)?
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) is a syndrome characterized by symptoms displayed by the affected person after low-level exposure to chemicals, or after a dramatic high exposure (such as a chemical spill). Most of us are exposed to chemicals on a low level in our daily lives, although some are more susceptible to symptoms than others. According to different studies, about 15% of the world’s population are reporting sensitivities to chemicals3, 4. The full extent of why this happens to some more than others is not known. Some believe it can be linked to dramatic high exposure leading to sensitivity5, genetics,6 or other illnesses or situations that leave the body toxic and weak like Lyme Disease, Heavy Metal toxicity, Mold Toxicity7 or other conditions. There are very few guidelines medical doctors have to treat this condition, leaving many patients without proper care or symptom management.8
What are Symptoms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)?
Symptoms of MCS may vary from person to person, but can include:
- Breathing and lung difficulties
- Electric hypersensitivity
- Neurological symptoms (nerve pain, seizures, etc)
- Skin conditions (eczema, rashes, hives, itchiness)
- Elevated liver enzymes
- Thyroid Disorders
- Increased occurrence of colds and flus
- Noise sensitivity
- Brain fog
- Digestive discomfort (gas, bloating, cramping)
- Weight loss or gain
- Anxiety and depression
What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) Syndrome Like?
This syndrome can be isolating, as some sufferers become home bound due to the amount of chemicals and fragrances in the everyday world and the severity of their symptoms. Chemical sensitivity is not always this severe, although many others find themselves avoiding certain stores that have high levels of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that come from the off gassing of the products sold in the store. Others find they just need to avoid certain perfumes and products or ask for some changes in their work environment.
How is Multiple chemical Sensitivities (MCS) Syndrome Treated?
At Ananta Health our first approach is to make sure our environment is safe for those with MCS. We only use natural products to clean our office, and our staff avoids the use of perfumes. With half the staff also sensitive to chemicals, we take the utmost care to protect our patients. After a patient is assessed on the BioScan SRT, a treatment plan is then set in place. Any factors that can be contributing to stress in the body are addressed, including digestive problems, Lyme Disease, heavy metal toxicity, mold toxicity, Electromagnetic Exposure and Genomics. The patient’s plan is individual for their situation, including diet and lifestyle changes as well as herbs and supplements. The management of MCS is a life long journey, but with careful care, the symptoms can be managed and reduced making living in our toxic world more tolerable.
Can Acupuncture Help with Multiple chemical Sensitivities (MCS)?
Acupuncture can help support the liver that deals with the chemicals, aids in insomnia, anxiety and depression and pain. Acupuncture is also helpful for those who are sensitive to multiple supplements and treatments. Many suffers of Multiple chemical Sensitivities (MCS) find acupuncture helpful in the management of symptoms and maintaining a better quality of life.