Do You Suffer From Multilple Chemical Sensitivity?

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is the name given to a syndrome in which a sufferer experiences multiple symptoms upon exposure to small amounts of common chemicals. There is currently no officially recognized definition for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. This is because very little is known about the syndrome, especially the biological mechanisms causing the onset of symptoms. Leading theories suggest the following:  hypersensitive central nervous system, immune dysfunction and/or impaired detoxification by the liver.

Some doctors suggest it is more psychological in its origin than biological.  However, the far majority of scientific research indicates and supports the philosophy that MCS is a biological disorder.  These researchers have determined a consensus on the criteria for diagnosis as follows:

  • The symptoms are reproducible with [repeated chemical] exposure.
  • The condition is chronic.
  • Low levels of exposure [lower than previously or commonly tolerated] result in manifestations of the syndrome.
  • The symptoms improve or resolve when the incidents are removed.
  • Responses occur to multiple chemically unrelated substances.
  • Symptoms involve multiple organ systems [Added in 1999].

Patients have an acute reaction when exposed to the usually common amount of the chemicals to which they are sensitive. Sometimes the level of a chemical that triggers a reaction may be so low that the sufferer can't even smell it. Common symptoms of MCS upon exposure:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Disorientation
  • Dizziness and Faintness
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Irregular or Rapid Heartbeat
  • Muscle and Joint Pain
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Mood Disturbances - Depression/Anxiety/Irritability
  • Short-term Memory Problems
  • Asthma/Breathing Problems
  • Rashes

Common triggers for MCS sufferers are pesticides, perfumes, gasoline, cigerette smoke, newsprint, vehicle exhaust, cleaners, new carpets, natural gas, colored markers, particularly sharpie marker, paint, varnish,and glue or paste. Treating MCS requires a multidisciplinary approach.  Decreasing the level of toxins in the bodyis critical as well as ramping up the function of the liver.  This can be done through intravenous vitamin feeds delivering therapeutic doses of B vitamins which are critical in liver function.  Cranial Sacral Therapy addresses the hypersensitivity of the central nervous system and brain function.  Summing it up, we decrease toxin load, increase immune function, decrease stress response, and increase brain/nervous system function to eliminate the over reaction of a person's body to normal stimuli.  If you suffer from MCS or feel you have several of the above mentioned symptoms, call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lucky Bennett, our naturopath and begin your journey back to wellness. 

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