Hi. I have much explaining to do about MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities), but no time for it right now. In the meantime, I’m putting this page here as a placeholder, along with a couple of MCS-related links. Um…enjoy?
Edit: It turns out I don’t have the mental energy to talk about MCS. Basically, if you don’t know what it is, here’s a highly condensed explanation:
MCS is a condition in which a person becomes reactive to minute quantities of common chemicals such as those found in perfumes, laundry detergents, household cleaners, car exhaust, etc. A mere whiff of the offending chemical can cause illness in sensitive people. Symptoms can occur anywhere in the body: lungs, skin, head, digestive system, etc. Many people sensitive to chemicals are also sensitive to various foods. The condition can become debilitating in its extreme form; in its mild form it is mostly just annoying.
UGH. This is more than I wanted to write. Honestly, one day I will come back and elaborate like I did with the FQ Toxicity page, but I can’t handle it right now. I have post-traumatic stress from my experience with MCS because mainstream medicine denies the existence of the disorder. So do most people, in fact. They consider it a psychological condition.
It is NOT a psychological condition. It is an organic, physiological condition. There are many studies which prove this, like one where people inhaled challenge chemicals and their brains were scanned. Abnormalities were noted, indicating reactivity to chemicals. Or something like that. But I’m not going to look it up right now, because I’m sick and tired of being on the wrong side of history dealing with illnesses which haven’t yet been acknowledged by mainstream medicine. Even now, just trying to educate about MCS is triggering memories of being disbelieved and disregarded. So, no more.
I’ll try again someday. I will. Just not today.
Edit #2: Hey! I found a wonderfully detailed description of MCS in this article on The Environmental Illness Resource! That means I don’t have to write anything else on this page if I don’t want to! This is excellent news for my PTSD-afflicted brain! Please check it out if you are curious about MCS.