multiple chemical sensitivity


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multiple chemical sensitivity

(MCS), adverse physical reaction to certain chemicals in susceptible persons. When exposed to the chemicals, people with MCS react with symptoms such as nausea, headache, dizziness, fatigue, impaired memory, rash, and respiratory difficulty. A wide range of household and industrial chemicals, including cleaning products, tobacco smoke, perfumes, inks, and pesticides, have been implicated as triggers for MCS.

Many researchers do not regard multiple chemical sensitivity as a medically valid syndrome, believing that the depression that frequently accompanies it is an indication that the symptoms are psychological in origin. Others note that descriptions of the syndrome are largely anecdotal and not proven scientifically, or that the imprecisely defined syndrome is easily abused as a diagnosis, pointing to what they feel is an exaggerated number of worker's compensation cases involving MCS. Nevertheless, many sufferers do seem to improve when they eliminate contact with the chemicals known to trigger their condition; in extreme cases this may mean confinement to specially treated living quarters.

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Effect of exposure to volatile organic compounds on plasma levels of neuropeptides, nerve growth factor and histamine in patients with self-reported multiple chemical sensitivity. Int J Hyg Environ Health 207:159-163.
Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), also called environmentally triggered illness, twentieth-century disease, universal allergy, and chemical AIDS, was first described almost a half century ago when a Chicago allergist began to see a pattern of patients who reported becoming iii after being exposed to a variety of petrochemicals.
Exposure to a chemical - for example, one containing chlorpyrifos - may result in multiple chemical sensitivity in some people, Miller said.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War syndrome or illness (GWS/I), multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), and other associated bacterial and viral illnesses.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a medical condition whereby such symptoms can be attributed to the combined exposure to synthetic pollutants commonly found in detergents, perfumes, pesticides, solvents and even some foods and medicines.
He named only one, Aristo Vojdani, himself a GWS advocate and doctor who specializes in multiple chemical sensitivity. MCS is an alleged ailment that mainstream organizations, such as the American Medical Association, find questionable, if not outright nonsense.
Chemical stimulation of the olfactory-hypothalamic-limbic pathway in the brain is one mechanism proposed for the symptoms associated with multiple chemical sensitivity. To date, no experimental proof has been provided in support of this idea (4).
He presents evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Gulf War Syndrome share a common causal mechanism, a vicious cycle involving elevated levels of nitric oxide and its oxidant product.
Renee Twombly's news article "The Simple Truth about MCS" (Twombly 2003) ignores the plausible physiologic mechanism (described in the same issue of EHP) that answers each of the major questions about multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) (Pall 2003).
"These include agents like propylene glycol, whiteners, colorants, perfumes and surfactants that don't easily biodegrade in soil and water." Such chemicals can also be triggers for developing Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), a debilitating blow to the immune system that leaves its victims unable to venture out into many manmade environments.
PEOPLE WITH "MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY" ARE DEFINITELY SUFFERING.
PAIN MANAGEMENT; Multiple chemical sensitivity disorder.
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