Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)
What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?
Individuals with MCS are considered "canaries in the coal mine" – they react to small amounts of chemicals that harm kids and adults. These harmful chemicals stress the individual's organs, nervous system, and immune system. Reactions are immediate and individuals with MCS must stay out of homes, businesses, retail stores, and environments that have harmful chemicals. Many people with MCS struggle to find safe non-toxic homes or buildings to live or work in, and become so ill they are forced to stop working. In extreem cases, this often times leads to losing their home, car, and other personal possessions.
While chemicals affect all people, individuals with MCS are especially sensitive and look for products that have no harmful chemicals in them, and are installed using healthy practices and processes.
MCS From the Physician's View:
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a medical condition where chemicals in our everyday products affect the organs, nervous system, endocrine (hormonal) system, immune system, digestive system and brain.
How do Chemicals Enter the Body?
Toxins enter the body in a number of ways:
1. breathing (inhalation)
2. absorbed through the skin
3. eating (ingestion)
Cause of MCS
MCS is caused by low-level exposure to chemicals over time or one high-level exposure to chemicals.
What is a tolerable level of chemicals for people with MCS?
Little to none. Individuals with MCS react to chemicals, even at low levels. Many of the products and substances listed below can make anyone sick at high concentrations, but chemically sensitive people can be harmed by exposures to even minute amounts. People with MCS are often referred to as the "canaries in the coal mine", warning others about the health effects of toxic chemicals.
Is MCS a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
Yes, MSC is a disability recognized as a disability by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
What are MCS triggers?
MCS triggers are any products with toxic chemicals in them. Examples include:
-Paint, stain, sealer, finish
-Carpet, vinyl, laminate wood floor
-Plywood, drywall, insulation
-Scented candles, air fresheners, potpourri, incenses, essential oils
-Fabric softener, laundry detergent
-Shampoos, conditioners, lotions, gel, hair spray, mouse
-Clothing fabric, dyes, finishes
-Food that is not organic
When do Symptoms Occur?
Symptoms can occur after breathing, touching or eating products with chemicals. People with MCS react to chemicals immediately after exposure, and at levels that ordinarily do not affect other people. Often times reactions are compared to allergic reactions, even though the reaction is technically not an allergic reaction.
Source 1 Project Solutions, Inc. is dedicated to helping people design, remodel and build using healthier building materials and processes. We will make every effort to help you choose healthier options; however, our assistance is not specific medical advice for any one person and/or medical condition. For specific medical advice, contact your physician. The information provided by Source 1 Project Solutions, Inc. is for your information; your decision to apply any information provided is your responsibility entirely.
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