MCS/ES (multiple chemical sensitivities / environmental sensitivities) is a disability recognized by the Canadian and Ontario Human Rights Codes. There are over a million people with doctor diagnosed MCS in Canada, and so many more all around the world.
In the US, the latest prevalence study found that “among the population, 12.8% report medically diagnosed MCS and 25.9% report chemical sensitivity.”
The term ‘sensitivities’ seems to trivialize the condition in many people’s minds.
You may wonder what’s it really like then, if it’s not trivial?
Here’s how Laura J Mac describes it:
Having MCS means never knowing when you can manage something as simple as making toast.
• Can’t stand up due to pain.
• Can’t figure out all the steps involved to make toast. #execfun
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Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Environmental Health, Human Rights, Toxic Trespass
Tagged air "fresheners", asthma, avocado toast, chemical sensitivity, EI, environmental illness, environmental sensitivities, fatigue, fibromyalgia, flu, Fragrance, hazardous air pollutants, headaches, IAQ, MCS, MCS/ES, migraine, multiple chemical sensitivities, petrochemicals, toxic chemicals, VOCs
The June 2014 edition of the Canadian Family Physician journal contains a couple of excellent articles by Dr Stephen J. Genuis. Here’s the abstract and link to one of them:
Approach to patients with unexplained multimorbidity with sensitivities
Objective To explore the underlying causation of unexplained multimorbidity with sensitivities and to discuss the management of patients who present with this perplexing condition.
Sources of information Medical and scientific literature was used from MEDLINE (PubMed), several books, toxicology and allergy journals, conference proceedings, government publications, and environmental health periodicals.
Main message Multimorbidity with sensitivities has become an increasingly common and confusing primary care dilemma. Escalating numbers of debilitated individuals are now presenting to family physicians and specialists with multisystem health complaints, including sensitivities and fatigue, with no obvious causation, a paucity of laboratory findings, and a lack of straightforward solutions. In the recent scientific literature, there is discussion of sensitivity-related illness, an immune-mediated disorder that frequently manifests with multisystem symptoms, commonly including sensitivities and fatigue.
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Posted in Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Health, MCS/ES, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, baking soda, chronic, disability, discrimination., environmental sensitivities, exposures, fatigue, Food, Fragrance, Mold, multiple chemical sensitivities, multisystem, mycotoxins, pain, pesticides, petrochemicals, Research, Stephen J. Genuis