Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. What is it?

  • MCS – What is it? Who has it? This 1999 paper gives a definition of MCS. It was compiled by a large number of physicians, and published in a peer-reviewed journal (Archives of Environmental Health v.54, n.3 May/June, 99). Based on Health Department studies, MCS affects 16% of the general population, or put another way, 84% of the general population is clueless about those affected with MCS.
  • MCS – Causes, Mechanisms and Treatment. This website has papers by Harold E. Buttram, MD, and Richard Piccola, MHA. The authors postulate a plausible cause of MCS being the massive increase in exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the resulting burden this places on the liver’s detoxification enzymes. The suggested treatment is to avoid exposures.
  • MCS Resources. The Beacon of Hope Organization has a number of links to help MCS sufferers.
  • Controversy over MCS. Dr. Ann McCampbell writes a critique of Boeing Corporation’s research in MCS, in Annals of Internal Medicine (Vol. 120, Issue 3, Pp. 249-251, February 1994).
  • Critique of industry scientists. Irene Wilkenfeld of Safe Schools criticizes pseudoscientific mumbo-jumbo from the chemical industry. The chemical industries want you to believe that MCS sufferers are mentally disturbed.
  • Diagnostic markers of multiple chemical sensitivity, by Heuser, G., Wojdani, A. and Heuser, S. (1992). The authors published their findings in Multiple chemical sensitivities: Addendum to biologic markers in immunotoxicology. National Research Council. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. (pp.117-138). These authors suggest that an appropriate set of clinical markers for MCS can be obtained by a battery of tests including CNS function, peripheral nervous system function, nasal function, pulmonary function, T-cell function, antibody presence, and autoimmune responses.
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