Synthetic chemicals are all around us. They’re in the products we use, in the clothes we wear, in the food we eat, in the air we breathe, and the water we drink. Look under your kitchen sink. How many different cleaning products are there? The prevalence of chemicals in our life is a factor in Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).
Because chemicals are everywhere in the environment, it’s not possible to escape exposure. No wonder, then, many people have become sensitized to the chemicals around them. For most people this doesn’t pose a serious problem. At least not yet. Other people are much more seriously affected. They may have what appears to be a minor allergy to one or more chemicals. They may refer to this as MCS.
Chemical sensitivity is not an allergic reaction because IgE is not present. Upon exposure to chemicals some people may feel tired, and suffer from mental confusion, breathing problems, sore muscles and a weakened immune system. Such people suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).
MCS is still quite controversial. The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology consider any relationship between the patient’s symptoms and environmental exposures to chemicals speculative and point out that clear evidence of disease is lacking in many of these cases.
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