Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is basically a subset of Environmental Illness (EI), which is caused by living in a toxic world. The chemicals that were synthesized after World War II (including, pesticides, synthetic fragrances, cleaning products, detergents, etc.) are mostly "petro-chemicals" (petroleum based) and are quite toxic to humans. There have been virtually no studies done on the majority of these chemicals to see how they affect humans - the industry just placed the chemicals in the environment with the assumption that they are "safe, till proven toxic", instead of the other way around. One of the biggest offenders is PERFUME and other scented products. Did you know that many of the ingredients in your perfume are the exact same ingredients found in GASOLINE??!! I didn't either! The scary thing is that the perfume industry is NOT REGULATED at all - they can put any number of chemicals in fragrance without revealing what those chemicals are - or how they affect humans. We humans are all participating in a giant "lab experiment" against our knowledge and against our will, and it's making some of us VERY sick.
Those of us who are becoming chronically ill from these chemicals are similar to the "canaries in the coal mine". Coal miners would take a canary into the mines with them to warn them when the air became toxic. They knew that when the canary stopped singing or died, it was time to get out before it affected them as well. We "human canaries" are here to warn the rest of you that, unless you start making changes and avoid as many toxic chemicals as possible, you too may become very sick. Non-toxic living is actually much "simpler" and cheaper!
Don't be fooled, these chemicals are affecting ALL of us in some way or another. Think about the last time you got a headache for no apparent reason. Could it be possible that someone had recently sprayed perfume or pesticides near you without you knowing it? Had you recently used scented laundry detergent or Clorox to clean with? Do you get headaches or feel nauseous from being around people wearing perfume or cologne? Do you feel you need to hold your breath when you go down the detergent aisle at the grocery store? All these things are your body's way of telling you something is wrong with the air you're breathing.
It's like playing "Russian Roulette" - you never know how long your immune system can hold out before breaking down. Some people may never reach the point of "chronic illness" that I did - but most people are being affected, possibly without realizing it. Cancer has increased dramatically since World War II (after all the chemicals came out). Attention Deficit Disorder is on the rise (more and more of our children are being put on toxic, brain-altering drugs like Ritalin when simply cleaning up their environment could solve their problems). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Alzheimer's Disease, Allergies, Asthma, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and Multiple Sclerosis are also increasing. All these illnesses could very well have a chemical connection to their cause or, at the very least, these patients would benefit from using less-toxic products. Pretty much any "immune system" disorder could be helped by a cleaner environment and by using safer products.
The products we use on our skin are absorbed directly into the bloodstream (the reason why nitroglycerine, nicotine, and hormone patches work). The chemicals we breathe (such as perfumes, formaldehyde, pesticides, etc.) all go straight to our brains and can cause low-level to severe damage - similar to how someone can snort cocaine or glue to get a "high". Start reading labels - check for petro-chemicals, formaldehyde, and fragrance, and avoid them as much as possible. A clue that an ingredient may be a petro-chemical is the "prop" prefix. A clue that an ingredient releases formaldehyde is "Quaternium". Be careful about products labeled "fragrance free" or "unscented". Don't trust them! Read the label and be sure they don't list "fragrance" or "masking fragrance". Don't put anything on your skin you'd be afraid to eat, because the end result is the same!
Before I got sick, I had no clue that I was slowly being "poisoned" by products that I assumed were "safe" since they were on the market! If this could happen to me - YOU COULD BE NEXT. I encourage you to read through my story and the rest of the information pages listed here to learn how to protect yourself and your family.
Tweety's little "gilded cage" may protect him from the "old putty tat" - unfortunately, it won't protect him from getting sick from toxic chemicals in the air! MCS can strike anyone, anywhere, at anytime. Let's make a change NOW - BEFORE the canary stops singing...
Jacki's Story- from "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" diagnosis to MCS diagnosis and improvement at last!
Guidelines for Non-Toxic Living
Health Risks of Perfume and Other Products Containing Fragrance
Why Air Fresheners Should Really be Called "Air Poisoners"!
The Health Risks of Using Fabric Softeners- compiled by Julia Kendall
Detox Baths for Purification
Stephanie's Story - a Child's Perspective of MCS
Tourette Syndrome - the Environmental Connection
Article: "The Case for Neutralizing (Optimal Dose) Immunotherapy"- by Joseph B. Miller, M.D.
Article: "The Maximum Intradermally Tolerated Dose (MITD) Method of Food Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy: New Concepts"- by Joseph B. Miller, M.D.
"One Reason for the Allergy Explosion and the Increase in Asthma"(by Dr. Albert Robbins, Jacki's Environmental Physician, in response to Governor Bush's Proclamation declaring May 7-13, 2000 "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Week" in the State of Florida)
Neighborhood Health Notice - Another wonderful pamphlet from "Breath of Fresh Air" that explains to your neighbors about the health problems associated with fabric softeners and scented detergents!
Pamphlet: "Please...protect yourselves from household toxics"- by Debra Lynn Dadd
Pamphlet: "Let's Stop Poisoning Our Children!"- by Richard M. Barry
"Second-Hand Reactions"- Archives of weekly newspaper column by Dr. Gloria Gilbere, N.D., author of "I was Poisoned by my Body! and "Invisible Illnesses".
MCS E-mail Support Lists- for people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and/or Chemical Injury
MCS Resources (Books, Newsletters, and Mail-Order Companies)
Online Ordering for Books about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity!!
Links to Other MCS-Related Sites
Julia Kendall Memorial Page- Julia compiled much of the information presented on this site to educate others about the toxicity of perfumes, fabric softeners, etc. She gave much to the MCS community and is greatly missed...
If you would like to locate an Environmental Medicine Specialist in your area, you can do so by contacting:
The American Financial Center
7701 E. Kellogg, Suite 625
Wichita, KS 67207
Gorden and Jacki's Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Information Pages: contains information and resources (including online book ordering) for people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia,Gulf War Syndrome, and Tourette's Syndrome; the health risks of using perFUME, fabric softeners, and air fresheners ("air poisoners"!); an extensive "Visitor Remarks Page" where you can connect with others with these illnesses; some basic "Guidelines for Non-Toxic Living" and much more!
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The Environmental Health Network of California has filed a petition with the FDA to have the fragrance "Eternity" by Calvin Klein declared misbranded. The basis of this petition is the lack of a warning label on the product informing consumers that all the materials in the product and the product has not been adequately tested for safety. After an independently-funded analysis of this product, it was found to contain chemicals known to be on the hazardous waste list and that cause neurological and other problems. For more information about this petition and how YOU can tell the FDA that you're in favor of the petition, please see: "The Environmental Health Network of California files Petition with the FDA".