• UpToDate: "Overview of idiopathic environmental intolerance (multiple chemical sensitivity). (webmd.com)
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, also known as MCS, idiopathic environmental intolerance, sick building syndrome, or even simply "environmental illness," is a condition with a wide-range of symptoms and triggers. (biologixcenter.com)
  • No universally accepted definition exists, but idiopathic environmental intolerance is generally defined as the development of multiple symptoms attributed to exposure to any number of identifiable or unidentifiable chemical substances (inhaled, touched, or ingested) or other exposures in the absence of clinically detectable organ dysfunction or related physical signs. (msdmanuals.com)
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), also known as idiopathic environmental intolerances (IEI), is an unrecognized and controversial diagnosis characterized by chronic symptoms attributed to exposure to low levels of commonly used chemicals. (wikipedia.org)
  • Although these symptoms can be debilitating, MCS is not recognized as an organic, chemical-caused illness by the World Health Organization, American Medical Association, nor any of several other professional medical organizations. (wikipedia.org)
  • the existence and severity of symptoms is seemingly related to the perception that a chemical stimulus is present. (wikipedia.org)
  • There is a general agreement among most MCS researchers that the cause is not specifically related to sensitivity to chemicals, but this does not preclude the possibility that symptoms are caused by other known or unknown factors. (wikipedia.org)
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity can include a wide range of symptoms, which some people link to their environment. (webmd.com)
  • Others say that the symptoms stem from an extreme sensitivity to certain smells. (webmd.com)
  • Or they may link their symptoms to contact with low levels of chemicals at work, such as if their office has poor ventilation. (webmd.com)
  • Some learn from experience that certain foods or chemicals seem to make their symptoms worse. (webmd.com)
  • People with MCS suffer from migraines, muscle pain, rashes, nausea, fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms they believe to be caused by low-level exposure to chemicals such as laundry detergent, perfume, and car exhaust. (slate.com)
  • Although most scientific studies have not shown a strong connection between chemical exposure and symptoms, there's no real medical consensus about what causes the illness. (slate.com)
  • Living in a home where you may be unsure what chemicals are triggering your symptoms can be overwhelming. (wellnessjunction.com)
  • Those that have Multiple chemical sensitivity (also known as (MCS) have a wide range of symptoms and are either ignored or in many cases mis-diagnosed as mentally ill by health care professionals. (organised-crime-of-covert-electronic-assault-nz.com)
  • MCS is a condition that creates an extreme sensitivity to various chemicals resulting in the person becoming very ill - with a wide range of symptoms. (organised-crime-of-covert-electronic-assault-nz.com)
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is similar to an allergy, but the symptoms and mechanism are not the same, like those of traditional allergies to pollen, animals, and dust. (organised-crime-of-covert-electronic-assault-nz.com)
  • Symptoms: Ears would hurt, throat and tongue swell, face turned red, etc., at the slightest whiff of a chemical smell. (emdrsolutions.com)
  • While they may recognize the legitimacy of a patient's symptoms, the American Medical Association, as well as most medical doctors and professionals, do not consider multiple chemical sensitivity to be a legitimate illness in and of itself. (biologixcenter.com)
  • Patients struggling with MSC symptoms first lose their ability to tolerate fragrances and chemicals such as those found in air-fresheners, perfumes, colognes, personal care products, detergents, fabric softeners, paints, and other scented products. (biologixcenter.com)
  • An itchy skin rash may develop in patients struggling with multiple chemical sensitivity symptoms. (biologixcenter.com)
  • Objective: This study was conducted to confirm the definition of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) in actual life: that multiple symptoms are provoked in multiple organs by exposure to, and ameliorated by avoidance of, multiple chemicals at low levels. (elsevierpure.com)
  • We used the Ecological Momentary Assessment to monitor everyday symptoms and the active sampling and passive sampling methods to measure environmental chemical exposure. (elsevierpure.com)
  • Fourteen patients and 12 controls underwent 1-week measurement of physical and psychologic symptoms and of the levels of exposure to various chemicals. (elsevierpure.com)
  • Another subject reported episodic symptoms but was excluded from the following analyses because no possible chemical was detected. (elsevierpure.com)
  • Conclusions: MCS patients do not have either somatic or psychologic symptoms under chemical-free conditions, and symptoms may be provoked only when exposed to chemicals. (elsevierpure.com)
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS causes a variety of aggravating and sometimes life-threatening symptoms as a result of bodily reactions caused by chemicals and particles in the air. (airpurifiersandcleaners.com)
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity is a commonly used diagnostic term for a group of symptoms without apparent organic basis. (cdc.gov)
  • The symptoms are characteristic of dysfunction in multiple organ systems, wax and wane according to exposure to low levels of chemical agents in the patient's environment, and sometimes begin after a distinct environmental change or insult such as an industrial accident or remodeling. (cdc.gov)
  • Jude Kane said the chemicals can cause painful and debilitating symptoms. (10news.com)
  • Symptoms are numerous, often involving multiple organ systems, but physical findings are unremarkable. (msdmanuals.com)
  • Somatic Symptom Disorder Somatic symptom disorder is characterized by multiple persistent physical complaints that are associated with excessive and maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to those symptoms. (msdmanuals.com)
  • Although no basis for many of the multiple symptoms of patients with fibromyalgia will be found upon physical examination or laboratory testing, the physician must remain alert for organic illness (eg, colon carcinoma in a patient with irritable bowel syndrome). (medscape.com)
  • 2 chemicals can result in symptoms that are not typical for either agent alone. (cdc.gov)
  • There is no question that high doses of some chemicals make people sick and that irritants such as pollution and cigarette smoke worsen conditions like asthma . (webmd.com)
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Chemical Sensitivities. (webmd.com)
  • In the same way that Asthma was misunderstood, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome (MSC) is a present-day health problem that is erroneously perceived as a psychological disorder rather than a legitimate physical condition. (theaircleanerstore.com)
  • Terpenes can react with components in the indoor environment to form new chemicals that might be the irritants responsible for the observed increases in work-related asthma. (cdc.gov)
  • Cleaners are exposed to a variety of chemical agents 4 , 5 , and asthma surveillance studies have suggested that both work-aggravated asthma and new-onset occupational asthma cases could be related to cleaning products 6 - 8 . (ersjournals.com)
  • Two other patients did not report any hypersensitivity episodes, whereas passive sampling showed far less exposure to chemicals than control subjects. (elsevierpure.com)
  • The clerk, who suffers from chemical hypersensitivity, did not think so. (casle.ca)
  • Yunus proposes a class of disorders called central sensitivity syndromes (CSSs), which result from changes in the central nervous system (CNS). (medscape.com)
  • Fibromyalgia and overlapping disorders: the unifying concept of central sensitivity syndromes. (medscape.com)
  • The American Medical Association doesn't consider multiple chemical sensitivity to be an illness. (webmd.com)
  • That means using "safe" materials like ceramic tiles or concrete floors rather than carpeting, which traps chemical odors. (slate.com)
  • Removes: Household chemicals Pollen Mold spores Dust Allergens Odors Ideal for: Familie. (wellnessjunction.com)
  • Our units offer more filtration media than any other manufacturer, with the deepest carbon bed filters for chemicals, gases and odors, and superior medical-grade HEPA filters for particle control. (allbrands.com)
  • Of centrations is difficult for odors and sensory irritants the 600 substances for which an OEL has already because some chemicals have odors that warn of been established, 66% are sensory irritants (Kurtz, their presence before irritation is produced. (cdc.gov)
  • Dr. McCampbell offers phone consultations for people with chemical sensitivity and other environmentally related illnesses. (annmccampbellmd.com)
  • Dr. McCampbell also offers medical legal consultations in cases involving chemical sensitivity and other environmentally related illnesses. (annmccampbellmd.com)
  • This overall mechanism is also supported by physiological correlates found in MCS and related multisystem illnesses, objectively measurable responses to low level chemical exposure in MCS patients, many studies of apparent animal models of MCS and also evidence from therapeutic trials of MCS-related illnesses. (villadepaz-gazette.com)
  • I guess this is a question for Maff then, reading about your possible porphyria link with MCS ( http://www.ei-resource.org/illness-information/environmental-illnesses/multiple-chemical-sensitivity-(mcs)/ ) - do you have an reference papers I can show this guy when I see him? (ei-resource.org)
  • There is probably no single one chemical exposure responsible for these illnesses, but more likely a mixed exposure of chemical classes such as particulate matter and oxygenated organic species (oxidized volatile organic compounds that are likely biologically reactive and potentially cause cell damage and increase susceptibility to disease). (cdc.gov)
  • A list of substances or component parts as described by the maker of a coating, pesticide, or other product containing chemicals or other substances. (frtr.gov)
  • In 1989 the US National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) identified 884 of 2,983 fragrance chemicals as toxic substances. (casle.ca)
  • At its most basic, MCS is a sensitivity to many types of chemicals, which causes physical reactions in multiple organ systems. (rom.on.ca)
  • People with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) are made sick by exposures to low levels of many common chemicals - such as perfume, paint, pesticides, solvents, new building materials, vehicle exhaust, and smoke. (annmccampbellmd.com)
  • The first four chapters discuss the genesis of somatoform and other functional somatic symptom disorders, and the next seven chapters address somatoform conditions in the context of nonepileptic seizures, multiple chemical sensitivity and other claimed toxic exposures, pseudotremor and other nonphysiologic movement disorders, postconcussion syndrome, chronic pain/fibromyalgia/complex regional pain syndrome, attention deficit disorder, and auto-immune disease. (routledge.com)
  • Environmental chemical exposures and disturbances of heme synthesis. (medscape.com)
  • Juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome (JPFS) is a musculoskeletal pain syndrome characterized by multiple discrete tender points (TPs), fatigue, and sleep disturbance in the child and adolescent. (medscape.com)
  • Environmental Sensitivities or Intolerances (ES) / Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is an acquired environment linked condition. (may12th.org)
  • Dr. McCampbell's services can be especially useful for those who have recently developed chemical sensitivity or "old-timers" who are facing surgery or dealing with a new illness. (annmccampbellmd.com)
  • When human illness results from an unintentional or intentional release of a toxin (chemicals produced by metabolism in an organism [e.g., ricin]) or a toxicant (natural or synthetic chemicals not metabolically produced by an organism [e.g., nerve agents]) into the environment, uniform reporting is necessary to direct appropriate resources, assess the extent of morbidity and mortality, track poisoned persons, and monitor response to intervention. (cdc.gov)
  • In this report, CDC presents case definitions to facilitate uniform reporting among local, state, and federal public health agencies of illness resulting from a chemical release. (cdc.gov)
  • When illness results from an intentional or unintentional chemical release (either known or suspected on the basis of a credible threat) into the environment, uniform reporting is paramount to direct appropriate resources, assess the extent of morbidity and mortality, track poisoned persons, and monitor response to intervention. (cdc.gov)
  • In this report, CDC presents case definitions to facilitate uniform reporting of illness resulting from a chemical (i.e., toxin and toxicant) release. (cdc.gov)
  • Toxins are chemicals that are produced by organisms as a result of cellular metabolism (e.g., marine toxins such as saxitoxin or plant toxins such as ricin). (cdc.gov)
  • I have long been skeptical of the diagnosis of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). (skepdoc.info)
  • Initially, patients with chemical sensitivity often have many health complaints without having a specific diagnosis of a disease. (theaircleanerstore.com)
  • Outdoor air (especially in cities) is often polluted with multiple types of chemicals and particles that are brought directly into the home and rooms through the air conditioning system because typical A/C filters are not designed to stop them. (airpurifiersandcleaners.com)
  • Dr. Ann McCampbell trained in internal medicine and worked in women's health before she became ill with severe multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) in 1989. (annmccampbellmd.com)
  • Although MCS sufferers can get temporary relief by keeping away from chemicals - it is getting more difficult as time goes on, to be in a completely chemical-free environment, as chemicals in society today are increasing extremely fast. (organised-crime-of-covert-electronic-assault-nz.com)
  • Many multiple chemical sensitivity sufferers find that they get the best relief by using both a portable MCS air purifier and an AllerAir or Amaircare deluxe whole house unit attached to the furnace. (airpurifiersandcleaners.com)
  • Instead of fighting people and calling them names for being sick from chemicals, why don't we do some research and find a cure? (villadepaz-gazette.com)
  • How is multiple chemical sensitivity typically diagnosed? (biologixcenter.com)
  • Consumer products used in indoor environments for cleaning, surface finishing and deodorizing are typically mixtures of many chemicals. (cdc.gov)
  • Therefore, use of these case definitions as a surveillance tool, in the absence of a credible threat or a known chemical release, typically results in excessive false-positive reports and is not recommended by CDC. (cdc.gov)
  • In Paper IV and V the smell intolerance reactions common in TE cases were explored, aiming to develop a standardized chemical challenge design for the assessment of chemical intolerance. (lu.se)
  • The annoyance reactions of TE cases was successfully reproduced during controlled chemical challenge at exposure levels below known levels for acute CNS-effects and trigeminal irritation. (lu.se)
  • Chemical exposure produces reactions to the offensive chemical. (theaircleanerstore.com)
  • While the presence of this condition is questioned, physicians and pediatricians agree that there is a significant subculture of patients who go to great lengths to avoid exposure to chemicals that are commonly found in modern homes, classrooms, and workplaces. (theaircleanerstore.com)
  • The dissertation deals with psychological methods aimed at improving the understanding and assessment of two disorders related to contact with chemicals: solvent-induced chronic toxic encephalopathy (TE) and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). (lu.se)
  • Our portable room air cleaners are preferred by many who suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity, severe allergies and related conditions because of high performance, deluxe long-life filters, affordable pricing, and they're all made in the USA or Canada with excellent warranties. (airpurifiersandcleaners.com)
  • From here, antigen processing and complex immunological responses to the chemicals are also activated by the inflammatory response. (theaircleanerstore.com)
  • To identify such con- diseases due to exposure to airborne chemicals. (cdc.gov)
  • Crude prevalence estimates, adjusted odds ratios (AORs), and confidence intervals were calculated for multiple chronic diseases and risk factors. (cdc.gov)
  • The list of chemicals that have the potential for use as a terrorist weapon is extensive, and clinical presentation of poisoning from chemicals can be similar to that of common diseases (e.g., gastroenteritis). (cdc.gov)
  • Categorization of lung diseases for which mortality data are presented is limited by the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) coding system used for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) multiple cause-of-death data. (cdc.gov)
  • Information is in accordance to the 1999 consensus definition on MCS (in the Archives of Environmental Health) and the report Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Discriminant Validity of Case Definitions ((in the Archives of Environmental Health-2001:56(5)406 412). (may12th.org)
  • Environmental Health Network leader Barbara Wilkie discovered in July 2005 that her chemical injury/multiple chemical sensitivities had suddenly manifested as stage 4 (later stage 5) kidney disease (kidney failure). (ehnca.org)
  • Developing severe multiple chemical sensitivity alters every aspect of a person's life and can make it almost impossible to work, find safe housing, obtain health care, socialize or pursue hobbies. (annmccampbellmd.com)
  • Find the best air purifiers for fragrance sensitivity below! (wellnessjunction.com)
  • Best Portable Room Air Purifiers for MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity): Deluxe Units Made in USA & Canada at Cheap Prices! (airpurifiersandcleaners.com)
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  • The exposure to potentially harmful chemical, physical, or biological agents in the environment or to environmental factors that may include ionizing radiation, pathogenic organisms, or toxic chemicals. (bvsalud.org)
  • Some people with MCS appear to have excess production of inflammatory cytokines, but this phenomenon is not specific to MCS and overall there is no evidence that low-level chemical exposure causes an immune response. (wikipedia.org)
  • It has been hypothesized that there is a heritable genetic trait which pre-disposes people to be hypersensitive to low-level chemical exposure and so develop MCS. (wikipedia.org)
  • How very low levels of chemical exposure affect people isn't clear. (webmd.com)
  • In some cases, people point to a major event, like a chemical spill. (webmd.com)
  • The people in this Arizona community might be the closest thing there is to an MCS think tank, and they've developed building techniques to help manage their sensitivities. (slate.com)
  • People with MCS also experience sensitivity to electricity, so some houses forgo electricity or have it routed through a single room that can be completely shut off from the rest of the house. (slate.com)
  • Because people with MCS react to chemicals at levels that ordinarily - do not affect others. (organised-crime-of-covert-electronic-assault-nz.com)
  • However, the levels of exposure considered "safe" for most people, can greatly impact a person struggling with multiple chemical sensitivity. (biologixcenter.com)
  • Any shelters or services who serve Katrina victims with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity are welcome to contact Cyndi Norwitz for information on accommodating these people safely. (immuneweb.org)
  • People with "multiple chemical sensitivity" are definitely suffering. (reason.com)
  • As well as a dense activated carbon filter to soak in chemicals fumes like formaldehyde, VOCs, and fragrances. (wellnessjunction.com)
  • Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, is a very large family of chemicals which includes all the organic compounds containing carbon, and which readily evaporate into the air. (casle.ca)
  • 3) Man-made fragrance chemicals are part of the category of VOCs. (casle.ca)
  • She has been a leading chemical sensitivity and disability advocate for the past 25 years. (annmccampbellmd.com)
  • Plaintiff alleges disability due to multiple chemical sensitivity, mixed connective tissue disease, and a head injury resulting in traumatic brain injury. (justia.com)
  • Using materials such as oil, coal, and natural gas, scientists continue to synthesize many never-before-in-existence chemicals and chemically based materials. (casle.ca)
  • No matter what room you plan to put your air purifier in, our top picks are proven to cleanse the air of harmful fragrances and chemicals that may be affecting you at home. (wellnessjunction.com)
  • Twenty-four studies found no evidence of sensitivity. (skeptic.com)
  • The evidence is now clear, and the conclusion is that "trace amounts of chemicals are not to blame. (skepdoc.info)
  • The role of these chemicals acting as toxicants, in initiating cases of MCS has been confirmed by genetic evidence showing that six genes that influence the metabolism of these chemicals, all influence susceptibility to MCS. (villadepaz-gazette.com)
  • It is well known that the immune system's association with environmental chemicals can result in disease. (theaircleanerstore.com)
  • The report also explains the rationale for the structure of the case definitions, the audience for whom it is intended, the setting in which the case definitions might be used, and reasons each chemical presented in the report was selected. (cdc.gov)
  • CDC will create new case definitions and revise existing definitions to meet the needs related to emerging threats and to enhance case definition sensitivity and specificity, when possible, with developing clinical information. (cdc.gov)
  • The report provides an overview of 1) the settings in which the case definitions might be used, 2) the structure of the case definitions, 3) the rationale for choosing the particular chemicals, and 4) plans for revising the report. (cdc.gov)
  • In addition, case definitions, which include reference citations, are presented for the selected chemicals. (cdc.gov)
  • The case definitions in this report should be used by clinicians and public health officials in two settings: 1) after a credible threat of a chemical release or 2) after a known chemical release. (cdc.gov)
  • When searching for an air purifier for MCS you want to have a high-quality HEPA filter to capture airborne particles that may hold the chemicals you're sensitive to. (wellnessjunction.com)
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  • The word "chemicals" refer to a wide variety of natural and man-made chemical pollutants. (theaircleanerstore.com)
  • The possible answers to these questions might be found in investigating the chemistry of volatile organic compounds found in the indoor environment, developing new sampling methods, and improving assessments of chemical health effects. (cdc.gov)
  • Most of today's fragrances are 97% synthetic chemical, with as many as 7000 Volatile Organic Compounds (Some sources say 4000, others say 6000) used in the fragrance industry in combinations that make our neurosensors think we are smelling a particular scent. (casle.ca)
  • Curiously, she has no sensitivities to her dogs, her horses, or the dust kicked up as she rides in a dirt arena. (skepdoc.info)
  • Toxicants are synthetic (i.e., manufactured) or naturally found chemicals that are not produced by organisms as a result of cellular metabolism (e.g., nerve agents or arsenic). (cdc.gov)
  • I was a dental assistant and was exposed to a lot of dangerous chemicals from cleaning wipes and sprays to chemical autoclave to mercury, and more. (lampworketc.com)
  • And if you have any other ideas on how to keep these areas smelling fresh without using synthetic chemicals, please consider adding them to the comments section below. (drbenkim.com)
  • In the nanometer range we encounter aerosols, their impact on the environment and public health greatly depend on their chemical composition and sizes. (lu.se)
  • Out method greatly exceed conventional aerosol lidar in sensitivity and tempo-spatial resolution. (lu.se)
  • Usually perfume is made up of essential oils, aroma chemicals, and a base of alcohol, with fixatives used to slow the evaporation. (casle.ca)
  • Roman Mars 99 Percent Invisible: Snowflake, Arizona, residents design their diets, habits, and environments to combat multiple chemical sensitivity. (slate.com)