Making Your Home Healthier When You Have MCS
Not only do we have a lot of customers who suffer from MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity), the man who created our paints suffered from it, too. We know many people still scoff at the condition, but we know it personally and empathize with everyone struggling to live in our chemically-laden world where most everything makes you feel sick. We don't claim to be experts on the condition, but we know a few good expert resources. So, today we're sharing some websites and books for making your home healthier when you have MCS.
First, let's clarify what MCS is (for those of you just beginning your journey). According to WebMD:
Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is also called "environmental illness" or "sick building syndrome." It refers to a variety of non-specific symptoms reported by some people after possible exposure to chemical, biologic, or physical agents.
The symptoms people report are wide-ranging. They include headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, congestion, itching, sneezing, sore throat, chest pain, changes in heart rhythm, breathing problems, muscle pain or stiffness, skin rash, diarrhea, bloating, gas, confusion, trouble concentrating, memory problems, and mood changes.
People who have the symptoms may blame them on a major event, such as a chemical spill. Or some may link their symptoms to contact with low levels of chemicals at work, perhaps while working in an office with poor ventilation. Reported triggers include tobacco smoke, auto exhaust, perfume, insecticide, new carpet, chlorine, and countless others. Some say that levels of exposure generally considered safe for most people can have an effect on a few.
Sound familiar? Here are some resources to help.
- Debra Lynn Dadd - Debra Lynn Dadd brings more than thirty years of research and real-life experience to her work as a consumer advocate for health and the environment. Her website is all about how to recognize toxic chemicals that are harmful to your health and how to protect your health from them. It has more information on this subject than any other website. This website addresses all aspects of being healthy in a toxic world, including choosing an finding toxic free products of all kinds, how to detox toxic substances from your body, and how to repair the damage toxic chemicals have done to your body.
- MCS America - The mission of this non-profit organization is to gain medical, legal, and social recognition for multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) as a disorder of organic biological origin induced by toxic environmental insults. To provide support and referral services to the individuals with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), and other environmental illnesses. And, to ensure that environmental toxicants are identified, reduced, regulated, and enforced through lobbying for effective legislation.
- The Chemical Sensitivity Foundation -The primary goal of the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation, is to raise public awareness about multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). The following two videos will help viewers understand this condition that is making it extremely difficult for large numbers of people to remain in the workforce or find a safe place to live.
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Survival Guide
- Recovery from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: How I Recovered After Years of Debilitating MCS
- The Invisible Prison: A Handbook for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
- Toxic Free: How to Protect Your Health and Home from the Chemicals That Are Making You Sick
These resources should help you get a start (or make further progress) on making your home healthier when you have MCS! If you know of any other resources, please share them in the comments below.
The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or recommendations. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the issues raised here.