Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) is a medical condition characterized by debilitating

chemical sensitivities. People who are chemically 

sensitive are made sick by exposures to chemicals found in many common products such as pesticides, perfumes, tobacco smoke, new carpets, air “fresheners,” new paint and building materials, and many cleaning and laundry products. Most of these chemicals will make everyone sick at high levels, but for chemically sensitive people exposures to even small amounts of these substances can cause symptoms. Some chemically sensitive people are only mildly affected while others have the more severe form of the illness called MCS.

Symptoms experienced by people with MCS range from mild to life-threatening and include headache, trouble concentrating, nausea,  diarrhea, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, dizziness, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, and seizures. MCS symptoms in children include red cheeks and ears, dark circles under the eyes, hyperactivity, and behavior or learning problems. After an exposure, symptoms may occur immediately or be delayed for up to a few days. Reactions may last from a few seconds to weeks or months. People with MCS often react to a variety of foods, drugs, molds, and pollen as well as chemicals. 

Creating a Healthier Environment 

Reducing exposures to chemicals improves the health of those with MCS. Better air quality also helps promote the health of everyone. The following are ways to create a healthier environment: 

· Avoid pesticides, use least toxic integrated pest management (IPM) 

· Avoid newly built or remodeled buildings, or build with less toxic materials  

· Avoid new paint and solvent-based stains and transparent finishes 

· Avoid new carpets 

· Avoid gasoline, solvent, dry-cleaning, and tar fumes   

· Avoid tobacco smoke and vehicle exhaust  

· Use least toxic, natural, and unscented  cleaning, laundry, and sanitizing products  

· Avoid perfume, cologne, and scented personal care products  

· Avoid air “freshener” sprays, incense, and fragrance-emitting devices  

· Use electric utilities or radiant heat  

· Open windows, ventilate buildings with clean fresh air and/or use portable room air filters



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 acctually 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. While an MBA in health care may help you understand the whys and wherefores of the medical issues it doesn’t take a masters degree to listen to your body and know that things are not right. 

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.




Chemicals found in perfume 

Over 1500 chemicals are used in most perfumes and fragrances.


Here are some of the most common ingredients:

Acetone- EPA hazardous waste list, and central nervous system depressant

Amylcinnamaldehyde- Irritating to eyes, respiratory system, and skin

a-Pinene- Sensitizer, inhalation exposure to high concentrations associated with irritation of the respiratory airways.

a-Terpineol- May cause ataxia, headaches, depressed central nervous system

Benzaldehyde- Harmful if swallowed, exposure causes sore throat, rash, and eye pain

Benzophenone- Disruptive to hormones and thyroid

Benzyl Acetate- Carcinogen, possibly a cause of pancreatic cancer

Benzyl Alcohol- Causes headache, nausea, and dizziness

Benzyl benzoate- Disruptive to hormones

Benzyl cinnamate- Irritant, dangerous for the environment

Benzyl salicylate- Disruptive to hormones

Beta ionone- Possible carcinogen

Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)- Disruptive to hormones and thyroid, possible carcinogen

Cinnamyl alcohol- Irritating to skin and eyes,

Coumarin- Carcinogen, toxic to liver and kidneys, used to kill rodents, common ingredient in cigarette tobacco products

Diethyl phthalate (DEP)- causes abnormal development of reproductive organs in male babies and sperm damage in adult men

Ethanol- EPA hazardous waste list, causes central nervous system disorder

Ethyl Acetate- Narcotic, on EPA hazardous waste list

Eugenol- Sensitizer, allergen

Farnesol- Skin irritant, allergen

Formaldehyde- Air pollutant, carcinogen, exposure causes wheezing, allergic reactions, skin rash

Galaxoide- toxic to the endocrine system

g-Terpinene- Causes central nervous system disorder

Lilial (Butylphenyl methylpropional)- Disruptive to hormones, allergen

Limonene- Carcinogen, causes central nervous system disorder

Linalool- Narcotic, causes central nervous system disorder

Lyral- Allergen, causes eczema

Methylene chloride- Banned by the FDA, carcinogen, EPA hazardous waste list, causes central nervous system disorder

Musk ketone- Disruptive to hormones

Myrcene- possible carcinogen

Octinoxate (Octyl methoxycinnamate) – Disruptive to hormones and thyroid

Oxybenzone- Disruptive to hormones

Toluene- Carcinogen

Tonalide- toxic to the endocrine system

When you choose to use fragrances, chemicals, or pesticides, You are not simply making a choice for yourself, You are making a choice for everyone around you!!!!

later———- Gators



About sondasmcschatter

I was encouraged to start a blog as I suffer from MCS /multi chemical sensitivities & other health problems & I have helped several hundred others who suffer from MCS set up "Safe Homes" & given them encouragement & HOPE & share information & lots of laughs along the way also. When you choose to use fragrances, chemicals, or pesticides, You are not simply making a choice for yourself, You are making a choice for everyone around you!!!! What makes me an expert on MCS-- not a darn thing-- BUT have lived with it for years-& years- & have learned lots the HARD WAY-- by experience!! And want to give others help & HOPE & encouragement -- as I know there are not many who understand what it is to live with this illness- & ALL THAT GOES WITH IT!!! Internet has been my way of communication with many who we are confined to their "safe homes" all over the USA & other countries!! I have communicated with many HUNDRED by e-mail-- phone & letters & internet forums-- I hope this blog will help in a better way to share laughter-- hope & information!!! As for many are not any longer able to even leave their homes-- & communication is sooo important & sharing & encouragement & GIVING HOPE!!!
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