AUG 27, ’14 JUST RECEIVED AN E-MAIL ASKING- WELL JUST WHAT IS MCS?????

AUG 27, ’14 JUST RECEIVED AN E-MAIL ASKING– WELL JUST WHAT IS MCS?????

BOY– I MUST NOT BE DOING MY JOB WELL——

SO IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ANY POSTS ON MY BLOG— HERE IS A SMALL AMOUNT OF THE INFORMATION AGAIN:

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 heart
beat, 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

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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. 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.

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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

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Chemicals Found in Fabric Softeners/Dryer Sheets

Alpha-Terpineol

Causes CNS (central nervous system) disorders… “highly irritating to mucous membranes” …”Aspiration into the lungs can produce pneumonitis or even fatal edema.” Can also cause “excitement, ataxia (loss of muscular coordination), hypothermia, CNS and respiratory depression, and headache.” “Prevent repeated or prolonged skin contact.”


Benzyl Acetate

Carconigenic (linked to pancreatic cancer). “From vapors: irritating to eyes and respiratory passages, exciting cough.” “In mice: hyperanemia of the lungs.” “Can be absorbed through the skin causing systemic effects.” “Do not flush to sewer.”


Benzyl Alcohol

Causes CNS disorders …”irritating to the upper respiratory tract” …”headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drop in blood pressure, CNS depression, and death in severe cases due to respiratory failure.”


Camphor

Causes CNS disorders. On EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Symptoms: “local irritant and CNS stimulant” …”readily absorbed through body tissues” …”irritation of eyes, nose, and throat” …”dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles and convulsions”. “Avoid inhalation of vapors.”


Chloroform

Neurotoxic. Anesthetic. Carcinogenic. on EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. “Avoid contact with eyes, skin, clothing. Do not breathe vapors …Inhalation of vapors may cause headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, irritation of respiratory tract and loss of consciousness.” “Inhalation can be fatal.” “Chronic effects of overexposure may include kidney and/or liver damage.” “Medical conditions generally aggravated by exposure: kidney disorders, liver disorders, heart disorders, skin disorders.” “Conditions to avoid: Heat…” Listed on California’s Proposition 65.


Ethyl Acetate

Narcotic. On EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. “…Irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract” …”may cause headache and narcosis (stupor)” …”may cause anemia with leukocytosis and damage to liver and kidneys”. “Wash thoroughly after handling.”


Limonene

Carcinogenic. “Prevent its contact with skin or eyes because it is an irritant and sensitizer.” “Always wash thoroughly after using this material and before eating, drinking …applying cosmetics. Do not inhale limonene vapor.”


Linalool

Narcotic. Causes CNS disorders. …”respiratory disturbances” …”Attracts bees.” “In animal tests: ataxic gait, reduced spontaneous motor activity and depression …depressed heart activity …development of respiratory disturbances leading to death.”


Pentane

“Danger – Harmful if inhaled …Avoid breathing vapor.” “Inhalation of vapors may cause headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, irritation of respiratory tract and loss of consciousness. Repeated inhalation of vapors may cause CNS depression. Contact can cause eye irritation. Prolonged exposure may cause dermatitis (skin rash).”

 

CNS = Central Nervous System

Your brain and spine. CNS disorders include: Alzheimer’s Disease, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dementia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Seizures, Strokes, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

CNS exposure symptoms include: aphasia, blurred vision, disorientation, dizziness, headaches, hunger, memory loss, numbness in face, pain in neck and spine.

Fragrance - Choosing the Product

CARD FRONT

CARD BACK

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PARDON MEno perfume # 3mcs sysmptoms

PEOPLE SICK

SCENT 1no  posterno perfume signSCENT 3scent 6SCENTS 7SCENT 8SCENT 4PEOPLE KNEW

 I TRULY HOPE THIS ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION WHAT IS MCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IF NOT THERE ARE ABOUT 3,000 MORE BLOG POST THAT TALK ABOUT MCS & LIFE WITH MCS!!!!!!!!!

THANKS FOR ASKING!!!!!!!!!!!

LATER————

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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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16 Responses to AUG 27, ’14 JUST RECEIVED AN E-MAIL ASKING- WELL JUST WHAT IS MCS?????

  1. Colleen says:

    Someday no one will have to ask but for now it is great that people care enough to ask. Thanks for spreading the word. ❤

    • AMEN–SISTER— I GUESS MAYBE I DON’T BLOG THE BASICS & INFORMATION ABOUT MCS– ENOUGH ON MY BLOG—- I TAKE FOR GRANTED PEOPLE READ THE OLD BLOG POSTS WHEN THEY DON’T!!! I GUESS I NEED TO REPEAT MORE OFTEN— AND THEN SOMETIMES PEOPLE WANT ME TO REPEAT ALMOST 3,000 BLOG POSTS FULL OF INFORMATION TO THEM IN AN E-MAIL!!!! 🙂 hee hee SOMETIMES PEOPLE EVEN ASK US— “WELL JUST WHAT IS MCS”– & YOU WONDER IS THAT AN “ATTITUDE” TOWARD US WITH MCS– OR DO THEY REALLY CARE– DO THEY REALLY WANT TO KNOW??????? IT IS SOMETIMES HARD TO TELL OVER THE INTERNET!!!!!!!!! 🙂 AND SOME TIMES I HAVE PEOPLE SAY TO ME–WELL I SNEEZE WHEN I GET EXPOSED TO PERFUME ALSO— BUT I DON’T MAKE A “BIG DEAL” OVER IT LIKE YOU DO—- THEN I WANT TO HIT MY HEAD AGAINST A BRICK WALL— DID MY ALMOST 3,000 POSTS ABOUT MCS– NOT GIVE ANY MORE INFORMATION — THEN THAT—- FOR PEOPLE TO SAY THAT???????????????? 🙂 SOMETIMES IN MY OLD AGE– AND ON A REALLY SICK DAY– IT IS HARD TO KILL THEM WITH KINDNESS—& INFORMATION– WHEN I WOULD LIKE TO BEAT THEM WITH MY SOAP BOX!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 HEE HEE SOME DAYS I DO BETTER THEN OTHER DAYS!!!!!!!!! 🙂 SOMETIMES YOU CAN JUST FEEL THE CONDEMNATION — WHEN THEY ASK— ABOUT MCS— NOT LONG AGO ON A FORUM–A LADY POSTED MCS IS ONLY IN PEOPLE’S HEADS– NOTHING WRONG WITH THEM —BUT MENTAL ILLNESS—ETC ETC ETC– THEN ASKED ME — WELL WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE MCS IS??? YOU WOULD BE PROUD OF ME— I WALKED AWAY FROM IT— & LET HER WONDER!!!!!!! 🙂 I HEAR FROM MY MCS SISTERS ALL THE TIME HOW RUDE & NASTY THEIR FAMILIES & PEOPLE ARE TO THEM– WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND MCS—- I SOMETIMES WONDER ON DAYS –LIKE TODAY WHEN I HAVE SHINGLES ON TOP OF MCS– & FEEL LIKE SHIT— AM I MAKING A DIFFERENCE??????????? AS THE E-MAILS– I SOMETIMES RECEIVE — REEK OF CONDEMNATION & SARCASM– THAT WE ALL HAVE LIVED THROUGH WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY & CO-WORKERS!!!! I GUESS ALL WE CAN DO IS HOPE THEY NEVER HAVE TO LIVE THE EXPERIENCE OR TRUE MCS & OTHERS NOT UNDERSTANDING!!! OF COARSE HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS ALSO REALLY DO SUFFER FROM MCS– & DON’T REALIZE THAT IS WHAT THEIR HEALTH PROBLEMS REALLY ARE!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT SIS– LOVE YA!!!

  2. Colleen says:

    People who condemn are going to condemn — if not for MCS then for something else. I have a little more patience with the people who have a minor issue with MCS who ignore it, just because I pushed aside all of my symptoms before I would face it — for a LONG time.
    Two men were telling me today how we shouldn’t use our tax dollars to clean up our lake. I told them why I thought we should and how bloggers around the world actually think our lake is beautiful. One man just kept countering every point — he didn’t listen at all. The other man stopped and really listened and I could see a change in him as he listened to what I had to say. I’ve learned you can’t force a thought into a closed mind. And as far as MCS there are a lot of closed minds out there. BUT I’m finding more and more people are open to listening too. I know you’ve made a difference in my life. You pulled me up by my bootstraps, gave a me a hug, and then the much needed nudge in the backside to get back out in the world and not play the victim. Much Love to you, ❤

  3. Wonderful way to explain it, Sonda!!!!!!!

  4. You are doing your job….just more and more finding this for the first time.

  5. uda2time says:

    Thanks for taking the time to educate – especially those of us who haven’t heard of MCS. I’m so sorry you have it, but you’re doing amazing work helping others here, so I hope in some small way that gives you some comfort!

    • THANK YOU— IT IS SO SHOCKING TO ME– WHEN SOME ONE HAS NOT HEARD OF MCS— WHEN 99% OF THE PEOPLE SUFFER IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER FROM MCS– & DON’T REALIZE THAT IS THE CAUSE OF THEIR OWN HEALTH PROBLEMS– OR THEIR FAMILIES HEALTH PROBLEMS!!!!! IF & WHEN PEOPLE REALIZE WHAT THE CHEMICALS THEY USE & EAT & DRINK ARE DOING TO ALL OF US– & OUR WATER SUPPLY & FOOD SUPPLY & OUR AIR & OUR TOTAL ENVIRONMENT & HOW WE ARE ALL DESTROYING THIS PLANET!! THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH MCS– THEN DIABETICS — BUT — WE HEAR MORE ABOUT DIABETICS — THEN WE DO MCS— THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD DIAGNOSED WITH MCS– THEN THERE ARE GAY PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD– BUT —- WE DON’T HEAR MUCH ABOUT MCS—- ??????????????? MAYBE BECAUSE THE BIG CHEMICAL COMPANIES– & ALL THE SCENTED PRODUCT COMPANIES DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE USING IS TOXIC & KILLING!!!!!!!!!

  6. Stephanie says:

    You keep on telling them, Sonda 🙂

  7. Reblogged this on sondasmcschatter and commented:

    REBLOG FROM LAST YEAR ON THE SAME DAY———- SAME INFORMATION—& I STILL HAVE PEOPLE ASK ME EACH DAY— WELL JUST WHAT IS MCS?????????????

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