When people find out that I am sensitive to the chemicals in everyday products, I almost invariably find that they believe one or more of the many myths surrounding MCS. First, what is MCS? I’m constantly surprised by the fact that almost no one knows what I’m talking about when I use that acronym. MCS stands for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. The Chemical Sensitivity Foundation defines it this way:
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a medical condition characterized by a heightened sensitivity to chemicals. People who have MCS become ill when exposed to a variety of chemicals, many of which are commonly encountered in everyday life. Some people have only mild chemical sensitivities, while others have a more severe form of the illness called MCS.
Now that you know what it is, I imagine some of you are probably thinking, “Ooooh, I think…
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