We hear a lot about chemical sensitivity today, but what is it? And is it real?
With more than 80,000 commercial chemicals in use today, most of which have not been thoroughly studied, it's a growing concern. Also, little is known about both the long-term effects of individual chemicals and the synergistic effects of multiple chemicals in one product.
What is Chemical Sensitivity?
Known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), it is a condition characterized by a heightened sensitivity to chemicals. People who have MCS become sick when they are exposed to a wide variety of chemicals, many of which are commonly used in our homes. Some people have mild chemical sensitivities, while others have more severe sensitivities and reactions.
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There is much debate about whether it is a clinical diagnosis or not, and it has become a controversial issue. However, those who suffer from it have no doubt.
There are some in the medical community, including the American Medical Association, who say it is not. There are even some who believe these symptoms are physical manifestations of psychiatric illness rather than a primary medical illness. Their issue is with the levels of chemical exposure necessary to affect people.
But others in the medical community agree that multiple chemical sensitivity is a negative physical reaction to certain chemicals.
In the meantime, organizations have been established to help those suffering from MCS.
What Can Trigger a Reaction?
Following are some common triggers for a person with MCS:
What are the Symptoms?
The symptoms can vary from one person to another, but most sufferers experience one or more of the following:
Muscle and Joint Pain
Burning, Stinging eyes
What Can You Do About It?
Examine labels. Be a detective and pay attention to what triggers you.
Limit your exposure to chemical-laden products as much as possible and switch over to ones that are scent-free, chemical-free, and all-natural. There are many DIY recipes online if you want to try making your own natural products.
One area you can begin in is the laundry room.
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