Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)

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  • We created this website to help others with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity(MCS), but also to be a resource for friends, family and colleagues who may be struggling with learning how to adjust to having a loved one with MCS.

  • Chronic low dose exposure or one large exposure to mould, or to pesticides and other chemicals found in common products like solvents, can trigger this medical condition. Once productive individuals may suddenly or gradually become unable to tolerate being in offices, schools, hospitals, and public places.

  • The disability can manifest in a multitude of symptoms, often neurological. To get well, individuals need a healthy place to live. That often means avoiding public areas such as shopping malls, movie theatres, restaurants, libraries, etc.

  • You can imagine how isolating this would be — many patients drop out of sight. So even though there are over a million Canadians with a medical diagnosis of Environmental Sensitivities, (MCS ), many of the rest of us don't know about it. Those stricken simply become invisible.

  • There are several conditions that are considered “Invisible Disabilities” with environmental sensitivities

    • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS),

    • Electro Magnetic Sensitivity (EMS),

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (CFS/ME/SEID)

    • Fibromyalgia (FM)

  • Exposures at any level contribute to toxic load that is bearable up to a tipping point. An individual’s productivity can become so negatively affected that they require prolonged periods of recovery which affects their relationships and stress levels at home, in the community, at their jobs, etc.We created this website to help others with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity(MCS), but also to be a resource for friends, family and colleagues who may be struggling with learning how to adjust to having a loved one with MCS.

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  • Over time, the affects on our lives, our families, our jobs, our mental and physical health take their toll. 

  • Having MCS has been life altering for every one of us.

  • For some, drugs and face masks may reduce the impacts but for others, there is no solution but to create a safe environment in our homes and stay there, isolated. 

  • Many products and fumes make us ill (see TRIGGERS).  One barrier we are met with daily is the number of people and environments that have fragrance in them.

  • When you hear the word "fragrance", most people think of "perfume" or "aftershave", but did you know that synthetic fragrances are hidden in products you use everyday?  Their aroma may be pleasing to some but these dangerously toxic ingredients affect people in a variety of ways causing long lasting, debilitating affects on the brain and body. 

  • There are four different ways that chemicals enter our bodies, altering our receptors creating havoc to multiple body systems. One instant entry is the same way that inhaled street drugs take the chemical straight to the brain bypassing the blood-brain barrier; fumes from chemicals and synthetic fragrances will find their way in to the brain temporarily disrupting body systems.  Toxic overload accumulates over time. 

  • Once compromised, “canaries” are forced to remove themselves and retreat to their fragrance free homes, and risk becoming isolated, lonely and depressed when they cannot find safe access to participate in their communities and public spaces. But…What if your home environment is shared with others that don’t understand the affects their products with chemicals are having on you?  What if your apartment has mold or your shared laundry room is chock full of offgassing fumes wafting throughout your home, absorbed into your clothes, your hair?  What if you live near a busy roadway where exhaust fumes are in every breath you take? All of these situations increase your toxic load having accumulative, debilitating affects on people with MCS.

  • With education, all members of society can be equipped to make their best health conscious decisions in the interests of creating safer, fragrance free, inclusive spaces for the health and wellness of all.