Multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) is a hypersensitivity syndrome where people are sensitive to commonly found chemicals in our modern environment (fragrances, household cleaners and air fresheners, petrochemicals, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, etc). The severity of MCS can vary greatly from having mild symptoms like headaches, nausea or asthma in response to things like fragrances, all the way to completely debilitating symptoms that can cause many people to lose their job and ability to work. In fact, 13.5% of people with MCS actually lose employment and are unable to work¹.
MCS is much more common than people think. Large population studies have reported MCS to be as common as 15% among the general population, and some scientists even suggest the true number may be as high as 30%, however only 3 to 6% of the population is actually diagnosed with MCS because this condition is largely unknown to most individuals and doctors¹ ² ³.
How I help with MCS
Research has suggested that the neural pathways in the brain and nervous system responsible for chronic pain and abnormal pain may be similar to those involved with the sensitization to chemicals that leads to MCS (4). Research has also shown that the activity within the brain associated with pain perception is highly modifiable by interventions such as hypnosis and stress reduction.
I uses techniques such as hypnotherapy and EMDR therapy to modify (brain) neural pathways and reduce triggers of stress to modify symptoms of chemical hypersensitivity and to help promote and restore healthy living.
As a person who used to suffer from the most severe form of MCS myself, I have a deep personal understanding of this condition as well.
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4. Rainville, P., Bushnell, M. C., & Duncan, G. H. (2001). Representation of Acute and Persistent Pain in the Human CNS: Potential Implications for Chemical Intolerance. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 933(1), 130–141. doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.2001.tb05820.x