Daily Archives: October 11, 2013
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, or MCS for short.
It is just what it sounds like, a sensitivity to multiple chemicals… but what exactly does that mean?
As with most sensitivities, it can affect all people differently… but for me, it is headaches (migraine) and feeling “ill” or unable to breathe well.
How is it triggered?
Have you ever been in an aisle at the store… with specifically cleaners or perfumes and gotten an instant headache or felt light-headed or sick to your stomach?
That’s a pretty good indicator that you have a sensitivity to chemicals, and it’s messing with your brain, body or hormones.
I used to be able to wear perfume. I loved candles and car scents… vanilla, and spices reminded me of fall.
Not any more. I can’t tolerate it – at all.
It’s difficult to be seated by someone with strong perfume without getting sick. I get an instant headache. Once in church I thought I wasn’t going to be able to breathe – it was that over whelming to me. Instead, I sat there with a headache the entire time feeling like I could throw up – and it left relatively soon after I left church and was in the open air. Sometimes it ruins my day.
I always thought “smell goods” were a good thing… I really never considered what all they put into them – and just how that effected me.
NOW that the effects are clear – I can’t imagine ever going back to wearing those toxins.
Just like that, my husband and I got rid of all of our perfume and chemically scented washes and candles.
With a liver that doesn’t methylate toxins well, you can imagine it’s quite an overload to people “like us”… but it’s causing an effect on everyone truly. Imagine the little people?
I remember a few years ago, a lady at church asked another person to please move because their perfume was making the person ill. I thought at the time I would have just moved myself… but the other side of me (insensitivity) thought, “SERIOUSLY? You’re that sick from perfume?”
And I had issues at the time with lots of smells… I Just didn’t realize how serious of an issue it was, or really WHY it was an issue at all. When I first read up on it, I noticed it fell into the “quack watch” area of research where western medicine was debating whether or not it was a “real issue” stating that people who “claimed” to have issues already had psychiatric issues already, or (of course) depression. That seems to be a “Catch-all” in western medicine, which means, “We really have no clue how to help you, therefore, it must be in your head. Here, take some pills.”
Here are some of the symptoms of MCS:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Intolerance to heat or cold
- Stuffy head or congestion
- Sore throat
- Memory problems
- Breathing problems
- Changes in heart rhythm
- Chest pain
- Muscle pain and/or stiffness
- Bloating or gas
- Skin rash or hives
- Mood changes
Sounds “made-up” or in your head, right?
Now, after learning more – I realize it’s certainly a methylation issue of the liver, and tends to go with auto immune disease and gut issues (especially chronic fatigue, and fibromyalsia… which western medicine doctors stink at getting to the source of the cause. Once again, they miss the mark – and people needlessly suffer. They call people loons, and people start to question their sanity.
Well, except me. I know I’m crazy.
What are some of the poisons in these “scents” that are toxic to our health and hormone disrupters as well? Read about that here. It’s not so sexy. It’s quite disturbing.
There is a reason why they’re “intoxicating” scented… it’s because that’s exactly what it’s doing to your brain function.
No thanks. I need all of the brain cells and brain function I can hold onto to be Healthy for Him!
“He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
He drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
He rescued me because He delighted in me.”