The month of May has been set aside to increase awareness of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). It's also called Environmental Illness (EI) or Toxic Injury (TI) and affects nearly 50 million people in the U.S. alone. Unfortunately, public awareness and understanding have been slow to catch up. We, “the canaries in the coal mine,” have adverse, even life-threatening, reactions to products containing toxins, usually chemical in nature; we’ve developed a loss of tolerance for substances that we have previous tolerated.
MCS can be triggered by an acute toxic episode, e.g., a chemical spill at work or by chronic exposure, e.g., pesticides that are ubiquitous in most neighborhoods. Symptoms caused by MCS range from hoarseness to a chronic cough to vertigo and confusion to hives and rashes and more.
To be continued.