Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - An Overview


Source: Diagram by S. Genius Sensitivity-related illness: The escalating pandemic of allergy, food intolerance and chemical sensitivity.pdf

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) or TILT describes a cluster of a wide range of "non-specific" symptoms that is worsened by stress and exposure to stimuli and chemicals. Common symptoms include: fatigue, headaches, digestive upsets, heart palpitations, memory and concentration difficulties, joint and muscle aches and pains, mood disturbances and more.

MCS is now experienced by around 1% of the populaton with 16% of the population reporting chemical sensitivities on regular basis. (SA Health, NSW Health, US studies by Caress and others). Everybody experiences a heightened responses to chemicals sometimes e.g. medicine side effects, hangover from alcohol.

According the Dr Claudia Miller TILT (her name for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) is connected to many illnesses

Source: Article Dr Claudia Miller 2003

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) seems to be a consequence of a very high total stress load that is the cause of and a consequence of: dysautonomia (imbalances to the autonomic nervous system), neurogenic inflammation and heightened NMDA activity and glutamine, toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT), liver detoxification impairment, severe adrenal fatigue (hypocortisolism/hypoadrenia) and very severe sensitisations (changes) to the pain and survival regions of the nervous system, in particular the limbic (emotional) region of the brain, the thalmus (brains pain centre) and the nociceptor sensory nerves which are found all over the body and communicate pain and potential danger back to the brain via the spinal column.

Sensitisations turn up the volume on pain, emotional distress and responsiveness to chemicals and stimuli including: noise, light, temperature changes, multi-activity, bright flashing colors, smells, mold and more.

Everyone experiences "sensitisations", however they are not as severe as those experienced by people with MCS and they generally have an opportunity to reverse because they are not stuck on a self perpetuating toxic, inflammatory, stress (TIS) Loop.

Or for the more scientifically minded amongst you the NO/OONO inflammatory disease cycle postulated by Biochemist Dr Martin Pall

Diagram 2 by Dr Martin pall updated NO/OONO disease cycle (The Tenth Paradigm)

Treatment of MCS in its earlier stages prior to neuropathy (injury to the nervous system) or whilst in the phase in which intermittent chemical sensitivities are occurring is a lot simpler than addressing more severe MCS and can most likely be achieved by using the guidelines provided by RESHAPE FOR HEALTH

However, for people with more severe MCS who are literally in "an on-going crisis (which can go on for years and ultimately result in organ shut down if not intervened"), treatment which must involve chemical and stimuli reduction (Dr Grace Ziem) becomes a lot trickier due to the level of chronic stress adaptions that have occurred, hypocortisolism, severe liver detoxification impairment and what Dr Randolph Theron (who was a Chicago Allergist and the father of Environmental medicine) the "unmasking process." Which in summary means that if you try to reduce chemicals (food and environmental) or stimuli too quickly (given your individual level of intolerances and adaptions) you are likely to experience very severe withdrawal symptoms, cravings and even some "addictive behaviours" and even some very severe immune intensifications and a heightening of sensitivities and sensitisations for a period of time. To manage the "unmasking" process ALL TREATMENT, CHANGE AND REDUCTION whether it be chemical, stimuli or stress needs to be managed carefully and slowly. How to do this is discussed in the RESHAPE FOR MCS AND FEEL MUCH BETTER book. (Coming soon)

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