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Treatments

Treatment for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) requires the reduction of toxicity (particularly excito-toxicity); nerve inflammation and stress. This is done by applying a multidimensional treatment approach such as R.E.S.H.A.P.E

To reduce toxicity and nerve inflammation generally exposure reduction to chemicals (food and environmental) is necessary for a period of time to allow for the repletion of enzymes and the reversal of nervous system sensitisations (changes) that makes a person more likely to experience unpleasant symptoms as a result of exposure to stressors; chemicals and stimuli at a level that is "standardly" tolerated.

While some people with MCS can benefit from standard detoxification methods such as FIR Sauna Therapy; chelation therapy or lipid exchange therapy; many people with MCS cannot tolerate standard detoxification therapies. Particularly if they are also experiencing nerve injury (peripheral neuropathy); hypocortisolism (low levels of cortisol) or very impaired liver detoxification and detox enzyme depletion. [Yanick] However, detoxification can be achieved by more safely by:

a) taking Zeolites liquid drops (I like Zeoactiv 8 - unflavoured) and charcoal tabs 1-2 hours either side of food. Not to be taken with certain medications
b) Increasing intake of filtered water; but not overdoing it as this may cause lowered blood sodium levels or electrolyte imbalances. Both can interfere with proper nerve transmission and cause "neurological" symptoms
c) Taking the load off the detoxification pathways by reducing exposure to everyday chemicals; so any toxic buildup can reduce. [See Nasty Nine Free for resources to simplify this]. Sometimes toxic buildup can be reduced quite quickly , however, if there is a substantial buildup of lipid (fat) loving toxins such as solvents or pesticides this can take several years.

To reduce stress it is important to reduce exposure to sensory stimuli (such as noise; multi-activity; large crowds) for a period of time as stimuli can trigger the Limbic HPA axis fight/flight stress response when your experiencing heightened toxicity; inflammation and stress and feed into the chronic pain; stress and stimuli sensitivity loop. It is also important to get more rest (as exhaustion heightens stress and stimuli hyper-responsiveness) and practise stress reduction techniques such as Mindfulness on a regular basis.

Managing and reducing symptoms obviously also reduces stress. While exposure reduction to chemicals (food and environmental) as well as stimuli can provide significant symptoms relief [Ziem; Gibson; Loblay; Pall; Rea; Bell; Miller]; and provide a gap for healing, it is important not to overlook proper medical treatment for any co-morbid or underlying health conditions you may have. Doctors who have the best understanding of the implications MCS has on treatment options are those trained in ecological or nutrition and environmental medicine.

Often there are non-medicine based strategies that can help with many conditions; this is the preferred approach as many people with MCS also experience medicine sensitivity and heightened side effects from these. [see www.50symptomsgone.com for more information]. However, there are some people who may actually benefit from low doses of certain medications, generally the ones recommended for people fibromyalgia or stimuli hypersensitiivty.

For some people supplements are a good alternative to medicine and are recommended, for example the neural supplement protocol developed by Pall and Ziem. However, 1 in 3 people with MCS are likely to have their symptoms worsened by herbal and plant based supplements due to pharmacological food intolerance [Dr Loblay RPAH Allergy Unit] or find that supplements provoke a too severe detoxification flare-up. Most tolerated and beneficial seems to be B12 methylcobalamine taken sublingually (under the tongue).

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