Treatment needs to be supervised by appropriately trained health professionals who have a good understanding of the complex nature of MCS. Generally doctors trained in Environmental and Nutritional Medicine are best. If any new symptoms arise always see your doctor.
The best outcomes for people with MCS are usually achieved through stress reduction, chemical avoidance, detoxification, nutritional therapy and the combination of conventional and complimentary medicine.
Taking a multi-dimensional approach aimed at addressing underlying/secondary health issues, (as identified by your doctor) and supporting health and well being through diet and lifestyle changes is generally recommended.
There is currently no known cure for MCS. However, symptoms can be significantly reduced and sometimes even alleviated completely through proper treatment and management.
Generally, people will notice improvements within 3 to 6 months of starting a multi-dimensional treatment protocol. Improvements tend to be gradual, cumulative and ongoing as treatment evolves and lifestyle changes are made. As MCS is a very complex disorder it is unrealistic to expect a quick fix.
TREATMENT FOR MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY (MCS) USUALLY INVOLVES:-
Getting appropriate Health Care
Chemical Avoidance/reduction (Scientifically Proven to reduce symptoms)
Dietary Changes and Nutritional Therapy
Looking after your Mind and Spirit and engaging in Stress Reduction activities on a regular basis, preferably daily!
Lifestyle changes to help you stay below your threshold limits and support wellness including, for example
- Beware of Health scams - e.g. high cost treatments promising cures
- Medication sensitivity is common - so starting on lower doses than general recommended and slowly building up the dose to test for tolerance is often recommended.
- Food intolerance, particularly, a salicylate/phenol intolerance can affect the medications, supplements and products you will be able to tolerate.
- Detoxification can be dangerous - it needs to be done, slowly (usually) , right and under supervision.
- Drug/supplement interactions can occur, so it is important to let your doctor know what supplements you are taking and your naturopath or clinical nutritionist know what medications you are taking.
Some External Resources you may find useful
Treatment Options in Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
by Gerald H. Ross, MD, CCFP, DIBEM, FAAEM
Environmental Health Center-Dallas, Dallas, TX
Source: This article was originally published in 1992 in Toxicology and Industrial Health, 8(4), 87-94. It is part of the Proceedings of the Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Workshop, Washington, D.C., of the Association of Occupations and Environmental Clinics (AOEC), with support from the Agency for Toxic Sensitivities and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
Environmental Control Plan and medical treatment etc by Dr Grace Ziem click here to access from Chemical Injury.Net
Information about MCS, the NO/OONO Disease cycle and the Neural Sensitisation Protocol is available at Dr Martin Pall's website The Tenth Paradigm
Gupta Amygdala Retraining is being found useful when it comes to treating some of the underlying and secondary stress cycles associated with MCS, it can also help with the treatment of adrenal exhaustion (left untreated can undermine other attempts to treat MCS) and neuroplasticity ie rewiring the injured brain.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) - Principles of Treatment by Dr Sarah Myhill