Treating MCS - OverviewPosted by lowchem on Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Picture Source: University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine - An integrative approach to Multiple Chemical Sensitivities This treatment plan like others provided by doctors with an interest in MCS will most likely provide complete resolution of symptoms in 33% of people, provide significant symptom relief in another 33% of people, but worsen symptoms in the last 33% if not modified to account for very severe fatigue, hypocortisolism, and more severe medicine, food and supplement sensitivities. These issues are discussed briefly in my Wellness Guide, and more comprehensively within the posts that this site.
General Treatment Overview
Calming the stress response and reducing nerve inflammation by doing some form of paced exercise within your limits, reducing exposures to environmental toxins (chemical and mold), creating a healthy home and using diet and nutrition to help reduce cellular toxicity and nerve inflammation are the cornerstones of MCS treatment. These are the same basic recommendations made to people with Mast Cell Acquired Disorder (MCAD), which some people argue is basically the same as MCS. For some people with MCAD the use of anti-histamines can provide substantial symptom relief.
Implementing an integrative Wellness Plan can't be done all at once though. Rather you need to make a series of small paced steps that move you towards sustainable wellness. Ideally based on SMART Goals (sustainable, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) that have been discussed with a health professional who has a good understanding of MCS or another central sensitivity syndrome such as, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. These are generally doctors trained in ecology, environmental and nutritional medicine, functional medicine, integrative medicine or biomedicine.
Knowing where to start treatment is difficult. Usually It is best to start with what is cheapest and simplest for you to do and what you and your doctor thinks will provide the most significant symptom relief quickest. Learning a relaxation technique like mindfulness and practicing that daily is a good place to start for all. Sometimes medications and supplement protocols are useful, but they are not well tolerated by everyone and in fact can even worsen symptoms in some people. Approximately 1 in 4. To guide treatment, some doctors recommend starting with things that will help improve sleep.
Regardless of how you wish to approach treatment it is important to get some background knowledge on MCS and how to avoid the treatment pitfalls. It is also necessary to learn some skills to help you manage your chronic illness whist going through treatment.
The following resources may be helpful resources for developing your individualised Wellness Plan and avoiding treatment pitfalls
- My basic MCS treatment guidelines. Based on extensive research, personal experience and discussions with many health professionals. Following these have now help me alleviate over 50 symptoms, which responded poorly to standard medical, psychological and complimentary treatments for over 25 years.
- The VOCLESS guide (free 100 pages), this is aimed at people experiencing severe and disabling MCS more severe and disabling MCS, who need more strict product and environmental management. VOCLESS helped me enormously when I was a Universal Reactor.
(See CFS CDC Toolkit)
( see Mindd Handbook)
Environmental Intolerances / Multiple Chemical Sensitivity : Overview for Clinicians
Medicine and Supplement Sensitivity
disrupting limbic kindling and neural sensitisation
Neuro Talk - scroll to allergies and MCS (online support by PsychCentral)
Dr Grace Ziem's Patient Information
Pharmacological food intolerance this affects at least 1 in 3 people with chronic fatigue syndrome and chemical sensitivity but is often overlooked, which is a shame as managing this can provide significant symptom relief to some people
Central Sensitivity Syndrome
The Stress Response and the HPA axis
Dr Sarah Myhill's FIR Sauna Therapy tips
You may also like to read my book "Living Well with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - A-Z guide"
available on Kindle from Amazon or as a download for $10 from low chemical.com
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