Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Essay

1174 Words Aug 25th, 2013 5 Pages
Chapter 1
INTRODUCTION

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a syndrome that needs more attention than several other diseases that is curable by modern technologies. This syndrome is said to be a traitor when a person is infected because it has no definite causation and definition.

Many people claimed that they have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity but most accounts are disregarded because of factors that made doctors conclude that they have allergies, some similar diseases, or they are psychologically “hypnotized” by the alarming issue. MCS have specific symptoms such as chest pain, headache, depression, memory loss and many more. These symptoms are very common and most diseases nowadays have congruent symptoms as with MCS.

MCS is
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Although Randolph and other physicians who shared his theories published articles in the medical literature during the 1950's and early 1960's, his views were not widely accepted among physicians, particularly those trained in allergy and immunology. In 1965, in response to this lack of acceptance within his specialty, he founded the Society for Human Ecology and invited physicians of all specialties (who were later often referred to as clinical ecologists) to take part. In 1985, the Society changed its name to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM, 1992). Today, members are referred to as environmental physicians. However, the term clinical ecologist remains in use.

There has been increasing debate over MCS in the years since Randolph's publications. A wide variety of symptoms have been reported, including fatigue, malaise, difficulty concentrating, loss of memory, weakness, headaches, nausea, mucous membrane irritation, and dizziness. MCS patients have associated their symptoms with many substances, including colognes and perfumes, aerosol air freshener, laundry detergent, gasoline exhaust, cleaners, insecticide sprays, and cigarette smoke. MCS has been associated with exposure to many kinds of substances. These exposures may occur in workplaces, homes, and outdoors. In this

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