Have You Heard of MCS? May is MCS Awareness Month by Teresa

Teresa

This article originally appeared in Living Natural Today

Have you heard of MCS? MCS stands for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. MCS is also sometimes referred to as EI (Environmental Illness). It is estimated that 15% of the population has MCS; however, we rarely hear about it. I had never heard of it until I did a lot of research and figured out it was what I had. I so wish I would have known about MCS in the beginning. Unfortunately, many doctors are not aware of it either. MCS reactions can range from mild to severe. Personally, my reactions started off as mild. I didn’t even know I had a problem until it was too late. Unfortunately, since I dismissed my symptoms, they only progressed until they became debilitating. There isn’t an easy, one-time cure for MCS. However, I’m happy to say that I am better today than I once was. Still, I believe I will always have to take precautions regarding toxins as certain chemicals and neurotoxins can still create horrible symptoms, but I can recover more quickly. To those of you with MCS, I can say after many doctors, supplements, trial and error, it is possible to live a more “normal” life. It has been a very difficult road to go down, but there can be a light at the end of the tunnel if you muster up enough strength to do the research.

May is MCS Awareness Month

May is MCS Awareness Month and May 12 is designated as International Awareness Day. International Awareness Day brings awareness for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND). The CIND illnesses include Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).

I am thankful for those organizations, such as MCS-Aware who provide helpful information about MCS. Also for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Women’s Voices for the Earth who are trying to get harmful chemicals out of products. I am thankful to those manufacturers and retailers who are finally saying “enough is enough” and are providing non-toxic options.

MCS Awareness

Going Fragrance Free Helps Everyone!

In honor of MCS Awareness Month, MCS-Aware is asking everyone to go fragrance-free. I think that’s a great idea and should be something everyone regularly strives for! Usually, the term “fragrance” on a product label comprises of hundreds of chemicals. These chemicals are barely regulated. When you put on a fragrance (perfume, skin or hair care product, laundry detergent, etc), you are not only harming yourself, but those around you.

Are you up for the challenge!?!

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Additional MCS Information

For more information about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, check out this video and be sure to click on the “Chemical” button at the top of this blog and scroll through the section for other helpful information:

About Teresa

It was after overcoming personal health challenges resulting from toxins, stress and an unhealthy diet that my career changed from positions in corporate America to that of a fierce advocate for health-and-wellness. I am currently the owner of Living Natural Today, a Regional Marketing Director with Youngevity and radio show host on VoiceAmerica’s Health & Wellness Channel. I share resources about organic food, healthy living and the detrimental impact toxins can have on the body – all in in an effort to encourage others to minimize toxins in today’s toxic world. Click here to download your free 18-page Resource Guide for Toxins.

This article originally appeared in Living Natural Today