What is Multiple Chemical Sensitives (MCS)?
Also known as environmental illness. There are a wide range of symptoms that can occur on an individual basis. Some of the symptoms can include Headache, nausea, dizzy spells, sore throats, changes in heart rhythm, fatigue, digestive upset, sinus congestion, muscle pain, skin rashes, itching, yeast infections in Women, cognitive function, anxiety & depression. This can happen when exposed to high doses of irritants to low grade chemical exposure.
What are the triggers? Household cleaners, personal products, Laundry products, Cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, paint, formaldehyde in products, MDF, Glues, new purchases off gassing, bug sprays, poor ventilation in an office building or work environment. Just to name a few!
How to live with MCS? You are unable to remove yourself from society. Keep in mind you can only control your own environment. Putting yourself in a bubble would be nice but unrealistic. It is like pealing back an onion. There can be multiple triggers, how do you live your life the way you had dreamed of with a diagnoses like this? It has a very large impact on your family, social life & work environment. Some have to make drastic lifestyle changes selling their family home, career changes, finding fur babies a new home. In some cases relationships end as this illness takes a toll on everyone involved.
Regular Acupuncture helps keep the body in balance emotionally & physically assisting the body in riding of unwanted toxins and muscle aches. Acupuncture takes your body out of the fight & flight placing it in rest and relaxation mode, this is where your body can heal and strengthen your immune system.
The beach is a great detoxifier, weather depending dip your feet in the water as we detox through our feet. Treat yourself once a week to an Epsom salts foot soak, the magnesium in the salts help with muscle fatigue. Water intake is very important as this helps flush the body of toxins. Limit the consumption of alcohol, in Chinese medicine alcohol is warm and damp so your body becomes boggy retaining water causing excess fat, edema & gout. The warming effects can leave you with restless legs, irritability & dryness.
Picture a glass of water, when your glass is full and you keep pouring water in it will keep overflowing. You need to keep the stressors to a minimum to maintain a healthy body to take on what life brings your way.
Stay tuned for Part 2 withtips on living with MCS.