On Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

On Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities brought me to the country in the spring of 1988. In 1985 I had a serious reaction to anesthetics after four blood transfusions, plus three repeat cycles of tetracycline drugs. It put my immune system on high alert and I became environmentally sensitive. I couldn’t cope with car exhaust fumes, I could smell Bounce a block away from people’s dryers, I couldn’t be around people with perfume or highly scented products of any kind. Part of the issue began ten or so years before when I’d been teaching quilting in Toronto for the decade of the 70’s into the ’80s and inhaling the toxic chemicals from textiles with the cotton/polyester broadcloth, the polyester being from a petroleum source fibre. Placing a hot steam iron onto the cloth released a lot of chemicals into my respiratory system on a low level repeated basis. I, along with one other quilting teacher both ended up with environmental sensitivities. Eventually, I was advised by doctors to move away from city pollution. While there is no definitive diagnostic test for MCS, nor is it always readily accepted by the medical profession as being a legitimate disorder, the fact is, humans can and do react to harmful chemicals in their environment and these chemicals can and will impact upon our health. Here are a few links to consider:

http://www.wtv-zone.com/infchoice/mcs/crippling2.html

http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/assets/legacy/wch/pdfs/ESMCSStatusReportJune22011.pdf

http://healthydebate.ca/2017/02/topic/multiple_chemical_sensitivities

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