Chemical Injury. Bonita Poulin Canadian Coordinator GLOBAL RECOGNITION CAMPAIGN Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and other Chemically Induced Illnesses, Diseases & Injury affecting civilians and military personnel www.mcs-global.org.
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Canadian CoordinatorGLOBAL RECOGNITION CAMPAIGNMultiple Chemical Sensitivityand other Chemically Induced Illnesses, Diseases & Injuryaffecting civilians and military personnelwww.mcs-global.org
Brain & Central Nervous System Damage
Gulf War Syndrome (GWS)
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
many forms of Arthritis
ALS (Lou Gehrigs)
Whenever you can:
you have already been exposed!
*Some chemicals/fumes cannot be seen or smelled
one or more large exposures or multiple smaller exposures over time via
absorption through eyes
MCS is not an allergic condition although it is sometimes described that way in order to make it easier to understand.
Many of the immediate MCS reactions occur via the central nervous system rather than the immune system. i.e. migraine, numbness, nausea
Because the body is constantly exposed, the reactions become the normal state and so reactions to specific things go unnoticed.
However, the person never feels well and complains of various symptoms never relating them to exposures.
After several days of avoidance symptoms clear and then can be noticed when they reoccurafter a new exposure.
Reactions to environmental stimuluscan be emotional and often varies from depression to mania and can change from one to another very quickly. Patients are often misdiagnosed as bipolar.
The total body burden from current and past illnesses and exposures and the immune system status of the patient as well as their parents.
Studies have shown that chemical exposures can cause changes for several generations.
One sensitivity leads to many more and to unrelated items.
MCSers usually also develop intolerances to foods eaten regularly and hypersensitivities to molds, pollen, algae, insect bites, and medications, all of which can be
With repeated exposures symptoms become more severe and can become life threatening i.e.
anaphylactic shock instead of nausea
Each exposure causes the MCSer to:
. become less tolerant to exposures
. develop sensitivities to new things
. reactions can become more serious and even life threatening!
MCSers have defective detoxification pathways meaning their bodies accumulate toxins instead of removing them. These defects are caused by exposures to certain chemicals.
Many MCSers can pinpoint the exact time of their sensitization and most often it is linked to exposures to pesticides or solvents.
. can affect any part of the body
Severity and duration of the reaction depends on:
· type of chemical involved
· frequency, intensity and duration of the exposure
· history of past exposures, especially recent
· biochemical makeup of the person i.e. immune system status, health and exposures of parents
mental /cognitive capacity
severe muscle and joint pain
Regardless of the form in which the symptoms of MCS manifest themselves, it is a reaction to the toxic chemicals in our environment not to smells.
. An alarmingly increasing public health problem worldwide especially in industrialized areas
. Millions of people of all ages, including young children, have become sensitized following exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment.
. Toxic pesticides that are used in schools, housing, offices, malls, lawns, public parks and facilities, contribute greatly to the incidence of MCS.
Socio-economic impact of MCS study of Canadians in 2001 by the
Environmental Illness Society of Canada
•4 million Canadians (approximately 15%) are affected by chemical sensitivity, half a million of whom are severe cases, with 5,000 being disabled by this condition.
• $10 billion are lost in productivity,
• $1 billion is lost in taxes,
• $1 billion is used in avoidable health care costs,
• $1 billion in (avoidable disabilities) paid
• ability to work and support self/family
• financial security and ability to buy
• self-confidence and self worth
• hobbies and enjoyment
• social interaction (family, friends)
• entertainment (movies, concerts, shopping, dining)
• marriage and relationships
• ability to complete activities of daily living
• home (live year round in cars, tents etc.)
Imagine a life in which you have to stay away from anyone using regular laundry and personal care products and places that use chemicals lest you become ill?
Canada Pension Plan
Nova Scotia Worker’s Compensation
Ontario Ministry of Health
Ontario Medical Association
Nova Scotia Medical Association
Nova Scotia Department of Health
Public Works Canada
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Ontario Human Rights Commission
Canadian Human Rights Commission
Employers, schools, offices,
hotels, stores, Doctors and Dentists,
Health Care Facilities, other
public places and transportation
must make their premises accessible
and provide reasonable
.Most disabled MCS patients are denied disability pensions because “there are no tests to prove It” because medical science cannot agree on test requirements.
.The chemical manufacturing industry has launched an anti-MCS campaign designed to create the illusion of controversy about MCSand cast doubt on its existence.
.“The only diversity of opinion comes from the authors with industry affiliations.”
.RISE is made up of executives from companies like Monsanto, Sandoz Agro, DowElanco, Dupont Agricultural Products, The Scotts Company, Procter and Gamble and other pesticide manufacturers, formulators, and distributors
.Keeping MCS controversial is a key task of the cigarette-science activities of RISE.
.There is no cure for MCS using allopathic medicine.
.Drugs administered to treat symptoms are usually not well tolerated and often end up making the patient worse.
.Until recently, General Practitioners had no training in toxicology or environmental health.
.The Ontario College of Family Physicians developed and is now conducting training on Environmental Health for new family doctors.
·avoidance to prevent severe reactions and worsening including eating only whole organic foods
· supplementing with the required nutrients
·detoxing to lower total body burden
·keeping a positive attitude with activities that promote self-esteem
Great strides have been made with alternativehealth care approaches i.e.Environmental Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Acupuncture & Chiropractic.
Total avoidance is impossible. A person with MCS can only decrease exposures, not eliminate them completely.
It is important to avoid toxic chemicals whenever possible to prevent worsening.
Most of the treatments that help are not covered by OHIP or the Health Insurance Industry and are expensive.
Since many MCSers have no health insurance and have only small or no disability pensions, it is impossible for them to afford the help they need.
41 chemical ingredients
Freshenair by removing or diluting the
offending odour (cleaning, ventilation
absorption) not coveringwith other chemicals.
Free e-book on safe alternative pest control methods written by an ex pesticide applicator who developed MCS
.The Center for Disease Control’s Body Burden report documents that everyone’s body contains manytoxic chemicals that should not be there.
.Everybody is only one exposure away from
developing Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Cancer or other Chemically Induced Illnesses.
.If you already react to one chemical, take heed because your body is warning you to be careful about exposures.
Chemicals in perfumes cause health problems!