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MCS America Celebrates Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Toxic Injury Awareness Month
In response to alarming statistics, and to raise public awareness of the risks faced everyday by Americans, May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Toxic Injury Awareness Month in America.
Multiple chemical sensitivity and toxic injury is an increasing epidemic which leads to emergency department visits, job loss, homelessness, school absenteeism, and serious lifelong chronic illness in America. Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) affects over 48 million men, women, and children irregardless of gender, race and economic status.
In response to these alarming statistics, and in an effort to raise public awareness of the risks faced everyday by Americans living with multiple chemical sensitivity and toxic injury in May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Toxic Injury Awareness Month in America.
Twenty-five governors and mayors across America have issued proclamations for this important event.
Events are being held across the United States during May. Each event will raise awareness about indoor and outdoor pollutants that trigger multiple chemical sensitivity and toxic injury, as well as ways to prevent toxic injuries and exposures.
MCS is a Major Public Health Concern
At least 45 million people in the US report sensitivity to various chemicals.
About 3 million Americans are diagnosed with MCS.
MCS affects people of all ages, economic status, race, and both genders.
Chemicals that people with MCS react to are toxic and affect everyone to some extent.
Brain scans show reduced blood flow to the brain when people with MCS are under chemical exposure.[2-
Physical variances identified in MCS include brain inflammation, oxidative stress, excitotoxicity, cardiac and airway disease, and auto-immune disorders.[8-
Mast cell activation and disorders of porphyrin metabolism have been linked to MCS.
Genetic variations relating to detoxification processes have been linked to MCS.
The Cost of Environmental Illnesses
Annual expenditures for healthcare and lost productivity due to MCS are estimated at $71.8 billion dollars per year.
Indoor and outdoor environmental exposures can trigger reactions: perfumes and fragrances, cleaning solutions, scented laundry products, pesticides, herbicides, paint and building materials, gasoline and petroleum based products, artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.[
MCS Can be Controlled
MCS can be controlled with a plan that includes avoidance and control of environmental triggers, many people with MCS can lead normal, healthy, and active lives.
For more information on MCS America’s awareness program, visit www.mcs-america.org.
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The mission of MCS America (MCSA) is:
· To propagate medical, legal, and social recognition for multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), a disorder of organic biological origin induced by toxic environmental insults.
· To provide support and referral services to the individuals with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), electrosensitivity, Gulf War Syndrome (GWS), autism, and other illnesses of environmental origin.
· To ensure that environmental toxicants are identified, reduced, regulated, and enforced through lobbying for effective legislation.