Overview

“I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous.” 

The most asked question by patients new to MCS is often, “How do I get better?” Information on MCS can be as difficult to find as a qualified medical provider. Summarized here are the most common treatments and considerations.

Most qualified physicians recommend one or more of the following basic treatments for MCS:
Chemical Avoidance
Chemical Free Housing
Nutrient Therapy
Sauna Therapy & Detoxification


Chemical Avoidance

Chemical avoidance has been scientifically proven to be the most effective treatment for MCS. Avoidance simply means eliminating exposures to chemicals which cause negative reactions. This reduces the body burden of chemicals in the tissues and hepatic detoxification pathways. Failing to avoid exposures to chemicals which do not produce a reaction could cause sensitization to additional chemicals which were previously tolerated.

Chemical avoidance starts with the often hidden chemical cocktail in personal care products.

Personal Care Products to Avoid
Perfume and Cologne
All Fragranced Products - including soaps, shampoo, conditioner, and bath products
Fragranced Lotions
Shaving Cream
Aftershave
Deodorants and Anti-Perspirants
Hair Spray
Hair Gel and Mousse
Hair Color
Fragranced Shampoo and Conditioner
Nail Polish and Remover
Make-up
Anti-Bacterial Hand Wipes or Hand Sanitizer
Other Toiletries

Personal Care Products to Use Instead
Scent - use essential oils if tolerated or eliminate perfume
Fragrance Free Products - soaps, shampoo, conditioner, and bath products
Lotion - use unscented versions or natural oils such as jojoba, coconut, and olive oil
Shaving Cream - soap
Aftershave - witch hazel or hydrogen peroxide
Deodorant - peroxide, natural salt crystal, baking soda, unscented versions
Hair Styling - aloe vera gel, lemon juice
Hair Color - natural variations, peroxide to bleach, all natural henna for color
Shampoo / Conditioner unscented variations, baking soda, vinegar, citric acid, oils
Nail Polish and Remover - safer variations from the health food store or go au natural
Make-up - unscented, natural variations or go au natural

For a detailed brochure on personal care ideas and recipes, see:

Personal Care
http://www.mcs-america.org/personal.pdf


Chemical Free Housing

The indoor environment is generally more polluted than the outdoor environment due to the extensive amounts of cleaners, fragrances, petrochemicals, solvents, and volatile organic compounds found in building materials and furnishing. Therefore, a chemical free home is most important for symptom reduction, functional improvements, and an increased ability to withstand exposures from unavoidable sources in the general environment.

Domestic Household Products to Avoid
All Fragranced Products
Fragranced Laundry Detergents
Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheet (fragranced or not)
Air Fresheners
Window Cleaning Solution
All Purpose Cleaners, Sprays, and Aerosols
Scouring Powder
Fragranced and/or Anti-Bacterial Vacuum Bags and Trash Bags
Disinfectants
Fragranced Trash Bags
Commercial or Industrial Chemicals
Concentrated Products
Solvents
Scented Candles and Incense
Pesticides
Herbicides
Fertilizers

Domestic Household Products to Use Instead
Laundry - borax, baking soda, or fragrance free laundry detergent
Fabric Softener - white vinegar in wash or peroxide, tennis shoe, tennis ball in the dryer
Air Fresheners - white vinegar, open windows, adequate ventilation, fresh herbs, and tea
Windows - white vinegar
All Purpose Cleaning - white vinegar
Scouring Powder - baking soda or borax
Disinfectant - peroxide followed by white vinegar
Fragrance Free Products
Bugs - borax, diatomaceous earth
Weeds - salt/vinegar or hand pull weeds

For detailed brochures on household cleaning idea and recipes, see: