Volume 2 Issue 8
Full PDF: http://www.mcs-america.org/August2007.pdf
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The PCB in Me
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are mixtures of up to 209 individual chlorinated compounds (known as congeners) and refer to a class of chlorinated, chemical compounds that includes numerous different substances favored for their low conductivity, high boiling point, chemical stability, and flame retardant properties. "There are no known natural sources of PCBs. PCBs are either oily liquids or solids that are colorless to light yellow. Some PCBs can exist as a vapor in air. PCBs have no known smell or taste.
Community Spotlight: Steve Monroe
What is the biggest challenge of being diagnosed with MCS?
The biggest challenge of being diagnosed with MCS is access to health care providers with knowledge of the condition and getting a general practitioner, assuming you even have insurance, to refer you to a specialist, such as an environmental MD. But, we lack doctors in that field. Some states don't have any doctors listed with the
Letter regarding perfumes:
I would like to address a health concern regarding the use of fragrances by (your staff, co-workers, you, etc.)
Myers' Nutrient Therapy
Many patients with chronic illness report having tried intravenous nutrient therapy in the form of a Myers' cocktail to help reduce symptoms. Few studies have examined whether or not there is a bona fide benefit to such therapy. Massey (2007) decided to evaluate the effectiveness of a modified Myers' formula of intravenous nutrient therapy on the symptoms of fibromyalgia, which often co-exists with chronic fatigue and multiple chemical sensitivity.
Carbon Filters Ineffective for MCS
For many with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), a mask is the only way to go into stores and other public places where volatile organic compounds (VOC's) such as perfume, detergents, cleaning products, formaldehyde, scented products, and pesticides, among others, are abundant. Since reactions may include respirator problems, seizures, headache, fatigue, confusion, and other unpleasant debilitating symptoms, it is important to assure adequate protection when unavoidable exposures are encountered. Frequently, those with allergies and MCS resort to cloth masks. But is a simple carbon mask effective? Or, must one upgrade to a respirator or other form of protection?
Increasing Antioxidant Glutathione
Glutathione (GSH) is a tripeptide antioxidant with the chemical name L-gamma-glutamyl-L-cysteinylglycine. As an antioxidant, it protects cells from free radicals and other toxic substances. It is synthesized in the body from the amino acids L-cysteine, L-glutamate and glycine.
The "Beauty" of MCS
Are you new to MCS? Are you wondering what to use in place of your traditional cosmetics? There are lots of great alternatives! Try some of these:
My Ionic Footbath Experience
Ionic footbaths are said to help pull toxins out of the body through the many pores on the feet. The feet are said to contain the most pores, roughly 2,000 per foot. The feet are placed inside a warm tub of salt water. Ion generators are placed in the water to create a charge that is the polar opposite of normal. This charge is believed to pull toxic substances from the body.
Letters to the Editor
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Thank God for Michael Moore
There are times when just one person stands out from the rest. Michael Moore has done this in his new video Sicko, and we see the results. He gives us the truth, the government claims, and the law violations as he sought the truth. Sicko shows the restrictions that are being applied to us all. If you challenge the powers that be, they will attack and make claims to discredit you. Junk scientist, far left, Liberal, Gay or whatever can be thought of as not moral or Christian.
McBride Sues Over Perfume in the Workplace:
Banning Fragrances & Cigarette Smoke to Improve Health
Susan McBride works for the
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Online MCS America Members Support Group
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Three brand new and off-gassed copies of
Defining Chemical Sensitivity
by Bonnye L. Matthews. valued at $39.95 each
will be sold as part of our MCS Awareness month fundraiser and celebration!
Featured Research Studies
[NO-dependent modifications of nucleic acids]
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
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