Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Disorder (MCS)

Living with multiple chemical sensitivities is especially difficult in today’s world. Check these resources for information.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ATSDR was established to prevent exposure and adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment. Its web site is packed with information – including health alerts and advisories, the HazDat database, ToxFAQs, a science corner, a list of the top 20 hazardous substances, resources for kids, parents and teachers, a newsletter, and more.
Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC)
“CHEC is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public, specifically parents and caregivers, about environmental toxins that affect children’s health.” Its website talks mostly about CHEC’s advocacy activities.
The Environmental Health Policy Committee (EHPC)
EHPC “coordinate[s] policy development for environmental health activities related to the mission of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) and its agencies.” In addition to information about the committee, its website includes its reports and policy statements and an extensive list of related links.
MCS Referral & Resources
This organization provides “professional outreach, patient support, and public advocacy devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, accommodation, and prevention of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Disorders.” Its website includes bibliographies, fact sheets, resources for patients, doctors and attorneys, and much more.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome
This overview for doctors from the American Academy of Family Physicians offers a skeptical perspective on MCS and provides doctors with treatment advice accordingly.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
NIEHS is a federal agency whose mission is “to reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes by understanding each of these elements and how they interrelate.” The Institute is involved in multidisciplinary biomedical research programs, prevention and intervention efforts, and communication (training, education, technology transfer, and community outreach). Its web site includes fact sheets, news, research, library, information for teachers and children, and much more.
Students with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity/Environmental Illness: An Accommodation Challenge
A fact sheet from the HEATH Resource Center.
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