18 March 2013
The Naked Truth About MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity)
Published in Deliro. Thank you to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity on Facebook and the No Fun blog for this article. The suffering of people with MCS is similar to that of people with EHS (electrohypersensitivity).
We are born naked, they give us cologne, perfumed nappies, clothes washed with softeners, creams with all kinds of possible aromas, and they drive us in plastic strollers while we breathe nice polluted air.
We grow up and they make us believe that we can achieve anything we want, that we can write our future, that the happiness is based in buy everything and the state is here to protect and watch over us, although I had my doubts.
One day, you wake up and nothing has sense. You switch on the table lamp and your eyes get burnt; you open the window and perceive new smells that don’t let you breathe. You turn on the radio and the music booms in your head, so much that you fear it will explode. And you don’t have a hangover. It’s worse. It’s been called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and has come to stay. Your body has said ‘enough’, has been broken and starts rejecting everything that they told you was essential for your happiness. Your life has taken an unexpected turn, your mind changes, your future vanishes, you don’t have physical nor mental energy. The disease forces you to live your life behind a mask and be isolated from the outside world.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is not strange, nor a minority. It affects about 5% of the population. It’s a chronic disease, not psychological, which causes symptoms as a response to a minimal exposure to common and unnecessary chemical products like bleach, air fresheners, perfumes, etc. We live locked in our houses but it’s not necessary to go out to have a crisis. Your neighbour’s clothes airing outside suffocate you, make you feel sick until you loose consciousness, thanks to the wonderful toxic softeners.
The World Health Organization (WHO) don’t recognize MCS as a disease yet, in spite of having in their possession innumerable studies that prove its existence and the European Parliament includes it in the growing number of diseases related to environmental factors. The reason is the pressure that the chemical and pharmaceutical industry exerts for not recognizing it, because MCS is caused by the chemical products that we use as consumers. The economical interests are placed before our health. In countries where this problem is recognized, like Germany, medical assistance and financial aids towards it are provided, and in some other countries it is being considered at the moment.
And what’s the situation in Spain? We don’t exist to our paternal government. On top of the drama of suffering MCS, they abandon us, without medical assistance and without any right to a disability benefit when we can’t work. They leave us naked and unprotected, like second class citizens, because we’re the evidence that the current model of society has failed, although nobody wants to see it or to take measures to sort it out.
They too steal any hopes we might have of feeling better. Pharmacists finance research only when they can obtain any profit. As a result of this, minority diseases don’t get researched, not even MCS, which affects about 5% of the population. The chemical and pharmaceutical industry knows that we get sick because we’re intoxicated and the key is not medicines that will make them rich. The key is to change the model of this society, decreasing the big quantity of chemical products to which we’re exposed each day. Obviously, this can’t be known and they try to deny that MCS exists, because their economical interests would be at stake.
The chemical industry, supported by the government, doesn’t have the right to subjugate the population to the involuntary exposure to chemical substances, whose effects are often unknown. When we develop MCS, we must throw away perfumes, softeners, plastics, etc., to be naked again. We are born again, but it’s a new life that we don’t choose. We know by the research that has been done that MCS has genetic components, so not just anybody could develop it, although this doesn’t save you from accumulating toxins until you have a cancer or other disease related to environmental factors.
Those who suffer MCS want the disease to be recognized; we want to have the same rights as other chronically ill people; we want society to know the risk they are exposed to; we want the government to protect its citizens and prevent them from getting sick at no cost for them.
We don’t want anybody feeling naked again as a result of suffering MCS.
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(Towards Better Health editor's note: we have taken the liberty of correcting some of the minor errors in this English translation.)