What works best for multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome?

by | Jul 17, 2012 | Functional Medicine, Health Effects of the Environment and Medical System | 0 comments

Dr. Ronald Lavine practices chiropractic in New York City and Princeton, NJ

What works best to treat Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome?

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a condition in which you experience negative health effects from exposure to low levels of common chemicals.

In some people, the experience of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity overlaps with the symptoms of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.  Sometimes a doctor will diagnose more than one of these conditions in the same person.

In any case, if you have chronic health problems affecting multiple organ systems, and your symptoms seem to worsen when you’re exposed to certain chemicals, you’ll want to know what treatments others have found to be most helpful.

In 2003, a team of researchers at James Madison University surveyed 917 people with MCS.  The patients they surveyed typically had seen many doctors (an average of 12) and tried numerous methods.  What treatments did these MCS veterans find most helpful, with the least potential for harm?

The two most helpful treatments involved protecting yourself from chemicals in the first place.  On was simply avoiding  chemical exposure  as much as possible.  The second was the more intensive process of creating a chemical-safe home environment.

Third place?  Prayer.

You can incorporate prayer into your program of self-care even if you don’t have a regular religious tradition.  Or even if you’re skeptical about “god” in the first place – you can choose your own personal version of prayer.  I also recommend that you check out the very extensive and useful website Spirituality & Practice.

Chiropractic care was also ranked highly as an effective treatment.

View the entire report here.

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