Common Triggers of MCS symptoms

Remember, your skin is the largest organ of your body, and exposures can come through contact to substances as well as through smelling them. Also, a trigger doesn't necessarily have to have an odor to make you sick; many things have VOCs in them, and you can't detect the odor to get away. While this list is helpful for people with MCS, it is also very helpful for people with lung/breathing disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, emphysema, lung cancer, immune disorders, and asthma, just to name a few.

This list is not a compilation of EVERYTHING in the world that can affect you--it's merely a start. The one thing that all these substances have in common is that they contain VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCs). If you are really paying attention to this list, you'll notice that everything listed above is flammable--you don't want to light a match near this stuff, because it will catch on fire, hence the name VOLATILE organic compounds. While gas stoves control the fire for cooking, there is a constant burning of it when the pilot light is on. Many people with MCS can feel tremendously better simply by changing to an electric stove or an electic heating system; such a change can cost money, but would you rather spend a bit (you can always sell your old heating system or stove on eBay!), or would you rather be miserable for the rest of your life?

Did you ever stop to think about how many scented products most people put on, and then they spend money to buy MORE perfumes? Unless you adopt a scent-free policy, just about everything you put on your body is scented, from your shampoo, to your fabric softener, to your hand lotion, to your lipstick, to your hairspray. . . Simply take a look at the ingredients of the items you use, and notice how often you see "perfume" or "artificial scent(s) as part of the ingredients. With so many different scents competing for your attention, why even BOTHER to put on perfume? You're just wasting your money and making other people sick. I'd rather use scent-free everything and then make some lavender water using a natural tincture if I want to smell good. People will smell what I WANT them to smell, and that's all! In addition, we are attracted to other people through pheremones, and when we are covered with tons of perfumes, we can't let Nature do its work. I enjoy the smell of my boyfriend's tee-shirt that he slept in much more than ANY artificial scent he might choose to use when he's not around me. Since we all have a unique body odor, why not let it come out? I'm not saying that we shouldn't bathe, just don't bathe in chemicals!

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