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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity


Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is also known as - Environmental Illness (EI), Chemical Sensitivity, Chemical Injury, Toxic Injury, Sick Building Syndrome, Toxic Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) and Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance (IEI) just to name a few.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity manifest itself as an unusually severe sensitivity or allergy like reaction. These reactions occur when, a person with MCS, is exposed to simple everyday environmental chemicals and pollutants at levels that are normally deemed safe and well tolerated by the general population.

For a brief overview of the triggers, symptoms, and prevalence of MCS read - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: An Introduction by Mark J.Donohue.


Important Note: The links below by no means represent an endorsement. Rather they are sources of information pertaining to MCS which the individual reader can decide for themselves if they're pertinent and/or valuable.

Material Written by

Government Agencies and Documents


Private Organizations, Associations, and Foundations

  • American Academy of Environmental Medicine - is an international association of physicians and other professionals interested in the clinical aspects of humans and their environment. Valuable in finding a doctor in your area who practices Environmental Medicine and treats MCS. 

  • Chemical Sensitivity Foundation - the primary goal of the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation is to raise public awareness about multiple chemical sensitivity.

  • The National Academies - is comprised of four organizations (National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, National Research Council) and is considered the nations pre-eminent source of high quality, objective advice on science, engineering, and health. Information about MCS, Immuneotoxicology, and Gulf War Syndrome, is disseminated through - The National Academies Press


Informative Websites

  • Environmental Illness Network Minnesota - is a community where those with environmental sensitivity can come together to find less-toxic and less immunologically stressful alternatives.

  • Health and Environmental Illness - news and information about environmental illness, non-drug treatments, and healthy lifestyle.

  • MCS America - their mission is to gain medical, legal and social recognition for MCS as a disorder of organic biological origin induced by toxic environmental insults.

  • The Environmental Illness Resource - an informative resource and interactive community site for people suffering from MCS and other chronic multi-system illnesses. 

Books: Professional (MD's, ND's, PhD's, RN's, MS's)

  • MCS Books: Professional - PDF list (w/links) of books pertaining to multiple chemical sensitivity written by MD's, ND's, PhD's, RN's, and MS's.


Books: Non-Professional (patients, caregivers, advocates)

  • MCS Books: Non-Professional - PDF list (w/links) of books pertaining to multiple chemical sensitivity written by patients, caregivers and advocates of MCS.



  • MCS Articles - PDF list (w/links) of interesting articles pertaining to multiple chemical sensitivity.


Researchers and Publications

Medical Professionals and Clinics

Electronic Media: Documentaries & Movies

  • Homesick: Living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - a documentary film about the innovative solutions that people living with MCS devise in their search for a home that doesn't make them sick. Directed by Susan Abod (2013) Length - 56 minutes

  • A Chemical Reaction - a documentary film which examines how  Hudson, Quebec, became the first town in North America to ban toxic lawn and garden pesticides. Directed by Brett Plymale (2009) Length - 79 minutes. Watch trailer

  • Allergic to the 21st Century (Part 1), (Part 2), (Part 3) - a short documentary piece aired on UK's Channel Four focusing on several people who suffer from MCS and Electromagnetic Sensitivity. Produced by Anne Claire Pilley (2009) Length - 21 minutes

  • The Tomato Effect - a documentary film which chronicles ten physicians practicing Environmental Medicine in California and their demise while treating patients who become ill due to chemical exposure. Produced by Faun Kime, (2006) Length - 90 minutes

  • The Toxic Clouds of 9/11: A Looming Health Disaster - a documentary film about the health effects (MCS, pulmonary disorders, etc.) suffered by the 9/11 emergency responders and clean-up volunteers. Produced by Alison Johnson (2006) Length - 60 minutes

  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: How Chemical Exposures May Be Affecting Your Health - a documentary film about those affected by chemical exposures and the medical doctors/researches who treat them. Produced by Alison Johnson (1998) Length - 60 minutes.

  • Safe - a feature film (movie) starring Julianne Moore. Safe is about an affluent homemaker in the suburbs who develops multiple chemical sensitivity, Directed by Todd Haynes (1995) Length - 119 minutes


Electronic Media: News Stories & Personal Stories



  • Diana Kottle: MCS & Faster EFT - video of Diana explaining her struggles with MCS and eventually a cure (17:30)

  • Eve: MCS & Detoxification - video of Eve explaining her struggles with MCS and how she recovered through detoxification (4:58)

  • Kristina and How to Heal from MCS - video of Kristina giving some quick tips on the key areas to focus on for recovery from MCS (2:41)

  • The Fabry Family - video of Andrea explaining the struggles of her whole family becoming ill and the measures taken to regain their health (3:06)

  • Anne Lipscomb - Anne tells her story of spiritual recovery through her website, book, and videos. 



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