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Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Issue Finally Getting Noticed

>From <> 8/17/04

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Slowly Gaining Recognition

For years, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities has been dismissed by the
mainstream medical community and most public officials as a phantom,
a loosely related set of symptoms -- everything from migraines to
aches to vomiting -- with no consistent physiological underpinning.
But as MCS -- which is characterized by adverse reactions to a wide
range of synthetic chemicals -- becomes more common and its sufferers
more organized, the syndrome is gaining legitimacy. The U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development now considers it a
disability under law and Social Security will consider it on a
case-by-case basis. Nonetheless, MCS remains maddeningly enigmatic.
There is no definitive test to detect it or course of treatment to
ameliorate it, no widespread agreement on its causes or even its
existence, and no way for its sufferers to completely avoid the tens
of thousands of chemicals in current use.

straight to the source: The Daily Camera, Lisa Marshall, 16 Aug 2004