The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, describes Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MSC) as “an adverse physical reaction to low levels of many common chemicals.”
What are MCS Symptoms?
Symptoms of MCS vary greatly from one person to the next. It’s part of the reason the medical community has failed to reach a consensus regarding the diagnosis of multiple chemical sensitivities. The symptoms also vary greatly from one person to the next, making it even harder to convince medical professionals remaining on the fence.
These symptoms, according to the Cleveland Clinic, are among those most commonly associated with MCS:
Changes in Heart Rhythm
Low Tolerance for Heat and Cold
How Common is MCS?
Because the condition is not always diagnosed, there are no real numbers to go by. Current estimates (from the same Cleveland Clinic article mentioned above) are that as much as 10 percent of people suffer from some degree of MCS.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that nearly one-third of people who work in sealed buildings feel that they have one or more chemicals they are commonly exposed to that they have some degree of sensitivity to.
What Does MCS Have to Do with Your Mattress?
If you’ve received an MCS diagnosis, you’re probably going through your home trying to find specific causes or possible triggers and eliminating them.
Unfortunately, while many people change their linens, bedding, and even drapery; few stop to think about changing their mattresses in order to breathe a little easier at night.
Sadly, many common mattresses found in today’s marketplace contain many potentially harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These ingredients cause all manner of reactions in people including many symptoms of MCS.
That’s why it’s important to focus your search on mattresses that use no petrochemicals in the materials or the manufacturing of the mattresses you choose for your home if you suffer from MCS. Natural latex mattresses are ideal choices because they are made of 100 percent natural ingredients and deliver no outgassing that could trigger MCS symptoms.
Additional changes to consider include switching to high quality organic cleaning and personal care products. Take things a few steps further by making the switch to organic fabrics in your room such as bedding and drapery. You’ll be amazed by the health difference a few small changes such as these delivers.
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