2 Parts of the Autonomic Nervous System
It should read http: Legal Perspective About the Publication Are you an employer or service provider? And we need to modernize the practice of medicine here, not retrench and look backwards. Displayed content is offered by businesses which have been compensated. I have to watch what triggers my symptoms and keep track of them now. Learning Submitted by jessica on May 8, -
I am certain that there will be many more people affected to the point that the government and medical community will no longer be able to ignore us. This disability is unrecognized, unfunded and ridiculed by most people sufferers come in contact with.
Is our legal framework not a reflection of the values we hold dear as a nation? Doctors, the Ontario Health Care System, including many other public-funded organization and the Human Rights Tribunals have no enforceable means to police policies designed to accommodate environmental sensitivities. There is no means to punish anyone who sometimes, purposely or not harms others when using fragrance or chemical products.
The accommodations that MCS sufferers require needs to have checks and balances and a way to enforce a scent-free environment. What happens when an employer knows what is required but does not enforce it? No one is punished if employers fails to enforce a scent-free environment necessary for everyone to thrive at work. Even though criminal charges can be brought to someone threatening or using violence, using scents that knowingly makes someone ill is tolerated.
If tolerating breaches in policy is acceptable, it is therefore encouraged. MCS may or may not be recognized at the Human Rights Tribunals because breaches in policy are tolerated. Healthcare can do better. Governments can do better. We fund these establishments that sink us yet we cannot access assisted suicide when we can no longer tolerate to live such marginal lives. Catch 22 comes to mind. Allergists cannot help us. I would like to have MCS recognized as a illness and a disability. I have had symptoms since In May I could no longer work as a janitor because of the cleaning chemicals.
We lose our health, jobs, medical benefits, support from our families and friends, savings and our self worth. I agree with the later piece of this article. It is true that this should be a human rights issue. Do we not have the right to be able to breathe properly.
It is true you will not win a workers compensation claim and I know this because I did put one in because I was affected at work by a smell and ended up in the emergency department and was given benadryl to open up my airway. This issue desperately does need research. We need to keep companies that are using chemicals that are killing us to be accountable. I am frustrated and angry about this whole situation that nobody seems to care about us who suffer everyday. Is there any studies for MCS?
I have worked for 45 years in the Sarnia Chemical Valley. I have also develop CLL in the last 2 years. Can you recommend a doctor that will diagnose me with MCS? It is in fact a human rights issue for those of you who want it to be recognized as one.
The fact that MCS is classified as a disability actually just solidifies that. The issue is making a complaint to the human rights commission. That is a whole other process and it needs to be specific. I have suffered from MCS for all my life. My parents never understood the high fevers, vomiting, aweful headaches to the point of hallucinations at the point of age 4. This got worst as I grew. Just the smell of my mom cooking certain foods will make me vomit, fever and spend the rest of the day or two in the worst pain.
Not even to diagnose me. MCS is recognized as a Disability. You need a doctor to support all Disability applications. Meanwhile the challenge to cope gets harder and harder. New products are being created that increase the exposure. Hand sanitizer kills me. I am reading my story over and over in the comments of others.
How can so many of us have the same experiences without having met? I tell doctor after Doctor- each exposure creates stronger reactions with less amounts.
I get offered anxiety medication. The brain fog, hives, muscle weakness and breathing challenges must be all in my head. Passive aggressive rant begins: Thank you so much, and even more for being one of the first articles to mention psychological issues but to not blame them for the condition.
I would add to the list that even if you have a specialist you still have such a hard time seeing them if you had to move to a rural forest like me.
We did last year, it was torture despite the masks because as you mentioned, most people also have ME. Again thanks this encouraged me to keep trying to find a place so I can have access to my specialist. I just now came across these blogs and as sad as it is, I feel some comfort in knowing I am not the only person struggling each day with MCS.
I work in an office environment where we have a Fragrance Free Policy but our new boss refuses to enforce this as she herself wears essential oils with a fragrance. I am finding there are so many people using scented detergents and fabric softeners. These scents stay on their clothing for weeks. I will continue to read any new responses as I am currently gathering any information available.
This illness destroys all areas of your life. It robs you physically, financially, socially, emotionally, and strips you of even being respected as a mentally stable person, regardless of your life and accomplishments prior to becoming ill. The medical community, when puzzled by your illness, more often than not, will question your sanity before questioning their limited knowledge. Even protections which most can rely on, like SSDI, medical services and job accommodations are too often outside reach.
Even as an employee for the State of Kentucky, my request for job accommodation was treated like a joke. I was given a reduction of hours as I requested, then told I must perform the same amount of work As I did when working full time. I was written up and given warnings while working without pay in an attempt to hold on to my only source of income.
I had hoped to see a change for us all within my lifetime. Over were proved to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, or teratogenic. Stated health exposure effects indicated involvement of multiple body systems; brain and central nervous system; respiratory system;muscle-skeletal system, genitourinary system, etc. Symptoms listed showed a strong correlation with multi systemic symptoms I had experienced.
These included irritated eyes, blurred vision, tearing; chronic low grade fever; chronic sore throat, bronchitis and sudden onset asthma; extreme shortness of breath; skin rashes; chapped lips; nosebleeds and runny nose; swollen joints, pain and stiffness; fatigue; migraine like headaches; inability to concentrate; disabling fatigue and lack of energy, etc. Yet to my knowledge no medical college in Canada teaches its students to recognize the significance of these symptoms clusters as indicators of environmental chemical reactions.
Most people trust the chemical industry. For instance,those working in industry or agriculture are aware that petrochemical products are dangerous because they come with Material Safety Data Sheets MSDS. Thanks to this loophole, product label information leads the public and medical profession to assume such products are safe. The use of home and personal care products which may contain dangerous allergens and sensitizers is increasing worldwide, and year by year. Information regarding dangers of home and and personal products is readily available; yet the medical profession has consistently failed to learn, recognize, or acknowledge human health effects of petrochemical pollution.
Who provided this statistic? Psychiatric disorder was ruled out by a leading psychiatrist. These unqualified diagnoses were the basis for denying claims for the majority of claimants and appellants. Thus, medical ignorance and bias adds to the misery of patients, and protects the chemical industry and employers. We live in a chemically polluted world. Petrochemicals fill our homes; our waterways, and increasingly our food.
Recent concerns regarding micro-fibres in water and food confirm this. A brief google search will provide a list chemicals used in scented products. Thank you for your thoughtful comments. After teaching for 20 years, I have recently branched out to try something new, figuring that what ailed me is all of the associated stress and anxiety that comes with teaching.
Most recently a new coworker started and she reeks of scented products. I immediately told her of my sensitivities and again 2 days later. She seemed like she was going to try and make some changes, which she has but I still find that her scent takes my breath away.
At that point, I was much more direct in exactly how i was feeling…hardly a way that I wanted to start off a new work relationship. Unfortunately, they are not enough and I am concerned that if things keep getting progressively worse as it is now affecting my brain function, I am worried about my long term work prospects.
If I request further accommodations then I might be placed somewhere in isolation. I guess that does make me the problem. Thank You for the great work. I am a sufferer of MCS and most of the time society say its in your head.
When I am exposed to these chemicals my body has many muscular spasms. Most medical doctors have little knowledge of or no significant training in the field. It can be very debilitating to the mind body and soul, not only affecting the specific individual but also their work colleagues and family.
I would like to know if there are any self help groups or conferences that I could attend. I reside in Etobicoke. I would also like to become more involved in lobbying for air quality standards.
Now I live with a very small pension. I went to specialists over many months, thanks to a gp that actually listens. I believe that stress is the one thing that triggers it. I became extremely sensitive to perfume and eventually all related products because of a stressful situation at the time I was exposed to it.
Perfume is petroleum based and therefore my problem is with gas, oil, exhaust systems, etc. Sandalwood is often used to calm the nerves. It has very spiritually warming properties. It should be noted that the quality of an essential oil is important for its efficacy. Different brands use different aromatic concentrations.
Not every brand places an emphasis on organic growing practices. You can find some great aromatic products at health food stores and organic markets. We know and trust our friends over at Mountain Rose Herbs. They grow all of their own herbs for their aromatic products. You can also find some great organic aromatherapy kits online. This one from Edens Garden comes highly recommended. Never miss out on valuable information. Subscribe to our newsletter today!
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