Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

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Posts to Ask Dr Stoll BB regarding Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

There have been several posts to the Ask Dr Stoll
Bulletin Board (BB) regarding Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.
Many of them have been archived here. The archive is roughly
chronological. I hope you find it useful.

You may also want to check out
Melva Gail Smith's Environmental Illness site.

Summary discussion of the concept of MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity):

Although knowledgable Clinical Ecologists have recognized MCS for at least 30 years, it has only been within the past year (of 2000) or so that the EPA and the government have admitted that it is a real clinical entity and getting worse every month. Only within the past year has the conventional medical paradigm begun to grudgingly admit to the facts. Considering how hard it is for physicians to grow beyond the "Tolstoy Effect" it will likely take another 20 years for most people's docs to recognize it and THEN they will not be trained to have any idea what to do about it.

See the article about "Modern Medical Interpretation of Stress" on the homepage for how this mechanism works. There are now more than 500,000 chemicals in our environment that never existed on this planet before 100 years ago. Each of these is a burden to our immune system and each additional one magnifies the burden of all the rest. It is now believed that "Gulf War Syndrome" is an example of this combination effect.

Those of us at the bottom of the "Bell Curve" of resistance to environmental substances have gone beyond "the straw that broke the camel's back" and have become sensitive to more and more of them. This "slippery slope" only gets worse day by day. Those people presently with MCS are the "canaries in the coalmine" for the rest of us. 

The only approach yet known to deal with this breakdown is to start a good Wellness program and see a good Clinical Ecologist (call [215] 862-4544 for the closest one) to temporarily eliminate the worst offending chemicals (or foods) so the hypothalamus immunology can begin to reset the homeodynamics in the direction of more resistance. For foods you might see the BB for Robert McFerran's e/diet since it is free and works remarkably well for those willing to "do it themselves". Once that is done, at least the person can be relatively symptom free until the hypothalamus can "catch its breath". You could also get a good head start on wellness in the glossary or the search engine.

Once you have done the above, if you still have questions, write them on the bulletin board so I can help more.

Walt Stoll, MD 

Choose an archive:

1998: Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - Jun - Jul - Aug

Choose a thread of archived posts: 

     November 13, 1999 -  MCS and disability Testimonial
     August 12, 1999 -  MCS-neutralizing/sensitising drops?
     May 15, 1999 -  MCS and LGS
     March 31, 2000 -  mcs and neurotoxins
     March 28, 2000 -  Allergies to water
     March 13, 1999 - ATLANTA conference conclusion on MCS
     March 11, 1999 - Women seem more susceptible to MCS than men (3)
     March 12, 1999 - bruises, panic attacks, bracing: holistic viewpoint (3) 
     February 28, 1999 - A/C and carpet full of mold (2)
     February 25, 1999 - Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (4) 
     December 20, 1998 - Photo Essay of those who have become homeless due to MCS (9) 
     December 14, 1998 - vinyl pillow covers (2)
     December 10, 1998 - Request for Local Resources (2) 
     November 21, 1998 - Afraid to buy new car (part 2) (2) 
     November 08, 1998 - On-Line Resource for Unscented Products (1) 
     November 03, 1998 - unscented shampoos (10) 
     October 19, 1998 - Help - Despair! (3) 
     October 16, 1998 - Afraid to buy a new car? (4) 
     September 15, 1998 - NEW Environmental Illness Website (3) 


Date:    Fri, 22 Oct 1999 23:05:03 -0500
From:    bcb56 <bcb56@IX.NETCOM.COM>

The 4th in a series of articles on concerns on fragrance safety is now up at the "Flipside" Website. These articles can be printed out and freely used. Flipside has an open policy on the use of materials put up at their site. As the author of the articles, I also give permission for them to be freely used.

These articles take an indepth look at concerns over lack of regulation, inadequate testing, health, and environmental concerns.  They summarize much of the information I have compiled over the past 5 years.

Anyone that cannot access the "Flipside" Website, can drop me a line and I will send the articles in e-mail messages.


"A substance can be in wide spread use for more than 20 years before any testing occurs outside the company producing the material."  By Betty Bridges, RN <>

The Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) is responsible for testing the safety of raw materials. The RIFM is a major facet of the self-regulatory process of the fragrance industry.

According to Richard Ford, Ph.D. of the RIFM,

"Over the approximately 30 years since its inception, RIFM has tested virtually all important fragrance materials in common use. (It has always been the policy of RIFM that if a material is used by only one company, it is that company's responsibility to see that the material is adequately tested and evaluated.)" (Richard A. Ford, "RIFM Activities in the Safety Assessment of the Dermal Effects" page 184 of the book Fragrances: Beneficial and Adverse Effects)

This is quite a surprising statement since only around 1300 of the more than 3000 materials in use have been tested. The clarifying statement in parenthesis raises further concerns over the extent of the RIFM's testing.

While fragrance formulas may not be patented, fragrance chemicals may be. During the time the patent is in force, the company holding the patent normally has control over the production of the materials. A patent is generally in force for around 20 years; the actual time may vary depending on the country the patent is filed in.

To see the whole article:

For the other articles.




Betty Bridges, RN
Fragranced Products Information Network (FPIN)
For information on health effects of fragrances, visit:

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Aspartic acid is an amino acid that composes about 40% of the artificial sweetener.  When released in 
the blood, it causes a chain reaction that over stimulates brain cells to death.  Aspartic acid boosts the number of neurotransmitters in the brain.  When the neurotransmitter level is too high, too much calcium
is absorbed by the brain.  The excess calcium triggers a dangerously high number of free radicals that
over excite the brain cells - eventually killing them.

Phenylalanine is an amino acid that reduces the number of neurotransmitters in the brain, possibly 

Mood swings - Headaches - Irritability - High blood - pressure - Anxiety 
Increased - appetite - Depression - Seizures - Insomnia

Wood alcohol
a.k.a. methanol, is a poison released when you consume aspartame.  To remove it, the body must break
it down into formic acid and formaldehyde.  Both are toxic.  Although is would be best to avoid
consuming any wood alchol, the Environmental Protection Agency, recommends a maximum consumption of 7.8 mg per day.  If you drink just 1 diet soda a day, you're over the limit.  One 12-ounce artificially
sweetened soft drink contains about 10 mg of the solvent.  Wood alcohol poisoning most commonly 
results in vision problems and could cause blindness.

Aspartame accounts for more than 75% of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain are just a few of the 90 reactions currently on record.


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