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Recognition of multiple chemical sensitivity in Italy moves closer


Italian Parliament BuildingsA multiple chemical sensitivity organisation and Members of Parliament in Italy are working together to pass laws that would ensure recognition of multiple chemical sensitivity and other environmental illness.

The work of Italy's foremost multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) organisation, the Association for Environmental and Chronic Toxic Injury (AMICA), is finally paying off it would seem with a number of law proposals that would officially recognise MCS and related conditions in the country being proposed by a number of Members of Parliament across political parties.

Writing on the subject on December 29th Francesca Romana Orlando, Journalist and Vice President of AMICA, explained that the organisation had first written to all Members of Parliament at the beginning of 2006 asking for a "law to recognize Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) as a social disease."

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Inspirational multiple chemical sensitivity sufferers have books published


Multiple chemical sensitivity book 'Understanding MCS'In recent months a number of books on the subject of multiple chemical sensitivity have been published by the very people whose lives have been turned upside down by the illness.

Despite epidemiological studies estimating that more than 3% of the population are severely affected by multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and 12% moderately affected, there is still little recognition of the disease or support for those affected. This, in spite of the fact that MCS can literally destroy a person's life or at the very least severely restrict their lifestyle.

In MCS even amounts of everyday chemicals so small they may not be detectable through smell cause sufferers to experience a wide range of symptoms affecting multiple bodily systems, particularly the nervous and respiratory systems. Typical triggers include perfume and any fragranced personal care or domestic cleaning products, gas stoves, cigarette smoke, vehicle exhaust and chemicals such as formaldehyde given off by home furnishings such as carpets and fitted furniture constructed from manufactured wood panels.

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Disease Caused by Toxic Chemical Exposure


Professor Martin Pall 

A major paper on multiple chemical sensitivity by Professor Martin L. Pall is to be published October 23, 2009 as chapter XX in a prestigious reference work for professional toxicologists, General and Applied Toxicology, 3rd Edition, (John Wiley & Sons).

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is also known as chemical sensitivity, chemical intolerance and toxicant-induced loss of tolerance, with this last name emphasizing the role of chemicals in initiating cases of this disease. Pall's paper, entitled Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: Toxicological Questions and Mechanisms, establishes five important facts about MCS:

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: The Genetic Evidence


Professor Martin PallMultiple Chemical Sensitivity researcher Professor Martin Pall responds to a Denver post article on the condition citing his own work and numerous recent genetic studies as confirmation of its physical basis.

Thank you for writing this article on multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), the term that is used in most of the scientific literature on this disease. There are vast numbers of people who have been afflicted in this epidemic of chemical sensitivity and I am sure that they are all thanking you. I also thank you for mentioning a bit of my work on this disease.

Some of your readers have already made quite a number of important points about MCS so I can focus here on just a few remaining issues. How do chemicals act in MCS? We know now that the seven classes of chemicals implicated in MCS all produce a common toxic response in the body, excessive activity of a receptor in the body called the NMDA receptor. So even though we have a vast array of such chemicals, we know how they can produce similar responses in people.

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Multiple chemical sensitivity chapter to appear in prestigious toxicology textbook


Signaling a major step in the recognition of multiple chemical sensitivity as a physical disease triggered and maintained by exposure to toxic chemicals, a prestigious toxicology textbook is to include a chapter on the illness in its latest edition.

The soon to be published 3rd edition of General and Applied Toxicology will include an extensive chapter on the toxicological basis of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) authored by Professor Martin Pall, PhD.

Pall is a leading researcher into MCS and author of the acclaimed book Explaining Unexplained Illnesses: Disease Paradigm for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Gulf War Syndrome.

The inclusion of an objective chapter dedicated to MCS by in a toxicology textbook written by such a well respected figure in the MCS community is unprecedented and should be seen as a huge step towards gaining widespread acceptance of the condition as both physical and toxicological in nature. This is sure to help sufferers achieve more favourable outcomes with medical care, social security support, and legal matters.

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