Which treatments might help MCS?
I thought you guys would be interested in a blog post I wrote earlier this week which gives summaries of five treatments for MCS which either have scientific backing or many anecdotal reports of recovery or improvement from MCSers.
Here it is - 5 Top Treatments for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
When I last posted I thought the "firing" pain had stopped. In fact, it can still come but it takes a lot longer for my body to respond. Nevertheless, I can now "stick" my nose right onto something that I have a severe reaction to, get the full-blown reaction and then manage the reaction. Within 10 minutes 60% gone and after 30 minutes at least 85% of the reaction can be managed with the Gupta exercises. I am still wearing my mask when out and about though because it takes a lot of effort and time on my own to stop my body responding.
The best thing to eliminate is not necessarily in the diet but in the head . . . negative thoughts and feelings that make everything even worse. We should all eat well (with minimal chemicals), be kind, accepting and loving to ourselves and realise we are on a journey.
Next step is to address the sensitive . . . After doing more research, I found that Annie Hopper and Ashok Gupta are making a big difference. The Gupta programme is more suitable for me personally. It arrived five days ago. It hung out in the fresh air for the 1st day but I couldn't wait so I put on my mask and got started.
I'm not finding it easy but I 100% buy into the whole thing. I'm learning the neuro-linguistic programming at the moment. I can do it well when following the video but need to keep practicing. Yesterday I attempted the accelerator but ended up on the "speed way" . . . Oops didn't quite find the brake. [Just proves to me that I can take command of the neurological side of things.] This programme is definitely going to work for me. I like the visuals. I also find instructions clear and encouraging. I am also following the recommendations for diet . . . yeah, NO coffee etc!!!
As for EFT tapping, I found that it did calm me down enough to start making some decisions. I still have a few favourite's that I visit occasionally.
I agree with current research that MCS is a physiological and neurological disease. I also feel that there are psycological aspects. I am undecided as to whether it is chemicals, my “personality” or third party stresses (work and/or other individuals), or even perhaps all three that have put me on this “path”.
Re: Ashok Gupta. I believe that response to chemicals is not ALL via the stimuli (5 senses). For example, working out in the garden, thoroughly engaged and enjoying my activity. Over a 30 minute period I become very disoriented, exhausted, headaches etc. No, smell, taste, touch, sight or sound. What I didn't know at the time was my neighbour was out spraying weeds and the breeze was blowing my way. Second example: go into a shop look around for approximately 15 minutes and leave. Two hours later headaches, brain fog etc (which is very common for me to have reactions 2-8 hours later). I return to the shop and look around and find an automatic fly spray active in the middle of the shop. Did the amygdala receive any stimuli? Third example, play bridge in the evening, I'm wearing a nose filter and in a room full of people. All's well while at the venue for the 3 hours, until 2.30 am and I wake up suddenly and in pain etc. (Did my taste sense something?)
Notwithstanding, I am very aware of a fear, anxiety reaction when I smell anything now with a scent. Certain scents can cause instant pain. Stimuli is being received and my conscious mind is very obviously conversing with my amygdala. Lots of time I have to really work to tell myself that there is no harm – e.g. a scent from a flower.
Or maybe I could also be reacting to heightened reactions of the NO/ONOO-cycle (Prof Pall). Hence I am now taking his supplements – so far only minor side effects (which is surprising that I can “stomach” them). I am also spending 30-45 minutes a day EFT tapping with Brad Yates on youtube (addresses issues of self-worth and attitude, etc). I also plan to do DNRS in approximately 6 months.
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