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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity associations in Spain to meet with Ministry of Health




Spanish National FlagPRESS RELEASE: Ministry of Health will meet with associations that deal with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity in Spain next February 4th 2010 (Translation by Eva Caballé).

On January 15th 2010 the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health was interviewed on “Carne Cruda”, Spanish Radio 3 Program in a special show devoted to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. He made the public commitment to meet with associations that deal with MCS between ten and twenty days after the show.

This press release is to bring you up to date on the process we are following. We want a clear process and we also want to make all of you part of it.

The meeting will be hold on February 4th 2010 in the Ministry of Health. Mr José Martínez Olmos, Secretary General of the Ministry of Health and Mr Alberto Infante Campos, General Director of Professional Planning, Cohesion of SNS and High Inspection will attend to the meeting representing the Ministry of Health. Following the Ministry of Health instructions, one person by each MCS Association will attend to the meeting and a lawyer and a doctor specialized in MCS too.

David Palma is coordinating this process selflessly.

We are now working on petitions document that will be signed by all MCS associations. This document will be given to the Ministry during the meeting, along with medical information about MCS.

List of MCS associations that are part of this process:

This press release is to announce that we are all working together to take advantage of this big opportunity. We all want the same thing: MCS to be formally recognized as a physical illness in Spain and we all want that all sufferers have the same rights as the other chronically ill people.


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  • Hi Mercedes,

    Thank you for sharing your experience. The toner is photocopiers and laser printers can be a huge problem - initially triggering chemical sensitivities and symptoms there after.

    I am sorry that you have suffered so much and made such great efforts by writing to all appropriate parties and still got nowhere with this. You are certainly right that there are powerful interests that want to keep MCS out of the public eye and make sure it is dismissed as being "all in the mind". Lack of medical/scientific evidence is still a problem however as it takes a good body of high quality to research to convince the medical establishment that something is a real physical disease.

    As a UK citizen I have seen some of my medical notes that state that I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and...."beliefs" about chemical sensitivity. So yes, MCS is certainly still rejected as a physical disease. I hope someone will make a concerted effort to change this as has happened in German, Austria, Japan...and hopefully now Spain.

    If you want to say more you can write as much as you like in your own personal blog on this site. Simply click the 'My Blog' link in the 'User Menu' at the top left of every page (if you are registered and logged in) and then click the 'Write New Entry' button. You will then see a text editor to write your blog post in. I for one would love to hear more on your thoughts and experiences.

  • Glad to hear you have signed the petition Sarah. We need plenty more yet though as there are only about 100 signatories so far - so if you are reading this in the UK and have MCS or know someone who has please sign the petition!

    I agree we need much more of an organised effort in the UK Sarah. In the US MCS groups have managed to get numerous state governors to sign declarations of support and May is recognised as MCS Awareness month. We need to be working along these lines I think.

  • Definately! and have signed up to it on more than one occassion.
    My concern is that this kind of action is devoid of the real personal experiences of MCS when we are exposed and the impact on our lives.
    The effects of social neglect from medical, housing and benefit agencies. Those that make improvements are generally those who can afford it.
    Perhaps there is room for an action group in the UK concentrating purely on government awareness.

    Anyone else in the UK have any thoughts on this?



  • One thing UK citizens can do is sign this petition on the 10 Downing Street website:


    The purpose:

    "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to protect the public from exposure to artificial perfumes"

    Seems like a good place to start!

  • Great this is progress.
    However you have to ask what can we do in the UK to match this recognition? We are supposed to be on of the leading members of the EU, but where MCS is concerned possibly the most backward at every level.

    Any ideas of a way forward for the UK


  • This is great progress... keep it up.

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