Common Chemicals that May Harm You

Here’s a question: Why is it researchers in Australia are the ones telling us that 25% of Americans have reactions to common chemicals, and 12% have “Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), suffering health problems from exposure to common chemical products and pollutants such as insect spray, paint, cleaning supplies, fragrances and petrochemical fumes.“(1, 2) Further, incidence of people with these sensitivites has doubled in the last decade.

People with MDS — and remember, that’s roughly 1 person in every 10 — are like the pointman in combat patrols, the first to see trouble and likely to get hurt in the process.

The study found that, when exposed to problematic sources, people with MCS experience a range of adverse health effects, from migraines and dizziness to breathing difficulties and heart problems. For 76 per cent of people, the severity of effects can be disabling.

“People with MCS are like human canaries. They react earlier and more severely to chemical pollutants, even at low levels,” Professor Steinemann said.

So we have to depend on the Australians for protection?

Is your living and work environment safe? It may  be time to check.


  1. Anne Steinemann. National Prevalence and Effects of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2018; 60 (3): e152 DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001272
  2. University of Melbourne. “One in four Americans suffer when exposed to common chemicals: University of Melbourne research reveals that one in four Americans report chemical sensitivity, with nearly half this group medically diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), suffering health problems from exposure to common chemical product.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 March 2018. <>.

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