multiple chemical sensitivity

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

Some consider MCS to be caused by chemical exposure that exceeds a person’s tolerance level.  One theory is that individuals have a certain threshold of resistance to environmental chemicals, above which  the individual will become sensitized and start having health issues.  The symptoms seem to be brought on either from exposure to low levels of chemicals over time, or from one acute exposure to a chemical.  Chemical sensitivity can also occur after a virus or other illness, or with hormonal disturbances, e.g. during or after pregnancy. Some people are genetically susceptible.  People with MCS can have an array of symptoms such as:

  • fatigue
  • asthma
  • shortness of breath
  • sinus problems
  • sore throat
  • irritated eyes
  • headaches
  • anxiety/depression
  • memory issues

 After exposure, the MCS sufferer’s symptoms can be triggered by another exposure or by exposure to VOC’s like those from cigarette smoke, perfume, car exhaust, gasoline vapors and paint, to name a few.  VOCs can also be emitted from everyday objects like building materials and furnishings, office equipment and craft materials like glues and adhesives, markers, etc.   It’s also believed that artificial colourings, flavorings, preservatives and other food additives can trigger reactions in chemically sensitive people.  They may also be sensitized to molds, dust mites and pollen.  Some people with MCS are even sensitive to sunlight and/or electro-magnetic radiation.

It seems possible for sufferers to get relief by avoiding certain chemicals, objects or smells.


Why ECO Sleep Solutions

We strive to maintain a fragrance-free store, and have a sign on our door asking customers to help us in this mission.

Our products are primarily certified organic, but at a minimum are made of natural fibers.  Our aim is to selling bedding that is comfortable and contains as few man-made chemicals as possible. For instance, the federal government requires that mattresses pass a “flame test”.  Most mattresses use chemical flame retardants to pass this test.  But our organic mattresses use a layer of wool, which is a natural flame barrier that lets mattresses pass the test without chemicals.

It smells so normal in here!

Overheard from an In-Store Customer