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multiple chemical sensitivity

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

MCS is a poorly understood phenomenon.  The majority of sufferer’s seem to believe MCS is caused by chemical exposure that exceeds a person’s tolerance level. This theory claims that individuals have a certain threshold of resistance to environmental chemicals, above which the individual will become sensitized and start having health issues.  MCS seems to be like a type of poisoning and can be brought on either from exposure to low levels of chemicals or materials over time, or from one acute exposure.  Sensitivity can also occur after a virus or other illness, or with hormonal disturbances, e.g. during or after pregnancy.  Alternatively, some people seem to be genetically susceptible, suffering with these types of issues from birth.  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

MCS sufferer’s symptoms can be triggered 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.  These people may also be sensitized to molds, dust mites and pollen.  Some people with MCS feel 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 have helped a number of customers with this condition.  All of our products help ensure that while sleeping, the body is not exposed to chemicals, either through contact or by the breathing of fumes during the night. 

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.

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

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It smells so normal in here!

Overheard from an In-Store Customer