Bayamon, Puerto Rico, July 22nd, 2014 -- In Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a controversial issue with many in the medical community. Some do not recognize the condition as a true disease or illness, while others support its existence.
There are a number of other names for MCS, including environmental illness, total allergy syndrome, idiopathic environmental intolerance and chemical sensitivity among others. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) states, “In theory, MCS is an adverse physical reaction to low levels of many common chemicals. Chemical sensitivity is generally accepted as a reaction to chemicals but debate continues as to whether MCS is classifiable as an illness.” The National Institute of Health (NIH) has defined MCS as a “chronic recurring disease caused by a person’s inability to tolerate an environmental chemical or class of foreign chemicals.” Theories to explain the cause of MCS include allergy, dysfunction of the immune system, neurobiological sensitization and various psychological theories.
“MCS patients often report non-specific symptoms from exposure to low-levels of chemical, biological or physical agents,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “There may be no single stimuli or predictor of reactions and a number of MCS symptoms mimic other known illnesses. When the cause is believed to be the result of indoor environmental issues, people turn to the indoor air quality and building science experts at Zimmetry Environmental for testing solutions. Our staff includes experts at identifying both biological and chemical pollutants that may be causing problems for MCS patients and other building occupants.”
Zimmetry recently sponsored an educational video about MCS that can be seen at:
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.