Added chemicals enhance flavours, colours, textures, and ensure the safe preservation of every day products, such as food and medicine. In Australia, over 300 industrial chemical additives have been assessed for their safety and approved by Food Safety Australia and New Zealand, and the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Nonetheless, consumers are increasingly concerned over growing evidence for the negative health effects of commonly used additives.
More precise research methods are unveiling adverse effects of approved additives.
A major challenge faced by people living with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) is the lack of a clear diagnosis. For many that are desperately ill, comprehensive medical testing may reveal nothing conclusive — leaving them and their doctors confused, frustrated, and questioning the legitimacy of the condition.
MCS is a condition characterised by a complex array of symptoms affecting multiple organ systems, as a result of low-level exposure to chemicals over time. Click here for an introduction to MCS. Due to the scientific uncertainty about the underlying mechanisms of MCS and consensus on its treatment, individuals who report…
Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a term proposed by Cullen (1987), and described as an “acquired disorder characterised by recurrent symptoms, referable to multiple organ systems”. These adverse reactions occur in association with exposure to diverse environmental triggers such as food, inhalants, or industrial chemical additives, at concentrations far below those established in the general population as harmful.
People living with chemical hypersensitivity experience a range of symptoms in different body systems. The resulting health problems lower quality of life, and can result in loss of bodily or mental functions. Triggers include a variety of food (such as…