Multiple Chemical Sensitivities or Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (MCS /TILT)

Scientist Chemical Sensitivities

What is MCS/TILT?

MCS refers to a wide range of chemical sensitivities from all of the unpronounceable toxic chemicals within the environment as a causative factor to various disease conditions. On the other hand, TILT is a theory of illness that was originally described by Dr. Claudia Miller in 1966. TILT theory describes the underlying mechanism behind various unexplained illness such as MCS in relation to exposure to specific chemicals, including their associated symptoms. In the context of textile industries, the MCS emanates from various chemicals used to manufacture synthetic fabrics in the treatment and finishing processes that lead to various TILT symptoms associated with a wide range of illnesses. In particular, some of the toxic chemicals sourced from textile industrial processes and commonly found on and in conventional fabrics include dioxins, PVC, BPA, formaldehyde, sweatshop labor, bleaches, dyes, etc.

What Causes MCS/TILT?

Researchers believe that the cause of MCS is typically triggered by systemic damage from exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment such as common household, body-care, and clothing items. The major routes of exposure to toxic chemicals include:

  • Skin contact
  • Inhalation
  • Ingestion

Who is at Risk?

According to MCS researchers, it is hypothesized that genetic predispositions make some individuals more vulnerable than others. However, the most at risk individuals include:

  • People with prolonged exposure or regularly exposed to products containing toxic chemicals such as clothes made of latex, spandex, dyes, bleaches, etc.
  • People with low immunity such as children, as well as those sensitive to different types of environmental allergens, including certain chemicals, foods, insect stings, etc.


The MCS symptoms and physical effects associated with systemic damage of toxic chemicals include:

  • Contact dermatitis/ inflammation of skin and joints
  • Airway/nasal inflammation effects, asthma attacks, fogginess,
  • Restricted blood flow to the brain characterized by headaches, reduced memory, and mental alertness
  • Enzyme deficiencies, fatigue, and indigestion

Diagnosis and Prevention

Diagnosis for MCS involves various allergic testing including patch tests to determine the specific symptoms associated with particular toxic chemicals. The allergists use an elimination process to rule out other illnesses associated with similar allergic symptoms to the illness under investigation for appropriate intervention and prevention measures. Currently, little is known about the specific treatment for MCS. However, the severity of symptoms may be minimized by taking several preventive measures including:

  • Avoiding exposure to known industrial toxic chemicals or irritants such as bleaches, fragrance detergents, latex/spandex products, etc.
  • Purchasing and using hypoallergic/allergy-free products such as 100% natural, organic fabrics made of cotton, silk, wool, etc.

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