Air Purifiers for People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

air purifiers for people with chemical sensitivities and MCS

Why You Need an Air Purifier if You Have Chemical Sensitivities or MCS

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a debilitating condition whereby exposure to minute amounts of everyday chemicals – at levels totally undetectable by the average person – can cause an acute allergic reaction. MCS is far from being understood, but the onset of the condition is usually caused by a single gross exposure (e.g., chemical spill) or chronic smaller exposures (e.g., in the work place) to one or more chemicals/irritants. Once sensitized, exposure to even a tiny amount of the irritant can trigger an allergic reaction that in extreme cases, includes difficulty breathing, short-term memory loss and even muscle paralysis. But what baffles researchers, and makes MCS challenging to live with, is that the same reaction is then generalized to all manner of chemicals, toxicants, solvents and odours, making it impossible for MCS sufferers to function normally or work in a public place.

FACT: Recent epidemiological studies show that MCS is
more prevalent in the US than diabetes

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for MCS. For most sufferers, avoidance and effective reduction of airborne pollutants, toxins and chemicals in their home and workplace is recommended. This is, of course, easier said than done. Many chemically injured individuals deal with their condition by creating a clean room in their house (e.g., the bedroom) that provides them with an “oasis” where they can enjoy a much-needed respite from a toxic world.

While high quality air purifiers that contain activated carbon to remove chemicals and gases from the air are a key part of such a strategy, the challenge for people who are chemically and environmentally sensitive is to find an air purifier that they can safely use. Although some manufacturers tout their products as being appropriate for MCS sufferers, the truth is that the vast majority of air purifiers on the market are not only unsuitable for those with MCS, but can actually aggravate symptoms.

There are several components of an air purifier that can be problematic for those with chemical sensitivities. Normally the two greatest issues in terms of air purifier tolerance are the composition of the activated carbon and the motor. Activated carbon can be derived from many different source materials (e.g., coconut shell, coal, peat, anthracite) and often have additives such as zeolite and alumina to aid adsorption. Hyper-sensitive individuals often react to some of these materials. In addition, virtually all motors used in air purifiers are unsealed, so varnish and lubricants can escape and trigger reactions. Normally this is not an issue because the activated carbon will re-adsorb the off-gassing material, but hyper-sensitive individuals can sometimes not tolerate this. A multitude of other issues can cause problems for MCS sufferers, such as plastic housings, EMF emissions, the resins that are used to form the pleats in the HEPA material and the rubbers, glues and adhesives that are used in building the air purifier.

“I just wanted to let you know that the AllerAir AirMedic Plus MCS D air purifier that I purchased from you a few weeks ago was a success! I've not slept this well at night in a long time. I've had the AllerAir running non-stop since I bought it, and it has really made all the difference. Thank you so much for recommending this unit to me, it’s incredible how much it has helped.”
M. Savoy, Montreal, QC

Luckily, industry leaders like AllerAir take these issues very seriously, offering air purifiers that are specifically engineered to help people afflicted with MCS and other environmental illnesses to lead more normal and active lives through safe and effective air purification.

Modern Alchemy Air Purifiers Recommends...

AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 MCS Supreme air purifier

AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 MCS Supreme Air Purifier
Designed with MCS Sufferers in Mind

The AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 MCS Supreme has been designed from the ground up for MCS sufferers. This air purifier features AllerAir’s patented scent-free Super-HEPA filter, a "burnt-in" motor, an all-metal housing with a baked-on powder-coated finish and absolutely no Styrofoam, glues or adhesives. A carbon test is performed with 6 different carbon samples prior to purchase to ensure that a well-tolerated activated carbon is used in your custom-built air purifier.

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AllerAir AirMedic Plus MCS air purifier

AllerAir AirMedic Plus MCS and MCS D Air Purifiers
The Only Choice For Severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

The AllerAir AirMedic Plus MCS and MCS D air purifiers offer chemically sensitive individuals peace of mind in choosing the right air purifier, as there is no better unit on the market for MCS. These air purifiers are made from the same premium components and inert materials as the MCS Supreme above, but go the extra mile with a more powerful, fully-sealed motor (i.e., no off-gassing or motor odours), an EMF-shielded power cord and a 360 degree air intake. Like the MCS Supreme, these air purifiers offer a customized carbon blend tailored for your specific sensitivities through a personalized test.

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