Quackwatch Home Page ||| Index to Fad Diagnoses
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
- MCS proponents are seeking "recognition" by asking state
governors to proclaim a "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Week."
In June 1998, the Govrnor of Washington did so with a statement describing
MCS as a reaction to chemical exposure, which it is not. A few days later,
after receiving protests from the scientific community, the proclamation
was rescinded and replaced with one (shown here) calling for "more
research and understanding of MCS." The Governor of Connecticut also
issued a statement based on the revised version.
- On April 13, 1999, Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton proclaimed May
12-18, 1999, as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Week. The statement
was nearly identical to Washington's first proclamation.
- The scientific comunity does not recognize "multiple
chemical sensitivity" as a legitimate diagnosis. These proclamations
are an attempt to achieve through political means what has not been achieved
through science. Public officials who endorse this fad diagnosis are not
doing its victims a favor. Please
send a protest to Governor Patton.
More about "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity"
Quackwatch Home Page ||| Index
to Fad Diagnoses