Nahrungsmittel-, medikamenten- und alkoholunverträglichkeit bei multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)

Translated title of the contribution: Food, drug and alcohol intolerance in multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)

Constanze Hausteiner, Susanne Bornschein, Hans Förstl, Thomas Zilker

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Background: Many patients with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) also report intolerances of food, drugs or alcohol. Method: We present patient histories concerning these intolerances from our environmental clinic (2001-2003). We compared patients with MCS to patients with other types of illness related to the environment. Results: Patients with MCS stated the intolerances mentioned above more frequently. The predominant food intolerances were those of milk and convenience products as well as vegetables. There were many associations of various intolerances and the statement "I am generally a sensitive person". Only alcohol and drug intolerance were reported rather independently from the other intolerances. The symptoms patients with alcohol intolerance reported upon intake of small amounts of alcohol were reminiscent of those of "alcohol flushing" which is especially in Asia well-known. Conclusions: Most functional syndromes are accompanied by several of the investigated intolerances that are probably non-specific. However, considering a psychobiological explanation for "modern" functional disorders (such as MCS, chronic fatigue or irritable bowel syndrome), investigation of these intolerances could provide a pathophysiological link. We suggest further investigation of specifically drug and alcohol intolerance in patients with MCS.

Translated title of the contributionFood, drug and alcohol intolerance in multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)397-403
Number of pages7
JournalUmweltmedizin in Forschung und Praxis
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


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