According to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.org MCS is defined as:
“Multiple Chemical Sensitivity in broad terms means an unusually severe sensitivity or allergy-like reaction to many different kinds of pollutants including solvents, VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), perfumes, petrol, diesel, smoke, “chemicals” in general and often encompasses problems with regard to pollen, house dust mites, and pet fur & dander.” (multiplechemicalsensitivity.org)
Some of the things we do know:
· MCS generally does not have a histamine reaction or many of the biological markers for inflammation or allergic reaction.
· MCS is ongoing and chronic,
· MCS is reproducible; when a person is exposed to a trigger the resulting response is the same.
· There are often many triggers, the patient improves when absent from the triggers every time and quickly.
· Once the trigger has been established, very small levels of the triggering chemical causes a reaction, some of those reactions can be life threatening.
Johns Hopkins says that these chemicals can be found in:
· Soaps and detergents
· Newspaper inks
· Many, many more unknown triggers, it takes so much time and so many resources to test each substance for reactivity and hundreds of new compounds are being released daily.
MCS is classified as “idiopathic” meaning it has no known cause or mechanism of action, therein lies the problem. If a thing cannot be measured it makes it very difficult to treat even with our giant leaps in medical science and understanding. The method of action, the causation and the process of sensitization is not at all understood…to the point we aren’t even sure how to look at it to study it. Think fibromyalgia in the 1990’s when it was considered to be a psychiatric problem and not a physical problem. It is the way of science I am afraid. We cannot study it until we know how to look at it.
This is a controversial clinical diagnosis. At this time, it is often seen as psychological rather than physiological; a somatic (physical) expression of anxiety or mental illness. While there is much debate on this topic, there is hope. There are some forward thinking Medical Doctors, Osteopathic physicians and Chiropractors that are doing more and more specialty research on this elusive and life altering condition.
About the Author: Donna Bass BS., MH., LC is currently working with people who are dealing with MCS and people who are just interested in lowering their exposure to unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals. Her experience with science and herbalism gives her a unique point of view regarding how people may be affected by the layering of” harmless” chemicals to produce a sensitization response.
With that in mind, Donna will come to your home to find triggers and collaborate to find effective and safe solutions for you and your family. Donna is also a licensed cosmetologist that performs low chemical load skincare services for all clients.
Toxic Load…what the heck is that?
Toxic load is our exposure to toxic chemicals one stacked on another. We are exposed to hundreds of toxins every day. I am not a chemophobic person, I love chemistry and pray that my three years of Chemistry in college will not be wasted. I get it, chemicals make our lives easier, healthier and more convenient. There is also another side to chemicals also that cannot be ignored. We are bombarded with not so friendly or helpful chemicals all day long also.
Air pollution, here in the Midwest the ubiquitous fertilizers and weed killers just floating on the air and in the water we drink, fluoride in the water, fluoride in the toothpaste, petroleum byproducts in our makeup and perfumes, flame retardants in clothes, formaldehyde…BPA, Lead…oy on and on and on.
Our bodies do a pretty good job of staying ahead of these toxins. We excrete them through the liver, kidneys, large intestine, lungs and skin. Our bodies are busy keeping us safe from things in our environments that can cause problems. However…very often our bodies cannot keep up, if you add stress to the mix…well, that makes it difficult for our bodies to keep up.
When our bodies cannot keep up what happens? Allergies, Digestive issues, weakened immune system, chronic disease patterns, even some cancers have been linked to environmental toxins. So, what can we do to lessen the load? Glad you asked…
So, in conclusion; Eat well, get exercise, stay hydrated. Lessen the toxic load by just tweaking and being aware. I look forward to next time! ~Mamma Moon
I haven't published a blog in a while. I have been super busy learning about new ways to do business and remembering old ideas that are now coming back to the surface.
I have been learning how to do lash lifts and re-familiarizing myself with lash tinting. I have also been doing research on semi permanent mascara as a means of lessening chemical load for people who like to wear makeup. I have also been remembering my purpose for doing ALL of the things that I have done, and why I have learned and am learning all the things.
My goal has always been to be a bridge. To assist people who are awakening to another way to do things in their lives. Those first few steps toward life changes can be tentative and wobbly, I would like to be that person who offers an arm of support until the steps are more confident and strong. There are many ways to take those first steps, and oftentimes those first steps are a change of the outside. Sometimes those first steps are deciding to take better care of skin, hair and self image. What higher calling can it be to assist in that transformation? How can I assist? What can I do to support those first wobbly steps?
A spiffy new haircut and style that is perfect not only for your face but for your lifestyle...if you can't replicate what I do with your hair what is the point, am I right? There are few better feelings than a new look just for you that you are confident in replicating at home.
A facial with gentle products and techniques to soothe and heal neglected skin. Oftentimes we neglect our skin, especially our faces when we are going through trying times. Facials are a safe way to reconnect to your body. It is much less invasive than a massage and a great introduction to massage. Glowing skin causes its own healing and confidence.
Lash Lifts, Tinting and Semi permanent mascara are beauty services that limit repeated exposure to some of the more harmful or unnecessary ingredients in some eye makeups and provides an effortless long lasting look.
A manicure and/or pedicure improves the health of your nails, hands and feet. Herbal hand and foot soaks have been used as medicine for generations. The massaging of hands, arms, legs and feet also helps with stress, and reflexology of hands and feet actually helps the body to heal on many levels. I firmly believe that human contact heals on every level; mind, body and spirit.
An herbal body wrap has been called "a personal sweat lodge" by one of my clients. This process has allowed space for insight and transformation. This process uses essential oils, salt and oil to exfoliate the body, herbs and heat to calm the muscles, reduce stress and provide space for insight. This process is beyond external beauty, it allows space for introspection and healing.
A caring and experienced ear and honest perspective. I have lived the new awakening experience. Sometimes I still feel like I live it daily. Being supported and supportive is the way forward for all of us.
This is why I never stop learning, never stop being.
Come see me, 319-393-1718
A few weeks ago I was chatting with my friend Kendra (super beauty goddess of all things beauty and business guru)...she is also an amazing resource and font of information btw. We got on the subject of eyelashes and services that would enhance facials. She told me about a thing I had never heard of...Lash lifts...what the heck??? I was totally intrigued. I was intrigued to the point of investing in the product AND the training...read on.
What is a lash lift?
A lash lift or lash perm uses chemicals to reshape the eyelashes into a more dramatic shape without using an eyelash curler every day. This process lasts 6-8 weeks which is the approximate life cycle of an eyelash. After the lash lift the eyelash can be tinted, which lasts 2-4 weeks depending upon facial cleanser used or whether mascara is used. Tinting can be re-applied every 2-3 weeks as needed.
The top picture is before, middle picture is after the lash lift and the bottom picture is after the lift and tint.
As you can see, the lash is much darker and more dramatic with NO FUSS!!! She woke up the next morning…yep, this is how she rolled out of bed the next morning, dreamy, right? This is a lift and tint service performed by me.
Yes, you read that correctly. Mascara that does not run, smudge or come off for 2-4 weeks! You can sleep with it on, cry with it on, rub your eyes with it on…everything with it on. This product is professionally removed.
Semi-permanent mascara adds bulk to lashes unlike a tint that just colors the lash. These pictures are from the website. (https://myabsolutebeauty.com/elleebana-spm/)
Lash Lift with tint or with Semi Permanent mascara services are a great addition to a facial and much less upkeep and cost than lash extensions. Lash extensions require a fill every 2 weeks, lash lifts last 6-8 weeks with the semi permanent mascara lasting 2-4 weeks and top and bottom lashes can be treated. Tint lasts 2-4 weeks and lashes can be retinted as needed.
Brows can also be tinted for the blingiest and lowest maintenance glammy eyes. I don't know about you, but less time in front of the mirror in the morning is more time behind a coffee cup...js.
I am trained and certified by the company that makes the product I use as well as a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Iowa.
Come in today to ask questions, get informed, get in while you still can! Slots are going FAST! (as I'm sure you can imagine)
319-393-1718 Brunettes Salon. Appts available Thurs-Saturday.
Welcome to the Mamma Moon Blog.
We discuss Herbs, the Science of Herbs and Aromatherapy. We also discuss Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.
Grab a cup of tea or wine and enjoy. Feel free to participate. ~Mamma Moon