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Seeking Participants for MCS Work Study

James Madison University MCS Research TeamDr. Pam Gibson and the James Madison University (JMU) MCS research team are seeking people with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)/environmental sensitivities, either self or physician diagnosed who are currently employed or have been employed in the past while having MCS for a study titled “Work Experiences of Persons with MCS.” If you are 18 or older, they are interested in your workplace experiences, including your perceptions of the treatment you received from managers and co-workers. If you would be willing to complete a survey online or in hardcopy they would very much appreciate your participation.

The purpose of this study is to better understand the experiences of those with chemical sensitivity who are either currently employed or have been employed in the past while having Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). The MCS research team is interested in accommodations and treatment from supervisors and co-workers and will also ask about the severity of your condition and whether or not you have ever sought legal action regarding the workplace. Depending upon your experiences to report, participation in this study will require between 30 and 60 minutes of your time. Potential benefits from participation in this study include contributing to the growing body of data that may help other persons living with MCS to achieve a positive work situation.

The online survey is available here. For an email survey: contact or call 540-568-6198 to receive a hard copy.

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  • Sharon Wachsler

    January 27, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Do you know if/where she will publish results?

  • earthwalker

    January 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Sharon,
    I don’t know any more than what is published on the website. I will contact Pamela Gibson and ask her and will repost here with the answer…stay tuned.

  • LuAnn

    January 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I am thankful that there is a place to obtain information. Hopefully some day our society will accept that MCS is real and exists and not just something we made up. I have come a long way, and hope that much more is done to uncover the causes of MCS and solutions to thousands of people like myself who live with symptoms everyday when exposed.

    If I had my choice, I would choose not to work and remove myself from a toxic world, but unfortuanetly some of have to make a living, and therefore have to endure the ignorance of this most difficult condition.

  • earthwalker

    January 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Sharon and all, I heard back from Pamela Gibson. She said that the results of the work study will be delivered as a conference presentation and then written up for a journal. Once published in a journal the results will be published on her site. (In order to be accepted for journal publication, they must be deemed “unpublished” and therefore not presented online before that time).

  • Laurel

    October 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I completed the survey and am very grateful to this organization for attempting to assist and educate on MCS. Thank you!

  • brenda

    March 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    i got sick a couple years ago, from a chemical exposure, went to er, nothing, had all kinds of tests, nothing, i had changed jobs, felt a little better, and i got sick again, worse, this time, i truley thought i was dying, more tests, brain scans, (thinking i had a tumor) nothing, each Dr. i asked about the chemical exposure thing, no, does not happen, chemical comes out of body, with time, Really??!! i ended up on seizure medicine, 2 kinds of nerve pills, i had to quit yet another job, i liked, took a year or so off work, felt better, went back to work different place, same job, cashier. and guess what, starting all over again, back on nerve pills, and then i see this article in a first for women magizine i got at the checkout. omg i am not nuts, thank you for being in that mag!!! now, i just need to do some research, and hopefully get well!! maybe i won’t have to quit this job!! at least learn how to handle it, the registers at work seem to kick it off, anxiety attacks, dizziness, and i am not nuts!!! that’s the best news!!! thanks for listening!!

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