Mind & Body

Is It Possible To Be Allergic To Modern Life?

Snowflake, Arizona is a small Southwest town of around 20 homes and a few dozen people who all have one thing in common: a self-diagnosis of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and environmental illness, which attributes their unexplained and often debilitating symptoms to electricity, chemicals, pollution, and other environmental factors. Here, homes aren't wired for electricity, there are no cell phones or computers, and many residents either opt for natural fabrics or spend days "outgassing" products made from synthetic materials. Though most professional medical organizations reject MCS as a real disease because controlled studies have failed to find evidence for its existence, sufferers can experience symptoms ranging from headaches and gastrointestinal distress to breathing problems and even seizures. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

The Arizona Refuge For Those Allergic To Life

See what life is like in this desert town.

Can You Be Allergic to WiFi?

Hear the evidence behind electrosensitivity.

The Science of Weird Disorders

Are some people really allergic to meat?

Five Strange Allergies

An allergy to water? It's a thing.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Touch allergy is also known as "skin-writing disease," since sufferers are able to scratch words and patterns into their skin. 00:11

  2. Also known as seminal plasma hypersensitivity, sex allergies are caused by the fluid carrying male sperm. 00:51

  3. Nickel allergies cause itchy rashes whenever the sufferer comes into contact with nickel. 01:14

Written by Curiosity Staff August 1, 2016

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