Allergic to Life

Is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) a Real Disease or a Symptom of Modern Psychosis?

“The Bubble Man” on the television show Nothern Exposure brought to prime time the mysterious physical complaint known as “environmental illness,” also called multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) or the 20th century allergy. Self-impounded in a sterile, very white environment, the Bubble Man confuses people who can’t understand why he carries a tank of oxygen and goes into sneezing fits at the tiniest whiff of perfume. The show’s Dr. Joel Fleischman even goes so far as to attribute the Bubble Man’s odd behavior to some deep-rooted psychosis.