Morgellons Disease What Is It Really?

 Morgellons

A subject many health care professionals do not want to talk about is the infamous Morgellons Disease.  This is a controversial subject because there are several different sides to the issue.  A question has been on the minds of thousands, maybe millions of people; what is Morgellons Disease really?  In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) performed a study in California after a localized “outbreak” was thought to have occurred.  Over the years and many months since, the literature on Morgellons disease has changed, including the rising numbers of self-diagnosed Morgellons sufferers who do not believe the CDC study was sufficient.

The CDC.gov article on the “background and summary” of the study conducted for this condition notes that “this website is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.” The condition that people around the world call Morgellons Disease is referred to here as “unexplained apparent dermopathy.’  The institutes reported to be involved with the CDC in the 2008 study were Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, a nameless health plan in the area where many possible cases had been reported, and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

The official study has been published on PLOS  one, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication.  The methods that were used: collection of epidemiological data, clinical evaluations, geographic spatial analysis, and analysis of samples from skin of the patients.

The results identified a prevalence of 3.65 cases per 100,000.  The subjects were found to have a median age of 52 years, were primarily female (seventy-seven percent), and Caucasian (also seventy-seven percent). Complaints consisted of chronic fatigue, generally poor health, and crawling sensations beneath the skin which are sometimes called Formication in the medical community. The researchers reported detection of somatic complaints and cognitive deficits. Additionally, drugs were found in hair samples (fifty percent). Examples include drugs from the amphetamine class, barbiturate class, benzodiazepine class, recreational drugs, as well as phencyclidines, and propoxyphenes. Hair samples were tested with HairConfirm by Craig Medical Distribution, Inc., Vista CA.

The conclusion of the study: Though rare, the condition is associated with reduced health-related quality of life. No common underlying medical condition or infectious agent was identified.

The outcome of this case caused a wave of criticism and statements of hopelessness among online groups and forums.  Many sufferers claim this is an illness that causes some cancers, other illnesses, and even death.  Some believers of the Morgellons Disease find that the cause might be related to “chemtrails.” Other speculations include the belief that the disease was a manufactured bioweapon, a product of nanotechnology, an effect of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), an outcome of synthetic fiber processes (used in the clothing industry), agrobacteria that is seen in trees(believed now affecting humans), or bio-insecticides.

Outside of psychiatry, the CDC conclusion does not give a concrete direction or answer to the individuals seeking medical help.  On the opposite side of the controversy, however,  is one doctor who has attempted to reach out and explain the condition of what Morgellons Disease really is on a medical level to other practitioners.  The letter was written in 2006 and remains available to the public at Oklahoma State University’s website.

Written by Randy S. Wymore, Ph.D Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, and Ronda Casey, D.O. Department of Pediatrics Center for Health Sciences Tulsa, Oklahoma,  the letter, headed “Dear Practitioner,”  describes how the doctors at this institute have ruled out delusional parasitosis as an explanation for Morgellons Disease due to unique characteristics and clinical findings.  The lesions are distinct, poorly healing with membranous scarring after healing; moderate to extreme “pruritis” at sites of lesions as well as at sites skin had not yet erupted.  Under microscopic analysis, the fibers that were originally assumed to be objects of textile nature, are the same fibers seen in deep tissue biopsy. Additionally, patients do not respond to anti-psychotics as is seen in patients with delusional parasitosis; new lesions will continue to appear after the “complete cessation of manual excoriation,” or once the patient completely stops picking at the lesion, in any way. This was the prominent assumption made by researchers around 2008, and still to this day, that the lesions are associated with scratching and manual excoriation.

The researchers at Oklahoma State wish to convey to all practitioners that patients should not be presumed psychologically ill; they will appear “skeptical,” “anxious,” and “agitated,” most likely due to living with a chronic disease that has distressful “symptoms,” no known cause and no cure.  What Morgellons Disease really is, is a question still up for debate, but the population claiming to be suffering with the illness might find it hard to accept what they are experiencing is purely psychological.

By Lindsey Alexander

Sources:

Oklahoma State University
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
PLOS One
WebMD
Morgellon’s Research

19 Responses to Morgellons Disease What Is It Really?

  1. Călin Mircea Gaşcu August 30, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Morgellons don’t have a cure. Morgellons is a cure! The body’s reaction to some extremely harmful factors.
    see:http://iso.ro/Morgellons/MorgellonsPhoto.aspx

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  2. brandy akers July 17, 2014 at 4:56 am

    I hesitated for a long time before i decided to post. I am from alabama also, but i have travelled the world, and only resided here recently. I have been sufferin from “somethin” for over a year… the majority of my face is scars or horrid lesions. Antibiotics and steroids helped the worst of it… after every dr. In my town had given me a drug test and diagnosed me with everything from anxiety to allergic reaction to possibly a bacteria infection and finally he last dr. From haiti said autoimmune…which tested negitive. I got the first sign of it in july a yr ago… and went four months without one sign to have sores erupt again to theday this july? I have done several “bahs or washes” , tried magnets…herbal therapy… i lost my job, and my entire family quit speakin to me. I hate to go in public, and life is painful and emotional hurtful again… i dont know what to do anymore since i no longer have medicine or health insurance.
    Sad scared and alone

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  3. robin hooker April 16, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Hey Ya’ll, It’s Robin in Alabama …it’s been a bit, just wondering, did I say something wrong?

    I speak from heart only,…honestly…I can’t speak/talk much, I have ”Speech Affective Disorder”, it’s like ‘dyslexia of the mouth’. A neuro complication of this disease. And, feel like ‘really bad s**t’, right now…

    Oh well, if I did something wrong, do…yes mam’ please, let me know, if I was censored.

    Blessings,
    Robin
    Lost Creek, Alabama

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  4. don mau March 12, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Annie Newcomb

    When I click On your name I find you are promoting Nutra Silver. This is the single worst course of action anyone can take. At 3600 ppm of raw silver it is highly toxic and only introduces another negative aspect to the sufferers problems. It is a primitive form of silver as it is just silver particles dropped in water.

    Just attacking microbes is a reckless course of action and your product will result in out of control cytokine cascades and doesn’t do anything in functional medicine to rebuild body systems.

    There is a form of silver that is safe , it is 10 P.P.M and in a patented process using 10,000 volts a new molecule is created where the silver is surrounded by water so the actual silver never touches tissue. It instead is given a charge in the patented process and the charge seeks an opposite charge in the peptide bond of amino acids in the bacterial cell wall then killing the bacteria. It is why I use it in my protocol.

    Still when you understand that the body is complex and all the body systems work together then a holistic approach is what is required that supports and enlists all body systems in recovery.

    It about a lot more than just putting something in your mouth that will kill the bugs. It requires some understanding and an investment in research that clearly you have not done.

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    • Annie Newcombe March 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      don mau:
      Silver is not a dietary requirement for humans. The body of an adult contains approximately 2 mg of silver. Our daily intake of silver is 20-80 mg, of which approximately 10% is absorbed. These amounts are not health threatening. In larger amounts, some silver compounds may be toxic, because silver ions have a high affinity for sulphur hydryl and amino groups, and therefore complexion with amino acids, nucleic acids and other compounds occurs in the body. We knew the mechanism of toxicity, so we also knew a number of detoxification methods. The toxic mechanism is relatively small at ORAL UPTAKE, because of the LOW ABSORPTION CAPACITY of the body for silver. 3600 ppm is what Nutrasilver uses because the majority of our customers are trying to work through some severe illnesses that require higher potencies. Should you decide to NutraSilver’s potency is too high, you can always diluted with distilled water. It is interesting to note that one 1 ounce bottle of NutraSilver will produce 46.8 ounce bottles of 10 ppm silver. This is what makes NutraSilver such a wonderfully economic purchase.

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  5. Annie Newcomb March 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    A debate? It really is. We don’t even know whom to believe. Everybody is afraid to make a step because if we done wrong, instead of treating this peculiar disease, we just jeopardized our lives. Money is the number one factor to get rid of this. But what will be its purpose when we don’t know what we really need to do.

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  6. don mau March 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Hilaria;

    As an after thought to my responce i would like to say that the vector for your likely bacterial infection was either a pet, another person or an insect bite. These are all capable of transferring these infections.

    The infections can survive longer in organic material like pet dander and something that helps to illiminate them quicker in the environment is a dehumidifier , then they dry up quicker and die.

    ~d

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