14 Thousand People Have Morgellons Disease But CDC Says It Doesn’t Exist



Morgellons disease is a bizarre condition in which sufferers say that, along with a number of other unpleasant symptoms, alien fibers of various colors emerge from their skin. The term Morgellons was coined by a woman named Mary Leitao, whose son contracted a strange lesion on his lip. He would point at the lesion and say “bugs.” Leitao took him to numerous doctors who dismissed the condition with various explanations ranging from eczema to unknown dermatitis. Leitao began researching the symptoms and found an account from the 1600s in which a British physician described “harsh hairs” emerging from the backs of children. Leitao took to the internet with her findings, and shortly afterwards, thousands of people began reporting the same symptoms. 14 thousands families have registered as being infected with Morgellons; a formidable number, and one that would give any health authority pause. There’s one problem, though. The CDC says Morgellons doesn’t exist.

Trying to piece together a complete picture of Morgellons is difficult, because going down any particular road of research almost inevitably leads to what most people would call “crazytown.” There are hundreds, if not thousands, of websites, YouTube videos and blogs dedicated to the “truth” of Morgellons, each with a slightly unique spin on the causes and symptoms of the disease. In the videos and on the websites, there’s talk of vast governmental conspiracies, unknown fibers that “don’t match any fibers in the FBI database,” aliens, chemtrails, Satanism, hexes, nanotechnology, transhumanism, unexplained “glitter” in the environment, “snow fibers,” “chem whips,” Arabic numbers embedded in scabs, the entire mainstream media “being on the payroll of foreign relations;” lots of talk about “connecting the dots,” bugs and worms emerging from the skin and eyes, and a wide assortment of other claims that land most people in the psychiatrist’s office. None of it is particularly coherent.

However, there are certain commonalities that exist among almost all patients. The most typical picture of Morgellons patients goes something like this: otherwise healthy people suddenly wake up one day with unbearable itching, stinging, burning and crawling sensations all over and underneath their skin. They also notice blue, black, red, clear, white and purple fibers emerging from, or popping out of, their bodies. They begin scratching and digging at the lesions, pulling out fibers, “black specks,” bugs, worms, and, sometimes, hexagon-shaped objects from different regions of their bodies. Accompanying these symptoms are a host of additional neurological complaints such as headaches, “brain fog,” exhaustion, loss of coordination, and confusion.

They seek help from their doctors, who can find nothing wrong other than basic skin inflammation. If the patients have collected samples of the fibers and showed their doctors, they are labeled as needing psychological help, because the doctors have coined this the “matchbox sign.” That’s when someone collects bits and pieces of perceived “proof” of their problems in a matchbox or Ziploc bag. The doctors then refer the patients to mental health professionals, and the patients are told the disease is “all in their heads.”

The sufferers seek help on the internet, and soon find websites talking about the conspiracies, chemtrails, et al. With nowhere else to turn, these patients begin to believe in the far-out explanations and demand that the government do something about this condition. Even folk singer Joni Mitchell jumped on the Morgellons bandwagon and is now an activist for those suffering from the disease.

14 thousand people have the bizarre disease they call Morgellons, but the CDC says it doesn’t exist. The CDC conducted a thorough study of Morgellons disease and the findings greatly disappointed the Morgellons community. The fibers, the CDC says, are nothing more than common fibers found in clothing, carpets and other textiles. The study revealed that half of the people claiming to have Morgellons had drugs in their systems, and about a third had pre-existing mental conditions. The medical community decided that Morgellons is a mental disorder called “Delusion of Parasitosis.” This is a well-established mental illness in which people think they are infected with parasites when in fact they are not. It can be treated with anti psychotic drugs, but many Morgellons patients say they’ve had no relief even after trying the psychiatric medications.

The CDC findings were immediately dismissed by the Morgellons community as being part of a wider conspiracy and cover-up. Many Morgellons patients say that their symptoms are related to “chemtrails.” The chemtrail conspiracy holds that the long trails of condensation made by planes in the sky are actually trails of chemical vapor that contain nano-robots which are being used for population control as well as mind control.

However, how these nano robots are connected to the exact symptoms Morgellons patients suffer is never fully explained in any online media, at least not in an easily understandable way. Some people say their symptoms act up whenever the chemtrails are being sprayed while others say they feel they must have inhaled the nano robots that are now spinning these fibers inside of their bodies. Other explanations include: the fibers are fungal in nature; the fibers consist of plant genes; the fibers are a side effect of lyme disease, and numerous other stories which have yet to be proven.

It’s very easy to dismiss all Morgellons patients as just a bunch of mentally ill folks who have been unwittingly drawn into an internet meme, ultimately succumbing to a terrible form of mass hysteria. After all, some of the YouTube videos clearly show people filming utterly natural phenomenon and claiming it is proof of Morgellon fibers in the atmosphere.

One woman, in particular, has made over 500 Morgellons videos on YouTube. She finds various fibers and objects which she then magnifies many times and claims result from the conspiracy. The people who have created these objects, she says, have done so because they haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. One object she displays was found on the floor of a grocery store bathroom.

Under each video are people commenting who reinforce the idea that these common fibers and objects are, indeed, part and parcel of a governmental conspiracy. This internet reinforcement serves to further spread belief in Morgellons.

Many of the videos show the fibers moving around. An experiment that anyone can do to replicate this is to find any fiber or hair in the environment and place it on the tip of the finger. It is easy to observe air flow moving the fiber. If magnified, the experiment looks identical to the YouTube videos showing “proof” of Morgellons fibers. Many doctors who have treated Morgellons patients say that the sores and lesions found on the patients’ bodies are self-inflicted, and that the fibers are normal fibers that get stuck to the wounds or that the patients put the fibers in the wounds themselves.  In fact, nearly everything about Morgellons is easy to dismiss, but there are a couple of things that remain unexplained.

For one, there are groups of doctors and other medical professionals who believe in Morgellons and insist that it is real. They say they have witnessed fibers embedded under healthy, unbroken skin, and that those fibers don’t look anything like normal hairs or textiles when examined under a microscope. They say they have examined many Morgellons patients, and have compared the fibers they’ve collected against an FBI database of hundreds of known fibers but have been unable to find a match. Some say they have tried to burn the fibers, but have failed.

There is a doctor who says that he’s a geneticist, and that the fibers he tested have been found to contain plant DNA instead of human DNA as would be expected. There is a nurse practitioner who says she’s had success treating patients with high dose antibiotics. There are doctors who are convinced that Morgellons is connected in some way with Lyme disease because some studies have shown that a high percentage of people with Morgellons also have or had the tick-borne illness.

There are thousands of people suffering in complete agony, convinced that Morgellons is real; 14,000 families who have registered to be exact, and perhaps many more. It is indisputable that their pain is definitely genuine. Is it possible that they are all suffering from delusions? It might seem to be the case, especially given some of the bizarre explanations offered online, but the doctors and scientists who are convinced of the legitimacy of Morgellons cast at least some doubt upon the convenient definition of mass hysteria and mental illness.

It is clear that many people who have posted YouTube videos do seem to be struggling with delusions, but is it possible that some Morgellons sufferers are not delusional and really do have an unknown disease? It’s highly improbable and perhaps even impossible that any government conspiracy plays into Morgellons, but what if the small sample group the CDC worked with for the study was not representative of most sufferers? After all, the group consisted of a fraction of a percent of those afflicted with this disease, and no further studies have been done since the CDC released its results.

If all Morgellons patients have delusions of parasitosis, does that mean the doctors and scientists who believe in the disease are also delusional? What can explain away the mysterious fibers they say are embedded inside the healthy, unbroken skin of otherwise normal people? The CDC says the bizarre disease called Morgellons doesn’t exist, but is it at all possible that once all the noise and clutter of the delusional souls are cleared away, something real is left over? If so, the disease should not be considered to be unproven after just one study. Science usually does not settle for one small study. Generally, it takes many studies over multiple years, sets of replicated results, and numerous meta analyses before anything is touted as proven scientific fact. At the very least, the patients who are in real agony should be taken seriously and not dismissed. If someone is, indeed, afflicted with delusions, the proper steps and care should be taken to bring them relief. Finally, more research ought to be undertaken immediately to replicate and confirm the results of the CDC data or to perhaps reveal more concrete answers for those who are afflicted with this painful illness.

Opinion By: Rebecca Savastio






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  7. I thought and still think I have it! It is very scary because people believe that you are just plain crazy! I have never thought about suicide, but when crap first started that’s all I wanted to do! I have learned to live with it and the whole time I knew that the government was behind it! My husband called me crazy, I’m not crazy!!! Morgellans is very much REAL!!!

  8. I think it is very odd that a government agency that is supposed to protect the citizens of this country has treated this illness in the way that they have. Even if the CDC believed that all Morgellons sufferers are mentally ill, then they should at least be concerned with the fact that there are 14,000 mentally ill people that have all come forward with the same symptoms???The CDC has a history of doing this. They ignored Fibromyalgia sufferers; as well as the Chronic Fatigue sufferers. The people who had these illnesses had to form groups to fight for the acknowledgement of these illnesses. The medical community as a whole is way too influenced by what the CDC says. The CDC denies that Lyme Disease can be chronic and leaves Lyme sufferers very ill. They can’t received treatment or disability with the illness because the CDC will not admit that Lyme can be chronic.I don’t think the CDC addresses new illness properly and also why did the study cost $360 K with such a small group of people? Shame on the CDC for even bringing up a drug background or pre-existing mental illness. I guess those two items disqualify you from having a real illness or from anyone taking your symptoms seriously. I think this is cover up and they know what it is…. and it isn’t something they want to admit to the public.

  9. When people realise this is real as more and more people are getting it, will it be too late, as I would rather call it a over dose of nanoparticles

  10. I have had morgellons for several years. Thought it was scabies at first. Found a product – nutrasilver – which makes symptoms go away. It is the only thing I have tried that actually works.

  11. Oh yes, this is real. I had it for 5 years, my husband and our cats as well. It’s finally under control after utter hell. Why it’s under control would take a much longer post to explain and I’m not even certain how or why.. It is not only fibers – if only it were. I have a solid background in organic sciences and psychiatry. Not an MD, just a researcher, perhaps a little left of plumb but quite sane, and I’ve seen some very cogent research that links it to genetic tampering and inserting insect DNA (actually GNA, a synthetic analog of DNA you DO NOT WANT). Google ‘ecdysone Morgellons’. That will send you on a journey that will raise the hair on your knuckles but will offer an explanation that just might be a huge part of the answer. However, I don’t believe there is any single one theory of everything answer. You might also check out the patents of Stanford research funded by the Navy on the biowarfare applications of inserting insect hormones into unsuspecting humans. It’s called entomological terrorism – bug terrorism. You can find the patents by delving into the ecdysone links. Oh, and BTW, the CDC/Kaiser study was funded $360k for a multi-year research endeavor. That’s coffee and doughnut change and it’s an insult.

  12. I had this disease. It is real! to see the reality take a patient and view them under a black light. You can see the black things crawling under the skin. I saw them on my hands and fingers. The free roaming bugs, tose outside the skin, are vulnerable to infrared light. Apply a heat lamp to a patient and you can watch as hundreds or thousands of dead bugs rise toward the light. These things are easy to detect, why supress the truth?

  13. Fu,,,,,,,,ck,,,,,,,the doctors,,,,i just got back from the clinc snd called delousional,,,,,,piece of crap drs,,,,,WTF is going on,,,,,I told him no way ,,,,,you need to stop and look what of so cal ‘ll ed govt is doing,,,,,,,,God Help us,,,,,

  14. I have been suffering with sores covering my entire body for the past 3 years and have had this heart breaking disease for the past 7 years. How many more will be affected God only knows but to know another human being and animal will get this horrible condition is just so sad . It is so sinful how the CDC is covering this up ,wait until one of their family members come down with this and hear the noise they make then. Hopefully they won’t experience suicides in their families as so many other of their fellow human beings have due to this most frightening condition. The tears I shed every single day are unbelievable. I am always a second away from weeping. The pain and the uncomfortabilty living in my skin is unbareable and I have no peace in my soul left.Death is slow to come when all hope is gone.

  15. Oh, it is indeed very real. I suffered with it for almost 10 years. I now have the horrible symptoms under control, but the skin lesions that accompany this syndrome have left scars on my body. July of this year (2014) makes one year now that I’ve been better.

  16. CDC discarded, disposed USA. terrorists where are you? Korea, Russia, the USA send 50 nuclear warheads whether USA will disappear from the earth’s surface is the black monkey in the forefront of Morgellons .. If you exceed the limit, I personally shall I kill Obama!

  17. I think the CDC made it look like everyone who has morgellons is a drug addict or crazy for a purpose. I think they know what we have and they were told to be quiet. No agency that really cared would do a study in that way… was not enough data…and they paid a tremendous amount of money to the agency …just a bizzare amount of money…I think it is hush money…This is real and it is sad that they don’t care. When others doctors and scientists did research it they found things….and they were not common fibers…

  18. Morgellons is a terrible disease. What makes me feel even more ill, is how the medical pros and our paid government officials have violated basic human rights by the riduculas propaganda posts. I personally believe Morgellons is a bacterium/ fungus / mycoplasma created by one of many pesticide and weather control company’s. Gmo’s may have a hand it as well. European countries don’t consider Morgellons delusional! I recently read that Monsanto was involved in cloud seeding, but am not certain it is true. But if it is, that is scary.

  19. Rebecca, being a columnist it’s your duty to represent the opinions you’re citing accurately. As someone who’s also been fascinated by the burgeoning dialogue surrounding Morgellons, chemtrails, etc, it’s disappointing to see that you’re citing a couple flagrant inaccuracies, including a totally skewed/sensationalist definition of the “chemtrail” belief.

    You say “the chemtrail conspiracy holds that the long trails of condensation made by planes in the sky are actually trails of chemical vapor that contain nano-robots which are being used for population control as well as mind control.”

    In actuality, you’ll find (with non-extensive research) that people who hold this belief think there are – of course – regular contrails from regular planes, and then separate from that, abnormally dispersive/persistent “chemtrails” that only SOME planes produce. Also, the ‘nano-robot’ thought you cite as being the norm is an extreme version of the belief, and a large population of chemtrail believers will tell you that they don’t think this is viable at all – and that the ‘mind-control’ angle is equally off-colour to them.

    I feel like your intentions must be decent, Rebecca, but in truth you’re doing us all a disservice by allowing extreme cases and beliefs to define the subjects of interest here (with Morgellons sufferers too). Ironically, you’ve also enthusiastically adopted the same type of sensationalist tone that the CDC embraces. Which is a little bit odd.

  20. Ola, la pauvreté des sources d’informations explique la pauvreté de l’argumentation de cet article .Le morgellon est une maladie infectieuse, ce n’est pas une maladie psychiatrique. S’il vous plait soyez vigilant. Pensez “SIDA BLANC” pour en mesurer le danger. Le sang est contaminé .Renseignez vous convenablement. C’est un combat qui nous concerne tous.je suis Belge. je connais 20 personnes qui en souffrent. mon épouse en est atteinte depuis 11 ans. Cette maladie s’étend. Nous devons réagir.
    The poverty of the information sources explains the poverty of the argumentation of this article. The morgellon is an infectious illness, it is not a psychiatric disease.Think “WHITE AIDS” to measure the danger of it. Blood is contaminated.
    Please be vigilant. Inform suitably. It is a combat which concerns us all.
    I am Belgian, I know 20 people who suffer from it. my wife has been reached by it for 11 years. This disease extends. We must react. http://morgellon.over-blog.com ( french) https://secure.avaaz.org/fr/petition/Que_la_maladie_du_morgellon_sorte_de_l_ombre/?cOxVlab

  21. Amen Linda!! Thank you for the information – I’m thinking it may be related to Brucella as well, and a cotton or tube-worm type nematode. Three+ months now, seven doctors, seven veterinarians – five pending doctor appointments and two more vets. There has to be SOMEONE out there in the medical/veterinary profession that can see how ludicrous the response to this epidemic has been. One surefire way to send people running for snake oil salesmen and non-traditional medicine is for doctors to treat those that are suffering with indifference and smugness, especially when they skip their own protocol to call you crazy. It’s not only “mind-numbing”, it’s infuriating.

  22. Hi Linda;

    Morgellons is very slow growing and by the time it shows on your skin you have had it for a long time already. Click on my name and read the ” Bartonella” page then read the ” Morgellons” page and see what you think.


    1. Thank you so much…the information your sharing is more valuable than gold. I previously followed quiet a bit of the suggestions your site so generously offers. The information you offer is so dense, or perhaps I, that I will have to study it carefully many times over. I just can’t thank you enough…I really needed some encouragement tonight.

  23. Thank you for such an articulate article on an obscure subject that desperately needs more publicity and ethically deserves medical validation. I beat, what seems to be, this condition for 6 years and recently have been re-exposed and am in the process of doing the same.

    My guess is this condition is in the family or near family of vector borne fungal/yeast Mycosis. A very aggressive version. Please see: http://books.google.com/books?id=MUSQ0dK_5wkC&pg=RA2-PA2-IA2&lpg=RA2-PA2-IA2&dq=maduromycosis+treatment+natural&source=bl&ots=Pn-O81WMjW&sig=d72G6vNoZ3OFO8XbzJBl-_eeadU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_XNkU66cMu_lygHJ4oH4BA&ved=0CGQQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=maduromycosis%20treatment%20natural&f=false. I suspect the origin of this is tropical / imported; it very well may be found in the book I just referenced.

    The success I had was with infrared heat, topical debriding agents, iodine or iodide, antifungals, antiparasitics, antibiotics, altering the Ph to a higher state, supporting the immune system, utilizing essential oils and not lastly, as a Christian, much prayer.

    I hope this article is seen by many readers. Having lived the absolutely horrid experience of needing and seeking medical help only to be turned away as “touched” for presenting evidence was, to say the least, a mind-numbing event. In an American court of law “evidence” is what creates credibility…isn’t it? If one afflicted managed to get the “full” attention of a doctor, just a few minutes and a light wash of well diluted bleach or iodine will reveal a host of information and absolutely cull the diagnoses of “delusional”.

    God Bless You!!!

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