More research shows Morgellons disease has a physiologic (physical not mental) basis.

By | August 31, 2012

Progress moves forward as more research shows Morgellons disease has a physiologic (physical not mental) basis. The Morgellons break through started with the research publication, Filament Formation Associated with Spirochetal Infection: a comparative approach to Morgellons Disease by Marianne Middelveen, a Canadian veterinary microbiologist and Raphael Stricker, MD. The CEHF first announced this news last fall when this peer reviewed publication appeared in the November, 2011 issue of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. In November, 2011, Middelveen and Stricker reported to have found evidence of a veterinary analog to Morgellons (MD). BDD, an infectious disease which has plagued cattle for decades, has fibers/filaments within their tissue and lesions that were recognized as a match to those found in the controversial disease known as Morgellons (MD) in humans. Studies on fibers/filaments from cattle with the bovine hoof disease and those found in MD suffers provided startling evidence challenging the dermatologists’ unfounded assumption that MD is a psychiatric disorder called “Delusions of Parasitosis”. Anyone who suffers from Morgellons knows how real these symptoms are and how disheartening it is to be told it is all in your head. Although the publication stated that the etiology (cause) of MD was not yet known, the findings by Middelveen and Stricker provided corroborative evidence to support a physiological and, perhaps, infectious etiology, lending a new direction for further research.

via Morgellons Disease Research Update August 2012.

It’s all in their minds.  That’s what doctors are saying about people with Morgellons disease, who claim to be infested with mysterious parasites that trigger itching, rashes, and creepy-crawly sensations in the skin. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic studied 108 patients who believed their inflamed, itchy skin was the result of a bug infestation. But biopsies and skin tests uncovered no physical cause of the unpleasant symptoms.  The study was published in the May 16 issue of Archives of Dermatology. One thing the doctors and patients both agree on – the disease is incredibly frustrating. “Patients often complain that the physician isn’t examining their skin closely enough to see the infesting organisms,” study author Dr. Mark Davis, professor of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic, told Reuters . “This study indicates that even when skin biopsies are obtained, and specimens of the organisms brought by the patients are carefully examined, there is no objective evidence of skin infestation.” But even after being told there aren’t any bugs, Morgellons patients often refuse to go along – and that threatens to drive some dermatologists nuts. “People with delusions of parasitosis are a great challenge to us,” Dr. Bruce Strober, assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center, told WebMD. “It’s clearly a psychiatric disorder.”

via CBSNews

4 thoughts on “More research shows Morgellons disease has a physiologic (physical not mental) basis.

  1. posey1

    Some day it will all come out just exactly what this thing dubbed Morgellons really is. I mean what infectious agent it is, not whether or not it is psychological or physiological.

    There’s no doubt in the minds of thousands of sufferers that it is a valid disease and as well, the credible researchers such as the Charles E. Holman Foundation which is associated with the Oklahoma State Univ.

    I thank God for those who stand by those suffering and keep on with their research. Through the years many diseases were not identified at first. The Medical Community should not be so hasty in calling this DOP just because they don’t know what it is or how to treat it. It is incomprehensible that the high number of people claiming to have this could all be delusional. Maybe the Drs. have delusions of delusions of parasitosis.

    It is next to a crime, if not, the way so many, many people have tp suffer and whose lives have been turned upside down. Doesn’t anyone think they know how weird it sounds and that this is why it is so hard to live with? It has brought suicidal iseation to many suffering. Just think what it must be like to have your hair move independently of itself and to have biofilm spread so bad on you that your face is didfigured? These things happen along with more bizarre symptoms.

    For anyone in their 50s it is hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Research takes so long in both finding the pathogen and then something to cure it or put it into remission.

    It is going to take a many Drs. getting this disease before it is accepted, and they will. It is just a matter of time.

    I thank God for being with me through all this, for without Him I would have taken my life long ago and been creamated. People without it should be worried because there is no known cause, rhyme, or reason as to why people get this.

    Thank you for the opportunity to express my views.

    1. CORNELIUS JAMES

      I AM A MORGELLONS SUFFERER. I HAVE THE CLASSIC SYMPTOMS DESCRIBED IN MOST RESEARCH ARTICLES/PHYSICAL DISFIGUREMENT/ SAVED SAMPLES OF FILAMENTS ETC, YET, MY DOCTOR HAS TREATED MY PROBLEM AS IF IT’S A PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEM. I NEED SERIOUS EMERGENCY ATTENTION. MY DOCTOR AND DERMATOLOGIST ARE NOT DOING ALL THE TEST WHICH COULD CONFIRM MY SYMPTOMS TO BE PHYSIOLOGICAL NOT PSYCHOLOGICAL. IN THE PAST I HAVE TOLD MY DOCTORS THAT BASED ON MY ASSESSMENT OF MY SYMPTOMS, I CAME TO THE EDUCATED GUESS/CONCLUSION THAT MY SYMPTOMS WERE LINKED TO NEUROIMMUNOLOGIGAL CONNECTION WITH A POSSIBLE FUNGIPARASITIC DISRUPTION OF THE DNA.
      I HAVE THE PHYSICAL SCARS OF THIS DISEASE TO CONFIRM MY EDUCATED ASSESSMENT. YES, THIS IS NOT A PYSCHOLOGICAL DISEASE, BUT RATHER A MEDICAL MYSTERY WHICH IF NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY WILL GET OUT OF CONTROL JUST LIKE THE AIDS VIRUS WAS IN THE 1970’S. THIS IS NOT A JOKE. TAKE THIS MYSTERIOUS DISEASE SERIOUSLY BEFORE IT REACHES PANDEMIC STATUS LIKE AIDS. I CANNOT UNDERSTAND HOW DOCTORS EVEN WHEN PRESENTED WITH EVIDENCE OF A PHYSICAL LINKAGE TO THIS MYSTERY DISEASE THEY HAVE THE AUDACITY TO CLASSIFY PATIENTS AS SUFFERING FROM PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEM. I HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT THIS DISEASE COULD BE THE NEW AIDS.
      I HAD TO BASICALLY ORDER MY DOCTOR TO PRESCRIBE CERTAIN TREATMENTS WHICH HAVE HELPED DECREASE THE SEVERITY OF MY SEVERE OUTBREAKS. I AM OF THE IMPRESSION THAT BOTH MY DOCTOR AND DERMATOLOGIST WOULD LIKE IT IF I DO NOT MENTION THE WORD MORGELLONS FOLLOWED BY SYNDROME. MY DERMATOLOGIST HAS REFUSED TO RUN TESTS ON THE SAVED SAMPLES THAT I HAVE ! I CAN PROVIDE THESE SAMPLES TO ANY MORGELLONS RESEARCHER WHO WOULD LIKE TO EXAMINE THEM.
      THANK YOU ( SOS ).
      CORNELIUS JAMES

      1. Xeno Post author

        Sorry to hear about your unusual condition and your doctor’s unwillingness to consider your research. Sounds frustrating. How old were you and what type of environment were you in when it started?

        1. posey1

          Xeno, it is frustrating. Most of us have spent so much money on products trying to help ourselves. They look at people who try to help them self in a funny way too, but what are we supposed to do? It’s human nature to help yourself, esp. if no one else will.

          It is hard to explain to someone who does not have it because the symptoms are unbelievable. I don’t know if I could believe it had I not been living it. But the medical community has had experiences with new and emerging diceases and they should not toss out our concerns and complaints without any creedence, as if we were all neurotic. You don’t have as many people as there are with this disease and call it psychological.

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