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.
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.”