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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

What the hell is Morgellons?

I thought I'd take a brief break from my poorly written and worded opinion pieces and my more on going "Things for the Beginning Skeptic" series and try tackling a topic that I've been interested in ever since I heard about it. Not to fear, there are still many more Beginning Skeptic articles to come, including Aliens, Therapeutic Touch and Reiki, Assisted Communication, Chiropractic, and Dowsing. I might try to do one later on how to determine if scientific results, as presented by most popular media outlets, can be trusted. (Hint: Look at the sources)  But enough of that. Today, I'm going to take a look at Morgellons Disease.

What is Morgellons?
The term Morgellons Disease was coined, according to Wikipedia, in 2002 by Mary LeiTao. According to the Mayo Clinic, Morgellons disease is an uncommon, unexplained skin disorder characterized by sores, crawling sensations on and under the skin, and fiber-like filaments emerging from the sores. It's not certain what these strings are. Some say they are wisps of cotton thread, probably coming from clothing or bandages. Others say they result from an infectious process in the skin cells. Further study is needed.

Also WebMd says this about the condition:
Morgellons is a controversial and poorly understood condition in which unusual thread-like fibers appear under the skin. The patient may feel like something is crawling, biting, or stinging all over.

Some medical experts say Morgellons is a physical illness. Others suggest it is a type of psychosis called "delusional parasitosis," in which a person thinks parasites have infected their skin.

Your doctor may call it an "unexplained dermopathy," which means a skin condition that occurs withou
t a known reason. Other medical professionals have dubbed the condition "fiber disease."
 I know some of the readers will be saying "Oh great, now this putz is referencing WebMd." But when you think of the number of people that will use the site, and the internet in general, to self-diagnose, it makes perfect sense to include their definition in this article.
Basically what these 2 definitions are saying is that Morgellons is a condition where unknown hairs or fibers appear either underneath the first dermal layer or are growing out through the skin. A common image of this looks a bit like:
Image from morgellonsdiseaseawareness.com

There were a lot of other pictures I could have used, but for some reason, many of them were of some guys junk or some truly gruesome lesions on the head and face. The picture I'm using is zoomed in way too close for me to determine if there is a scar there or not. As for these fibers, they come in a variety of colors and textures. This implies that there isn't a single source, and the CDC does have something to say on it, which I'll bring up later. For the people suffering from this condition, it can be terrifying, and frustrating. There is no known cause or treatment, though there has been some relief with certain psychiatric medications. It doesn't appear to be transmissible or infectious, nor any sort of genetically inheritable condition, though there are those that claim it is passed down through family lines. Some of the symptoms are itching, the feeling of insects crawling on the skin, rashes, sores, fatigue, short term memory loss, and of course the mysterious fibers.

What causes it?
What the exact cause or source of the condition is, no one knows, but there are several hypotheses, and a couple of them will have you scratching your head, saying "What the hell?". Many of the possible, or proposed causes of this condition tend to be psychological in nature. One possible candidate is Delusional Parasitosis, which is a condition that has the exact same symptoms as Morgellons. Some health professionals feel that Morgellons may just be a new name for a known condition. Delusional Parasitosis is basically a mental condition where the patient believes that they are infested with bugs, either on or under the skin. To be perfectly honest, this seems to be one of the most likely causes of Morgellons. According to the CDC:

 Neuropsychological testing revealed a substantial number of study participants who scored highly in screening tests for one or more co-existing psychiatric or addictive conditions, including depression, somatic concerns (an indicator of preoccupation with health issues), and drug use.
 Combine mental health issues with either over medicating or the wrong medication and illegal drugs, and you could develop a condition that exactly mirrors Morgellons. The fibers that people report finding could come from their clothing and be accidentally inserted into the skin, and the skin heals up around the fiber. Again from the CDC:

Upon thorough analysis, most sores appeared to result from chronic scratching and picking, without an underlying cause.  And now for some of the fun ones. Get your popcorn ready. There are claims that the government, Big Pharma, or the NWO is doing this, either through some unknown infectious agent, chemtrails, fluoride, vaccinations, or while their victims are asleep. Damn you, NWO!!!
Picture from escobar300.wordpress.com
Not them. Sorry. The NWO I'm talking about is, of course, the nefarious, no good, out to take it all New World Order. I guess that still describes the wrestlers, doesn't it. How about the evil cabal that runs all the governments and media and wants everyone under their control. Yet they still can't get Alex Jones off the air?? Yes, there are conspiracy theories tied to Morgellons. Some people claim that the fibers are metallic and are either some sort of receiver or transmitter for tracking them. Which is an almost perfect segue to the next theory.
You had to know this was coming.
Yep, there are some people that believe that the fibers are some sort of alien implant, organic communication device, symbiote, offspring, or tracking device. All I'm going to say is you have to prove that intelligent extraterrestrial life has visited the planet before you can make the claim that they are doing more than just probing butts.
According to the CDC and other centers of medical expertise, the fibers normally end up being cellulose,  which are compatible with cotton. Other fibers have been found to be nylon or rayon. And there have been pieces of metal, which have turned out to be normal Earth based alloys. 

Are there any treatments?
There are 2 completely different routes you can go down if you believe you have Morgellons. The science based approach involved determining what the underlying cause is. Quite often, this can be mental health issues such as depression, withdrawal symptoms from some addictive substance. or some other psychosis. Drug use can also contribute to people believing that they have this condition, so treating the addiction may help with this as well. The other way someone can go is the pseudoscience route. Some recommended treatments include colloidal silver (Wow! 2 Alex Jones references in one article.), homeopathy, acupuncture, chelation therapy (removing heavy metals from the body), various substances in the bath, and all sorts of other serious Woo Woo type BS. Most of these are harmless, except financially over the long term. Some, such as chelation, can have some pretty serious side effects. Each Morgellons support group or treatment group has their own methods that they use and claim to be the one and only, or at least the best. That's not counting the hundreds of websites and bloggers, either claiming they have the cure or cutting and pasting from someone else's site.

Conclusion:
Given that, outside of a lot of anecdotal evidence and claims, I have never seen any actual evidence that Morgellons is an actual physical condition. It seems to my layperson understanding to generally be a more psychological problem than a physical one. I highly doubt that the NWO is secretly working with the Illuminati and the Reptilians to have the Greys fly overhead spraying chemtrails that infect a select section of the population with little fibers and Big Pharma is covering the whole thing up by claiming them to be clothing fibers.That would involve taking a step or three away from reality. It is most likely a condition that would be best treated by someone from the mental health field.

4 comments:

  1. Your article reads like so many other articles branding morgellons sufferers as delusional. You state facts like you yourself ran the tests. I have talked to so many people suffering from this "disease" at least a hundred anyways, I know 5 people personally in the town i live in, anyways i have yet to hear from anyone that psyche meds helped them with their symptoms. I know you read it as well as i did in the cdc study report thats the case, find someone saying psyche drugs helped...good luck. Look closer at that cdc study, dont you think it odd that they described the fibers as "appearing" to be cellulose in origin?? Why in the world wouldnt they test these fibers which seem to be one of the symptoms most sufferers all have in common and find out exactly what they are, to me "appear to be" is not very scientific and screams bs to me. Morgellons is real my friend, look at all the youtube videos from many different people who are showing under their microscopes and cameras so many odd things that are exactly the same as the others. These fibers of blue, red, green... are not natural colors for our bodies to be producing. To believe that all these people are putting these fibers under their skin is ridiculous.
    Now I admit that when reading about peoples stories and treatment and just the way so many of the sufferers act its hard not to believe they are nuts, because many of them are acting like they are. Ive had morgellons for about 7 years now, it is contagious imo because i like you was a total skeptic about morgellons, a married couple i met first told me about it and told me that they had it. Well for the first couple years i knew them i secretly thought they had a screw loose, it was when i rented a trailer from them and lived in it for about 4 months that i suddenly changed my mind and believed them, my first symptom started out as a itch on my elbow that wouldnt go away, 2 weeks later i was having the same thing on my shins. It was the third week after the first symptom that i saw the my first "fiber" coming out of my leg, i dont get the lesions or sores, just the itching and crawling, oh and the fibers.
    What is morgellons? I really dont know, but if I had to guess I would say its along the lines of a slime mold or some sort of fungus.
    Why do i guess that? Because that is what i find when i look at samples under the microscope. Yes ive gone to doctors, and ive gone to dermatologists, and interestingly like so many other people with morgellons have stated the doctors never even examined me, wouldnt get within 3 feet of me, prescribed me lindane and split. when the lindane didnt work and i called for another appt they said they would call another script in to pharmacy, no need to come in. I had worked in the healthcare industry for several years up till i caught this, I am an EMT I and also worked on the ortho/surg unit at a las vegas hospital many years. As crazy as I am Im no crackpot, this morgellons is the real deal...Multiple sclerosis was once thought to be delusional as well as many other diseases that are now recognized as real. Why is it so hard for people to see so many people with this with the exact same symptoms and samples as being for real?

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  2. Your article reads like so many other articles branding morgellons sufferers as delusional. You state facts like you yourself ran the tests. I have talked to so many people suffering from this "disease" at least a hundred anyways, I know 5 people personally in the town i live in, anyways i have yet to hear from anyone that psyche meds helped them with their symptoms. I know you read it as well as i did in the cdc study report thats the case, find someone saying psyche drugs helped...good luck. Look closer at that cdc study, dont you think it odd that they described the fibers as "appearing" to be cellulose in origin?? Why in the world wouldnt they test these fibers which seem to be one of the symptoms most sufferers all have in common and find out exactly what they are, to me "appear to be" is not very scientific and screams bs to me. Morgellons is real my friend, look at all the youtube videos from many different people who are showing under their microscopes and cameras so many odd things that are exactly the same as the others. These fibers of blue, red, green... are not natural colors for our bodies to be producing. To believe that all these people are putting these fibers under their skin is ridiculous.
    Now I admit that when reading about peoples stories and treatment and just the way so many of the sufferers act its hard not to believe they are nuts, because many of them are acting like they are. Ive had morgellons for about 7 years now, it is contagious imo because i like you was a total skeptic about morgellons, a married couple i met first told me about it and told me that they had it. Well for the first couple years i knew them i secretly thought they had a screw loose, it was when i rented a trailer from them and lived in it for about 4 months that i suddenly changed my mind and believed them, my first symptom started out as a itch on my elbow that wouldnt go away, 2 weeks later i was having the same thing on my shins. It was the third week after the first symptom that i saw the my first "fiber" coming out of my leg, i dont get the lesions or sores, just the itching and crawling, oh and the fibers.
    What is morgellons? I really dont know, but if I had to guess I would say its along the lines of a slime mold or some sort of fungus.
    Why do i guess that? Because that is what i find when i look at samples under the microscope. Yes ive gone to doctors, and ive gone to dermatologists, and interestingly like so many other people with morgellons have stated the doctors never even examined me, wouldnt get within 3 feet of me, prescribed me lindane and split. when the lindane didnt work and i called for another appt they said they would call another script in to pharmacy, no need to come in. I had worked in the healthcare industry for several years up till i caught this, I am an EMT I and also worked on the ortho/surg unit at a las vegas hospital many years. As crazy as I am Im no crackpot, this morgellons is the real deal...Multiple sclerosis was once thought to be delusional as well as many other diseases that are now recognized as real. Why is it so hard for people to see so many people with this with the exact same symptoms and samples as being for real?

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  3. I've never met one fucking person or heard of one person in the circle of people I know or have met or am connected to online, who has said they have this "Morgellons Disease." Where the did this stupid fucking name come from anyway? It sounds like some childish space alien fake ass bullshit.

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    1. Fred that would have to be the wurst comment I have seen from a troll.. Open your eyes, think for yourself and have a real good look at what is going on in the world. If you have the capacity to, please,listen to the heart, and open the mind.. This takes some balls to face up to, which is why so many of you sheep shy away From the truth, ridicule and alienate the knowing ones.. being an I indoctrinated fool only adds nutrients to the nefarious satanic bacteria that feed off and govern our world.. When the time comes, Those who wish to take the path of ignorance and blindly assist in the destruction of mankind will be sent back to the darkness along with the evil entities responsible for such atrocities.. Good luck, oh and the origin of the name mogellons is irrelevant .. You need to ask where did the condition come from... Peace

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