MORGELLONS - Bt COTTON FIBER DISEASE
This is fascinating - horrifying - compelling. I kept reading and found myself consumed and wanting to know more. There is so much to read.
Some of it makes sense. I needed a place to accumulate these readings, and stories, and reports, and articles. So many videos and photos. This site gives me a place to put them. Here, on this site, I will accumulate links to other sites - to blogs and contacts. Perhaps seekers will find others to network with, to find answers and to find questions that will lead the reader to their own personal individual answer. Truth is stranger than fiction. Fictions pales in the face of these truths. Truth is subjective. If you are a victim suffering as one of the stricken or suffering along with them, your truth is real and you are not alone.
A video Caroline Carter for sharing.
MORGELLONS EVIDENCE YOUR M.D.S CAN'T DENY
MORGETTONS DEFINED BY WIKIPEDIA, THE FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA
"Morgellons (also called Morgellons disease or Morgellons syndrome) is a name that was given in 2002 by Mary Leitao to a proposed condition characterized by a range of cutaneous (skin) symptoms including crawling, biting, and stinging sensations (formication); finding fibers on or under the skin; and persistent skin lesions (e.g., rashes or sores). Doctors, including dermatologists and psychiatrists, regard Morgellons as a form of delusional infestation (also called delusional parasitosis) i.e. the belief that there is a pathogenic infestation despite contrary medical evidence. "
Sufferers are not crazy or delusional. They are not imagining the condition of their body. The symptoms they experience are real.
This Video from Australian Gillian is one of the best I've seen
This site is created for the sole purpose of providing a single place where information and stories of this disease and its victims may network and share.
BE KIND. Those afflicted with this disease are without help from the medical community. One may deny the existence of this disease only until one becomes a victim.
The "victims" are not only those with the disease, they are also the parents, children and friends, who feel helpless except to give love and support - both emotional and financial.
We must work together to find ways to survive the future that is being created for us. The disease has only been studied in earnest since 2005 at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa by Dr. Randy Wymore.
My hope is that by providing a single site for information and stories this disease will be taken seriously.
· Attention needs to be drawn to Morgellons so:
o Doctors will become informed and make accurate diagnoses
o Insurance companies will cover medical expenses
o Major government organizations (the CDC, for example) will pay attention and start funding research
There is no definitive understanding of how the disease is transmitted.
There is no conclusive evidence showing whether it is contagious. Some families have only one member who is affected, even after long exposure, while other families report multiple sufferers.
A cure will be pursued when enough research is done to find its cause.
You can help by:
Talking to each other
Sharing your stories
Contributing time, money and resources.
Spreading accurate information and combating ignorance about the disease.
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WHO IS AFFECTED
Adults and Children are equally affected by the disease
Individuals in families can experience symptoms of the disease while other members are unaffected. So it is not known, at this point, if the disease is contagious or inherited.
Multiple members of a family can have symptoms.
Most cases in the United States are from specific geographic regions of California, Texas and Florida, though all 50 states have had reported cases.
Oklahoma has reported numerous probable cases.
It has been reported worldwide in places such as Europe, South Africa, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia
As of February, 2007, approximately 10,000 families had registered with the Morgellons Research Foundation (MRF) and felt they or a member of their family met criteria for Morgellons as defined by the MRF. Of the U.S. families in the MRF registry, 24% reside in California with geographic clustering in the San Francisco metropolitan areas.
As of November 2012 there are over 100,000 in the UK and USA.
Horses, Dogs and Cats
FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH MORGELLONS
Oakland A's player: Billy Koch and his family
Singer/Songwriter: Joni Mitchell
*Fibers, threads (blue, purple, green, black, white and red)
In New Science magazine, Sept. 15-21 edition, Daniel Elkan describes a patient who for years has been "finding tiny blue, red and black fibers growing from intensely itchy lesions on his skin." These fibers appear like pliable plastic and can be several millimeters long. Some appear in a zig-zag pattern. These fibers can be as fine as spider silk, yet they are strong enough to distend the skin when pulled.
A May 18, 2006 story carried by KGW, a local news channel in Oregon, recounts the story of a family practice doctor experiencing the disease. She reported feeling like bugs were crawling under her skin. "If I fully tell people what has gone on with me medically, they think they're in the twilight zone," said Dr. Drottar who woke up with the feeling that fluid was flowing just below her skin. When black or blue hair-like fibers protruded from her skin, she reported thinking she had been exposed to asbestos. "I thought I was having asbestos fibers come out of my skin. I was pulling long, thin, small hair-like fibers that were extremely sharp that could literally pierce through my finger nail."
*Granules beneath and or extruding from the skin
*The sensation of insects "moving, stinging or biting" beneath the skin
*Skin lesions, both spontaneous and self0inflicted'musculoskeletal effects and pain, including joints, muscles, tendons and connective tissue disabling fatigue
*Cognitive and emotional effects
*Feelings of isolation
*Short term memory loss
*Difficulty walking and controlling their feet (foot drop)
*Sagging mouth when speaking
Morgellons – A Response from Randy S. Wymore, Ph.D.
May 12, 2009
Some of what I do know (or at least what I think if a philosopher argues with the word “know"):
Morgellons is a physical pathology. It is not a simple subset of a psychiatric disorder.
Multiple forensic tests (FTIR, mass-spec, etc) at multiple locations have confirmed that the Morgellons fibers are not identifiable as a known compound.
The fibers are a fairly pure organic compound containing: carbon (single & double bonds), hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, at least one methyl group, maybe a sulfur group and a few unclear FTIR peaks.
They are quite heat resistant and not dissolvable in lab-type solvents or detergents.
The red & blue colors of the analyzed fibers are neither dyes nor pigments in any conventional sense.
Attempts to use fixatives for EM analysis have been ongoing for months ( have not been trivial lab exercises) and will hopefully yield results in the near future.
Thanks to a large donation outside commercial labs will be doing analyses that we cannot do “in-house” as soon as non-trivial details can be worked out. Multiple physicians are participating in this.
We are looking at a possible connection with Agra-bacterium.
Morgellons is not a skin disease.
It is a systemic condition affecting multiple organs.
It does not seem to be highly contagious. People who “fight Morgellons” seem to do better than those who isolate themselves and resign themselves to a downward spiral. This is true of most chronic conditions. Just an observation.
Cure is a word I am hesitant to use, but I have met one person who has been symptom free for about 3 years after discontinuing treatment.
That person reported that they did a long-term course of high-dose antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-helmenthic meds.
Several people have claimed to be cured, but this is the only one I have personally met that has remained symptom-free for multiple years after discontinuing all treatments.
I am not a physician and can give no recommendations for treatment. This person was not seen or treated by any physicians at OSU-CHS. I am merely passing this information on as a personal observation. I will keep working to try to identify the cause of Morgellons. At the moment I have no research-based, front-runners for the cause.
Randy S. Wymore, Ph.D.
Director, OSU-CHS Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease
Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Oklahoma State University, Center for Health Science
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR HEALTH SCIENCES
OSU-CHS Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease
1111 W. 17th St., Tulsa, OK 74107, Phone: (918) 561-8290; Email: email@example.com
A POSITION STATEMENT FROM RANDY S. WYMORE
ON THE TOPIC OF MORGELLONS DISEASE
AND OTHER MORGELLONS-RELATED ISSUES: June 19, 2007
1. Delusions of parasites (DOP) is a diagnosable condition.
2. Neurotic excoriations can be found in the general population.
3. Crystal-meth users as well as some other addictive substances can cause DOP or DOP-like symptoms and severe skin problems.
4. The condition known as Morgellons Disease, or Morgellons Syndrome (the CDC preference for labeling this condition),
is none-of-the-above. Researchers and clinical faculty at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
have been looking into Morgellons Disease for several years now.
We do not know:
a) the cause of Morgellons,
b) what the fibers, black specks, granules or other unusual "shed" material are made of, or
c) any conclusively effective treatment.
We do know that some samples of fibers associated with Morgellons Disease are not simple textiles of animal, plant or synthetic nature.
5. Does everyone who thinks they have Morgellons Disease actually have it?
Undoubtedly, the answer is no.
There is no way to determine the percentage of self-reported registrants that actually have Morgellons Disease. Of the many
thousands who have self-reported at the OSU web-based registration site we do not know whether 1% actually suffer from DOP or 90%. of the thirty or so patients claiming to have Morgellons disease, that clinical faculty have examined in facilities associated with OSU, only one patient likely did not have Morgellons.
6. There is no clear and simple diagnostic test yet to confirm or rule out Morgellons. Still, 100% of the patients, that were felt to genuinely have Morgellons Disease, have large microscopic-to small macroscopic fibers visible under their outer layer of skin. These fibers are not associated with scabs or open lesions, nor are they under scarred tissue.
The idea that Morgellons fibers are mere fuzz and lint, simply sticking to the lesions and scabs, is not possible based on the observations that were just described. These fibers are under "normal-appearing" areas of skin. In contrast, such fibers have never been observed in even one person who does not claim to have Morgellons. Clearly, there is something different in the skin of purported Morgellons sufferers compared to the non-Morgellons population.
The writing of manuscripts, for submission to scientific and medical journals, detailing our observations is a work in progress.
Preliminary observations were presented at the annual Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference during late January/ early February in San Francisco, with a title of: "Physical Evidence in Morgellons Disease".
7. This conference was attended by physicians and biomedical scientists from various universities, biotechnology companies and major pharmaceutical companies.
Those scientists and physicians who viewed the presentation from the preliminary evidence through to the conclusions made no attempt to "debunk" the presentation. They asked the kind of rigorous questions that are expected from a highly trained, skeptical and critical audience.
Their reactions tended to be surprise, shock and puzzlement. Not one single person tried to convince his/her colleagues, or me, that I was mistaken in the conclusion that Morgellons Disease is real physical pathology of unknown cause.
8. Amateur debunkers carry no weight in academia and have no relevance in the discussion of Morgellons Disease in the scientific and medical community. Since the clinicians (both D.O. and M.D.) and scientists at the conference I mentioned above did not debunk a formal presentation on the topic of Morgellons Disease, why would an amateur think that they could?
An amateurish debunking approach is often nothing more than a type argumentative arrogance.
A person, or persons, manages to attract an audience that will participate in the argument and it gives the debunker a sense of power. What goes on at debunking sites is most definitely NOT scientific debate and critical inquiry.
Critical scientific debate occurs at conferences (regional, national or international), during seminars and during the editorial review when scientific manuscripts are submitter.
If an amateur debunker (unless the debunker is paid for the debunking services, in which case she/he would be a professional debunker) feels that they can compete in the professional scientific arena, let them submit an abstract to a conference or a
manuscript to a scientific journal (a legitimate, peer-reviewed scientific journal).
The results would be laughable; probably not to the debunker, but the reality of the world is that none of the mainstream journals
that are peer-reviewed would publish such a manuscript. The internet is a wonderful forum for discussions of all sorts and a place where information can be obtained on just about any subject imaginable.
If a person, or group of people, wish to spend time deconstructing the words, comments and images of others, or to try to
debunk what they view as unreal, then that is certainly their option in life. I personally do not find that it would be very personally satisfying.
In my mind, such efforts are, at the very least, a waste of valuable time and at the worst, hurtful. What good can come of it? If the Morgellons community TRULY was delusional, then a debunking site would not convince them not to be delusional.
Truly delusional behavior is a psychological condition; one cannot "cure" a delusion by simply arguing against the delusion on an internet site. The delusional person will not simply read the words and in near-miraculous form say:
"Oh my, I really am delusional. Now that I know this I can give up my delusion. Thank you for pointing out the obvious and curing me."
Since that will not happen, then what good can come from the debunking site? It is difficult to use the word "good" when the main accomplishment of such a site is to cause consternation and further emotional pain to an already suffering population. The
reason is that, while the professional medical and scientific community will pay no attention to a debunking website, the same cannot be said for the friends and family of the Morgellons sufferer.
Words are powerful and when spoken in an authoritative fashion those loved ones of a Morgellons' sufferer may well feel that
the debunking arguments clearly prove that Morgellons is not real. In a formal debate ANY position can be effectively argued. It is possible to argue a position that one does not even believe in during a debate. It is all about skill with words, the ability argue in a logical and convincing fashion and a personal talent for thinking fast on one's feet. When debates are judged in high-school and college/university settings, the winner is not the contestant that bases his/her argument on truth, reality or the socially accepted constructs; it is the person who can argue their point the most effectively. Most debunkers are quite good at this.
That is why true scientific debate is not carried out using the same judging standards as a competitive debate. Generally, scientists try to understand the world around them. Scientific "debate" is all about experimental design, methods, materials, quality and reproducibility of data and conclusions. And that type of debate can only occur between scientific peers.
9. Recently, OSU-CHS has established a Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease and the OSU Foundation has established a Morgellons Research, Education and Treatment Fund for individuals wishing to make tax-deductible donations to help in trying to sort out this mystery that is called Morgellons Disease. Physicians associated with this Center are not seeing patients at this time as there is nothing to offer in the way of treatment options.
We are currently focusing our efforts into examination of the fibers and other shed material observed in Morgellons Disease. Why?
Because we stand a better chance of determining the cause of Morgellons Disease once we understand what the physical and chemical nature of the unusual fibers are. Once the cause of Morgellons Disease is identified it will be more likely that an effective treatment and, ultimately, a cure will be devised.
I applaud the many physicians and nurses who ARE attempting to treat Morgellons Disease by trying different strategies. It will be wonderful if one of them stumbles onto a complete cure for the disease. In an academic or medical school setting that approach is
not workable. Before human subjects can be used or so-called clinical trial established, there must be an arguable rationale for the treatment. Until the cause of Morgellons can be established (bacterial, fungal, viral, parasitic, genetic, or none-of-the-above) such a rationale cannot be provided.
10. There are many ideas and conspiracies regarding the cause of Morgellons Disease to be found circulating about the internet. Many Morgellons sufferers are convinced they know what the cause is.
Here at the OSU-CHS Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease, we are rooting all efforts in a central tenet of scientific thought: the testable hypothesis.
Efforts to find microorganisms associated with Morgellons are a process of elimination. We use molecular biology techniques to try to identify the presence of DNA sequences of candidate organisms and chemical and physical analyses to characterize the fibers and
other Morgellons-associated material. At The Center, we are not competing against other researchers or anyone's "pet hypothesis".
Often in science there is a race to beat competing labs. There is so much suffering with Morgellons that the only race from my perspective is a race to end the suffering.
For those who read this and then feel the need to analyze and micro-analyze this position statement for debunking purposes or to try to divine my "real" motivation and intentions why deconstruct away!
For those who are suffering from Morgellons Disease, I can only encourage you to hang on and try to not despair. This summer there are 2 medical students, an undergraduate, a graduate student, 2 physicians in their residencies, a laboratory technician and several
biomedical/clinical faculty at OSU-CHS and other universities, that are working on this mystery. One or two people can only complete a limited amount of work.
Collectively, this group will be able to accomplish so much more than could otherwise be envisioned.
Whether the answers to the questions surrounding Morgellons Disease come from Tulsa, Oklahoma, another state, another country or bits and pieces from here and there is not what should be focused on. The point of focus that should be maintained is that the answers WILL be forthcoming; who comes up with the answers and where they are located are only details.
Sincerely, Randy S. Wymore
Ph.D., Director, OSU-CHS Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease,
Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology, Oklahoma State University, Center for Health Sciences,
1111 W. 17th St., Tulsa, OK 74107, Email: Morgellons@okstate.edu
TERRIFYING NEW DISEASE REACHING PANDEMIC STATUS
Tuesday, March 03, 2009 by: Barbara L. Minton
(NaturalNews) It sounds like something from a bad sci-fi movie. People report the sensation of creatures crawling under their skin, mysterious moving fibers appear, and finally bugs and worms pop out. Unfortunately, these terrifying symptoms are all too true. The people having them are experiencing Morgellons, the latest and scariest in the series of bizarre diseases appearing in the last few years, seemingly from nowhere. Morgellons is now reaching epidemic proportions in the U.S. and abroad.
Morgellons is a multi-dimensional disease
Morgellons starts with relentless itching, stinging or biting sensations. Cotton-like balls may appear on the body with no reasonable explanation. Soon skin rash develops along with lesions that will not heal. Many sufferers report string-like fibers of varying color popping out through the skin lesions. These fibers can be black, white, red or even iridescent blue. Others report black specks falling from their bodies that litter their sheets and bathrooms. Eventually a variety of bugs and worms begin to find their way out of the body through the lesions. Other accompanying symptoms include hair loss, debilitating and chronic fatigue, hard nodules beneath the skin, and joint pain.
Morgellons also has a cognitive aspect. People with the disease experience neurological damage that manifests as difficulty concentrating, inability to process and use language effectively, and generalized brain fog. The presence of reduced cognitive ability has made it easier for doctors to dismiss Morgellons and send patients away with a diagnosis of delusional parasitosis, meaning they are imagining they are infected by parasites. After the typical eight minute visit, traditional doctors pull out their prescription pads and write these people prescriptions for antidepressants or anti-psychotic medications.
As a result, Morgellons also has a psychological component. Once people become aware that symptoms such as theirs are treated as delusions they are reluctant to seek further medical attention and tend to withdraw from society with their only contact with others being through the internet. They begin living the lifestyle of the leper. Many have to give up their jobs and become dependent on public assistance. This adds to the psychological debilitation of the disease. Not being taken seriously when you know you have a terrifying and devastating disease causes permanent psychological damage.
Morgellons victims feel the resentment other patients do when they are told it is all in their heads. As Morgellons progresses and the neurological symptoms become more manifest, patients can become difficult to care for and deal with. Isolated with only the internet, they become less able to effectively care for themselves. Some Morgellons patients have committed suicide.
It is a sad situation that the traditional doctor's visit must often end in a diagnosis, but the doctor is unwilling or unable to take the time to make sure it is a correct diagnosis. The traditional medical set up is frequently unable to deal with patients who present with a variety of diverse symptoms affecting several body systems at one time.
Oakland A's player Billy Koch and his family all have Morgellons. They have been open about their disease and have made some attempt to educate others. Billy had to retire from his baseball career as a result of the disease. Singer Joni Mitchell also has Morgellons, and the disease has negatively impacted her career as well.
Many Morgellons victims end up trying to treat themselves
Anyone with Morgellons symptoms will probably spend a lot of time going from doctor to doctor. While the unhelpful ones simply tell them they are delusional, the helpful ones prescribe a variety of creams used for scabies, ring worm and other parasitic diseases, but nothing works for more than a few days. With no help from the medical community, people with Morgellons turn to the internet where they learn the name for their disease and the names for the parasites that are coming through their skin. As a result of desperation and the lack of information about the disease except from chat boards, many victims end up trying a variety of toxic treatments at home.
Authorities on the disease are emerging
One of the few people to take the disease seriously was Randy Wymore, (see above) a neuroscientist at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Science. He received samples from a range of people who claimed the fibers had come through their skin. Although the samples all resembled one another, to him they looked like no other synthetic or natural fiber with which he compared them. He finally asked the Tulsa police department's forensics team to examine them.
The team identified the chemical structures of the fibers and compared them to their database of 800 fibers. They found no match, so they used gas chromatography to compare the fibers to their data on 90,000 organic compounds. The fibers did not match up with any of them. They concluded that the fibers were unknown, and not contaminants from clothing sticking to scabs on the lesions as had been thought by those so ready to dismiss what their patients were saying. Wymore and the forensic team concluded that the disease producing these fibers was very real and very frightening.
Wymore then asked the chief of the pediatrics department at Oklahoma State University Hospital, Rhonda Casey, to take a look at some of the patients. At first she was tempted to dismiss them too, but she began to realize how ill the people were. They had neurological symptoms that included confusion, loss of control of their feet that resulted in difficulty walking, and their mouths sagged when they spoke. Many had been diagnosed with neurological diseases.
Dr. Casey examined the patients, took biopsies of their lesions as well as from their healthy skin. Using a dermatoscope, she was able to observe fibers under completely unbroken skin. She found them embedded in the healthy tissue of the patients as well as the diseased tissue, and admitted seeing the full range of fiber colors. She reported seeing a lesion on a young girl's thigh with black fibers just barely protruding from it, and concluded that she could not have done this to herself.
Another person taking the disease seriously is Trisha Springstead, a registered nurse in Florida who has become a beacon of light for Morgellon's patients in the area. She has seen the fibers come through their skin, and has spent hours with patients extracting parasites embedded so deeply that a needle is required to extract them. According to her, a dermatoscope does not penetrate deeply enough to reveal the full extent of parasite involvement.
CDC begins epidemiologic investigation into Morgellons
In April, 2006, the CDC recommended an epidemiological investigation of what they were then referring to as a public health concern. In January, 2008 they announced a grant to health care giant Kaiser Permanente to test and interview 150 to 500 patients suffering from Morgellons. The study is being done in the Bay Area of northern California, where many Morgellons patients live. Kaiser Permanente doctors have been among the most ready to classify Morgellons as delusional parasitosis.
The National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (ZVED) provided statements posted on the CDC website regarding what the CDC now calls "Unexplained Dermopathy (aka Morgellons"). This organization was created in 2007 under CDC's Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases. ZVED promotes itself as proving leadership, expertise, and service in laboratory and epidemiological science, bioterrorism preparedness, applied research, disease surveillance, and outbreak response for infectious diseases.
The term zoonotic refers to any disease that is able to jump the divide from animals to people. Microbes created for bioterrorism are zoonotic. There are many known zoonotic diseases, such as Lyme disease and malaria. Vectors are the transmitters of disease-causing organisms that carry the pathogens from one host to another. By common usage, vectors are considered to be invertebrate animals, usually arthropods. Technically, vertebrates can also act as vectors, including foxes, raccoons, and skunks, which can all transmit disease to humans through a bite. Mosquitoes and ticks are the most notable disease vectors, although mites and gnats may also carry disease. Enteric diseases are bacterial and viral infections of the gastrointestinal tract that account for an under appreciated burden of morbidity and mortality domestically and abroad.
The involvement of ZVED in creating the CDC webpage for Mogellons clearly implies acceptance by the CDC that Morgellons is a disease involving not just fibers but parasites.
ZVED's vision statement describes three goals: accelerating prevention, control, and preparedness of ecologically mediated microbial threats; global vision, global presence, global reach, and health impact; and working at the intersection of human, animal, and ecological health to achieve healthier people, places, and a healthier world.
The Morgellons, GMO link persists
About the time that Dr. Wymore's forensic investigation of fibers was completed, a specialist in infectious disease detection, Ahmed Kilani, claimed to have broken down two fiber samples and extracted their DNA. He found that they belonged to a fungus.
Meanwhile, Vitaly Citovsky, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Stony Brook University in New York, discovered the fibers contained the substance Agrobacterium Tumafaciens, the bacteria causing crown gall disease in plants (formation of tumors in more than 140 species of dicot plants). It is a genus of gram-negative bacteria capable of genetically transforming not only plants, but also other eukaryotic species, including humans.
Anonymous samples were provided to Professor Citovsky by the Morgellons Research Foundation to use in investigating the potential presence of Agrobacterium Tumafaciens in biopsies from Morgellons patients. Control reactions included samples provided by healthy donors. Only Morgellons, not healthy subjects, tested positive for the bacterium in these studies.
Professor Citovsky issued a statement saying his observation does not imply that Agrobacterium Tumafaciens causes Morgellons, or that Morgellons is indeed an infectious disease. However, he has called for further study to determine
(1) statistical significance of data,
(2) whether the bacterium is not only present extracellularly, but also causes genetic transformation of the infected tissues, and
(3) whether infection of laboratory animals with the bacterium can recreate symptoms of Morgellons.
Agrobacteerium Tumafaciens is a soil bacterium. Symptoms of grown gall disease are caused by the insertion of a small segment of DNA into the plant cell, which is incorporated at a semi-random location into the plant genome. They are parasitic and detrimental to the plant.
DNA transmission capabilities of Agrobacterium have been extensively exploited by biotechnologists as a means for inserting foreign genes into plants. They discovered the gene transfer mechanism between Agrobacterium and plants, and developed methods to alter Agrobacterium into an efficient delivery system for gene engineering in plants. This is done by cloning the desired gene sequence into the transfer DNA (T-DNA) that will be inserted into the host DNA. Under laboratory conditions the T-DNA has also been transferred to human cells, demonstrating the diversity of insertion application. The mechanism through which Agrobacterium inserts materials into the host cell is very similar to mechanisms used by pathogens to insert materials (usually proteins) into human cells.
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"Prof Wymore says his tests rule out not only textile fibers, but also worms, insects, animal material and even human skin and hair. He says the filaments are not an external contamination."
OAKLAND -- A horrifying and fascinating disease is affecting thousands of people in the Bay Area, along the Gulf Coast and in Florida. Though some doctors have claimed the malady is psychosomatic, other scientists are making headway unraveling the mystery of Morgellons Disease.
Former Oakland A's pitcher Billy Koch has it. And so do his wife and their three children. And though they can afford top medical care, doctors have no answers.
It started in Oakland four years ago. Koch saved 44 games and was the top reliever in the major leagues. His fastball wowed crowds. And then the strangeness began.
"He freaked out. He wanted to ignore it I wanted to too. But when it comes to your kids, you gotta stop ignoring it," said Koch's wife Brandi.
She describes their symptoms: "It was the scariest thing I had ever realized in my entire life. There was matter and black specks coming out and off of my skin."
Within two years -- at age 29 -- Billy Koch was out of baseball, partly because of the uncontrollable muscle twitching that went on for months at a time and often kept up him up all night.
The disease is characterized by slow healing skin lesions that often extrude small, dark filaments, especially after bathing.
"That's when it would really just ooze -- literally ooze out of my skin," explained Brandi Koch.
The couple was at wit's end after numerous doctors not only provided little in the way of relief, but actually were skeptical about their health problems: "There's no reasonable explanation for it. I'm not seeing things. l'm watching it happen. We're pretty sane people" lamented Billy.
Infectious disease specialist Dr. Neelam Uppal sympathized with the Kochs' plight: "They've seen several doctors, [and] everybody's told them they're crazy. It's in their head. They're delusional."
Dr. Uppal gave the Kochs and fifteen other patients a powerful anti-parasite medicine and antibiotics that helped temporarily. But the filaments come back.
Testing of the filaments brought no results, according to Dr. Uppal: "I've seen [it]; sent it to the lab. They can't identify it. They'll say 'They're nothing.'"
The reaction of medical professionals has made a difficult situation even harder for Brandi Koch: "It's not enough that you're suffering and hurting. It's 'You're an idiot!' and 'You're crazy!' on top of it. I'm really hurt and sad and scared."
The Kochs may be the most recognizable of more than 3,000 families nationwide reporting these same unexplained symptoms. There are curious clusters, in Florida, along the Gulf Coast and in the San Francisco Bay Area. That's where we begin our investigation into new clues to this medical mystery.
San Francisco physician Rafael Stricker took samples last spring from Bay Area sufferers. Patients report pustules and filaments that most doctors dismiss. Dermatologists claimed the filaments were all delusions, although none had studied them.
Oklahoma State University Professor Randy Wymore was the first scientist to conduct research on this disconcerting disease. He says it's the biggest mystery he's ever been involved in.
The UC Davis trained physiologist is leading a medical team at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, researching what is now called Morgellons Disease.
With cooperation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wymore's team is studying Bay Area patients and others from around the country. His first finding disputes the frequent diagnosis of delusions.
"Pathologists and dermatologists and lab reports [said] that these were textile fibers appearing in the skin of the sufferers. Now that's just not true, to be perfectly blunt about it," says Prof. Wymore.
Wymore says his tests rule out not only textile fibers, but also worms, insects, animal material and even human skin and hair. He says the filaments are not an external contamination.
Instead, they are a substance that materializes somehow inside the body, apparent artifacts of something infectious. More results are expected soon. And Wymore says skin problems are not the worst symptoms.
He says a neurotoxin or microorganism may disturb muscle control and memory.
"The neurological effects are the much more severe, life altering and much more dangerous of the conditions," explains Prof. Wymore.
This month, Georgia began a statewide Morgellons registry. Prof. Wymore says he is about to begin a clinical trial and offers this to sufferers: "We know there's something going on here. You're not delusional."
Prof. Wymore has just released an open letter to doctors treating patients with Morgellons symptoms. It asks physicians to take it seriously, saying these patients are likely suffering from a still untreatable emerging disease.
Here are links showing Morgellons fibers.
Fibers are reported in and on skin lesions. They are generally described by patients as white, but clinicians also report seeing blue, green, red, and black fibers, that fluoresce when viewed under ultraviolet light (Wood's lamp). Objects described as “granules”, similar in size and shape to sand grains, can occasionally be removed from either broken or intact skin by physicians, but are commonly reported by patients. Patients report seeing black “specks” or “dots” on or in their skin, as well as unusual 1-3 mm “fuzzballs” both in their lesions and on (or falling from) intact skin.
fibers from their skin that burn at 1,700 degrees F and do not melt.
A private study to determine the chemical and biological composition of these fibers has shown that the fibers’ outer casing is made up of high density polyethylene fiber (HDPE). The fiber material is used commonly in the manufacture of fiber optics. There is no history of the individual in that industry or coming into contact with this material. It was further determined that this material is used throughout the bio nanotechnology world as a compound to encapsulate a viral protein envelope, which is composed of a viron (1/150thDNA, RNA, RNAi (mutated RNA) or RNAsi linear or ring plasmids for specific functions.
Toxicological pathology identification of tissue biopsies from an individual diagnosed with Morgellons revealed the presence of continual silica or glass tubules with the presence of silicone.
It must be noted that the core toxicological effects of silicone alone have been demonstrated throughout the breast implant industry and litigation cases.
Furthermore, silicone cannot make silica, but silica or silica bicarbonate can make silicone through natural cellular interaction in a biological system. The subject did not have breast implants or any other implant or silicon glue injections.
Randy Wymore, a former research director of the MRF and presently director of the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences' Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease, claims that Morgellons patients have submitted masses of dark fibers visible at 60x magnification under the unbroken skin, while unaffected individuals do not.
Wymore sent samples of fibers, to the Police Crime Lab in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for analysis. A forensic scientist at the Tulsa Police Crime Lab in Oklahoma searched the FBI's national database, but the Morgellon's sample did not match any known fiber in the database.
Lab director Mark Boese said the fibers were "consistent with something that the body may be producing," adding, "These fibers cannot be manmade and do not come from a plant. This could be a byproduct of a biological organism."
Indeed, the debate over Morgellons Disease has continued in the pages of medical and scientific journals right up to the CDC’s announcement
Dr. Michele Pearson, principal investigator for the CDC said  that the primary goals of the study are “to learn more about who may be affected with this condition, the symptoms they experience and to look for clues about factors that might contribute to the condition,” adding that the condition is “complex”, and “may be due to multiple factors.”
In response to questions from journalists at the CDC press conference, Pearson said:
“ We are aware that many patients have suffered from this condition. And, I can tell you that here at CDC, we have really been seeing an increasing number of these reports over the past year or so.”
CDC’s investigation is to be carried out in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Division of Research and the US Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.
Dr. Joe Selby, Director of the Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Division of Research, said the study would proceed in three stages. In the first stage, they will identify all members who may have seen a Kaiser Permanente physician with symptoms suggestive of this condition at any point during the 18 months between July 1 2006 and December 31, 2007, and determine whether they meet eligibility criteria for the study. In stage two, all eligible members will be invited to complete a comprehensive web based or telephone survey conducted by the CDC that examines the duration and severity of a variety of symptoms. And in stage three, those with active symptoms will be invited to the division of research for an extensive clinical examination including collection of skin biopsies, blood and urine samples.
In a paper published in 2006, researchers from the Morgellons Research Foundation identified the states of California, Texas and Florida as having the highest number of cases of Morgellons disease in the United States. Primary clusters were noted in Los Angeles and San Francisco (California) and Houston, Dallas and Austin (Texas). California accounted for 26 percent of cases in the US, but all 50 US states and 15 other nations, including Canada, the UK, Australia, and the Netherlands, have reported cases of Morgellons disease.
The two main occupational groups reporting symptoms are nurses and teachers, with nurses outnumbering teachers three to one. The risk factor common to both groups is suspected to be the possibility of transmitted infectious agents.
Skin lesions and fibers may not be readily apparent in all individuals with the disease, as family members of patients often report similar systemic disease symptoms without skin symptoms. Families in which all members are affected often have suspected simultaneous exposure to an inciting agent.
Contact with soil or waste products appears to be associated with the disease. Cases have been reported in cats and dogs, as well as horses.
What finally prompted CDC to investigate the disease? The Morgellons Research Foundation was set up in 2002 in honor of Mary Leitao, the Foundation’s executive director. It publicizes the plight of patients with similar conditions and operates a registry of afflicted families. The Foundation also funds scientific research. It has a Medical Advisory Board of seven with M.D. degree and two with nursing degrees. In addition, it has a Board of Nursing with five other nurses, and a Scientific Advisory Board of six scientists, all with Ph.D. degree; one of which is Vitaly Citovsky.
It may have been Citovsky’s discovery last year that finally persuaded the CDC to announce an investigation.
The Agrobacterium Connection
Vitaly Citovsky is a professor of molecular and cell biology at Stony Brook University in New York (SUNY).
He is a world authority on the genetic modification of cells by Agrobacterium, a soil bacterium causing crown gall disease in plants, that has been widely used in creating genetically modified (GM) plants since the 1980s because of its ability to transfer a piece of its genetic material, the T-DNA on its tumour-inducing (Ti) plasmid to the plant genome (see later for details).
Citovsky’s team took scanning electron microscope pictures of the fibers in or extruding from the skin of patients suffering from Morgellons disease, confirming that they are unlike any ordinary natural or synthetic fibers.
They also analyzed patients for Agrobacterium DNA. Skin biopsy samples from Morgellons patients were subjected to high-stringency polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for genes encoded by the Agrobacterium chromosome and also for Agrobacterium virulence (vir) genes and T-DNA on its Ti plasmid.
They found that “all Morgellons patients screened to date have tested positive for the presence of Agrobacterium, whereas this microorganism has not been detected in any of the samples derived from the control, healthy individuals.”
Their preliminary conclusion is that “Agrobacterium may be involved in the etiology and/or progression” of Morgellons Disease.
The unpublished findings have been posted on a website since January 2007. They were further publicized in the “first ever” Morgellons conference in Austin Texas, attended by 100 in March 2008. A growing list of people are registered with Morgellons Disease, totaling 12 106 worldwide recorded by Morgellons Research Foundation, as of 12 April 2008. (as of 2012 there are over 100,000)
San Francisco physician, Raphael Stricker, one of only a few doctors who believe the disease is real, said, “There’s almost always some history of exposure to dirt basically either from gardening or camping or something.” He is one of the co-authors on the Agrobacterium research done in SUNY, which reported finding Agrobacterium DNA in all 5 Morgellons patients studied.
Stricker suggests it is transmitted by ticks, like Lyme disease, and in a recent survey of 44 Morgellons patients in San Francisco, 43 of them also tested positive for the bacterium causing Lyme disease. Another factor consistent with Agrobacterium being a causative agent, if not the causative agent, is that when patients are treated with antibacterials for their Lyme disease, remission of Morgellons symptoms is seen in most of them.
Stricker also told his audience that Agrobacterium lives in the soil, and is known to cause infections in animals and human beings with compromised immune systems.It can cause skin lesions when injected into Swiss mice, a strain that is immune deficient, he said.
At this point, the findings on the Agrobacterium connection are still preliminary, as only seven patients have been studied.
Nevertheless, the implications are far-reaching if this connection is confirmed, as existing evidence (reviewed below) suggests a link between Agrobacterium and genetic engineering in the creation of new disease agents, and it is paramount for the CDC investigation to include this aspect, if only to rule it out.
Agrobacterium and the Genetic Engineering Connection
Agrobacterium not only infects human and other animal cells, it also transfers genes into them.
It was SUNY professor Citovsky and his team that made the discovery some years ago. Until then, the genetic engineering community had assumed that Agrobacterium did not infect animal cells, and certainly would not transfer genes into them.
Agrobacterium was found to transfer T-DNA into the chromosomes of human cells.
In stably transformed HeLa cells, the integration occurred at the right border of the T-DNA, exactly as would happen when it is being transferred into a plant cell genome, suggesting that Agrobacterium transforms human cells by a mechanism similar to that involved in transforming plants cells. Human cancer cells, neurons and kidney cells were all transformed with the Agrobacterium T-DNA.
Commenting on this research in 2001, Joe Cummins had warned of hazards to laboratory and farm workers.
The Agrobacterium vector system for gene transfer since the discovery in the 1970s that Agrobacterium can transfer genes into plants causing crown gall disease, the soil bacterium has been developed into a vector for inserting desirable genes into the plant genome to create transgenic (GM) plants.
Agrobacterium transfers T-DNA – a small region of approximately 5 to 10 percent of a resident tumour-inducing (Ti) or root-inducing (Ri) plasmid – into numerous species of plants; and as later turns out, also to fungi, algae, and even animal and human cells.
Transfer requires three major elements: T-DNA border direct repeat sequences of 25 base pairs that flank the T-DNA and delineate the region transferred into the host, the virulence (vir) genes located on the Ti/Ri plasmid, and various genes on the bacterial chromosome.
Plant genes are also involved in the successful integration of T-DNA. The T-DNA contains oncogenes (cancer genes or gene for forming tumours) and genes for synthesizing opines; none of which is essential for T-DNA transfer, so they can be deleted and replaced with genes of interest and selectable markers.
Furthermore, the vir genes and T-DNA region need not be on the same replicating plasmid. This gave rise to the binary vector systems in which T-DNA and the vir genes are located on separate replicating units. The T-DNA containing unit is the binary vector and contains also the origin(s) of replication that could function both in E. coli and Agrobacterium tumefaciens, and antibiotic resistance marker genes used to select for the presence of the binary vector in bacteria. The replicating unit containing the vir genes is the ‘helper’ plasmid. Strains of Agrobacterium harboring the two separate units are considered ‘disarmed’ if they do not contain oncogenes that could be transferred to a plant.
The association of Morgellons Disease with dirt and soil where Agrobacterium lives, the widespread use of Agrobacterium in genetic engineering of plants, and the ability of Agrobacterium to infect human cells, all point towards a possible role of genetic engineering in the a etiology of Morgellons disease via Agrobacterium.
Extensive genetic manipulation of Agrobacterium does have the potential to transform it into an aggressive human pathogen. Genetic engineering is nothing if not enhanced and facilitated horizontal gene transfer and recombination, which is widely acknowledged to be the main route for creating new pathogens.
Mae-Wan Ho was among an international panel of scientists have raised this very issue in 1998, calling for a public inquiry into the possible contributions of genetic engineering biotechnology to the a etiology of infectious diseases which has greatly increased since genetic engineering began in the 1970s.
The epidemiological data of Morgellons Disease are very incomplete, and the Morgellons Research Foundation’s registry of more than 12 000 families afflicted worldwide is almost certainly only a fraction of the emerging epidemic. Still, it is significant that the majority of the cases are in the United States, the first country to release GM crops and remaining the top producer ever since.
There are other findings implicating Agrobacterium in transgenic plants released into the environment, particularly during the early years of field trials, when knowledge was poor and safety measures not as stringent as they may be today.
Agrobacterium Persists in Transgenic Plants and is a Vehicle for Gene Escape.
By the late 1990s, the Agrobacterium vector system became very widely used, and many GM crops created were commercially released.
Scientists at the Kinsealy Research and Development Centre in Dublin, Ireland, and the Scottish Crop Research Institute in Dundee, Scotland, were concerned that the inserted genes in plants would spread to wild populations by cross-pollination or by horizontal gene transfer to unrelated species, which was by then well-documented in the scientific literature.
They considered it “imperative” to address the risk posed in using Agrobacterium as a tool in genetic engineering, given its ability to transfer genes to plants. The transformation procedure involves inoculating the cells or tissue explants with Agrobacterium and co-cultivation the plant cells and bacterium for a short period, followed by the elimination of the bacterium with antibiotics. However, if all the bacteria were not eliminated, then “release of these plants may also result in release of the Agrobacterium [with the foreign genes]”, which will serve as a vehicle for further gene escape, at least to other Agrobacterium strains naturally present in the soil.
Although various antibiotics have been used to eliminate Agrobacterium following transformation, the researchers stated that “very few authors actually test to ensure that the antibiotics succeed.”
The difficulty is compounded because the bacterium can remain latent within the plant tissue. So putting transgenic plant material into culture medium without antibiotics and finding no Agrobacterium is no guarantee that the transgenic plant is free of the bacterium, as was often assumed.
In their study, they investigated the ability of antibiotics to eliminate Agrobacterium tumefaciens after transformation in three model systems: Brassica (mustard), Solanum (potato), and Rubus (raspberry). The antibiotics carbenicillin, cefataxime and ticaracillin were used respectively to eliminate the bacterium at four times the minimum bactericidal concentration, as recommended. They found that none of the antibiotic succeeded in eliminating Agrobacterium.
The contamination levels increased from 12 to 16 weeks to such an extent that transgenic Solanum cultures senesced and died.
Contamination in shoot material decreased over 16 to 24 weeks possibly because only the apical node was used in further culture, but even that did not eliminate Agrobacterium from all the samples; 24 percent remained contaminated at 24 weeks.
The binary vector was also present under non-selective conditions up to 6 months after transformation, where approximately 50 percent of contaminated material still harbored bacterial cells with the binary vector at high levels of about 107 colony forming units per gram. The researchers pointed out: “Here is where the possibility of gene escape arises. The presence of the disarmed Agrobacterium in the tissue would not be a problem if the binary vector had been lost, but now its survival and spread are real possibilities.” The binary vector contains the foreign genes as well as antibiotic resistance marker gene(s).
There is no limit to the foreign genes that can be inserted into the binary vector. A few years earlier, a research group in Israel had inserted a viroid that causes disease in citrus fruits into the disarmed Ti plasmid of Agrobacterium and used that to infect and transform several plant species including tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) Gynura aurantiaca, avocado (Persea americana), and grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) grafted on Troyer citrange (Pancirus trifoliate x C. sinensis). Extracts prepared from tissues of the infected plants 38-90 days after inoculation were plated on selective media and found to contain large amounts of the engineered bacteria.
The researchers warned of “newly formed combinations of persistently transmitted viruses” coupled with “the opportunistic and systemically moving Agrobacterium vector infectious to a wide host range might eventually cause infection and damage to crop plants or natural vegetation” that are “not presently visited by the traditional vectors of the virus disease.”
In other words, Agrobacterium persisting in transgenic plants released into the environment has the potential to spread new diseases, and to plants that normally would not be infected by the disease agents. At the time, the researchers did not know that Agrobacterium would also infect animals and humans, and could spread new diseases to them as well.
Have these warnings been heeded by other researchers?
There is no evidence they have been taken on board. Agrobacterium has since been shown to transform at least 80 different non-plant species including yeasts and other fungi, algae, mammalian and human cells, also the gram positive bacterium Streptomyces lividans.
In a recent review, the researchers stated: “Future research has to show whether Agrobacterium-mediated transformation contributed to horizontal gene transfer between microorganisms in the rhizosphere.”
But there is already evidence suggesting that Agrobacterium can indeed engage in horizontal gene transfer with a wide range of bacteria in the soil.
For more on horizontal gene transfer see:
Horizontal Gene Transfer from GMOs Does Happen
Agrobacterium gene transfer mechanisms similar to conjugation in bacteria
Ho first alerted regulators to the potential of Agrobacterium contaminating GM plants to facilitate the escape of transgenes in 2003
See: Living with the Fluid Genome
By then, Gayle Ferguson and Jack Heinemann at the University of Canterbury, Christchurh, New Zealand, had already pointed out in a review that the process whereby Agrobacterium injects T-DNA into plant cells strongly resembles conjugation, the normal mating process between bacteria.
Conjugation, mediated by certain bacterial plasmids, depends on a sequence called the origin of transfer (oriT) on the DNA transferred.
All other functions – called tra for trans-acting functions – can be supplied from unlinked sources. Thus, ‘disabled’ plasmids with no trans-acting functions, can nevertheless be transferred by helper plasmids, the same as the binary vector system of Agrobacterium.
The resemblance does not stop there.
The left and right borders of T-DNA are similar to oriT and can be replaced by it.
Furthermore, the disarmed T-DNA binary vector, lacking oncogenes as well as virulence genes, can be helped by similar genes belonging to many other pathogenic bacteria.
The trans-kingdom gene transfer apparatus of Agrobacterium and the conjugative systems of bacteria are both involved in transporting macromolecules, not just DNA but also protein.
Thus, transgenic plants with contaminating Agrobacterium “have a ready route for horizontal gene escape, via Agrobacterium, helped by the ordinary conjugative mechanisms of many other bacteria that cause diseases, which are present in the environment.”
In the process, new and exotic disease agents could be created.
Investigations on the role of Agrobacterium in Morgellons Disease urgently needed
The investigation launched by the CDC needs to clarify the role of Agrobacterium in the a etiology of Morgellons Disease as a matter of urgency.
This should include:
· Molecular characterization of Agrobacterium DNA sequences in Morgellons Disease patients
· Design of suitable probes for diagnostic purposes and for monitoring soil samples and other suspected sources of infection
· Introduction of stringent tests for Agrobacterium contamination for all transgenic plants already released or about to be released into
STUDY LINKS MORGELLONS DISEASE TO GM CROPS? NAMED IN 2002.
NEW CASES NOW. KTVU SPECIAL REPORT WITH JOHN FOWLER
"Preliminary findings suggest a link between Morgellons Disease and Agrobacterium, a soil bacterium extensively manipulated and used in making GM crops; has genetic engineering created a new epidemic?
"Agrobacterium & Morgellons Disease, A GM Connection? by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins: www.globalresearch.ca Another: www.youtube.com Expert Review of Dermatology: www.expert-reviews.com Morgellons: en.wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org
*long-term course of high-dose antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-helmenthic meds.
*Vitamin C is said to be helpful
*Effective treatment for Morgellons suffers has been elusive. Doctors have claimed that this type of disease must be caused by a parasite, but even the strongest anti-parasitic medications have not helped.
GMO (genetically modified organisms)
AGROBACTERIUM & MORGELLONS DISEASE,
A GM CONNECTION
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CDC launch investigation on Morgellons’ Disease
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States announced the launch of an investigation on ‘Morgellons Disease’ in January 2008, after receiving thousands of complaints from people with this bewildering condition, which it describes as follows:
“Persons who suffer from this unexplained skin condition report a range of cutaneous (skin) symptoms including crawling, biting and stinging sensations; granules, threads, fibers, or black speck-like materials on or beneath the skin, and/or skin lesions (e.g., rashes or sores). In addition to skin manifestations, some sufferers also report fatigue, mental confusion, short term memory loss, joint pain, and changes in visions.”
Morgellons Disease first became known in 2001, when Mary Leitao created a web site describing the illness in her young son, which she named after a 17th century medical study in France describing similar symptoms. Until then, people with Morgellons Disease have been diagnosed as cases of “delusional parasitosis”, in which the symptoms are deemed entirely imaginary, and lesions allegedly due to self-inflicted wounds.
Strange sickness: Mystery disease horror story
On May 18, 2006, KGW, a local news channel reporting out of the Oregon area published this story:
The disabled family practice doctor felt like bugs were crawling under her skin.
"If I fully tell people what has gone on with me medically, they think they're in the twilight zone," said Drottar. She woke up with the feeling that fluid was flowing just below her skin. Often black or blue hair like fibers protruded from her skin, she said.
"I thought I had been exposed to asbestos. I thought I was having asbestos fibers come out of my skin. I was pulling long, thin, small hair-like fibers that were extremely sharp that could literally pierce through my finger nails," Drottar said.
In addition to the feeling of bugs and the fibers, Drottar also suffered from severe depression, chronic fatigue and a weakened immune system. As a result, she had to give up her family practice, Drottar said.
Morgellons and GMO - the Link
Little information has been revealed concerning the long-term health effects of GMO crops on humans or animals, and even less information can be had regarding research correlating Morgellons with GMO foods. This is suspicious right off the bat, because it would seem that there would be a natural curiosity regarding a link between Genetically Modified Organisms that people ingest regularly and inorganic fibers that protrude from a person's skin.
This would be right up a geneticist's alley, and quite worthy of intensive research. So, why aren't there a ton of published studies? Why is it so difficult finding anything related to this?
Could it be that companies such as Monsanto have enough clout to effectively squash these stories?
If they have enough clout to ruin countries by deceiving impoverished farmers into purchasing patented GMO seeds, and then take it a step further and force these poor people to purchase seeds year after year instead of harvesting their own, then they have enough clout to ask our more than willing corporate government to manipulate the press...again.
According to Mike Stagman, PhD, "Genetic Engineering is a nightmare technology that has already caused MANY disease epidemics -- documented but unpublicized."
With the help of a couple of search engines, the following article by Whitley Strieber published on October 12, 2007, titled "Skin Disease May Be Linked to GM Food" was found, which concludes that the fibers taken from a Morgellons sufferer contain the same substance that is "used commercially to produce genetically-modified plants."
Here is the article:
Skin Disease May Be Linked to GM Food 12-Oct-2007
Many people--and most physicians--have written off Morgellons disease as either a hoax or hypochondria. But now there is evidence that this mysterious disease may be REAL and related to GENETICALLY MODIFIED food!
The skin of Morgellons victims oozes mysterious strands that have been identified as cellulose (which cannot be manufactured by the human body), and people have the sensation of things crawling beneath their skin. The first known case of Morgellons occurred in 2001, when Mary Leitao created a web site describing the disease, which had infected her young son. She named it Morgellons after a 17th century medical study in France that described the same symptoms.
In the Sept. 15-21 issue of New Scientist magazine, Daniel Elkan describes a patient he calls "Steve Jackson," who "for years" has "been finding tiny blue, red and black fibers growing in intensely itchy lesions on his skin." He quotes Jackson as saying, "The fibers are like pliable plastic and can be several millimeters long. Under the skin, some are folded in a zigzag pattern. These can be as fine as spider silk, yet strong enough to distend the skin when you pull them, as if you were pulling on a hair."
Doctors say that this type of disease could only be caused by a parasite, but anti-parasitic medications do not help. Psychologists insist that this is a new version of the well-known syndrome known as "delusional parasitosis." While this is a "real" disease, it is not a physically-caused one.
But now there is physical evidence that Morgellons is NOT just psychological. When pharmacologist Randy Wymore offered to study some of these fibers if people sent them to him, he discovered that "fibers from different people looked remarkably similar to each other and yet seem to match no common environmental fibers."
When they took them to a police forensic team, they said they were not from clothing, carpets or bedding. They have no idea what they are. Researcher Ahmed Kilani says he was able to break down two fiber samples and extract their DNA. He found that they belonged to a fungus.
An even more provocative finding is that biochemist Vitaly Citovsky discovered that the fibers contain a substance called "Agrobacterium," which, according to New Scientist, is "used commercially to produce genetically-modified plants." Could GM plants be "causing a new human disease?"
GMO - Not on My Watch!
The giant transnational corporations behind the GMO revolution are hitting us in our most vulnerable spot - our bellies. Most people have been brought up with an innate trust that what they purchase from the store is safe to eat. This is no longer true, since most processed foods contain genetically engineered ingredients that can have disastrous effects on both animal and human health. What you purchase from the corner store might just change your DNA and create such frightening symptoms that the general public simply does not believe it. What is worse is that when you go to the doctor to get help, he/she tells you what you are experiencing is all in your head. This is rubbish! It is up to people who care to make the correlations between what we eat and what happens to our bodies. Remember the old saying - "you are what you eat?" Well, I know this is true.
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Nightmare on Elm Street’s Dinner Table. Thank you, Monsanto!
Now it appears that the increasingly prevalent nightmare of a disease called “Morgellon’s Disease” may be a result of GM crops and food.
Morgellon’s Disease was first described when a woman’s 3 year old son developed rashes and intensely itchy sores which produced weird multicolor fibers emerging from his skin. She put up a website about the condition in 2001 and named it “Morgellons Disease” after a 17th century report of a similar affliction.
As it always does, the allopathic community of Western, drug-oriented physicians labeled sufferers as delusional. As a physician, I have a great deal of difficulty explaining how a delusion can produce colored fibers which protrude from the skin and continue to grow in a petri dish. Be that as it may, the multicolored fibers produced by the “delusion” have been analyzed and we now know that Morgellons Disease is no longer rare, nor is it mysterious any longer.
A study of the fibers shows that they contain DNA from both a fungus and a bacterium which are used in the commercial preparation of genetically modified foods and non-food crops (such as cotton). The fibers themselves are primarily cellulose, which the human body cannot breakdown or manufacture. So GM technology apparently has, like Professor Frankenstein, found a way to animate the non living. These fibers twist and twine, grow and divide.
In short, living beneath the skin of people, they form parasitic lesions out of what should be non-living material but which, through the horror of genetic modification, has taken on the characteristics of a living thing.
The symptoms are so unbearable that a number of people suffering from the disorder have committed suicide rather than deal with the unbearable pain, constant feeling of something very much like an insect crawling without stop beneath the skin and unbearable itching any longer. Of course, it is possible to speculate that the attitude of most physicians that the condition is a mental aberration rather than a physical one may not have helped these poor souls to cope with their affliction.
How wide spread is Morgellons Disease? Some registries have 1200 (100,000 as of 2012) or more people but these registrants only represent those who have access to the internet and have stumbled across the registry sites. The disease produces material unlike anything most people have ever seen.
There are many pictures that show fibers removed from lesions on the skin of Morgellons Disease sufferers.
No picture, however, can show you the insects crawling under my skin day and night torment of the victims. Frighteningly, some researchers say that every person they have tested has some level of Morgellons type pathology in their skin.
If the hypothesis is accurate and the disease is caused by sowing, growing and eating Franken-Food, that would, however, make sense. 75-80 % of all US food contains unlabeled GM ingredients. We have no enzymes or other mechanisms to digest these unnatural components of the materials which the FDA says are the same as food and prohibits labeling of. We have no way of getting rid of the indigestible, toxic or even lethal materials injected into the nucleus of our food by high energy guns and biochemical tricks that nature never thought of.
Given that the US is allowing the greatest biological experiment in the history of human kind, we should not be skeptical about the possibility that this tragic and terrifying disease may be caused by terrifying make-believe food with all-too-real dangers inserted inside them where they cannot be seen, tasted, or otherwise detected by normal means, only by specialized laboratories.
Part of the objective of the Natural Solutions Foundation is to make sure that 3rd world countries have the labs, and the training necessary to determine what food is clean and safe, and what food is damaged by techniques by Genetic Manipulation.
In the meantime, we will be attending a very important Codex meeting in Ottawa. Either the African Pro-health Coalition will hold its ground in the meeting and continue to defy the US and hold fast to their fervent determination to not allow GM seeds into their countries and to require substantial labeling on all foods which contain GM components.
Link Between Morgellon’s Disease and GMOs
by Barbara H. Peterson
Global Research, March 27, 2008
Since the Clinton administration made biotechnology strategic priority for U.S. government backing, giant transnational agro-business concerns have aggressively taken over the global food chain by flooding it with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) without regard for the consequences to the earth or its inhabitants. This takeover not only has the potential for global economic devastation, but threatens the earth's population with far-reaching health concerns as well. One health concern that seems to coincide with the GMO revolution is Morgellons disease.
Doctors say that this type of disease could only be caused by a parasite, but anti-parasitic medications do not help.
Psychologists insist that this is a new version of the well-known syndrome known as “delusional parasitosis.” But now there is physical evidence that Morgellons is NOT just psychological.
When pharmacologist Randy Wymore (see above papers from Dr. Wymore) offered to study some of these fibers if people sent them to him, he discovered that “fibers from different people looked remarkably similar to each other and yet seem to match no common environmental fibers.”
When they took them to a police forensic team, they said they were not from clothing, carpets or bedding. They have no idea what they are.
Researcher Ahmed Kilani says he was able to break down two fiber samples and extract their DNA. He found that they belonged to a fungus.
An even more provocative finding is that biochemist Vitaly Citovsky discovered that the fibers contain a substance called “Agrobacterium,” (see above) which, according to New Scientist, is “used commercially to produce genetically-modified plants.”
At this point, I have silicosis which is not from any known source except the presence of silicon nanotechnology in my body. It is oozing out of every pore on my body. This is what you see on the hair strands and on the Morgellon’s lesions (see the Grey Goo in the photos on page 1). I do not form scabs made of blood over lesions. I form crusts of silicon. Even worse than that, these crusts are life forms that have movement. Each has a mollusk-like foot and an antenna. My videos of these crusts, composed of hundreds of these tiny life forms all compressed together, can be seen on my video
Live Chemtrail Fibre - Extracted Nano Sized Organism From Chemtrail Fibre Collected After Heavy Spraying - Morgellons Thu, 11/11/2010 - 21:40 — Arthur Cristian Videos
Video: Live Chemtrail Fibre - 4 Minutes 13 Seconds
Video: Morgellons fiber alive - 7 Minutes 5 Seconds - How can this not be alive?
Video: KW NanoMachine-from Morgellons victim - 2 Minutes 17 Seconds - For more info go to Morgellons Exposed.com. Mirror-like foil inside of nano machine is revealed. Many colors inside. Mems Gem ? For other earlier videos of this object see all videos by chaosonline7.
Video: Morgellons pod with moving fiber - 2 Minutes - This came from my finger and was pretty painful. It's tiny, but oh, it cuts like a razor. Notice the dots that begin to form around the outside surface.
Video: Morgellons nano-machines with rotating locomotion - 22 Seconds - Added: January 13, 2008 - 10x eyepiece 16mm objective, filmed on transparent plastic top-lit. i have not found anything biological that has this locomotion. Any Help From biologist would be appreciated. Note when the circular motion stops a probe advances right before it passes through to red object. (on the second outing from center to top.)
I extracted a nano sized organism from a chemtrail fibre that had been collected after heavy spraying in Nebraska. I captured its growth with my dark field scope. The living fibre is now on its way to a friend who has better lab access. I have tested 23 out of 35 adults and 3 out of 4 children positive for these same fibers. None of those tested showed any outward signs of morgellons. I now know these fibers respond to frequencies, electromagnetic ones. Lets hope none of our friendly governments decide to let loose a frequency that awakes these horrors. Short video taken of a chemweb and a morgellons fibre that I cultured from it. I am a morgellons victim myself. I think this proves morgellons is intentionally being spread around the world.
Is Morgellons Disease Caused By Chemtrail Spraying?
By Ted Twietmeyer email@example.com
OBSTACLES TO CURING THE DISEASE
The outbreak in south Texas which made big news recently has thus far provided no answers as to the source of the disease. There is a wall which exists in the science community, which is as difficult as climbing Mt. Everest for scientists thinking "outside the box." Scientists are inherently bound by peer review and the very culture that awards them their doctorates, to stay away from so-called "fringe sciences." This very mindset makes solving the source of this disease nearly impossible.
There is also the ever present pharmaceutical market problem. Big pharma will ignore any "treatment market" that isn't worth hundreds of millions to billions of dollars. And of course, the word "cure" when uttered by a doctor is akin to blaspheming God. It is never uttered or even thought about, even behind closed doors. Instead, the word "treatment" is always used.
1,200x magnification of fiber growing from skin magnified 200x
700x magnification of a fiber growing back into the skin magnified 200x
CHEMTRAILS AS A POSSIBLE SOURCE?
Since the only treatment that has been known
to work is a very long term antibiotic therapy,
this strongly suggests something foreign is
present in the body. But what is it? Antibiotics
are a catch-all therapy for many illnesses that
defy explanation. These drugs have been used
to treat early micoplasma infections, even
though a micoplasma is considered as neither
a bacteria or virus. All drugs can change the
levels of the body's internal complex chemistry.
With Morgellons disease, there are two important aspects that must be considered. First we must crawl before we can walk. The first problem is HOW people contract it and second, what the pathogen is. Discovering the infection vector will shed tremendous light on the actual pathogen.The second aspect is effective treatment.
We must depart from conventional science to look at the cause of the disease. An open mind is required to consider what the disease vector may be. To start, a full comprehensive compilation of the background of each victim is required to build a database for study. Names are not required - only data. This includes geographic location, exposure to anything abnormal, such as abductions, chemical spills and being in the area of chemtrail fallout zones. According to current researchers all 50 states have shown this disease, although it appears to be more prevalent in three southern states.
Of course, we can't state conclusively these fibers are one and the same without a chemical analysis. Common characteristics of both types of fibers appear to be similar size and chaotic, uncontrolled growth. If these fibers are the result of highly advanced nanotechnology then we have found the disease, and possible who is behind it. But what would be the purpose of forcing this ailment on the population? Torture? To create a new pandemic in order to sell a new drug for a "treatment?" According to the Texas television news report, one young man who recently contracted the painful disease has committed suicide as a result of trying to deal with the pain.
Black nodules, long and short fibers that can't be pulled out and great pain are all highly effective in destroying relationships between couples. Put another way, the suffering is so great that participating in sexual acts are the last thing that victims of the disease will think about doing. The symptoms clearly make population control one important side-effect that cannot be denied. Perhaps south Texas has been selected as an experimental hot-spot. However, the disease has also been found in every state.
It is my hope that a researcher will consider this short essay as a starting point to consider looking for a CURE, and not a useless token treatment. We hope that this still unknown researcher will consider EVERY POSSIBLE VECTOR for this disease, including (but not limited to) nightime abduction experiments.
GMO Disease Epidemics: Bt-cotton Fiber Disease
by Myron (Mike) Stagman, PhD Friday, Aug. 11, 2006 at 10:56 PM
Genetic Engineering (GE,GM,GMOs) is a nightmare technology that has already caused MANY disease epidemics - documented but unpublicized. This is the 10th in a series revealing the epidemics, dealing here with an almost science-fiction affliction - Bt-cotton Fiber Disease.
Myron (Mike) Stagman, PhD
Concerned Citizens Information Network
www.ccin.info (environmental website)
A research team from Oklahoma State University lead by Dr. Randy Wymore, studied some of the fibers sent to them by Morgellons patients. They discovered that fibers from different people looked remarkably similar to each other and yet seemed to match no common environmental fibers.
Ahmed Kilani, a specialist in infectious disease detection, claimed to have broken down two fiber samples and extracted their DNA. He found that they belonged to a fungus.
In an even more provocative finding, Vitaly Citovsky, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Stony Brook University in New York, discovered that the fibers contained the substance Agrobacterium, a genus of gram-negative bacteria capable of genetically transforming not only plants, but also other eukaryotic species, including human cells.
Anonymous samples were provided to Professor Citovsky by the Morgellons Research Foundation to use in investigating the potential presence of Agrobacterium in biopsies from Morgellons patients. Control reactions included samples provided by healthy donors. Only Morgellons, not healthy subjects, tested positive for Agrobacterium in these studies.
According to a statement issued by Professor Citovsky, this observation does not imply that Agrobacterium causes Morgellons or that Morgellons is indeed an infectious disease. However, it does encourage future studies to determine statistical significance of data, whether Agrobacterium is not only present extracellularly, but also causes genetic transformation of the infected tissues, and whether infection of laboratory animals with Agrobacterium can recreate symptoms of Morgellons.
"Background information on the involvement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the investigation of Morgellons disease in the U.S.", published by the CDC.
"Skin Disease May Be Linked to GM Food", Whitley Strieber's Unknown Country, Oct. 12, 2007.
"Serious Study of Mystery Disease" Whitney Strieber's Unknown Country, Jan. 31, 2008.
"GMO Disease Epidemics: Bt-cotton Fiber Disease", Myron Stagman, Ph.D., Portland independent media center
TULSA MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB STUDYING
MYSTERIOUS CONDITION KNOWN AS MORGELLONS
TULSA, Okla. - A medical research lab in Tulsa is the only one of it's kind dedicated to studying a mysterious and controversial condition.
Now, a well known Oklahoma businessman is stepping in to help.
With money from T. Boone Pickens, and another private donation, those believed to be suffering from Morgellons are hopeful for answers.
The stories from Morgellons patients are the same.
It starts with a biting sensation under the skin, open soars that won't heal and fatigue.
Many are diagnosed with disillusions. Some are locked up in mental facilities and abandoned by their families.
Dr. Randy Wymore runs the lab at OSU Tulsa. That's where he and his small team are working to solve the puzzle.
He said, "Put yourself in the place of being sick and knowing that you're sick and that it's not just all in your head. But, doctor after doctor saying there's nothing wrong with you. Stop scratching and you'll heal, or even family and friends sometimes turning their backs on the person."
Medical professionals are skeptical because of the fibers. They are red and blue and sometimes grow outside of the skin.
"Four years ago, I would get multiple e-mails and phone calls a day from angry physicians telling me that I shouldn't be researching this," said Dr. Wymore.
Many in the medical field believe the Morgellons patients planted the fibers under the skin themselves. They say the fibers are from clothing or furniture. The crime lab at the Tulsa police department found that wasn't the case.
Dr. Wymore said, "They're really good at matching things. But, if they're true unknowns, that's where you have to get into a more academic setting to try and establish what they're made of."
So what is it?
Dr. Wymore said it could be a fungus, a parasite, or maybe a bacteria. He doesn't believe it is highly contagious.
Many families have only one sick family member, while in other households the entire family is affected, even the pets.
Until the fibers are identified, no one will know for sure and no one will know how to treat it.
Wymore said, "Staying cool and dry tends to make them feel better. As far as medications, not really, and that's the focus of my research is to try and figure out what is the causative agent of this. Because, until you can figure out what the cause is, trying to deal with a treatment is a guessing game."
There are 13,000 (100,000 in UK and USA as of 2012) people in the U.S. who report having symptoms. But, without an official diagnosis, and little knowledge of the disease, that number could be inaccurate.
A donor recently gave enough money to hire a DNA specialist to work full time on Morgellons research at the lab. After $50,000 is raised, $100,000 will come from the T. Boone Pickens Endowment fund. That will go toward hiring a recent graduate to the staff.
The condition is so new, that it hasn't been officially labeled a disease by the Center for Disease Control. The C.D.C has completed their first study on the condition. They tell 2NEWS a release date hasn't been scheduled.
As for the number of people affected, 13,000 individuals claim to have Morgellons. But, without an accurate diagnoses, there is no way to know an exact number. Wymore said 35 patients have been seen by physicians at OSU Tulsa with Morgellons type symptoms.
For more information, go to www.Healthsciences.Okstate.Edu/morgellons/donate.Cfm or www.Thecehf.Org .
Read more: http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/health/tulsa-medical-research-lab-studying-mysterious-condition-known-as-morgellons#ixzz2CzBVhZyQ
KAISER PERMANENTE STUDY A FRAUD by Cliff Mickelson
January 16, 2008 CDC announced that Kaiser Permanente has been selected by the CDC to conduct a "groundbreaking" study into the causes and nature of what the CDC and Kaiser both euphemistically (and erroneously) term Morgellons "syndrome."
According to Cliff Mickelson in his article: CDC/Kaiser 'Groundbreaking' Morgellons Study A Fraud!
In the opening news conference statement to the press, The CDC's principle investigator Dr. Michele Pearson, with his Kaiser counterpart, Dr. Joe Selby at his side, sets the tone for a CDC position on this issue that can only be described as disingenuous at best.
"There is insufficient information," intones Dr. Pearson, "to determine whether persons who identify themselves as having this condition, have common cause for their symptoms or may share common risk factors."
This statement speaks volumes. One can only suppose that the good doctor is either stunningly under-informed or is a deliberate liar. In light of readily available information that has come into the possession of this writer, Dr. Pearson and his friends over at Kaiser Permanente appear to be fully informed as to the scope and nature of this affliction.
Furthermore, the CDC is quite clearly aware that there already exists a large body of professional Morgellons research that has been done under the organized auspices of former Morgellons Research Foundation scientist Dr. Randy Wymore.
Dr.Wymore, the current head of Morgellons research at the prestigious school of pharmacology at Oklahoma State University, has personally briefed CDC officials in the past. Nonetheless, the Atlanta based organization showed very little interest in the subject of Morgellons or in Dr. Wymore's revolutionary findings concerning the growing danger this affliction poses to society at large.
The CDC is also aware that there exists a large compendium of additional work available for referencing. A great deal of research has been performed in the last few years by a select number of other professionally qualified medical-field researchers including such well known notables as Dr.William Harvey, Dr Hildegard Stannigar, and Dr. Rahim Karjoo
In his opening CDC press conference statement Dr. Pearson uses the term "common risk factors" as a descriptive term... For those who are the uninitiated, that is CDC doublespeak for drug abuse or delusional mental illness.
This denigrating and underhanded remark is a direct slap in the face of Morgellons patients, many of whom are children, senior citizens, teachers, nurses or other medical professionals. Such eye-opening statements belie the truth behind the thought processes taking place in the halls of the CDC. They give the astute observer an inkling of what lays in store for "Morgies" who are trusting enough to ignore the telegraphed meaning of such implied signals.
For reasons they have apparently chosen not to make public, the CDC has therefore deliberately decided to ignore, negate and suppress the considerable body of nearly three years worth of ongoing, highly qualified field work by others outside the CDC nexus. They have chosen instead to form an unholy alliance with the largest HMO/insurer in the world, Kaiser Permanente.
By marginalizing professional research that has already taken place during the CDC's long and curious absence from the Morgellons issue, they are now seen to be suddenly setting themselves up as the sole judge of any consequence in the public eye. This is a very dangerous and powerful position for an organization with a track record like the CDC to be allowed to place itself in. Morgellons sufferers had best beware.
In what is probably the biggest conflict of interest since convicted felon Henry Blodget was hired as a Wall Street securities analyst, the Kaiser "fox" is now being given the keys to the CDC's hen house. In return, it appears that the CDC expects the obliging chickens to gratefully invite him in for dinner.
It may well be that the CDC announcement concerning the much ballyhooed Morgellons research grant is little more than self-serving bureaucratic sound and fury...or it may be that a much darker and deadlier game is being played. A cursory study of the CDC's woeful lack of past interaction with the Morgellons community will open a Pandora's box of questions that beg answers .
There is little doubt that the CDC knows how to play the political game. Based on past experience, many Morgies are of the opinion that the Kaiser "study" is little more than under-funded pork, a shuck, a jive, political chicanery and, at worst, a cynical lip service designed to throw a fog over the clever methodology of how bureaucracies with something to hide engage in issue assassination.
So why, we might wonder, would the Mandarins of the CDC engage in such transparently duplicitous behavior? Why would they spend hard earned tax dollars for information that already exists and could be had with a simple conference call or two? Well, the answer is at once simple and yet Byzantine.
It is germane to note that by their own malfeasant admission, over the last eight years the CDC has received thousands upon thousands of requests for help from Morgellons victims. All of these pleas, until now, fell upon deaf ears. Not one red cent was ever spent to determine what it was that was taking place not only across America but around the world as well. Meanwhile the CDC has spent millions of taxpayer dollars on an unending parade of fizzled "non-event" epidemics that have come and gone during that same time frame. A number of these high dollar non-event epidemics affected less than a dozen people across the country while others never materialized at all!
As the white rabbit would say: Curiouser and curiouser!
Now, at the behest of the Morgellons study, the CDC is dipping into the trough of public tax dollars once again. This time however, the bucket has come up woefully short. A pitiful $360 K is all that is earmarked for this study!
Let's think about that for a moment. $360 K is less than the price of an average split-level home in Los Angeles County. What will 360 K buy in today's world of bloated research budgets? The salaries of the research staff alone should total more than that. What can we assume will be the cost of high technology tests and other high tech equipment needed to insure accurate Morgellons test results? Modern research tests can easily run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Private researcher, Dr.Hildegaard Stannigar, reports that she has independently spent $39,000 of private money on such tests and that many more tests are still in need of performing.
It doesn't take an accountant to figure out that three hundred and sixty thousand dollars is not going to buy much in the way of a reliable study...and..It doesn't take a Weatherman to figure out which way the wind is blowing in the halls of the CDC.
Morgellons activists need to wake up and smell the coffee. The CDC has no intention of solving the Morgellons mystery. Those who think otherwise need to review the history of the CDC's hostile and dismissive interaction with the Morgellons community over the span of the last eight to ten years. Under modest scrutiny it becomes painfully apparent that this study is a farce and a fraud.
What it is actually being sold to the gullible among us is smoke and mirrors. For a variety of hidden reasons the CDC is offering up the public expedient of having done their "part."
Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the daggers are being sharpened in the dark hallways of Kaiser and the CDC. Morgellons victims who, in their current desperation, rush to embrace these bureaucratic assassins of Faith and Hope would do well to wear extra body armor.
PERSONAL STUDY ATTACKED, MARGINALIZED AND DESTROYED
Sandra Autry created a 150 page Morgellons Notebook compiling statements from many Morgellons researchers, personal stories from Morgellons victims, and many photos.
This labor of love was personally funded by, compiled and hand-delivered to Washington DC to aids of science committee members by Sandra Autry in an heroic effort to try to get the word out about Morgellons to the US government.
Upon the receipt of this large document there were questions asked about certain professionals who contributed information to the full document. When all was said and done the principals who wrote the remainder of this paper were unwilling to be a part of the project and withdrew their work.
Legal action was implied if further attempts were made to distribute the Morgellons Notebooks. It was a very sad and disturbing turn of events for all of us involved but as we all know there has been no easy path for those of us with Morgellons.
Sandra Autry could not go further with this endeavor due to these actions. It was devastating for Sandy both financially and emotionally. She deserves great respect and thanks for her heartfelt efforts to help the Morgellons community.
Here is another new, mystery disease erupting in the Genetic Engineering era.
Although primarily incident in the United States (where genetically-engineered cotton is almost unavoidable), it too is becoming international , like GM products (in this case, Bt cotton).
There are reports of incidence from 15 other nations including Canada, the UK and The Netherlands. Where on this entire planet has Fiber Disease been most prevalent? First, California. Second, Texas. Third, Florida. Three big cotton-growing regions.
Certain cotton products are carrying something that gives rise to virtual science fiction symptoms among users of these products.
The afflicted have strange fiber-like material (or tiny pieces of thread) sticking out of sores or wounds that erupt.
Painful with intense itching, it has been described as "an ever present sensation as if something is crawling under the skin".
Signicantly (as per our "GMO Disease Epidemics: Chronic Fatigue"), disabling FATIGUEis a common symptom of Fiber Disease, reported by 95% of patients.
Commonly reported also is the full Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia (which features both chronic fatigue and chronic myalgia). Cognitive (memory and thought-processing) difficulties, and, naturally, certain behavioural problems are also associated with Fiber Disease.(Genetic engineering seems to have a penchant for attacking the central nervous system.)
Fiber Disease certainly appears to be another genetically-engineered disease, this one evidently brought to us by GM (Bt) cotton textiles and other Bt cotton products. Note: Pets, especially dogs but also cats (and even horses) are beginning to suffer from this bizarre Fiber Disease. What seems to link all of them? I would say it was exposure to genetically-engineered Bt cotton.
Advance NewsMagazines for Nurse Practicioners, article by Ginger Savely NP and Mary Leitau, vol. 13, issue 5, p.16,
"Morgellons Fiber Disease", Ed Kasper LAc, reviewed by a Medical Advisory Board/Morgellons Research Foundation, www.happyherbalist.com/morgellons.htm
"The Fiber Disease"
"Fiber Disease Alert: Cotton: A Clear and Present Danger" by Cliff Mickelson
My name is Jan Smith. I am 58 years old and have been debilitated for the past 10 years with Morgellons disease. Other members of my family have this disease as well. I have even had the sad experience of having my pet cat die from this disease. The vet said it was allergies but I knew what the lesions were that covered her face and ears. I have heard from many people who have lost their pets. Even worse, many children are ill from this disease.
I have included many photos in this letter. I have been documenting samples of this disease for the past five years and am well versed in the morphology of how this disease is manifesting and progressing in people. I have spent countless hours using a microscope to examine the disturbing signs of Morgellons. I have researched the internet extensively on parasites, fungus, nano-technology, patents and other significant related subject matter. Whenever possible, I worked hand-in-hand with researchers to provide samples for analysis and to document symptoms.
As ridiculous at this may seem, if you view the photos I have included in this paper and acknowledge there is anything of substance in the photos, you will have doomed yourself to a diagnosis of “folie portage” or shared craziness.
You too will be deemed to be delusional by our ‘friends’ in the medical profession.
Although this statement is difficult to believe, I must tell you that this is the sole criteria necessary for assassinating your good character. It was as incredulous to me to be termed delusional as you would be at only having seen something in my photos. It is not difficult to see why the people with Morgellons disease are angry and feel like they are the victims of discrimination. We are a group of people who are ill and have no healthcare options. I have personal insurance but due to the lack of diagnosis I am not getting any of the care I need. I presented a list of 10 toxicological tests to my HMO Doctor. These tests were recommended a toxicologist, who had worked extensively with specimens from my body. She wrote a letter to my physician also phoning him to advise him of the tests I needed. He refused to order even one of the recommended tests. I was offered nothing but a reminder that DOP (Delusions of Parasitosis) is written in my files. The lesions are self-generating and need no help in forming their fiber-laden silicon ooze. It is a nightmare to have to deal with all the aspects of this disease as well as the lack of understanding by the medical community and the disability system. We are alone at a time when we need help the most.
In order to get any aid, people have to allow themselves to be declared mentally ill. We have gone through all of the proper channels and are still being neglected and even ridiculed. A multitude of letters and phone calls have been made to the CDC over the past several years. Cursory form letters were received for our efforts. They stated that people should see their own physicians and beyond that offered no help.
It was not until people started writing to their Congressmen that any action was taken at all. I would like to thank the Congress for their efforts in getting the CDC to take this disease more seriously and for requesting CDC to do a study of this disease. (Note:3 years later this study has yielded no results and was simply a stalling tactic) It was not until people started writing to their Congressmen that any action was taken at all. I would like to thank the Congress for their efforts in getting the CDC to take this disease more seriously and for requesting CDC to do a study of this disease. (Note:3 years later this study has yielded no results and was simply a stalling tactic)
Unfortunately there are troubling indications that the CDC is only grudgingly doing this study and there are still overtones that we are likely to be declared delusional at the end of their cursory study, as discussed at a separate exhibit. The medical profession is not eager to learn that they have dropped the ball, possibly committed medical malpractice, and literally ruined the lives and reputations of many people with Morgellons disease. It is now time to take this problem back to the Congress and get something done.
This is not the treatment expected by American citizens when they are in need of help. In this world of fear of biological terrorist threats and Homeland Security, it makes no sense that thousands of people with a bizarre disease are not even acknowledged, much less thoroughly investigated.
You cannot ignore that there is a distinct possibly that a disease of this nature might have been released by terrorists. We do not understand why this disease, affecting thousands, has been consistently ignored. It is also possible that some of the programs being utilized by our own government or nanotechnology industries or military biological research have caused this disease. Who will help us save the future?
We now need your help once again. The planned CDC study has been announced and the bid proposal included the specific battery of tests to be performed in this critically needed study of Morgellon’s victims. The testing they are planning to give Morgellon’s victims does not include any testing that could find the presence of nanotechnology. That evaluation is echoed by Dr. Staninger with her knowledge of labs tests needed to be performed on Morgellon’s samples. This study at Kaiser Permanente (contracted with by CDC) has every chance of once again overlooking the real cause of this disease. This is a fact. I only hope it has not been done by intentional design to deceive and hide important information from the public.
Medical staff and scientists familiar with nanotechnology need to participate with researchers on this study to ensure testing is adequate to determine the presence of these substances, as well as other “unknowns”. This issue needs to be addressed immediately or the study will be useless to the sufferers of this disease and taxpayers will have more wasted spending to complain about.
We are also not happy that Kaiser Permanente is doing studies solely on its own HMO patients, most of whom have been given the DOP diagnosis from that same facility. What would their incentive be to find that they had misdiagnosed 50 of their patients and could now be open to malpractice/misdiagnosis suits? When I heard this news, I phoned my case manager/nurse at my own HMO about this plan for Morgellons testing. She told me I must be mistaken since the study methodology, as contracted, was a completely unethical testing method. She was in the nursing profession for 30 years and had worked in clinical trials for many years of her career. I just wanted a second opinion and I sadly got one that matched my own. She also asked me why they weren’t having clinical trials in the Boston area (or other areas with a significant volume of Morgellons patients) since so many people have this disorder in New England. That was something that surprised me. I did not realize that New England had so many cases of Morgellons. It is certainly being kept quiet.
Update 6/10: Three years later and Kaiser Permanente is proving to be useless and is being used as a stall tactic to "contain" the Morgellons Community. They have told us nothing. The US Army is doing the lab work. That is not ethical considering the probable source of the contamination.
I have had this disease for ten years. During the first five years of this affliction I was unaware that any others could possibly have this disease. Most people with this disease go to their family physicians and then receive referrals to a dermatologist or other specialist. It is important for everyone to understand the medical process that relegates a person with Morgellon’s disease from a normal productive citizen with a skin rash and other physical symptoms to the life denigrating diagnosis of being a victim of Delusions of Parasitosis (DOP). This diagnosis is tantamount to declaring that victims of Morgellon’s are mentally ill, since it is a form of schizophrenia.
In 1937-38 a man named Karl Axel Ekbom published accounts of Delusional Parasitosis. His 70 year old diagnosis is still being used. One of the symptoms or signs that people were delusional, in Ekbom’s opinion, was that they came in to see the doctor with samples of skin and other normal debris and declared that samples were parasites. The term “matchbox sign” was coined to describe the matchboxes that were often used to tr I would have to admit that I did indeed bring a small plastic container with me to show the Doctor what had come out of my skin. Red, clear, white and blue fibers are quite bizarre. Many other Morgellons victims have done the same thing. There is logic to this behavior if you think about it. If a person sees bizarre fibers and growths coming out of their body, they don’t throw them away. They say to themselves; “Nobody would believe that this just came out of my body. I have to take this with me and show the doctor in case he doesn’t find any others. He might know what this is.” The bringing of specimens in any container is a no-win situation as you can surmise.
Do these doctors ever look at the samples you bring in? The answer is no. Apparently they believe that would serve to encourage the poor delusional patient in their delusion.
With a diagnosis of DOP, your entire life and credibility as a responsible member of society is literally ripped away from you. This life-altering diagnosis filters down to every aspect of a person’s life. A person deemed mentally ill by a person with M.D. written after their name is more damning than being arrested for a crime you didn’t commit. There is no recourse for regaining your good name and ridding yourself of the stigma of this bad diagnosis from your medical records. It travels with you from Doctor to Doctor as does the dismissive attitude from the medical the profession that you have to deal with at every successive medical appointment. I had never received such demeaning and condescending medical treatment by any doctor until my records with my DOP (Delusions of Parasitosis) diagnosis preceded my medical appointments with specialists. I have heard this story from hundreds of other Morgellons victims who each believed that no other person had been treated in such a demeaning manner. In fact we all got essentially the same dismissive and condescending treatment.
If you are a criminal you are allowed to defend yourself and have a trial. If a doctor makes a wrong diagnosis, you are trapped in their incorrect life-changing diagnosis unless you can prove that you do not have this mental illness.
Delusional parasitosis is a form of schizophrenia which is a well known, rare, and severe form of mental illness. The treatment for this disease is antipsychotis medication such as Risperdal, Pimozide, Orap and other which all contain pieperazine derivitives.
I would like to note that in each drug given to Morgellons victims by the medical community there is a common thread. This common thread is an ingredient in all prescribed medications to treat DOP. The name of the original product is piperazine, which is an antihelminthic first introduced as a dewormer for swine. Derivatives of piperazine are used in all of the drugs used to treat people with Morgellons Disease, diagnosed as DOP. This drug causes flaccid paralysis to the nervous system of parasitic worms. In consideration that we are deemed to have only delusions of parasites, why are we being given worm medicines? This choice of treatment for Morgellons victims is questionable, as well as dangerous. I was given a prescription for Pimozide by a dermatologist after a 30 minute visit.
It was not suggested that I see a mental health practitioner of any kind and was never referred to one. I am only one of many who had this condition diagnosed by a dermatologist or General Practitioner and prescribed these harmful drugs as a first choice remedy (which should be a drug of “last choice” due to its dangerous side effects). I have personally never taken any of these drugs. The material coming out of my body is no delusion. This is a brief overview of Pimozide or Orap:
FYI if a person is deemed delusional by a medical doctor they lose the right to be a member of a jury. They can easily have their power of attorney and control of all their worldly goods given to others without their consent. They can be forced into a mental institution. Further, the right to custody of their own children can be revoked. These travesties have happened and are still happening to people I personally know.
At this point, I have silicosis which is not from any known source except the presence of silicon nanotechnology in my body. It is oozing out of every pore on my body. This is what you see on the hair strands and on the Morgellon’s lesions (see the Grey Goo in the photos on page 1). I do not form scabs made of blood over lesions. I form crusts of silicon. Even worse than that, these crusts are life forms that have movement. Each has a mollusk-like foot and an antenna. My videos of these crusts, composed of hundreds of these tiny life forms all compressed together, can be seen on my video
The silicon/silicone in my body is suffocating the cells and causing many cells to lose their ability to exchange oxygen. At a minimum, this contributes to my fatigue.
The next set of 10 photos show the basic gel organism. All have an antenna and a mollusk-type foot. They are sometimes clustered together but break apart when under stress. Development of a swollen appendage is evident in the survival mode. These appendages swell with body fluids to keep attached to the lesion if threatened. I have taken videos of these as they move and separate.
I have now been living with Morgellons for 13 years and and there is little hope on the horizon. I have dropped my formerly politically correct closing for this page which was intended for the possible readership of senate committees. I am not looking through those rose-colored glasses any longer. The government is well aware of what is happening to those of us with Morgellons Disease and I dare say should be taking responsibility for it. This is not the country I once believed in. I don't know where the madness will all end but rest assured many people are waking up every day.
This photo below is the only Red White and Blue I can count on every day.
See my Videos' links:
Morgellons Nana UFO (unidentified floating object)
Morgellons Nano Plaques Attempting to Reunify 60x
Plaques on a concave slide with 2 drops normal saline
added strange plaques made of numerous "nano life-like forms"
cover Morgellons lesions instead of normal scabs. These plaques
have been found to be an aggregation of tiny independent/interdependent organisms. I would call it a form of quorum sensing and it appears there is a connection amongst the particles. When these life forms are together they can act as one unit but when parts of the quorum are damaged they will separate and move away from each other. If individual plaques are separated by dissection and the pieces are still vital they will attempt to join together again. I believe there are two joined organisms on the right and one organism on the left that was once joined to this piece which is now in distress. The vital plaques are attempting to reconnect to the lone plaque in this video. The first part of the video was lit from beneath. The red gel mass in the organism on the right shows movement in the gel. The mollusk-like foot that each of these organisms have is seen in this video.
Morgellons Sparkly Silicon Nano Lights
A scab from a Morgellons lesion is viewed at 60x under the microscope. A drop of saline solution is added and the party begins. This pathogen is disturbed and the silicon crystal nano particles move and surface from the lifelike scab and send out a light signal. Is it an SOS? It doesn't like the saline. I just wonder who is getting the signal. Am I now chipped? At the end of the video I increased magnification to 200x to make sure nobody thought all the light play was bubbles.
Morgellons Nano Scab Dance
Morgellons silicon based scab particle on lesion is removed and placed in a solution of saline. When the salt hits them it's time to split! larger scab get yellow glow in front. Nano technology at it's finest.
Morgellons Nano Fibers at 10x Magnification
This video is take at a magnification of 10 x. These fibers would not be visible to the naked eye. The fibers are growing out of a lesion coated with a crust that has been on my knuckle for over 3 months. The movements of these strands appears to be an unnatural kind of movement. These strands represent what I call the 'motile strands'. The movements are jerky and not what I would expect to see from a natural nematode. I have performed burn tests on these strands with a butane flame. The results of the burn tests yield a melted ball of plastic-like material as shown below in both the video and pictures.
Morgellons organism @ 200x
Morgellons Video GRP.wmv
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