Morgellons in California
Why is there so much Morgellons in California?
Note: Although California represents 12% of the US population, 26% of all who have registered with the Morgellons Research Foundation reside in California
Now it's tempting to say things like "California is full of dirty hippy druggies!", but that's not really true. Besides, most of the Morgellons sufferers are nice middle-aged white women.
So, why this disproportionate number of Morgellons sufferes from California?
Note what the above is measuring - it's a percentage of all who have registered with the Morgellons Research Foundation. i.e, over the internet.
How do people find out about Morgellons - on the internet.
How do people share their photos of fibers - on the internet.
How do people form communities to share stories of their illness?
The internet - a common factor in Morgellons suffers.
Morgellons is an interesting syndrome because of the visual aspect - fibers, and hence photos of fibers. Lots of sites have many many photos of fibers. These sites really need a broadband internet connection (DSL or Cable Internet).
In June 2004, California had 13 broadband lines per 100 persons, and the rest of the US had 9.
Could it be that there is more Morgellons, because there is more broadband?
These simple figures don't tell the whole story either - California's population is clustered into cities. The Morgellonites in CA also cluster around the four major population centers. In those population centers, the access to broadband internet is unparalleled through the United States. People in Urban California have the best availability to broadband internet in the country.
If Morgellons is a phenomenon fueled by the internet, then obviously there would be more cases in California.
California is a unique state in many ways - perhaps there are some other factors?