Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Morgellons is not Delusions of Parasitosis

I was looking at this KTUV video, and one thing that struck me was the similarity of the lesions on the afflicted people. They were very similar to the ones on WKRG Alabama. What do these people have in common?

Here's a picture of the lesions.



Actually, I fib. The above picture is of lesions from someone suffering from what is termed Neurotic Excoriation, related to Dermiatitis artefacta.

The picture comes from the web site Dermnet, which has a fascinating (and sometimes disturbing) comprehensive photographic overview of what might go wrong with your skin. The eczema collection alone is quite amazing, and that's where we find Neurotic Excoriations.

So, my actual point here is that Morgellons is not Delusions of Parasitosis, at least not always. Based on the what I've seen, I think it often can be one of any number of skin conditions, compounded with simply mistaking environmental fibers as being fibers emerging from the skin. Delusions are not necessary, just a mistake.

Sure, delusions may be present in some people. But I think a lot of people are quite reasonably minded, and simply found a few ordinary fibers, and then were fooled by the web and media reports into thinking that this was a genuine symptom of their problem.

The sad thing is, this hurts them two ways. Firstly, hurried doctors diagnose them as delusional, and secondly they diagnose themselves as having "Morgellons", in both ways depriving them of appropriate medical care.

If you think you have Morgellons, perhaps you should browse though Dermnet first, just to get an idea of the range of possibilities.

30 Comments:

At 12:37 AM, Blogger Smileykins said...

Morgies claim, at least all the ones I know of, that they've looked at all the possibilities.
You know, that sure covers a lot of ground, as many skin conditions as there are.

Here's the thing, though. If you read their message boards, you'll find actual dermatological diagnoses that have been received by quite a few of them. Go figure. Of course, lots of other health conditions too. It's "all" morgellons disease, to them.

But sure, there are plenty, I agree, that may be given a hasty DOP diagnosis. What doctor wouldn't assume, as any of us, that people know that environmental fibers adhere to skin? Doctors are hard pressed for time, and they're trained what to do when the matchbox sign is presented, as well as to base diagnoses on their trained skills in observing the patient's behavior. Who could blame them for following their training? Normal thinking people should know better.

But okay, let's say they were normal thinking, minus any delusions. That's where MRF has led them astray. For the life of me, I cannot even let my imagination run wild, and think for a split second, that this "expert team" of reseachers don't know a @#!%&@#! thing about the epidermal layer of our skin!!!
It was previously accepted that the stratum corneum was a collection of dead cells, with no ongoing activity beyond barrier function. But it's known that many functions do take place and may originate in this layer. The stratum corneum is "alive".

Morgies keep their skin messed up, in lots of ways, even if they were in good health otherwise. As much oil saturation that most of the morgie people have in their skin, it isn't having any oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange. Do you think they know that anemia, even if they have no other health problems, could be a large contributing factor? Dehydration? Look at how many of them have intestinal problems. Do you think they know those toxins are going to create skin problems? Do you think they really care? The answer is a definite NO.

NO, to everything, except absurdity.

If the previously normal thinking morgies only wanted to get better, they would. They really would, but they've joined up to a false doctrine, with great rewards eventually coming their way.

 
At 12:38 AM, Blogger Tall Cotton said...

I've spoken with many people that claim to be suffering from what they call "Morgellons" and it's quite obvious that some of them are suffering from illnesses that have been diagnosed by their doctors but the patients have refused their doctor's diagnoses and treatment protocol. Others have followed their doctor's advice, but gave up when they didn't get immediate results. Some of the sufferers have lyme disease, and some have undiagnosed skin conditions that I believe to be common skin problems.

Many of their scabs have been knocked off, scratched off, or pulled off. I believe that this, and the fact that the lesions contain fibers, are two of the reasons that these lesions are slow healing. Most of the fibers appear to be common industrial fibers, and it appears that the sufferer has simply failed to keep the lesions clean.

No, I do not think Morgellons will qualify as a disease or syndrome. In my opinion there is no Morgellons pathogen. I do sincerely believe that this "condition" is spread by the hysteria of the sufferers. The do seem to me to have delusional personalities, more often than not. These people seem to be extremely gullible, and not very bright. I hate to say that, but that's the way I see it.

Tall Cotton

 
At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you've read the recent reports, these fibers have been examined by the best in the business and they are neither environmental (nothing known as yet, anyway) or of a textile nature. And believe me, there are more than just a few. You have absolutely no idea or concept of the suffering involved here. I pray that this disease does not come to you, doubter that you are, though karma sure is a strange thing. I'd keep a magnifying glass handy, just in case.

 
At 9:09 AM, Blogger Margellons said...

Actually, the fibers have been examined by Prof. Wymore and friends. He actually found a lot of environmental fibers, but there were some he was unable to identify.

So, even if there were some genuine novel fibers emerging from the body due to some unknown pathogen - you are still going to get large numbers of people with skin conditions who simply find environmental fibers on their skin and lesions, and mistakenly think they have something called Morgellons.

 
At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My doctor prescribed Hydroxyzine HCL 10MG. and Clobetasol Propionate ointment 0.05% The itching, burning and parasites disappeared after 10 days.

 
At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To M.
You say you "fib". As Jesus said, "you spoke rightly". (Meaning you have spoken correctly about yourself.)

Jesus also said "love your neighbor as yourself". Please love yourself more so you can, indeed, love your neighbor more.

In the 10 Commandents, God said, "Do not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Jesus also said, "judge not that thou be judged." In obedience, I judge you not. Instead, I promise to get up from the computer and say a prayer for you. Jesus said, "pray for them which despitefully use you."

 
At 10:46 AM, Blogger Smileykins said...

Anonymous, my gosh, why are you saying those fibers have been examined by the best in the business? You should come to your senses, unless you can't, and in that case, seek treatment for that.

You say...

"I pray that this disease does not come to you, doubter that you are, though karma sure is a strange thing."

Listen, to you! Some morgies don't like to be lumped together by the things they say, but heck, I'll be a freakin' monkey's uncle if every one of you morgie people doesn't say that one. I had it, and I didn't have a magnifying glass, and I sure didn't blow good money on a microscope.

You take your atitude, and read my and Tall Cotton's experiences with it, and before you finished, if you want to think that we didn't have what you call "morgellons", but that we had something worse, as I've been accused of by one of "your people" on Digg....

...like I told him, "if" I wanted to bring the symptoms onto myself, "I could" produce them and carry around a "chronic" case of it. There would be something terribly amiss with me, if I did that. I've learned what it is and how to make the symptoms in my skin show up. I would never have gone through such a thing with out wanting to learn as much as I could about it. I used my brain to learn, because that's what they're for.

Our acounts are lenngthy, and for that, we're sorry, but don't just look at the introduction, and think Smileykins, here, had eczema, and run off.

http://of-morgellons.blogspot.com/

That kind of talk you just employed, along with some other recognizable commonalities, speaks volumes in revealing suspicions as to the root causes of morgie peoples' problems.

Get Well. People who are really "suffering" want to end the cause of their suffering. They don't defend it.

That's another major commonality.

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger Smileykins said...

Yeah, you'd better pray, for yourself, and act like you mean it, for a change, if you're a true believer in Jesus Christ, who's just become lost. Go on and do it for the ones that despitefully use you, if you feel that will help you too, but you should be more concerned with your own healing. If you're really suffering, you'll do the right thing.

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger Smileykins said...

God will reveal who your "users" are.

 
At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smileykins,

Didn't you ever learn to look before you leap. Your comments about those with Morgellons, are without any knowing. So how can you sit back and maintain this isn't happening - I know, that's typical of what people with no sense do. Always too!

 
At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Tinfoil Hat Merchants said...

Nobody denies that folks with "Morgellons" suffer. Most of us here are just convinced that what morgies suffer from is mostly psychological.

What makes a lot of folks mad is not how much money conventional doctors are losing. It is how much money morgies are losing to ineffective treatments, and how much time they are losing.

All those months slathering potions on yourself are months you haven't spent in the sunshine looking at the flowers! If the delusions of parasitosis are just the leading edge of deeper psychological problems, all those hours ticking away looking at fibers under a microscope are hours you are not spending stopping whatever's wrong before you end up with all the psychological care you can ever hope for.

 
At 10:37 PM, Blogger Smileykins said...

Don't be so dense as to attack me, Anonymous. Read my story and THEN talk to me. What are YOU so afraid of? I am bold, because I know what I'm talking about. Do it. Let's get it on.


http://of-morgellons.blogspot.com/

 
At 10:50 PM, Blogger Tall Cotton said...

Anonymous,

You came to the wrong place. Posting your comments here will only serve to accent your stupidity. You can't match wits with anyone here. We're way above your league.

Tall Cotton

 
At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Margellons, tall cotton, smileykins.

I like this article you posted from emedicine about excoriations.

It seems you wanted to highlight the fact that excoriations are due to pshycological problems.

The very article you posted contradicts itself.

After reading the article one can gather that excoriations are caused by:

1. Pshycological problems. True for some.

2. Actual skin irritants from a variety of sources listed in the "differentials". True for most.

When reveiwing the most popular dermatological image databases one can easily see there are at least a thousand skin diseases that produce a lesion in the skin as a result and many times a secondary infection.


To say that a person does this out of pshycological reasons is absurd. And if you are a:
1. A Dermatologist
2. A Medical Doctor
3. A Biologist

Your an idiot with a title for saying such a thing and it shows you didnt learn a god damn thing in biology 101.


This emedicine article is disturbing in itself when it recommends issuing the patient pshycotropic drugs especially if they havent completed the differentials.

I can assure you this list of differentials is more extensive than what is listed. Non of this even includes all of the zoophilic diseases passed from animal to man that cause pruritus upon entry infection of the organism.

Any more, its the same thing. You go see a derm or a doc and in five minutes they say, "This will all go away if you stop picking at it".

No lab work. ever. How do they know your not infected with strongyloides or any one of hundreds of protozoa, bacteria, or viral diseases known to cause pruritus.

Which then leads to excoriations. The condition will now cycle itself within the body.

Your information is biased especially when I can pull a hundred articles off the web of things that cause pruritus which leads to excoriations. Just keeping ones hands off of the condition does not make the condition disappear magically as if that is the solution to all these diseases.

This article seems to be the same "peer reveiwed" shit that all are trained by.

If you dont know whats causing the problem in the patient. Blame it one the patient. Fine blame it on the patient after YOU have done YOUR diagnostics and completed the differentials. Thats treatment, not issuing a pshycotropic mind drug before the fact.


Tall cotton,

This is for you Mr. know-it-all.

Name the University responsible for embedding bio engineered bacteria into clothing that people wear and have sold that technology to textile manufacturers. What type of bacteria was spliced in this bioengineered bacteria?

Is this modified bacteria known on the books in Medical or Dermatological referrences?

Tell me the name of the Institution responsible for testing biomodified bacteria on cotton crops using nematode vectors. How were these bacteria manipulated? With what were they crossed with? Do these modified bacteria have an affinity for the human body by chance because of nutrients available in the human body. Were these bacteria spliced with other mammalian cells?

What types of chemicals, mammalian cells, plant DNA, nematode DNA etc were used? Does this new organism fit anything in the books?

Is it possible that a scientist can express certain genes to promote certain effects in bacteria to control other bacteria and or insects without relying on chemical pesticides?

Is it a known bacteria on the books? Are these bioengineered bacteria capable of producing fibers by genetically expressed DNA from other living things in that bacteria to harm the host insect which destroys cotton plants?

Why do these fibers autoflouresce?
Were these fibers bioengineered with flourescent bio markers taken from spliced nematode genes and other animals with flourescent abilities?

I guess once the genome projects began splicing many things for the purpose of controlling other things, such as destructive pests, we opened up new problems because nature doesnt like to be "fixed" by man's thinking of how things should be in this world.

Now if scientists are crossing bacteria, plant, chemical, and anmimal genes as they admit and which I have read, then why would it surprise anyone that we can now create things which we have never seen before.

You want to be able to quote dermatological refferences when there are things out there being created and experimented with that will not fit any textbook referrence.

"If its not in the book, its in your head" Most dont even care if its in the book.

That is your shallow-minded mentality.


I want you to explain to us why these Universities have developed embeddeding bio modified, bio active fibers technology in clothing using spliced e-coli bacteria and other mammalian cells crossed with genes of other living things. They clearly state using these bioactive fibers to utlize nutrients from the human body.

They openly admit to engineering these e-coli bacteria to be lysine deficient and embedded into clothing to control odors, degrade oils etc. etc. The reason they say they engineer the bacteria this way is to control their growth in the clothing articles.

Well what happens when abrasion from the clothing article innoculates them into the skin where there is now an available source of the amino acid lysine that is abundant in the human body? Seems that there is now a source of nutrients for this bio modified bacetria.

And what about the nematodes used in crops? Well most stay in the soil for years and years and alot end up in cotton products, from the field all the way to hanging up in the department store.

All testing of these bio experiments have absolutly no EPA mandate controls. That means they can dispose of failed experiments how ever they choose. They also spray these test nematodes on large areas. If they fail well you just cant take back the genetically modified organism as it is already unleashed into the environment.

The internal stitching threads of cotton shirts and levis etc, that ragged edge is full of eggs and parasites and the rope edge acts like a file against the body in motion innoculating bacteria into the skin. NO SCATCHING, PICKING, (EXCORIATION) is done.

It is caused by cotton based clothing abrasion and biomodified bacteria.

Sitting back in a chair is all that is needed to grind sharp fibers into the skin of the back which harbor bacteria and parasites and their eggs.

Some of these bacteria were genetically altered to incorporate continuous duty bacteria in clothing that degrade oils and odor. Seems like a good way for this bacteria to degrade skin oils and penetrate the protective layers of the skin also.


So Mr. "way above your league"
self-rightous fuck. whos the one with an ego that needs a ladder to reach his higher self. "not very bright" "cant match wits with anyone"

And for you smilykins congratulations on the new found knowledge of the epidermal layer of the skin. Seems there is alot you dont know that you are finding out. But your inablility to listen with an open mind defeats your abilty to learn more. And while your talking about internal toxins as I think you are referring to impacted colon. Autointoximia.

YOur brilliant. No Doctor or Dermatologist ever talks about diet or impacted colons and the skin problems that originate in the gut.
Its much more profitable for the mainstream medical community to wait until you get colon cancer then put you under a radiation machine for a 100,000 dollars before they will tell you to regularly keep your colon flushed.

Your just constraind to your ineffective treatments of choice by law and NO doctor OR derm will ever tell you to use a colon cleaner program.

Sorry, I use colonix on a regular basis and have for years. That requires 8 glasses of water each day. Im not dehydrated and Im not impacted.

"if they, (morgellons) wanted to get better they would"

YOur an idiot. You may be educated but your still an idiot. Mainstream docs and derms arent even familiar with any of these modified bacteria.


Here this should help you and Tall insecure guy.

http://wwwntcresearch.org/pdf-rpts/AnRp00/m00-d03.pdf
University of Dartmouth.

let me know when your done reading so I can give you some more. Alot more before you claim to understand all there is to be understood about disease.

Dumbasses.

 
At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Repost web address.

http://www.ntcresearch.org/pdf-rpts/
AnRp00/m00-d03.pdf


"Devolopement of Bio active fibers"

 
At 2:16 PM, Blogger Tall Cotton said...

Anonymous,

For your own good you need to quit obcessing over your recurrent and persistent thoughts about Morgellons. I'm sure it causes you anxiety and distress. These impulses are not imposed from without. They are a product of your own mind. You need to quit fretting over the genetic manipulation of the cotton genome and spend a little time studying obcessive/compulsive disorder.

Tall Cotton

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger Smileykins said...

Anonymous, if you really think you're helping yourself, by all means, keep displaying your obsessions here, but witnessing your coming unravelled is not a real pleasant thing to keep seeing. It's entertaining, yes, but it's not funny for you, I'm sure.

Let me assure you that Smileykins has only a twelfth grade education, so don't follow any more delusions, anybody, in thinking that I'm an educated person. If you need to know, for the record, I just have a higher than average intelligence quotient, and a ton of common sense. Not enough common sense to avoid responding to you, but more than the average amount.

You're really in a bad way, Anonymous, and you can't understand what you read, looking at things that you shouldn't be, as well as misinterpretting my words, and the words of others. You're of a very incorrect thinking to assume that I argue with the likes of that. I don't waste my time, and yes, that comes off as disrespectful, but gee whiz, I'd rather talk to a rock.

We aren't interested in "expanding our minds" into the direction of making ourselves part of your obsessive notions, contained within the links you've provided, any more than you're open to sound reason.

Chew on that, and swallow it down. We aren't cold, hard-hearted people. Perhaps we're frustrated in seeing fellow humans going through this entire mess you've found yourselves in, and how it's destroying you, and your loved ones, but that's about it. That's a lot, too, if you only realized it.

You're a strange and unusual person. I assumed we were all taught the basics of human skin anatomy and functions, in elementary school, right up through high school. You're very odd, to say the least, referring to my "new found knowledge of the epidermal layer". That's a complete and total hoot! You need to get your poor mind over into something that can benefit you, but we all realize that's a component of your illness and that you can't help yourself.

But you know, that's the most undeniably strange thing about you, and other morgie people. You have such a fear and hatred of doctors, and look at all the bizarre directions that your minds take you off running in. What does that do towards helping you with any of your immediate complaints? Answer me that. Can you? Of course you can't.

Something's not right there. But I'm not trained and qualified to try to break it down real simple for you to understand.

If you could understand, anything, you and "your people" could be receptive to, and bear in mind, the fact that I used to be among the few who had a highly unusual thing occur to me, as well as did Tall Cotton. We've "been there, done that", if your level of comphrehension can understand that phrase.

We, as well as anyone else that doesn't support your misunderstandings, have been accused of so many things coming from such an unusual group of misled and misinformed people. I'd thought "help me" really meant "help me", but no, it doesn't, I have come to learn.

When there is nothing to hide, one doesn't behave with such various forms of displayed attacks to protect the truth. Truth is forthcoming, and not part of a negative energy. People who are not lost recognize that.

We're not stupid enough to think we can break through that mental barrier you all have, and early on, when I began posting on this blog, that was discussed with Margellons, under one of the topic headings. All of us know that morgies are a "lost cause" so to speak, and that isn't the purpose of writing here, for me, nor of anyone else that participates on this blog.

I'm sorry you can't give it up, but you need to "get real". If that means treating your mental health, first and foremost, you need to. If you can't, and you won't, and none of you can help it, don't blow off at us, and get mad at anyone that knows that, and say that we all sound like your doctors.

Look to the cause of your problems. You can't "think right", to say it as simple as it can be said. Heck, do some reading on mental health.

Now see, my common sense has completely left the building!!! Hahaha.
I think it is fair, though, that if you insist there's nothing wrong with you mentally, and you choose to attack me with your pathetic display of words, that you should expect something in return. You do want me to look at it that way, I'm sure. So there, I'm taking it from your perspective and not mine.

That's not fair, is it? I know, but there's little in life that is fair, and we just grow up and deal with it.

 
At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well if that isnt a maudlin line of crap.

You totally ignored the refference document and once again made your online diagnosis and started yapping about irrelevant things.

Do you want me to plaster more of these documents on your website?


YOu fucking find one word where I said fibers are growing in the body bitch.

Yeah start putting words in my mouth and making assumptions.

Once again jumping the gun with your delusional online diagnosis bullshit that you hand out to everyone here that has a different opinion than you.

I want you to respond to the document I posted.

http:www.ntcresearch.org/pdf-rpts
AnRp00/m00-e03.pdf

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger Margellons said...

New rules. Post that simply contain threats in will be deleted.

Okay, so I read Development of Bio-Active Fabrics. It discusses adding bacteria to fabrics to do things like absorb oders, and maintain better waterproofing. They talk about the shape of the fibers that would best support the bacteria. The fibers simply carry useful bacteria around, the bacteria do not create fibers.

You know there are lots of good bacteria

Anonymous, I thank you for making two of my points for me yet again, albeit unknowingly. The points being:

1) There are hundreds of diseases that could account for the symptoms of "Morgellons".

2) A diagnosis of delusions should not be automatic with Morgellons, the sufferer may have a physical disease with some mistaken beliefs regarding fibers.

 
At 10:59 PM, Blogger Smileykins said...

Well thank you, Margellons. That turns out then, being something I didn't need to concern myself with in reading anyway, just for your information, Anonymous, because I had already read all about that way back-in-the-day, on the morgie message board. Geesh!

I've tried telling some that a lot of clothing contains formaldehyde, and that could very well be a contributing factor to skin problems, as well as chronic fatigue, and chemical sensitivities.

There are some clothing manufacturers that are formaldehyde-free, such as Old Navy, for example, among others. They might want to put forth some of their research looking into that direction, since clothing is in direct contact with their skin.

I seriously doubt they could, though, unfortunately.

 
At 12:05 AM, Blogger Tall Cotton said...

Anonymous,

I must admit, I looked for a Morgellons pathogen for 3 long years, and I turned every stone I could find. I've been down every branch on the tree of life, and I've had some pretty wild notions myself. I was going to build a gallows on the white house lawn and hang Mr. Wiggleworm. But I finally realized that the data was flawed, and what a deflating experience it was. But the truth won the battle when the curse felt the Sword. Praise the Lord!

Tall Cotton

 
At 7:39 PM, Blogger Godshammer said...

yeah praise the lord.

The BTK serial killer used to say the same thing.

 
At 10:26 PM, Blogger Tall Cotton said...

I think you're more capable of that than me.

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger Smileykins said...

Margellons, you respectfully stated, "Sure, delusions may be present in some people.".

Of course, I know none of these people in real life, but can only base what I know of them solely upon the writings of the morgie people who participate in message board discussions.

I see an unmistakable delusive thought process in everyone there, some far worse than others, but it's present in all victims' postings that I've read.

Everything I wrote when I participated there, was told in hindsight, three years after recovering from my incident, and I tried giving suggestions to their recovery. I was not welcomed, as has been indicated here, lately, and was censored on their message boards. I was much more gentle in my manner of tone, there, and didn't realize that I needed to continue to watch my step here. But anyway...

Just one, delusive thought for instance, that's present in quite a few, is in thinking that whatever they have is worse than cancer, worse than AIDS, and in their beliefs that it's anything rare, at all, to have an illness for which there is no known cause, and no known cure.

That's certainly not anything unique, but having such a widespread belief that it is, I conclude, is very representative of delusional thinking at play.

Of course, there are many other things to cite, but I think all "morgellons victims" show that they are clearly delusional within the content of their own written words.

I've spoken openly with my thoughts on the matter, and have appreciated your providing a place readers of your informative blog can comment.

What I hadn't anticipated was that morgies were going to come here to try and censor me, due to their outrage, and resistance, in accepting that there are such people in existence that can openly admit to having been ill with delusions in the past.

Now, I have been labeled as a "fraud", by one, here, and more recently, another says that I "have morgellons"!!!

They can't be blamed, though. It's just all a part of what their perception of reality is.

 
At 6:45 PM, Blogger abac68 said...

Margellons - your comment "You know there are lots of good bacteria". You wouldn't be on this earth if it weren't for bacteria.

Bacteria is smarter than you Margellons. Think about IT.

 
At 2:35 AM, Blogger Smileykins said...

What a terrible descent to witness.

 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger abac68 said...

I just can't stop laughing at you lot!!

 
At 8:26 PM, Blogger abac68 said...

abac68 said...
You Sick, twisted, individual. How dare this blog site allow material to be written about "a little boy named Drew" and the late "Tavis Wilson" and his mom. LEAVE THESE PEOPLE ALONE!

8:24 PM

 
At 10:27 PM, Blogger abac68 said...

1111 West 17th Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74107-1898
918-582-1972
May 15, 2006
Re: Morgellons Disease
From: Randy S. Wymore, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology & Physiology
Rhonda Casey, D.O., Department of Pediatrics
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Dear Practitioner,
This letter concerns a patient population that manifests a particular set of symptoms we have encountered
with increasing frequency, and that OSU-CHS is actively researching. The condition has been labeled as
Morgellons Disease and it is unclear if this is a single disease or a multi-faceted syndrome. Until recently, most of
these patients have been grouped as a subset of the diagnosis of Delusions of Parasites (delusional parasitosis;
DOP). After obtaining careful patient histories and thorough physical exam, we have determined that Morgellons
patients have several important distinctions ruling out the diagnosis of DOP.
This population of patients frequently exhibit the following symptoms:
• Distinct and poorly healing skin lesions with unusually thick, membranous scarring upon eventual healing.
• Moderate to extreme pruritis at sites of lesions as well as un-erupted skin.
• Microscopic examination of these lesions will most often reveal the presence of unusual fibers, which may be
black, blue or red. These fibers, which many healthcare providers initially thought to be textile
contaminants, are often present in the deep tissue of biopsies obtained from unbroken skin of individuals
with this condition. Careful examination of these fibers further reveals that they are frequently associated
with hair follicles, and are definitely not textile in origin.
• Most of these patients suffer from a host of neurological symptoms which can vary in severity from mild to
severe. These neurological symptoms include peripheral tingling, paresthesias and varying degrees of motor
involvement which appear to progress.
• Intermittent cognitive and behavioral status changes are often observed and also seem to progress with the
severity of disease. This is often referred to as “brain fog” by the patient as they experience a waxing and
waning of this symptom.
• Laboratory findings in these patients are variable, but often reveal eosinophilia and elevated levels of
Immunoglobin E.
• Other symptoms of varying severity and frequency have been described, and are included in the attached
case definition.
Continued…
Morgellons patients differ from classical, delusional parasitosis patients in several areas. They do not respond to
antipsychotics, and new lesions continue to appear upon complete cessation of manual excoriation.
Due to the sensation of foreign material in their tissue, that has been described as sharp, stinging and/or splinterlike,
the patient may have discovered the fibers prior to seeking medical care, and may bring them to your office for
examination. Please do not assume that the patient's problem is purely psychological based on this propensity.
Many of these patients may appear skeptical of traditional medical care due to frequent dismissal of their
symptoms in the past. The combination of suffering from a chronic disease with distressful symptoms and no known
cause or cure can cause some patients to appear anxious or agitated.
We encourage you to take the time to carefully interview any patient who may fall into this category, perform
any testing you may deem appropriate, and most importantly treat the patient with compassion and dignity.
Sincerely,
Randy S. Wymore, Ph.D. Rhonda Casey, D.O.
Director of Research, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Morgellons Research Foundation
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
Oklahoma State University
Center for Health Sciences
1111 West 17th Steet
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74107-1898
email: morgellons@okstate.edu
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At 11:18 PM, Blogger Smileykins said...

Personality disorders are patterns of deviant or abnormal behavior that the person doesn't change even though it causes disruptions with other people in their lives.

It's not limited to episodes of mental illness, and it's not caused by drug or alcohol use, head injury, or illness.

There are about a dozen different behavior patterns classified as personality disorders by DSM-IV.

All the personality disorders show up as deviations from normal in one or more of the following:

1. cognition -- i.e., perception, thinking, and interpretation of oneself, other people, and events

2. affectivity -- i.e., emotional responses (range, intensity, lability, appropriateness)

3. interpersonal functions

4. impulsivity

 

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