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Exploring the association between Morgellons disease and Lyme disease: Borrelia burgdorferi in Morgellons disease patients

Background

Morgellons disease (MD) is a complex skin disorder characterized by ulcerating lesions that have protruding or embedded071806.04 filaments. Many clinicians refer to this condition as delusional parasitosis or delusional infestation and consider the filaments to be introduced textile fibers. In contrast, recent studies indicate that MD is a true somatic illness associated with tickborne infection, that the filaments are keratin and collagen in composition and that they result from proliferation and activation of keratinocytes and fibroblasts in the skin. Previously, spirochetes have been detected in the dermatological specimens from four MD patients, thus providing evidence of an infectious process.

Conclusions

Our study using multiple detection methods confirms that MD is a true somatic illness associated with Borrelia spirochetes that cause Lyme disease. Further studies are needed to determine the optimal treatment for this spirochete-associated dermopathy.

Discussion

Despite compelling evidence to the contrary, MD continues to be attributed to delusions of parasitosis or delusional infestation [19]-[23]. The earlier studies demonstrating Borrelia spirochetes in MD dermatological specimens have involved only a small number of study subjects, and therefore a study involving a larger number of subjects was needed.

A major strength of our study is that MD patients were identified based on the presence of multicolored fibers within skin 2014-02-18_13-58-21_IMG_0667lesions or detectable under unbroken skin. Some of our patients did suffer from neuropsychiatric symptoms, and we do not deny that primary delusional infestation can occur in rare cases [1]-[4]. By selecting only MD patients meeting our dermopathy criterion, however, we have presumably excluded primary delusional infestation patients from our study. Although some MD patients suffering from neuropsychiatric symptoms with Borrelia-associated intradermal filaments may claim to have worms, parasites or the like, the skin crawling and stinging sensations that these patients feel coupled with visible skin lesions, anxiety and anthropomorphic thinking may result in complaints that are misinterpreted by clinicians as a primary delusional disorder. Other MD patients in our study had no neuropsychiatric symptoms and yet had the same Borrelia-associated dermopathy, so it appears that in our well-defined MD patient cohort these symptoms, when they occurred, were the result rather than the cause of the infectious dermopathy, as previously described [1]-[4],[23].

Conclusions

We undertook a detailed microscopic and molecular study of North American MD patients to investigate the presence of borrelial spirochetes systemically and in dermatological specimens. Based on culture, histology, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy and molecular testing, we present extensive evidence for spirochetal infection in MD patients. Our study confirms that MD is a true somatic illness associated with Lyme disease. The proposed clinical classification scheme for MD should aid in the diagnosis and treatment of this complex illness.

Acknowledgements

The authors thank Drs. Stewart Adams, Robert Allan, Gordon Atkins, Robert Bransfield, George Chaconas, Douglas Demetrick, Dorte Dopfer, Christopher Hardy, Doug Kahn, Alan MacDonald, Steve McClain, Elizabeth Rasmussen, Ginger Savely and Janet Sperling for helpful discussion. We thank Joel Israel for technical support and Lorraine Johnson for manuscript review, and we are grateful to Cindy Casey and the Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation for funding support.

Morgellons News Update; 7th Annual Morgellons Research Conference

One of the important functions we try to provide to the community is staying up-to-date on current Morgellons research so we pulled out the stops at the conference to be sure we had the intel we needed.

NutraSilver would like to thank Cindy Casey-Holman, Executive Director of the Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation (CEHF), for her tireless efforts to make this a very successful conference; without her,new bottle it would not have been as successful as it was.

Meet the “They” you Refer to When you Speak of Morgellons Researchers

The Charles E. Holman Foundation is the only credible organization doing any meaningful scientific research in the world. This organization is ground zero for all Morgellons research and has dedicated research scientists working diligently to find the cause and cure for Morgellons Disease. The methods they use, including double-blind and peer-reviewed published findings are recognized by the scientific community at large.

  • Cindy Casey-Holman, RN; Morgellons sufferer, founder and executive director of the CEHF. She is a registered nurse with nearly 20 years of experience in critical care. Like many of you, she was diagnosed with delusional parasitosis at UCSF (medical professionals trying to tell her it was all in her head). She is the founder of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Charles E. Holman Foundation, the primary source of credible scientific research on Morgellons Disease.
  • Marianne Middleveen, Mdes: A microbiologist and Lyme disease sufferer herself, she was instrumental in the detection and isolation of Borrelia burgdorferi, which is found in both Morgellons and lyme disease.
  • Dr. Ginger Savely, DNP: Has a doctorate in nursing practice; has received many awards for her research into Morgellons disease. She has treated thousands of Lyme patients and over 600 Morgellons patients during the last 12 years. Considered by her colleagues to be one of the top experts in the USA, she is the first scientist to associate Lyme with Morgellons Disease.
  • Dr. Randy Wymore, PhD: Director of the Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease at Oklahoma State University is the coauthor of 17 Morgellons articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Dr. Greg Smith, MD; a pediatrician and Morgellons sufferer has worked for the Morgellons Research Foundation and is one of the Founders of the Charles E. Holman Foundation. Dr. Smith works tirelessly to advance this important research about the mysteries of Morgellons disease.

There are many more “heroes” conducting research into Morgellons at Universities and research labs throughout the country.

What Has Been Discovered and Reported?

At the conference, there was much discussion among presenters regarding the presence of Borrelia, Bartonella and Helicobacter pylori in Morgellons skin samples. The exact etiology of Morgellons Disease remains unknown071806.11 while the consistent presence of these pathogens and their absence in controls is being further explored in larger study groups.

In addition, both university research presenters, Randy Wymore, PhD, OSU and Cheryl Bandoski, MS, UNH discussed their results of metagenomic analyses and more techniques being used to identify any other potential pathogens within Morgellons samples to be compared with controls.

To date there has been no evidence to suggest a fungal involvement in Morgellons pathology nor is there any evidence to suggest that genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) or genetically modified foods are involved. There was some speculation that Morgellons could be yet another cutaneous manifestation of Lyme Disease.

Probably some of the best news is that experts were all in agreement that Morgellons is not contagious by casual contact.

Are you tired of all the “conspiracy theories” read about on the internet?

Well, so are we!

If you want real, meaningful research, it costs a lot of time and money to do so.

It is time for Morgellons sufferers to put their eye on real scientific research that is recognized by so-called “main-stream” medicine. You can do that by supporting the Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation with your tax-free donations.

The reality is that it costs many thousands of dollars to do this research. NutraSilver has already invested a large sum towards their research and we would like to encourage you to contribute as much as you can afford, even if it is just a few dollars; every bit helps.

Please, if you want real research, do the right thing; contact them here and offer your pledge to support this important effort, or, you can contribute directly at this link. You can also mail your contribution to:

The Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation
P.O. Box 1109
Lone Star, Texas 75668–1109

The Charles E. Holman Foundation is a Federal 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. Please provide a correct mailing address and they will return a tax donation receipt.

Does Borax Work for Morgellons?

If you’ve been looking for a Morgellons treatment that works, you’ve probably heard about the use of Borax. Before you go through the trouble of putting together all the materials needed to pull off that kind of self-treatment, you might need a few questions answered.

Does Borax Combat Morgellons?

Short answer: Yes… but only in your clothing.

Borax is touted as being great for cleaning your laundry and ridding your clothing and bed sheets of Morgellons mites, eggs, carcasses or whatever else is involved. It sterilizes your clothing and in that way, borax-box-590sure enough, it helps to keep your environment clean and prevent your clothing from contributing to any further Morgellons infestation.

That said, Borax treatment will NOT heal your Morgellons disease symptoms or relieve them. Some customers have even tried taking baths and soaking in Borax. That has only resulted in extreme dry skin and cracking. Don’t do that.

The reality: Borax doesn’t address the internal infestation that is happening in your body and therefore will not actually relieve symptoms.

In order for the symptoms to go away, you must clean your body from the inside out. Anything topical or external may provide temporary pain relieve but it only pushes the infestation inward, which makes the problem worse.

That said, Borax is great for treating your clothing.

How to Eliminate Morgellons From Your Clothes and Laundry Using Borax

Over the last six years, hundreds of Morgellons sufferers have shared with us their success in ridding Morgellons from their laundry. They use a product that Grand Mal used to use dating all the way back to the 1800s called Borax.

When washing your clothes, linens, and bed sheets, substitute your normal laundry detergent for Borax. You can expect to see your clothes completely free of Morgellons fibers, black specks and anything else that reminds you of Morgellons. This will not cost you any more money than you’re used to because Borax is rather cheap.

If you’re looking for a permanent way to rid yourself of devastating Morgellons symptoms, NutraSilver is the only product in the world that cleanses your Morgellons from the inside out. It takes just 3 – 4 weeks for the majority of your symptoms to be gone.

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How Do You Get Morgellons Disease?

Morgellons disease is one of the most mysterious, controversial and devastating health conditions known to man. How is that so? Because nobody has a clear answer to a critical question:

Where Does Morgellons Come From and How Do You Get It?

It makes sense that if you know where a disease comes from and how it is contracted, you’d be that much closer to finding a cure. Luckily, that’s not the case with Morgellons. There is a treatment and we still have no definitive answer as to where it comes from.slideshow_fright-hand-2

Down through the years we have heard many people and scientists speculate as to the cause of Morgellons disease. There’s so much confusion around the subject that if you were to ask some of the world’s leading Morgellons researchers, they can’t even tell us if this disease is a bacterial, viral, fungal or something entirely new.

Air, food, and water. Some people say that Morgellons has been released into the air, food, and water supply on a global scale. Others believed Morgellons was introduced through the food supply; particularly digital bovine dermatitis (DBD).

Cattle and livestock. Over the last 20 years, scientists have discovered lesions and multicolored fibers in the hoofs of cattle throughout North America. These scientists believe that Morgellons gets into our food supply this way.

Chemtrails. Another story is that Morgellons is man-made and is dispensed via chemtrails in the sky. Research has demonstrated some very nasty bacteria and heavy metals being sprayed upon us, yet scientists have failed to positively connect the dots.

Nano-technology. Still other scientists go more Sci-Fi with theories that Morgellons is a nano machine infestation created by humans to take over and control the human body.

There certainly is no shortage of theories here and each theory you hear does only one thing for you… it pushes you farther away from what matters most.

Here’s What Really Matters…

Perhaps you will consider this: it doesn’t really matter where Morgellons came from or how you got it. It’s real and it’s here. So what matters most is getting rid of it by eliminating your symptoms so that you can get your life back. That is what we are all about.new bottle

We all want to know WHY. But that’s not what matters. What matter is YOU and getting your life back.

Everyone has a story. The road that Morgellons sufferers are forced to go down is a difficult one, but there is a real Morgellons treatment that works which will restore your life.

In just a few weeks, you can get your life back and live symptom-free. And we guarantee that.

NutraSilver has proven, down through the years, that when taken as directed using our protocol, it eliminates Morgellons symptoms. In the first 3 – 4 weeks of treatment, you will see your Morgellons symptoms dramatically reduce to a point where they are almost, if not completely gone.

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