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


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.


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.


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].


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.


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.

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 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.

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