Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Mysterious Sickness Recognized As Morgellons

By: Becca G Taylor

Human beings are complex, from our social interaction to our physical function, we defy simple or complete description or understanding. The science of medicine has been hard at work for centuries and still we do not know what causes some of the most prevalent afflictions, even those that are fatal. It is not due to a lack of desire, it is more that like the causes for the symptoms of those who suffer from Morgellons, there are some things we simply do not know.

Unique to this affliction, appearing as it has in the era of the internet and rapid communication, those who similarly suffer have been able to find one another rapidly and work in unison to gain the governments attention. This is important because medical focus on existing disease process is loath to lend resources to a yet undetermined problem because funding is so tight. In addition, each new malady identified is another exposition of how much we do not know.

While the scientific community is loath to accept that there may be a completely new affliction with an as yet unpredictable and difficult to assess disease process, the number of admitted sufferers grows. They individuals who have explained their affliction were smart enough to get their concerns heard by government officials which helps to keep energy focused on researching the illness with the goal of identifying the causative agent and then some type of treatment.

The compelling and disturbing symptom which seems central to those who have it is formally known as formication, this is the sensation that there are living entities beneath the skin that are moving, even stinging or biting the sufferer. Examination of individuals with the complaint, however, have revealed no identifiable life form within the skin as is the case with numerous known parasites.

One of the reasons there is so little progress in the research on this affliction is that early on the malady was associated with a psychiatric disorder. Those who claimed to be sufferers were assumed to have a condition known as delusional parasitosis, the belief they are afflicted with parasite when none are present. Worse, some are accused of creating symptoms in themselves or other purely to attraction attention.

The reality of the ailment is not suspect or inconclusive to those who suffer its effects. Just as with all other medical advancements, there was a periods of time before the answer was revealed during which causality was indeterminate. From centuries ago to as recently as legionnaires disease, the process repeats itself, medical science being slow to accept the idea that new problems, like Morgellons are likely to plague mankind for as long as we roam the earth.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Morgellons is a systemic disease that has not yet gained widespread acceptance in the medical community, yet it actually exists just as AID/HIV existed 30 years ago before Medical Science recognized it. It is similar to scabies, which is a contagious skin disease in which parasites burrow under the skin and lay eggs. These parasites belong to the arachnid family. Symptoms vary from one patient to another. Others, such as skin lesions and a “crawling sensation” in the skin are consistent. Areas of the body where the disease seems to be most severe are on the hands, behind the knees and arms, on the chest and back. Other common physical symptoms are rashes and pain that is similar to fibromyalgia. Severe depression often leading to suicide is all too common. The Morgellons Research Foundation has identified 93 symptoms common to Morgellons sufferers. A complete list of these symptoms can be viewed here: along with a complete case definition:
When seeking medical help, Morgellons sufferers are nearly always diagnosed with Delusions of Parasitosis (DOP). Currently, there is no known test for Morgellons disease so patients are always told "it is all in your head" and are prescribed physo-tropic drugs and occasionally antibiotics. Neither provide any relief whatsoever from these horrible symptoms. The patient's family often believes the doctor and they withdraw their support. Morgellons patients begin to feel hopeless and continue their descent into severe depression.
Many patients have reported trouble concentrating while constantly experience fatigue. When affected areas are viewed under a microscope, many Morgellons patients have clusters of multi-colored fibers beneath the unbroken skin. These fibers may or may not be visible with the naked eye. The fibers have been tested in several labs. They will not burn until they reach 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit and are covered in some sort of high-density polyurethane. A recent study has found microscopic parasites in some patients. This parasite is known to feed on algae, bacteria and decaying organic materials. They thrive in wet or damp surroundings. Unfortunately, there is no meaningful research being conducted since the Morgellons population, while global in nature and increasing daily is still statistically insignificant.
The results are inconclusive as to the cause of Morgellons Disease. The Centers for Disease Control refers to it as an unexplained dermopathy and they are currently conducting an investigation at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California.
Many dermatologists and psychiatrists consider this a psychological disorder, rather than a physical disease. Medical doctors generally treat the condition by prescribing antibiotics, antifungals or herbal supplements. These methods are considered treatments rather than cures, as the symptoms return when discontinued. Colloidal silver has been marketed as an alternative medicine for this condition as well as many others, from fibromyalgia to E. coli. From a medical standpoint, there is no proven effectiveness for this treatment. The most severe symptoms are debilitating and in many sufferers, their quality of life is reduced drastically with absolutely no hope of relief. Until now, that is.
Many Morgellons sufferers have found relief when NutraSilver is used. They state that;
• the lesions begin to heal after a week
• The sores usually dry and fall off completely within three weeks
• The bouts of stinging and biting sensations that plague sufferers are reduced or disappear altogether
• The severe cognitive issues generally resolve in about two weeks.
• When taken as suggested, these fortunate Morgellons sufferers actually get their lives back; their energy returns, their brain-fog reduces and they begin to feel like themselves again.
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