Exciting New Discoveries in Morgellons Research Unveiled at Annual Conference
Please read and consider the vairous forms of spirochetes. This report focuses on filament formation involving spirochetes and comparisons to “known” forms. Then compare these to what we are finding, what is being sent to MRG, and what this Morgellons Morphologist has done.
Panel of experts bring new perspectives to Morgellons Research.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 02, 2012
A multinational panel of medical and scientific professionals met on March 24 and 25, 2012 in Austin, Texas at the 5th annual Morgellons Medical Conference entitled, “Searching for the Uncommon Thread” to discuss the latest findings on Morgellons disease. Morgellons is a debilitating, systemic illness characterized by the formation of unusual fibers within the skin. In addition to slow-healing skin lesions, those afflicted by the illness also experience overwhelming fatigue, and an array of neurological deficits. Morgellons affects people of all ages and ethnic groups, worldwide. Sponsored by The Charles E. Holman Foundation (CEHF), the two-day event boasted attendees comprised of doctors, scientists, Morgellons patients and supporters. Much of this conference was dedicated to refuting the conclusions suggested by the 2011 study by Hylwa et al, of the Mayo Clinic, and the January 25th, 2012 Center for Disease Control (CDC)/Kaiser Permanente Morgellons study.
Highlights of the two-day event included many educational and thought provoking presentations. Canadian microbiologist, Marianne Middelveen, reported on ground-breaking research that she and prominent San Francisco-based physician, Raphael Stricker, published recently in Clinical Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257881. This research demonstrates similarities between Morgellons and a bovine spirochetal disease.
“The unusual filaments associated with Morgellons are likely composed of keratin and demonstrated photographic evidence that fibers stem from both pavement epithelial cells and hair follicles, tissues where keratinocytes are the predominant cell type,” stated Dr. Middelveen. According to Middleveen, “these findings conclusively debunk the erroneous theory that this disease is caused by delusional beliefs and that patients self-implant fibers or are intentionally mutilating themselves”. A second publication related to this subject authored by Middelveen, Stricker and other collaborating researchers, is currently in-press and scheduled to be published soon.
Australian Dermatologist, Peter Mayne, showed clear slides of fibers taken from some of his many Morgellons patients, noting that fibers are subdermal in origin and some originate in the hair bulb. Dr. Mayne is the first practicing dermatologist to thoroughly examine the tissue of Morgellons patients and acknowledge the disease’s unique pathological characteristics. Mayne outlined differential diagnoses he considers in his Australian clinical practice. Dr. Mayne, along with Randy S. Wymore, PhD., Director of Research at the Center for the Investigation of Morgellons disease, reviewed the history of the CDC’s noninvolvement with Morgellons disease, and refuted the 2012 CDC/Kaiser study results. A presentation on Institutional Cognitive Dissonance by CEHF Director, Cindy Casey, RN, in collaboration with Elizabeth Rasmussen, PhD, further demonstrated the repudiation by the CDC in its lawful responsibilities towards Morgellons patients as well as to their confused and bewildered medical care providers.
CEHF Associate Director, Greg Smith, a pediatrician from Georgia, Dr. Amelia Withington, a Psychiatrist from Pennsylvania, Ginger Savely, DNP, a recognized authority in the medical management of Morgellons disease from Washington, D.C., and Carsten Nicolaus, MD, PhD from Augsburg, Germany, an esteemed medical provider for Morgellons patients in Europe, also gave informative presentations covering a broad range of Morgellons-related topics.
The Morgellons medical conference is an annual gathering in Austin, Texas of medical and scientific professionals and members of the Morgellons community. Sponsored by The Charles E. Holman Foundation in Austin, Texas, its purpose is to discuss the latest scientific discoveries in Morgellons research. The foundation was named for Charles E. Holman, a pioneer in the fight against Morgellons disease.
The official DVD of the conference is now available. To order a copy of the DVD, please visit http://www.thecehf.org.
Cindy Casey, Director
The Charles E. Holman Foundation
Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2011; 4: 167–177.
Published online 2011 November 14. doi: 10.2147/CCID.S26183
Copyright © 2011 Middelveen and Stricker, publisher and licensee Dove Medical Press Ltd.
Filament formation associated with spirochetal infection: a comparative approach to Morgellons disease
Marianne J Middelveen and Raphael B Stricker
International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, Bethesda, MD, USA
This is an Open Access article which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, provided the original work is properly cited.
Bovine digital dermatitis is an emerging infectious disease that causes lameness, decreased milk production, and weight loss in livestock. Proliferative stages of bovine digital dermatitis demonstrate keratin filament formation in skin above the hooves in affected animals. The multifactorial etiology of digital dermatitis is not well understood, but spirochetes and other coinfecting microorganisms have been implicated in the pathogenesis of this veterinary illness. Morgellons disease is an emerging human dermopathy characterized by the presence of filamentous fibers of undetermined composition, both in lesions and subdermally. While the etiology of Morgellons disease is unknown, there is serological and clinical evidence linking this phenomenon to Lyme borreliosis and coinfecting tick-borne agents. Although the microscopy of Morgellons filaments has been described in the medical literature, the structure and pathogenesis of these fibers is poorly understood. In contrast, most microscopy of digital dermatitis has focused on associated pathogens and histology rather than the morphology of late-stage filamentous fibers. Clinical, laboratory, and microscopic characteristics of these two diseases are compared.
Keywords: Digital dermatitis, Morgellons disease, Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, spirochetes
First described in 1974, bovine digital dermatitis (BDD), also known as papillomatous digital dermatitis, is an emerging infectious disease that causes lameness, decreased milk production, and weight loss in cattle.1,2 Since 1993, BDD has spread rapidly throughout the US, Europe, and Australia, becoming a significant cause of morbidity in dairy operations.3–5 The disease causes dermatitis and papillomatous lesions of the skin bordering the coronary band in the hooves of livestock, primarily cattle (Figure 1).3–5
Bovine digital dermatitis. Note painful ulcerating lesion above the interdigital cleft of the hoof with multiple grayish fibers (top) and closer view of fibers (bottom). Photographs courtesy of GEA Farm Technologies, reprinted with permission.
Histologically, the lesions resemble those of yaws, which suggests spirochetal involvement,5,6 and cattle with BDD are reported to be serologically reactive to Borrelia burgdoferi antigens.7,8 Consistent detection of spirochetes in the lower dermal layers adds further weight to the etiological involvement of these bacterial agents.9–16 Proliferative or late-stage lesions demonstrate hyperkeratosis and proliferation of keratin filaments4 as well as elongated keratinocytes.17 The proliferation of keratin filaments that may reach several centimeters in length has led to the disease receiving descriptive common names, such as “hairy heel warts”.
Morgellons disease is an emerging human dermatological disorder that parallels BDD in many aspects (Tables 1 and and2).2). In addition to a spirochetal association, Morgellons disease is characterized by dermatological lesions associated with filament formation (Figure 2). Symptoms such as fatigue, neurological disorders, and joint pain suggest systemic involvement as well as dermopathy.19–22 Peripheral neuropathy, delayed capillary refill, abnormal Romberg’s sign, decreased body temperature, tachycardia, elevated proinflammatory markers, and elevated insulin levels are reported to be objective clinical evidence of the disease.23 READ MORE
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Morgellons Filaments, crystal forms (Not radioactive) found in the Environment,
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