Morgellons Disease; Patient delusion — or medical confusion?


When Anet Greenley got sick four years ago, what upset her the most wasn’t the continual nosebleeds, the numbness in her limbs, or even the fact that her stool had turned green. What really bothered her was the fact that nobody would take her seriously.

My doctors all told me I was stressed out, that it was all in my head, that I was having panic attacks that upset my stomach,” says the 38-year-old Ottawa native. “Even some of my family told me it was in my head.’”

But Ms. Greenley knew she was genuinely sick — so sick that she had to quit the University of London and fly home from England. And several months later, after going from doctor to doctor, she finally found out she was right: She has multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), a condition that makes her extremely sensitive, you could say allergic, to synthetic chemicals.

These days, Ms. Greenley can control her symptoms, as long as she avoids everything she reacts to: cologne, dryer sheets and car exhaust are just three irritants on a very long list. Other than that, though, there’s nothing much she can do. The syndrome is so new that doctors still don’t know what causes it — or how to treat it.

And Ms. Greenley is not alone. According to a Statistics Canada study released recently, more than one million Canadians are suffering from illnesses that are stumping their doctors.

The most commonly reported conditions are MCS, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia (all of which affect twice as many women as men). Reports of a host of other mysterious diseases — such as Morgellons and vulvodynia — also seem to be increasing in both the United States and Canada.

What these disparate illnesses have in common is patients’ struggle not only to find a cure for baffling symptoms, but to establish legitimacy for their complaints. The causes of these conditions remain controversial — and many doctors continue to label symptoms as delusional.

Some of the skepticism patients encounter is understandable — especially when they claim to have something as bizarre as Morgellons disease. People who suffer from this affliction say they are plagued by constant itching, burning and crawling sensations, open sores that won’t heal, and strange “fibers” (black, white, blue and red) erupting from their skin.

Do these lesions look to be delusional to you?

Although at least 12,000 people have now registered with the Morgellons Research Foundation in the United States — including former Blue Jays pitcher Billy Koch — the vast majority of doctors do not consider Morgellons disease to be anything more than a textbook example of “delusions of parasitosis” or DOP, a psychiatric condition.

This is what Stan Skoumal’s dermatologist clearly thought was his problem. After waiting seven weeks for an appointment, the 54-year-old from Victoria says his symptoms were simply dismissed.

“The whole visit took 11 minutes, I received a seven-minute lecture about the wonders of the mind, I was given a psychotropic medication, and then I was out of there,” he says. “The man never came any closer to me than about 10 feet.”

Frustrated, Mr. Skoumal launched a lobby and support group called the Morgellons Society of Canada last fall. He avoids medical doctors and treats himself with baths, diets and exercise. And he combs blogs and chat rooms, where suffers have posted hundreds of amateur microphotographs of their skin showing their “fibers” and the parasites they believe have infected them.

Still, some medical professionals believe that such attempts — while addressing patients’ helplessness and anger at the reaction of conventional health practitioners — may do more harm than good.

“Interpreting things under microscopes are fraught with danger — you’ll find what you’re looking for,” Dr. Jay Keystone says. “Lie on your back and look at the clouds. It’s a good analogy.”

Dr. Keystone, who practices with the tropical medicine unit at Toronto General Hospital, has studied parasitic diseases for more than 30 years and has treated many patients with DOP, and a small number of whom claim to have Morgellons. “From time to time, I do see what they’re looking at, I do see the occasional ‘fibre,’ ” he says.

Morgellons – Airway Cleared in Two Days!

Mr. Phillip J.

“I have this dreaded disease called Morgellons; I could feel these glass like fibers in my throat and in my nose/sinuses.

My throat began bleeding as well as my nose. I did my research on the net.

To see if there were any cures / treatment. I discovered NutraSilver. I ordered some right away, by the time my order arrived my air way and sinuses were already beginning to close up with these fibers.

I was coughing and caging, it was terrible. I was beginning to panic. So when my order arrived I couldn’t open it fast enough. I put the drops in some bottled water I purchased gargled and drank it down. I felt the fibers loosen in my throat almost right away. I had also introduced NutraSilver in my nose and sinuses. One treatment started to clear my nasal passages. At first I started to swallow those loosened fibers way back in my throat but stopped swallowing and quickly began coughing them up and spitting them out instead. I kept this routine up until after a few days my throat and nasal passages cleared up. The only thing left was my lungs; for I kept coughing fibers up out of my lungs. It seems the NutraSilver was helping my immune system because I began feeling better as well. The crawling underneath my skin had all but stopped. I didn’t have the open soars with fibers growing out, my problem is mostly internal. I had some red welts / blotches on my left arm, it is the only thing I have left at this time, but clearing my lungs and throat was a life saver. To be able to breathe clean fresh air again and feeling so much better is heaven sent. It’s my personal believe that if I can stop any re-infection that perhaps NutraSilver can keep this disease so well under control it would be like not having the disease at all.”

Thank You NutraSilver!

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2 Responses to Morgellons Disease; Patient delusion — or medical confusion?

  1. Diane says:

    For those suffering from this disease, please note that it can be related to Lyme disease, which does not always show up on blood tests. Exposure to Lyme sometimes shows up in its later stages as parasites, i.e. Morgellons or Babesia. Only a doctor who practices alternative medicine will acknowledge and treat it. There is a current remedy which you can find online called Transfer Factor LymPlus, which has been found to attack this disease. Many Blessings!

    • CareMan says:

      Diane, You are completely correct!

      Morgellons has definitely been scientifically identified by the DNA markers finally being discovered to be nearly identical to Lyme disease. This research is both peer-reviewed and published. The notion that Morgellons is strictly psychosomatic, if impossible when taken in the light of real scientific research.

      Morgellons sufferers have real, identifiable symptoms that render the victim with less cognitive ability and with certainty physical open, weeping lesions and a mind-breaking sensation of “critters” crawling and biting under their skin.

      NutraSilver has successfully helped thousands of Morgellons sufferers to eliminate their symptoms in 5 to 6 weeks with near-certainty. NutraSilver has proven itself to be the best, safest solution to dealing with this horrific disease. If you have or someone you love has Morgellons, the suffering can be eliminated and you can continue on to the rest of your life, really.

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