by Dr. Gregory Damato
August 16, 2012
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Morgellons Disease is characterized by bizarre symptomology such as,
experiencing biting sensations on the skin
painful skin eruptions
strange fibers growing from the skin
unexplained body pain
neurological deficits (1,2)
It is estimated that millions of people worldwide suffer from this
unexplained affliction with the medical community quick to dismiss
their symptoms as 'delusional parasitosis' or 'delusional
infestation' and hence believe it's all in their heads.
authorities often times blame the Morgellons sufferers for
inflicting the wounds on themselves and believe the fibers simply
emanate from clothing.
After thousands of complaints to the Center for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), in January of 2008, the CDC paid
researchers over $300,000 to conduct a 3-year study on Morgellons.
The researchers erroneously concluded
"No common underlying medical
condition or infectious source was identified, similar to more
commonly recognized conditions such as delusional infestation"(3)
and hence indirectly concluded that Morgellons was not a
disease and was in fact a psychological disorder.
The CDC agreed and stated,
"This comprehensive study of an
unexplained apparent dermopathy demonstrated no infectious cause
and no evidence of an environmental link" (4).
Morgellons has historically been linked
genetically modified organisms (GMOs;
a specific bacteria known as
Lyme Disease (1,6,9)
immune weakness (1,2)
According to researchers at the State
University of New York, "Agrobacterium represents a universal gene
and protein transfer machine" (7) and hence laboratory
(genetically modified) creations now have the ability to alter the
DNA of humans (4).
Hence, agrobacterium allows horizontal
transfer of DNA and would be a likely culprit in the creation of
Morgellons although other environmental factors appear to also be
Following up from the CDC study, in January of 2012, new independent
research just published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental
Dermatology Research found that Morgellons is in fact a real disease
Based on extensive physical, microscopic
and fluorescence examination of skin, hair, tissues, calluses, etc.
of three Morgellons sufferers, the researchers reported several
Abnormal functioning of the
follicular keratinocytes (genetic alterations in DNA caused
hair follicles and skin to malfunction).
Fibers, which under the
microscope (100x), had a unique floral arrangement and
colors of blue, red, white, green and some brightly
Some fibers "appeared as
For the first time, demonstrated
that Morgellons fibers contain keratin (structural protein
which makes up the outer layer of the skin) which means the
fibers were created within the body.
Alterations in keratinocyte
(skin) expression was most likely due to spirochetal
infection from Lyme Disease.
The filaments from the Morgellons
patients were confirmed to contain keratin via immunohistological
staining with antibodies specific for human keratins.
This means that fibers present in the
subjects were found to be biological in origin and are produced by
keratinocytes (proteins in the outer layer of skin) and grew out of
These findings are consistent with the 2012 CDC publication stating
that over 80 percent of non-biopsy material taken from patients had
a protein composition.
The researchers concluded that the fibers,
"are clearly biological in nature
and are not implanted textile fibers."
It may be probable to assume that since
these fibers under the microscope which contain floral and root-like
structures that the origin may be via a cross contamination of DNA
from plants and humans by way of GMOs.
This study opens the door for future research which is desperately
needed in the environmental and epigenetic causes of Morgellons
Disease with Lyme Disease and GMOs being the likely areas of
1 Savely VR, Leitao MM, Stricker RB
The mystery of Morgellons disease:
Infection or delusion?
Am J Clin Dermatol 7: 1-5.
2. Savely VR, Leitao MM (2005) Skin lesions and crawling
sensations: Disease or delusion? Adv Nurse Pract 13: 16-17.
3. Pearson ML, Selby JV, Katz KA, Cantrell V, Braden CR, et al.
Clinical, Epidemiologic, Histopathologic
and Molecular Features of an Unexplained Dermopathy.
PLoS ONE 7(1): e29908. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029908
4. CDC Study of an Unexplained Dermopathy. January 25, 2012.
5. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins.
Agrobacterium & Morgellons Disease, A GM
Connection? Institute of
Science in Society.
6. Savely VR, Stricker RB (2009)
Morgellons disease: Analysis of a
population with clinically confirmed microscopic subcutaneous
fibers of unknown etiology. Clin Cosmet Investig
Dermatol 3: 67-78.
7. Lacroix B, Kozlovsky SV, Citovsky V. Recent Pat DNA Gene Seq.
8. Marianne J. Middelveen1, Elizabeth H. Rasmussen, Douglas G.
Kahn and Raphael B. Stricker.
Morgellons Disease: A Chemical and Light
Microscopic Study. J Clin Exp Dermatol Res 2012,
9. Middelveen MJ, Stricker RB (2011)
Filament formation associated with
spirochetal infection: A comparative approach to Morgellons
disease. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol 4: 167-177.