Morgellons history - a Very Important Comment to a post with Ana Mihalcea info.
*Important enough to share. CDC investigation into the 'delusional' Morgellons' cases required inviting Kaiser Permanente in the Bay Area and the Air Force to help out...who deemed it delusional.
This is important regarding and empathy towards those suffering from unknown things. The US response historically regarding many, many conditions has been gaslighting - call the patients crazy in some way.
Additional reference shared in the comments (by Inuga Montoya) to this post - do not seek help from standard medical doctors for weird itchy conditions - you would be likely to be given anti-psychotics when antibiotics for an actual low-level infection seems more helpful: “Improvement was reported in less than half of the cohort (40%) [who were treated with anti-psychotics], and all four patients who received low-dose oral antibiotic therapy noted improvement. 74” (Middelveen, Fesler, Stricker, 2018) This reference describes Morgellons as being syphilis like or Lyme’s Disease like - an intracellular infection that is difficult to treat and can be long-term.
I have taken the liberty of adding paragraphs for easier reading.
“Thank you for a thoughtful, well-written post about one of the most important and yet undiscovered topics of our time, both geopolitically and medically. Let me add a little history on Morgellons.
This condition emerged in the early 2000's – the first official patient being a 2-year-old boy, the son of a biolab technician who was involved in hightech labs on the East Coast. Astute readers may already have a reasonable guess as to the origins of this infectious disease.
Let's skip ahead several years. At this point, tens of thousands of families around the States and even internationally are infected with this unexplained, horrifying condition. Multi-colored fibers embedded under unbroken skin forming bundles, eventually the skin breaks and these fibers emerge – hundreds of bleeding lesions on all parts of the body (not the areas where psychiatric people would be scratching), almost black blood, sticky biofilm, brain fog and severe cognitive changes, extreme fatigue that makes daily functioning nearly impossible... And it passes from family member to family member, even to pets.
How? That's one answer they wanted from the government. How to protect other people, what is this condition, how can it be treated and healed. Here's where we have crucial information for today: The CDC did an 'investigation' to appease patient advocacy groups, circa 2007, in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente in the Bay Area and the Air Force (of course: doesn't everyone invite the Air Force when doing medical trials?)
Rather than addressing patient needs, answering any of their questions, or informing doctors of how to help these patients, these Public Servants in the government orchestrated a coordinated smear campaign against Morgellons patients and took the jobs and licenses of any doctor treating them. All at once, every internet site and media outlet that was engaging with the problem was wiped / infiltrated / censored / rewritten (sound familiar?). The singular message, still visible today (see e.g. Wikipedia), was Morgellons patients are female, middle-aged, drug-users, stay-at-home uneducated moms, and Delusional: all of these childish name-calling labels are false according to patient-group statistics.
Furthermore, the fibers extracted from under unbroken skin via biopsies glow in standard biolab frequencies under fluorescent microscope. This gene-editing technology used in biolabs including fluorescent tags to see when a cell has been transfected: these have been incorporated into Morgellons patients.
Yet according to the CDC, patients are Delusional, situation solved, condition officially does not exist: Whoever created this biolab horror is safe (and probably very well-funded.)
What else did the government do? This is when they quietly moved their secret gain-of-function biolabs overseas – to places like Wuhan and Ukraine.
Has 2022 shown us any government smarter than the US who isn't very happy about those Biolabs? [A clue ;-)]
The Morgellons community knew about this, because following the labs were continued outbreaks of biolab conditions.
Readers: if you know one single person whose life has been negatively impacted by Covid: someone forced to quit their job, someone who had miscarriages after the shot, someone left with long-term health compromises or disability, someone who died: these people are suffering at the direct fault of those government members whose responsibility it was to investigate Morgellons 15 years ago. If they had acted honestly and responsibly, none of these disabilities and deaths from Covid would have happened.
Morgellons patients have still never received justice. No medical help or acknowledgment – only ridicule and ostracization from a system that has proven itself worthy of disdain. No answers about the very basic questions of their condition. No apologies, no reparations to restore their bodies, minds, jobs, and life circumstances to their rightful former vitality. It has been a heinous waste of life opportunity for tens of thousands of people, and a very clear illustration of the true despicable character of those institutions polishing their own golden crowns.” Bird
Very welcome Bird and thank you for sharing a more complete history than what I was able to find online when I looked into Morgellons. What I found online was mostly about how crazy people bring scabs into their doctor in ziploc baggies and doctors don’t like that, please stop. Stop asking doctors for help - okay…
Inventing synthetic self-replicating new “life-forms” and then lying about it - seems to be a pattern to take note of.
*Addition - excerpt from the academic paper shows that Lyme’s Disease screening is also flawed:
“Borrelia spirochetes are readily detectable in MD tissue, but sensitive and specific methods are required. 7,87 Although sensitive and specific direct-detection methods, such as antigen detection, culture of Borrelia spirochetes, and PCR detection of Borrelia DNA, exist, these methods are not standardized, and vary in sensitivity and specificity. 104,105 They are not recommended by the CDC, which only endorses two-tier serological LD testing. 7,87,106 Unfortunately, two-tier serological testing for LD, although specific for Bbss, lacks sensitivity and is little better than a coin toss in detecting LD. 107,108
False negatives can occur when using two-tier testing for a number of reasons, including the fact that some patients with known LD are seronegative. 107,109 In addition, there is significant genetic diversity in Borrelia spp. capable of causing LD and LD-like illnesses, but commercial two-tier testing is based on the antigens of one laboratory strain, and testing may not detect other Borrelia species. 110–112 The fact that the CDC does not consider any direct detection method, not even culture, as being diagnostic for LD as proof of infection is unjustifiable. It should be noted that culture is considered to be the gold standard for detection of organisms by the American Society for Microbiology. 113 The reluctance of the CDC to accept more sensitive testing methods for LD makes the evidence showing the association between LD and MD controversial. 7,87 Those who maintain that MD is a form of DOP or DI and rely on the two-tier test for Borrelia detection claim that studies supporting an infectious etiology and an association with LD are flawed, 72,75, yet these critics have not used adequate methodologies, and by failing to do so have not proved that methods for detecting Borrelia spp. used in more sophisticated studies are unreproducible or false.
Patients diagnosed with DOP in case studies are frequently prescribed antipsychotic medication with potentially serious side effects. 30 These patients are often talked into taking antipsychotic medication by health care providers using deceptive unethical dialogue, which can compromise patient autonomy. 41,43,50,54,60,114 Many published articles mentioning MD make claims that antipsychotic drugs are effective treatment for MD, but careful review of the literature suggests otherwise.” (Middelveen, Fesler, Stricker, 2018)
Genetic differences also seem to be involved in why some patients with Borrelia (Lyme’s disease) infections grow hair like fibers within skin or pointing inward instead of outward at a hair follicle.
“Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochetal agent of Lyme disease, stimulated human peripheral blood monocytes to release pro-matrix metalloproteinase-9 (gelatinase B; pro-MMP-9) and active matrix metalloproteinase-1 (collagenase-1; MMP-1).” […] “MMPs produced by human monocytes also enhanced the penetration of B. burgdorferi through extracellular matrix component barriers in vitro. Plasmin stabilized on the surface of the Lyme disease spirochete was shown to activate pro-MMP-9 to its active form. This active form was also observed in the plasma of mice infected with a relapsing fever borrelia. These results suggest that borreliae can upregulate MMPs and possibly mediate an activation cascade initiated by plasmin bound to the microbial surface. MMPs may play a role in dissemination of the Lyme disease spirochete and in the pathogenesis of Borrelia infection.” (Gebbia, Coleman, Benach, 2001)
“In contrast, pomegranate peel extract (and to a lesser extent, both the fermented juice and seed cake extracts) stimulated type I procollagen synthesis and inhibited matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP-1; interstitial collagenase) production by dermal fibroblasts, but had no growth-supporting effect on keratinocytes. These results suggest heuristic potential of pomegranate fractions for facilitating skin repair in a polar manner, namely aqueous extracts (especially of pomegranate peel) promoting regeneration of dermis, and pomegranate seed oil promoting regeneration of epidermis.” (Aslam, Lansky, Varani, 2006)
The inhibition of IL-1beta induced expression of MMPs by pomegranate peel involved the inhibition of NF-kB and MAP kinases. (Ahmed, et al., 2005)
Reminder: Just because something is inexpensive, safe and effective doesn't mean it is bad for you, it only means it is bad for medical industry profit margins.
*Vitamin C water literally means crush or open a vitamin C capsule and add it to some water, rinse the inner peel to prevent browning before freezing. I have noticed that the juice itself prevents browning, so if it is a nice pomegranate with few bad spots, I don’t rinse the peel at all and refrigerate it for a few days to use minced fresh. Browned spots are oxidized and should be removed as the medicinal benefits would be largely gone.
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(Ahmed, et al., 2005) Ahmed S, Wang N, Hafeez BB, Cheruvu VK, Haqqi TM. Punica granatum L. extract inhibits IL-1beta-induced expression of matrix metalloproteinases by inhibiting the activation of MAP kinases and NF-kappaB in human chondrocytes in vitro. J Nutr. 2005 Sep;135(9):2096-102. doi: 10.1093/jn/135.9.2096. PMID: 16140882; PMCID: PMC1315308. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1315308/
(Aslam, Lansky, Varani, 2006) Aslam MN, Lansky EP, Varani J. Pomegranate as a cosmeceutical source: pomegranate fractions promote proliferation and procollagen synthesis and inhibit matrix metalloproteinase-1 production in human skin cells. J Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Feb 20;103(3):311-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2005.07.027. Epub 2005 Oct 10. PMID: 16221534. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16221534/
(Gebbia, Coleman, Benach, 2001) Gebbia JA, Coleman JL, Benach JL. Borrelia spirochetes upregulate release and activation of matrix metalloproteinase gelatinase B (MMP-9) and collagenase 1 (MMP-1) in human cells. Infect Immun. 2001 Jan;69(1):456-62. doi: 10.1128/IAI.69.1.456-462.2001. PMID: 11119537; PMCID: PMC97903. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11119537/
(Middelveen, Fesler, Stricker, 2018) Middelveen MJ, Fesler MC, Stricker RB. History of Morgellons disease: from delusion to definition. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2018;11:71-90 https://doi.org/10.2147/CCID.S152343 https://www.dovepress.com/articles.php?article_id=36744#
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