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Scientific Study Sheds Light on Morgellons as an Infectious Disease

Caudwell LymeCo received a press release today about an interesting research paper just published, which reports on an association researchers have found between Morgellons disease and borrelia, the bacteria which cause Lyme disease.

Morgellons disease is a poorly understood condition characterized by spontaneously occurring, slowly healing skin lesions containing multicolored filaments and accompanied by symptoms such as fatigue, joint and muscle pain and neurological problems, according to a recent report published in the ‘International Journal of General Medicine.’

The review paper titled Morgellons Disease: A Filamentous Borrelial Dermatitis was written by Calgary microbiologist Marianne Middelveen and San Francisco internist, Dr.Raphael Stricker of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS). The skin condition is often linked to Lyme disease, a tickborne illness that has reached epidemic proportions throughout the USA.

“This paper provides a unifying view of Morgellons disease,” says Cindy Casey Holman, director of the Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation(CEHMDF) of Austin, TX. “It includes some new and exciting twists for what we already know and it provides evidence confirming the association between Morgellons disease and Lyme disease.”

Previous research funded by the CEHMDF has shed light on the mysterious illness. Rather than textiles, worms or parasites, the characteristic colorful filaments found in Morgellons skin lesions are composed of collagen and keratin produced by skin cells. The filaments can display some hair-like features and the blue coloration is caused by melanin pigmentation. The red coloration remains a mystery at present.

“There are no known blue textile fibers colored by melanin,” explains Middelveen “thus Morgellons fibers are of biological origin”.

A number of peer reviewed published studies have shown that Morgellons skin lesions are associated with Lyme disease. The causative agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, and other closely related bacteria have been detected in Morgellons skin lesions. “This finding has been reproduced at four independent laboratories,” says Dr. Éva Sapi of the University of New Haven. “Thus the association between infection and Morgellons disease is reproducible if the correct detection methods are used.”

Mainstream medicine has been slow to acknowledge advances made in the understanding of Morgellons disease. “Many doctors still think Morgellons disease is caused by mental illness,” explains Casey-Holman. “We hope this new article will help doctors understand this mysterious illness so that patients can improve with treatment for the underlying infection.”

“Collectively, Morgellons disease research clearly shows a bacterial infective process,” states Dr. Randy Wymore of Oklahoma State University. “Despite some obsolete opinions,” Wymore continues, “there is zero scientific evidence that Morgellons disease is a psychogenic illness.”

About the Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation:
The Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation, based in Austin, TX, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to advocacy and philanthropy in the battle against Morgellons. Director, Cindy Casey-Holman, RN, leads the foundation, named for her husband, Charles E. Holman, a pioneer in the fight against MD. The CEHMDF is the recognized authority and primary funding source for Morgellons Disease medical-scientific research. There are neither grants, nor any other public or private funding to support research for Morgellons. Donations are tax deductible in the US. To learn more about Morgellons Disease go to:

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15 thoughts on “Scientific Study Sheds Light on Morgellons as an Infectious Disease

  1. My body cannot take much more ! Started by skin crawling then finding black insect / mite looking particles in my bed then sores then black seedlike objects coming from deep within my skin then lesions opening healing but skin changing moles bleeding and swell like something is inside them then stinging skin feeling of an electrical current in my feet and hands like something is moving under the skin my samples under a microscope show clear unmistakable organisms some with fungi some just with black seeds that sprout black fibres then the next faze was small white maggot looking things coming from skin after hot baths and oil on skin i looked at these samples under my microscope and they clearly look like tightly wove cotton with the odd blue or red thread in them but my Gp my hospital chief executive and deputy director of medicine both of the Royal Liverpool Hospital and Professors Bertie Squire of Liverpool School of tropical medicine and Professor in London have ignored all evidence and had psychiatrist trying to label me with delusional parisitosis my health has declined so much i feel so weak no energy to fight this or the medical profession I’m dying a slow horrendous death & the medical profession are allowing it to happen all over the world judging by emails and notifications on my you tube channel ! Enough proof videos etc all on my you tube channel feel free to look as I’m not sure of how long it will be before my body shuts down.
    Yours sincerely

    William Windsor-King
    William Windsor

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    25th October 2016

    1. Please help me! I am a 45 year old woman from Australia who I’n the last 4 months has been suffering from this horrible life altering disease. Coming from a small town an computer illiterate is there any new info on this. I am terrified 4 my 9 year old beautiful daughter who is sad coz mum can’t get of the lounge an play she is so tired. I am sik of giving my doc samples that cum bak normal. This discusting black stuff cuming out of my skin is not freaking normal! My heart goes out 2 u as i am only new 2 this an i am already loosing hope.

      1. Sharon, there are many of us in Australia suffering as you. Go to your public library and get free lessons on how to use the internet so you can do your own research and read how others are coping. We are on our own when it comes to any treatment as we are treated worse than those with suspected Lyme disease as the health system won’t even admit to that.

      2. I’m 55 had this since February 2016 ive gone through many stages many push me over the edge but my faith carries me through it’s the most saddest desease on the planet because they will not acknowledge it let alone treat it 😦 these senior doctors & shrinks should be struck off named and shamed .stay strong you have a daughter to live for sadly I have nobody ive lost my home my work my dog my family and friends abandoned me I’m broke beyond broke spent all my savings seeing private consultants and remedies now I’m sleeping in my car freezing and crawling with this stuff please read and post my link. God bless you my friend

    2. I have this to and was tested from my doctor last week for Lyme disease and she said it was negative. The lab took a vial of blood. My granddaughter caught this from me and she is fixing to turn 5. A cure needs to be done. This is a horrible thing to have. I would rather have aids or something than this. At least that’s a silent death killer. I live out side of Wichita Kansas and my dr is a complete idiot to any of this.

      1. They Will never treat this because they are responsible for it and law suits would cripple the health care and governments

    3. William,
      I can totally relate with you and hope this reply reaches you in a healthier state physically, emotionally, and mentally. Just the pure fact of horrendous mental and emotional tolls are hard enough without the whole package,including isolation from friends and family and NO HELP from local doctors at all.I thought I found a hero in a Dr in Fl.I DO give him the credit for testing me for the right things thru various labs,in which I had long term untreated lyme and complications, 2 strains of each of Bartonella and Babesia, irlichiosis, and the worst,Morgellons.I totally empathize with you and Im having to search for another specialist due to mine charging $875/hr cash only and phone calls at the same rate.So Ive pretty much been my own advocate,researcher, herbalist, etc and when/if I ever get better n actually feel like gettin outta the house,I want to spend rest of my days promoting awareness of this terrible hell on earth and doing everything humanly possible to stop people from goin through what I and we have. I am here if u ever need to talk.

  2. I have to reread article..I want tknow..”How is it contagious? transmitted? Infectious ? Is it the initial injury..tick bite ..? also..are the fibers contagious?? I dont want to give this horrifying ailment to anyone..not even my worse enemy( although.they are deserving of regards to the way they violate me..without seizing

  3. I dont believe I have given Morgellons to anyone. My three sons grew up in a mood invested home and never got sick. They lead productive lives. I am the only one who worked the soil full of agrobacterium in the rose garden, and was immunodepressed. I have men I love who dont have it either. I think it’s only contagious when you catch it.
    Deb Fiebelkorn, Watertown, South Dakota, USA

  4. My Morgellons symptoms started after a gastroendoscopy procedure by very sinister doctor he stabbed me in my stomach like he implanted something , then 3 days later my immune system started to kick out black specs like my body knew something foreign was in my body then the weirdest symptoms of all ! Insects coming out of me covered in fibres then wire like hairs it’s escalated to a level now that has me feeling close to death .

  5. This is all horrifying stuff I am reading. I saw a tropical disease specialist, was prescribed an antipsychotic (Abilify) and I got about 70% cured. The meds keep the aliens in my skin at bay. Still have morgellons, but manageable now.

    1. Hi Lorraine, what dosage of Abilify are you on? I have been prescribed this at 5mg per day. I’m aware it’s different depending on where in the world you live. Thanks.

  6. This is very contagious. A girl from work caught this from me. My granddaughter has this. Negative on Lyme testing. I have had this for 3 to 4 months now. It’s horrible.when I first noticed it, I had moved back in with my husband. We were separated for a year. He had a box of old army uniforms in it. I had my containers of clothes next to this box until I found a place to hang them. In that box was mold and nice had crawled all over it. We threw the box out and sprinkled dimoearth stuff spelling is off. And noticed tiny spider looking things that had came from that box. And bit the crap out of me. The next 2 days I started having weird symptoms. Stinging in my eyes all over my body. Mites under the skin. I know this because I rubbed lemons on my body and 30 came out. That’s how many sores on my chest. I have one inside the white part on my eye. Something jumping in my eyes all day at work at home. My clothes and car is infested. Where is a cure???????????


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