Posted by Theestarseed (Bradenton, Fl) on 04/12/2015
A new research article in the scholarly journal, BMC Dermatology, has found the presence of Borrelia spirochetes, the organism responsible for Lyme Disease in 24 of the 25 Morgellons patients included in the study. The study proves that the fibers are not cellulose as previously stated by the less than rigorous study conducted by the CDC and Kaiser. Rather, they are composed of keratin and collagen from an overproduction of fibroblasts and keratinocytes in the epithelial cells located in the "deeper layers of the epidermis and root sheath of hair follicles " The fibers demonstrate the same appearance: nucleated at the base, composed of collagen, and blue in color due to the production and presence of melanin pigment.
This study offers hope to people suffering with Morgellons disease who are often mistreated by the medical community and dismissed as a patients with a purely psychological condition called Delusional Parasitosis. Hopefully, a larger scale study will replicate the results of this small, yet extremely important, study so that the people with Morgellons disease can finally get the proper medical treatment they desperately deserve for a condition now proven to have a somatic cause, rather than a purely psychiatric cause.
The following article is taken from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-5945/15/1
Here is the title -
Exploring the association between Morgellons disease and Lyme disease: identification of Borrelia burgdorferi in Morgellons disease patients.
Marianne J Middelveen1, Cheryl Bandoski2, Jennie Burke3, Eva Sapi2, Katherine R Filush2, Yean Wang3, Agustin Franco3, Peter J Mayne1 and Raphael B Stricker14*
Morgellons disease (MD) is a complex skin disorder characterized by ulcerating lesions that have protruding or embedded filaments. Many clinicians refer to this condition as delusional parasitosis or delusional infestation and consider the filaments to be introduced textile fibers. In contrast, recent studies indicate that MD is a true somatic illness associated with tickborne infection, that the filaments are keratin and collagen in composition and that they result from proliferation and activation of keratinocytes and fibroblasts in the skin. Previously, spirochetes have been detected in the dermatological specimens from four MD patients, thus providing evidence of an infectious process.
Methods & Results
Based on culture, histology, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy and molecular testing, we present corroborating evidence of spirochetal infection in a larger group of 25 MD patients. Irrespective of Lyme serological reactivity, all patients in our study group demonstrated histological evidence of epithelial spirochetal infection. Strength of evidence based on other testing varied among patients. Spirochetes identified as Borrelia strains by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and/or in-situ DNA hybridization were detected in 24/25 of our study patients. Skin cultures containing Borrelia spirochetes were obtained from four patients, thus demonstrating that the organisms present in dermatological specimens were viable. Spirochetes identified by PCR as Borrelia burgdorferi were cultured from blood in seven patients and from vaginal secretions in three patients, demonstrating systemic infection. Based on these observations, a clinical classification system for MD is proposed.
***Our study using multiple detection methods confirms that MD is a true somatic illness associated with Borrelia spirochetes that cause Lyme disease. ***
Further studies are needed to determine the optimal treatment for this spirochete-associated dermopathy.
EC: Very interesting!