• Getting Under Your Skin

    by Donald K. Sanders

    Ever hear of Morgellons disease? Here is what the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has to say about it: “Persons who suffer from this unexplained skin condition report a range of cutaneous (skin) symptoms including crawling, biting and stinging sensations; granules, threads, fibers, or black speck-like materials on or beneath the skin; and/or skin lesions (e.g., rashes or sores). In addition to skin manifestations, some sufferers also report fatigue, mental confusion, short term memory loss, joint pain, and changes in vision.”

    They continue to say that the factors associated with acquiring this condition are unknown. At this time, there is insufficient information to determine whether or not this condition is contagious. The CDC has awarded a contract to Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Division of Research to assist CDC in the investigation of this condition. The study is being designed and led by CDC.

    Some health professionals believe that signs and symptoms of Morgellons disease are caused by another condition, often mental illness. Dr. Noah Craft, assistant professor of dermatology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center states that Morgellons disease is an outbreak of delusional parasitosis brought on by some common exposure. Delusional parasitosis is often seen in recreational drug users (especially those using methamphetamine).

    “Dermatologists are afraid to see these patients,” says Dr. Peter Lynch, professor emeritus of dermatology at the University of California. He had one patient tell him that, “I’m going to shoot the next doctor who tells me it’s in my head.” Some people who suspect Morgellons disease claim they’ve been ignored, criticized as delusional or dismissed as fakers. In contrast, some doctors say that people who report signs and symptoms of Morgellons disease typically resist other explanations for their condition. Reports of Morgellons disease have been made in every state in the United States and various countries around the world. Most reported cases are clustered in California, Texas and Florida.

    OK, I think that we’re all probably confused as to the reality of this disease. In one form or another it has been around since the 17th century; always attributed to mental illness. I’ve even heard it referred to as “growing pains.” I think that maybe we have all had the disease at one time or another if you consider it a mental disorder.

    To move on, here’s the rest of my story. Ever hear of the “God particle”? Its real name is the “Higgs particle.” As any object moves through space they have to “wade’” through these Higgs particles that “cling” to them, causing a drag that shows up as mass. In 1966 Peter Higgs (University of Edinburgh) proposed that the universe was full of a field called a “Higgs field.”

    Scientists around the world are in the process of trying to identify the “God particle” through the use of huge “super colliders” that employ what they refer to as nanotechnology. Teeny weenie little “nanomites” (I invented that word) are shot around these huge colliders in the hope that they will gather enough mass to be identified. A worthy endeavor, I guess, but not as good as feeding or educating the Third World.

    Anyway, I don’t want to go there right now, so back to nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is nothing new. There are literally thousands of products that utilize nano particles in their make-up: golf balls, cleaning products, stain resistant clothing, baseball bats, house paint, air purifiers, surfboards, odor-proof socks, cosmetics, computer chips, sunscreens, self-cleaning windows… and the list goes on and on. Nano particles in these products are what scientists refer to as “nanotechnology in its static form.”

    Now we’re getting to the heart of the matter. What do super colliders have to do with Morgellons disease? There have been two recent outbreaks of a mysterious “itching nanofiber” disorder known as Morgellons — one in Europe at the CERN Collider and the other at the Hanging Rock Supercollider in Australia. Scientists at both facilities have indicated a possible link between high-energy particle colliders and the disease. Both facilities were attempting to create and detect the elusive Higgs particle when the outbreaks occurred, which affected scores of scientists and workers and is now spreading rapidly around the world.

    I guess some of the scientists itched themselves to death because according to Dr. Walabi of the HRS, (Hanging Rock Supercollider), “We are trying to contain the event and prevent more deaths.” Considering that it is possible for “nanomites” (my word again) to manipulate an oily drop of liquid and even push it up an incline of 12°, I think you’ll agree with me that this could easily make your skin crawl.

    • Wow. This is a fascinating article! There is so much, SO MUCH, we don’t understand about the amazing human body. And when doctors don’t understand, their egos can’t stand it. They want to make the patient think they’re crazy.

      • Judy

      • May 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm
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      This was so interesting! There’s a lot of “it’s all in your head” among traditional practitioners. I’m always doing online research. I hope I can remember this piece when my skin starts to crawl.

    • Donald, why did you bring this up? Do you suffer from this? I can only imagine how your mind works that you randomly just found this information and decided to pass it to your readers. You amaze and delight me with your knowledge and your stories of amazing events. I think I actually understood this one. I am two for two only counting your last two postings.

      • Madgew,
        This was written 4 or 5 years ago so this was actually how my mind worked at that time. My mind is completely different now, it looks the same but there are teenie weenie microscopic differences that make all the difference in this different world. Ha! Top that! 4 times in one sentence! Yeah!
        As always,

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