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    No cause found for "freakish mystery illness" Morgellons

    There have been a couple of Morgellons-related threads on WS, both from 2006.

    Study of freakish mystery illness finds no cause (AP/newsok.com)
    ATLANTA (AP) Imagine having the feeling that tiny bugs are crawling on your body, that you have oozing sores and mysterious fibers sprouting from your skin. Sound like a horror movie? Well, at one point several years ago, government doctors were getting up to 20 calls a day from people saying they had such symptoms.

    Many of these people were in California and one of that state's U.S. senators, Dianne Feinstein, asked for a scientific study. In 2008, federal health officials began to study people saying they were affected by this freakish condition called Morgellons.

    The study cost nearly $600,000. Its long-awaited results, released Wednesday, conclude that Morgellons exists only in the patients' minds.

    "We found no infectious cause," said Mark Eberhard, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official who was part of the 15-member study team.
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    the rest of this lengthy article at link above

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    I love the quote from the neurology professor, "The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."

    What a strange phenomenon. I really hate it when medical people tell women it is all in their heads!

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    I remember reading about this before, now I can't find the link. A doctor, I think he was in Texas, was creating a cream and something else, I think lemon sulphue tablets, can't remember nor find the link now. The doc passed away unfortunately, but someone kept the link going for a while and had pics of the "critters" of the cause. It freaked me out.

    I don't know the answers, but I think it is real not in the head. Much like those young girls in the news now with the Turret's symptoms, I think that is chemical, not in their heads. Alas, I am not a doctor.

    Unless I have included a link, it is my opinion and only my opinion that I am expressing.

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    Weird that it was first seen in the late 17th century, eh? Especially with the "fibers."

    Seems the National Institute of Health has a number of papers on it-- I hope they get to the bottom of it, as I live in Northern California! (and I know of one potential sufferer, hadn't heard the name of it, but know about the mystery skin condition.)

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16489838

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    Here's a piece of useless information, I saw a TV programme about Morgellons where it was completely debunked, I cannot remember what the programme was called, who presented it or which channel it was on.
    England's dancing days are done...

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    JMO there are lot of very real diseases that are in the head. It's not dichotomous: not in the head, real vs. in the head, not real.

    Here is a somewhat skeptical site about Morgellons:
    http://morgellonswatch.com/

    (Not MSM, a private blog, and I've just browsed, not read it through.)



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