This week we begin a two-part series centered around Morgellons disease. Is it an alien infection, or a merely a delusion? In this first part we cover the symptoms and history of Morgellons, then move on to one of its main features: mysterious fibers! In the second part, we’ll address the other main feature of Morgellons: the itch. We’ll also be branching out to explore other conditions questioned by the medical community and discuss the boundaries between physical and mental health.
What is Morgellons?
- Morgellons via Wikipedia
- Symptoms from “Case Definition of Morgellons: Morgellons Disease Characterization” by the Medical Advisory Board of the Morgellons Research Foundation (MFR). Morgellons-research.com.
- The story of the Languedoc Children from “Sir Thomas Browne and the Disease called the Morgellons.” by C. E. Kellett M.D., M.R.C.P. Annals of Medical History, n.s., VII (1935), 467-479
- The story of Mary Leitao from “Real Delusions of an Unreal Disease: A History of Morgellons.” by Stassa Edwards. Jezebel.com. April 15, 2015.
- “Morgellons: A hidden epidemic or mass hysteria?“ by Will Storr. Theguardian.com. May 6, 2011.
- “Morgellons: Diagnosis or Delusion?” by Katherine Foley. Theatlantic.com
- “Mysterious Morgellons Disease Explained.“ by Alexandra Sifferlin. Time.com. April 2, 2015.
- Delusional Parasitosis via Wikipedia
About the Fibers
- Spirochetal Infection and Chronic Lyme from “Introduction to the ‘Morgellons Syndrome’“ by Marc Neumann. Morgellons-research.org. 2007. Revised 2011.
- Chronic Lyme from “Exploring the association between Morgellons disease and Lyme disease: identification of Borrelia burgdorferi in Morgellons disease patients” by Marianne J. Middelveen, et. al. BMC Dermatology. February 12, 2015.
- Bovine Digital Dermatitis from “Filament formation associated with spirochetal infection: a comparitive approach to Morgellons disease“ by Marianne J. Middelveen and Raphael B. Stricker. Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology. November 14, 2011. Vol. IV., 167-177.
- Demodex Mites via Wikipedia
- Shadow Biospheres from “Does Earth have a Shadow Biosphere?“ by Sarah Scoles. aeon.co. July 9, 2015.
- Desert Varnish via U.S. National Park Services
- Valley of Fire State Park via Wikipedia
- Burning Polymers from “A Material that keeps its cool when hot“ by Roland Wengenmayr. mpg.de. October 22, 2010.
An Adorable Demodex Mite.
Music used in this podcast:
- Nick Jaina – I’ll Do The Time
- “Crater in the Moon” by Coin Locker Kid
- Negative Silence by NegaNote
- Expense Reports (Nick Jaina) / CC BY-NC 3.0