The Morgellons Foundation released a press release on May 1st titled, New Study Highlights Role of Lyme Disease in Bizarre Skin Disorder. It's interesting that instead of naming Morgellons as the skin disorder, they called it a Bizarre Skin Disorder.
The release announced the results of a recent study, Persistent Borrelia Infection in Patients with Ongoing Symptoms of Lyme Disease. The study was conducted on twelve Lyme subjects who had undergone antibiotic therapy. Three of the subjects had Morgellons disease characterized by the strange fibers of keratin and collagen along with itching and biting symptoms. What they found was that in spite of antibiotic therapy, all subjects were found to still be infected with the Lyme spirochetes.
With respect to the three Morgellons subjects, they conclude, "The mechanism of MD filament evolution has not been resolved, but as collagen and keratin filaments arise from proliferative keratinocytes and fibroblasts in human epithelial tissue, we speculate that Borrelia infection alters keratin and collagen gene regulation [99,100].Borrelia bacteria can invade fibroblasts and keratinocytes where they survive and replicate intracellularly [74,76,101]. As shown by in vitro studies, Borrelia spirochetes can be isolated from keratinocyte and fibroblast monolayers despite treatment with antibiotics [74,76]. Persistent refractory infection in MD patients may therefore result in part from sequestration of live Borrelia spirochetes within keratinocytes and fibroblasts."
In the press release, they state that 6% of Lyme disease patients have Morgellons. In my last update, 27 out of 100,000 Suffer From Delusions of Parasites the numbers show that .03% of the population have delusions of parasites and .008% of the population have Lyme disease. 3.7 times more patients have delusions than those diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Could this mean that the numbers could be dramatically different than reported? Of course delusions of parasites does not mean Morgellons necessarily, it could also mean mites infesting the skin and or Collembola too. But the question is, what percentage of those with delusions are misdiagnosed and actually have some kind of parasitic infection? From my "side of the fence," nearly 100% of those with whom contact me have been diagnosed at some point with delusions of parasites. So, skin parasites could be of epidemic proportions right under our noses and the CDC is snoring. Now, please note that Morgellons Disease is not characterized as a parasitic disease, it's actually a lot more involved than that in that it has mechanisms of reprogramming DNA, bio-film, and involves Lyme disease. However, a large percentage of Morgellons sufferers report a myriad of organisms emanating from their skin and I don't see how these organisms can not be classified as parasites.
At this point the research is limited to understanding the mechanism involved in understanding the etiology of Morgellons Syndrome and most reputable references you find like Wikipedia and MedicineNet are still in the dark ages referring to it as some kind of delusion.
It could be years before you'll see research on Morgellons Treatments or Morgellons Cures. In the meantime, we each are our own research laboratory. The King Diet™ and our products, discussed in my book are some of the best we got to get our lives back from Morgellons disease and other skin parasites.