I initially wrote about this subject in a blog post 9/29/17 and you can read it at http://debridingsoap.com/Blog.html in that technically Morgellons is a disease and not a parasite, and more recently in a blog post, Morgellons and Lyme Disease Research Link. However, as I've noted before, parasites often complicate the issue and can be considered a part of the disease.
Regarding the fibers: Fortunately, my experience with the disease was limited to a brief period of time when I broke my own rule and accepted a package to be returned from a customer suffering from Morgellons and contracted a Morgellon's lesion within hours of opening the package. Fortunately, I knew exactly what to do and destroyed it within days without any further involvement.
The experts at the Morgellons Foundation and Dr. Savely in her book, Morgellons: The legitimization of a disease: A Factual Guide by the World's Leading Clinical Expert, claim that Morgellons is not contagious.
I find that funny because I have many many emails from people telling me they have gotten reinfected from the fibers? Are they all delusional? When I get one email, I pay little attention to it, but with many many emails, I can't call them all delusional. So maybe there's more to some of the fibers than keratin and collagen. I've had some tell me that the fibers actually can go back into their skin.
So, I look for a model which fits a broad spectrum rather than a narrow spectrum.
I've had numerous people report that their organisms eat wood and even counter tops. And one of those people is Sandy, our coach. BTW she coated everything they were eating with Red cedar oil to get rid of them.
So, the question is, how does a spirochete, which we know is present, causes DNA to be rewritten, creates the fibers, which some find contagious, hijacks a variety of different organisms and sets them up in a breeding pool under the skin, produces black goo in some people, and so on? I believe part of the answer is:
In a study published in PubMed Characterization and evolution of dermal filaments from patients with Morgellons disease, it's stated "the current findings suggest that in Morgellons Disease (MD), the presence of spirochetes not only stimulates and alters keratin expression by keratinocytes in the epidermis but also causes increased collagen expression by proliferative activated fibroblasts.
This suggests that the spirochetes associated with MD may act similarly, causing unusual collagen and keratin filament production. It also suggests that persistent infection despite antibiotic treatment could be problematic in this subgroup of patients with Lyme-like illness.
In summary, histological observations and electron microscopic imaging from representative MD samples suggest that dermal filaments are composed of keratin and collagen and result from proliferation and activation of keratinocytes and fibroblasts in the epidermis. We have also confirmed the presence of spirochetes in these samples. Although the number of patients in our detailed histopathological study is too small to draw definitive conclusions about the etiology of MD in general, the interplay of MD filaments and spirochetal infection merits further study."
Now, are the fibers contagious? Time and time again, people tell me that the filaments are infectious and the above study says that they have spirochetes in and on them. Can these spirochetes enter through the pores of one's skin? I would think so if people are getting infected or reinfected by the filaments.