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Proof that Morgellons is MAN MADE!
Government stonewalls investigation.
For viewzone by Dan Eden
[Thanks to "Kathy S." whose courage in revealing these facts made it possible to write this.]
If you have ever watched horror movies, you've probably seen one where a person becomes infested by bugs or worms. Their skin begins to move and ripple as dark shapes squirm under its surface. Suddenly their skin bursts open allowing a colony of bugs to escape! While this is an exaggeration of Morgellons Disease, it's not that far off.
For over a decade now, thousands of people on every continent (except Greenland) have contracted a mysterious disease that still eludes the medical community. Morgellons remains shrouded with controversy, paradoxes and politics and has become a major "conspiracy theory" on the world wide web.
Morgellons victims have the sensation of bugs, worms or sometimes ants crawling under their skin. They describe being stung or feeling like needles are sticking in them. They develop skin lesions that bleed and fester, exuding a kind of film that covers the wounds and prevents them from healing. But the weirdest thing is the mysterious appearance of fluffy, white cotton balls that form on the surface and colored threads that seem to grow from inside the skin.
The threads or filaments are what brings most victims to their physician. After weeks of observing and collecting these threads, patients often bring them to their physician in matchboxes, plastic bags or jars. Quite often, Morgellons sufferers are excited and a bit hysterical and suggest that they have some sort of "thing" living inside of them. Totally unfamiliar with these symptoms, the typical physician usually makes the diagnosis of delusional parasitosis and refers the patient for psychiatric care.
"Delusional Parasitosis is a form of psychosis whose victims acquire a strong delusional belief that they are infested with parasites, whereas in reality no such parasites are present. Very often the imaginary parasites are reported as being "bugs" crawling on or under the skin; in these cases the experience of the sensation known as formication may provide the basis for this belief.
Morgellons does, in fact, have a psychological component. Victims report problems with short term memory, clouded thoughts and emotional fatigue. The reluctance of physicians to perform tests or examine their specimens further incites these victims and deepens the conviction of their caregivers that the wounds are self-inflicted and psychogenic.
With the help of the internet, Mary Leitao, who gave the disease its name, reached out to others who had been turned away by the medical community. After being frustrated with the treatment of her young child who had these symptoms, Mary found other victims of this strange disease. Together they demanded that the medical community (and politicians) take them seriously. Through the influence of her oragnaization, The Morgellons Research Foundation (morgellons.org), some scientists did examine the specimens, specifically the strange threads that Morgellons victims had growing from their wounds. The results of laboratory tests on these fibers were unexpected and extremely strange. This strangeness has only served to feed conspiracy theorists who claim that they are the result of such things as chemtrails, a secret genetic modification program, an alien organism or rogue nano-technology.
As you will see, these theories all seem to have some legitimate basis.
Examining the fibers -- strange properties indeed!
Without the threads or fibers that Morgellons victims claim to extract from their lesions, their symptoms are not unique. Itching and the crawling sensation are common when the skin is irritated or there is an allergic reaction. Scratching the skin with one's fingernails can open the skin to infections and prevent natural healing. What makes Morgellons symptoms unique are these fibers. So an analysis of these artifacts should tell us volumes about whether this is some new disease or a common one.
We all have fibers on our skin. Just have a look at your own skin. Bits and pieces of our clothing rub off and stick to our skin all the time -- just look at the lint in your belly button! So the first thing scientists did was to examine the Morgellons fibers to see where they might have originated.
The FBI keeps an extensive catalog of threads, hair and fiber for forensic analysis. With just one thread, for example, they can match the year and model of automotive carpeting, or the manufacturer of a particular item of clothing. But when the Morgellons specimens were submitted to the FBI Forensic Lab and examined they could not be matched!
The next step was to determine the composition of the fibers. What were they made from?
Morgellons fibers all have one thing in common -- they appear to originate in the skin lesions of their victims. But individually they are quite different in both appearance and composition. There are fuzzy white fibers, sometimes called "cotton balls", that are found growing on top of the skin lesions. Then there are the colored fibers or threads, usually pink, blue or black, that are found under the skin -- even in the surrounding healthy tissue -- and often poke through the lesions. Then there are clear fibers that have a small golden bulb on the end.
The white fuzzy fibers or cotton balls were found to be fluorescent. This means that they glow when exposed to ultraviolet light. Since no human cells have fluorescent properties this was quite a surprise.
Scientists have observed that certain marine organisms like jellyfish have the ability to glow in the dark, or fluoresce. This property has advantages for organisms that live deep under the water where there is little sunlight. By using a procedure called Trans-genetics, the DNA from jellyfish has been artificially inserted in the genetic information of other organisms, causing them to glow. Below are examples of trans-genetic goldfish and pigs. The fluorescent properties are spliced into certain genes to enable scientists to "tag" these genes and better understand their function.
Finding this fluorescent property in a human body is not natural. It suggests that the glowing fuzzy fibers quite possibly originated from a trans-genetic organism that was residing in the Morgellons lesion. Scientists wanted to know how such an organism got in to the Morgellons victims.
Next the scientists next tried to determine the composition of these fuzzy filaments. They attempted to dissolve the material in a strong hydrochloric acid preparation -- but to their surprise it did not dissolve! So they ground the fiber with a mortar and pestle, separated the components by letting them migrate across a gel in an an electric field, then used a technique called spectroscopy to match them to known molecular profiles. The results showed that the fibers were made from human serum albumin (the liquid part of human blood that contains proteins) and cytoskeletal keratin (the stuff our hair and fingernails are made from). That would be expected if these fibers were just fine body hairs or fuzz, but what was making them fluorescent?
Upon further examination, the fluorescent properties were found to come from a soluble substance that contained proteins from some very unusual organisms:
- a protein found in cow's milk [casein alpha S1];
- a bacteria found in sub-tropical water and soil [chromobacterium violaceum];
- a parasitic protozoa that causes East Coast Fever, usually transmitted through ticks [theileria prava];
- a rod shaped bacteria that is mobile by moving its flagellum and has been studied extensively in laboratories because of its unusual metabolism [azoarcus]; and
- a bacteria associated with fermentation that like salinity [leuconostoc mesenteroides]
All of these organisms have had their DNA sequenced in the last decade, which is quite a coincidence. But they should not have this fluorescent property! How did that happen? And how did all these proteins come from the Morgellons lesions?
What's even more weird in that despite having all these exotic proteins, there were no human protein profiles present in the florescent substance!
The pink and blue fibers were analysed and were found to have the chemical profile of polythene!
The analysis of these polythene fibers could justify the claims that these Morgellons threads are little more than common lint. But remember, the FBI lab could not match them to any known man-made fibers. Since they are common to Morgellons lesions we should expect that they would have a very well known origin.
The most enigmatic of the fibers are called "goldenheads." The fibers are frequently clear and sometimes hollow with a golden colored bulb on the end. They resemble a hair follicle with an intact root.
When scientists examined these filaments they discovered that they had an extremely high melting point -- about 1400F! They also discovered that they contained cellulose. Cellulose is the structural component of the primary cell wall of green plants, many forms of algae and the oomycetes. Some species of bacteria secrete it to form biofilms. Cellulose is the most common organic compound on Earth. About 33 percent of all plant matter is cellulose. The cellulose content of cotton is 90 percent and that of wood is 50 percent.
As stated earlier, Morgellons skin lesions have been found to be covered by a biofilm. Biofilms are a kind of sticky substance that acts like glue, sticking cells to eachother or to some type of surface. The film of tartar that you find on your teeth in the morning is a good example.
Cells that are stuck together with a biofilm have an advantage over other cells in that the body's immune system cannot easily penetrate this film to identify and kill them. Thus, an infection covered by a biofilm can multiply and fester and even avoid the effects of antibiotic agents.
Physicians are familiar with biofilms in the human body and they represent a challenge when combating resistent infectious diseases. Their appearance in Morgellons skin lesions is a mystery and is the reason why these open wounds grow and spread.
Electron microscopy of the Morgellons filaments reveals that they are not simple solid forms, rather, they are complex structures with internal structures. In some laboratory experiments these fibers have been shown to re-assemble when they are separated, to squirm and pulsate and even to reproduce.
In the images above we see [A] a 1400x maginfication of some of the fibers collected from a Morgellons lesion. Next [B] is the same specimen maginfied 5600x. The last [C] shows what appears to be a bud forming on the side of a filament (5600x).
"Budding" structures are apparent on the sides of the fiber at occasional locations. The budding structures contain internal structures at the roughly micron or sub-micron size. Budding structures also often contain innumerable filaments within, measuring apparently at the sub-micron level (Limit of equipment reached). Reproduction and growth of the primary fiber structure may be closely linked to these budding structures. The budding structures generally appear to be quite complex in form, structure and organization.
A Strange Brew
So far, if we take the analyses of the fibers as fact, we have a trans-genetic substance that is fluorescent and contains human, bovine (cow) and bacteria proteins, mysterious and unidentifiable fibers made of polythene that stick through the skin and causes its victims to constantly itch their wounds, and an almost indestructible tube containing a biofilm substance that prevents the skin lesions from healing. This nefarious disease has never been encountered before and there is no known cause or cure. So what's next?
The CDC gets involved... to kill further research!
Because of the publicity that the Morgellons Research Foundation attracted, certain politicians decided that it was politically valuable to at least appear sympathetic to this cause. In early 2008 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced that it was going to conduct an in-depth study of the disease through their association with the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in California. Kaiser was chosen, according to the CDC, because of the large population of California residents that claimed to suffer from the symptoms.
At first there was a sigh of relief, thinking that the full weight and knowledge of a government agency would be focused on this disease. But that was soon shattered.
When details of the announcement were revealed it was learned that the total budget for this study was just $300,000! Hardly enough to pay the annual salary for laboratory staff. Further, it was revealed that Kaiser had already been treating Morgellons patients but had given them the diagnosis of Delusional Parasitosis. Kaiser was already biased and not the best choice to investigate a disease already plagued by misdiagnoses.
Further proof that the study was a shill came when the CDC posted a page on their official website devoted to the study (see www.cdc.gov/unexplaineddermopathy/). After two years of questionable research the CDC states that they have learned virtually nothing about the cause, whether or not it is contagious, whether or not it is a new disease or how to treat it. Further, in their FAQ (Frequently Asled Questions) section they politely refuse to accept any specimens, referrals or information from Morgellons researchers or victims!
One can only imagine that the $300,000 has already been spent -- perhaps on the website -- and no report of any kind has emerged. Matters are even worse because the head of the CDC has resigned and the new head of the agency has shown no interest in Morgellons.
As anyone close to politics knows, the best way to kill any project is to assign it for study and then underfund it. This is blatantly what has happened with Morgellons. But why would a government agency with a charter to prevent the outbreak and spread of disease want to stop research of a horrible disease that effects tens of thousands of US citizens? Could it have something to do with those fibers that were fluorescent? The ones that obviously came from an organism that had been trans-genetically tagged?
Chromobacterium violaceum -- "Bio-Weapon"?
Remember those white fuzzy filaments that Morgellons victims often harvest from the surface of their skin lesions? One of the tagged proteins that were fluorescent was identified as belonging to Chromobacterium Violaceum, an interesting bacteria found in the water and soil of sub-tropical regions that produces an anti-oxidant called violacein. This chemical has been getting lots of attention in modern medicine and may be the clue to many deadly infections that resist the body's immune system and antibiotics. It may also play a key role in understanding why Morgellons currently has no cure.
The human immune system is made up of many different types of cells. One vital cell, the phagocyte is a white blood cell that protects the body by attacking and ingesting harmful foreign particles, bacteria, and dead or dying cells. They are essential for fighting infections. One litre of human blood contains about six billion phagocytes.
Phagocytes swim throughout the body, much like amoebae. They are attracted to certain locations because of the presence of bacteria which release certain chemicals that they can sense. They are also attracted by the presence of other phagocytes and muster together to fight infection. They usually kill bacteria by attacking their cell membranes and oxidizing them.
Marine amoebae in nature eat bacteria much like phagocytes. In fact, it is thought that amoebae and phagocytes have a common evolutionary origin. It's usually a one-on-one battle with the amoeba being the victor and the bacteria being the dinner. But occasionally, bacteria do something very clever -- the mass together and form a bio-film that repels and kills their predators.
The tactic is a little like a school of fish where each individual fish is protected from attack by being surrounded by others of its kind. The bacteria huddle together in the biofilm and thus prevent the amoebae from destroying their cell walls. But with some marine bacteria this biofilm does more than just protect -- it kills the attacker.
The bacteria utilise a chemical weapon to achieve this. The molecule used by marine bacteria is the pigment violacein. Marine biologists have observed this in action. Once the defence system is ready, the biofilm shimmers a soft purple colour because of the violacein. If the attackers consume just a single cell of the biofilm -- and the violacein -- this paralyses the attackers momentarily and the violacein triggers a suicide mechanism in the amoebae.
Scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig have now identified violacein as one of the fundamental mechanisms used by the bacteria in biofilms to protect themselves against the attacking phagocytes in the human body. Like the marine organisms, the presence of violacein is deadly to the human immune system and prevents it from clearing infections from the body.
Since Chromobacterium Violaceum, which produces violacein, has been found in Morgellons skin lesions, along with the biofilm, it seems a no-brainer that this is why Morgellons Disease resists healing and, in fact, spreads so rapidly.
Don't forget that the proteins of Chromobacterium Violaceum were apparently tagged to fluoresce by some trans-genetic laboratory. The complete genome of this bacterium was published in 2003. This implies that they were intentionally included in this witches brew!
The smoking gun is found
Vitaly Citovsky is a professor of molecular and cell biology at Stony Brook University in New York (SUNY). He is a world authority on the genetic modification of cells by Agrobacterium, a soil bacterium widely used in creating genetically modified (GM) plants since the 1980s. Agrobacterium has the ability to invade a plant and then insert a large amount of its own DNA sequence to growing cells in the plant which cause it to grow a tumor (called crown gall disease) which then produces nutrition for the bacteria to grow and proliferate.
When plants are being genetically modified (corn for example), agrobacterium is manipulated to contain the new genes (maybe to withstand some pest or fungus) and then is allowed to infect a healthy specimen where these genes will be incorporated in the plants DNA. The seeds of this infected plant will contain the new genetic information. Growing a plant from the seeds will result in a genetically "new" plant. But exactly the same process can occur when agrobacterium infects a human cell.
Imagine splicing plant or virus DNA in the cells of your skin, or liver, kidneys or brain. What would the results be like? Does this happen in Morgellons victims? Vitaly Citovsky conducted a study:
Skin biopsy samples from Morgellons patients were subjected to high-stringency polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for genes encoded by the Agrobacterium chromosome and also for Agrobacterium virulence (vir) genes and T-DNA on its Ti plasmid. They found that "all Morgellons patients screened to date have tested positive for the presence of Agrobacterium, whereas this microorganism has not been detected in any of the samples derived from the control, healthy individuals." Their preliminary conclusion is that "Agrobacterium may be involved in the etiology and/or progression" of Morgellons Disease.
In short, Agrobacterium was found to transfer T-DNA into the chromosomes of human cells.
The association of Morgellons Disease with dirt and soil where Agrobacterium lives, the widespread use of Agrobacterium in genetic engineering of plants, and the ability of Agrobacterium to infect human cells, all point towards a possible role of genetic engineering in the aetiology of Morgellans disease via Agrobacterium.
Connecting the dots
Let's summarize what we have learned about the Morgellons laboratory findings.
We have seen that there are fluorescent properties in some of the fibers and that these fluorescent substances contain proteins from some highly unusual and non-human organisms. It is ironic (or maybe not) that almost all of these exotic organisms have had their entire genomes studied and published. This would be essential for any serious trans-genetic manipulation. Indeed, these fluorescent proteins suggest that the organisms that produced them were genetically manipulated and tagged in some laboratory, for what purpose we do not know. The proteins come from some pretty nasty things, including organisms that make biofilms and violacein -- both which disable the human immune system, cause East Coast Fever and can insert random genes in our human cells!
We see further evidence that Morgellons victims test positive for Agrobacterium, a unique bacteria that is widely used to genetically modify plants and which can genetically modify human cells. Again there is the suggestion that a laboratory was involved in the origins of this substance.
Whether it is by design or by accident, it is apparent that Morgellons Disease was man made. The reluctance of the CDC to take an active role in investigating this outbreak further suggests that, on some level, the government -- or some highly influential corporation -- is culpable.
Meanwhile people are suffering, committing suicide and spreading the disease to family members and their neighbors. There is no known cure and the disease eventually causes physical and mental disabilities.
The most affected regions are California, Texas and Florida. Despite the suggestion that victims seem to have worked with soil or gardening (and must have come in contact with Agrobacterium that way), the two major occupations of Morgellons victims are nurses and teachers. Urban areas have more cases than rural areas. There have been confirmed cases in cats, dogs and horses. By all parameters, Morgellons is already pandemic.
Yet the CDC is silent. No study, no report, no excuse. Just silence.
DANGER- ALERT! I received an e-mail from a reader who informed me that a woman named Nancy Burson appears to be selling a product called "Extra Celestial" Water on her website: www.nancyburson.com. We're not sure what this water contains but there is a description of "crystals" and "extra celestial" DNA that has been found in Nancy's body fluids. She shows photographs of these artifacts here -- www.nancyburson.com/pages/crystal.html and makes reference to Morgellons Disease.
We certainly hope that she is not selling any substance which has been in contact with her body or bodily fluids and we caution anyone who should ingest or apply this "water" for fear that it might contain Morgellons cells or products.
Further, the water is being sold (some vials cost $125 USD) as an ingested cure for a variety of illnesses and conditions. This should be investigated by the US FDA since any claims of this sort constitute a drug and come under their regulation.
We'll keep you posted on this. The last thing we need is to spread Morgellons.
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Notes and references for further study:
Harvey, W., Bransfield,R., Mercer, D., et ali, "Morgellons disease, illuminating an undefined illness: a case series" J Med Case Reports. 2009; 3: 8243. Published online 2009 July 1, -- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2737752/
Lacroix B, Kozlovsky SV, Citovsky V., :"Recent patents on agrobacterium-mediated gene and protein transfer, for research and biotechnology." -- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19075947
Smith,Robert F., "Lab Work on Fiber- July 28, 2006," -- http://www.cherokeechas.com/rSmith02.htm
Carnicom,Clifford E, "MORGELLONS: FIRST OBSERVATIONS", -- http://www.morgellonsexposed.com/FirstObservations.htm
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins ,"Agrobacterium & Morgellons Disease, A GM Connection? Preliminary findings suggest a link between Morgellons Disease and Agrobacterium, a soil bacterium extensively manipulated and used in making GM crops; has genetic engineering created a new epidemic?" SIS Report 28/04/08, -- http://www.i-sis.org.uk/agrobacteriumAndMorgellons.php
Project FFM, -- http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/ciencia_morgellons01.htm#PHASE%20IA%20%C2%AD%20Initial%20Examination%20of%20Several%20Dozen%20Samples
Charles E. Holman Foundation, "A Source For Morgellons Disease Information", -- http://www.cherokeechas.com/index.htm
"Guide to Biotechnology 2007" Biotechnology in Industry Org, -- http://www.bio.org/speeches/pubs/er/BiotechGuide.pdf
"Bacteria Fight Back: Biofilms Use Chemical Weapons To Neutralize Or Kill Attacking A", ScienceDaily (July 25, 2008), -- http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080723094848.htm
Looks to Breed Immortal 'Synthetic Organisms,' Molecular Kill-Switch Included, Wired, Feb 05 2010, source -- http://www.darpa.mil/Docs/FY2011PresBudget28Jan10%20Final.pdf
Department of Defense Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 President's Budget, Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency,linking to -- http://www.darpa.mil/Docs/FY2011PresBudget28Jan10%20Final.pdf
Genes Involved in Matrix Formation in Chromobacterium violaceum Biofilm, -- http://www.geg.ufsc.br/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=41
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