20080118 Friday January 18, 2008

Dr. Harvey's Latest Statements Re Morgellons and Mutant Worms

The latest Washington Post article on Morgellons has interesting statements from Dr. Harvey as followup to my previous post.


William Harvey, 70, who serves as chairman of the MRF board, has taken those theories one step farther. He says he became interested in Morgellons research after successfully battling chronic fatigue syndrome and made it his mission to find cures for such unexplained illnesses.

He wouldn't be specific, explaining that he first wants the results of his research to appear in a top-notch, peer-reviewed journal such as the Lancet. "This may be the story of the century," he says. A semi-retired doctor in Colorado Springs who spent most of his career working in space medicine for the Johnson Space Center, Harvey says he may have found not only why Morgellons patients would both scratch and act strange, but also what could be the "genesis of probably most chronic human illnesses," such as autism, obesity, chronic fatigue and bipolar disorder.

It all boils down to this: mutant worms.

Harvey hypothesizes that a type of nematode, a wormlike parasite that lives in the soil as well as in the guts or lungs of about half the animals on the planet, mutated somewhere in the 1970s in Southeast Asia and jumped from animals to humans. The parasite is easily spread through the fecal-oral route if someone, for example, is out working in the garden, fails to wash his or her hands thoroughly and then eats an orange. Or it gets into the lungs by inhaling sputum or by kissing. The worm then takes up residence in the colon, Harvey theorizes, and the body's immune system holds it in check.

But when the immune system falters, the worms swarm in the body. That's what happens, Harvey hypothesizes, after a human is infected with a strain of bacteria first reported in 1986, Chlamydophila pneumonia. These bacteria like to live in immune cells, Harvey says, and they feast on those cells' energy. With the host's immune system compromised, the mutant nematodes begin reproducing exponentially, Harvey suspects. They burrow a hole in the wall of the colon, then usually travel at night through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system or crawl in hordes between the layers of the skin, like other species of nematodes are known to do, to the parts of the body with the most blood flow: the face, head and nose. There, a cranial nerve leads right into the brain. A pileup of worms could jam blood and oxygen flow to the brain, Harvey says. "That may explain the psychological symptoms," including the hallucinations, he says.

It may explain why Pam Winkler took herself to the emergency room recently. She said that a huge bump had appeared on the side of her skull in the middle of the night. By morning, she said, the bump was gone, but she could feel crawling all over her face. She wasn't making it up, she swore. And she put her stepsister, with whom she's been living since she got out of the state hospital, on the phone. "I can see them. They're moving down from her head to her eye," said Karen DeWeese. "They're about one and a half inches long and a half-inch wide. They look like bubbles under the skin." The ER doctor later found nothing.

The fibers, according to Harvey's theory, are really the hard shells, which he calls cuticles, that these worms shed at five stages as they grow from egg to larvae to adult. The red fibers are the males, he says. Blue fibers are female. "Using a 2,000-power microscope, you can see inside them," he says. "They look like little stovepipes to me. I can tell the blue ones are female because there's a kink in the middle for the sexual organs and some kind of pouch. And we have pictures of them laying thousands of eggs."

"If you write this theory, it's probably going to sound like someone's come from the mental institution," Harvey says. "But the fact is that this is a real disease, and it appears to be growing."

Posted by Niels P. Mayer in Medicine at 20080118 Comments[15]

Comments:

I have heard of these worms crawling in people's faces from my brother in Florida. He says that the people have gone to a clinic around Hernando FL and they pretty much send them home. I think they feel they are making it up. Do you need names of people and contact info with this condition or the clinics they visited?

Posted by Deborah Doctor on January 21, 2008 at 09:16 AM PST #

Well, if we are to ascertain what Dr. Harvey says as true than Morgellons is basically incurable worms. Every living thing creates waste and that would explain all of the product exuding from the body. The thin white cutiles are perhaps the younger stage worm. The larger dark blue and red are adult.
I've noticed a lot more blue than red so one would conclude there are more females than males if Harvey's color assumption is correct.
One thing which flies in the face of logic is this. I've seen four inch long cutile/fiber. If this were in fact using the lymph or blood stream, people with this would be having strokes left and right. I know it remains in soft tissue because I have seen it, but if it were as thick in blood stream, then more of us would die wouldn't we?
On another note. This assumption of the cuticle would also explain the "fibers" not matching any textile or fabric on the crime lab data base. That database probably doesn't have worm cuticles. Many a doctor have seen these but just could not identify.
I really do wish Dr. Harvey would share his images of these things laying thousands of eggs with his high powered scope with the CDC.

Posted by Grace on January 25, 2008 at 09:58 PM PST #

To All:
I have specimens from all over the world
that have been sent to me. I am meeting with a Doctor of Entomology out of USF
Next Friday.
I live very close to Hernando and live in Hernando County.
If you have names of patients and Doctors that these poor people have seen you can send it to my email. commonsensescience@yahoo.com
Thank You,
Trisha

Posted by Trisha Springstead RN on February 21, 2008 at 07:52 AM PST #

An interesting thread on microfiliariae as a coinfection of chlamydia pneumoniae, Lyme, and other chronic infective diseases: http://www.cpnhelp.org/microfilariae_more_body_s . The recommended treatment is
ivermectin, which is interesting because many sufferers are finding ivermectin to be only partially curative; many more seem to be finding significant improvements from fenbendazole, moxidectin (myself), or praziquantel (people other than myself). It is interesting to note that the world health organization has found ivermectin to be ineffective as well, which is why clinical trials on Moxidectin and others are underway ( http://lymebusters.proboards39.com/v45index.cgi?board=rash&action=display&thread=3219&page=2#39887 ).

A few quotes to summarize http://www.cpnhelp.org/microfilariae_more_body_s

"My LLMD has been involved in the work of a research team in USA headed by Dr William Harvey with professors in Colorado, Texas and New York investigating the causes of chronic auto-immunei illnesses and fatigue disorders. They have identified how bacteria, viruses and parasites interact to produce these illnesses, finding that the unbalancing of the immune system is at the root of many problems. The herpes viruses in particular are troublesome and also (quelle surprise!) chlamydia pneumoniae which enables many other organisms to take hold. "

"As well as borrelia and actinomyces they've also indentified microfilariae...these microscopic worms clog the blood vessels and lymph system, essential for immune function as most of the defense activity takes place in this system. They also infect the capillaries so impair the nervous system, aggravating many neurological signs and symptoms."

"This reseach will be published very soon but the treatments being recommended are antibioticsi as well as the anti-parasitic agent Ivermectin. My doc wants me to take a course of this as an addition to the Wheldon protocol. He's finding that once these little wrigglers are killed off and the lymph system is functioning properly people feel generally much better and he says the CAP will be more effective."
"the schedule is 4 x 3mg [of Ivermectin] tablets on day one, day seven and day thirteen."

"I took a once daily dose of 12mg of Stromectol (I am @ 165 lbs) for 14 days. We followed this up with 2 weeks of a single 12mg dose once a week to be sure to kill any offspring (demodex have a 2 week lifecycle as I understand). I kept a list of my reactions during treatment, and I've always wondered, given some of my reactions, if it wasn't actually killing something in addition to the demodex."

"... the evidence that microfiariae are found in chronic fatigue is about to be published in mainstream journals. My doctor has been sending videos of the blood of his ME/CFSi patients to Dr Harvey's team in America, they are looking at fatigue disorders. I don't have any pictures but there are references in Pubmed to findings of microfilariae in the CNS, brain cysts, breast cysts and most other areas of the body http://tinyurl.com/2xrkez and of microfilariae involved in other conditions http://tinyurl.com/2hfhka"

Posted by Niels on April 13, 2008 at 04:36 PM PDT #

I HAVE CHRONIC LYMES AND FIBROMYALGIA. 5YRS. AGO I HANDLED A ALOE PLANT THAT WAS DYING. THE LEAVES WERE TURNING INTO A BLACK TAREY SUBSTANCE. SOON AFTER THE INTENSE ITCH WITH NO VISABLE CAUSE. THE LESIONS CAME AFTER. THEY NEVER HEAL, AND THE REST YOU HAVE HEARD BEFORE. MANY DRS. HOSPITAL STAYS (PUT ON I.V. STEROIDS AND ANTOIB) TAKEN ALL KINDS OF POISON FOR SCABBIES ETC. IM USING SULPHER SOAP/ HORSE DE WORMER AND CUMANDA? (NOT TOO SURE WHAT THAT IS ) BUT AT THIS POINT ILL TAKE ANY THING TO GET RELEIFE FROM THIS NIGHT MARE. ITS A ON GOING THING. DIFFERENT STAGES, AND FIBERS. I HOPE SOME ONE COMES UP WITH SOME ANSWERS SOON AND NOT DISMISS THIS AS A MENTAL SITUATION. THIS WILL DRIVE YOU INSANE, AS FOR THE DRS. WHO SAY IT ISNT REAL, THEY ALL HAFVE TO WALK IN OUR SHOES , JUST FOR ONE DAY....

Posted by ADELE FANTOZZI on September 18, 2008 at 06:41 AM PDT #

I am a physician with Morgellon's, which I only learned exists about 48 hours ago at the ILADS conference in SF. I am grateful for this web page which has such good information. Please keep me updated with any new information. I gave my contact information and some of my history to Dr. Garth Nicolson at the conference today.

I am 47 years old, born and raised in Concord, MA, with frequent trips to the beach (Plum Island, MA and Cape Cod, where we still spend several weeks every summer). I went to medical school at Southwestern in Dallas and now practice psychiatry and neurology in the suburban and rural areas around Philadelphia PA.

I have been told all my life that I have eczema, but at age 12 or so, it suddenly got severely worse, with a lot of scalp involvement. I had growths under my eyelids and bull's-eye type rashes on my legs. Nobody knew for sure what it was, and assumed it was ringworm. Over time, the symptoms gradually improved and abated somewhat, but the "eczema" symptoms never disappeared.

I'm running out of steam, but will summarize that I had a major arthritis attack after presumptively treating Giardia, acquired in St. Petersburg, Russia, about a year ago with Flagyl. My positive ANA led me to a rheumatologist, who insisted I couldn't have Lyme disease due to my incomplete response to a monthlong course of doxycycline, and inconclusive blood tests. Connective tissue diseases have been present in several generations of my family, and we chalked it up to that. I began taking Plaquenil and Etodolac with partial relief, but still significant arthritis in the left ankle, with a lot of swelling.

Then I began to be awake all night with itching. The horrendous rashes, with an apparent "trail", made me think I had scabies, but multiple permethrin and stromectol treatments only seemed to keep it "at bay". I still have multiple skin lesions and horrific scarring. I extruded huge amounts of black and blue fibers for several months.

A dermatologist diagnosed me with Lyme disease and opportunistic scabies, and I started Doxycycline for a 3 month course (which she feels cured her Lyme meningitis). Symptoms improved a bit, but with the ankle and foot swelling still significant. That has receded somewhat with the addition of Zithromax for the past 2 months. The peripheral neuropathy remains bad, though.

My 11 year old son has symptoms of severe itching, and other symptoms consistent with chronic Lyme, ADD, etc. I have not seen any fibers extrude from his skin, though.

Cindy Casey was able to visualize the fibrous material under my skin with the dematoscope here at the conference. I am not sure what to do next, except to gather as much information as I can, and offer to help in any way possible.

This illness is so bizarre, even L Ron Hubbard could not have made it up. I'm very worried about the long term outcome for me and my family......all input is welcome. Thank you for your time in reading this.

Sincerely, Amelia Withington MD

Posted by Amelia Withington MD on October 19, 2008 at 05:28 PM PDT #

I was diagnosed with lyme disease in 2005. It had gone neuro and I could hardly walk. After a year of antibiotics I was "cured". Now I am itching like crazy - it feels like scabies. Have only seen one long white fiber coming out of a sore on my finger, at first I thought it was just surface lint from clothes or something, but it was way too long for that and actually coming from inside my finger- very freaky. I have just taken Ivermectin tonight and its making me itch even worse! Guess it's getting them all riled up. I'm a little scared that if this thing is in my brain it could do something terrible to me with radical die off. I have a headache and way worse itching. Guess I'll take some benedryl and go to bed. I feel your pain. It is so bizarre that you can't really talk about it or people think you're nutz.

Posted by Karen on November 06, 2008 at 06:54 PM PST #

I AM STILL FIGHTING THIS IMAGINARY BUG,WORM,I THINK A FUNGUS IS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH THIS. THE SKIN IS SPOTTED WITH DARK PATCHES, AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS SUN DAMAGE OR AGE SPOTS. IT IS NOT. I HAVE BEEN USING SELSON BLUE SHAMPOO ON MY ARMS AND LEGS AND SOAK DAILY. IT SEEMS TO HELP RID THE FUNGUS FOR A SHOT TIME. IT NEVER CLEARS UP OR HEALS COMPLETELY . ALONG WITH A BOX FULL OF THINGS I'VE TRIED, VICKS RUB,SULPHUR SOAP,FOOT POWDERS FOR FUNGUS,PEROXIDE,CORN STARCH POWDER,COLLOIDAL SILVER, CUMANDA,SAMENTO,AND IF THAT IS NOT ENOUGH,FENBENDAZOLE (DEWORMER FOR HORSES) I HAVE HAD ALL THE MEDS FROM ASORTED DRS.WHO BY THE WAY THINK ALL YOU NEED IS A SHRINK. ANTIOB.ANTIFUNGAL,ANTI SCABIES, THIS IS A SHORT LIST.ITS BEEN 6 YRS. ALSO I HAVE CHRONIC LYMES,FIBROMYALGIA,CFS. FOR 20YRS. TO ALL OF YOU OUT THERE, DO NOT GIVE UP, THERE ARE DAYS WHEN I WOULD LIKE TO BUT THERE HAS TO BE AN ANSWER, WE ALL CONT BE IMAGINING THE EXACT SAME THING. PEACE TO YOU ALL.....

Posted by ADELE FANTOZZI on December 06, 2008 at 12:25 PM PST #

HELP! I need help for a friend who believes she (and her family as well) are suffering from Morgellons Syndrome. How do i get some help? Where do people get help for Morgellons?

Posted by mary kay wojciechowski on January 28, 2009 at 08:29 AM PST #

Mary Kay, where does your friend live? There are an increasing number of "Morgellons-literate" docs out there. One place to look might be via a web site that leads to Lyme-literate docs--at least they will usually be familiar with the concepts of chronicity and tricky co-infections.

One way to search a list by zip code is to go to the site "www.lymepa.org", register, then access the link for LLMD search. Register at that site, and you can see all of the docs who enroll to treat such infections. It is not a huge leap for an LLMD to acknowledge that Morgellons exists (in my humble opinion).

Be sure to go to the web site "www.howicuredmorgellons.com", sponsored by Mel Friedman, who was featured in the Reno news this past March 9. While I doubt that exact protocol would work for everyone, it does have elements of treatment that make sense, such as products which support the immune system, and inflammation control. Some elements of his approach might be able to be customized for individual people....

Thank you for the support, and don't give up! The radio program "Coast to Coast AM" is planning a 3 hour show on Morgellons from 10pm to 1am Pacific time, April 14 (I guess that's the 15th from 1-4am East Coast time--gulp), and I as well as some other familiar names from the Morgellons online and conference/research communities will be participating.

I should note that there have been some changes to my treatment since my post in October, and much more relief (though not resolution) of intensity of symptoms. Hang in there, and keep looking for answers that make sense to you--I do believe that there is relief out there for each person. I also am now seeing twice as many people in my medical practice who have it, and fully expect that I shall soon see more......let's keep talking, and we'll keep coming up with better and better strategies for relief! Cheers, AW

PS: Mary Kay, if your friend can't track down a doc with the strategies above, write back here and I will make inquiries. :>)

Posted by Amelia M Withington on March 19, 2009 at 08:33 PM PDT #

Mary Kay,
Please try to contact Dr. Harvey in Colorado.His address is 3010 N.Circle Dr., Suite 120, Colorado Springs, Co 80909
fax:1-719-234-0024
Best wishes!

Posted by Terrie Stone on March 23, 2009 at 12:25 PM PDT #

I have it. I need help. I live on Long Island. My mother has it too. granules, black specs, crawling, itching, plus it feels like I am wearing a wool suit. I would appreciate any feedback from anyone with any advice. Tigatail@netzero.net Thanks, Robin

Posted by Robin on August 22, 2009 at 05:21 AM PDT #

Do any of you Morgellon's sufferers happen to use a cell phone or cordless phone, or worse yet, happen to live close to a cell phone or wifi tower or antenna? Some researchers believe the electromagnetic/microwave/radiowave radiation emitted from these structures has non-thermal biological effects, not only on the human immune system, but also on the behavior itself of various microorganisms. Here is more info...

Mobile Phone Emissions Increase Worm Fertility:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1889-mobile-phone-emissions-increase-worm-fertility.html

Mystery in the Skin:
http://www.feb.se/ARTICLES/OlleJ.html

Electro Hypersensitivity - Talking to Your Doctor
http://weepinitiative.org/talkingtoyourdoctor.pdf

German Doctors Unite on RF Health Effects:
http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/news/20050722_bamberg.asp

Audio Archives - Interviews with Top Researchers:
http://electromagnetichealth.org/audio-archives-and-more/#patients

Attitudes to the Health Dangers of Non-Thermal EMFs:
http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/news/20080117_bevington_emfs.pdf

Becker Interview:
http://www.energyfields.org/science/becker.html

Bioinitiative Report:
http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/index.htm

Urge Congress on EMF Safety:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/6/urge-congress-on-emf-safety-fcc

Broadband - A Public Health Hazard:
http://wavr.org/petition/ToObama.php

Check for towers and antennas here:
www.antennasearch.com

For more information on this emerging environmental health threat...

myspace.com/unplugurcell

Posted by Carol on September 14, 2009 at 09:18 AM PDT #

I have just returned from my PCP and a Dermatologist.
Everybidy has told me that my " skin condition" is from
hallucinations. This , they tell me is from Requip. I am only off the drug for a few days. I am takin it for Parkinson's Disease.
I'm 58 ysrs old and on disability from nursing.
I need help!!
I'm afraid it's Not going to go away as they say.
The nursse at the PCP's office gave me info about
your research and said It sounds like I have similar symptoms.

Posted by Roseann Walker on September 15, 2009 at 12:06 PM PDT #

hello dr harvey my father is 85 yrs. old he is from latvia,he has been saying to us that he has small bugs under his skin and all around the house,we however can not see anything,this has probably been going on for @5 yrs at one point he seen a pyscatrist who prescribed him b-12 which seemed to help for @ 1 yr. now he claims to see bees coming in the windows.

i livein the chicagoland area,i was hoping you can direct me finding the right kind of dr.for what you think his ailment may be.

my father does not have a primary care dr.

my phone if you need it is 630-674-2258

thanks for your time and effort.

have a nice day.

Posted by ozzie berzins on November 11, 2009 at 11:46 AM PST #

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