Morgellons disease is a horrific illness that is gripping people of all ages and backgrounds. When patients go to their doctor covered with lesions and complaining of insects crawling under their skin, they are typically written off as mentally unstable and labeled with "Delusions of Parasitosis".
Thus begins a seemingly endless nightmare of suffering and isolation that is devastating families worldwide with increasing frequency.
Morgellons Disease is first and foremost a physiological terrain problem. The body physiology of Morgellons patients is being altered so they become an accommodating medium for the growth of soil and plant based pathogens that don't normally belong in humans.
Compromised immunity appears to be the foremost contributing factor that "sets the stage" or "opens the door"... first to vector born or environmentally inflicted fungal, viral or mycoplasmic infection, and then to a variety of opportunistic chronic infections and parasitic infestation.
Genomic research has exposed limitations in our past efforts to accurately categorize microorganisms based on common cellular or metabolic features, and genetic engineering has in some cases even begun to blur the distinction between plant and animal phyla.
Regardless of how and why these plant based organisms are finding a home in human hosts, the question remains as to how to safely and permanently eradicate them, remove their toxic byproducts, and restore normal physiological balance to the human bioterrain.
Maintaining an alkaline pH seems to be a critical factor. it certainly has proven to be therapeutic in maintaining ideal soil conditions for healthy plants. Perhaps the most critical self-regulating function the body has to perform is the removal of metabolic wastes and maintaining an internal environment that is slightly alkaline.
This is our creator's design and intent; making our bodies unfriendly territory to destructive viruses, bacteria and fungi and virtually impregnable to disease. Unfortunately, the foods most of us are eating and our chemically and often emotionally toxic environment aggressively promotes acidity in the body.
Factors Complicating Morgellons Treatment
Thyroid and adrenal suppression seem to be a common denominator among many Morgellons patients, and may in fact be the underlying cause of immune deficiency that opens the door to their normally unwelcome guests.
According to recent case studies published in the Journal of Case Reports, low body temperature, immune suppression and elevated inflammatory markers were common to virtually all the patients studied.
Anyone who has endured marathon struggles with candida overgrowth can attest to the difficulty of displacing established fungal infections, especially when underlying challenges such as heavy metal toxicity provide favorable conditions even when stringent dietary restrictions are followed (See Candida Cleanse Protocol).
Chronic candidiasis patients can also testify to the burdening effect that chronic low level fungal infection causes on the immune system. Fungal mycotoxins are xenoestrogens which further suppress thyroid function, leading to secondary opportunistic infections.
Fungi, soil-based bacteria and the parasitic organisms such as collembola or rotifer which feed on them have evolved incredible mechanisms to withstand prolonged harsh conditions, and are capable of surviving in a dormant state for extended periods.
Fungi and bacteria have demonstrated amazing adaptive capabilities long before the advent of genetic engineering. Once they claim a welcome home in a human host, these proven survivors can be difficult to displace.
Biofilms Increase Antibiotic Resistance
Further complicating Morgellons treatment is the biofilm potential of microorganisms. According to leading research, when bacteria are organized in biofilms, they produce highly effective biochemical substances which individual bacteria are unable to produce alone.
Because the dense extracellular matrix and the outer layer of cells in a biofilm protect the interior of the community, antibiotic resistance can be reportedly be increased 1000 fold. It has recently been shown that biofilms are present on the removed tissue of 80% of patients undergoing surgery for chronic sinusitis.
No Silver Bullet!
For these reasons, and I hate to say this, I do not see a silver bullet coming that will all at once, wipe out the various infections and infestations, their future life cycles (eggs) and immediately restore integrity to immunity and normal physiology to the body of a Morgellon's sufferer.
However, that is not to say that there is no hope!
First of all, when all is said and done, we will find that this and many other "modern diseases" are the end product of the arrogance and ignorance of man. Faced with the limitations of man's wisdom and resources, and with the fact that man alone is made in the image of God's triune nature - with an eternal spirit and the unique ability to create - we must in the end look back to the Creator of all things for answers and for restoration.
Many millions can testify to the veracity of the promise "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you: not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). These immortal words of Jesus capture the essence of the truth that all who place their burdens at His feet are immediately transformed and ultimately healed.
Others have pointed out the truth that we are spiritual beings on a physical journey, and further exploration of temporal healing is pointless without first addressing the source of all permanent healing.. Like the wildly popular Toby Mac song says, "I don't want to gain the whole world and lose my soul".
Restoring the Bioterrain
Natural antifungal and antimicrobial agents such as oil of oregano, olive leaf and grapefruit seed extracts, nanonized silver, and stabilized oxygen products such as MMS may be effectively used to directly oppose the various microbial threats. However, if steps are not taken to restore normal physiology at the cellular level, a Morgellons sufferer will likely be consigned to an ever repeating cycle of infection and reinfection.
We don't have the option of sterilizing our bodies the way we can sterilize soil in order to exterminate pathogens and get a fresh start, but we can take steps to restore normal physiology in the body (as is done in soil) by eating alkalizing foods and introducing critical nutrients to promote detoxification pathways.
We can use probiotics (friendly bacteria) and digestive enzymes to restore mucosal immunity, reduce inflammation and improve our ability to get nutrients to our cells.
We can take omega-three fats to help control inflammation and improve circulation. We can take amino acids such as L-glutamine or Whey Protein Isolate to rebuild the integrity of the intestinal lining. We can take antioxidants to neutralize harmful free radicals that steal cellular vitality.
We can take vitamins and key minerals like magnesium and iodine to balance our pH and thyroid function and fuel cellular energy production. We can take herbs and thymus glandular extract to restore integrity to the immune response.
These are the foundational pathways of health: strong and balanced immunity, proficient absorption and assimilation of nutrients, unhindered (cellular) energy production, efficient removal of toxic wastes and environmental contaminants, and strong bones, which act as a storehouse for alkalizing minerals and a maturation site for immune cells.
Finally, because of the intransigent and pleomorphic nature of the microbes and parasitic organisms involved with Morgellons, don't expect a first round knockout, but a multiple round epic struggle. With each round, the fungal load gets a little lower; with each round, the viral load gets a little lower; with each round, the battle field is a little more level until finally the immune system is no longer outnumbered and outflanked.
With faithful determination and by God's grace, this is a battle worth fighting; it is a battle that can be and is being won.
Our prayers go out for all of you who are walking down this difficult and lonely path. It is our privilege to serve you, and our joy to rejoice with those of you who have ears to hear and eyes to see.