Study – Observations
Some of the
authors do not appear to have the credentials or knowledge appropriate
investigation as to the cause of Morgellons. For example, Kenneth A.
Katz, MD specializes in gay sex
diseases, Felicia C. Goldstein PhD specializes in cognitive disorders,
and Allen W. Hightower is a
statistician. The inclusion of Felicia C. Goldstein appears to have
been mainly to label these
patients as having a mental disorder - “delusional infestation.”
“In the absence
of an established cause or treatment, patients with this unexplained
may benefit from receipt of standard therapies for co-existing medical
conditions and/or those
recommended for similar conditions such delusions infestation.”
Illustrates the revolving door
relationship between Big Pharma and CDC.
case-patient each had a positive or borderline EIA for B. burgdorferi, but none had
IgG WB.” The restrictive CDC surveillance criteria for Lyme disease
very few can meet. The
EIA/ELISA test recommended by the CDC is based on a single East Coast
strain. There are 15 or
more known West Coast strains. Positive results are less likely because
of strain differences.
Kaiser’s own guidelines…
Use of Serologic Tests for Lyme Disease in a Prepaid Health Plan in
California," Catherine Lay, MS et al
(JAMA 2/9/94-Vol. 271, No.
Comment: Over a three month period, 117 patients out of Kaiser
Permanente HMO site had Lyme blood tests done.
Only one was
(Note; the samples were from a
Northern California area endemic for Lyme disease. The samples were
to American Medical Laboratory
(now Quest) in Chantilly, Virginia. Kaiser continues to use
this lab for their
Pacific Northwest Lyme tests. Knowledegable people have
told me this lab is
known for its negative Lyme test
At CDC, serum
samples were tested for the presence of antibodies to Borrelia
burgdorferi, Toxocara and
Strongyloides. B. burgdorferi seroreactivity
was determinedusing a polyvalent (IgM/IgG) enzyme immunoassay
(EIA) (Vidas; BioMérieux Vitek, Hazelwood, MO) and separate IgM and IgG
Western blot (WB) (Marblot; MarDx
Diagnostics, Carlsbad, CA). Low-passage B. burgdorferi, strain B31,
was used as the antigen source for both assays.
B. burgdorferi seropositivity
was defined based on the IgG WB as serum specimens were collected 130
illness onset. Specimens with at least 5 of 10 IgG diagnostic bands by
WB were considered positive, in accordance
with the CDC-recommended criteria. (None of the authors appeared to
have any expertise in Lyme disease).
The obvious; “Total
body photographs were done by a medical photographer to document
overall skin condition and the distribution of
the camera having delusions as well?
An attempt to depict the patients as drug
found evidence of drug use in 50% of participants. Formication can be
a side affect drug use (prescription
and illicit) and drug
withdrawal, but the extent to which case-patients' drug use
contributed to, or was being used
as a treatment for, the condition
was not determined.”