Morgellons and the CIA’s MK/NAOMI Project
by Hank P. Albarelli Jr., Zoe Martell
Why is it that the U.S. state apparatus is standing in the way of any serious medical investigation into Mogellons disease? For the simple reason that it would inexorably lead to the covert biological war programmes of the 1950’s. Hank Albarelli lifts the veil on a period - which may not necessarily be over - when the military-industrial complex proclaimed to safeguard the "free world" while testing new experiments on the civilian population that it purported to protect; a period when members of the medical profession - including the CDC - developed diseases that they should have been preventing but which they used instead to contaminate the very people they were supposed to protect.
Part 1: Morgellons Victims Across the US and Europe
One of the many pages from the MKNAOMI and MKULTRA declassified documents. MKNAOMI was the code name for a joint Department of Defense/CIA research program lasting from the 1950s through the 1970s. It is generally reported to be a successor to the MKDELTA project and to have focused on biological projects including biological warfare agents—specifically, to store materials that could either incapacitate or kill a test subject and to develop devices for the diffusion of such materials.
“A massive malignant agenda at play…”
Symptoms of Morgellons disease.
Dr. Edward Spencer, 75- years old, is one of the few physicians in the United States that takes Morgellons disease very seriously. Spencer is a Stanford University and Yale University Medical School educated neurologist, who worked for nearly 40 years at Petaluma Valley Hospital in Northern California.
One day several years ago, Dr. Spencer was summoned to meet with the hospital’s Physicians Wellness Committee. Spencer had no idea what the purpose of the meeting was, but thought perhaps they wanted to discuss his recently expressed concerns about swine flu and vaccines in Eastern Europe. Dr. Spencer had been alarmed to learn that the flu vaccine sent to Eastern Europe was reportedly contaminated with lethal bird flu virus. Additionally, Spencer had been an outspoken advocate for Morgellons patients.
Spencer had earlier stated, “[The] CDC and medical establishment have been totally negligent in studying this system of disorders known as Morgellons, and have provided no treatment, support, or comfort at all to patients afflicted.” He further stated, “Morgellons is not a problem of ‘delusions of parasitosis’; it is an unexplained illness which is characterized by skin manifestations including non-healing lesions, itching, and the appearance of fibers. There appears to be a strong association with Lyme disease.”
Once in the meeting, Spencer recalls, “I naively thought that maybe they actually wanted to discuss some of my findings about swine flu”, but was instead shocked to hear that the committee was greatly concerned about his positions on swine flu and Morgellons, and that they wanted him “to agree to undergo psychiatric evaluation because they felt me to be a possible danger to my patients.” Said Spencer, who had been associated with the hospital for nearly 40-years, “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was in a state of near shock, sitting there with all my files on swine flu thinking they were actually interested in my findings.”
Following a second meeting with the committee, Dr. Spencer says he realized, “I was up against a star chamber and kangaroo court which had already decided to get rid of me.” He explains, “I had never challenged the system before, but I had come to the point where I felt I had to do it. Too much was going on that really bothered me. I had come to realize that the pharmaceutical companies were basically a conspiracy against common people; that truth about a lot of things had become submerged big time; that medicine today was 100 years behind the times and had been taken over by military medicine. There seemed to be a massive malignant agenda at play.”
After resigning his position at the hospital, Spencer testified about Morgellons disease before the mayor and city council of Berkeley, California. He stated in part: “There now exists strong data indicating that this disorder [Morgellons] is associated with nanotechnology, specifically nano machines in the form of nanofibers.”[see below] About 30-days later, Dr. Spencer recounts that “I made plans to attend an infectious disease conference in Malaysia”, but before he left he was involved in a strange automobile accident. His car was struck head on by another vehicle traveling completely on his side of the road. Hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, Spencer oddly entered “a disassociated state for about 4 hours.” He states that no reason or diagnosis for this was ever established. He recalls, “I was on my cell phone when it started, and phone records revealed that I called a woman in Iowa who tracks Morgellons patients, and was connected for seven minutes. I have no memory of this.”
In an interview with these authors, Dr. Spencer said, “I regard Morgellons disorder as a hybrid bio-nano-machine terror weapon. Establishment medicine and the government, which is now a fraudulent foreign owned corporation, go to great lengths to protect Morgellons from investigation of any sort. Morgellons is not one thing but is actually a system of multiple attack vectors that damage the body in numerous ways and carry various DNA and RNA strands. It is made in laboratories by talented men and women who have lost their souls and adhere to satanic principles.”
In 1986, Valerie Prazen was living in a middle-class, suburban subdivision in Wellington, Utah. She had lived there for nearly five years, and in 1985 the area’s sewage treatment plant began having capacity issues revolving around the number of digesters required. Consulting scientists employed by the plant recommended that a second digester be added, but, according to Prazen, “Short cuts were taken and instead of installing a second digester, the plant, which had been privatized from municipal ownership, opted for two huge open air sludge pits.”
Prazen says, “The pits stunk to high heaven, and worse yet folks became very ill, many with respiratory problems, lethargy and a rash that was flowing around peoples’ bodies systematically.”
Recounts Prazen, “People were calling the TV news station, and eventually a number of town meetings were called about the problem, but just before this there was a strange death of a local man. He lived the exact distance from the plant as me on the other side, about a quarter mile away. His death provoked a large number of people to wonder if it was somehow connected to the plant’s activities, including workers at the plant who were very concerned, a concern that shot through the roof after the plant began to glow fluorescent red, something nobody had ever previously witnessed.”
Valerie explained that she soon discovered that the man had died shortly after returning home from having been “on maneuvers upstate with the National Guard, [and his death] coincided with the plant turning fluorescent red.” At a meeting with townspeople called by the Army, Prazen recounted that a high-ranking Army officer said, “The man died from Hantavirus which he allegedly came into contact with while on maneuvers.” She points out those maneuvers took place in and around the Dugway Proving Grounds, a well known military site for the testing of biological weapons. [Hantavirus is a deadly disease spread by rodents that is similar to the flu. Hantavirus is a serious infection, and even with aggressive treatment, more than half of the cases are fatal.]
“Everyone that lived near the sewage plant got sick,” recalls Valerie, “but only I had lesions. It didn’t seem to make sense.” Eventually, Valerie, with the help of friends and family and through her own research, realized that she had Morgellons disease. This occurred after she had moved away from Utah to a remote mountainous area in Colorado, where she and her husband set up a gift shop and art gallery.
Valerie has firm opinions about Morgellons disease. She says, “I believe Morgellons is a technology that was programmed to go into the body and meets with a reversal of organs—chaos ensues. This is just part of the story; it is a whole system that will work together unless it is stopped… I’ve often compared this situation with Morgellons to the movie, Altered States, with John Hurt. He’s running around looking crazy and everyone thinks he should be committed. Then they see it and they understand, and they look crazier than he ever did.”
Jan Smith’s Story
Jan Smith is highly regarded among Morgellons sufferers. She has appeared on the Jeff Rense radio show numerous times, and she and Rense are widely recognized as unflinching forces who have championed Morgellons victims long and hard, and well before anyone else. The Rense.com website (http://www.rense.com/) is a virtual treasure trove of Morgellons resources and studies. Nobody can seriously look into the disease without going through the sites’ voluminous files.
’Goldenhead’: a Nano Robotic Sensor with holographic features (as generated from blue fiber which was harvested from Jan Smith’s body).
Says Jeff Rense, “Morgellons is a communicable invasion or syndrome that afflicts the entire human body (it is not merely a ‘skin disease’) in the form of self-assembling, self-replicating, visible colored fibers, wires-like items, tiny black specks and other formations some containing what seem to be sensors or ‘antennae.’ Other small objects are ‘fluorescent’ or metallic in color…. It is also reported by many Morgellons victims that the fibers and other Morgellons items exhibit a kind of collective intelligence within the bodies they have parasitized.”
Jan Smith’s first recollection of “having something wrong with me” was about 13 years ago when she thought “that a black fly bit me on my left arm just below my elbow.” The spot where the bite occurred has never fully healed, says Smith, “and each time I thought I was rid of it a new lesion sprang up right beside it and after 6 months I had a line of 4 scars from one active lesion running down my arm.”
Smith recounts, “I did not feel unwell during the time following the bite but it bothered me that things were escalating on my arm in spite of diligent efforts with Bacitracin and bandages to get rid of it.” Smith went to her doctor of 20 years and showed him her arm. She says, “His immediate reaction was to tell me that I had been picking at my arm and causing this running line of scars and sores due to the bad habit. I was dumbfounded and hurt. After 20 years of seeing him why would he think I had suddenly turned into a scab picking person. He didn’t believe me when I told him that was not the case.” Smith asked for a referral to a dermatologist, but before making that visit she began to notice that “the lesion on my arm had long fibers coming out of it and at first I thought it might be blanket fuzz or lint from clothing.”
Recalls Smith, “I kept a Band-Aid on the area and it puzzled me how the fuzz was not only under the pad but also had fibers stuck beneath the adhesive strip. Something didn’t make sense. There was also a strange clear fluid that oozed from the lesion that formed a clear scale over the lesion that looked like dried airplane glue. There was no blood and no normal scab. I began to collect fibers from the sore and they were strange red, blue, and colorless fibers. Some were even in fiber-balls of entwined strands. I had my trusty magnifying glass and I planned to vindicate myself with the dermatologist. By the time my appointment came 3 months later I had a good collection of these fibers. I was sure the dermatologist would know what I had and would vindicate my good name from the ranks of ‘pickers.’
At her visit with the skin doctor, Smith, with her fibers in hand in a Ziploc bag, says she “graduated from being a ‘self excoriater’’ to becoming a person with delusional parasitosis, as the physician wrote on my medical records.” She says:
"This put me in the ranks of schizophrenics and at that point it was all downhill. It was the first of many dermatologists, infectious disease doctors and others. With each succeeding medical person I anticipated the negative diagnosis of delusions of parasitosis before I even met them. This diagnosis brought forth the most condescending treatment and complete inability for anyone to listen to a word I had to say. Suddenly, I had gone from an intelligent person to an imbecile who should not speak. I had to start bringing my husband to the doctor’s visits to keep the abuse quotient low. This long nightmarish quest for medical help lasted for about 3 years, and at that time I had still not experienced the full breakout of copious lesions that were yet to come. Fatigue had set in and I had to quit my job at a residential school in favor of working from my home due to perpetual weakness and need for sleep. In the fourth year after the onset of the arm symptoms we moved from our home and made a lot of life changes due to decreased income since I could no longer work at all. Right after this stressful move, the disease went full throttle and I developed over 60 lesions on my arms, chest and abdomen. I was completely bedridden for months. I thought I was going to die and the medical community offered me antipsychotic drugs and skin cream for my so-called relief. I refused to take the antipsychotic drugs and the skin cream was of little to no help. I was on my own. I eventually got to a point where I was functioning but I never came back to normal. Thank God I am stubborn. I bought myself a couple of microscopes and decided to do my own research. Those medical quacks were never going to have the last word and steal my life.”
MK/NAOMI: Genesis of Morgellons?
FBI investigators concluded that Fort Detrick probably was the source of the anthrax spores used in the deadly mailings to Capitol Hill after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
As some readers may be aware, MK/NAOMI was the cryptonym for an ultra-secret project instituted by the CIA for its partnership with the Special Operations Division (SOD) of the U.S. Army’s biological warfare center at Fort Detrick, Maryland. The general objectives of MK/NAOMI, as stated in contemporaneous CIA documents, were:
provide for a covert support base to meet clandestine operational
To research, develop, and stockpile severely incapacitating and lethal materials for the specific use of CIA’s Technical Services Division.
To maintain in operational readiness special and unique items for the dissemination of biological and chemical materials.
To provide for the required surveillance, testing, upgrading, and evaluation of materials and items in order to assure absence of defects and complete predictability of results to be expected under operational conditions.
Recently obtained CIA documents reveal that in the mid-1950s, scientists at Fort Detrick’s SOD undertook intensive research and experimentation with a large number of “paralysis agents.” This phase of MK/NAOMI was referred to in-house at Fort Detrick as the “K Project” and the “K Problem.” According to CIA documents, K indicates both “knockout” and “kill”, depending upon the circumstances under which researched biological products were employed by CIA operatives in the field operations conducted under "Project Artichoke" and later programs.
According to former Fort Detrick employees and sub-contractors, including microbiologist Dr. Henry Eigelsbach and Dr. Hanley Watson, the initial and central objective of the “K Project” was to “create a substance or substances that will render an individual or animal helpless and immobile, either consciously or unconsciously, until definite control measures can be instituted.” Reads one memorandum on the program, “The instances and situations where such an advantage can be utilized are too numerous to be mentioned.”
Said the late Dr. Eigelsbach, who after leaving SOD worked for the University of Maryland, “Some of the "K Project" work was farmed out to universities, but the project’s work involving human subjects in all cases I’m aware of were conducted with [SOD] personnel present.”
Reads a 1960 CIA document, “Certain species of ticks (genus Dermacentor) have been incriminated in a clinical syndrome commonly referred to as ‘tick paralysis.’ This syndrome occurs in both man and animals. It results from a tick bite, and is characterized by ascending flaccid paralysis of the musculature. Removal of the tick is usually followed by complete and rapid spontaneous recovery. The etiology of tick paralysis remains obscure. The disease is believed to result from the inoculation of some unidentified tick-generated toxic substance, which appears to be neurotropic.” [See attached document.]
The same document continues: “As a by-product of "Project NAOMI", a sizable amount of this neurotropic toxic substance is being isolated. The development and experimental evaluation of the substance as a sedative agent will be carried out within the scope of this ‘K’ Problem project.
Recounted Dr. Watson, in a recent interview, “[SOD] research with [ticks] continued into the early 1960s, reaching a turning point around 1962 or 1963 when focus shifted away from working with the paralyzing agents toward use of [tick substances] for possibly creating a designer disease that could render targeted groups or populations incapacitated, as opposed to immobilizing people… research was intense, but perhaps not as best regulated as need be, but a number of diseases did come off the workbench for experimentation involving primates and then eventually human subjects… I don’t recall ever hearing a name for any of these diseases, certainly not Morgellons, but the dermatological manifestations and characteristics of the current day disease certainly were commonplace with experiments with animals used, swine, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, the gamut… tests were as effective as the earlier experiments. Additionally, some of the intended neurological impacts pursued, like the brain confusion or fog, appear to be present in today’s mystery disease.” As some readers may be aware, ticks are a natural breeding and mixing ground for pathogens.
Pertaining to the earlier experiments, a 1960 CIA document on SOD research reads: “As a result of animal testing procedures, a number of centrally acting muscle relaxants have been found. Several are or have been evaluated clinically in man with varying results. Occasionally, clinical reports appear claiming that certain pharmacological agents that have minimal muscle relaxant effects in some experimental animal preparations produce dramatic relief of spasticity in man. Clinical impressions are the usual criteria of effectiveness…. There exists within the [redacted] the opportunity for clinical evaluations of some centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxants on the therapeutic relief of spasticity in man.”
Other Related MK/NAOMI Projects
Former Fort Detrick and military scientists, including Watson, note that at about the same time intensive and varied work was being performed using tick related substances, researchers at the Army’s Frederick, Maryland biological warfare complex were also conducting elaborate research and experiments using birds. Some of theses scientists, speaking anonymously, claim that the use of birds for biological warfare developments may have played a determining role in the yet-to-occur onslaught of Morgellons disease.
Says one former Detrick microbiologist, “Some of these experiments employing birds as vectors for biological agents were part and parcel with MK/NAOMI and the K Project.” Although he is “unsure of some of the specifics” of the bird project, he said, “I am certain that as many as 750,000 birds, maybe as many as one million, and about $3 million, were used in the mid 1960s by Detrick microbiologists under the direction of CIA officials.” Dr. Watson maintains that in addition to the CIA’s Technical Services Division closely working on the project, the CIA funded front organization, the Human Ecology Fund, and the Office of Naval Intelligence played strong roles in the bird projects for about 3 or 4 years in the 1960s.”
As fantastic as the claims about bird vectors seem, these authors have discovered that the CIA and Fork Detrick did indeed institute and conduct at least three bird-related MK/NAOMI projects throughout the 1960s, one codenamed Project STARBRIGHT. Some Fort Detrick researchers recall having to receive special inoculations for the project. A detailed article in the Journal of the History of Biology (Issue 34, 2001) by Roy MacLeod, University of Sydney, Australia, reveals that nobody connected with the project was “told which diseases” the inoculations were for. States MacLeod, “In fact, [project] staff were told as little as possible, and then only on a ‘need to know’ basis."
MacLeod also writes, “During the same period, studies, studies of dissemination— ‘delivery systems’ — of biological weapons are known to have formed part of the research portfolio of both the CIA and the Chemical Corps. Among the more notorious projects were those to develop so-called ‘nondiscernible microbioinoculators – the dart gun was one example— and aerosol sprays, along with the potential use of insects (including ticks) and other organic agents.” MacLeod also underscores that on December 9, 1968, an article in Scientific Research by William E. Small “alleged that the Smithsonian Institution [a partner in the Army’s bird projects] was deeply committed to studies in Brazil and the Pacific dealing with the mechanisms by which rare viruses and blood parasites are transmitted from birds, mammals and insects to man.”
Lastly, MacLeod wrote that some experiments conducted by Fort Detrick scientists at the same time involved “a set of barges loaded with Rhesus monkeys” whereby a fine “bio-powder” (the nature of which has never been disclosed) was disseminated and monitored. Detrick scientists were jovial with the results of the so-called “laydown”— “over half the monkeys died.” Remarked one Fort Detrick scientist, William Patrick, at the time, “tactical use of similar ‘laydowns’ could devastate whole cities.”
Let us turn for a moment to another subject that has fascinated biowarfare researchers for years: prion diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Prion diseases or transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are a family of rare progressive neurodegenerative disorders that affect both humans and animals. They are distinguished by long incubation periods, characteristic spongiform changes associated with neuronal loss, and a failure to induce inflammatory response. The causative agent of TSEs is believed to be a prion. A prion is an abnormal, transmissible agent that is able to induce abnormal folding of normal cellular prion proteins in the brain, leading to brain damage and the characteristics signs and symptoms of the disease.”
In layman’s terms, a transmissible agent called a prion causes certain proteins in the body to fold abnormally, causing severe neurological damage and eventual dementia and death. The exact means of transmission for these diseases remains controversial in the scientific community, with some researchers arguing that specific genetic material is necessary for transmission, some arguing that the prion protein itself is infectious, and some arguing for a link to a type of bacterial organism known as a spiroplasma; yet others argue for a viral link, or transmission by a complete viral particle known as a virion. Prion forming proteins have also been identified in many types of fungi.
Prions and Mad Cow Disease
The public at large first became familiar with prion diseases when the term “Mad Cow Disease” (properly known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or BSE) was first mentioned in the news, in relation to contamination of beef products. Prion disease infected tissue remains infectious even after being subjected to high heat, presenting a risk to humans eating infected meat, even if fully cooked. Mad Cow Disease, however, is only one of a host of such prion diseases, many of which have been studied for years by scientists with interests in biowarfare. In addition to BSE, prion diseases include Creutzfeld-Jakob disease in humans, chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer, and Scrapie in sheep and goats, among others.
D. Carleton Gajdusek in 1997.
D. Carleton Gajdusek, a top official at Fort Detrick and head of laboratories for virological and neurological research at the National Institutes of Health, was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1976 for his work on prion diseases in humans, a subject he had studied extensively since beginning work on them in 1957. Nobel Prize notwithstanding, Gajdusek’s reputation is far from untarnished. His research findings link the prion disease Kuru to human cannibalism, claiming that the mode of transmission of the disease comes from the ingestion of the brain of a person suffering from the condition. Critics, however, have called these findings into question, claiming that cannibalism among the Fore people of New Guinea was no longer being practiced when Gajdusek claims to have witnessed it personally.
According to researcher Donald Scott, in May of 1966, Gajdusek and several other researchers published their efforts to transmit a “kuru like syndrome” into chimpanzees. The report was published in the journal Nature, but more significantly, was also later mentioned in a document entitled “Progress Report #8,” (1971) of the “Special Virus Cancer Program (SVCP).” As Scott and many others have reported, the Special Virus Cancer Program, which operated from roughly 1964 though 1977, was a thinly veiled cover for the US Biowarfare program, continuing long after offensive biological weapons research was discontinued on-record by president Nixon in 1971. The program underwent several name changes during its operation, also being referred to at times as the “Special Virus Leukemia Program” (1964-69) and the “Virus Cancer Program” (1973). Alan Cantwell, cancer researcher, states: “Also joining forces with the SVCP at the NCI [National Cancer Institute] were the military’s biological warfare researchers. On October 18, 1971, President Richard Nixon announced that the Army’s biowarfare laboratories at nearby Fort Detrick, Maryland, would be converted to cancer research. As part of Nixon’s so-called War on Cancer, the military biowarfare unit was renamed the new Frederick Cancer Research Center, and Litton Bionetics was named as the military’s prime contractor for this project.” Litton Bionetics is well known to have been a top biological weapons contractor for the U.S. Army during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
A close look at the SVCP’s documents reveal that the program’s goals were much more closely geared toward causing diseases than toward curing them. Among the many diseases studied were prion diseases, at the time thought to be caused by slow acting viruses, and considered highly desirable as bio-weapons for use against livestock.
Of particular interest is Gajdusek’s work with a disease originally found in sheep, commonly known as Scrapie. The disease was reportedly named for its most obvious symptom – intense itching and discomfort that caused the infected animal to scrape against fences and other objects until it had worn away its wool, or even its skin. A September 1972 review article published in The American Journal of Pathology (R.W. Lampert, D.C. Gajdusek, C.J. Gibbs, Jr.) reports, “experimentally, Scrapie has been transmitted to goats, mice, rats, hamsters, garbils [sic], mink, and recently to monkeys.” The article explains that transmission of the disease was accomplished by injecting or feeding brain and other tissue from an infected host to the uninfected subject.
The possible implications of this information raise some grim questions: If Scrapie and other prion diseases had been experimentally transferred across species, including the infecting of non-human primates, could humans also have been infected by these diseases, or variants thereof?
GMOs and Morgellons
Another line of inquiry, for both medical professionals as well as independent researchers, has been the question of whether a relationship exists between genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and Morgellons disease. Research published by the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2007 indicated a possible connection between Morgellons disease and agrobacterium, a soil bacterium that possesses the natural ability to transfer parts of its genetic material to plant cells. Agrobacterium has been used extensively in agricultural genetic engineering.
The pilot study (which included genetic skin testing of only two individuals) stated: “Morgellons skin fibers appear to contain cellulose. This observation indicates possible involvement of pathogenic Agrobacterium, which is known to produce cellulose fibers at infection sites within host tissues.” In an update to the study, researcher Vitaly Citovsky, Ph.D., stated: “Our continuing screen of additional Morgellons patients has identified Agrobacterium genetic material in three additional individuals. Thus, 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.”
One independent researcher, whose work appears under the name “Kammy” on a wordpress.com blog (http://morgellons2.wordpress.com), pointed out some startling similarities between bioengineered pesticides, the creation of “artificial cilia” (moving hairs) and the appearance of Morgellons fibers.
The article specifically references a patented insecitcidal delivery system (United States Patent 4844896). The patent describes a:
“1. Microencapsulated pathogen comprising:
insecticidal pathogen including a virus, bacterium, or fungi known to infect
(ii) a polymeric encapsulating agent comprising polyacrylates, polyacrylic acids, polyacrylamides or mixtures thereof;
(iii) a sunscreening agent comprising methyl orange, malachite green or its hydrochloride, methyl green, brilliant green, an FDC green, coomasie brilliant blue R, methylene blue HCl salt, brilliant cresyl blue, acridine yellow, and FDC yellow, an FDC red, fluorescein free acid or mixtures thereof.”
“Among the sunlight protectants were Buffalo Black, Carbo-Jet Black, cellulose, carbon, aluminum powder and aluminum oxide. Among the microencapsulating walls were ethylcellulose and gelatin. Microcapsules containing virus and sunlight protectant were found to be more stable than virus alone.”
When taken in light of colored, autofluorescent fibers that emerge from the skin of Morgellons patients, as well as sufferers’ reports of black specks and black tar-like sweat coming from their skin, this invention becomes decidedly quite interesting. Added to the equation is the aforementioned fact that several researchers have noted that the Morgellons fibers appear to contain cellulose.
Kammy points us to another invention of note, as well: cyclic polymers. She makes the following observations: “Concentrated solutions of ring or cyclic polymers (CPs), which lack chain ends, are scientifically intriguing, since they defy a simple description in terms of the tube model which has been used rather successfully to describe the properties of linear and branched polymers,also called ‘self oscillating gel’. It has the attribute to form artificial cilia and self walking gel…”
Indeed, a 2007 article from New Scientist Magazine describes this invention, stating: “Nanoscopic hair-like polymer structures are being developed by US researchers and could help explain the way similar biological appendages, known as cilia, function inside the body. Cilia are cell appendages that perform many different jobs in the human body - from picking up sounds inside the ear to performing a sensory function in the kidney. Inside the lungs, cilia wiggle back and forth pushing mucus, and potentially harmful airborne particles, through the respiratory system.…”
Might inventions of this nature account for the moving, seemingly alive fibers that Morgellons patients describe?
The mystery deepens further as we begin to examine some of the disease agents that are encapsulated within these structures. Of particular interest to some independent Morgellons researchers are a class of viruses, known as Baculoviruses, that attack insect and arthropod hosts. The makers of pesticides based on baculoviruses tout them as harmless to humans and animals, but the medical literature raises some important questions about their safety. A 1995 article from the journal Cell Biology details ways in which recombinant baculoviruses have been used as a means of transferring genetic material into human liver cells. The same article tells us that certain baculoviruses are in development as a “biological weapon against particular insects.”
Baculoviruses are sometimes used in combination with other insect pathogens, working synergistically to increase pesticidal effect. Kammy nicely summarizes the mechanism by which these viruses work, stating: Entomopoxviruses and baculoviruses are pathogens of insects which replicate in the cytoplasm and nuclei of their host cells, respectively. During the late stages of infection, both groups of viruses produce occlusion bodies which serve to protect virions from the external environment. Immunofluorescence and electron microscopy studies have shown that large bundles of filaments are associated with these occlusion bodies.”
A website on biological control, hosted by Cornell University, gives us the following information:
“Insects killed by baculoviruses have a characteristic shiny-oily appearance, and are often seen hanging limply from vegetation. They are extremely fragile to the touch, rupturing to release fluid filled with infective virus particles. … It is interesting to note that most baculoviruses, unlike many other viruses, can be seen with a light microscope. The polyhedra of many viruses look like clear, irregular crystals of salt or sand when viewed at 400x or 1000x. The fluid inside a dead insect is composed largely of virus polyhedra - many billions are produced inside of one cadaver.”
The similarities between these insect manifestations, and the symptoms Morgellons sufferers report, are certainly noteworthy. [Those who are interested in learning more about GMOs (http://www.voltairenet.org/article162087.html#article162087) are urged to read F. William Engdahl’s book, “Seeds of Destruction” (http://www.amazon.com/Seeds-Destruction-Hidden-Genetic-Manipulation/dp/0973714727), Global Research, 2007.]
State of the Art
There are many dimensions of Morgellons disease that deserve serious examination and investigation. As we have attempted to demonstrate in this article, not the least of these are the past biowarfare activities of the United States Army and its multi-faceted research programs conducted at Fort Detrick. Despite the fact that these programs have been shrouded in near total secrecy since their inception, there is very disturbing information that acts to make reasonable people suspect that Morgellons, and other harmful and lethal diseases, could have either intentionally or inadvertently emerged from government research projects.
The Morgellons landscape and patient “community” are places riddled with subterfuge, falsehoods, intrigue, paranoia, witch-hunts, ostracisation, petty jealousies, and infighting. Given the lack of any recognized and authoritative voice and leadership for those who suffer the disease, combined with the refusal of the conventional medical community to recognize Morgellons, this is understandable and offers ripe breeding ground for exploitation, disorganization and mental anguish. Morgellons sufferers are left feeling banished from mainstream society, stranded in a nether-limbo of isolation and quiet desperation.
Making matters especially problematic for Morgellons sufferers is that the few legitimate practitioners that treat them face genuine harassment and threats of malpractice claims, as well as tremendous peer pressure from the medical community. The fear of being branded a “quack” practicing “voodoo medicine” is very real for some doctors who want to treat patients but fear the reactions of their colleagues.
Many Morgellons patients become disturbed to discover that a number of the so-called “experts” and “medical professionals” offering their services to them have dubious academic credentials and often run side-businesses whereby “alternative” treatment products are sold, including male sex-drive enhancements. In large part, Morgellons sufferers have been done a tremendous disservice by a number of “independent researchers” who, despite sincerity, simply lack the medical and scientific credentials and schooling to fully understand what they are seeing. The number of charlatans peddling Morgellons cures and treatments on the Internet alone is astounding, with few of the products amounting to much more than snake oil.
Perhaps more concerning is the widespread illicit distribution of regulated pharmaceutical products among some Morgellons patients. We found that it was quite common for un-prescribed drugs to be shared widely among some Morgellons suffers. As can be imagined, Morgellons detractors pounce on these factors and go out of their way to promote that some practitioners have been “run out” of certain states for malpractice and have been “reprimanded for unethical practices.” At the root of many of these issues is the gross shortage of trained medical personnel, especially physicians and research scientists, who are willing to devote any level of quality time to the study of the disease and the examination and treatment of patients. Until the medical community as a whole takes significant notice of Morgellons and recognizes it as a serious health threat little will change with the overall situation, and the paranoia, infighting, and exploitation so dominant in the Morgellons community will continue and perhaps expand.
Regardless of how one feels about Morgellons disease, it is inescapable to note that the affliction appears to be expanding worldwide at an alarming rate. As it spreads, regardless its cause, it reaps very real pain, horror and psychological devastation in its path. Not long before we concluded this part of our article we received a letter from a woman who had recently come down with the disease. The single mother of two, who works on an average of ten hours a day to support her family, despite near constant pain from Morgellons, wrote:
“I know you don’t know me, or what I’m going through, but I don’t know who else to write to or what to do. No doctor will help me. Instead, doctors have tried to silence me by charging me with mental illness and threatening to take my children. I live in hell every moment. The only things keeping me from suicide is that it is against my religion, my love and responsibility for my children, and I pay a lot of money for life insurance and don’t want any problems for my children in collecting those policies. No one listens. Many asked for my research and photos and then leave me to suffer. The CDC refuses to return my calls, my friends all shun me now, and not a day goes by without my considering that the best thing I can do is kill myself. I don’t know what happened to people. Many want money from you upfront and want to sell their product lines that will cure you. Cure me from what? To treat a person you must know what they have. If you could help me find a lab or a person who is really sincere in finding what this disease is and may not be connected to any government research projects that may have helped in developing this I would be grateful. Please, please help me.”