Don’t worry, I’m not going to turn my blog into yet another blog that posts all kinds of news stories. However this one, which has been simmering for a long time, offers some interesting insight into our condition. In the story below I have highlighted certain things that I will expand upon after you read the story (read the whole story, it is pretty frightening actually). My point is NOT TO IMPLY that bed bugs are involved in Morgellons, what is interesting here is the effect the bed bugs have on those they are plaguing. This is an extremely well written article.


 

Boom in tiny bedbugs is causing big trouble

http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20090515/sc_mcclatchy/3234191_1

bedbug WASHINGTON — The biggest bedbug outbreak since World War II has sent a collective shudder among apartment dwellers, college students and business travelers across the nation.

The bugs — reddish brown, flat and about the size of a grain of rice — suck human blood. They resist many pesticides and spread quickly in certain mattress-heavy buildings, such as hotels, dormitories and apartment complexes.

Two shelters have closed temporarily in Charlotte, N.C. , because of bedbugs, a Yahoo chat group dedicates itself to sufferers and countless bedbug blogs provide forums for news, tips and commiseration. State inspectors say that more emphasis may be needed to tackle the creatures.

Federal officials have taken notice of the resurgence. Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency held its first-ever bedbug summit, and now a North Carolina congressman wants to take on the insect.

Democratic Rep. G.K. Butterfield just introduced legislation that would authorize $50 million that’s already in the Department of Commerce budget to train health inspectors how to recognize signs of the insects.

The Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2009 also would require public housing agencies to submit bedbug inspection plans to the federal government. It would add bedbugs to a rodent and cockroach program in the Department of Health and Human Services. It also would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research bedbugs’ impact on public mental health.

Butterfield’s letter to congressional colleagues about the legislation attracted lots of attention: It was topped with a full-color picture of the insect sitting on human skin.

“Unfortunately, in recent years, the United States has seen a resurgence in bedbugs,” the letter reads. “That’s right — they’re back in the sack — and biting.”

Bedbugs have hit hotels and homes in every state. The creatures are amazing hitchhikers, experts say, and easily travel in suitcases, boxes or packages. They can live for up to a year without food.

Apparently no state has a central reporting system for bedbugs, according to Butterfield’s office, and since the bug carries no known diseases, many health departments don’t consider it a public health threat.

That leaves the critters falling through the cracks among regulators, said Michael Potter , an entomologist at the University of Kentucky and one of the country’s bedbug experts.

“Most health departments say, ‘Hey, we don’t deal with bedbugs,’ ” Potter said.

Those who’ve suffered outbreaks say that the anxiety it induces can be debilitating. Potter said many sufferers tossed out furniture and could spend thousands of dollars on repeated treatments from pesticide companies. They call him about anxiety, insomnia, shame and the incessant annoyance of itchy red welts on their skin.

They’re, like, ready to blow their brains out,” Potter said. “It’s emotionally distressing. Anyone that has never had a bedbug problem is not one to judge whether we’re dealing with a medical, emotional public health issue.”

In Congress , Butterfield first introduced his bill a year ago after hearing from a constituent who’d brought bedbugs into her home from a hotel trip. The bill died in committee last year, but Butterfield aides say they hope that higher attention will help the measure this year.

The co-sponsors include Reps. Don Young , R- Alaska , Ben Chandler , D- Ky. , Bobby L. Rush , D- Ill. , Betty McCollum , D- Minn. , Corrine Brown , D- Fla. , Steve Cohen , D- Tenn. , Brad Miller , D- N.C. , and Eddie Bernice Johnson , D- Texas .

Butterfield also has received support from the National Pest Management Association , which says that bedbug calls to pest control companies are up 70 percent in the past five years.

Greg Baumann , a Raleigh, N.C. , pest control expert and the vice president of technical services for the National Pest Management Association , said that a decade ago few pest control companies dealt routinely with bedbugs.

“Now it’s everyone today,” he said.

Baumann said companies could use pesticides on the bugs but that they also tried such alternatives as extreme heat, freezing and isolating the insects through mattress covers.

Since the EPA restricted the use of several effective pesticides in the 1980s, bedbugs have built resistance to the chemicals that now are on the market, said Potter, the University of Kentucky entomologist. Public education is important, he said, but the industry also needs a good insecticide.

“Whether that bill is going to solve the problem — certainly it’s a start,” he said.


 

Interesting isn’t it? The Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2009 would require the CDC to study the impact of bed bugs on ones mental health. Why would that be? How strange a request, or is it? Listen to some of the descriptions those with a known infestation have (note, bed bugs to not live on ones body). People with bed bugs infestations suffer extreme anxiety to the point of being debilitating, insomnia, shame, tossing out furniture, and even wanting to as it says to “Blow their brains out”. I don’t for a moment believe the comment that bed bugs don’t carry disease though, any creature that feeds on blood spreads disease. However, and I must say this quote in its entirety floored me.

 

“They’re, like, ready to blow their brains out,” Potter said. “It’s emotionally distressing. Anyone that has never had a bedbug problem is not one to judge whether we’re dealing with a medical, emotional public health issue.”

 

Let me repeat this “Anyone that has never had a bedbug problem is not one to judge whether we’re dealing with a medical, emotional public health issue”.

If you are not a Morgellons sufferer let me ask you a personal favor and withhold your judgment on us for now. In fact, be glad your Morgellons free but don’t for a moment take for granted that you will always be. Take a moment and think about what this article is saying about these folks that have a known problem with bed bugs. Now consider that a Morgellons sufferer feels these things “under their skin” and they are also terribly ill on top of it. Throw in a unknown cause, the fact that many on the forums we have known and loved have died, the fact that there is no known treatment, and finally that we are mocked by the very doctors sworn to help us and you have something far worse on ones mental health than merely having bed bugs. The truth is having a parasitical infestation (or something that feels like one – I’m not convinced Morgellons is a parasite at all) is incredibly scary at first, some never get over it and go over the edge, others simply cannot deal with it.

So, take a hard look at how having bed bugs is impacting those who have them. The truth is, you simply cannot fathom what it is we deal with, it cannot be explained such that one can truly ever really grasp the horror, and my hope is, you never have to know that horror. For those with bed bugs, my heart goes out to you.

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Comments on: "The biggest bedbug outbreak since World War II has officials worried." (16)

  1. Mr. Common Sense said:

    One more thing from the article …

    Democratic Rep. G.K. Butterfield just introduced legislation that would authorize $50 million that’s already in the Department of Commerce budget to train health inspectors how to recognize signs of the insects.

    We got 350 to 400 thousand dollars for a CDC study of Morgellons and they are going spend 50 million dollars to teach inspectors how to recognize signs of bed bugs? Wow, how is it that I’m not insane exactly?

  2. I find this very interesting that our government would authorize 50 million in funds, and so little in the study of Morgellons disease.

    I also have a hint for pesticide workers do not use chemicals in order to erridacate bed bugs. you will make them bigger and badder.

    Bugs, Bugs, Bugs, Bugs, Bugs……

    I would be very happy if our government would wake up. Many pest workers are reporting to me in regard to this disease or syndrome???

    Sincerely,
    Trisha
    This is getting worse by the day Thanks Mr Common Sense.

  3. Right. Hence my rather negative sentiments to the current CDC morgs study in one of my responses to your post with Vader and Luke. Well, pessimisic thinking won’t get us anywhere as ppl pointed out but I can’t help but to compare the meager $360,000 morgs funding vs $50 million for bed bug control.

    Well things ppl can’t see takes more work and takes longer to prove. Wasn’t the world supposed to be flat?

  4. Sounds like we need to get the Honorable G K Butterfield on our side… or someone who can garner some attention (and significant resources) to the problem. There is something very odd about this picture… its almost like they don’t want to know… or do they already know and have nothing to offer?

  5. I wonder if bed bugs are attracted to, or thrive with, toluene or something similar?

    More money goes to this program because it is part of an agenda: getting the government further into peoples homes & bedrooms. And, it is something people can see without microscopes. bed bugs are officially recognized & people are familiar with them in a non-fearful way. [Don’t let the bedbugs bite.] No doubt this will be part of a regular inspection process, at first only for hotels, then for apartment complexes & other rentals. It’s not a conspiracy, just the unending incremental march of Collectivism.
    Perhaps they need to bring back the DDT spraying trucks of the 1950’s? Or maybe they already have only they don’t use DDT or trucks?

    Like you highlight, the other parallels are so similar.

  6. Mr. Common Sense said:

    Well, clark, in all honestlly you can bet the millions that have died in Africa from malaria since they stopped using DDT sure wish they would have kept using it, and banning DDT is what is allowing the bed bugs to thrive, they are very hard to get rid of you know, they can go a year without food (blood). People that don’t have bed bugs might not be fearful of them, but believe me, if you read the article above, they can ruin your life. I have read of at least two families that have left thier homes over them.

  7. Melissa said:

    Dear Mr. common Sense, I just want to give a heartfelt thank you for all your information and caring. I look forward to checking the posts daily. It is a source of comfort for this single mother struggling with morgellons for seven years.(long years) two dogs and two kids affected.God bless.

    sincerely,

    melissa

    • Mr. Common Sense said:

      Thank you so much Melissa, two of my children initially had this, it was the scariest thing in my life. They had fibers all over their face, the pediatrician didn’t know what to make of it. Gave us some anti-fungal cream and then later gave them Menbendazole, but to be honest, I don’t think those helped, they had it long after that, but it has passed for both of them, how, I am not sure, they never got it bad and somehow it didn’t take hold in them.

      Try to make sure they are on a good PH balanced diet, our kids never drink soda and our water is filtered, my wife cooks all of our food and nothing from a box (she was always like though) and we always have a vegatable and so on. This summer have them eat lots of watermelon, it’s very alkalizing. I do think some real help is coming soon so hang on.

      I have been distracted lately but am going to be posting a very interesting follow up post on my initial post on Collembola that references a dozen (actually more) cases of human infestation of Collembola from Medical literature and some other very interesting information in that same arena. I did use some thing called EcoVei’ in their baths for quite some time, perhaps that helped. But the most important thing I did was cover thier mattresses with mite proof covers (you put the mattress in side and the zip up) and mite proof pillow cases. I shampood the carpets, all of that seemed to really help.

      http://www.eco-vie.com/ecovie/ev_top_c.html

  8. Melissa,
    We are finding many Doctors who will see patients now. There is hope my friend.
    Stick with the Good Doctors on this posting. Mr Common Sense is so gifted and wonderful.
    John from Logos is great also.
    There are many stepping up to the plate.
    No Fear Friend….You will get better.
    Much Love,
    Trisha

    • Please send me a list of doctors who will take this disease seriously in KY. I am desperate. Thank you.

      • Judy,
        You should to to the sidebar and go to the website called “Morgellons Focus”. It is a site run by Pamela. She is a good one to ask for help finding a dr, as she has put together such a database, I believe. One thing though: she indicated earlier today that her site is undergoing some changes so I don’t know the status. You can also find her at Mel’s site, “How I cured Morgellons.”
        Best of luck

  9. Trisha, Are you able to share the names of these doctors? A 65 yr old woman on SS on finding1cure desperately wants one.
    And Mr. CS, when you say you think help is coming soon, can you please elaborate?
    Thanks for all that you do.
    Annie

  10. I’m having very good results using Absorbine Jr. and/or applying the sulfur soap over it and leaving it on. That sulfur soap does seem to help. After six months, I no longer feel like I am suffering. I havn’t had to use Fast Orange in quite some time.
    I’ll bet that blue A New Hope stuff would have worked great in place of Fast Orange.
    Everyone keeps mentioning an itch, I have never had mine itch, not once. Must just be me?

  11. Kathleen said:

    Could someone please send me a list of the doctors and the states they are in. If you send it to Trish, she can send it to me privately. I take many calls primarily from the US and Canada and it everyone needs a doctor.

  12. It’s been over a year since anyone posted here, and almost a year since I got this nasty disease, but I’d like to say that one of the last things that happened to me before I got it was bed bug bites. Or possibly Mexican poultry bug bites, they are close relatives and almost indistinguishable, and I had been working on the coop, and had gotten a new hen. But also, a huge carload of relative stayed with us after a motel at the same time, so I really don’t know which it was but I saw the thing. I’m a biologist, I can ID my insects. And then I got sick.
    I’ve been hitting it hard since October with a variety of things, PMPII and more, but it still plagues me…better than it was, though. Don’t see many fibers now, but sores on my scalp! I’m a teacher, so one more month of rest. Ordered FIR today.

  13. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I got this disease by being bombarded with bedbugs at a yoga facility. I left Sunday night and by Thursday I had 200 bites all over my body (since this was my first BB attack it took a while for my body to respond, but when it did it was very overwhelming). Of course they were bought into my apt with my suitcase and whatever else, and it took me four years to get rid of them (using diatomaceous earth) and only this past year has the Morg lesions diminished somewhat (although my largest scalp lesion keeps growing). I did an immense amt of research into BB’s as a causative factor for this disease, back when not much was published. I did manage to find out Dr. Schwartz (since having been discredited in some ways ) did publish a book on insect vectors as agents of Morgellons spread. Within 6 weeks of the initial attack i started getting unexplained symptoms, like lack of balance, arthritis pain, tachycardia — but now the worse is that my brain doesn’t function optimally, and of course the lesions leak a viscous fluid. Please help spread the word that the BedBug population can be easily conquered with spreading DE around, which should be used in place of dangerous insecticides. The only caution with DE is that it should not be inhaled, and that “food grade” DE should be used. It is easily obtained on the net, and very very inexpensive. Forget about pesticides.

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