I stumbled upon this article written in 2008 and find that the author and I seem to have a lot in common (at least from my perspective). It would seem he took a serious look at Morgellons and used his knowledge and experience to propose an explanation of what might be behind the Morgellons condition. I like the fact that he addresses the DOP angle and puts forth a rather non-spectacular explanation, dare I say a “rather mundane” explanation as to what the underlying cause of Morgellons might be.
His blog, among other things, is about “Repairing the Deficient Nitric Oxide (NO) Physiology that Most Individual Have” so undoubtedly when he read over the list of Morgellons symptoms and complaints he recognized these as having a very real overlap with NO deficiency (mind you we don’t know if it is the cause or merely a symptom of a failing bio-terrain or something else altogether).
The blog post can be found HERE and I will copy in some tidbits to get you started.
Morgellons Disease (MD) is a complex association of symptoms with several suggested explanations. I will add another explanation, that of low nitric oxide. I think my explanation does fit the reported symptoms somewhat better (and simultaneously) and suggests a treatment (increase NO levels). Low NO as an exacerbating factor is consistent with the symptoms and may provide at least some relief (actual and symptomatic) no matter the ultimate "cause".
The two leading explanations are Delusion of Parasitosis (DoP), and actual infestation with unknown disease organism(s) and/or unknown parasite(s). I will go into the symptoms and how the symptoms can be explained by low NO, and then suggest why low NO in particular would lead to feelings and ultimately belief that parasites are infesting the skin. I think calling it a "delusion" while technically correct (depending on the definition of delusion) may not be helpful in that symptoms which lead patient to that conclusion are quite real and not made up. I think calling it a hallucination would be more accurate and perhaps be perceived as less pejorative to those who experience it. The default conclusion that chronic itching of the skin is caused by parasites may be something that is "hard wired" in our nervous systems. An analogy would be phantom pain in a limb that has been amputated. Are people who experience phantom pain called delusional? If not, then people who experience "phantom parasites" should not be called delusional either. The "hallucination" is not in the peoples’ heads, it is in their skin. It is low NO in the skin that causes the itching, low NO in the brain does lead to some clouding of thinking, and also causes fatigue and exercise intolerance.
It’s easy to read this and get your claws out about DOP and other matters, but I think what the author is saying is that what we feel is real, physical, but most likely not bugs, which is now my belief also (and has been for some time).
The article is a heavy duty read for sure. It has me pondering and wondering if he is onto something. It makes me wonder if my protocol rebalanced my deficiencies, the True Protein (great stuff and loaded with Amino’s), the Essential Amino’s, the NAC to detox and control inflammation all were very good for me at least.
Symtoms of L-Arginine Deficiency (The body uses L-arginine to produce nitric oxide)
Conditional deficiencies of arginine or ornithine are associated with the presence of excessive ammonia in the blood, excessive lysine, rapid growth, pregnancy, trauma, or protein deficiency and malnutrition. Arginine deficiency is also associated with rash, hair loss and hair breakage, poor wound healing, constipation, fatty liver, hepatic cirrhosis, and hepatic coma.
The above is from http://www.vitamins-supplements.org/amino-acids/arginine.php
This is just an introductory post and I am not recommending that anyone go out take L-Arginine, in fact, you shouldn’t do so without working with your doctor. The best approach is an overall healthy terrain restoration approach. The author of the original article seems to think that taking L-Arginine wouldn’t help that much anyway, but I need check with other sources on that. Interestingly, I think Dr. Staninger has found high blood levels of Ammonia in Morgellons patients. All just subtle clues perhaps? Or perhaps nothing at all.
Expect another more detailed post on this once I have a chance to research all the angles …