Hey, don’t blame me for that title, it’s from a new book just released titled “The Panic Virus“. There is actually a chapter called Help There Are Fibers Growing Out of My Eyeballs and it’s on page 87, click HERE if you want to read it.
It’s a pretty harsh view of Morgellons, in some respects I cannot blame the author. I am sure his search turned up the same stuff that in part drove me from the forums, and that’s a lot of crazy stuff. Now, Mr. Mnookin not having suffered from this condition has no way to comprehend it’s bizarre nature. He doesn’t take into account what it must be like to have the sensation of millions of bugs or perhaps worms crawling under one’s skin. I’m in agreement with Joe Keleher on this point, the sensation is not bugs, it only feels like bugs. Please note that I am not saying bugs aren’t eventually drawn to a Morgellons sufferer, we know that is true. My point here is that one of mans primal fears is the fear of bugs, this is documented in study after study. Is it any wonder the sensation of such a thing is enough to drive some over the edge.
No doubt many attribute every piece of dust, every strange thing seen under a scope to Morgellons and have posted some embarrasing things that hurt our community, and this only serves as ammuntion for those who would mock Morgellons sufferers. To the Morgellons sufferer I say “Stop looking”, it doesn’t matter. It’s how you feel that counts.
Anyway, the author presents a pretty dim view of Morgellons, some of it justified when viewed by an outsider never having suffered from this condition.
Here is the last paragraph from the chapter. If you really sit and think about what is being said here it is truly revealing, not to mention some of the factual errors such as “millions of dollars” and “widescale study”. In all of the forums in all these past years I have yet to hear of a single person who was actually in this study.
The CDC, whose budget is determined by Congress and the president, had no choice but to acquiesce, and for perhaps the first time in it’s history agreed to fund a widescale study into a condition that doctors and scientists overwhelmingly agreed didn’t exist. In a statement announcing a study that will cost millions of dollars to complete, the agency said that “an increased number of inquiries from the public, health care providers, public health officials, Congress, and the media” led to it’s agreeing to look into “an unexplained skin condition”. To this day, there has not been a single, independently verified case of Morgellons syndrome.
I think it’s interesting that this book is just coming out, surely the author knows that the CDC Study results have been sent off to be published, probably in JAMA. He even has a chapter dedicated to “Mercury Moms”, interesting I thought considering the presentation made by Joe last night, which by the way, will be covered in an upcoming blog post as it was terrific.
Click on the picture of the book for a review …