Happy New Year to all! Morgellons 2016….a new year, a new perspective, and an old disease. For me this year will mark my 5th year with Morgellons. Unimaginable, really. I never thought I would have had symptoms for this long. I never thought Morgellons would persist in and around my environment for over 5 years!
Morgellons has completely uprooted every aspect of my life. Not a single spec has been left untouched; relationships, mental health, physical health, tangables, untangables, and so much more. Morgellons has been life alterating! No doubt about it.
I cannot explain what Morgellons has done for me, both good and bad. Only the infected really know what this disease can do to someone. No one truly understands until they have lived with Morgellons for more than a few months. Family members, friends, doctors ‘may’ understand, but in truth they don’t. Heck they might even question your sanity and by that time you have more than likely even questioned your own.
Don’t fret though I and the many thousands of visitors to this site all know, Morgellons is Real! I have it and have had it for almost 5 years and that goes to be said each and every person reading this has been affected by Morgellons in one form or another. It is a real disease and deserves some real respect, research, and attention. In fact, I’ve created MorgellonsAndMe.com for this very reason! To bring awareness to Morgellons Disease. We the sufferers deserve so much more than a clinical diganoses of insanity. We deserve the reverence of any new disease. We deserve something. Many of us have lost every; jobs, finances, significant others, sanity, etc, etc.
Sure, Morgellons is not life threatening, but boy it can do so much damage over time to one’s well being where it eventually may become self inflicted life threatening. Its true, most Morgies contemplate suicide even hate life. I’ve seen it first hand, I’ve read so many emails. It is crazy what Morgellons can do to ones mental health…but, please, have faith there is hope. At my worst I remember having hundreds, even thousands of crawling, biting, scratching, burning sensations an hour every day for months on end! Now I only have but a few per day, if any! Using the techniques employed on this site I’ve brought my numbers and as a result symptoms to a screeching halt. Be aware, Morgellons can be eradicated!
So what will this new year bring?
Will I cure Morgellons in 2016? Probably not. Yea, sad but true.
Will I gain ground on Morgellons? I think so.
Will it be easy? Heck no, nothing about this disease is easy. Nothing.
What have I learned in 2015? And what will I do in 2016? A lot, but not quite enough. Meaning Morgellons is still here and I have yet to completely rid Morgellons from my life. I have however, put another year worth of dent in the disease of Morgellons and in turn drastically reduced my suffering.
How so? Well by following the guidelines I’ve outlined in various blog/forum posts on laundering, immune enhancing, detoxing, lifestyle changes, and so much more.
To begin, my laundering techniques have been further refined to provide great, affordable relief. These techniques can be found in Morgellons and Laundry – Revised blog post. However for a quick reminder my laundering deals with pre-soaking laundry in borax, washing on a super hot sanitize cycle (turn up hot water heater if needed), drying clothes in sunlight and open air, and wear/washing clothes once a week with only a weeks worth of laundry (bed sheets included).
Secondly, I’ve learned the value of a great detox and its immune enhancing capabilities. Namely, using a Infrared Sauna which has an uncanny ability to completely remove Morgellons symptoms for a days on end. Heat heals and heat kills! The FIR infrared sauna provides a gentle healing heat which quickly kills active Morgellons aiding in healing the outer layers of skin to help rebuild resistance against Morgellons and foreign pathogens.
Third, I’ve stopped using soap. Yes, I no longer shower with soap, heck I hardly even shower anymore. I merely call it a quick rinse after my daily sauna session. This is more than enough to stay sanitary and healthy. No! I don’t smell, in fact I think I smell better and perhaps more natural. My skin looks healthier than ever before, it feels super soft, and has a nice glow and radiance. Soap strips the skin of its natural oils breaking its first line of defense against invaders, such as Morgellons. The skin houses billion even trillions of beneficial bacteria which all work harmoniously to keep our natural bio-dome in tip top shape. Every time we use soap this bio-dome takes another hit. Day after day we hit our natural defenses in our never ending quest to become ultra sanitary! Its true…when I first came down with Morgellons I honestly thought it was a disease of the skin. I used every harsh chemical on my skin in order to eradicate this beast. In the end, I discovered that my skin was severely destroyed and I became even more susceptible to Morgellons. My skin was made worst by removing what was helping me the most! We must keep our skin and bio-terrain strong and to do this we mustn’t strip it of its natural defense systems…soap is bad! Instead try a nice scrubbing rinse and if need be some soap on the stinky parts.
Fourth, 70% of the immune system resides in the digestive system. Our digestive systems are responsible for so much more than we are aware of. Along with digestion and assimilation of nutrients, it is also responsible for neurotransmitter, antibody, enzyme, and cell creation, generation, and proliferation. A poor immune system equates to a poor digestive system. Bad bugs in the stomach can lead to bad bugs and terrible symptoms elsewhere. In order to start anew we must; remove, repair, replace, and reinoculate. Firstly, remove the bad bacteria, fungus, parasites using natural and prescribed (if need be) antimicrobial/antiparasitics such as garlic, oregano oil, grapefruit seed extract, and more (seen in this blog post; Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt Parasite Protocol). Second, repair the inflammation in the stomach lining using aloe gel and L-glutamine. Third, replace missing digestive enzymes, bentaine, intrinsic factor to assist the assimilation of needed nutrients. And lastly, reinoculate by providing prebiotics and probiotics to limit the growth of yeast and undesirable bacteria using high quality probiotics such as VSL, Metagenics, and more (upwards of 10-50 billion per day!).
Lastly, Lyme and co-infections play a huge part in Morgellons (chatted about in this post; Morgellons and Lyme). A faulty immune system brought on by long term Lyme and its coinfections bring about Morgellons and the associated opportunistic infections. Fungus, parasites, and bad bacteria flourish in these environments. And in order to keep these invaders at bay we must work on enhancing every aspect of the immune system via essential multi-minerals and vitamins, high quality diet (get rid of the boxed food and preservatives!), exercise, lots of fresh air, prebiotics and probiotics, and an all around healthy lifestyle. The immune system is key in any disease!
So as we ring in a new year we must always look back to see what the previous year has brought to us, what we have learned and what we can improve on. In the terms of Morgellons, the few key topics above, for me, stands out in 2015, and for 2016 I would like to further improve on these topics and refine these strategies in order to bring a halt to the proliferation of Morgellons in and around my body. I would so love for Morgellons to end in 2016, but this may not happen and at this point I am OK with that. Persitance is key in any disease and we can’t expect a timeline in any resolution. It will happen when it happens and we must keep in mind that it will happen if we actively keep treating and improving our methods.
Also in 2016, I do hope that this blog, website, and forum will bring help and solace to others in need and that our community will grow which in turn will bring awareness and support to all those affected by Morgellons. And in order to do such we need documentable data from many to show that Morgellons is real. I do hope that this website can one day be used for such, so please feel free to add to the ever building community and join the forum. Together we can beat this! This disease is not going away. The ever increasing website traffic statistics prove just that.
So I ask, once again in 2016…Stay strong and stay sane!
Morgellons and Laundry – Revised (Part 4)
Morgellons and Laundry. The dreaded frontier of Morgellons, one of the worst aspects of the disease, and, in my opinion, the hardest hit area of infestation.
What is Morgellons? I do not know.
Why does Morgellons seem to breed in laundry? I do not know.
How come Morgellons is so extremely hard to get out of laundry? I do not know.
What I do know is; that Morgellons is vulnerable and can easily be eradicated from laundry fairly cheaply, if done correctly.
Through the trial and errors of my previous Laundry protocols I’ve strategically honed this latest treatment for speed, cost, and repeatability.
While Morgellons and Laundry – Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 all offer great advice and each have their benefits. The latest Morgellons and Laundry entry, this one, is the most up to date, has the highest success rate, and is the cheapest solution to purging Morgellons from the laundry.
As mentioned in other posts, it is imperative to have a Morgellons free washer and dryer. Some suggestions for keeping these machines Morgellons free are to disinfect with Xtreme Cleen, Essential Oils (peppermint, tea tree), or ultra low humidity. I, honestly, wish I knew of a better way to fully eradicate Morgellons from the washer and dry, but sadly I cannot find anything that keeps Morgellons out of the washer and dryer. This issue seems to be my biggest concern when it comes to reinfection and I can really tell a difference in the laundry when washing with a ‘dirty’ washer or dryer.
For those who do not know;
I solely attribute my infection with Morgellons to the local public laundry mat. That day I remember so vividly…my clothes felt so itchy, scratchy, crawly, and bity. Each piece I tried from that batch provided the same hellacious feelings. All clothes which were ‘cleaned’ using the public laundry mat had this eerie effect. There is not a doubt in my mind that my Morgellons came directly from a public washer and/or dryer! Now why it stayed around so long is a whole other topic. 😉
So here it is; Morgellons and Laundry – Revised (or Part 4). The fourth installment:
1). Clean, disinfect, sanitize, bomb, or do whatever else necessary to the washer and dryer in order to rid it completely of Morgellons. I suggest using a round of Xtreme Cleen, essential oils, Windex, ammonia, or Borax with nothing else to eradicate any traces of Morgellons. Using a small dehumidifier inside the machine between uses seems to help as well.
2). Take half a box of Borax, or 38 ounces, and mix/dissolve completely in a large 14 gallon storage container, like the one shown below. Make sure only to fill the bin half way as the added laundry will displace the water to a higher level.
3). Thoroughly mix laundry in dissolved Borax solution. Do not be afraid to use your hands as Borax is completely safe and non-toxic.
4). Let laundry soak for several hours.
5). Remove clothing and wring Borax/Water solution back into plastic container. This mixture can be reused several times! I get about 3-4 loads from 36 oz of Borax and 7-10 gallons of water. Make sure to keep lid on Borax/Water mixture to prevent evaporation. Mixture can store for 3-5 days.
Washing – Choose first or second method
6). First method; Take clothes, sheets, or other laundry and wash in washer machine with super hot water (upwards of 140 F, set your hot water heater higher if necessary).
6). Second method; Wash by hand several times. This prevents the reinfection from the washer machine, but requires much more work.
Personally, I use the washer machine because I can’t take all the work associated with doing laundry by hand. My washer machine, however is very close to being Morgellons free after a lot of work and disinfecting. The great part is once the machine is Morgellons free it normally stays that way!
Drying – Choose first or second method
7). First method; Air dry clothes in Sunlight to get the most amount of UV disinfecting penetration and fresh air.
7). Second method; Use laundry machine dryer on highest setting for longest possible time. While I don’t condone this, some have had success using their dryers. Make sure to disinfect before and after usage. It seems the newer dryers don’t get hot enough unless they are commercial types. There are now so many regulations on dryers and EnergyStar certifications that residential dryers really don’t do any good. Not even for scabies or dust mites. I think one of the reasons Morgellons is so disseminated is because of the newer, lower temperatures of laundry dryers.
That’s it. Your clothes should be Morgellons free. Store in an air tight container like the plastic bin above and use whenever necessary. If you find that your clothes are not Morgellons free reevaluate your process for weaknesses. I promise you places of reinfection can be found in the washer or dryer! If you want to test the theory yourself test wash, by hand, a few articles after they have been soaked in the Borax/Water mixture. Hand wash and air dry and they will most definitely be Morgellons free!
This method works. I’ve used it several hundreds of times and it leaves a lasting affect on Morgellons. Nowadays, I can get away with 5-7 days worth of using my sheets, sometimes even 2 weeks, and another 5-7 days using the same articles of clothes!
I feel as I eradicate more and more of the Morgellons pathogens the population in turn decreases causing my laundry to feel cleaner and cleaner after each treatment. I tell you, that I’ve felt noticeable, huge, differences when my laundry machine washes non-treated clothes, then I wash treated clothes. Morgellons loves moist environments and a wet washer machine is just that. Be careful!
Anyways, I’ve never had an issue with Borax bleaching any clothes or pieces of laundry. If you do just lower the amount of Borax used. Refine the solution for yourself, if necessary, but I’ve found 38 ounces of Borax in 7-10 gallons of water to be prime.
What is Borax? Wikipedia Article on Borax.
To me treating laundry like this and having success with diminishing Morgellons symptoms hints that Morgellons is some sort of bizarre parasitic infection. If I can drastically reduce the presence of Morgellons by treating my laundry harshly with various products and if left untreated the presence of Morgellons exponentially increases in my laundry than the logical assumption would be Morgellons is of something biological. A living, breathing, consuming insect, parasite, nanobug, bioengineered robot, or whatever else.
Why can’t anyone show proof of what Morgellon is? Seriously, it can’t be that hard to see under a microscope…I have about a million living and breeding samples!
For that matter, I guess I really don’t care what Morgellons is. What I do care about is how to beat it and how to beat it safely without any more toxic burdens entering my body.
Well that is all for now. So Good Luck, Stay Strong, and Stay Sane.
And remember; Morgellons is not life ending, it’s life changing!
A few extra hints…I only have 1 weeks worth of clothes, towels, sheets, or whatever else that needs periodic cleaning. This allows me to have 3 plastic bins; one for clean laundry, one for dirty laundry, and one for Borax/Water washing and soaking. This really keeps Morgellons from going on breeding binge.