Naive and hopeful, the CDC had begun to restore my faith when they eliminated the DOP diagnosis, but then they added the last paragraph to their August 1st 2007 statement about morgellon's…
"Morgellons is an unexplained and debilitating condition that has emerged as a public health concern. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received an increased number of inquiries from the public, health care providers, public health officials, Congress, and the media regarding this condition. Persons who suffer from this condition report a range of coetaneous symptoms including crawling, biting and stinging sensations; granules, threads or black speck-like materials on or beneath the skin; and/or skin lesions (e.g., rashes or sores) and some sufferers also report systemic manifestations such as fatigue, mental confusion, short term memory loss, joint pain, and changes in vision.
Moreover, some who suffer from this condition appear to have substantial morbidity and social dysfunction, which can include decreased work productivity or job loss, total disability, familial estrangement, divorce, loss of child custody, home abandonment, and suicidal ideation."
This last statement is not only misleading the public, but once again, damaging in that it is insinuating in an indirect way that this is a psychological problem…if that is the case, then why are there so many innocent children affected with this disease as well? Unsuspecting and ignorant to what is going on, are children filled with "substantial morbidity and social dysfunction, familial estrangement, divorce and have suicidal ideation?" I want to ask the CDC, would your life not be totally disrupted if you contracted such a debilitating disease? Would you not be horrified and overwhelmed with stress and disbelief if you had something so bizarre, progressive, disfiguring and of unknown etiology?
I have now lost faith in any research results the CDC plan on providing the public…too bad we still can’t trust our own agencies that were designed to protect US citizens, to tell us the truth.