The terms Morgellons and Neuro-cutaneous Syndrome (NCS) are used interchangeably, yet cautiously, as their symptoms are very similar. At the Parasitology Center, Inc. (PCI), we have been researching NCS since 1996. Our early reports on this syndrome included the description of a case with many facial opportunistic infections from Oklahoma and the first naming and diagnosis of NCS from 3 more cases, with a special reference to fibers and springtails (Collembola). By 2003, we were able to provide a comprehensive diagnosis of NCS and establish the link to dental toxins as the causative agents. We clarified the nature of action of dental liners (bases) in the causation of NCS neurological and dermatological symptoms. Various versions of this landmark publication were subsequently published elsewhere. We established a causal relationship with dental toxins, as well as with other less frequent toxic exposures, developed a protocol, and successfully treated patients.
Through our research we reported on eight cases of chronic Neurocutaneous Syndrome (NCS) exhibiting extreme dermatological symptoms. Dermatological symptoms are usually preceded by intermediate neurological stages of crawling and pin pricking sensations. We have developed a protocol that successfully resolves the symptoms of NCS. “Delusional parasitosis” and Morgellons disease cases should be assigned to NCS and treated as such.
The literature on delusional parasitosis dismisses “delusional patients” as psychiatric cases with imaginary external and internal symptoms that feel like parasite movements. We have researched over 1000 “delusional” patients since 1996 at PCI. We have concluded that the internal sensations of crawling and pin-pricking, often confused with parasite movement, are actually caused by toxicity from exposure to toxic chemicals including but not limited to dental materials that interfere with the propagation of normal nerve impulse.
We also have evidence that external parasites/organisms including springtails (Collembola),other arthropods, bacteria, and fungi represent only opportunistic infections of skin sites compromised by toxins. The elimination of toxins from the skin will cause breaks that will allow the establishment of external infections. We have described a new pathological disorder that we called Neuro-cutaneous Syndrome because of the neurological and the dermatological symptoms that characterize it.
This epidemic-in-disguise has been routinely misdiagnosed by medical professionals who often label patients as delusional because of their description of their neurological symptoms (actually caused by nerve damage) as having been caused
by parasite infections. We have specifically addressed this issue while discussing the clinical history of 24 NCS patients.
To read the full scientific publication please click here.
Introducing our NCS Protocol
If you have not read the background information on NCS, seen the videos, or read the articles or testimonials please do so first on our Morgellon’s page. This will familiarize yourself with the disease and help you determine if your symptoms may be caused by NCS. There is no test to determine if you have NCS so it’s diagnosis is symptom based. Fill out our NCS Questionnaire to get a better assesment of the likelihood of you having the disease.
Due to an overwhelming demand from patients with symptoms of Morgellon’s Disease (NCS), we have developed a web based, self help program for recovery from NCS to make help more readily available to a larger population. The NCS Protocol is a step by step detailed guide including all neccesary resources to realize a complete recovery. By following the 6 step protocol you will join over a thousand others who have fully recovered from this devastating disease. Please feel free to read the Patient testimonials from our patients who have recovered from the disease.
PROGRAM FOR REHABILITATION FROM MORGELLONS (NCS)
- Verification that you are an NCS case. This can be done by answering the questionnaire. Grade yourself on a scale of 1-3. (1; mild, 2; moderate; and 3; severe symptoms) If you have scored moderate or severe in the categories of movement, crawling, or pin-prick sensations, you are probably a genuine case of NCS. If you have scored moderate or severe in other neurological, skin, organ system, or general categories, this will represent added confirmation of your NCS status.
- Log in as a new patient.
- Review the informed consent form. By proceeding to step #4 and purchasing the NCS Protocol, you have acknowledged that you have read and agreed to the consent form.
- Purchase “NCS Protocol*” This protocol has been designed after 14 years of research. We have found a causal relationship to the disease and have helped hundreds of patients recover. 10 papers have been published by Dr. Amin re: NCS in scientific journals reviewed by a group of peers and approved by reputable sources. If you have any questions before purchasing please email [email protected], or call the lab. We will be happy to assist you.
WHAT’S IN THE NCS PROTOCOL?
The NCS Protocol includes a digital document that is emailed to you upon purchase. It is a step by step informational document that, if followed, will eradicate Morgellons disease (NCS). It includes your first month of treatment which includes a topical and internal detoxifier that will help dry up any sores if present. Also included are liquid detox products. There are 4 products in all included in the treatment program. Also recommended in the protocol are vitamins that support detoxification (most can be purchased in a good multi vitamin). Another step in the protocol is to do a specialized blood test which tests your blood against every chemical that is used in any dental procedure and determines if you are “highly reactive, moderately reactive, or least reactive to that chemical. It is done by an outside lab and the fees are paid directly to them. You must be off of antibiotics for 30 days before doing the blood draw. This is the most important step as it will determine the source of your NCS. If your source of NCS is not dental we have another “unknown toxins” or “hair analysis” test that we can have run for you. There is also reference to lymphatic massage which will help your detoxification process by breaking down the toxins into smaller molecules that are more easily emitted. A dental records request form is also included. This form is designed to easily identify what materials were used in your mouth and cross reference them with the results of the blood test referenced above. Also Included in the recovery program, upon request, is a support group who has recovered from NCS who have volunteered to help other victims of NCS and to shed light on the recovery process and the realization that this is a situation that can be resolved.
HOW MUCH WILL THIS ALL COST?
Choice #1: ONLINE PROTOCOL: $390 would be the total cost for the protocol which includes one month of treatment. You will need to do a specialized blood test ($325), which is outsourced to another company. You will be paying them, and will have to go to a local laboratory to get a blood draw. Most people will need to be on the treatment for more than one month. The products that are recommended in this protocol come out to $255 for a 2 month supply.
Follow up can be arranged with PCI after purchasing the protocol. If your dentist or practitioner is not familiar with the blood test report, or you are unable to decipher which chemical(s) is the source of your toxicity, if supplied with the proper dental records, we will interpret these test results to detect and confirm the source. There is a flat fee of $100 for this service (if there are extraordinary amounts of dental records or paperwork that fee could be higher). Please Contact us to request this service.
Please see our policies for information on refunds and specimen collection, inadaquete samples, insurance reimbursement, etc…
*Patent 13367629 pending. Any disclosure or redistribution of material in the protocol without written consent of PCI is illegal.
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Morgellons is mysterious and arguable. Here you will find answers to common questions on Morgellons— and suggestions for dealing with it.
Morgellons is quite uncommon and unexplained disease characterised by sores, creeping sensations on and below the skin, and filaments rising from the sores. It isn’t quite sure what these strings really are. Some say they’re wisps of cotton thread, most likely deriving from clothing or bandages. Others suggest that they result from an infectious process within the skin cells. more study is surely required.
Signs and symptoms
People who have Morgellons usually report the subsequent signs and/or symptoms:
- Skin rashes or skin sores that could cause itchiness
- Sensations of crawling on and below the skin
- Fibers or black stringy material in and on the skin
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Short-term memory loss
The intense itchiness and open sores related to Morgellons could interfere with an individual’s quality of life.
How widespread is Morgellons disease?
Morgellons disease is a rare condition that usually affects middle-aged white women. A cluster of various cases occurred in California, that prompted the authorities to carry out an investigation study evaluate if those cases were somehow linked to each other. A different study conducted in the UK, went through 5 years of cases, from years 2003 to 2008, and found eighteen patients with a diagnosis of inexplicable dermopathy or Morgellons. Eighty three percent were middle aged women and sixty nine percent were white.
How to Cope with Morgellons
The signs and symptoms related to Morgellons are often distressing. Despite the fact that health professionals might disagree regarding the character of the condition, you deserve an effective. Here is how you can manage your signs and symptoms:
Look for a a doctor that can acknowledge your concerns, that carries out a detailed examination and that can talk through the treatment choices with you.
You must be patient. Your doctor would most likely look for known conditions that lead to evidence-based treatments before considering a diagnosis of Morgellons malady.
Be open minded. Discuss your doctor’s recommendations for treatment — which could also include mental health therapy.
Seek treatment for any other conditions. You could get treatment for other condition that could affect your thinking or your behavior.
Of course if you have any questions about Morgellons you can contact us through the live chat button on the bottom right, or via our contact us form.
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Singer Joni Mitchell was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday. While what caused her to be found unconscious is still unknown to the public, the New York Times points out that Mitchell has said in the past she has a disease known as Morgellons. But what is it?
Morgellons is a syndrome where people feel like something is right under their skin, or trying to come out of it. People who have the disorder will describe pulling “fibers” and other tiny objects like “specks, granules, dots, worms, sand, eggs, fuzz balls and larvae” through their skin. This can leave lesions and scars on their body.
Morgellons is not very well understood and is controversial within the medical community. It’s clear people who say they have Moregellons are suffering from something, but many doctors think it’s a psychological rather than physical condition. Research trying to determine what the disorder is has been very inconclusive.
“I have this weird, incurable disease that seems like it’s from outer space, but my health’s the best it’s been in a while,” Mitchell told the Los Angles Times in 2010. “Fibers in a variety of colors protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm: they cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral. Morgellons is a slow, unpredictable killer — a terrorist disease: it will blow up one of your organs, leaving you in bed for a year.”
Mitchell said at the time that she planned to get out of the music business and help raise awareness—and gain credibility—for the disease.
In 2012, the CDC published a study that tried to determine what is going on. It was part of a $600,000 project launched in 2008 in response to massive interest in the syndrome. The researchers studied skin biopsies and urine and blood samples to see if they could determine a common cause. They basically concluded that they didn’t buy it: “No common underlying medical condition or infectious source was identified, similar to more commonly recognized conditions such as delusional infestation.”
The condition is rare, with the CDC determining that about 4 out of every 100,000 people in the 3.2 million person population they studied had it. Only 115 people were identified in that study with symptoms similar to the disorder.
It’s obvious that people with Morgellons are experiencing something that’s truly taking a toll on their quality of life. Not having answers and lacking credibility is a large part of the problem, and something Mitchell hoped to combat.
Original Source: http://www.shelburnenews.com/2015/09/17/residents-experience-swimmers-itch-from-lake-champlain/
A swim in Lake Champlain on a hot, late-summer day can cause many things: happiness, a sense of well-being, and for some people, an itchy rash. Over the last few weeks, at least a dozen swimmers in the Charlotte and Shelburne area, many at the Charlotte Beach, have experienced an unfortunate side-effect of enjoying the town’s lovely beach.
Swimmer’s itch, or cercarial dermatitis, is an allergic reaction to a parasite that thrives in certain conditions and can be found in lake water. Other than an ick factor, there is no danger or health concern from this parasite or rash. When the water is warm, a parasite can thrive in and attempt to burrow into people’s skin. Though the parasite cannot survive in humans, their burrowing can cause an allergic reaction, which manifests as a rash.
Neil Kamman, Program Manager at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Watershed Management Division, said, “Swimmer’s itch is actually the result of a naturally occurring parasitic organism that in its normal life cycle alternately inhabits snails, or the legs of swimming ducks. Thus, if you have snails (which are naturally occurring), and ducks (which are also naturally occurring), you may have the presence of swimmer’s itch.”
Kamman said that there is no office that regulates or tracks instances of this parasite, but that in extreme circumstances, control of one or the other of the host organisms could be warranted. He also said that in Lake Champlain, not much could be done to stop the parasite’s life cycle, but that perhaps not feeding the ducks and making the area less appealing to them might help.
The Charlotte Beach is a prime breeding ground for the parasite. Eric Howe, an environmental analyst and the Lake Champlain Basin Program Technical Coordinator, said people swimming in shallow, warm water that’s recently been visited by a large flock of ducks or geese, or is near a marshy area that also has a lot of snails, are most susceptible to intercepting the parasite as it passes through the snails and moves out into the water column.
Though there is no way to completely prevent the parasites from attempting to burrow into your skin, he recommends thoroughly toweling off immediately after getting out of the water, which removes the parasites from your skin. Both Howe and Kamman note that the parasite is not only common in Lake Champlain, but is found all over the world.
Though the rash is not contagious, and poses no long-term health issues, it is an itchy, uncomfortable condition. People afflicted can manage their symptoms with anti-itch cortisone cream, Benadryl, oatmeal baths, and other typical remedies for an uncomfortable rash. For more information about the parasites, or cercarial dermatitis, visit http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/swimmersitch/faqs.html.
Original Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/head-lice-myths-treatment-1.3238904
Do you feel something crawling along your scalp? Are you sure? What’s that itchy sensation on your head?
Head lice is one of the ickiest things you’re likely to find on someone’s noggin, and one that many families will face as children head back to school. They will also likely face many myths about the blood-sucking parasites.
One that’s making the rounds is the theory put out by a couple of U.S. doctors that teenagers are spreading lice thanks to putting their heads together for selfies.
“I think they’ve forgotten their own teenage years. Teens like being together in close proximity doing other things than selfies,” said Dr. Raj Bhardwaj, adding lice don’t move that quickly.
He also threw cold water on the idea that lice would migrate from one’s head to a hat or toque, although if someone he knew had lice offered him a head cover, he’d “politely decline despite the scientific evidence.”
Head lice are a picky species, adapting to become a strictly human parasite that only settles for blood sucked from a scalp.
“They have evolved over millennia to be very specific human parasites. So they don’t infest dogs or cats or any other kind of animal — it’s only humans. And not only that, it’s only human heads. There are body lice and pubic lice, which are different subspecies,” said Bhardwaj.
There’s also not a sudden metamorphosis into some kind of super mutant being, despite some social media accounts.
That said, the parasites have been evolving thanks to the natural selection tied to our chemical warfare — we kill them off, so only those who survive the treatments reproduce.
What to do?
So if you do feel like something is skittering across your head (itching comes later if untreated), the best thing to do is look at treatments based on silicone that attack the exoskeleton of lice, or to go old fashioned and go through your hair, or your child’s hair, with a fine toothed comb.
“Do the physical labour of getting this out,” said Bhardwaj. “It’s really gross and it takes a lot of time and your kids have to be patient and you have to be patient and you have to do it more than once.”
And what about keeping your kid out of school for seven days if they have lice?
“Absolutely not, no,” said Bhardwaj, adding you should change their behaviour to reduce contact with classmates.
SOUTHERN UTAH – If you’re like many people, there is nothing more inviting on a hot summer day than taking a drive out to the lake and dipping into the glistening water … except for one irritating parasite in some waters that thrives and writhes when the shallows get warm, resulting in swimmer’s itch, an irritating and sometimes painful skin rash caused by microscopic parasites.
Swimmer’s itch is not life-threatening and there are preventive measures you can take allowing you to enjoy the water.
“Not everyone gets the swimmers itch but my poor son did ..,” Sonja Ceja wrote in a comment thread on St. George News Facebook page June 13, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Sonja Ceja, St. George News
“Not everyone gets the swimmers itch but my poor son did ..,” Sonja Ceja wrote in a comment thread on St. George News Facebook page June 13, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Sonja Ceja, St. George News
What is Swimmer’s Itch?
The Centers for Disease Control describes swimmer’s itch, or “cercaria,” as a skin rash that is caused by an allergic reaction to microscopic parasites that are carried by waterfowl, semi-aquatic mammals and snails.
As a part of their life cycle, these parasites are released by infected snails into the water. This is where they come in contact with people and burrow into their skin, causing an allergic reaction and rash.
Swimmer’s itch is found throughout the world and is more frequent during summer months.
The good news is, because these larvae cannot develop inside a human, they soon die. Your body’s immune system detects the organism as a foreign protein, then attacks and kills it shortly after it penetrates your skin. The itching and welts are not caused by the organism living under your skin, but by an allergic reaction.
While some people may show no symptoms of swimmer’s itch, others swimming at the same time and place may break out severely. And, much like poison ivy, your sensitivity to swimmer’s itch will increase with each exposure.
Swimmer’s itch cannot be spread from person-to-person, and a swimmer is highly unlikely to get swimmer’s itch from a swimming pool as long as the pool is well maintained and chlorinated.
Where is Swimmer’s Itch active?
Swimmer’s Itch is currently active at Sand Hollow Reservoir.
Water at Sand Hollow reached 80 degrees Monday, making it prime environment for the free-swimming microscopic parasite to flourish; that, and the surrounding alkaline soil, Department of Natural Resources Park Manager Laura Melling said.
The park asks people experiencing swimmer’s itch to report it to park staff at the entrance station. Over the last three weeks, Melling said, she had two cases reported, then five to seven cases, and then two more just since Sunday. But, she said, it’s early. And these don’t account for those who develop the itch after they leave the park or don’t report it.
The parasite lives in shallow water, but the more boats and watercraft are stirring up the lake, the more the parasites are carried throughout the lake. It’s not uncommon for there to be 500 boats on the lake some days, Melling said.
“We run over 22,000 boats through the park a year,” Melling said, “I have a morning crowd, a noon crowd, an afternoon and evening crowd; they come for a couple hours then they leave.”
Neighboring Quail Creek Reservoir does not experience many swimmer’s itch complaints because the water is slightly more acidic which naturally repels the parasite. There have been one or two reported cases of swimmer’s itch from Quail, Melling said, but only when people were up at the top where the springs come into the lake and all the trees grow.
A reliable indication of the parasite is whether or not cattails can be found growing around the water. Where there are cattails, Melling said, there are swimmer’s itch parasites.
There are things you can do to reduce your odds of getting swimmer’s itch.
Stapley Pharmacy, in downtown St. George, 102 E. City Center Street, and in the Dino Crossing mall at 446 S. Mall Drive, carries a swimmer’s itch cream used as a preventive measure. The cream is a zinc oxide-type cream that serves as a protective barrier, Pharmacist Brett Petersen said.
“It’s a preventative,” Petersen said. “You apply it before you go in the water – to any skin that will be in the water for more than five minutes. … If you’re going to be out in the water, you need to reapply after about 90 minutes for it to be effective.”
The Swimmer’s Itch cream is also a sunscreen. An eight-ounce jar costs $17.99.
- Do not swim in areas where swimmer’s itch is a known problem or where signs have been posted warning of unsafe water
- Do not swim near or wade in marshy areas where snails are commonly found
- Do not attract birds to areas where people are swimming by feeding them
- Apply sunscreen lotion before going in the water — not the spray on kind which is too thin to deter the parasite
- Towel dry or shower immediately after leaving the water
- When you get out of the lake, don’t let the water evaporate off your skin. The organism in the droplets of water on your skin will look for somewhere to go as the droplet of water evaporates
Symptoms of the itch
Symptoms of swimmer’s itch may include: tingling, burning or itching of the skin, small reddish pimples or small blisters.
“Within minutes to days after swimming in contaminated water, you may experience tingling, burning, or itching of the skin,” according to the CDC website. “Small reddish pimples appear within twelve hours. Pimples may develop into small blisters.”
Even though itching may last up to a week or more, and will gradually go away, it’s important to remember not to scratch the itch. Scratching the infected areas may result in secondary bacterial infections.
Treating the itch
There are several over the counter remedies your pharmacist can recommend to help relieve the discomfort, but see your physician for a definitive diagnosis.
Most cases of swimmer’s itch do not require medical attention, according to the CDC. If you have a rash, you may try the following for relief:
- Use corticosteroid cream
- Apply cool compresses to the affected areas
- Bathe in Epsom salts or baking soda
- Soak in colloidal oatmeal baths
- Apply baking soda paste to the rash – made by stirring water into baking soda until it reaches a paste-like consistency
- Use an anti-itch lotion
- Besides anti-itch creams or lotions like hydrocortisone, Petersen recommended taking Benadryl, an over-the-counter antihistimine.
“If we can prevent it,” Petersen said, “that’s the best.”
St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic and reporter Hollie Reina contributed to this report.