Images from the documentary Skin Deep: The Battle Over Morgellons
Registered nurse Cindy Casey-Holman reveals her scars from Morgellons Disease.
Cindy Casey-Holman protests lack of medical treatment for Morgellons Disease on the steps of the Texas State Capitol.
Marianne Middelveen, Cindy Casey-Holman, and Nancy Eggers head to a meeting with lawmakers about Morgellons Disease recognition.
Many dermatologists prescribe anti-psychotics when patients claim to have Morgellons, even without further examination.
Singer Joni Mitchell is the most famous sufferer of Morgellons Disease.
Most dermatologists misunderstand Morgellons disease to be a purely psychosomatic condition, but new peer-reviewed scientific evidence points to a bacterial infection.
Medical Historian Harry Quinn Schone advocates for compassion and asks the question, “Why is it our instinct is suspicion and mistrust and derision when it comes to something we don’t understand?”
Microscopic examination of Morgellons skin tissue confirmed by DNA analysis have revealed borrelia spirochetes, the causative agent of Lyme disease.
Spirochete is a type of bacteria that causes Lyme disease. It is transmitted into the body by infected tick bites. Many physicians believe there is a link between Lyme disease and Morgellons disease.
Dr. Randy Wymore has studied Morgellons for well over a decade and reports an increasing willingness among physicians to accept Morgellons as an infectious disease
After Edward Hu showed symptoms of having Morgellons, it put a strain on his relationship with his brother Brian, a doctor, after Brian recommended Edward get psychiatric care.
Brian Hu arrives at his brother Edward’s home in an attempt to mend their relationship after a recent falling out when Brian, a doctor, recommended psychiatric care for Edward’s Morgellons disease.
Harry Quinn Schone is a medical historian and philosopher that has specialized in contested illnesses like Morgellons disease. Contested illnesses are ones that the portion of the general public believe aren’t real, valid, or have a medical basis.
Cindy Casey-Holman is a registered nurse that started having symptoms of Morgellons disease in the mid-90s that included swollen feet, fatigue, anxiety, headaches, and most notably, fibers growing out of her skin.
Volunteer firefighters raced to the home of Charles Holman’s home in an attempt to revive him, but were unsuccessful
Dr. Steve Feldman is a dermatologist who examines Morgellons patients and attends the Morgellons conference in the documentary “Skin Deep, the Battle over Morgellons.”
Patients complain that many dermatologists will not examine their skin once they use the term “Morgellons”
Marianne Middelveen is a veterinarian microbiologist that started studying Morgellons disease after noticing a similar filament growth on cattle suffering from Bovine Digital Dermatitis.
Dr. John Koo is a psychiatrist and dermatologist. He claims that when a friend or family member believes a Morgellons patient is ill, they too suffer from a delusion, and terms it, “folie à deux”
Dr. Raphael Stricker is a physician specializing in internal medicine that believes there is a link between Lyme disease and Morgellons disease. Because of paranoia surrounding long-term antibiotics creating drug-resistant bacteria, many patients are not prescribed antibiotics that could help treat their infection.
Dr. Randy Wymore is an associate professor of pharmacology at Oklahoma St. Center for Health Sciences. Dr. Wymore is absolutely certain that Morgellons is a real, biologically-based disease.
After discovering similarities between Bovine Digital Dermatitis and Morgellons disease, Marianne Middelveen and Dr. Raphael Stricker (pictured above) tested Morgellons tissue and Morgellons fibers to discover the existence of Borrelia spirochetes in the Morgellons skin tissue and the natural proteins keratin and collagen composing the Morgellons fibers.
Dr. Robert Bransfield is a psychiatrist that believes some diseases like Morgellons that are considered by some to be psychosomatic (physical illness caused by a mental or emotional disturbance) are actually somatopsychic (mental symptoms caused by a physical illness).
In an effort to build bridges between doctors and patients, the Morgellons disease conference started by Charles and Cindy Holman invite doctors that may be skeptical about the disease. Dr. Steven Feldman agrees to attend the conference in the documentary film, “Skin Deep: The Battle over Morgellons”
Lyme disease can cause muscle and joint symptoms, neurological symptoms, cardiac symptoms that are very unpredictable and difficult to diagnose. It is the belief of some doctors that if Lyme disease goes untreated and undiagnosed that it can progress to Morgellons disease.
Dermatologist Steven Feldman examines CIndy Casey-Holdman’s skin in an effort to better understand and find possible reasons for the filaments and lesions on her skin
Kelly Pickens , a Morgellons patient and activist, has helped spread awareness of Morgellons and has tried to get it recognized as a real disease by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)
After discovering that some of her Lyme patients were dealing with Morgellons symptoms like lesions and fibers growing on their skin, Dr. Ginger Savely found some success in treating these issues with antibiotics.
Morgellons fibers can be viewed embedded in the skin with the help of a microscope, giving loved ones and family the opportunity to bear witness and acknowledge them.
When Cindy Casey-Holman showed her fellow nurses the Morgellons fibers growing out of her skin, her rare condition was confirmed by her co-workers
Dr. Timothy Berger is a dermatologist that has treated patients suffering from Morgellons disease who believes many of the symptomatic complaints of the disease comes from the spreading of these stories online.
Doctor Brian Hu attempts to better understand Morgellons disease by speaking with his brother Edward Hu who suffers from it. The brothers attempt a reconciliation after a long fallout in the documentary film, “Skin Deep, the Battle Over Morgellons.”
Dr. Philip Stenquist is a neuropsychiatrist that believes Morgellons disease may be a somatoform disorder in which a patient shows physical symptoms due to psychiatric causes.
With many finding no help from their doctors, sufferers have used the Internet to find others dealing with Morgellons to help find common symptoms and discover ways of dealing with the disease.
In an effort to remove the filaments on his skin, a Morgellons patent burns them off.
Charles E. Holman and Cindy Casey-Holman founded a Morgellons disease conference in Austin, TX that is attended by nearly 100 people every year.
Melissa McElroy Fesler is a nurse practitioner that treats Lyme and Morgellons disease patients. Because of Lyme disease testing inaccuracies, Fesler believes that there are many people suffering that go untreated or undiagnosed.