People who identify themselves as having “morgellons” syndrome claim to have fibers and parasites emerging from their skin. As my commenters have pointed out, it’s a rather simple task to evaluate such samples in a laboratory. If “morgellons” “researchers” wish to illuminated this “novel” “disease” (I just wanted to see how many scare quotes I could squeeze in), then where are the case series or other published data?
A PubMed search reveals no published research on the topic—not even case studies. The Morgellons Research Foundation website, however, has a “research” section. Of what does it consist?
Is it any wonder that no one takes the “evidence” for morgellons seriously?
How much trouble would it be to post a recruitment notice on a morgellons website and have samples from a few hundred patients sent to a couple of independent pathologists?
Either there is a ubiquitous conspiracy to suppress this strange new knowledge, or the researchers involved are completely incompetent.
Which do you think it is?