Joni Mitchell, Morgellons Disease, and the CDC

Editor’s Note: Check out these links at Arizona Sky Watch. Also check out musician Carole Pellatt’s site, I See Lines.

Slate For years, a small but vocal patient community has claimed that the medical establishment is ignoring its debilitating, horrifying-sounding disease. Morgellons, according to its sufferers, is characterized by tiny parasites living under the skin, which produce fiber-like substances that spring from lesions.

Legendary singer, songwriter and visual artist Joni Mitchell has Morgellons

Legendary singer, songwriter and visual artist Joni Mitchell has Morgellons

While most doctors dismissed the disease as an outbreak of delusional parasitosis, Morgellons sufferers have insisted that it was insulting to be told that “it’s all in your head.” Many felt vindicated when the CDC decided to undertake a study of the ailment. Even when a 2011 Mayo Clinic study suggested that the disease is psychosomatic, the Morgellons community clung to hope that the CDC would vindicate them.

But now the CDC’s report is out, and Morgellons activists are horrified: The study, carried out in Northern California, found no environmental or infectious cause, nor evidence of real parasites. The fibers, which many Morgellons patients have insisted were of composed of a substance that was unidentifiable by any lab, were mostly just pieces of fabric and skin fragments from repeated scratching. (You can read the full study on the Public Library of Science.) In conclusion, the CDC writes on its “Unexplained Dermopathy” page,

This comprehensive study of an unexplained apparent dermopathy demonstrated no infectious cause and no evidence of an environmental link. There was no indication that it would be helpful to perform additional testing for infectious diseases as a potential cause. Future efforts should focus on helping patients reduce their symptoms through careful attention to treatment of co-existing medical, including psychiatric conditions, that might be contributing to their symptoms.

For many who believe that Morgellons has ruined their lives, this is a bitter pill, and they don’t want to swallow it. They want reassurance that this is real. Joni Mitchell, who says she suffers from Morgellons, told the Los Angeles Times in 2010, “In America, the Morgellons is always diagnosed as ‘delusion of parasites,’ and they send you to a psychiatrist. I’m actually trying to get out of the music business to battle for Morgellons sufferers to receive the credibility that’s owed to them.” Another sufferer told the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday, “We just want to be acknowledged. This is not a delusion.”

But those two things aren’t mutually exclusive, and no one is saying that they aren’t suffering. I believe the researchers would be the first to say that Morgellons patients are experiencing very real symptoms that adversely affect their lives. Psychosomatic does not mean they are “faking it”; it just means there is no medical cause. Still, they will search on, and perhaps become an increasingly insular and paranoid community. Already, some point to chemtrails as causing their symptoms; others, nanomaterials. The doctor on Respectful Insolence writes, “Unfortunately, it’s probable that no amount of evidence will convince such people, at least until we find treatments that are effective in alleviating their symptoms. Maybe not even then.”

The reluctance to accept the CDC study’s results highlights the different ways society views medical conditions and psychological conditions. If we treated them equally, a psychosomatic diagnosis would not bother patients so much; but because of the stigma of mental illness, people are loath to accept such a diagnosis.

For a long time, Morgellons sufferers have claimed that their suffering has been brushed off because the majority of them are women. As one wrote to the Washington Post in 2008, “Women’s concerns have been routinely dismissed. Anxiety about childbirth? ‘Women have been having babies for millenia.’ Morning sickness? ‘There’s no such thing; it’s all in your head.’ ” This is a fair point; women have, historically, been patted on the head at times. But now, rigorous research supports the idea that this is not one of those occasions.

Ed. Note: Here’s a story fromn 2010:

Music News Legendary singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell has said she is ‘trying’ to quit the music business to help out sufferers of Morgellons disease ‘ an illness she first publicly admitted to having in 2010.

‘Two nights ago, I went out for the first time since Dec. 23: I don’t look so bad under incandescent light, but I look scary under daylight,’ she said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

‘In America, the Morgellons is always diagnosed as ‘delusion of parasites,’ and they send you to a psychiatrist,’ she added later. ‘I’m actually trying to get out of the music business to battle for Morgellons sufferers to receive the credibility that’s owed to them.’

Mitchell has had an illustrious career beginning in the late 1960s folk scene. Her 1971 album Blue is considered to be one of the great masterpieces of folk music.

Throughout her career she has performed with a number of people and became immersed in the Laurel Canyon scene which was taking place in the Hollywood Hills.

During the interview she surprised fans by slagging off Bob Dylan and accusing Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) and Janis Joplin of sleeping with their whole bands..

‘You were born Roberta Joan Anderson, and someone named Bobby Zimmerman became Bob Dylan,’ performance artist John Kelly (who is the creator of a Joni Mitchell tribute show and was also being interviewed with the singer).

‘Bob is not authentic at all,’ Mitchell rebutted. ‘He’s a plagiarist and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception. We are like night and day, he and I.’

‘As for my name, my parents wanted a boy, so they called me Robert John,’ she explained. ‘When I came out a girl, they just added two letter A’s to that. Then I married Chuck Mitchell; I wanted to keep my maiden name ‘ I had a bit of a following as Joni Anderson ‘ but he wouldn’t let me.’

John Kelly, who was also in the interview, is the star of Paved Paradise: The Art of Joni Mitchell where he dresses as Mitchell and performs her songs.

Ed. Note: Here are a bunch of links on the topic of Morgellons from Rense:

CDC Creeps Formally Call Morgellons An Hallucination

CDC/Kaiser ‘Groundbreaking’ Morgellons Study A Fraud! (2008)

CDC Calls Morgellons A Delusion, Protects DARPA

Coverup – FDA Final Lid Slam On Morgellons?

“Official Dermotology Dismisses Morgellons Reality

Back To Calling Morgellons A ‘Psychiatric’ Condition

Carnicom – Morgellons: In The Laboratory

Carnicom – Morgellons: Altered Blood

Clifford Carnicom – Morgellons…A Thesis

Coverup – FDA Final Lid Slam On Morgellons?

Official Dermotology Dismisses Morgellons Reality

Back To Calling Morgellons A ‘Psychiatric’ Condition

Morgellons Linked To Dictyostelium – Vid

Morgellons Exposed – The NIH And CDC Knew And KNOW

Morgellons Linked To Dictyostelium“> – Vid

Morgellons Exposed – The NIH And CDC Knew And KNOW

Racing Down The Road To Transhumanism!

Morgellons Nightmares & ‘Body Bug’ Ruse

Morgellons – The Wine-Peroxide Test

Morgellons And The CIA’s MK/NAOMI Project 

Morgellons – The Extent Of The Problem

Dictyostelium Found In Morgellons Sufferers

Morgies – Canaries In The Transhuman Coal Mine?

Morgellons – A Status Report

Jan Smith’s Morgellons Homepage

Jan’s Stunning Morgellons Photo Gallery Archive

First Official Diagnosis Of Morgellons In Italy

Louise Mandrell’s Husband Diagnosed With Morgellons

Louise Mandrell Joins Morgellons Research Foundation

Comparative Study Of Morgellons Fibers With Money Fibers(pdf)

Morgellons Q&A

Morgellons & Nanomachines

Physician Blasts CDC Over Morgellons

Joni Mitchell Has Morgellons – Career On Hold

A Form Of Morgellons Growth Captured?

Morgellons Destroys Relationships, Families & Happiness

CDC/Kaiser ‘Groundbreaking’ Morgellons Study A Fraud!

CDC Morgellons Timeline

Are Agrobacteria Involved With Morgellons?

Morgellons Disease – Living With A Nightmare(pdf)

Link Between GMO Crops & Morgellons?

Research Brings Hope To Morgellons Patients

1st Annual Morgellons Medical Research Conference

Washington Post Doc Mocks Morgellons Symptoms

A Letter From A Morgellons Family – Pt 1

A Letter From A Morgellons Family – Pt 2

Morgellons – Coming Soon To A Loved One Near You?

Carnicom Research On Morgellons

A Form Of Morgellons Growth Captured?

Carnicom – Culture Work is Confirmed

Morgellons:  First Observations From Clifford Carnicom

Blood Testing: Lasers, Morgellons & Fungus(?)

Morgellons Victim Regularly Donates Blood

Morgellons – Figments Of The Imagination? 

MSM Covers CDC Start Of Morgellons Research

ABC News Covers Morgellons – Vid

19 ABC News Morgellons Videos

Texas Chemtrail Samples Compared To Samples From Venice Italy

Strange Forms Found In Morgellons Blood

Senate Bill Puts Morgellons Ahead Of West Nile Virus, CFS

Morgellons Mental Problems – OSU Research Center

Morgellons Photos Slideshow

Morgellons – Morphology Confirmed

Morgellons: A Nano-911 Foreign Invader

Morgellons – New Disease Or Man-Made Terror Weapon? 

New Scientist Disinfo Attack On Morgellons

Dallas CBS TV Looks At Morgellons

CDC First Morgellons Study Set For Bay Area 

CDC Finally, Sort Of ‘Addresses’ Morgellons

Morgellons Disease – Anything BUT ‘Delusional’

Inspiring Letter About Morgellons Special #8

EPA Nanotechnology White Paper, 2007(pdf)

CDC/NIOSH: Progress Toward Safe Nanotechnology In The Workplace (07)(pdf)

Nanotech – Future Is Coming Sooner Than You Think(pdf)

Nano Coalition Launches Journal On Risk Research

UK Experts Demand More Research On Nanotech Risks

36 Nanotech Risks Seriously Worry Scientists

OSU Center For Health Sciences – Morgellons Disease

CDC – Unexplained Dermopathy (aka Morgellons)

CDC – Investigation Of An Unexplained Dermopathy, CA

Morgellons Disease Defined By The Mayo Clinic

Morgellons – Mystery Illness Baffles Sufferers & Doctors

Petition To Force CDC To Move On Morgellons

Psychology Today – The Morgellons Mystery

Nanoparticles Can Damage DNA, Increase Cancer Risk

CDC Retreats On Morgellons – Removes DOP Diagnosis 

Morgellons Defined

Project FMM – Morgellons Lab Reports & Analyses – Dr. Staninger

Size Matters -Dr. Hildegarde Staninger

>EPA Nanotechnology White Paper, 2007(pdf)

Nanotechnology: Where Should Feds Go From Here?(.pdf)

Nano Coalition Launches Journal On Risk Research

Mayo Clinic: Morgellons Disease

Morgellons – Patient Delusion Or Medical Confusion?

Morgellons History, Media Files & Research

Morgellons – Skin Lesions Are A Mystery

Nano Holograms, Nanowires, Spectral Catalysts, Polymers

Shocking Morgellons Fibers Videos

Morgellons Disease – European Information Center Up

Chemtrails & Morgellons Disease?

Morgellons – Skin Ailment Is Baffling Doctors

Creating New Life Forms By Rearranging DNA 

Another Morgellons Sufferer In The News

CDC To Investigate Morgellons – NBC Story & Video

Morgellons ‘Disease’ – A True Medical Mystery

Medical Mystery – Morgellons Syndrome (Part 1)

Medical Mystery – Morgellons Syndrome (Part 2)

Chemtrails, Nanotech and Morgellons

Morgellons Photos Pages 1-5

Morgellons – Real Or A State Of Mind?

Nano Holograms, Nanowires, Spectral Catalysts, Polymers

Shocking Morgellons Fibers Videos

Morgellons Disease – European Information Center Up

Morgellons Disease – European Information Center Up

Morgellons – No Cause, No Cure…No Joke

NYT – Morgellons: Disease Or Delusion? US Takes On A Dilemma

Morgellons Findings & Lab Photos

Dr. Rahim Karjoo MD – Contact Info For Morgellons Victims

YOU Might Have Morgellons…A List Of Symptoms

CDC Sends Morgellons Investigators To California

Morgellons Disease – Remarkable New Lab Findings

Texas Health Authorities Baffled By Morgellons Mystery

Morgellons – A Disease Or Not?

Story Suggests Morgellons Is Caused By The Internet!

Morgellons –  Is Skin Rash Real Or Imagined?

Morgellons Victim Jan Smith – Photos

Morgellons Lesions – At It’s Very Worst

Morgellons Fibers GROWING In Dish By Themselves

ABC News – ‘Morgellons’ Mystery 

Skin Disease Has Doctors Scratching Their Heads

Morgellons – Mysterious Skin Ailment Hits Mississippi Woman

SoCal Woman’s Lonely Battle With Morgellons

Mysterious Skin Disease Causes Itching, Loose Fibers

CDC Considers Texas For Morgellons Research

Photos Of A Typical Morgellons Callus

Morgellons: Mom Biologist Fights For Answers To Son’s Condition

Morgellons – Bizarre Fibers, Black Sweat, Bugs Under Skin 

Morgellons And The Mystery Of Mind Control

Disgusting – Doctor Claims Morgellons Is Not Real – Video

Morgellons – The Crime? Treason Against The Species