- Much sound and fury is currently being generated by mainstream
media concerning the recent CDC announcement that Kaiser Permanente
has been selected by the CDC to conduct a "groundbreaking" study
into the causes and nature of what the CDC and Kaiser both euphemistically
(and erroneously) term Morgellons "syndrome."
- In the opening news conference statement to the
press, The CDC's principle investigator
- Dr. Michele Pearson, with his Kaiser counterpart,
Dr. Joe Selby at his side, sets the tone for a CDC
position on this issue that can only be described as disingenuous at best.
- "There is insufficient information," intones
Dr. Pearson, "to determine whether persons who identify themselves
as having this condition, have common cause for their symptoms or may share
common risk factors."
- This statement speaks volumes. One can only suppose that
the good doctor is either stunningly under-informed or is a deliberate liar. In
light of readily available information that has come into the possession
of this writer, Dr. Pearson and his friends over at Kaiser Permanente appear
to be fully informed as to the scope and nature of this affliction.
- Furthermore, the CDC is quite clearly aware that
there already exists a large body of professional Morgellons research that
has been done under the organized auspices of former Morgellons
Research Foundation scientist Dr. Randy Wymore.
- Dr.Wymore, the current head of Morgellons research
at the prestigious school of pharmacology at Oklahoma State University,
has personally briefed CDC officials in the past. Nonetheless, the
Atlanta based organization showed very little interest in the subject of
Morgellons or in Dr. Wymore's revolutionary findings concerning the
growing danger this affliction poses to society at large.
- The CDC is also aware that there exists a
large compendium of additional work available for referencing.
A great deal of research has been performed in the last few years by a
select number of other professionally qualified medical-field researchers
including such well known notables as Dr.William Harvey, Dr Hildegard
Stannigar, and Dr. Rahim Karjoo
- In his opening CDC press conference statement Dr. Pearson
uses the term "common risk factors" as a descriptive term...
For those who are the uninitiated, that is CDC doublespeak for drug abuse
or delusional mental illness.
- This denigrating and underhanded remark is a direct
slap in the face of Morgellons patients, many of whom are children, senior
citizens, teachers, nurses or other medical professionals. Such
eye-opening statements belie the truth behind the thought processes
taking place in the halls of the CDC. They give the astute observer
an inkling of what lays in store for "Morgies" who are trusting
enough to ignore the telegraphed meaning of such implied signals.
- For reasons they have apparently chosen not
to make public, the CDC has therefore deliberately decided
to ignore, negate and suppress the considerable body of nearly
three years worth of ongoing, highly qualified field work by others outside
the CDC nexus. They have chosen instead to form an unholy alliance with
the largest HMO/insurer in the world, Kaiser Permanente.
- By marginalizing professional research that
has already taken place during the CDC's long and curious absence from
the Morgellons issue, they are now seen to be suddenly setting themselves
up as the sole judge of any consequence in the public eye. This is
a very dangerous and powerful position for an organization with a
track record like the CDC to be allowed to place itself in. Morgellons
sufferers had best beware.
- In what is probably the biggest conflict of interest since convicted
felon Henry Blodget was hired as a Wall Street securities analyst, the
Kaiser "fox" is now being given the keys to the CDC's
hen house. In return, it appears that the CDC expects the obliging
chickens to gratefully invite him in for dinner.
- It may well be that the CDC announcement concerning
the much ballyhooed Morgellons research grant is little more
than self-serving bureaucratic sound and fury...or it may be
that a much darker and deadlier game is being played. A cursory study of
the CDC's woeful lack of past interaction with the Morgellons community will open
a Pandora's box of questions that beg answers .
- There is little doubt that the CDC knows how to play
the political game. Based on past experience, many Morgies are of
the opinion that the Kaiser "study" is little more than
under-funded pork, a shuck, a jive, political chicanery and, at worst, a
cynical lip service designed to throw a fog over the clever
methodology of how bureaucracies with something to hide engage in issue
- So why, we might wonder, would the Mandarins of
the CDC engage in such transparently duplicitous behavior? Why would
they spend hard earned tax dollars for information that already exists
and could be had with a simple conference call or two? Well,
the answer is at once simple and yet Byzantine.
- It is germane to note that by their own malfeasant admission,
over the last eight years the CDC has received thousands upon thousands
of requests for help from Morgellons victims. All of these pleas, until
now, fell upon deaf ears. Not one red cent was ever
spent to determine what it was that was taking place not only
across America but around the world as well. Meanwhile the CDC has
spent millions of taxpayer dollars on an unending parade of fizzled
"non-event" epidemics that have come and gone during that same time
frame. A number of these high dollar non-event epidemics affected
less than a dozen people across the country while others never materialized
- As the white rabbit would say: Curiouser and curiouser!
- Now, at the behest of the Morgellons study, the
CDC is dipping into the trough of public tax dollars once again.
This time however, the bucket has come up woefully short. A pitiful
$360 K is all that is earmarked for this study!
- Let's think about that for a moment. $360 K is less than
the price of an average split-level home in Los Angeles County. What
will 360 K buy in today's world of bloated research budgets? The
salaries of the research staff alone should total more than that. What can
we assume will be the cost of high technology tests and other high tech
equipment needed to insure accurate Morgellons test results? Modern research
tests can easily run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Private
researcher, Dr.Hildegaard Stannigar, reports that she has
independently spent $39,000 of private money on such tests
and that many more tests are still in need of performing.
- It doesn't take an accountant to figure out that
three hundred and sixty thousand dollars is not going to buy much in the
way of a reliable study...and..It doesn't take a Weatherman to figure out
which way the wind is blowing in the halls of the CDC.
- Morgellons activists need to wake up and smell the coffee.
The CDC has no intention of solving the Morgellons mystery. Those who think
otherwise need to review the history of the CDC's hostile and dismissive interaction
with the Morgellons community over the span of the last eight to ten years.
Under modest scrutiny it becomes painfully apparent that this study
is a farce and a fraud.
- What it is actually being sold to the gullible
among us is smoke and mirrors. For a variety of hidden reasons the
CDC is offering up the public expedient of having done their "part."
- Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the daggers are being sharpened
in the dark hallways of Kaiser and the CDC. Morgellons victims who, in
their current desperation, rush to embrace these bureaucratic
assassins of Faith and Hope would do well to wear extra
- -Cliff Mickelson