Morgellons : An International Presence


An International Presence


Clifford E Carnicom

Aug 10 2016

In an effort to provide continuing documentation of the Morgellons condition, the following images are provided.   The magnification of the series progresses from approximately 100x to 5000x. The samples originate from the scalp of an individual and multiple examples have been provided under clean and controlled conditions.  The network of filaments, although compact and dense, is completely commensurate with previous samples that have been examined over the years.

The filament networks taken from the skin of the affected individual come from a person that resides in France.  Overwhelming evidence continues to mount that the source of the condition is environmental  in nature, origin and distribution. This most recent example demonstrates the international scope of the this continuing and unaddressed public health issue.


Low power image (top lit) of a representative filament network taken from the skin of the individual.  The sample, in general, is difficult to image because of the density of the network.  The samples measure approximately 1 mm in length.  Various microscopy configurations have been used to collect these images. 

Magnification approx. 100x.


A silhouette view on the edge of the filament network.

Magnification approx. 350x.


First level of internal detail of filament network becomes visible.

Magnification approx. 1500x.


The complex internal nature of filament network is revealed.  Extensive discussion on the internal structure of the filament form of growth exists on this site.

Magnification approx. 5000x.

CDB: Growth Progressions

CDB : Growth Progressions

Clifford E Carnicom
Jun 13 2014

Note: I am not offering any medical advice or diagnosis with the presentation of this information. I am acting solely as an independent researcher providing the results of extended observation and analysis of unusual biological conditions that are evident.  Each individual must work with their own health professional to establish any appropriate course of action and any health related comments in this paper are solely for informational purposes and they are from my own perspective.

This paper will outline specific, identifiable and repeatable growth stages of the cross-domain bacteria (CDB) and its associated forms.  It will be seen that a wide variety of growth forms will ultimately emerge from what appears to be a simple, non-descript spherical living entity; as such the term ‘pleomorphic’ is fully justified in this presentation.  This is the case even when the study is restricted to the most primitive form of existence (i.e., the CDB) and this sets the stage to for us anticipate a high level of survivability and adaptability for the organism.  Thus far, this has certainly been proven to be the case, as the means to eradicate or destroy the organism in any meaningful way appears to be unavailable under the current state of knowledge.

The outline of presentation is based primarily upon chronology.  The simpler and more primitive states of existence will be introduced first; these will  be followed by more complex or advanced stages of growth.  In general, the time period of examination here covers up to approximately two months of time under controlled culture conditions.  It is understood that abundant reports of even more diverse and less understood growth formations exist, and those studies await us by the moment.  The objective here, however,  is to introduce in a systematic way that which can be replicated and documented under known conditions.

CDB - Primitive Form

CDB – Primitive Form
Original Magnification Approx. 5000x

This image above represents the basis of all subsequent work here.  It is an explicit image of the cross-domain bacteria (CDB) themselves, as the term has been tentatively adopted by this researcher.  The evolution of that terminology, along with the rationale for its use, has been described in greater detail within the paper entitled Cross-Domain Bacteria Isolation (Mar 2014).  The terminology, as expressed, is not intended to be restrictive in any sense and future discretions should and will allow this terminology to modify itself should circumstances and knowledge dictate.  What has been done is to introduce and force into the discussion a reference point from which earnest discussion and progress in the scientific community, and in society as a whole, can be made.  Fair-minded terminology at this stage of waiting (i.e, more than a decade) does not restrict us; in contrast, it will force us to discover what is true or not.  If the educated propositions turn out to be incorrect and require revision so be it; we will ultimately be the better for it as it means that the actual progress that is required and overdue will have been made. The process of CDB isolation is also described in more detail in that same paper.  

The above image is a clear and unhindered presentation of the CDB as they have been isolated.  They are visually not of dramatic form or impact and they could easily be passed over as one of the nuances of the microscopic world.  As in the case of the filament studies described exhaustively on this site, however, there appears to be an important story and set of events that are held within the simplistic structure above and it is our duty to make these characteristics, behaviors and capabilities known.  It is not an overstatement to say that such advanced knowledge appears to be at the heart of understanding the changes in biology now underway on this planet and that we should make haste and be earnest in the pursuit of it.

CDB Cellular Division Captured

CDB Cellular Division Captured

CDB Cellular Division Captured.  Two Hour Time Interval.
Original Magnification Approx. 5000x

The photograph above is an important one and it has been difficult to capture.  The existence of this image makes the case for a form of reproduction and growth that is understood and accepted within conventional biology, i.e., cell division.  All efforts to understand the nature of this organism are to be based upon such conventional knowledge, reason and processes unless the circumstances or situation requires otherwise.  Any observations or processes that fall within conventional reference frames of knowledge of science will allow certain assumptions to be more readily considered and they will act as a governor to unwarranted or disproven speculative discourse. If the situation requires an extension of our creative and imaginative talents they will be employed, but not without due and fair consideration to the eons of effort and hard work that has been given to us by our scientific predecessors.  The issue of artificial constructive devices to growth are not required at this point based upon the demonstration of cellular division above; all evidence collected to date continues to support the argument for a living organism operating under the framework of known biology.  This biology may hold numerous surprises for us and they may well involve processes of manipulation (e.g., human, genetic, engineering, etc.) but any such proclamations will need to be supported by rational and convincing scientific presentation.  The unknowns here obviously are many, and it is to our advantage to use known science to understand and interpret our discoveries instead of imaginative discussion that can lead to confusion and misinformation and that causes more harm than good.

What are the known methods of reproduction?  How does the above observation fit within that spectrum?  Is the observation above consistent with the primitive form designated as a “cross-domain bacteria“?

The perpetuation of life is based upon the reproduction of cells, or cell division1.

Two types of cells exist : prokaryotic and eukaryotic.  Prokaryotes are non-nucleated and, in general, single celled organisms but there are some exceptions such as cyanobacteria and  myxobacteria.  The prokaryotes include the bacteria and archaea domains of life; these domains have been introduced elsewhere on this site (see Morgellons : A New Classification (Feb 2010)).  

Eukaryotes are nucleated and contain organelles within the cell and are therefore generally more complex in nature.  Eukaryotes include all life except the prokaryotes, such as plants, animals, fungi, algae, and protists (most protists are unicellular and all are eukaryotes).  

We can see that classification systems themselves have their own complications, and these difficulties were undoubtedly a driving force toward the three-domain system developed by Carl Woese in 1978 (as referenced in the mentioned paper).  

Three types of cell reproduction exist : binary fission, mitosis and meiosis.  Binary fission, as the name implies, refers literally to the division of a single cell into two parts and is asexual.  Mitosis is the division of the nucleus2 and is also asexual.  Meiosis is also a process of nuclear division (sexual) that reduces the number of chromosomes in new cells to half the number in the original cells3.

For the current situation, we need to find what fits best with what is observed.  For the time being, this is binary fission, which happens to occur under the domains of the Bacteria and Archaea.  We have in our case an apparent single celled non-nucleated organism without organelles of an appropriate size that is splitting in two.  Again,  our discussion is restricted at this stage to the most primitive known form of the organism, i.e., the CDB.  The most common form of reproduction by bacteria is that of binary fission.  Additional arguments for the introduction of the cross-domain bacterial terminology (primitive form of the organism only) are substantial and they are outlined further in the Cross-Domain Bacteria Isolation paper.  In addition, a great deal more information has accumulated over history on the Bacteria vs. Archaea (5,000 – 15,000 species  vs. a few hundred; these represent a small fraction of the total thought to exist) and the Archaea domain itself is a relatively recent taxonomic creation.

Bacteria can also vary their state of existence and their genetic nature4 by a process known as recombination.  This comes in three forms : conjugation, transformation, or transduction.  Conjugation involves the transfer of genetic material between bacteria through a tubular physical connection.  Transformation involves the assimilation of DNA from the environment.  And lastly, transduction is an exchange of DNA through bacteriophages, a type of virus that is specific to bacteria.  The methods of observation for these advanced methods of alteration does not exist within the Institute at this time.  

Archaea also reproduce by binary fission, and they remain under consideration from that perspective as well as others.  As we shall see, the term “cross-domain” has been introduced specifically for the prospect of allowance, if not expectation, of sharing other significant attributes of the remaining domains of life.  This argument is presented in force within the Morgellons : A New Classification  paper referenced earlier.  The discussion before us will only become increasingly complex as we proceed, and it is the reason that the discussion and study remains so highly focused on this most primitive form of existence of the organism that has been identified to date.

Eukaryotes cells divide by the processes of mitosis and meiosis, which involve a nucleus within a cell.  At this point there is not the means or observational equipment to identify a nucleus within this primitive form (because of its size); in addition, an expanded discussion on the case for tentative bacterial classification (primitive form only) has already been made.  At the current level of knowledge, a binary fission characteristic of a prokaryote is sufficient and reasonable to propose as the the form of cell division for the CDB.  The photograph above provides further justification for this argument.


Linear Alignment Process Prior to Filament Formation

CDB – Linear Alignment Process Prior to Filament Formation
Original Magnification Approx. 5000x


The next photograph above ushers in an important transitional state, and this is the alignment of the individual cocci  into a linear arrangement.  The knowledge and observation of the transformation process towards the filament form is a crucial piece of information to acquire and this has now been captured on repeated occasions.  The specific process by which this alignment takes place is not known, however, it can be projected that biochemical charge dynamics could easily be at play here.

The term ‘self-assembly’ has certain connotations that may be helpful to discuss and elaborate upon.  The term ‘self-assembly’ is often used with that of an ‘artificial’ process implied, frequently to the point of insinuating robotic, engineered or mechanical methods in the ‘construction’ process.  If such mechanisms are observed and documented they will be reported on.  There is, however, a biochemical reference and interpretation for the term which is much closer at hand and that is more sensible and rational to introduce with the photograph above.  The vast majority of the dynamics of chemistry (and bio-chemistry, for that matter) is governed and determined by charges; i.e., the classic interaction between positive and negative charges that are at the very essence of dynamic interactions within the cosmos.  The understanding of the essence of those forces remains enough of a mystery to mankind,; we may not need to seek a human or ‘artificial’ construct to explain states of nature that are not completely understood by humans to begin with.  The explanation here may best be made with example and simulation (which, incidentally, has been helpful to my own understanding) as to what ‘self-assembly’ actually means from the conventional biochemical perspective.  The following demonstration that is available at the Concord Consortium replaces much of a verbal discussion with simple and observable dynamics; it is suggested that the reader become familiar with both the simplicity, magic and power of this process in nature.  Self-assembly is likely to become an important aspect of future research and discussion as it relates to the growth stages of this organism.

Visit the Concord Consortium to view the self-assembly simulation using the Molecular Workbench software (Java based).

Excerpts from a simulation of self-assemblage at the Concord Consortium
with the use of the Molecular Workbench Software.
(Link to the Concord Consortium here)

The forces at work in the ‘self-assembly’ discussed here are the fundamental attractive and repulsive forces of electrons and protons.  Since these forces drive the vast majority of chemical reactions and energy transfer within living organisms, it should not come as a surprise to us that we will encounter  this process in our future study.  Clearly, there remains much work to be done to identify the nature, location and driving mechanisms of any charge interactions and this research remains immediately before us.  With that knowledge also comes the prospect of interfering with those charge dynamics that are likely involved in the growth of the organism; this offers potential benefits that are not difficult to recognize.  In fact, there are numerous prospects for disruption and interference to the the life cycle of the organism, and the knowledge sought by this Institute and other researchers hopefully will be supported by those that understand these potential benefits.  

Electromagnetic studies of the CDB that are underway do indicate a possible separation of charge within cultures that are under investigation.  If this charge separation is verified there may be a relationship between this and the ‘assembly’ or alignment process that is shown above.


 Filament Development with Internal CDB

 Filament Development with Internal CDB
Original Magnification Approx. 5000x

The next stage of growth that is shown above represents an important transgression from the usual propagation of a bacteria within its own species.  We see in the case above that not only is there an alignment process that can take place;  there is also the development of a filament structure that eventually can encase the CDB and ultimately create a more complex and protective form of growth.  The CDB have shown themselves to be quite resistant to traditional methods of breakdown or disintegration; the appearance of a surrounding filament sheath makes this even more so.  It is not impossible for filaments to associate with bacterial development but it is not especially common.  It is for this and other reasons that the modifier and extension of  “cross-domain” has been added once we begin to examine beyond the primitive and original form of growth and existence.   CDB terminology is  proposed simply as a common reference point for discussion and further study and as the original, most primitive, known and identifiable form of existence for the organism. 

Let us start by identifying some of those cases where filaments are known to be associated with bacterial growth:

The first case that I am aware of that shares this property is that of some fossilized remains.  In Tortora’s Microbiology, An Introduction5, a photograph (copyright protected) of a fossilized filamentous prokaryote from western Australia that is 3.5 billion years old is shown.  We know, therefore, that filamentous prokaryotes can date back essentially to the origin of the earth.  Whether or not coccus forms can be seen internally in that particular case is a different matter, as the image of the remains is simply not of sufficient quality to determine this.

There is another novel case of filamentous bacteria found recently deep underground in a South African mine and this likely indicates an ancient origin as well.  Under more contemporary circumstances, the cyanobacteria  exist as a rather unusual class of “nonproteobacteria gram-negative bacteria”.  This group is unique in that they are morphologically and physiologically distinctive from other bacteria and their classification is based upon genetic origins per the breakthoughs by Carl Woese discussed in earlier papers.  They were once called blue-green algae but they are currently classified as bacteria, however, and they can exist in at least three different forms.  Photographs are, as usual, helpful to visualize the level of variance involved here:



filamentous cyanobacteria


The non-filamentous form of cyanobacteria. As this form of the bacteria is approximately 8-10 microns in diameter, it is clear that this remains a separate species from that under study. Image source :

The filamentous form of cyanobacteria.  This image shows that various bacteria can indeed develop into a filament form.  In addition, there appears what are called heterocysts (the larger and more circular cells) which are specialized for fixing nitrogen gas.  This type of variation can be important within the current studies as will be seen later within this paper. Image source :

This is the branching form of cyanobacteria.  Although the dimensions of this species are radically different from that of the CDB, the variation of form is nevertheless especially interesting and calls to attention the broad diversity of structure and form that can occur within the bacterial domain.  Image source :

There is also a case of a ‘sheathed’ bacteria that is interesting and potentially relevant to introduce.  The species is that of Sphaerotilus natus and it appears as follows:

Sphaerotilus natus

 Sphaerotilus natans bacteria.  This bacteria is rod shaped and, therefore, does not match the CDB in form as well as in size.  It is of interest, however, in the fact that it produces an enclosing sheath in which to live.  The sheaths are of a protective nature and it is thought that they aid in nutrient accumulation.  It also stains as Gram negative and has an alternative common name of “sewage fungus” as it is often found in sewage locales. Image source :


What we can see in these cases, therefore, is that the bacteria can actually vary fairly widely in their form and structure.  Some bacteria create filament structures, some create unique and specialized cells, and some rarely encase themselves in a protective sheath; these cases are exceptions to the rule but we see that they are possible and known to exist.  It certainly is more typical to regard filament structures and multi-celled structures as representative of the fungi and eukaryotes but that presumption must be reserved until additional information becomes available.   The lines of definition have already become blurred at this stage.  The introduction of genetic classification systems has radically altered our views that are based upon visible morphology and physiology.  We can see that the “classification of life” is under a state of continuous revision and that exceptions abound to the attempts that are made to place the biology of the planet into a set of tidy boxes.  The introduction of genetic manipulation by human beings has opened up its own Pandora’s Box in this regard, and it is unlikely that the classification systems of the past will ever entirely serve the complexities of our future.


Early Stages of Filament Development

Early Stages of Filament Development

 Early Stages of Filament Development with Internal CDB.  Development of reddish (probable protein aggregation) conglomerates along filaments.  Original Magnification Approx. 5000x.


The stage of growth shown above appears to be important in the development of structural mass for the organism.  In this case, additional material of a reddish-brown color can be seen to accumulate around and within the CDB-filament complex that precedes it.  The composition of this material is unknown at this time.  There is, however, a presumption in place that this material could easily be of a proteinacous nature.  The color of the material is also highly suggestive of an iron complex that is included; it is known that iron compounds eventually become a significant compositional compound of the organism growth.  This particular material is not especially reactive to hydrogen peroxide but further developments that are highly reactive to hydrogen peroxide will be described below.  A reasonable supposition, for the time being, is that this material may be dominated by the presence of an proteinaceous-iron complex.  It is also known from previous work and studies that the filaments themselves are most likely constructed largely of proteins, with keratin based materials as the strongest candidate.  In terms of function, it is reasonable that proteins will be a major component to the growth processes that are being recorded here.  The nature and identity of such proteins is a major pursuit of research for Carnicom Institute.


time lapse

 Time Lapse of CDB – Filament Growth Stage on Agar Culture
Original Magnification Approx. 500x


The animated image above represents a time lapse capture of the filament growth under relatively low magnification.  This particular growth has been recorded from an agar based culture.  The period of time covered by the time lapse movie is two hours and it is compressed into an interval of 40 seconds.  The growth appears to be uniform and  substantial.  The rate of growth for the organism at this stage and under these conditions is estimated at approximately 200 microns per hour.  This growth rate, if undisturbed and unrestrained, translates to approximately 5 inches in length per month of time under the conditions shown.  The impact of this type of growth within a suitable environment or within a host organism (e.g., a human body) is obviously of serious concern.  Any knowledge or or means to inhibit such growth can equally be of obvious benefit; it may be of interest and value for the health professions and communities to evaluate and further research the inhibition and mitigation strategies that have been developed within this site.


Agar Culture Vacuum Testing.

7 Days Filament Form

Agar Culture Vacuum Testing.
CDB readily progress to filament form directly.   Vaccum environment does not promote growth.

Agar Culture Growth Stage – Approx. 7 Days
Filament Form.


The images above are of agar culture trials and two points of interest, as a minimum, are demonstrated ..  The first is the development of cultures in a highly specific fashion that are essentially free from contamination of other organisms such as common molds and fungi.  This is the result of work and study that have gradually isolated  a set of conditions that are favorable for growth; these will be identified in greater detail within separate writing.  Many non-specific culture environments, both liquid and agar based, have been investigated and the results presented on the site over a period of many years.  One advantage of the current progress is that it allows for a more accurate assessment of the early growth processes that are specific to this particular organism.  It is expected that this process can and will be refined further as the research extends itself within the health professions and laboratory environments.

The second illustration is of the importance of both moisture and the atmosphere to the growth process.  Significant decreases in atmospheric pressure have been applied to the culturing process and in all cases a corresponding marked decrease in growth and proliferation is observed.  This leads us to understand that the composition of the atmosphere is, in some fashion, beneficial and important to growth.  The most obvious and likely beneficial candidates to consider here will be that of oxygen and nitrogen.  Additional work to be described further increases the evidence for favoritism towards an oxygen rich environment, but that result is not exclusive in any way to the potential importance or role of additional gases during growth.  

It should also be understood that a growth benefit is an entirely separate issue than that of a growth requirement.  The above information does not, in any fashion, demonstrate that the atmosphere is required for the existence or even perpetuation of the organism -only that it appears to be beneficial and favorable for growth or for growth to proceed more quickly.  As a matter of act, the evidence to date indicates that the organism can exist in stasis indefinitely under especially harsh or severe environmental conditions.  These conditions could well include that of a vacuum, a complete lack of moisture, and extremes in temperature.  The subject of exobiology may ultimately be relevant to this discussion as there remain many unknowns as to what that final limiting environment may be.  Readers may wish to investigate the topic of the attempted destruction of microorganisms and how it relates to our own space exploration programs from earth.  It may be a surprise to learn how ‘hardy’ life has shown itself to be and even the role of humans themselves in ‘seeding’ the cosmos, let alone studying the prospect of cosmic intrusion of life forms onto and into this planet.   Ames Research Center, as one of the early visitors to the body of research here, may be a place to start the inquiry.  There is, obviously, room for discussion on these subjects and on the origins of life in general.  It is probably of benefit to us a species that we no longer regard the theories of panspermia as being novel.


 Advanced Filament Form

 Advanced Filament Form
 Advanced Filament Form  Advanced Filament Form

 Advanced Filament Form – Cellular Production.  Cells amass additional CDB within.  Also note the CDB saturated filament form in addition to cellular production.  Sheathed bacterial forms, heterocytes and ‘erythrocytic‘ related formations are under current consideration.  All possibilities that provide for a transition from an apparent single-celled organism to a multi-cellular organism will be considered in the study process.
Original Magnification Approx. 5000x.


The images above show a series of remarkable developments that take place; it is at this point that the conventional boundaries of growth become radically challenged.  What occurs, in general, is the transformation from an apparent single celled primitive form (CDB) to a multi-celled organism that demonstrates increasingly sophisticated growth forms and specialization.  Many important unknowns immediately make their presence with the transformations that are shown above.  

It is possible that we still remain in the domain of the heterocyst and the cyanobacteria, as it has been introduced, earlier in this paper.  Certainly the variation in form of the cyanobacteria is a remarkable and unusual case in the study of bacterial evolution; we must recall that they were once called ‘blue-green’ algae in a period of earlier understanding.  In either case, it can be seen that the case of the cyanobacteria required specialized and extensive study to account for the morphological changes, not the least of which required a knowledge of its genetic origin.  It is expected to be no different in the case of the CDB, as the mysteries within are not likely to be evident from any conventional or external study.  There is only so far that we will be able to go with the microscope.  

What is shown above appears to be more than the case of a heterocyst.  We also can recognize that there may be some similarities, however, so it is in our interest to understand the function and nature of the heterocyst.  The primary function of the heterocyst (a specific form of cell development that is apparently unique to cyanobacteria) is to fix, or utilize, nitrogen.  Nitrogen fixation is a process whereby a cellular form uses nitrogen from the atmosphere and converts it to ammonium that the organism can then use for nourishment.  Nitrogen fixation is a definite field of study that is immediately germane to the investigations underway with the CDB.  We recall from the vacuum studies mentioned above that both nitrogen and oxygen are at the forefront of nutrient investigation and they are of equal interest.  Therefore, the creation of a specialized cell for the purpose of nitrogen fixation does exist as a distinct and real possibility.  The following two points are also of high interest with regard to the development shown above:

1.  All of the nitrogen-fixing organism are prokaryotes, i.e., bacteria6.  This fact increases the interest and attention on the primitive form (i.e., CDB) as having a core of origin within the bacterial domain.

2.  It is of special interest to note that iron-protein complexes (ferridoxins), in light of the previous statements made, play an essential role in the nitrogen fixation process by bacteria.  Readers may recall that iron-sulfur proteins have been introduced as a subject for further study within earlier research papers.

It does seem, however, that there are also some complications to this singular focus, based upon what we see and what is known about CDB behavior.  The function, capability and form of the heterocyst does not appear to be sufficient to explain all that is observed as well as the subsequent development of the organism.  The function of nitrogen fixation, however, could certainly be implicit within the transformations that are shown above.  At this time, there simply remains no known visual documentation of the growth process that is shown above.   

It also appears that the heterocyst is a specialized cell that develops separately and distinct from the non-filamentous cyanobacteria form.  In our case, the three different entities:  CDB, filament, and cellular construct, all seem to be joined and intermingled in about any way that is conceivable.  In the case above, the filament has become densely packed with the CDB.  In the live view of this particular case, the CDB were so numerous as to form a ‘river’ or a ‘stream’ of continuous and flowing CDB within the filament.  Subsequently what we see is the filament forming internal cellular divisions across its length.  These cellular divisions eventually segregate from the filament  in essentially perfect circular form.  It will then be seen that the separated circular cells are in turn themselves densely packed with the CDB, where they continue to develop and and presumably accomplish additional function at a more sophisticated level.  It should also be understood that the images above are not a normal and daily occurrence of development; they required protracted and difficult culture circumstances to develop.  Any casual study made of the organism would not likely even reveal the potential, let alone the expression of the growth forms that have been documented above.

We must also, at this point, introduce the uncanny similarity and potential relationships to the ‘erythrocytic’ forms that have been repeatedly presented on this site within in earlier work (e.g., see “Blood Issues Intensify“, Apr 2009 and “Morgellons : 5th, 6th & 7th Match“, Jan 2008, “Artificial Blood?“, Aug. 2009).  Any possible association between the unusual imagery immediately above with that of earlier work shown immediately below is not to be ignored.  Let us recall some of that early work with the limited imaging equipment that was available at the time.  It should also be realized that the culture methods employed in that work differ from the methods under current use and that the issue of pleomorphism, as it can be aptly demonstrated, must be taken into account with any comparisons that we can make from the limited knowledge base that is available to us.


Filament - Erythrocyte

Filament - Erythrocyte

Filament - Erythrocyte

Filament - Erythrocyte

 2008-2009 Filament – Erythrocyte Research Images.

Biconcavity visible in top right and lower left photos. Earlier tests for hemoglobin within these previous cultures produced a positive presumptive result by two different methods in addition to visual analysis and measurement. Image at lower right is of human erythrocytes subjected to the Gram stain process; excessive CDB are within. Please refer to earlier referenced papers for the details of those studies.  Limited CCD imaging capability – Original magnification approx. 9000x.




Enlargement of cellular structure (“heterocyte” – see below) after separation from filament transformations and as based upon the current culture work (2014 : shown above).  Similarity to “erythrocytic” forms as shown in 2008 – 2009 work is evident.  Cellular structure is embedded with CDBs similar to human erythrocyte documented above (post Gram stain process).  Original magnification approx. 5000x.

Reconstituted “erythrocytic” structure as described in the August 2009 paper entitled “Artificial Blood?”.  The similarity of size, shape, form and presence of CDB within to that of the current culture developments is evident and remarkable.
Original magnification approx. 5000x.

Human blood cell (erythrocyte) that demonstrates cellular and membrane damage from CDB (red arrows) adhesion and intrusion. Image excerpted from “Advances in Microscopy“, (Nov. 2013).  Original magnification approx. 12,000x.


Studies to investigate any potential relationships between heterocysts, “erythrocytic” forms and hemoglobin tests will continue with respect to this novel life form and organism.  During this interim of understanding, I shall refer to the unique cellular formation from the CDB as a “heterocyte” (i.e., as in a different, or other cell, and as opposed to heterocyst).  It is now clear that these cells originate from the CDB and the term CDB heterocyte may also be used during this research stage.


Advanced filament form

Advanced filament form

Advanced filament form

Advanced filament form

Advanced filament form

Advanced filament form – reddish aggregation (probable protein nature) with internal CDB and cellular production.  Lower image shows combination of primitive CDB-filament form, larger filament dominated by streaming CDB and external cellular development.  Original Magnification Approx. 5000x


From this point on there appears to be increasing variability in the forms of growth that can be assumed by the organism.  The CDB and the heterocytes appear to be at the root of each of these forms that subsequently develop and they remain, therefore, at the core of study. Some of the variations shown are repeatable and controllable; others are incidental and the conditions only partially defined.  The combination of all circumstances shown above observed in a single session is more akin to the latter; the heterocyte cellular division from the filaments remains as a rare event thus far.  In the filaments shown within these images the densely packed streaming and flowing version of the CDB does occur.  This has been recorded on more than one occasion and it represents massive CDB production within the filaments.  Heterocyte production within a filament appears to be enhanced under these concentrated CDB conditions; the heterocytes can be seen as units of division and development within the second row of the image set.  What also makes this observation group unusual is the appearance of an enclosing sac which then itself contains a cluster of heterocytes.  This can be seen most clearly in the right photograph of the second row.  There is reason to believe, as mentioned before, that this reddish-brown material (most clearly demonstrated in the top left image) may well be an iron-protein complex.  Work will continue on identifying the nature of the various forms and substrates that are being observed.  The bottom image contains a representative cross section of various forms within one image: a primitive filament enclosing a single linear array of the CDB, a larger branching filament filled with concentrated and streaming CDB, a few isolated CDB in the interstitial space, and an isolated heterocyte in the lower left of the image.  In the main, the patterns of growth are highly repeatable and identifiable, especially those that involve the CDB, the encasing filament structures and the production of the heterocytes.


blue compound

blue compound

A blue compound that forms in combination with CDB cultures and growth forms.  This compound has a direct affinity for oxygen; spherical structures in both images are oxygen pockets within an electrolysis culture.  Notice that both red and blue hues are common with advanced filament production, especially those associated with skin growth samples.
Original Magnification Approx. 5000x


The images above will be provided primarily as a matter of record while the phenomena is studied further.  The case above falls within a culture that was subjected to electrolysis.  Significant efforts have been extended to include a series of electromagnetic investigations upon growth behavior; these studies will need to be developed and presented in future days.  For now, the immediate observation to record is that of an apparent preference by the CDB for an oxygen rich environment; this has been demonstrated by a migration of the CDB to the anode during electrolysis tests.  It is a curious affair that the rich blue compounds were intermittently observed during this same period of testing.  It is quite possible that oxygen pockets or bubbles are an important part of the process and color formation.  There is also an interest in any role that copper (as well as other metals) may play within the growth process.  This issue will simply be revisited as circumstances permit; the apparent preference for an oxygen rich environment will be discussed further in the more immediate future.



Hydrogen Peroxide Reaction Original Magnification

CDB – Advanced Culture Development

Gel Diameter Approx. 6 cm.

Hydrogen Peroxide Reaction with Gel
Magnification Approx 200x 

Original Magnification Approx. 5000x 

The final set of observations here record the culmination of culture studies over an extended time period.  These results are biologically impressive but potentially quite dangerous  because of the scale of growth.  The photo on the left is the final stage of a liquid broth culture that was allowed to mature for approximately one month.  This culture did progress with the onset of CDB growth and was followed by filament growth as it has been aptly demonstrated throughout this paper.  At the more mature stage of growth, a gel like material formed at the top of the culture and is shown on a watch glass.  The amount of sheer mass here is of consequence; what is shown is growth on on the order of inches rather than the customary microns or nanometers that are involved at the origin.  Readers may wish to recall the time lapse record above to realize that the scale of growth postulated there is not hypothetical.  This amount of mass developing within a favorable environment or host is of consequence.  Reports of individuals with internal masses or filaments on the order of scale shown are to be taken quite seriously as this report proves that it can and will happen under the appropriate conditions.  The nature of the material is partially ambiguous and partially known; further studies will hopefully present that result in due time.  Material of a protenaceous nature is under strong consideration.

It will also be noticed that a bright red hue exists across a portion of the surface; this is an evolution beyond the ruddy reddish-brown compounds that have been mentioned above.  It has been observed and reported on earlier; please see “Biofilm, CDB & Vitamin C“, (Apr 2014).  The photo in the center of the group shows the reaction of this reddish material to hydrogen peroxide, and the reaction is vigorous.  The same reaction is shown in kind within the paper referenced above.  The most direct interpretation here is that of a positive catalase reaction.  Catalase is a common enzyme found in nearly all living organisms exposed to oxygen and it  decomposes hydrogen peroxide into hydrogen gas and water7.  Clearly, we may conclude that we are dealing with a living organism but this fact has already become evident.  We are therefore each obligated to find out what the true nature and extent of this organism is, as it been equally and clearly demonstrated to be affecting the biology of the entire planet.  It is of more than passing interest that this gel material is of a bright red color and that it combines with hydrogen peroxide to produce the vigorous reaction.  Many readers may also be familiar with the reaction of hemoglobin with hydrogen peroxide and the similarity should not escape us since it also involves catalase8.  This preliminary reaction with peroxide was the basis for additional presumptive hemoglobin tests during research of past years; it should be recalled that the results of these tests for the presence of hemoglobin within the cultures were positive.  Regardless of where this research will lead to in future days, the nature of this material and this reaction should be of concern to each of us.

The final photograph on the right shows this same material under the microscope at reasonably high power.  What we find is a structurally more advanced and rigorous construct of the crossing filament and CDB embedded network in a familiar display  The reddish hue material is also abundant here and these observations further support the hypothesis of an iron-protein complex that is under formation.

This paper has introduced a roadmap of increasing complexity to each of us.  The path that emerges, regardless of the many branches that we choose, ultimately must return to the origin of growth as it is identified.  This, in all cases examined thus far, is indeed the CDB, or “cross-domain bacteria” as they have been tentatively designated.  This identified point of origin remains the focal point of current research by the Institute; each individual on this planet has the concomitant obligation to seek the truth on these matters and to make this same truth known to all. 

Clifford E Carnicom
Jun 07 2014

Born Clifford Bruce Stewart, Jan 19 1953


1. Biology, Neil A. Campell, Benjaming/Cummings Publishing Company, Third Edition, 1993. p. 221.

2. Modern Biology, Albert Towle, Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1999. p. 149.

3. Ibid., Towle, p 153.

4. Bacterial Reproduction, Regina Bailey,

5. Microbiology, An Introduction.  Gerard J. Tortora. Benjamin Cummings Publishing, 2001. p 281.

5. Wanger, G; Onstott, TC; Southam, G (2008). “Stars of the terrestrial deep subsurface: A novel ‘star-shaped’ bacterial morphotype from a South African platinum mine”. Geobiology 6 (3): 325–30. doi:10.1111/j.1472-4669.2008.00163.x.

6. The Microbial World: The Nitrogen Cycle and Nitrogen Fixation, Jim Deacon, Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, The University of Edinburgh,  University of Edinburgh, (archive copy).

7. Catalase,

8. Why Does Hydrogen Peroxide Foam When You Put It On a Cut?,

Cross-Domain Bacteria Isolation

Cross-Domain Bacteria Isolation

Clifford E Carnicom
May 17 2014


A sufficient time period has elapsed to allow for the identification, classification and designation of a novel and ubiquitous life-form that is known to exist in association with the so-called “Morgellons” condition.  This call has thus far gone unheeded within the scientific community and more rapid progress is required.  It has been stated, by discovery (ref. The New Biology Jan 2014),  that this informal nomenclature is no longer sufficient to characterize the situation; that of an extensive, repeating and culturable life form with known properties and characteristics.  

It is known that a primary form of growth is an encapsulating filament sheath which is dominated by a keratin nature; this portion has many similarities to various fungal growths. The internals of the sheath are, however, without doubt the more captive interest of the matter and they have been studied extensively over a period of several years by this researcher.  Interest throughout this period has focused on a particular sub-micron structure that I have continually characterized as “bacterial-like” or “chlamydia-like” over the years.  This particular structure appears to originate the growth process and is therefore of the greatest importance and attention in study.  In the absence of formal participation by the scientific community in the nomenclature process, progress must be made and certain liberties will be taken until they can be refined by more formal procedures.  Henceforth, terms such as ‘bacterial-like’ will no longer be promulgated as they are now more ambiguous than is necessary or called for.  These internal structures will, for the sake of forcing the issue, be designated as a “cross-domain bacteria” (CDB) until further information or correction calls for any change.

The will be given this designation for several reasons, one of which is to no longer condone the extended procrastination that is referred to above. The additional reasons are based upon years of study and observation.  When and if additional information comes to light that justifies change, that change can and will take place.  In the meantime, however, the rationale for the deployment of this terminology is as follows:

1. Size.  The work has continually focused on the smallest identifiable living and propagating unit, and this is the sub-micron spherical structure.  The best size estimate on this structure ranges between 0.3 and 0.8 microns, or an average of 0.5 – 0.6 microns.  This measurement is limited only by the capability of the microscope and the imaging equipment that is being used.  As the equipment has improved the size measurement has trended toward the lower end of the scale as the means of focusing improves.  It is difficult to work with what cannot be seen  (e.g, virus, prion, molecule, atom, etc), and it has always been stated that there are expectations of additional discovery when such means become available.  

One of the first classification systems for living organisms is size, and so here it is that we must begin:

size chart

A chart of the approximate size ranges of organisms, biological structures and cells.  It will be noticed that most bacteria range between 1 and 10 microns in size.  Two of the smaller bacteria that are known to exist are mycoplasma and chlamydia  pneuomoniae; these are on the order of 0.1 to 0.4 microns in size.  Image Source : Estrella Mountain Community College.

In lieu of additional information and as an obvious point of reference, it is more than reasonable to suggest a bacterial nature (modified or otherwise) for the organism and unit under study.  As mentioned, structural units beneath the current limit of observation and measurement are difficult to propose within this scope of the study.

2.  Shape.  The next most obvious approach (again, within the means available) to classification is that of shape.  The requirement to maintain the argument for a bacterial nature must include the existence of the observed spherical form.  This condition is not difficult to meet, as bacteria commonly exist  in the following major shapes or forms:  spherical, rod like, spiral, , or as combinations or aggregates of these forms.

shapes chart

A chart of the shapes and geometry of known bacteria.  The organism under study clearly falls under the coccus, or spherical shape.  The subsequent development of the CDB within an encasing filament adds an entirely different aspect of consideration to a more comprehensive classification and identification.
Image Source : Microbiology Online.

The measured size and observed shape of the organism is sufficient, in itself, to advance and justify the use of “bacterial” terminology in a classifying sense at this stage of the investigation.  Clearly, there are additional dimensions of growth form and development that will eventually transcend this current reference point.  Readers may wish to review the papers entitled, “Morgellons : A New Classification” (Feb 2010) and “The New Biology” (Jan 2014) for the more immediate “complications” of this simplification.  

There remains, nevertheless, more that can be offered within the scope of conventional consideration that supports the “bacterial” proposal.

3. Gram Stain.  The following statement, from the University of Maryland Pathogenic Microbiology division,  is provided to exemplify the importance of the Gram staining procedure in the world of microbiology.

“The Gram stain is the most important and universally used staining technique in the bacteriology laboratory. It is used to distinguish between gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, which have distinct and consistent differences in their cell walls.”

The procedure, therefore, is a major tool in seeking an understanding of a primary difference in the morphology of bacteria; it is highly relevant to the current need to classify and identify the primary and primitive (i.e., original) observable form of the organism. We must start somewhere and eliminate the vacillations and ambiguity that have obfuscated progress over the last two decades; a greater sense of definition is required and I will assertively advance that motion.  

The first question on the Gram stain issue is whether or not it even applies.  Does this particular organism accept the stain and, if so, with what results?  It does, and the tests indicate a Gram-negative result.  The interpretation of that test remains an outstanding need and it will undoubtedly play a larger role within the current work involving protein examinations.

Investigations of this nature will be found as far back as 2008; readers may wish to visit the earlier papers entitled, “And Now Our Children” (Jan 2008), “Morgellons : 5th, 6th and 7th Match” (Jan 2008), “Morgellons : Pathogens and the General Population” (April 2008), and “Morgellons : A Status Report” (Oct 2009) for the earlier work on this primary classification method.

This current paper and the results presented herein continue to support that earlier work.

4. Positive Membrane Lipid Test.  A test has been developed for the presence of lipids in the outer membrane.  The test results are positive.  This test result is consistent with a gram-negative test for bacteria.  The results of this test are shown and described in more detail in a separate paper entitled : “CDB : General Characteristics”.  This test result has significant ramifications that are likely to affect the future study of the internal nature of the CDB.

5. Cultures.  The next rationale for the use of “bacteria” terminology (albeit, modified) is that of observation of the culturing process.  Again, restricting our consideration to the originating observable form of the organism (subsequent developments are, as mentioned, an entirely more complex issue which suggest highly sophisticated biological engineering), the cultures under development demonstrate a response that is perfectly in accord with any bacterial expectations.  The cultures are highly responsive to temperature and nutrient variations.  The growth curve is one of rapid increase at the onset, followed by diminishing returns with the corresponding decrease in available nutrients.  The logistical form of population growth is one model that can be reasonably applied to the observations, and it is accord with population modeling.  The responses of the cultures to both Fenton’s reaction as well as inhibition methods that have been described are in further accord with a bacterial element to the life form.

6. Biofilm.  The next topic relating to bacterial consideration is that of biofilm development.  Recent work indicates significant masses of a biofilm product can be produced from affected oral cavities using a relatively simple method; this description is in process at this time.  The production of biofilm is a protective measure taken by many bacteria to insulate themselves from effect by the local surrounding biological environment.  The biofilm under investigation in this case can easily be verified by microscopic means to contain significant numbers of the very same CDB that are under examination here  Biofilms are an attribute of most microorganisms; they are especially notable in the bacteria and archaea domains.  The purpose of biofilm is “to protect the organism from a hostile environment or to act as a trap for nutrient acquisition” (see Biofilm Formation in the Industry – VTT Research).  Biofilm is a polymer composed primarily of DNA, proteins and polysaccharides.

7. Proteins.  Certain laboratory tests, specifically Coomassie Blue stain, ninhydrin tests, UV absorbance and Biuret tests,  confirm the existence of proteins within the CDB.  The known characteristics of many of the bacteria and archaea classes are in accord with the investigations underway that involve metallic protein complexes as an important aspect of their structure.  It is known that iron is one of the essential elements of the proteins under examination.

8. DNA.  The apparent successful isolation of DNA from the cultures under development is direct evidence of a viable, reproducing and unique life form.  This aggregate of information, i.e., size, shape, stain properties, growth behavior, biofilm production and DNA existence continues to support the argument for the most primitive form of existence as that of a “modified” bacterial class.

9. CDB.  The modifier “cross-domain” to the bacteria terminology has been intentionally and deliberately introduced by this researcher.  The purpose of the term is to force the consideration and discussion of the more complex issues that arise when the more ‘mature’ stages of growth of the organism are examined. The issues include the subsequent development, under favorable environmental and nutrient conditions, of an encapsulating sheath, or filament, that contains the bacterial forms.  This pattern and form of growth has been extensively described and reported on within this site.  It is here that we must step outside of the originating form, and we will undoubtedly be forced to develop new and additional terminology to encompass these unusual circumstances.  The use of the term ‘cross-domain bacteria‘ is simply to provide a reference point for further discussion, the rationale of which is hopefully agreed upon to be consistent with classification systems up to and including the existence of the originating form ONLY.  The issue becomes only increasingly complex from the filament production level onwards, as the erthyrocytic question develops (again under increasingly favorable environmental and nutrient conditions) from there, whether we wish to confront this fact or not.  Clearly, we are dealing with a remarkable construct of biology here, and it will eventually be impossible to ignore it as it makes it mark further upon this planet.

There is nothing sacred or dogmatic about the proposals in terminology here.   There is precedent for the terminology in the literature as will be found; the act of crossing the domains of biological life forms is known to exist.  As one example, please note the Symposium of 2007 entitled,  “Cross-Domain Bacteria : Emerging Threats to Plants, Humans and Our Food Supply” by the American Phytopathological Society.  One of the primary questions here is whether this particular form is of natural or engineered origin; the evidence speaks to the latter.  The primary purpose of this controversial injection into the discussion is exactly that – to force the issue of proper scientific analysis and nomenclature by the responsible and competent parties within society.  It is to no longer condone the acceptance and use of ambivalent, ambiguous and obstructive cultural lexicons as a perpetual subsititute to honest and open research and disclosure.  When these circumstances improve and when the benefits are apparent and  known to the public, I will amend my own ways and discussion to reflect the progress that humanity deserves.

Additional Notes:

The following images derived from culture growths are representative examples of this external and internal known structure:





Original magnification of images to left: approx. 5000x.  Images on right are at original magnification, approx. 7000x.

The means to separate and isolate the cross-domain bacteria has been achieved.  The method uses a combination of caustic solutions, heat and iron ions; evidence of that separation is presented below.  The presence of iron ions in solution appears to be a very important factor in making the cross-bacteria readily visible.  A definite chemical reaction takes place between the isolated and purified culture in alkaline solution subjected to heat and the addition of either iron sulfate or chelated iron.  Chemically, there appears to be an immediate reaction between the bacteria and the iron and this is verified with microscopic examination.  Iron as a part of the culture medium is what has allowed this discovery to eventually take place.

pure isolation of cbd

A good example of pure isolation of the cross-domain bacteria, as separated from the encasing filament.  Original magnification approx. 5000x.

oil immersion of cbd

An oil immersion image of the cross-domain bacteria at maximum magnification.  A colored attribute of the bacteria does appear to exist.  Magnification approx. 13,000x.


gram stain of cbd

The Gram stain process applied to the cross-domain bacteria.  All indications are that the cross-bacteria stains Gram stain negative due to the pinkish color apparent.  This is in accordance with results achieved several years ago with preliminary investigations.  An excellent example of the bounding filament enclosing the cross-domain bacteria is central to the photograph.  Original magnification approx. 5000x.

Biofilm, CDB and Vitamin C

Biofilm, CDB and Vitamin C

Clifford E Carnicom
Apr 22 2014
Edit Jun 13 2014

Note: I am not offering any medical advice or diagnosis with the presentation of this information. I am acting solely as an independent researcher providing the results of extended observation and analysis of unusual biological conditions that are evident.  Each individual must work with their own health professional to establish any appropriate course of action and any health related comments in this paper are solely for informational purposes and they are from my own perspective.

A method has been established that shows promise of being effective in removing significant masses of biofilm that encapsulate large quantities of the “cross-domain bacteria” (CDB) as they have been identified and designated by this researcher.  This method applies to oral cavities only and it is simple to investigate as to its efficacy.  The identification of the CDB has been confirmed by microscopy; one  unique feature of this organism is the frequent co-linear arrangement of the bacteria within an encasing filament.  The various stages of growth of this life form have been documented extensively on this site, and a progression of development is understood.   The term “Morgellons” as popularly used, is insufficient to characterize both the uniqueness of the life form and its ubiquity in the environment.  The term “cross-domain bacteria” (i.e., CDB) has been established as being intrinsic to the origin of the life form;  attention has been called to the the fact that the scientific nomenclature for this ‘new biology’ remains woefully inadequate.  Any perception that this so-called “condition” is restricted to the human species is false; planetary consequences are before us.   Please refer to earlier discussions that elevate the seriousness of this need for increased participation by the scientific and health communities.

biofilm 1

A representative example of the biofilm removed from the gum-dental line region of an individual using ascorbic acid as outlined in this report.  This particular biofilm encases massive numbers of the cross-domain bacteria  that are are centric to the organism’s growth and development.


biofilm 2

A low power observation of the biofilm sample; bottom and top lighting combined.   Magnification approx. 200x.

The biofilm was extracted from an oral cavity by subjecting the gum line to a fairly concentrated solution of ascorbic acid in water (approx. 1 gm. in 30 ml of water).  The solution was held in place for approximately 15 minutes and the test procedure was repeated three times for an accumulation of material.  There was some local tooth discomfort at the region of collection for this individual.

biofilm 3

A reddish hue and formation that develops within the biofilm after approximately three days.  This color formation has been observed on more than one occasion and it remains to be identified.  Iron complexes and hemoglobin production are topics that are under consideration; please review earlier papers that involved tests for hemoglobin within advanced cultures.  Contrast on photograph has been increased to emphasize the visible color change.

biofilm 4

biofilm h2o2

The biofilm extract after 1-2 weeks of development.  Highly developed  reddish color is evident.

A very strong reaction of the developed red biofilm extract to a hydrogen peroxide (3%)  solution.  The investigation of hemoglobin existence from previous papers or current catalase tests are under further consideration here.  The “erythrocytic” formations, however, are not prominent in this biofilm extract development.

biofilm uv

The sample above subjected to UV radiation.  The pink-magenta fluorescent hue is highly distinctive.  This particular characteristic of the CDB, its association with the biofilm and the more advanced stages of CDB growth is an important subject that is deserving of additional research in its own right.  The same tint has been observed on the skin surface as well as with dental observations.

biofilm micro 1

biofilm micro 2

Microscopic examination of the biofilm extract.  The existence of massive amounts of CDB within the extract are verified with this inspection.  The biofilm extract is dominated by the presence of the CDB, and not the filament form.  The filament form of growth is a more advanced stage of growth and occurs later in the development cycle of the organism.  Magnification approx. 5000x.

An additional microscopic view of the biofilm and excessive CDB existence within. Microscopic  The presence of the co-linear arrangement of the CDB within a filament structure is also visible.  The early stages of linear formation of  CDB, also referred to as the ‘pleomorphic’ form’ are also occurring within this sample.  The sample upon collection is primarily whitish in color as is shown above.   Magnification approx. 5000x.

biofilm micro 3

biofilm micro 4

The filament form as it has developed from the biofilm extract and culture after approximately 2 weeks.  This systematic development will be described in greater detail within a separate paper.  Magnification approx. 5000x.

A microscopic image at the boundary of the reddish formation within the biofilm extract after a period of approximately 2 weeks.  An extended filament network exists at this stage along with extensive rich color development.  The variations of formation within the filament structures will also be discussed in greater detail within a separate paper.  Magnification approx. 5000x.

Readers may also wish to review a paper entitled “Growth Inhibition Achieved” (Jan 2014) that examines the role of ascorbic acid and various antioxidants in the culture growth process.  Articles under this same topic exist several years prior to the current studies of antioxidants.  In addition, the Morgellons : A Working Hypothesis (Neural, Thyroid, Liver, Oxygen, Protein and Iron Disruption) (Dec 2013) also extensively discuss the role of antioxidants within the studies of the growth process.

Growth Inhibition Achieved

Growth Inhibition Achieved


Clifford E Carnicom
January 31 2014

Note: I am not offering any medical advice or diagnosis with the presentation of this information. I am acting solely as an independent researcher providing the results of extended observation and analysis of unusual biological conditions that are evident.  Each individual must work with their own health professional to establish any appropriate course of action and any health related comments in this paper are solely for informational purposes and they are from my own perspective.



Inhibition of growth of the so-called “Morgellons” condition in a cultured environment has been achieved.  The primary agents of reduction here, both literally and chemically, are a series of powerful antioxidants.  These include ascorbic acid (vitamin C), N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) and glutathione.  The photograph below shows the result of a culturing process which has been subjected to these antioxidants and their impact upon growth; the effects are rapid and repeatable.  The source of this culture is the result of a series of incubation, collection, isolation, extraction and purification processes applied to previous cultures.  The original cultures are based upon the use of a variety of human, animal and plant samples, each of which produces identical growth forms.  One of many precedents for this work is contained within a previous paper entitled, “Morgellons : A Discovery and A Proposal” (Feb 2010).  The basis of the current work is a significant advancement in the development of culture methods.


At the heart of this “condition”, from the perspective of this researcher,  is the presence of a sub-micron cross-domain bacteria that is extremely resistant to extinction.  This postulated bacteria has the property of developing the growth of an enclosing sheath, or filament which further serves to house, protect and transport these same bacteria.  This sheath, or enclosing filament, also exists in its most primitive form at the sub-micron level.  This protective and resilient sheath appears to be composed largely of a keratin (protein) construct, but it also remains impervious and inpenetrable in comparison to other keratin structures such as hair.  It is also known that iron is a core constituent of the bacteria composition, as well as amino acids.  A more detailed analysis of the organic nature of the life form is available and has been presented within the paper, “Morgellons – A Working Hypothesis” (Dec 2013).  Additional important health considerations and strategies are integrated within that paper, and the issue of antioxidants are one of many central themes presented therein.  Readers are seriously advised to become familiar with that work; many equally important issues beyond that of oxidative stress are discussed in detail there.


DNA from this life form has been isolated and it exists as a priority of research for Carnicom Institute; please see the paper, “DNA Isolated”  (Jan 2014).


It has been stated that the term “Morgellons” is completely insufficient to describe the nature of this life form and its ubiquity in the environment and biology of the planet.  The scientific community will be forced to address this deficiency in our future and adequate nomenclature will need to be developed.  Ubiquity within biological domains and permanence of existence, even under adverse conditions, will be central to the more complete and scientific characterization and understanding of the life form.  Please refer to the paper entitled, “The New Biology” (Jan 2014).



growth inhibition

A comparison of the original culture growth with the same growth subjected to a series of powerful antioxidants : ascorbic acid, N-acetyl cysteine, and glutathione.  The culture growth and treatments span a period of approximately 18 hours.  The early stage of culture growth is dominated by a rapid increase in the growth of the bacteria-like form; the filament sheaths represent a more advanced stage of growth to come later in the process.  The culture mediums are composed of water, carbohydrates (fructose) and a chelated metal complex that includes iron, manganese and zinc.  The culturing methods are rapid and repeatable and they eventually lead to DNA extraction and isolation.  One primary mechanism at work in the effectiveness of the antioxidants is the reduction of iron complexes (specifically, ferric to ferrous) within the bacteria.



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Clifford E Carnicom , Jan 31, 2014
(Born Clifford Bruce Stewart, Jan 19, 1953)

The New Biology

The New Biology

Clifford E Carnicom

 Jan 18 2014
Edited Apr 09 2014
Edited Nov 28 2015

It is generally perceived that the so-called “Morgellons” issue is primarily, if not exclusively, a human condition. It is not. It will be found that this condition actually represents a fundamental change in the state and nature of biology as it is known on this earth. The evidence now indicates and demonstrates that there is, at the heart of the “condition”, a new growth form that transcends, as a minimum, the plant and animal boundaries.

The precedent for this argument was made some time past in the paper entitled “Morgellons: A New Classification” (Feb 2010); the central theme of that paper remains valid at this time. The very classification of the domains of life is central to that paper. Readers may also wish to refer to the papers entitled, “Animal Blood” (Jan 2010) and “And Now Our Children” (Jan 2008), where additional precedents were established. The August 2011 video presentation, “Geo-Engineering & Bio-Engineering: The Unmistakable Link” is also relevant here.

It is to be accepted that this growth form appears to be ubiquitous in the environment, food supply, plants, and animals and that the reference frame for its existence must be fundamentally changed to be in accord with this reality.


oral potato  rejuvenated

Macro view of variable source culture growths. Human oral filament culture to left, potato filament culture in middle and to the right, the rejuvenation of a dormant culture from a three year old lye extract solution.  Dormancy is established with extremes in temperature, lack of moisture, or caustic chemical environments, as reported earlier.  Growth medium in all cases is a fructose and iron sulfate solution under incubation.  The cultures are identical in view, structure and growth characteristics.  Period of development and growth is approximately 2 weeks.   Click on photos to enlarge.

culture 2 culture 1  culture 3

Microscopic views of the three variable culture types from above (left-oral sample culture, center- potato culture and right-rejujvenated dormant culture) under high magnification.  All cultures are identical to the sub-micron level including external sheath and internal bacterial-type form.  Click on photos to enlarge.  Magnification : approx. 5000x.

calf liver 3 calf liver 4

calf liver 1 calf liver 2

Calf liver examined.  Calf liver shows presence of identical filament and bacterial-like structures.  Growth forms are not unique to the human species; the food supply, animal and plant kingdoms are under equal consideration for the presence of the live form.  Abundant fat cells observed embedded with countless bacterial structural form, as in top left image.  Image to top right shows presence of filament form, fat cells and embedded bacterial forms in large numbers.  Lower left photograph demonstrates primary filament form with secondary filament structure under development.  Lower right photograph shows sub-filament structure within primary filaments.  All forms and structures identical to those observed within human samples. Two separate slide preparations examined; filament structures located after extensive study of both slides. This liver sample has also rapidly produced a viable and representative filament culture growth within the span of a few days.  Click on photos to enlarge.  Magnification : approx. 5000x.

ninhydrin 1 ninhydrin 2

Comparison of ninhydrin visible light spectrometric analysis of oral filament sample culture and potato filament culture.  Results are identical to a remarkable level.  Method involves: 1. Incubation of cultures for approximately 2 weeks in a fructose-iron sulfate solution.  2.Cultures extracted and placed within a sodium hydroxide-potassium hydroxide boiling water bath for approximately 15 minutes; a rich burgundy solution will result from the essentially colorless filament form (refer to paper entitled, “Environmental Filament Penetration, C.E. Carnicom, Jan. 2013).  3. Further extract approx. 15 drops of this colored solution into approx. 4 ml. distilled water with 5 drops ninhydrin solution added; heat again for approx. 15 minutes in hot water bath.  4.  Second deep-colored reaction will occur due to amino acids present in solution; spectral analysis is then conducted at this stage.  This method further substantiates the identical visual, metric, and chemical comparisons of the incubated oral and plant based filament culture forms.

potato 1 potato 2

Examination, to the left, of thin (”organic”) potato slice showing background cellular structure and several starch cells in the upper right quadrant.  Notice presence of intermeshed filament stucture overlayed or crossing cell wall boundaries.  Microphotograph to right demonstrates equally the presence of an internal sub-micron filament network.  This photographic examination prompted the more thorough investigation of plant and food supply issues, and the development of alternative cultures for comparison to human sample cultures.  Click on photos to enlarge.  Magnification : approx. 5000x.


Time lapse microscopic views of carrot cells.  Motile bacterial-like structures are especially visible and evident in cell in lower right quadrant.   Click on photos to enlarge.  Magnification : approx. 5000x.

swine lung 3 swine lung 1 swine lung 2
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Microscopic views of dried swine lung sample.  Extensive filament network exists within sample; the filament forms are identical in structure, form and size to plant, human and animal samples.  The pig lung also rapidly produces a viable and identical filament culture within the sucrose-iron fluid environment.  Click on photos to enlarge.  Magnification : approx. 5000x.

swine lung controlReference prepared slide of lung tissue from  No extensive filament network visible at this level of magnification or known source for its existence in a control photograph.


Diseased rhododendron leaf received for observation and study with respect to the bacterial-like forms.  This sample is to be examined under the microscope to further assess the extent of distribution on the conditions reported above.

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Identical bacterial-like forms located within the rhododendron sample.  The rhododendron leaf is a more difficult sample to prepare due to the thickness and density of the leaf; sufficient visiblity was acquired, nevertheless, with the use of the microtome.  Ease of observation and examination occurs primarily at the leaf edge, and numerous regions of the bacterial-like forms were identified.  Isolated examples are shown above as outlined.  Magnification approx. 5000x.

Perpetuation and confirmation of the original growth form within the rhododendron leaf through the culturing process.  The existence of bacterial-like forms within an additional plant form, i.e., ornamental, is confirmed.  The age of the culture is one day. The rhododendron culture has also produced the filamentous form within approximately one week of time; it is therefore in keeping with all observations and conclusions stated on this paper.  Original magnification approx. 5000x.

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This work demonstrates that the “Morgellons” situation has been completely understated and underestimated in its significance and distribution.  It is no longer to be considered as unique to any life form or species.  The term itself, as commonly interpreted to represent a condition or disease,  is inadequate to encompass the scope of impact to the biology of the planet.  The nominal attention to classification and nomenclature of the life form by the scientific community is also long overdue, and this community will soon be forced to enter into that review process.  It is recommended that such nomenclature capture the true nature of this life form, as it is now known to cross the domains of biological existence on this planet.

Note: Appreciation is extended to Ryan Hannigan for his provision of the rhododendron sample for comparative analysis.  Readers may wish to stay attuned to any further developments from Ryan’s research that is under development, including that of botanical study.  CEC














Estimated Completion Date : Can Not Be Estimated At This Time

Clifford E Carnicom
Jan 2012

Note: I am not offering any medical advice or diagnosis with the presentation of this information. I am acting solely as an independent researcher providing the results of extended observation and analysis of unusual biological conditions that are evident.  Each individual must work with their own health professional to establish any appropriate course of action and any health related comments in this paper are solely for informational purposes and they are from my own perspective.



A viable and tangible strategy to disrupt the growth process of the Morgellons condition, as it exists within the culture form that has been developed, has been established.  This strategy involves the breakdown of certain chemical bonds within an identified proteinaceous complex in a manner that is not harmful to the human body.  The reduction strategy also includes the release of iron that is held within the proteinacous complex in a chelated form.  This strategy has been established with confidence and a repetition of results.  The current work will be applied next directly to oral human samples.  Much time, energy and resources will be required to further investigate, verify and apply this strategy. The preliminary results and the theories are promising at this stage.

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To be continued

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To be continued


A note to the staff of the Institute tonight (Dec. 2, 2011); this will give some idea as to some of the work in progress…

The existence of a protein within the culture growths has now been established with confidence tonight. I had to do work to eliminate questions of potential contaminants that might have distorted the results. It is also a process of much patience with chromatography, literally drip by drip over many days for each test that is set up. It has taken about 1 1/2 to 2 months to get to this point.

Existence of a protein is eventually of equal importance as that of the iron work. We now have iron and the protein as two primary and identified constituents. This work will raise more questions that it answers, but we need to live with this for now until future means and equipment and methods work their way in. One more reliable way of putting a stop to this fellow is to truly understand the biochemistry and the life cycle of growth; there is then a better chance of interfering with that cycle in a known manner.

The existence of a protein means there is DNA behind it. As you can imagine, the work has actually just begun if we can get these means. Next questions would be what type of protein, what is the function of the protein(s), sequencing of the proteins, etc. Right along with it would be the isolation of DNA, electrophoresis work, etc.  An infra-red spectrophotometer would be a very useful piece of equipment for us on an ongoing basis – we are having to work very hard to get certain results that would be more apparent with the right equipment.

I may put this comment on the paper to get the process started, otherwise I have so many to write I will never get to any of them at the current rate…


 A positive Biuret protein test result

A positive Biuret protein test result using a separation of elute from the chromatography column. The sample material is based upon a culture from oral filaments.  The original extraction from the chromatography column is to the left; the positive Biuret result for the existence of a protein is shown on the right with the purple color.  Successful separation on the column has been achieved using various combinations of solvents in combination with a stationary phase

A positive Biuret test result using whey

A positive Biuret test result using whey (lactoferrin) protein for control purposes.  A positive test results in the purplish color shown above.  The Biuret test depends on a copper complex that forms between the protein (peptide bonds) and copper sulfate and an alkaline solution, such as sodium hydroxide.


The morphology, metabolism and life cycle of the “Morgellons” organism, as defined by this researcher, is increasingly being understood.  There are now three scenarios that can be provided that encompass the majority of the understanding that has been achieved.  

The first of these examines a similarity of form, at least in part, to a dimorphic fungal-like organism.  

The second considers the joint existence of bacterial-like and fungal-like organisms in a symbiotic relationship.  

The last raises the spectre of a genetically created or designed organism.  

Each of these scenarios has certain strengths, weaknesses and probabilities of occurrence.  There can also be a degree of overlap between these alternative interpretations.  This paper will discuss what has been discovered, within these three scenarios,  that helps us to potentially define the nature of this unusual organism.

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The magnetic (and consequently, the electromagnetic) properties of the primary Morgellons growth form are now proven in a direct fashion.  The video segments below show the response of both the culture derived form and the oral sample to a strong magnetic field.  These demonstrations will call into consideration each of the papers written on the subject of electromagnetics by this researcher.  One such topic will be the extended research that has been done that reveals the ambient presence of unaccounted Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) energy over a testing period of several years.  The human electromagnetic system operates primarily within the ELF portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.  The sensitivity and response of the Morgellons growth form to the electromagnetic spectrum is another of the many primary fields of research that requires funding, resources and skilled personnel to complete.  The identified presence of iron and ferromagnetic compounds within the growth forms establishes the basis of this future research, along with the direct demonstration of the magnetic response shown below:

To be continued.


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Starch Gel Electrophoresis Applied to Proteinacous Samples : Initial Tests Underway



Starch Gel Electrophoresis : Trial Runs of Test Dyes and Blood Sample.   Left photograph shows methylene blue dye migration towards the negative terminal. Arrows on right photograph depict origins of placement.  Blood sample shows both positive and negative charged protein component separation at lower portion of right photograph.  Eosin test case on upper left of right photograph; migration toward positive terminal  Methods remain under development; no successful separation of presumed culture based proteinacous component at this time.

To be continued.


Another test method has been developed to detect and establish the presence of iron in the Fe3+ state within the culture growth that is based upon the oral samples.  The test is positive.  The further significance of this test is that it has been applied directly to the proteinaceous complex that has been extracted from the culture with the use of column chromatography.  This further substantiates the case that the proteinaceous complex itself contains iron in the ferric state and that this iron is bound to certain amino acids that are under examination as candidates.   It will be possible to determine the concentration of the iron within the proteinaceous complex through spectrometry.  The test is based upon the use of ammonium thioglycolate.

Clifford E Carnicom
(born Clifford Bruce Stewart Jan 19 1953)


Clifford E Carnicom
October 15  2011
Edited Dec 01 2011
Edited May 10 2013

Note: I am not offering any medical advice or diagnosis with the presentation of this information. I am acting solely as an independent researcher providing the results of extended observation and analysis of unusual biological conditions that are evident.  Each individual must work with their own health professional to establish any appropriate course of action and any health related comments in this paper are solely for informational purposes and they are from my own perspective.


A substantial body of research has accumulated to make the case that the underlying organism (i.e., pathogen) of the so-called “Morgellons” condition, as identified by this researcher, is using the iron from human blood for its own growth and existence.  It will also be shown  that the bio-chemical state of the blood is being altered in the process.  The implications of this thesis are severe as this alteration affects, amongst other things, the ability and capacity of the blood to bind to oxygen.  Respiration is the source of energy for the body.  

This change is also anticipated to increase the number of free radicals and to increase acidity in the body.  This process also requires and consumes energy from the body to take place; this energy supports the growth and proliferation of the organism.  The changes in the blood are anticipated to increase its combination with respiratory inhibitors and toxins.  The changes under evaluation may occur without any obvious outward symptoms.  It is also anticipated that there are consequences upon metabolism and health that extend beyond the functions of the blood.  This change represents essentially a systemic attack upon the body, and the difficulties of extinction of the organism are apparent.  Physiological conditions  that are in probable conjunction with the condition are identified.  Strategies that may be beneficial in mitigating the severity of the condition are enumerated.

This paper will present this case progressively, and it will build upon the information that has been presented in previous papers.   The paper will sequence through the following topics of discussion:

1. A Brief Introduction to the Chemistry of Iron

2. Beginning Observations

3. Qualitative Chemical Analysis

4. An Introduction to Bonding : Ionic, Covalent, Polar Covalent and Coordinated Covalent Bonds

5. The Structure of the Heme Molecule and the Role of Ligands

6. Qualitative Chemical Analysis of the Oral Samples : Two Methods to Verify the Existence of Ferric Iron

7. A Method to Extract the Oxidized Iron within the Filament Growth Structure

8. A Discussion of Ligands

9. Spectral  Analysis of the Blood and a Comparison to the Growth Spectrum

10. Methemoglobinemia and Hypoxia

11. Ionization and Bond Disassociation Energy : The Cost of Oxidation

12. Bacterial Requirements for Iron in the Blood

13. The Oral Filament and Red Wine Reaction Resolved

14. Some Health Implications; The Value of the Holistic Approach to Medicine

15. Identification of physiological conditions that are in probable conjunction with the condition.

16. A Proposed Spectral Analysis Project

17. A Review of Proposed Mitigation Strategies

As we continue with our discussion, there will be three different general approaches that will be used in a combined sense to reach the conclusions that have been stated above.  The first of these will be direct observation, the second will be qualitative chemical examination, and the last will be the use of spectral analysis and analytics.  A synthesis of each approach will give us the understanding of the situation that we require.  Let us begin with some discussion on the chemistry of iron and then follow with a few of the qualitative iron tests that are helpful in the methods that have been developed.


1. A Brief Introduction to the Chemistry of Iron:

Let us start with an introduction to iron.  Iron exists in three primary forms in nature, the first in its elemental form with no net charge, and the other two as compounds, known as ferrous and ferric compounds.  It is these latter two states of iron that will be of interest to us in terms of human biochemistry.

Ferrous compounds involve iron in a charged state, known as Fe2+, and ferric compounds involve iron in the valence state of 3, or Fe+3.  The term valence refers to the number of electrons lost or gained in a chemical reaction.  For example, a loss of two electrons from an atom will leave the atom in a charged state of +2.  A charged atom or compound is called an ion or ionic compound, respectively.

Why is this important to us and why should we learn about the chemistry of iron?  It is because iron is in our bodies and it is absolutely crucial to our lives and our health.  The charged state of the iron in our bodies and our blood is of the utmost importance in understanding the changes to human health that are occurring.

Now let us start focusing upon the iron in blood.  Your blood needs iron to function.  Not only does your blood need iron to function but it needs the iron to be in a particular state for your blood to work properly.   The iron in your blood must be in the ferrous form, or the Fe2+ in order to bind to oxygen1,2,3,4,5.  If it is not in this state (e.g, ferric iron or Fe3+), it will not bind to oxygen and human health will suffer.  You are not thriving in an energetic sense if you do not have the proper oxygen content within your blood.  

Hopefully we understand that the state of the iron in our bodies is not a trivial affair and it is in our interest to become educated on the matter.  It is the very path that I have chosen in this research and the implications of these studies are profound.

Now let us talk, in a general sense, about what causes iron to change state.  What for example, would cause iron in the elemental form (Fe) to go to the Fe2+ (charged) state, or for that matter, from the Fe2+ state to the Fe3+ (further charged) state?  It is here that we introduce and explain the term of oxidation.  As a familiar example, when something rusts, it is being oxidized.  What it means, in a more descriptive sense, is that a chemical reaction is taking place and that electrons are being removed from an atom or substance.  Formally speaking, oxidation refers to the process of losing electrons.  Oxidation increases the charge state of the atom or ion, because as an electron (i.e, negative charge) is removed, the atom, ion or substance becomes more positive as a result.  A typical example of oxidation is the change of iron from the Fe2+ state (i.e, ferrous) to the Fe3+ (i.e., ferric) state mentioned above.  

Below are some photographs that show testing of the iron ion in varying oxidation states, ie., Fe2+ and Fe3+ with the use of some specialized chemical reagents.  One of the factors that is important in the qualitative tests that we are doing is that of color; color is an extremely useful tool for determining the existence of metals in solution and for the chemical state that they are in.

liquid iron 1 liquid iron 2

This set of photographs shows a solution of what is called “liquid iron”, essentially a solution of a ferrous salt (with some minor impurities) that is used in gardening applications. This ferrous solution is formed from a representative iron salt with the iron in the Fe2+ oxidation state. One of the important characteristics visually of the Fe+2 iron is the greenish tint that often accompanies the Fe2+ iron oxidation state. The photograph to the right shows the addition of a chemical (1,10 phenanthroline) that is very sensitive to the presence of the Fe2+ ion, and it turns the solution red in combination with the ion. The use of this chemical is a valuable and sensitive qualitative method to determine the existence of the Fe2+ ion.

liquid iron 3 liquid iron 4

This set of photographs is provided to demonstrate the variability of color as well as its value and importance.  The photographs above show a freshly dissolved solution of ferrous sulfate. When the ferrous sulfate is dissolved in water it will ionize (separate into ions of Fe2+ and (SO4)2-).  It will also generally turn light green in color but this example lacks the stronger green tint shown in the set to the left.  Colors can easily be influenced by concentrations and impurities.  A separate solution made previously demonstrates a stronger green tint that is characteristic of the Fe+2 ion; this particular one does not.  The use of 1,10 phenanthroline reagent resolves the issue very clearly, however, as the characteristic reaction to produce the bold red color in combination with the Fe2+ ion is evident.  This example demonstrates the value of approaching the problem from more than one perspective, such as with the use of color, chemistry and spectral analysis for a more comprehensive assessment of the situation.

Fe3+ ion solution 1

This set shows an analogous qualitative chemical test for the presence of the Fe3+ ion solution.  This particular solution is that of ferric chloride.   There is an expected similarity in color between various ferric salts, as the ionic form of iron is the agent responsible for the color.  A distinctive feature of the Fe3+ ion in solution is that of a yellow to brown color.

Fe3+ ion solution 2

This photo also shows the use of a different, but equally important, reagent that is used to detect the presence of the Fe3+ ion in solution.  The chemical used in this case is that of sodium thiocyanide.  Even though this reagent also produces a bold red color, this test and the one mentioned above using 1,10 phenanthroline are entirely separate and unique from one another, and are only valid for the particular ion of each test.

The value of the tests shown above are threefold:  

1. First we have a sensitive qualitative method of identifying the existence of specific iron ions, i.e., Fe2+ and Fe3+ in solution6.  These tests can also be extended in combination with a spectrophotometer to provide concentration levels of the ions, if required7.

2. If the test succeeds, we know that the iron states are present in an ionic form within the solution.  If the test fails, it does not mean that Fe2+ or Fe3+ are not present, it only means that they are not present in ionic (i.e, disassociated) form.  It is possible that the iron could exist in a different form (e.g., bound within a molecular compound) than ionic, and the test would not show this fact.  This distinction will become important in later testing procedures that are described.

3. Regardless of individual variations, there is a clear and distinctive difference between the greenish tints associated with the Fe2+ ion and the yellowish and brown tints that result from the Fe3+ ion.  This distinction will also become important in later testing.

2. Beginning Observations:

Let us now switch over to the course of direct observation.  Many of us may recall that certain culture growth trials were discussed in an earlier paper entitled “Morgellons : A Discovery and a Proposal8. In that paper, conditions and circumstances that both increased and inhibited the rate of growth of the organism were discussed.  A section of that paper again is relevant again with direct observation, as shown below, in combination with the color characteristics of iron discussed above.  Direct observation essentially indicates to us that the organism is able to utilize and absorb iron in the Fe3+ state. Let us discuss further why this is the case.

morgellons 1

This photograph shows a culture that has just been started.  The process of starting a culture with this method requires only a single drop of the culture solution.  The culture solution is prepared by subjecting the pulverized and dried filaments of previous growth to sodium hydroxide in solution and heat to the boiling point. The culture medium has ferrous (Fe+2) sulfate and hydrogen peroxide added to it as described in the paper referenced.  This chemical reaction that takes place will again be described in more detail below.

morgellons 2

This photograph shows the state of the culture growth after a few days have elapsed.  The dark brown color characteristic of the ferric (Fe+3) oxidized iron within the organism growth is visible.  The organism is absorbing the nutrients that have been provided in the culture medium.  In this case, the Fe+2 ion originally introduced into the solution was oxidized by the hydrogen peroxide (Fenton’s reaction) to produce the Fe+3 iron state.  The organism is able to nourish itself from this oxidized state of iron and it imparts the characteristic color of the iron (Fe3+) oxidation state within the growth of the culture.

In order to understand the results of the photographs above, it is helpful to describe  a chemical reaction, called “Fenton’s reaction” that was discussed in the former referenced paper9.  Fenton’s reaction involves the combination of iron in the Fe2+ state (in this case, ferrous sulfate)  and hydrogen peroxide.  The reaction is as follows:10

Fe2+ + H2O2-->Fe3+ + OH. + OH

This reaction was established in the following manner:  A starter culture of the underlying organism was introduced into distilled water.  A few drops of a ferrous salt solution, namely ferrous sulfate was introduced into the culture.  This was followed by a few drops of hydrogen peroxide.  It has been learned that this culture medium rapidly accelerates the growth of the culture.  The result of the combination of the iron in the Fe2+ state with hydrogen peroxide produces three things:

1. Iron ions in the ferric state, or Fe3+.

2. The hydroxide ion (not a radical), OH-

3. The hydroxyl radical, a highly reactive free radical.

Notice that none of these three developments were dependent upon the culture; Fentons reactions would have taken place irregardless of the introduction of the organism.  What we do know from the reaction, however, is that the iron is oxidized to the Fe3+ state and becomes immediately available to the organism along with the hydroxyl radical.  The paper mentioned discusses some of the ramifications of this combination with respect to health.  Not only does the oxidation takes place, but we see that the organism is directly able to utilize the iron in this oxidized state (Fe3+) for its growth and sustenance.  

This provides our first link in understanding the role of oxidation of iron in our body and its relationship to the growth of the organism.  All of the conditions described for the controlled petri dish trial are also to be found to occur within the human body.

3. Qualitative Chemical Analysis:

There are chemical tests which can be performed to determine the existence of substances, particularly those in ionic form.  These tests are valuable in that they are relatively simple and yet they can provide crucial information as to the existence of a metallic ion, for instance, without providing quantitative or concentration levels.  Examples of this include the determination of the existence of the iron ions (both ferrous and ferric), copper ions, sulphate ions, chloride ions and others11,12,13.  It is important to understand that the tests being described in this section are for ionic forms only, i.e, they are in a disassociated form in solution.  A negative test does not mean that the element in some form does not exist, (.e.g, bound in a molecular form); it only means that it does not exist in an ionic form.  This distinction will become important to us as we proceed later with additional laboratory procedures.  

An excellent example of a qualitative test for the presence of ionic forms of iron has already been described in the earlier section of this paper, entitled An Introduction to the Chemistry of Iron.  In this case, as described, certain reagents were used to positively identify the presence of the Fe+2 and Fe+3 ions in known solutions.  

Now let us apply these methods to the questions at hand, which are twofold:

1. Does human blood in solution contain iron ions?  We know that blood contains iron, so it will be of interest to examine if it exists in ionic form.

2.  Does the culture solution (as developed from oral filaments characteristic of Morgellons) contain iron ions?

Let us discuss the first question, i.e., does blood contain iron in ionic form?  If so, is it in the Fe2+ state, or the Fe3+ state, both, or none?  We can answer this question with the application of the same reagents mentioned earlier, 1,10 phenanthroline for the test of Fe2+ ions and sodium thiocyanide for the testing of Fe3+ ions.

Testing for Fe2+ ions in blood in distilled water
Testing for Fe2+ ions in blood in distilled water solution with1,10 phenanthroline. Results are negative. No characteristic deep red color forms in the test tube to the right where the reagent has been added.


Testing for Fe3+ ions in blood in distilled water
Testing for Fe3+ ions in blood in distilled water solution with sodium thiocyanate. Results are negative. No characteristic deep red color forms in the test tube to the right where the reagent has been added.


The results in both cases are negative.  This means that human blood does not show the existence if iron in ionic form, either Fe2+ or Fe3+ within it.  It does not mean that blood does not have iron within it, for we know that it does.  But in what form does it exist then?  If it is not ionic, is the iron bound in some way?  If so, what is it bound to?  How do we know what state it is in (Fe2+ or Fe3+) if it is bound to something?  These are some of the questions before us.  The answers to these questions will become important to us in our understanding of any changes taking place to the blood and they will become equally relevant in our tests of the culture solution based upon oral filament growths.  This result also raises the problem of how do we go about qualitatively testing for iron in the blood as we have now learned that the direct ion testing approach is not sufficient.  

As we proceed, please keep in the forefront that our problem is  to approach the question of how the state of oxidation of blood is affected by the Morgellons condition.

Now let us test the culture solution in the same way:  The preparation of the culture solution can be described in detail at a later time; this has been summarized to some degree in previous papers.

Testing for Fe2+ ions in the culture
Testing for Fe2+ ions in the culture solution with1,10 phenanthroline. Results are negative. No characteristic deep red color forms in the test tube to the right where the reagent has been added.
Testing for Fe3+ ions in the culture
Testing for Fe3+ ions in the culture solution with sodium thiocyanate. Results are negative. No characteristic deep red color forms in the test tube to the right where the reagent has been added.


The results are again in both cases negative.  This tells us correspondingly, that the culture solution does not contain iron in the ionic form (Fe2+ or Fe3+), at least to the degree of sensitivity of the tests.  Once again, it does NOT mean that the culture solutions do not contain iron, only that if it is present that it is not in the ionic (disassociated) form.  The issue, therefore, must  provoke our testing methods further and the question of iron binding to other molecules, even if in an oxidized state (Fe2+ or Fe3+), rises to importance.

4. An Introduction to Bonding : Ionic, Covalent, Polar Covalent and Coordinated Covalent Bonds:

Soon we must educate ourselves further on how iron exists within the blood.  Before that occasion, however, we must also spend some time talking about the various methods that atoms use to bind together to form molecules and compounds.  Much of what happens in chemistry is in some way related to bonding and it is helpful to have at least some background on the subject.  Ultimately, the knowledge is crucial to our understanding and determination of how the oxidation state of blood is altered.

Within conventional chemistry, there are two forms of bonding of atoms that occur: ionic and covalent.  Ionic bonding means that electrons are transferred  from one atom to another.  Covalent bonding means that the electrons are shared between atoms.  Bonding is important because the physical properties of a substance are generally entirely different depending upon the type of bonding that exists.  Therefore, if you know what type of bonding is occurring within a molecule or substance, you can likely determine quite a bit about the physical properties and behavior of the substance.  In our case, this is not an academic exercise and we do not have a choice; we need to learn as much as we can about the properties of the blood and how it interacts with the rest of the body.  Science is more meaningful is we can give value and application to our studies and in our current situation, our very lifeblood and welfare depends upon this pursuit.  Consider taking some time to learn about the chemistry and biochemistry that is involved here and we will all be the better for it.  

The following are simple illustrations of both ionic and covalent bonding:

ionic bonding

An example of ionic bonding.
The transfer of electrons characterizes this bond form.
Source: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

covalent bonding

An example of covalent bonding.
The sharing of electrons characterizes this bond form.
Source : Mr. Wolgemuth GHHS Science Web Site

Next, a brief word on polar covalent bonding:  Polar covalent bonding is a variation on the covalent bonding theme shown above.  In the example above on covalent bonding, the forces on the electrons are symmetrical.  When different types of atoms join together(as shown below) vs. atoms of the same type (as in the two hydrogen atoms shown above), the forces between the electrons are not necessarily symmetrical.  This asymmetry of forces between shared electrons is referred to as a polar covalent bond.  A simple example of polar covalent bonding, i.e., the water molecule, is shown immediately below.  These three types of bonds: ionic, covalent and polar covalent cover most of the ground of conventional and introductory discussions of bonding of atoms within chemistry.

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An example of polar covalent bonding.
The asymmetric sharing of electrons and unequal distribution of charge characterizes this bond form.
Source :
Zendarie : Biology One Step At a Time
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We, however, in our journey of understanding the nature of iron bonding within blood, are not allowed to stop here.  We will find that the three bond types above do not tell us what we need to know about the way in which iron is bonded, or “held” within the blood.  There is indeed a fourth type of bonding that we will introduce, and we will find that it is different, unique, interesting and important to know about when it comes to understanding what is happening within our blood.  The bond type that is pertinent to our need to know is called a “coordinated covalent bond“.  

The coordinated covalent bond is an interesting animal, as it does not fit in very well with any of the conventional explanations of bonding listed above.  What has caught my interest is that the coordinate covalent bond is not introduced in the forefront of chemistry education, but from my vantage point, it can easily end up being a most important form of bonding to know about.  It seems to me that one of the easiest ways to attempt to visualize a coordinated covalent bond is to imagine at atom being “held” or “suspended” or surrounded by electrons, the forces of those electrons keeping the bond in place.  Let us get the formal definitions, and then go to work with an image that can help us to understand this unique form of bonding.  Here are three definitions to work with:

To start:

“A coordinate covalent bond is a covalent bond in which one of the bonded atoms furnishes both of the shared electrons”13.


“A particular type of covalent bond is one in which one of the atoms supplies both of the electrons.  These are known as dipolar (or coordinate, semipolar, or dative) bonds.”14


“A covalent bond occurs when one atom contributes both of the shared pair of electrons.  Once formed, there is no difference between a coordinate bond and any other covalent bond.”15

And lastly, for the person in greater need, here is a more detailed online definition16 and description of the coordinate covalent bond.16

coordinate covalent bonding

An example of coordinate covalent bonding.
This is called a Lewis diagram and it shows the arrangements of the electrons in the outer shell of the atom and how they are “shared” or coordinated.
Source: New World Encyclopedia
: Covalent Bond

3d model coordinate covalent

A three-dimensional model of the coordinate covalent bond shown to the left..
Source: New World Encyclopedia
: Covalent Bond

Now let us try to give more meaning to what the coordinate covalent bond entails.  The images above depict one of the simpler presentations of a coordinate covalent bond.  Both images are different views of the same bonding process.  What the picture shows on the left is that instead of one electron being shared by each atom (in this case, Nitrogen and Boron) to form a shared pair, BOTH electrons are donated by the Nitrogen atom and none by the Boron atom to form the bond.  The end result is the same as in a regular covalent bond, but the process by which the bond was achieved differs from a normal covalent bond.  The reason that this type of bonding is important is that many types of new and fundamentally important “complexes” or chemical structures can be formed.  Our blood structure is one such example.  Many of the complexes that are formed in this way involve the bonding of a metal atom (e.g, iron) with surrounding molecules, and this leads us directly into our discussion of the blood and the hemoglobin (or heme) molecule.  The formation of what are called coordination complexes or coordination compounds, very often with metals at the center of the structure, is one of the most important practical branches of chemistry.  It is necessary for us to understand coordination complexes in order to understand how the iron in our blood bonds to oxygen.  And so now that we are in the thick of it, on we go…

5. The Structure of the Heme Molecule and the Role of Ligands:

We are now in position to become more familiar with the detailed structure of blood.  Our interest will be centered on hemoglobin, and in even greater detail, upon what is known as the heme molecule.  Hemoglobin is an iron containing protein within red blood cells.   Hemoglobin is the molecule that transports oxygen.17  It is the iron of hemoglobin that binds to oxygen18. Heme is one of four subunits within hemoglobin.  Each heme group has an iron atom at its center, and therefore each hemoglobin molecule can bind to four molecules of oxygen (O2).19  Our primary interest will be in the heme group, as it is where the oxygen carrying capacity exists.  Here are a couple of images to familiarize the reader with the overall structure of hemoglobin and the heme group.  Subsequently, we will examine the heme group in even greater detail along with the bonding process.


A generalized model of the hemoglobin molecule.
Notice the four subunits of heme within the hemoglobin molecule; this is where the iron atom exists that can bind to oxygen.
Source: Washington University, Department of Chemistry

heme group

A closer view of the heme group.
The iron atom(orange) resides in the center of the heme group.  The oxygen (O2) molecule is in red above the iron atom.  We will examine this structure and bonding process in greater detail below
Source : Wiley : Biochemistry

The type of bonding that allows the heme group to exist and to bind iron to oxygen as shown above is the coordinated covalent bonding that has been introduced previously.  This type of bonding allows the formation of a multitude of metal complexes, and the heme group is an example of one such structure that incorporates a coordinated metal complex.  These metal complexes and the unique type of bonding they incorporate are have a special importance in biochemistry and in blood.  Let us now look at the heme group in even greater detail to understand the molecular structure further:

heme group 2

The heme group, consisting of an iron atom in the Fe+2 state, surrounded by four nitrogen atoms bound with coordinated covalent bonds.  The iron must be in the +2 state to be able to bind to oxygen..
Image source:

heme group 3d

A three-dimensional model of the heme group, with the iron (II) atom at the center surrounded by the four nitrogen atoms.  This type of structure is known as a porphyrin.  One of the best known porphyrins is heme, which is the pigment in red blood cells.
Source: Argus Lab

The dexoxygenated heme molecule

The dexoxygenated heme molecule (model) shown
with oxygen atoms (red) removed (left) and attached (right).

The heme group consists of an iron atom in the center of a ring structure, termed a porphyrin.  The porphyrin includes the central iron atom in the +2 oxidized state and is surrounded by four nitrogen atoms with coordinate covalent bonds.  The upper two photographs of this sections show this structure in both a planar view and a three-view.  The coordinate covalent bonds, as discussed earlier, allow the transition metals such as iron to bind to a host of varying molecules.  This type of structure is also that known as a chelate, where a central atom is bound to surrounding molecules or structures (termed ligands).  A great variety of molecular structures with the transition metals can occur with this unique and more complex bond type, i.e., the coordinated covalent bond.  

The lower photograph shows two additional aspects of the heme molecule and the bonds that it makes within.  These include the histidine (an amino acid) structure and the oxygen molecule.  The oxygen molecule is at the heart of the discussion here. The left photograph within the pair shows the oxygen molecule removed from the heme group and the right photograph within the pair shows the oxygen bound to the Fe2+ atom.  The iron must be in the Fe2+ state for the oxygen to bind; transport of oxygen is a vital and crucial function of the blood within the human body.  If the iron in the blood is changed to the Fe3+ state, the bonds to oxygen are broken and the blood is then known as deoxyhemoglobin.  The primary cause of change in the oxidation state of an atom is from an oxidizer; some of the best known oxidizers include the hydroxyl radical, ozone, peroxides and bleaches20.  Oxidizers exist with the human body to some level naturally. There is a body of evidence available in the literature that will demonstrate that excessive exposure to oxidizers within the body can be detrimental to human health.  Oxidizers produce free radicals, which are highly reactive molecules that can “wreak havoc within the living system”21.  Some of the most important free radicals in biology are the superoxide anion (O2), peroxide (O2-2) and the hydroxyl radical (OH)22.

It will become apparent that the change in oxidation state of iron from Fe2+ to Fe3+ in sufficient numbers within the blood is generally detrimental to the blood and human health.  It will become equally apparent that this change is especially beneficial to the growth of the organism and filamentous biological growth structures that are characteristic of the Morgellons condition.

hemoglobin animation

An animated view of the change between the oxygenated and deoxygenated states of the blood.  Correspondingly, this results is a shift between the Fe2+ oxidation state of iron and the Fe3+ oxidation state of iron in the blood.

Source : Protein Data Bank

6. Qualitative Chemical Analysis of the Oral Samples ; Two Methods to Verify the Existence of Ferric Iron:

We are now in a position to better understand and interpret the results of more direct laboratory analysis.  It will be found that there is essentially little difference between the direct human filament samples that are under examination and those that result from the culturing process demonstrated repeatedly on this site.  At this point we will deal directly with human oral filament samples as the chemical reactions that are common to both forms are now better understood.

It has long been observed that extended exposure (e.g., three minutes +/-) of the oral gums to red wines produces in many, if not most, individuals a purplish filamentous mass than can be expelled and further analyzed.  This discovery is fully credited to Gwen Scott, N.D. as originally reported several years ago23,24. It is claimed by some individuals that this mass is of a precipitate form and that it is a natural reaction between red wines and saliva.  The reaction referred to is valid and has been studied as well.  However, the statement as it has been made is entirely false as it refers to the samples under examination.  The sample under examination is of a filament form, and it is not a precipitate.  The sheer volume of material that can be expelled, let alone the examination of the material, is sufficient to dispel the false and diversionary claims25.

The chemistry of this rather dramatic reaction of filament production and coloration has, prior to this study of the last several months, been unknown.  This is no longer entirely the case, and the subject will be introduced again later in this paper.  For now, suffice it to say that a most significant chemical reaction and filament production does take place, and the discovery can be regarded as serendipitous and fortunate to the studies that have been made.  

Given that such a reaction and production of mass does occur, this study has now examined the material in greater depth from a qualitative chemical perspective.  It has also been known for some time now that the filaments do break down and undergo chemical transformation when exposed to a solution of sodium hydroxide (lye) and heat26.

oral sample 1

An oral sample filamentous mass produced from extended exposure of the mouth gums to red wine.  The sample has been repeatedly rinsed and decanted in distilled water.  The purplish color and microscopic filaments are characteristic of the sample.

The oral sample after it has been subjected to a process of alkalizing, heating and filtration.

The oral sample after it has been subjected to a process of alkalizing, heating and filtration.  The sample is treated with sodium hydroxide (lye) in solution and heated to the boiling point.  The solution is then filtered and produces the colored solution above.  Please recall that the color of the ferric ion (3+) is usually yellowish to brownish and that the color of the ferrous (2+) ion is generally more greenish in color.  This result of this process indicates that the ferric (3+) iron form is a candidate for further investigation in this qualitative analysis.

The photographs above show the original sample (to the left) and the sample after processing with alkali, heat and filtration (right).  The solution on the right is also suitable for spectrophotometric analysis, as shall be discussed later.  At this point, we will be concerned only with qualitative chemical reactions.

It is already known that the sample in the solution form prepared immediately above fails a test for the existence of Fe2+ and Fe3+ ions.  This has been shown with similar results for the culture form of this study earlier in this paper.  This result does not mean that iron does not exist in the solution, only that it does not exist in disassociated ionic form.  The reason that the effort has been expended to understand the various types of chemical bonding is that because unless we know in what form a substance exists in solution we may not be able to detect it with common testing methods.  This is the reason that an understanding of coordination complexes and coordinate covalent bonding is so essential; we must press the problem further and examine all options with respect to the possible existence of iron forms within the solution.  The following three factors are thought to be relevant in the examination of the reaction of the oral sample solution with  a copper sulfate solution:


One of the types of chemical reactions is called a single displacement reaction.  In a general way, this reaction has the form28:

A + BC ->  B + AC    


A + BC -> C + BA

and if A is a metal, A will replace B to form AC, provided A is a more reactive metal than B.


Another relevant topic here is what is called the activity series of metals.   Some metals are more reactive than others, with water or acids and the activity series of metals lists that reactivity in a tabular form.  For example, potassium, calcium and sodium are highly reactive metals with water, iron and nickel are moderately active, copper and silver are of very low reactivity, and gold and platinum are inactive.  Here is an example of an activity series table27:

metals reactivity series table

It will be found that a metal higher on the list will replace a metal that is in ionic form and is lower in the list.


Another helpful known reaction is that iron ions (+2 and +3 states, respectively) in solution with sodium hydroxide will form ferrous (+2) hydroxide, a green precipitate, (Fe(OH)2) and ferric hydroxide, a brown precipitate, (Fe(OH)3) respectively.

The first chemical reaction that becomes of interest to study is the oral sample solution above when mixed with copper sulfate.  It will be found that a reaction does occur, and the reaction is that a brown precipitate forms.   This indicates that we are likely to have formed ferric hydroxide and this gives us another hint that we may be encountering iron within a +3 oxidation state within the original solution.  The issue is complicated, however, by the fact that we know the iron is apparently not in ionic form.  This would suggest that we are dealing with iron in a coordination complex of some type, where the iron is bound to an unknown ligand.  There are still uncertainties in this problem, but it appears that the copper sulfate is somehow a factor in releasing the iron from a complex form (presumably affected by the activity series above) so that it can combine with the hydroxide ion to form ferric hydroxide.  A proposed reaction is somewhat akin to the form:

Fe+3X + Na+ + OH + CuSO4 + H2O -> Fe(OH)3 + Cu2+ SO42- + Na+ + H2O + X

where X is an unknown ligand that is attached to the iron ion.  The resulting reaction has been tested further for copper and sulfate ions, respectively, and the results are positive and are therefore consistent with the above reaction.

An alternative proposed reaction is of the form:

[Fe(H2O)6]3+ + Na+ + OH + CuSO4  -> Fe(OH)3 + Cu2+ SO42- + Na+ + 6H2O

in which case the ligand is water and involves coordination with the hydrated ferric ion.

A reaction of the oral sample solution with copper sulfate.

A reaction of the oral sample solution with copper sulfate.  A brown precipitate forms.  A postulated identity of the precipitate is that of ferric hydroxide which contains iron in the 3+ oxidized state.
The proposed ligand form is one question that will need to be addressed further.  In the interim, the important question to pursue is whether or not the precipitate is consistent with a ferric (vs. ferrous) hydroxide identity.  To further test the proposal of ferric hydroxide as the precipitate, it will be found that ferric hydroxide is soluble in citric acid29.  It is also known that ferrous hydroxide, when dissolved in citric acid, will turn the solution green (characteristic of the ferrous ion).  Ferric hydroxide, when dissolved in ctiric acid will turn the solution to a brownish color (characteristic of the ferric ion). This test has been conducted and the result is positive, the precipitate is soluble in citric acid and the resulting solution is brownish in color.  This further solidifies the proposed identity of the precipitate as that of ferric hydroxide.

A second method of verifying the existence of the ferric form of iron within the oral filament sample has been established30.  This method involves the reduction of the Fe3+ iron state to the Fe2+ state using ascorbic acid, and then testing for the existence of the iron in the Fe2+ state.  The steps of the process are:1

. The oral sample must be extracted with the red wine and the test conducted promptly; this is a time sensitive process that has been created.

2. The oral filament sample is rinsed repeatedly in clear water and decanted until the final mass is in clear distilled water.

3.  The sample is treated with sodium hydroxide and’ heated to the boiling point and then filtered.  The solution will be brownish in color as described earlier.

4.  The solution is then treated with ascorbic acid.  Ascorbic acid is a strong reducer (anti-oxidant).

5. The solution is then centrifuged.

6. The clear solution that results from centrifuging is separated and placed in a separate test tube.

7.  A test for the Fe2+ ion is conducted using (1,10) phenanthroline.  The test results are positive.  This test demonstrates the reduction of existing iron in the Fe3+ state to the Fe2+ state.  

In the reference cited, it will be noted that potassium ferricyanide is used in the reaction.  This experiment introduces the role of another ligand that will be discussed in more detail later, and this is the cyanide ion.  It will be seen that varying ligands form complexes with the transition metals; this is one of the many reasons we must familiarize ourselves with coordination chemistry and coordinate covalent bonds to understand how this organism interacts with the body.

A positive test for the existence of the ferrous ion

A positive test for the existence of the ferrous ion after reduction by ascorbic acid using (1,10) phenanthroline.



7. A Method to Extract the Oxidized Iron from within the Filament Growth Structure

A third and final method of verifying the existence of the ferric form of iron within the oral filament sample has been established.  In this case, the iron itself in an oxide form has been extracted directly from the oral filament sample using electrolysis.  The method is both simple and effective.  Many metallic salts, when subjected to electrolysis, liberate a gas at the anode and deposit the metal in pure form at the cathode31,32,33,34.  Presumably this can apply to certain transition metal (e.g., iron) complexes as well and as evidenced by the results obtained.  The method used is to apply a current to the oral sample solution directly.  Voltage is applied at 6 volts for approximately 8 hours of time.  The current in the solution has been measured at 0.7 mA.  The electrolyte is sufficiently decomposed at the end of that period.  The metallic compound is collected and heated and dried at the end of that period.    It appears as though the bonds in the compound are quite strong as the compound is only mildly soluble in strong acids such as hydrochloric and sulfuric acids.  The compound reacts vigorously to hydrogen peroxide as shown below in the video segment.  The reaction shown involving the decomposition hydrogen peroxide to oxygen and water is an established and known catalytic reaction (in the same genre as Fenton’s reaction)35,36.

The results of all qualitative tests indicate that a ferric (3+) iron is a highly significant component of the growth structure and organism development.  It is also presumed at this stage of the analysis that the iron exists primarily within a transition metal coordination complex with ligand structures that require further analysis and identification.  An additional discussion on the ligand aspect of this study will follow.

Pre-electrolysis of the oral sample solution.
Pre-electrolysis of the oral sample solution.


prost electrolysis 2
Post-electrolysis of the oral sample solution.

bunsen 1

Drying the metallic residue from the electrolytic processing of the oral sample.

The final iron oxide (ferric oxide) compound

The final iron oxide (ferric oxide) compound result obtained directly  from the oral sample through electrolysis.

Ferric Oxide Compound and Hydrogen Peroxide Chemical Reaction:
This is a catalytic reaction that does not result in a change in the iron oxide form or mass.
Magnification approx 75x.

8. A Discussion of Ligands:

Let us talk about ligands for a moment.  Remember that a coordination complex is formed with a metal atom at the center of the complex surrounded by atoms that donate electrons to form the coordinate covalent bonds.  These donor structures are called ligands.  The heme group that we discussed was a representative example of such a coordination complex, with the iron atom in the center of the ring with nitrogen atoms surrounding the iron.  We also have a histidine (amino acid) group attached to the heme and then the oxygen molecules at a sixth position in the complex.  We have also seen that the oxygen molecules can come and go within the complex depending upon the state of the iron in the center of the complex.  Please review some of the images and discussion above if you would like to recall this discussion.  

It now is becoming more apparent to us why we must understand the specific molecular structure of the hemoglobin molecules (especially the heme group within) and’ of the transition metal (notably iron) coordination complexes within the heme group.  It is also equally important that we must learn more about the impact of “ligands”, as ligands are the atoms or structures that bind to the metal. Coordination chemistry seems to be a bit more involved than conventional chemical study as the bonding structures are highly varied and more difficult to predict.  But the necessity exists here, for what binds to the iron (i.e., ligand) that has been altered (i.e., oxidized) is going to be extremely important in understanding the impact or predicted impact upon the body.  For instance, the importance of this topic can be stressed with the following:

Metal and metalloids are bound to ligands in virtually all circumstances…… Ligand selection is a critical consideration in many practical areas, including bioinorganic and medicinal chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, and environmental chemistry.37

Therefore, we will need to understand ligands and coordination complexes in more detail to help us get out of the mess that we are in.  Please engage yourself in that process as it appears that it will become very important in understanding the human health effects that are in place as we speak.

An introduction to this topic involves what is called the “spectrochemical series”.  Fortunately there is a knowledge base available to help us understand what ligands (or chemical structures) are more likely to attach to metal ions, such as iron, than others are.  Three fields of study that are helpful in this regard are:38

1. The Spectrochemical Series

2. Ligand  Field Theory

3. Crystal Field Theory.  

The latter two topics are more advanced fields of chemistry study and can only be briefly mentioned in this report.  The latter two subjects, Ligand Field Theory and Crystal Field Theory, help us to understand how the spectrochemical series has developed.  In this paper, we need to focus on this end result to start with and to at least become familiar with the spectrochemical series.

The spectrochemical series is a ranking of ligands, according to what are called weak field ligands and strong field ligands.  Both abbreviated and longer form tabulations of the spectrochemical series exist depending upon the level of investigation.  An example of an abbreviated spectrochemical series is as follows:39


I   <   Br   <   SCN   <   Cl   <   F   ≤   OH , ONO   <   OH2   <   NCS   <   NCCH3   <   NH3 , py   <   NO2   <   CN , NO , CO
weak-field ligands strong-field ligands


Recall that the most important feature of a coordination compound is the donation of a pair of electrons by the ligand (i.e., donor) to form a coordinate covalent bond with the metal.  As a first generalization, softer metals generally prefer bonds to weak-field ligands and harder metals (e.g,, iron) are more likely to bond with strong field ligands40.  It can also be cited that the cyanide ion and carbon monoxide would be expected to have a rather strong affinity for the ferric (3+) ion41.  This type of relationship will be critical in our understanding and future direction of research in relation to the altered blood that has been identified in this report.  Separate research from a variety of sources42,43 has also disclosed the following list of candidates ions or molecules to consider as potential ligands to the oxidized iron (+3) atom (this list will overlap with the spectrochemical series):

CO, CN-, NH3, H2O, OH-, SO, NO2 S2- N3- NO2-, Cl-, CH3COO

Please be aware that many of the ligands under review above are toxic or interfere with biological processes.  As examples, the cyanide ion, azide ion and carbon monoxide are each respiratory inhibitors to some degree.  Although an introduction to a significant problem related to oxygen deficiency (methemoglobinemia) will be discussed later in this report, much research remains to be tackled on the subject of ligands and oxidized iron.  Please consider the support of this research if you are so inclined.

9. Spectral  Analysis of the Blood and a Comparison to the Growth Spectrum:

Extensive spectrometric analysis human blood is the original basis for this report.  It was observed early on in the process that the expected spectrum of normal hemoglobin was not being observed using blood samples from a variety of individuals.  This required establishing a “reference spectrum” for hemoglobin based upon that of record and upon historical public data.  Please review the previous paper entitled Altered Blood44 for an introduction to the situation at hand.  This paper remains current and accurate with the information acquired and analysis completed thus far.  

The graphs below show the general nature of the predicament.  The purpose of this section will be to summarize only briefly the work of several weeks of observation and investigation of sample hemoglobin vs the reference spectrum that has been established.

reference hemoglobin

The black line is the reference spectrum for hemoglobin that has been established through examination of the literature and available tabulated data.  The red line is the average spectrum of approximately ten individuals over the same visible light wavelength range.  Clearly there is a significant difference.   A salient change that can be identified is the appearance of two strong peaks in the vicinity at approximately  397 nanometers (nm) and 448 nm.  These strong peaks substitute themselves for the prominent expected peak at approximately 414 nm.  The magnitude of absorbance can vary strongly according to concentration levels so the magnitude of the peaks so there must be some latitude given to the conclusions related to that aspect.  Nevertheless, in general we see that the magnitude of absorbance is strongly reduced in the measured spectrum vs. the reference spectrum, especially in the range of 300-350nm.

The difficulty then becomes to explain these sharp differences between the spectrums.  We can begin this analysis by examining the spectrum of the cultures as they have been developed from oral samples and examples of this work are shown below.


The graph above shows the spectrum of the culture as developed from oral samples.  The primary variable within the graph is that of concentration.  These graphs show the importance of concentration and how it can affect the geometry of the spectrum.  It can be seen in general that an increase in concentration causes a corresponding increase in the absorbance; this is an expected consequence of Beer’s Law is it relates to spectroscopy.  It is also of special interest to note that with sufficient concentrations that a second peak appears at approximately 448nm; this peak was simply not observable at low concentration levels.  A calibration curve for the concentration of the culture mass has been developed from this work.  A fair amount of culture mass is required to produce the highest concentration levels shown; these details of solution preparation can be described further as time progresses.  It has already been reported that the solutions are produced primarily with the use of a strong alkalizer (sodium hydroxide) and heat; this method is successful in breaking down the filament nature of the culture to a sufficient degree.  

There is an extremely important observation that is to be made from these graphs shown here.  It is that the geometry of the peaks of the culture, as it has been developed from oral filament samples, is essentially identical to those deviations that are reported in the measured hemoglobin spectrum shown immediately prior.  Within the culture spectrum, we see corresponding strong peaks at approximately 397nm and 448nm, exactly the same peak structure that is apparent in the hemoglobin spectrum under measurement in a sample of individuals.  This suggests, in a highly logical and sensible fashion, that we should consider looking at the growth of the organism as a significant factor on the alteration of the hemoglobin spectrum as it is being directly measured.  

The next issue of importance is to identify what is the underlying nature of the culture, or organism, spectrum.  A spectrum in itself is valuable for its uniqueness, but the interpretation of the underlying spectrum is a much more involved affair.  It involves a body of knowledge than can represent a profession it is own right.  Some of the factors that affect the manifestation of the spectrum include the elements involved, the types of molecular bonds involved and the energy states of those atoms or molecules.  I do not profess to know that science to that level of detail to immediately be able to interpret a visual light spectrum at the elemental and atomic bond level; by the same token the subject matter is not entirely foreign to me at this stage of study.  

The process of investigation on my end is too laborious and time consuming to describe here, and the extensive time and effort extended is to be summarized in a succinct manner for your benefit  In that protracted process, the spectrum of iron salts has also been examined in some detail.  Suffice it to say that the spectrum of the ferric ion (3+) in solution matches remarkably well with the spectra culture and oral sample spectrums, especially in the range of 300 – 475nm where the deviations reported above most strongly occur.  This was indeed the discovery that has motivated the intensive focus on iron with respect to this particular growth form, or “organism”, as it were.  It is also the very reason why the qualitative chemical studies described above were developed.  I have attempted to approach the problem from numerous angles to seek a consistent resolution to the problem.  At this point, it seems fair to claim that such a consistent resolution has been reached.  The role of iron in the oxidized state (3+) and its importance in the growth of the organism, from this researcher’s perspective, appears to be positively established.

reference hb02

The final graph in this section shows the degree of overlap that is occurring between the hemoglobin spectrum as it is being measured, the spectrum of the oral and culture samples, and the spectrum of the ferric ion (3+) in solution.  The degree of similarity and overlap is actually quite remarkable and further solidifies the arguments that are presented within this paper.  

In these graphs, the trends of each individual spectrum has been removed.  This has the advantage of essentially normalizing the magnitudes of the graph so that we can focus on the degree of similarity of the absorption peaks.  We have three different spectra shown here.  The red line is the average measured spectrum of hemoglobin from a sample of  approximately ten individuals.  The black line is the spectrum of the “reference hemoglobin” as it has been obtained from the available public sources.  The blue line is the spectrum of a dissolved ferric (3+) salt,  specifically iron ammonium sulfate.  There are some important observations to me made here that reiterate the degree of similarity that has been established prior.  We see a very close match between the spectrums of the measured hemoglobin spectrum and the ferric ion (3+) in the lower half of the visible spectrum (350 – 475nm).  This strongly suggests that the ferric (3+) form of’ iron is intimately involved in the deviation of the measured hemoglobin spectrum from the reference hemoglobin spectrum  It is indeed the basis of this thesis, as the body of evidence established now demonstrates that this is exactly the case.  

Secondly, we see that the magnitude of the spectrum of the ferric ion drops off radically in the upper half of the spectrum, i.e., 475 -700nm.  This means that we would expect the ferric ion to have much less influence upon the spectrum of hemoglobin within that range.  This is also exactly what we find.  We notice that the reference hemoglobin spectrum and the measured hemoglobin spectrum actually compare reasonably well in the upper half of the visible light spectrum.  This spectral analysis establishes the case quite strongly, therefore, that the ferric (3+) ion form plays a prominent role in the alteration of blood as it has been measured from several individuals.  It is at this point that we must recall that deviation of the iron in the blood from the normal state of Fe(2+) to that of Fe(3+) presents serious health consequences.  The most important of these is the inability of iron in the ferric state within blood to bind to oxygen.  This leads us to the next topic below.

10. Methemoglobinemia and Hypoxia:

Now that certain results have been established, we must anticipate and begin to deal with the consequences of those results, should they be proven to be true.  To reiterate, these results present themselves in two primary forms:

1. The evidence indicates that the growth form central to the Morgellons condition utilizes iron in a ferric (3+) state for its own growth, development and sustenance.

2. The evidence indicates that human blood is altered significantly as a result of the presence of the organism within the blood.  This alteration encompasses a partial change of the oxidation state of the iron within the hemoglobin from a ferrous (2+) to a ferric (3+) state.  Iron in the ferric state (3+) within hemoglobin is unable to bind to oxygen.  

If these findings are true, we are required to pursue the next logical line of investigation, i.e, diminished oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.  There is a known medical condition for this change within the blood, and it is called methemoglobinemia.  Methemoglobinemia is the transformation of normal hemoglobin (oxyhemoglobin) to a deoxygentated state.  Methoglobinemia is caused by the oxidation of the ferrous ion (2+) to the ferric state (3+).  Ferric iron is chemically useless for respiration45.   Methemoglobinema can exist at varying levels, and is usually expressed as a percentage of the total hemoglobin of the blood.  It is a normal state to have approximately one to two percent of methemoglobinemia (ferric ion) in the blood46.

Mild methemoglobinemia, on the order of 2 – 10%, is generally well tolerated by individuals and usual presents no obvious or apparent symptoms47.  There is, nevertheless, a diminished capacity of the blood to carry oxygen at this stage and the effects are not to be dismissed as we shall discuss further.  At levels from 10 -15%, cyanosis will occur with the skin taking on a blue/gray cast or appearance. Higher levels still, e.g, above 20% can cause dizziness, increased heart rate and anxiety.  Levels greater that 50% are associated with breathlessness, fatigue, confusion, drowsiness.  Comas, seizures may also occur at this level.  Methemoglobinemia at 70% or greater is usually fatal48.  

From the results of this paper, it the following hypothesis can be presented.  It it is accepted that the Morgellons growth form is responsible for a partial alteration of the blood from a ferrous to a ferric state, it follows that those with a more serious manifestation of the condition may demonstrate a tendency toward increased levels of methemoglobinemia.  Whether or not this is the case is to be determined by the medical profession at some time and place, however, initial investigative work on this proposal will be presented within this report.   Although only a preliminary and tentative analysis, one spectrometric/chemical analysis made has indicated a potential level of  an approximate 7% oxidation state (3+) in the average hemoglobin measurement of this report.   This level would be without obvious visible symptoms as described earlier.  This analysis requires further examination to substantiate that finding.

Obviously there are many purported and claimed manifestations and variations of the so-called “Morgellons” condition, and this paper is not able to encompass that scope or debate.  The work of this researcher places a focus on what is perceived to be an originating growth form as identified through several years of observation and analysis of various sample types (primarily filamentous in nature.)  This paper will simply not have the capacity to discuss all of the ramifications of diminished oxygen capacity of the blood; it will have to suffice at this point to state that this process of discovery must now begin.  Some occasional comments on the subject will be presented as time and circumstance allow me.  Degrees of hypoxia and its effect upon cellular metabolism will also become a point of investigation in our future.  As a starter, please recall an opening statement that all energy to the body is dependent upon respiration.

Finally, to end this section for the time being, a visual representation of the nature of methemoglobinemia (deoxyhemoglobin) is repeated below for the reader’s reference.

The dexoxygenated heme molecule

The dexoxygenated heme molecule (model) shown with oxygen atoms removed (red) (left)

The oxygenated heme molecule(model) shown with oxygen atoms attached. (right)

hemoglobin animation

Source : Protein Data Bank

11. Ionization and Bond Disassociation Energy : The Cost of Oxidation:

It requires energy to form molecules49.  It requires energy to remove an electron, i.e., oxidize an element or molecule49.  And it takes energy to break bonds50. What this means, in simple terms, is that the theft of energy from our cells to serve the metabolic requirements of a pathological organism comes at a price to our body and our health.  The removal of an electron is called the ionization energy.  These are referred to as the first ionization energy, second ionization energy, third ionization energy, etc. corresponding to the removal of one, two and three electrons respectively..  There is energy required to remove two electrons from iron in the elemental state to the oxidation state of iron (Fe2+).  This oxidation state is the one that is most commonly found in nature.  To remove an additional electron, and bring iron to the Fe(3+) state requires even more energy.  Oxidation essentially represents the stealing of electrons from one element or molecule by another.  

The first ionization energy for iron is 7.9 electron volts (eV) (~760 kilojoules (kJ) per mole), the second ionization energy is 16.2 eV (1560 kJ  per mole) and the third ionization energy is 30.6 ev (2960 kJ per mole)51.  What this shows us is that it takes almost twice as much energy to remove the electron to change the iron from the ferrous (Fe2+) state to the ferric (Fe3+) state as it did to remove two electrons to change it from the elemental form to the Fe(2+) state.  From an energy standpoint, therefore, the oxidation of iron referred to in this paper requires a relatively strong energy investment.  

To get some sense of what this energy level actually means, let us translate what is happening in the blood to something more tangible for us to visualize.  If we assume a 5% reduction in oxygenated hemoglobin over a three month period (the approximate life cycle of red blood cells), this will translate to an energy requirement of approximately 3240 joules over this three month period.

[Humans have roughly 2.5E13 red blood cells; 280E6 molecules of hemoglobin in each red bllood cell; 7E21 molecules of hemoglobin in each red blood cell; four heme molecules per red blood cell; approx. 2.8E22 Fe2+ iron atoms in the human body; at 5% oxidation 1.4E21 atoms in the Fe(3+) state ; .0023 moles of iron in the Fe(3+) state, .0023(2960kJ/M – 1560kJ/M) = approx. 3260 joules over a three month period.]

It takes approximately one joule of energy to raise an apple over your head.  If these approximate calculations are correct, this would be equal to raising roughly 3000+ apples over your head in a three month period.  This equates to roughly three dozen presses per day; this is not exactly trivial since this energy expended should be serving your own interests vs. the metabolism of a detrimental pathogen.  Regardless of the computations, the energy is stolen energy.  

It also takes energy to break chemical bonds.  In this case, we can at least look at the separation between the iron and oxygen atoms.  The bond dissociation energy for the iron-oxygen bond is 409 kJ per mole52.  Again, even though we are making some approximations, this leads to roughly another 940 joules of energy released in a damaging manner if we assume the same three month period.  Add lifting another 1000 apples to your detriment.  

And lastly, it takes energy to form molecules.  This brings up the entire discussion of ligands again, as new molecules will form with the oxidized iron, many of them harmful to the human body.  For example, the ferricyanide complexes is one of the most likely complexes to form from the altered iron, and it is toxic as well.  To form that complex, or other complexes that result from the spectrochemical series, will require additional energy.  From an energy standpoint alone, you are doing bench presses on a regular basis and your health is suffering in the process.  

There is a cost for the oxidation of the iron in our bodies, and that cost is to one’s health.

12. Bacterial Requirements for Iron in the Blood:

For those patient enough to follow the course of this paper, it is fair to state that significant efforts have been expended, from both a laboratory and a research point of view, to demonstrate that changes in iron and the utilization of iron in a pathogenic sense are at the heart of the Morgellons issue, at least from the perspective of this researcher.  The changes and impact upon the body have been demonstrated and they will continue to be so.  For those that are inclined to accept conclusions more readily from the conventional literature, the following is provided from the section entitled, Chemistry and Life, The Battle for Iron in Living Systems53:

“A bacterium that infects the blood requires a source of iron if it is to grow and reproduce.”

Recognition of the truth and simplicity of this statement may have saved a great deal of time and effort, but this particular reference was not found until the same conclusion was reached from direct experience.  The time and effort has not been lost by any means, as there is now a deeper understanding from whence this statement comes.  Let us now add some complimentary information to the direct knowledge given to us from the statement above.  First of all, it is true that the work does not positively identify the sub-micron spherical originating organism as a known or specific bacterium.  It does, however, seem to be a most relevant consideration.  At this point, it is best to refer the reader to a prior paper that expresses the proposition of essentially an “engineered” organism54. that combines the prokaryote, eukaryote and archaea life forms.    The bacterial form is a subset of this larger life classification system and the above statement holds as true and relevant to the work.  On a more general level, we can delve into the question further and ask whether bacterial forms are commonly involved in the consumption of iron.  The answer is yes.  From a variety of sources, we can only confirm further the findings of the current research; the fact that bacterial forms require iron for their survival is readily verifiable:

“Like their human hosts, bacteria need iron to survive and they must obtain that iron from the environment.  While humans obtain iron primarily through the food they eat, bacteria have evolved complex and diverse mechanisms to allow them access to iron…  Iron is the single most important micronutrient bacteria need to survive… understanding how these bacteria survived within us is a critical element of learning how to defeat them55.”
“Bacteria metabolize iron as a food source and release iron oxide as a waste product…bacterial waste lowers pH56.”
“The term iron bacteria does not refer to a specific genus or species but rather to those bacteria in which reduced iron plays an important role in their metabolism… A great variety of bacteria can be involved in this process.  The “true” iron bacteria are those in which the oxidation of iron is an important source for their metabolic energy.  This group is most often associated with filamentous or stalked forms…57
“Bacterial requirements for growth include sources of energy, “organic” carbon (e.g., sugars and fatty acids) and metal ions (e.g., iron)…..Nutrient Requirements: These include sources of organic carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur and metal ions including iron.  Bacteria secrete small molecules that bind iron (siderophores).  Siderophores (with bound iron) are then internalized via receptors by the bacterial cell58.”
“Siderophores are biosynthetically produced and secreted by many bacteria, yeasts, fungi and plants, to scavenge for ferric ion (Fe3+).  They are selective iron-chelators that have an extremely high affinity for binding this trivalent metal ion….. The emerging overall picture is that ion metabolism plays an extremely important role during bacterial infections.59.”
“The ability of pathogens to obtain iron from transferrins, ferritin, hemoglobin, and other iron-containing proteins of their host is central to whether they live or die..Some invading bacteria respond by producing specific iron chelators – siderophores – that remove the iron from the host sources60.”

“Iron is one of the most common elements in the Earth’s crust and forms a ready oxidation state.  Bacteria use this as a source of energy and as a means of waste disposal.. Iron metabolism is also a significant part of bacterial virulence…It has been established experimentally by injecting iron soluble compounds into test animals with infections that adding more iron causes the bacteria to thrive….Bacteria put out compounds, called siderophores, which attract and bond free iron compounds by chemical processes; these are then oxidized and excreted as a byproduct61.”
“Iron (Fe) has long been a recognized physiological requirement for life, yet for many organisms… its role extends well beyond that of a nutritional necessity.  Fe(II) can function as an electron source for iron-oxidizing microorganisms under both oxic and anoxic conditions and Fe(III) can function as a terminal acceptor under anoxic conditions for iron-reducing organisms62.”
“Given the role of free iron in creating DNA damage, it is unsurprising that bacteria have evolved methods to scavenge it….Despite the sophisticated biochemical and genetic strategies that can be brought to bear upon bacteria, we still know remarkably little about the physical mechanisms of iron transport, storage, and regulation, and virtually nothing about iron trafficking and its insertion into metalloproteins.  These areas are ripe for future work63.”

As a parting comment within this section, there is a class of siderophores produced by certain bacteria that bind in particular to iron in the Fe(3+) state64,65,66.  These siderophores are called enterbactin.   What distinguishes this class is an incredibly strong bond to the iron (i.e., chelation) in the 3+ state,  and it can not be broken through normal physiological processes or with such proteins as transferrin.  This type of siderophore is usually found in Gram-negative forms of bacteria.  Readers may recall that several years ago gram stain tests were repeatedly performed on the bacterial-like organism under study and discussion here.  The results of those tests were Gram-negative.  Enterobactin and ferrichrome therefore emerge as important targets of further research within the iron dilemma.

The journey to the current state of knowledge has been a long one, and for that matter, it has been unnecessarily long.  We can, nevertheless, take some solace in knowing that some findings of importance are before us.  There is also now a stronger sense of direction of what is required and what is to be done.  If you would like to hasten this process, you have the opportunity to do so67.

13. The Oral Filament and Red Wine Reaction Resolved

It has long been a mystery as to why there is such a definite and visible reaction, especially of color, between the oral filament samples and red wine or related solutions.  This mystery has now been resolved  with a combination of investigative chemical research and the knowledge of iron changes in the body.  The reason for the strong reaction is the formation of a metal complex of Fe(3+) in combination with the pigments found in red wine.  Once again, at least some knowledge of coordination chemistry in combination with transition metal characteristics proves fruitful.  Grapes, red wine and many related fruits or vegetables contain a group of pigments called anthocyanins.  A search of the literature will reveal that iron, especially in the ferric state (Fe3+), will form metal complexes with these pigments68,69,70,71,72.  The color of many of these metal complexes is often a deep purple, exactly that which is known to occur in the combination of the oral filaments with the red wine.

It is also of interest to learn that the molecular structure of the complex, i.e, the combination of Fe(3+) with anthocyanins,  has a chemical structure with some similarity to that of ferrichromes.  Ferrichromes are a product of bacterial consumption of iron, and they involve the formation of strong chemical bonds that tie up the iron within a ferric metal complex.  

It is the understanding of the chemistry of iron in its various states along with the important but more complex branch of coordination chemistry that has allowed us to understand the nature of the ferric iron – red wine reaction.  This understanding provides one further level of verification and confirmation of the change of iron that occurs within the body as a direct result of the pathogenic metabolism.

14. Some Health Implications; The Value of the Holistic Approach to Medicine

For those that seek a pill to remedy the dilemmas of the Morgellons “situation”, you must seek elsewhere.  My work will not offer such a simple path for you.  The research of the past several years on the bio-engineering issues has been a journey of education in health, myself included.  Out of this research I have developed a level of respect for the wholistic approach to medicine and for those who practice it well.  Those who have this knowledge coupled with strong foundations of chemistry, biology and physics will earn even greater respect as they are likely to be our better sources for counsel.  

Let us start with some of the controversy in language regarding the issue of a “condition” vs. a “disease”.  As the work indicates that the general population is subject to the pathogenic forms under study, it becomes even a more sensitive issue as we confront our own involvement irrespective of our wishes or personal belief systems.  I will start this discussion with reference to a rather hefty tome, Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease73.  This book may not be bedside reading for most of us, but in many ways it should be.  It is a real eye opener for the uninitiated.   For now, let us introduce just a few insights that this reference will provide to us.  First, what pathology actually refers to, in the origin of the word, is suffering.  We can play with semantics all that we wish, but those suffer in a biological sense will need to deal with the reality of the terms pathogen and disease.  Cells, tissues and organs that sustain injury are at the root of the study of pathology.  Study the textbook and reach your own conclusions as to the severity of affliction.  It is a diminishment to the reality and seriousness of the issue if we classify the current situation as a “condition” for our own personal palatabilities and psychological comfort.  It is difficult to deny the classification of “Morgellons” as a disease or as of pathogenic form if you look at the underlying mechanisms of damage that have taken and are taking place.  I may not please the reader but that is not my purpose here; it is to confront and comprehend the reality of our existence be it kind or brutal.  

The next topic concerns what we must read to get started with our education on pathology.  Robbins’ book is roughly 1500 pages long.  If we can digest even a portion of the first 40 pages, we have done ourselves a great service.  It will be found that this introductory section alone will spell out the majority of the specific mechanisms and actions of injury to our health at the cellular level; this foundation will underlie the remainder of the book which will go on to address injury to further organs.  A knowledge of cellular injury is crucial to our understanding of any disease and how it works its damage upon the body.  It is not especially relevant at this stage of our discussion to single out the particular malady at hand; understand the mechanisms of cellular damage in general and tremendous progress can be made in the path to better health and health understanding.  This particular book is more than 20 years old and yet the level of knowledge on how disease damages the body is evident, open and obvious to those that are willing to take a look at it.  This knowledge can be applied to any circumstance of illness that I can foresee, past or present, including our current problems.  It will be to our benefit to invest this effort for what awaits us as we learn to apply that knowledge.  A standard and comprehensive book on pathology is at the very heart of medical knowledge and application; those with a wholistic approach to medicine that seek the source of a problem versus a prescribed band-aid deserve our greatest respect and honor.  This particular chapter of this paper will never be completed as the pathways and connections within the body never cease to amaze me.  I am an infant in these wonders myself and must admit my own negligence with respect to the understandings of physiology, disease and health. In many ways, the course to better health has been spelled out for us many years, even decades, ago and it is our job to at least acquaint ourselves with the work that has already been done for us.  

This preparation established, let us at least briefly mention what the four systems of damage (i.e., vulnerabilities) are to the cells in our bodies through disease74:  These criteria form the very basis of pathology:

1. Damage to the cell wall or membrane.

2. Aerobic respiration (i.e., oxygen based respiration) and the production of energy within the cells.

3. The creation of enzymes and proteins within the cells.

4. Preservation of the genetic integrity of the cells.

My work indicates, at this point, that every one of these critical factors underlying damage to our bodies is underway or is likely to be underway within the mechanisms of the Morgellons pathogenic forms.  It is much harder to prove that any one of them is not involved than it is to make the case that they are in effect.  If this is to be accepted, the very core, foundation and definition of “disease” is in full bloom here and it is only a diversion to avoid that unpleasant reality.  The necessary job is to understand the forces at work in great detail from a biochemical perspective and then get to work on the solutions to the problems that they pose for us a species and as a whole.  The stakes are serious enough; make your decision as to when and how your are going to become involved in your own survival and those that follow.  

Let us give some introductory examples or thoughts as to how and why these factors are likely to be involved.

In terms of damage to the cell wall or membrane, the damage to the red blood cell walls has been aptly documented.  Please see the previous paper entitled  “A Mechanism of Blood Damage75“.

In terms of aerobic respiration, it is also now clear that the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood is expected to decreaseThe prospect of this finding was first recorded in March of this year.  Sufficient opportunity has been afforded to return to laboratory studies during the past few weeks and the original findings have been confirmed at a higher level.  In the interim, a greater understanding of the likely molecular structure and bonding arrangement of the proteinaceous complex has been deduced, or at least hopefully this is the case.  Sufficient resources, had they become available at an earlier time, would have rapidly advanced the painstaking studies that have brought us to the current state of knowledge.  This state of knowledge remains in the majority, highly unfinished, but it is believed that an important level of progress has likely been achieved under the current work. as a result of the increased oxidation level (Fe3+) of iron with the blood.  Recall that oxygen does not bind to hemoglobin when the iron is in the Fe (3+) state.  If the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood is diminished, the production of energy (ATP) is also expected to be diminished.

With regard to enzyme (most enzymes are proteins) and protein production within the cells, it is a fact that essentially all cellular reactions that take place within the body require enzymes for those reactions to occur76.   And, as an example of the tie between iron and enzymes, approximately one-third of all enzymes require metal ions77 and iron is also an essential component of many proteins and enzymes78.   If cellular metabolism is interfered with (i.e, the production of energy by the mitochondria) then the catalytic reactions involving enzymes within the cells are disrupted.

Lastly, oxidation in the body produces free radicals79,80; an excess of oxidation can exacerbate this issue.  Free radicals can damage DNA and can result in the alteration of a given gene81.  Iron is involved in the production of  DNA82. The alteration of the iron state of the blood can therefore also jeopardize the genetic integrity of the cell.  

What we see, therefore is that any alteration or interference of iron metabolism in the body leads to serous and systemic degradation in human health and functioning.  In addition, the very mechanisms of damage (as defined from a pathological perspective) to the cells are identified as being factors of the Morgellons situation and they fully satisfy the definition of a diseased organism.  It is this comprehensive and systemic effect upon the body which necessitates the call to integrative and wholistic medicine with a strong foundation in biochemistry.  It is not anticipated at this point that a myopic perspective on either symptoms or effects is likely to be beneficial at the level that is required to establish health.

15. Identification of physiological conditions that are in probable conjunction with the condition:

Based upon the understanding that has been presented thus far, there exists a set of physiological conditions that is expected to be more likely to occur in the “Morgellons affected individual” than in the general population.   It is a probabilistic offering only.  This information is not intended to be diagnostic in any sense and the postulates are presented solely as a result of analytic and observational research.  The information is offered to the medical community for their evaluation and assessment as the issue is approached with greater seriousness in the future.  There is no guarantee or implied guarantee that any of the following symptoms or conditions will occur; only that they may deserve consideration by the medical community as the situation is researched further.  The list of candidate effects upon the body may or may not include:

1. An increased level of acidity in the body (may be most easily assessed by urine pH testing).

2. Diminished oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.

3. Lower energy levels due to interference in the ATP production cycle; greater fatigue.

4. The presence of filament structures (ferric iron – anthocyanin complexes) within oral samples.

5. Recent research indicates that the urinary tract may be equally affected with the presence of the filament structures.

6. The presence of a bacterial-like component (chlamydia-like) within or surrounding the red blood cells.

7. Chronic decreased body temperature.

8. Respiratory problems, including proclivities toward a chronic cough or walking pneumonia-like symptoms.

9. Skin manifestation at the more developed levels (the skin is an excretory organ).

10. The impact of increased oxidation, greater free radical presence and their damaging effects upon the body.

11. Tooth decay or loss.

12. The smoking population may exhibit an increased incidence of the condition due to additional oxygen inhibition within the blood.

13. Liver toxicity, gall bladder and bile duct complications.

14. Potential reduction in arterial transport; increased blood pressure.

15. Potential proclivity toward increased cancer incidence due to an expected increase in aneroboic metabolism.

16. Additional unidentified systemic damage in conjunction with the pathological mechanisms of cell injury identified.

16. A Proposed Spectral Analysis Project:

A relatively simple method to assess whether or not the oxygen content of the blood is abnormally low has been created.  The method uses the combination of an ordinary computer scanner along with statistical analysis.   Before this method is outlined further, I would like to give due credit to Fathima Shihana, BSc with the authored paper entitled “A Simple Quantitative Bedside Test to Determine Methemoglobin” from the Annals of Emergence Medicine83.  This paper has served as the inspiration for the approach described here.  

A spectrometer is a relatively costly instrument and it availability is limited.  The paper above describes a method whereby an ordinary scanner can be used to establish a calibrated relationship between the color of blood (as recorded by a color scanner) and the loss of oxygen content (methoglobinemia) within that same blood.  The cleverness of the idea resides in the fact that a color scanner, along with suitable analysis software, is essentially a spectrometer in its own right.  Any color combination may be broken down into quantitative measurements of the red, blue and green channels of that color, and a scanner ingeniously serves as a readily acceptable spectrometer in its own right.  

The paper referred to deals with situations of methoglobinemia that be lethal or extremely injurious to life; the project here is operating on a much more subtle level in an effort to determine both lesser magnitudes of the condition (i.e., asymptomatic) and finer gradations within.  Without the advantage of calibration against known lab standards, the scanner still serves as an excellent and simple tool for relative changes in the condition of the blood.  Highly oxygenated blood is a rich red in color.  Oxygen deprived blood is more bluish and color and blood devoid of oxygen is brown.  Our goal with the current project is to be able to determine relatively minor (but nevertheless significant) shifts in the color of blood from red toward the blue portion of the spectrum.

As shown below, a modern computer color scanner can be used as a three channel (red, green, blue) spectrometer and it can be used to establish a highly unique signature for an appropriate sample.  The proposed project of blood spectral analysis processes the sample data in a unique fashion, but the spirit of the research paper referred to above remains the foundation of the approach.

Ferric Hydroxide Scan


In practice, it has been found that the red channel is sufficient to identify color shifts within the blood that indicate a decreased oxygen supply to the blood; If you would like to participate in this research project, please send correspondence to and the particulars can be described.  The only essential requirement to participate in the project is that of a color scanner.  Please be aware that no individual feedback or assessment will be provided to those that participate in this project; any data will be handled in a statistical sense and any data analysis will be presented to the public in an anonymous fashion.  If the medical community becomes involved in this research the prospects of discussion may be able to widen.  

What follows below is an example of the processing that the project entails, including the scan of a drop of blood by two separate individuals and the statistical processing of a group of individuals that have contributed to the research project:

individual A

Individual A.

A scan of the blood of the individual.  This individual has no outward manifestations of the “Morgellons” symptoms.  The red channel of the spectrum has been analyzed from a statistical perspective.  The individual has a relative rank in the +86%  (-100% to +100%) percentile, indicating a shift of the color toward the red portion of the spectrum.  This dominance of the red portion of the spectrum indicates more highly oxygenated blood within the group sample.

individual b

Individual B.

A scan of the blood of the individual.  This individual has stated and demonstrated significant skin manifestations of the “Morgellons” symptoms.  The red channel of the spectrum has been analyzed from a statistical perspective.  The individual has a relative rank in the -92% percentile (-100% to 100%), indicating a shift of the color toward the blue portion of the spectrum.  This shift towards the blue portion of the spectrum indicates a decrease in the oxygen level of the blood of the individual. This finding is in accordance with the primary thesis of this paper.


The spreadsheet analysis for the sample group.  The worksheet analyzes the statistical properties of the sample group (11 individuals) with respect to the average spectrums of the red, green and blue channels.  In practice, it is found that the red channel shifts in the spectrum are sufficient to characterize the deviations in color.  The color changes, or shifts, are an expression of the oxygen content of the blood.  The sample group at this time is limited and also has a high probability of being polarized with a limited data set.  A broader sample group is expected to reveal a more even distribution of oxygen supply and deficiency.  If you would like to contribute to this research project, please contact for the particulars.  No individual data will be provided to participants; all analysis and presentation will be from an anonymous statistical perspective.


17. A Review of Proposed Mitigation Strategies:

With the understanding of how a malady affects the body, we are in a stronger position to develop strategies to mitigate the damage.  The better approach is to put a stop to the problem, but that requires a broader coordination and alliance than has been achieved thus far.  We can at least consider and establish some defenses while the forces of political and social organization continue to arm themselves.  What follows here are merely suggestions to consider; they are in no way to interpreted as therapeutic or diagnostic in approach.  Each of the following strategies has been developed as a direct response to laboratory conditions or academic study; they are not formulated within any formal medical framework.  Each individual is responsible for consulting with the medical professionals of their choice and the following information is provided solely for consideration within that consultation.  Many of these items have been mentioned previously and the list has accumulated in a gradual fashion.  Understanding the extent of the problem, it is not intended that the “list” is complete; in fact it would seem that it is only a beginning.  It will be noticed that many of these strategies can apply to human health in general.  The primary mechanisms of many diseases are actually few in number and these have been enumerated in the discussion of pathology above.

All being said, let us proceed with some strategies for mitigation of the “condition“.

1. Alkalization of the body would appear to be a beneficial practice in general with respect to disease84,85,86.  It has been identified that the organism flourishes within an acidic environment87,88. It is also known that biochemical processes usually take place within a specific pH range, including the growth of pathogenic forms89,90,91.

2.  The research indicates that excessive oxidation is detrimental to health.  This topic has also been discussed previously in an earlier paper92. Common oxidizers include the bleaches, peroxides and ozone.  The research indicates, from the vantage point of this researcher, that internal use of these substances is likely to be harmful to human health.  We do not solve the problem of oxidation within the body by necessarily increasing the intake of oxygen.  Indeed, one of primary arguments of this paper is that the blood of the affected individual has been oxidized in a fashion that has the net effect of decreasing the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.  Excessive and misplaced oxidation also creates free radicals, which as been noted, “wreak havoc in the living system.”We do not solve that problem by taking more oxygen; we work on the problem by hindering the oxidative process.  The manner in which this process is conducted in the chemical world is known as reduction.  In common terms, the appropriate term is that of an anti-oxidant, and many of us are familiar with that parlance.

 I  take stock in the following statement, again from Coltrane93:

“Once free radicals are formed, how does the body get rid of them?  There are several systems that contribute to termination or inactivation of free radical reactions:

1. ….Antioxidants (.e.g, vitamins, glutathion, transferrin..) 

2. Enzymes.”  

The statements here are direct and understandable and come from a standard textbook in pathology. It is relatively straightforward that if a problem of excessive oxidation exists within the body, one should strongly consider the role that anti-oxidants play in reversing those effects.  It is equally inadvisable, from this researcher’s point of view, to compound the issue with the addition of known strong oxidizers internal to the body  

Vitamins, across the board (A, B, C, D,E) are powerful antioxidants.  An additional powerful antioxidant identified in the research is that of glutathion.  The role of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in the inhibition of the culture growth has already been described.  There remain many additional anti-oxidants of importance in human health94.

3. Increasing the utilization and absorption of existing iron within the body.  Iron is certainly one of the most important elements of the body.  Referring to the Linus Pauling Institute95,

“Iron has the longest and best described history among all the micronutrients. It is a key element in the metabolism of almost all living organisms. In humans, iron is an essential component of hundreds of proteins and enzymes.”

One of the findings from the study of coordination chemistry described above is that iron has the ability to bond with numerous other molecules.  For example, iron (in the Fe2+ state) preferentially bonds to oxygen.  If the iron is altered to the Fe(3+) state. it will no longer bond to oxygen.  In this modified state, the iron will then form additional bonds to other molecules, many of which are harmful as has also been described above.  The idea of a chelator is to keep the oxygen bound in a protected state where it can not bind so easily with other, often harmful, molecules.  Heme itself, within hemoglobin, is a classic example of a chelator.  If our iron has been altered to where it becomes free or bound to other molecules (potentially harmful ligands), the solution to that problem would not seem to be to take more iron, any more than increasing the oxygen intake is expected to resolve a problem of oxidation.

The more effective solution would appear to be to keep the iron in a chelated state, where it is bound and protected by the expected molecules and proteins such as heme in the body.  This therefore suggests that increased attention would be devoted to the study and role of chelators in human health.  It does not seem reasonable that we would automatically pursue a path of increasing iron intake; indeed this process can be quite harmful and dangerous to human health.  Again, the importance of consultation with the medical professionals of choice is unequivocally stated; the stakes of the issues we are speaking of are of the highest importance.

4. The inhibition of the growth of iron-consuming bacteria (and bacteria-archea like) forms.

We know now that the organism uses iron for its existence and growth.  It appears that iron in the further oxidized state (i.e, Fe3+) is of primary benefit to the organism.  We also know, in retrospect, that iron is a critical metabolic element within many of the bacteria (or bacteria-archaea like forms).  One strategy that develops with such organism is that of inhibiting the ability of the organism to access or metabolize the iron.  This once again brings up the idea of a chelator.  This topic has also been discussed in an earlier paper, and introduced the role of human breast milk and its resistance to bacterial forms in infant growth96. Lactoferrin (found in whey) was identified as a potential strong chelating protein within that research.  Transferrin is another protein chelator within the human digestive tract that serves a similar purpose, i.e., binding of the iron and consequently it becomes less accessible to iron-consuming bacteria (or bacteria-archea like forms).

5. Improving the flow of bile in the system to further alkalize the body and aid the digestive system. The liver, the gall bladder and the bile duct play an extremely important role in alkalizing the digestive tract.  For those that demonstrate a persistent acidic condition within the body it may be beneficial to learn of the importance of bile production and its alkalizing function.  An excellent introduction to the physiology of this important aspect of human health may be found at the following site:

Video Series: Liver, Gall Bladder and Bile Duct Physiology

An acidic condition can easily be created with a blockage of the bile duct, as the bile is the alkalizing agent within the intestine.  Gall bladder removal and gall stones appear to be a frequent occurrence; this would suggest that overloads of toxicity to the liver could well be at the root of this problem.  Non-invasive methods of breaking down gall stones (conglomeration of bile) are available to consider, such as Chanca Piedra (breakstone).  If the bile flow is restricted, an acidic condition within the body is expected to exist.  Knowledge of the physiology of the liver, gall bladder, bile duct and its relationship to digestion may be beneficial in mitigating the consequences of acidity within the body and digestive system.

6. Detoxification of the liver (toxin removal and the breakdown of lipids(fats)).  One of the many functions of the liver is to break down fats with the use of bile.  If the bile is not being produced or flowing within the digestive system, the fats will accumulate within the liver. The liver also removes toxins from the body.  If the liver is not functioning correctly (e.g, from an accumulation of fats or the lack of bile flow) serious consequences to health will ensue.

As an aside and as an unreported event, I received information indirectly many years ago from a U.S. Naval pathologist.  This pathologist was provided certain microphotographs of blood samples that I had taken.  The research was not mature to the point that it is now, however, it was mentioned by the pathologist that the condition I was reporting is indeed commonly being observed.  This pathologist, to the best of my recollection, attributed the source of the problem to the failure of a particular enzyme within the liver.  At this point I cannot recall the name of the specific enzyme.  It is nevertheless of great interest to understand that the liver now exists as one of the primary targets of systematic failure within the Morgellons research that is underway.  

There are many serious consequences to a liver that is overloaded with toxins.  Another example of damage, beyond fatty accumulation, is what is called lipid peroxidation.  Lipid peroxidation is caused by the presence of free radicals and it involves the deterioration of fats through an oxidation process.  In layman terms, the situation can be equated to that of rancid, or spoiling fats.

The value of knowledge on detoxification of the liver now becomes apparent.  The free flow of bile (indicated by peristalsis, or rhythmic contractions of the intestine) may be one of the first conditions to indicate improved digestive activity.  Liver detoxification is an important subject in its own right and is likely worthy of serious investigation, study and application by each of us.  The purpose here is to indicate simply another aspect of human health that is deeply enmeshed in the path to better health, and that is a smoothly functioning liver.

7. Enzymes.  What we are learning here is that the road to better health and the prevention of disease, regardless of the source, requires an integrative process.  It may require more effort than many of us are willing to expend.  We soon become aware, especially when we seek answers to the serious problems posed above, that we must start to learn how the body actually works.  We must start to learn the relationships of one part of the system to another.  It is a fascinating and hopefully beneficial process if you are willing to pursue that pathway, but it will not be accomplished without effort on your part.  It requires the same of me.

Another simple example of another important relationship is the following.  Essentially every chemical reaction that takes place in the body requires the use of enzymes.  With an understanding and appreciation of this profound statement, my appreciation for understanding the nature and role of enzymes is now earnest.  Enzymes are actually an amazing chemical phenomena; they essentially cause something to happen that would not happen otherwise, and the enzymes themselves are not even changed in the process.  They provide an alternative energy pathway to get something done, and with the overall reaction requiring less energy in the process.   One analogy given is that of a tunnel through a mountain;  you can either climb over the mountain and expend a great deal of energy and effort (and maybe never make it over the top) or you can go through a tunnel if one happens to be there.  An enzyme is somewhat analogous to the tunnel though the mountain.

An example of an enzymatic, or catalytic, reaction, is shown in the video segment within this report and above.  In this case, hydrogen peroxide is added to iron (ferric) oxide.  What the observer sees is a vigorous bubbling reaction.  What is occurring in the reaction is that the hydrogen peroxide is being decomposed, or broken down into oxygen and water.  The iron in the reaction serves as the catalyst.  If you study this reaction long enough, you will find the iron oxide is not changed no matter how long you watch it.  It is counter-intuitive, as when we see vigorous bubbles reacting to iron, we expect the iron to visibly change or deteriorate in the process.  It does not.  But the reaction would not occur without the iron present.

[Edit : Dec 01 2011 :

A drop of one or two degrees in body temperature can have a marked effect on body metabolism and enzyme activity.  It is expected that this level of decrease in body temperature could correspondingly decrease enzyme activity on the order of 10% to  even 40%97,98.  As we have learned of the one to one correspondence between metabolism and enzyme activity, major impairment of our metabolism and functioning is expected with decreased body temperatures.  There is an accumulated body of information that indicates that the body temperatures of the general population may now well be lower by this same amount of one to two degrees. This topic exists as a focal point of future research.]

Now that we see more clearly the importance and function of enzymes, we can also understand why a lacking enzyme within the liver might be very serious business.  It therefore behooves us to add an additional field of study to our pursuits in biochemistry and health restoration, and this is the study of enzymes.  We must learn what enzymes are likely to be involved within the systems that are known to be failing (circulation, respiration, digestion, etc) and what can be done to restore the deficiencies.  Once again, I can see no alternative to holistic and integrative medicine and health research in the solution to the problems before us.

In summary, I now see five major challenges before us with the “Morgellons” issue based upon the research that I have conducted to date:

1. The iron within the blood, to a partial degree, is being changed in a way that it no longer binds with oxygen at the normal levels that are expected.  This same iron is being used by the organism to sustain its own existence and growth.  Diminished oxygen carrying capacity of the blood is therefore expected to occur in coincidence with the severity of the condition.

2. The presence of free radicals are likely to increase in number and extent as a result of the oxidation process mentioned immediately above.  Free radicals are known to “wreak havoc in the living system”, as has been mentioned earlier.

3. The altered iron (Fe3+ vs Fe2+)  now binds to other molecules, many of them toxic or harmful to health, instead of oxygen as is expected.  Several of these alternative ligands are known respiratory inhibitors, and therefore further exacerbate the failures in respiration.

4. The bacteria-like form, which appears to be at the origin of the pathogen, itself binds to oxygen to support its own existence.  This is in addition to the consumption of iron already identified.  This combination further increases the severity of consequence to human health.

5. The presence of the organism, as encountered, appears to be extensive within the body.  It appears to occur within the circulatory, digestive and urinary systems as a minimum.

A few, and only a few, suggestions have been given about how these problems can be approached.  These strategies are by no means intended to encompass all needs before us.  The will hopefully, however, provide a stepping stone to the further research that exists before us.  These problems will never be solved with ignorance or apathy.  I encourage you to participate in the process of resolution and accountability, and to support those who act on that same behalf.  


Clifford E Carnicom
Oct 15, 2011

Note: I am not offering any medical advice or diagnosis with the presentation of this information. I am acting solely as an independent researcher providing the results of extended observation and analysis of unusual biological conditions that are evident.  Each individual must work with their own health professional to establish any appropriate course of action and any health related comments in this paper are solely for informational purposes and they are from my own perspective.

Carnicom Institute

Clifford E Carnicom
(born Clifford Bruce Stewart, Jan 19 1953)


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7. Determination of Iron with 1,10-Phenanthroline, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Chemistry.

8. Morgellons : A Discovery and a Proposal, C.E. Carnicom, February 2011.

9. Ibid., Carnicom.

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17. Modern Biology, Albert Towle, 1999 by Holt, Rinehart & Winston. pp.939, 1108.

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19. Campbell, p 844.

20. Morgellons : A Discovery and a Proposal, Carnicom.

21.Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine, Dr. P.K. Joseph.

22. Ibid., Joseph.

23. Morgellons, A Fourth Match, Carnicom, 2008.

24. Morgellons: The Wine-Peroxide Test, Carnicom, 2008.

25. Morgellons: The Extent of the Problem, Carnicom 2010.

26. Morgellons: A Status Report, Carnicom, 2009.

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37. Ligand, Wikipedia.

38. Thinkwell Chemistry, Transition Elements, Dr. Dean Harmon and Dr. Gordon Yee.

39. Spectrochemical Series,  ChemWiki, University of California at Davis.

40. Ibid., Ligand, Wikipedia.

41. Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry, Chapter 20 Notes, University of Washington, p.5.

42. Ibid, Walker., Chemicals That Impede Hemoglobin Functions – Poisons. P 272

43. Ibid., Thinkwell Chemistry.

44. Altered Blood, Carnicom, Jun 2011.

45. Definition of Methemoglobinemia,

46. Causes and Clinical Significance of Increased Methemoglobin, Asociacion Espanola de Farmaceuticos Analistas.,

47. Ibid., AEFA.

48. Ibid., AEFA.

49. Ibid., Walker, p. 27.

49. Respiration, Royal Society of Chemistry,

50. Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions,  Avogadro Web Site,

51. Ionization Potentials of Atoms and Atomic Ions, Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 82nd Edition, CRC Press, p 10-175.

52. Properties of Atoms, Radicals and Ions, Table 4.11 Bond Dissociation Energies, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Buenos Aires.

53. Chemistry, The Central Science, Theodore L. Brown, PhD, 2006 by Pearson Education – Prentice Hall, p. 1036.

54. Morgellons: A New Classification. Carnicom. Feb. 2010.

55. How Some Bacteria May Steal from their Human Hosts, Science Daily, Aug 2008.

56. Do Bacteria Affect the Rusting of Iron?,  Douglas Bintzler,

57. Iron Bacteria,BioVir Laboratories, Inc.,

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64. Topic 6, Coordination Compounds, Georgia Tech University, Chemistry and Biochemistry,

65.Enterobactin, Wikipedia.

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67. Carnicom Institute,

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74. Ibid., Cotran, p 3.

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76. Enzymes, Cliffs Notes,

77. Ibid., Walker. p 185.  

78.  Micronutrient Information Center, Linus Pauling Institute., Oregon State University.

79. Ibid., Johnson.

80. Antioxidants, Better Health Channel, Victorian (Australia) State Government.

81. Ibid., Walker, p 169.

82. Ibid., Linus Pauling Institute.

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85. Ibid., Cotran, p. 4.

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92 Ibid., A Discovery and A Proposal, C.E. Carnicom.

93. Ibid., Cotran, p. 12.

94.  Ibid., A Discovery and A Proposal, C.E. Carnicom.

95. Ibid., Linus Pauling Institute.

96. Ibid., Morgellons: In the Laboratory, C.E. Carnicom.

97. Temperature Effects – Introduction to Enzymes, Worthington Biochemical Corporation,

98.The Cold Body Page,


Clifford E Carnicom
May 22 2011
Edited Jun 17 2011


Note: I am not offering any medical advice or diagnosis with the presentation of this information. I am acting solely as an independent researcher providing the results of extended observation and analysis of unusual biological conditions that are evident.  Each individual must work with their own health professional to establish any appropriate course of action and any health related comments in this paper are solely for informational purposes and they are from my own perspective.


This paper summarizes the status of current projects within a laboratory setting with respect to the “Morgellons” condition.  The paper will by necessity be brief; if additional time becomes available the subjects will be elaborated upon.   Each of these are worthy of their own discussion, but for the time being the following topics will be briefly discussed:


1. The role that iron appears to play in the growth of the underlying organism.


2. The expected impact of the organism upon the blood.


3.  A set of minimum conditions that allow the growth of the organism.


4. A variety of growth forms have been identified; they possess, however, a common spectral signature.


5. The apparent unique spectral signature of the underlying organism.


6.  Additional frequency analysis and the apparent impact upon the growth of the organism; considerations across the electromagnetic spectrum.


7. A spectral method to outline the potential presence of the organism within the blood of an individual and the expected impact upon the blood.


8. Indications of increased acidity in correlation with the “Morgellons” condition.  The role of pH in the corrosion rate of iron. The diminished capacity of red blood cells to absorb oxygen in a more acidic environment.


9. The success of growth of the organism in a blood based culture medium.


10.  Additional strategies, beyond alkalization and anti-oxidation, to be considered in the mitigation of the growth of the organism.



These subjects will now be discussed in greater detail:


1. The role that iron appears to play in the growth of the underlying organism:


iron destruction
See: Titanic, Resting or Reacting1
A Mechanism of Blood Damage2


A primary focus of this researcher remains upon the sub-micron bacteria-archaea-like organism that appears to underlie the existence of the so-called “Morgellons” condition.  This particular organism is the smallest identifiable feature and growth form of essentially all of the studies on this site related to the Morgellons condition over the years.  This remains the case in both the environmental samples that have been analyzed as well as the extensive observations of human blood and filament samples.  There is no reason known at this time to depart from this course of action as it remains as the primary source of impact upon the body that has been identified thus far.  It is acknowledged that other forms or variations may well exist, but until sufficient documentation of such variations is presented I will continue to seek the lowest common denominator within the studies that are in place.  My focus of study remains on the influence of the organism internal to the body vs. external manifestations.


There appears to be little doubt now that the organism can and does feed upon iron.  This conclusion is reached by both direct observation and by inference.  With respect to direct observation, numerous cultures have now been developed based upon both the use of the bacteria-archaea-like organism as well as the from the human oral filament samples.  Several variations in the culture mediums have been tried, including agar (beef and blood), wines (red and white), simulated wines, restricted solutions of iron sulfate and hydrogen peroxide, and more recently, dilute human blood.  They are all productive to varying degrees.


With respect to iron consumption, rapid growth can now be observed and recorded with the use of water, iron sulfate and hydrogen peroxide alone.  This observation refers back to earlier work, such as that presented in the paper entitled, Morgellons: A Discovery and A Proposal3.  This relationship with iron has been confirmed only more strongly over time.  It can now also be posited that an iron oxide form is created within the organism during the metabolic process as the tell-tale color of rust within the organism is assumed within this restricted growth environment.  It is a known fact that many of the archaea species can feed on iron and sulfur in an extremely hostile environment; contemporary research is very active in that regard.  The observations of survival of the organism under the harshest of conditions is one of the very reasons for the development of the paper entitled, Morgellons : A New Classification4.  If is also of interest that genetic research is underway to inhibit the ability of such organisms to consume iron as well as to understand the growth and metabolic processes involved,5,6.  Such research is immediately relevant to the interests of the Carnicom Institute, but sufficient resources to engage at this level of study are not available at this time. In addition, by inference from the extended observation of blood, the use of iron in the growth process of the organism is sustained as a conclusion; this topic will be discussed further in the next section of this report.




2. The expected impact of the organism upon the blood:


blood 1

blood 2


An observed method of blood damage has previously been reported on (A Mechanism of Blood Damage,).  The agent responsible for the damage being spoken of is the bacteria-archae-like organism that is at the center of this research.  The progression of damage first includes the introduction of the organism into the serum of the blood.  The second stage involves the attaching of the organism to the outside walls of the erythrocytes, or the red blood cells.  The next stage involves the breaching of the erythrocyte cell walls.  The latter stages result in essentially an invasion into the cell and a breakdown in the general integrity of the cell.  In some cases this damage is extreme and the blood itself is no longer even recognizable from a conventional viewpoint.


When we combine damage to the integrity of the erythrocytes at the level recorded along with a demonstrated ability to consume iron, it is not any extension of logic to presume that metabolic imbalances of iron content in the human body are likely to occur from this damage.  This is in addition to the diminished capacity of the blood to perform the essential functions of oxygen, nutrient transport and waste removal.  Each individual must pursue their own evaluation of this issue with the medical professional of their choice; my only purpose here is to present the information which must be considered from a logical point of view in conjunction with direct observation.  


Iron is a core element in the formation of hemoglobin7.  An iron consuming organism, in direct conjunction with the manifestation of the Morgellons condition, has been identified.   It is to be expected that damage to the blood and that interference with iron metabolism will occur in conjunction with the extensive presence of this organism within the blood.  Again, each individual must consult with their own health professional on any consideration given to this information.




3.  A set of minimum conditions that allow the growth of the organism:




Over the past few years, various culture mediums have been used to develop the filament colonies, with emphasis upon the use of oral samples.  There remains additional work to be done, as a good portion of the success or failure has been through trial and error in addition to conjecture.  The early cultures were developed in an agar medium, with both blood and beef broth as a base.  These cultures were successful and introduced some of the more exotic findings involving erythrocytic forms within the growth stages.  Numerous papers have been issued on that aspect of the Morgellons issue as well, (e.g., Artificial Blood?8, Blood Issues Intensify9, Morgellons : A Status Report10.)


The next stage of culture development involved the accidental discovery of success using red wine, the very same solution that is commonly used to extract the oral samples.  This finding was a complete accident, and resulted from leaving oral extractions undisturbed for several weeks to even months within that solution.


The next discovery was that white wines were also successful for growth of the culture (not so for extraction, however, as there is a dye process attached with the use of red wine).  The white wines have the distinct advantage of allowing observation in a translucent medium, which makes the monitoring of growth under a low power scope much easier.  They white wines may or may not be as favorable to growth, however, this remains unclear.  Simulated wine mediums were also developed to replicate the general chemistry of wine, however, no particular advantage of that effort came about.  The chemistry of wines is in general, quite complex, and increases the difficulty of analyzing the metabolic requirements for growth using that medium.


The most recent culture work produces a somewhat surprising result, and this is that the medium of growth can actually be relatively simple. In earlier work(ibid., Morgellons: A Discovery and A Proposal), it has been found that the addition of iron sulfate and hydrogen peroxide enhances growth within the wine medium.  This process was described in detail and the issues of alkalinity vs acidity and anti-oxidants vs oxidants were raised on in a serious tone.  The importance of those findings remains as influential as ever upon the prospects for mitigation of the “condition”.


It has now been discovered that prolific growth can occur in a medium of only water, iron sulfate and hydrogen peroxide.  It is now feasible that growth will occur in even a more restricted medium.  It is known, however, that sufficient growth for analysis can easily be established within this simplified medium.  This has both advantageous and disadvantageous implications in the research.  As an advantage, it simplifies the requirements of analysis.  As a disadvantage, particularly as it relates to the importance of iron within human metabolism, it prevents some formidable obstacles to proposals that seek to inhibit or eliminate the growth within the body.  Please recall the earlier reference made to the active genetic research seeking the inhibition of iron consumption within certain bacterial or archaeal forms.  Unfortunately, the Institute does not have access to such resources at this time; hopefully there are those that desire to support such needs and causes.


In addition, the organism has been subjected to numerous exposures from caustic agents, acids, extremes in temperature and the lack of moisture; these have produced no detriment to its existence.  These latter additions only complicate the issue further and raise the bar for recognition of the resources required to approach the problems in earnest. 


4. A variety of growth forms have been identified; they possess, however, a common spectral signature.




There are several variants of growth forms that have been identified in the culturing process, but at the microscopic level they appear that they are essentially the same form.  Some of these variations include:


1.  An original oral or skin filament growth form.


2. The early stages of culture growth, which are somewhat amorphous in structure.


3.  The emergence of the primary filament structure on the surface of the medium.


4.   The emergence of more substantial filaments, usually colored, at the bottom of the liquid culture medium


5. The more substantial filament form representative of a maturing culture.  The first stage of this growth is pure white in color.


6.  Successive stages in the colors of the maturing filament growth, progressing through green and eventually black colors.


7. A newer and unusual form of growth that has recently been reported when subject to blue light energy.  Although still filamentous in nature to the visible eye, this is of a much coarser nature that demonstrates an explosive growth cycle.There is reason to believe that many more “exotic” forms of growth are associated with the Morgellons condition but these will require more detailed documentation and examination to include them within the current scope of study.


An important observation is that, regardless of the variation in surface morphology, color or structure, the underlying spectral signature of the organism appears to be the same.




5. The measured spectral signature of the underlying organism.




The measured spectral analysis of the culture form in the visible light and near-infrared portion of the spectrum.


A modern and professional spectrophotometer of high resolution has been acquired by the Carnicom Institute. Many thanks are extended to the the donors that have made this possible; additional laboratory equipment and a facility to operate from remain in need.  The availability of this equipment has advanced the rate of progress by a factor of months with respect to certain problems to be solved.  The instrument has also made numerous accomplishments possible which have not been accessible or available until this equipment came on board.


Essentially a unique signature of the organism has been identified; this has numerous advantages in objectively identifying the existence and presence of the organism.  Please notice the similarity of this spectrum to that laboriously obtained with vintage equipment, as described in the paper, The Biggest Crime of All Time11.  Further discussion on the importance and application of this work will be discussed in time.


6.  Additional frequency analysis and the apparent impact upon the growth of the organism; considerations across the electromagnetic spectrum.


A process of remarkable growth has recently been described within the paper, A New Form: Frequency Induced Disease?12  The project illustrated below is an extension of that finding and it sets the stage for further work in the future.  The spectrum obtained shows that energy absorption by the organism reaches a maximum of approximately 390 nanometers in the visible light range.  This characteristic appears to be a factor in the paper referenced immediately above.  One question that arises from this work is whether or not harmonic frequencies corresponding to this wavelength may also be involved in affecting the growth of the organism.  It may be beneficial, for example, to consider the ideas expressed within the paper entitled “A Look at the Frequencies of Rife-related Plasma Emission Devices” by Charlene Boehm13.

The general ideas expressed within that paper have been applied in the section that is being briefly described here.  One reason to consider harmonic frequencies is that frequencies outside of the visible light range can have either greater or lesser ability to penetrate the skin or internal organs of the human body.  The discoveries and controversies of Royal Raymond Rife in this arena are well known by many.  Another consideration of such frequencies is their ability to either enhance or inhibit, or even destroy, certain organisms or pathogens.  The risks and uncertainties of engaging blindly or in a foolhardy fashion using these methods have been already been clearly stated and will not be repeated here.


See: A New Form: Frequency Induced Disease?


The harmonic frequencies to consider can be arrived at by multiplication or division by increasing powers of two.  The speed of the electromagnetic wave within the medium involved (vacuum, air, liquid, human tissue, etc.) must certainly be a part of the analysis.  The case below shows the application of an electromagnetic wave at approximately 500Hz to a culture medium.  The method of deducing that approximate frequency for application can be discussed at a later time.  The current through the medium was measured at approximately one milliwatt.  


What is clearly demonstrated below is an increased growth rate in the culture, especially in the electrode regions.  An advancement to the filament stage of growth is clearly evident as a result of the current and/or frequency combination. The sensitivity of the process to a change in frequency is simply not known at this time; it is possible that the results may not be as much frequency dependent as they are current induced.  Extensive research on this topic remains a prospect; a multitude of harmonic frequencies and or current combinations may be tested if the equipment becomes available.


electromagnetic culture




7. A spectral method to outline the potential presence of the organism within the blood of an individual and the expected impact upon the blood.


The graphs shown below are of much importance and they will be instrumental to numerous applications in the future.  It is now known that the metabolic process of the organism has a strong dependence on iron.  It is also known that the organism causes serious degradation to the condition of the blood, and the consumption of iron within the blood is most certainly an obvious important factor within the research.  


A thesis is proposed that the influence and impact of the organism upon the blood can be established through the use of spectral analysis.  An example of such influence and impact is shown below.  Nothing presented here is to be interpreted as a diagnostic procedure of any kind, and the disclaimer above is repeated here for emphasis:


Note: I am not offering any medical advice or diagnosis with the presentation of this information. I am acting solely as an independent researcher providing the results of extended observation and analysis of unusual biological conditions that are evident.  Each individual must work with their own health professional to establish any appropriate course of action and any health related comments in this paper are solely for informational purposes and they are from my own perspective.


The approach that is presented here is offered freely to the medical community at large for their consideration in future strategies developed for the mitigation, reduction or elimination of this condition.  While not diagnostic in nature, the detection of the organism within the blood and the impact upon the blood does appear evident as a result of this research.  It will be for the medical community to determine the viability of the method in specific applications.  The purpose here is to summarize the methods and findings; further discussion in detail will again need to be reserved for the future.




This graph shows an overlay between the expected spectrum of hemoglobin (reference spectrum in black) and the spectrum of an individual that shows the presence of the organism under research within the blood.  This organism is the same as that which is subsequently developed into a culture (predominantly filamental) form.


The organism alters the hemoglobin in a very distinctive fashion that is identifiable and repeatable.  Most noticeably, the presence of an anomalous, or unexpected sharp peak in the spectrum occurs at approximately 390 nm.  This peak that appears in such prominent fashion within the affected blood is not expected to be a part of the normal hemoglobin spectrum.  This influence, amongst others, presents itself as an important and viable method for the detection of the organism within the blood of an individual.  There are additional measurable influences upon the spectrum, such as the sharper decline in absorbance in the 430-500 nm range, as well as the diminished absorbance in the 700-900 nm range.  Another consequence of the combination of influences in the spectrum is a shifting of the primary peak in hemoglobin at 414 nm to approximately 425-430 nm.  These changes in the spectrum are anomalous, measurable and repeatable; they will be of much value in future research related to the “Morgellons” condition.


hemoglobin 1

The theoretical reference spectrum for hemoglobin14.  Peaks occur at 414, 542 and 576 nm respectively.

hemoglobin 2

The measured spectrum of the organism in culture form.  This spectrum is identical to that of the environmental and human biological samples that have been discussed in detail on this site.

hemoglobin 3

A representative measured spectrum of hemoglobin that is affected by the presence of the sub-micron organism under study.  Modification of the reference spectrum has been discussed above.


The graphs shown above essentially present the components that combine to produce the altered hemoglobin spectrum discussed above.  The spectra shown here will be the basis of much study and examination in the future.  It has been stated on many occasions that the condition of the blood and the presence of filaments within the body appear to this researcher to be a more accurate method of assessing the presence of the condition.  The use of spectral analyses may allow for a greater level of objectivity in this approach.


8. Indications of increased acidity in correlation with the “Morgellons” condition.  The role of pH in the corrosion rate of iron. The diminished capacity of red blood cells to absorb oxygen in a more acidic environment.


It is known that the organism thrives within an acidic environment.  There is also reason to consider that the organism itself may increase the acidity of the human biological state.  It is also a fact that iron (blood contains iron) corrodes more quickly in an acidic environment.  Lastly, in an increased state of acidity within the human body and blood cells have a diminished capacity to absorb oxygen.  These factors are in addition to the structural damage of the blood by the organism as it has been repeatedly described.


9. The success of growth of the organism in a blood based culture medium.


It has been established that human blood is a productive medium for the growth of the organism in a cultured form.  In the case below, the stock culture solution is prepared using sodium hydroxide (lye) and heat to break down the filaments as has been repeatedly described.  Iron sulfate and peroxide was used to begin the culture process.  Human blood was then introduced into the culture medium to test further growth.  The growth rapidly escalated and immediately established itself in the mature filament form.  The rust color of iron-oxide is again visible.  All testing in all ways to date strongly supports the contention that iron is a primary source of nourishment to the organism.


blood culture


A filament culture developed from human blood as the primary source of nourishment to the culture.


10.  Additional strategies, beyond alkalization and anti-oxidation, to be considered in the mitigation of the growth of the organism.


The statements below may also be of great importance during future research and analysis.  It has already been reported that alkalization of the body and the use of antioxidants may serve a role in the mitigation of the growth of the organism.  This has been described in depth within the papers entitled Morgellons: A Discovery and A Proposal and Growth Inhibition Confirmed16.  Again, no medical advice, diagnosis or therapy of any kind is being provided and all discussions relate to that of observation and analysis only; each individual must consult with their own medical practitioner for health related advice.


The role of the consumption of iron that is now understood more deeply as well as the visible damage to the blood leads us to consider additional strategies that may be of a more proactive nature in the mitigation of growth of the organism.  We are now able to ask additional questions in a more forthright fashion, and seek those answers:  


1. What is it that will allow for greater absorption of iron by the body?  Conversely, what compounds may act to inhibit the absorption of iron by the body?


2. What is it that might inhibit iron-eating bacterial-archael forms (or modifications thereof) in a manner that will allow existing iron to be more fully utilized in the body?   


These questions are the genesis for potentially fruitful discussions in the future, in addition to those of alkalinity and anti-oxidation that have been established.  We may, at this point, at least begin the discussion.


One answer to the first question involves Vitamin C.  Vitamin C increases absorption of iron in the body17.  Vitamin C is also essential in the production of hemoglobin18.  It is also of interest that Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, and plays an important role in paper most recently referenced.  But in addition to being an anti-oxidant, Vitamin C also can improve the absorption of iron by the body.  There are now two important reasons that Vitamin C may be considered in the development of strategies to inhibit or mitigate the growth of the organism.  Facilitators for iron absorption are stated to include ascorbate, citrate and amino acids.  Inhibitors in iron absorption are stated to be phytates, tannins, soil clay and antacids for example19.


Lastly, let us introduce an initial response to the second question; this consideration also leads us to many interesting avenues of discussion for the future.  There is indeed a certain protein, commonly found in mother’s milk, than inhibits the growth of iron-dependent bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract20.  The name of the protein is lactoferrin.  Although this paper is not to be a discussion on the topic of breastfeeding, the constituents of human milk become immediately relevant to the research at hand.  The anti-bacterial properties of human milk, (i.e., especially with respect to the iron situation) are extremely important for our consideration here.  The mechanism involved in the defense is the binding of the iron with the lactoferrin protein21, and this prevents the more direct consumption by the iron-eating bacteria (or potential modification thereof).  This is the principle of a chelate.


The obvious manner in which to end this discussion for now is to ask whether there are any commonly sources of lactoferrin available to humans beyond the infant stage.  The research at this time indicates at least one available source – whey21,22.  Concentration levels in various sources as well as their efficacy will be major points of consideration in the future.  Culture trials will eventually measure the impact of this protein and compound upon growth rates, in combination with the additional strategies that have been outlined previously.  Initial results are encouraging.   A recent comment sent independently to the Institute by a medical professional supports the prospective benefits outlined with respect to lactoferrin, and this suggestion is appreciated.




Edit Jun 13 2011:


Two additional strategies also now evolve as a result of synthesizing the accumulated observations and analyses of this research.  The first of these is to improve the flow of bile and the second is to detoxify the liver.  The bile plays an extremely important role in the alkalizing of the body and in the digestive process.  The liver is incredibly important with respect to the removal of toxins and the digestion of lipids (fats).  Please refer to the following set of videos for preliminary information on these two subjects:


Gallstones, Liver, Gallbladder, Kidney Cleanse Part 1
Gallstones, Liver, Gallbladder, Kidney Cleanse Part 2
Gallstones, Liver, Gallbladder, Kidney Cleanse Part 3
(no product endorsement or promotion by this site; educational purposes only)

[“Gallstones, Liver, Gallbla…” The YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated due to multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement.12/13/15]


In summary, a total of six strategies have now evolved that  may demonstrate or show some degree of effectiveness in the mitigation or reduction in the growth of the organism.  They are:


1. Alkalization.


2 Anti-oxidation.


3. Increasing the utilization and absorption of existing iron.


4. The inhibition of the growth of iron-consuming bacteria (and bacterial-archeal like) forms.


5. Improving the flow of bile in the system to further alkalize the body and aid the digestive system.


6. Detoxification of the liver (toxin removal and breakdown of lipids (fats)).


Each of these strategies have developed through direct research, study, analysis,  and/or observation within a laboratory environment.  They are each offered to the medical and health community for consideration and evaluation as they apply to the human condition.




This particular paper represents only a summary view of the topics that are deemed worthy of pursuit by this researcher and the Carnicom Institute.  Additional discussion or presentation will occur as time and circumstance permit.  If you wish to contribute more directly to the research and/or contribute resources to this cause, please contact the Carnicom Institute.






Clifford E Carnicom
(born Clifford Bruce Stewart Jan 19 1953)





1. Titanic-Resting-or-Reacting, Sarah Don, 2008.

2. A Mechanism of Blood Damage, Clifford E Carnicom, Dec 2009.

3. Morgellons: A Discovery and a Proposal, Carnicom, Feb 2010.

4. Morgellons: A New Classification, Carnicom, Feb 2010.

5. Metal-Eating Bacteria Corrode Pipes in Oil Industry, Access Excellence, 2004.

6. Iron Eating Bacteria Deciphered, Gauntlet, 2004.

7. Blood Diseases : Anemia, University of Maryland Medical Center, 2011.

8. Artificial Blood?, Carnicom, Aug 2009.

9. Blood Issues Intensify, Carnicom, Apr 2009.

10.Morgellons: A Status Report, Carnicom, Oct 2009.

11.The Biggest Crime of All Time, Carnicom, Mar 2011.

12. A New Form: Frequency Induced Disease?, Carnicom, Mar 2011.

13. A Look at the Frequencies of Rife-related Plasma Emission Devices by Charlene Boehm, 1999.

14. Optical Absorption of Hemoglobin, Scott Prahl, Oregon Medical Laser Center.

15. Ultraviolet and Visible Spectroscopy, 2nd Edition, Michael Thomas, John Wiley & Sons, 1996, p. 20.

16. Growth Inhibition Confirmed, Carnicom, Mar 2010.

17. How to Increase Iron Absorption, Kristie Leong, MD.

18.  Iron Deficiency Anemia, National Insitutes of Health.

19. Iron Absorption, Harvard University.

20.What’s in Breast Milk? American Pregnancy Association.

21. The Truth About Iron While Breastfeeding, Gwen Morrison.

22. Protein Powders, Abstract (informational only-no product support).


Clifford E Carnicom
Mar 08 2011

Note: I am not offering any medical advice or diagnosis with the presentation of this information. I am acting solely as an independent researcher providing the results of extended observation and analysis of unusual biological conditions that are evident.  Each individual must work with their own health professional to establish any appropriate course of action and any health related comments in this paper are solely for informational purposes and they are from my own perspective.

A new, or modified, form of cultured growth has been developed from human oral filament samples that are characteristic of the so-called “Morgellons” condition.  Three unique features characterize this particular filament type of culture growth:

1. The growth rate is explosive, transforming itself from a film layer to a dense sheet of filaments as shown below within a 24 hour period.

2.  The growth type, and/or the growth rate, appears to be dependent upon the introduction of a specific visible light frequency range into the culture process.

3. The size, i.e., diameter, of the “filaments” is much greater than that previously studied in detail on this site.

The photographs from the laboratory session will now be described in greater detail below:

frequency 1

The new, or modified, filament growth culture that has developed.  The origin of the culture is a human oral filament sample.  The culture medium is red wine. The bulk of the growth that is shown here occurred within a 24 hour period, with an incubation period of approximately 5 to 7 days. The only known variation in the culturing process, relative to previous culture work over recent years, is subjecting the culture to a specific frequency range of visible light.  The frequency (blue light) has been chosen as a result of spectral analyses that have recently been conducted and reported on in this site.

One of the more important findings of this current research is that the application of certain frequencies, or their harmonics, may play a highly significant role in the various manifestations that the underlying “organism” may assume.  This may act in a highly detrimental fashion to the host; in this case, the human being.  The rate of growth of the organism under the conditions investigated here may also seriously hinder any efforts to mitigate or inhibit its influence within the human body.  The research also points out the extreme risks that may exist in “experimenting” with the use of frequency protocols without proper controls and without knowledge of the underlying physiological and physical processes involved.  

As one example of consideration, the speed of an electromagnetic wave within the body is a variable and therefore any frequency or its harmonic that is under consideration is also expected to vary by target location. The discovery reported here adds a new layer of complexity to the research that has been discussed on this site.

A close-up view of the modified growth form that has been developed. The growth rate of this form is remarkable and the topology of the culture is quite complex under higher magnification.   At this point, no additional information on the internal nature of the growth is known.  Additional microscopic and spectral analyses will need to be conducted in the future to determine if there is correspondence with previous growth forms that have been analyzed in detail. The circumstances of growth are identical to that of previous work, i.e., the introduction of human oral filament samples within a red wine base; what differs is the illumination of the petri culture dishes with light of a specific frequency chosen from earlier absorption analysis. It will be noticed that a strong and sharp absorption peak at approximately 375 nanometers (nm) has been identified in the previous report; this corresponds to the blue portion of the visible light spectrum. Tentative work some months past involving the use of this frequency range was applied and observed effects upon culture growth were observed.  As a result of the more exact, detailed and verified spectral analysis of recent weeks, the determination of the influence of this frequency has been pursued with greater vigor.  Magnification 10x.

frequency 4

Another close-up view of the modified growth form that has been developed.  To find a commercially available source at the appropriate wavelength of approximately 375 nanometers, it is found that an “actinic” lamp is sufficiently close to merit application. Actinic fluorescent lamps are commonly available for aquarium lighting, as they reproduce the light range that is suitable for coral growth.  Notice the absorption spectrum presented remains sufficiently pronounced and localized to accommodate the 420 nm wavelength; practice has shown that a measurable effect is apparent with its use. Magnification 10x.

frequency 5

A photograph of the sheen, or film-like layer that develops on the wine culture surface immediately prior to the explosive growth stage that takes place. The early stages of folding and rippling of the surface can be seen.  The incubation period to reach this stage is approximately 5 days under the current environmental conditions established.  Growth is then extremely rapid, and envelops the entire surface of the dish with filaments as shown above within a 24 hour period.  One of the effects that appears to result from the use of the actinic lamp is a very sharp increase in the rate of the culture growths in general.  The cultures in the past have usually required several weeks to even several months to develop; all cultures under examination in this report have produced visible results within a week of time.  The central lighted region of the dish is the light stage of the microscope underneath the culture dish.

frequency 6

Another close-up view of the modified growth form that has been developed
Magnification approximately 3x.

frequency 7

An oral filament sample that has been isolated from the red wine extraction fluid.  This isolation occurs by a process of decanting and dilution, and is relatively pure in this state within water.  Notice the color of the wine is absorbed by the materials.  This sample material provides the basis for further culture work and spectral analysis.

frequency 11

The test tube filament sample, as shown in the previous photograph, can be used to generate further cultures and to conduct spectral analyses. One method of preparing a culture is to simply place the material within red wine as a culture medium. This is the method used in setting up the culture dishes shown earlier in this report. Another method of preparing the sample for further analysis is to heat it (to the boiling point) within a lye (sodium hydroxide) solution. The advantage of this method is that it appears to be reasonably successful in breaking down the exterior casing of the filament and allows for examination of the internal components. It also allows for extraction of the more fundamental(interior) components for use in the culture process.


The images that are shown in this set are a product of the heat and lye degradation process. This allows for extraction of the chlamydia-archaea-bacterial like component that resides within the filament structure. It therefore allows for examination of culture development at a more primitive, or base, level. In addition, these cultures in a red wine solution have been modified with the weak addition of iron sulfate and hydrogen peroxide. It has been found that these additions accelerate the growth rate of the cultures as has been described previously. The hydroxyl radical appears to be a significant fact in this increased growth rate. There is very good reason to believe that the “organism” can use both iron and calcium for its sustenance; this will have to be elaborated upon in later reports. In addition, the introduction of the blue wavelength light appears to be an additional accelerating factor in the culture growth rate. The section reflecting light on the right side of the petri dish is a young network of filaments that are beginning to form within the culture.

filament 1 filament 2 filament 3

This final section of photographs is a close-up of the young filament network referred to in the previous photograph on the right side of the set.  The photograph is taken at the surface level of the wine solution.  The individual filaments of the emerging network can be identified.  The use of accelerating factors in the growth rate of the cultures with the use of Fenton’s reaction and blue light appears to offer significant benefits in the turnover rate for future culture research.  In the past, the development of the filament network can take weeks to even months to develop; in the case of this report all culture developments have taken place within a week of time.  Magnification is estimated at approximately 100x.