A Point of Reckoning : Part I

A Point of Reckoning:
Part I

by
Clifford E Carnicom
Aug 19 2017

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A general equivalency between the organic nature of materials collected with the use of a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) air filter and a series of concentrated rain samples has been established. This conclusion is based upon the use of infrared analysis, microscopic examination, and visual examination of the materials. The inherent similarity between the historically designated “environmental filament” and the filaments known to be clearly associated with the so-called “Morgellons” condition must also be accepted as a part of this analysis.

This work has been conducted over a period of roughly two years with careful repetitions and redundancies. Fundamentally, the conclusion is logical but nevertheless sweeping in impact; what is in the air is in the water. Furthermore, what is in the air and the water has an important relationship to marked changes in health that affect the general public. This state has developed in a global and ubiquitous sense for more than two decades, and we must now all share some responsibility to acknowledge and proclaim our condition on the planet.

The details of the methods will only be briefly summarized here; they involve long term sample collection and a variety of laboratory analyses over extended time. The photographs below will demonstrate the essence of comparison.

The similarity of the infrared plots reveals to us that the basic organic structure of the extracted materials from both the air filters and the rain samples are the same. The details of molecular structure inherent within the plot will be reserved for future discussion; the signature aspect of infrared spectroscopy is sufficient at this point to advance the argument.

In addition, the microscopic examination of both samples also reinforces that the biological samples contained within both samples are also identical. There is little doubt that this biological equivalency is also at the root of the infrared analysis of organics mentioned above.

Additional notes on some of the details of sample types and preparation follow at the end of this report.

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Representative “Environmental” Filaments collected on HEPA Air filter (blue to left, red to right).
Analysis of the filaments demonstrates properties that are common with filaments
that have been collected from the concentrated rain sample. These filaments are
also representative of those that are associated with the “Morgellons” condition.
The background mesh network (white filaments) is the HEPA air filter itself.
Magnification Approx 800x.

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Magnification Approx. 1500x

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Magnification Approx. 5000x.

Filaments collected from rainwater concentrate sample.
Analysis demonstrates properties that are common with filaments collected in the HEPA air filter.
The filaments also demonstrate these same properties that are
associated with the “Morgellons” condition.

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Infrared Plot of HEPA Air Filter Extract

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Infrared Plot of Rainwater Concentrate Sample

Infrared plots to compare the organic nature of the
HEPA air filter extract against the organic nature of the rainfall concentrate.
The samples contain organic materials that are fundamentally of the same nature.

Additional notes:

HEPA Filter(s):

HEPA filters are air filters that are quite effective at trapping materials to the micron size level. They have an interesting history and origin, as they were developed as a part of the Manhattan Project in the 1940’s to trap radioactive materials. This filter type is now in common use and affordable. There is a fair amount of usage of HEPA filters in the history of Carnicom Institute (CI) research, as they are a very effective means of collecting air particulates.

They are also used in commercial aircraft. One of the ironies of the aerosol investigations over the last two decades is that a ready source of sample collection data has always existed; the difficulty is that of access to the samples. It has long been advocated that designing any single aircraft test for sampling the atmosphere is an inefficient, deficient, unnecessary and expensive approach to acquire information about the state of pollution in the atmosphere. This singular test approach has been advocated fruitlessly by several parties over the course of time. The situation is that a massive collection of particulate samples already exists for examination and analysis, but that access to it is not forthcoming. On a hearsay basis, there is information to indicate that the disposal of the filters is carefully controlled (potentially designated as radioactive?).

It is also of interest to mention that, at a very early point of the research, I was given anonymous access in confidence to such a filter from a commercial airliner, along with a laboratory test of the filter for certain metallic elements. That individual remains unknown but he remains deserving of thanks from all of us. To my knowledge, there is no similar test by a member of the public since that time, apparently due to the access issues mentioned above.

That particular filter did show unusual levels of barium in the test results (and calcium to my recollection), and it was one of the harbingers of testing for atmospheric metals that was to follow. At the time of receipt, no laboratory facilities of any kind were available to CI and the physics of the aerosol operations were unknown to the level acquired during subsequent research over the years. Credit is also overdue to AC Griffith, now deceased, for his early role in stimulating interest in the electromagnetic aspects of the aerosol issue. The interplay between ionizable materials and electromagnetic subsequently became a dominant theme of CI research, and the contributions of both of these individuals are to be recognized in that history.

In the case of the current research, two HEPA filters have been used with long term collection periods for each. Laboratory testing depends upon the sensitivity of the instruments employed and with that sensitivity comes cost. One of the methods of compensating for decreased sensitivity is to allow for an increased time of collection. This is our requirement here. As such, the first filter was allowed to run its course for approximately 6 months, and the second filter ran close to one full year. Both filters were running in an indoor environment on a second floor, approximately 20 feet above ground level. The history of work includes outdoor HEPA filters as well, but for the sake of practicality as well as attendance, we can also recognize that all indoor air ultimately comes from the outside. As a matter of fact, indoor air actually normally has higher levels of concentration of particulates than outdoor air does, so pollution monitoring must encompass this environment equally.

Some of the larger pollutants, e.g., the filament samples, appear quite readily within a matter of weeks under the microscope. The longer term goal in this project was to collect the micron size material that is invisible to the eye until sufficient mass has been collected. This is the source for chemical and spectroscopic testing in this case.

Sample preparation for instrument use is one of the greatest demands in the laboratory environment. It consumes far more effort and time than most people recognize, other than those involved in the field. In the case of infrared (IR) spectrometry, water is the bane of the testing process and is generally to be avoided in all respects. The HEPA particulates in this case have been dissolved into ethanol, which is a suitable solvent for the preliminary overview that is covered here. The evaporation of the solvent on a suitable substrate will allow the formation of a film which is well suited to infrared spectroscopy. The IR spectra acquired serves two primary purposes:

  1. It serves as a unique fingerprint of the compound(s) in solution
  2. It serves as a useful tool for introductory examination of the molecular structure of the compound(s) in solution

In the case of this paper, the emphasis is only upon the signature aspect of the spectra, as the purpose here is to compare to sampling from a different environment, namely, that of rainfall. This comparison is what is shown above and the point of equality or high similarity is made in the process.

Rainfall Sample:

Rainfall presents even greater difficulties in the sample prep arena. The sensitivity issue discussed above is front and center, and the solution to the problem in this case is to acquire a greater volume of rainfall. Adequate sample volume is definitely an issue, and fortuitous periods of rain will be required. Non-detrimental evaporation and condensing of the sample will require a fair amount of patience, but it can be accomplished. The samples of this paper were collected in 2016 and were condensed to roughly 5% of their original volume. Additional extensive studies were completed on these samples in the previous year, and they have been recorded in a series of papers on this site.

The act of water removal from a sample of rain is obviously an additional challenge. It too can be done with patience and careful monitoring. The method in that case is to carefully evaporate an already condensed sample down to the sub-milliliter level under modest heat, and then create a similar film at the final point for use in IR spectroscopy. In this case ATR (Attenuated Total Reflection) IR spectroscopy is well suited to the task, however, traditional KCl plates can also be used with sufficient attention to details.

Clifford E Carnicom
Aug 19 2017

Born Clifford Bruce Stewart
Jan 19 1953

Morgellons : Unique Protein Isolated & Characterized

Morgellons:

Unique Protein Isolated & Characterized

by
Clifford E Carnicom
Aug 13 2017
 Note: Carnicom Institute is not offering any medical advice or diagnosis with the presentation of this information. CI is acting solely as an independent research entity that is 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.

 

A protein generated by the microorganism associated with the Morgellons condition (tentatively classified in past research as a “cross-domain bacteria”, i.e., CDB) has been isolated and characterized in several ways.  There is little doubt that this protein is at the heart of the physiological and biochemical changes that occur within the body by those affected.  Related research has been conducted with success for some time, however, the recent work represents a different and separate approach from previous accomplishments.  Proteins are at the crux of biochemistry and biological research, and they have great importance within any of the structural forms of life.  There are usually numerous applications (beyond health aspects alone) that develop with the advent of a new or isolated protein, and it is expected that the current work can eventually follow this suit.

Only the general nature of the protein will be described at this point.  The protein is organometallic in nature, highly water soluble, and strongly acidic.  Additional resources of significance and support from the health communities will be required to develop the series of discoveries into tangible benefits.

Some of the methods that been employed to define the unique nature and characteristics of the protein include:

  1. The molecular weight of the protein has been estimated with laboratory methods.
  2. The solubility and polarity of the protein has been assessed.
  3. Pyrolysis with gas chromatography (GC) has been applied to the protein to examine its thermal decomposition into various subcomponents.
  4. Headspace methods have been used to examine the nature and volatility of gaseous metabolism of the microorganism.
  5. Infrared (IR) analysis has been used to identify the primary functional groups of the protein, along with the analysis of various GC trapped components.
  6. Ultraviolet (UV) analysis of the protein has been conducted.
  7. Candidate amino acid composition, at least to a partial extent, has been established.
  8. The pH of the protein has been measured.
  9. The isolectric point of the protein has been determined via titration.
  10. Precipitation methods for the protein have been developed.
  11. A metallic nature of the protein has been verified.
  12. The index of refraction for the protein has been determined by measurement.
  13. A concentration-dilution model for the protein has been developed based upon the index of refraction.
  14. The polarimetric nature of the protein has been examined.
  15. A colorimetric test for the existence of the protein has been established.
  16. Initial molecular models proposals have been established for some of the simpler components of the headspace-pyrolysis components with GC – IR coupling.
  17. Initial anticipated impacts upon physiology, i.e., absorption levels, are under investigation.


GC Pyrolysis Chromatogram of Numerous Components of CDB Isolated Protein
(significant hydrocarbon structure is identified within)

 

The isolation and characterization of this particular protein and its properties are of importance and uniqueness in the research related to the Morgellons condition. The attributes identified are numerous and specific to the microorganism that has been extensively identified, examined and researched.  The uniqueness of the protein is essentially guaranteed.  The method of development of the protein also represents a distinct and recent advance in the history of CI research, and it is hoped at some point that the work will be placed to the advantage and benefit of the public.

 

Clifford E Carnicom
Aug 11 2017

Born Clifford Bruce Stewart
Jan 19 1953

 

 

Morgellons : Biofilm Production

Morgellons : Biofilm Production

by
Clifford E Carnicom
April 24, 2017

 

The existence of biofilm within the microbial growth characteristic of the “Morgellons” condition has been established with certainty.  A method of reliably extracting the biofilm from the body and testing the biofilm for the principal components has also been developed.  The work here is an extension to earlier work that has been presented.

Biofilms are a highly effective defensive measure by microorganisms to ensure their survival.  The encasement of the microorganism within a shield of mucus or slime material creates a highly impervious shield to dispersal or elimination of the bacterial or microbial form.  Biofilm removal is generally a costly and difficult process under the best of circumstances; industrial processes (e.g. pipeline efficiencies) and water treatment are two examples of where challenging environments for removal exist.  The existence of biofilms is an especially important topic with respect to human health, and they are commonly associated with chronic conditions that are difficult to ameliorate.  There are some beneficial biofilms within the body, however, many of them contribute to disease by evading the immune system and allowing the proliferation of harmful microbial species within.  According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 80% of all chronic infections are associated with biofilms.

Biolfim sample under examination developed from vitamin biochemical extraction techniques.

Biofilm images under low power microscopic examination (~20x).

The production of the biofilm shown above has been verified to result directly from the growth of the microorganism (CDB) that has been established as the root source of the “Morgellons” condition.   This has been accomplished with the use of culture techniques that are, in turn, based upon the use of the biofilm.  The culture equivalency has been established with the use of visual and physical properties of growth, microscopic observation, and visible and near infrared spectrometry.  In addition, a sensitive test method for nitrite detection and concentration has been developed, and it has been applied to the cultures with success.  Blood, urine, body fluids, and solutions in general can now be tested for nitrite concentrations. The existence of nitrites in this specific microbial growth has now been established as one of several significant markers of the existence of the microorganism.

In addition, the composition of the materials as biofilm has been confirmed by chemical analysis, in addition to the visual and physical properties.  The biofilm is known to be composed of both polysaccharides and amines; these are each hallmark components of biofilm composition.

In the course of this work, additional sensitive colorimetric tests have been developed to test for protein existence and concentration; these methods exceed the sensitivity of the Biuret reagent method by roughly one order of magnitude.   These methods may also be applied to body fluids and other solutions in general.  The colorimetric tests that have been developed are of high value in enhancing general laboratory procedures that are commonly in use and need.

Visible light spectrometry techniques applied to the analysis of the biofilm composition.

 

The existence of biofilm with a direct connection to the Morgellons condition exists as one of the most important health issues to recognize and contend with.  As mentioned above, biofilms are commonly associated with chronic health conditions and pathology and their removal or reduction presents special and complex challenges.  The methods and discoveries of this paper yield a pathway toward the mitigation of the some of the symptoms and effects that are known to accompany biofilm production within the body.

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

Morgellons : A Supplemental Discussion

Morgellons : A Supplemental Discussion

by
Clifford E Carnicom
Jan 21 2017
Edited Mar 08 2017
Edited Jul 03 2017
Edited Aug 13 2017

Note: Carnicom Institute is not offering any medical advice or diagnosis with the presentation of this information. CI is acting solely as an independent research entity that is 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.

 

This paper will bring forth a series of additional health related suggestions and topics for further research with respect to the “Morgellons” condition.  The emphasis will be upon specific nutritional or therapeutic supplements that may be worthy of additional study and investigation by the health communities and professions, and how these may relate to the symptoms expressed within the condition.  It is important to mention that each of the items or topics mentioned results directly or indirectly from the laboratory research that has taken place at the Institute over a period of several years.  The details of that research will be too complex to elaborate on here, but the nutritional and supplement topics will at least be brought forth to the public for investigation and discussion.

There are three prerequisites for engaging further with the content of this paper:

The first is to be familiar with correspondence that has been delivered to a variety of individuals that have contacted the Institute over a period of several years on the Morgellons issue.  This correspondence follows immediately below.

Greetings from CI,Thank you for writing to Carnicom Institute about your health situation.

Stage I of the Morgellons Research Project, the online health survey, is now complete.  A vast storehouse of information for health professionals is now availableBase results are posted on the website.  In addition, CI has taken the initial steps in developing a public platform to network health practitioners and the public. To learn more about the Community Health Professional Network,

CARNICOM INSTITUTE
COMMUNITY HEALTH PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

We recommend that you visit our website and read Clifford’s papers relevant to the Morgellons condition. Carnicom Institute cannot give out medical advice, but there is much to be gleaned from the research that may be of benefit. With this in mind, here are some suggested research papers to study:

Numbers 14, 15 and 17 on this paper (Morgellons : A Thesis) – especially No. 17.

Also study anything you see related to iron and amino acids, for example: Amino Acids Verified
(The first paragraph may be helpful to study.)

Please find and review”Carol’s Smoothie” on the Media Resources Page, and the external link with a focus on nutrition; proper nutrition has a direct relationship to the research that has been presented.

We have a search box on the site at the top of the research listing at:

Search for anything written related to iron, protein, amino acids, glutathione, NAC, antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, D,E, across the board, enzymes, gelatin, oxidation of the body (smoking would seem to be a serious and undesirable complication of matters), collagen, liver, and detox. Reading about them could offer insights into their role in maintaining health.

Listen to Mark Kilcoyne’s webinar with Mr. Carnicom.

Please see the recent paper (Morgellons : A Working Hypothesis) particularly the third section on mitigating strategies. Pay special attention the thyroid, metabolism, and halogen substitution on the thyroid and iodine are discussed.

We recommend that you watch Clifford’s youtube videos with the late Dr. Gwen Scott, naturopathic doctor.  She refers to several treatments that may be helpful.  There is also a paper from her on our site in the research papers section presents a series of suggestions on the subject.

Although there have been several important discoveries in recent months, the recommendations here represent a substantial body of research that may be of benefit.

Carnicom Institute

 

[2] The second is to be familiar with ALL of the health related research of Carnicom Institute as it has been presented on this site.

[3] The third requirement is to be familiar with and knowledgeable of the results of the Carnicom Institute Morgellons Symptom Survey results.  This database contains information from approximately 1000 participants from across the globe over a one year period, and it is readily available (including a summary report) on this site.  It will be of continuing interest to correlate the results of that survey with research conducted by Carnicom Institute and others, as well as with the activity that manifests within the CI Community Health Professional Network (CHPN).

CARNICOM INSTITUTE
MORGELLONS RESEARCH PROJECT:

PRIMARY SYMPTOM SURVEY RESULT
(Summary Report)

MRP SYMPTOM SURVEY RESULT
(18 Sections)

CARNICOM INSTITUTE
COMMUNITY HEALTH PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

 

Only with these three requirements being met can the information that follows be understood in its proper context.  Mention of any supplement does not mean that one automatically begins just ‘taking a supplement’.  The reason that the health disciplines and the health professionals (including, I might add, the nutritionists) exist is so that we can learn from them and that we can be helped.  Too little information and understanding can often be as damaging as total ignorance, as difficult as that may be to realize at times. As I have mentioned, it is not appropriate to expect any ‘silver bullets’ from Carnicom Institute with respect to health discussions; the issues are complex and they can pose additional risks if they are oversimplified.  The Carnicom Institute Community Health Professional Network (CHPN) has been established as an offering for a reason; it is to stimulate the professional discussion which must now take place. It is the purpose here to raise topics and questions that deserve study; it is not to establish premature conclusions on issues that are only slowly coming to light.

That being said, with all of the caveats and prerequisites made clear, let us compile a list.  If an items exists on the list, it means that an interest in the topic or subject evolved from various avenues and methods of research over a period of recent years.  It also may well have some bearing on the health implications and impacts from the Morgellons condition; time and proper study will eventually resolve that case.  “Taking” a particular supplement is not the business at hand here, but the role of that particular supplement with respect to human health and nutrition is.  Again, as always, each individual is responsible for consulting the health professional or consultant of their choice to reach decisions about their own particular situation and needs.  Carnicom Institute is not in that business, but there is tremendous interest here in the role that these supplements assume in human health, both to deficiency and excess for that matter.  The role of the nutritionist will become increasingly important as the proper studies take place; this list is simply an offering on the table of particulars that may have a disproportionate influence or bearing on the Morgellons condition, in particular.  This is all in addition to the prerequisites stated above,  and this combined pool of analysis should provide some suitable fodder for developing strategies in the future.

Therefore, the supplemental, “Supplement” List:

[1] Any of the supplements that are known to improve bone, joint, and cartilage functions.  This includes supplements such as glucosamine, MSM, hyaluronic acid, collagen, gelatin, and the like.

[2] Supplements which improve skin, nail and hair functions, such as biotin and collagen.

[3] The immensely important role of antioxidants and their precursors (e.g., vitamin C, NAC, alpha lipoic acid, glutathione, etc.) will not be repeated in depth here, but it will be mentioned.  It will be remiss to neglect the extensive discussions on this topic that have taken place.

[4] The role and importance of the B vitamins in human health.  There are particular interests in B-2 and B-12 that are at the investigative level.  Neural aberrations are also a topic of study here.  There are variations in the composition of B-2 vitamins as they are commonly sold, and the issues of bioavailability and cyanide complexes also become important here.

[5] The role of enzymes with respect to essentially every biochemical reaction that takes place.  The decline in enzyme production as it relates to aging is also a highly worthy topic.  Examples here include betaine hydrochloride, pancreatin, amylase, protease and bromelain.

[6] The importance of probiotics, such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, in the digestive process, and also the decrease in effectiveness of digestion as it relates to aging.

[7] The benefits from the natural Omega-3 fatty acids can include, as a partial listing,  triglyceride fat reduction (e.g., blood, liver), reduction of stress, anxiety and depression, lowering pain from arthritis, and joint pain, brain and cognitive function, and alleviation of some skin conditions. Additional benefits are stated as well, such as benefits to vision and lowering the risk of heart disease. There are some important chemical differences between some synthetically produced and natural fish oils; it is prudent to be aware of these differences as they did come to light within the research processes.

[8] Coenzyme Q-10 and its role with respect to cognitive, neural and brain function.

[9] Calcium D-Glucarate, and the role that it may have with the reduction or removal of polymer and/or plastic toxins within the body.  This form of toxicity is also of broad based environmental concern with respect to health, and it presents especial difficulties with regard to lever toxicity.  BPA toxicity is also a related topic here.  Enlarged livers and increased adipose tissue appear to be prevalent within modern society. Removal of such compounds from the body is especially difficult, and it would seem to be an area of research in great need.

[10] The role of phosphorus and the effects from its deficiency in the body is an interesting topic of research.  The primary question that arises here is that deficiency is not normally supposed to occur; any normal diet is apparently sufficient to alleviate this concern.  The symptoms of deficiency are, however, of great interest here, especially as they relate to bones, teeth and neural functions.   There are important interactions and relationships between calcium and phosphorus absorption. There is interference to phosphorus absorption in the human body from certain aluminum compounds.  It is also fair to mention here that phosphorus is highly important to bacterial cell membrane structure (phospholipids) as well as DNA production.

[11] The role of the citrate ion is an intriguing and additional topic of research with respect to microbial metabolism.  Citrate ion complexes are commonly available in various forms, such as those joined with either sodium, potassium and magnesium, for example.   The solubility of various citrate complexes, in both water and with pH variability, is to be considered.   The balances and risks of both excess and deficiencies of these various electrolytes and ions in the body is a serious topic of medical and health science, and they are not to be ignored within this research.

[12] Aromatic therapies may also play an important role in our study of this condition.  There are certainly a host of respiratory symptoms that have made themselves known in association with Morgellons.  This is a broad field of study to pursue, along with all the potential health benefits from the essential oils (and the 6000 year history, chemistry and science that accompanies it).  A simple and immediate interest exists with the use of tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) for potential therapeutic purposes.  All essential oils have potential relevance to this topic of health research.

[13] Valerian root is well known to have potential benefits with respect to anxiety, blood pressure, sleep issues, and stress management.  This natural sedative may be of additional benefit in the research that lies before us.

[14] The role of vitamins in general, and their known role as antioxidants.

[15] The existence of nitrites in urine samples represents another potential topic of investigation and research; only preliminary indications of interest exist here.  Should this topic develop further, the role of cranberries and cranberry supplements with respect to urinary tract investigations (UTI) will be examined.  Various potential urinary markers are a current topic of interest.   The relationships between nitrite existence, the oxidation of iron from the ferrous to the ferric state, methemoglobin and carbon monoxide toxicity are to explored further (via Harrison’s Internal Medicine, 16th edition, pp. 598-600).  The studies on the alteration of iron states in connection with the Morgellons condition have been extensively discussed on this site, and the connections mentioned above are deserving of special attention in the research.

[16] Electrolyte balances are to be maintained.  Electrolytes are at the core of current flow within the human body and they are required in balance for proper cell functioning.

[17]  There is interest as to whether the lymphatic system will serve as an additional symptom marker for the detection of inflammation caused by the microbial source of Morgellons.  The lymphatic system serves three primary roles: a) the filtration of harmful microorganisms, b) the absorption and transport of fats and lipids and c)the drainage of excess fluids from the body tissues.  Overloading of the lymphatic system is expected to produce observable symptoms that are consistent with microbial infections and lipid excess and imbalance.  The high prevalence of enlarged livers and excess fatty tissue within the liver may well relate here.

[18] With respect to the male gender, there is an interest in the relationships that exist between prostate enlargement, microbial nitrite production, and urinary tract infections.  Prostrate enlargement is especially common with aging males, and this appears to be a complicating factor in hindering the removal of microbial toxins and the microbial organism itself from the body.  This issue also may tie in directly to overloads presented to the lymphatic system by excessive bacterial growth, i.e., bacterial and urinary tract infections.  It has long been stated here that skin manifestations are only one outward symptom of the Morgellons condition; the assaults are numerous and certainly belong within internal physiology as much or more than dermatology.  If it is perceived that these factors may be affecting an individual, it may well be wise to evaluate the benefits of high quality and comprehensive prostate size reduction supplements.  The issues of microbial growth, urinary tract infections, and lymphatic overload apply equally, however, to both male and female genders.  The presence of excess nitrites coupled with the absence of lymphoyctes may eventually become one important bio-marker of the condition; this remains to be determined with certainty.

[19] Although only exploratory at this stage, there may be benefit found from the investigation of ultrasound therapies as they might be applied toward this specific microbial growth reduction.  It is well known within microbiology that sonification is an effective method of microbial cell and membrane disruption; it is also accepted that ultrasound treatment is one of the safer therapies used in the health field for a myriad of applications.  This course of thought is offered to the health communities and professionals for their consideration.  Investigation of lymphatic overload and stress conditions may be one line of opening research here.  It has certainly been an observed fact that the inherent energies of both laser and ultrasound have produced a physical response (i.e, movement in vivo), apparently from this same microorganism.

[20]  The use of a well-rounded probiotic multi-enzyme formula (e.g., calcium, phosphorus, betaine HCl, pancreatin, amylase, protease, bromelain, papain, pepsin, ox bile, lipase, cellulase, lactobacillus acidphilus) may have benefit in the decomposition, denaturation, precipitation or removal of certain protein formations by the microorganism within the body.  Separation of the influence of the various constituents above must be reserved for later and additional research.  It is observed that different enzyme formulations produce variable effects of denaturation (i.e., precipitation in this case) or decomposition into the component amino acids.  In either case, it is clear that enzymes can and will produce major changes in the structures of proteins; this change is anticipated to have potential benefits in the case of an unwelcome protein within the body.  The interaction of variable enzymes with varying proteins (esp. the protein under immediate study) is obviously a rich topic of research for the future.

[21]  It can also be mentioned that the well known reference book, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis Blanch CNC, contains an important section on immune system support.  The list of supplements mentioned therein is undoubtedly of potential benefiIt as well within this discussion.  The book is deserving of a general recommendation as well, as it represents a wealth of valuable health information.

[22] It is to be understood that toxicity can occur from any supplements or food consumed in inappropriate amounts; each individual is responsible for seeking counsel from the health practitioner of their choice.

[23] I anticipate easily up to a couple of dozen physical symptom, biochemical, and microbial markers of the Morgellons condition to be evident and apparent as the work in place is properly reviewed, evaluated, and utilized.

 

The list above is not intended to be complete or dogmatic; it never can be as human health is far too complex for such presumptions.  In addition to the prerequisites stated, however, hopefully it can provide some leads of investigation and research for the future.  All mentions above are of an investigative nature, however, and each of them has some basis of scientific study over a period of many years within Carnicom Institute.  Please attend to all caveats, seek the the involvement of the professional health community, and may we all move forward and work together to improve our future health and humanity.

Sincerely,

Clifford E Carnicom

Born Clifford Bruce Stewart, Jan 19 1953.

The Magnitude of Morgellons

The Magnitude of Morgellons

by
Clifford E Carnicom
Dec 06 2016

Note: Carnicom Institute is not offering any medical advice or diagnosis with the presentation of this information. CI is acting solely as an independent research entity that is 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.

It must now be accepted by the global community that the “Morgellons” condition exists as a verifiable pathological condition. An objective online extensive health survey conducted by Carnicom Institute during this past year involving approximately 1000 participants, with significant international representation, substantiates this claim.  The survey clearly reveals and establishes that the health effects from the Morgellons condition are commensurate and on par with the global influences of such widespread conditions as Lyme’s disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.   The demographics of the survey demonstrate a reasonably broad and representative segment of the population.  The symptoms are unique, real, physical, complex, and verifiable. Any measures or campaign to portray the situation as other than above are disingenuous and they are not confronting of the facts or extensive evidence on record.   It will be to the benefit of society when such realities are accepted in good order, and the measures taken to reduce or eliminate the unnecessary suffering that is in place.

A high-level summary of primary symptoms tabulated within the survey is available as follows:

Morgellons Research Project : Phase I
Primary Symptom Survey Results

A more detailed presentation of the survey results is available as follows:

Morgellons Research Project : Phase I
Symptom Survey Results 

The summary presentations above represent only a segment of information collected under the auspices of the survey.  Those health  practitioners and researchers interested in furthering the understanding and education of the Morgellons conditions are invited to apply to participate in the Carnicom Institute Community Health Professional Network (CHPN) available at the following location:

Carnicom Institute Morgellons Research Project : Phase II

Community Health Professional Network (CHPN)

Morgellons Research Project : Primary Symptom Survey Results

Morgellons Research Project : Phase I

Primary Symptom Survey Results

by
Clifford E Carnicom
Nov 05 2016

Note: Carnicom Institute is not offering any medical advice or diagnosis with the presentation of this information. CI is acting solely as an independent research entity that is 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.

 

To access the survey results in their entirety, please visit the the following page:

MRP SYMPTOM SURVEY RESULT

To apply for or visit Phase II of the Carnicom Institute Morgellons Research Project, please visit the following page:

CARNICOM INSTITUTE
COMMUNITY HEALTH PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

The following list comprises the top 20th percentile of symptoms that have been compiled in Phase I of the Carnicom Institute Morgellons Research Project survey that has recently completed.  The online survey operated on this site for approximately one year and includes the results of approximately 1000 individuals.  Both short and long version survey results were collected.  The information below is a high level summary and it represents only a small portion of the data that is available via the Institute.

PRIMARY  SURVEY SYMPTOM RESULTS

(Top 20th Percentile):
NO MEDICAL CLAIMS BEING MADE – SURVEY ONLY.

1. Materials or substances emerging from skin

2. Open and/or slow healing lesions

3. Rashes or other skin conditions

4. Itchy scalp

5. Change in the quality of vision (e.g., blurry or fatigued)

6. Unusual & chronic ringing in the ears

7. Unusual dental conditions

8. FATIGUE (6 overlapping sections of survey)

9. Shortness of breath, persistent or excess mucus or sputum

10. Stiffness in joints

11. Constipation, bloating, unusual weight gain

12. Anxiety, nervousness, irritability

13. Headaches, dry eyes & mouth

14. Forget events

15. Reliance on external memory aids (calendar, notes)

16. Loss of train of thought or flow of thread of conversations

17. Difficulty diagnosing, identifiying or explaining the illness

18. Skin problems

19. Associated conditions (diagnosed or examined) :

     a. Lyme’s Disease

     b. Chronic Fatigue

     c. Herpes

Morgellons & Carbon Monoxide

Morgellons & Carbon Monoxide

by
Clifford E Carnicom
Aug 14 2016
(To Be Continued)

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.

Methods have been developed that confirm the existence of carbon monoxide gas production by the microorganism identified as a source of the “Morgellons” condition.  The existence of this gas as a repeatable and identifiable phenomenon from the metabolism of the microorganism poses a host of serious health implications to consider.

The presence of the gas during growth was first established and identified with the methods of gas chromatography.  Carbon dioxide production is in the majority proportion and carbon monoxide accompanies this in a lower proportion, as is shown below.

CDB CO2_CO Production2

Reference gas chromatogram depicting a comparison between carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide isolated from automobile exhaust and that of the microorganism (CDB).  Retention times correspond and support the identification of both carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide production.

As described in previous papers, the tentative nomenclature for the microorganism has been designated as a “cross-domain bacteria“, or CDB.  This terminology remains in place by this researcher as study continues; all evidence does continue to support the hypothesis of a predominant bacterial origin and nature.

The conclusions regarding the gas as a product of metabolism have been further confirmed with the use of infrared spectrometry.  The carbon dioxide spectrum (gas) presents strong absorbance peaks in the 2100 – 2200 cm-1 wavenumber range.  These peaks have been repeatedly identified within the gaseous samples from the CDB microorganism.

CDB Gas Production CO Segment Average Aug 13 2016 - 13

Infrared spectrum of the gaseous metabolic product from the CDB.  Absorbance in the 2100 – 2200 cm-1 wavenumber range has been repeatedly identified, and is shown above.  This absorbance in this specific infrared range further supports the conclusion of carbon monoxide production by the microorganism.

CO2_NIST_Gas

 Reference spectrum of gaseous carbon monoxide.  Absorbance in the 2100-2200 cm-1 wavenumber range exists as a unique identifying characteristic of the gas.  Source of image : NIST

Gas chromatography and infrared spectrometry methods, applied repeatedly to multiple samples of CDB growth, both support the conclusions of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide production reached in this report.

The concentration of carbon dioxide within the samples is relatively high and easily detected.  The concentration of carbon monoxide is lower, and is at roughly the limits of detection with the instrumentation available.  A first and partial estimate of the carbon monoxide concentration is on the order of 50-100 parts per million (ppm) within the sample volumes examined.  The existence of continuous gas production by the CDB, irrespective of concentrations to be determined in the future, is sufficient to warrant serious health impact investigations.

Additional gaseous production, such as that from hydrocarbons, remains an additional topic of investigation and remains for future discussions.

The primary purpose of this paper is to disclose the result in preparation for future examinations.  A few historical and leading comments will be made with respect to the health issues that warrant mention, but this topic is obviously deserving of its own discussion in future days.

The finding is, of course, of significance.  However, for those familiar with the history of research on this site, the disclosure should not be one of total surprise.  There is now a record over several years of an ongoing chronicle of reported and expected interference with major systems of the body from the Morgellons condition.  This interference and damage to human health most emphatically concerns all aspects of energy production, oxygen transport, iron utilization and respiration.  It has been reported on continuously for a period of many years now.  What differs in the the current situation is that a primary mechanism for a portion of that harm may be under definition.

I will spare the reader of citing the legacy of work on this site that is completely and totally consistent with a finding of carbon monoxide within the metabolism of the organism; I do, however, encourage that investigation to understand the depth of work that leads us to this occasion.

The most immediate need will be a preview to some of the potential health risks from carbon monoxide in the body.  I would suggest that a focal point of investigation be that of chronic low level exposure and the associated symptoms and conditions that might result. Higher concentration impacts, for a myriad of practical reasons, would not seem to be relevant at this time. Carbon monoxide and human health is serious business no matter how you choose to look at it.   It will also be of interest in our future to compare the low level exposure symptoms with those that will, in due time, become known from the investigative survey (MRP) conducted by this Institute.  The investigations will be complicated further by the broad array of disruptors that been brought forth in the course of the research over many years.

It will also be of interest to investigate those groups of bacteria or related microorganisms that share in the property of producing carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and/or various hydrocarbons within their metabolism.  The commonality of that trait will also be of interest.

Let us look at the latter question first.

To Be Continued

Morgellons : An International Presence

Morgellons:

An International Presence

by

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.

scalp_100-01

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.

scalp_350-01

A silhouette view on the edge of the filament network.

Magnification approx. 350x.

scalp_1500-01

First level of internal detail of filament network becomes visible.

Magnification approx. 1500x.

scalp_5000-01

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.

Pollution, Concentration and Mortality

Pollution, Concentration and Mortality

by Clifford E Carnicom
Mar 19 2016

A preliminary analytical model has been developed to estimate the impact of increased concentrations of atmospheric fine particulate pollution (PM 2.5) upon mortality rates. The model is a synthesis between an analysis of measured pollution levels (PM 2.5) and published increased mortality estimates. The model is based, in part, upon previous investigations as published in the paper “The Obscuration of Health Hazards : An Analysis of EPA Air Quality Standards“, Mar 2016.

Models for both concentration levels and visibility have now been developed; for a related model in terms of visibility, please see the paper entitled Pollution, Visibility and Mortality, Mar 2016.

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Preliminary Concentration -Exposure – Mortality Model

A substantial data base based upon direct field measurements of atmospheric fine particulate matter in the southwestern United States during the winter of 2015-2016 has been acquired. The measurements reveal clear relationships between the quality of air, the PM 2.5 concentration levels, visibility of the surrounding territory, and the existence or absence of airborne aerosol operations.

The field data shows that repeated instances of the PM 2.5 count in the range between 30-60 ug/m3 is not unusual in combination with active atmospheric aerosol operations; visibility and health impacts are obvious under these conditions. The PM 2.5 count will inevitably be less than 10 (or even 5) ug/m3 under good quality air conditions.

Additional studies based upon this acquired data may be conducted in the future. Numerous published studies make known relationships between small increases in PM 2.5 pollution and increased mortality.

 meter44Measured PM 2.5 Count, 44 ug/m3.

As an example of use of this model, if the PM 2.5 count is 44 ug/m3 as shown in the above example, and if the number of days of exposure of this level is approximately 50, then the estimated increase in annual mortality is approximately 17%. This is an extreme increase in mortality, but under observed conditions in various locales it is not beyond the range of consideration.  It is thought that reasonably conservative approaches have been adopted within the modeling process.

The field data that has been collected and this model further highlight the serious deficiencies in the current Air Quality Index (AQI) as in current use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In light of the current understanding of the health impacts of small changes in PM 2.5 counts (e.g, 10 ug/m3), a scale that gives equal prominence to values as high as 500 ug/m3 (catastrophic conditions) is an incredible disservice to the public. Please see the earlier referenced papers for a more thorough discussion of the schism between public health needs and the reporting systems that are in place.

This researcher advocates the availability of direct and real-time fine particulate matter concentration levels (PM 2.5) to the public; this information should be as readily available as current weather data is.  Cost and technology are no longer major barriers to this goal.

 

operation-01Active Aerosol Operation
City of Rocks, Southern N.M.

operation-02Demonstration of the Impact of Aerosol Banks Upon Visibility.
Concentration Levels and Subsequent Visibility Changes
Directly Impact Mortality.

As an incidental note, it may be recalled from earlier work that there is a strong conceptual basis for the development and application of surveillance systems that are dependent upon atmospheric aerosol concentrations. This application is only one of many that have been proposed over a period of many years, and readers may refer to additional details on this subject within the research library. Documentaries produced by this researcher (Aerosol Crimes, Cloud Cover) during the last decade also elaborate on those analyses. The principles of LIDAR apply here.

Current field observations continue to reinforce this hypothesis. Observation in the southwest U.S. indicates that two locale types appear to be preferred targets for application: these include the large urban areas and the border region between the U.S. and Mexico. These locations, considered in a joint sense, suggest that both people and the monitoring or tracking of those same people within an area may be a technical and strategic priority of the project. A citizen based systematic and sustained nationwide monitoring system of PM 2.5 concentrations over a sufficient time period can clarify this issue further.

The recent papers on the subject of air quality are intended to raise the awareness and involvement of the public with respect to environmental and health conditions. There are very real relationships between how far you can see, the concentration levels of particulates in the atmosphere, and ultimately our mortality. It is our responsibility as stewards, as well as in our own best interest, to not deliberately and wantonly contaminate the planet.

Clifford E Carnicom
Mar 19, 2016

Pollution, Visibility and Mortality

Pollution, Visibility and Mortality
by
Clifford E Carnicom
Mar 12 2016

A preliminary empirical model has been developed to estimate the impact of diminished visibility and fine particulate pollution upon mortality rates.  The model is a synthesis between an analysis of measured pollution levels (PM 2.5), observed visibility levels and published increased mortality estimates.  The model is based, in part, upon previous investigations as published in the paper “The Obscuration of Health Hazards : An Analysis of EPA Air Quality Standards“, Mar 2016.

 

mortality-visibility-days-04

Preliminary Visibility -Exposure – Mortality Model

Air pollution has many consequences.  One of the simplest of these consequences to understand is that of mortality and the degradation of health.  It would be prudent for each of us to be aware of the sources of pollution in the atmosphere, and their subsequent effects upon our well being.  Measurement, monitoring and auditing of airborne pollution is within range of the general public, and the role of the citizens to participate in these actions is of increased imperative.  The role of public service agencies to act on behalf of public health needs and interests has not been fulfilled and we must all understand and react to the consequences of that neglect.

This particular model places the emphasis upon what can be directly observed with no special means, and that is the visibility of the surrounding sky.  Visibility levels are a direct reflection of the particulate matter that is in the atmosphere, and relations between what can be seen (or not seen, for that matter) and the concentration of pollution in the atmosphere can be established.  The relationships are observable, verifiable and are well known for their impacts upon human health, including that of mortality.

All models are idealized representations of reality.  Regardless of variations in the modeling process, it can be confidently asserted that there are direct physical relationships between particulate matter in the atmosphere, the state of visibility, and your health.   There are, of course, many other relationships of supreme importance, but the objective of this article is a simple one.  It is : to look, to be aware of your surroundings, to think, to act, and to participate. The luxuries and damage from perpetual ignorance can not be dismissed or excused.

The call for awareness is a fairly simple one here.  I encourage you to become engaged;  if for nothing else than the sake of your own health.  When this has been achieved, you are in a position of strength to help others and to improve our world.  This generation has no right or privilege to deny the depths of nature to those that will follow us.

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Models are one thing, real life is another.  It is time to assume your place.

Sincerely,

Clifford E Carnicom
Mar 12, 2016