My name is Mel Friedman and I live in Reno, Nevada. Unfortunately, I contracted Morgellons in the summer of 2005. If you will be patient and read the story that is about to unfold, you may join me as some of the first people who have won the battle with the dreaded Morgellons.
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This story is my gift to the world of how I went about winning my battle with the Morgellons scourge.
Here's my story:
I have acquired a small amount of knowledge about the human body, and that's because in 1979 I was run over by a car and spent almost a year in three different hospitals, had four operations, and was told that I would never walk again.
It took many years to teach myself how to walk again, but I made good use of the time during my recovery by studying the human body and the role of nutrition in supporting or harming it. I was actually doing very well until the spring of 2005. My health was OK but not great. It had been a tough winter, and walking was becoming more difficult as it took more energy just to get around. I had constant hip pain, and so I decided that it was getting close to the right time to retire from my partnership in my service business.
I had planned to retire on July 30th, 2005 - it was going to be my last day at work. On May 25th I was bitten by a black widow spider - at least that was the conclusion of the doctors who treated me. Because of the bite, I became very ill and could hardly go to my business for the last three weeks prior to retiring.
After being treated I slowly started to feel better, and in late August of 2005 I decided to join a gym to regain my strength, strengthen my bad leg, and recapture good health. I was looking forward to getting back into shape, feeling stronger, losing some weight, and regaining my energy.
On December 23, 2005 I was bitten by another spider. This time the wound looked different. The doctor felt that this time I was bitten by a Brown Recluse or a Wolf Spider. Soon after the second bite I found that I was getting very sick again, and I began to get these odd looking sores, spots, and scabs. Due to the strangeness of the appearance of the wounds, I started to collect the scabs and odd-looking features of the wounds using little plastic baggies. I kept detailed notes about all the oddities and weird looking structures coming out of the holes, bores and craters in my skin. I still have 1172 of these baggies, all dated and annotated.
On January 21st, 2006 I went to my primary care physician in Reno, Dr. Shannon Zamboni, and her diagnosis was an unusual skin rash which she had never seen before. She suggested several salves and drugs to try, which ultimately didn't seem to have any effect on my symptoms. As a matter of fact, the condition seemed to be gradually worsening.
I was rather concerned about the condition, especially since my doctor seemed to have no clue about it. Since she couldn't help me, I started reading everything I could about skin conditions and their causes and cures. Sometimes I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning reading. In the next couple of months I read more than I had in the first fifty-some years of my life.
Unfortunately, it appeared that I had contracted the little-researched Morgellons disease. What made me realize that I had Morgellons were the symptoms I was experiencing:
Craters that rise above the normal skin level.
Lesions that never scabbed over.
The unusual depth of the sores.
The apparent layers which create the depth.
The odd scabs which seem to come one upon another.
The little black dots.
The constant itching.
The uncontrollable urge to pick at them.
The inability to stay focused.
The odd look and color of the hair strands coming out of the sores.
Being fatigued all the time.
And the illusion that something just ran past my eyes...
I realized that I was in trouble and there did not appear to be any recognized or available cure for me.
After re-reading everything that I had seen or printed from the internet, I followed a recommendation from someone on a forum who found relief from a product purchased from Walmart called Safeguard Canine Dewormer. I proceeded to go to Walmart to buy Safeguard Canine dewormer in order to get some relief via its active ingredient: fenbendazole.
In the same time frame, (July 2006-Dec 2006), I tried the following prescription drugs as well: Clindamycin, and a first attempt with Bactrim. This combo did very little to help.
The next protocol I chose was also gleaned off the Morgellons Internet forums and it was horse medicine, which seemed to bring a certain amount of temporary relief. One product was called Equimax and the other was called Intervet, which is Safeguard Equine Fenbendazole.
After my doctor saw some improvement from these medications, we decided to try Albendenza - the human equivalent of Fenbendenzol. We then added another antibiotic called Levaquin. The results of this combination were never terrific, but it had the ability to offer a little bit of relief.
At roughly the same time that I started taking the horse medicine, my health habits changed in two other ways: I started using the Stanley Burroughs Master Cleanse Lemonade Fast, which I continued for over 2 years, and I changed my approach to bathing.
I didn't use the cleanse so much as a fast, but because it helped calm down the biting part of the Morgellons and it made me lose quite a bit of weight (40lbs over 2 years).
With regard to bathing, I started as a person who really used to enjoy taking hot baths. This was something that I had to modify because the warm water opened the pores of my skin, which seemed to facilitate the spread of the Morgellons.
Based upon an idea that I came across as part of my research on the internet, I started adding two ingredients to every tubful of bath water: one half cup of Clorox, and a powder obtained by grinding up (in a coffee-bean grinder) twenty four 550 mg alfalfa tablets (obtainable in most health-food stores). This allowed me to take baths once again without the fear of spreading Morgellons.
My doctor and I replaced the Levaquin with store-bought colloidal silver, and this addition did not help improve the condition at all.
In the early summer of 2008 when I went to see my personal doctor, I was extremely uncomfortable with the way she was looking at me. My friends were saying that my skin was turning ash gray again, my sores were getting worse than they had ever been, and I felt awful. I had been suffering for about 3 years at that point, and it looked like for the second time in those 3 years that my death was inevitable.
At that point, I turned to God for the first time in my life to ask for help - with the promise that if I did not die as my doctors anticipated, I would dedicate the balance of my life to helping others. Boy, did He ever deliver! At that point, He sent John Burgstiner, my dear friend and spiritual mentor into my life.
I sat down and re-read everything that I had ever read about Morgellons, and reviewed all the tissues and body samples that I had accumulated over the past years. I decided to change directions and somehow, through reading and instinct it seemed at the time, I put together the protocol that I used to beat this thing.
After settling upon my present protocol it initially took me about a month to realize that I was going to win my battle with Morgellons. It was a long and lonely journey with occasional setbacks, but I would not trade what I have learned for anything.
Looking back now I realize that everything I have been through was allowed by our loving Creator and every step, every decision was guided by His hand. My greatest desire is to share what He has taught me with others and encourage them to trust Him.
On January 31, 2009, my doctor gave me a clean bill of health and I feel great. All the sores are gone, but I still have some discolorations on my skin where all the lesions were. My skin glows, I feel great, and I have lots of energy. This is the same energy that I am going to use to guide anyone who has any questions - I will answer anyone's questions on our forum. Ask anything you want, and I will tell you my experience.
Thanks again for visiting my site, and it is my true intent to share my experiences with you to provide the opportunity for you to experience the health and clarity of mind that I am now experiencing.
Please Note: For additional information as to what has transpired since I first wrote this in 2009, please go to Mel's History.