Morgellons Misinformation. First, let’s detail some fundamentals:
Morgellons Peer-Reviewed Evidence
Specific theories about Morgellons have been validated and others have been disproven against the standard by which we determine the truth. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3474310/
That being said, it should be understood that the defining characteristic of any misinformation campaign is the refutal of evidence produced from peer-review without sufficient evidence to warrant retraction of the article in which the peer-reviewed information is produced. That doesn’t stop the disinformation agents from trying though. Here are some common examples of Morgellons Misinformation:
- “Any peer-reviewed evidence comes directly from the CDC.” (https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/world-view/how-international-peer-review)
- “They want to link Morgellons to Lyme disease so people will die from antibiotic treatment.”
- “The evidence is inconclusive because it comes from the government.”
But what about the studies that didn’t make it through peer review? Does that mean the evidence they present is false? There are studies that present compelling evidence but never completed the peer review process or did so only later to be retracted! There is likely supporting information in these studies that may by themselves pass the peer review process, but the entirety of the theory being presented by them cannot be substantiated:
Since the evidence doesn’t pass the review process, it may or may not be relevant or factual and cannot be held to the standard of accepted science.
Peer-Review Process Compromised
Another problem we have wading through Morgellons Misinformation is the fact that the peer-review process is often compromised by private interests. http://retractionwatch.com/
The concepts and phenomenon discussed in this article concerning Morgellons Misinformation are becoming more mainstream as the internet interconnects our societal experiences. A familiarity with the idea that, even if a study is peer-reviewed – it still may be compromised by private interest, is becoming prevalent. This environment is hospitable towards influencing the public’s understanding of Morgellons Disease.
Most important to understand is that the Morgellons studies that have achieved peer-review status have not been retracted due to compelling evidence.
Knowing what exactly is established from peer-reviewed studies produces a foundation of understanding that can discern between what is likely fact and what is obviously fiction. Personally, I have observed many intangible theories about Morgellons Disease and some very mundane ones that just didn’t fit the evidence. Some examples are:
- Morgellons is self-replicating nanotechnology. (No evidence of consistency among Morgellons artifacts to suggest a design or purpose.)
- Morgellons is a psychiatric disorder. (http://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2013/12/10/medethics-2013-101762.full)
- Morgellons is synthetic life being merged with our own to facilitate alien colonization. (Yeah, I saw that movie too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUXHB5U-Vl4)
- Morgellons is Nature’s way of punishing us for bad karma.
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