Over the years I’ve taken dozens of photos of Morgellons fibers. Somewhere along the way I became confused about a particular image, and mistakenly believed it was my own. When I saw this image in a recent blog post by Make Well Nutritionals GmbH, I was angry that they had not asked my permission to reproduce it and did not credit me with the image. The only problem was, it isn’t my image.
When I followed the link back to the image and started digging deep into its presence there, it quickly became apparent that I could not possibly be the owner of this Morgellons photo. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:ListFiles?limit=100&user=Lifenext&ilshowall=1
How did I become so misguided that I mistook someone else’s image as my own?
In May of 2017, I wrote an article called “Skin Cell Lyme Bacteria” where the image is first utilized on my blog. Researching the disputed image I started to recall seeing it on Wikipedia, but do not understand why I would not use my own Morgellons image instead. When I uploaded the image I left the name intact, which both offers a clue that the image was not mine (Morgellons is not associated with worms) and also the confusion that the image was mine.
My birthday is January 15, 1977, so often when I create user accounts I will add 77 as a suffix identifier. For example, jmurphree77 is a username I often utilize. Seeing the 77 at the end of the file reinforced my false belief that the image belonged to me.
The Dates Don’t Fit
This is the set of photos that I wrongly assumed the image originated from. The dates, however, are over a year apart (March 18, 2016 – August 4, 2017) solidifying in my mind that I had made an error and would need to issue an apology to Make Well Nutritionals GmbH.
Who is “Lifenext”?
That is the great mystery originating from the fallout of this error of mistaken Morgellons. Though I’ve searched, no conclusive leads have surfaced which would elicit who Lifenext actually is.
I did find another Make Well Nutritionals GmbH article that the image appears in, but only dead ends trying to determine who it actually belongs to.
I’m sorry, I was confused but genuinely thought the image was my own. I’m embarrassed for previously suggesting that the image was mine.
Sincerely, I apologize for insinuating that Make Well Nutritionals GmbH inappropriately used an image that I incorrectly assumed was my own. They have done nothing wrong and do greatly contribute to helping Morgellons patients.
I hope one day we can discover who the image actually belongs to. In the meantime, I will be double checking my own Morgellons images to ensure they are in fact mine.