Morgellons Disease: Investigation of the Mysterious Pathology

Morgellons Disease: Investigation of the Mysterious Pathology


Morgellons Disease is still a very controversial topic and the etiology is still considered unexplained by the CDC or most patients are diagnosed as being delusional by medical professionals despite current and ongoing research demonstrating pathological processes and infectious origins. Current research into filament composition and pathological features of dermatological symptoms is review. Clinical and veterinary research has identified a relationship with tick-borne pathogens including Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme Disease, as well as other Relapsing Fever strains of Borrelia and co-infections and opportunistic pathogens such as Bartonella species and Helicobacter pylori. This presentation will cover the history of Morgellons Disease as well as a overview of the controversy of infectious vs. delusional etiologies. After completing this course, physicians should have a clear case definition and clinical findings consistent with a diagnosis as well as a general understanding of how to approach treatment these complex patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the 2 main proposed etiologies of Morgellons Disease and the evidence regarding these etiologies
  • Provide a case definition & diagnostic criterion for Morgellons Disease
  • Explain microscopic findings of lesions and filament composition as determined by laboratory analysis.
  • Understand the association with bacterial infections and various methods of detecting these infections in patients
  • Provide overview of treatment approach for the infections and symptoms associated with Morgellons Disease

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Course Content

  • Morgellons Disease: Investigation of the Mysterious Pathology 2h 00min


Dr. Courtney Day is a Oregon State licensed Naturopathic Doctor. Dr. Day earned her degree in Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She earned her bachelors of science degree in Microbiology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Dr. Day has a special interest in understanding the genetic susceptibility, environmental influences and pathogenic factors that contribute to illness. Dr. Day applies her clinical training in naturopathic medicine and knowledge of microbiology, genetics and biochemistry in understanding the complexity of chronic disease. She is especially interested in studying holistic, natural and alternative therapies for bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections, especially in regards to Lyme Disease Complex. Dr. Day has additional training from the Klinghardt Academy and has attended professional conferences on Lyme Disease, methylation and clinical genomics.

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    1 CEU total (up to 1 CEU Category B) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    2 credits total (up to 2 credits Category A) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    2 CEUs total (up to 2 CEUs General) -Direct Approval
  • Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours General) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    2.0 hours total (up to 2.0 hours General) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    1 CPD total (up to 1 CPD Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    2 CMEs total (up to 2 CMEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    2 continuing competence credits total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    2 credits total (up to 2 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

    2 PDAs total -Assumed Approval
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)

    2 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    2 CEUs total (up to 2 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

    2 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing (HI DCCA)

    2 CEs total (up to 2 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

    2 CEUs total -Assumed Approval
  • Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers (ME BCHCP)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

    2 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MN BMP)

    2 contact hours total (up to 2 contact hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    2 credits total (up to 2 credits General) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

    2 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    2 CEs total (up to 2 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours Category 2) -Assumed Approval
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