Courtney Day, ND
Dr. Courtney Day is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor treating Morgellons Disease patients in her clinical practice in Portland, Oregon. Prior to deciding on her path to become a holistic physician, Dr. Day earned her bachelors of science degree in Microbiology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where she studied medical microbiology and biotechnology. Shortly after finishing her undergraduate degree, she started to develop symptoms of Morgellons Disease but was dismissed by her dermatologist when she reported painful, slow healing, recurrent skin lesions and presented photographs of multicolored filaments protruding from within the lesions and surrounding skin.
Despite having just graduated with a microbiology degree, she could not find explanations for what she was observing in any medical text or recent microbiology literature. Eventually she uncovered the term “Morgellons Disease”, coined by microbiologist Mary Leitao in 2002, who had described the same phenomenon in her son. About a decade later, research presented at the Charles E. Holman Foundation conference in 2012 associated the disease with spirochetal infections, despite the conclusions of the CDC study published the same year stating that the disease was not associated with any infectious etiology. At that point in her healing journey, Dr. Day had already improved her health substantially with nutrition, detoxification support, herbal medicine, acupuncture and antimicrobial therapies, which she continued throughout her education at the Natural University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She began her clinical practice in 2015, focusing on integrative and restorative therapies, especially in regards to Morgellons Disease and persistent Lyme Disease Complex, using her medical training, personal experience and evidence based research to help guide her practice.
Topic: Healing from Morgellons Disease: An Integrative, Evidence Based Approach to Diagnosis & Treatment
An evidence based approach to diagnosis and treatment is now possible for patients with Morgellons Disease, owing to the associations made in clinical research to infectious organisms including Borrelia burdorferi, Bartonella henselae, Helicobacter pylori, and Treponema denticola. However, laboratory diagnosis can still be quite challenging for several reasons and can be very frustrating from both a patient and physician perspective. This presentation will cover some of these frustrations and propose solutions for diagnostic challenges.
Dr. Day will review her approach to treatment, including her clinical assessment based on symptom analysis, physical examination, objective markers and laboratory findings. She will review case presentations of Morgellons Disease, including her own history, highlighting the many challenges of having and treating a chronic disease that is not accepted by the majority of the medical establishment. She will discuss common clinical findings, genetic susceptibilities and laboratory markers in patients with Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) associated with bacterial infections and biological toxins such as mold and mycotoxins and explain how this workup can add validity to patients suffering from Morgellons Disease.
Treatment responses to both prescriptive and natural antimicrobial agents and supportive therapies will be discussed during case review, including anti-parasitic, antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-viral treatments, as well as intravenous and oxidative therapies. For comparison, Dr. Day will also review a case of Delusional Infestation that presented to her office, contrasting the case presentation to case presentations of Morgellons Disease. To finalize the presentation, she will discuss the potential long term consequences of suboptimal treatment to emphasize the need for medical acceptance and further clinical research.