Strange Country Ep. 36: Morgellons disease

Strange Country

Apr 12 2018 • 50 mins

Is Morgellons disease real or is it one of those women diseases caused by our wandering uteri? Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly look into this alleged condition and the many ways women are dismissed by the medical community.

Theme music: Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands

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