Dr. William Tarver Harvey, 73, of San Antonio, Texas, and a native of Liberty, 73, died May 4, 2011, of a heart attack in San Antonio.
A memorial service will be held at the U.S. Air Force Academy in the near future.
Dr. Harvey was the son of Cordelia Williams and Thomas Elijah “E.T.” Harvey.
He earned his undergraduate degree and wings at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Soon after, he became a physician, earning his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University. He spent much of his career with NASA, focusing on the medical challenges to humans in space.
A seasoned traveler, in his time he saw the entire world. After retirement, he embarked on another career — researching formerly unknown infectious diseases. His achievements gained him a listing in Who’s Who in America, among other honors.
Dr. Harvey was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Patricia; and by his brother, Thomas E. Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Dotson Harvey of San Antonio; a nephew, Thomas Elijah Harvey III; an aunt, Mary Alice Harvey of Liberty; and numerous cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cordelia Williams Harvey Scholarship Fund, Copiah-Lincoln Foundation, P.O. Box 649, Wesson, MS 39191, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
" Keep the Faith...Be Strong ...Be Positive... We ARE Winning!!" Gwen Simmons, R.N.
Post by sheredelight on May 11, 2011 21:03:47 GMT -5
Yes i too am sorry Dr. Harvey has passed, very sad.
I wonder if any recent article of his will be released, as he seemed to be making progress.
Friday January 18, 2008 Dr. Harvey's Latest Statements Re Morgellons and Mutant Worms
The latest Washington Post article on Morgellons has interesting statements from Dr. Harvey as followup to my previous post.
William Harvey, 70, who serves as chairman of the MRF board, has taken those theories one step farther. He says he became interested in Morgellons research after successfully battling chronic fatigue syndrome and made it his mission to find cures for such unexplained illnesses.
He wouldn't be specific, explaining that he first wants the results of his research to appear in a top-notch, peer-reviewed journal such as the Lancet. "This may be the story of the century," he says. A semi-retired doctor in Colorado Springs who spent most of his career working in space medicine for the Johnson Space Center, Harvey says he may have found not only why Morgellons patients would both scratch and act strange, but also what could be the "genesis of probably most chronic human illnesses," such as autism, obesity, chronic fatigue and bipolar disorder.
It all boils down to this: mutant worms.
Harvey hypothesizes that a type of nematode, a wormlike parasite that lives in the soil as well as in the guts or lungs of about half the animals on the planet, mutated somewhere in the 1970s in Southeast Asia and jumped from animals to humans. The parasite is easily spread through the fecal-oral route if someone, for example, is out working in the garden, fails to wash his or her hands thoroughly and then eats an orange. Or it gets into the lungs by inhaling sputum or by kissing. The worm then takes up residence in the colon, Harvey theorizes, and the body's immune system holds it in check.
But when the immune system falters, the worms swarm in the body. That's what happens, Harvey hypothesizes, after a human is infected with a strain of bacteria first reported in 1986, Chlamydophila pneumonia. These bacteria like to live in immune cells, Harvey says, and they feast on those cells' energy. With the host's immune system compromised, the mutant nematodes begin reproducing exponentially, Harvey suspects. They burrow a hole in the wall of the colon, then usually travel at night through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system or crawl in hordes between the layers of the skin, like other species of nematodes are known to do, to the parts of the body with the most blood flow: the face, head and nose. There, a cranial nerve leads right into the brain. A pileup of worms could jam blood and oxygen flow to the brain, Harvey says. "That may explain the psychological symptoms," including the hallucinations, he says.
It may explain why Pam Winkler took herself to the emergency room recently. She said that a huge bump had appeared on the side of her skull in the middle of the night. By morning, she said, the bump was gone, but she could feel crawling all over her face. She wasn't making it up, she swore. And she put her stepsister, with whom she's been living since she got out of the state hospital, on the phone. "I can see them. They're moving down from her head to her eye," said Karen DeWeese. "They're about one and a half inches long and a half-inch wide. They look like bubbles under the skin." The ER doctor later found nothing.
The fibers, according to Harvey's theory, are really the hard shells, which he calls cuticles, that these worms shed at five stages as they grow from egg to larvae to adult. The red fibers are the males, he says. Blue fibers are female. "Using a 2,000-power microscope, you can see inside them," he says. "They look like little stovepipes to me. I can tell the blue ones are female because there's a kink in the middle for the sexual organs and some kind of pouch. And we have pictures of them laying thousands of eggs."
Post by itchin4answers on May 13, 2011 17:08:48 GMT -5
Hi bannanny, nice to have you back! not a word of a lie I shed a tear for Dr Harvey this morning. I was looking out the window eating my breakfast, thinking how miserable & cold the weather is. Then my thoughts drifted to the obvious! & then I thought of Dr Harvey. I didn't know Dr Harvey, but I know one thing he was an honest man. Rest in peace Dr William Harvey.
“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
Dr Harvey was bravely confronting a heart condition for some years which temporarily halted his research. He hoped to return to it and the paper he was writing in 2009 with his UK colleague.
My sincere condolences to Dr Harvey's family, colleagues and patients. His passing has left a Bill-shaped hole in our lives that will never be filled.
He touched all our lives and gave us hope. His work and compassion for those suffering from Morgellons is a loss to all of us. But his memory lives on in his research, in those he successfully cured and the on-going work and research of his colleagues.
Thanks itchin... and yeah, he was one of the bravest of them all. Even tho I didn't know him personally, I sure knew of him and thought of him as a hero to us all who are fighting this fight. I know he's still fighting for us tho too... only difference is he's one of our angels now.
IF I COULD SIT ACROSS THE PORCH FROM GOD... I'D THANK HIM FOR GIVING ME YOU!
ddenialofservice: t organisms are evolving every day. They have a great deal of worry and fear themselves for whats to come if no new and long term solutions will be found. And while its tempting start thinking in that direction because it feels almost impossible that
Mar 1, 2015 10:26:07 GMT -5
ddenialofservice: something that is putting such a burden on your entire body on so many different levels while remaining invisible to every doctor out there and continue this way for more then 15 years.
Mar 1, 2015 10:33:26 GMT -5
ddenialofservice: That still says jackshit on any coverup. Instead it tells me that they might just not be so skilled after all and that they are simply failing us. I have not been impressed by the big majority of doctors ive seen in my life and ive never had much
Mar 1, 2015 10:49:24 GMT -5
ddenialofservice: problems with dragging them in any kind of discussion when i did agree with them. its often limited to textbook knowledge and a routined experience without much ideas of their own. U have the same kind of faith in them as i always had it seems because we
Mar 1, 2015 11:02:29 GMT -5
ddenialofservice: both seemed to have placed such high faith and expectations in our doctors that we never even considered the possibility where they might not be capable enough to do so. I mean they have certainly tried enough things and ran a great many of tests in mycas
Mar 1, 2015 11:17:32 GMT -5
Charles E Holman:: 8TH ANNUAL MEDICAL -[br]Scientific Conference on Morgellons Disease[br]March 28 & 29 | Austin, TX[br]- See more at: http://www.thecehf.org/morgellons-2015-conference/#sthash.TcZP9lRc.dpuf
Mar 1, 2015 11:25:35 GMT -5
Charles E Holman:: they are doing more research to find the cause
Mar 1, 2015 11:26:14 GMT -5
ddenialofservice: But other then our skin and the ever switching local complications like for example ear infections its somehow not leaving much other traces for us to see. and even those things do not look like caused by one deeper underlying cause but merely
Mar 1, 2015 11:43:09 GMT -5
ddenialofservice: exactly the way they are expected to look when seen as individual and unrelated health problem like in any other person.
Mar 1, 2015 11:48:43 GMT -5
ddenialofservice: So that would mean that whatever is causing problems is able to somehow camouflage itself by being able to copy or control our normal cells in some infective manner without traces or that there is no infection at all and the sickness is in ourselves.
Mar 1, 2015 12:36:17 GMT -5
ddenialofservice: If its some malfunction on cellular level in our own body then that would be able to cause problems that might be quite similar to those of an infection without ever showing any visual signs that are not anything different then your own cells so
Mar 1, 2015 12:53:56 GMT -5
ddenialofservice: thats all a doctor would find. same goes for us , we look for a non excisting infection and therefor expect we should find certain clues and are totally blind to slow and gradually changes that occur at skin level because we are failing to see any clear
Mar 1, 2015 13:07:55 GMT -5
ddenialofservice: signs of irritation/inflammation that is common with infection. I also feel that this illness is too controlled to be caused by some infective pathogen. Ive never seen a change in the speed it progresses while infections are only controlled by the speed
Mar 1, 2015 13:27:39 GMT -5
ddenialofservice: its able to overrule the bodys defencesystem. It rapidly progresses at any given chance while ive never experienced my illness reacting in such a manner when multiple instances of severely weakend immune system have taken place in the past.
Mar 1, 2015 13:36:45 GMT -5
ddenialofservice: my scalp is also a good example. When the disease progressed i almost never felt any acute discomfort like itching/pricking/ingrown hairs/bumps etc for me to even notice any. But i did feel a very slowly progressing pressure on my head and had the feeling
Mar 1, 2015 13:53:40 GMT -5
ddenialofservice: that certain swellings were abnormal and continiously growing and making me continiously dizzy and cauing me to experience slight coordination problems that were just enough to cause a slight disbalance once every 5 minutes or so that seemed to have a
Mar 1, 2015 14:10:09 GMT -5
Baraka Obam: If this is not a coverup, where are the words of the people the CDC examined,I never heard a peep anywhere online, the fibers that are in our blood, urine, feces, growing out of us can not be seen and are said to be textile, you eat a carpet lately
Mar 1, 2015 15:00:04 GMT -5
Baraka Obam: MENTALLY INCAPABLE? the most prolific and basic issues of our disease, shared by many disease are invisible to them and we are labeled insane, the only explanation for your opinion, holding cell phone too close to brain
Mar 1, 2015 15:03:30 GMT -5
Baraka Obam: A symptom like massive itching can easily be caused by herpes and many other disease but if you go to a doctor today and you say you have itching the doctors JUMP to a conclusion that your INSANE and they are not physiatrists, funny.
Mar 1, 2015 15:16:26 GMT -5
Baraka Obam: WHO TOLD THESE DOCTORS ALL CASES OF ITCHING IS INSANITY, COME ON OPINION PERSON, WHO MADE IT QUITE CLEAR THAT ITCHING IS CRAZY, MASSIVE ITCHING IS A HUGE INDICATOR OF DISEASE, SKIN ISSUES ARE A INDICATOR OF INTERNAL DISTRESS, NOT JUST A SKIN PROBLEM.
Mar 1, 2015 15:24:19 GMT -5