Well I meant the head. Anyway if Melungeons came originally from Portugal than why aren't they mentioned there?, why aren't their cases of these ilnesses in Portugal as well. Secondly why is a race of mixed people from Highland Co. Ohio, Carmelites, considered Melungeon when those around and the Melungeons call them/selves otherwise. Alot of the ilness you mentioned is also common to depression as I have some, or had some of the same. Where is documentation on this group other than a few sites on the web? Sorry but I have bigger fish to fry than to wait on something to show when everyone from Wayne and surrounding counties in West Virginia has never heard of or scoffs at the idea. By feeling the back of my head, neck, etc. I find no signs of this. Not saying that what you have said is at all garbage. But I feel it is misconstrued to a point when everyone who gets whatever or has some physical ailments goes to a Melungeon race. If you or some other person can prove what is said and can provide some sort of documentation supporting Melungeon descent, I am sorry but I am VERY doubtful. But again I will keep an open mind. I was born and raised in Highland Co. Ohio and have seen the Melungeon books claiming Carmelites, and other branches of my family was Melungeon. But it is not enough to prove anything. Errors and garbage about those in Highland Co. and my family occur. Even books about the family by whoever and there are a few on about every ancestral line I have, must and are being researched again. If documentation is shown than I will change my tune. Until then I will march to the same beat as I always have. Ever been to Wayne Co. or it's surrounding counties? I have many times, 4 hours from me, and I have yet to see a Melungeon or hear about it in a serious way. Until verification is shown I consider the matter closed. Ronnie, Linda, and I are all cousins and we aren't buying it. I grew up around my other 1st, second, and 3rd Adkins cousins who migrated here in the 1950's and 60's and I never heard one of them mention Melungeon. 2 of my 3rd cousins live here in the same town I do and I recently aske them about it and they never heard of it. Amazing when a race of people appear in the past few years, and no one who is supposidly part of it knows anything about it.