LYME AND CRIME: THE IGNORED CAUSE
Lyme is able to enter the brain in ten days.
It has powerful effects on brain tissue. These are easily seen on a wide range of blood tests, neuropsychological tests and nuclear scans of the head that look at how the brain is functioning.
It is stunning to me how grossly ignorant defense attorneys are to this common vector illness and how often it is involved in causing explosive rage, impulsive behavior and addiction.
Patients with Lyme disease and the toxins that come from the Lyme report emotional extremes. People who never considered homicide, suicide, excess drinking, an affair, reckless driving, running away from home, fighting, smashing objects or doing drugs. Report that after their infection with Lyme they because "extreme and unstable." Some become afraid of themselves.
Here are some small tastes of further material. More is also on my web site.
LYME NEUROBORRELIOSIS & AGGRESSION
The link between Lyme neuroborreliosis (LN) and aggression is reviewed from multiple perspectives. Cases are presented and discussed. It appears Lyme disease (LD) and other related tick-borne diseases contribute towards causing human aggression and violence. Greater attention to this area has the potential of reducing crime and saving lives. Narrow and restrictive opinions on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease can contribute to the increased consequences of late stage disease, which includes aggression and violence associated with Lyme disease and other related tick-borne diseases.
[NEUROBORRELIOSIS is Lyme in the Brain]
An unusual defense: Lyme-caused crime?
In 1996, seventeen-year-old Michael Griffon knocked on the door of a stranger. When the man opened his door, Griffon attacked him with an ax. The victim drove his attacker off, and police later located Griffon hiding in the closet of his own house with a knife.
The crime was somewhat unusual, but Griffon's defense is far stranger: he claims that late-stage Lyme disease mentally impaired him.
Brian Fallon, a Lyme disease expert at the New York Psychiatric Institute, has confirmed Griffon's diagnosis, and says, "In certain circumstances, [Lyme] causes normal inhibitions to stop working and violent behavior to occur. It can cause someone to develop full-blown mania."
Griffon's acquaintances say that he was happy, athletic, and studious before contracting Lyme disease, but afterward developed problems including insomnia, weight gain, and an explosive temper. Since the crime he has been treated with antibiotics, and has s returned to school. His attorney says he now has no behavioral problems.
The medical literature includes reports of a number of cases in which patients with late-stage Lyme became dangerous to themselves or others. "Common psychiatric symptoms are irritability, panic attacks, depression, suicidal thoughts, fluctuating moods, and depersonalization," Fallon says. "Less common are mania, paranoia, obsessions, compulsions, and occasionally a disorder that resembles schizophrenia." Several of Fallon's Lyme patients have become violent, including a woman who stopped treatment due t to side effects and developed severe depression, hallucinations, manic episodes, and paranoid delusions. The woman became violent, Fallon reports, "slapping her son repeatedly and breaking furniture." Another of Fallon's patients exhibited mania, panic at attacks, paranoia, verbal aggression, violent impulses, irritability, and hallucinations.
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LYME IN THE BRAIN
Med Hypotheses. 2005 May 27; [Epub ahead of print]
Munchausen's syndrome by proxy and Lyme disease: Medical misogyny or diagnostic mystery?
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Chronic, tertiary Lyme disease, a vector-borne infection most accurately designated neuroborreliosis, is often misdiagnosed. Infectors of the human brain, Lyme borrelial spirochetes are neurotropic, similar to the spirochetes of syphilis. Symptoms of either disease may be stable and persistent, transient and inconsistent or severe yet fleeting. Characteristics may be incompatible with established knowledge of neurological dermatomes, appearing to conventional medical eyes as anatomically impossible, thus creating confusion for doctors, parents and child patients. Physicians unfamiliar with Lyme patients' shifting, seemingly vague, emotional, and/or bizarre-sounding complaints, frequently know little about late-stage spirochetal disease. Consequently, they may accuse mothers of fabricating their children's symptoms - the so-called Munchausen's by proxy (MBP) "diagnoses." Women, following ancient losses of feminine authority in provinces of religion, ethics, and healing - disciplines comprising known fields of early medicine, have been scapegoated throughout history. In the Middle Ages, women considered potentially weak-minded devil's apprentices became victims of witch-hunts throughout Europe and America. Millions of women were burned alive at the stake. Modern medicine's tendency to trivialize women's "offbeat" concerns and the fact that today's hurried physicians of both genders tend to seek easy panaceas, frequently result in the misogyny of mother-devaluation, especially by doctors who are spirochetally naive. These factors, when involving cases of cryptic neuroborreliosis, may lead to accusations of MBP. Thousands of children, sick from complex diseases, have been forcibly removed from mothers who insist, contrary to customary evaluations, that their children are ill. The charges against these mothers relate to the idea they believe their children sick to satisfy warped internal agendas of their own. "MBP mothers" are then vilified, frequently jailed and publicly shamed for the "sins" of advocating for their children. In actuality, many such cases involve an unrecognized Lyme borreliosis causation that mothers may insist is valid despite negative tests. Doctors who have utilized MBP tactics against mothers are likely to be unaware that in advanced borreliosis, seronegativity is often the rule, a principle disagreed upon by its two extant, published, peer-reviewed, Standards of Care. These are guidelines for Lyme disease management - the older system questioning the existence of persistent Lyme and the newer system relying on established clinical criteria. Mothers must be free to obtain the family's preferred medical care by choosing between physicians practicing within either system without fear of reprisal. Doctors and mothers together may then explore medical options with renewed mutual respect toward the best interest of children's health.