LYME AND AGGRESSION:
FOUND IN BOTH ANIMALS AND HUMANS
One of the things that amazes me is the failure of defense attorneys to realize many violent, impulsive and addictive behaviors are related to spirochetes in someone's brain and the massive inflammation and biotoxins released by Lyme. Lyme is related to syphilis, which is documented as a cause of some of the most bizarre and violent actions in history. One lawyer/doctor teaches science to lawyers. He said they function at a 9th grade science level. This does not matter unless it costs someone his or her liberty due to Lyme brain infection. And since Lyme is the top vector infection in the USA and is reported as little as 1 in 40 cases (Georgia study on this site) many crimes are committed due to the impact of Lyme effects on the brain.
Lets start with a simple example. One of my pets was in one of the top Lyme states, Pennsylvania, and picked up a poppy-sized deer tick. He started biting my family and eventually started biting me--clearly a wish for suicide.
It struck me that this occurred after his Pennsylvania visit and started him on 200 of doxycycline for 2 months. He stopped this behavior and has not even nipped anyone in two years.
Ken is in jail for hitting a man in his neighborhood. The man was driving too fast on Ken's residential road and Ken tossed a basketball in front of his car. The man slowed and Ken went over and punched him in the face. He is charged with felony assault.
I am treating Ken and all five members of his family have Lyme and other tick infections. They are from the Carolinas--the land of great wilderness, Lyme and many doctors that never use a good specialty lab to test for Lyme.
Lynne has recently been arrested for using cocaine and taking money from her job. She had never had a puff of a cigarette until a camping trip in New Jersey. After her trip there she had a "cold" and felt very achy. She was placed on a Z-pack and she only felt more body aches, but her fever did drop.
About a year later she started becoming impulsive. She had two car accidents in fifteen months, got pregnant, and started having more intense arguments with her boyfriend. They even started to throw things at each other. She is out on bail and has positive lab tests for both Lyme and agitating Bartonella. A brain function SPECT scan shows Lyme in her brain.
Her lawyer does not want to mention her markedly positive labs. He thinks that keeping the defense dumb, simple and stupid is the way to go.
Dr. Robert C. Bransfield is a nationally respected expert on Lyme and its effects on mood, thinking and functioning. He is an accomplished writer and researcher and has added much to the understanding of Lyme's role in psychiatry and other areas.
A small sample of his thoughts is below:
Several years ago, I admitted a patient with Lyme disease (LD) to a psychiatric unit. He was paranoid and assaulted five police officers in an episode of rage. During the hospital stay, the patient went to the river behind the hospital to watch the Fourth of July fireworks display. When the fireworks began, the patient jumped into the river. It appeared the loud noise was responsible for an acoustic startle reaction.
At the same time, a female patient with LD was also on the unit. She described puzzling symptoms that consisted of episodes of rage and intrusive, horrific homicidal images. In both cases, the aggressive tendencies improved with treatment.
In reviewing cases involving LD patients, another patient described an incident where someone else pulled into a parking space that he wanted. Jumping out of his car, he knocked the other driver unconscious. Still another patient stated he was driving on the highway when a motorist beeped their horn. He lunged out of his car and began pounding on the windshield of the car, then suddenly stopped in bewilderment because he did not understand or recall why he was behaving in this manner.
A female patient was arrested for shoplifting during a state of confusion. Another patient was accused of pedophilia. I can cite many more examples. When we look at cases of aggression associated with LD, were all of these cases merely a coincidence or a causal relationship between LD and some of this aggressive behavior?
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More Examples of Aggression and Dogs
A young (~2 years) male, a Lab mix, came into our program with a "questionable" background. He may have been aggressive toward some children, maybe not. We kept him for a good long while --- months of fostering in our premier foster home, with no problem -- and placed him carefully, with a single mid-age man who absolutely adored him. We also, as we do with all our dogs, tested him for Lyme. He had it; we treated it; case closed -- we thought.
Everything went very well after adoption -- he was the star of his obedience classes, a frequent alumni visitor to our clinics - for over a year. And truly adored by his adopter.
Then, over a year after placement, Mojo became suddenly, erratically, and seriously aggressive: literally attacked visitors to the home, people at the vet's waiting room, etc. Terrifying. Very sudden. Totally inexplicable. He was returned to us with genuine heartbreak from a very loving adopter.
Mojo then went to our regular vet and was a totally different dog: bared teeth and growling to anyone who approached his kennel, lunging at other dogs when being walked, etc. We figured that whatever was happening with him, he had become implacable and started a TDC (Tough Decisions Committee - something we "convene" and that is open to anyone with an interest in the dog when we think that euthanasia might be an option).
However, someone at the vet's office said that perhaps we should test him for Lyme. Huh???????? They had had a regular client of theirs come in recently with similar, out of the blue aggression, and it turned out that was the problem - puzzled them, but seemed to be the case. Okay -- hey, we'll try anything -- so we had him tested. He was high positive! Fine, we started treatment while we continued to figure out what to do with him via the TDC.
Almost immediately, however, once the antibiotics were begun, the Mojo we knew came back!! He was himself again -- bouncy, happy, a bit neurotic, but not at *all* aggressive! The staff at the vet's was amazed, but all confirmed this change.
We didn't believe it; and the veterinarians didn't believe it .... BUT a thorough search of the Internet turned up a number of studies and anecdotal observations indicating that in some dogs (and in some humans!!) the primary symptom of their Lyme disease can be sudden, irrational and serious aggression.
Well, we've known for a while to check the thyroid levels of dogs that show aggression that just "doesn't fit". Now we have added testing for Lyme as well. And we have --- results not yet in -- another dog that we placed over a year ago who has been returned because of out-of-the-blue aggression ... and he has also tested high positive for Lyme! We've started treatment and will be monitoring his response.
So --- plug this in to your protocols. It's worth checking out. I spent the day today with Mojo ... and he truly is just the same dog we placed over a year ago. (We've let his original adopter know -- because he vowed that it had to be *something* causing this behavior. But he cannot take Mojo back because his roommate, one of the people attacked, won't even consider it. For the record, there were no skin-breaking contacts in any of these attacks, but plenty of fear and we consider them as serious as if they were full-fledged bites.)
We actually have additional insight into this because one of our volunteers (human) has had Lyme disease. Took many months for her to be diagnosed, and once she was, she learned that it's a VERY nasty bug that really remains around permanently, waiting for a chance to "crop up" again. When we place Mojo again (and our TDC unanimously agrees that we should do this), we're going to explain the background, these amazing events, and require that the adopters have him tested every six months, whether or not he's showing symptoms. We have no idea whether that will work or be sufficient - we're rather flying blind in this -- but it seems a rational approach.
I'll post again if we learn more from the second dog (also a Lab mix). But based on what we know now, it is a real possibility: Lyme *can*, in a few rare cases, cause aggression, aggression that can be reversed.
For more information you can look at: www.canlyme.com/dogagg.html
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