Two recent tragic news events – Sunday's fatal shooting at a St. Louis-area church and last month's chimp attack on a woman in Connecticut – are being pinpointed possibly to a similar cause: Lyme disease. Relatives of the church shootist say that he never was the same person after being bitten by a wood tick and contracting Lyme disease a decade ago. And the pet chimp that mauled a woman in Connecticut was also suffering from Lyme disease. USA Today ties together the two stories right here. I admit I didn't know about this dimension to Lyme disease until seeing this story. I was at first skeptical about such a cause/effect relationship, but am now willing to consider it as a possibility. What do you think?

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Liza's picture
Liza says:

C'mon, Thor: don't you remember MTV's "The Real World: Seattle (season 7)," in which cast member Irene McGee's behavior became weirder and weirder until she finally attributed it all to Lyme disease and left the show? The dramatic arc culminated in one of "The Real World"'s most controversial moments: as Steven Williams (after being insulted by McGee) stopped her departing car, opened the door, and slapped her.

Ah, MTV: ever on the forefront of public medical education...

posted on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 2:11pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

I quit watching MTV when it quit broadcasting music!!!

posted on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 2:19pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

I'm going to start tagging all my posts with "Lyme rage" now. Maybe that's my problem.

posted on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 4:15pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Man, looking my avitar photo, I think I might be displaying some Lyme rage.

posted on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 8:58am
Candace's picture
Candace says:

wooow! i didnt think that lyme disease could go that far...and isnt there a treatment???

posted on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 8:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I went 4 years not knowing I have Lyme Disease and never had any rage. I slept 18 hours for a long time and had joint pain among thousands of other symptoms

posted on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 1:36pm

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