Bush’s Doctors Kept Lyme Disease Secret for a Year; Is the Condition Why His Mind is Degenerating?

We’ve all seen the video, and if not, you really can’t watch it enough: George Bush when he was governor of Texas, using big words and whole sentences, making sense and not embarrassing anyone. It’s a marvel!

“Brain fog” involves episodes of cognitive dysfunction or confused thinking and is associated with forgetfulness, losing one’s train of thought, depersonalization, and the inability to remember the correct words when speaking or writing

But Bush now is a whole different animal, leading many to wonder if it’s Alzheimers, if he’s back on the sauce, or if Dick Cheney is slipping something into his fried quail.

An even better explanation is Lyme disease. Although doctors one year ago treated him for what they now claim was early stage Lyme disease, who knows when he got it? And dementia is one of the main manifestations of undiagnosed Lyme disease.

Bush was treated for what his doctors described as “early, localized Lyme disease” last August after developing the characteristic bullseye rash. The doctors said he has had no recurrence.

White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said the disease was not disclosed earlier because it happened after he had his last physical, on Aug. 1, 2006.

Right. So why bring it up until now? After all, it’s not like we ever hear about any of the other Bush health problems, like hangovers — whoops, I mean stomach flu — at global summits.

The president’s main form of exercise and recreational activity is biking. His doctors advised him to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts and use bug spray when in risk-prone areas, such as Maine, where the president is spending a long weekend starting Thursday at his parents’ summer home on the coast.

Bush has had a lifetime of opportunities to contract Lyme disease, if you can get it from mountain biking in Maine. But the curious circumstances of his recent annual exam have really got me wondering what gives.

Last year’s presidential physical was conducted as usual on a visit to the National Naval Medical Center in suburban Maryland. This year’s took place in a series of exams at the White House starting July 17 and ending Tuesday night. The exams were not revealed until Wednesday…

A total of 11 doctors were involved in the exams, overseen by White House physician Richard Tubb and Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the president of The Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. The group included skin, hearing, heart, eye, neurological and sports medicine specialists.

Each signed a statement saying that “within the scope of my specialty” he found Bush “fit for duty” with the expectation that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency.

It’s all kind of odd, don’t you think? It seems like presidents always have their exams at Bethesda. I wasn’t aware the White House kept the equipment on hand that you’d need for 11 different specialists to perform tests.

But listen to what happens when, instead of the early stage Lyme disease the White House claims Bush had, you don’t know you have it and it goes untreated too long. Symptom types include:

Neurological (can effect central or peripheral components):

* muscle twitching
* polyneuropathy or paresthesia
* Bell’s palsy
* encephalitis or encephalomyelitis
* vision problems, sensitivity to light, or keratitis
* hyperacusis (severe sensitivity to sound & vibration)
* vestibular symptoms (balance disorder may be mediated by CNS or inner/middle ear) and other otolaryngologic symptoms
* seizures
* ataxia


* panic attacks, anxiety
* depression
* short-term memory loss
* sleep disturbance
* hallucinations
* depersonalization
* neurocognitive impairment (brain fog)
* psychosis (rare) including diagnosis of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

And what, you might ask, is “brain fog?” It looks exactly like Bush “now” on the video.

It involves episodes of cognitive dysfunction or confused thinking. Brain fog is associated with forgetfulness, losing one’s train of thought, depersonalization, the inability to remember the correct words when speaking or writing (aphasia).

Brain fog is so named because the sufferer can feel like a cloud literally surrounds him or her that reduces the speed at which things can be recognized or clearly seen. Brain fog causes forgetfulness, and promotes feelings of detachment (depersonalization), discouragement and depression.

I’m glad Bush was treated for his secret episode of Lyme disease last year. But I suspect it was too late to save him from earlier exposures.


  • mrbadexample
    August 9, 2007 - 6:40 am | Permalink

    “Subject Matters” ??? Please, don’t exaggerate – Bush has always been a cunning idiot. Speaking somewhat intelligently about something as simple as funding public education is much simpler than eloquently addressing national security questions he knows nothing about. Also, lying on national TV to the Washington Press Corps is much tougher than good ole’ boy Texas State Media. No doubt he’s spending moist of hit time behind the rostrum thinking of how to dodge the follow up questions.

  • August 9, 2007 - 8:50 am | Permalink

    Bush is probably suffering from the bane of all modern day politicians…teleprompters.

    Speaking extemporaneously is difficult enough, but if you have become so used to having your words flashed in front of you during every speech, when you have to come off the teleprompter you will always look like an idiot.

    Bush always does well when he has a teleprompter. It’s when he doesn’t that his true self shines through.

    It’s the public that can’t seem to understand the teleprompter makes him look smarter.

  • August 9, 2007 - 11:05 am | Permalink

    Maybe the teleprompter makes him look smarter, but in those debates from when he was a governor in the above video, he is clearly speaking much faster and with greater command of language than in any speeches or press conferences he’s given as president. He wasn’t using a teleprompter in that particular video, not when he was a governor. He was clearly speaking too quickly for that.

  • Mitch007
    August 9, 2007 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I think I have brain fog…

  • August 9, 2007 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    There is no treatment for Lyme disease… All Lyme is recurrent… None of the anti-biotics currently available still work… The bacteria hides, then returns… resistant… this is not a naturally occuring strain… it was developed at Plum island in Long Island Sound where it escaped from… started in Lyme, Connecticut, facing the island… where it got its name… the black lab was developing a strain capable of withstanding nuclear blasts to be included on board atomic weapons… so after the explosion, any survivors would ultimately succomb to the tick carying bacteria… half the population of coastal New England has been victim of Lyme infested tick bites… this disease may very well spell the end of the human race as we know it… there is no espace… unless the military is withholding a cure, a real cure… which we suspect… in the meantime, already today, in Connecticut alone, ten of thousands of children, who are most vulnerable, have been rendered totally incapacitated by the disease… again, long term anti-biotics courses do not work, do more harm than good… short of a miracle, of extraodinary healing forces to conquer and vanquish this super bacteria, the human race is doomed. Welcome to the end of the world folks… this is it. Courtesy of your nuclear weapons program… the legacy of the cold war… and yet, still nobody does anything… Plum island is still in business, so is Indian Point, and Millstone, and New London… as we keep on killing everything… we suck as a species, I’m ashamed to be human.

  • Anonymous
    August 9, 2007 - 2:27 pm | Permalink

    hope he dies real soon!

  • August 9, 2007 - 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I am a Lyme disease advocate who founded a non-profit called Lyme Education Awareness Program at http://www.leaparizona.com.

    Remy C is correct about Plum Island as it relates to the origination of Borrelia burgdorferi as a genetically-altered stealth pathogen. Read Michael Carroll’s book Lab 257 for all the gory details.


    These are the Good ‘ol Boys of Lyme disease, the Good ‘ol Lyme Boys who own patents on marketed Lyme disease test kits and have financial interests in Lyme disease vaccines. The Good ‘ol Lyme Boys have published research in the past that contradicts the filthy lies they are spewing out about this virulent bacterium. (Easy to diagnose, easy to treat with readily-available antibiotics). NOT TRUE!

    The CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) is complicit along with them and the CDC refuses to post the other published treatment guidelines from the INTERNATIONAL LYME AND ASSOCIATED DISEASE SOCIETY (ILADS), guidelines that Lyme-experienced physicians, who are treating chronic suffering patients daily, use to sometimes overcome but more often serve to maintain a level of function in life for patients.

    REMEMBER THE TUSKEGEE STUDY? If not, read about it here.


    The same folks who brought us the Tuskegee Study are the same folks who are bringing us Lyme disease or what I call TUSKEGEE REVISITED. syphilis and Borrelia are both motile spirochete bacteria, similar in nature and similar in symptoms. A coincidence?

    Thousands are suffering across the country. IMPORTANT- IT IS NOT LIMITED TO THE NORTHEAST ANYMORE. IT IS A REAL PROBLEM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW. AND MANY TICKS CARRY INFECTIONS, NOT ONLY THE DEER TICK. I’m one of the suffering chronic Lyme patients. I was bitten by a tick in central Arizona. The Good ‘ol Lyme Boys will tell you it can’t be transmitted through intimate contact, through breast milk, or through the placenta, but mark my words. It’s happened to many this way. The Good ‘ol Lyme Boys are doctors, but they mainly conduct research that leans toward their business model parameters of the disease that they themselves have created with help from the CDC. They rarely treat chronic Lyme cases because they state that chronic Lyme does not exist. So, how are they to be deemed as experts? They are expert businessmen and expert criminals in that they are comitting crimes against humanity by spreading false information through medical journals and the media.

    They have NOT conducted any studies to prove transmission in the ways described above. All they do is say “There are no proven cases of transmission in these ways.” There will never be proof, Folks, if the studies are completed. But parents who have witnessed their own children suffering with the disease since birth have their own proof!! And so do the many couples who have passed it on from one spouse to another!!

    With regard to President Bush–having experienced all those symptoms and conditions that he is now facing, namely, ear infections, sinus infection, dizziness, cognitive dysfunction and fatigue, I do not hesitate to publicly state that PRESIDENT BUSH’S LYME DISEASE INFECTION HAS NOT RESOLVED. I predict that he will, in the future, become his own physician, reserach the internet for more answers and insist upon longer treatment. Perhaps he is undergoing IV antibiotic treatment currently on this vacation. Perhaps that is why all the testing was performed in the White House. Perhaps he is on IV therapy every 8 hours at home.

    Several months ago, Lyme patients on a Lyme internet group diagnosed the President with Lyme disease just from the cognitive dysfunction displayed in his public appearances. The majority of lyme patients do not hold medical degrees, although I do know several doctors who are afflicted withe chronic LD themselves. However, if I had the choice of getting medical advice from a Lyme patient vs. a mainstream follow-the-IDSA-Guidelines physician or one of the Good ‘ol Lyme Boys, I’d choose the Lyme patient, because they know so much more about the disease and the way the bacterium sequesters itself in the body’s cells thus evading the immune system and wreaking havoc for years. And this last info is from research published by the CDC itself (at link below).


    Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts about the infection that has completely altered my life. Please visit my website at http://www.leaparizona.com for information and articles about the problems that face LD patients and those suffering from MS, CFS, CFIDS, Mycoplasma, parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. I bleieve they are all bacterialand viral-related infections.

    Tina J. Garcia
    Founder and President
    Lyme Education Awareness Program
    L.E.A.P. Arizona
    P.O. Box 2654
    Mesa, Arizona 85214-2654
    480-219-6869 Phone
    480-830-2788 Fax

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  • August 10, 2007 - 5:17 am | Permalink

    I am not convinced. On the earlier videos, Bush is simply reading off a teleprompter on a highly controlled set. He could probably pull that off today. And, face it, he NEVER sounded like an MBA. To be fair, Bush is probably overcoached.

    Over coaching by half-assed media consultants will suppress all spontaneity. It raises the levels of anxiety about saying anything that might offend essential voting blocks.

    Media consultancy is to blame for the fact that no politician today (save Dennis Kucinich) sounds genuine. The public senses it if they have not thought about it.

  • Greg Bacon
    August 10, 2007 - 12:15 pm | Permalink

    “A total of 11 doctors were involved in the exams… ”

    Jesus H. Christ. Wouldn’t it be nice if most Americans could even afford ONE specialist?

    Methinks Bush is suffering from the dreaded “Cranial-Rectum Inversion.”

  • August 10, 2007 - 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Vol 6 No. 6 Pages 639-649 Dec. 2004

    Judith Miklossy, Kamel Khalili, Lise Gern, Rebecca L. Ericson, Pushpa Darekar, Lorie Bolle, Jean Hurlimann, Bruce J. Paster

    Borrelia burgdorferi persists in the brain in chronic Lyme neuroborreliosis and may be associated with Alzheimer’s disease

    Abstract: The cause, or causes, of the vast majority of Alzheimer’s disease cases are unknown. A number of contributing factors have been postulated, including infection. It has long been known that the spirochete Treponema pallidum, which is the infective agent for syphilis, can in its late stages cause dementia, chronic inflammation, cortical atrophy and amyloid deposition. Spirochetes of unidentified types and strains have previously been observed in the blood, CSF and brain of 14 AD patients tested and absent in 13 controls. In three of these AD cases spirochetes were grown in a medium selective for Borrelia burgdorferi. In the present study, the phylogenetic analysis of these spirochetes was made. Positive identification of the agent as Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto was based on genetic and molecular analyses. Borrelia antigens and genes were co-localized with beta-amyloid deposits in these AD cases.

    The data indicate that Borrelia burgdorferi may persist in the brain and be associated with amyloid plaques in AD. They suggest that these spirochetes, perhaps in an analogous fashion to Treponema pallidum, may contribute to dementia, cortical atrophy and amyloid deposition. Further in vitro and in vivo studies may bring more insight into the potential role of spirochetes in AD.


    1: Curr Microbiol. 2006 Apr;52(4):330-2. Epub 2006 Mar 9.

    Lyme disease associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

    Meer-Scherrer L, Chang Loa C, Adelson ME, Mordechai E, Lobrinus JA, Fallon BA, Tilton RC.

    Laurence Meer-Scherrer, 37 Flammat, Aumatt, Switzerland.

    This case report discusses a patient with co-occurring neuroborreliosis and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Although no claim is made for causality nor is there objective evidence that spirochetes are involved in AD, co-infection may exacerbate the symptoms of either neuroborreliosis or AD. Much is to be learned about the role of spirochetes in degenerative central nervous system disease.

    PMID: 16528463 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

  • August 10, 2007 - 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Lyme Disease and Cognitive Impairments

    by Robert Bransfield, M.D.


    The patient is a college graduate with Lyme encephalopathy (LE). While stopped at a traffic light, she described her thought processes as having a “fog-like” sluggishness. When the light changes, she knows the change from red to green has significance, but at that moment cannot recall that green means go and red means stop.
    This is one of many examples of cognitive impairments associated with Lyme disease. Although some cognitive symptoms are indirectly a result of other neurological or emotional impairments, others are a direct result of dysfunction of the cerebral cortex where cognitive processing occurs.
    Laboratory tests such as SPECT scans, MRI’s, PET scans, and psychological testing have demonstrated physiological and anatomical findings associated with dysfunction of the cerebral cortex in patients with Lyme and tick-borne diseases. The examination of human and animal brains have further supported these findings.
    The cognitive impairments from Lyme disease are very different than we see in Alzheimer’s disease. Lyme disease is predominately a disease of the white matter, while Alzheimer’s is predominately a disease of the gray matter.
    Memory association occurs in the white matter, while memory is stored in the gray matter. White matter dysfunction is a difficulty with slowness of recall, and incorrect associations.
    In contrast, gray matter dysfunction is a loss of the information which has previously been stored. For example, and Alzheimer’s patient may not recall the word “pen”, while an LE patient may have a slowness of recall or retrieval of a closely related word.
    Some of the symptoms I will describe are also found in encephalopathies associated with other illnesses, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus stroke, AIDS, or other diseases which affect the brain. Although no single sign or symptom may be diagnostic of Lyme disease in a mental status exam, we instead look for a cluster and a pattern of signs and symptoms that are commonly associated with Lyme disease.
    Everyone with LE has their own unique profile of symptoms. The assessment of these signs and symptoms is one facet of the total clinical assessment of Lyme disease.
    There are many ways of categorizing cognitive functioning. Let’s begin with a simple model of perception, encoding these perceptions into memory, processing what we perceive, imagery, and finally organizing and planning a response.
    Simple mental functions such as flexing the index finger of the right hand, correlates with a relatively simple brain circuitry.. More complex functions such as flying an airplane requires the action of a more integrated neural circuitry. The difference between these two actions is like the difference between playing middle C on a piano vs. a symphony playing an entire concert.

    Attention Span:

    Many Lyme disease patients have acquired attention impairments which were not present before the onset of the disease. There may be difficulty sustaining attention, increased distractibility when frustrated, and a greater difficulty prioritizing which perceptions are deserving of a higher allocation of attention.
    If we compare attention span to the lens of a camera, we need the flexibility to constantly shift the allocation of attention dependency upon the current life situation. For example, we shift back and forth between a wide angle and a zoom lens focus to increase or decrease acuity of attention depending on the needs of the current situation.
    A loss of this flexibility results in some combination of a loss of acuity (hypoacusis), and/or excessive acuity to the wrong environmental perceptions (hyperacusis). Hyperacuity can be auditory (hearing), visual, tactile (touch), and olfactory (smell).
    Auditory hyperacusis is the most common. Sounds seem louder and more annoying. Sometimes there is selective auditory hyperacusis to specific types of sounds. Visual hyperacusis may be in response to bright lights or certain types of artificial lighting.
    Tactile hyperacusis may be in response to tight fitting or scratchy clothing, vibrations, temperature and merely being touched may be painful. Some patients prefer to wear loose fitting sweat suits and are frustrated that being touched can be painful. Olfactory hyperacusis may result in an excessive reactivity to certain smells, such as perfumes, soaps, petroleum products, etc.


    Memory is the storage and retrieval of information for later use. There are several different memory deficits associated with LE. Memory is broken down into several functions – working memory, memory encoding, memory storage and memory retrieval.
    Working memory is a component of executive functioning. An example of working memory is the ability to spell the word “world” backwards. Sometimes there are impairments of working memory as it pertains to a working spatial memory, i.e. forgetting where doors are located or where a car is parked.
    Encoding is the placement of a memory into storage. We cannot retrieve a memory that was not encoded correctly into memory in the first place. One patient described being upset that someone had eaten yogurt in her kitchen during the night. Her activity during the night was not encoded into memory.
    Short term (recent) memory is the ability to remember information for relatively brief periods of time. In contrast, long term memory is information from years in the past (or remote).
    In LE, there is first a loss of short term memory followed by a loss of long term memory very late in the illness. Patients may have slowness of recall with different types of explicit (or factual) information, such as words, numbers, names, faces or geographical/spatial cues. Not as common, there may also be slowness of recall if implicit information, such as tying shoes, or doing other procedural memory tasks.
    Errors in memory retrieval include errors with letter and/or number sequences. This can include letter reversals, reversing the sequence of letters in words, spelling errors, number reversals, or word substitution errors (inserting the opposite, closely related or wrong words in a sentence.


    Processing is the creation of associations which allow us to interpret complex information and to respond in an adaptive manner. Some LE patients say they feel like they acquired dyslexia or other learning disabilities, which were not present previously. Examples of processing functions that may be impaired in the presence of LE include the following:
    Reading comprehension: The ability to understand what is being read.
    * Auditory comprehension: The ability to understand spoken language.
    * Sound localization: The ability to localize the source of a sound.
    * Visual spatial perception: Impairments result in spatial perceptual distortions. One example is microscopia, in which things seem smaller than they really are. One patient lost depth perception, and had several accidents when the car in front of her stopped. A problem associated with visual spatial processing is optic ataxia, in which there is difficulty targeting movements through space. For example, there may be a tendency to bump into doorways, difficulty driving and parking a car in tight spaces, and targeting errors when placing and reaching for objects.

    One patient with optic ataxia, was stopped by a policeman while driving two miles to my office because he kept swerving across the center line. Before Lyme disease he could consistently shoot 13 to 14 out of 15 free throws from the basketball foul line. Now he averages 3 of 15, and misses some shots be several feet.

    * Transposition of latrerality: The ability to rotate something 180 degrees in your mind. For example, the ability to copy, rather than mirror, the movements of an aerobics instructor facing you.
    * Left-right orientation: The ability to immediately perceive the difference between left and right. Although this is a part of congenital Gertsmann’s syndrome or angular gyrus syndrome, acquired left-right confusion is the result of an encephalopathic process.
    * Calculation ability: The ability to perform mathematical calculations without using fingers or calculators. Many LE patients describe an increased error rate with their checkbook.
    * Fluency of speech: The ability of speech to flow smoothly. This function is dependent upon adequate speed of word retrieval.
    * Stuttering: The tendency to stutter when speech is begun with certain sounds.
    * Slurred speech: A slurring of words, which can give the appearance of intoxication.
    * Fluency of written language: The ability to express thoughts into writing.
    * Handwriting: The ability to write words and sentences clearly.


    Imagery is a uniquely human trait. It is the ability to create what never was within our minds. When functioning properly, it is a component of human creativity, but when impaired, it can result in psychosis. Imagery functions that can be affected by LE include:
    * Capacity for visual imagery: The ability to picture something, such as a map, in our head.
    * Intrusive images: Images that suddenly appear which may be aggressive, horrific, sexual or otherwise.
    * Hypnagogic hallucinations: The continuation of a dream, even after being fully awake.
    * Vivid nightmares: A tendency towards nightmares of a vivid Technicolor nature.
    * Illusions: Auditory, visual, tactile and/or olfactory perceptions which are distorted or misperceived.
    * Hallucinations: Hearing, seeing, feeling and/or smelling something that is not present. In LE, sometimes this takes the form of hearing music or a radio station in the background. Unlike schizophrenic hallucinations, these are accompanied by a clear sensorium, and the patient is aware hallucinations are present.
    * Depersonalization: A loss of a sense of physical existence.
    * Derealization: A loss of a sense that the environment is real.

    Organizing and Planning

    Organizing and planning a response is the most complex mental function, and is dependent upon all the functions already described. These functions, along with attention span and working memory, are referred to as executive functioning. Organizing and planning functions that can be affected by LE include:

    * Concentration: The ability to focus thought and maintain mental tracking while performing problem solving tasks.
    * “Brain fog”: Described by many LE patients. Although difficult to describe in objective, scientific terms: it is best described as a slowness, weakness, and inaccuracy of thought processes. Prioritizing, organizing, and implementing multiple tasks with effective time management.
    * Simultasking: The ability to concentrate and be effective while performing multiple simultaneous tasks.
    * Initiative: The ability to initiate spontaneous thoughts, ideas and actions rather than being apathetic or merely responding to environmental cues.
    * Abstract reasoning: The capacity for complex problem solving.
    * Obsessive thoughts: May interfere with productive thought.
    * Racing thoughts: May interfere with productive thought.

    An assessment of each of these areas of functioning is a critical component in the clinical assessment of LE. The cognitive assessment is only a part of the assessment of LE. Other components include the psychiatric assessment, the neurological assessment, a review of somatic symptoms, epidemiological considerations and laboratory testing when indicated.
    I have gradually developed a structured cognitive assessment which focuses upon the areas mentioned after examining many patients with late stage neuropsychiatric Lyme disease. I have also incorporated concepts from others that have made major contributions in this area, such as Drs. Rissenberg, Nields, Fallon, Freundlich and Bleiwiss.
    It is difficult to explain exactly how Lyme disease causes cognitive impairments. The variability of these symptoms suggests an episodic release of a endotoxin or cytokine which may contribute to the cognitive dysfunction. This is an area where considerable research is needed, and is beyond the scope of this article.
    The symptoms described are often very difficult for patients to describe, and are difficult for many physicians to understand. As a result, patients with these impairments are sometimes erroneously viewed as being hypochondriachal, psychosomatic, depression, or malingering.
    These symptoms are real and must be explained: that cannot be discounted as being imaginary.
    There are many treatment strategies. Antibiotics and a number of different psychotropics are helpful to many. I have found Aricept to be helpful in the treatment of “brain fog” and problems with slowness of retrieval.
    To those of you who have LE, be realistic about your limitations and the validity of these limitations. Use strong areas to compensate for areas of weakness. Avoid excessive stress which compounds the problem. Be aware that certain tasks challenge many higher level attributes. Maintain hope and retain an effective working relationship with your family, support system and treatment team.

  • August 10, 2007 - 3:45 pm | Permalink
  • Alice Nuffer
    August 11, 2007 - 4:30 am | Permalink

    Alcohol, repeat after me, alcohol.
    Dry drunk. Dead brain cells, wet brain.

  • Ms. V
    August 11, 2007 - 11:36 am | Permalink

    It’s more likely Mr. Bush was using a stimulant in the early days – perhaps amphetamine – which he has discontinued. He is also older.

  • August 11, 2007 - 11:56 am | Permalink

    How can we possibly trust the president to remain competent when the examp[les of what Lyme disease (even when treated,which means
    not-treeated by the bogus CDC/IDSA
    guidelines that ignore chronic lyme).

    Yet another aprocryphal tale from lyme-land. c.f. lyme-rage, depersonalization, personality change.

    Lyme implcated in shooting
    Man will serve time for firing on deputy
    William Morris of Narrowsburg pleaded guilty yesterday in Sullivan County Court to attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer, a felony.Times Herald-Record/MICHELE HASKELL

    By Heather Yakin

    Times Herald-Record
    April 19, 2007
    Monticello — He was waiting.

    When Deputy Cyrus Barnes pulled up to the Narrowsburg home in his marked, red-and-white patrol car early on Feb. 3, 2006, William Morris was waiting out front. As they locked eyes, Morris leveled a vintage 45-70 Springfield military rifle at Barnes. Three things happened at once: Barnes flipped the car’s spotlight to shine in Morris’ eyes and jammed the cruiser into reverse. And Morris pulled the trigger.

    The bullet missed. Barely.

    Yesterday, with three weeks left before trial, William “Chris” Morris pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer, a felony.

    In exchange for his plea, Morris will get between 10 and 12 years in prison when he’s sentenced May 24.

    “I’m not trying to mitigate,” Morris said in a deep, quiet voice as Barnes and several deputies watched from the gallery. “I just want to express how sorry I am.”

    Morris’ bullet went through the car door and lodged in the seat, just missing Barnes’ leg.

    That triggered a 12-hour standoff with Sullivan County sheriff’s deputies and state police that ended with Morris’ surrender and his arrest on an attempted murder charge.
    Originally, Sullivan County District Attorney Steve Lungen had said he wouldn’t accept a plea to less than the murder count. But Morris has a well-documented history of mental illness, confirmed by court-ordered psychiatric examinations, and central nervous system Lyme disease.

    As part of the plea deal, Sullivan County Court Judge Frank LaBuda will recommend that the state Department of Correctional Services assign Morris to the psychiatric prison at Marcy, near Utica.

    “We all agree he does suffer from mental illness,” Lungen said. But in New York, an insanity defense requires that the person be both mentally ill and unable to appreciate the consequences of his or her actions. Morris clearly knew what he was doing when he shot at Barnes, Lungen said.

    That was reinforced by a 911 recording, during which Morris told the dispatcher he’d shoot any cop he saw or who tried to enter the house he shares with his wife.

    The place is also a yoga studio and a bed-and-breakfast.

    That night was the low point of a long decline for Morris.

    Once a computer financial expert for big-name Wall Street firms, his health — both physical and mental — deteriorated after 1999 when he contracted Lyme disease.

    His wife, Jane Morris, who was in court yesterday, cared for him. They moved from New Jersey to Sullivan County for a new start.

    But during the past few years, his personality changed. He was unable to work, became fascinated with guns, depressed and had to be hospitalized.

    “It’s a sad case,” Lungen said, “but his conduct was very serious. You can’t just make this go away. There’s got to be a penalty for that, and he’s paying a very strong penalty.”

  • Emily
    August 12, 2007 - 3:29 am | Permalink

    I speculated years ago that Bush had Lyme, long before all of this. I personally feel he probably contracted it a year or so before he took office. His arthritis, balance problems (which he’s had for years, not just recently), the choking incidents, slurred speech – I’ve even noticed several episodes of Bell’s Palsy, including once during the debates for his second term election – all point to Lyme. Plus, Bush likes to clear brush on his ranch, and handling wood is the most risky behavior for picking up ticks, even worse than tromping through leaf litter.

    Frankly, I’ve seen footage of Bush in years past, and he was nowhere near the slow thinker or speaker that he is ridiculed for today. People with Lyme disease can be fairly high-functioning while having progressive symptoms. I think Bush still has the disease and was treated inadequately.

    I never thought they would catch it during his Presidency, if at all. I’m very curious to know the actual details of his treatment, that would say a lot about whether they were telling the truth about the “early” disease. Whether or not he did have a recent bite, I think he’s been infected for years and the treatment for early infection will have little or no effect. I heard him recently, his speech was more slurred than ever.

  • August 13, 2007 - 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Bush’s treatment was based on a clinical diagnosis from his practioners, as it should be – NOT his blood test results. The rest of us would have had to rely on blood test results produced by junk labs that routinely miss obvious and active lyme.

    Health insurance providers and others continue to support and mandate diagnostic tools that don’t accurately detect lyme – even though more accurate and sensitive tools are available. They cover useless treatment plans such as 2 weeks of antibiotics and discriminate against and harass those practioners who know how to improve the health of lyme patients such as lyme-literate and alternative care practioners.

    I was sorry to hear President Bush has lyme. As we know, lyme causes thinking problems – even for presidents. I think all consumers should have access to prompt, safe and effective treatment – just like Bush. Too bad greed, ignorance and profit gets in the way of health in ‘American health care’.


  • Beloved
    August 14, 2007 - 9:45 am | Permalink

    It’s obvious something has been lost in the last 10 years, but it’s rather ridiculous to isolate a single symptom from a long list and point the finger at Lyme’s Disease.

    To properly diagnose him he would need to have a combination of many of the signs and symptoms on that list, and he really only seems to suffer from one of them.

  • August 14, 2007 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I think he displays classic Fasd (fetal alchohol syndrome)…

    Plus what’s up with the walk..
    seems like he’s got severe jock itch ????

  • Helen
    August 14, 2007 - 8:12 pm | Permalink

    I remember that his first act when gaining (stealing) office was to force the CDC to lower the bar on the Lyme Disease parameters. I remember thinking this will be his only good act. Now, why would he have cared so much 8 years ago? Anyone remember this?

  • Mom
    August 15, 2007 - 1:27 pm | Permalink

    I don’t agree with much of what our President has done or will do, but the fact is he has Lyme Disease. I would not wish this on anyone. However, under the “known” symptoms of this disease it is time for our goverment to step in and releave him of all presidential duties. He is NOT fit for duty.
    This from someone watching as my loved ones suffer the awful and debilitating affects of this disease, even with very good medical treatment. Even 11 doctors who are told not to recognize Lyme as a disease of any importance can cure it. Use as much antibiodics as they are allowed, once the bacteria has left the blood stream, you become the bacteria.
    In Bush’s case “the bug has left the stream”.

  • cjn
    August 29, 2007 - 5:32 pm | Permalink

    I think it is a shame. I wish he was doing MORE for the many suffering from this issue. I am a Lyme patient as well. It is a horrible disease. HE has the power to DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS! I sure hope he USES IT!

  • cjn
    August 29, 2007 - 5:33 pm | Permalink

    I am in Tennessee. It is HERE too!

  • October 5, 2007 - 12:42 pm | Permalink

    It is for sure that locating proven documentation on this matter can be troublesome.

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  • Tom
    January 8, 2008 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    We tend to think that Lyme Disease is limited only to this country..It is becoming a world wide problem.I contracted the disease in central america(El Salvador).Lyme has also been reported in Europe,Asia and Australia.Man in his attempt to destroy his perceived”enemies”has created yet another bullet that may be his undoing.
    As for Mr Bush …a substance dependent personality,gross lack of character,holder of one of the most powerful positions in the world,and now Lyme Disease…it only compounds the problems that we are now facing

  • Rambo Tribble
    January 30, 2008 - 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Given the performance of W’s father, are you suggesting that Lyme disease is hereditary?

  • November 29, 2008 - 9:21 am | Permalink

    Please arm yourself with the scientific data, they have/are committing scientific fraud.

    Read The Dearborn Conference “How the Test was Spun” to see how and why we are being misdiagnosed with the 41+ year old ELISA (screening neurological chronic Lyme infected people out) testing. They do not want to pay for our long term treatment.
    Please read it, for you and your loved ones.

  • Marsha
    December 5, 2008 - 10:38 am | Permalink

    I think you’ve hit the nail right on the head! Its ironic that our president (for however pathetic he is) became a victim of his own system. As someone who suffers from Lyme Disease I feel little sympathy for him. Maybe now the medical community will stand up to the so-called Lyme experts who wrote the IDSA Lyme Treatment Guidelines around their own financial agenda. Or maybe they’ll keep covering this up and continue to let people suffer and die.

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