Is Terry Sedlacek's Lyme Disease Linked To Maryville Pastor's Shooting?
Family members of Terry J. Sedlacek, who has been charged with fatally shooting of Fred Winters, the Maryville Pastor of First Baptist Church in Maryville Illinois report that the 27-year old Sedlacek has been suffering from Lyme Disease.
Terry Sedlacek’s attorney Ron Slemer has confirmed that Sedlacek first contracted Lyme Disease several years ago after being bitten by a tick. Ticks transmit the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterial microorganism responsible for Lyme disease, which is known to cause depression and mental aberrations.
Lyme disease, which is frequently characterized by a bullet-like rash within weeks of infection, can cause neurological symptoms similar to those seen in multiple sclerosis. In his book The Lyme Disease Connection, Dr. Kenneth Singleton reports that many people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) are later found to have been misdiagnosed and actually have chronic Lyme disease. Singleton explains that this is why treatments such as low dose naltrexone offer benefits in both disorders.
The Cornell pathologist Dr. Yash Agrawal, writing in a Letter to the Editor in the European Journal of Neurology, explains that symptoms in both MS and Lyme Disease result from an increased production of excitotoxins such as glutamate. Agrawal explains that treatments such as beta-lactam antibiotics may work in Lyme disease by reducing levels of excitotoxins rather than eradicating Borrelia.
Excitotoxins have also been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. Excitotoxin accumulations occur as a result of oxidative stress and resulting changes in metabolic pathways. Symptoms in Lyme disease can include symptoms similar to those of the flu early on. However, over time Lyme disease can affect the joints, heart and central nervous system. Typical symptoms of chronic disease include arthritis, heart problems, and encephalitis (central nervous system inflammation), headaches, facial muscle paralysis (Bell’s palsy), peripheral neuropathy, meningitis and confusion.
While Terry Sedlacek is currently being held without bond, he has been hospitalized allowing physicians to make a thorough assessment of his condition. Besides the fatal shooting of the pastor, two other parishioners were shot and injured during the morning church services in Maryville, which is close to St. Louis Missouri.