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Terry-J.-SedlacekThe 27-year-old was armed with enough bullets to kill 30 people


An Edwardsville man accused of gunning down a pastor during a Sunday sermon on March 8 has been deemed mentally unfit to stand trial, a judge ruled Tuesday. Terry Sedlacek, 27, was found to be schizophrenic by psychologist Robert Heilbronner following a court-ordered mental examination. He will be kept in the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services to determine in 30 days if his mental capacity is believed to improve within the year. Heilbronner reportedly said that Sedlacek would “have significant difficulty listening to and understanding explanations that are provided to him, and be unable to respond in a relevant manner during pleading or testimony,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

Sedlacek is facing first-degree murder and aggravated battery charges after he shot and killed the Rev. Fred Winters, 45, at the First Baptist Church, armed with a .45-caliber Glock handgun and enough bullets to kill 30 people. He then allegedly stabbed two congregants who tried to subdue him after his gun jammed. The shooting in Maryville was initially believed by the congregation to be a skit, after the first shot clipped the Bible that Winters was holding, spraying pieces of it into the air like confetti. Sedlacek’s family initially attributed the man’s erratic behavior to Lyme disease, but the judge’s ruling makes no reference to that particular ailment, the Tribune reports.

Kim’s Notes:  I am not defending what this man has done.  It is a shame a man had to die, however, Lyme Disease is known to cause mental illness, including  schizophrenia.  I wish this case would bring light to how deeply some suffer.

WKOW_logoJeff Angileri —

MADISON (WKOW) — It starts with a tick bite, but if untreated, Lyme disease can attack the body, and injure it permanently.

“I never thought I would turn around and come out of it. Never thought.”

Tory Gensichen of Madison recalls her health care nightmare.  It started in 1988, when she noticed a rash on her body.

“I ended up with a terrible flu like illness,” she said. “A couple weeks later, very debilitated, and neurological symptoms.”

Tory went to several doctors and endured dozens of exams, for more than a decade. Finally, a blood test revealed she had Lyme disease.

“I never knew about it growing up, and I was an outdoor kid my whole life — loved the fall, rolling in the leaves.”

Lyme disease is an infection caused by tiny deer ticks, which burrow into to the skin with a painless bite.

“Ticks have a anesthetic in their saliva so you don’t feel the tick bite,” said rheumatologist Dr. Steven Maciolek, Dean Health’s Riverview Clinic in Janesville.

Dr. Maciolek says Lyme disease can be treated with oral antibiotics. Catching it early is key.

“Untreated Lyme disease can cause arthritis, neurological symptoms, irritate the nerves along the neck and shoulders,” he said.

Or sometimes, in Tory’s case it can attack the central nervous system, paralyzing the body.

“I spent three years on oxygen, and I was wheelchair-bound from 2003 to 2007,” Tory said. “This can be a chronic, life threatening illness, ruins careers, takes years out of people’s lives.”

Tory needed intravenous antibiotics.

Two years after treatment began, the excruciating pain is gone, she’s off most of her medications, and recovering.

“It’s encouraging and should give hope to others not to give up.”

Doctors say a daily body check in the shower is the best prevention.

If you see any unusual changes in the skin, contact your doctor.

Also, wear protective clothing when outdoors in the woods or tall grass.



Legislators agree sobering statistics problem for state

By Alicia Yager – Thursday, October 1, 2009

Advocates for Wisconsin Lyme disease groups canvassed the Wisconsin State Capitol Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with legislators and promote their cause.

Marina Andrews, Michele Feltz, Tory Gensichen and Sara Brenner said they were visiting Assembly and Senate members to inform them of state health statistics and promote a Lyme disease documentary, “Under Our Skin,” which will be showing at Sundance Cinemas Oct. 9 to 15.

“What we are trying to convey today is the seriousness of Lyme disease; what an issue it is in Wisconsin and how many people are suffering,” Andrews said.

According to Andrews, the health care costs associated with Lyme disease are a financial burden for many Wisconsin families, and some residents have to go out of state to receive treatment because there are only two specialists in Wisconsin.


by Linda Fehrs, LMT

Although Lyme disease was first identified in 1975, it is still classified as an emerging infectious disease. It is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere with the greatest number of reported cases in the Northeastern states, as well as Minnesota and Wisconsin. Learn more about this disease and how complementary treatment can assist in healing from it.


colemanBy MARY LYNN SMITH, Star Tribune, September 11, 2009

Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman has been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a temporary condition that has paralyzed the left side of his face.  Doctors told him he shouldn’t be left with any permanent nerve damage, Coleman said Thursday night from his home in St. Paul. “I have some movement on my left side so that provides for a more optimistic prognosis,” he said.

Bell’s palsy is a paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of the face and can come on suddenly but often gets better on its own within a few weeks.



LYME CONNECTION:  Coleman’s wife was diagnosed with a bad case of Lyme Disease this summer.  Could this be the same infection Coleman is dealing with?  He says he was tested and it was negative, but we all know what Lyme testing is like.  Inconsistent at best!  I mean, Mr. Coleman….I suffer from Bell’s Palsy all the time, in fact, this week has been unusually bothersome.  I hope he gets the right treatment…and the right diagnosis, whatever it may be.  //Kim

cdc_logoNew CDC Lyme Staistics

New Hampshire takes the prize for highest incidence – 92/100,000.

New York State as usual takes the prize for most reported cases: 5741 confirmed, 2053 probable.

Other highlights, comparing only confirmed cases:

* In Georgia and Oregon reported cases tripled – 11 to 35 and 6 to 18, respectively.
* In 3 states reported cases doubled – Florida (30 to 72), Kansas (8 to 16), Vermont (138 to 330)
* Some states had steep increases – Maine (529 to 780), Michigan (51 to 76), Montana (4 to 6), New Hampshire (896 to 1211), Washington (12 to 22), West Virginia (84 to 120)

To see the complete chart, go to

jobeBy TERRY RINDFLEISCH – September 7, 2009

La Crosse area health officials are seeing more cases of a new tick-borne infection carried by the same deer tick that causes Lyme disease.

Gundersen Lutheran researchers have been monitoring anaplasmosis the last three years and report 50 human cases in the La Crosse area.

The researchers have developed a test for the disease and have been testing blood samples in Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation’s microbiology laboratories at the La Crosse Health Science Center.


Greenwood, Ark. — Greenwood resident Rick Altes didn’t know what was causing his high fever and organs to fail until a blood test revealed he had contracted a tick-borne disease linked to Fort Chaffee.Ehrlichia chaffeensis was first discovered at Fort Chaffee in the late 1980s.Altes currently works at Fort Chaffee and remembers being bitten by bull gnats and mosquitoes while working in a warehouse.Altes said he was never bitten by a tick which initially threw him and doctors off course when it came to his diagnosis and treatment.


KSTPThis is a very good story by KSTP-TV reporter,Liz Reis, about how difficult Lyme Disease is to diagnose.  It features two members of the Minnesota Lyme Action Support Group.

NorthlandsNewsCenterDeer ticks are active and cases of new Lyme disease are being reported here in the Northland.  Minnesota and Wisconsin are considered a hot bed for the disease.  We put you in touch with two Duluth Doctors who have first hand experience battling this illusive and baffling disease:

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