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Baseball Great Tom Seaver, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Lyme Disease

Through our corporate headquarters in Wayland, MA, and our rapidly growing franchise network, we provide service across a geographic area that takes in most of Southern New England, and also Eastern Long Island, NY, and Central New Jersey.

Of course, a primary reason that people use the services of ohDEER is for protection against Lyme disease, which is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorfer. 

 Ticks carry Lyme disease. They can transmit the disease to a host – such as humans, pets, and livestock – when they bite and attach themselves to a host to feed on blood.  Deer are a favorite host of ticks, and can transport and leave ticks in yards and other properties of human habitt.

If not successfully treated, Lyme disease can spread within a host and cause rashes, fatigue, inflammation of joints and the liver, joint pain, irregular heartbeat, muscle paralysis, and memory loss.

Lyme disease received high-level public attention recently related to the announcement earlier this month that Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, 74, was diagnosed with dementia and was retiring from public life.

Dementia is an umbrella term for several conditions, some reversible, that impair memory, speech, and social interaction. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which is incurable and leads to death.

Please click here to be taken to a USA Today story about Mr. Seaver and his dementia diagnosis.

In the USA Today article, and others, it was mentioned that, in 1991, the 12-time All-Star and three-time National League Cy Young Award winner, was diagnosed with Lyme disease.  He was successfully treated for the disease.  Yet in 2012, the Lyme disease reappeared and resulted in Mr. Seaver memory loss and Bell’s palsy, a condition that causes weakness and sometimes paralysis in facial muscles.

Of course, with the news coming out about Tom Seaver having dementia, and having had Lyme disease –a symptom of which can be memory loss – growing and bandied about in the media and broader public discussion was the interest about any connection there may be between dementia and Lyme disease.

Technically, Lyme disease did bring about a form of dementia in Mr. Seaver.

And, in some people, what is diagnosed as dementia is really reversible cognitive impairment caused by Lyme disease

But the type of dementia from which Tom Seaver is now suffering is progressive and not reversible.

For related reading, clicking here takes you to a Next Avenue story (published June 17, 2016), by Emily Gurnon, about how the actor/singer Kris Kristofferson’s Lyme disease-caused forgetfulness  was misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s.

But can Lyme disease contribute to a person developing Alzheimer’s?

The answer is that science and medical research has not identified or discovered that Lyme disease is a contributor to the development of Alzheimer’s.

Here is a link to a Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (JAD) story, “Study Disproves Link Between Lyme Disease and Alzheimer’s,” published on July 17, 2014.

There may be a measure, a small measure, of comfort in knowing that Lyme disease is not a cause Alzheimer’s disease.

Then, again, there is nothing good about Lyme disease.

ohDEER keeps that truth front and center on its radar screen.

And no company does a better job than ohDEER in naturally keeping the carriers of Lyme disease off your property.