Lou Gehrig had a house in Lyme
Lou Gehrig, the world's first ALS patient (ALS is often called "Lou Gehrig's Disease" in the US) owned a holiday home in Lyme, Connecticut where he spent a lot of time gardening over the years. This means that the world's first diagnosed ALS patient spent a lot of time outdoors in the biggest Lyme hotspot on Earth at the time - the town with the world's first diagnosed Lyme cases.
(This photo is of his house in the Bronx though. So far, we have been unable to independently verify this extremely important claim.)
Lou was diagnosed with ALS in 1939. Lyme disease was discovered in Lyme, Connecticut in 1975, but only after a long history of illness in that area.
We are trying to locate an original source. If anyone knows of one, please email email@example.com. If Lou Gehrig really spent a lot of time outdoors in Lyme, Connecticut, this would be too much "coincidence", given the strong evidence for the case that ALS is a symptom of Lyme Neuroborreliosis and not a disease in its own right.
We already searched some of his biographies in Google Books.
3 secondary sources:
There is an earlier, independent mention of the same claim:
We found an even earlier reference to Lou Gehrig's Lyme, Ct. holiday home from a third forum poster:
A note on bioweapons allegations: It is true that after WW2, the US "invited" Nazi scientists to develop biological weapons based on tick-borne illnesses. This research was done on Plum Island, south of Lyme, Connecticut. We do not think that an alleged accidental release of Lyme-bioweapon agents there has anything to do with the global spread of Lyme disease. We do think however that the fact that the US was producing Lyme-based biological weapons so close to Lyme, Ct. could be a factor in the reluctance of government (affiliated) institutions to recognize the existence and severity of chronic Lyme disease.