Just don’t dare ask her, especially if you have a press pass.
In my experience, physicians (I am familiar with) are not much for direct speculation. Oh, they might openly discuss and ponder any number of issues and conditions, but when actually contemplating a person in relationship to an abstract prognosis, in my experience, they tend to beg-off a bit with the old, “Well, I would actually have to examine so-and-so and run some tests…”. Mostly I think it’s a self-defense mechanism against malpractice liability that many doctors cover all bases on.
However, over these last few months it has become fairly difficult not to question, ponder, and speculate on Hillary Clinton’s health, and whether or not she has some chronic condition. And an anonymous venue like a random poll will have physicians opining more freely and openly, as we see below. Yes, this matters…
TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Concerns about Hillary Clinton’s health are “serious—could be disqualifying for the position of President of the U.S.,” say nearly 71% of 250 physicians responding to an informal internet survey by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). About 20% said concerns were “likely overblown, but should be addressed as by full release of medical records.” Only 2.7% responded that they were “just a political attack; I have confidence in the letter from her physician and see no cause for concern.”
While more than 81% were aware of her history of a concussion, only 59% were aware of the cerebral sinus thrombosis, and 52% of the history of deep venous thrombosis.
More than 78% said the health concerns had received “not enough emphasis” in the media, and only 2.7% that there had been “too much emphasis.”
Nearly two-thirds said that a physician who had a concern about a candidate’s fitness to serve for health reasons should “make the concerns known to the public.” …
“Both physicians and other voters think that health concerns are relevant when choosing a presidential candidate,” states AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. “However, more than 40% of physician respondents were unaware of the cerebral sinus thrombosis, and the vast majority of voters were not aware of all of Clinton’s problems or their potential serious long-term implications for cognitive function.”
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in virtually all specialties and every state…
I have thought since her alleged “flu” and “fall” in 2013 (right when she was to testify before Congress regarding the 9/11/12 Benghazi terror attack) that she has had one or more serious health (even maybe substance abuse) issues. And my suspicions have only grown. But with anything that the Clintons do not want discovered or divulged these things are immediately treated as “right-wing conspiracies”, when in fact there is always a solid foundation to them that runs even deeper.
— The Morning Spew (@TheMorningSpew) September 6, 2016
However, the reaction from the Hillary camp is quite telling, and we are seeing retaliation on those who dare contemplate or question Hillary Clinton’s health/condition. Just ask former CNN contributor Dr. Drew and former HuffPo writer David Seaman, and others who have been or are being pressured to retract, or to cease writing, any materials questioning her health. And it has news agencies and networks insinuating questions about her health are off-limits, nasty, and sexist. Either way, the American MSM is either refusing to do their job or just plain afraid to on this legitimate campaign issue.
By the way, in 2008 the same damn MSM had no problem sounding alarms about Sen. John McCain when he was running against Barack Obama. McCain’s age (when he ran in 2008 he was only a couple years older than Hillary is now) and history of skin cancer had the media and the left warning lights flashing that not only would he possibly not make it through his term in the Oval Office, either via death or resignation due to severe illness, but that his vacating the presidency would **gasp!** put VP Sarah Palin in the White House. And here we are over 8 years later and McCain is not ill or dead. But nobody called those questions of health off limits or nasty or sexist, etc.
What a difference a political party and agenda make, eh?
FLASHBACK: McCain’s Health: What It Means
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) September 6, 2016
If Hillary Clinton can do this to free speech, accountability, and the American press/media as a well-funded candidate, imagine what she would do with the power of the Oval Office…
So why should we concern ourselves with Hillary Clinton’s relatively minor (most probably) coughing fits?
For the most obvious reason: like virtually everything else, she lies about it!
As the age-old legal principle goes, Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus. Her health is yet another example of Clinton’s pathological tilt toward dishonesty. Her first response to anything almost always is to prevaricate.
This fear of the truth is likely from childhood, but has morphed through years of political combat into a kind of domestic taqiyya. Hillary, though also obviously not Muslim, observes her version of that Islamic doctrine in which it is permissible, often even required, to lie to the enemy for the good of the cause–the cause, in this case and with regularity, being the maintenance of her power…