There is Something About Hillary

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

For the past several weeks Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been suggesting that Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has impairments. In a December 3, 2015 column, Business Insider columnist Colin Campbell noted:

“Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says the same two things about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in almost every campaign speech these days.

“His favorite zinger is that Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, doesn’t have the ‘strength or the stamina’ for the Oval Office.

“’One thing with Hillary, she doesn’t have the strength or the stamina to be president. She doesn’t have it,’ Trump said at a Wednesday-night campaign rally in Manassas, Virginia.

“’You ever see Hillary?’ And I said, ‘She doesn’t have the strength, she doesn’t have the stamina,’ Trump later said.”

Mr. Trump’s comments are generally followed by accusations that she spends little time on the campaign trail and must rest up after her infrequent campaign appearances. As with most accusations made by Mr. Trump about his campaign rivals, there is some truth overrun by braggadocio.

The truth is this accusation may, in fact, be more serious than the “one-liner” suggests. In December of 2012, weeks before she was to appear before a Congressional committee regarding her role in the attack by elements of al-Qaeda on our embassy in Benghazi resulting in the death of our ambassador to Libya, Ms. Clinton was hospitalized after, according to her, a fall and resulting serious concussion. I say that because with Ms. Clinton, the first story is never true and even mild digging by reporters generally results in the disclosure of something more serious – and to her more disastrous for her image. As it turns out Ms. Clinton actually suffered a stroke.

While Ms. Clinton eventually acknowledged having a “small blood clot” in her brain as a result of the fall, she refused to acknowledge that she had a stroke. According to the World Heart Federation:

Ischemic strokes happen when a blood clot (thrombus) or a fatty deposit blocks an artery supplying blood to the brain. Around 80% of all strokes are ischemic in origin. The remaining 20% of strokes are hemorrhagic, where an artery bursts. These can be caused by an aneurysm, a bulge or weakness in the wall of a blood vessel.

“All of us have clotting factors in our blood to ensure we do not bleed to death if we cut ourselves. But conditions like hypertension, atherosclerosis and some other blood problems can lead to the development of blood clots. Thrombosis is the name given to the formation of blood clots. When the clot blocks the blood flow to the heart or the brain, a heart attack or stroke can follow. An embolism occurs when a blood clot travels around the body and lodges in an organ.”

This is not one of those pedantic arguments that the Clintons love to use in order to dissemble. It is, in fact, a very serious thing. However, the Clintons never tell the truth and in the early investigation of Ms. Clinton’s stroke, her personal physician Dr. Lisa Bardack, stated:

“Secretary Clinton developed a stomach virus, leading to extreme dehydration, and subsequently fainted. Over the course of this week we evaluated her and ultimately determined she had also sustained a concussion. We recommended that the Secretary continue to rest and avoid any strenuous activity, and strongly advised her to cancel all work events for the coming week. We will continue to monitor her progress as she makes a full recovery.”

No mention of a stroke. No mention of the “prism” glasses that she was forced to wear. No mention of the extent of rehabilitation that was required.

The use of prism glasses is a regular requirement as a result of some strokes. They are necessary in order to focus the eyes (double vision) for reading purposes. Something that was obvious at Ms. Clinton’s first Benghazi appearance before the House committee on Benghazi on January 23, 2014 – some six weeks following her stroke. Ms. Clinton continued to wear the glasses until at least the date of her resignation on February 1, 2014.

It was Ms. Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, while fending of accusations that Ms. Clinton was trying to “duck” the appearance before the Benghazi committee, that let slip the extent of the rehabilitation that as required after Ms. Clinton’s stroke. On May 14, 2014 ABC News reporter Mary Burnes noted:

“Bill Clinton did more today than defend his wife, Hillary Clinton, from recent accusations leveled by GOP strategist Karl Rove that she suffered brain damage after in December 2012.

“The former president revealed that his wife’s injury “required six months of very serious work to get over,” he said during a question-and-answer session at the Peterson Foundation in Washington.

“’They went to all this trouble to say she had staged what was a terrible concussion that required six months of very serious work to get over,’ he said. ‘It’s something she never low-balled with the American people, never tried to pretend it didn’t happen.’”

Even while dissembling about her putative conditions as a “concussion” Mr. Clinton revealed the seriousness of her actual condition – a thrombotic stroke. More importantly, while Mr. Clinton claims that Ms. Clinton never “low-balled” her condition to the American people, she continues to be less than forth coming about what actually happened and the medical precursors that led to this inevitable stroke.

Ms. Clinton has had other thrombotic episodes. She had a deep vein thrombosis in 1998 and another in 2009. According to a report by the clinical staff of Mayo Clinic:

“Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain or swelling, but may occur without any symptoms.

“Deep vein thrombosis can develop if you have certain medical conditions that affect how your blood clots. Deep vein thrombosis can also happen if you don’t move for a long time, such as after surgery, following an accident, or when you are confined to a hospital or nursing home bed.

“Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition because blood clots in your veins can break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in your lungs, blocking blood flow (pulmonary embolism).”

A 2012 Hindawa Scientifica article noted:

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) that includes deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism is a frequent, severe, and potentially lethal disease. After a first episode, VTE has a strong tendency to recur. While VTE is an acute disease, it may have variable outcomes in early and late phases after initial presentation. Furthermore, the incidence of late, clinically important consequences (postthrombotic syndrome and/or chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension) increases in case of recurrent events.” [Emphasis supplied]

In other words, the first venus thrombotic incident was a predictor of subsequent incidents – two of which have already occurred. In a March 2000 Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Dr. Per-Olof Hansson noted:

“The recurrence rate after a symptomatic DVT is high. Patients with proximal DVT, diagnosed cancer, short duration of oral anticoagulation therapy, or a history of thromboembolic events had a higher risk of recurrent events, while patients with postoperative DVT had a lower recurrence rate. This knowledge could help identify patients who might benefit most from prolonged prophylactic treatment in various risk situations.”

In other words, Ms. Clinton is at greater risk of a subsequent stroke than the average citizen. The facts that she will be sixty-nine in 2016, that she is primarily sedentary and that she is participating in a high stress campaign (and an even more stressful position is she is elected President of the United States) simply increases the risk even more.

I do not believe that the condition of Ms. Clinton’s health is a disqualifier for the presidency. However, I do believe that it is a subject for full disclosure and debate. And that disclosure should include the actual medical records for those treating Ms. Clinton and not just a letter summary of her health from her friend Dr. Lisa Bardack. [WebMD notes that Dr. Bardack treats acute pharyngitis (inflammation of the pharynx and/or tonsils), acute sinusitus (a short-term infection or inflammation of the membranes that line your sinuses), acute upper respiratory tract infections and anxiety phobic disorders – none of which have to do with deep vein thrombosis or ischemic strokes.]

And while it may not serve Ms. Clinton’s best interests, it will serve the interest of American voters who must make a choice for the next President of the United States.

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  • MrBill

    Sounds like another instance of Clinton’s obsession with maintaining an image at the expense of truth.

    • DavidAppell

      You are blind, and sadly so, if you don’t think Republicans do the same.

      • MrBill

        I don’t recall saying R’s never do the same. I just agreed that this is an instance where Clinton has.

        • Appell’s crede a pile scat

          Huzzah!

    • Eric Blair

      Yet… the evidence is sparse. I think you’re more willing to believe, and not believe.. not because of the facts, but because it is Hillary Clinton.

  • Bob Clark

    Huh. It’s crass thinking this; but maybe there’s more of a chance Bill will have his hands on the presidential wheel rather than further-to-the-left-Queen-Hillary (even if the latter should win the White House.) For all his foibles, slick willy wasn’t such a bad president. He liked to not only use the sausage, but make some political sausage too. (sorry for my crassness…too much watching of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”)

    • john700

      Slick Willy appeared not to be as left as Hillary because that’s how it was in the 90s. He wasn’t such a bad president because nothing happened in the 90s (no attacks, Russia on its knees, he reigned between recessions), except him getting a BJ from an intern in the WH and lying under oath about it.

      • Bookem Dano

        Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby, Hillary Clinton and Jane Fonda.
        Four, Jaunita Broaddrick might adjudge better off for US as interns in a prison laundry.

  • Robbins Mitchell

    Yea,good luck with that “full disclosure” thing

  • DavidAppell

    Larry wrote:
    “While Ms. Clinton eventually acknowledged having a “small blood clot” in her brain as a result of the fall, she refused to acknowledge that she had a stroke.”

    Now you’re a doctor, Larry?

    Where is that nonjudgemental Christian spirit you pretended so hard to possess just a few days ago?

    • MrBill

      Sometimes you have to call them as you see them.

      Last I checked truth is a Christian virtue too. And being non-judgmental isn’t really as much of any kind of virtue-Christian or otherwise.

      • DavidAppell

        Larry has no idea — none –what happened to Hillary Clinton medically.

        He just made stuff up. Some “truth.” Typical conservative Christian.

        • IhateLiberals

          Oh – and a lefty like you does?

          • A. Daniel Pearl of Wisdom

            Bingo, bango Dem Mongol’s.

      • Eric Blair

        However, waiting for all the facts, and not rushing to judgment would be a Christian virtue wouldn’t? Not thinking badly of someone until all the facts are in. To believe without knowing the facts, is a form of a lie.

        • MrBill

          True enough. But you can still draw conclusions based on the facts you do have. The difference is that you might only know something is probably true rather than knowing with 100% metaphysical certitude.

          • Eric Blair

            It is difficult sometimes to know when you have enough facts… that is a judgement call in the end. However, it is also easy to discern that your facts may be incomplete and lacking; most likely easier than determining when you have enough facts to reach a reasonable conclusion.

            Given the almost guaranteed certainty of never having all the facts (which is different than having the significant or important facts), it is also best to reserve judgement: especially when it comes to a person”s character, and even more importantly when it involves judging someone you disagree with at a fundamental level. Because, as you’ve noted, we will never have 100% of the facts.

            This is what I see as Larry’s failing in this article. His rush to judgement simply can’t be maintained on the facts he’s presented. The author of the article is a political commentator, and not a doctor or health professional. His analysis is based on a very flimsy evidence.

            I think it would also be a form of a lie, and very un-Christian, to report and act upon conjecture as if were facts. Larry has presented himself as something of a gossip-monger.

          • MrBill

            I don’t think anything’s particularly overstated here. He’s simply pointed out evidence that suggests she may have suffered one or more strokes. He then goes on to say this isn’t necessarily any kind of disqualifier, but that people have a right to know. He ends by saying release of health records would clear everything up.

            This is hardly a rush to judgement or gossip mongering.

          • Eric Blair

            Given the source of his information, we’ll have to disagree.

          • MrBill

            Good point. One source was Bill Clinton. Another was her personal physician. Very shady sources indeed.

          • Iman Mohabitated

            Speaking of non-Christian, where be ‘heading’ you in the spirit of Islam…udder than ISIS?

  • slfjlsjfklj

    She is a scumbag. She is nothing but Barry in a pantsuit.

    • DavidAppell

      Barry has been a good president. I think Hillary will too.

      • IhateLiberals

        Oh really? Been to a firing range lately? In some places they are using blow-up pictures of Obama for target practice. Of course, we know folks like you know nothing about it – since you don’t own a firearm.

  • Darrell benz

    U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Hell of a good job , keep up the good work we need more people like you ! Now to you Hillary investigators , I hope this inspires you to do your job with diligence ; A criminal is a criminal know matter who you are or what your name is , save our country from these blood sucking vipers.

  • keanareeves365

    Practical suggestions – I loved the details – Does anyone know where I could find a sample IMO Dangerous Goods Declaration copy to work with ?

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