Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Speculating on Hillary's Health

Note that I am not a doctor, don't play a doctor on TV, and seeing a real doctor makes my blood pressure go so high, that I haven't seen one since 2011 !

On September 13, I posted:
   "I'm suspicious that Hillary has a chronic health problem significantly worse than pneumonia, but I will not speculate about what it could be -- if you want speculation you can read the National Enquirer."

A blog reader demanded "one good reason" for my speculation that Hillary's health is worse than we have been told.

Trying to Hide Reality is Very Suspicious:
(A) Hillary trying to keep the pneumonia secret.

(B) Hillary trying to keep the NYC collapse secret -- if not for one random cell phone video, we would probably have been told Hillary stumbled on a pothole, assuming we were told anything!

(C) The secrecy and changing stories from Hillary and her entourage, about her health, strongly suggests there is something to hide.

I believe speculating about Hillary's health is logical because the official explanations didn't make sense -- and even after the explanations were changed
(which is itself suspicious) -- the new explanations are still buzzing my "internal BS meter".

Collapsing one time could be the symptom of a serious health problem -- Hillary has collapsed three times that we know of in the past decade -- twice resulting in serious injuries.

If you think that's no big deal, then you might as well stop reading now.

I am going to assume Hillary's claim that she "could not recall" 26 significant events from 2009 to 2013 during her FBI interview was baloney -- I assume she was faking a horrible memory to avoid taking the 5th amendment, which would have killed her campaign.

If its true that Hillary's memory is that bad, then her symptoms would even better support my speculation.

Hillary's doctor (Dr. Bardack) was trained at NYU medical school -- I have no complaints about her training -- I got my MBA degree at NYU.

But ... please be aware that a law called HIPAA forbids doctors from releasing a patient's medical information without the permission of the patient.

Hiding something at the patient’s request is permitted, and even considered ethical for a doctor.

    (1) Hillary's collapses:
Hillary has collapsed AT LEAST twice before the latest NYC collapse: One time she got a serious concussion and brain blood clot, and the other time she broke her elbow.

Given how secretive Clinton is, I believe she has collapsed / fallen more than those three times in the past decade.

The way the Secret Service detail reacted to the NYC collapse -- not even taking Hillary to the nearest hospital -- was shocking.

Secret Service protocol called for escorting Hillary to a Level I Trauma Center after her "medical episode" in NYC.

SS agents would have been fired if they failed to take Hillary to a hospital, unless they had a good reason not to.

A good reason would be that SS agents had prior experience(s) with Hillary collapsing that didn't require hospitalization ... and there was also (secretly) a doctor in Hillary's entourage.

     (2) Hillary's coughing jags:

They have gone on far too long to be blamed on pneumonia.

     (3) Hillary's pneumonia:
Blaming all the coughing jags (all year) on "seasonal allergies" ... and then suddenly changing the blame for the most recent coughing jag to pneumonia, seemed like malarkey to me.

Just like blaming the most recent collapse on "overheating" ... and then suddenly changing the blame to pneumonia/dehydration ... also seemed like malarkey to me!

Weakness with pneumonia is usually due to dehydration -- the symptom is dizziness when standing up ( aka orthostasis ).

But in NYC, Hillary did not stand up before collapsing.

She was walking, and then standing and leaning against a post next to the SUV, and then she walked a few steps toward the SUV before she collapsed.

That scenario is most likely the result of a neurological problem, rather than bacterial pneumonia dehydration
(the outside temperature was between 75 and 80 degrees F., with normal humidity between 40 and 45%, measured a few miles north in Central Park.)

While standing near the street waiting for the van, Hillary was photographed grasping both extended hands of an (unknown) woman with her entourage -- that odd pose happens to be a standard, quick neurological test for a stroke.

     (4) What chronic conditions could cause the Hillary collapses?
**** Epilepsy? 
- Not likely

**** Early stage Parkinson's disease? 
- Not likely
But ... emails released by WikiLeaks show Hillary looked into a drug used to treat sleepiness and Parkinson’s disease after she apparently began suffering from “decision fatigue” back in 2011.

Clinton sent an email to advisor Cheryl Mills on August 19, 2011 featuring the text of an article entitled "Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?"

The article also explains how “decision fatigue” could explain why “ordinarily sensible people get angry at colleagues,” which is possibly a nod to Clinton’s infamous temper tantrums that have left her staffers in tears.

In another email sent two months later, Hillary received information from her top foreign policy advisor Jacob Sullivan about a drug called Provigil (Modafinil) ... which is used to treat “excessive sleepiness in patients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis,” as well as “excessive sleepiness caused by narcolepsy”.

**** TIA or transient ischemic (without oxygen) attack (aka "mini stroke")?
A TIA is a blood clot in the brain, causing symptoms, that gets dissolved or breaks away so that blood flow is not permanently interrupted.
- Likely cause for at least one of the three collapses

**** Lacunar Infarctions
These are small strokes that destroy brain tissue at the microscopic level that often result in a type of dementia called vascular dementia.
- Likely cause of memory problems, and possibly a cause of one or more of the prior collapses

     (5) Coughing plus collapsing equals bad news:
Any neurological problem, such as TIAs or Lacunar Infarctions
(above), especially a problem that cause dysphagia (difficulty swallowing / coughing) and seizures / weakness (collapsing) ... is a leading indicator of another stroke.

And that is my armchair diagnosis.