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Fake Clinton Medical Records

Posted by on Aug. 18, 2016 at 11:54 AM
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Fake Clinton Medical Records

Despite the fact that Hillary Clinton got a clean bill of health from her doctor, fake medical records for Clinton are circulating on some conservative websites, purporting to show that she suffers from seizures and dementia.

Clinton’s longtime physician — whose name appears atop the alleged “leaked” documents — released a statement to FactCheck.org calling the documents “false,” and reiterating her diagnosis that Clinton is “in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States.”

The fake records are making the rounds just as some in the conservative media have been baselessly questioning Clinton’s health. Among them was Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who played a tape of Clinton vigorously shaking her head in a manner he deemed “seizure-esque” (although neither of the medical experts on his program agreed).

The doctored documents play off Clinton’s very real concussion in December 2012 — which caused her to suffer double vision for nearly two months starting in late 2012. But her longtime physician, Lisa Bardack, director of internal medicine, Mount Sinai Health System at CareMount Medical, says follow-up medical exams in 2013 “revealed complete resolution of the effects of the concussion.”

The fake documents, dated Feb. 5, 2014, which appear to have originated from a since-deleted Twitter account, purport to come from Dr. Bardack. But her title is wrong on the letterhead.

The letter purports to indicate that Clinton suffered complications from a 2012 concussion including “blacking out,” “uncontrollable twitching” and “memory loss.” It says Clinton has previously been diagnosed as having “Complex Partial Seizures” and “early-onset Subcortical Vascular Dementia.” The images were shared and discussed on numerous websites and in social media. But again, we can’t stress this enough: It’s a fake document.

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The same Twitter user later posted what was purported to be a magnetic resonance angiogram of Clinton’s brain showing a significant “abnormality” in the brain tissue. This is also a bogus image.

 

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In a statement provided to FactCheck.org by the Clinton campaign, Bardack dismissed the authenticity of these documents, saying they are “false, were not written by me and are not based on any medical facts.”

Bardack, Aug. 16: As Secretary Clinton’s long time physician, I released a medical statement during the campaign indicating that she is in excellent health. I have recently been made aware of allegedly “leaked” medical documents regarding Secretary Clinton with my name on them. These documents are false, were not written by me and are not based on any medical facts. To reiterate what I said in my previous statement, Secretary Clinton is in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States.

Bardack, who has served as Clinton’s personal physician since 2001, did publicly release a summary of Clinton’s health history and a medical evaluation in a letter dated July 28, 2015. It paints a much different picture than the fake documents.

According to Bardack’s letter, Clinton “is a healthy 67-year-old female whose current medical conditions include hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies.”

The letter discusses Clinton’s concussion — well-documented in the media at the time — and some of the lingering effects she suffered from it. As the New York Times noted in December 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion after fainting and striking her head. Bardack’s letter said Clinton suffered a stomach virus after traveling, and became dehydrated, which caused her to faint.

Bardack, July 28, 2015: During follow up evaluations, Mrs. Clinton was found to have a transverse sinus venous thrombosis and began anticoagulation therapy to dissolve the clot. As a result of the concussion, Mrs. Clinton also experienced double vision for a period of time and benefited from wearing glasses with a Fresnel Prism.

Here’s Clinton in those much-discussed glasses, which her aide acknowledged at the time was “because of lingering issues stemming from her concussion.”

Bardack said Clinton’s symptoms, including the double vision, went away within two months.

Bardack, July 28, 2015: She had follow-up testing in 2013, which revealed complete resolution of the effects of the concussion as well as total dissolution of the thrombosis.

Bardack said Clinton’s most recent physical examination on March 21, 2015, “revealed a healthy-appearing female.” Bardack said Clinton has a healthy diet and exercises regularly, including yoga, swimming, walking and weight training.

Bardack, July 28, 2015: In summary, Mrs. Clinton is a healthy female with hypothyroidism and seasonal allergies, on long-term anticoagulation. She participates in a healthy lifestyle and has had a full medical evaluation, which reveals no evidence of additional medical issues or cardiovascular disease. her cancer screening evaluations are all negative. She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States.

Despite the public release of Bardack’s medical evaluation, some conservative pundits have questioned Clinton’s health and ability to serve as president.

On Fox News, Sean Hannity repeatedly speculated about serious health issues for Clinton. Hannity showed clips of Clinton in the midst of a coughing fit in February, stumbling while boarding a plane in 2011, and dramatically shaking her head during a press scrum in June (which Hannity said “almost looks seizure-esque to me”). Never mind that two medical experts on the program said the video did not appear to show seizures, though both called for a disclosure of medical records for both presidential candidates.

Hannity, Aug. 10: That last one in particular is so odd to me. What was your take?

Dr. Fiona Gupta, neurologist, North Shore Brain and Spine Center: You know, it’s just so hard to speculate based on snippets of the clips that, you know, what is going on without having a full examination and workup.

Hannity: Look at this video right here. Watch her reaction, because I’m not — it almost seems seizure-esque to me.

Gupta: There are different types of seizures, local seizures that sometimes can cause just one body part, but it would be very rare. I mean, typically seizures will generalize, so I can’t say that’s a seizure.

Hannity: Aren’t there many seizures like that, Dr. Siegel?

Dr. Marc Siegel, Fox News medical contributor: I’m not a neurologist, and I don’t think that necessarily looks like a seizure, but I will say this …

An Associated Press reporter who was among those shouting questions to Clinton during the press scrum inside a muffin shop called it an “innocuous exchange” that has “become the fodder for one of some Trump supporters’ most popular conspiracy theories: her failing health.”

“Perhaps eager to avoid answering or maybe just taken aback by our volume, Clinton responded with an exaggerated motion, shaking her head vigorously for a few seconds,” AP reporter Lisa Lerer later wrote. “Video of the moment shows me holding out my recorder in front of her, laughing and stepping back in surprise. After the exchange, she took a few more photos, exited the shop and greeted supporters waiting outside.”

An opinion writer for Newsweek, who has epilepsy, wrote that Clinton’s movements looked “nothing like” a seizure. The writer called Hannity’s speculation degrading to people with epilepsy, and he demanded an apology.

But Hannity isn’t the only one questioning Clinton’s physical fitness to be president. Though he was vague, Clinton’s Republican opponent, Donald Trump, said in a speech on foreign policy on Aug. 15 that Clinton “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS, and all of the many adversaries we face – not only in terrorism, but in trade and every other challenge we must confront to turn our great country around.”

Neither Trump nor Hannity referenced the fake medical documents purporting to be from Dr. Bardack. But their baseless speculation is also refuted by the public statements and medical evaluation released by Clinton’s longtime doctor.

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romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 18, 2016 at 12:01 PM
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They won't trust FactCheck.Org or snopes.com or anything that Breitbart doesn't support.

I wonder when Breitbart will be rebranded as Trump News.  We all know how he loves to put his name on anything he owns.

Pema_Jampa
by Emerald Member on Aug. 18, 2016 at 12:06 PM

I am convinced they are willfully lying about all of this and don't care they are being deceitful. So, now we know Trumpsters are also liars. Is there anything they wouldn't do to win?

PamR
by Platinum Member on Aug. 18, 2016 at 12:42 PM
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As we have seen numerous times, Trumpsters don't care for facts.  Or reality. 

blondekosmic15
by Ruby Member on Aug. 18, 2016 at 12:45 PM


Quoting romalove:

They won't trust FactCheck.Org or snopes.com or anything that Breitbart doesn't support.

I wonder when Breitbart will be rebranded as Trump News.  We all know how he loves to put his name on anything he owns.

Just a few days ago I read about this. If I have time I'll try to find it.

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 18, 2016 at 12:47 PM
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His new advisor is from Breitbart.

Trump wants to deny press passes to media he thinks is "unfair" to him, like Washington Post and NYT, but he wants to bring a media guy right next to him, because, you know, we have freedom of the press.

Quoting blondekosmic15:

Quoting romalove:

They won't trust FactCheck.Org or snopes.com or anything that Breitbart doesn't support.

I wonder when Breitbart will be rebranded as Trump News.  We all know how he loves to put his name on anything he owns.

Just a few days ago I read about this. If I have time I'll try to find it.


PamR
by Platinum Member on Aug. 18, 2016 at 12:50 PM

There's a few articles floating around saying that Trump is actually planning a media empire with his son-in-law and this Breitbart jerk.  That his presidential campaign has been nothing but a precursor to that. 

Quoting romalove:

His new advisor is from Breitbart.

Trump wants to deny press passes to media he thinks is "unfair" to him, like Washington Post and NYT, but he wants to bring a media guy right next to him, because, you know, we have freedom of the press.

Quoting blondekosmic15:

Quoting romalove:

They won't trust FactCheck.Org or snopes.com or anything that Breitbart doesn't support.

I wonder when Breitbart will be rebranded as Trump News.  We all know how he loves to put his name on anything he owns.

Just a few days ago I read about this. If I have time I'll try to find it.


blondekosmic15
by Ruby Member on Aug. 18, 2016 at 12:51 PM
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Donald Trump Pays Off Breitbart Editor | RedState


Washington Examiner:

Quoting romalove:

His new advisor is from Breitbart.

Trump wants to deny press passes to media he thinks is "unfair" to him, like Washington Post and NYT, but he wants to bring a media guy right next to him, because, you know, we have freedom of the press.

Quoting blondekosmic15:

Quoting romalove:

They won't trust FactCheck.Org or snopes.com or anything that Breitbart doesn't support.

I wonder when Breitbart will be rebranded as Trump News.  We all know how he loves to put his name on anything he owns.

Just a few days ago I read about this. If I have time I'll try to find it.


PamR
by Platinum Member on Aug. 18, 2016 at 12:51 PM

Since I am a political geek as much as a biomedical geek, I love it when the  two occasionally intersect. If you haven’t kept up, some right wing websites, like Breitbart, are pushing a trope that claims that a medically unfit Hillary Clinton is incapable of becoming President of the US.

I couldn’t resist commenting on this, because there’s really so much to say. Let’s start with the basics – Breitbart is a right wing website that seems to use the Natural News method of facts. You know, invent facts out of thin air.

You may not know much about Breitbart, but actually they’ve been slithering around the Donald Trump campaign for a long time. Last spring, a Breitbart reporter was actually assaulted by Trump’s then campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. Eventually, Breitbart suppressed the news, because Trump was their guy, and the reporter, Michelle Fields, resigned from the website.

But the incestuous relationship between Breitbart and Trump gets even juicer. This week, Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, will become the Republican campaign’s chief executive. I’ve never heard of a chief executive in a political campaign, but I guess my feelings would be “whatever.”

If you think that Breitbart is anything but a right wing nut job website who’s in bed with Trump, you should disabuse yourself of those notions quickly. It is a right wing nut job website in bed with Trump

But back to the “medically unfit Hillary Clinton” trope. Let’s see where Breitbart got this “fact.” Because it has a little something to do with Gardasil – maybe not directly, but I’m having fun here. Just go with it.

Who’s behind the medically unfit Hillary Clinton myth

According to the article in Breitbart, “The executive director of a physicians’ organization questions how the mainstream media can ignore signs of what could be a traumatic brain injury in the Democrat nominee for president.”

Wow, that sounds serious. And from someone who heads a “physicians’ organization.” That person must be running the American Medical Association. Or maybe they head the American Neurological Association, because they mentioned traumatic brain injury.

That would be no.

The person behind this trope is Dr. Jane Orient, who has some official position with the physician organization, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). She is also the managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (JAPANDS), published by AAPS. The journal does not have an impact factor, and does not appear to be indexed in PubMed.

All about the AAPS

Before we continue with Dr. Orient, let’s spend a moment discussing the AAPS. The organization is generally recognized as politically conservative or ultra-conservative. According to David Gorski, “it is not an exaggeration to say that the AAPS, through its journal JPANDS, is waging a war on science- and evidence-based medicine in the name of its politics.”

But it’s worse than that. The AAPS stands firmly against any sort of effort at healthcare reform, including medical care for anyone in need. In fact, the AAPS was founded in 1943-4 in response to the Wagner-Murray-Dingell Bill, which was one of the earliest bills in Congress to reform the country’s healthcare system. It lost, of course.

The AAPS opposed the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid, stating that “the effect of the law is evil and participation in carrying out its provisions is, in our opinion, immoral.” It actually encouraged, at the time, AAPS members to boycott Medicare and Medicaid.

In opposition to just about any moral fiber attributed to physicians, the AAPS argues that individuals should purchase medical care directly from doctors, and that there is no right to medical care. Believe it or not, AAPS requires its members to sign a “declaration of independence” pledging that they will not work with Medicare, Medicaid, or even private insurance companies. As Mother Jones stated, “Yet despite the lab coats and the official-sounding name, the docs of the AAPS are hardly part of mainstream medical society. Think Glenn Beck with an MD.”

But it’s not just public healthcare that’s on their radar of hatred.They are also opposed to abortion, pharmacists who must fill prescriptions for all patients, organ donations, and just about anything a moderately science-based physician would accept.

Wow that’s scary.

But I can’t let one thing pass – they’re anti-vaccine at many levels. They are opposed to “mandatory vaccinations” as a requirement for attending public schools (and I’m not even certain they think public schools are a good thing). They buy into the myth that shaken baby syndrome is related to vaccines!

Oh yeah, I was going to mention Gardasil, the cancer preventing HPV vaccine. You guessed it, they buy into just about every anti-vaccine myth and oppose the use of Gardasil.

This is an awful group. I’m pretty sure I would never ever respect the opinion of any AAPS member. It’s simply too much for my rational mind.

But let’s get back to Dr. Orient, because she’s the one who’s pushing the “medically unfit Hillary Clinton” trope.

Dr. Jane Orient

Dr. Orient does seem to have good credentials, like her MD, from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. That’s pretty prestigious.

But it ends there. She has 49 published articles indexed in PubMed, which, remember, excludes the un-indexed AAPS journal. That number would be impressive, if they were scholarly articles. But most of the articles are in very low ranked journals, and the subjects of those articles appear to be pushing the AAPS propaganda, like hating Medicare.

Sadly, she’s a lecturer at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. I don’t know what she teaches, but I hope it’s not “Obamacare will cause the destruction of Medicine in America.” But if she did, I personally would not be surprised.

Finally, digging through her credentials, and ignoring all of her right-wing rhetoric, I could not find one little bit of her experience that indicated she was an expert in neurological diseases or trauma. Yet, she must have incredible diagnostic skills to uncover Hillary Clinton’s medical issues by looking at a few photos. (Note to Republicans, that’s sarcasm – maybe not great sarcasm, but not bad.)

Medically unfit Hillary Clinton claims

This nonsense arose in a blog post by Dr. Orient on the AAPS website. The dots sort of connect themselves since she’s making Tea Party claims through the Tea Party’s favorite physician’s organization.

Just so we’re clear, Dr. Orient started her post with a full-throated endorsement Donald Trump:

Some Republicans as well as Democrats have used the term “unfit to serve” about Donald Trump, based on things he said, and what they assume he might have meant. Surely his style can be abrasive and blunt.

But a huge number of ordinary Americans cheer him, probably because he said what they were thinking. They don’t have an evil, ungenerous, uncompassionate, racist, bigoted heart, and they assume he is like them.

They are sick of being pushed around and disrespected by the politically correct crowd who are hypersensitive about almost everything–but constantly spew profane, obscene, and vulgar language that demeans American and Christian culture and blames it for all the world’s evil.

For those of you who are progressive, I don’t have to tell you how many ways that is wrong. For those of you who agree with that bullshit, my only question is, “why are you reading this blog?”

But here’s her diagnostic report, you know, based on photographs and videos:

Strangely silent is the mainstream media about the fitness of the Democrat candidate. And causes for concern are growing. Without considering any statements she has made or positions she has taken, and without presuming to speculate on psychiatric diagnoses, one can point to certain observations.

There’s the photograph of Secretary Clinton’s difficulty walking up some steps. Now inability to climb stairs does not necessarily disqualify a person for public office. However, neither she nor people with her apparently anticipated a problem. The people helping her seem to be preventing a fall. Did she simply trip? Or was it a seizure or a stroke?

Videos widely circulated on the internet are, if authentic, very concerning. One shows prolonged, inappropriate laughter; another, strange head movements. In a third, she appeared momentarily dazed and confused, and lost her train of thought. Reportedly, she has a volcanic temper. (This is probably not new.)

A man who stays close to her, who is reportedly not a Secret Service officer, was photographed carrying something in his hand that purportedly might have been an autoinjector of Valium.

While we don’t have Mrs. Clinton’s medical records, it is widely stated that she experienced a fall that caused a concussion. Since then, she is sometimes seen wearing eyeglasses with prisms, as are used to correct double vision.

Concussions often cause traumatic brain injury, which might not be visualized on standard CT or MRI. Many of our veterans who experienced blast injury from improvised explosive devices suffer from it. These are some symptoms: difficulty thinking, attention deficits, confusion, memory problems, frustration, mood swings, emotional outbursts, agitation, headaches, difficulties with balance and coordination, and seizures. Many veterans with such an injury cannot hold a job or interact normally with their families.

Let me make a few points about her claims:

  1. No physician with any level of competence or desire to do the right thing would ever diagnose a disease over the internet. They may speculate, but a diagnosis would be only appropriate after medical history, diagnostic tests, and an interview with the patient has been completed. Dr. Orient has not done any of those things, so her “diagnosis” has all the authority of a homeopath telling me that my cancer can be treated with water.
  2. Even if you convince me that Dr. Orient is such an expert in neurology that she could diagnose Hillary Clinton over the internet, she, in fact, completely lacks such expertise.
  3. Dr. Orient takes photos out of context. There’s a famous one (see the top of this article) that shows Hillary Clinton being helped by Secret Service agents up some stairs. Employing Occam’s razor (you know, the simplest explanation is frequently the correct one), maybe Clinton was uncomfortable with her heels. Maybe the steps were slippery. Maybe she twisted her knee the day before. Of course, traumatic brain injury is the simplest and best explanation (that’s sarcasm, because I know conservatives and anti-science types lack understanding of sarcasm).
  4. Dr. Orient then leaps from a slip on the stairs to comparing it to veterans who have suffered injury from improvised explosive devices (IED). Really? Has Dr. Orient ever actually diagnosed a patient with traumatic brain injury? Maybe she has, but her comments lead me to think she’s not an expert.

I’m going to be honest. Nothing she wrote about Hillary Clinton is supported by any scientific or reasonably scientific evidence. Dr. Orient is, however, an expert in using anecdotes, her imagination, and a dollop of inexperience to make a nonsensical claim.

Let’s wrap this up

If you want the opinion of a real physician who really has managed Hillary Clinton’s health and who has real credentials that do not include an anti-vaccine physician organization, then read this (pdf). Unless you believe all physicians have the moral standards of members of the AAPS, then we’re going to have to take Clinton’s physician’s statement as being accurate.

OK, one request to you guys, and I never do this. But you need to share this damn article everywhere, because in Googling “medically unfit Hillary Clinton” you will find precisely one article that ridicules and debunks this nonsense.  Let’s fill those search results with another one. You just can’t let the Big Lie win.

By the way AAPS – vaccines work and save children’s lives. Get over your pathetic anti-science bullshit.

SallyRto5kids
by on Aug. 18, 2016 at 4:11 PM
I have personally seen videos of her making extremely odd body and facial tics. Those cannot be faked.
Pema_Jampa
by Emerald Member on Aug. 18, 2016 at 4:14 PM

The videos are edited to make her look sick. They are fake. Please stop making yourself look foolish.

Quoting SallyRto5kids: I have personally seen videos of her making extremely odd body and facial tics. Those cannot be faked.


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