Both presidential candidates and their minions recently have begun urging friendly reporters to run dubious material about their opponent’s rapidly deteriorating physical and mental health. There’s so much shit being slung it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.
That both candidates are of unsound mind and body is apparent to even casual observers, such as myself, but not all the rumors are necessarily true. Some, in fact, seem outright loopy.
However, let’s explore a few that have recently gotten attention and that may or may not be credible.
By some accounts, Hillary Clinton is suffering from Parkinson’s, gonorrhea and everything in between. Based on my diagnosis, which involves watching minutes of campaign clips, Hillary is not suffering from the first two. However, it’s possible she might be suffering from “everything in between.”
Some commentators, though, are not as careful in their evaluations as I am. About a week ago Fox’s Sean Hannity, a Trump surrogate, did a segment during which he brought on a urologist to speculate about Hillary’s neurological health. As I wrote here earlier, a GOP doctor diagnosing Hillary with neurological problems is about as reliable as what your crazy, gun-wielding neighbor tells you about an imminent invasion by Martian storm troopers.
On the other hand, Obama’s former doctor, David Scheiner, told CNN last night that he thought Hillary is past due for a neurological check-up.
Meanwhile, the bland and dull Democratic Veep nominee, Tim Kaine, is not above casting aspersions of his own. Yesterday he criticized Harold N. Bornstein, Trump’s doctor. As Kaine noted, Bornstein told NBC News last week that he had written a letter attesting to Trump’s excellent health in five minutes while a black car waited outside his office to collect it.
That raised some questions about just how deeply Bornstein had probed Trump during prior medical evaluations. And indeed there is little about Bornstein that inspires confidence; in addition to the photograph that accompanies this story, he’s merely a gastroenterologist who specializes in stomach, digestive and dietary problems. If he’s a real doctor, Stu from “Hangover” could be considered a real dentist.
It should also be noted that Bornstein earlier this year said that if elected Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency” and pointedly noted that his patient had lost fifteen pounds in the prior year. He didn’t say how Trump had achieved such an impressive result but, Furthermore, relatedly nor not, Bornstein reportedly has a history of over-prescribing medications.
Meanwhile, at least two very well-regarded books have alleged that Trump has used diet pills, which typically are variants of amphetamines.
He’s had number of curious doctors in addition to Bornstein, too. For example, in The Last Tycoon Harry Hurt III found that one Joseph Greenberg prescribed Trump an amphetamine-like drug to treat what he diagnosed as a “metabolic disorder.”
Spy magazine looked at the Greenberg story in 1992 and found that the medication he prescribed was Tenuate Dospan. That’s a diet drug similar, according to the publication formerly known as Gawker, to dexedrine, with side effects that include “confusions” and “hallucinations.”
It’s only supposed to be used on a short-term basis but Greenberg reportedly had Trump on it for five months. “The long-term use of Tenuate can, according to the medical literature, lead to psychosis,” Gawker concluded.
(Wayne Barrett also discusses Trump’s alleged diet pill-popping problem in his excellent 1991 book, Trump: The Deals and the Downfall.)
There’s been speculation that Trump’s had continued problems keeping his weight down over the years, which a look through photo archives easily confirms. And just last month, Inquisitr.com said that observers were wondering again about the diet pill issue because of a rather strange, stream-of-consciousness speech that Trump had given in Cincinnati.
Does Trump have a problem with diet pills? It’s not clear, but it would certainly explain a lot of his erratic behavior and is a theory worth exploring.