After a week of reports raising questions about Hillary Clinton’s health, the Democratic candidate for president has chimed in: She says she’s fine.
The Washington Examiner reported Friday Clinton in a campaign podcast talked about how worn out she was after the Democratic convention and a subsequent bus trip.
“By the end of those two weeks that’s exactly how I felt, it was, ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t know that I can get up, let alone what I will do if I am vertical,'” she said.
She said she tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
“I, knock on wood, am pretty lucky because I have a lot of stamina and endurance, which is necessary in the kind of campaign I’m engaged in,” Clinton said, the Examiner reported. “But I also … try to eat right, not always succeeding but try, try to get enough sleep, try to get exercise. Now I’m not going to pretend that I like it because I don’t but between yoga and walking, getting on the treadmill, some weights, I try to keep up.”
Explained the Examiner: “Fox News personality Sean Hannity raised the prospect that Clinton may have had a ‘stroke’ and suggested that Clinton has looked like she suffered from some ‘seizure-esque’ movements. The Drudge Report similarly splashed photos and headlines that sparked questions about Clinton’s health.”
WND also reported on the issue, especially after an image appeared showing an aide apparently holding her up at a campaign event.
US Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the overflow crowd who were unable… https://t.co/qnzzDj2xkL
— Kristinn Taylor (@KristinnFR) August 10, 2016
The image suggesting a physical problem was posted on Twitter and at the Gateway Pundit by Kristinn Taylor, who writes for the outlet and others.
It shows Mrs. Clinton at a crowd at Southwest College in Los Angeles on April 16 with two aides at her side apparently trying to steady her.
The report credits the photo to Mark Ralston of AFP/Getty Images. Another photo from the same rally showed Clinton “standing alone and unaided.”
Taylor commented, “It is not clear what made Clinton lose her balance such that two men had to rush to keep her from falling down.”
He wrote the image shows her “being firmly held up by a man on her right side to keep her from falling over as she addressed an overflow crowd during a campaign stop in Los Angeles, while a man on her left side is seen urgently extending his arm to aid in propping up Clinton.”
“The man holding Clinton up has one hand clasping her right hand and his other hand grasping her bicep. Clinton is leaning forward speaking to the crowd using a microphone held in her left hand.”
Clinton’s health largely has been ignored by establishment media, but it’s not escaping notice everywhere. While there long have been questions about Clinton’s health, from her tripping and falling, to reports of blood clots, to special glasses that she used during the Benghazi congressional hearings, its getting new attention because of her candidacy for president.
“Is it conceivable that Hillary supporters would really be voting for Huma Abedin, Clinton’s top aide, or for the First First Husband President, Bill Clinton? The American people are entitled to know the objective medical facts about Secretary Clinton,” said Dr. Jane Orient in a new commentary published at WND.
She has been in solo medical practice since 1981 and has served as the executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons since 1989. She currently is president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness.
She bluntly asks, “Is Hillary Clinton medically unfit to serve?”
According to a new Rasmussen poll, 59 percent of voters now believe all major presidential candidates should release at least their most recent medical records to the public.
That’s up dramatically from 38 percent in May 2014 when questions about Clinton’s health were first being raised.
A recent video appears to show her in what the popular Drudge Report described as a “brain freeze.”
And that followed earlier episodes that had some questioning whether she was suffering a seizures.
Such evidence was alarming for Orient.
“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,” Orient wrote.
“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),” Orient wrote.
“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,” she continued. “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.
“Obviously, it would be very dangerous for a person subject to symptoms like this to be dealing with foreign leaders or making critical decisions. The president of the United States may have to make world-changing decisions on a moment’s notice. For example, should we launch nuclear-armed missiles? And if the commander in chief is confused, who will make the call?”
In June 2015, Clinton’s campaign released a statement of the candidate’s health from Lisa Bardack, M.D., of the Mount Kisco Medical Group.
It said Clinton had suffered hypothyroidism, seasonal pollen allergies, deep vein thrombosis in 1998 and in 2009, an elbow fracture and concussion in 2012. Her medications include Armour Thyroid, antihistamines, Vitamin B12 and Coumadin.
It summarizes: “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.”
This week a “leaked” statement dated Feb. 5, 2014, purportedly from the same doctor, said she had been “blacking out for short periods of time, uncontrollable twitching, memory loss, fatigue.”
“Patient has been diagnosed with having Complex Partial Seizures in early 2013 and was diagnosed with having early-onset Subcortical Vascular Dementia. in mid 2013. (sic)”
WND contacted the office of the doctor and was promised a return call, but no call came.
One image shows Clinton getting help to climb stairs. It happened during a February event in South Carolina.
There also have been videos that have raised questions.
One appears to show her losing her concentration while speaking.
She simply comes to a halt and stares at the audience.
See the video:
And a July 21 video posted on YouTube shows Clinton’s head suddenly turning and shaking vigorously for several seconds.
Blogger Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit headlined it, “Wow!” Did Hillary Clinton Just Suffer a Seizure on Camera?”
“The poor woman is in worse shape than we thought,” he wrote.
“I think the public has a right to know,” Siegel told Hannity. “In 2008, Sean, I looked over a thousand pages of John McCain’s records because of a melanoma he had 10 years ago. What about Hillary? In 2009, a severe fall. She breaks her elbow. In 2011, she boards a plane, falls. In 2012, she has a severe concussion which Bill Clinton says took her six months to recover from.”
He continued: “Then she ends up with a blood clot in the brain and a lifetime of blood thinners. Just that point alone – if she’s prone to falling, you can see from that picture up there that it looked like she can barely get upstairs without two people carrying her. Guess what if she falls and hits her head? She’ll get a blood clot.”
“I want to know what her neurological records show,” he said.
“The picture going up the stairs speaks a million words,” Samadi told Hannity. “Is she fatigued? Is she dehydrated? One of the main reasons she fell in 2012 and had the concussions was severe dehydration. They’re holding her and going up the stairs. So she may be really dehydrated, she may have arthritis, she may have back pain, she may have fallen again. We don’t know. There are questions that are unanswered. What we know today is she’s on thyroid medication, she suffers from hypothyroid, low thyroid, that can cause fatigue and gaining weight and all of that.”
Siegel said: “I think a traumatic brain injury with symptoms down the road is very, very likely here especially since she had a blood clot on her brain. As David mentioned, that could lead to a seizure problem. Someone is carrying a [diazepam] pen that you’d use in case of a seizure, a Valium pen, that makes me wonder about that.”
Other reports said the “pen” was actually a flashlight.
The interview with Hannity:
Clinton also has suffered repeated episodes of uncontrolled coughing during her campaigning.