Multiple sources raise serious questions about Hillary Clinton's physical health

Several sources have raised serious questions about Hillary Clinton’s fitness to serve at president of the United States based on her physical health.  Some of these individuals are people who observed her in various settings that called her mental and physical status into question.  Others are physicians who reviewed the 2012 ABC News report after Clinton’s fall and subsequent concussion.

Non-medical observers

Breitbart News reports that John Cardillo, a former NYPD officer who provided VIP security details, knows two sources (a federal agent and an NYPD officer who worked a security detail) who observed Clinton’s health-related behaviors over the past several years.  Neither officer knows the other, yet their stories are almost identical.  Observations include witnessing Clinton become pale, sweaty, disoriented, fatigued, dizzy, on the verge of fainting, and/or unable to walk to her car after giving a speech.

Republican strategist Roger Stone told Breitbart News he was also aware of Clinton’s health problems and does not believe she has the physical stamina to be president, stating: “A number of New York Democrats, very prominent, well-known, wealthy New York Democrats, told me last year that Hillary had very significant health issues and that they were surprised that she was running in view of her health problems and her lack of stamina. So far, she’s run a very controlled campaign.”  Stone also referenced Huma Abedin’s comment in an email that Clinton is “often confused.”


Medical opinions

Dr. Jane Orient, medical doctor, stated that “[c]oncussions can cause long-term damage including cognitive problems, even when standard studies including CT or MRI look normal. Not saying Mrs. Clinton has any of the above – just speaking generally and hypothetically.”

Daniel Kassicieh, D.O. (osteopath), neurologist, agreed with Orient about the possibility of Clinton suffering long-term cognitive symptoms.  He has stated that concussions in older adults can be more serious, resulting in a condition known as post-concussion syndrome.  Symptoms include persistent dizziness, complaints of memory difficulties, forgetfulness, loss of ability to focus on complex tasks or concepts, and indecisiveness.  Risk factors for developing post-concussion syndrome include age (Clinton was 65 when this happened) and being female.

Kassicieh noted that he has treated many post-concussion syndrome patients and believes that Clinton is suffering from this based on reports he has read and observation of her behaviors, stating: “I think she has latent post-concussion syndrome, and I can understand that as a politician they would want to be covering that up.”  He further noted that as a neurologist, he would not want a president with this diagnosis, because “super high-level cognitive abilities are clearly impaired and even their routine multitasking high-stress abilities are affected because post-concussion syndrome patients in general don’t tolerate even moderate work, stress-related environments.”  Kassicieh added that if Clinton is suffering from post-concussion syndrome, her symptoms could appear “well beyond a year” after her concussion.

Dr. Drew Pinsky, internal medicine physician, confirmed that symptoms could last more than a year after a head injury of the sort Clinton suffered and that symptoms are “not trivial” and are “very serious,” particularly for individuals in their 60s.

Dr. Nicholas C. Bambakidis, neurosurgeon, appeared less concerned than others, stating that the type of blood clot Clinton had is often without cause and can be associated with any number of factors.  If untreated, the clot can progress, cause brain bleeds and/or swelling that can result in a stroke, and can, in some cases, be fatal.  However, Bambakidis confirmed that if treated in a timely fashion, there should be no longstanding issues with a person’s health, and that this appears to be the case with Clinton.

Breitbart News compiled a list of questions and sent them to Clinton spokesman, Nick Merrill, including:

1) Does Secretary Clinton have difficulty with fatigue, dizziness and being disoriented? Does she have difficulty after speeches and during debates continuing for lengthy periods of time–or for instance walking back to her car after events?

2) Is she suffering from latent post concussion syndrome?

3) Is she being completely honest with the public about her health? Does she have a clean bill of health?

4) Is she able to conduct high level cognitive abilities on the same level she has been able to throughout her life? Is she able to conduct routine multitasking high stress abilities on the same level she has been able to throughout her life?

5) Does she have or did she have a transverse sinus thrombosis, or blood clot?

6) Is she capable of serving as President of the United States with these conditions and symptoms?

7) Has she done tests with a doctor on a treadmill? Has she gotten a doctor-supervised sleep study? Has she worked with a doctor on metabolic studies? Has she gotten cancer screenings?

8) Does she have a medical team attending to her? What are the details of that?

Merrill responded by telling Breitbart News that Clinton’s doctors already answered those questions and the information is in her health statement.  Clinton’s doctor (since 2001), Lisa Bardack, wrote in a letter that she deemed Clinton fit to serve as president.  Bardack confirms the following:

  • Healthy 67-year-old female.
  • Current medical conditions: hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies.
  • Prior health history: (1) 1998 and 2009: deep vein thrombosis, (2) 2009: elbow fracture, (3) 2012: concussion, (4) 2012: stomach virus causing dehydration, fainting, and a concussion, and (5) 2013: transverse sinus venous thrombosis; anti-coagulation therapy; concussion symptoms resolved within two months; follow-up tests showed complete resolution and total dissolution of the thrombosis; tested negative for all clotting disorders; put on daily anticoagulation as a precautionary measure.
  • Family history: (1) father who lived into his 80s and died of a stroke, (2) mother who lived into her 90s and died of a heart attack, and (3) one brother with heart disease.

The doctor’s letter noted various preventative tests and screenings that have all been negative and confirmed that Clinton’s last physical in March of 2015 showed she was in excellent health.  Her letter ended:

In summary, Mrs. Clinton is a healthy female with hypothyroidism and seasonal allergies, on long-term anticoagulation,” Dr. Bardack wrote. “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.

In June of last year, Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, wouldn’t commit to releasing Clinton’s full health records.  The letter from Clinton’s personal physician was forwarded to Breitbart News after that Mook interview.

No health records.  Just a letter.  Lots of questions.

Sounds about right for Hillary Clinton.