Hillary’s Health: Part 2, Diagnosing the Diagnosis
This is Part 2 of “Hillary’s Health.” We ended Part 1 with Trump surrogate Dr. Ben Carson saying no ethical or professional physician would do a “long-distance” diagnosis of someone they never met, and Trump campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, agreeing. Now, let’s hear from another Trump surrogate, Newt Gingrich. Newt says that all the blather about Hillary’s health is “junk medicine.” It’s in the other half of the Fox News story we referenced.
NEWT GINGRICH: . . .I’m always dubious, with all due respect to television doctors, when you have a doctor who has never seen the patient, begin to give you a complicated, fancy sounding analysis based on what? I mean, I would be very cautious and I would recommend to doctors for professional reasons to be very cautious deciding you’re gonna start analyzing people. Because next you’re going to get a left-wing psychiatrist explaining Donald Trump in negative terms.
DOOCY: Oh they’ve already done that.
GINGRICH: I just think we ought to recognize that’s kind of junk medicine, that’s not the real deal.
“Junk medicine” from a “TV doctor.” And Newt was also right—that questionable television “diagnosis” is “contagious.” Now, Sanjay Gupta is asking if Donald Trump has heart trouble, according to NewsMax.
Pointing to a letter from Dr. Harold Bornstein written in December, Gupta told CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield on Tuesday that he didn’t “even know what to make of this letter,” which is written more in hyperbole than standard medical jargon. . .
He added: “They say he’s on a statin. What’s his cholesterol? You’ve indicated in some way that he has some these types of medicines he’s taking — for what, exactly? Does he have a risk of heart disease?”
OK. Now let’s go back to the Fox News story about what Dr. Drew said.
Pinsky then said . . .
“So the very medicine doctors are using may be causing this problem and they’re using an old fashioned medicine to treat it – what is going on with her health care? Maybe they have reasons, but at a distance, it looks bizarre.”
Now we see, Dr. Drew is saying that IF Hillary is in poor health, it’s just her doctor’s fault, not any underlying ill health. OK. So. . .who is this “Dr. Drew?” I first saw him on MTV, partnered with bawdy comedian, Adam Carolla, on a show called “Loveline,” in which producers would pick the weirdest of sexual callers for them to have fun with.
Some are questioning his ethics.
Dr. Drew Pinsky has actually been a media figure longer than he’s been a doctor, starting the radio show that would eventually become “Loveline” while he was still in medical school in the mid-1980s. But he’d always been attracted to stardom. He initially wanted to be an opera singer. Seriously. To play armchair psychologist for a minute (he’s done it, so why not?) Dr. Drew might very well be a frustrated male diva attempting to assuage his disappointment of choosing med school over a singing career with as much fame as possible.
Initially, when Loveline became a national television show on MTV in 1995, having a doctor in his 30s speaking to such a young audience about their sexual health was nothing short of great. (Although it’s not that hard to look smart and trustworthy next to Adam Corolla.) But in the past five years, with his ever-increasing media presence, Dr. Drew’s credibility has been continuously eroding, as people have called his ethics into question.
His ethics have also been questioned because his TV show led to several cast member deaths of the people he was trying to help.
Dr. Drew Pinsky says he has no plans to go forward with another season of Celebrity Rehab because he’s “tired of taking all the heat” following the deaths of five former cast members.
“It’s very stressful and very intense for me,” Pinsky said in a recent radio interview with Zach Sang and the Gang (via Today.com). “To have people questioning my motives and taking aim at me because people get sick and die because they have a life-threatening disease, and I take the blame?”
But for our purposes, the ethical issue that’s relevant is that Dr. Drew was “on the take” from drug companies.
Thanks to the Justice Department, we now know of a Dr. Drew payday large enough to trigger a reverie or two. As part of its monstrous $3 billion settlement with the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the DOJ unsealed documents showing that the dear doctor had taken in at least $275,000 for “services for Wellbutrin.”
Precisely how can one service an antidepressant like Wellbutrin? According to the government’s complaint, Dr. Drew was hired to “deliver messages about [Wellbutrin SR] in settings where it did not appear that Dr. Pinsky was speaking for GSK.” After Pinsky suggested that Wellbutrin might be responsible for increasing a woman’s orgasm rate—to as many as 60 orgasms in a good night—an internal GSK memo noted approvingly that Dr. Drew had “communicated key campaign messages” about Wellbutrin to the public.
He was paid $275,000 to say an anti-depressant led to great sex. And he did it.
So. . .again, Dr. Drew said that his criticism was about which drugs Hillary was being prescribed, specifically, Coumedin, while he would have preferred the newer, more expensive Eliquis or Xarelto. Personal preference. For some reason. . .
Even more bizarre was Dr. Drew’s criticism of Hillary’s thyroid medicine. He ridiculed Armour Thyroid because it has been around longer—so it must be bad, right? Wrong. I, personally, take Armour Thyroid, after doing a lot of investigation. Armour Thyroid is a NATURAL hormone, not the artificial crap, Synthroid, that Dr. Drew “prefers.” I was on Synthroid years ago, and it made me feel odd, so we switched to Armour Thyroid. Apparently, I’m not the only one whose body likes Armour Thyroid better.
AND, by the way, Dr. Drew’s “preferred’ Synthroid was in danger of being pulled off the market, according to the Wall Street Journal. (So there.)
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has told the makers of Synthroid, one of the nation’s most frequently prescribed drugs, that the medicine has a “history of problems” and cannot be recognized as “safe and effective.”
If you need more evidence of Dr. Drew’s dubious opinions, he says caffeine is not a stimulant. Seriously. He said that. You probably know that to be false, but let’s read up on it.
In this article [Pinsky] claims caffeine “is not actually a stimulant.”
Caffeine is an adenosine antagonist. What this means is it decreases the amount of adenosine. (Adenosine is not produced by the adrenal glands; it is a molecule of adenine, which is a nucleic acid (part of your DNA), attached to a ribose sugar. Adenosine is an inhibitory neurotransmitter which has a depressing effect on the CNS. Caffeine is listed as a CNS stimulant along with methamphetamine and cocaine. Therefore, Dr. Drew is full of sh*t. [emphasis added]
See if you can make sense of Dr. Drew’s thinking here.
Pinsky says. . .“I really don’t like government crawling into our lives and dictating what we do with our bodies. I have an issue with that,” he says when that suddenly controversial topic comes up. “However, I also believe that the rights and the protection of the community has grotesquely been outweighed by the rights of the individual.”
But Pinsky does not blame parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.
Dr. Drew also got into trouble for minimizing women’s ailments.
‘Endometriosis is a garbage bag disorder’: Dr Drew insults countless sufferers of the painful ailment
–The reality TV doctor made the comments to a concerned caller on his radio show, Loveline
–The condition affects roughly 200 million women worldwide
–Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi has spoken previously about ‘anger’ that her disorder was not diagnosed until she was 36
OK, so we’ve sort of established Dr. Drew’s “credentials.” The question is, why are people questioning Hillary’s health—and the pharmaceuticals prescribed for her? Could it be that it’s because she has gone after Big Pharma? Here’s a story from the conservative NewsMax.
Drugmakers are learning to duck for cover when Hillary Clinton puts them in her sights.
The Democratic presidential nominee’s influence was on display again Wednesday, when she sent Mylan NV’s shares plummeting as much as much as 6.2 percent within minutes of calling for the company to drop prices of its EpiPen emergency allergy shot. It marked the third time over the past year that Clinton’s comments roiled drug stocks. . .
Her remarks, calling Mylan the “latest troubling example of a company taking advantage of its consumers,” also sent the broader 144-member Nasdaq Biotechnology Index tumbling as much as 3.6 percent Wednesday. Mylan didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Clinton has repeatedly criticized aggressive drug pricing and tax avoidance practices. Yet with most national polls giving her wide margins over Republican nominee Donald Trump, her statements are being taken more seriously.
If you’ve read any of the articles on this site, you should know that I’m not a Hillary fan. My biggest beef is that electing a president’s wife would make us like the banana republics. But there are lots of other things to dislike, such as her personality, or lack thereof. And her paranoia and sense of entitlement, illustrated by her “damned emails.”
With all the things—relevant things—we could be talking about, it’s a pity we have to waste time and space on what Newt calls “junk medicine” nonsense.