I’m going to keep this very brief for now and hopefully can get to more on this later. But there are some big questions being brought up about Hillary Clinton suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. These were apparently brought up last week in a video that quickly mad rounds.
Yesterday, Hillary Clinton left a 9/11 event early. Several videos caught her appearing to “pass out.” I will note we cannot determine whether she lost consciousness, but merely that she lost her balance.
In the aftermath, Hillary’s physician, Lisa Bardack, MD, released a statement that Hillary had suffered from a cough “related to allergies.” A follow up led to a diagnosis of pneumonia. Hillary then got overheated and dehydrated.
This was Dr. Bardack’s statement. What was curious was that the statement made no reference to the key allegation: Parkinson’s. In fact, the leading killer of Parkinson’s patients is pneumonia, which happens because of swallowing difficulties causing food and fluids to build up in the lungs.
There is a problem now. A big conflict. On one side are those who insist that Hillary Clinton has Parkinson’s. On the other side are those who deny that Hillary has Parkinson’s.
The events of yesterday provided an opportunity to dispel the talk of Parkinson’s. Clinton did not dispel the rumors.
Dr Bardack? Hillary Clinton is her patient. Hillary Clinton as protected by HIPAA and medical privacy just like anyone else and can only disclose what her patient allows her to disclose.
Dr Bardack also has a duty to be truthful in her representations. Thus she can say that Hillary’s cough is “related” to allergies. But I’m sure Dr Bardack knows that “related to allergies” and “caused by allergies” are different things. The language suggests that Dr Bardack was truthful, but could not tell the whole truth.
The most curious thing to me is that the statement did not contain any reference to Parkinson’s. None. Dr Bardack’s statement could have said, “This is not related to Parkinson’s disease. Hillary Clinton has not been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and have never been treated for Parkinson’s disease” then the conflict would be largely resolved.
Dr. Bardack did not and has not denied that Hillary Clinton has or is being treated for Parkinson’s Disease. Hillary Clinton herself has not denied that she has or is being treated of Parkinson’s disease.
A simple statement – one that gives an unqualified denial – would do much to resolve this debate.
Neither Dr Barnack nor Hillary Clinton deny Parkinson’s. Neither have public ally confirmed it.
The only solution to this is for Hillary to either give an unqualified confirmation or an unqualified denial. Or for Dr Barnack to do so.
As it is, the handling of the episode – the failure to address is head on, has added fuel to the fire