Doctor Feelgood

Why must everything revolving around the Trump administration be lies, exaggerations, unfounded boasts, intentional misdirections and outrageous policy pronouncements? There are simply too many controversies and ridiculous/appalling statements to address, but I do feel compelled to discuss here in my blog a recent development because it strikes at a topic near and dear to me: the results of Trump's annual physical exam and the integrity of the physician who performed it.

Navy Rear Admiral and White House physician, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, who performed annual physicals on presidents Obama and George W. Bush, got up behind a podium on Tuesday and declared that President Trump was in "excellent health." When a reporter asked Dr. Jackson how an individual who admits to eating plenty of cheeseburgers, KFC chicken and ice cream, exercises little if at all, and is obviously overweight, if not obese, is in excellent health, Dr. Jackson chuckled and said, "I don't know- good genes, I guess?" This answer, which seemed facetious at the time, became downright shameful the next day when The New York Times reported that Trump's lab results showed that his LDL cholesterol (the bad kind that indicates a high risk of developing arterial blockages) was a whopping 143. Anything above 100 is considered high risk- and Trump's cholesterol reading was dangerously elevated despite being prescribed daily Crestor, the most potent of the statin type of cholesterol-lowering drugs (which include Lipitor, Pravachol and Zocor), which begs the follow-up questions- how high was his LDL before he began taking Crestor, or is Trump not taking the medication against his doctor's advice (non-compliance)? Either way it is bad news- in the first case, Trump's lipid profile remains high-risk despite a daily med, or consequently, Trump fails to take his doctor's advice (which certainly fits into his modus operandi with everyone) and neglects his health at his own peril.

My question is how much did Trump pay and/or pressure Dr. Jackson to stand before the media and with a straight face proclaim the president was in excellent health, or did Dr. Jackson willfully discredit his own professional reputation and integrity for free? But don't just take my word for it that Dr. Jackson's assessment of Trump's health is frankly absurd. Here are some excerpts from a New York Times article, "Heart doctors see 'big red flag' for president," by Michael Shear and Gina Kolata reprinted in The Buffalo News on January 18, 2017:

"Dr David Maron, director of preventive cardiology at Stanford University's medical school, said he would 'definitely' be worried about Trump's risk of heart attack if he were one of his patients... and when asked if Trump is in perfect health, Maron offered a blunt reply: 'God, no.'"

"Other cardiologists also disputed Jackson's rosy assessment... Trump should get his LDL below 100 or even under 70. He has a real risk of having a heart attack or stroke, especially considering his weight and lack of exercise" (Jackson reported Trump's height to be 6-foot-3 and weight as 239 pounds- even if that is completely accurate, and like most things concerning Trump, that is sketchy and difficult to believe- he is grossly overweight and conveniently one pound shy of clinically obese; the only exercise he engages in is golf and as far as I know, he always rides in a motorized cart rather than walk the course).

"Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist at Scripps Research Institute, said, 'That's a really high LDL. We're talking about a 70-plus-year-old-man who is obese' (he didn't sugarcoat it) 'and doesn't exercise. I would never use the words 'excellent health.' How you could take these indices and say excellent health? That is completely contraindicated.'"

I agree with you Dr. Topol, which goes back to my question about Dr. Jackson- did he put aside his integrity and and credibility to please Trump, or is he incompetent? My guess is on the former, because I seriously doubt Dr. Jackson could remain in his present position for several years if he was a bad physician. Much more likely is that Dr. Jackson, whether he was paid or not, is just another pathetic example of people around Trump, whether it is White House aides, Cabinet members or Republican Congressman, who suck up to Trump, tell him what he wants to hear and ignores the consequences of his dangerous behavior.

If there is one piece of good news to come out of this situation it is this: just maybe an atherosclerotic placque will break off and trigger a myocardial infarction or stroke with just as much deadly precision and effectiveness as an assassin's bullet (and no protection from the Secret Service), and faster than Robert Mueller and his team's investigation and Congressional impeachment proceedings, which can only occur if the Democrats win a majority of the House and Senate. That is way too long. Keep eating those cheeseburgers, don't get any exercise other than swinging a golf club, and defy your physician's orders by skipping the Crestor, President Trump, and let nature take its course so that this too long national nightmare can end ASAP.

P.S. Apparently no one bothers to read my blogs other than maybe my sister and a few close friends and relatives so what difference does it make what I write or what language I use when no one can take time out of their precious lives to pay any fucking attention to me? Trump infamously stated during the campaign that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and his supporters would still vote for him. The damndest thing is that figuratively he was right. On the other hand, I feel like I can stand on a street corner and light my hair on fire and not a single person would notice. I spent a great deal of time and effort on the three-part series on sleep I published in my blog in December- a very important topic, especially concerning the damaging effects of sleep deprivation and the return of shifts up to 28 hours for medical interns. I received all of two goddamn comments on these three blog posts- one of which was from my aunt, who agreed with me that this info is critically important, to which I responded that my blog, if there is any justice in the world, should go viral. But nope- just like everything I do, I get ignored or rejected, so I don't know how to attract an audience and I am fed up with taking so much time and effort every week to write these blogs that no one seems to give a shit about. Thus, I'm not sure how much longer I can continue this futile endeavor.

#Trump #annualphysical #doctor #integrity #reputation #credibility #LDLcholesterol #obesity #statins #noncompliance #cardiology #atherosclerosis #myocardialinfarction #stroke

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