ELDER PATRIOT – Anyone who has watched a loved one deal with dementia can tell you that it is almost imperceptible to diagnose in it’s earliest stages. There’s usually an event that triggers concerns. For Hillary Clinton we may be at that stage.
The events and optics of the past week raises serious questions about Mrs. Clinton’s health and her fitness to serve as president.
The questions about Mrs. Clinton’s possible stroke-related dementia started to surface following her recent interview with Chris Wallace where she doubled down on lying about her private email server:
Tyler Durden writing for Zero Hedge explains the backlash Mrs. Clinton endured over the next week:
“Clinton’s lying led The Atlantic to publish an article titled “ Why Can’t Hillary Clinton Stop Lying?” and the Washington Post’s fact checker Glenn Kessler awarded her four “Pinocchios”, adding that “Clinton is cherry-picking statements by Comey to preserve her narrative about the unusual setup of a private email server. This allows her to skate past the more disturbing findings of the FBI investigation.” Notably, the NYTimes did not publish anything related to this flop and it took the Public Editor, whose job it to be the readers’ advocate at The NYT, to write an op-ed titled The Clinton Story You Didn’t Read Here.”
This forced Mrs. Clinton to attempt to explain her explanation of her home-brew server, again, this time at a joint convention of African-American and Hispanic journalists. This is the closest that Mrs. Clinton has come to doing a press conference in eight months. Does the careful “handling” of Mrs. Clinton reflect a concern on the part of those closest to her that she is becoming incapable of handling the unrehearsed questions that arise with the give and take of normal press conferences?
For her explanation Mrs. Clinton couldn’t have picked a more adoring and compliant audience, one that wouldn’t ask her probing questions, but her explanation again led to a less than favorable outcome:
Donald Trump picked up on Mrs. Clinton’s poor choice of words and told his supporters in Des Moines, Iowa, ““She’s like an unbalanced person. “She’s pretty close to unhinged.”
Mrs. Clinton’s inability to tell the truth and her well-documented unexplainable anger directed at those people assigned to protecting her is an indicator of more serious medical problems.
An overview of stroke-related dementia is available online at WebMD as well as from other medical diagnostic websites:
Stroke (also called a “cerebrovascular accident,” or CVA) is a disease of the blood vessels in and around the brain. It occurs when part of the brain does not receive enough blood to function normally (called “ischemia“) and the cells die (infarction), or when a blood vessel ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke). Ischemia is more common than hemorrhage and can be caused when a vessel (artery) supplying blood to the brain becomes narrowed by a fatty deposit called plaque. This is also called atherosclerosis. This plaque can rupture and form a blood clot that along with pieces of plaque can travel to blood vessels further in the brain and block them causing a stroke. In addition, clots can arise in the heart (called a “thrombus”) and travel to the brain (called an “embolus”). Permanent damage to brain cells can result.
The symptoms of stroke vary, depending on which part of the brain is affected.
Common symptoms of stroke are sudden paralysis or loss of sensation in part of the body (especially on one side), slurred speech, partial loss of vision or double vision, or loss of balance. Loss of bladder and bowel control can also occur.
Other symptoms include decline in “cognitive” mental functions such as memory, speech and language, thinking, organization, reasoning, or judgment.
Changes in behavior and personality may occur.”
It may be irresponsible to make a medical diagnosis from some pictures and reports based on a person’s erratic behavior but that pales in comparison to the irresponsible behavior the mainstream media has shown in avoiding the topic of Mrs. Clinton’s physical problems and her bouts of temperamental overload that have becoming increasingly obvious to the rest of the world, and that may well be proof that she is unfit to be president.