Oct 08 2008
Last week I posted on this topic, and I referenced the unreliability of the sources of information. I also stated that McCain needs to provide his medical records so we would know facts, not suppositions and innuendo based on external evidence. I stand by that argument.
In so doing, I’m obliged again to report a new medical concern for John McCain. Apparently, John McCain is taking an herbal supplement to enhance mental focus and energy. Ok, no biggie. Lots of people do that. This supplement also purports to aid in Alzheimers and dementia. Well… supplements claim all sorts of things, and generally come with a disclaimer that the statements are not FDA approved. Snake oil claims are often wrapped around otherwise innocent herbs. If my grandparents were living and I found them taking this, I’d check with a doctor to make sure the herbs wouldn’t negatively interact with other medications, and if the doctor said it was ok, I’d figure “probably won’t help, but can’t hurt, and might do some good, though unlikely to do what it’s claiming.”
Those are the disclaimers. Having said that – a 72 year old man taking, or being given by his campaign, herbs making this claim is alarming – not because the herbs are likely to do anything, but because it could suggest that either the man or the campaign has something to worry about.
I’ll go one step further. What if there has been a late breaking diagnosis? What if some of McCain’s unwillingness to look at Obama has more to do with being angry at being cheated out of his chance at the presidency, but knowing he needs to step aside? What if the oddness of the vice presidential candidate going against the wishes of the top of the ticket reflects her fighting back, with hopes that he wins, so that she steps in at a sooner than expected crucial moment?
Well – that last paragraph is conspiracy theory, and I don’t tend to live in that space. The blog that talks about the supplement reads a bit like conspiracy theory to me. But I persist in saying – until we have McCain’s medical records – odd health news has to carry some weight.