Dr. David Scheiner, the personal physician for President Barack Obama for over 20 years, has weighed in about the ongoing controversy around the health of America’s two presidential candidates.
Appearing as a guest on CNN’s OutFront with Erin Burnett Tuesday, he was asked to comment concerning Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s health.
Although former presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson didn’t speculate on Clinton’s health in the previous week, Schneier had no such reservations.
Burnett asked Scheiner whether he believes the release of a two page letter from Clinton’s doctor that assures the public of her health is well enough for her to lead. Among other bits of medical information, the letter stated: “She had follow up testing in 2013 which revealed complete resolution of the effects of the concussion, as well as total dissolution of the thrombosis. Mrs Clinton also tested negative for all clotting disorders.”
“Is that enough?” Burnett asked.
“No,” Scheiner replied. “First of all she’s also 68-years-old. While I think that medical letter was well-written and very professional…It’s not enough.”
Scheiner noted the prescription blood thinner Clinton is taking to prevent blood clots have to be monitored. “I’d like to know how well she is being controlled. That’s a difficult drug to use,” he said.
The blood thinner Coumadin can be used to prevent blood clots, but it can also be extremely dangerous. This drug can cause falls or put patients into a stupor. In rare cases, use of blood thinners can even lead to life-threatening internal bleeding.
Along with others who have suspected Clinton might be suffering from a condition brought about from a brain injury, Scheiner said Clinton needs a brain exam.
“I think she should have had a neurological examination, a thorough neurological examination in 2016,” he said. “We know what happens to football players who have had concussions, how they begin to lose their cognitive ability.”
“I think both of them should release their records,” he concluded.
Scheiner also said he was concerned about Trump’s possible medical issues. At 70-years-old, Scheiner noted that Trump would be the oldest president to enter the White House. He also said that he wasn’t satisfied with the letter released from Trump’s doctor and insisted on having more detail released.
To end the interview, Burnett asked Scheiner if he had decided who he would vote for.
“I have misgivings about Hillary Clinton, but by far she is superior to him. He scares the devil out of me,” he replied.