The health of both presidential nominees has been garnering a lot of speculation, lately.
Hillary Clinton’s frequent coughing fits, as well as her unsteady gait and a past concussion have made her health a legitimate issue.
Trump, on the other hand, may have issues that are more of a mental/emotional nature. His late nights and erratic outbursts are not the stuff of an emotionally stable individual.
While we can’t know what’s going on with Clinton, at this time, Trump, the reality TV candidate, will be going to see a reality TV doctor – Dr. Oz.
Pressured in recent weeks to release his medical records, Trump will appear on the first week of The Dr. Oz Show’s eighth season, which kicks off next week. Trump will reportedly appear alongside his daughter, Ivanka Trump, in the hour-long interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Up to this point, the only evidence of Trump’s health has come from a wacky doctor, who looks like a Dr. Who refugee.
“If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual elected to the presidency,” Trump’s gastroenterologist wrote, adding that Trump’s blood pressure and lab results were “astonishingly excellent” and “his physical strength and stamina are extraordinary.”
Trump’s doctor also admitted last month in an interview with NBC that he had written the letter in just five minutes while a limousine sent by the GOP nominee waited outside of his Manhattan office, but he stood by his assessment.
That’s right. He’s a gastroenterologist and he wrote the note about Trump’s health in five minutes.
There’s no indication that anything will be much better after an appearance on the Dr. Oz show.
A longer teaser for the one-on-one interview between Trump and Dr. Oz promises, “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is here to share his vision for America’s health. We’re asking him the questions you want answered regarding your well-being, security, money and more. A no-holds-barred conversation you’ll be talking about.”
The credibility of Oz’s medical advice, however, has been questioned. A study released in 2014 concluded that medical talk shows, including The Dr. Oz Show, “often lack adequate information on specific benefits or the magnitude of the effects of those benefits.”
I truly hope there are no major health issues with Trump, as I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. However, his appearance on Dr. Oz’s show – a reality TV doctor – won’t answer many of the lingering questions about Trump’s ability to withstand the rigors of the office.