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― Archibald MacLeish

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Duterte: What's the True State of Your Health?

Duterte's expiration date? “Will I survive the 6 years? 
I’d make a prediction: maybe not.” Du30
From ABS-CBN News:
LIMA - President Rodrigo Duterte has skipped the gala dinner for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' meeting in Lima, Peru on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Duterte was absent as the dinner started started at 7:15 p.m. (8 a.m. in Philippine time).
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar explained that President was not feeling well.
"Masama pakiramdam," he told radio DZMM's Dexter Ganibe.
He added that Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay attended the dinner on the President's behalf.
The dinner, hosted by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo, could have been an opportunity for Duterte to hold conversations with other leaders outside prior arrangements.
Sept.12, 2016
Absent in bilateral meeting between the ASEAN & the US in Laos
Palace officials told local and foreign reporters that Duterte had missed the meeting because he was not feeling well, with Communications Secretary Martin Andanar saying the president had another migraine attack
Duterte too sick to last 6-year presidency, says Binay
April 13, 2016
From Inquirer
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday hinted that his newfound rival Davao city Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is too sick to last a six-year presidency.
In an interview with reporters on Wednesday in Tangub city, Misamis Occidental, Binay chided Duterte for being too ill to run for the presidency and dared him to issue a doctor’s certificate that he is fit for the campaign.
Binay had issued his doctor’s certificate showing that he was cleared by the doctor to run for president.
“Siguro Mr. Duterte, mag-issue ka naman, kahit na certificate lang that you’re in the pink of health,” Binay said.
“Kasi yung pagkakasabi niya, macho, kung magsalita, machong-macho. Ako yung mga salita niyang pagka-macho, itinatago niya lang na may sakit siya,” Binay added.
Duterte had once missed delivering a speech before a health group after suffering from a migraine attack.
Duterte later admitted having four ailments – acute bronchitis, a slipped disk from a motorcyle accident, Barrett’s esophagus, *(which affects the tissue lining along the esophagus), and Buerger’s disease, a constriction of the blood vessels caused by accumulation of nicotine.
When asked if Duterte would last six years into his presidency, Binay said: “I doubt.”
Binay said this may be the reason why Duterte had once said the latter would give the presidency to Sen. Bongbong Marcos, the vice presidential candidate of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, if he fails to stamp out crime within the six months of his administration.
From Facebook
By Philip Jr. Lustre
DUTERTE HAS CANCER. Just yesterday, somebody leaked the information to me that Davao City Rodrigo Duterte has cancer of the throat. He was not playing close-open type of politics when he said he could not decide to run for the presidency in 2016. In fact, he was dead-sure he would not run for any post in 2016, but instead retire. His family is strongly against any presidential run for him because the nationwide political campaign would exacerbate his throat cancer. His health condition could cascade to terminal stage. The info was given to me by a reliable source, who was not authorized to speak about his illness. Duterte likewise indicated his current physical state in an open forum he had with ABC-5 very recently. Somebody in the audience asked Duterte why he was frequently holding the left side of his jaw and neck. Duterte made reference to his health situation cascading from Stage One to Stage Four without categorically saying that he has the Big C. In that open forum, he also gave reference to his family's insistence for him not to run for president. He likewise referred to the unhealthy situation of his spine. Since he is 70 years ago, those health issues could cascade to bigger issues and proportions. I was also told that Duterte admitted to a vice presidential candidate that he indeed has cancer of the throat. He told the vice presidential candidate that their camp had to wait for his decision because of health issues, which he had to confront. This is the reason he could not decide despite the frequent encouragement by his fans for him to run for president. No, he was not playing coy; no, he was not making fun of the country. But let it be said that Duterte has the moral obligation to make clear to the country his current health situation. Since he is frequently described as a potential presidential candidate, it is his duty to make a full disclosure of every single detail of his health situation.
February 13, 2016
From Inquirer
Duterte admits he has 4 ailments
“I have no cancer. I have four illnesses but they are not fatal,” presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday.
Duterte, 70, faced reporters a day after he was rumored to have suffered a stroke while campaigning in Quezon City.
His camp said Duterte had an attack of migraine on Thursday and had to skip addressing a medical convention at Crowne Plaza hotel on Ortigas Avenue.
The combative mayor of Davao City told reporters that he was confined overnight at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in Greenhills, San Juan City, for a severe migraine.
He said he was diagnosed to have a respiratory infection, which triggered a headache, nausea and vomiting.
“I did not know I have acute bronchitis. I was told to rest and take antibiotics,” Duterte said.
But definitely he was not downed by a stroke and neither does he have cancer, he said.
He said he had a slipped disc from a motorcycle accident 10 years ago. He also has Barrett’s esophagus, which involves tissue lining the esophagus, and Buerger’s disease, a constriction of the blood vessels caused by accumulation of nicotine.
Barrett's Oesophagus
From WEB MD:
Barrett's esophagus is a serious complication of GERD, which stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. In Barrett's esophagus, normal tissue lining the esophagus -- the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach -- changes to tissue that resembles the lining of the intestine. About 10% of people with chronic symptoms of GERD develop Barrett's esophagus.
Barrett's esophagus does not have any specific symptoms, although patients with Barrett's esophagus may have symptoms related to GERD. It does, though, increase the risk of developing esophageal adenocarcinoma, which is a serious, potentially fatal cancer of the esophagus.
Although the risk of this cancer is higher in people with Barrett's esophagus, the disease is still rare. Less than 1% of people with Barrett's esophagus develop this particular cancer. Nevertheless, if you've been diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus, it's important to have routine examinations of your esophagus. With routine examination, your doctor can discover precancerous and cancer cells early, before they spread and when the disease is easier to treat.
From Mayo Clinic
Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans) is a rare disease of the arteries and veins in the arms and legs. In Buerger's disease, your blood vessels become inflamed, swell and can become blocked with blood clots (thrombi).
This eventually damages or destroys skin tissues and may lead to infection and gangrene. Buerger's disease usually first shows in your hands and feet and may eventually affect larger areas of your arms and legs.
Virtually everyone diagnosed with Buerger's disease smokes cigarettes or uses other forms of tobacco, such as chewing tobacco. Quitting all forms of tobacco is the only way to stop Buerger's disease. For those who don't quit, amputation of all or part of a limb is sometimes necessary.

From Newsweek:

History: U.S. Presidents who hid their health problems
The public is demanding more information today. But are people also more forgiving, now that better treatments exist? 
Yes and no. Part of the distinction has to do with what kind of illness it is. Dwight D. Eisenhower had a heart attack in 1955, an abdominal operation in 1956 and a stroke in 1957. People were sympathetic after the heart attack, because it was clear that it was mild and he would survive it. But the stroke, which temporarily affected his speech, raised the specter of a president who was unable to communicate. People look to their leaders for wisdom, strength and clarity of speaking.
What about cancer? 
In France, François Mitterrand was an interesting example. When Mitterrand came to office, he swore that his would be an open presidency. But on his first day in office in 1981, he called in the presidential physician, Dr. Claude Gubler, and told him that his prostate cancer had spread to his bones. Mitterrand solemnly declared, "We must reveal nothing. These are state secrets." He led for 14 years with the constant and painful companion of metastatic cancer. How could that not have affected his decision making?
What about depression? There used to be such a stigma attached. 
Depression is interesting. In 1924, just after Calvin Coolidge's nomination to a second term, his favorite son, Calvin Jr., developed a blister after playing tennis on the White House grounds without socks. He developed septicemia and died three days later [at the age of 16]. This was before antibiotics. Coolidge was called a do-nothing president, but it was probably as a consequence of a severe grief reaction from which he never recovered. After that, he spent 11 hours a day sleeping. His work day shrank. He was irritable and disinterested in affairs of state.
What are some of the more intriguing cases of presidents who have concealed information about their health? 
Grover Cleveland [who served as president 1885-1889 and 1893-1897] was brushing his teeth one morning, when he noticed a lump in the roof of his mouth. He called in his dentist, who summoned a head-and-neck surgeon. The surgeon diagnosed the lump as a carcinoma of the roof of the mouth. Cleveland thought it would cause an economic crisis if the information was released that he had cancer, so during the night, he smuggled an anesthesiologist, nurses, his dentist and the head-and-neck surgeon onto the presidential yacht under the guise of a pleasure trip on the Hudson River. During the trip, they removed the roof of his mouth up to his left eye, and inserted a rubber prosthesis internally. People were suspicious, but it wasn't revealed until 15 years after his death what had happened.
In more recent years, after the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, how cheered we all were when he waved from his window at George Washington University Hospital. But what people didn't know was that Reagan was only alert for one hour a day. The nightly news regularly showed clips of a vigorous Reagan in good spirits. But in fact, these moments were carefully chosen. When he went back to the White House—Bob Woodward conveyed this vividly in his book "Veil"—he showed only brief intervals of lucidity and vigor. This was only the beginning of the Reagan presidency, but according to Woodward, his aides were afraid it would end up as a crippled presidency, like Wilson's caretaker presidency.
You're referring to Woodrow Wilson after his stroke. 
In the fall of 1919, Wilson had a disabling stroke while he was on a train trip across the country to mobilize support for his cherished League of Nations. The public knew he was ill, but they didn't know how ill. Only Edith Wilson, chief of staff Joseph Tumulty and his personal physician, Cary Grayson, were allowed to see him. Issues were brought in, and decisions would come out. We talk today about the possibility of having the first woman president, but we effectively already had one in Edith Wilson. After her husband partially recovered, Mrs. Wilson said, "I don't know what you men make such a fuss about. I had no trouble running the country when Woody was ill."
I guess Franklin Roosevelt would be the most famous example of a president who concealed information about his health. 
His polio was well known—and it humanized this aristocratic man—but the press was respectful. There were only two or three pictures of him in a wheelchair. What wasn't so well known was how ill he was when he went to the Teheran summit with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in 1943. He came back quite ill. The White House doctor, [Vice] Admiral Ross McIntire, directed cardiologist Howard Bruenn, a Navy [lieutenant] commander, to examine Roosevelt. Bruenn was alarmed at the gravity of Roosevelt's illness. He diagnosed congestive heart failure, hypertension, acute bronchitis and longstanding pulmonary disease. McIntire told Bruenn, you must not tell the president and his family the extent of his illness, and you certainly cannot tell the American public. He issued a reassuring communiqué to the effect that, for a man of his age, Roosevelt was in remarkably good health. But Franklin's son, James Roosevelt, later said he'd never been reconciled to the fact that his father's physicians allowed him to run for a fourth term. It was his death warrant. At the Yalta summit in 1945, Churchill's physician said that Roosevelt looked old and drawn and sat staring ahead with his mouth open. He intervened little in the discussion. He died shortly after the summit of a massive cerebral hemorrhage.