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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 22, 2011 / 20 Tamuz, 5771

Bachmann's admirable medical candor

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On Monday, an online news site reported that presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, surging into second place among Republicans in many polls, suffered from debilitating migraine headaches that sometimes "incapacitated" her and occasionally required hospitalization.

One need not be a cynic to think the timing of the disclosure was intended to trip up her momentum, but Tuesday and Wednesday the Minnesota congresswoman forthrightly admitted she suffered from periodic migraines but that they were controllable with medications, which she specified, and did not interfere with her workload and schedule. Looking rather far down the road, Bachmann said the migraines would not interfere with her ability as commander in chief.

She followed up with a letter from Congress' attending physician attesting that the migraines were infrequent and controllable.

If Bachmann is as forthcoming as she seems — and, unfortunately, the track record of politicians in this regard calls for caution — the congresswoman has set a breakthrough standard for candidates being open and honest about their health issues.

But the tradition, and it is a long and disturbing one, has been for presidents and presidential candidates to conceal, misrepresent and often outright lie about medical problems.

One of the saddest was in 1972 when the Democratic nominee for vice president, Sen. Thomas Eagleton of Missouri, was forced off the ticket after it was disclosed that he had been hospitalized for severe depression and had taken antipsychotic medication.

Perhaps most notorious was President John F. Kennedy, whose Addison's disease, chronic back pain and other ailments were treated with an array of drugs and painkillers, some of them administered by a physician called "Dr. Feelgood" who later lost his license.

That wasn't until much after March 1981 that the public learned how close President Ronald Reagan came to death in that assassination attempt. Instead, in the immediate aftermath, the public was treated to reassuring anecdotes of Reagan saying he "forgot to duck" and that the president hoped that all the attending doctors were Republicans.

This led to a brief era of candor when, in 1987, the public heard more about Reagan's colonoscopy, polyp removal and prostate surgery than perhaps they cared to.

The severity of Presidents Dwight Eisenhower's and Lyndon Johnson's heart problems were intentionally downplayed.

There was a massive cover-up, aided by the press, of just how seriously ill President Franklin Roosevelt was when he ran for his third re-election. He died three months into his fourth term.

The public and most of official Washington were kept ignorant of President Woodrow Wilson's incapacitating stroke, and for his final 18 months in office his presidency was largely run by his wife and a top aide.

Bachmann deserves credit for her openness. And whatever obstacles she encounters on the campaign ahead, questions about her migraines should not be among them.

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Previously:

07/12/11: Social Security's grave mistakes

07/08/11: Debt crisis need not be constitutional crisis

07/07/11: Startups entice new talent with kickball, treehouses

07/05/11: Stranded tourists get rare treat

06/30/11: The dollar Americans refuse to spend

06/27/11: The hangman doesn't cometh





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