- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s doctor on Wednesday pronounced her “healthy and fit” to serve as president, making a belated effort at transparency and hoping to contain political damage after the Democratic nominee was too weak to make it through a Sept. 11 memorial service this weekend.

In a letter released by the Clinton campaign, Dr. Lisa Bardack, chairwoman of internal medicine at CareMount Medical in Mount Kisco, New York, described a series of nagging conditions and a handful of medications Mrs. Clinton is taking, but said other than allergies, a sinus infection and her bout with pneumonia, she has no major medical issues.

“My overall impression is that Mrs. Clinton has remained healthy and has not developed new medical conditions this year other than a sinus infection and ear infection and her recently diagnosed pneumonia,” Dr. Bardack wrote. “She is recovering well with antibiotics and rest. She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as president of the United States.”

The political fallout has been severe, with polling showing Mrs. Clinton’s Republican opponent, Donald Trump, gaining ground nationally and claiming a lead in some of the key swing states.

CNN/ORC surveys showed Mr. Trump leading by 3 percentage points in a four-way race in Florida and by 5 points in Ohio. A Bloomberg poll likewise showed a 5-point race in Ohio, and a Monmouth University poll gave Mr. Trump a 2-point advantage in Nevada.

Nationally, the Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California tracking poll showed Mr. Trump taking a 5-point lead in a head-to-head matchup, and a Quinnipiac survey showed Mrs. Clinton clinging to a 2-point lead in a four-way race — down substantially from late August.

SEE ALSO: Half of voters say Clinton has given false info about health

“No doubt the pneumonia will pass, but like a nagging cough that just won’t go away, Donald Trump defies every remedy Hillary Clinton throws at him,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

The race looked very different a month ago, when Mr. Trump was trying to recover from self-imposed gaffes such as staff shake-ups and an unseemly personal battle with the Muslim parents of a slain U.S. Army captain.

Now it’s Mrs. Clinton on the defensive. Last week, she tried to walk back comments accusing half of Mr. Trump’s supporters of being part of what she dubbed the “basket of deplorables.”

On Sunday, she ducked out of a memorial service in New York to observe the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, complaining of dehydration.

But after a video surfaced of her having to be forcibly assisted into her vehicle, her campaign belatedly acknowledged a pneumonia diagnosis two days earlier. After the embarrassing episode, she has stayed off the campaign trail to recover.

She is expected to return Thursday.

Mrs. Clinton first visited Dr. Bardack on Sept. 2 and complained of a fever, congestion and fatigue. Her body temperature during the visit was 99.4 degrees, Dr. Bardack said.

“She was advised to rest, put on a short course of antibiotics and continued on her allergy medications for an upper respiratory tract infection in the setting of her seasonal allergies,” the doctor wrote. “Over the next several days as she traveled, her congestion worsened and she developed a cough.”

Instead of resting, the former secretary of state continued traveling across the country to attend campaign events and fundraisers.

Mrs. Clinton returned to the doctor Sept. 9, and Dr. Bardack made the pneumonia diagnosis.

A poll released Wednesday morning, and conducted before Mrs. Clinton made her doctor’s report public, suggested that the former first lady’s medical issues are reinforcing a public perception that she is untruthful, a common refrain in surveys about the candidate.

According to the Morning Consult poll, 50 percent said Mrs. Clinton has given false information about her personal health to the public, compared with 37 percent who said the same of Mr. Trump. Just 29 percent said Mrs. Clinton has given accurate information about the subject, compared with 38 percent for Mr. Trump.

The Clinton campaign on Wednesday also released medical information for vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine. The senator from Virginia is in fine health, though he appears to have a vitamin D deficiency.

“You are in overall excellent health and active in your professional work and physical fitness endeavors without limitation,” wrote Dr. Brian P. Monahan, attending physician for the U.S. Congress. “I recommend that you add a daily vitamin D supplement of 1000 Units per day to your diet.”

Meanwhile Mr. Trump, who has boasted of his own health during the campaign, shared results from a recent physical examination with Dr. Mehmet Oz during a taping of “The Dr. Oz Show” on Wednesday. The show is scheduled to be aired Thursday.

Mr. Trump’s physical examination was performed last week by Dr. Harold Bornstein, Mr. Trump’s longtime personal physician who wrote a letter last year saying Mr. Trump would be the healthiest person ever elected to the White House.

Dr. Oz took Mr. Trump through “a full review of systems,” including the nervous system, head and neck, respiratory health, bladder or prostate health, and family medical history, according to the show.

Those in the audience for the taping later told CNN that Mr. Trump takes medication for cholesterol, and he said he wants to lose 15 pounds. He doesn’t exercise regularly but said he is excellent at golf.

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