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Obama's Doctor Gives Him Clean Bill of Health


Barack Obama, the picture of radiant health, talks to students and invited guests during a town hall-style meeting in Thornton, Colo., May 28, 2008. (Associated Press)

By Shailagh Murray
Sen. Barack Obama is in "excellent health," according to a letter from his longtime physician (PDF) released by the campaign. And yes, that gum he's often chewing is Nicorette.

In the 21 years that Dr. David L. Scheiner, a Hyde Park internist, has treated Obama, the Illinois senator has reported a series of minor problems, like rashes, respiratory infections and unspecified -- but possibly basketball-related -- minor injuries.

Scheiner noted a history a cancer in Obama's family. His mother died in her early 50s of ovarian cancer, and his grandfather died of prostate cancer. As for Obama, "his own history included intermittent cigarette smoking," Scheiner wrote. "He has quit this practice on several occasions and is currently using Nicorette gum with success."

Obama chews lots of gum on the campaign trail, although never on stage. He'll pop in a piece while he's boarding his airplane, or when he heads to the back cabin to talk to reporters.

Scheiner last saw Obama in January 2007, before he hit the campaign trail. The fitness-conscious candidate jogs three miles regularly, his doctor reported, and "his diet was balanced with good intake of roughage and fluids." Obama's eating habits are notoriously disciplined. Staffers say he favors salmon for dinner and trail mix for snacks.

Obama's blood pressure was 90/60 and pulse 60/minute, Scheiner reported. "His build was lean and muscular with no excess body fat." He might have even less now, because the candidate seems to get thinner the longer he spends on the road.

Laboratory studies found Obama's triglycerides of 44(normal is under 150); cholesterol at 173 (normal is under 200), a PSA count of 0.6 (very good). His EKG was normal.

"In short, his examination showed him to be in excellent health," Scheiner wrote. "Senator Barack Obama is in overall good physical and mental health needed to maintain the resiliency required in the Office of President."

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 29, 2008; 12:28 PM ET
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Comments

I believe it is against the law to use health checks when making hiring decisions - why are we then fanning this hypocrisy and distraction - whether it's Obama or McCain.

Let's talk about policy, direction, approach, credibility, integrity. Oh wait, the masses are too stupid or too busy making a living to understand / process all that ... whether it's the "first" or any other world!

Orion.

Posted by: Orion | May 30, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

This is supposed to stand for the transparency Obama demands - a one page letter with info that is already more than a year and a half missing. This sounds like something a kid would get from the doctor before going off to summer camp. This is a joke and nothing more!

Posted by: Patty | May 30, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

This is an OUTRAGE! He's been listening to these insane medical rants from a bigot doctor for 21 YEARS! I demand an apology! Obama's been sitting in this doctors waiting room for the past 21 years allowing his daughters to listen to this hateful filth! I guess this is what we can expect from him as president and his anti-American whack-job doctor. Heck, he's not even a real doctor, he's an 'INTERNIST'!

Roar! I'm ignorant and loud! Fear me!

Posted by: typical anti-intellectual american | May 30, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

this is a bogus health history ,, a genuine one would include h/o ( history of ) cocaine and hallucinogen abuse , with short term memory loss ; and of course that doesnt exclude the possiblity of flashbacks depending on what hallucinogens he used , neither does it include possible effects on the brain

Posted by: Swannie | May 30, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

It's good to hear you have good health Obama. Just keep it up. We need you.

Posted by: lclon | May 29, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

So glad to hear that he is in good health and that he can use a doctor of his choice. Must be wonderful having that government insurance plan. However, under Obama's proposed health care plan, he leaves 15 million Americans without coverage. As an RN I see the effects of no health care coverage for my patients. Too bad Obama is ignorant of their plight.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

if it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger. Idjits.

Looking at that picture reminds me of my man Ron. People are going to hate on Obama for any reason and no reason. And like Ron, he's just going to keep on keeping on. Bill did an impression of Ron at times, but it was a bad one. Obama is the black Dem Reagan. There's not (or wasn't) a mean bone in either one of them. And they are/were both smarter than their opponents would give them credit. They are/were both ideologues, but they didn't come across as mean-spirited partisans (unlike, say, a certain former First Lady, whose White House moments will forever be at the end of a visitor's pass). Most of all, they each have/had the confidence that stems not from ego, but from self-esteem. That's why they are/were both natural leaders. Some people have it, some people (cough-Hillary-cough) don't.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 29, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I sure would like to see the full Medical Records, all Files, and let the Press go through them the way they did McCains, Drug Usage causes Damage and the way Obama does not know his History and keeps flip flapping on certain things, we are supposed to chalked it up to being tired, I don't think so, let me see some MRI's and CT scan's

Posted by: casaneaz | May 29, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

my mom says she thinks there's something wrong with John McCain's "elimination"

I thought that was funny.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse


It is hard for me to comprehend any Husseinut call anyone stupid.

Posted by: Chief | May 29, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Actually, everybody thinks you are stupid.

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I read the letter on the AP pages..........well this will be the laughing stock of any serious medical community! It is a "sweetie" response from A physician, meant to shut us up!!!!

ALL of McCain's RECORDS, LABS, etc were reviewed by a PANEL of MDs.....what are you and Obama covering up Doc?

The physician is, of course, with the infamous University of Chicago....that 1 million dollar earmark Obama gave them is certainly paying off!

Hey, Doc, what about his COCAINE use...is he still sneaking that before he goes before his American Idol audiences.

This Doctor ought to be ashamed for this "letter"...he, like Obama, thinks we are STUPID And, once again we say "WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE ARE NOT STUPID!!!"

Did you dog eat your homework Doc???? (homework beuing Obama's original FILES)

Posted by: Steve | May 29, 2008 2:44 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if they checked his butt. With all those Brownies with their noses up his butt, it must be sore. I hear his sudden stops are hell. I also heard it causes that crappy, vile and venomous attitude toward Hillary and her supporters.

Posted by: Chief | May 29, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

What about it? Clean bill of health. Mccain smoked two packs for 25 years, (You can look it up he doesn't deny it) And was a drunk and prescription drug user for most of his adult life.

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Um what about the Obama cocaine use and cigarette smoking?

Posted by: hmmmmm | May 29, 2008 2:27 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

SO whut Obama used cocaine..... Is that a disqualifier for president?

BUSH used cocaine...

As long as it was in the past it should not be a disqualifier....

Difference between BUSH and OBAMA... Obama was a MAN about it admitted it and moved on... While BUSH accorinding to his former Press Secretary said "I do not recall if i used cocaine"

How in the H do you not recall using cocaine... But if your a BUSH/GOP type of person... its ok

Posted by: pleasantlyny | May 29, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Steve, but if you are white, non-college educated and supporting Hillary, OR any of the above and supporting McCain, I've got news for you: YOU'RE STUPID!!!

Posted by: Chris, Atlanta, GA | May 29, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

someone who's tried to quit smoking several times is a smoker, not an ex-smoker.

not to mention they failed, and are risking the health of their children

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I read the letter on the AP pages..........well this will be the laughing stock of any serious medical community! It is a "sweetie" response from A physician, meant to shut us up!!!!

ALL of McCain's RECORDS, LABS, etc were reviewed by a PANEL of MDs.....what are you and Obama covering up Doc?

The physician is, of course, with the infamous University of Chicago....that 1 million dollar earmark Obama gave them is certainly paying off!

Hey, Doc, what about his COCAINE use...is he still sneaking that before he goes before his American Idol audiences.

This Doctor ought to be ashamed for this "letter"...he, like Obama, thinks we are STUPID And, once again we say "WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE ARE NOT STUPID!!!"

Did you dog eat your homework Doc???? (homework beuing Obama's original FILES)

Posted by: Steve | May 29, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Um what about the Obama cocaine use and cigarette smoking?

Posted by: hmmmmm | May 29, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

After reading this, I thought for a moment about the last time John McCain probably had just as good a bill of health--fit as a fiddle, young and ready to go. I assume that was when he was a naval aviator, before he was a POW. What he went through then cannot be forgotten, especially his refusal to leave that hell because his men wouldn't be freed with him.

I absolutely don't support McCain for president for many policy reasons. (His health and age don't bother me.) Just to give one example, I don't want him appointing any more pro-life justices. But I'm glad that my candidate, Barack Obama, often stops to make note that John McCain is an American hero and that we honor his service. He's right to do so and I hope he continues to say it.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | May 29, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Hillary

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

for the latest on the FL and Michigan delegate debate:

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and for presidential trivia:

http://thevote.abc13.com/2008/05/the-first-lie-2.html

Posted by: tomabrahams | May 29, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

We want to keep it that way for a very long time!

Posted by: misshoney | May 29, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

That's good that BOTH candidates have been given a clean bill of health.

Posted by: JakeD | May 29, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Thank god for that.

Posted by: Robert Wilson | May 29, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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