White House hid Bush’s Lyme Disease

President Bush was treated for Lyme disease last August, the White House announced Wednesday after failing to disclose the problem for nearly a year.

The treatment was revealed only when the White House made public all the results of Bush’s annual physical exam on Wednesday. It showed up in the “past medical history” section and in the summary along with other skin conditions.

Bush was treated for what his doctors described as “early, localized Lyme disease” after developing the characteristic bullseye rash.

Lyme disease is a tick-borne infection that, if left untreated, can cause arthritis and other problems. Symptoms can include lethargy, joint pain, fever, limping and loss of appetite. A bacterial disease, it can be eradicated with antibiotic treatment in the early stages, but can become more complicated to treat if not caught early.

White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said Bush’s treatment was not disclosed earlier because it happened after his last physical, on Aug. 1, 2006. He said doctors decided not to perform blood tests for Lyme disease because the treatment worked for the one area where the president experienced a rash, and he never progressed to other symptoms or saw a recurrence.

“It was a rash,” Stanzel said. “It’s not uncommon for the president to have tick bites when he’s out biking.”

The president’s main form of exercise and recreational activity is biking. His doctors advised him to start wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and use bug spray in risk-prone areas such as Maine, where he is spending this weekend at his parents’ coastal summer home.

Last year’s presidential physical was conducted as usual on a visit to the National Naval Medical Center in suburban Maryland. This year’s took place as a series of exams conducted at the White House and the Camp David, Md., presidential retreat over five days starting July 17 and ending Tuesday night. The process was not revealed until Wednesday.

Doctors pronounced the 61-year-old president healthy overall.

“Doctors have determined that the president remains in superior fitness for a man his age — anybody who’s seen him on the bike or out and about certainly knows that — and that he is fit for duty,” press secretary Tony Snow said.

A total of 11 doctors were involved in the exams, overseen by White House physician Richard Tubb and Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the president of The Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. The group included skin, hearing, eye, heart, neurological and sports medicine specialists.

Each signed a statement saying that “within the scope of my specialty” he found Bush “fit for duty” with the expectation that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency — standard language used after presidential physicals.

As part of the exams, Bush had a colonoscopy last month at Camp David. Five small growths were removed from his colon but doctors determined that none of them was cancerous.

A four-page medical summary that accompanied the brief doctors’ statements said Bush remains in the “superior” fitness category for a man of his age, in the 97th percentile, thanks in part to a six-day-a-week exercise regimen.

Bush’s overall cholesterol count is at a healthy level, dropping slightly to 170 from 174. There was a small drop in his high-density lipoprotein (HDL) count, or “good” cholesterol, and a smaller rise in his low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol.

The president’s medical profile shows a low to very low risk of coronary artery disease. His resting pulse rate rose to 52 beats per minute from 46. Well-trained athletes typically have resting pulse rate of between 40 and 60 beats per minute.

Other information from Bush’s checkup included:

  • The scale showed the 5-foot-11 1/2-inch Bush at 192 pounds, a four-pound reduction from 196 last year. His body fat percentage fell to 16.6 from 16.8.
  • The president has skin lesions consistent with sun damage, though none was treated.
  • Bush suffers from seasonal allergies that are controlled.
  • He is recovering from an inner ear infection and sinus infection, as well as a virus that resulted in a stomach bug in June and still causes some mild dizziness or disorientation.
  • The president has had no recurrence of occasional bouts with reflux of stomach acid, and his mild high frequency hearing loss didn’t get worse.
  • Bush smokes a cigar now and then, drinks coffee and diet sodas and takes a daily multivitamin. But he does not routinely take any prescription medication.

38 Responses to "White House hid Bush’s Lyme Disease"

  1. Hexalectris  August 9, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    As with people, there appear to be ticks in this world with no pride or shame.

  2. bryan mcclellan  August 9, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    You nailed it good HEX,thank you!

  3. gene  August 9, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    Well you can bet that f**king tick is dead after biting his sorry ass. I just wonder how much celebration their would be in this nation if Bush and Cheney were to just kind of “die”. It would probably make the 4th of July seem like an average day. Hell, “we the people” could claim it as another holiday. I would celebrate for rest of my life, many others would too.

  4. VietnamVet  August 9, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    Well, apparently the ticks DO have some pride and shame. They have at least steered clear of Dick “halliburton” Cheney thus far! And, Karl Rove hasn’t been attacked either. Maybe ticks are smarter than we give them credit for?

  5. ekaton  August 10, 2007 at 10:48 am

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  6. ekaton  August 10, 2007 at 10:53 am

    I don’t know why “edit” is not available for the above message. I would like to remove the foul language. EDITOR please do so.

    I apologize to all and promise to keep it clean from now on. One whom must stoop to profanity to make a point shows his own lack of intelligence.

    Thank you.

    Kent Shaw

  7. lackeylocal  August 9, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    ROTFL

    Just can’t help myself -. You folks just made my afternoon.

  8. SEAL  August 9, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Carl: The president cannot launch nuclear simply by opening up the football and ordering it. I can’t go into all the reasons or procedures but believe me as someone who knows.

  9. ekaton  August 10, 2007 at 12:55 am

    Tactical nukes. Bunker buster nukes. They make it sound like “little” nuclear bombs. Maybe might obliterate a city block. Nothing of the kind. A “tactical nuke” has as much power as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. The world is going insane. Go ahead and launch ‘em you bastards. You know you want to. You know you do. Terrorism my ass. YOU are the terrorists. (Bush, Cheney et al, not you guys on CHB). I am just so sick of the LIES, the FRAUD, the WASTE, the ABUSE by this government of, for, and by the wealthy and to hell with the rest of us. 30 million people in this country haven’t eaten today. 50 million don’t have health insurance while the CEO of the second largest insurance company took home 1.4 BILLION dollars last year. And all we get from the senators and representatives is more TALK and more LIES. We owe CHINA and others 9 TRILLION DOLLARS borrowed for more WAR that only creates more ENEMIES. I am just so SICK of all of it. The LIES. The THEFT. The ARROGANCE. Damn it all. FUCK you asshole politicians in this and all countries. DETONATE your God damned nukes. Just do it you fucking bastards. Maybe then you’ll wipe those smirks off your faces.

    Kent Shaw

  10. LurkingFromTheLeft  August 9, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    And you might not need…

    …as MUCH ativan – eh?

    …I’ll still drink my wine – good for my health! -

    LFTL

  11. Jeffrey B.  August 10, 2007 at 1:02 am

    Lyme disease? It was liars disease – and Bethesda hasn’t found the cure yet!

  12. Carl Nemo  August 10, 2007 at 1:53 am

    Hi SEAL…

    I know that too, but I’m talking about a process where a closed circuit cabal of key National Security Council members that might have a Bush-steering agenda based on simply wreaking havoc based on simplistic political protocols and goals. If the President was psychiatricly addled due to Lyme’s disease of some other malady, this would allow them to take advantage of the situation and his position.

    Actually I’d feel safer with a multi-teraflop computer programmed with all known political variables similar to weather forcasting being input fed via an advanced neural net input determining whether to initiate a launch sequence as opposed to human input in these times.

    One of my pastimes is playing chess against Deep Fritz a computer based program. There are many of them out there, but to me this is one of the better programs. Make a mistake on the opening and it will crush you like a bug quickly, screw up in the mid or endgame and it will hunt you down like a predator drone and kill you too.

    It’s my personal belief at this point in technology that a computer programmed with all known data points relative to the waging of war with subsequent peace and truce initiatives; ie., symmetrical or asymmetrical with a state of the art neural net input filter will give the best choices in terms of tactics from the opening to the endgame with a minimum loss of casualties and a “win win” outcome not only in terms of the war but post conflict outcomes and the decision delivered in milliseconds or less. Of course it should offer three choices from the best to least attractive with humans concurring and making the ultimate decision to launch or not launch based on the data analysis. The computer would prevent any launch that was not based on one of the three priority recommendations proffered preventing a criminally inspired launch at any point in time. No over-riding the computers decision…period! Rest assured it will do a far better job if programmed properly than some burned out middle-aged white guys with an agenda… :))

    The super-computer would also be monitoring all the inputs from Cheyenne Mountain and every realtime ELINT input node available to the NSA and other services worldwide in this decision making process through it’s input neural net.

    Those folks that are familiar with state of the art neural net data filtering can appreciate my thoughts on this subject. They may be in the process of engineering such a system. The reason being is that human beings are unfortuantely, inherently corrupt and fatigue quickly when overloaded with too much information. Programmers could be directed to corrupt the processing, but the input neural net would buck such an attempt to corrupt the final product.

    I don’t feel well, knowing these corrupt “pinheads” with an agenda are all too close to launching a nuclear strike pre-emptively. Under Bushco they’ve changed our “Order of Battle” from defensive to offensive if necessary which is a major sea-change in our nations mandate never to initiate a first strike against any nation. I embraced MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) and thought it’s still the best posture not only for the big boys, like Russia and China, but as well for upstart nations. Screw with us and we’ll swat you like a fly and “prevail”, but we’ll never swat “first”…! Too bad the PNAC necon, Vulcans or whatever these “Mad Hatters” wish to call themselves think otherwise.

    Carl Nemo **==

  13. SEAL  August 10, 2007 at 3:56 am

    Carl: I and everyone else I have ever known in the military disagrees with your proposal. Not only that, we consider it a very dangerous Idea. Haven’t you ever watched the Terminator or the Andromeda Strain? Yeah, I know, but it makes a point. These decisions are dangerous enough in the hands of humans but they sure as hell cannot be entrusted to machines. I am fairly knowledgeable about the process and unless there has been a confirmed launch against the US it is virually impossible for anyone or group to launch a nuclear strike from here. That would require the consensual involvement of personnel at levels you have no knowledge of. We have a very good system in place. One that is defense oriented with virtually no rapid provision for first strike. That would require days. Of all the fears you may have, this one should be at the bottom of your list.

  14. gene  August 10, 2007 at 5:57 am

    So is ativan (LFTL) “good for my health!”….I just know in my heart of hearts they put Vitamin C in those wonderful little white pills.

    My wife says no but what the hell does she know, I mean after all she’s married to me. Hmmmmm? I don’t think thats what I meant to say…oh well.

    I get so emotional when I talk about it or I mean (her)…”my darling ativan”….”oh ativan oh ativan where art thou my love”….She’s calling me now and I (MUST!!!!!)
    answer.

  15. gene  August 10, 2007 at 6:02 am

    No…just ticks with good taste. I mean, would you want to bite a piece of “shit”…..?

  16. gene  August 10, 2007 at 6:35 am

    Dam Carl….now I have the headache from hell. You should post a “WARNING” sign for the mentally (slightly) slow fellow ranters here at CHB.

    Hell, you just might get booted for being so knowledgeable. This blog just might have an upper limit on IQs. Whats yours anway and don’t say “way above yours gene”..I know that already.

    Not to worry, I’ll put in a good word or two (for you) on your behalf. And personally, I will not hold it against you for being so “DAM”!!!!!..smart.

  17. gene  August 10, 2007 at 6:44 am

    Uh…Kent..would you like a couple of my ativan?

  18. ekaton  August 10, 2007 at 6:55 am

    And, on December 27, 2009, Skynet became self-aware…

    (with apologies to the writers of the Terminator movie series…)

    ;)

    Kent Shaw

  19. ekaton  August 10, 2007 at 7:00 am

    YES, please!!

    A few years back when I was having severe insomnia, my doc prescribed 1 mg of ativan at bedtime as needed. I found that .5 mg was sufficient and I could make 30 of them last 3 months or more. But now, I think I’m going to need 3 or 4 mg a day…

    Kent Shaw

  20. LurkingFromTheLeft  August 10, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Or perhaps a bottle or

    …two of my wine?

    LFTL

  21. ekaton  August 10, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Could I have a little cheese with my whine?

    Kent Shaw

  22. Carl Nemo  August 10, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Hi SEAL…

    My recommendation concerning state of the art AI (artificial intelligence) driven computer is not to supersede human input, but to provide a high order, un-tainted decision table in order to make the right assessment. Obviously if this AI platform detected multiple bogeys coming in over the poles as one input with many simultaneous inputs of ELINT, and parsed traffic analysis data being input simultaneously the smart neural net and the AI computer would surely be giving the best possible solution to a possible attack. The final decision to launch would still be in the hands of those that have that responsibility, but we’ve moved away from simply a cold war MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) concept to what the Bush administration refers to as the “New Triad”.

    Notice throughout my posts I still simply revere a response to a “first strike” attack, but under the “New Triad” plan our nuclear forces are being modified to carry out an offensive mission after the recently engineered NWO paradigm post 9/11. This is a PNAC, Vulcan plan to turn America into “The Terminator” if necessary and I personally think it stinks. The average American doesn’t have a clue what the ramifications of this change in our “Nuclear Order of Battle” means. The “Nuclear Posture Review” of January 2002 will show that Bushco changed our nuclear forces from defensive to “offensive” in nature.

    When making a defensive response to an attack, the response is defined by the nature and scope of the attack, but when a nation moves into the concept of offensive warfare using nukes, then you end up with entities possibly implementing an “evil-agenda”; ie., using the nuclear arsenal for nationalistic aggression. With the “New Triad” concept, nukes could be used on our own people in American cities if the leaders thought it necessary…!?

    This whole discussion started relative my concern of a President suffering from the complications of Lymes disease that might affect him psychologically. While in this state, evil National Security Advisors at the behest of their shadowy controllers could use his condition to initiate such madness. My suggested computer system would prevent the use of nukes for acts of “aggression” in addition to providing high order decision making relative to an attack.

    Thanks SEAL for your input to the discussion and rest assured your thoughts are appreciated, respected and noted.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/policy/dod/npr.htm

    Carl Nemo **==

  23. VietnamVet  August 10, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    Calm down Kent! Profanity will get you nowhere! Even when some of your points are valid.

  24. Carl Nemo  August 10, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Yo Gene…

    I guess this means Geico could use me for one of their “it’s so easy even a cave man can do it” commercials…no?! :)) Thanks for the compliment, but I realize that I need to tone it down otherwise the “Black Helicopters” will be paying some of us a visit soon… ; )

    Nemo**==

  25. Carl Nemo  August 10, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    Hi Kent Shaw…

    Your cognitive dissonance is appreciated and no doubt understood by fellow CHB posters. The “edit” function is no longer available once someone replies to your post. So if you are going to have a need to modify or delete a post you have to do so before others reply directly to yours, afterwards “reply” becomes the only available option.

    Carl Nemo **==

  26. Jeffrey B.  August 11, 2007 at 3:07 am

    Why is everyone so concerned about profanity here? I have never read anything on these boards that I considered to be out of line. Look, folks around the nation are generally pi$$ed-off about one thing or another and if it takes every bit of ones vocabulary that one can muster to get the ponit across – then get it said Pilgrim.

    Besides, in my opinion – the profanity exists in Washington, DeCeit – and that’s enough to make anyone cuss.

  27. gene  August 11, 2007 at 6:32 am

    Hmmm….(?)..mabe 30mg aday is a little high. I probably should mabe consider cutting back. Have to think about that for a while. Give me a couple years.

  28. Steve Horn  August 9, 2007 at 7:38 am

    he probably didn’t really have lyme disease – he probably had the clap ….

    Hey – he sounds healthy enough to head over to Iraq and lead “his” troops!

  29. BeeJay  August 9, 2007 at 9:11 am

    BeeJay

    Does the exam include tests for mental health?

  30. Electric Bill  August 9, 2007 at 9:17 am

    No surprise on hiding the Lyme Disease, They’ve covered up his insanity and alcoholism for years. How nice to have health insurance paid for by the government, so you can get these annual physicals.

  31. wolverine  August 9, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Why did the White House cover up the Lyme disease? Karl Rove should have realized they needed a medical explanation for Bush’s bizarre and irrational behavior. The man has conquered cocaine addiction and alcoholism. This would represent another challenge for him and might garner sympathy and understanding from the general public. Every American is wondering right now (Republicans included) how we ended up with this bufoon as President and Lyme disease could perhaps rationilize his seemingly psychotic behavior. Amazing that this excuse slipped through the cracks.

  32. Steve Horn  August 9, 2007 at 11:33 am

    “The man has conquered cocaine addiction and alcoholism” – you’re joking, right?

  33. bryan mcclellan  August 9, 2007 at 11:23 am

    To conduct a mental health exam the pre existing condition of having a brain to examine has to be established.Bee Bee’s rattling around in a void do not qualify.

  34. Carl Nemo  August 9, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Lyme’s disease is not a trivial matter and it can linger for years even treated with antibiotics. My main concern is that it can effect a victim psychiatricly speaking. I’m glad they caught it early, but what’s bad is Bush is not the average man in this country because he has his hand ever so close to authorizing a nuclear launch. So evil advisors with an agenda could use a possible mental imbalance to their advantage by getting him “stoked” to attack Iran. It’s simply too much power in one man’s hand and our nuclear launch sequence procedures should be modified at the highest levels so that it takes multiple parties to effect a launch sequence. Just as it does on subs, missile silos and B52H bombers at the end of the chain. The purpose of these launch procedure filters is to prevent a wacko/s; ie, a rogue entity from unilaterally launching “havoc” upon the world…!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyme_disease

    Although they attribute his tick bites to his bike riding,
    I also know he enjoys working on his ranch clearing and burning brush,also rootin’ out armadillos with his dog Barney. Evidently deer ticks are jumpin’ him during the process. Texas brush piles are loaded with ticks. While he’s our President he should let rank and file folks cut and burn brush; ie., put some money into the local economy… :)) Maybe he should also ride a “go-nowhere” bike in a gym while he watches a projection screen monitor with unfolding road views.

    Carl Nemo **==

  35. ekaton  August 10, 2007 at 10:47 am

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  36. neondesert  August 9, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Can lime disease be brought on by too many gin & tonics?

    ……..

    Huh? Oh – “lyme”.

    Never mind.

  37. Jeffers  August 9, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Athlete’s foot?

    Why would they need to announce Lyme disease? What about hang nails or athlete’s foot?

    Jeffers

    Peace without freedom is still slavery.

  38. wolverine  August 9, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Your sarcasm is appropriate. I never should have said Bush “conqured cocain addiction and alcoholism”. It is generally accepted he stopped his cocaine use about age 27 and stopped being an active alcoholic around age 40. The abuse left him with significantly diminished intellecutual capacity so he never “conquered” anything. Bush’s life is nothing short of pathetic. He was born on third base and squandered all the good fortune and financial security he inherited. Your critique is perceptive and I stand corrected.

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