As for Snopes, here is your answer:

When they decided to get into the business of fact-checking politicians, 
they hired a leftwing nutjob to do so. Enough said.

On Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:30:52 AM UTC-4, MJ wrote:
> September 14, 2016
> *Late Stage Lying: Pneumonia Theory vs. Parkinson’s Disease Theory; 
> Doctors Chime In *Posted by mishgea 
> On Sunday, an “Overheated” Hillary Stumbled or Fainted at a 911 Ceremony 
> <>
> .
> Hours later, came news flash Hillary’s Doctor Discloses Pneumonia 
> Diagnosis Made Last Friday: Questions Abound 
> <>
> .
> Since then, a video by Dr. Ted Noel has made the rounds. Dr. Noel makes a 
> seemingly convincing case Hillary has Late Stage Parkinson’s disease.
> Snopes says Noel’s claim is false. I question the analysis of Snopes.
> Some Mish readers who are medical doctors have some interesting comments.
> *Late Stage Parkinson’s? * 
> In the above video, Dr. Ted Noel makes a seemingly convincing case Hillary 
> has Late Stage Parkinson’s disease.
> My first thought on watching the video was “Wow”. My second thought was 
> “Wow, I wish Dr. Noel did not put a political spin on things.”
> *Snopes Weighs In *Snopes says the montage of photos and video clips are 
> nothing more than Shaky Diagnosis 
> <>.
> Snopes concluded the story was “false”. Snopes ends with this paragraph:
> In closing, we wish to make it clear what our aim has been in this 
> analysis. We have not tried to make the case that Hillary Clinton does not 
> have Parkinson’s disease (in point of fact, we don’t think that case even 
> needs making). Rather, we have shown that what Ted Noel did in this video 
> is systematically misrepresent perfectly ordinary and explicable phenomena 
> as “Parkinson’s disease symptoms,” and his motivation for doing so was 
> purely political.
> False or Inconclusive?
> I am generally highly supportive of Snopes. But How the hell can they 
> possibly make the claim the story is false, when all they did was make a 
> case that Noel’s presentation was politically motivated.
> Politically Motivated Snopes?
> Since Snopes is not a medical doctor, and since Snopes explicitly stated 
> “We have not tried to make the case that Hillary Clinton does not have 
> Parkinson’s disease (in point of fact, we don’t think that case even needs 
> making)” one has to wonder if Snopes itself is politically motivated!
> Snopes should have labeled the evidence “Inconclusive“, not false.
> Perfectly Ordinary?
> I am not a medical doctor but bug-eyed facial expressions and cough 
> attacks lasting months coupled with stumbling and stuttering and 
> exaggerated head motions getting progressively worse, all by the same 
> person, hardly seem “perfectly ordinary” as Snopes claims.
> Certified Opinion
> I am not qualified to comment on the likelihood of Parksinson’s. Since 
> Snopes did not bother to consult experts, they are not qualified either. So 
> how can they label the story “false”?
> On the other hand, I am qualified to recognize bullsheet. I do that every 
> day for a living.
> My certified opinion is “Late Stage Lying, Mid Stage Lying, and Early 
> Stage Lying” by the Hillary campaign.
> Here are some comments from medical doctors. Some were posted publicly on 
> my blog others in private emails to me.
> Comments From M.D Brody
> I know of two recent instances of chronic cough treated with cough 
> medicine and antibiotics. Over a period of time the symptoms persisted.
> Eventually a CT lung scan was performed that showed lung cancer. The test 
> was requested two years ago and was not authorized by insurance. I think 
> a CT scan of chest and lungs in medically indicated. It will either be 
> clear or show pathology. It can answer speculation. Hillary, herself should 
> want to know
> L. Brody, M. D.
> Comments from M.D. Simon
> I have followed your outstanding writing and cogent views since 2005+- and 
> found you were the only one I read to call the housing bust and the bust in 
> the economy. After an epileptic seizure an unfortunate victim is barely 
> conscious. It would fit with past history of fall, concussion and scarring 
> on the brain causing a seizure disorder. There is no way any one would be 
> told that, press or public. She was lifted and carried into theLimo by 
> her “escorts”. That is the only real information available. While not 
> enough to make a diagnosis it is concerning for anyone’s else. “pay no 
> attention to the man behind the curtain”. Very few people are objective, 
> including Snopes and Dr. Noel. I have to agree with Snopes on one thing: 
> without a hands on evaluation by a qualified Neurologist, we are all making 
> “armchair” diagnoses. Sadly, unless Hilliary releases the medical record 
> of a Neurologist’s evaluation, it is all non-first hand information and 
> politically charged. Here is a very reliable and valuable resource on 
> Parkinson’s 
> Symptoms 
> <>
> I use for further information on many consults I do, when approached by a 
> friend or patient. The other source is the National Institute of Health: What 
> is Parkinson’s Disease? 
> <>
>  I 
> have great concern and will watch this all unfold. I will try to remain 
> objective. Personally, on a non-objective basis, a friend of mine has 
> noticed there are very few candidate bumper stickers on people’s cars. People 
> don’t want to reveal their position because we have become so polarized by 
> the choices. Best wishes as always Dr. Jim Simon, M.D.
> Comments From M.D. George
> Hi Mish
> I’m a retired MD, family doctor, ABFP certified 3 times (tests were 
> routine every 6 yrs), and a loyal reader. Please see this article on subdural 
> hematoma 
> <>,
> a clot between brain and skull, usually from some impact. Note these 
> clots are more likely if taking anticoagulants (blood thinners).  It makes 
> zero sense to me that Hillary would be on any blood thinner for her prior 
> clot. They either resorb spontaneously or are removed surgically via a bore 
> hole in the skull, but blood thinners would make them worse. I feel this is 
> elementary to MD’s. It seems to me she likely has some other undisclosed 
> problem. The type of blood thinner is not stated. It might be coumadin 
> (warfarin) derivative, aspirin, or possibly some health supplements.  All 
> of these are usually stopped for surgeries. Her cough timeline, 
> beautifully summarized by you, is way too long for pneumonia. Quite a lot 
> of conditions can cause coughing spells – lung, heart, neurological, 
> esophageal, e.g. saliva down the wrong tube – I have no clear idea on this. 
> Anticoagulants 
> are used for some cardiac conditions e.g. atrial fibrillation, and some 
> neurological conditions e.g. transient ischemic attacks.
> Best regards,  George
> Comments From M.D. Zadeh
> Hi Mish It looks like you got two doctors commenting and now you will 
> have a third. While I don’t disagree with the doctor’s opinions given what 
> was presented, I think some of the facts presented to the public are in 
> question. Let me go over some basic things. When you have a blood clot in 
> the brain, the biggest danger is that blood flow to that section of the 
> brain is cut off and brain tissue dies; that is a stroke. If there is a 
> blood clot causing symptoms and the clot gets dissolved or breaks away such 
> that blood flow is not permanently interrupted, that is called a transient 
> ischemic (without oxygen) attack or TIA or mini stroke. However, there 
> are also very small strokes that destroy brain tissue at the microscopic 
> level. Those are called lacunar infarctions and they often result in a type 
> of dementia called vascular dementia. Not to get too technical, but 
> vascular <> 
> dementia <> 
> also is overlapped by a process called Lewy Body dementia which is 
> basically a mixture of Alzheimer’s dementia and Parkinson’s. I think 
> people pointing to Parkinson’s don’t get what Lewy body and vascular 
> dementia are: forms of dementia with Parkinsonian features that wax and 
> wane depending on blood flow. If there is diminished blood flow to the 
> dopamine producing parts of the brain: Parkinson symptoms can occur but 
> vanish once blood flow is restored. Hilary wouldn’t have gotten through the 
> election campaign with full blown Parkinson’s, but she could have gotten by 
> with hiding early vascular/Lewy body dementia IMO, and that is what I 
> suspect is going on with her. The thing I have told people is once you 
> have blood clots gumming up your brain, things don’t get better. This is a 
> progressive problem and as someone who has extensively studied coagulation, 
> the notion put out by HRC’s staff that you put someone on blood thinners, 
> the clot dissolves because of the blood thinner, and a person has a full 
> recovery is complete baloney. A disruption in blood flow to the brain is 
> going to be followed by continued disruptions in blood flow, and I know of 
> no treatment to stop it in a case like HRC’s that involves smaller blood 
> vessels. When you have a neurovascular issue causing dysphagia 
> (difficulty swallowing which is what causes her to cough), seizures (the 
> reason for the staff caring around the Valium or diazepam pen), and 
> weakness, those are REALLY bad signs. IMO she is a ticking time bomb to 
> have a major and debilitating stroke. With Hiliary’s “pneumonia”, a 
> doctor saying so is completely inadequate. How was it diagnosed? Was an 
> acid fast stain done? Were mycoplasma titers or cultures performed? What 
> was the level of cold agglutins? Furthermore, if HRC was diagnosed with 
> mycoplasma or walking pneumonia, why was she allowed to come in contact 
> with a child when this disease is known to be contagious? And what did her 
> chest x-ray look like? She should have had one to be diagnosed with 
> pneumonia. Bear in mind that when you have weakness with pneumonia, it 
> usually is due to dehydration and causes orthostasis (dizziness when 
> getting up). If HRC were going from sitting to standing and needed support, 
> I could buy the dehydration/pneumonia story. But she was already standing 
> and then went limp. That is most likely a neurological problem not a 
> hydration one.
> People should be clamoring to see the chest x-ray and lab results for HRC. 
> To me the most damning finding would be a normal white blood cell count, a 
> negative acid fast stain, normal tiitre ratio of cold agglutins, and an 
> infiltrate in the middle lobe of the right lung. That would be strongly 
> suggestive that HRC has aspiration pneumonitis due to dysphagia from an 
> underlying neurovascular issue and that the walking pneumonia diagnosis was 
> pure bunk. But I would be shocked if we see the lab or X-ray results. Bottom 
> line though is I said HRC had serious medical issues to someone a month 
> ago, and recent events have fortified that opinion. If the Dems handle 
> HRC’s health issues as a conspiracy or a malicious Trump plot versus 
> truthful full disclosure, IMO they are giving the election to Trump. For 
> the Dems to win in November, they need to get a new candidate yesterday. 
> Joseph 
> Zadeh
> Comments from M.D. Sugarman
> Dear Mr. Shedlock: I am a cardiologist with internal medicine training at 
> Mass General. I would like to accept your invitation to offer my two cents’ 
> worth regarding Hillary’s pneumonia. First of all, I think the diagnosis 
> of pneumonia is very convenient, as an excuse for the symptoms. However I 
> have doubts as to the reliability of this conclusion. The gold standard for 
> diagnosing pneumonia remains a chest x-ray. For someone as prominent as 
> Hillary, I would not be surprised to see a chest CT or a bronchoscopy, or 
> both. However, the diagnosis was made at the patient’s home, which does not 
> have facilities for any of these diagnostic tests. Nobody makes a diagnosis 
> of pneumonia based only on exam in the 21st century; this really hasn’t 
> been done since the 1950’s, back when thyroid disease was treated with 
> Armour thyroid extract (another anachronistic treatment Hillary is 
> receiving). I am concerned, in fact, that she may be having pulmonary 
> emboli. If she has a hypercoagulable state, responsible for a transverse 
> sinus (brain) thrombosis as well as multiple deep vein thromboses, and if 
> she is not compliant with her Coumadin regimen, she could be forming clots 
> in her legs which travel to the lungs, and could mimic the symptoms of 
> pneumonia. This is potentially life-threatening. At a minimum she needs a 
> chest x-ray, and a d-dimer blood test to exclude pulmonary emboli. One of 
> the other questions raised was whether her doctor is incompetent or hiding 
> something. I have never met Dr. Bardack, but she has had superb training at 
> NYU medical school and Cornell Univ for internal medicine residency. They 
> don’t accept low-quality physicians into these institutions and the 
> training is top-notch. I would bet dollars to donuts that the Dr. is quite 
> competent. Whether she is hiding something is a different story. The doctor 
> owes her allegiance to the patient, and has no obligation to release any 
> information to any third party. In fact, there is a law, called HIPAA, 
> which forbids release of any information without the expressed permission 
> of the patient. Hiding something at the patient’s request is not only 
> permitted; it is considered ethical, at least from the doctors’ perspective.
> I have two other brief points. First, this is a little reminiscent of when 
> lying President Nixon was embroiled in Watergate, and he got pneumonia. 
> History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. Second, I have to say I’m no 
> fan of Hillary’s, but I have to admire her guts. Here she is, sick, 
> coughing her head off, and feeling crummy, yet she still insists on doing 
> as much as she can to see that the good guys (from her standpoint) win, and 
> the bad guys lose. Sort of like Kirk Gibson pinch hitting in the 88 World 
> Series with two bad legs. Anyway, that’s my opinion. I enjoy reading your 
> column. I find it very insightful. I was saddened by the loss of your first 
> wife, and I made a donation to your ALS charity. I’m glad you found another 
> soul mate. Fell free to email me back if you have any questions. Sincerely, 
> Daniel I. Sugarman, MD
> Second Video From Dr. Ted Noel
> Here is a second video from Dr. Ted Noel.
> Guess what: Friends of Hillary say she has Parkinson’s 
> <>.
> *The Last Word*  Follow <> Mike Shedlock 
> @MishGEA <> My Hillary Prognosis: Early-Stage 
> Lying, Mid-Stage Lying, Late-Stage Lying 11:23 PM - 14 Sep 2016 
> <>
> Mike “Mish” Shedlock

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