Bush’s Doctors Kept Lyme Disease Secret for a Year; Is the Condition Why His Mind is Degenerating?

We’ve all seen the video, and if not, you really can’t watch it enough: George Bush when he was governor of Texas, using big words and whole sentences, making sense and not embarrassing anyone. It’s a marvel!

“Brain fog” involves episodes of cognitive dysfunction or confused thinking and is associated with forgetfulness, losing one’s train of thought, depersonalization, and the inability to remember the correct words when speaking or writing

But Bush now is a whole different animal, leading many to wonder if it’s Alzheimers, if he’s back on the sauce, or if Dick Cheney is slipping something into his fried quail.

An even better explanation is Lyme disease. Although doctors one year ago treated him for what they now claim was early stage Lyme disease, who knows when he got it? And dementia is one of the main manifestations of undiagnosed Lyme disease.

Bush was treated for what his doctors described as “early, localized Lyme disease” last August after developing the characteristic bullseye rash. The doctors said he has had no recurrence.

White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said the disease was not disclosed earlier because it happened after he had his last physical, on Aug. 1, 2006.

Right. So why bring it up until now? After all, it’s not like we ever hear about any of the other Bush health problems, like hangovers — whoops, I mean stomach flu — at global summits.

The president’s main form of exercise and recreational activity is biking. His doctors advised him to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts and use bug spray when in risk-prone areas, such as Maine, where the president is spending a long weekend starting Thursday at his parents’ summer home on the coast.

Bush has had a lifetime of opportunities to contract Lyme disease, if you can get it from mountain biking in Maine. But the curious circumstances of his recent annual exam have really got me wondering what gives.

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 in a series of exams at the White House starting July 17 and ending Tuesday night. The exams were not revealed until Wednesday…

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, heart, eye, 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.

It’s all kind of odd, don’t you think? It seems like presidents always have their exams at Bethesda. I wasn’t aware the White House kept the equipment on hand that you’d need for 11 different specialists to perform tests.

But listen to what happens when, instead of the early stage Lyme disease the White House claims Bush had, you don’t know you have it and it goes untreated too long. Symptom types include:

Neurological (can effect central or peripheral components):

* muscle twitching
* polyneuropathy or paresthesia
* Bell’s palsy
* encephalitis or encephalomyelitis
* vision problems, sensitivity to light, or keratitis
* hyperacusis (severe sensitivity to sound & vibration)
* vestibular symptoms (balance disorder may be mediated by CNS or inner/middle ear) and other otolaryngologic symptoms
* seizures
* ataxia

Neuropsychiatric:

* panic attacks, anxiety
* depression
* short-term memory loss
* sleep disturbance
* hallucinations
* depersonalization
* neurocognitive impairment (brain fog)
* psychosis (rare) including diagnosis of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

And what, you might ask, is “brain fog?” It looks exactly like Bush “now” on the video.

It involves episodes of cognitive dysfunction or confused thinking. Brain fog is associated with forgetfulness, losing one’s train of thought, depersonalization, the inability to remember the correct words when speaking or writing (aphasia).

Brain fog is so named because the sufferer can feel like a cloud literally surrounds him or her that reduces the speed at which things can be recognized or clearly seen. Brain fog causes forgetfulness, and promotes feelings of detachment (depersonalization), discouragement and depression.

I’m glad Bush was treated for his secret episode of Lyme disease last year. But I suspect it was too late to save him from earlier exposures.

49 Comments

  • Timothy Hall
    January 5, 2009 - 2:35 pm | Permalink

    A new film on this complex subject is going to be out this spring….

    http://www.undertheeightball.com/index.html

  • eric
    January 13, 2009 - 2:55 am | Permalink

    hey,

    maybe they will actually take Lyme seriously now…

    or at least stop those freaking bioterror labs from having their so called mishaps.

    in either case Lyme needs the proper care and attention and cures rather than it being shoved under the carpet as its been for so many years.

    and now that the president clearly has it,
    he needs to join us in this battle for a cure.

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  • Paul
    February 22, 2009 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    All the symptoms you listed are also the products of 4th degree syphilus. Same family of bacteria. The cure for both is the same: antibiotics administered before it gets into the central nervous system. Once it gets into the brain, it’s a problem, because it is difficult to deliver drugs past the blood/brain barrier. Once in the brain, the brain is slowly ravished and eaten up. Long term prospects in such cases is death.

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  • BRENDA
    September 11, 2009 - 12:32 pm | Permalink

    ONES SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES FOR INSULTING A MAN THAT PROTECTED OUR COUNTRY FROM FUTHER TERRIOST ATTACKS. UNDER HIS CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE-I BELIEVE OUR PRESIDENT DID OUTSTANDING-THE ONE IN CHARGE NOW I THINK MUST SUFFER IN A GREATER WAY OF SOME KIND OF SOCIALIST DISEASE. BECAUSE HE HAS MADE SOME WISHY WASHY MISTAKES TO CAUSE MUCH SUFFERING TO OUR COUNTRY

  • Elaine
    November 6, 2009 - 11:52 am | Permalink

    Watching this video is like watching myself. I have had Lyme disease since 2002 and am currently going thru IV therapy. Just got through a divorce and I am on the verge of bankruptcy. Cashed out my retirement to go on an extended IV antibiotic program as this is not covered by insurance. Such a sad situation for all of us Lymies. My friends don’t understand how I could go from being an articulate female to sounding like I am brain dead half the time. It’s like constipation of the mind. My doctor is moving to Washington, DC as this is one location that protects Lyme-literate doctors. He and another Lyme specialist actually helped me write a brochure for my area. I offer this brochure on youtube under : Lyme disease brochure.

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  • granolachick
    November 27, 2011 - 11:06 am | Permalink

    I just want to know WHO treated him- IDSA or ILADS? Anyone?

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  • May 25, 2012 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

    don’t see alot of difference between then & now in the videos to be honest–the man has always been a freakin’ moron & there will never be any improvement…I would be surprised if it was caused by a tic bite though, think it was more like destiny.

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  • November 23, 2015 - 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Je calcule mon poids idéal en fonction de mon âge, de mes
    habitudes et de ma morphologie, pour ne pas me fixer
    des objectifs irréalisables et arrêter de faire le yo-yo avec mon poids.

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