In a surprise statement released on Thursday, CNN announced that the popular HLN network show, Dr. Drew On Call, has been cancelled. The news follows only eight days after the host, Dr. Drew Pinsky, made comments on a radio show about the health of Democratic Party presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
CNN Money reported that the cancellation of the show is part of broader changes being made at HLN, which includes Nancy Grace’s exploitative true crime show.
According to the Washington Times, Pinsky said that he was “gravely concerned” about the former secretary of state’s health and the medical treatments she has received during an appearance he made on KABC’s McIntyre in the Morning radio show. Pinsky, who is a board-certified internist, said that he and another physician reviewed Clinton’s medical records from 2015, which have been made public.
Pinsky told the radio host:
‘Based on the information that she has provided and her doctors have provided, we were gravely concerned not just about her health, but her health care. Both of us concluded that if we were providing the care that she was receiving, we’d be ashamed to show up in a doctor’s lounge. We’d be laughed out. She’s receiving sort-of 1950-level care by our evaluation.’
The campaign for Donald Trump, as well as his surrogates, have been making insinuations that Hillary Clinton’s health is not adequate to the job of U.S. president. This includes the former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, and Fox News News personality, Sean Hannity. Therefore, the timing of Pinsky’s statements are suspicious, to say the least. Either the TV doctor is exploiting the focus on the nominee’s health for better ratings, or he is underhandedly supporting Trump’s campaign to discredit his opponent based on her health.
The radio segment with Pinsky has been removed the station’s website, but a transcript has been published by conservative news site, the Washington Free Beacon.
According to these transcripts, Pinsky told the listening audience that Clinton suffered from two episodes of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). According to Pinsky:
‘She also has hypothyroidism, and she’d been treated for hypothyroidism with something called Armour Thyroid, which is very unconventional and something that we used to use back in the ‘60s. And by the way, wow, Armour Thyroid sometimes has some weird side effects.’
Many hypothyroid patients would beg to differ about the efficacy of Armour Thyroid, as a 2013 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism discovered that nearly half of hypothyroid patients prefer it to the “newer” medicine referenced by Pinsky, levothyroxine, a synthetic.
In the radio interview, Pinsky claims to be concerned about commentators without medical training making fake diagnoses from casual observation, but even a fully qualified physician should probably not be assessing the treatments of a patient without consulting them, much less discussing them in a public forum without prior permission.
Pinsky goes on to say:
‘It’s bizarre. I got to tell you. Maybe they have reasons, but at a distance, it looks bizarre. There ought to be some sort of standard for people that are going to lead the country or are going to making these important decisions.’
The standard should be that a grown woman, especially one as well educated and mature as Hillary Clinton, should have the final say over her own medical treatments. Again, exactly how many glass ceilings does a woman have to shatter without some man stepping in and telling her what she can and can’t do with her own body?
The following YouTube video contains the audio of the radio show, lasting approximately eight minutes.
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