Really enjoyed the two presidential candidates at the Alfred E. Smith dinner per Fox News. However, my wife and I became very curious about Obama’s listless performances during last night’s debate and the dinner speech. In our community, we see many persons, mostly smokers, that have darkened or purpled lips. Some of whom will sacrifice their heart for a cigarette.

Partisanship aside, I am as concerned about Obama’s health as McCain’s. We have heard the endless debate about whom is a “heartbeat” away from the Presidency. While some are concerned about Sarah’s inexperience, can you imagine Biden speaking before Congress or at the United Nations. Gaffe City! With all of this health care reform talk, I think it is important to inquire about the well-being of each presidential candidate.

Smoking is unhealthy and often chosen as a stress reliver. Obama is a smoker. Age is no match against unhealthy life choices. Some smokers possess darkened lips. Dark lips may reveal liver, kidney, and/or gall bladder trouble. Purple lips may indicate blood stagnation, diseased heart and/or blocked circulatory system. Purple lips may be a sign of a low oxygen tension in the blood. Purple lips is listed as a type of or related-symptom for symptom Blue lips. There are at least 48 medical conditions causing Blue lips( may cause most premature cancer deaths in U.S. black men, says a new study. The study estimates that smoking may have been involved in 63% of black men’s cancer deaths in 2001. The figures, published in Preventive Medicine, come from Bruce Leistikow, MD, MS, and Alexander Tsodikov, PhD, of the University of California, Davis.

While he looks great, according to most recent reports, Obama’s last physical was in January 2007. Politico story on the release of Obama’s health info follows.

Obama releases health-record summaryBy POLITICO STAFF | 5/29/08 12:09 PM EST

The Obama campaign released this summary of the senator’s health records on Thursday and does not plan to make additional records available:


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To Whom It May Concern:

I am David L. Scheiner, a board certified general internist licensed to practice in the State of Illinois. I am on staff at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Rush University Medical Center. I have been Senator Barack Obama’s primary care physician since March 23, 1987. The following is a summary of his medical records for the past 21 years.

During that period of time, Senator Obama has been in excellent health. He has been seen regularly for medical checkups and various minor problems such as upper respiratory infections, skin rashes and minor injuries.

His family history is pertinent for his mother’s death from ovarian cancer and grandfather who died of prostate cancer. His own history included intermittent cigarette smoking. He has quit this practice on several occasions and is currently using Nicorette gum with success.

Senator Obama’s last medical checkup was on January 15, 2007; he had no complaints. He exercised regularly often jogging three miles. His diet was balanced with good intake of roughage and fluids. A complete review of systems was unremarkable. On physical examination, his blood pressure was 90/60 and pulse 60/minute. His build was lean and muscular with no excess body fat. His physical examination was completely normal.

Laboratory studies included triglycerides of 44(normal under 150), cholesterol 173 (normal under 200), HDL 68 (normal over 40), and LDL 96 (normal under 130). Chem 24, urinalysis and CBC were normal, PSA was 0.6, very good. An EKG was normal.

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


David L. Scheiner, M.D.