May 10, 1991 |
President Bush is suffering from Graves' disease, a common and treatable thyroid condition that is not life-threatening, his physicians announced Thursday. "The President remains in excellent spirits, is in good health, without adverse symptoms of any kind," said Dr. Burton Lee, Bush's personal physician. He said that he and Bush's other physicians have urged the President to relax his schedule temporarily.
May 8, 1991 |
President Bush's doctors said Tuesday they believe they have found the cause of his recent heart irregularity--a mildly overactive thyroid gland that is expected to be easily treatable. In a briefing at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Bush's chief physician, Dr. Burton Lee, said he was "pleased by this turn of events" because it cleared up questions about the cause of Bush's ailment and because such problems are "usually resolved within a short time."
May 23, 1991 |
President Bush, in a discussion of his continuing treatment for a hyperactive thyroid, reported Wednesday some initial "slowing down of the mental process" because of medication taken to correct the disorder. In an interview, he discussed the outlook for a rapid recovery from his recently diagnosed condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1991 |
With the announcement that President Bush has been suffering from Graves' disease--an overactive thyroid gland--the American public has a right to ask whether the disability could have affected his decision-making activities during the Gulf War. The thyroid gland secretes a hormone that sets the body's basic rate of metabolism and energy use. When it acts up, as George Bush's did, the body simply speeds up. Bush lost 10 pounds in three weeks without dieting.
October 17, 2008 |
My beloved cat, Midnight, died a few days ago -- possibly because of toxic chemicals in my furniture. In two years with hyperthyroid disease, Midnight went from a plump 14 pounds to a skeletal five. A year ago, a veterinary epidemiologist found that Midnight's blood contained among the highest levels of PBDEs documented in animal research. That's when I learned that the chemicals in my cat came from my couch. And that my furniture is uniquely toxic because I live in California. Since the 1980s, fire-retardant chemicals such as PBDEs have been added to furniture to meet a California-only requirement that the foam inside resist a 12-second exposure to an open flame.
April 30, 1988
Golfer Pat Bradley will not play until at least June while she is receiving treatment for hyperthyroidism, it was announced by the Ladies Professional Golf Assn.