Parkinson’s specialist says Biden has ‘classic features’ of the disease: report

Dr. Tom Pitts, a clinical neurophysiologist based in New York, told NBC News on Monday that President Joe Biden displays “classic features” of Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Pitts talks about signs showing Biden might have Parkinson’s

Pitts appeared on NBC News and was interviewed by Tom Llamas. He was asked if he noticed any signs suggesting the president might have Parkinson’s disease.

“I see him 20 times a day in clinic,” Pitts said. “It’s ironic because he has the classic features of neurodegeneration, word-finding difficulties,” he added.

Pitts also highlighted the president’s “rigidity” and “monotone voice,” which are symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. “Loss of arm swing, standing up robotically, you notice when he turns it’s kind of en bloc turning, it’s not a quick turn. That’s one of the hallmarks of Parkinson’s.”

The Parkinson’s specialist suggested that both Biden and Trump should undergo a four-hour cognitive test, including tasks like block building and memory recall tests.

President Biden’s team stated that he had a cold before the recent debate against Trump, which caused his hoarse voice, AP News reported. Biden later attributed his performance to jet lag from a return trip from Europe nearly two weeks prior.

The president told the reporters that he “wasn’t very smart” for “travelling around the world a couple of times” before the debate. “I didn’t listen to my staff… and then I nearly fell asleep on stage,” he said.

Biden’s February physical shows no neurological disorder, says White House physician

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre faced questioning from reporters about the president’s visitor records, The National Desk reported. These records revealed that Dr. Kevin Cannard, a Parkinson’s disease specialist from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, had visited the White House multiple times since the summer of 2023.

White House physician Kevin O’Connor stated in a letter that President Biden has not consulted with a neurologist apart from his annual physical examinations, NBC News reported. O’Connor also stated that Biden underwent a physical in February, during which he showed no signs of any neurological disorder, including Parkinson’s disease.

According to the Post, Dr. Cannard has made seven early morning visits to the White House residence clinic between July 2023 and March 2024. According to the same report, Dr. Cannard met with Megan Nasworthy, who manages primary care appointments for the president and his family.

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