It does seem like beating a dead horse to writers who are constantly publishing on the same stuff, but this Hillary Clinton email thing is leading to one concern or scandal after another. This time, an email surfaced in a cache that disrupts the timeline as laid out by Drudge.
Well…as it happens, in the midst of all the falls, and before the brain injury incident of 2012, it seems that the former Secretary of State was passing emails back and forth on a drug called Provigil. The active ingredient is called modafinil and it is used to combat sleepiness for a number of sleep related disorders. According to the wikipedia page for the generic, physicians are known to prescribe the drug to help with other ailments.
Modafinil is also used off-label to treat sedation and fatigue in many conditions, including depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, myotonic dystrophy, opioid-induced sleepiness, spastic cerebral palsy, and Parkinson’s disease.Modafinil has been shown to improve excessive daytime somnolence and fatigue in primary biliary cirrhosis.
Normally, what drugs people are taking or researching really is not a matter of public need to know, but we are talking about someone running for president of the United States.
What makes this especially interesting to we non-medical people following the Hillary Clinton health non-saga is that in August of 2011, not only was Hillary researching a drug that is used to treat Parkinson’s Disease – one of the many possibilities of whatever is wrong with her – she also was reading emails regarding something called “decision fatigue.”
Essentially, decision fatigue is all about wearing down the synapses after having been forced to make tough decisions and trade offs all day. (This article explains it more than the wikipedia page.) Essentially, it is a part of being human, but in light of a number of other topics revealed in Hillary Clinton’s emails that have nothing to do with yoga or wedding plans (has anyone actually found any emails on those two issues?) the idea that her brain was fatigued while she was Secretary of State is alarming.
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