As many of you know, I am physician by training.
Okay, that’s not true, I’m not a physician and nobody trained me to be one. But my wife is physician, and I was speaking to her yesterday.
Okay, my wife isn’t a physician either. But I did speak to her yesterday. I speak to her almost every day, in fact.
So, anyway, where was I?
Oh yes. Despite my lack of qualifications, I have an excellent hunch that President Obama’s persistent sore throat – diagnosed as “consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux” – has an obvious cause, but one the White House would prefer not to talk about. That is, he’s chewing too much Nicorette.
As I’ve reluctantly pointed out before – okay, I enjoy pointing it out – Obama can be seen slapping Nicorette gum around his mouth everywhere he goes, whether the situation commands gravity and respect or not.
The White House of course early in his presidency tried to claim that Obama had quit smoking, which was as good as a lie since he is still heavily addicted to nicotine. It’s as if someone claimed he had stopped snorting cocaine but left out that he was now freebasing it.
Obama could still be ruining his health. Who knows what the long-term health effects of Nicorette are? Well, we do know there are some short term ones.
The website drugs.com lists eight “more common” side effects of Nicolette. Here are seven of them:
Acid or sour stomach
mouth and throat irritation
stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
Sounds like the diagnosis could be pain “consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to chewing Nicorette.”
Mr. President, thank God it’s nothing worse than stomach acid kicking up into your throat. Now save yourself the discomfort by finally quitting your habit. It ain’t easy, but try. If you can part the waters of the Rio Grande, without Congress, you can do this too.