How sick was J.F. Kennedy?

If JFK’s illnesses had been well known, he would never have been elected president of the United States.

In the end, one of these diseases also led to his death.Because the cortisone, which he had to take because of addison’s disease, attacked the vertebral bodies and Kennedy also had to wear a support corset with herniated discs as well as a back injury sustained in the war, he was able to find himself after the first, He was shot in Dallas and was hit by a fatal head shot.

I quote from ‘The PTA’:

A permanent patient Severe scarlet fever disease at two years old, from the age of thirteen countless hospital stays due to progressive weight loss, constant fatigue, severe abdominal pain, intestinal inflammation, appendicitis, Flu-like appearances, severe hives and bone pain shaped John F. Kennedy’s youth.

During his studies, and especially from 1936 to 1940 at Harvard University, where the son of a wealthy investment entrepreneur enjoyed the appeal of women and was called “Playboy”, his severe stomach and intestinal problems worsened.

The diagnoses made by the doctors of renowned hospitals were mostly non-specific or duodenum ulcers, sometimes also jaundice.

At the same time, Kennedy repeatedly suffered back pain, which had already led to him having to give up his passion for football, as well as herniated discs.This, too, ultimately led to several hospital stays and to only partially effective spinal surgery. Due to his poor health, he was not fit for military service, but in 1941 he volunteered with the U.S. Army. The paternal relationships had to be maintained in order to be accepted as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

In a secret night action in August 1943, he was injured again on his already weak back, but was honored for this commitment and the rescue of a comrade and was hailed in the USA as a war hero.However, due to a malaria disease and his worsening back disease, a return to active military service was ruled out in mid-1944.

The political career John F. Kennedy’s older brother Joseph did not survive World War II.That is why, in the view of the politically ambitious father, it was now John’s job to get involved in politics with the aim of becoming An American president. John F. Kennedy entered the House of Representatives in 1947, in november 1952, and became President of the United States in the second attempt at the presidency in 1960. During this political career, he also spent a lot of time in hospital. Among other things, he had to undergo heavy back surgery. Complications even left him in a coma. Close to death, he was given the last oil. But Jack recovered slowly.

Obfuscation tactics for victory Rumours of political opponents that the millionaire son from Boston were severely ill and also suffered from a hormonal disorder, Addison’s disease, were repeatedly denied by the family clan, friends, but also doctors.Even detailed rebuttins were published: “Senator Kennedy has no Addison’s disease. He does not take any medication. He doesn’t take a cortisone.’

But in fact John F. Kennedy suffered from Addison’s disease!Named after its discoverer, the English physician Thomas Addison , the disease is a failure of the adrenal glands, which also leads to a general weakening of the immune system. Typical signs are muscle weakness and sensitivity to cold, gastrointestinal problems with weight loss and browning of the skin (“bronze skin” disease).

John F. Kennedy was diagnosed with the condition in a London hospital in 1947, after one of his numerous “attacks” with severe fever, nausea and vomiting.The suffering, which had not been defined since adolescence, finally had a name. High-dose cortisone therapy, known since the late 1930s, did indeed provide relief for those chosen for his political career. But osteoporosis was one of the consequences. And the doctors predicted: lifespan another year, no longer. We know they were wrong.

The bitter truth From the outside, especially in photographs, John F. Kennedy looks like a charismatic, fit man of the best age.But behind it was a seriously ill patient. Only the daily intake of up to twelve different medications such as hydrocortisone, painkillers, testosterone, antihistamines, sleeping pills, antidepressants, amphetamines and antibiotics enabled him to live a half-tolerable life 鈥?or even the Survive. During his time as president, he also suffered from severe diarrhea, high fever, colic, food allergies, prostate problems and urinary tract infections.

He wore a corset for the broken back all the time.With crutches, which can still be seen in pictures of the 1952/54 Senate elections, however, he could no longer be seen in public. He strictly avoided awakening even the slightest semblance of physical weakness. Instead, he received codeine, methadone, or half a dozen novocaine injections in his back before public appearances against the severe pain. Through his first personal physician, Dr. Janet Travell, pioneer of modern pain therapy, he also discovered the spinal relieving effect of rocking chairs, which became his most faithful companion.

The successor of Janet Travell, Dr. Hans Kraus, also prescribed a consistent training program, massages and heat therapy, which improved the general physical condition of the president.Whether the American people would have elected John F. Kennedy as president in 1960 if all the truth about his suffering had been known remains a matter of debate. But his perseverance and commitment in view of his thousand-day tenure with the height of the Cold War, the construction of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the start of the American space program pay respect.

Supplement: despite all the health and personal shortcomings that have become known about JFK, I consider him a good president.

It is to be acknowledged is the consequence and toughness against himself, with which he has faced his serious health problems.He is responsible for serious mistakes in US politics, such as the Bay of Pigs fiasco, which was due to his lack of experience, but which were far outweighed by correct assessments and actions, such as those during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I recommend the film Thirteen Daysabout the Cuban Missile Crisis, which is absolutely worth seeing.In this film JFK is shown with his illnesses.

He has also made a domestic commitment to civil rights and overcoming racial segregation, and has also made a difference.

Overall, JFK has been a good president at a difficult time, both foreign and domestic.

His assassination is one of the first events I have consciously experienced, especially the grief over it.

I think the facts about what happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963, never clarified or clarified.published. Many things will probably never come to light, such as how a highly mediocre shooter with an ancient shooting spree with a calibre that could be slowly run away from can manage a small, moving target steeply from above. and thus feed all sorts of conspiracy theories for a long time.

r.I. P. John F. Kennedy!

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