iSAW 01.12 John F. Kennedy’s Back

Events happen where you remember exactly where you were years later. Many of them involve deaths of someone famous; Princess Diana, MLK, John Lennon and Hendrix. John F. Kennedy was assassinated on 11/22/63. I hope you’ve been enjoying the many commemorative pieces celebrating his life and times.

Cover-ups at the top
The White House officially denied that the President had Addison’s disease and low back pain. Kennedy had had three failed back operations. Massachusetts born, Janet Travell MD, had been treating Kennedy for back pain for years while he was a senator. She became the first female physician to a US president. As such, she had to underplay the seriousness of both conditions and offered public refutations. Recent PBS footage showed JFK grimacing while planting a tree in Canada, using crutches, and sitting in his famous rocking chair.

The White House medical team
Travell used trigger point injections to treat JFK’s pain. In the book “JFK’s Secret Doctor” it’s claimed thatshe was forced to recruit help from Dr. Hans Kraus. Kraus had to be smuggled in so as to not alarm the public. He prescribed an exercise program to address JFK’s weakness and inflexibility. Two recently published books have outlined the Kraus method, “End Back Pain Forever” and “Backache, Stress, and Tension“. Kraus claimed he had eliminated JFK’s pain.

Horse piss
During one of the JFK memorial programs mention was made of a Dr, Max Jacobson. Who? An internet search revealed that this man was also known as “Doctor Feelgood“. He had a huge clientele of celebrity patients. He was smuggled into the White House over thirty times. He injected a cocktail of amphetamines, animal hormones, bone marrow, enzymes, human placenta, painkillers, steroids, and multivitamins. The wiki quote by JFK is “I don’t care if it’s horse piss. It works.” His back was feeling good. Was he high? Could horse piss have altered history? Jacobson’s medical license was revoked in 1975.