The Brain Tumor Made Me Do It

How sad is this?   Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor acknowledged in federal court Thursday that she took $2 million from her late husband’s charitable foundation to pay for her addiction to video poker.  Even better, she lost $1 billion wagering over the course of a decade.  A billion f%cking dollars!  She has pleaded not guilty to money laundering as part of a deal with prosecutors that will defer the charges for two years as she attempts to repay the debt.  My favorite part of the USNews article is this:

“An attorney for O’Connor, Eugene Iredale, told reporters outside the courthouse that his client had severe health problems, including a brain tumor,  that led to her gambling addition”.

What?   I can’t stand when lawyers use a medical problem or disease to excuse a behavior.    Ain’t nobody got time for that!  To lose over a billion dollars would make that the most powerful brain tumor in the history of mankind.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “The Brain Tumor Made Me Do It

  1. Neurodoc
    February 22, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Was that the Mayor’s brain tumor in the MRI? The pic looks like a large extraaxial tumor, e..g. meningioma. I’ve seen quite a few patients whose brain tumors caused abnormal behavior, but it’s usually stuff like impulsivity or apathy/depression (frontal lobe symptoms…think of Phineas Gage’s behavior), dementia, or behaviors associated with epilepsy. I’m sure that the defense and prosecution will call their experts to argue the case in court. I’m sure the testimony will be fascinating.

    • Doug Farrago
      February 22, 2013 at 7:21 am

      That was just a pic of a tumor I stole. Sorry.

  2. February 20, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I will accept the apology when a big-name politician or wife of a banker or corporate executive says that her brain tumor caused her to build a string of homeless shelters or “living room” psychiatric hospitals (see Recovery Innovations website).

  3. Pat
    February 16, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I think the saddest/funniest part of the story is that it was …video poker!! Not baccarat, high-stake, low-shade poker, or even roulette? No trip to Monte Carlo for comp’ed rooms and free Vespers, no interaction, drama, or luxury? Hell, my animated role model “Archer” at least hit top ante’ blackjack with his $ 2 million in bearer bonds to blow. Video poker??? That is pitiful on an assisted living scale of aesthetic.

    The whole thing reeks of the infamous “Twinkie” defense, or any given Rep. Patrick Kennedy public apology.

    (PS – the most powerful brain tumor in present existence is the Obama re-electorate, and sadly there ain’t enough chemo in the world)

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