The Jesse Jackson Jr. illness mystery has been solved:
THE Rev. JESSE JACKSON is devastated over the headline-making mystery illness that’s struck his son, U.S. Congressman Jesse Jr. – and The ENQUIRER has learned the shocking cause of the tragedy. “At first we thought he was simply exhausted,” said a source close to the family. “But after five weeks of extensive evaluation, doctors diagnosed Jesse Jr. with bipolar disorder.”
The serious mental condition is triggered by chemical imbalances in the brain, which propels sufferers from manic highs to depressive lows. Some insiders point the finger of blame squarely at a gastric bypass operation the 47-year-old politician underwent in 2004 because it can restrict the intake of nutrients.
“It is very possible that severe weight loss from gastric bypass can cause a loss of nutrients that can trigger or exacerbate depression, bipolar disorders or schizophrenia,” explained Los Angeles-based weight-loss specialist Dr. Carson Liu.
He also responded on his son’s recovery:
The Rev. Jesse Jackson said there is “no timetable” as his son, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., recovers from depression and gastrointestinal issues at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
The elder Jackson spoke to reporters Saturday outside a downtown Chicago movie theater. The civil rights leader was with protesters in support of a ban on assault weapons.
“There is no timetable on his recovery,” Jackson said. “We hope he will fully recover.” The Mayo Clinic released a statement Friday saying the congressman was being treated there for depression and gastrointestinal issues.
The elder Jackson said “such a challenge is a game-changer, and challenges all members of a given family.”
Jackson is facing an ethics investigation in the U.S. House connected to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted on corruption charges. Jackson was not charged and has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.
Here is what he looked like in 2004:
SMH. All he needed was a trainer and a new diet…that gastric bi-pass mess is no joke!