Today Gawker published a claim from an unnamed source that resurrects long-running speculation that Donald Trump’s erratic behavior is fueled by an addiction to prescription diet pills. From their piece:
According to our source, the Donald Trump of today is on a diet drug called phentermine—and has been since at least April of 2014.
Phentermine first gained notoriety in the U.S. under the name Fen-Phen, a “miracle” combination of phentermine and fenfluramine, another established anti-obesity drug. The only problem with it was that patients taking the drug began reporting damage to their hearts and lungs. Apparently, the combination destroyed patients’ bodies’ abilities to regulate the amount of serotonin.
Phentermine on its own, however, is still prescribed. And while the U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that most people take phentermine for a month or so at a time, since the drug is addictive, Trump has supposedly been taking it continuously for over two years.
Among the many side effects of the drug are delusions of grandeur and cognitive impairment. At this writing, the top comment at Gawker is this: “Cheap speed? When did we get so politically correct? Just say meth. You know who else was on meth?” (Tipped by JMG reader Larry)