Thursday Reads: Is Trump Abusing Amphetamines?

Good Morning!!

Poor sad sack Trump is feeling sorry for himself this morning. He’s likely beginning to realize that he would have been better off if he had just continued his criminal career in New York and never run for president.

Now Trump is totally screwed. If he had half a brain, he would try to make a deal now to resign in return for not going to prison. He could work out an agreement with Pence to pardon him, along with Ivanka, Don Jr., and Eric for Federal crimes; but they would still be on the hook for state charges in New York. And Pence cannot pardon the Trump Organization.

Poor old guy. He should really, really start thinking about resigning before it’s too late.


I came across some interesting information this morning on Twitter that could explain some of Trump’s behavioral issues. A man named Noel Casler who spent six years working on Celebrity Apprentice claims that Trump frequently chopped up Adderall tablets and snorted them.

This could explain some of Trump’s weird speech problems and his loud sniffing in the presidential debates and in other appearances.

From a site called Polipace last year: Are Stimulant Drugs Messing Up Trump’s Mind and Speech? Doctor Claims He’s on Drugs. (Obviously, I can’t vouch for this accuracy of this piece, but as a strong rumor, it’s quite interesting.)

This morning I got a weird phone call after the Trump speech ended announcing the US Embasy Moving to Jerusalem, from a Psychiatrist in New York, who claimed that Donald Trump was taking Adderall and other psycho-stimulants. He didn’t want to have his name used, but he checked out as a Psychiatrist who had been working in Manhattan for over 20 years. He  said that Trump had been taking all types of stimulants for years and it was one of the reasons that Trump was, according to him, suffering from Dementia, as it causes permanent brain damage.

He also claims this is why Trump slurred, “God Blesshh the United Shtakes” in his speech….

The Doctor said that it was “obvious” that Trump has been popping speed of some sort, and this would explain his weird speech patterns, and even the “crashes” he seems to have where he starts slurring his words suddenly and has severe dry mouth.

Back in the day, Spy Magazine claimed that Trump was using amphetamines. Gawker published articles about this in 2016.

Gawker, 2/11/16: The Best Theory of 1992: Donald Trump Took Amphetamine-Like Diet Pills, by Sam Biddle.

Two decades ago, Donald Trump wasn’t a fascist lightning rod, hick idol, reality star, or political entity. He was just a high-profile rich schmuck and evergreen victim of Spy magazine, which used him as a peg for a February 1992 feature on Dr. Joseph Greenberg, whom they alleged was prescribing powerful stimulants to anyone with a checkbook. Stimulants, Spy’s John Connolly speculated, that might explain how Donald Trump maintains his infinite, inexhaustible arrogance:

Have you ever wondered why Donald Trump has acted so erratically at times, full of manic energy, paranoid, garrulous? Well, he was a patient of Dr. Greenberg’s from 1982 to 1985…Dr. Greenberg diagnosed both of the Trump brothers as suffering from a “metabolic imbalance.”

According to Spy, Dr. Greenberg believed the cure for “metabolic imbalance” (not an actual medical disorder) was Tenuate Dospan, a diet drug similar to dexedrine with known side effects that include “confusions” and “hallucinations,” according to the NIH. It also gives you an amphetamine-like buzz. This is all probably why it’s only supposed to be prescribed on a short-term basis, as opposed to the multiple-monthlong regimens Dr. Greenberg allegedly dosed out, according to Spy:

Dr. Greenberg’s program included no set caloric limit, and Tenuate was prescribed or five months. The long-term use of Tenuate can, according to the medical literature, lead to psychosis—delusions of grandeur, say, like the belief that by simply putting your name on real estate properties, you will double their value.

Or, say, like running for president without a platform beyond “look at that yonder Muslim, what’s he up to?” Most juicily, Connolly included what purports to be the Trump brothers’ medical charts, “indicating many, many visits” to Greenberg. Over email, Connolly told me that the image was in fact a direct photocopy of the Trump brothers’ medical records, and not merely a reproduction from information or an illustration.

Donald Trump’s medical record from the office of Dr. Greenberg, as published by Spy in 1992

Gawker, 7/1/16: Rumor: Doctor Prescribes Donald Trump “Cheap Speed,” by Ashley Feinberg.

Back in December, Donald Trump’s personal doctor declared to the world that Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” While that particular claim is unfalsifiable (although almost certainly incorrect), according to a source with knowledge of Trump’s current prescriptions, that letter isn’t telling the whole story. Most notably: Donald Trump is allegedly still taking speed-like diet pills.

In addition to referencing the Spy story, Feinberg quotes from Harry Hurt’s biography of Trump, Lost Tycoon.

In 1993, Harry Hurt’s unauthorized biography on Trump, Lost Tycoon, corroborated the rumors and went one step further:

The diet drugs, which [Trump] took in pill form, not only curbed his appetite but gave him a feeling of euphoria and unlimited energy. The medical literature warned that some potentially dangerous side effects could result from long-term usage; they included anxiety, insomnia, and delusions of grandeur. According to several Trump Organization insiders, Donald exhibited all these ominous symptoms of diet drug usage, and then some.

The supposed drug Trump took back then was Tenuate Dospan, a drug with speed-like effects that’s not unlike dexedrine.

These rumors say Trump stopped seeing Dr. Greenberg decades ago. But 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 .

C. Richard Allen, the director of the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency, called phentermine “cheap speed” to The New York Times. Side effects of phentermine include:

  • Trouble with thinking, speaking, or walking
  • Decreased ability to exercise
  • False or unusual sense of well-being
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Increase in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
  • Confusion

Readers can determine for themselves if these symptoms remind them of anyone.

So . . . that would certainly explain a lot about Trump.

I know this is a strange post, but I have a nasty cold and I’m not thinking clearly enough to deal with real news. Here are a few links to check out in case you’re in the mood to do it.

NBC News: Trump confides to friends he’s concerned about impeachment.

The Washington Post: Federal judge seeks documents related to Michael Flynn’s January 2017 interview with FBI agents.

The Daily Beast: Get Ready for Mueller’s Phase Two: The Middle East Connection.

The Washington Post: Russian Maria Butina pleads guilty in case to forge Kremlin bond with U.S. conservatives.

The Daily Beast: Trump Cancels White House Christmas Party for the Press.

Associated Press: As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer.

David Corn at Mother Jones: Did Michael Flynn Try to Strike a Grand Bargain With Moscow as it Attacked the 2016 Election?

What stories are you following today?

22 Comments on “Thursday Reads: Is Trump Abusing Amphetamines?”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Hope you’re feeling better.

    I’m gong to leave a feel good story here …

    Azellia White may be 105 years old, but she clearly remembers becoming the first African-American woman in Texas to receive her pilot’s license! Born in Gonzales, Texas, in 1913, White married and then moved with her husband Hulon “Pappy” White to Alabama where he worked as a mechanic with the Tuskegee Airmen, an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee. One day in 1941, then-First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt came to visit the airfield and asked, despite Secret Service objections, to fly with one of the African-American pilots. After flying for an hour with one of the pilots, Eleanor Roosevelt was so impressed that she recommended deployment of the squadron into World War II.

  2. dakinikat says:

    Daily Beast is on fire today …

  3. bostonboomer says:

  4. Sweet Sue says:

    I hope you feel better soon, BB.

  5. dakinikat says:

  6. Minkoff Minx says:

    This thread:

  7. Enheduanna says:

    Thanks for the info BB! Sounds all highly plausible to me plus you don’t see him suing any of those sources for libel…

    I’m sure you’ve all seen this:

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Gingrich in consideration for COS.

    • bostonboomer says:

      That would be hilarious. Can you imagine the fights those two would get into? Gingrich wouldn’t have to worry about ruining his reputation, since he’s already done that.

      • Enheduanna says:

        LOL yes it did occur to me it could be a good thing as long as it plays out like it has for everyone else who’s gotten close to tRump.

  8. bostonboomer says:

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Kurt Anderson, co-founder of Spy Magazine has weighed in on the speed freak story.

  10. RonStill4Hills says:

    Sad news, the beautiful and elegant Nacy Wilson dead at 81.

    Everyday someone else I grew up admiring passes away.


    • bostonboomer says:

      Very sad. 81 isn’t that old nowadays. I saw she died after “a long illness.”

    • NW Luna says:

      She was a wonderful singer. What a voice, and what style!

      Nancy Wilson, an award-winning singer whose beguiling expressiveness in jazz, R&B, gospel, soul and pop made her a crossover recording star for five decades and who also had a prolific career as an actress, activist and commercial spokeswoman, died Dec. 13 at her home in Pioneertown, Calif. She was 81.

      Ms. Wilson resisted the label of “jazz singer” for much of her career, although jazz was the form to which she returned time and again and in which she had her greatest critical and popular success. She considered herself above all “a song stylist,” she once told The Washington Post. “That’s my essence,” she said, “to weave words, to be dramatic.”

      She sought to meld the seemingly incongruous styles of her two greatest influences: the ethereal Jimmy Scott and the penetrating and sultry Dinah Washington. Ms. Wilson’s singing was at once regal and vulnerable, and she inspired two generations of singers, including Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker and Nnenna Freelon. “She has such a classy sound, but she’s never afraid to be a woman, or to tell it like it is,” Freelon once told the San Jose Mercury News.

      Jazz historian and critic Will Friedwald, in his volume “A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers,” called Ms. Wilson a formidable presence in pop, jazz and blues — “the most important vocalist to come along after these three genres were codified and move freely among them.”

  11. NW Luna says:

    Somehow I suspect Trump would be greedy, cruel, illogical, petulant, raging when something didn’t go his way, and full of his own delusional grandiosity without being on any stimulant drugs. He’s far more in the spotlight now that he’s president* so his behavior is now well documented. I think stimulants, if he is taking them, would only magnify his inherent characteristics.

    If someone has ADD or ADHD, stimulants in the right dose will stimulate the ability to concentrate (according to what we understand now of the psychopharmacologic actions). They’re also used in post-cancer fatigue, MS fatigue, and (usually short-term) to augment antidepressants.

    As for side effects, yes, any medication (including herbal meds) will have side effects. It’s a matter of appropriate use, dose, and balancing risks v benefits.

    Unfortunately, wealthy people can always find someone to Rx them inappropriate drugs at inappropriate doses.

    • NW Luna says:

      Buried in that article is this:

      …Johnson & Johnson leading the way at a 9 percent decline on a Reuters report that said the company knew for decades that there sometimes were small amounts of asbestos in its baby powder.