President Donald Trump’s disturbingly temperamental behavior, which even friends and allies say is “spiraling out of control” is the subject of much speculation. Recent reports about alleged unprotected sex with ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal and porn star Stormy Daniels fueled more interest in the theory that Trump may be exhibiting symptoms of late-stage syphilis called neurosyphilis.
It’s the disease that ended up springing the gangster, Al Capone, or Scarface, from Alcatraz.
The previous speculation included that Trump’s hair-loss drug, finasteride, could be causing side effects. One article from 1992 claims that Trump and his brother were prescribed amphetamines in the early 80s for “metabolic imbalance,” which could have resulted in maniacal, paranoid behavior.
A Yale psychiatrist briefed members of Congress, compelled to warn them about Trump’s disturbing behavior and:
“…[The] Dangers that his mental instability poses on the nation.”
Trump’s behavior is so unsettling that Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) actually suggested introducing legislation requiring a White House psychiatrist.
Clearly, there is no shortage of serious concern about Trump’s stability as the leader of our country. While it could be just speculation, the new theory that Trump could have late-stage syphilis is based on his own statements, and on the new revelations about a possible pattern of unprotected sex, allegedly even while married.
Here is Trump talking about “my personal Vietnam,” referring to avoiding STDs from sexual escapades in 1997.
Enter the theory:
They'll get Trump the same way they got Capone.
That's right: syphilis.
— MKupperman (@MKupperman) March 13, 2018
A California doctor suggested that Trump could have untreated syphilis in an article from February 2017. If the STD isn’t treated with penicillin, it could remain undetected for decades in the body, ultimately leading to serious neurological problems.
“Commonly recognized symptoms include irritability, loss of ability to concentrate, delusional thinking, and grandiosity. Memory, insight, and judgment can become impaired. Insomnia may occur. Visual problems may develop, including the inability of pupils to react to the light.”
Trump has been noted to squint frequently. One time, he even decided to squint at a solar eclipse, against all common sense.
“This, along other ocular pathology, can result in photophobia, dimming of vision, and squinting. All of these things have been observed in Trump. Dementia, headaches, gait disturbances. and patchy hair loss can also be seen in later stages of syphilis.”
These symptoms do check off some boxes, don’t they?
In Al Capone’s case, he contracted syphilis while working as a bouncer in a bordello house. He was too ashamed to seek out medical attention, and penicillin wasn’t yet widely available. Capone would eventually develop the third stage of the disease, rendering him certifiably insane while he sat in Alcatraz.
After a doctor formally diagnosed him, the prison released Capone on “good behavior,” but his health continued to deteriorate until his death.
Other famous people who may have contracted the disease: Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln, Vladimir Lenin, Idi Amin, and Vincent van Gogh.
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