While celebrating the Birth of Christ, our tree can be unconventional. It is decorated with items that remind us of People, Places and Things that are important in our Life. Can you spot all of them? What’s your favorite? Which one doesn’t make sense? Which are just plain Weird?
For those of you that have been living in a box we offer this information from the U.S. Library of Medicine.
Methamphetamine – meth for short – is a very addictive stimulant drug. It is a powder that can be made into a pill or a shiny rock (called a crystal). The powder can be eaten or snorted up the nose. It can also be mixed with liquid and injected into your body with a needle. Crystal meth is smoked in a small glass pipe.
Meth at first causes a rush of good feelings, but then users feel edgy, overly excited, angry, or afraid. Meth use can quickly lead to addiction. It causes medical problems including
Making your body temperature so high that you pass out
“Meth mouth” – broken teeth and dry mouth
Thinking and emotional problems
The Wehrmacht used Pervitin in the millions of tablets per day. It was a key factor in the Blitzkrieg’s success. This was not unusual for the times. Germany did not ban any drug. It was marketed in Germany for practically everything from weight loss to depression.
Researchers today are rediscovering that humans have a natural aversion to killing other humans. This was well known to the Nazis. The Nazis also found out that Methamphetamine use removes this aversity. Pervitin use made the German Army very effective in killing the enemy. It also allowed them to cheerfully shoot and hang civilians. Meth was very popular in Concentration Camps.
To say that America has a problem with Meth is an understatement. We also have a problem with mass shootings. Can this be linked to meth use. Please note that the U.S. Library of Medicine blandly lists “Thinking and emotional problems” as a side effect to Meth use.
But you might say that your kid doesn’t use meth. Do they have ADD. Attention Deficit Disorder is treated with Ritalin, which is “medical” meth.
The case I’m making is that if you take young people with emotional or mental problems and they use Methamphetamine or you give them Ritalin, the link to violent behavior such as mass shootings becomes clear.