If Michael Phelps lived in Holland, or Austria, or Denmark, or Belgium, or Italy, or Spain, or Portugal or…

Posted on February 6, 2009. Filed under: American culture, culture | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Location. Location. Location.  Apparently it’s not just about real estate anymore.

Michael Phelps, American champion, fastest swimmer in the world, owner of killer abs, and role model for ADD kids everywhere, smoked pot at a party. And now he is the worst thing possible for The Children and faces possible prosecution.

If he were drunk, that would have been ok. If he were zoned out on legal, prescription medication, that would have been ok. But pot? Not in America.

 Americans love drugs. The USA  is the most medicated country in the world.   According to the the U.S. Center for Disease Control, almost half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug, and 1 in 6 take 3 or more. 10% of women and 4% of men take antidepressants, which most doctors will prescribe before changes in diet, increase in exercise or the wonder-treatment for depression, accupuncture (not covered by many insurance companies).

The side effects of these legal antidepressant drugs? Nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, suicidal thoughts, decrease in sexual ability,  unusual weight loss, vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, seizures, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, yellowing eyes/skin, unusual or severe mental/mood changes, uncontrolled movements, tremors, blurred vision, numbness/tingling. increased sweating, strange taste in mouth, joint aches,  chest pain, fainting, fast/pounding heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, muscle aches, ringing in the ears, and severe headache.

 And alcohol?  Health hazards include: increased incidence of cancer, particularly cancer of the larynx, esophagus, liver, and colon,hepatitis, jaundice, inflammatory disease of the pancreas, cirrhosis of the liver, degenerative changes in the nervous system, high blood pressure, nutritional deficiencies, cessation of menses, depression, and accidental death.

And please. Don’t even get me started on cigarettes.

According to a Time/CNN poll, almost half of all Americans have tried pot. Michael is a 24-year-old adult. He is no pothead and has repeatedly tested clean while in training or competion. He isn’t doing anything that numerous presidents and supreme court justices haven’t done.  

If he lived in a country where pot was legal or decriminalized, this would be a non-issue. Completely.

Location, location, location.

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Lauren, You rock!

This is a very well written blog and I like the effort put into it.


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