Brad Miller

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The War on Chronic Pain Patients

In Freedom, Medicinal Freedom, natural rights, True nature of the State on March 28, 2018 at 5:39 am

“The Law”

The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!

If this is true, it is a serious fact, and moral duty requires me to call the attention of my fellow-citizens to it. Frederic Bastiat French Economist 1850

One hundred and sixth eight years since this was written about the French government we are seeing the exact same thing occur here in America. The opioid hysteria has created a barbaric, evil, and insidious regulation and severe restriction of pain medication while at the same time enriching a few who use the force of law to profit from the misery and pain of others.

I’ve been in chronic pain for over thirty years now. It all started with a severe case of Ulcerative Colitis that required a major surgery to save my life. It didn’t go well. That began my horrible and terrifying relationship with physical pain.

My main relationship in my life since I can remember has been pain. It is always with me, demands my attention, and requires me to attend to it day and night. It is persistent and unrelenting.

In the past I’ve been fortunate to have doctors who’ve in the past believed that I shouldn’t suffer needlessly and provided me with pain medicine. This helped me to eke out, somewhat of a life, in between the hospital stays and surgeries. Even with pain meds I still hurt but as long as I know I can take one or two at night to rest and sleep I can endure the pain throughout the day.

That has all changed since the hysteria machine around opioids has been unleashed upon us. My GP was providing chronic pain management with opioids for the last three years. He stopped this year in large part, I believe, because of the fear of attracting unwanted attention from regulators.

What makes this so insidious is that he isn’t even in trouble for anything yet, and he chose to stop for fear of something that may or may not happen in the future. My pain is a certainty. It’s easier for doctors to say no then it is for them to take a risk. You’ll here some say they are afraid of losing their licenses but that to me is an excuse for not wanting to stand up for their patients and their supposed principles.

When good people don’t stand up, tyranny and injustice multiplies. I’m experiencing that myself with my recent attempts to obtain pain medicine. My GP referred me to a pain clinic. I called them and after a week of back and forth phone calls they finally decided they didn’t accept my “limited benefit plan”, didn’t accept new self-pay patients and didn’t treat GI patients.

I did ask them if they knew of any pain clinics that did treat people with GI related pain and they said no. So long story short I called all the doctors I’ve known for about thirty years and they were no help, I called about ten pain clinics and none accepted my insurance, and almost none treated GI related pain and they didn’t have anyone they could recommend me to. One did wish me the best of luck though.

I did find a couple on my own that would consider treating me but they couldn’t guarantee that the doctor would deem me worthy of a prescription for pain killers until he saw me. I’d have to come in for an initial assessment. In order to see the holy doctor I’ll have to shill out $375 – $600 for the first visit depending on which pain clinic I decide to go to. This is insanity.

On top of the initial charge for the “assessment” if they are so “merciful” to grant me one of their precious prescriptions for pain killers, I’ll have to come back for monthly visits like I’m some kind of goddamn parolee. And each monthly visit will run around $200.

I’ve seen this process of demonizing people in pain slowly developing over the course of my thirty plus year odyssey of pain. I remember when doctors were told they could no longer call in pain pill prescriptions, I remember the first time I heard a doctor express concern about the DEA when I asked for pain medicine, and I remember when I was forced to sign a pain contracts and get urine tested every 90 days like I was a convicted criminal. All of these incremental policies did nothing to ease my pain or make me “safer” from myself. Instead they are what has led us to where we are today.

The Law has been perverted to reap profits for the pharmaceutical industries, the doctors and the addiction industry. Their profits are paid for by the misery and pain of millions of Americans who have no lobbyists and have been abandoned by the medical community.

Besides the profits that those who benefit from this type of hysteria are raking in, I belief there is a dark undercurrent at work as well. We are rapidly approaching more and more regimented healthcare.

Chronically ill folks like me are a drain on the system in the eyes of central planners. I do firmly believe there are those who believe in the tenets of centralized medicine who would prefer I was not around soaking up “healthcare resources”.

Pain pills are extremely cheap though. Last year including doctors visits for chronic pain management plus the cost of my pain medicine added up to around $600. Now I’m stuck with a tab, if I’m able to obtain a prescription, of around $3800. That is insane. But my surgeries and hospital stays have cost insurance companies millions. If I stick around I’ll more than likely need more surgeries and hospital stays.

When did it become okay to bully people in pain? When did it become okay to treat people in physical pain like criminals? When did it become okay to rape them with insane costs for doctor visits? When did it become okay to make people in pain ashamed or afraid to ask their doctor for pain medicine? When did it become okay for doctors to refuse to treat people in pain? When did it become okay to deny one of the only truly effective treatments medical doctors have at their disposal?

The options for people in pain today are worse then they’ve been since before the discovery of the effectiveness of the poppy plant to alleviate physical suffering thousands of years ago. Those who are in pain and denied or restricted pain medication are effectively being forced to live in the Stone Age.

I believe that those in chronic pain are being pushed into making some extremely difficult decisions. The choices are to find alternatives on the black market, try to continue in agony or end their life. All three are a death sentence handed down by the uncaring, ignorant and greedy individuals in the government and the medical industry.

Living in pain is like being in hell. The one description of hell I liken it to is not the fire and pitchfork type but the cold and desolate hell, where God is totally absent. If you believe that God represents all that is good in the world then living in physical pain is the absence of all of that.

Being in pain makes life unbearable. The equation that everyone makes each day is, “is the pain of life worth the results of your actions?” For me the answer is many times no.

A few years ago Sarah Palin (I’m not a fan) was lambasted for daring to suggest that Obamacare had provisions for a death panel in order to ration healthcare. Today we are seeing this concept put into action. Chronic pain patients are being denied the very treatment that would save their lives. The new opioid regulations are effectively a form of a “Death Panel” but it’s so diffused throughout the system no one takes responsibility for denying people in pain the relief they need to continue living.

I believe that a part of the medical community, some in the insurance industry and many in the government are all too happy to get rid of the chronic pain patient because they are easy targets, they soak up resources and remind them and others of the failures of modern medicine. Most chronic pain patients have had multiple surgeries or have an intractable disease that modern medicine can’t treat effectively. This is another driver of the propaganda pushing the opioid crisis narrative.

The opioid hysteria is focusing on the wrong target. Pain patients aren’t the problem. Only about 1% or less become addicted. The opioid overdoses we hear so much about are really caused black market drugs laced with illicit fentanyl. Many pain patients are being pushed into this market by the increasing cost, time demands and humiliation required to obtain life saving pain medication.

The very law meant to save lives is killing people while others make a tidy profit.

(I’m not against profit. I’m against individuals and industries using the force of government to obtain it.)

I’m not an addict. I’m just in pain. My abdomen hurts all the time. From adhesions pulling and stretching my insides to a pancreas/gall bladder/bile duct issue that hasn’t been properly diagnosed or treated, I suffer everyday of my life from the time I get up to the time I finally fall asleep.

I wish I was stronger but the pain wins everyday. If I keep busy enough I can keep its shouting down to tolerable levels. But once I stop moving it returns like a bullhorn from hell. Pain medicine simply helps dial down the volume.

The Law is meant to protect individual rights. It has been perverted today, as Bastiat wrote, to enrich a small group of people who use the force of the government to satisfy their greed while violating the rights of individuals.

They are using the Law to violate my natural right to consume what I choose and to bear the responsibility of my choices.

Pain medicine isn’t an evil that should be locked away behind armed government agents and doctors who are either scared or greedy, but should be available at the low cost the market puts on them for those who choose to take them.

Physical pain creates a living hell for millions of Americans. It destroys hope, severs relationships, and poisons the mind. Pain medicine can help ease their physical and emotional suffering.

I do have an appointment to see a pain doctor on April 4th. It will be at his discretion if he prescribes pain pills or not. That’s after I fork over $400 for the initial assessment. Where else do you give someone $400 for a service and don’t have a right or ability to know if the service you are seeking will be provided or not? It is insane how far this opioid hysteria has gone.

On the surface the purpose of all these punitive and restrictive laws are to protect people from themselves.They are said to save lives but all they are doing is ruining the lives of millions of peaceful, productive and suffering fellow Americans whose bodies have already betrayed them.

This further betrayal by the government and the medical system has too many pain patients making the awful but understandable decision to end their suffering the only way they know how. They are being forced into taking their own lives due to the barbaric and unfeeling bureaucratic machine that cut them off from the one thing that allowed them to stay alive on this planet.

Death can seem like the only way out for those suffering from intractable pain if they are denied pain medicine. I’ve contemplated it in the past myself and have struggled with those type of thoughts during this stressful stretch of time while trying to find a doctor who will help me. I won’t go to the black market. I don’t trust it. So I can either suffer another ten days or so and hope that the doctor will find my suffering worthy or I can end my time here on planet Earth.

I’ve tried alternative therapies like Kratom and Cannabis, both of which for me help with withdrawal symptoms, but not so much with the pain. I’m miserable tonight. I know I’ll wake up in pain and I’ll go to bed in pain tomorrow. It’s 4:00am and I have to get up at 6:30am to get ready for work.

I’m so tired of hurting. I know if I kill myself those closest to me will be devastated. They, like me for some reason even though I feel worthless, unreliable and unsociable most of the time. I known if I do end my life the little ones in my life would be most hurt. I read one time that if you have children in your life who love you and you commit suicide, it’s like hitting them in the head with a hammer. I won’t do that tonight.

That’s why I’ll get up in a couple hours. That’s why I’ll continue on another day.

Brad

Doctors are pushing back against draconian opioid prescribing restrictions – but is it enough?

In Cryptocurrency, Liberty, Medicinal Freedom, True nature of the State on January 5, 2018 at 11:07 am

In Nevada on 01/04/18 a meeting that was supposed to be about the state’s new restrictions on prescribing opioids but it quickly turned into one of the largest doctor led revolts against these new draconian prescribing rules the country has seen yet.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/doctors-say-nevadas-new-opioid-law-is-causing-them-pain/

The doctors that attended the meeting weren’t told to be there by the Nevada State Medical Association, which is all on board with the state’s new prescribing edicts, they came as individuals who were sick and tired of the government interfering with their business and with their customers.

This is a great sign and hopefully will encourage other doctors to push back against the all too common laws that force doctors to restrict pain medicine to those who suffer chronic pain.

During the meeting the doctors expressed concerns about the vagueness of the rules that they believed were written to threaten the livelihood of doctors who simply help chronically ill patients improve their quality of life.

Around the once known land of the free, laws and rules are being written that greatly restrict the ability of individuals to reduce their physical suffering. I myself have been in chronic pain since the age of eleven. For thirty years my body has been the source of constant pain, making my very existence torture. Without pain medication I know I would have zero quality of life.

I believe that every individual owns themselves and has an innate right to choose what they consume. All restrictions on this freedom are tyrannical and cause more suffering.

The idea that our rights come from our humanity and not the government was a radical idea back in 1774 and it’s still a radical idea today. All politicians, bureaucrats and regulators believe they are the ones that grant our rights. America was founded because the British Crown kept imposing more and more regulations and taxes, interfering with how individuals made their living and how they interacted with each other.

Finally enough people became fed up and launched the revolution that changed the world. Not every colonist was for this revolution. Only about a third were for it, a third were loyalists and a third didn’t care.

Today doctors are like the loyalists during colonial times, content to live under the protection of the crown because their chains lie lightly upon them. But as the regulations and burdens on them grow the chains of government control will grow ever heavier and they will be more and more on the side of freedom.

When I speak of revolution I of course mean creating change through peaceful actions. The way the doctors in Nevada handled their complaints is a road map for other doctors and individuals who employ their services to effect change as well. If the politicians, regulators and bureaucrats don’t listen then other peaceful options should be considered.

Civil Disobedience on a mass scale drove out the British from India. No violence was necessary. Gandhi was actually inspired by Henry David Thoreau and his classic essay “Civil Disobedience” originally titled “Resistance to Civil Government”. This is a proven roadmap for peaceful change on a massive scale, which is what is needed in modern medicine today.

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/civil-disobedience/

Doctors should be on the side of freedom and reject the need for the state medical boards, the DEA, the FDA and the CDC interfering in how they deliver medical services to the sick and suffering. Patients are individuals, customers and taxpayers. Every politician’s and government employee’s salary is paid in taxes extracted from the income of individuals. They are suppose to work for us.

Doctors complain that the State is now getting in between them and their patients but it’s actually been going on since the War on Drugs began and customers were required by law to get prescriptions to buy state approved drugs.

The major issue currently facing doctors is the double edged sword of the prescription pad. It grants them a medical monopoly but it also makes them the government’s puppet.

If they were to reject this deleterious privilege and support true Medical Freedom – meaning an end to the War on Drugs and the decriminilaztion of all state approved drugs – the doctor patient relationship could go back to one based on mutual respect and understanding.

Right now the prescription pad corrupts everything about medicine. It denies the individual the ability to purchase what medicines they choose to without the need to go and pay for a doctors visit, it emboldens a huge corrupt Federal Bureaucracy in the FDA, and it increasingly is used as an excuse by state governments to spy on the medical records of peaceful individuals.

The prescription pad also drives up pharmaceutical drug costs. If all drugs were available in a truly free market their costs would plummet. That’s because they would have to compete without the protection of the corrupt FDA. Their products would be subject to the forced of consumer choice as well as increased litigation if their products aren’t safe and effective. Currently the system is set up for them to reap enormous profits on dangerous drugs.

Pharmaceutical companies once they lose the protection of the FDA and DEA will have to compete in an environment in which people will grow some of their own medicines at home. Even if just a small percentage of the 117 million who grow some of their own food home began growing Cannabis, poppy flowers and medicinal mushrooms that would change the drug market in a huge way. Drug companies would be forced to offer safer drugs to compete with the natural ones that customers could grow extremely cheaply in backyard medicinal gardens.

The price of doctors visits would be lowered as well. The tremendous compliance costs and fees are driving up the cost of medicine. And without the government empowered prescription pad doctors could practice medicine without living in fear of losing their license to the DEA. They would also be able to save that $550 dollar licensing fee that every doctor has to pay the DEA to have the privilege of writing prescriptions.

Innovations in medicine will explode without the stifling bureaucracy imposed on doctors and patients by the privilege of the prescription pad. Doctors could help millions through the internet, they could sell the drugs they recommend from their offices, and without the state imposed monopoly they’ll have opportunities to help the sick and suffering in ways we haven’t even thought of yet. That’s the power of freedom. It creates an environment in which innovations which are unthinkable now become commonplace and ubiquitous ten years from now.

And maybe house calls would become a reality once again.

Eliminating the power of the prescription pad is the one solution that would greatly reduce the spying powers of the government and eliminate a huge portion of the Federal and state bureaucracies that interfere with the transaction between the doctor and the one’s employing his or her services.

The doctors have gone along with all the regulations and the spying and the fees because they make an exceptional living due to the increased cost of their services due to the medical monopoly they currently enjoy.

But like all industries that are granted monopolies they soon find themselves basically run by politicians, bureaucrats and regulators. Medicine like banking has become stagnant, inefficient, hugely expensive and arrogant.

Banks are a perfect example of what happens to an industry built upon a government enforced monopoly. All banks are pretty much the same. They are a franchise of the Federal Reserve System. This privilege comes at a tremendous cost though. Bank employees and even the directors are basically government agents who spy on their customers. They agree to do this because the cost of compliance is currently not enough to outweigh the profits they reap.

When you can print money out of thin air your profits are theoretically infinite. Only when customers get fed up with being spied upon, truly understand inflation, get sick of being charged exorbitant fees and being denied access to their funds will banks choose to change. In the past they had no real way to avoid the Monetary Monopoly granted by the government to the banks. This allowed them to force their services on the public.

People now have a choice. Technology in the form of cryptocurrencies are giving the first alternative to the traditional banking system that indicuals have ever had. When enough individuals become aware of the corruption of the current financial system and that they now have a better option, people are going to flock to cryptocurrencies. Costing banks billions in profits.

Do you think they’ll just stand by for this? Of course not. Bankers’ first reaction is to turn to the government to stamp out the new crypto-competitors. Thankfully that is impossible with cryptocurrencies because of their inherent decentralized properties. Banks will have now have to compete with currencies that allow each individual to be their own bank and send money around the world in seconds for mere pennies.

Most doctors are intelligent, freedom minded compassionate people who want to make a good living while helping people feel better. The hysteria over the so-called opioid epidemic shows that they don’t need the government telling them how to practice medicine. They don’t need a government enforced medical monopoly to help people.

The current deaths from opioids are mainly from fentanyl laced heroin. Afghanistan produces about 90% of the worlds heroin and your tax dollars help protect ad grow that industry. After the US Defense Dept invaded Afghanistan it became the number one producer of heroin in the world.

Doctors who want to practice medicine and make a good living should be pushing for the end of the War on Drugs, the end to the prescription restriction pad era of medicine and the total decriminalization of all medicines, whether grown in the backyard or cooked up by a chemist.

The 40 or so doctors in Nevada are the vanguard of the coming peaceful medical revolution. More and more doctors will realize that their deal with the devil has cost them their soul. To get it back they’ll have to brave the free market alone without the Medical Monopoly they currently enjoy today.

Brad Miller

Advocate of Liberty

Further collectivization of healthcare will embolden the Drug War

In Medicinal Freedom, natural rights, True nature of the State on December 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm

From Ayn Rand’s Textbook of Americanism:

Individualism holds that man has unalienable rights that cannot be taken away from him by any other man, any number, group or collective of men. Therefore each man exists by his own right and for his own sake, not for the sake of the ngroup.

Collectivism holds that man has no rights; that his work, his body and his personality, belong to the group; that the group can do with him as it pleases, in any manner it pleases, for the sake of whatever it decides to be its own welfare. Therefore, each man lives by permission of the group and only for sake of the group.

https://fee.org/media/4959/textbook-of-americanism-by-ayn-rand.pdf

Our current system of healthcare is a mixture of government licensed monopolies and good ole fashioned communism. Those who advocate for a single payer healthcare system or more government intervention into the healthcare sector are asking for more communism which is another term for collectivization.

The great struggle is always between individualism versus collectivism.

If you believe in the second Amendment you also believe in individualism. If you believe that individuals have the right to consume Marijuana then you believe in individualism. If you believe the War on Drugs should be ended then you believe in Individualism.

Unfortunately the current political debate is carried out in sound bites and is meant to divide and segregate individuals into groups. That’s how collectivism works. Those groups then clamor gain the levers of power to usa

e the force of government to force others to live as they see fit. They use words like “social cost” or “societal impact” to justify limiting the choices of others.

The War on Drugs is based on the idea that social costs trump individual choice. Any rational thinking person can clearly see the horrible consequence that Drug Prohibition has caused. For most though they don’t see this as “government intervention” or the further “collectivization” of America. More government intervention into healthcare or A Single Payer healthcare system is based upon the same philosophy. Not only are they politically aligned they are inseparable.

As the government pays for (by taking from others or borrowing from future generations) more and more healthcare more and more experts will be supportive of the War on Drugs. The reason is simple, when the state pays for healthcare every individual choice becomes subject to government scrutiny.

When experts and politicians speak about Social costs or public policy you can guarantee that they are peddling the further erosion of your individual freedom. The Drug War is the biggest erosion of human liberty that we are currently living under, besides the inflationary banking system. Which coincidentally is also a mixture of monopolies and communism.

I believe that the average America who advocates for a single payer healthcare system or clamors for more government regulation of healthcare is doing so because they want a better more effective system that is also affordable. For a lot of people the Single Payer Healthcare idea is the only option they are exposed to that they believe will lead to their desired outcome.

I advocate for another alternative to the current Monopoly/Collectivist model of medicine and that is simply Medical Freedom.

Medical Freedom is the elimination of all the restrictions of individuals to purchase, grow, sell or trade in medicines that they believe will help ease their suffering or increase their wellbeing. This will allow individuals to grow their own medicines in their backyard or purchase medicines at a greatly reduced price because market forces will enter back into the healthcare system.

This is an alternative that the political class, insurance companies, the media, the big pharmaceutical companies, the AMA, the DEA, the FDA, the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services never talk about because in an atmosphere of Medical Freedom they will be deprived of their power and it will be rightfully restored back to the individual through the power of choice.

If you are against the War on Drugs and understand how destructive it is to individuals and society then you should also support the elimination of government interference in the choices individuals make regarding their health and wellbeing.

Just as we have separation of church and state, we also need the separation of medicine and state.

The Bill of Rights is based upon the philosophy of individualism. The belief that individuals have innate inalienable rights and that they own themselves. The current healthcare system and the War on Drugs are based on the idea that you don’t own yourself and that any rights you have are granted by the state. And they can be changed and altered as the political climate changes. This collectivist ideology is extremely dangerous and has led to the death of hundreds of millions by governments around the world.

I believe that deep down everyone would prefer the Freedom of choice in their healthcare decisions and their life in general. When we have Medial Freedom restores in this country the cost of medicine will plummet because individuals will be able to grow Cannabis, Poppy Plants and mushrooms in their backyard.

With a medicinal garden based around these three easily grown plants and fungi most of human ailments can be successfully treated. Physical pain is taken care of by the Poppy Plant. Inflammatory conditions can be mediated by compounds found in Cannabis and certain types of mushrooms. Emotional and existential issues along with addictions could be eased or even eliminated through the careful use of mushrooms containing psilocybin.

A backyard pharmacy would free individuals and families from relying on big pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies to treat a majority of the ailments that can afflict humans. It’s not for everyone and many people including myself would want to combine the best of the homegrown natural medicines with what mankind has created. In an atmosphere of Medicinal Freedom we’ll be able to do just that.

When we have true Medicinal Freedom in this country Pharmaceutical companies will no longer be protected under their monopoly arrangement with the government. The FDA would no longer have the power to allow them to sell dangerous drugs into the marketplace. If they want to stay in business they’ll have to provide more effective, less expensive and safer drugs to compete with the homegrown variety.

More government intervention is not the answer to lowering medical costs. Increasing Medical Freedom is the answer. Ending the War on Drugs and ending the prescription restriction model of medicine is the first steps in making this a reality.

Brad Miller

Advocate of Liberty

The FDA is wrong about Kratom

In Liberty, Medicinal Freedom, natural rights, True nature of the State on December 7, 2017 at 11:07 pm

Last month the Commissioner of the FDA Dr. Scot Gotlieb issued a press release concerning Kratom. Who would have thought a piece of government propaganda would be full of lies, misrepresentations and authoritarian arrogance.

https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm584970.htm

Kratom must be something really horrible and dangerous if the FDA and DEA want to ban it, right?

Kratom is a plant that grows in Southeast Asia. There are many different strains that have helped people relieve pain, fatigue, depression and manage the symptoms of opioid withdrawal for centuries.

I personally have used Kratom as a adjunct pain reliever and to help with opioid withdrawal symptoms. I have found it very effective with no side effects.

What’s ironic is that I started taking Kratom because of the DEA and the FDAs actions last year. If the DEA hadn’t attempted to classify Kratom as a Schedule I drug I wouldn’t have found the hundreds of compelling and passionate videos of folks telling their story about how it’s changed their lives for the better.

The entire recent press release from the head of the FDA has no specifics about why Kratom should be illegal. He stresses it should be illegal because of a smattering of calls to Poison Control, 36 deaths which weren’t caused by Kratom and the fact that there is no scientific evidence for its efficacy and safety.

There is in fact evidence that it is safe and effective. In fact you can go online right now and do what I did before deciding to take Kratom and see the thousands of videos online in which individuals detail how they’ve greatly helped by it. I don’t think the commissioner did this. For thousands of years this plant has been used safely.

Dr. Gotlieb doesn’t want individuals to take Kratom because it’s unapproved. Well Cannabis is also unapproved but it’s used by millions of people everyday and has been used by humans for at least 5000 years. How long has the FDA been around?

Kratom is no different. In fact every adult has a natural right to choose what he or she consumes. We don’t need his permission to do so.

I trust thousands of years of indigenous use and the thousands of testimonials online that Kratom can help with serious conditions like pain and depression. The internet has destroyed the monopoly on medical information once held by those in power. He does however fail to talk about the thousands and thousands that have died from approved drugs since the FDA was created.

Thirty six deaths have been blamed on Kratom. Of these the autopsies are problematic and others will not be released to the public. Millions of people in this country and around the world take this plant medicine without dying. If were as unsafe as he claims hundreds or thousands would be dead. That’s just not the reality.

He further implies that only the FDA can keep Americans safe and ensure they are taken care of by the medical system. He fails to talk about the 250,000 deaths caused by medical errors each year by government licensed healthcare providers. He might want to spend some time on that.

This entire press release besides attacking Kratom is also an attack on anyone who desires to exercise medicinal freedom. This press release and the actions it describes are meant to keep people within government controlled healthcare and the pharmaceutical pipeline so they become dependent on the power of the prescription pad.

The hysteria around the risks of Kratom and the so called opioid crisis is being spread as a way to rebrand the immensely unpopular War on Drugs.

The compounds that make Kratom effective are in fact being being studied because they don’t have the same abuse and addiction potential as prescription opioids. That being said the rate of actual addiction with opioids is less than 3% of users.

If Dr. Gotlieb wanted to help those with addiction and with managing opioid withdrawal he would be encouraging the use of Kratom. There is nothing I’ve found and thousands and maybe millions of others have as well, a more effective means of alleviating the misery of opioid withdrawal symptoms.

All Dr. Gotlieb needs to do is spend an hour watching the videos of people crying when they explain how Kratom helped them kick heroin. There is a quote that I heard Dan Carlin say and that is “quantity has a quality all its own”. Even though those people and myself weren’t part of a double blind placebo study we know it has helped eliminate opioid withdrawal symptoms.

He believes along with the upper echelons of the FDA and DEA to determine what I should ingest and that I am too stupid to figure out what dosages to take. I figured out the right dosage of Kratom through personal experimentation, from the advice from the local health food shop and from those sharing their experiences in online videos. People aren’t as helpless, stupid or incompetent as the FDA Commissioner fears

Throughout the press release he admonished we the public that we should only go to government licensed health care providers and only use approved drugs. I myself have been chronically ill for 30 years. In that time I’ve spent a lot of time in hospitals and going to doctors. Today I’m still sick and in chronic pain everyday. I like millions of other Americans are tired of the traditional paternal Medical system and know that we can make our own health choices without government interference.

In the press release he misleads with statistics. He cites the tenfold increase in calls to poison control. In reality there were 26 calls in 2005 and a whopping 660 calls in 2015 representing about .003 percent of the 3 million total calls to poison control per year. And 93% of those calls were concerning minor side effects.

To further put these 660 calls concerning Kratom to Poison Control in perspective, they received this year alone 9996 calls for kids being exposed to laundry detergent and 17,000 calls about kids and hand sanitizer. He deliberately mislead the American people to gin up support for this immoral and criminal attack on Kratom.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6529a4.

http://www.aapcc.org/alerts/laundry-detergent-packets

He also mentions the 32 deaths associated with Kratom. What he doesn’t mention is that zero deaths have been linked to Kratom being used by itself. All of these deaths occurred when a individual ingested multiple substances.

Next he laments the lack of research and urges those who support the uses of Kratom to submit drugs containing Kratom through the FDA approval system. This was before he bragged about how his agency has overseen the voluntary destruction of hundreds of shipments of Kratom and vowed to stop them all.

It’s a catch-22 for researchers. Do the research but without the plant. It’s the same issue researchers have dealt with since Cannabis Prohibition was passed. The FDA would also love to have supporters of Kratom abandon their position that its a safe and natural supplement and not a drug. If those who support Kratom they need to keep it out of the FDA Machine.

How can anyone trust the FDA or the DEA? They have constantly lied to the public about Cannabis, MDMA, and psilocybin Mushrooms.These same institutions are using their tried and true playbook to stop individuals from taking safe and effective natural medicines and driving them by force to doctors who have the power of the prescription pad.

The evidence is mostly anecdotal now but more and more research is showing it is effective at pain relief, helping ease anxiety and depression as well as treat opioid withdrawal symptoms. If the DEA and FDA bam Kratom it will be almost impossible for researchers to study its effects.

Here is a scientific analysis using the DEA’s own 8 Factor criteria from The American Kratom Association. In it Kratom clears all 8 categories and proves using their own criteria that it should be legal and left alone.

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/americankratomassociation/pages/21/attachments/original/1485630505/Henningfield_Eight_Factor_Analysis.pdf?1485630505

The FDA urges supporters p Kratom to use their botanical drug products approval process which in reality is designed to allow big pharma to patent compounds found in plants. This is a clear attempt to stop individuals from buying Kratom and forcing people to buy instead pharmaceuticals based on the plant. The same process is going on with Cannabis. Just like with Cannabis I believe that taking the whole Kratom leaf is the best way to go instead of using extracts. Kratom has many different compounds that work in my opinion synergistically just like the cannabinoids do in Cannabis. Kratom is a plant medicine that people have been using for thousands of years. Millions of people have taken it and the safety profile far exceeds the majority of drugs approved by the FDA. The real point to his entire speech is that the American people are too stupid to make their own healthcare decisions. Only government licensed doctors dispensing government approved drugs can be used by those who are sick and suffering. There is no public. There are only individuals. And thousands of individuals have found Kratom to be effective at easing their suffering and making life more tolerable. Do you think politicians have your best interest at heart? Do you think the FDA is not in league with pharmaceutical companies? Do you think that the FDA’s arrival process is meant to protect individuals or protect the profits of pharmaceutical companies? What if I don’t want the FDA to have the authority to protect me? What if I want to live in a country where my natural right to consume what I choose is respected and I can buy any man made compound or natural medicine to ease my suffering or assuage my symptoms as I see fit? He doesn’t address this question.I don’t want him or any other bureaucrat helping to prevent a substance I know to be safe and effective from getting a grip on me. What he is definitely not concerned about is what does have a grip on me which is chronic pain and a medical system that treats me like a child and a criminal at the same time. As an adult in the so called land of the free, a nation built on the bedrock of natural rights which includes along with the Freedom of Speech the Freedom of consumption, I like every other adult own myself and I can choose to ingest a substance and bear the consequences.The oxygen you’re breathing right now and the food you ate today will eventually kill you. The oxidative stress metabolism causes creates free radical molecules that reek havoc on your body. They destroy enzymes that protect your DNA and cause lipid peroxidation which is linked to causing over 200 hundred diseases including Heart Disease and Cancer, the two biggest killers in this country.No one gets out of this world alive. While we are here we shouldn’t be restricted in what substance we use to make our stay here on Earth more enjoyable. When you are sick and suffering the last thing you need is Dr. Scott Gotlieb or any other bureaucrat of the FDA or DEA or any other agency standing between you and relief. Keep Kratom legal and legalize all drugs!Brad MillerAdvocate of Medicinal Freedom