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New Benefit 4 months 2 weeks ago #30085

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I've given up news, 20+ years (?) after Dr. Andrew Weil said it was step #1 on his 10 steps to optimum health. And replaced it w/ Trip Hop/Down Tempo/Lo Fi Hip Hop. Nice complement to psychadelic punk and alternative/independent labels. (Just makes my NOFX and Jesus and Mary Chain and Black Angels and Manchester groups better.) :-bd
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I’ve also had to give up news for my health. I love current events (the topic). But I got PTSD in part by watching 9/11 while experiencing multiple traumas personally.

I made an exception for 3/11/2011 when Japan had multiple disasters. I got a job to get PAID for watching Japan news for 2 yrs. LOL

I cannot dare watch it now.

I’m divorced, in part, because my now ex husband was lost to propaganda on FAUX NEWS. Once he retired, it was FOX NEWS all the time and he is probably still watching it right now...

Sad. The news is actually too upsetting, so I will forever suck at Trivial Pursuit.
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LOL. Sorry, I shouldn't laugh, but I remember you mentioning your ex- and Faux News. Now that's commitment. :-bd

I actually left the country after reading the 9/11 Commission Report and corresponding w/ Dr. Jones (who collected the trace evidence of nanothermite at the site). Yada yada yada. I guess I just wanted to work on my own narrative (it's all about controlling the narrative, right?), and the best thing about living where you can't speak the language is that you have to get by on essentials. A different sort of ground zero. Then I spent 6 months in a Zen (Seon) monastery in Korea. I was actually on my way to Peru to pass a year learning the medicine w/ 2 guys who purchased land deep in the jungle and had a very well known shaman to work with. But I met my (now) wife on a forum for spouses/SOs of someone w/ Borderline Personality Disorder. Go figure. Right now I'm just tryin to get more soul.
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Interesting story! Wow! Was that all BEFORE kratom or after? None of my bees wax. Just curious/nosy/interested!

I think health challenges are a dandy way to get to know someone intimately. Not at all surprised you found your wife on one. Cool school!

I love a good romance story and having similar difficulties can really help people get to know what they are about. I think it’s a great idea for matching up!

I can’t believe you remembered how I lost my ex husband to FOX NEWS. I don’t mention him much anymore. I figure he’s found someone who also watches that stuff and she’s probably eating my Christmas gift from years ago: butter that can last 25 years if unopened! Part of the paranoia. He was way ahead of the “preppers”. I’m sure he’s got enough food and money and ammunition to feed, protect and employ the entire town. But he won’t share! Sad. No idea why he wants to live forever besides keeping me from getting my portion of his pension. That is motivation enough! He’s much more health conscious now with that incentive to STICK IT TO ME.
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Kratom is only a month old to me. Although I'd seen about it on Hamilton's Pharmacopeia on Vice, it was when I saw him on Joe Rogan that it clicked for quitting Tramadol. And I learned about Yage while in Korea and researching treatment for my ex-wife's (new to me) alcoholism. The plants spoke to me but it would be 5 years before I ventured into them. Kambo came as a part of that. It wasn't until I left my ex- that I began looking into the psychology behind her bizarre behaviors. Hindsight can do that.

I used to consider psychology a pseudo-science (in my rigid, staunch conservative days), and although I think the field in general is woefully practiced and that psyche is all but left out of it, it's also about all I see any more.

My father was into that survivalist thing, too. Dunno what such think they're gonna do if their apocalypse comes. There was an interesting study done recently which found that the chief difference b/t conservatives and liberals is fear, and all the attending things like authority, territorialism, etc., stem from the single premise that conservatives generally think people are bad vs. good (if they're forced to so choose b/t either). Helluva way to live. But really, what does that mean for them then? That nobody is to be trusted, or that only they are? In the words of Arthur C Clark, "Both [prospects] are equally terrifying."
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I always thought that the obvious survivalists are anarchists. There are a growing number of liberal preppers. Hippy communes could be considered survival camps.
Just some thoughts I have no intelligent follow through.

I never wanted to take the meds because they were just lousy in managing my pain. My alternative was cortisone injections which I did until I realized this is no solution in managing life long chronic pain.

I did the exercise, diet, and reducing my work load. Until I woke up and realized I am just about disabled.

I caught a CNN segment on Kratom and googled until I was ready to make my first order. My family already goes to me for advice on alternative medicines and my interest started when I realized statins are misused and is the probable source that caused my husband's Bundle branch block heart beat. I second guess doctors when the push prescribed medicines and always do research before anyone in my family will willingly fill a prescription.

As for the subject matter-new benefit, my husband takes Kratom a few days a week and he still annoyingly watches all cable news channels.:-?
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I think it's making me more focused and creative, too. I'm refinishing a canoe and the whole design for a canopy for my wife just came to me, and it went together like clockwork. I normally over-analyze and excessively research this sort of thing. And even tho I can't play the guitar, I have been playing, and better than ever, like sumthin in me has loosened up a bit. Also feel like I'm hearing a lot more in the music.

As for survivalists = anarchists, I always thought of anarchists stereotypically, burning down buildings rather than moving them underground. Until I learned about anarcho-syndicalism from Noam Chomsky. And that communes are a form of escapism and denial. I still think that.

Anarchy is actually misunderstood, a trigger word of overreaction about the sky raining w/ blood, "dogs sleeping with cats," and the like. It's not about violence as I once understood it, or the upheaval of society, but rather more in line with the book I'm reading now, "Emergence." Bottom-up dynamics rule the natural world, and the algorithms of that process are ruling our internet life as well. That's anarchy in a nutshell, as opposed to the top-down structures of our recent forms of government (of 2,000 years).

Liberal preppers? Guess that means healthcare, education and roads for the apocalypse? Or the chance of a mocha latte.
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BTW, since my first back surgery it was as tho I became 2 halves, and in my legs I could never get the lactic acid feedback the way that I used to. I recently put down some 450 bags of concrete for our house--lots of bending and stretching--and I still wasn't getting any noticeable exercise from my legs. When walking out to the canoe yesterday morning to start that work, the lactic acid ache in my legs was substantial, and in both legs and all throughout them. I couldn't believe it. My body seems to be acting in unison again, maybe b/c of the muscle relaxant properties? And I'm not imagining it, certainly wasn't looking for it a la some placebo effect.
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Kratom has anti inflammatory properties I feel lasts beyond its duration when you establish continued use of kratom for over 6 weeks. I used to wake up and it was struggle to move, most of that is gone. Breakthrough nerve pain is at a minimum, could also be from adding addition supplements and dietary changes (msm and eggs). This is not what you are describing through.
If I allow doses to lapse, which I do to monitor my pain condition health, The overwhelming heaviness in my legs forcing a need to get off my feet becomes more apparent. My body is certainly communicating my physical back problem for better or worse. This sounds more like what you are explaining?
Over all I have felt that Kratom is a superior anti inflammatory agent lasting longer in my body that the duration of the dose(build up properties?) any hard labor that would increase and stress inflammation reaction in my lower back are more noticeable after end of the dose duration. But before Kratom I wouldn't be able to push myself to do something physically demanding, 450 bags of cement? you haven't been flagged to lifting after back surgery. After two surgeries it was down to ten pounds. Even if I didn't listen I would pay for it later if I lifted. Sounds like you are paying a little for it later. Kratom might have have build up anti inflammation properties for you allowing the the body to react properly. I do not feel its the muscle relaxant properties(which are more present in red strains)

Some ideas, I am not the best in expressing in writing. Hope some of this hits on the topic.
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My theory is kratom works in mysterious ways. It seems to fix what we didn’t know was broke. It does in my case. It also DOESNT fix what ain’t broke (frustrating for recreational users looking to get “high”).

It’s NOT a placebo effect. Otherwise we’d all benefit from ANY STRAIN. Wouldn’t be so much work to find the sweet spot, etc.
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