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Broward Battle, a Temporary Victory

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Broward County - Kratom ruled Safe

We won another victory this week when the Broward County, Florida, commissioners voted to postpone any decision on banning kratom while more information on the safety is being researched.

I feel like generally we are getting our message across to open-minded individuals, but there continue to be those who are against kratom, no matter what evidence we present them. Either they can't read or they won't read -- and the result is the same for both. This, I predict, will be a long fight and a hard one.

Past victories in Chicago, Arizona, and Oklahoma -- aided by the Botanical Legal Defense -- are encouraging, but they are no guarantee of easy future successes as we fight this issue county by county and state by state. Anytime someone proposes a major change in the status quo that affects the power players' income, we are going to have a lot of persistent lobbying, arguing, and convincing to do.

When you come to see how we and the people we know and love are being KILLED and INJURED by the products and also the incorrect information about our health that are being spread by the pharmaceutical industry, you may become as determined as I am about winning this fight.

The battle for our natural right to use kratom is only a small part of what we are fighting for. It is a very important part, though! The whole concept that governments can use force to make people do or not do things to themselves that hurt no-one else is nuts.

If we choose to use herbs, based on our own study of the benefits and dangers of the herb, that should not be any concern of the state -- as long as we accept the responsibility for our own behavior.

Ironies are abundant in this discussion. For instance, cigarettes and pharmaceutical drugs are two of the biggest killers of Americans, but they are FDA-approved and legal. And yet, kratom, which has never, by itself, killed anyone -- and it has many health improving qualities -- is under fire.

If you can figure out how the FDA can talk out of both sides of their mouth with a straight face, please explain it to me. I am mystified. I think we all know very well that pharmaceutical pain pills and patches are some of the worst, most addictive creations -- and are often fatal -- but they are not being attacked, although sweet little kratom is.

I would dearly love to believe that agencies of my government have my best interests in their mind at all times, but I hate to be called naive and gullible. If oxycodone is safe and kratom is on the DEA "chemicals of concern", then "up" must really be "down", too.

Having been in various businesses most of my life, I know that it always is wise to see who has the most to gain in any transaction.

We also must watch those with the most to gain, such as the pharmaceutical industry, to make sure they don't find ways to influence government agencies to favor their interests over the interests of the people. Unfortunately, that seems to be exactly how the FDA was set up. When most of an agency's funding comes from a wealthy industry like Big Pharma, the FDA has every reason to approve as many of their new drugs as they possibly can.

More drug approvals = Bigger FDA budget.

Practices, such as off-label prescribing aren't supposed to occur, but they do, people get hurt, and nobody goes to jail. As a result drugs are being prescribed for uses that were never approved, but the FDA rarely does anything about it.

Drugs like statins have no good reason to be widely prescribed, but they are -- and neither the FDA nor any of those in

Congress seem concerned that the FDA is allowing large pharmaceutical companies to create false health claims about the purpose of cholesterol that make statin drugs some of the biggest sellers in history, even though very few people benefit and many are being harmed.

Attempts to Ban Kratom While Big Pharma Runs Amok Are Insane

Besides the harm to those who needlessly take statin drugs, there is the harm to the U.S. taxpayer, who pays for a treatment that is medically unwarranted. Nevertheless, an industry as powerful and well-funded as the pharmaceutical industry can line up all kinds of "medical experts" to testify that statins are needed, even though common sense tells us they are not.

But, again, nobody has gone to jail for this overstepping of authority, even though it is costing Medicare (and all of us) a lot of money.This is only one example of the lengths the pharmaceutical industry will go to, in order to increase their profits, no matter who gets hurt.

My point is -- Don't expect Big Pharma to roll over and play dead when a competitor as powerful as kratom comes onto their turf. They will fight us every inch of the way, until either they or we get too tired to fight any more.

Some new developments, which I will be able to announce soon, will give Kratom users some tools and resources to use to protect their natural right to use this gift of Nature.

So, in the meantime, Stay Strong and Kratom On!

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