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Thoughts and Rumors On the Kratom Import Situation
The kratom community online has been under fire from several directions recently. A number of dubious anonymous and hired sources of disinformation, impossible to vett, have been thrown into the conversation surrounding the question, "What the hell is going on with imports?"
Some vendors are having no problem receiving their shipments, while others -- who think they are equally diligent at following the FDA's published rules -- are having shipments held up on seemingly political or other procedural grounds.
Could The Troubled Vendors Be Missing Some Key Fact?
One factor in the FDA's displeasure at seeing so much kratom arriving in the United States, was mentioned plainly in the most recent FDA update of Import Alert 54-15. It noted that the FDA is now watching Facebook for evidence of which importers are selling kratom for human consumption, a use of the herb that the FDA has not yet approved.
Read more: The Small Vendor Import Situation
How Kratom Might Help Prevent Veteran Suicides
We all have probably heard by now that an average of 22 U.S. military veterans commit suicide every day. These are vets of all ages, many of whom served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. They are getting quite old and this, no doubt, plays a role in what led them to take their own life.
We have also heard of the incompetence and low quality of the medical services provided by the Veterans Administration's hospitals. It's bad enough that these men and women became injured doing a dangerous job for our country, but -- what is really galling is that our country hasn't delivered the quality medical care which these folks were promised.
Read more: Kratom and the Wounded Veterans
Paying the Price of Freedom.
I would like to see an old custom in our country brought back: The freedom to take whatever you want into your body, so long as you're prepared to be responsible for the consequences. No more whining to the state or federal government that someone poisoned you or gave you a tummy ache. This puts the responsibility for doing some accurate research back on us. It's a big task, but I do it all the time now and my health is better than those who let the average MD do their research for them.
Obviously, businesses selling Kratom must guarantee that their product is not adulterated with other substances, or contaminated with microbial organisms. That might give the FDA something legitimate to do, or it could be guaranteed by private testing agencies.
This practice of self-responsibility -- if it was brought back -- would bring about big changes in American society. I think it would be a very good thing.
Read more: Why Does the U.S. Allow Medical Banditry?
Kava Bars -- the New Trend in U.S. Social Life
The emergence of Kava Bars represents, in part, the divergence of the U.S. population into tribes. We are no longer a "One Style Fits All" society.
Maybe it's a longing to go back to a simpler time of shared values and small community living -- a way to experience that dream lifestyle of a tropical island in a sea of big city stress. Yes, that's a big part of it, but far from the whole story.
Maybe the Kava bar reflects our subconscious urge to insulate ourselves from the "crazies" who bring violence into once-sacrosanct places of peace and community. Random mass murders in public spaces -- theaters, schools, military bases -- have led many Americans to shun places where stressed-out people (often using prescription anxiety meds and antidepressants) may congregate.
Read more: Kava Bars of the East Coast
Today (August 14, 2015), Executive Director of the American Kratom Association, Susan Ash, testified before the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board, urging them to consider removing Kratom from their Schedule I list. Upon the conclusion of the meeting, no decisions had been made, but we are hopeful the board will make the right choice.
Read Susan Ash’s testimony here
Along with Susan, Wisconsin Kratom consumer Kerry Biggs also testified at the meeting to tell her experience with Kratom.
Read Kerry’s Testimony here
Read more: American Kratom Association Testifies Before Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board
Adolf Hitler's minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, is quoted as saying, "“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."
So, when TV newscasters tell us that Kratom is a synthetic chemical and warn that, it is only a matter of time before it kills someone, they are using the same technique, whether they intend to or not.
To them and their station manager, the truth is less important than a catchy sound bite. And besides, often they are quoting from the DEA or some local drug rehab center manager, who are incorrectly stating the facts.
Besides, they may think, "The end justifies the means of achieving it." In a War Against Drugs, isn't it more important that we prevent people from using drugs, than it is to be concerned with the "unimportant" details of scientific reports?
The DEA considers Kratom a "drug" and they believe that all drugs that aren't FDA-approved are bad, so it is not important to them how they speak about substances nobody at the FDA or DEA has taken the time to open-mindedly research.
Read more: Speaking the Language of Kratom Freedom
It's Time to End Our Infatuation with Pharmaceuticals. Kratom is the place to start.
Our politicians are so enamored with Big Pharma's money and power, they fail to notice that our nation's health has been slipping in many areas to third-world quality.
Even the rich and famous are addicted to pain meds because it's more profitable to treat the symptoms than to cure diseases that were cured decades ago in farm animals.
Here's the business model of the pharmaceutical industry in a nutshell: Treat every symptom with a separate drug, while the disease continues to progress undaunted. Most of the drugs used are quietly destroying other organs and bodily systems, so the MD can start working on them with more drugs.
Read more: Ending Our Unhealthy Infatuation with Big Pharma
Last year, Americans spent an estimated $374 billion on prescription drugs, up 13 percent from the year before. These drugs include OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet and others that the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale without regard to their potential for abuse.
Meanwhile, the “potential for abuse” was used for many years to block even a discussion of the possible medical benefits of cannabis. And now federal officials are using it again to attack another potential natural remedy, Kratom.
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), which derives from a tree that grows in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, has been found to reduce pain, lessen dependence on opiates, and work as a mild stimulant in low doses.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers Kratom a “drug of concern.” The FDA calls it “dangerous.”
Read more: An excuse for crushing Kratom
The American Kratom Association was launched on Facebook and so much of our work is done there, especially while our website undergoes a major, exciting overhaul. Doing advocacy work on Facebook has its good points and its bad. Lately, we've had some "people" who are obviously Trolls, there only to create drama and waste the time of everyone who gets involved defending us and our work.
If they have already been booted out of the AKA closed group because of argumentative and other time-wasting, negative activities, they just find another Kratom audience and start talking smack about our organization and the people involved. It is near impossible to sit back and watch people we know working so hard for us all be attacked, troll or not. But sometimes we have to, to focus and get our work done.
Some people think that risking Kratom potentially being banned is worth tearing down the people doing the most work to save it. My guess is they are suspicious of the AKA since we’re still new and the idea of a non-profit working so hard to fight for something vendors make millions off of, or they are trying to "corner the market" and become the face of Kratom, the Go-to Guy or Gal.
Maybe they’re even working for the opposition, purposefully trying to distract us from our mission.
Read more: AKA Rules of the Road to Permanent Legality
I need to talk to Kratom vendors, large and small today. I must warn vendors and importers that the FDA in some regions has been seizing Kratom from very conscientious vendors who have merely posted a link to one of my articles on their web site.
When I call these vendors conscientious, I refer to their reading of the FDA rules and regulations and, in some cases, even hiring the top consultants to help them do their business the way the FDA will allow. This doesn't seem to be enough to please the FDA.
The problem is an extension of the FDA's efforts to restrict the freedom of speech on vendors. This makes it hard for vendors to properly educate their customers, especially newbies who can't understand why there is no dosing information, etc., on your web sites where you sell the herb. This, of course, is protecting the monopoly that has been granted to the pharmaceutical industry.
Read more: A Warning to Vendors
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