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Kratom and What Works For Me

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Kratom and what works for me

Kratom: What to Take & How to Take It

I cannot offer medical advice, but I can tell you that from my experience what has worked for me. I found that the perfect amount of Kratom per dose is approximately 3 -4g. Statistically, the average dose taken by Kratom users is 3 -4g, but everyone is different. Some people respond great to green and white vein Kratom while others respond better to reds. With that said, others respond wonderfully to all strains and colors.

What I did to find my perfect amount or sweet spot, was starting on the lower side of the average which was around 3g and then increased or decreased the amount by ½ g per dose (every 3 – 4 hours) until I found it. I found that an indicator of taking too much Kratom was sedation. For example, when I’d taken a dose that was a bit higher than what I was used to, I got a bit sleepy and my eyes were tired. It felt like I needed to take a nap. When I took the proper amount for my system, I experienced a nice fluid energy feeling and positive mood which lasted between 2 - 4 hours.

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What May Save Kratom

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What may save Kratom

What may save Kratom from those who wish to ban it is something every one of us can do. Share it with someone who is looking for something that Kratom can do.

We need to be selective, because pushing some strange herb on people who aren't looking -- who aren't frustrated with their current situation -- will cause them to put up their invisible mental barrier and "tune you out".

There are all kinds of opportunities in today's America, where -- if we are lucky enough to have a job, we are probably working harder than ever to make up for the layoffs done to keep our business competitive in what is honestly still a very tight economy. So, there are plenty of opportunities to casually share this amazing jungle energy tonic with co-workers who complain that they're tired or their back is hurting them.

Want to know where the biggest, largely untapped opportunity for sharing Kratom is hiding? It is in the many returning veterans of Irag and Afghanistan, suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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I Speak for the Trees!

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I Speak for the Trees!

A journey finding pain relief and other benefits from the leaves of the Kratom tree and my reasons for working to keep it legal.

By Susan Ash, MS

"I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees!" The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss reminds me of my former life as a professional, paid "tree-hugger," a never-ending source of amusement for my family and friends who'd watched me turn into a hippie (well, as close as I could get at age 16. From that book comes my motto; "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." I used to speak for entire forests; large ecosystems our whole planet depends on. Now I speak for one tree that saved me, and for my right to purchase and consume it as I choose.

Park RangerBorn and raised in Virginia, I began my career 25 years ago as a Park Ranger in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. I'd received a Bachelor's of Science from Old Dominion University (ODU) and was already a budding environmentalist, having founded ODU's first environmental club. I spent three summers proudly wearing my "Smokey Bear" uniform, surrounded by the majestic beauty of a park owned by the American public. A life-long obsession with protecting public lands and natural resources was born, and I left Bryce (seen here, caught off guard behind the info. desk) in pursuit of a Master's of Science in Forestry from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Degree in hand, I went west to spend many years living my dream of getting paid to save the earth. This required frequent outdoor site visits to the forests and wildernesses I was trying to protect. It was the perfect job and it was, like the Lorax's, my life, too.

I moved to Oregon in 2000 to run wilderness, old growth forest and endangered species campaigns. I began experiencing a myriad of inexplicable health problems that ranged in severity and was diagnosed with "Fibromyalgia" and "treated" with narcotics. A lot of narcotics. And not only did they work, they gave me energy, decreased crippling anxiety, and made me happy. Every time I had a prescription filled, I felt like I'd hit the lottery. In 2008, plagued with too many symptoms to list, getting sicker and sicker, I became unable to care for myself. Heartbroken and devastated, home I went to live with my parents (after making sure my doctor sent me off with three months' worth of pills).

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Kratom's Tireless Accuser

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Kratom's Tireless Accuser

Kratom has a determined adversary in the mother of one 20-year-old who killed himself in July. She prefers to believe that Kratom killed her son, rather than the three prescription pharmaceuticals that were also in his system that sad day. The young man had a several year struggle with addiction to opioid drugs and was in and out of rehab several times, though his mother never talks about that.

It is very strange to blame an herb that is helping people get off of opioid drugs, when the boy's toxicology report showed two of the three prescription drugs he had in his system have suicide warnings on them.

It also seems unusual that the herb that as many as 2,000,000 Americans use regularly, has killed no-one else among the many who use it daily.

My estimate is probably quite conservative. But, if Kratom -- besides being used for centuries in Southeast Asia for relieving depression and improving people's mood -- is likely to cause people here to kill themselves, where are the other victims?

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Kratom Faces Resistance to Progress

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Kratom Faces Resistance to Progress

Kratom is facing a lot of resistance to the acceptance of a better, less expensive, form of pain reliever, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, and herbal energy product. Progress never comes easily.

Look at the 77+ years that various agencies have enjoyed huge budgets for finding and jailing harmless marijuana smokers, if you want proof of how much resistance there is to a new (actually ancient) herbal solution to many medical problems that have Big Pharma "stumped".

Progress of all kinds forces people to find new sources of income and employment.

The automobile put the horse-and-buggy out of service. Automobiles pushed out the streetcar. Trucking curtailed the use of the rail lines.

Now kratom, a simple leaf of a tree, is hurting pain clinics, doctors, and ultimately even Big Pharma companies themselves are feeling the pain of losing sales of opioid drugs, suboxone, antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds, etc.

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Kratom Basics for New Users

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Kratom Basics for New Users

Kratom: What to Take & How to Take It

Hundreds of new people are discovering kratom every day. Most are asking the same basic questions. This post was requested by a busy Admin, who wanted to have a place to send folks where they could get most of their questions about starting out on this wonderful and mysterious herb answered.

I won't claim to be the #1 World Expert on the subject of Kratom, but I love it, am fascinated by the variety of things it is doing for people, I've read many medical research papers, I've had a long history of using herbs and nutrition to maintain my health, and I love to write about the ways to achieve the health we are capable of achieving with kratom.

Susan Ash has also written a more concise guide for new users. It is called Kratom 101. I didn't read her version until after I wrote this. It is downloadable from the Facebook group "Kratom -- New and Current Users" It covers the same main points that I do here.

Download link: Kratom 101 Guide by Susan Ash

Kratom has a long history of safe use as a stimulant, relaxant, painkiller, mood-improver, fever-reducer, anti-hypertensive, cough medicine, de-wormer, diabetes folk remedy, and anti-leukemic with significant antioxidant power and God-knows-what-else.

Most of the research that has been done has been driven by the pharmaceutical industry's interest in only a few of its 27 or more alkaloids and chemical compounds. For some reason, even though some alkaloid analogs have been patented perhaps because of their unique analgesic strength and safety, but -- as of now 11-17-2014 -- none have been brought to market.

For those of us who love the whole herb's effects, this lack of a pharmaceutical copy is probably a blessing.

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PTSD and Kratom

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PTSD

PTSD and kratom is something both the VA and veterans themselves should be considering based on the success users of this herb are experiencing.

I write a lot on the various uses people find for kratom, but most of the uses have been pain-related, addiction-ending, or for anxiety relief, with only one or two (that I've seen) for PTSD.

Then yesterday I received this comment from Nick on one of my articles:

I myself have suffered from moderate PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder after several deployments to Iraq. So far Kratom seems to totally alleviate those symptoms. It is mostly the anxiety I deal with, constant worry. While in the military they prescribed me various anxiety medications and I stopped taking them after about six months. I understood the risk and the harmful side effects that came with it.

I have long believed that for every synthetically made substance, there is a safe and natural herb that they are trying to mimic. At first I thought this must be too good to be true, but the more I read, the more I am impressed with the benefits and safety of the plant.

(Beautifully put, Nick. I have felt the same way, too. Big Pharma is stealing Nature's ideas and then trying to get laws passed to stop humanity from using the original, natural product.)

This soldier is wise to do his own research on how to use kratom. It's really not that difficult -- mostly, it just requires some commonsense and personal experimentation to find the strains that suit your purposes.

One thing to keep in mind is that, "More is not necessarily better."

 

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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.

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How Kratom May Benefit from the Ebola Plague

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How Kratom May Benefit from the Ebola Plague

Kratom may be one of many beneficiaries of the deadly Ebola epidemic, that is only now beginning. Ebola is going to be the "acid test" of the pharmaceutical monopoly's control over how medicine is practiced in North America.

How will they explain it, if their vaccines don't provide reliable protection? Most of the open-minded people I meet will admit the annual flu vaccine didn't work for them when they tried it.

What will be the unspoken message when those who are vaccinated start dying from Ebola?

Wouldn't it be quite interesting if -- by protecting the public from Kratom and other natural antiviral substances -- the blindness of the FDA and their number one client, the pharmaceutical companies, caused the extinction of the majority of the U.S. population who trust only in FDA-approved medicines?

Of course, this would clearly not be amusing if you and yours were among those who didn't survive...

In this incipit pandemic, will we learn the foolishness of only considering as treatments those synthetic drugs which can be patented for profit? Will the wiser segment of the U.S. population decide it might be a good time to consider ALL known antiviral remedies that have been shown through centuries of use to kill viruses, rather than limit ourselves to waiting for someone to concoct an untested vaccine?

This could allow a breakthrough in our myopic medical system, which has been created by the "robber barons" Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, who used their immense wealth to create profit, while inhibiting competition from traditional natural therapies. The Ebola plague might be just the thing to bring back an openness to remedies that WORK, regardless of whether they can be wildly profitable or not.

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Kratom & Type 1 Diabetes

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Diabetes Type 1

For those unfamiliar with Type 1 Diabetes (Diabetes Mellitus Type 1), this article will give you some medical and physiological background to help you understand the disease as well as the benefits that Kratom offers to those afflicted.

To begin, there are many factors that affect blood sugar levels for Type 1 Diabetics. In Type 1, little to no insulin is produced by the pancreas while Type 2 Diabetics there is still some pancreatic function and still produces insulin to some degree.

There is little known as to what causes Type 1 Diabetes, but it generally occurs during childhood. There is speculation that it is caused by genetics or virus which confuses the system into attacking the pancreas, thinking it’s a foreign body. Type 2 Diabetes is generally found in adults and caused by, possibly genetics, but also poor diet and lack of exercise. In many cases, this can be corrected or managed by improved diet and regular physical activity.

What is insulin and what does it do, you ask? Everything a person consumes is digested and converted to glucose (Blood Sugar). Obviously, when a person eats candy or consumes food containing sugar, it enters your system as a fast acting sugar which means that it is converted into glucose much faster than foods high in protein. Proteins, such as chicken, steak or similar are slow acting and are converted into glucose slower.  Simply put, once the food has been converted, insulin attaches itself to the glucose and converts to energy which is why we tend to feel better and have more energy after a good healthy meal. 

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