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.
Eventually, as in the case of cartilage loss in aching knees, the pain gets so bad, no amount of OxyContin will contain it and the patient will beg for joint replacement surgery.
Bingo! A big payday for Big Pharma, the surgeon, and the device manufacturer.
Any veterinarian knows cheaper ways to keep livestock, pets, and zoo animals healthy and pain free -- nutritional supplementation!
Why doesn't our profit-driven, pharmaceutical industry, trained medical monopoly teach this?
The answer should be obvious. They have no incentive to keep costs down for those paying and every incentive to make the most profit possible for management and shareholders.
And the General Accounting Office (GAO) doesn't question this? Amazing!
With a medical model like this, it's no wonder we spend more and take more opioid painkillers than the world's nations combined. And Big Pharma blames the patients for their drug-seeking behavior! Where other choice do they have, when they are told, "We have no cure for that."
Isn't it time we ask the GAO to take a look at where all our medical spending is going? Why are we paying so much for such shoddy medical care?
And Then Along Came Kratom
Kratom is an herb, the leaf of trees that grow wild in Southeast Asia's jungles. It has been used for centuries in countries like Thailand, where it was banned because it was taking addicts off opium, which was in 1943 a big source of tax revenue for the Thai government.
In recent years, the Thai Office of Narcotic Control has recommended that kratom be decriminalized, but progress on this stalled with a military coup.
Besides being a remedy for helping opiate addicts get clean, the herb serves as an energy tonic, muscle relaxer, mood lifter, and de-wormer (if needed).
Kratom provides relief from conditions as widely divergent as diabetes, diverticulosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, bipolar, and ulcerative colitis, to name just a few. But it first drew attention of Americans by its unique ability to help pain-pill addicts skate through what normally is a terrifying withdrawal, without breaking a sweat.
Pardon me, but don't we have an epidemic of pain-pill addiction in America, especially in the Appalachian region and the south? Might this herb be useful to help unwind this expensive problem, in the comfort of home, and on one's own dime?
So, why are federal and state jurisdictions fighting to keep kratom off the store shelves -- Don't they want drug addicts to return to productive work?
The casual surveys I've taken show kratom's great success in reducing recidivism, compared to 12-Step programs and suboxone/methadone treatment centers.
Unfortunately, most of what we hear from the media is a "red-herring" distraction from the good that kratom is doing -- and the public is warned of the dangers of abuse, which is a joke, but hyperbolic descriptions of hallucinations does attract the attention of the abuse-prone.
Kratom really doesn't lend itself to being a herb of abuse, any more than coffee does. Of course, anything can be abused, but abuse of kratom is not very rewarding -- you may puke your guts out, so intelligent people (not abusers) figure this out pretty quickly and try to be conservative.
Passing laws against the use of herbs doesn't stop fools from abusing them, but it does prevent research into the herbs' possibilities for harm reduction and health promotion.
Laws and regulations are another way to impose fines, jail terms, and property seizures on otherwise law-abiding citizens for trying to control their pain with a natural harmless herb.
Shouldn't access to naturally-occurring herbs be a human right?
It seems the the U.S. public takes the risk, whether using pharmaceuticals, with FDA approval -- or with kratom, an herb with hundreds of years of field tested safety. Why not let us decide which medicine we trust more?