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More Good News for Kratom

More Good News for Kratom

Kratom News for the Week

Kratom is off the DEA "Hit list": "Drugs and Chemicals of Concern". (We have verified this with a regional DEA agent.) Hurray!

The head of the DEA, Michele Leonhart, is resigning due to embarassment over some DEA agents partying with Colombian drug magnates and teenage hookers. We will be watching when a new Director of the DEA is appointed, and working to continue the growth in the DEA's understanding of kratom.

Things are looking up for kratom in Florida. We're looking good in Louisiana, too...

We had a quick success on Monday of this week (April 27th), when a hasty email campaign prevented kratom from being banned in Louisiana. The state representatives even thanked us for helping them to understand the good that kratom is doing in their state. (More on this spectacular turnaround in next week's blog.)

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Recent Good News About Kratom

Recent Good News About Kratom

It was an interesting week. Some bad news and some very good news, which will help us reach our ultimate goal of Kratom being accepted as a dietary ingredient in the USA.

I managed to get on the bad side of the Botanical Legal Defense for publicly calling out their lobbyist and some other leaders for some moves that may have set us all back terribly. The only saving grace from that whole debacle was that Susan Ash, the de-facto Executive Director of the American Kratom Association formed a solid bond with Florida's Senator Evers that I believe will help us to get this bill tabled for a year or two. We will see.

On a couple other fronts, there is a documentary about the good that Kratom does that is being produced by pro videographer Tony Larson. I contributed the narration and the voiceover that will, I believe, set the tone for the project.

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Some Major Issues Confronting Kratom

Some Major Issues Confronting Kratom

The herb Kratom is one of the most amazing plants that has come to world attention in recent years and it needs to be available to everyone.

Furthermore, the pharmaceutical industry founders -- the billionaires of their day, Rockefeller and Carnegie -- worked with the legislators who made the rules, giving great privileges to synthetic pharmaceutical drugs. This made all the natural medicines (herbs) useless in the eyes of modern medicine. This was a big mistake, but mistakes can be corrected.

Look around you, folks! Big Pharma has pretty well priced themselves out of the market for what the average human can afford! And, their products and treatments, surgery etc. do a lousy job in really correcting what goes wrong in our complex body.

So, Kratom is taking away Big Pharma's business. Tough luck, Chuck! You made the rules -- you and your associates working for the FDA -- but the times have passed you by. You made plenty of money by being the only game allowed in this country.

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Free Kratom for Disabled Vets

Free Kratom for Veterans

The wife of a disabled Marine has offered to help other disabled veterans get free order credit for $75 worth of kratom. All she asks in return is that you write a letter to help Congress and the various State legislatures see why this herb must be kept available for those who want to use it.

If you've never heard of kratom, it is made from the leaves of a tree that grows in Southeast Asia, mainly in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. People who have tried it say it works better for their chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, depression, stress, and many other conditions than any drug the VA gave them.

Side effects are minimal, when compared to pharmaceutical alternatives. There is no danger of fatal overdose, as there is from prescription and illicit drugs.

Kratom can be made into a tea or mixed into juices, smoothies, V-8, or applesauce.

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Kratom's Saving the U.S. Economy Billions of Dollars!

Kratom is Saving the US Economy Billions of Dollars

Opioid drug addiction cost the United States $55.7 Billion in 2007. Kratom is helping many of those who became addicted to painkillers to get free.

That's approximately a million opioid addicts who are now free of narcotics, who are not at risk of a fatal overdose, who are not missing work, not collecting disability -- and they're paying cash for their kratom! (Insurance won't pay for it, as far as I'm aware.)

Unfortunately, instead of the FDA and DEA thanking kratom's vendors (ha ha!) for providing this free service to America, they threaten those who sell the herb and try to scare away customers.

What I want to know is, When will the FDA start looking after the best interests of the American people? It has been obvious for a very long time that the pharmaceutical industry is the FDA's biggest customer -- one that contributes most of the agency's funding, so the FDA appears to be very accommodating and protective of their Cash Cow.

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Kratom and What Works For Me

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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I Speak for the Trees!

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

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

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

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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