Chronically Human Podcast Ep. 002 : Howard Bloom

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Howard Bloom. He is passionate, intense, and he’s a man driven by the desire to contribute to the betterment of human kind and inspire others to do the same.

When Howard Bloom was young he set out to do three things with his life: become a writer, a genius and a scientist. Personally I think he’s met all of those goals and so much more. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

Fair warning he does talk about Trump and North Korea up till about the eight minute mark. If you’re not interested in politics you can skip that if you choose. Howard has appeared on many podcasts including The Joe Rogan Experience and the Amazing Atheists. He has written seven books including “The Muhammed Code”, “Genius in the Beast: a Radical Revision of Capitalism” and his latest, which is autobiographical,”How I accidentally started the Sixties”.

He is also the founder of paleo psychology and the scientific discipline of omnology and in his late teens and early twenties, accidentally started the psychedelic drug and sexual revolutions. I highly recommend “How I accidentally started the Sixties”. It is a fascinating book which recounts how Howard hitched hiked across the country in search of Zen enlightenment and for the gods within and ended up accidentally starting a cultural revolution that changed everything. During our conversation, Howard talked about what led him to write the book and what he hoped to accomplish by doing so. We also talked a little bit about his time working with musicians.

 

Along with being an author and a scientist he also started and ran one of most successful music PR companies in the world and got to work with the likes of Prince, John Cougar Melloncamp and Bob Marley, just to name a few. We also discussed “saturated intuition”, the story of the searcher bees from his amazing book “Genius in the Beast: A Radical Revision of Capitalism”, and even how everything we think about nature is wrong. I highly recommend his book “Genius in the Beast: A Radical Revision of Capitalism”. This is a fantastic read for anyone interested in how creative capitalism can be a force for good and how it’s actually the only system that humans have yet created, that can safeguard and advance human civilization into the future.

He is an inspiring, intensely passionate and extremely smart dude. I’ve incorporated several of his rules of life into my own including the two rules of science which he found at an early age:

1. The truth at any price, up to and including the price of your life.

2. Look at things right under your nose like you’ve never seen them before.

He has many other rules and “Howardisms” which I think are incredible. I did ask him if he planned to write a book listing them all, but before he can do that he’s got to sell his latest book he just finished, then write two more books and then maybe he’ll get to it. I hope he finds time to do that.

Next time we talk with Howard I hope we’ll spend an entire episode exploring “Genius in the Beast: A Radical Revision of Capitalism”. I do believe that this book is one of the greatest contributions of the last 50 years to freedom, peaceful trading, and the advancement of humankind. He also said that there is a documentary being done about his life. After reading “How I accidentally started the Sixties” I can’t wait to see that when it comes out.

You can find out more about Howard at his website http://howardbloom.net

and you can follow him @HowardxBloom on Twitter.

I also recommend you read on his website “Isolation-the Ultimate Poison”. If you have a loved one that is dealing with chronic disease or chronic pain or you yourself are, I highly recommend this except from his book “The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History”. It explains about “attraction cues” and “repulsion cues” as well as the dehumanizing effects of chronic illness. It really hit home for me.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you thought of the conversation, what in particular you took away from it, and what we can do better here at The Chronically Human Podcast: …because in the end we are all in this together.

Thanks for watching.

 

Chronically Human Podcast 001 with Dr. Thomas Kline – the other side of the so called “opioid crisis”

Dr. Kline and I had a fantastic conversation and we hope to have him on again very soon. We talked about how we got to where we are today with the “opioid crisis” and solutions for helping people with chronic physical pain as well as those with biologically caused opioid addiction.

You can listen to our conversation here:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NbElpL14fy4&t=2232s

Dr. Kline has dedicated his life to healing. He has been a doctor for 42 years, he did his residency at Stanford, and has worked at Harvard Med as well as Boston Children’s hospital – he now resides and runs his own practice in North Carolina.

You can follow his work on Medium.com

https://medium.com/@ThomasKlineMD

And on Twitter

@ThomasKlineMD

One of the main topics we covered was surrounding how much misinformation, deceptive information and out right lies being peddled by those whipping up the masses, which in turn, is causing widespread and unwarranted fear. Dr. Kline is currently focused on eliminating that irrational fear, which is propelling the current war against pain patients, by educating the public, doctors and legislators about the truth concerning opioids.

Dr. Kline explained the biological mechanisms for addiction. He factually broke down the differences between addiction “A” disease versus addiction “B” disease – which is the type that those with true opioid addiction have. It is a receptor polymorphism (deformed receptor) and 80% of people with addiction “B” are exposed to opioids in high school.

Those without the misshaped receptors don’t take the “magic carpet ride” when they take opioids, unlike those with the physical elements that cause addiction “B” experience.

He went all the way back to 1915 and told the story of how prohibition started up to the the current War on Drugs and how it is causing havoc for pain patients and the doctors who are trying to help them.

He urges for addiction and chronic pain treatment to be returned back to the medical system. Currently those with the horrible disease of addiction are treated like lepers and have no place to go. Dr. Kline advocates for medically assisted addiction treatment which proves successful in most cases – and the government doesn’t have to or need to get involved.

We talked about the almost religious nature of how the anti-opioid folks are going after doctors and patients. Dr. Kline explained that its much like the Salem Witch Trials which were more wide spread than you think.

He also spoke about why we have the separation of Church and state in this country. Back in the Pilgrim days there were religious courts that could and did kill people for not conforming to social norms. This has direct implications for how the opioid crisis is being prosecuted.

We also touched on how the chronic pain patients in America are being treated and how it’s analogous to how no one wanted to help people with AIDS back in the 80’s. I’ve personally had doctors refuse to “take ownership” of certain health issues I have because it would have compelled them to be responsible for relieving my pain. Which most doctors would rather not deal with patients with pain.

Dr. Kline did advocate for ending drug prohibition but honestly added he doesn’t have all the answers. We discussed briefly Portugal and Switzerland’s take on ending the War on Drugs. He did ask the audience to send him suggestions about how we can start eliminating the destructive War on Drugs.

If you too have an idea please reach out to Dr. Kline on Twitter: @ThomasKlineMD

Overall Dr. Kline believes as I do, that education and presenting the facts persistently are the only ways to change the minds of the public and the politicians.

He even advocates the truthful teaching of teenagers -about opioids in high school and explaining that if they feel or see someone experiencing insane amounts of euphoria from taking opioids, very likely they could be addicted and they’d know to get immediate medical help.

He also talked about we could save almost all the people who overdosed on opioids by medically managing addiction, removing the criminal justice system from the practice of medicine, ending the War on Drugs, educating people on the dangers of mixing drugs, and by teaching those in the addiction community how to resuscitate one of their own, with a simple $20 device that could help their friend breathe and stay alive, in case of an overdose.

Finally we touched on the FDA July 9th meeting – in which Dr. Kline will be in the audience attending. The meeting is the first time since the most recent opioid hysteria swept the nation that the FDA is actually going to talk to the people most affected by the new medical inquisition that has caused wide spread damage to individuals in pain, as well as to the doctor patient relationship.

I you are a pain patient please leave your comment on the FDA website. They are taking comments until Sept 9th 2018. By law they have to read those comments and enter them into the official record.

Here you can make your voice heard. Currently there are only 851 comments. Let’s get they to 1000 by tomorrow.

https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FDA-2018-N-1621

Here you can watch the meeting from 10:00am to 4:00pm

https://collaboration.fda.gov/pfdd070918

And here you can read the meeting agenda.

https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/NewsEvents/UCM612498.pdf

At one point everyone has experienced terrible physical pain. Now think if that pain never went away. That’s what living with chronic pain is all about. And those in pain should have access to the safest, most effective pain relieving substances known to man – opioids.

Thanks to Dr. Kline for the informative and enjoyable conversation.

Please share this post to all those that you know who are suffering in pain and can’t get help or if you suffer from chronic pain as well. Dr. Kline is a shining beacon of compassion in the darkness of despair, that is the current atmosphere of the opioid hysteria.

Thanks for reading and listening,

Brad Miller

Chronically Human

My Comment to the FDA regarding opioid hysteria

The FDA is having a meeting on July 9th to finally talk with individuals who have chronic pain and who are being tortured because of the current climate of opioidphobia.

If you have experience being treated as a liability to your doctor, if you’ve been treated like an addict, if you’ve been treated like a criminal for simply asking for your pain to be relieved, you can share your story here:

Tell the FDA how the opioid hysteria has affected your life and those that love you

Here is my comment:

I did not lose my Consititional Rights because I have Chronic pain and seek relief from it. The entire pain clinic and pain contract racket is a violation of at least four amendments to the Constitution, along with violating its philosophical foundations of individual inalienable natural rights.

I’ve been living in life destroying pain for over 30 years. It started with Ulcerative Colitis at the age of 11. I had my first of many surgeries at age 12 and it didn’t go well. Since then I’ve had 20 surgeries, 50 bowel obstructions and 60 hospital stays . I have a permanent ileostomy and a “hostile belly” according to my surgeon. That effectively means I can’t have any more abdominal surgeries, even though I have a painful fistula, possible Crohn’s disease and tons of painful adhesions.

I’ve been on pain medicine almost all my life. Over my thirty plus years of being in pain, I’ve seen personally how individuals with pain are treated. I’ve been dismissed by doctors, I’ve been treated like an addict and I’ve been treated like a criminal for simply wanting my pain to be relieved.

I can’t change the fact that I have incurable conditions which cause me constant pain.

I’ve been habituated physically over the decades but I’ve never addicted to pain medicine. When I was cut off by my GP recently I’m thankful I found Kratom. This safe plant helped me to almost completely stop any physical withdrawal symptoms as well as help with my pain.

Being denied pain medicine has made my life extremely difficult.

When my GP cut me off after three years of chronic pain treatment he referred me to a pain clinic. They wouldn’t help me because they didn’t take self pay patients or GI related pain cases. I called ten pain clinics and only two said that they might help me. But it would cost me $400-$600 to find out. Then if they did see me, I’d have to return each month and be drug tested like a parolee and charged an additional $150.

I never asked for Ulceratice Colitis, I never asked for my first surgery to fail, I never asked to be hospitalized 60 times, I never asked to be in constant pain and I sure as hell never asked to have my government torture me.

Individuals have sovereignty over their minds and bodies. This is the philosophical foundation of the Bill of Rights.

The monthly drug testing requirements violates the 4th amendment. With mandatory monthly drug testing it destroys my god-given right to privacy. Just because I ingest a substance to help me live with less pain, doesn’t mean I’m no longer covered by the Constitution. And just because I have pain and want to have it eased doesn’t mean I’ve lost my inalienable natural rights.

The prescription requirements also violate the First Amendment. It does so because I have the right to think and feel how I choose and if I choose to improve how I feel and think by taking pain medicine, that is my choice.

No doctor or government has the right to infringe upon my ability to choose what I consume.

This also means I’m responsible for my choices, that is how freedom works. Responsibility is the flip side of freedom. I’m perfectly willing to take the responsibility for my health out of the hands of the government. I’d be glad to sign that contract any day of the week.

To me the entire opioid hysteria was a money grab by certain industries as well as an attempt at increasing the power and prestige of the DEA and FDA.

The addiction industry, the drug testing industry, the pain clinic industry, and the pharmaceutical industry have all won big time with the current opioid crisis. So has the DEA and FDA. These agencies have lost so much credibility over lying to the public about the dangers and medicinal properties of cannabis, they were desperate to remain relevant and grow their regulatory apparatus.

Government grows by taking power away from individuals and helps the few profit at the expense of the many. The opioid crisis is a perfect example of government sponsored Criminal Capitalism. Lobbyists, the media and certain industries work together with regulatory agencies, to gin up public fervor over an issue with only one aim – to loosen the taxpayer pocket book to pay those who claim to have solutions.

It’s criminal to profit from the misery of others that you cause. That is exactly what the government and those industries profiting from the further infringement of the rights of individuals have done.

We should also note that the pendulum will never swing back in favor of individual rights if the government and big business have their way. Instead, the solution that will be offered by the FDA to the current torture of chronic pain patients, is to tweak the system, not to respect the individual god-given rights of people in pain.

Those in power will never give up power and stop violating the rights of individuals unless those who believe in compassion, common sense and the Constitution insist otherwise.

Brad Miller

Wishing you health and happiness