Talking all things Kratom with Kelly Dunn CHPodcats Ep. 25

 

 

Kelly Dunn is the owner of Urban Ice Organics. It’s the fastest growing Kratom company in the country and for good reason. They lab test all of their products and they adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices. Urban Ice Organics is the only brand that I trust. 

https://naturalorganix.com

We talk about the science and safety of Kratom, the current state of the Kratom industry and the personal reasons why he produced the documentary “A Leaf Of Faith”.

Kelly discusses why he uses Kratom, the growing number of people who are using it to improve their health and wellbeing and why its important to keep Kratom legal. 

Kelly is doing a lot to keep Kratom legal and to find out the truth about it. He supports the Scientific Research on Kratom by the University of Florida and he’s working on a sequel to “A Leaf of Faith”. I firmly believe that the documentary “A Leaf Of Faith” played a huge role in helping to keep Kratom Legal. 

You can check out A Leaf of Faith on Netflix, you can purchase a DVD of the documentary or watch it on iTunes.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/a-leaf-of-faith/id1367790093 

You can follow them on Twitter

@UI_Organics

@Leaf_Of_Faith 

On Instagram

@ui_organics

On Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/UIOrganics/

During our conversation we also spoke about the work that The American Kratom Association is doing to keep Kratom Legal. Their site is a great way to learn more about Kratom. If you already use Kratom and it helps you please considering supportering their work. 

https://www.americankratom.org 

I found Urban Ice Organics after more than a year of research on Kratom. I made my final decision to try their brand after watching Chris Bell, the Director of “A Leaf of Faith” discuss and share Kratom with Joe Rogan, on his podcast back in 2016 and I’m glad I did. It’s had a very positive effect on my life.

Neither of us are doctors and our conversation shouldn’t be construed as medical advice. 

Personally, I use Urban Ice Organics Kratom everyday to help manage my chronic pain. If you choose to take Kratom I recommend buying Urban Ice Organics. You can find their Kratom in capsule or loose powder form at https://naturalorganix.com 

Use the promo code: ChronicallyHuman20 to get 20% off your next order. 

Let us know what your thoughts about Kratom. 

You can leave guest suggestions, questions or comments about the podcast here: brad@chronicallyhuman.co 

We are always happy to connect with Free People of Goodwill. 

Thanks for Listening. Please support the show by subscribing, sharing and leaving a five star reviews. You can find us on Youtube, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Instagram.

Brad Miller

The Chronically Human Podcast 

brad@chronicallyhuman.co

The Voluntary Social Safety Net with Max Borders CHPodcast Ep. 24

 

 

Max Borders and I discuss the nature of charity, how he’s using technology to create the voluntary social safety net of the future and viable voluntary options for creating alternatives to coercive institutions.

Max is a former editor at The Foundation For Economic Education, the author of “The Social SIngularity” and the Executive Director of Social Evolution.

We discuss his work using technology to create voluntary social safety nets known as Mutual Aide or Mutual Benefit Societies, the long and fascinating history of the social safety net before the Welfare State and how those who want to live in a free society can and should help those who are in need.

I highly recommend Max’s Book “The Social Singularity” where he goes in depth with many of the subjects we cover. This episode is a little on the technical side but these discussions I believe are important becuse cryptocurrencies, tokens, DOA’s, and other blockchain based technologies have the power to help create more freedom and less suffering for us all.

You can follow Max’s work on Twitter and Facebook

@maxborders

Also check out the fascinating work that Social Evolution is doing and support Max’s work by buying his book “The Social Singularity”.

https://social-evolution.com

The Social Singularity by Max Borders Amazon

You can also find out more about the concepts we covered today by reading Max’s articles on Medium.com and FEE.org.

https://medium.com/@maxborders

https://fee.org/people/max-borders/

I exercise my personal freedom my taking Kratom. And the only Kratom I trust comes from

https://naturalorganix.com

You can use the promo code ChronicallyHuman20 at checkout to get 20% off.

Please support the show by subscribing, sharing and leaving a five star review.
You can leave show comments and suggestions here: brad@chronicallyhuman.co

You can find us on Youtube, iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and Instagram.

Thanks for listening and let us know what you think.

Brad Miller
The Chronically Human Podcast

Health Freedom with Dr. Marilyn Singelton CHPodcast Ep. 19

Dr. Marilyn Singleton President of The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons join us to discuss why the current healthcare system is not functioning for either patients or doctors and the practical alternatives that can help lower costs and repair the doctor patient relationship.

You can watch our conversation here.

https://youtu.be/GryK8AAY5Vw

I exercise my Health Freedom by using Kratom to improve my health and well-being. The only brand I trust is Urban Ice Organics that can be found here:

https://naturalorganix.com 

I brew tea with Red Vein Kratom Powder to help manage my chronic pain. You can use Promo Code: ChronicallyHuman20 to get 20% off your next order.

You can listen on:

Apple Podcasts:

https://tinyurl.com/y2nth7ap

Spotify:

https://preview.tinyurl.com/yye9t7ab

Stitcher:

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y53chcn9

Castos:

https://tinyurl.com/y6qgdn3q

The current healthcare system is a mess because of the interference of government into the voluntary transactions between healthcare providers and individuals seeking to improve their health and wellbeing.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons has been fighting for medial freedom since 1943. Its motto is “All for the patient”.

https://aapsonline.org

You can find Dr. Singleton’s articles on Medical Freedom at http://www.theconservativepundit.net/meet-the-pundits/dr-marilyn-m-singleton-md-jd/ 

Many doctors and almost all patients are extremely unhappy with the current medical system. We talk about the practical solutions patients can take to help lower their healthcare costs while still pursing their best option for improving their health and well-being.

Unfortunately, the solutions being pushed by those who benefit from the government’s intervention into the healthcare industry (Which include the corporate media who receive Drug Company Advertising dollars, The Massive Drug Companies, The Insurance Companies and Large Hospital Groups, and Massive Government Bureaucracies -like HHS, Medicare, FDA, CDC and the DEA) will only cause more of the problems that they are supposed to fix.

The Direct Care Model of Medicine is one great example. Learn more here:

http://www.theconservativepundit.net/2018/06/create-your-own-healthcare-system/ 

Learn more about how the government has caused the massive increase in costs which have benefited Large Politically Connected Corporations and Government Bureaucracies and how Doctors and Patients are paying the price.

https://mises.org/wire/how-government-ruined-us-healthcare-—-and-what-can-be-done

Dr. Singleton breaks down why Medicare for all is a terrible idea and why when people talk about Universal Healthcare – what they are really talking about is rationing healthcare for all.

http://www.theconservativepundit.net/2019/02/jumping-into-medicare-for-all-with-eyes-wide-shut/

The current regulatory environment coupled with the mounting power of insurance companies and Medicare are destroying the doctor patient relationship, forcing many doctors to retire and creating a more expensive and less effective healthcare system for all.

If you want to find out more about Medical Freedom check out my conversations with

Dr. Mary Ruwart:

https://youtu.be/5r4l_ByqIRw

Dr. Leah Houston:

https://youtu.be/Rz6O7IXQ7FE

Dr. Thomas Kline:

https://youtu.be/k9Ql05_9FwY

Pharmacist Steve:

https://youtu.be/cdm1PmrcQbo

And Dave Herman with the American Kratom Association:

The Chronically Human Podcast Dave Herman with The American Kratom Association

You own yourself. Individuals who are sick don’t lose their inherent rights. And neither do the individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping other humans suffer less.

Medical Freedom is something we should all be concerned about. In this country chronic disease is on the rise and so is the price of healthcare. Why is that happening and what can be done to stop these trends, because in the end our lives depend on it.

 To support the podcast please like, share and comment.

Thanks for watching.

Brad Miller

The Chronically Human Podcast

 

Why the New Green Deal Won’t Work – Dr. William Anderson CHP ep. #17

Dr. William Anderson is our guest today. He is a professor of economics at Frostburg State University, Senior Fellow at The Mises Institute and he’s been studying and writing about Austrian Economics since 1981.

You can listen to our conversation here:

iTunes:

Youtube

We discuss his latest article “AOC’s Green New Deal the Great Leap Forward”. He explains why centrally planned economies never have worked in the past and why they still won’t work today.

https://mises.org/wire/aoc-and-green-great-leap-forward

Dr. Anderson explains how The New Green Deal is based upon the same ideology of The Great Leap Forward in China, The Five Year Economic Plans of the Soviet Union, and the U.S. Invasion of Iraq in 2003. All of these are based upon the idea of collectivism, in which individuals whether in the U.S. or other countries, have no inherent natural rights. 

The Green New Deal is unworkable due to the reality of human nature and the material world we live in and could only be implemented by force. Those advocating for it leave out how it will be paid for, how the private property seized will be distributed and what will happen to those who disagree with their all encompassing plans.

Dr. Anderson equates the insanely ambitious plan of The Green New Deal to transform the entire U.S. economy to what occurred when Communist Chinese Government implemented the Great Leap Forward from 1958 -1962. This plan forced upon the Chinese people resulted in an estimated 45 million dead, mainly through starvation. The Green New Deal shares the same collectivist principles which The Great Leap Forward was based upon.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Leap_Forward

We also discuss The Soviet Unions attempt to centrally plan their entire economy for what was at the time noble goals.  The people running Gosplan (The Soviet Union’s Economic Central Planning Committee) were extremely bright and well educated people who knew that the Soviet system couldn’t work. They continued to support a system that they knew was corrupt and unworkable because they received better accomodations, a car, better food and more relative freedom than the masses, which the system was supposed be helping. We discuss how those who support the current establishment are also rewarded and those pushing The New Green Deal will be as well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gosplan

We dive into the specific economic reasons for why a centrally planned socialist or communist economy can’t work and that ultimately they must be implemented and kept running by force. 

Dr. Anderson also discusses some key economic ideas which the New Green Dealers leave out.

Opportunity Costs

https://wiki.mises.org/wiki/Cost 

Scarcity

https://mises.org/library/we-do-not-live-post-scarcity-world 

https://wiki.mises.org/wiki/Scarcity 

Those who are selling The New Green Deal say that they’ll raise taxes and have the Federal Reserve pay for it. Here is the Austrian Economist perspective on what will happen if that plan is implemented.

https://mises.org/wire/mmt-even-more-dubious-aocs-green-new-deal 

The ideas that The Green New Deal are based upon have been implemented in the past with disastrous results. In the 20th century its estimated that collectivist governments killed 100 million of their own citizens.

History of Death By Government

https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE1.HTM 
There are two ways in which a society can be based upon; Individualism or Collectivism. To learn more about the fundamental differences between these two principales read Ayn Rand’s “Textbook of Americanism”. Despite its title its only 18 pages long. 

https://fee.org/media/4959/textbook-of-americanism-by-ayn-rand.pdf

What is Austrian Economics? It is a school of economic thought that is based upon the ideas of inherent individualism, human nature, and how best to flourish in a world with scarce resources. 

It started in Austria and that’s why its called “Austrian Economics”. It’s really the economics of peace and freedom. 

https://mises.org/what-austrian-economics 

Professor Anderson also talked about the many  economic myths that still persist to this day about The Marshall Plan, The Great Depression and World War II.
Below is an explanation of this from FEE.org by Lawrence Reed. 

https://fee.org/resources/great-myths-of-the-great-depression/ 

It wasn’t government spending or the growth of the state that created the post World War II economic boom. 

https://www.mercatus.org/publication/economic-recovery-lessons-post-world-war-ii-period 

By Cecil Bohanan 

For more information about the economics of freedom please visit:

https://mises.org (The Mises Institute) 

and

https://fee.org (Foundation for Economic Education) 

If you don’t have time for the full hour here is a timeline:

Intro

1:00 Where I became familiar with his work:

https://fee.org/people/william-l-anderson/ 

https://mises.org/profile/william-l-anderson

1:26 Dr. Anderson’s Article “AOC, The Green New Deal and The Great Leap Forward”

https://mises.org/wire/aoc-and-green-great-leap-forward 

The Green New Deal Outline

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5729035/Green-New-Deal-FAQ.pdf

The Great Leap Forward was an economic and social plan implemented by the Chinese Government from 1958-1962 that led to the death of an estimated 45 million people.

The Great Leap Forward in China from 1958-1962 killed an estimated 45 million people.
2:55 The dangers of the Totalitarian Left
3:55 Progressive leadership, AOC, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders are not compassionate, but want transformative power to drive humanity in a certain direction.
4:29 Difference between Economists and Urban planners – the dangers of seeing people as statistics.

 

5:17 Paul Krugman at one time didn’t support the 70% income tax.

6:30 What is an appeal to authority?
8:07 The economic fantasy of high speed rail powered by windmills – what happens when people can’t heat their homes? Death toll could be enormous.
9:09 The New Green Deal as population control. Paul Elrich’s book “Population Bomb” and Jimmy Carter’s Global 2000 report.
11:00 Mao’s Great Leap Forward killed 45 million. Dangers of basing policies which use government force to control the lives of millions upon pseudo science. Russian Scientist Lysenko and his role in the Great Famine. Book Small is Beautiful by Schumacher still holds up Lysenko’s work as legitimate.
12:34 Conservatives have bad narratives as well – foreign policy. Vietnam based on really bad narratives.
13:42 The War in Iraq – based on the false belief that if we can only get enough resources into it, it will work. Afghanistan 17 years of war.
14:56 Donald Trump’s Wall based on same principles as Iraq War and The Green New Deal only on smaller scale.
17:00 There are problems in society but centralized planning isn’t the answer. The Soviet Union tried it for 70 years through its GOSPLAN committee which had 100% control over their economy. People running it were extremely bright and well educated. System was destined to fail and they knew it. Vast complex economic model can’t simulate an entire economy.
19:43 Those economists and others knew the Soviet System couldn’t work but still supported the establishment to profit.
21:47 The Green New Deal and schemes like it appeal to a higher purpose. In the Soviet Union it was for Equality and in China it was to help raise the peasant out of poverty. Dorothy Day said China had ended hunger – while tens of millions were starving to death.
22:45 Only way to implement The New Green Deal is through a total dictatorship. Socialists always have a great vision for other people but don’t intend to live as the “masses” do.
25:10 Mao lived in luxury and never missed a meal while tens of millions were starving. The hypocrisy of those advocating for a lower standard who fly on private jets to five star hotels.
26:00 Why not managing forests led to the Great Smokey Mountain fires in Tennessee. Native Americans practiced Forest Management.
28:00 Global Warming blamed for more severe hurricanes and for wildfires, but more people are living next to unmanaged forests and the coast.
29:10 Those who counter the current climate narrative like Dr. Roy Spencer and Judith Curry are attacked and ostracized.
29:39 Some Democrats want to put climate deniers in prison or worse. All government actions are based upon force. Radley Balko quote The legislatures need to be asked before passing a law “are you willing to kill for this”?
31:00 Young people believe the propaganda. Mao used young people in his Culture Revolution as enforcers. People who lived through it won’t even talk about it because it was so bad. Green New Deal seems like it was written by kids.
32:29 People fail to talk about how many problems we all face are actually caused by  The Federal Reserve, The War on Drugs, and the Wars in the Middle East. $5.6 Trillion spent on Wars in Middle East and its not just Americans that have died in these wars. How the Russians paid for the Invasion of Afghanistan and how the US said it would pay for the Invasion of Iraq.
35:26 The problem is the Welfare/Warfare State and the key debate is really about Individualism versus Collectivism. Neocons love of war and their economics are based on collectivism.
38:00 The dangers of appealing to National Greatness to push major projects like The Green New Deal. How the New Green Deal isn’t anything like putting a man on the moon.
42:00 The New Dealers don’t understand Opportunity costs. Those pushing the Green New Deal the same way as the Bank Bailouts. Many Free Market Capitalists opposed the Bank bailouts.
44:46 Economic myths – The Marshall Plan, The New Deal, The Great Depression and WWII.
45:54 Socialist systems fundamentally can’t work do to the lack of the pricing mechanism. Private Property, Prices, and Profit Loss are what is needed in a world of scarcity to guide resources.
47:00 The profit loss signal in the market is like the pain and pleasure signal is the human body. Green New Dealers think the market is inefficient and want to supplant voluntary arbitrary valuation for their own expert opinions. They equate the price system as chaotic and want to impose order.
49:25 Humans are fundamentally religious by nature – If you get rid of a person’s god you have to replace it with another” Carl Jung – Many people see the State as their god – the super entity. Chariman Mao thought that after he  killed off 50-60 million people he could create a system that would work. Collectivist interventions create more chaos which is the opposite of why they were undertaken. Communist and socialism are systems which claim to bring order.
52:00 The thought that socialism will create order is like the Neocons idea that regime change in Iran, Venezuela or Nicaragua will create order. The opposite is true. People don’t like puppet regimes.
55:00 The only product governments have to sell is order. They seem to create disorder in order to sell more of their product. They create more chaos not less when they intervene which then they claim they need to intervene to fix what they’ve already done. The Green New Deal won’t happen like they say it will. It will impoverish most people and result in a dystopia similar to The Hunger Games. This is what happens when people use force to direct resources.
56:00 Wealth disparity and misallocation of resources are mainly a function of The Federal Reserve System and the other collectivist elements within our government.
57:15 The dangers of treating interest rates like a Keynesian. Aggregate demand viewpoint.
58:20 The Federal Reserve is propping up 20% of economy. One way to prop these assets up is through government debt.
60:00 Americans don’t understand assets are real things. The value can only be manipulated by force. Ethanol subsides cause other assets to be devalued while increasing through force the price of corn.
Keynesians never ask why there are idle resources to begin with.
61:00 John Maynard Keynes on a long enough curve we are all dead anyway. (might be apocrvaphyl but Keynesian Economics doesn’t account for long term negative affects of manipulating interest rates and endless government borrowing)
62:00 Those who support the establishment benefit greatly from their work to keep the system going. The top five wealthiest suburbs in the U.S. are around Washington DC. Those is the Tech world and the political class are totally out of touch.
63:00 The New Green Deal could be a trial balloon to redefine “centrist’. The Hunger Games is applicable to The Green New Deal where the elite rules the impoverished masses.
63:45 The total government burden is on Tax Payers is $7 trillion per year over $4 trillion to D.C. (I stated incorrectly that it’s “an investment”. Individuals are forced to pay this or they’ll lose their assets, their freedom or their life”.
The beneficiaries in D.C. aren’t producing anything and in fact they are preventing production from taking place.
Those in D.C. think they are the Heartbeat of this Country, in reality they are the Heart Attack.
64:20 Dr. Houston using Blockchain in Healthcare Ep. 17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz6O7IXQ7FE 
HPEC uses blockchain technology to allow doctors to get back to doing what they are meant to do.
Dr. Mary Ruwart Medical Freedom Ep. 16
What we all dislike about the healthcare system isn’t caused by the Free Market but by the massive regulations which are sold to us a means to correct these issues. People will follow incentives. (Right now the incentives are for drug companies to create the most expensive and least effective drug they can.)
65:00 Those who are pushing The New Green Deal believe that through force and their brilliance they can transform an entire economy. It’s never been done and everyone who has tried has failed it resulted in the deaths of millions (over a hundred million).
Are people ready to live with half the electricity? What happens when there’s not enough electricity to heat homes? Most who support The Green New Deal aren’t aware of what has happened in the past with The Great Leap Forward, The Cultural Revolution and the Soviet System of economic central planning and the gulags.
And we are told we have only 12 more years. How is a former bartender an expert on the climate and the economy? Have the New Green Dealers been given a gift of prophecy?
There is a fundamental difference between how a Free Market system  and a Socialist system work.

 

Thanks for listening. 

Brad Miller

The Chronically Human Podcast 

The Great Leap Forward in China from 1958-1962 killed an estimated 45 million people.
Paul Krugman’s take on why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an expert in economic matters.
Paul Krugman’s change of mind over the 70% Income tax rate.
An appeal to authority
The origins of the dire warnings of population control.
Jimmy Carter and the Global 2000 Report written in 1977
He was a Rhodes scholar – That for me is a read flag.
Conservative Foreign Policy based on the collectivist narrative just like The Green New Deal
Soviet Centralized Planning
Why the Soviet System collapses
Dorothy Day
Hypocritical socialists and people sending out the Sky is falling model
It’s really like the secular version of Pascal’s wager.
Great Smoky Mountains Fire
Roy Spencer
Judith Curry
Dems want to throw Climate deniers in prison
Play Launched with Title: “Kill climate deniers”.
Professor (psychology of music) advocates for the death penalty for Climate Deniers 2012.
Here is his explanation after pressure from the university
Mao’s Cultural Revolution
Mao’s Red Guard
Ron Paul End The Fed in chp 2 explains what the Federal Reserve is (not a reserve nor is it Federal) and the damage it causes in society
The cost of the war on drugs
Penatagon estimates wars in Midfle East since 2001 have cost $5.6 trillion taxpayer dollars.
Over 500,000 Iraqis died between 2003-2013
Soviet invasion in Afghanistan
Welfare-Warfare State
Ayn Rand: Textbook of Americanism
Individualism vs. Collectivism
Bush wants to put man on Mars
Opportunity costs
The Marshall Plan Myth
Myths of the Great Depression
Myth that WWII ended Great Depression
The Socialist calculation problem
Importance of profit and loss signals in the market economy
For more on the concept of humans being fundamentally wired to think in religious archetypes check out:
Japanese invasion of China was marked by horrific atrocities. Over ten million Chinese civilians are estimated to have been killed.
The political causes of famine
Highest median income suburbs are all around Washington DC.
Errors of Keynesian Economics
How easy money is rotting the economy
Ethanol subsidies
Death by government – attempts to transform entire economies on collectivist principles through force in the past

Fixing healthcare with Blockchain tech Dr. Leah Houston

Dr. Leah Houston is our guest today. She is currently an Emergency Room doctor and co-founder of a company that’s applying blockchain technology to help fix healthcare.

https://chronicallyhumanpodcast.castos.com/podcasts/1284/episodes/fixing-healthcare-with-blockchain-tech-with-dr-leah-houston

She is co-founder of Hepac.io which is a tech company that helps doctors to create self-sovereign identies on the blockchain. This helps to reduce costs, prevent fraud and put the control of a doctor’s identity back into their hands.

We discuss why centralization of healthcare is a threat to everyone’s privacy and pockebook and how decetnralization can put the power back into the hands of the people. 

Dr. Houston and I discuss the history of Bitcoin, what is the blockchain, what are self-sovereign identities and how these technologies can cut healthcare costs, increase access and improve outcomes. 

We also talk about the problem with third party payers and how along with burdensome regulations are causing doctors to burn out, quit their practices or even commit suicide. 

Dr. Houston also relates why there is a doctor shortage and what can be done to fix it.

She belives that decentralization is one of the keys to fixing the healthcare sytem and helping to empower the individual to choose for themeslves how they improve their health and wellbeing.

You can find out more about her private pracrice and her Blockchain Healthcare company HPEC.io below:

http://leahhoustonmd.com

https://hpec.io

Dr. Houston has also contributed a chapter in the first text book ever on blockchain tech in healthcare. She wrote the chapter on self-sovereign identities.

https://www.crcpress.com/Blockchain-in-Healthcare-Innovations-that-Empower-Patients-Connect-Professionals/Dhillon-Bass-Hooper-Metcalf-Cahana/p/book/9780367031084

You can follow Dr. Houston on Twitter

@LeahHoustonMD

@HEPCODAO

We also discussed the fact that the Practicing Physicians of America are suing over what they say is unfair practicies against the American Board of Internal Medicne which is restricting their right to practice medicine. Consider giving to help doctors fight back against unnecessary and expensive regulations that end up incresing costs and not improving outcomes. 

Practicing Physicians of America GoFundMe page – 

https://www.gofundme.com/practicing-physicians-of-america

I’m grateful for Dr. Leah Houston for her time today and her work using blockchain technology to help decentralize healthcare and her work to promote more freedom and less top down regulation from both public and private entites who control many of our healthcare choices. 

On The Chronically Human Podcast we advocate for Medical Freedom. That is simply your individual inherent right and the inherent responsibilty to choose for yourself how you improve your health and wellbeing.

Thanks for listening.

Brad Miller

The Chronically Human Podcast 

Chronic Pain, Pain Medicine and the Opioid Crisis – Ed Coghlan CHP Ep 14

Ed Coughlan journalist and editor of the National Pain Report joins us today. He covers the story about how the response to the opioid crisis is hurting many chronic pain patients. During our conversation we cover the political as well as the personal side of pain in America.

You can listen to our conversation here:

Chronically Human Podcast Ep 14 Ed Coghlan with National Pain Report

This is a very personal issue for me. I’ve been in chronic pain for over thirty years and I’ve definitely been affected by the current opioidphobia that’s gripped the nation. So I’m very grateful for Ed’s work and his perspective on this issue.

Ed does an amazing job over at the National Pain Report covering the news concerning pain, practical ideas that can help those in pain and giving a platform for people in pain to share their stories. We discuss the state of the pain community advocacy efforts and what can be done to help change the draconian and in some places, like Oregon, absolutely barbaric policies surrounding the treatment of pain.

During out talk we also touched on how the true enemies of those in pain aren’t people with addiction, doctors or people who advocate for alternative therapies but those who are lobbying the government to make it extremely difficult or in some cases impossible to get effective opioids to treat their pain.
Personally I advocate for the total separation of Medicine and State and that individuals have the right to consume what they choose. But as Ed said during our conversation the world has changed since the current opioid crisis started and that’s the reality we have to deal with. The question is now how can we gain back some of our freedom lost during the last few years, and once again to choose, along with our doctor, how best to ease our pain.

We also do talk about how underrated pain can lead some to contemplate suicide or actually take their own life. If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts please reach out to friends and family or contact https://samaritanshope.org and you can also call or text them at 1-877-870-4673.

If you are in pain or know someone who is or you want to educate your friends and family about what the issues are surrounding politics, pain and how we can help those in pain suffer less, please check out and share our conversation.

After listening to the conversation head over to
http://nationalpainreport.com and check out the great work Ed is doing.

You can also follow him on
twitter @NatPainReport
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NationalPainReport/
I also mentioned that I have found success using Kratom to transition off of opioids and to manage my mild to moderate pain. If you are interested in learning more about Kratom check out https://www.americankratom.org .

I personally recommend Red Vein Bali from Natural Organix.

https://naturalorganix.com/home/70-204-buy-bali-kratom-online.html#/39-package_count-50_capsules

Use Promo Code: CH20 for a twenty percent discount.

Thanks for listening and let us know your thoughts on how to help to make sure those in pain can find the relief they deserve.

Pain will always be a part of the Human Condition but we have the gifts of nature and the products of our own reason to make that pain much easier to bear.

Thank for watching.

Brad Miller

The Chronically Human Podcast

Chronically Human – Episode 004 – Dr. Thomas Kline – the unseen side of the opioid debate

Thanks for checking out the blog for the Chronically Human Podcast, where we have conversations aimed at creating a world with more freedom and less suffering.

Our guest today is Dr. Thomas Kline. He has been practicing medicine for over 40 years, but now retired, he worked at Harvard Med, trained at Stanford and for the last year and a half has been advocating for pain patients who’ve been negatively affected by the War on Opioids.

You can check out our conversation by following this link:

Chroncially Human Podcast Ep 004 Dr. Thomas Kline and the truth about opioids

You can find him more information about Dr. Kline at: https://thomasklinemd.

You can find is awesome articles at:

https://medium.com/@ThomasKlineMD

Follow him on twitter for the real dope on opioids @ThomasKlineMD

Millions of Chronic Pain patients are being left behind and forgotten in the rush to demonize opioid pain medicine, not because everyone can become addicted but because everyone doesn’t know the facts.

If you know anyone of the 6.5 million people with chronic pain who have been forced to taper their pain medicine, been forced onto less effective and more expensive alternatives, or have been refused treatment, please watch and share this video.

Dr. Kline was on six months ago and he breaks down for us what has been going on since then, with pain patients, doctors and the law.

We talk about the religious like hysteria being created surrounding opioids and how the facts don’t support the rampant fear.

He also explains what” Fear of Addiction Phobia” is all about and how it’s the main driver of the wasteful and draconian edicts being pushed by the Medical and Media establishment.

People are suffering unnecessarily because of fear and ignorance. Dr. Kline is doing the Lord’s work getting the facts out to people and pushing back against the insane, barbarous and unacceptable way the Media and Medical Establishment are punishing a population of people, whose only crime is that they are in intractable

Take aways:

  1. The Fear of Addiction Phobia is driving the hysteria not the facts.

2. Opioid Addiction is a Type II Addiction which is a genetic disease.

3. The more accurate term is Chemical Receptor Disease.

4. Only 4 out of a 1000 people have the brain receptor deformation that leads to opioid addiction.

5. The lies about opioids and addiction are having disastrous results for the 6.5 million people who rely on pain medicine to live

6. Doctors not law enforcement should be practicing medicine

7. Doctors are frighten to lose their livelihood or even their freedom and so many are choosing not to alleviate pain because of the potential liability.

8. The opioid epidemic is really an overdose epidemic in the addiction community – black market adulterated heroin with fentanyl is the main cause

9. People without the genetic malformed brain receptors can not develop opioid addiction no matter how long they are on pain medicine or in what amounts they are prescribed.

10. The FDA is the only legal authority to tell doctors what they are allowed to prescribe and not the CDC. The 90 mg CDC guideline isn’t legally binding. Doctors have the authority to prescribe any FDA medication including pain medicine, in any amount they decide is appropriate.

11. The addiction industry is not regulated and it takes in $35 billion a year

12. People being prescribed chronic pain medicine isn’t the cause of the so-called opioid epidemic.

13. Millions of chronic pain patients are being forced to taper, because of the belief that they are the cause of the overdose deaths, without their consent, forced onto more expensive and less effective medicines, or refused treatment all together.

14. When people in chronic pain don’t have access to opioids (which have been used for 5000 years) they have three choices:

a. Go to the black market, take adulterated heroin, die and be a headline on the evening news

b. Try to exist with the pain, which is so bad you can’t take care of yourself or those you love. That’s not much of an existence. That leaves the third option.

c. Suicide – unfortunately the war on opioids has led to the unnecessary deaths of people in chronic pain who were refused cheap effective medicines that would have kept them alive and functioning but due to the opioid hysteria they were denied treatment and had no other solution. If you want to cry read Dr. Kline’s article about suicide and chronic pain:

The Federal Government is spending $6 billion of your tax dollars on many misguided efforts which won’t help, that includes a $1 billion for an opioid vaccine – which can’t work.

Dr. Kline does offer solutions which include – more education for high school students – 75% of addiction starts in high school. Tell the kids that if they take an opioid and zoom to the moon be aware they most likely have the genetically caused malformed brain chemical receptors and they need to tell someone fast before it spins out of control.

https://medium.com/@ThomasKlineMD/the-opioid-refugee-crisis-causes-and-recommendations-revised-10-31-18-89559573eb86

Doctors treating those who’ve never take pain pills have a responsibility to tell the Opioid patient the exact same thing. If you experience an insane euphoria when taking the first pill call the doctor immediately – that is an indication that someone is the 4 in a 1000 with the physical chemical receptor deformation that leads to Type II opioid addiction.

Prohibition doesn’t work. Addiction and chronic pain should be left to the doctors. The War on Drugs has cost $1 trillion dollars since the 70’s. It was ramped up by Nixon to target his political enemies, the black community and the anti-war movement. It has imprisoned millions, killed hundreds of thousands at the border, killer hundreds of thousands with black market adulterated drugs, and cause millions of pain patients to be denied compassionate medical care.

Today the media, the government and the Medical Establishment are peddling complete falsehoods about opioids which are in fact miracle drugs, like all things they do carry some risk. But that risk is nowhere near what the media is telling us and that risk can be managed effectively and intelligently without taking away a life saving medicine from millions.

Without opioids every human on Earth would be at the mercy of physical pain without any hope of reprieve, unfortunately millions of chronic pain patients are experiencing that very hell today.

A huge thank you to Dr. Kline for giving us his time and his continued efforts to correct the lies being told about opioids, pain patients, doctors and addiction.

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

My response to the FDA, CDC, and DEA’s attempt to limit pain medicine

Pain is the problem not the pills. I’ve been in chronic pain for 30 years , since the age of 11. I’ve had over twenty surgeries, 100 small bowel obstructions, pancreatitis and most recently kidney stones. I’ve experienced horrific amounts of pain in my life and In addition I have terrible chronic pain everyday from the myriad of adhesions from all those surgeries that are constantly pulling and tearing away at my abdominal wall and internal organs. My life has been dominated by pain. Opioid based pain medicine Is the only tool I have found that makes life bearable. I know that when I do not have adequate pain relief I’m unable to socialize, unable to work, and unable to function as a human being.

Physical pain destroys a person. Opioid pain medicine is a god sent for tens of millions of people. I know I wouldn’t be alive today without it. I have zero quality of life if I’m unable to obtain pain medicine. Please don’t add more physical suffering on top of what I’m already enduring by making prescription opioids more difficult to obtain. We have enough laws on the books. In fact the draconian drug laws and the flawed DEA unscientific scheduling system are the biggest impediments to alleviating and ameliorating physical and emotional suffering as well as helping to end the overdose crisis.

If the concern is to help people who are addicted to opioids, specifically heroin, then modeling what Switzerland and Portugal are doing is the logical and compassionate approach. These two governments have had amazing success with decriminalization and helping people who are addicted to improve their lives instead of destoying them. In the US the current drug enforcement scheme destroys the lives of those addicted by throwing them in prison or forcing them to the black market which can end up killing them. The current opioid death toll is really a heroin laced with illegal fentanyl problem. Switzerland and Portugal do not have the opioid death toll we have in the US because they don’t follow the US model of drug enforcement.

Please review what these two countries have done in regards to so called illegal drugs. I’m dependent on opioids just like a diabetic is dependent on insulin. For those truly addicted to heroin the Swiss government has been providing free legal heroin in a supervised medical setting along with helping these people get housing and work opportunities. This has produced a significant drop in addiction rates and more importantly zero people have died from overdose in the legal supervised heroin program. If this program was instituted in America today we coulld immediately start saving lives. I think we can all agree that we want to stop people from dying from heroin overdose and this is the way to do it and not by passing more and more rules limiting how much pain medicine a person in pain can have.

Further limiting the amount of pain medicine on the market and making doctors scared to prescribe them is hurting millions of people who are already suffering in terrible physical pain. I myself am terrified that one day a doctor will decide I can’t have this life saving medication because of Rules that people in my government have made. What we need is more compassion not more rules. Those addicted and those in pain shouldn’t be afraid that their government will inflict more pain and misery on them. Medicine’s first task is to relieve suffering. Allow doctors to perform their sworn duty.

I also believe this is above all an issue of personal liberty. Adults have the innate right to ingest what they choose and to bear the consequences of those choices. The War on Drugs has unfortunately eliminated many powerful tools that individuals could use to help amelierate their physical and emotional suffering. Cannabis, MDMA, psylocibin and ibogaine are just a few of the banned substances that have shown tremendous efficacy in treating everything from PTSD to addiction. Free up these powerful pharmacological tools and allow adults the full range of choices to improve their health and wellbeing.

Pain is the problem not the substances that relieve pain. There iis so much suffering in this world. Don’t add to it by passing these rules. Seek to help not to harm by looking at the root cause of the problem which is really physical and emotional pain and how best indiciduals and society can ameliorate that suffering. Opioid pain medicineI has proven safe and effective for hundreds of millions of people and has been used for thousands of years. For that 1-3% who do get addicted the Swiss and Portugal model is the way to help them. Those addicted can be helped and saved from overdosing without the need to rescerict access to pain medicine for people who suffer chronic pain.

Brad Miller

Fellow Human