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

Medicinal Freedom

I believe that every individual has the right to consume what they choose to and to also bear the consequences of those choices.

Medicinal Freedom is simply the ability to exercise this natural innate right without restriction from the government.

In the near future I believe that we will have true Medicinal Freedom. This means that every individual can buy any and every type of synthetic or natural medicine they choose.

Adults will be able to buy any type of medicine they choose and they will also be able to grow their own. This freedom will allow individuals to treat their symptoms and to ease their suffering for a fraction of the cost they can now and with even more natural and effective options. Anyone will be able to create their own medicinal garden or backyard pharmacy.

Think of a backyard pharmacy in which you have different strains of Cannabis that have the mix of cannabinoids specific to treat your symptoms. Cannabinoids such as CBD, CBN, and of course THC have been proven to help treat the symptoms of diseases ranging from Migraines to Epilepsy and even in helping to treat cancer.

Along with Cannabis you could grow a medicinal mushroom patch which would include species that can lower cholesterol, help treat cancer, boost your immune system and help to enhance your mental wellbeing. In addition to mushrooms and cannabis many people would choose to grow poppy plants as well.

For thousands of years humans have used the milk of the poppy to ease physical suffering. With a garden full of poppy plants those with pain will no longer have to suffer and be without adequate relief. And that adequate relief will be defined by the individual not by some suit at the DEA, CDC or FDA or by an ignorant authoritarian grandstanding politician.

In addition to being able to grow our own backyard pharmacy, in an atmosphere of Medicinal Freedom, pharmaceutical companies will no longer be able to hide behind the power of government. They will have to produce much more affordable safer and effective drugs because they will be selling directly to the consumer. Currently they enjoy a diffusion of responsibility because of the FDA, DEA, and the prescription restriction racket.

In this new atmosphere of freedom and responsibility Drug companies will have to compete with safe and effective medicines that individuals can grow at home. Further competition will come from new startups that focus on harnessing the power of nature to cure, treat and prevent diseases. These new market forces will cause drug companies to change what products they produce as well as how they sell them.

I can envision a future in which Pfizer and Merk will open their own retail locations. They could even have doctors in their stores to offer free health consultations and even free blood tests. This would be an effort to keep consumers in their product ecosystem. Other drug companies who don’t have a direct retail presence will choose to sell their offerings at places like Walmart or even through Amazon, all without the requirement of a prescription.

Drug safety in this environment would actually increase. Right now the FDA protects drug companies by allowing them to sell certain products that kill and maim millions of people. The corrupt prescription and patent system allow them to rake in Billions in profits which they are then able to use a small portion of to settle the lawsuits with people damaged by their inherently dangerous products.

Without the shield of the FDA drug companies will be no different than any other company in America. They will have to produce a safe product or be held responsible.

Third party testing companies will emerge as well to increase safety. Drug companies or natural medicine companies could charge a premium for having their product’s purity and safety verified. Online reviews would also help people make the decision whether to buy a medicine or not. This collective type of wisdom is how humanity determined what was safe to eat or what was effective as medicines for millennia.

When we have true Medicinal Freedom drug safety will be increased, healthcare costs will plummet, new more effective natural medicines will be brought to market, and individuals will be able to grow their own backyard pharmacy. Medicinal Freedom is the answer to fixing healthcare in America.

Brad Miller Fellow Human

Trump’s ill-advised donation and the Opioid Crisis

Trump donated his 3rd quarter salary to The Department of Health and Human Services last week. He designated the money to go towards the education of Americans to help combat the opioid crisis. In other words he wants more government propaganda that is filled with misinformation and outright lies about compounds derived from the opioid plant. This to me is a mistake. The HHS has a trillion dollar budget and along with the War on Drugs has created a healthcare system that is broken due to the absence of true individual choice. This donation besides being given to a corrupt, bloated and inefficient government entity is also adding to the lie based hysteria called the Opioid Crisis.
Those who claim there is an Opioid Epidemic (which actually makes no sense) is based upon the 33,000 Opioid involved deaths in the last year. In reality the vast majority of these deaths are caused by black market heroin laced with fentanyl. The War on Drugs and the ridiculous prescription restriction medical cartel has contributed to these deaths. I believe every adult has the right to consume what substances they choose. When individuals are free to buy what substances they want to for their own reasons, the cost of healthcare will plummet, deaths from adulterated black market products will end and individuals will get adequate relief for their emotional and physical pain.
Trump could have donated his taxpayer salary to MAPS if he really wanted to help people. MAPS is funding research that has proven that MDMA is a great treatment for folks with PTSD and their budget is only $5.1 million. Another option for Trump’s donation would be to fund research that is aimed at reducing the top three killers of Americans which are Cardiovascular disease which kills 600,000+ per year, Cancer which kills another 600,000 and medical errors hat kill an estimated 250,000 people per year. He could have also brought much needed media attention to the tragedy of suicide in the US. Over 44,000 people per year take their own life.
The opioid crisis is merely a rebranding of the War on Drugs. With the legalization of Cannabis in many states and the backlash for their plans to Schedule I Kratom, those who profit from the War on Drugs are looking for anyway to stay relevant and maintain their levels of funding. In fact the so-called experts say that billions and billions will be needed to combat the opioid crisis. If they really wanted to eliminate a vast majority of the opioid related deaths they could tomorrow legalize heroin. Instead the CDC and the VA are setting guidelines for doctors to reduce or even eliminate the use of effective pain medications that people with pain need. This will lead more people to look to the black market, which will result in more deaths. We don’t need more government intervention in our healthcare decisions.
We definitely do not need more government propaganda that is filled with lies concerning pain medicine. What we truly need is more freedom.
You can watch my take on this at:
Brad Miller
Fellow Human

Kratom, Pain and opioid withdrawal

I had an odd experience the other day. I visited a pharmacy and a health food store in the same day for the same reason, relief of pain. The difference was that I was able to buy the Kratom I needed at the Health Food store from friendly helpful folks, and at the Pharmacy which I’ve been using for years, told me I couldn’t get my monthly pain pills renewed because they couldn’t correctly read a calendar.

Two totally different experiences highlights what is wrong with healthcare today. In fact the U.S. Federal Government wanted to put Kratom on Schedule I last year and that would have prevented me from buying it last week. If it wasn’t for Kratom I would have suffered from the physical withdrawal symptoms that comes with stopping abrubtly opioid pain medicine.

This is my quick take on Kratom and my experiences.

(correction: in the video I mistakenly call The American Kratom Association “The Kratom Association of America”, my apologies.”

 

If anyone wants the real information about Kratom and the Legal battle that still is going on go to: https://www.americankratom.org

The American Kratom Association have done amazing work and still are working to keep Kratom legal. They are headed by intelligent accomplished individuals who know how to organize to stand up to government tyranny.

I highly recommend to anyone interested in advancing the cause of individual liberty, bringing down health care costs, and keeping Kratom legal check out the AKA’s press conference on 11/29/17.

It was the non-regulated market that allowed me to ease my suffering while the State mandated health care system failed to do it.  I believe that every individual has the right to ingest what substance in what amounts that they deem necessary to ease their pain and suffering. The current state sanctioned medical system has failed me over and over again to help me treat my pain over the last thirty years.

Even when I’m in the hospital I don’t have my pain managed correctly. Doctors are scared to give opioid prescriptions, pharmacies are under more and more scrutiny and they even lock away their pain pills in safes and have only one staff member who can order them.

The irony is that the banned and tightly controlled substances are some of the most effective and have the least side effects of the medicines that are currently prescribed. Kratom is a perfect example of this. Drug companies are scrambling to come out with the newest “safer” opioid pain killer. I think that is why a lot of the hysteria about the “opioid crisis” is being ginned up.

Kratom actually activates the Kappa opioid receptor. Over the next five years you’ll hear more and more about the K opioid receptor. Kratom is safe. I’ve taken it. It doesn’t help with pain as well as Trammadol and definitely not as well as Oxycontin. But it did take away the physical and mental misery of going through opioid withdrawal which I’ve been forced to go through in the past.

This time around I was able to sleep, I was able to take a daily walk, and function as a human being. If I was prohibited from buying Kratom by the DEA I would have been bed ridden and would have contemplated killing myself. I’m not exaggerating. Being in chronic pain plus going through opioid withdrawal is something I will never do again. Kratom helped me when the government regulated and licensed systems would not.

I hope that the issues that Kratom Prohibition is brining up will help others see that we should all have the ability to purchase what we want when we want. Before I took Kratom I read tons of reviews online and watched tons of testimonials of people who have used it. Suffering makes life unbearable. Being able to ease my suffering is the only reason I’m still alive.

The Politicians, the DEA, and the FDA don’t seem to care about the sick and the suffering. They would rather grandstand and repeat half truths about the Opioid Crisis while favoring the drug companies and insurance companies. I am the only one who feels my pain. I’m the only one who has his life extremely limited by my pain. I own myself and I own my suffering. I and everyone else has the natural right to ingest what substance they deem fit to help ease their suffering.

I am responsible for the relief of my suffering as well. If I choose to ingest a substance its because I’ve done my research and believe that its side effects are less than its benefits. It is truly miraculous that we have the biological machinery that benefits from synthetic and natural substances that can ameliorate pain and keep misery at bay. I don’t want to get “stoned” and do nothing. I like most people who take pain medication do so, so they can simply live.

I’m alive because of opioid pain medication. If my access to it is decreased or eliminated I will end up dead. I can’t live in pain. I won’t. And this is totally unnecessary for me even to contemplate killing myself because of pain. There are incredible medicines available that can relieve pain, help reduce anxiety, and lower inflammation. In the future we’ll be able to buy what medicines we choose without restrictions and even grow our own pharmacy in our back yards.

Once Medical Freedom is recognized health care costs will plummet. Market forces will enter the health care system and competition will drive down costs. Kratom will especially go down in price. Right now its pretty expensive because of the threat of government action against those who are importing it.

The DEA backed off when The Kratom Association of America along with millions contacted them concerning the scheduling of Kratom as a Schedule I drug. If millions demand that all drugs be made available for purchase without prescription, which is in reality a government sanctioned permission slip, they will have to submit. There are a hell of a lot more of us then there are of them.

Humans for our entire history until the last hundred years have tested medicines by using them. Cannabis, Kratom, medicinal mushrooms and extracts of the poppy plant have been tested for thousands and thousands of years by our ancestors. I find it arrogant and condescending for the head of the FDA to say

“While we remain open to the potential medicinal uses of kratom, those uses must be backed by sound science and weighed appropriately against the potential for abuse,” Gottlieb wrote.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/14/16649386/fda-kratom-public-health-advisory-dea-drug-scheduling-opioid-addiction

I like many people have a pioneer mindset. I don’t need a thousand studies or a panel of industry captured government officials to tell me if something is safe or not. I will weigh the evidence of my fellow humans and decide to take the risk or not. If I’m wrong and I get even sicker and die that’s my fault. More than likely I won’t.

 

 

My take on the Opioid Crisis

The current hysteria over the so called Opioid Crisis is not meant to help anyone except politicians, rehab centers and pharmaceutical companies.

I’ve been suffering from chronic pain for over thirty years now. In the last three decades the only way for me to function was and still is by taking pain killers. My main relationship since I have been 11 has been with pain. Believe me that’s not a great way to live.

Government is always looking to grow. Politicians are always looking for ways to use the righteous idigination and ignorance of the masses to further their career while at the same time gaining brownie points with big business. This is exactly what is going on with the Opioid Crisis.

The 55,000 number of deaths linked to opioids is extremely misleading. The majority of those deaths have been the result of a combination of substances ingested which include alcohol and barbiturates along with the demonized opioids. Other deaths are linked to adulterated black market drugs, many pain patients are driven to this horrible alternative because they have been denied treatment. The opioid crisis is not caused by doctors prescribing pain pills to people who are in chronic pain.

This type of misinformation is always used to take away our rights and to enrich the few at our expense. A new wave of opioids that targets the Kappa opioid receptors will hit the market soon. I think that is another reason why the media attention on this is being ginned up as well.

There is no one speaking for the people who are in chronic pain. I’ve lost days, weeks months and years to pain. I’ve missed out on most of life because of pain. The more my access to pain killers is reduced the more pain I suffer and the less life I live. I believe that every individual has a god given, natural or innate right if you will to ingest whatever substance they see fit to consume.

That is why I advocate for government to get out of my healthcare all together. I don’t need a politician or my neighbor determining what I should or shouldn’t ingest. I propose what I hope will become the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution that would simply read:

Every individual has the innate and natural right to ingest, grow, consume, trade, sale or gift whatever substance they see fit. 

Just because someone consumes a substance doesn’t mean they are not responsible for their actions. It doesn’t matter if I kill someone whether I’ve just smoke a joint, taken a shot of Jack Daniels or drank a strong cup of coffee, I’m still responsible for what I’ve done. *This is totally hypothetical of course.

When all substances can be bought “over the counter” Pfizer and Merk and other drug companies will be just like Apple or Microsoft. I can envision them opening their own stores and even having doctors on staff that will provide medical consultations and blood work for free. That way they will attempt to keep you in their ecosystem just like Apple and Google do.

Other businesses will open up and will be the Best Buy or the Walmart of medicines. Amazon could be, if they are forward looking enough, to become the number one seller of medicine in the world. Health care costs will plummet and the first time in a long time individuals will not only be able to buy what they want to treat their specific health issues but will also be able to grow their own pharmacies in their back yard. That is real freedom.

The behavior of Pharmaceutical companies  will have to adapt to this new era of medical freedom by providing a better product at a much lower price. Without the FDA and government sanction the drug companies will have to start dealing directly with consumers. They will be on the hunt for lower side effect drugs and price them competitively due to the huge explosion of natural medicines that would be available. Research money would more and more go into natural solutions because of their safety profile and lack of side effects. Overall medicine will become cheaper, more effective and cause less deaths and injuries.

Think about growing just about all the medicine you need in your backyard for pennies per dose? A medicinal garden could include poppies, cannabis, and medicinal mushroom. It is a miracle that our bodies have the architecture to be positively and powerfully influenced by compounds made by plants and fungi. By combining the best of synthetic and natural medicines we can all live a happier, healthier and longer life.

Having ready access to pain medicine would change my life for the better. I’m tired of going to the doctor with hat in hand hoping that I’ll get a prescription, which is merely a government sanctioned permission slip. I’m tired of going to the pharmacy and getting hassled because they aren’t able to read a calendar correctly. I’m tired of having to go to multiple pharmacies to get a prescription filled because their out of the pain medicine and their pharmacist is the only one who can order narcotics and he’s on vacation for the week. When you are sick and in pain these type of hassles add to your already mounting misery.

Those harping on the Opioid Crisis may care about those that are dying. But if they really wanted to use their time to the best effect they should be talking about Cigarettes which kill around 400,000 people a year, or alcohol which causes the death of  around 90,000 people  or so per year, or sugar and grain which can cause cardio vascular disease which kills millions per year. It’s clearly not about the numbers of dead that the opioid crisis do gooders are concerned about or they would be going after the big killers in this country.

Sick people are easy targets. Doctors are easy to manipulate because of the state licensing they are subject to. With the new era of Medical Freedom I’m proposing doctors could become health consultants and no longer be beholden to the current state monopoly on certifying health professionals. If doctors want to continue with the current model they could. They could be paid directly by the pharmaceutical companies and become doctors at the Pfizer store. Once doctors and patients are no longer tethered to the prescription pad or state licensing boards, politicians will lose the power to interfere with our health choices and people in pain will not have to suffer needlessly.

Its time we get government out of health care. Its time for adults to take control over their health, to exercise our innate right of self-ownership and buy whatever medicine or substance we choose to. Individuals suffer. And individuals pay the consequence of their actions. We all have the right to ingest what we choose. If the First Amendment of the Constitution protects our right to eject words out of our mouths, shouldn’t  the Constitution protect our right to put into our mouth whatever we choose?

Suffering is part of the human condition. We all suffer emotionally and physically. On this space ship Earth we have synthetic and natural compounds that can help ease the suffering. Psilocybin has proven to help with anxiety and can help end addiction, MDMA can help with PTSD, LSD can help end alcoholism, Ketamine can in less than twenty minutes end suicidal thoughts, Cannabis that miracle plant, is full of beneficial compounds that work together to help lower inflammation, reduce anxiety, increase well being, end seizures, reduce tumor size and help with sleep, and new and old opioids can help end the physical suffering of millions. Why can’t I go buy these chemicals off the shelf or order them off of Amazon? It’s not because they are expensive. Why can’t I grow medicinal mushrooms. poppy plants and Cannabis in my backyard? It’s not because they are difficult to grow.

The real reason we don’t have Medical Freedom is because we’ve forgotten that every individual owns themselves and that we have a natural right to treat our pain or our diseases as we see fit and so we must demand our innate right to ingest what we choose and bear the consequences of those choices.

 

Brad Miller

Fellow Human