Chronically Human ep.10: with Dave Herman from the American Kratom Association

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Dave Herman the Chairman of the American Kratom Association joins us today to talk Kratom.

You can watch our conversation on YouTube:

Chronically Human Episode 10 – Dave Herman with The American Kratom Association

Or listen to the audio only version here:

https://chronicallyhumanpodcast.castos.com/podcasts/1284/episodes/dave-herman-chairman-of-the-american-kratom-association-1

He explains what AKA is doing to keep Kratom legal, the science of Kratom, and dispels the FDA’s myths and misinformation about this miracle plant.

Whether you’re heard of Kratom or take it everyday, like I do, our conversation is important for anyone concerned about their ability to make their own decisions concerning their health and well-being without the interference of government.

If you are curious about Kratom or want to donate to keep Kratom legal, check them out:

American Kratom Association

Even if you don’t use Kratom consider donating as well because they are helping to defend all of our individual right to choose for ourselves how to improve our health and well-being.

I use Urban Ice Natural Organix Kratom – the brand I trust .

Personally I use Red Vein Bali for chronic pain. I make a tea each day.

You can see my review here of Urban Ice Natural Organix Kratom:

Review of Urban Ice Natural Organix Kratom

You can use the promo code: ChronicallyHuman20 for a 20% discount off your next purchase.

You can see how I make my Kratom tea here:

How I make Kratom Tea

I use Urban Ice Natural Organix Kratom because they use a third party lab to test their products, they are part of the American Kratom Associations Good Manufacturing Program and they are the brand used by the documentary filmmaker, Chris Bell, who made “A Leaf of Faith”, which you can watch on Netflix.

You can read about the NIH grant going to University of Florida to research Kratom that will eventually involve human trials.

https://m.ufhealth.org/news/2018/uf-college-pharmacy-receives-35-million-nida-grant-bolster-kratom-research

Thanks for watching.

Brad Miller

The Chronically Human Podcast

Chronically Human Ep. 9 Fredrik Lindblom – Swedish Professional Golfer

Today I’m joined by my good friend Fredrick Lindblom. He’s a golfer from Sweden who left his country to pursue the American Dream.

You can watch it here on YouTube.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s7tN3bLqayI

We talk about how rude Swedes are to the benefits of CBD oil to how you shouldn’t drink form the water coolers at golf courses.

Fredrik also relates how he stays in shape on tour, the importance of diet and How mindset plays a huge role in success in life whether on or off the course.

Even if you’re not a golfer, you’ll enjoy hearing about Fred’s perspective on life, his persistent pursuit of his dream and how even after traveling all over the world still calls America home.

We discuss CBD oil at length and what benefits he’s found with it. He is part of a company how that uses third party testing to ensure quality, purity and to make sure there is no THC in their CBD oil products.

If you’re looking for a trusted, lab tested, zero CBD oil company check them out.

Go to Pure Swing CBD oil to get your’s today.

You can check out Fred’s YouTube Channel for golf tips:

Fredrik Lindblom Shortgame Golf instruction YouTube Channel

Check him out on Instagram and Twitter for an inside look at being a pro golfer

Instagram

@fredriklindblom

Twitter

@f_lindblom

I enjoyed my talk with Fred and I hope you do as well.

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Thanks for watching.

Brad Miller

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Chronically Human Podcast Ep 7 Erica McBride Stark – National Hemp Association Executive Director

Thanks for checking out the latest episode of The Chronically Human Podcast- where we have conversations aimed at creating a better world with more individual freedom and less human suffering.

My guest today is Erica McBride Stark. She is the Executive Director of The National Hemp Association.

We had a fascinating conversation about the past, present and future of Hemp and how this miracle plant can help farmers, improve the overall economy, help people and animals become healthier and also help save the planet.

She clears up some myths about Hemp and explains the difference between Hemp, Marijuana and Cannabis.

We also touch on why Hemp was made illegal in the first place and how it’s become legal again to grow.

If you’re interested in CBD oil at all, she gives great advice about how to find a reputable CBD manufacture. Currently it is the Wild West our there. She suggests finding a company that lists third party lab testing on their website as well as has a way of keeping track of each batch. In the near future she hopes the FDA will give guidance on how the CBD oil industry will be regulated.

This the brand of CBD oil I currently use:

https://pluscbdoil.com

There seems to be no end to the versatility of the Hemp plant. As many as 25,000 different products can’t be made from Hemp. She explains how there are really two types of Hemp plants – one is grown for CBD oil and the other is grown for seed and fiber.

Hemp seeds turns out to be a superfood that she says is one of the healthiest seeds on the planet to eat. She also comments that it makes a wonderful animal feed as well, but bureaucratic red tape is holding that up at the moment.

Erica believes the Hemp industry could easily grow to be a $20 billion industry soon and that the main driver of this will be the demand for hemp fiber used in the manufacturing of car bodies. Currently Audi, BMW and Audi use Hemp fibers in their cars. Henry Ford experimented doing the same in the 1920’s.

She also explains that Hemp fibers can be used to make concrete and to reinforce other building materials. She says that in the future even the addition of small amounts of hemp in building products will make them stronger and lighter and also help the environment.

That’s another great aspect about Hemp. She says that it has the about the same input needs as winter wheat and can sequester massive amounts of carbon.

We also covered why Hemp and Marijuana were made illegal back in the 30’s and discussed where we’d be today if racism, ignorance, government corruption hadn’t ended the growing of Hemp 80 years ago.

She also has great advice for first time Hemp farmers. Start small, experiment with a few different varieties and work out your marketing channels before expanding into large scale production. With Industrial Hemp now legal to grow at the Federal Level she believes that soon the US will no longer have to import Hemp from abroad. This is a huge opportunity for new and existing farmers.

She says there is still a lot of work to be done now that the Feds deem it legal to grow Hemp. A lot of education, research and investment is going to be required for this incredible new/old industry to deliver on the projected promises of positively impacting economy and the environment.

If you are interested in CBD oil, growing Hemp, buying products made of Hemp, or manufacturing products made of this miracle plant, check out their website and consider becoming a member. That helps fund their educational programs and their work in helping grow the U.S. Hemp industry which I believe is good for everyone.

https://nationalhempassociation.org

The future of Hemp is bright according to Erica and I have to agree and after listening to our conversation I think you will as well.

Erica did say that she thinks Hemp is plant which may just save our planet. Listen to our conversation and let us know what you think about Hemp, it you’ve bought Hemp derived products in the past, if you’re interested in buying Hemp products in the future or to agree that you also believe Hemp can save the world.

Whatever your stance is on climate change or your political affiliation, the re-legalization of Hemp cultivation and production in the U.S. is something everyone can agree upon is a good thing.

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Chronically Human Podcast Ep. 6 Keith Egan, optimist, personal trainer with Type I Diabetes, and a great motivator

Thanks for checking out this episode of The Chronically Human Podcast where I have a powerful positive conversation with my good friend Keith Egan

You can watch our conversation here on YouTube.

Chronically Human Ep. 6 Keith Egan

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

Today, all the way from Ireland, is my good friend, Keith Egan. Keith is a personal trainer who has not let his battle with Type I Diabetes stop him from pursuing his dreams, which included coming to the states to go to university and playing collegiate sports. He’s now dedicated to helping others, with or without Diabetes, reach their fitness goals. Soon he’ll be launching Type I Fitness aimed at doing just that. And we’ll have him on again soon to talk about this promising endeavor.

You can stay in touch with Keith on Twitter @Keithegan17

On Instagram @Keithegan17 and on Facebook: Keith Egan

Keith does touch on ways he’s learned to manage his Type I Diabetes while at the same time be extremely active and fit. At one point Keith was playing soccer and at the same time a standout member of the university’s golf team.

He’s recently gotten into running 10k’s and he’s planning on doing marathons in the future. He gives great advice to those who want to get into running and don’t know where to start.

Non-runners Guide to Marathon Running

His advice that he gives his personal training clients is great for everyone who wants to improve their own life. He advises that first you have to have a goal, then take stock of where you are currently, next, take consistent actions toward your goal, record your results, and celebrate your improvements you’ve made over time, and above all it’s important to be grateful for all you have, including the struggles that come your way.

He recounts how he currently fills his motivation tank by listening to the audio version of David Goggin’s latest book as well as from reading the work of Wim Hoff.

David Goggin’s book “You can’t hurt me” on Amazon

https://www.wimhofmethod.com

We talk about taking on suffering voluntarily to achieve one’s goals and about how it’s important to be “comfortable with being uncomfortable”. He also mentions how beneficial the Wim Hof method of breathing and cold exposure has been for him in helping him to keep going even when his body wants to quit.

Keith is one of the most positive guys I know and he has a great take on how to be happier and at the same time have more success, no matter what your goals are.

I’ve know Keith for years and really appreciate his friendship. I learned plenty while talking with him today. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I’m sure you’ll be able to take away a lot from listening to Keith talk about his journey as well as his outlook on life.

Please let us know how you fill your motivation tank and what parts of the conversation you found most helpful.

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I hope you’re doing great.

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Chronically Human Podcast #005 with Tom Egan – former UFC Fighter and now one of the best MMA trainers on the planet

“The Chronically Human Podcast” is a place where we have discussions dedicated to creating a world with more individual freedom and less unnecessary suffering.

Today, our guest is my good friend, Tom “The Tank” Egan.

Tom hails from Ireland, he is a former UFC fighter and now one of the best Mixed Martial Arts trainers in the country. He shares a lot of great insights in his strong Irish accent, about fighting, freedom and America.

You can watch it here:

Chronically Human Podcast Ep. 005 Tom “The Tank” Egan

We had a great time talking about MMA fighting, Individual Freedom, Government Oppression, the importance of Culture and why being Personally Accountable for one’s actions, in the Octagon as well as in everyday life, is vital for success.

We start off by covering the UFC Brooklyn Main Event. Tom breaks down brilliantly what Cejudo did right and explains what a huge gamble TJ took by cutting so much weight.

He also said that we should still give TJ a lot of respect for making the weight cut and taking on that daunting challenge. Tom gives his unique perspective about the controversy surrounding the practice of interviewing fighters after a knockout or referee stoppage. He recounts his time being interviewed by Joe Rogan after a tough loss and how much of a big a deal that was for him as a young fighter.

From the discussion on fighting we delve into the topic of Individual Freedom. Specifically we talk about the Bill of Rights and how most Americans take this revolutionary document for granted. He touches on why he came to America and how his own views have changed since he’s been here.

Tom also offers great insight into the history of Ireland’s struggle for Freedom and how there is a big push to bring back the Gaelic language to reclaim some of its forgotten heritage. He also sheds light on how politicians (around the world) like to act as if what they are doing is what’s best for their people, but in the end most are only looking to raise their status, pad their pockets and ensure their spot inside the aristocracy.

We also talk about what happens when the inherent natural rights of the individual are denied and violated by the very governments that were instituted to protect them. He makes a great point about how the monstrous machine that Hitler created was done right under the nose of the German people.

If you want to be free you must also be responsible and we delve into the relationship between the two ideas.

I mention Jordan Peterson’s book “The 12 Rules for Life” – in particular Rule #2 Make your bed. I share Peterson’s admonition:

“You should sort yourself out before trying to fix the world.”

Making your bed everyday is one way to start making the world a better place with your own hands and initiative. By taking care of the smallest things in life we set the stage for more responsibility in the future. Unfortunately we have a large segment of the population who are a part of the outrage culture, who focus their attention on what others are doing or not doing. It’s extremely easy to fall into the trap of searching out the flaws in others instead of searching out our own.

We began by talking fighting and that’s where we ended the conversation. Tom relays how he had a fighter recently who was struggling outside the cage. He was blaming everyone else for his problems except himself. Tom told the young man that he should focus on what he can control, stop blaming everyone else for his problems and to start taking ownership of his actions. All great advice.

At the end of our talk I ask Tom what it takes mentally to get into the cage and fight another man. He gives a good accounting of his mental preparation before a fight as well as what type of mindset is needed to control the fear and to face it head on. This window into the mind of an MMA fighter and coach can be applicable in everyday life for any of us, who will never see the inside of an MMA Cage.

I thoroughly enjoyed our discussions today about Fighting, Freedom, Culture and Personal Responsibility. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.

A big thank you to Tom “The Tank” Egan for being on today. I highly recommend you follow him on Twitter and Instagram @teameganmma

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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 episode 3 with Jason Pye

Our guest on episode #3 was Jason Pye, a Libertarian-leaning-lobbyist who is the Vice President Of Legislative Affairs at Freedomworks. He describes himself as “Politically Homeless and Libertarian minded”.

Chronically Human Podcast 003 w/ Jason Pye

On this episode we discuss many issues regarding his work advocating for Liberty in Washington DC, including his most recent success, his efforts to get The First Step Act passed into law, which President Trump signed in December of last year.

The First Step Act is a major criminal justice reform law which will help thousands of individuals who were sentenced under the draconian Three Strikes Laws and the unfair crack cocaine sentencing laws of the 80’s and 90’s. The passage of The First Step Act was supported by folks on both sides of the aisle because it is the first step in bringing the bloated, increasingly totalitarian justice system back to its mandate of protecting life, liberty and property. Jason also pointed out that criminal justice reform saves money as well, Texas has saved billions of dollars of taxpayer money, over ten years, implementing similar laws.

We also discussed why America has the largest prisoner population on Earth, with over 2.2 million incarcerated plus another 1.5 million on probation. The main reason is that they are 400,000 laws and regulations on the books which include the laws passed as part of the destructive War on Drugs.

Since the passage of the War on Drugs in 1971 the US prison population has grown from 200,000 to over 2.2 million. The population in 1971 was around 220,000,000 and now it is over 320,000,000. If the incarceration rates stayed the same there would be only around 320,000 in jail and prison. The War on Drugs has been a disaster for society, created massive poverty, corruption, overdose dangers due to adulterated drugs and has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands on the U.S. / Mexico broader.

The First Step Act is hopefully, what its name implies, a First Step in fixing our corrupt and injurious criminal justice system and maybe even ending the disastrous, expensive (over a trillion dollars spent on it since the 70’s) War on Drugs, which is really a war on individuals.

As well as talking about the First Step Act, Jason offered hope to all of those who are interested in exposing the actions of the secretive and private entity called the Federal Reserve. He said the Audit the Fed Bill is alive and gaining support in Congress. Getting this bill passed would finally expose where all the money is going. Currently the National Debt is 22 trillion dollars and that wouldn’t be possible without the Federal Reserve, which is a privately owned bank, that has the monopoly to print endless amounts of money. The Feds printing press is what causes inflation. Inflation then transfers wealth from the majority of people to the bankers and the well connected as prices increase and package sizes decrease all ahead of any wage increases.

We briefly touched on the immigration issue. I think we both agree that free movement and migration should be an inherent right but the fact that the world isn’t perfect at this time makes the idea of borders a necessity. I know it’s a complicated issue and libertarians hold strong opinions about both sides of the issue. We did agree that the legal immigration apparatus definitely needs revamping.

We look forward to speaking with Jason again. He is extremely knowledgeable about the principles upon which individual liberty is grounded and the inner workings of the Beltway. That is a rare combination.

A big thank you to Jason for his time and work. It was extremely enlightening to hear how the “sausage is made” in Washington and I think our discussion gives a glimmer of hope to all of us who want to live in a more free, peaceful, just and prosperous world.

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Chronically Human Podcast Ep. 002 : Howard Bloom

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and you can follow him @HowardxBloom on Twitter.

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

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

Thanks for watching.

 

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

 

 

 

Right sized problems 


If you want to change the world change yourself. 

I’ve always had an issue with being unorganized. I can still recall my 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Razor yelling at me in front of the whole class and making me cry because I couldn’t find some work I had jammed into my cluttered desk. 

That was almost 35 years ago and I’ve struggled with organization and keeping my car and my room clean ever since. I just didn’t see the point in expending the energy do it. I’d suffered from several chronic illnesses and chronic pain for decades and I have limited energy to work with. 

That has changed this year. I’m not any better physically in fact this year has been one of my toughest years in a while in just about every aspect of my life. I’ve always been on the search for better ways to live and the advice that kept coming up over and over again was – 

  • when you are feeling overwhelmed or powerless in life the first step is to clean up and organize your immediate surroundings

As I’ve done this I’ve found my mind freed up to contemplate new ideas, have more mental clarity and mental energy.

It’s amazing how small actions like making your bed everyday or keeping your closet organized can help to create positive momentum that prepare you for tackling the bigger issues in life. 

Everyday the news inundates us with situations and problems around the world that 99.9999% of us have zero ability or opportunity to change. This can create a lot of negative emotions of fear, hopelessness, and anger. 

It doesn’t have to be just politics that generate these types of feelings. In the past I’d focus on my chronic intractable health issues andthose negative  feelings generated by inability to change that situation pervaded my whole life. 

This is a formula I’ve come up with – 

Awareness – Capacity = Hopelessness

Now my focus is on the right sized problems in my life that  I can tackle. Each time I do I’m increasing my  capacity to take on more and more complex issues and have the energy to do so as well. 

Awareness + Capacity = Hope

Hope is a powerful force and it gets reinforced every time I solve a problem in my life even though the bigger issues still exist. 

I listened to Professor Jordan Peterson on Stefan Molyneux’s podcast and he explained why it’s important to focus on tackling the right sized problems in your own life before you set out to tackle the problems of the world. 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HcEJr8h_yGM 

He spoke of searching out these right sized problems which are problems you have the capacity to fix.  One year he gave an assignment to his students to do just that. 

The example he gave was about a student of his who lived with a bunch family members. The house was chaotic and groceries weren’t being purchased on a regular basis and no one was taking responsibility to cook, this all happened after  his mom passed away.

The student saw this local problem and he did something about it. He took responsibility for shopping, meal planning and cooking. It was difficult but he was able to fix this problem. He solved this issue that improves his life and also increased confidence and capacity to improve other aspects as well. his 

My right sized problem was getting organized and maintaining a system to stay that way. After I did this I began blogging consistently on my four blogs and I began producing video segments as well. 

There were other reasons that I began writing and sharing my ideas again but I firmly believe I wouldn’t have done that if I hadn’t exercised my capacity to impact my life in a meanigful and positive way by cleaning up my room. 

I’ve been sick and in pain most of my life. Because of this I’ve used it as a reason not to keep my living areas clean and organized. When I’ve felt horrible in the past I would think “what is the point of picking up my room or keeping the inside of my car clean, how could that possibly help me?”.

What I’ve learned is that it does matter. Takin care of seemingly small problems can have amazing and unexpected results. No matter how bad I feel now I always make my bed and make sure where I inhabit is clean and organized. Taking care of these right sized problems helps me to build up my capacity to take on bigger and more complex issues. Everyone can do the same thing. 

How much could people accomplish if they focused less on politics and more on solving their own problems? Once I started  spending less time focused on politics did I began seeing positive results in my life. Unfortunately it’s far easier to complain then it is to change your own behavior. 

A lot of folks want to change the world but haven’t even begun to address the smalll and big problems in their own lives. As you address the small issues you’ll gain confidence, increase your capacity for positive change and reinforce the idea that you truly are the hero of your story. I now think of taking care of the right sized problems in my life as heroic training. 

 The more responsibility I take for of my life the better my life becomes. 

When I become too focused on issues I can’t solve I use the following to go from helpless to hero: 

–  be aware of the right sized problems I have in my own life 

 – utilize my capacity to solve the right sized problems

– learn so that I can increase my awareness of my right sized problems and to increase my capacity to solve them

Brad 
Fellow Human