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.

Brad Miller

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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.

 

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