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.
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.
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:
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.
Wishing you health and happiness
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
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.
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.
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.
There are not many rites of passage in the modern world. Rites of passage have been used through the millennia by human cultures to initiate members of the clan from childhood to adulthood. I consider my first marathon and the training for it as a self-imposed rite of passage. I decided to train for it and complete it because I wanted to assert my command over my body. To train for the mental and physical part I read . “The Non-runners Marathon Trainer”. Just recently I read the “Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei and wish I had read that before to add an additional element of the spiritual to my training as well.
For most people including myself the physical aspect of completing a marathon seems extremely daunting. When I started I was in the hospital after just about dying from surgical complications. After getting through the worst of it I decided to begin training and completing a marathon even though I was still in horrific pain. I began by walking a few steps outside my hospital room and then I began walking around the nurses station and eventually I began to get stronger and stronger. I had purchased “The Non-runners Marathon Training Guide” two years previously. Having been chronically ill for twenty years at that time and endured multiple surgeries I was tired of having my body call the shots in my life.
I wanted to increase my ability to override the physical demands of a body which was constantly waging battle with itself. I felt like I was caught in the middle of this fight. It took me seven months instead of the 4 months to complete the training laid out in “The Non-runners Marathon Trainer” because I started in a terribly weekend state. The biggest take away from completing my marathon was the idea of “locus of control”. That concept of locus of control boils down to the what controls your mind and actions, is it your or circumstance? You either have an internal locus of control or an external locus of control. This for me is what a rite of passage is all about: putting away the helplessness of childhood and embracing the ability to chart your own path in this world as an adult.
Throughout the book there are mental exercises to help entrain this philosophy of internal control. One of them is to imagine that your inner mind is a computer screen. You imagine typing out mentally letter by letter on a keyboard strengthening and inspirational messages. For instance one that I remember I would type over and over again was “My legs are strong, my legs are light, I can run all day and I and I can run all night”. This type of mental work is something I still do today.
During training it was incredible to feel the inner experience change when I would consistently do this. The first two to three miles were usually a struggle on training days. But I would gut it out using either typed out positive messages to myself on my mental computer screen or I’d sing them out loud as cadences. The power of the mind over the body is truly incredible and if you want to experience your own rite of passage and feel this for yourself I highly recommend reading “The Non-runners Marathon Trainer” before starting your marathon training.
The other book I recommend is one I just read, “The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei”. In Japan for over a thousand years these Tendai Buddhist Monks would perform absolutely astounding feats of marathon running. These different time frames and distances would range from completing a 25 mile marathon for 100 days straight to completing a 1000 days of marathoning over a twelve year stretch.
While completing their term of marathons the monks are still expected to perform all of their chores which include cooking, cleaning and maintaining temple grounds which affords them three to four hours of sleep or less. These marathoners don’t do it for medals or for bragging rights. Their reward for completing the 100 days of The Walking Hell is to complete a nine day fast with no food or water. During the fast they are only allowed to have a small amount of water to rinse out their mouths. They say that those drops of water as the sweetest of nectars. Self imposed suffering makes everyday life more palatable.
It is incredible to read about the individual stories of men who have endured what would seem like impossible physical accomplishments to us. But these monks are drawn from everyday life and many who have recently completed the 100 days of marathons are family men. They are not in anyway extraordinary except that they choose to do something extraordinary. By doing the seemingly impossible the monks emerge changed forever because they faced death and continued to move forward. This is an important rite of passage for the Tendai Buddhist monks just as a modest 26.2 marathon and seven months of training was for me.
Humans need rites of passages to push beyond our everyday struggles so that we can tap into the higher mental and spiritual states we all possess but rarely can access. The physical part of the marathon is merely the vehicle for this to occur. Everyday we struggle in this world with having an internal locus of control. Everyday we struggle with maintaining a connection to our spiritual side and not giving in totally to a materialistic view of this amazing world we live in. Marathon training with a purpose can transcend the medals and the bragging and actually produce lasting positive changes.
I highly recommend that anyone interested in training for a marathon read “The Non-runners Marathon Training Guide” and “The Marathon Monks of Hiei”.
Hello Fellow Human,
The reason why I’m launching this blog and podcast is to explore the big ideas that can help enhance the experience of being human. I’ve struggled with chronic illness and the complications from that for the past thirty years. Over that time period I’ve done a lot of searching and researching. I’ve read widely from information on neurochemistry to stoic philosophy all in an attempt to alleviate and ameliorate the suffering caused by my different conditions. What I’ve found over these past thirty years is that all the solutions and ideas I was collecting, not only applied to my specific situation, but might also be helpful to anyone else who is dealing with the condition that afflicts us all; and that is the human condition.
We are all Chronically Human. We all want to be loved, to be valued, and to enjoy as much as possible the experience of existing on this round blue spaceship hurtling through space. We all breathe air, we drink water, we eat, excrete, have to sleep and have a myriad of other basic biological necessities. And we all have fear of physical pain, fear of being alone, and fear of death. We are all a lot alike in some respects but we are also vastly different in other ways. Our biologies follow basic patterns but everyone’s DNA is unique. Our past experiences, our interests, and our capabilities vary vastly from person to person. I want this blog and podcast to be an aggregator of the best ideas out there from our fellow humans who have found solutions to issues that affect us all.
The podcast will be a mix of me talking about what I’ve found interesting and helpful as well as having conversations with others about their life experiences and their professional expertise. I’ll also have transcripts from the podcasts as well as different information that I’ve found associated with the topics covered. Additional posts will be added on a regular basis to the blog about everything from Seasteading to Ancestral Health information to breakthroughs in Fusion Power generation. I believe that every problem has a solution. With imagination added to enough knowledge acquired and applied over a sufficient time span, anything the mind conceives can be accomplished.
I am optimistic about the future of humanity and want to play a small roll in helping shape that future by sharing ideas, conversations and above all hope with those who believe the same thing. I want to form a community of “Free People of Goodwill” that share information and experiences that help shed light on living within the constraints and with the benefits of being human. And as everyone can attest to, it’s not easy being a human being. Dealing on a daily basis with the human condition is confusing, difficult, and painful at times, and at other times it can be exhilarating, joyous, and transcendent. I want more of the latter while accepting that the former is also part of the experience of being Chronically Human.
I look forward to interacting with my fellow humans and discovering new and exciting information together that can help us all thrive while we deal with being Chronically Human.