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

Being Chronically Human

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.

Brad Miller

Fellow Human