My response to the FDA, CDC, and DEA’s attempt to limit pain medicine

Pain is the problem not the pills. I’ve been in chronic pain for 30 years , since the age of 11. I’ve had over twenty surgeries, 100 small bowel obstructions, pancreatitis and most recently kidney stones. I’ve experienced horrific amounts of pain in my life and In addition I have terrible chronic pain everyday from the myriad of adhesions from all those surgeries that are constantly pulling and tearing away at my abdominal wall and internal organs. My life has been dominated by pain. Opioid based pain medicine Is the only tool I have found that makes life bearable. I know that when I do not have adequate pain relief I’m unable to socialize, unable to work, and unable to function as a human being.

Physical pain destroys a person. Opioid pain medicine is a god sent for tens of millions of people. I know I wouldn’t be alive today without it. I have zero quality of life if I’m unable to obtain pain medicine. Please don’t add more physical suffering on top of what I’m already enduring by making prescription opioids more difficult to obtain. We have enough laws on the books. In fact the draconian drug laws and the flawed DEA unscientific scheduling system are the biggest impediments to alleviating and ameliorating physical and emotional suffering as well as helping to end the overdose crisis.

If the concern is to help people who are addicted to opioids, specifically heroin, then modeling what Switzerland and Portugal are doing is the logical and compassionate approach. These two governments have had amazing success with decriminalization and helping people who are addicted to improve their lives instead of destoying them. In the US the current drug enforcement scheme destroys the lives of those addicted by throwing them in prison or forcing them to the black market which can end up killing them. The current opioid death toll is really a heroin laced with illegal fentanyl problem. Switzerland and Portugal do not have the opioid death toll we have in the US because they don’t follow the US model of drug enforcement.

Please review what these two countries have done in regards to so called illegal drugs. I’m dependent on opioids just like a diabetic is dependent on insulin. For those truly addicted to heroin the Swiss government has been providing free legal heroin in a supervised medical setting along with helping these people get housing and work opportunities. This has produced a significant drop in addiction rates and more importantly zero people have died from overdose in the legal supervised heroin program. If this program was instituted in America today we coulld immediately start saving lives. I think we can all agree that we want to stop people from dying from heroin overdose and this is the way to do it and not by passing more and more rules limiting how much pain medicine a person in pain can have.

Further limiting the amount of pain medicine on the market and making doctors scared to prescribe them is hurting millions of people who are already suffering in terrible physical pain. I myself am terrified that one day a doctor will decide I can’t have this life saving medication because of Rules that people in my government have made. What we need is more compassion not more rules. Those addicted and those in pain shouldn’t be afraid that their government will inflict more pain and misery on them. Medicine’s first task is to relieve suffering. Allow doctors to perform their sworn duty.

I also believe this is above all an issue of personal liberty. Adults have the innate right to ingest what they choose and to bear the consequences of those choices. The War on Drugs has unfortunately eliminated many powerful tools that individuals could use to help amelierate their physical and emotional suffering. Cannabis, MDMA, psylocibin and ibogaine are just a few of the banned substances that have shown tremendous efficacy in treating everything from PTSD to addiction. Free up these powerful pharmacological tools and allow adults the full range of choices to improve their health and wellbeing.

Pain is the problem not the substances that relieve pain. There iis so much suffering in this world. Don’t add to it by passing these rules. Seek to help not to harm by looking at the root cause of the problem which is really physical and emotional pain and how best indiciduals and society can ameliorate that suffering. Opioid pain medicineI has proven safe and effective for hundreds of millions of people and has been used for thousands of years. For that 1-3% who do get addicted the Swiss and Portugal model is the way to help them. Those addicted can be helped and saved from overdosing without the need to rescerict access to pain medicine for people who suffer chronic pain.

Brad Miller

Fellow Human

Medicinal Freedom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brad Miller Fellow Human

Small wins add up to create a bigger and better future 

 Small wins throughout the day add up to create powerful positive consequences for your future. Too often we neglect to fully appreciate the power of these small victories. 

The story we tell ourselves about who we are can be made more believable and clearer by tracking the small wins we have each day. There is a mantra for screenwriters and that is “show don’t tell”. The same holds true for you when you are  building the believable narrative your future.  

It’s hard for us to believe positive stories about ourselves if all we have in our heads our negative events supporting a limiting narrative. Your story of a bigger and better future becomes more and more believable to yourself when you begin making the choices and taking the actions necessary to win those small battles with yourself we all have to wage. 

What is a small win? It’s any choice or action you make that supports the positive narrative that you tell yourself about who you are now and who you want to be in the future. I look at the concept of small wins, as wins over apathy, anxiety, fear, feelings of inferiority, and self doubt. Wins over my lower self. 

If you have time to check social media throughout the day you’ve got the time to track and review your small wins. Find the way that works best for you to write down or record the actions that are wins according to you. Personally I use my phone and the notes app. As I take actions that reinforce the  postive narrative I’ve created about myself I jot them down. 

This record keeping of the small wins  is a tool that helps me make better choices. It encourages me  to go for the win when the temptation to give up or give in shows up. Each time I don’t give in or give up it feels great. Winning feels good. Set up the story of yourself and your life so you can have as many wins as possible each day. By keeping track of these small wins you can see them adding up to a bigger and better life.  

No actions are too small or trivial to be added to your small wins list. By focusing on my small wins for the day I can see that I’ve made progress and that my story of a better future is becoming a reality. 

The power of small wins is more than just completing a task. It goes way beyond that. All of your small wins for the day interact with each other, support each other and amplify each other. You can not imagine the positive unexpected powerful consequences that the totality of you small wins will create. 

I’m currently recovering from a flare up of a chronic health condition that had me basically bedridden for the last three weeks.

My small wins may seem trivial or not even wins to mostpeople. But that doesn’t matter. For me they are something to be proud of. 

1. Walk this morning for 15 minutes 

2. Deposited money at two different banks Banking done

3. Got gas

4. Didn’t eat flour, sugar or veggie oil for lunch 

5. Didn’t allow the fear of not knowing the exact steps I’ll need to take to create my future I desire spiral out of control and ruin my day. Instead focused on the small wins I had already had for the day and that I will figure it out. 

6. Interacted in a positive way with people in my circle that I’ve not seen for a while

7. Talked to the lawn guy

8. Made my bed 

9. Bought organic chicken breast and veggies 

10. Grilled veggies and chicken and cooked my enhanced version Carraba’s broccoli 

11. Made mom’s green smoothie

12. Got 20 minutes of sunshine 

13. Ate lunch at the table with Mom 

14. Utilized – inquire, compliment, and motivate 

15. Came up with six ideas for future blog posts

16. Swept the kitchen

17. Took trash out 

18. Paid cc bills online

19. Set up auto payment for cc I don’t use and that I’m paying down

20. Didn’t eat sugar flour or vegetable oil for dinner 

21. Took second 15 minute walk after dinner 

22. Wrote three blog posts 

23. Watered garden 

24. Read 30 minutes 

25. Zero tv before 10pm 

Documenting small wins is a tool that helps to reinforce the fact that  you have the power to shape your reality in a positive way. Too often we focus on our failures and regrets.  Having a list of small wins gives you something to focus on instead and allows for you to feel like a winner because you’ve been racking up wins all day long.

Do this tomorrow and leave a comment below about your results. 

Wishing you more and more small victories each day. 

Brad 

Fellow Human 

Hero wanted

Are you the hero of your story?

We are all storytellers. We cast ourselves as the hero or villain, sidekick, supporting cast or victim in the stories we tell ourselves. Out of those choices who do you want to be? In the past without even being aware of it I wasn’t casting myself as the hero and in fact most of the time I felt as if I was just an extra in the story of my life. Over the last few years I’ve had a mindset shift that has led me to rewrite the story of my life, which includes how I view my past present and how I want to live in the future. Below are some of the ideas and techniques that help you own the story of you and become the hero of your life.

If you only have a minute or so please watch this video.

 

We all act or don’t act by the stories we tell ourselves. Are we going to be defined by our past mistakes or we going to cast ourselves as the hero in the story of our life? Are we going to be propelled by the story of us a hero embarking bravely and boldly toward what we desire? Or are we going to be paralyzed by the story we tell ourselves about how we are only our failures of our past?
Why is it important to take control of the stories you tell yourself?

1. Life is short – we are all on borrowed time – every movie you’ve ever seen or book you’ve read had a run time or a page count. Your story does as well.

2. You have the power to control, edit, change and alter the story you tell yourself about your past, present and future. By doing so you can create a more peaceful, powerful and productive you in the present which is much more capable of created the future reality you’ve written for yourself.

3. Either you are the hero of your story or someone else is. If you are not the hero you are the victim of external forces which you have no hope of overcoming and you are waiting on a hero to save you. This is the danger of politics and toxic relationships. You are a helpless victim and they are here to protect you from the villains and the world you are not prepared to encounter because you are according to their story that you accept, incapable of being the hero of your own life.

4. We love epic movies because we are supposed to be living epic lives. Recast yourself as the hero. Reimagine your origin story. Create a clearer narrative about your future story and right now envious yourself as a king who believes that his destiny is his to write. Each morning set out upon your white horse of ambition in the armor of courage holding the shield of truth and the sword of decision. The crown you wear is your own. You need no one to tell you that you are worthy to where the mantle, it is your birth right, your obligation and your responsibility.

Guy Ritchie does a great job explaining what it means to be the king of your domain. Everyman is a king and should have dominion over his kingdom. He isn’t talking about dominating others he’s talking about taking extreme ownership of yourself. While listening to the podcast he got me so motivated I bought the book Extreme Ownership while I was listening to the podcast. I’ll post a review soon.

This editing of your life’s story is not meant to be a means of ignoring physical reality or the consequences of past or future actions. However I do believe that the narratives we tell ourselves to explain the workings of the world and the role we are cast ourself in our own story are far more powerful than any circumstance we may find ourselves in. Your narrative doesn’t protect you from the fallout from your mistakes or physical reality. Just as the mighty hero of a great sci-fi- epic, you are not immune to slings and arrows of fortune, but just like every great hero, you have decided to go after what you desire no matter the circumstances you currently find yourself in. By casting yourself as the hero king of your story you are creating the powerful image in your mind that you can overcome, learn from, and turn to your advantage any mistake or oversight, or misdeed or misfortune to your benefit. A hero takes his lumps but he doesn’t stop. He gets back up after being knocked down and he continues on toward the promised land.

 

 

You can check out more of Jordan Peterson’s approach to scripting your life story at his website: https://selfauthoring.com

Now as you write your narrative of your life be careful who you cast as the Villain in your story. It’s extremely dangerous to cast a person as the villain of your narrative. The political dissension is a perfect example of two groups of people who have cast polar opposites as their side’s villain. In other words the stories about reality that they are telling themselves is the opposite of what the other group is telling themselves. What both sides are missing is that the people within each faction should cast themselves as the heroes of their lives and begin acting accordingly. Jordan Peterson’s Self-Authoring program is designed to help you take charge of the narrative of your life and crafting your future reality as well.

You own your past and can tell the story how you see fit which best serves your ability to act with confidence today. Start thinking of your past as your origin story. We all have the most powerful piece of machinery yet known to exist and it resides inside our cranium. Our imagination is the story generating tool that constructs the narratives we live by. The narrative of who you are is not fixed. That is to say within certain parameters. Don’t lie to yourself and don’t lie to others. But that doesn’t mean you have to paint yourself in the worst possible light for your origin story. Those events that occurred and the choices you made in the past got you where you are today. Every great super hero story begins that way. Your origin story is your’s to create.

Along with the powerful origin story every hero wants something. Use your future reality generating machine – your imagination – to craft the story of your future. Tell that story to yourself often. Don’t worry about nailing it all down at once. Focus on the emotional states you want to experience more of and begin creating the scenarios in which you would feel those. The hero wants the girl because of how he thinks he’ll feel when he wins her heart. We all want things or the affections of others, or a vacation or money to feel a certain way. Knowing what emotional states that you want to experience more of will keep you from being disappointed by achieving your goals. Your real goal as the hero is to create a freer, more prosperous, more just, safer, and happier world for yourself and those that you love to inhabit.

You can be the villain, the victim, the supporting cast or even an extra in the story of your life or you can be the hero you were born to be. Claim that today. Claim your dominion over your kingdom. Take full responsibility of your domain. Create your origin story that empowers you to act in the present with confidence and boldness, in order to overcome the internal and external struggles that are necessary to make the story you’ve crafted for your future, becomes a reality.

Brad Miller