The secret Corporations driving up healthcare costs, causing drug shortages and preventing Innovations with Philip Zweig CHPodcast Ep. 21

Phillip Zweig joins us to talk about the secretive, massive, and corrupt Group Purchasing Organizations that drive up healthcare costs, decrease medical innovations and cause critical drug shortages in the United States.

http://www.philliplzweig.com

Phillip Zweig is an award winning financial journalist who is now the Executive Director of Physicians Against Drug shortages, which is a grass root group of physicians and other healthcare professionals working to end  drug shortages in America by lobbying Congress to repeal the 1987 Medicare anti-kickback “safe harbor” provision. This ill-considered statute exempted GPOs from criminal prosecution for taking vendor kickbacks and undermined competition in the generic drug/ healthcare supplies industry.

Phil’s White Paper on Group Purchasing Organizations:

https://careandcost.com/2012/02/14/connecting-the-dots-how-anticompetitive-contracting-practices-kickbacks-and-self-dealing-by-hospital-group-purchasing-organizations-gpos-caused-the-u-s-drug-shortage/ 

Physicians Against Drug Shortages

https://www.physiciansagainstdrugshortages.com

Saline Solution shortage in America

https://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/phillip-zweig-legalized-kickbacks-healthcare/

Phil recommends that if you want to stop the Pay-for-play scheme that the Group Purchasing Organizations are operating then call or email your Congress Person and let them know you support repealing the 1987 Medicare Anti-Kickback “Safe Harbor” Provision for GSO’s.  I exercise my health freedom by using Kratom to manage my chronic pain. The only Kratom I trust comes from https://naturalorganix.com

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Brad Miller

The Chronically Human Podcast

Brad@chronicallyhuman.co

Chronic Pain and the Opioid Crisis with Pharmacist Steve Ep. 18

Steve Ariens, AKA Pharmacist Steve, joins us on the 18th episode of The Chronically Human Podcast, to discuss how the overdose crisis is affecting those with chronic pain.

Please visit Steve’s awesome website full of motivation and education for those who suffer from chronic pain and have been negatively affected by the Opioid Crisis

http://www.pharmaciststeve.com

We discuss how the current War on Docotrs and pain patients hasn’t reduced the number of overdose deaths, how people in chronic pain are being treated like criminals and how the War on Drugs has nearly destroyed the Doctor patient relationship.

During our discussion we also tackled the myths, exaggerations and outright lies of the recent 60 minutes story about the origins of the Opioid crisis and the solutions being pushed by their expert they had on.

We also talk about how the term “Opioid misuse disorder” is now being used by those pushing the anti-Opioid campaign. This term is extremely problematic and can negatively affect those who they label with the diagnosis. One of the main problems with that label is that there are no objective lag test for it, it has an extremely vague definition and it can effectively describe everyone who has ever used pain pills for over a week.

Another problem with the 60 minute story was the assertion by their expert that opioids are only good for end of life treatment or for 2-3 days after surgery and that there’s no evidence they are effective for long term therapy.

The FDA doesn’t require any drug to show effectiveness for over 90 days including anti-depressants and that there are huge issues with Opioid studies because those given the placebos drop out early and it’s considered unethical to basically torture people in pain on a long term basis.

If he wants evidence all he has to do is ask the 20 million people in chronic pain who’ve been on long term pain medicine if it helps or not. That’s enough evidence for me.

My take is who appointed the so-called expert quoted in the 60 minutes piece, Dr. A.K., the authority on how much pain I or anyone else should experience? This so-called expert is a psychiatrist who didn’t disclose during the 60 minutes piece that he is part of the Univesity who charges money to state governments to implement Prescription Drug Monitoring programs. They presented him as an expert on pain meds when in reality he isn’t.

This highlights many of the topics we discussed which centers around the problem with having the government involved with our healthcare choices. The larger the role of government is in healthcare the more people like Dr. A.K. will use the force of government to enrich themselves at the expense of others

Pharmacist Steve and I discuss the financial aspect of the crisis and while all these billions are being spent to fight the Opioid crisis, prescriptions for opioids are at a 15 year low and Opioid overdoses (mostly due to illegal fentanyl) are at a 15 year high.

We also discuss the wider war on drugs and why the Iron Law of Prohibtion and the government’s own regulations are behind what the media and those in power blame on drugs, drug users, people in pain and doctors.

The current Opioid crisis is in reality an overdose crisis within the addiction community. Only 4 out of 1000 can become addicted to opioids. Why punished 98.5% of the population for something they can never develop?

Follow him on Social Media:

Twitter: @Pharmacissteve

And

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/pharmaciststeve

Timeline coming soon as well as YouTube Link.

Thanks for Listening.

Fixing healthcare with Blockchain tech Dr. Leah Houston

Dr. Leah Houston is our guest today. She is currently an Emergency Room doctor and co-founder of a company that’s applying blockchain technology to help fix healthcare.

https://chronicallyhumanpodcast.castos.com/podcasts/1284/episodes/fixing-healthcare-with-blockchain-tech-with-dr-leah-houston

She is co-founder of Hepac.io which is a tech company that helps doctors to create self-sovereign identies on the blockchain. This helps to reduce costs, prevent fraud and put the control of a doctor’s identity back into their hands.

We discuss why centralization of healthcare is a threat to everyone’s privacy and pockebook and how decetnralization can put the power back into the hands of the people. 

Dr. Houston and I discuss the history of Bitcoin, what is the blockchain, what are self-sovereign identities and how these technologies can cut healthcare costs, increase access and improve outcomes. 

We also talk about the problem with third party payers and how along with burdensome regulations are causing doctors to burn out, quit their practices or even commit suicide. 

Dr. Houston also relates why there is a doctor shortage and what can be done to fix it.

She belives that decentralization is one of the keys to fixing the healthcare sytem and helping to empower the individual to choose for themeslves how they improve their health and wellbeing.

You can find out more about her private pracrice and her Blockchain Healthcare company HPEC.io below:

http://leahhoustonmd.com

https://hpec.io

Dr. Houston has also contributed a chapter in the first text book ever on blockchain tech in healthcare. She wrote the chapter on self-sovereign identities.

https://www.crcpress.com/Blockchain-in-Healthcare-Innovations-that-Empower-Patients-Connect-Professionals/Dhillon-Bass-Hooper-Metcalf-Cahana/p/book/9780367031084

You can follow Dr. Houston on Twitter

@LeahHoustonMD

@HEPCODAO

We also discussed the fact that the Practicing Physicians of America are suing over what they say is unfair practicies against the American Board of Internal Medicne which is restricting their right to practice medicine. Consider giving to help doctors fight back against unnecessary and expensive regulations that end up incresing costs and not improving outcomes. 

Practicing Physicians of America GoFundMe page – 

https://www.gofundme.com/practicing-physicians-of-america

I’m grateful for Dr. Leah Houston for her time today and her work using blockchain technology to help decentralize healthcare and her work to promote more freedom and less top down regulation from both public and private entites who control many of our healthcare choices. 

On The Chronically Human Podcast we advocate for Medical Freedom. That is simply your individual inherent right and the inherent responsibilty to choose for yourself how you improve your health and wellbeing.

Thanks for listening.

Brad Miller

The Chronically Human Podcast 

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

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

My take on the Opioid Crisis

The current hysteria over the so called Opioid Crisis is not meant to help anyone except politicians, rehab centers and pharmaceutical companies.

I’ve been suffering from chronic pain for over thirty years now. In the last three decades the only way for me to function was and still is by taking pain killers. My main relationship since I have been 11 has been with pain. Believe me that’s not a great way to live.

Government is always looking to grow. Politicians are always looking for ways to use the righteous idigination and ignorance of the masses to further their career while at the same time gaining brownie points with big business. This is exactly what is going on with the Opioid Crisis.

The 55,000 number of deaths linked to opioids is extremely misleading. The majority of those deaths have been the result of a combination of substances ingested which include alcohol and barbiturates along with the demonized opioids. Other deaths are linked to adulterated black market drugs, many pain patients are driven to this horrible alternative because they have been denied treatment. The opioid crisis is not caused by doctors prescribing pain pills to people who are in chronic pain.

This type of misinformation is always used to take away our rights and to enrich the few at our expense. A new wave of opioids that targets the Kappa opioid receptors will hit the market soon. I think that is another reason why the media attention on this is being ginned up as well.

There is no one speaking for the people who are in chronic pain. I’ve lost days, weeks months and years to pain. I’ve missed out on most of life because of pain. The more my access to pain killers is reduced the more pain I suffer and the less life I live. I believe that every individual has a god given, natural or innate right if you will to ingest whatever substance they see fit to consume.

That is why I advocate for government to get out of my healthcare all together. I don’t need a politician or my neighbor determining what I should or shouldn’t ingest. I propose what I hope will become the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution that would simply read:

Every individual has the innate and natural right to ingest, grow, consume, trade, sale or gift whatever substance they see fit. 

Just because someone consumes a substance doesn’t mean they are not responsible for their actions. It doesn’t matter if I kill someone whether I’ve just smoke a joint, taken a shot of Jack Daniels or drank a strong cup of coffee, I’m still responsible for what I’ve done. *This is totally hypothetical of course.

When all substances can be bought “over the counter” Pfizer and Merk and other drug companies will be just like Apple or Microsoft. I can envision them opening their own stores and even having doctors on staff that will provide medical consultations and blood work for free. That way they will attempt to keep you in their ecosystem just like Apple and Google do.

Other businesses will open up and will be the Best Buy or the Walmart of medicines. Amazon could be, if they are forward looking enough, to become the number one seller of medicine in the world. Health care costs will plummet and the first time in a long time individuals will not only be able to buy what they want to treat their specific health issues but will also be able to grow their own pharmacies in their back yard. That is real freedom.

The behavior of Pharmaceutical companies  will have to adapt to this new era of medical freedom by providing a better product at a much lower price. Without the FDA and government sanction the drug companies will have to start dealing directly with consumers. They will be on the hunt for lower side effect drugs and price them competitively due to the huge explosion of natural medicines that would be available. Research money would more and more go into natural solutions because of their safety profile and lack of side effects. Overall medicine will become cheaper, more effective and cause less deaths and injuries.

Think about growing just about all the medicine you need in your backyard for pennies per dose? A medicinal garden could include poppies, cannabis, and medicinal mushroom. It is a miracle that our bodies have the architecture to be positively and powerfully influenced by compounds made by plants and fungi. By combining the best of synthetic and natural medicines we can all live a happier, healthier and longer life.

Having ready access to pain medicine would change my life for the better. I’m tired of going to the doctor with hat in hand hoping that I’ll get a prescription, which is merely a government sanctioned permission slip. I’m tired of going to the pharmacy and getting hassled because they aren’t able to read a calendar correctly. I’m tired of having to go to multiple pharmacies to get a prescription filled because their out of the pain medicine and their pharmacist is the only one who can order narcotics and he’s on vacation for the week. When you are sick and in pain these type of hassles add to your already mounting misery.

Those harping on the Opioid Crisis may care about those that are dying. But if they really wanted to use their time to the best effect they should be talking about Cigarettes which kill around 400,000 people a year, or alcohol which causes the death of  around 90,000 people  or so per year, or sugar and grain which can cause cardio vascular disease which kills millions per year. It’s clearly not about the numbers of dead that the opioid crisis do gooders are concerned about or they would be going after the big killers in this country.

Sick people are easy targets. Doctors are easy to manipulate because of the state licensing they are subject to. With the new era of Medical Freedom I’m proposing doctors could become health consultants and no longer be beholden to the current state monopoly on certifying health professionals. If doctors want to continue with the current model they could. They could be paid directly by the pharmaceutical companies and become doctors at the Pfizer store. Once doctors and patients are no longer tethered to the prescription pad or state licensing boards, politicians will lose the power to interfere with our health choices and people in pain will not have to suffer needlessly.

Its time we get government out of health care. Its time for adults to take control over their health, to exercise our innate right of self-ownership and buy whatever medicine or substance we choose to. Individuals suffer. And individuals pay the consequence of their actions. We all have the right to ingest what we choose. If the First Amendment of the Constitution protects our right to eject words out of our mouths, shouldn’t  the Constitution protect our right to put into our mouth whatever we choose?

Suffering is part of the human condition. We all suffer emotionally and physically. On this space ship Earth we have synthetic and natural compounds that can help ease the suffering. Psilocybin has proven to help with anxiety and can help end addiction, MDMA can help with PTSD, LSD can help end alcoholism, Ketamine can in less than twenty minutes end suicidal thoughts, Cannabis that miracle plant, is full of beneficial compounds that work together to help lower inflammation, reduce anxiety, increase well being, end seizures, reduce tumor size and help with sleep, and new and old opioids can help end the physical suffering of millions. Why can’t I go buy these chemicals off the shelf or order them off of Amazon? It’s not because they are expensive. Why can’t I grow medicinal mushrooms. poppy plants and Cannabis in my backyard? It’s not because they are difficult to grow.

The real reason we don’t have Medical Freedom is because we’ve forgotten that every individual owns themselves and that we have a natural right to treat our pain or our diseases as we see fit and so we must demand our innate right to ingest what we choose and bear the consequences of those choices.

 

Brad Miller

Fellow Human