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Re: “Arkansas's ban of the natural painkiller Kratom has left sufferers and former opiate addicts in the lurch

I have been a Catholic School Teacher for 20 years. For 11 of those years I suffered in pain from DDD. My doctor offered me pain meds OR surgery. I was 28 when I was diagnosed. I opted for NEITHER option and just tried to maintain live with OTC meds which wrecked my liver and destroyed my stomach. I gained 100 lbs due to complete inactivity. No more skiing, running, gym memberships, or even long walks. It was awful. I ended up on prescription stomach meds for years. I guess Big Pharma will get us in some way, some how, no matter what we choose. In 2011 I found Kratom through a simple Google search. I researched for months before chosing a vendor (that provided real lab results). On 12/11/11 I brewed my first cup of Kratom tea. I was astonished. My life changed on a dime. The active things I liked to do were once again attainable. I lost that 100 lbs. My wife got her husband back! The one she married, not the one I became due to pain. These lawmakers truly have no idea the destruction they are causing with their ridiculous stories of dillusions, psychosis, and suicide from Kratom. It stops pain and gives users a caffeine like boost without the caffeine crash. It is so mild yet so powerful in stopping pain in its tracks.Randolf Churchill, the MD that spoke above is right about the legislators being in the wrong side of history, but in my 5 years of using Kratom, I have never met anyone that uses Kratom to get high. It will not do that, no matter how much you take. Most of the users are the LISA'S and SUSAN ASH'S who just want to live a pain free normal live without being dependant on doctor's and Big Pharma. The opiate problem in the US is a direct result of doctors who we entrusted with our health and the pharmaceutical companies, that promised "non addictive" opiates to help patients in the mid 90s.85% of the current heroin abusers in America were regular people that were given an opiate pain medication for a minor ache. Fast forward to now, and the doctors no longer want to prescribe this synthetic heroin. Too little too late. Once they cut off their patients, these poor people had to seek relief on the street, spending $1 a mg for a pain pill. Once they were broke and homeless, they had no choice but to switch to heroin. Many tried a rehab facility, but they boast a 96% FAILURE rate even though the average rehab stint is $30k. Kratom is a little inexpensive herb that has the entire pharmaceutical industry running scared. Their answer? Create fear about Kratom, lie about what it does and how is works, create imaginary addicts and medical claims that it is dangerous. Tell America that children are getting hooked on it. Get unknowing parents to support these blatant lies and inevitably, demonize Kratom so that each state makes it illegal. Human studies are FINALLY being done and little by little, the fabricated voodoo stories are being replaced with success stories and stories of HOPE! An estimated 5 million people are now using Kratom to manage multiple ailments, and have stopped using pills. That is seriously cutting into Big Pharmas bottom line which is why all of a sudden the DEA labeled it a drug of concern, and the FDA has started a witch-hunt. Stop believing the hype and do some real research!

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Posted by Keith Pascucci on 05/27/2016 at 9:46 AM


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