A Presentation of the Kratom Literacy Project
Living with severe, debilitating chronic pain is like being trapped somewhere 24/7 - 365 with no escape. Pain patients are trapped inside bodies that torture them with unrelenting physical trauma over and over again, day after day, night after night and year after year. Eventually, without adequate treatment, a person can simply take no more and this is when suicide may seem like a viable option.
Some of the politicians in Washington have been lying to us about the war on drugs.
"We say we're here to serve you, when in fact, we're serving ourselves. And why? We are driven by our own desires to get reelected. Our need to stay in power eclipses our duty to govern." HOUSE OF CARDS
Ironically, the character played by Kevin Spacey on House of Cards goes on to say, "you are entitled to nothing." And that may be true. After all, who gives us our rights? Are they God given rights? Maybe. Maybe not. But I would argue that the government certainly does not have the right to interfere with the doctor - patient relationship.
The job of the government is not to police what people put in their bodies. After all, certain foods like sugar are known to be addictive and harmful to one's long term health if consumed in excess and yet people do it every day. No one is suggesting we ban Krispy Kreme, so why are politicians and government agencies like FDA trying to interfere?
Because the pharmaceutical giants are slowly being replaced with holistic health care that combines herbal medicine with allopathic medicine. More consumers are becoming concerned with what's in the food and are speaking out with their dollars by refusing to purchase GMO food. Whether you agree with the concept of organic food or not is not the point. People have stopped putting their trust in pharmaceutical drugs. Sure, the chemical structures of pharmaceuticals are based on the active ingredients found in certain plants, but they are completely synthetic and cause serious and sometimes life threatening illnesses.
The FDA claims that companies which sell natural supplements should file NDI's (New Dietary Ingredient) applications on all their products so that they can go through years of safety testing. Did you know that pharmaceutical drugs go through these clinical trials and are approved often later to be found not only ineffective, but unsafe? So how do these drugs keep getting approved? One word.
It seems the product approval is based not on it's actual safety profile but upon how much a company pays for that approval, which is the exact opposite of evidence based medicine.
"Something is wrong when regulatory agencies pretend that vitamins are dangerous, yet ignore published statistics showing that government-sanctioned medicine is the real hazard. Until now, Life Extension could cite only isolated statistics to make its case about the dangers of conventional medicine. No one had ever analyzed and combined ALL of the published literature dealing with injuries and deaths caused by government-protected medicine. That has now changed. A group of researchers meticulously reviewed the statistical evidence and their findings are absolutely shocking. These researchers have authored a paper titled “Death by Medicine” that presents compelling evidence that today’s system frequently causes more harm than good. This fully referenced report shows the number of people having in-hospital, adverse reactions to prescribed drugs to be 2.2 million per year. The number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections is 20 million per year. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million per year. people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million per year."
The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US. (By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251.5)
THE CHRONIC PAIN EPIDEMIC