The U.S. Government’s Ridiculous War on Kratom

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For many, what began as an obscure botanical from South East Asia called Kratom, has proven itself to be an answer for low moods, and pain relief, as well as an alternative to dangerously addictive opioids that can depress the respiratory system.

I think that we can all agree that pain is one of the least desirable things in this world, and when pain is non-stop, it can make life unbearable!

With the help of the internet, many Americans have turned to this little-known plant in a desperate hunt to find an answer to their pain, and bad habits, without having to subject themselves to the harmful side effects of alcohol, and pharmaceutical drugs which have already become well-established institutions in America.

Within the past several years, kratom has been popping up in head shops all around the country in flashy little foil packs. In my opinion, people who market kratom in this way are not only doing the plant’s reputation a disservice, but they are also overpricing to the nth degree, which is highly disrespectful to any would-be consumers.

This destructive marketing technique has also singlehandedly allowed government agencies to use association fallacy in order to attack kratom’s reputation in attempt to pigeonhole the beneficial leaf, by falsely floating the idea that it is on par with synthetic drugs. That brings us to where the horrible lies, and concerted disinformation campaign began.

On 08/2016 the DEA announced their intent to implement an "emergency" ban on kratom. However, before this ban was officially published to the federal register, there was a period of time where the public could submit their comments regarding the notice.

The backlash was enormous, and the DEA was inundated with well over 22,000 comments 95+% or more which were positive and in support of the botanical, this was accompanied by a letter from 50 members of congress, which eventually led to the DEA’s decision to promptly withdraw their notice of intent to “temporarily” ban the herbal remedy.

This really caught my attention, not only was it virtually unprecedented that the DEA would back down. I took note that the powers that be would not give up on their efforts to ban the plant. They were feigning defeat, while masking their intention to continue their efforts at a later date.

When you realize the business nature behind these types of moves, you also realize that the money power behind these lobbies do not give up easily. The only difference now, is that they are attempting their chicanery in the age of the internet, where people have become well-informed, and are therefore, fooled less easily.

DEA passed the rock to the FDA and said we’ll wait for their eight-factor-analysis on the plant. A year later the FDA joined into the fray making wild and ridiculous claims about kratom-related deaths. Basically, it reached this cartoonish level of insanity where a man who died of a gunshot wound to the chest, who had kratom in his system, was considered by the FDA to be a “kratom-related death”.

Smart Man Cleverly PWNS FDA PR Representative

Video courtesy of: Plugged in Magazine

Most of the so-called kratom related deaths included people who were intoxicated with other drugs that could with ease, induce respiratory failure (Fentanyl etc). The kratom lobby foresaw the FDA’s bravo sierra in advance so they promptly funded an 8-factor-analysis of their own, this in order to preemptively debunk the intentionally misleading science that the FDA was to publish with the help of their deceitful secret-algorithm.

Congress again, wrote a letter to the FDA which muted their failed effort to ban the botanical. Then in comes the dirty tricks. FDA defers to the CDC, and 'suddenly' there are kratom products that are turning up contaminated with salmonella, and as history tends to do, it repeated itself.

Is the Government Poisoning Kratom Products?

Many of you may or may not be aware of the fact that the U.S. government poisoned alcohol products during prohibition in order to discourage the use of alcohol. This resulted in the deaths of at least 10,000 people nationwide.

So it begs the question; are people affiliated with the U.S. government, or private industry poisoning kratom products with salmonella in order to get it banned, so that the big pharmaceutical industry can capitalize off of synthetic chemicals derived from mother nature's gift to mankind?

Inquiring minds want to know, and in this day and age, inquiring minds will probably find out. I’m hoping that there will be whistleblowers, and if this is happening, the people who are commissioning, or carrying out the poisoning, will be held responsible for their actions.

It takes about a billion dollars to grease the skids enough to pass a drug through the FDA. That's a lot of money, and within some of these corporations it is a well known ethos that competition is a sin.

So don't doubt for a moment, that interested powers wouldn't pull some shenanigans in order to secure future profits for their drug which has yet to be approved.

In the age of Trump, I am hopeful that these kinds of things can be covertly discovered, and then publicly disclosed for the benefit of the people. That is my intention with this article. If you resonate with this message, then please go ahead and share this post with people who you think might find it interesting.

Also, if you know someone who knows someone that can help or add insight please do send them the link. You never know when the right person at the right time, can fall perfectly into place. This is when the seemingly impossible can happen with the greatest of ease!



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It's already illegal where I live... I have to go across the border into Oklahoma to get it!

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That sucks, it seems a handful of States did either cave
to the big pharma lobby, or it's propaganda efforts.

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I understand that the FDA is going all out after it... it's natural and can't be of any use to Big Pharma. My question is why aren't the pharmaceutical companies protecting pain meds like they are nut pills!

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FDA is after it right now, but for different reasons and not associated with an outright ban, which seems to be put aside for now. Apparently, there have been numerous Salmonella related incidents directly associated with kratom. Kratom, like any botanical, has a risk of salmonella if the proper 'kill' steps are not part of the process. Where this has become complicated, is that most kratom companies have voluntarily recalled their products, but one company has outright refused. This has led FDA to issue its first ever 'mandatory recall' for a food product - bad for the company for sure, but also bad for the category and potentially botanicals industry and products. You're often known by the company you keep....

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I go to an Indian reservation there's a holistic healing store there that I trust. They also sell it at the "head shops" and I wouldn't touch any of their products with the proverbial "ten foot pole."

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@lmon another point worth mentioning is that the FDA is largely attacking this because it is a threat to their stakeholders. The herbal remedy does such a good job on so many issues, that it's a clear and present danger to up and coming pharmaceuticals that have yet to be approved.

It's sick, they're waging war on synthetics street drugs, while at the same time creating a protection racket for the synthetics that pay their way through FDA approval. Then when they pass through something that's catastrophic and rushed, like vioxx, they don't take any responsibility for their mistakes.

The big pharmakeia sorcerers are wolfs in sheep's clothing. It's like doctors who wear white coats. They are the 3rd leading cause of death via iatrogenic "disease", or "disorders", which is basically just a clever way of them conveying that they killed the patient.

Just remember, if something is GRAS (generally recognized as safe and effective ), it don't mean that shit won't kill or permanently injure you. So any time the FDA says the word 'safe and effective' they are not using those words in the common sense, or as it pertains to the individual.

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@thoughts-in-time, good point. I've suggested to a friend of mine who does research on this and other natural products that she should include an economist on her research panel, since having even more support for products like kratom, and having the science and economic backing in that it would lower drug costs at the same time would be a good story. Now, getting the story from the science to the market is another thing.

Continuing to your point, the FDA does protect its pharma stakeholders. And creating new diseases and expanding classification of people who have disease that needs meds (statins for example) are other tactics.

But, back to kratom, there are truly other worse offenders that should be targeted and off the market. What a waste of resources.

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That's a good question! You know, maybe the people at the pharmaceutical companies have decided to take a quieter approach after trump suggested that drug dealers should be executed.

I'm of half the mind, that Trump may have only suggested that in order to gauge reactions, and or stir the pot a bit. I could see where it might really confuse the hell out of big pharma's lobbyists. They might want to know: "When he says drug dealers, is he talking about us (big pharma), or illegal street drug dealers?"

I left a similar comment over at @tftproject's recent post. It's really hard to gauge Trump at times, how serious he is being. People like Jones for example think that he recently played the left by encouraging them to put their gun control wishes into legislation.

He thinks that Trump was trying to get them to show their hand, which would result in the right getting mobilized enough to defeat it. If he's that wiley, it's going to be one hell of a rollercoaster ride, and he'll need to be watched like a hawk, because if he is that clever, there's no telling whose side he's really on.. on any given issue.

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He's a businessman and a good one. If you use N. Korea as a model, remember what he said last year: "I have nukes and my finger is on the button." Now look where they are- ready to come to the table for peace talks. He's a lot smarter than people give him credit for. I can tell you from experience the advantage of acting like a clown sometimes... people underestimate you at just the wrong time!

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I tell you @richq11 it's something else to witness. I don't think I've seen someone exercise that level of game before in my life! In the movies maybe.

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Reminds me of something out of a modern remake version of "Boardwalk
Empire"...

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It's a shame, we should have learned from the days of prohibition.
As opposed to being stupid enough to try and repeat the madness.

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Do I still get the $19.00 SBD award for catching the fact that
your avatar depicts Mormans, and not Jehovah's Witnesses?
R-U-r34LLy: 'Steemits first Jehovah Witness Steemit Witness'?

Kratom is a valuable and safe nutritional supplement in my opinion. It's only because most Americans aren't familiar with it, and there's always fear of the unknown (however irrational).

It is difficult to believe that pharma would have a lead natural compound like mitragynine and not try to capitalize on it.

For sure what is needed is constant vigilance to prevent a sneaky ban. the pharmaceutical industry makes hundreds of billions of dollars annually and spends billions on advertising and lobbying, that's why they can sell products that "may cause suicidal thoughts or actions" but nobody says shit about them when they do.

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It's amazing what big pharma manages to get away with.
It basically is murder, when you crunch the numbers, and
the sad part is people are brainwashed to trust the men in
the white coats. You can't even trust the newer antibiotics.

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From the people who brought you Zyklon B and heroin. Yup, no matter how many they kill it does not matter, they own the politicians and media. The gun industry's problem is that it is not rich or powerful enough, they are nothing compared to the drug makers.

whenever the government wants to ban a worthwhile substance it usually means a pharma giant wants to monopolize the extract... imho

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I agree. I'm pretty sure; thus far they have used alkaloids
from Kratom to synthesize both MGM-9, and MGM-16.

It's all about taking something natural, and using it to
create a synthetic derivative, so they can own the patent,
which is useless if they don't ban the plant, because the
plant is always better, and safer than the synthetic trash.

Beautiful thing !

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good information

Our agencies do not have the kind of reputation that can be trusted. That being said it is a crime to poison people even as a De Facto Conspiracy Corporation and a crime against human rights under the international treaty's and a fraud.

Nice informative post. Followed and I will be back.

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Thanks I followed you too!

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I joined the informationwar on discord. Thanks for the invite.

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Coolness, whenever you have an informationwar related article. Include the tag in your post, and plug the link in the postpromotion area!

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I took your advice, and basically I am a informationwar writer and have been added to the list. Am also on discord and will be seeing and communicating with the informationwar warriors. It is always a good thing to fight for what is right.

The FDA spokeswoman is incorrect in saying the alkaloids are structurally similar to other opioids. Rather, mitragynine is an indole alkaloid similar to yohimbine. It has an entirely different structure from any other group of compounds that bind to opiate receptors and should be considered an "atypical opioid." "Opiate" is the term used for compounds with structural similarity to all or part of the morphine structure, while "opioids" is the term used for any compound that binds to the opiate receptors regardless of its structure or pharmacological effects. Other common opiates with morphine structural features include loperamide (Imodium AD) and dextromethorphan (OTC cough syrups).

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Well said @qiyi. They don't even bother to
try and make their lies believable anymore.

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I think either the spokesperson is insufficiently versed in the subject matter and is parroting talking points, and/or the legislators are clueless and biased in scientific concepts.

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I'm sure the big pharma lobbyists pass money to the legislators in whatever legal ways they can, and then casually bring up the topic of "the dangers of kratom". The whole system is just rotting from the inside out. As far as the spokesperson, her approach was clever, yet her tactics only really work on people who can't think critically. I've a feeling she knows more than she would have you believe.

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I agree. After all, she is doing her job!