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Jan 27, What's the Truth About Kratom?

When I see an Article, purportedly by a long-time chronic pain sufferer, who is quoting the FDA press release as a source of information about the Herb Kratom, it saddens me. It's hard to know where to start -- there are so many defective areas of the author's perception of reality that need to be corrected.
It is shocking that the FDA is seen as credible at all and not the mouthpiece and proponent of the pharmaceutical industry's products. Any herb that produces results more pleasing to large numbers of Americans is demonized, criminalized, and stigmatized -- and this well-meaning person dutifully believes the FDA's commercially-motivated lies, while she goes on suffering with the pathetic synthetic remedies which the pharmaceutical industry provides her.
As I read her rant about this "deadly" herb, I'm drinking my morning wake-up drink of kratom, along with my green tea, as I have for the past five years, with no hallucinations ever, no seizures, and I'm surely not dead.
On the other hand, the FDA has approved many drugs -- notably the introduction of OxyContin in the late 1990s -- which did create fierce addiction, killed many Americans, many who have now gone on to cheaper heroin and fentanyl. Serious adverse reactions to FDA-approved vaccines are quietly settled in a secret court, so the ongoing mistakes of the FDA and CDC are not publicly acknowledged.
I have read the source articles that are the basis of most of the FDA's claims that kratom causes seizures. They are ludicrously unscientific and can easily be explained by the other substances the person had taken or was withdrawing from. See this article.
Another point for those who believe the FDA's biased version of what kratom is all about: Anything can be abused. Most intelligent people who use kratom quickly learn what dose is sufficient to provide relief -- and they often sense, without being told, that it is wise not to exceed that dose. Those who are approaching kratom with a mistaken desire to use it as a "legal high" and mix it with other drugs or alcohol are the ones who experience unpleasant -- but usually minor -- effects such as nausea and headaches. Very much like drinking too much of our favorite national recreational beverage, beer.
By the way, haven't we tried banning alcohol to protect the small percentage of those who habitually abuse alcoholic drinks? How did that work out? Why are we thinking of banning this herb that, when responsibly consumed, gives so many people no problems, but rather a sense of wellbeing?
To address this woman's repetition of the FDA talking point that Thailand and Myanmar have both banned kratom -- as if this shows they know something that we should emulate -- both these countries are major opium producers. They don't want kratom available as a way for their population to easily quit opioids, which would hurt their illicit national economies.
This should be a clue for us to understand what's really going on here.



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