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Trumps Ill-advised donation and the Opioid Crisis

Trump donated his 3rd quarter salary to The Department of Health and Human Services last week. He designated the money to go towards the education of Americans to help combat the opioid crisis. In other words he wants more government propaganda that is filled with misinformation and outright lies about compounds derived from the opioid plant. This to me is a mistake. The HHS has a trillion dollar budget and along with the War on Drugs has created a healthcare system that is broken due to the absence of true individual choice. This donation besides being given to a corrupt, bloated and inefficient government entity is also adding to the lie based hysteria called the Opioid Crisis.
Those who claim there is an Opioid Epidemic (which actually makes no sense) is based upon the 33,000 Opioid involved deaths in the last year. In reality the vast majority of these deaths are caused by black market heroin laced with fentanyl. The War on Drugs and the ridiculous prescription restriction medical cartel has contributed to these deaths. I believe every adult has the right to consume what substances they choose. When individuals are free to buy what substances they want to for their own reasons, the cost of healthcare will plummet, deaths from adulterated black market products will end and individuals will get adequate relief for their emotional and physical pain.
Trump could have donated his taxpayer salary to MAPS if he really wanted to help people. MAPS is funding research that has proven that MDMA is a great treatment for folks with PTSD and their budget is only $5.1 million. Another option for Trump’s donation would be to fund research that is aimed at reducing the top three killers of Americans which are Cardiovascular disease which kills 600,000+ per year, Cancer which kills another 600,000 and medical errors hat kill an estimated 250,000 people per year. He could have also brought much needed media attention to the tragedy of suicide in the US. Over 44,000 people per year take their own life.
The opioid crisis is merely a rebranding of the War on Drugs. With the legalization of Cannabis in many states and the backlash for their plans to Schedule I Kratom, those who profit from the War on Drugs are looking for anyway to stay relevant and maintain their levels of funding. In fact the so-called experts say that billions and billions will be needed to combat the opioid crisis. If they really wanted to eliminate a vast majority of the opioid related deaths they could tomorrow legalize heroin. Instead the CDC and the VA are setting guidelines for doctors to reduce or even eliminate the use of effective pain medications that people with pain need. This will lead more people to look to the black market, which will result in more deaths. We don’t need more government intervention in our healthcare decisions.
We definitely do not need more government propaganda that is filled with lies concerning pain medicine. What we truly need is more freedom.
You can watch my take on this at:
Brad Miller
Fellow Human

 

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Kratom is here to stay

I had an odd experience the other day. I visited a pharmacy and a health food store in the same day for the same reason, relief of pain. The difference was that I was able to buy the Kratom I needed at the Health Food store from friendly helpful folks, and at the Pharmacy which I’ve been using for years, told me I couldn’t get my monthly pain pills renewed because they couldn’t correctly read a calendar.

Two totally different experiences highlights what is wrong with healthcare today. In fact the U.S. Federal Government wanted to put Kratom on Schedule I last year and that would have prevented me from buying it last week. If it wasn’t for Kratom I would have suffered from the physical withdrawal symptoms that comes with stopping abrubtly opioid pain medicine.

This is my quick take on Kratom and my experiences.

(correction: in the video I mistakenly call The American Kratom Association “The Kratom Association of America”, my apologies.”

 

If anyone wants the real information about Kratom and the Legal battle that still is going on go to: https://www.americankratom.org

The American Kratom Association have done amazing work and still are working to keep Kratom legal. They are headed by intelligent accomplished individuals who know how to organize to stand up to government tyranny.

I highly recommend to anyone interested in advancing the cause of individual liberty, bringing down health care costs, and keeping Kratom legal check out the AKA’s press conference on 11/29/17.

It was the non-regulated market that allowed me to ease my suffering while the State mandated health care system failed to do it.  I believe that every individual has the right to ingest what substance in what amounts that they deem necessary to ease their pain and suffering. The current state sanctioned medical system has failed me over and over again to help me treat my pain over the last thirty years.

Even when I’m in the hospital I don’t have my pain managed correctly. Doctors are scared to give opioid prescriptions, pharmacies are under more and more scrutiny and they even lock away their pain pills in safes and have only one staff member who can order them.

The irony is that the banned and tightly controlled substances are some of the most effective and have the least side effects of the medicines that are currently prescribed. Kratom is a perfect example of this. Drug companies are scrambling to come out with the newest “safer” opioid pain killer. I think that is why a lot of the hysteria about the “opioid crisis” is being ginned up.

Kratom actually activates the Kappa opioid receptor. Over the next five years you’ll hear more and more about the K opioid receptor. Kratom is safe. I’ve taken it. It doesn’t help with pain as well as Trammadol and definitely not as well as Oxycontin. But it did take away the physical and mental misery of going through opioid withdrawal which I’ve been forced to go through in the past.

This time around I was able to sleep, I was able to take a daily walk, and function as a human being. If I was prohibited from buying Kratom by the DEA I would have been bed ridden and would have contemplated killing myself. I’m not exaggerating. Being in chronic pain plus going through opioid withdrawal is something I will never do again. Kratom helped me when the government regulated and licensed systems would not.

I hope that the issues that Kratom Prohibition is brining up will help others see that we should all have the ability to purchase what we want when we want. Before I took Kratom I read tons of reviews online and watched tons of testimonials of people who have used it. Suffering makes life unbearable. Being able to ease my suffering is the only reason I’m still alive.

The Politicians, the DEA, and the FDA don’t seem to care about the sick and the suffering. They would rather grandstand and repeat half truths about the Opioid Crisis while favoring the drug companies and insurance companies. I am the only one who feels my pain. I’m the only one who has his life extremely limited by my pain. I own myself and I own my suffering. I and everyone else has the natural right to ingest what substance they deem fit to help ease their suffering.

I am responsible for the relief of my suffering as well. If I choose to ingest a substance its because I’ve done my research and believe that its side effects are less than its benefits. It is truly miraculous that we have the biological machinery that benefits from synthetic and natural substances that can ameliorate pain and keep misery at bay. I don’t want to get “stoned” and do nothing. I like most people who take pain medication do so, so they can simply live.

I’m alive because of opioid pain medication. If my access to it is decreased or eliminated I will end up dead. I can’t live in pain. I won’t. And this is totally unnecessary for me even to contemplate killing myself because of pain. There are incredible medicines available that can relieve pain, help reduce anxiety, and lower inflammation. In the future we’ll be able to buy what medicines we choose without restrictions and even grow our own pharmacy in our back yards.

Once Medical Freedom is recognized health care costs will plummet. Market forces will enter the health care system and competition will drive down costs. Kratom will especially go down in price. Right now its pretty expensive because of the threat of government action against those who are importing it.

The DEA backed off when The Kratom Association of America along with millions contacted them concerning the scheduling of Kratom as a Schedule I drug. If millions demand that all drugs be made available for purchase without prescription, which is in reality a government sanctioned permission slip, they will have to submit. There are a hell of a lot more of us then there are of them.

Humans for our entire history until the last hundred years have tested medicines by using them. Cannabis, Kratom, medicinal mushrooms and extracts of the poppy plant have been tested for thousands and thousands of years by our ancestors. I find it arrogant and condescending for the head of the FDA to say

“While we remain open to the potential medicinal uses of kratom, those uses must be backed by sound science and weighed appropriately against the potential for abuse,” Gottlieb wrote.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/14/16649386/fda-kratom-public-health-advisory-dea-drug-scheduling-opioid-addiction

I like many people have a pioneer mindset. I don’t need a thousand studies or a panel of industry captured government officials to tell me if something is safe or not. I will weigh the evidence of my fellow humans and decide to take the risk or not. If I’m wrong and I get even sicker and die that’s my fault. More than likely I won’t.

3 Ways to Enjoy more External Freedom

This blog is about increasing your choices in life and creating more internal peace at the same time.  That is what I mean by Internal and External Freedom. Debt, corporate jobs, debit cards are all ways that the financial and government interests profit from and control. The more control they have the less freedom we enjoy. These are three ways that I’m increasing the freedom I enjoy. Two of the three will take time, but the first step to enjoying more freedom can be done right now.

  1. Cash is King – I use cash as much as possible. It keeps banks from profiting from interchange fees and keeps my transactions anonymous. The Federal Reserve System, Wall Street and the Banking Industry are propped up by the FDIC and tax payers. They are allowed to profit while the rest of us suffer when they destroy the economy because of their criminal business practices. If you think the TARP bailouts were wrong, if you think that the Stock Market is rigged, if you think fractional reserve banking is a scam – then use cash. This is a way to vote with your dollars to defund the Banksters and in turn the politicians who receive “speaking fees” and donations. Cash also allows for anonymous transactions. I used to work at a bank. Every time you swipe your debit card you are creating an entry on you bank statement that every person in the bank can view and it creates a paper trail for any number of  government agencies to view as well. Bank customers are regularly “audited” by bank employees without their knowledge. Any suspicious activity is then forwarded to authorities. Bank statements are also frequently subpoenaed for all types of civil and criminal cases. I’m not advocating breaking the law or that everyone who uses cash is a criminal. But think about why politicians and banks are always pushing for people to use debit cards and get the “underbanked” into the system? It’s not for our benefit. When I use cash I am voting with my dollars. I know it’s still using the “Federal Reserve Note” but until a competing currency is legalized this is my choice to live more free. Bitcoin and Dash coin are two interesting options that I’m going to look into as well.
  2. Make your own Income – Being able to generate your own income without a boss is a critical step toward improving your external freedom. Don’t quit your job until your side hustle is equivalent to your current income. If you are not sure what to do, spend the next five days visualizing what it would be like to be your own boss, keep what you earn, and what your life would be like if you were thrilled and excited to wake up everyday. The first step toward success is believing that you can do it. Set up criteria for how you want to live your life, how you want to spend your day, and why you are doing this. Find something you enjoy or that you know a lot about and begin today. It might take two, five or ten years but it will take longer if you wait till “Monday” to start. Once you are in charge of your own income you no longer have to conform to the corporate PC bullshit world, get yelled at by uncaring bosses, or have to be yelled at by customers because of changing policies instituted by a board of directors who are never have to deal directly with the people who fund their lavish lifestyles. You can live your life on your own terms more and more and it can start today. That is what this blog is all about. Sparking personal revolutions so that more and more people can live more free. I recommend reading “Rich Dad Poor Dad” on kindle. You can get it for less than $5 and you can start reading it now. This book helped me to change my mindset of a drone to an owner. https://www.amazon.com/Rich-Dad-Poor-Robert-Kiyosaki-ebook/dp/B004XZR63M
  3. Pay off Debt – One of the best ways to do this is to free yourself from your mortgage or better yet never get one. The 30 year mortgage is how the government/financial institutions control the masses. They use this to keep people stuck. Stuck in jobs they hate and stuck in areas that they would rather leave. My answer to the mortgage question is to buy or build a tiny home on a trailer. I am setting my budget at $25,ooo and I’m paying cash for it as soon as I can. I’m going to travel the country set up shop where I want to and then go where the wind takes me. This is why I’m choosing to work for myself and choosing work I can do anywhere and still create income. By being mobile I’m no longer a slave to zoning laws or building codes. I’m not a slave to a bank. I’m not a slave to “housing prices” that are manipulated and can be destroyed by those in power. We are descendants of hunter/gatherers who had to be mobile because game moved, the seasons changed, plants produced fruit at different times of the year in different locations, and hostile tribes invaded.  We are built to be mobile. Modern society has all of these chains thrown around us that we help them put on to keep us enslaved and in place. This causes our well-being, our economy and our families livelihood to become intertwined and to a large degree dependent on the actions of a few individuals in the Federal Reserve, in the Financial System and in Government. By buying a tiny home I am rejecting the “American Dream” and embracing the “Brad Dream”.

My external freedom plan is still in progress and it will never be complete. Life is a journey. I used to get so frustrated that I couldn’t do anything to become more free because of the government or because of the debt I was in or because I needed insurance and had to work a job I hated. By choosing to use cash even though I’m still not where I want to be in life helps me to feel more liberated. If you can’t do anything else for a year then do that. It takes a little getting used to and people actually look at you funny when you use it but it is a liberating feeling knowing you are depriving banksters of profit and increasing your financial privacy at the same time.

I’m still working on generating my own income. I’ve chosen blogging, podcasting, primal health coaching and in the near future personal training as ways of generating my own income.  I don’t advise you to quit your job right away. Read about how other people are living on their own terms, become more mentally free by visualizing what life you truly desire to live, and take small steps each day to make it happen. There will be failure, there will be frustration and it will feel scary. Internal freedom is the first step to external freedom because it builds the mental infrastructure and perspective to take calculated risks and persevere when you step out into the unknown. Personal development, communication skills, interpersonal skills, selling skills and physical strength and fitness are all elements that you can improve in the interim even if you don’t know what your own business will be. The more you improve yourself the quicker you’ll be able to say to your boss that “you are done eating shit sandwiches” and that you are making it on your own.
There are tons of shows on HGTV and DIY that showcase tiny homes. This is not for everyone I understand that. But think about all the space that is not used in your home. Think about how many hours you’ve had to work to pay the mortgage, to pay for repairs, to pay for insurance, to pay for property taxes? Now think about 2008 when most home prices were cut in half because of the choices of the Banksters and the Government. I don’t want the value of my biggest investment (according to society)  to be controlled by others. A traditional home is really a liability and not an investment anyway. That is another lie sold to us by the bankseters and politicians. A tiny home allows me to be more free from debt, from others controlling my location, my net worth, and my ability to live my life on my own terms. I’m also looking forward to the limited space because it will encourage me to spend my time and money on experiences and enjoying the company of friends and families instead of buying and acquiring things.

The powers that be want us to think that everything is disconnected, that our diets, our health, religion, banking, home ownership, taxes, zoning laws, building codes, our work life, how and what we think, where we live, and our attitude are not interconnected. But it is all connected. These external and internal forces are always working to shape our decisions in the direction of more freedom for us or more freedom for others at our expense. There are the ambitious and interested individuals in the Financial World and the Government that want us to be enslaved, confused, compliant and distracted. The more control they get the less freedom and less choices we have. By taking these three steps I am increasing both my internal and external freedom and at the same time helping improve my health and helping others lead a freer and healthier life as well. When you are more free in different areas of your life, you are taking back control from those that are profiting by your enslavement. My plan is still evolving. Even though creating a thriving business is still months away and my tiny home is probably over a year away I’m more and more free in the moment when I visualize living life on my own terms, I’m more and more free every time I take a small step to make these things happen and I’m more and more free in the moment when I choose to pay at the gas station with cash instead of using my debit card.

It may seem hopeless that one person can effect change on a national or global level. But it’s not. When one person decides to become free and sets an example  it can cause the spark that ignites the personal revolution of millions. And if its not me who does that I hope that my my writings, my thoughts and my actions help spark the revolution of the person who does reach millions. Don’t doubt your ability to change your own life for the better. Don’t doubt your influence. Don’t doubt that you can live a freer life and don’t doubt that it can begin today.

If you are taking these steps or different ones to become more free, please leave a comment below.

Freedom begins in the mind
Brad Miller