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Kratom -- Why Big Pharma Hates It & People Love It

Updated on November 2, 2014

Kratom Satisfies Human Needs Better Than Prescription Drugs

The herb Kratom -- Mitragyna speciosa -- has become surprisingly popular for a growing number of Americans with various conditions that the pharmaceutical industry has poorly served and often ignored. Fibromyalgia, depression, diabetes, PTSD, anxiety, and chronic pain due to arthritis and injuries are some of the conditions where patients are turning to kratom out of frustration with pharmaceutical drug side-effects and lack of benefit.

Of course, the pharmaceutical companies are not pleased with the loss of revenue that this humble herb is causing them. With their financial pull they seem to be behind a nationwide, state-by-state campaign to demonize the herb with lurid TV news reports and simultaneous legislative moves to ban the herb.

For those who know and use kratom daily, without incident, this David vs. Goliath battle is almost comical in its heavy-handed distortion of the truth -- and plainly reminiscent of past media campaigns against marijuana, which also turned out to offer relief for many conditions (and is now belatedly receiving respect and increasing legal recognition as a non-problem).

While it is not completely accurate to say that Big Pharma "hates" kratom, they seem to prefer to take it apart and sell it piece by piece, as new drugs. Ultimately, their plan appears to be to patent beneficial alkaloids contained in kratom, while using the force of law to deny access to the natural herb.

Will they succeed? That depends on you, dear reader.

Many Americans Are Tired of Being Lied To

We're tired of "being treat like mushrooms -- kept in the dark and fed manure".
We're tired of "being treat like mushrooms -- kept in the dark and fed manure".

Classic Case of the Pot Calling the Kettle Black

When you step back and look at this propaganda battle from a business perspective, it is all about competition for market share.

The pharmaceutical industry has legislated and -- with its growing affluence -- bought its way into a position whereby drugs are the only permissible medicine for any physical complaint. This has all happened in the past 100 years. Before that, most Americans used herbs, herbal teas,poultices, and tinctures of herbs to treat their own medical issues.

How Is This Switch to Pharmaceutical Drugs Serving Our Health? The Results Don't Look Good

In the past 100 years we have forgotten much of what we knew about herbs and how to wisely use them. We have moved to the cities and lost the cultural familiarity bred by thousands of years of using plants as our medicines.

We Have Been Taught to Fear Herbs, Germs, Raw Milk & Our Own Immune System

This is not to imply that there is no benefit to the standardization and enforced dependability that some regulation can bring to the table. It is merely mentioned to point out that we, as a nation, have lost our self-reliant, self-responsible approach which is useful when dealing with herbs.

We now generally assume that products that make it onto store or pharmacy shelves are safe, which -- as we have seen -- is not always the case.

The assumption that the FDA is "on our side" and there to protect us from danger is itself dangerous. The FDA approval of unsafe drugs can be bought in various ways.

Setting up the FDA as the drug watchdog for safety can present another obstacle when a "new dietary ingredient" arrives on the scene. The FDA can force the new herb to jump through extensive hoops to receive approval -- or they can refuse approval.

Many appointed officials and advisers to the FDA have financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. This creates a massive conflict of interest, making America's health less important than pharmaceutical industry profits.

Entering the Media Gauntlet Poses More Hoops to Jump Through

It doesn't serve the public's need for "fair and balanced" reporting of all sides of an issue to use inflammatory reports that "In places where it is available, kids are ending up in the hospital after using it(kratom)."

Yes, and don't kids end up in emergency rooms a lot more frequently from drinking too much beer -- or taking Mom's prescription meds? These can be fatal and frequently are, but no similar campaigns are underway to remove the dangerous pharmaceutical medications that are killing about 100,000 Americans every year, based on one very conservative estimate by the Journal of the American Medical Association a few years ago.

Kratom, like that other demonized herb, marijuana, has never killed anyone and is unlikely to, as medical research has shown.

What is really shocking is the license the TV news reports take in pulling no punches to paint this innocent herb as a public health calamity in the making. This would be ludicrous for those of us who know and like this herb, if it wasn't such a departure from what media claims to be: Fair and Balanced.

Why Are the Media Automatically On the Attack?

To start an a news article with the lead-in. "It's been called "the legal form of heroin", rather sets the tone and lets us know we're in for some Yellow Journalism on steroids. Religion has been called, "the opiate of the people", but would devotees of religion find that factual...or slanted?

The glaring irony of reports like this that claim to be concerned about children getting their hands on kratom, is that this type of reporting guarantees that underage kids will become aware and approach the herb with the reckless abandon that will quite possibly send them into the ER with nausea and malaise, which will fuel more frantic cries from the media. "See, we told you so!"

Meanwhile, perhaps a million adults are quietly using the herb responsibly, but little mention is made of that reality.

Instead, "experts" on drugs are brought in from the sheriff's department, the state Office of Narcotic Drugs, and local rehab clinics -- all of whom have a financial conflict of interest that clouds their judgement.

You might think the media, the sheriff, local politicians and doctors would be glad to see heroin and opioid drug addicts kicking their habit with kratom's help -- but you would be wrong.

Just ask yourself, "Who is one of the largest buyers of TV and other media advertising?" Do you see that whole chains of TV stations that are dependent on ads for pharmaceutical drugs might be hesitant to say anything that might displease their best customer?

In a war for market share, Truth is the first casualty. (my apologies to Aeschylus, ancient Greek philosopher.)

Propaganda Has Eclipsed Common Sense

The most useful information this author learned in 3rd grade -- apart from the now nearly lost arts of spelling, doing math in one's head, and learning to hide under my desk if the Russians drop a nuclear bomb on our school -- was a class about the principles of propaganda.

This, of course, was intended to protect my young mind from the dangers of Commie lies at the height of the Cold War, but it has served me well to this day. These days, most of the lies come from agencies of my own government and the money-mad media.

The raucous screaming from media anchors about kratom brings to mind the quote from author Robert Ringer: "The louder the abuse, the greater the lie."

It is so obvious what is being done to cultivate fear of kratom by cherry-picking hearsay and anecdotal evidence, that it should be recognized by all -- even if they have no direct knowledge of this unfamiliar herb.

Unfortunately, so far as I know, that propaganda course that we took 55 years ago is no longer taught. Nevertheless, now we need it more than ever.

Here are a few of the outrageous "talking points" that most of these TV news stories have in common:

  • Kratom is like legal heroin. (More accurately applied to Oxycontin, a deadly prescription painkiller, which is FDA approved.)
  • Kratom causes delusions, hallucinations like LSD (Kratom does neither, but long-term abuse of alcohol can cause both.)
  • Kratom is like Cocaine (Really? In what way? A double espresso is stronger!)
  • Kratom has no medical use (Then why do Glaxo-Smith-Kline and other drug companies hold multiple patents on key kratom alkaloids?)
  • Kratom can depress breathing, leading to death, says the DEA (The medical research says just the opposite, but why let the truth get in the way of a good sound-bite?)
  • Thailand outlawed kratom in 1943 because of the problems it created. (No, it was outlawed to protect the government's revenue from the sale of opium.)

Notice that all the abuse is directed toward this herb. There is no counterbalancing alarm about the 100,000 deaths caused by products of the pharmaceutical industry. All the talk is about the purported dangers of kratom; nothing is mentioned about the fatalities caused every day by FDA-approved products like Tylenol, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Vioxx, vaccines, etc.

Wait a minute. We thought the FDA was making sure everything is safe for us -- so why are these products still on the market, but kratom -- the painkiller that has never killed anyone -- is treated like it's poison?

Why Is This?

This is due to the power the pharmaceutical industry has as one of the largest advertisers on TV and in other American media. It is a well-known adage in business and private life that you don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Here is a Perfect Description of the Power a 900-lb. Gorilla Has To Corrupt the Truth

The Image Doesn't Match the Reality

This is more like the reality of what American-style diet, lifestyle, and drugs do to us.
This is more like the reality of what American-style diet, lifestyle, and drugs do to us. | Source

Why Has American Health Become So Poor?

The U.S. health care system has fallen under the evil spell of the pharmaceutical drug industry, which would like you to believe that drugs are good, clean, safe, and healthful -- and that herbs are dangerous, unknown, and scary.

So, where has this philosophy taken us? We are dead last among 17 industrialized nations surveyed for health outcomes.

We spend the most for "Sickness Care" and we are the sickest -- What Does This Tell Us?

Even though there is a natural, healthy way to solve most or perhaps all of the problems drugs are claimed to solve, we are urged by drug commercials to choose the easy way out.

"Don't take a walk, take a pill!" Don't correct your diet, have some insulin!"

Our doctors, in the few minutes they have to spend with us, are more likely to write us a prescription than to urge us to eat more vegetables.

Our human weakness for convenience has been exploited by all manner of modern corporations, resulting in a physically/morally/emotionally weaker and sicker population.

We are being mercilessly marketed to by a tag-team of professionals who sell us the convenient dream meals enjoyed by energetic, slim, photogenic youth in TV commercials and the pain and symptom relief enjoyed by oldsters who benefit from prescription meds.

But what is the reality of our situation? The reality is that the more health care we receive in the form of pills, vaccines, and surgery, the sicker we become.

When doctors can do no more for us, they prescribe narcotics and anti-depressants, to keep us "comfortable". Nothing gets cured in the realm of chronic degenerative diseases, which is where we spend the most.

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Medical Students Are Kept In the Dark, Too

Because Medical Doctors know virtually nothing about human nutritional needs, they have given us much bad advice, which has led us to get sicker and sicker. Which, coincidentally, is good for their and Big Pharma's business model.

Pharma's money has a lot of influence over what gets taught at medical schools across the country, so it is not totally the medical students' fault that they fall for Pharma's version of Reality. By keeping them "in the dark", they can innocently advocate treatments concocted by Pharma that often have no basis in common sense or science.

The Best Liar Is One Who Doesn't Know He's Lying

Most doctors don't seem to know that our food is only a shadow of what it used to be. Vegetables, animals, grains, all our food crops are deficient in minerals -- minerals which we must have in greater abundance than is practical to get from our mass-produced "food".

So, they're telling us to eat a "healthy balanced diet", but the reality is that few people do even that -- and the ones who do, still don't get enough of these essential minerals.

So, we may develop type-2 diabetes, due to a deficiency of chromium and vanadium, but our doctor gives us a pill containing neither one. Metformin interferes with the processing of blood sugar in the liver and also depletes a very important Vitamin, B-12, which makes diabetics feel even more tired.

For another example of this insanity: We get "Restless Leg Syndrome", because we are deficient in calcium, we rarely get any exercise, so we can't sleep soundly at night, so we wake up tired, and we must drink coffee all day to keep us going.

Then, the next night the scenario repeats itself.

So, rather than taking a long walk and/or supplementing with bio-absorbable calcium, we ask the doctor for a pill. (Your doctor knows very little about the many important functions of calcium -- and besides, he doesn't sell it!)

But, Boys and Girls, does your doctor have a lot of drugs to choose from for this "syndrome"! It's a gold-mine for the pharmacist!

However, the prognosis is not good. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has this to say: "RLS is generally a lifelong condition for which there is no cure".

They seem to have a lot of diseases and conditions these days that have no cure -- and I know why! It's because humanity is meant to do a lot of walking daily, not sit around in an office or at home watching TV. We're supposed to eat real food grown in fertile soils, not some washed-out industrial farm field sprayed with cheap fertilizer!

Our lifestyle and diet, stress and a variety of chemical exposures are the causes of most of the diseases, conditions, and syndromes but how much effort is directed at correcting the causes of our illness? None, usually. We get prescribed some drugs.

Of course there is no cure because we as a nation are not living a normal life -- and our doctor is not taught what to do about it, except give us a series of pills, trying to find something that works, more or less.

This is often how addiction to opioid narcotics begins for average people who never took an illegal drug in their life. With powerful drugs like oxycodone, becoming addicted is a cinch!

Key Points About Kratom

  • Many Americans could benefit from Kratom
  • Our pharmaceutical-centered Sickness Care Industry is causing the shocking decline in our health -- there's more profit for them that way
  • The love of Money, not the desire to heal Humanity is driving our U.S. medical system
  • Big Pharma has so much money that everyone wants to play along with their immoral, unethical conduct: the Media, the FDA, the DEA, state legislators
  • Many Americans are well aware they are being lied to -- and they're tired of it
  • All Americans are being robbed of their Health, their Looks, their Youth, so Pharma can increase its profit margins and market share
  • For the vast majority of Kratom users, this herb is the key to breaking unsatisfying addictions to Pharma's drugs
  • All users of Herbs are threatened by the same forces that want to outlaw kratom (Codex Alimentarius)

Kratom Is the Perfect Elixir for Breaking Addictions

The care of chronic diseases and pain in the USA is profit-driven -- set up to sell pharmaceutical drugs, which it does very well.

It doesn't matter that these drugs are little better than a placebo. It doesn't matter if they occasionally kill a few thousand people. What matters is that they have paid the gatekeeper to say they're safe.

They may turn out to be very addictive and sometimes lethal, but they're FDA approved.

So, to keep this simple, the person with Restless Leg Syndrome, which could easily be corrected with mineral supplements appropriate for their weight and perhaps a little light walking and a little less coffee, goes from dopaminergics, to sleep drugs, to ultimately opioids and becomes addicted.

This is where Kratom comes in, for some who hate opioid side-effects.

Kratom is a natural herb that could help with the underlying symptoms -- as well as letting them fairly easily escape their addiction to opioids.

But the FDA, like the good Pharma lapdog they are, has begun to restrict kratom from entering the country. So, Mr. Jones -- an appropriate name for an opioid addict, eh? -- can't get kratom (and besides, he's heard the media say it may be dangerous and is on the DEA list of Drugs of Concern).

So, Mr. Jones is stuck with his addiction to Vicodin, Percocet, or Oxycodone, which together with other drugs he is taking may accidentally kill him.

But at least the FDA kept Mr. Jones and millions of other hurting Americans safe from kratom (which has never, by itself --even at huge doses -- killed anyone).

What a tragedy that we have allowed ourselves to fall under the hypnotic spell of people who profit massively from keeping us broke, sick, and in pain.

This may be the reason why Big Pharma, specifically GSK wants kratom off the market.

The Bigger Story Behind Kratom

The push to outlaw kratom tells a much bigger story about why health care in America is so ineffective and expensive. Perversely, the system -- including the FDA -- we have in place, is fighting tooth and nail to keep it that way.

Kratom is merely a convenient example of an herb that has successfully been used to treat opiate, alcohol, and methadrine addiction for many years in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, but that evidence will not be considered by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

"Kratom has not proven itself to be reasonably safe," they will say. (As if the FDA-approved opioid and other drugs that killed 38,300 men and women in 2010 are the Gold Standard of safety!)

Here, kratom must plead its case before a kangaroo court stacked with former officials of the pharmaceutical industry, who see the herb as a powerful competitor that can take away Pharma's lucrative market for addictive, though often fatal, painkillers and antidepressants.

In this Hub, we see the true colors of Big Pharma. They are all about the money! The money is in treating symptoms, certainly not teaching the public how to prevent disease!

An herb that allows addicts to break their addiction to Big Pharma's home...without professional counseling or medical supervision -- all at a huge savings to Medicare/Medicaid and private employers? This is what Big Pharma hates about kratom!

Kratom is by no means the solution to all of America's health care problems. That is a huge topic and outside the scope of this Hub. Kratom is -- for the most part -- just another, healthier form of symptomatic relief from pain, anxiety, depression, hypertension, etc.

Kratom is simply a symptomatic treatment that is being used by close to a million Americans, which has never killed those who use it.

Ironically, it is being opposed by those who have a vested interest in all the painkillers and other drugs that regularly kill their patients.

This is the crux of why this style of so-called "Health Care" has let Americans down and is draining this once-great country of its health and its economic competitiveness.

The "bottom line" in all this controversy comes down to this: In America, "the land of the free", do we still have the freedom to decide what we will consume as food for our body and our soul? If we harm no one, accepting responsibility for our actions, and are productive happy citizens, why should the FDA usurp our God-given rights to use kratom like others use coffee, willow bark, or ginseng?

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