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Kratom, an alternative to traditional medicine
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Kratom, an alternative to traditional pain management that America desperately needs

Dr. Trey Hanson
February 12, 2018

“Another beneficial and unique property of #Kratom is its potential to ease the symptoms of #depression and #anxiety by activating #serotonin receptors. Serotonin is a #neurotransmitter that plays a major role in mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Research shows #mood disorders contribute to chronic #pain, which then worsen depression and cause a vicious cycle.”


100 million Americans live with chronic pain, many of them relying on opiate pain medication to manage their debilitating symptoms. At the same time, opiate abuse is now an epidemic of historic proportions in the US and is killing almost 200 people a day. There is a very real need for a safe, effective alternative for managing pain, and thousands of people have found an alternative: an ancient plant known as Kratom from the jungles of Indonesia.

You won’t hear about Kratom from your doctor because herbal medicine is not taught in medical school. It’s not approved by the FDA, which is unlikely to change in the immediate future, as the FDA is ardently fighting to schedule the plant as a controlled substance. On February 6, 2018, they released a statement labeling the plant an opiate, implying that it should be controlled in a similar manner as morphine, fentanyl, and heroin, due to its interaction with opiate receptors. Their stance ignores the fact that not all opiate agonists have the same effect on the body. Other medications that interact with opiate receptors include Dextromethorphan, the main ingredient in cough syrup, and Loperamide, an antidiarrheal medication. Both are approved by the FDA and sold over the counter. Kratom too is unique in its interaction with the brain’s 
receptors, and notably does not cause the deadly respiratory depression that leads to opiate-induced deaths.

Why Kratom?

With almost 1 in 3 Americans living with chronic pain, it is more common than any other health condition. The impact of chronic pain goes far beyond the individual, deeply affecting family, friends, and society as a whole. The financial burden is astronomical. The total health care cost, including missed productivity, ranges from $560 to $635 billion. [1] This is significantly greater than the cost of heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Perhaps the greatest burden has nothing to do with economics, but the tremendous suffering endured by patients and families. Suicide rates are twice the national average in people who suffer from chronic pain. [2] In one study it was reported that up to 32% of people with chronic pain have thoughts of suicide, a staggering number when compared to the general public. [3] The overall burden of pain is colossal, but we have created a much larger and far more devastating predicament: the opiate epidemic.

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I am an emergency room physician. I can tell you it is very difficult to safely and effectively treat chronic pain, in part because approved treatment options are few, but also the treatments available all have significant limitations.

  1. Acetaminophen (Tylenol), which is generally only effective for the most minor pains, is rarely the answer to managing severe pain. High doses can cause liver failure, and if overdoses not appropriately treated with an antidote, a slow and painful death can occur over a few days.
  2. NSAIDs, such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen, can be very effective for acute pain, but like Acetaminophen are often not sufficient for severe pain, and with prolonged use, they are infamous for causing kidney damage, gastric ulcers, and GI bleeding.
  3. Opiates, such as Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Morphine, and Fentanyl, have a strong affinity for opiate receptors in the brain, which when activated block pain and cause intense euphoria. With continued use the body adapts to anticipate the drugs presence and if abruptly stopped horrible withdrawal symptoms ensue. Although not life-threatening, opiate withdrawals are agonizing, and reports of suicide during the withdrawal period are not uncommon. Opiates are extremely effective for severe, acute pain. They will always have a valuable role in medicine in the correct situation. Opiates control pain more effectively than other medications except those involved in general anesthesia. However, for the last 20 years, they have been overprescribed, often given in situations where clearly the risks did not outweigh the benefits.
Another Option For Managing Chronic Pain

Kratom is a relative of the coffee plant and has been used for centuries for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-depressant properties. Its main alkaloids, Mitragynine and 7-OH Mitragynine, activate the same opiate receptors as prescribed opiate medications. This is at least part of the reason why it is so effective against pain. However, unlike traditional opiates, Kratom has over 25 active alkaloids, and at least one, Corynanthiedine, acts as an opiate antagonist, possibly providing a natural safeguard against respiratory depression, which is the cause of death in opiate overdoses. The thousands of Americans who use it report significant pain relief. Kratom users are going back to work, staying out of hospitals and paying taxes.
Another beneficial and unique property of Kratom is its potential to ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety by activating serotonin receptors. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a major role in mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Research shows mood disorders contribute to chronic pain, which then worsens depression and cause a vicious cycle. These conditions are anatomically linked by sharing neuronal pathways within the brain, contributing to both perceived pain, anxiety and depression. It is estimated that up to 60% of people suffering from chronic pain also have some form of depression. [4]
It’s true that Kratom needs further research to understand its full potential and limitations, but this will take time. Unfortunately, there is no time to spare, considering the mounting death toll from opiate overdoses. It is critical that Kratom remains legal and available to the public. Making it illegal will jeopardize future research and a large percentage of current users will revert back to more dangerous opiates including heroin. This is no time to close the door on alternative therapies that show so much promise. If Kratom helps people stay off traditional opiates, then Kratom is saving lives.


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Link for those who wish to comment:
https://medium.com/@treyhanson/kratom-an...bd418eb132
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 - Babs Hoffman
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(02-13-2018, 04:36 AM)Lois Gilpin Wrote: “Another beneficial and unique property of #Kratom is its potential to ease the symptoms of #depression and #anxiety by activating #serotonin receptors. Serotonin is a #neurotransmitter that plays a major role in mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Research shows #mood disorders contribute to chronic #pain, which then worsen depression and cause a vicious cycle.”

#KeepKratomLegal #IAmKratom #TeamAKA #DrTreyHanson

https://medium.com/@treyhanson/kratom-an...bd418eb132

This is our double edge sword. The more we go about touting the amazing benefits of Kratom the more we are getting big Pharma pissed off and they push the FDA.
But yes hell Kratom helps in just about everything!
I have customers who were serious drinkers before Kratom, now they feel so good on Kratom they don't wish to drink because it interferes with the Kratom!
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Thank you for posting this article, Lois. While I am eternally grateful for the power & potential of kratom to help with addiction I honestly believe that we need to stress the other positive benefits of our leaf. Especially with the current hysteria revolving around this manufactured "opioid crisis" many communities & even states are frantically overreacting to any big bad "junkie-madness" hype. Because of this, connecting kratom to addiction, even in a good way is only going to be heard thru the hysteria as "kratom addiction", all the other words in between will go unheard. This is why I cringe when some of the other groups push & push at the whole "kratom helps junkies" speak. Just STOP already. Yes, it does, it helped me & that is all good & wonderful, however, kratom has more, much much more & we need, no, we must stress these other benefits as well.
Worry comes from the belief you are powerless
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(02-13-2018, 08:07 AM)itzatwist Wrote: Thank you for posting this article, Lois. While I am eternally grateful for the power & potential of kratom to help with addiction I honestly believe that we need to stress the other positive benefits of our leaf. Especially with the current hysteria revolving around this manufactured "opioid crisis" many communities & even states are frantically overreacting to any big bad "junkie-madness" hype. Because of this, connecting kratom to addiction, even in a good way is only going to be heard thru the hysteria as "kratom addiction", all the other words in between will go unheard. This is why I cringe when some of the other groups push & push at the whole "kratom helps junkies" speak. Just STOP already. Yes, it does, it helped me & that is all good & wonderful, however, kratom has more, much much more & we need, no, we must stress these other benefits as well.

Am I missing something, nothing in what Lois posted has to do with Kratom helping addicts?
It speaks to depression and chronic pain.
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This post is spam & as per Rule #8 this member has been banned & the post taken down.

8. Solicitation (Spam) or promotion of any kind through our PM, email system, or on the forum is strictly prohibited & you will be banned immediately with no warning.
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(02-14-2018, 12:00 AM)randy1953 Wrote: Spam? when I tried to click the report button the page freezes up?

Yes, you are correct, Randy. The Spam Post was removed & the user banned without notice as per Rule #8. 

I want to, personally, Thank You, Randy, & you also, Aegis, for bringing this to my attention. I have reported (lol) the "Report" button issue & am certain it will be fixed shortly.

Again, Thank You for bringing this to my attention, I appreciate it greatly.
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Good catch Randy...you may not be a bot after all....I hit report as well and let the Admins know...I hate spammers!
“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” HL Menken
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(02-13-2018, 09:27 PM)TheAegis Wrote: Good catch Randy...you may not be a bot after all....I hit report as well and let the Admins know...I hate spammers!

Just one correction...you may not be a butt after all...
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I believe the reference was to another Hansen article about it...strongly aimed at the opioid epidemic. I agree that we need to mediate this since this is one of the arguments the FDA is using against us.
“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” HL Menken
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