In a black and white world, there has to be a good guy and a bad guy. The good rides off into the sunset, while the bad is vanquished and defeated.
You see this ideology everywhere.
There is a definite distinction between good and evil and there is no wiggle room. This is why western shows became so popular back in the 1960’s. This idea generated and solidified distinctions while casting out the grey areas.
In other words, if I think it’s wrong or bad for you, then it should be wrong or bad for everyone.
The FDA sees Kratom powder as a ruthless thug who has taken over the lives of many people. In this article, I would like to discuss the problems that the FDA is creating for the American public through the mistakes they continue to make in regards to Kratom powder.
Mistake #1 – The “Sound Science” of the FDA
On February 6, 2018, the FDA released a statement which shared the deaths of 36 people who took Kratom powder. Later, they adjusted the death toll and raised the number to 44, and then 66.
Are you sweating yet? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
One of the sentences in their statement said this:
Our concerns related to this product, and the actions we’ve taken, are rooted in sound science and are in the interest of protecting public health.
The FDA is simply trying to protect the public from making a mistake and consuming Kratom.
I can’t hardly write that sentence without cringing.
Let’s go over the quote. “…the actions we’ve taken, are rooted in sound science and are in the interest of protecting public health.”
In order to make the point clear after evaluating this statement, I need to share another quote in the announcement:
Notably, we recently conducted a novel scientific analysis using a computational model developed by agency scientists, which provided even stronger evidence of kratom compounds’ opioid properties. These kinds of models have become an advanced, common and reliable tool for understanding the behavior of drugs in the body.
Their attempts at “sound science” consisted of using a computer program to generate evidence. This is a very generic approach and cannot truly convey all there is to know about the Kratom plant.
This evidence came from modeling common Kratom compounds – notice the keyword is “model” – and they determined Kratom had similar 3D pharmacophores to known opioid ligands.
This medicinal chemist explains the language of this quote as a futile way to discover something in its true form. More often than not, this chemist explains, how people fail more than they accomplish their goals when studying something through a technology device.
So back to my first sentence, “…the actions we’ve taken, are rooted in sound science and are in the interest of protecting public health.”
If the FDA really had interests in public health, they wouldn’t go to a computer program to learn variances of effects, they would go to the PUBLIC who have first-hand experience with the plant.
For me, the “sound science” Scott Gottlieb is trying to push off on the American public is a biased approach to push an underlying agenda. Their computer-generate reports can easily be manipulated to say what they want it to say.
Mistake #2 – The FDA Ignores Experimental Evidence on Kratom Powder
There is experimental evidence on Kratom which illustrates it’s beneficial properties. The NCBI published their study as proof and yet the FDA still works from a computer model and the FDA is blatantly ignoring scientific experimental evidence – evidence of studies performed successfully.
The fact remains the same, in any research situation, we should be exposed to any and all facts and evidence that points to indisputable truths, not opinions, and not even computer generated responses or models; and this is where the FDA starts to jump the shark.
Experimental evidence is a stronger form of proof than any computational device which works around the models of a chemical compound. Why the FDA isn’t considering all of the angles within their “sound science” is a mystery. Experimental evidence should always take precedence over any computer program; the program only works from the ‘model’ of plant specimen, not the real thing.
The irrefutable facts about Kratom should not be denied by supposed reputable doctors or scientists. You can always tell apart the professionals who have a biased assessment of Kratom because instead of evaluating the entire scenario, they jump right to the worst case.
We cannot learn the entire truth about Kratom by using a computer model. The FDA has failed to recognize these important, hands-on, studies. This experimental research proves what the Kratom community has known all along – Kratom has changed lives for the better.
Mistake #3 – Moving Against A Plant For More Pills
While you are already aware of those many news reports by the FDA against Kratom, what you may not realize is the FDA’s plan for the continued use of more medicinal drugs. In this year alone the FDA has been busy making sure you and I have the opportunity to put more pills in our system.
- The FDA wants to make more common drugs available
- The FDA wants to boost the development of drugs that treat opioid addiction
These are just the tips of the iceberg in the fight against opiates. You already understand this is a tragedy in our country and it needs to be addressed.
However, the FDA fails in this arena because they are not taking into account the legitimate vendors who sell Kratom powder responsibly.
Their current strategy is to create more and more chemicals to alleviate various symptoms. We must stay updated on every action the FDA takes in this area because every time the FDA takes a step towards more chemical options, they take away from a holistic approach to the opioid epidemic.
The FDA has made many mistakes.
I truly believe they’re not mistakes, but carefully applied strategies to cut us off from holistic options we have grown to count on every day.
You need to do your part to make sure Kratom powder is one option that stays available to us. When you can stay active in this fight, you make it harder for the FDA to spread their agenda of lies and deceit to the American public.
The FDA is getting a lot of things wrong and it comes from a standpoint of bias and ignorance. We must stay on the front lines and fight this until they can establish a truly unbiased study of this plant, because every time a doctor or scientist approaches Kratom without blinders on, the truth comes out, and that’s what we want.
Truth over pills.