Kratom and the American Dream


A proposal to place the herb kratom on the list of most dangerous Controlled Substances in Florida is about to be considered by legislators there. This would be disastrous for the many Floridians who have only found a better quality of relief from kratom, compared to the common prescription pharmaceuticals. This bill, HB 287, raises many questions.

Why Ban Herbs When Prescription Drugs Are the Biggest Killers?

Why even consider banning this herb, in particular, which is helping millions of Americans overcome their dependence on opioid painkillers and other drugs?

Florida’s political leaders are being asked to decide another important question: Who are they working for? The people of Florida and all who visit there — or Big Pharma?

A new ban should be seen for what it is: Another expensive — and ultimately futile — attempt to force the public to use drugs they know are hurting them — so some corporation can make more money.

Who pays for these bans and who benefits?

Ultimately, all taxpayers pay for these bans, which are expensive to police and turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals, just because they demand a better quality of health than Big Pharma can deliver.

Nobody knows how bad these prescription drugs make one feel, like those who have been forced to use them for a period of years. Many, who have recently been freed (by kratom) from the extreme depression caused by these substances, have commented that they never considered suicide until they began taking antidepressant drugs.

Now, I will admit, some people seem to benefit — and they are welcome to these drugs if they honestly feel they are helping them. I’m just saying that kratom needs to be left as an option for those who aren’t satisfied with Big Pharma’s products.

Our nation knows it has an addiction crisis, but chooses to attack the solution rather than the industry that causes the problem. That doesn’t make sense, but it does make dollars and cents for the pharmaceutical industry.

Why Attack Kratom? It’s All About the Money!

A growing segment of the American population is beginning to see that our health care system is totally corrupted. It is run by people who have a vested interest in keeping Big Pharma happy

It is not a free market, where various methods of treatment are allowed to sink or swim on their own merits. If it were, kratom would not be under fire from TV stations across the country, warning us of the danger of this natural herb.

People are figuring out that the U.S. health care system — whether it is paid for by Obamacare or private insurance — only pays for pharmaceutical drugs, not herbs.

We live in an invisible prison where we are only allowed to have the FDA-approved therapies, created by the pharmaceutical industry and approved by an FDA, staffed by those who have ties to Big Pharma.

In Every Other Industry, Monopolies Are Illegal

We wonder why our prescription drugs cost so much — and work so poorly, if at all — and the answer is found in the bizarre system where it costs approximately $600,000,000 just to bring one drug to market and have it approved!

What herbal products seller can afford to pay that much, just to be allowed to sell their product?

And, who tests these drugs to prove their safety and efficacy? The companies that make them or third-party scientists that they hire.

Now, what kind of test results get testing firms invited back — successful ones or not?

How many times have we seen accounts of fraud conducted by the pharmaceutical industry and even our federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to allow defective and dangerous drugs to be brought to market, while reports of such fraud are generally ignored by the press?

This is why the recent attacks on kratom by a Florida politician and TV news channels there should alert us that, once again, the wool is being pulled over our eyes.

We don’t live in a free nation. We haven’t for a long time. The kratom story is a reminder — and a wakeup call for many Americans who have tried the herb, kratom, and prefer it over a handful of pharmaceuticals.

These folks are willing to pay for kratom outside the insurance system.

And then, there are the veterans…

U.S. veterans of our wars, coming home wounded and suffering PTSD, will find they have no freedom of treatment if Florida passes HB 287.

For their “protection” our vets will only be allowed to use drugs that are ineffective and many vets prefer not to take.

Those who prefer kratom won’t have the freedom to do so — not in Florida, if HB 287 passes.

The Florida state government will be forcing the same medications that are associated with so many mysterious deaths of veterans that the mainstream media isn’t reporting.

Many vets would like to live in the comfortable warmth of Florida. Will they be able to enjoy the so-called “freedom” they’ve risked their life to bring to other nations?

To be fair, the Florida legislature has only begun to schedule hearings on HB 287. They haven’t made up their mind yet. They haven’t heard much of the public’s views on what kratom has done for them — stuff that no pharmaceutical drug could do.

The sponsor of this bill, Representative Kristin Jacobs has not responded to a pro-kratom constituent who requested information on why she claims kratom should be banned.


It is highly ironic that all the squeakie-clean pharmaceutical drugs that regularly kill and injure Americans are all FDA-approved, but kratom is the product that gets attacked as dangerous.

Kratom’s crime in Big Pharma’s eyes is that it is like a breath of fresh air, reminding us that health is found in Nature, not in their synthetic chemicals.

Pain, anxiety, and depression are not caused by a prescription drug deficiency and they are ineffectively remedied by those drugs for most people. Will the rest of us be allowed a drug which we prefer — or will the politicians decide that only Big Pharma’s painkiller options will be permitted in Florida?

Will Floridians, retirees, and the many tourists who visit that state be allowed to buy and use kratom in the future? Or will legislators there bow to the power of Big Pharma’s money to keep true freedom of health choices just an American Dream?

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Paul Kemp
I am a writer with a passion for freedom within a libertarian philosophy. I claim my rights and I accept personal responsibility for the consequences. I have watched the same mistakes being made time after time in our country and I hope to point these errors out and hopefully help to change a few of them. We have, as a society, turned too much control over our lives and diet to self-proclaimed experts, who have an agenda that is not in our best interest. To regain our health and freedom, we need to give these "experts" the boot and become knowledgeable about the crucial details of our own lives.