Laughing Lion Herbs Kratom News
Welcome to our NEW Kratom News section! Given all the recent news in the media, FDA, and now Denver about Kratom, we want to dispel rumors and state the truth! Check it out...
CDC Claims 91 Deaths Related to Kratom across 27 states
According to this article: "The supplement has been linked to 91 overdose deaths in 27 states, according to the CDC. In recent years, both the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have issued warnings about kratom use..."
However, the issue remains that in all but 7 of those deaths, illicit and other drugs were present in the bodies of the victims! And in those 7, we would guess that there were underlying health conditions (as has been proven in previous cases where people died of existing heart defect complications but Kratom was blamed because they had it in their house or in their blood.
"...The people at the highest risk of kratom-involved deaths are those with a history of substance abuse. According to postmortem tests performed by the CDC, most people with kratom-involved deaths died by fentanyl and heroin overdose. These people often tested positive for multiple drugs, including prescription pain medications.
It is unclear where kratom use increased their risk of overdose-related death." (source: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/kratom-counter-supplement-contributing-overdose-deaths/story?id=62393199)
Here at Laughing Lion, our goal is to protect the integrity of the truth. And while the continued assault by various medical professionals, the CDC, and the FDA continues, we ask people to follow the science! And the science shows, as much as has been found, that Kratom is NOT the dangerous substance that people claim it is! These people claim that because Kratom interacts with the opioid receptors in the brain (as a partial agonist), that it must be subject to the dangers of any other opioid.
See Dr. Nicole Saphier's article on Fox News this week, "...However, kratom is not a safe, benign plant. In fact, emerging data is providing strong evidence that kratom and its compounds work on the same central (brain) nervous system receptors as opioids, and therefore have the potential for addiction and abuse..." (https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/dr-nicole-saphier-what-is-kratom-and-why-is-it-being-promoted-as-a-wellness-product-to-our-kids)
The issue that these highly educated and very smart people have is that they are so ingrained in the thoughts that the only thing that is safe for us to take is substances that the FDA has approved. From the time they are children, they are told by doctors that only Doctors know what's safe and best. As they grow up, they decided to attend medical school and from the moment they walk in the doors, they are indoctrinated with the belief that only substances that undergo rigorous testing and scientific research are safe because all the possible side effects have been declared and under the care of a professional doctor, the dangers are minimal and recognized.
But where has that gotten us? The Big Pharmaceutical companies like Purdue Pharma who developed OxyCotin back in 1996 took a substance that was created back in 1916 by Germany (https://www.treatmentsolutions.com/blog/the-history-of-oxycontin/) and as alleged in a lawsuit currently pending against the company, they altered critical facts so they could push doctors to prescribe the dangerous and addictive drug to people in amounts that has greatly contributed to the massive Opiate Crisis we are now in! (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-opioids-litigation/family-behind-purdue-pharma-pushed-opioid-marketing-massachusetts-says-idUSKCN1P92OC)
**BOTTOM LINE** Money has driven the sales of these drugs and money drives the FDA to approve these drugs! "From September 2015 to January 2016, teams of FDA officials held 70 meetings with drug company executives and lobbyists to set goals that could have far-reaching consequences for the pharmaceutical industry, the FDA, and anyone who uses or pays for prescription drugs.
At issue: How the Food and Drug Administration should go about approving new drugs.
The meetings, closed to the public, weren’t just talks. They were negotiations. And if the two sides didn’t reach an agreement, the FDA could find itself in a world of hurt.
The agency, whose responsibilities include making sure that prescription drugs sold in the United States are safe and effective, receives almost three-quarters of its funding for that work from drug makers. In Fiscal Year 2015, the agency spent about $1.1 billion on prescription drug oversight—more specifically, those activities the agency categorizes as part of its “process for the review of human drug applications.” Congress delivered 29 percent of that money—$331.6 million. Drug companies provided the rest—$796.1 million.
Over the past two decades, “user fees” paid by industry have climbed from 35 percent of the FDA’s spending on such oversight to 71 percent.
The bottom line: The FDA is addicted to drug money." (Source: https://www.pogo.org/investigation/2016/12/fda-depends-on-industry-funding-money-comes-with-strings-attached/)
The truth of the matter is that these Pharmaceutical companies don't want Kratom to be legal! It greatly impacts their bottom line because people stop buying their drugs and instead turn to a natural plant that they can't control, patent, and make billions of dollars on!
So what can we do? We can stand up for the truth! Whenever people repeat the lies that are circulating out there, our responsibility is to counter them with truth! Some great resources you can reference are below! Stand strong and know we stand on the side of truth!
FDA Issues Warning Letters to 3 Vendors Selling Kratom Illegally
Denver "Ban" on Kratom 11/22/17
11/20/17, the City of Denver (Environmental Health) issued a statement and ruling that within the Denver City Limits, no Kratom may be sold for Human Consumption. (See 9 News article here.) So instead of freaking out and worrying about Kratom being lost forever, let's look at this from a logical perspective.
The FDA releases a warning that Kratom can be deadly and linked to 36 deaths in the last 5 years. We all know this is completely false and have plenty of evidence to show for it. American Kratom Association is issuing a legal retraction complaint to them. See info here.
As a Colorado-based Kratom distributor, we are naturally very concerned about changes to Colorado laws and regulations regarding our primary product. Instead of immediately attacking the Denver Health Department, let's consider this first...
If you were in their shoes with absolutely no knowledge or understanding of what Kratom has done for you, or others--the way it's changed your life and brought you back to health and functionality--one could understand, given their responsibilities, Denver Health is taking a stand they feel is warranted. The FDA, the highest authority in the land regarding supplements, drugs, etc, says "Kratom is killing people". What are you to do but be proactive and to “protect” your citizens from this “threat”.
Instead of taking a bold and completely reversed stance of banning Kratom for sale completely, they decide to issue a ruling that Kratom MUST be labeled and sold as a non-consumable. but this warning along with a statement that the herb could be very dangerous or fatal is now required on every package...
***BUT it's STILL LEGAL***
I don't blame them at all! Hey, they are doing their jobs! Instead of attacking them, we need to contact them and tell them our own stories. Like my own. A minor injury turned into 18 months of chronic pain, disability, loss of income and a job, bankruptcy. They need to know how the medications I was given by doctors never helped and instead changed me as a person from a fun-loving father of 2 boys to a negative, depressed man in pain. All I wanted was to lie around in bed all day. I couldn't feel a single emotion other than sadness. After 18 months, I got off all those medications and while the pain never went away, the emotions, the depression, the "zombie" I had become all gradually faded and I began to be myself again but it was slow going. I found out about Kratom thanks to a dear friend of mine I met while at the Mayo clinic and it provided me with hope I hadn't had before that things could be better!
So what do they need to hear? They need to hear from us about the overwhelming evidence from our own experiences that kratom is not some horrible plant that will kill us all, but instead an herb of healing, health, and restoration!
How do you submit your stories? First, please visit the AKA page for the national petitions.
Then, if you reside in Colorado, please take the time to contact the Denver Health Department and file your complaint about the ruling but do so with respect and give them the benefit of the doubt that they don't know what they are doing here. They are only doing what they think is right. Don't attack, be respectful. Tell them how Kratom changed your life!
From their website: Consumers or businesses with questions or concerns about kratom can contact DEH’s Public Health Inspections Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-913-1311.
We all know that kratom is under attack again. Instead of crying out in despair, we need to once again unite against this attack and take it down again! The only way we can do that is by being proactive and contact those in authority. Speak well, write clearly, show them how they are on the wrong side on this matter. We will win the day. The battle for Kratom legality will be won! We will NOT loose Kratom. Of that I am certain!
FDA Kratom Warning 11/16/17
By Now You've All Heard about the FDA Alert...
View it Here.
But what does it mean to the Kratom community?
Most if not all the news outlets are crying out that the War on Kratom is coming again, that the FDA is attacking and going to bad our beloved plant!
But is it?
Let me state that I'm not a fortune teller. I only write what I believe, what I can verify, and what I believe I hear God tell me. And I'll always tell you which one it is.
Q. Is Kratom in Danger?
A. I don't think so... and why?
If you read the FDA report, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb states the perceived dangers of Kratom which we all believe to be completely false. He states that no one should consider Kratom safe and should consider it dangerous... which we also disagree with. However, the key point in the entire news brief is this:
"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. They must be put through a proper evaluative process that involves the DEA and the FDA. To those who believe in the proposed medicinal uses of kratom, I encourage you to conduct the research that will help us better understand kratom’s risk and benefit profile, so that well studied and potentially beneficial products can be considered. In the meantime, based on the weight of the evidence, the FDA will continue to take action on these products in order to protect public health."
Dr. Gottlieb is not stating that the FDA is going to take additional action against Kratom. He is stating that they remain open to the possibility of it's medicinal uses should it be proven to be beneficial.
People, the FDA, while a pain in our sides and likely motivated more by corruption and money than the good of Americans, is stating that they are open to the possibility. Maybe I'm too optimistic, but let's look at the facts:
DEA retracted it's attempt to place Kratom under Schedule 1 classification for the first time in history
This retraction was motivated by the overwhelming response of Americans but even more so but the overwhelming response of our Congress members who support Kratom research and requested that it not be banned until truly studied.
Although 100% non-admissible for the FDA, we know that Kratom is not a harmful plant. It saves lives daily. It saved and changed mine and I am never going to give up on my stance!
Science will support us: The current research shows absolutely stunning evidence on how safe Kratom is. Further studies that are morally performed will show the same (this I have completely faith in)
The FDA knows that it would be political suicide to attempt another ban without proof of it's dangers which they cannot fabricate! Although Dr. Gottlieb attempts to quote data that makes Kratom look dangerous, they have absolutely no ground on which to stand. Do you really think that if they had REAL PROOF of it's dangers that it would still be legal? No!
I can go on, but the facts remain that Kratom is safe (again my opinion). Should REAL PROOF come to light that somehow the unadulterated plant itself is deadly I would immediately stop selling and promoting it and retract all my statements. I am absolutely certain beyond any doubt that Kratom is safe however. Maybe that makes me an idealist or someone who is blinded, but I don't think so.
I believe in God. I believe in his Creation. And I believe in the healing power of that Creation in plants like Kratom. To this day, I have never steered you wrong. And while it's simply based on my faith, I believe wholeheartedly that Kratom will never be taken from us!
Will we have a hard road? Sure. If we simply believe and stop responding when people try to attack the plant, then we will loose. We are too hard-nosed for that though! We will stand and fight until the day comes when the PROOF is found in science that lines up with what we all already know! Kratom is a miracle in my life and in yours. Let's not stand and let people take that from us, but let's not live in fear either! We WILL Win the Day!