White House Will Have To Justify Kratom Ban

Earlier we reported on the upcoming DEA induced kratom ban. Kratom is an herb that helps some with anxiety and pain and has helped others reduce opiod dependence. Even still the government is about to make kratom a Schedule 1 substance, a completely banned drug. Cocaine in comparison is a Schedule 2 drug. One can technically get a prescription for cocaine. One can technically research the therapeutic effects of cocaine.

Why is the DEA moving in this direction?

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Worried About Prostate Cancer? ( How to thread your way through the swamp of crony medicine to find solutions for this common cancer.)

My own recent experience with prostate cancer may be useful to you in sorting out the options. I am an investment, not a medical, professional. But for that very reason, I have no biases, no axe to grind, and above all, no income that would be put at risk from progress in medicine.

We live in a world of government enforced medical monopolies. The general rule is that doctors will recommend whatever they do,

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A collection of VA scandals over the past few years (Too many to list in one post)

This is not exhaustive but in light of the recent statement by the Veterans Affairs chief comparing waiting for treatment at VA hospitals to waiting in line at Disney World we figured we’d post some of the other VA stories we’ve done relatively recently. The level of dysfunction at the agency is remarkable. This is what “single payer” healthcare looks like, slow, red tape, top heavy crony administration, people dying waiting for treatment.


307,000 veterans died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care,

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5 Things ACA Supporters Don’t Want You To Know About UnitedHealth’s Withdrawal From ObamaCare


In another life I was a property and casualty insurance underwriter. I would assess risk and figure out if premiums for a given area were enough or too much. Was the company too exposed to hurricane damage? What about earthquakes? Balancing risk with premium was the name of the game.

Given my background I have never understood how Obamacare was going to “work.” Obamacare seemed (and is) an adverse selection machine. The sick are more likely to sign up and the healthy have shied from the program for any number of reasons.

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One year after VA scandal, the number of veterans waiting for care is up 50 percent

I was under the impression that the “VA scandal” was ongoing and multiple scandals now, but the point is taken. The VA has not headed in the right direction since the the problems at the department became major news.

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Coca-Cola Ends Financial Sponsorship of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

In other news Phillip Morris is sponsoring the Olympic marathon team. (Not really.)

I like a good cold Coke on a hot summer day as much as the next person, but the stuff isn’t healthy. Not that it need be for Coke to sponsor the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but there is some dissonance there.

Sugar is not unlike a drug in many respects. Some people think it is a drug. For some people it can be addictive like a drug that’s for sure.

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FCC versus Your Health

Will the FCC under “Net neutrality” kill an important and promising area of innovation in medicine, “mobile medicine”?

The FCC may not kill such innovation completely but it may slow it down, likely by a lot. This is a particular shame as the people who may benefit most from “mobile medicine” are the poor and otherwise isolated and marginalized.

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Defense Department expected to announce the winner of a lucrative contract to overhaul the military’s electronic health records system this week

And guess what? The likely winner (according to this article) writes a lot of checks to politicians in Washington DC.

The goal here is big data. Managing population health – not your health necessarily. And people are going to make big bucks (taxpayer bucks) in the process.

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Scientific team sounds the alarm on sugar as a source of disease (Yet we continue to subsidize the stuff)

Sugar, we all love it. Even if we don’t eat piles of candy we Americans still injest loads of it in our other foods, bread, other processed foods, soda, juice, in our morning coffee. The USA has a sweet tooth and it’s costing us. Literally.

Sugar is a highly subsidized commodity.

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Government MUST be open about Ebola, first case in the USA found in Dallas Texas

It was just reported that the first Ebola victim discovered in the US is being treated in Dallas Texas. It is imperative that information flow freely around this situation. Keep the response open sourced. Let people track developments closely. I am sure developers at this very moment are working on applications which will help people avoid the virus.

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