45 Congressmen Ask DEA Not to Ban Kratom Next Week

Kratom is an herb that has helped some people get off of opioids. It is a drug but one can buy it legally. However this will soon change due to a DEA classification of kratom as a Schedule 1 substance. (Which means it’s totally banned even from research.)

The herb appears to have helped people. Why ban it, even from research, in the face of increasing prescription opioid addiction?

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New DEA Chief: Marijuana Has No Medical Use, Should Stay in Schedule I

This my friends is about protecting bureaucratic turf and the flow of taxpayer dollars to his agency. He’s not going to come out and say, “Oh yeah legalizing marijuana is not the end of the world.” Why? Because pot is the DEA’s cash cow.

Of course cannabis has medical uses. In some cases it can be a profoundly useful therapy. For some, CBD oil, a non-psychoactive ingredient in pot, has curtailed horrible seizure disorders. There are (many) lives which are better because of this plant.

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This 88-year-old doctor treats the poor out of his Toyota Camry. Mississippi wants to punish him for it.

They arrest people for feeding homeless people in some cities. And God forbid you are a doctor in Mississippi with an excellent reputation who wants to treat people for free. Can’t have that.

Many of Dr. Landrum’s patients can’t afford to drive to a doctor’s office. So he comes and sees them. I thought that was called a “house call.”

Why do the busybodies have to regulate EVERYTHING?

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South Portland doctor stops accepting insurance, posts prices online


Maybe there’s a silver lining to Obamacare if more doctors follow the lead of this fellow in Maine. I pray that they do.

Dr. Michael Ciampi is able to charge half of what he used to charge for his services now that the red tape and general pain of dealing with deeply regulated insurance companies has been eliminated. He figures that the hassle is only going to get worse with Obamacare, so he has decided to go another route.

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Obamacare Train Wreck? Washington Post: Obama Administration “has gone hat in hand to health industry executives.”

Obamacare looks increasingly like a disaster. It could be Obama’s Iraq War. (Sadly it’s even more expensive.) Senator Baucus, a Democrat, recently said he saw an Obamacare “train wreck coming down.”

Then he announced his retirement.

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Our Soviet Style Medical System

John Goodman of Southern Methodist University in Dallas is the best healthcare analyst in the US. Here is something he posted recently  about the deplorable medical system that cronyism has given us:

“If banking were like health care, automated teller machine (ATM) transactions would take not seconds but perhaps days or longer as a result of unavailable or misplaced records.

“If home building were like health care, carpenters, electricians, and plumbers each would work with different blueprints,

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