Section 2, FYI
(1) Laura Douglas Olson: My only first-hand knowledge is via my work as a Guardian ad Litem. The mom on my case tried to self-dedetox using Kratom and ended up in the hospital. Horrible side effects, including addiction. I’d say to steer clear! Read the following:
(2) Annette Wells: Here is a long email about alternatives to opioids and nsaids and kratom…probably more info than you wanted…hope it’s helpful
Amongst other things, I am an herbalist. In professional herbalist circles, kratom is known as a dangerous drug. It is also about to be banned by the fda. It is marketed as a non toxic non addictive alternative to opioids. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It is virtually unstudied, it’s effects on the liver and kidneys may be dangerous, esp in combination with other drugs— and ther have been dozens of deaths associated with its use. It can be a strong sedative. The effects can be cumulative. So people have overdosed, looking for a narcotic like effect, which it doesn’t quite give, so more is taken. It can be a pain reliever, not a very strong one. It’s narcotic effects are not pleasant like opioids, and it causes a hangover in many people, mental fog and unstable gait.
When an herb is taken in pill form, or isolated component form, it’s a drug. Herbs are not any safer than pharmaceuticals. That they are safer is a myth. Herb tea is kitchen medicine, and a very safe way to take herbs. Tinctures are a step stronger and still relatively safe if take in moderAtion. Some good tinctures for pain relief are Skullcap and motherwort. Tinctures are best taken my themselves, not in a mixture. ( think of NyQuil:NyQuil is a mixture of many different medicines, and has lots of contraindications and more of a chance of clashing with other meds than just plain benedryl .) so one could start perhaps by trying Skullcap tincture, at the recommended dose. And seeing if it helps, giving it at least a week.
Essential oils are and even more concentrated, what that means is they include the entire immune system of the plant, the toxins the plant produces to repel predators. So they should not be taken internally. There are essential oils such as Plai (well diluted in carrier oils) that can be used topically to reduce chronic pain and inflammation.
Turmeric is great for inflammation and pain, and a Little black pepper take with it helps it to work. Only take the whole ground spice , or grate the fresh root, the isolated curcumin has not been studied. Turmeric is not an herb that is safe to take for long periods of time. It eventually creates digestive and other problems. ( its is a well studied herb in traditional Chinese medicine, with properties and effects well known through thousands of years of use) it is good to take for a couple of weeks on then a month off, or taken every three days…just not long term everyday use.
Acupuncture, Massage, meditation with an anti inflammatory diet, can also be used as a substitute for nsaid, and opioids…the downside is it takes work and consistency, the upside is that those practices can also significantly improve overall health, emotional health, energy levels and longevity.
Dr. Weil has a good anti inflammatory diet that is not extreme and doesn’t require lots of supplements or cutting out carbs, etc.
If you want more info or resources just let me know.
(3) Coy Theobalt: I have tried kratom on a number of occasions and will continue to do so. I would place it in the same category as Kava, if you have ever tried that. Both of these are medicinal plants from south America I believe. They have been used for thousands of years by the indigenous peoples in those areas to combat pain and they are also used in religious ceremonies. There is a new Kava/ Kratom bar on reems creek in Weaverville Lora and I would be glad to meet you there and share the experience with you, if you are up for it. The side effects that I’m aware of only come into play when the medicine is mixed with alcohol. So don’t plan on drinking before or after . I would say it can be addictive for those who might have addiction problems, but it is no different than alcohol in my mind. You just need to be aware that you utilize it as a medicine or a relaxer every now and then. I hope this has cleared up some things for you. Again, let us know if you would like to meet up.
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Art Mayhew: In my newspaper career, one of my joys was, believe it or not, reading obits. (I once considered writing a book of the best obits I’d seen.) At any rate, a good one recently appeared in the Courier Times. After noting her career and family, it concluded:
“As per her request, there will be no service. In her own words, ‘If you didn’t have the time for me while I was alive, then don’t put the dog on me when I am dead.'”
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