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STATE KRATOM BANS BEING PROPOSED ACROSS THE U.S.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TODAY!

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Kratom Warriors:

As I sat down to write this letter to you, we just finished the AKA Webinar on what needs to be done in the event that the DEA decides to designate kratom as a Schedule I controlled substance.

I can tell you, based on conversations with our legal, legislative, and science teams over the last two days, and the message was confirmed in the Webinar, what we really need to be doing is to ramp up our own efforts to prevent the DEA from scheduling kratom at all.

Because of your support, the AKA has been able to hire lobbyists in Florida, Kansas, West Virginia, New York, Ohio, Arizona, Utah, Missouri, Georgia, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin to fight proposed bans on kratom – or work to rescind existing bans.

We have won the support of every leading scientist in America who understands the real story on kratom.

We have won every battle in the states that we have been forced to defend kratom in so far.

But the fight continues even today because the FDA is doing everything in their power to create a shadow ban on kratom.

So, I am writing again for your help.

I know we will have kratom ban proposals in even more states as state legislatures convene new sessions in January 2019.

We cannot afford to not be ready to fight everywhere we need to.

We are winning the battle on the science that proves the FDA has been outright lying about the safety and addiction profile on kratom.

But they have an army of bureaucrats who are sinking their tentacles into every State Health Agency and Board of Pharmacy to try to sneak under the radar.

I am ready to hire whatever lobbyists we need to keep winning, but I can only do that if you send a donation for as much as you can today!

And I need to authorize another round of research so that our science team can dig even deeper to show how wrong the FDA is on kratom.

I hate to do this when we ought to be in the Christmas spirit, but the FDA is not going to rest until they criminalize every one of us who uses kratom.

I want to hire a legal team to fight the FDA on the Import Alerts and the kratom seizures they are doing almost every day.

I need to hire more lobbyists in the next week to fight in new states where kratom is threatened.

Will you please help?

Please CLICK HERE to donate.

Just a few minutes ago, a generous donor reached out and agreed to match every dollar donated IF we can raise $100,000 for this fight by midnight on Sunday, December 16.

So, we need to raise the first $100,000 and he will match it with another $100,000.

I promise we will make every dime count.

But I desperately need you to click the donation button right now and help with as much as you can possibly afford to help us get to the $100,000 goal.

Our freedom to make our own choices about our health and well-being depends on it.

The truth is, we have been winning these battles even though only about 4% of the people who read this email will actually respond with a donation.

If just 8% responded with a donation we could double our efforts and win even more battles.

The AKA is deeply grateful for everything you have done in the past to help in fighting the battle against all of the FDA misinformation.

And if you will click the donation button today, I will be even more grateful.

Your donation will make a real difference in this fight, and I am proud to stand with you in our efforts to preserve and protect our freedom to buy kratom.

Please help today by making a donation.

Sincerely,

Dave Herman

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#Kratom Missing From DEA Report on Drug Threats – #SaveKratom #KratomSavesLives #IamKratom #KratomWarriors

Kratom Missing From DEA Report on Drug Threats

By Pat Anson, PNN Editor

The Drug Enforcement Administration has released the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, the agency’s annual report on drug trafficking and drug abuse in the United States.

Over 150 pages long, the annual report paints a grim picture of a nation overwhelmed by a tsunami of illicit fentanyl, heroin, prescription opioids, meth, marijuana, cocaine and other drugs that the DEA says are having “a devastating effect on our country.”

Conspicuously absent from the report is kratom, the herbal supplement that the FDA blames for dozens of fatal overdoses and the DEA once tried to list as a dangerous controlled substance — the same substance that Ohio health officials call a “psychoactive plant” that produces a “heroin-like high.” Ohio will soon join five other states in banning the sale and possession of kratom.

But there’s not a word about kratom in the National Drug Threat Assessment. There never has been.

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“It is not surprising.  Kratom is not the ‘dangerous opioid’ that the FDA has made it out to be,” says Jane Babin, PhD, a molecular biologist and consultant to the American Kratom Association, an organization of kratom vendors and consumers.  “It does not kill throngs of people like heroin and synthetic opioids. Everything we know about kratom is that people use it to avoid much more dangerous prescription and illicit opioids.”

Kratom comes from the leaves of a tree that grows in southeast Asia, where it has been used for centuries as a natural pain reliever and stimulant. In recent years, millions of Americans have discovered kratom and use it to self-treat their chronic pain, addiction, anxiety and depression.

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As kratom has become more popular, the public health campaign against it has intensified. A small salmonella outbreak earlier this year in kratom products led to several recalls and stark warnings that “anyone consuming kratom may be placing themselves at a significant risk.”

Nearly 200 people were sickened in the outbreak, but no one died and the CDC never identified the source of the salmonella.

FDA commission Scott Gottlieb, MD, has taken to calling kratom an “opioid” (its active ingredients are alkaloids) and regularly tweets that consumers “should be aware of the mounting risks” of using the herb.

Yet there’s been no mention of kratom in the DEA’s annual assessment of drug risks in the United States.

““Every year that goes by in which alleged ‘kratom-associated deaths’ don’t even merit a mention by DEA in this report further drives home the relative safety of kratom,” says Babin. “The only thing peculiar is that FDA refuses to acknowledge these facts.”

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12 World-Recognized #Kratom Experts Come Together to Conclude Kratom is Safe ✅ #KratomSavesLives #IamKratom #SaveKratom #KeepKratomLegal

FROM THE BEA:

“Our mission is to increase understanding in order to influence public policy and protect natural supplements”.
12 World-Recognized Kratom Experts Come Together to Conclude Kratom is Safe
A Winning Strategy for Today and Tomorrow

Proven excellence in protecting that which matters most, your right to choose

The facts are clear, twelve world-recognized Kratom experts that have come together to conclude Kratom is in fact safe. The proof is in a25 page paper by Dr. Jack E. Henningfield.

The following excerpt has been taken directly from Dr. Henningfield et. al  response to the FDA’s 8-Factor Analysis.


(Jack E. Henningfield, Ph.D)

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Main Conclusions:

1. FDA’s 8-Factor Analysis does not constitute a reliable and valid scheduling decision guiding document.2. FDA clearly did not involve NIDA or kratom science experts, as revealed by its major deficiencies.

3. The FDA analysis is incomplete, omitting key data sources routinely relied upon for identifying trends in abuse (e.g., the major federal surveys) and key scientific studies, AND is out-of-date as it does not refer to critical studies including those by NIDA (Yue et al., 2018) and Hemby et al., 2018.

4. The evidence is sufficient to conclude that placement of kratom in Schedule I or any other approach that would ban kratom, would lead many kratom consumers to seek black market kratom and some to relapse to opioids and thus pose a serious risk of death.

Main Recommendations:

1. DEA should ask FDA to reexamine the abuse potential of kratom and potential alternative regulatory approaches to kratom with involvement of NIDA and kratom experts, and stakeholders that have additional data and will be affected, namely kratom vendors and kratom consumers. This should be done transparently and include public meetings.
2. Federal agencies should conduct a nationally representative survey to better understand how many people use kratom, use it in place of opioids and would be put at risk of relapse to opioids if kratom was banned, where they live geographically, and other information critical to understanding the nature and magnitude of a ban, as well as regulatory alternatives to a ban.

3. We recommend that FDA propose a regulatory framework that will ensure that safely manufactured kratom products remain continuously available to consumers in natural leaf forms and manufactured extractions that are widely used by consumers, with regulations to ensure quality and appropriate standards for contents, labeling, and marketing…

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What Should You Do with this Knowledge?

Firstly, share it with your kratom friends and family!

Secondly, as Kratom Advocates (yes, that’s you!), preparing yourself with factual knowledge that’s in favor of kratom is the key to changing the minds of a nation. With each growing member of the kratom community that is educated and can cite a fact, our pro-kratom movement grows stronger.

Please take 15min to read the whole paper and prepare yourself for that critical moment where you’ll need to tell a friend, healthcare professional or legislator a fact about kratom from this paper, for example:

“reports of adverse effects and effects in which people sought medical attention are apparently rare as evidenced by emergency room reports, poison control center data, surveys (e.g., Grundman et al., 2017; Garcia et al., 2018; Henningfield et al., 2018),”

Educate, advocate and take action for kratom!

 

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LEADING SCIENTISTS STRONGLY REJECT FDA’S NEGATIVE 8-FACTOR ANALYSIS OF #KRATOM CALL UPON THE DEA AND NIDA TO RE-EXAMINE KRATOM #KratomSavesLives #IamKratom #KratomWarriors

 

 

 

Washington, D.C. – November 28, 2018 – Leading scientists have made public a 33-page letter they have sent to the heads of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) expressing strong objections to the methodology and lack of scientific rigor of the FDA’s 8-Factor Analysis (8 FA) of kratom.

Among multiple questions raised by the scientists—led by Dr. Jack Henningfield, Vice President of Research, Health Policy, and Abuse Liability at Pinney Associates—the team expressed concern about the omission of key data sources, highlighting areas where the FDA’s conclusions were not reliable, valid, or complete. According to the scientists, the FDA analysis also failed to include evidence or input from NIDA or kratom science experts.

“These preeminent scientists have demonstrated that the FDA is a long way away from providing sufficient analysis of kratom to back up its recommendation that this natural botanical be listed as a Schedule I substance,” said David Herman, Chairman of the American Kratom Association.

Herman referenced the fact that the full FDA 8-Factor Analysis actually has yet to be made public and that several pages have been omitted in what the FDA claims to be an accidental release. “This whole process raises more questions than answers,” said Herman. “However, there is sufficient information in what the FDA has released to reflect that they did not engage in a comprehensive, scientifically-based process, but rather what appears to be an exercise to reinforce its fight against kratom.”

In their letter, the scientists call upon the DEA, in conjunction with NIDA, to transparently reexamine the FDA’s claim of abuse potential related to kratom and propose regulatory alternatives to its scheduling. Part of that evaluation should include a survey that helps the government better understand how kratom is consumed in the United States.

The letter also calls on the FDA to work with industry groups—such as the American Kratom Association, who have developed Good Manufacturing Practices that lead to safe manufacturing standards that will help keep harmful byproducts out of kratom—to develop regulations that cover the manufacturing of kratom products.

The American Kratom Association adds its voice that the DEA must send this issue back to the FDA to fully re-examine the data, analysis, and conclusions regarding kratom.

ABOUT AKA
The American Kratom Association (AKA), a consumer-based non-profit organization, advocates to protect the freedom of consumers to safely consume natural kratom as a part of their personal health and well-being regimen.

AKA represents the nearly 5 million Americans who consume kratom safely each year.

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Benjamin May, 202-413-0119 — bmay@policyimpact.com

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***URGENT FDA is Shutting Down KRATOM Shipments!! IMMEDIATE Action Needed to #SAVEKRATOM because #KRATOMSAVESLIVES Calling ALL #KratomWarriors!

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FDA IS STOPPING KRATOM SHIPMENTS TO THE US

WE NEED YOUR HELP TODAY!

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This news is BAD.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is shutting down kratom supplies to the United States. The AKA is running out of time and resources to make sure we can secure the supply chain for you to purchase kratom.

At the same time the FDA is shutting down supply routes of kratom to the United States, Scott Gottlieb is pressuring state boards of pharmacy and legislators to ban kratom in even more states. The AKA has spent more than $2 million to fight back – but the FDA will spend whatever it takes to fight the AKA.

The AKA has added lobbyists across the country and sent our scientific and policy teams to nearly a dozen states to respond to the FDA attempts to criminalize kratom users.

And now we are looking to have to send our teams into even more states to correct the false and misleading information being spewed by the FDA.

Will you dig deep and send a contribution right now to help in the fight — $15, $25, $50, or whatever you can possibly afford to make sure the AKA can answer every lie the FDA tells in whatever state we have to go to get the truth out?

Make no mistake, when we have the chance to tell policy makers how the FDA is deceiving them, we win.

But the AKA is running out of resources to do this. With battles in Ohio, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kansas, Florida, we have to have our lobbyists and scientists on the ground to make certain we preserve your freedom to purchase kratom.

If Scott Gottlieb WINS and kratom gets banned in states like Ohio, Arizona, Michigan, Georgia, Louisiana, Oregon – or if the DEA schedules kratom — you will lose the right to legally use kratom.

The AKA wants to remain as your voice fighting against the FDA keeping KRATOM LEGAL. We have a comprehensive plan to push back on the FDA, but we need your help to keep this fight going.

Please rush $15, $25, $50 or more now so the AKA can win the fight against Scott Gottlieb and his FDA propaganda machine that demonizes kratom at every turn.

Your generous donation will help us win this fight!

Sincerely,

Dave Herman

Chairman, AKA

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Our children & adults are being exposed to 10,000 chemicals through the food they eat #Health #Kratom #CBDOil #ProtectOurFood!

If you’ve ever taken the time to look over the ingredients label on food products, there’s a good chance you’ve found some words you aren’t familiar with. While many people look out for the bad ingredients that grab a lot of headlines, like high-fructose corn syrup and nitrates, there are a lot of others that seem to slip under most people’s radar. If an unfamiliar ingredient is near the bottom of the ingredients list, many people simply shrug it off and assume the product contains so little of the ingredient in question that it won’t make a big difference.

However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is warning that many of the common additives in not just food but also packaging deserve closer scrutiny. The group recently released a policy statement and report in which they stated in no uncertain terms that many of these additives have devastating effects on people’s health – and children are especially vulnerable. They also called for the regulations governing these chemicals to be overhauled.

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With more than 10,000 chemicals in the food that we eat, it simply isn’t practical to expect anyone to be able to separate the good from the bad. Therefore, the report singled out a few groups in particular, including phthalates, BPA, nitrates, PFCs, and artificial food colorings.

These chemicals’ effects on the endocrine system are particularly concerning. Phthalates and bisphenols can have a negative effect on puberty or even advance its onset, and they can also increase the risk of infertility, obesity, and other chronic conditions. Exposure to PFC, meanwhile, results in low birth weight and damages fetuses that are developing, while nitrates are linked to some types of cancer.

They also highlighted the dangers of artificial food coloring. Synthesized from petroleum and coal tar byproducts, some of the colorings are even bound to aluminum, which is a neurotoxin. In an analysis of 810 grocery store products marketed to children, 43 percent contained artificial coloring. Not surprisingly, the only category of food that was free of this chemical was produce.

Artificial food colors have been linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and they also affect children who do not have ADHD. Some of the problems that have been linked to artificial food colors include immune reactivity, sleep problems, aggression and irritability. Making matters worse, the daily intake that the FDA has certified as acceptable of 60 mg per day per person greatly exceeds the 50 mg per day per person that has been linked to stronger negative effects.

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Look out for indirect contamination, too

There’s also the matter of the chemicals that are indirectly added to food via the coatings, plastic, paper, dyes, polymers and adhesives used in packaging or manufacturing equipment. Some of the culprits include the phthalates used in adhesives and plasticizers, the bisphenol lining metal cans, and packaging chemicals. Such chemicals have been linked to issues like cancer, oxidative stress, cardiotoxicity, thyroid disruption, and endocrine problems.

The dangers of these chemicals are especially worrying in children, whose developing organs are vulnerable to disruptions that can cause lifelong damage. In addition, their relative exposure in terms of dietary intake per pound is greater than that of adults.

The AAP would like to see a stricter process for gaining the “Generally Recognized as Safe” designation, along with new requirements to test ingredients for toxicity prior to use and the re-testing of chemicals that were previously approved.

They recommend parents stick to fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables as much as possible. The group also warns against microwaving plastic food containers or putting them in the dishwasher – although it’s best to avoid plastic entirely.

Sources for this article include:

GreenMedInfo.com

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URGENT CALL TO ACTION: Sign the Petition to #KeepKratomLegal #KratomSavesLives #IamKratom

URGENT CALL TO ACTION:Sign the Petition to Keep Kratom Legal

and Submit Your Comments to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy

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Dear Kratom Warriors:As many of you know, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy is considering a ban that would criminalize kratom.  We have a short window to make our final push with the comment period closing tomorrow.

If you have not done so already, we are asking that you do two things to help us send a clear message to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy that they need to keep kratom legal:

1. SIGN THE PETITION THAT WE WILL BE DELIVERING TO THE BOARD OF PHARMACY

  • Please take a minute and CO-SIGN THE PETITION that we will be sending to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy requesting they rescind their resolution on the proposed classification of kratom as a Schedule I controlled substance.

 

2. SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS TO THE OHIO BOARD OF PHARMACY ON WHY KRATOM SHOULD REMAIN LEGAL

  • Please CLICK HERE to write an email to the Board and share your story about kratom
  • As always, please be respectful and to the point
  • If you are an Ohio resident, please identify yourself as such.  While it’s important for them to hear from everyone, the emails from Ohio residents will carry extra significance
  • Share with them your personal story about how kratom has helped you or a loved one
  • If you don’t feel comfortable sharing a personal story, just ask them to “Follow the science on kratom and to please keep it legal”

 

I know that this is a lot to ask, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE A FINAL PUSH.

What happens in Ohio will reverberate across the country.

Thank you for your support and willingness to help in the fight to protect kratom.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Herman

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