10 Reasons To Learn a Programming Language

In modern day society, programming is implemented nearly everywhere. Our phones, televisions, toys, hell even some food has programming involved in the creation process. It’s no secret that learning a language is a strong, marketable skill. And it’s easy to pick up and learn. In this post I will go over some of the reasons you should pick up a guide and learn a programming language.

  1. It’s an insanely marketable skill

As I said before, programming has a place in nearly everything nowadays. Learning even one language could be very beneficial for almost anyone.

2. It strengthens creative problem solving skills

Learning to program teaches you how to make creative approaches to problems you might find yourself confronted with. It can help you think outside of the box and tackle problems in new, creative ways.

3. It enhances creative ability 

You’ll find after dabbling in programming for a while that you think much more creatively. Learning to program can help you become much more creative. Programming is an art just like any other.

4. It has an underlying, profound philosophy 

When you first start coding, it can be much like riding a bike. It’s hard and frustrating at first, but the more you study and try you’ll find it makes much more sense. You’ll come to many milestones and realizations on your journey. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and the way things work.

5. It helps enhance focus and productivity 

Programming is one of the most productive things you can do while sitting at a computer. If your focus is bad, programming is also a good way to discipline yourself into making your attention span much longer.

6. It can build confidence 

You did it! You learned how to program, look at you go! It’s a long journey but you took the time and energy to become a programmer. You deserve to feel good about yourself, you did something not many people take the time to do, and it’s a very rewarding experience.

7. It provides a doorway to a whole different world 

When you learn how to program, you are introduced to a whole new world lined with computers and logic. You’ll start to understand things you may not have before. Maybe even some things that aren’t even programming related. You learn a new way of thinking and you see the world differently.

8. It’s a productive and rewarding hobby

As I said before, programming is one of the most productive things you can do while sitting at a computer. Establishing yourself and using only your mind and a computer to create things is very fulfilling. 

9. Thought of a cool app or game idea? Make it!

No longer will you have to sit around and wait for an app idea to be creative, nor do you have to simply sit with your cool game idea in your head. Provided with documentation, you can create an app or game yourself!

10. It’s almost like playing God

When you program, you’re basically just playing in a sandbox. A world which is yours. You can make virtually anything. Virtual dog? You got it! The sky is your limit.

Hopefully my list has encouraged you to program! Below are some resources to get started.

http://www.cplusplus.com/doc/

The C++ Tutorial

https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/index-138747.html#

http://zetcode.com/gui/winapi/introduction/

http://shichuan.github.io/javascript-patterns/

Have fun, and happy coding!

 

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10 ways to fight depression

The phenomena that many of us are familiar with known as depression is experienced among the afflicted for a variety of reasons and in a plethora of forms and levels of intensity. Sometimes healthy individuals will become depressed. This does not inherently make you mentally ill, depression is something most people will be faced with to varying extents at various points in their life. Often arising after particularly stressful, traumatic and or upsetting experience. This can be anything ranging from the death of a loved one, ended relationships, losing a job, etc.

On the other hand some people become depressed perpetually, spontaneously, and or  cyclically due to one or more of many potentially correlating illnesses. Speaking from experience as someone who was diagnosed with manic depressive (bipolar) disorder, as well as Attention Hyperactivity disorder, depression became something I found myself having to deal with on a regular basis from a strikingly young age.

This however had the benefit of having a lot of extra time to learn how to deal with and cope with it. I am not a certified counselor. Nor do I have any formally recognized measure of educational notoriety regarding psychology. I want to explicitly state before going any further I want to state that

A. this article should not serve as any form of diagnostic or authoritative source.

B. If you are experiencing depressive symptoms and you are not already seeking medical such as counseling and psychiatric care, you certainly should (provided you can afford to do so.) 

C. These methods are not intended to replace any sort of formal treatment, and one should not assume that they can top taking or refuse medication in an attempt to mange their own symptoms with these tactics.

 

These are 10 methods I have found personal success in both mitigating depressive symptoms as well as helping me to come out of the depressive phase faster.

     1. Get up and Get moving!

Easily the most hackneyed depression related advice one could get besides changing their diet, though I can’t argue its incredible effectiveness. Exercise and movement of any form tends to improve the state of ones mindset and overall cognitive performance. This could be an actual structured work-out routine, but it can be far simpler and less committed as well. It could be Going for a walk jog or run around your neighborhood or local park, taking a hike through the woods. I’m a pretty big fan of using project/chore/hobby that requires physical activity as a supplement for exercise.

It can get even easier, though obviously the less effort your willing to put in the less benefits your going to reap, but sometimes some of us really just don’t have the time or can’t be bothered to get out and go for a walk, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit in a chair or lay in bed all day (something that tends to become really easy to fall into in the midst of depression). Especially in the winter, for me it may often be something as simple as just getting up and pacing around whilst thinking in great detail, having long productive phone calls, or even while reading rather than sitting in a computer chair for hours doing these things. It might sound trivial but little things add up throughout the week; physical activity is no exception.

     2. Introduce something new into your consciousness!

Often times I find long extended period of depression to be strongly associated with an overall psychological boredom, not literally bored, but bored of existing. Something I’ve found particularly helpful whenever I feel this way is too introduce some new idea into my consciousness. This could be a plethora of things, It could be visiting a place you’ve never been, making friends, opening a unfamiliar book, searching for new music, watching a movie you’ve never seen, making a recipe you’ve never tried, trying to take up a new hobby, exploring a new website, reading through a blog (hint hint ours.)

Mental stagnancy tends to make life feel much more mundane, repetitive and dull. It’s very easy for me to get caught up spending my free time hanging out with the same people every day, doing the same thing at the same pace, listening to the same music, and going to the same few local restaurants, and studying the same few books at night when I go home.

This really starts to get to me after awhile. However as soon as i’m able manage to break my comfort zone and force myself to try new things, my disposition almost immediately becomes more exciting, pleasant, and optimistic, after awhile, taking in large quantities of new information every day just became something I had to do to feel satisfied. I’ve recently come to truly understand what all my high school teachers meant when they said they had life long commitments toward learning to say the least, and this in hindsight has been one my most valuable defenses against depression.

     3. Call someone!

Call a trusted friend, even if just to have a casual conversation. This can help in multiple ways. Though it usually helps to have a close trusted friend that one can vent their pains and frustrations too, sometimes the real value in this is positive distractions. I can’t count the amount of times Id been very depressed, angry and or anxious, and decided to phone a friend, only to be laughing at something completely irrelevant within a matter of moments.

     4. Write about your troubles!

Obviously talking helps too, but I often find myself unable to fully articulate my thoughts in conversation with even my closest of friends and associates, mostly out of a combination of fear of how I may be looked upon, and or not wanting to pass my negativity onto them. These are situations when pen and paper really come in handy.

If your anything like me, when your upset you tend to think large volumes of quite negative thoughts at a strikingly rapid pace. When this happens I often find writing it out on paper makes it much easier to understand the source of my negative thinking, extrapolate information, attempt to draw connections and conclusions, and  make a plan of application for whatever solutions I can conjure up. It allows me to logically and analytically break down my thoughts rather than being tormented and tortured by them. This can often times be quite time consuming and relief is never instant when it gets this bad, but rather this is more of like a slow walk up a long hill on a hot day.

     5. Do something artistic &or creative!

I’ve known many people who found various forms of creative expression to be indescribably helpful in battling not only depression but a whole slew of mental ailments. Everyone has their own flavors, I personally like music and writing the most but any craft or art form will do. It especially helps to create something you can keep at the end, which is why I keep everything I draw, write, and record nearly all of my instrumental and vocal practices, when you have a lot of negative thoughts being able to sift through and derive personal happiness from something you made yourself can really help curve your self perception and thought process. In my experience it tends to become a habitual coping mechanism, the more you truly enjoy what your doing the better!

     6. Meditate (or pray if your into that sort of thing)!

There any many forms of meditation, though I tend to veer toward the basic forms. This generally consists of sitting legs crossed in the lotus pose, or whatever is most comfortable for you. This is generally followed by either closing ones eyes, and doing ones best to quiet their minds whilst taking care not to outright reject or suppress any arising thoughts. The goal in mind is achieving a completely silent mind, one which resembles a calm body of water undisturbed by any ripple or splash.

I generally do this by focusing on the patterns of my breath, the sound of my heartbeat, and whatever colors, patterns or fractals might arise in my field of vision. This isn’t something that will generally arise earlier in learning meditations, but when it begins to manifest, it immediately makes the act of meditating much more enjoyable, to the point where I would almost call it addictive after a certain point, but in a good way, so maybe habitual would be a better description.

 It might be hard to get the hang of at first, but with practice, you’ll find it much easier to quiet the mind quicker and achieve deeper states of meditation more easily. Not only does it get more enjoyable and in depth as you get better and better, but the benefits it can provide for your psyche become increasingly beneficial and easier to access.

     7. Switch up (a part of) your schedule!

I’ve often found making small changes to ones schedule can often mix things up, and if there’s one thing that’s universal about combating depression: it’s change. It could be a significant change, like adding something new to your daily/weekly routine.

A series of small changes may be quite beneficial as well. Examples may include taking a different route to work, going somewhere different for lunch, listening to a different radio station. One I’ve heard has helped many is going to bed and waking up a little earlier (or later) or changing up what time you do certain things like leisure activities, hobbies, housework etc. Changing things up helps things feel fresher and less monotonous.

     8. Look for reasons to get out of the house!

This one may not apply for everyone, but its not common for depression to cause people to become increasingly introverted, antisocial and even reclusive. When this happens, no matter how hard it may be, focusing on overcoming this problem should be a priority. If this is part of your depression, conquering this aspect is incredibly crucial. In my experience it makes most other parts significantly easier.

It can be anything; Visit a friend, Go to the movies, go out to eat, go for a hike, a walk in the park, go to the beach, window shopping, get your hair done, get groceries, go to the library, the zoo, walk around with a boombox on your shoulder bumping the most obnoxious music in your library, ANYTHING! Just make it a point to leave your house every day. if your in a position where your depression or anxiety have driven you to introversion no matter how hard it may be, if you can manage to do this you WILL notice change!

     9. Release your grudges!

Whoever your brooding against, try your best to get over it(if possible.) Obviously this wont work for every situation. Over small things; it’s worth it, your psyche and your stress levels will thank you, trust me.
Bonus points if you call, visit, or write that person a letter. 

     10. Go for a drive!

This one is extremely therapeutic. Something about moving so quickly, seeing the scenery pass by, and the freedom to just go wherever you’d like.

I currently do not have a vehicle, though I find myself frequently asking and or paying friends to take me out for cruises. Especially if you live in an area without much traffic and good scenery, this can almost instantly turn a long day of self loathing and hopelessness into a moment of relief and relaxation!C

That’s all for now, I hope you found value in our post, thank you all very much for reading and lending us your time and brainpower!

How to improve your song writing process.

How to improve your song writing process.

How to improve your song writing process.
— Read on inallthingsmusic.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/how-to-improve-your-song-writing-process/

First real post from our new side project inallthingsmusic.wordpress.com

Post Contents: a 2000+ word guide including 10 tips to mix up your writing process to overcome writers block & 10 tips to find new sources of creative inspiration within the world around you.

10 Reasons to follow Our Blog

1. We go hard.

2. Culturally, Demographically, and Gender Diverse Team!

3. We never premeditate our writing and have no centralized topic; you never know what to expect.

4. I took the time to write this shameless self promotion just for you. Yes you, I’m looking at you right now.

5. 4+ other upcoming sites in production on various topics, along side many more surprises in the works.

6. We donate to charities (list of charity funds we send money to and/or sponsor coming soon).

7. We make learning fun

One of the biggest goals we aim for in our writing (when it isn’t for pure creativity) is to blur the lines between entertainment and education, so that readers are being presented real world information and practical knowledge in such a way that they interpret the content as effortless entertainment.

8. We are all completely insane.

This is not an understatement.

Only 3 of my best friends are real people.

I talk to animals, inanimate objects, and myself more than other people out of sheer preference.

9. We take no sides

When a group is composed of a diverse array of theological/spiritual, philosophical, political, socioeconomic, and ethical backgrounds and beliefs, they don’t really have room to pick sides on most things

(We all seem to be in agreement about marijuana legalization however.)

As a result you will find content that is profoundly unbiased and neutral despite addressing some of the most polarizing subjects imaginable.

10. Art and Music

Most of us here myself included have artistic and or musical ambitions and talents outside of writing which we are actively engaged in on a regular basis.

We eventually hope to bring most of those things here and share them with our readers!

(Once we’ve actually gotten our shit together enough to tie up all the loose ends on our projects and get them through the production process and into distributable web formats.)

There’s probably more reasons but I’ll try to humble us out a little bit by cutting it off at 10 before I get carried away.

Were you sold by this post? Let us know why or why not in the comments section below!

70 why should Is? To make you question yourself.

1. Why should I read this blog post?

2. Why should I spend my time and money on a college degree?

3. Why should I go out and devote a third of my day for a negligible amount of money?

4. Why should I be asking myself questions in the first place?

5. Why should I be thinking?

6. Why should I listen to someone who advises against a major life decision when it is against ones own intuition?

7. Why should I pick my beliefs in accordance with the beliefs of those around me?

8. Why should I hold myself back?

9. Why should I not follow my own ideal?

10. Why should I waste time doing things I don’t like to do and have no immediate need for?

11. Why should I not accept help when it is being offered when all things are willed to happen for a reason?

12. Why should I eat when I am not hungry?

13. Why should I sleep if I am not tired?

14. Why should I dwell on the words of others more than my own words?

15. Why should I tell myself I have nothing to write about when I always have something to talk about?

16. Why should I answer my phone if I do not feel like talking?

17. Why should I care about others to an extent that detracts from my own happiness (not including children and family)?

18. Why should I value a significant other’s wishes over a child’s unless that significant other is required to take care of that child?

19. Why should I box in my thinking by clinging to the cultural norm?

20. Why should I ignore or overlook factual, statistical, or empirical evidence just because it challenged something I already believed?

21. Why should I write off a source of information because of some unrelated negative quality or action conducted by the source?

22. Why should I romanticize something negative instead of moving on to a more positive topic?

23. Why should I repeat an action determined to have a negative outcome?

24. Why should I lower my standards of living instead of pushing my own resourcefulness?

25. Why should I ever not believe in myself?

26. Why should I let guilt or fear hold me back from further positive decision making?

27. Why should I feel guilt in situations where I’ve done nothing to hurt anyone?

28. Why should I feel guilty rather than just take responsibility for my actions?

29. Why should I waste time worrying when I can do something to make my situation better?

30. Why should I waste my thoughts when I could be recording them for a future project or actively using them as a part of one?

31. Why should I pick up hobbies I don’t find genuine enjoyment in and which aren’t relevant to my goals?

32. Why should I own things I never use, that I did not create and bears no novel, sentimental, or spiritual significance?

33. Why should I let someone else’s perception of me supersede my own unless it is raising an ethical or moral concern?

34. Why should I take a failure as an entire defeat?

35. Why should I buy a product I don’t want or need just because it is on sale?

36. Why should I fear death when I have no control over it?

37. Why should I worry or feel guilty for things I have no control of?

38. Why should I consume alcohol when I know it to be addicting and troublesome for myself in particular, just because the social situation permits it?

39. Why should I consult someone for help without first thoroughly trying to work through the problem on my own?

40. Why should I turn down a potentially useful new connection based on a poor reference from someone else?

41. Why should I take a secondhand source over a first?

42. Why should I think in terms of yes or no without considering a middle point or a duality?

43. Why should I feel bad for someone who is rightfully paying for their actions?

44. Why should I tell the truth to someone I have no loyalty to within a context where honor and ethics are not applicable, when it is directly against my advantage and or intuition?

45. Why should I listen to other people’s advice on appearance when it’s in opposition towards what I like when I look in the mirror?

46. Why should I choose the pursuit of active income over the pursuit of passive income, when I cannot yet make an active wage doing things I enjoy?

47. Why should I spend more money when I’m not being guaranteed a higher quality or quantity of product?

48. Why should I own a vehicle if I don’t need one?

49. Why should I value acquiring more material possession over acquiring new skills and practical knowledge?

50. Why should I look for excuses too avoid growth?

51. Why should I fear criticism of my work instead of welcome it?

52. Why should I second guess my intuition?

53. Why should I waste time on social media when I’m not interested in talking to someone?

54. Why should I watch whatever’s on TV instead of looking for something to watch or read online (or from my bookshelf) that actually interests me?

55. Why should I continue to listen to music I’m bored of instead of looking for a new artist who’s similar too, was influenced by or was an inspiration of an artist I listen too?

56. Why should I still be writing/reading this article when I have a bunch of other seemingly more urgent things to do?

57. Why should I settle for comfort when more enjoyment can be found in the strive for self improvement?

58. Why should I waste time dwelling on that which I’ve no control over?

59. Why should I attempt to convince myself I want things which I do not actually want?

60. Why should I drive places I know I could easily walk too?

61. Why should I go out of my way to look for reasons to mentally persecute myself?

62. Why should I consistently waste resources on people who bring nothing of interest to my life?

63. Why should I outsource my happiness when I can be the source?

64. Why should I should I take offense rather than amusement when I’m the butt of someone’s joke?

65. Why should I value what others think is right other than what I know empirically or logically to be right?

66. Why should I choose oversynthesized pharmaceuticals over safer and often times more effective natural, herbal, and holistic solutions?

67. Why should I spend time helping people I know are ultimately working against me?

68. Why should I dwell on loneliness when I can utilize my alone time to be more productive?

69. Why should I worry about what I don’t know instead of exploring what I can do with what I do know?

70. Why should I write my next article? Feel free to answer this one in the comments section!

9 Kratom Fast Facts: What Is It, Why the DEA Wants it Banned, and Why They’re Wrong

kratom

Debates are being sparked across the country over what, if anything, the government should do in response to the recent surge in popularity of the psychoactive herb known as kratom. Hailed by its proponents as a miracle drug, kratom is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family that grows in the rainforests of Southeast Asia. In the West, it is typically sold in the form of finely ground leaf powder, which is then brewed into tea or made into capsules. A typical dose can cost less than 50 cents. Kratom contains a medley of psychoactive and medicinal alkaloids, the primary effects of which include pain relief, muscle relaxation, and mild paradoxical stimulating/sedating effects on the central nervous system. Users claim it to be the most effective solution available for pain relief, without the severe side effects of opioid painkillers or even those of over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen. Additionally, since its mechanism of action in the brain is somewhat similar to that of opioids, it has been widely used with great success for the treatment of opioid withdrawal. Many believe it holds the key to solving the opioid crisis, freeing addicts from the withdrawal symptoms that keep them stuck and providing a far less risky alternative to prescription painkillers for those who need them.

Despite this, many government agencies have expressed concern about kratom as a drug of abuse and have moved to ban it. In 2016, the United States DEA announced its intention to place kratom in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the same class as heroin and LSD. After a massive public and scholarly outcry, the DEA rescinded its plans. However, since then, many state government bodies have moved to ban the drug, and it is currently illegal in Alabama, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Indiana. Furthermore, the FDA under Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has been pushing the DEA to act on a federal level. This has been accompanied by misleading and sensationalist claims, such as when the Ohio Board of Pharmacy said that most users are injecting the herb (which is impossible), or when the FDA released a list of “kratom deaths” in which every single individual minus one had another easily identifiable cause of death listed (the kratom in their system was coincidental). The misinformation, fear-mongering, and brash, hasty reactions calling for a flat-out ban are eerily reminiscent of the 20th century “reefer madness”; ironic considering that the US is just finally emerging from that misstep now. Stay tuned for more in-depth write-ups on the subject, but here’s the quick run-down on why the feds are dead wrong:

  1. Kratom isn’t a gateway to drugs — it’s a gateway to sobriety. People don’t use kratom to get high; more often they’re using kratom to stop getting high. If someone is looking to abuse a drug, kratom is not a very good option. It can only be taken orally, is very unpleasant to consume in excessive amounts, and produces effects that are mild and take time to set in. The vast majority of people using kratom, whether they’re using it to treat pain or addiction, are using it in order to get away from opioids. With that taken into account, why on earth would you ban it, unless you want those people back on opioids? Banning kratom would worsen the quality of life of millions of Americans, prevent patients from receiving a potential breakthrough treatment, and lead countless people back into opioid addiction — likely to result in their deaths.
  2. Kratom has a low, but not zero, dependence liability. Unlike prescription opioids or anti-anxiety medications, which can addict a user in 4 days, one has to take kratom non-stop throughout the day for months in order to become dependent on it. Dependency is more mild than that of anti-depressants, antipsychotics, or muscle relaxers (which are not controlled substances), let alone opioids or benzodiazepines. In fact, the most common treatment for opioid addiction in the US today is Suboxone, which is itself an opioid far more addictive than kratom. Withdrawal symptoms from kratom typically only include a runny nose, insomnia, diarrhea, and soreness. Compare to the absolute horror of opioid withdrawal, or to alcohol and benzodiazepine withdrawal which can often cause seizures, delirium, and even death. Also consider that the vast majority of those who are dependent on kratom were previously addicted to something that is infinitely more dangerous, whether under the supervision of a doctor or not.
  3. Kratom doesn’t cause users to be impaired, detached from reality, fiendish, strung-out, etc. Kratom has paradoxical stimulant effects which are often compared to those of coffee, but without the jitters. Compare to other pain medications and opioid replacement drugs, which are heavily intoxicating. Nobody is strung out because of kratom. Nobody lost their job or their family because of kratom. If anything, it’s the other way around.
  4. It is practically impossible to overdose on kratom. It’s possible in theory, sure — just like overdosing on THC. In practice, it’s not going to happen. Taking too large a dose generally only results in dizziness and vomiting at the worst — compare to Tylenol, which kills thousands in the US each year. However, more research needs to be done into what interactions between kratom and other drugs may exist, as these may (or may not) in rare cases be dangerous.
  5. While the alkaloids in kratom do bind to the brain’s opioid receptors, the mechanism of action is very different from that of opioids. The FDA’s claims otherwise are based on a computer simulation and not actual studies (which contradict them) — in other words, junk science. Kratom also affects a number of other sites in the brain, such as serotonin and noradrenalin receptors, which results in a wide variety of effects including reduced inflammation, blood pressure, and anxiety. Opioids of abuse are selective full agonists of the mu-opioid receptors, which means they specifically seek out that receptor type and fully activate its signalling to other parts of the brain. Kratom, on the other hand, acts as a partial agonist, which results in a more mild effect. The only other partial mu-opioid agonist available on the market is buprenorphine (Suboxone). As a result of this, both buprenorphine and kratom are unable to cause fatal overdose, as there is a “ceiling” to the level of effects that can be achieved with increasing dosages.
  6. However, there is another major difference that makes kratom unique from buprenorphine/Suboxone and all opioids. The mu-opioid receptor has two different signalling pathways, which result in differing effects. The first one, the G-protein pathway, is responsible for most of the desired effects of opioids — mainly relief from pain, anxiety, and certain gastrointestinal disturbances, as well as slight euphoria. The beta-arrestin pathway, on the other hand, is responsible for the severity of the side effects of opioids — constipation, dizziness, sedation, cognitive impairment, an extremely powerful reinforcing effect, strong addiction with hellish withdrawal symptoms, and, most importantly, respiratory depression — the cause of death in opioid overdose. Opioid drugs, and even buprenorphine/Suboxone, activate both of these pathways indiscriminately. Kratom, on the other hand, only activates the G-protein pathway, and thus does not produce strong euphoric effects or result in severe addiction.
  7. The War on Drugs has been a colossal and deadly failure. Use of controlled substances has skyrocketed since the Controlled Substances Act took effect in 1971. Billions, if not trillions of dollars wasted, millions of people thrown in prison, and innumerable lives ruined, only for it to have the opposite of the intended effect. Crack epidemic, meth epidemic, opioid epidemic — it’s abundantly clear that this does not work! We should not be expanding the War on Drugs, but rather looking towards alternative ways to deal with the drug problem in this country — and kratom is one of those alternatives.
  8. If kratom gets banned, further research into its uses and risk profile will not be able to occur. The government’s argument is that there’s a lack of clinical trials proving that kratom is any safer than opioids in humans, or that it works to treat any condition. They fail to take into consideration that there is no research proving the opposite either. The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence, and banning the substance would make it impossible for such evidence to ever arise. This is similar to the case of cannabis, where it took decades for its actual medicinal potential to be uncovered due to draconian laws. If these bureaucrats were unbiased, why would they not wait for the research to be done? Based on this, it seems they’re not actually interested in the research — they’re just using this as an argumentative tactic.
  9. Pharmaceutical companies are aware of kratom’s potential and are scared of it cutting into their profits. Under the new Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, the FDA has been pushing strongly against kratom, advising the DEA to place it in Schedule I. Mr. Gottlieb was previously on the board of the Big Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline, which acquired two patents for alkaloids derived from kratom. These patents clearly described its low abuse potential, favorable side effect profile, and medicinal applications. Now Mr. Gottlieb wants to claim it’s the opposite, and has even gone as far as to encourage Americans on Twitter who take kratom to switch to the highly-addictive prescription opioid Suboxone instead! These corporations make tens of billions of dollars per year off of people who are addicted to their opioid drugs, funnel massive amounts of money into lobbying the federal government, and have a revolving door between their board rooms and executive positions in bureaucratic agencies tasked with regulating their very industry. In light of all the evidence, there is no alternative explanation that makes sense as to why the government wants to ban kratom — their claims fly in the face of everything we know about the herb, as well as reason and common sense.

Millions of Americans, including this author, have had their lives transformed by kratom. If you’d like to help fight the government’s efforts to ban this gift from Mother Nature, please visit the website of the American Kratom Association and consider making a donation to support their research, lobbying, and awareness efforts. If you have a story regarding kratom or any thoughts you’d like to share, by all means do so in the comments below.