And this is one of the reasons I don’t use a cell phone…

Stores Track Your Movements, and an FTC Case Shows How

The FTC alleges that while Nomi promised that people could opt out of being tracked — but by not telling anyone they were spying on them, they gave no way for consumers to stop the surveillance…

Nomi collected data from nine million mobile devices in just the first nine months of 2013, the FTC said, tracking movement both inside and outside stores, the type of device used, dates and times and even the phone’s signal strength. Collecting all that information, the company would tell its clients about when customers would walk by without going in, how long they stayed in the store when they did go in, and whether they went to other locations of the same chain…

The settlement doesn’t punish Nomi. The company is simply forbidden from misrepresenting what options consumers have when it comes to how the information is being collected and used.

Who else buys this type of information?  Maybe the DEA?  Insurance companies?

Email to HuffPost on behalf of pain patients

Fri, Apr 24, 2015 12:06 am


Re:  The DEA’s war against those who suffer from chronic pain

Dear Huffington Post reporters:

I really appreciate your coverage of drug abuse and addiction, which has spurred at least one state to reverse course and provide some support for those who suffer from these illnesses.

But I don’t understand why the Huffington Post is not covering the war against pain patients and their doctors by the DEA, State Medical Boards, pharmacies, insurance companies, and anti-drug advocacy groups. Like the stories of pain patients unable to find a doctor to treat them, as well as prescribe any drugs to help relieve their suffering (except antidepressants, of course). Like stories of signs in doctor’s offices that say, “We don’t treat chronic pain patients.” Like the stories of pain patients being abandoned by their doctors and forced into the underground drug market to manage their constant pain. Like the story of a veteran in New Mexico who was denied renewal in the Medical Cannabis Program, and weeks later, committed suicide.

As a 30-year intractable pain patient, I’ve lived and breathed the drug war, but I’ve never seen it do this much damage. Pain patients have faced a lot of discrimination throughout the last three decades, and being labeled a drug addict and criminal just because you suffer from chronic pain is nothing new. But now even doctors and the medical industry refuse to support pain patients, while the media just inflames the public with stories of drug overdoses and deaths caused by opioids. Calling 16,000 deaths an epidemic, when millions upon millions of pain patients take these drugs without any problem, allowing them to participate in their own lives.

So I’m writing because I hope the Huffington Post, as a major news organization, will do something to help us. Don’t worry, I don’t expect a response — if I can’t get one from government agencies like the Medical Board and Department of Health in my state, I surely don’t expect to receive one from the Huffington Post. But I had to try, because maybe, just maybe, the right media coverage will save the life of one chronic pain patient. Maybe if pain patients see this coverage, they will begin to have hope. If our stories can be told, then maybe it will stop a pain patient from giving up and committing suicide.

Thanks for reading this email.

Johnna Stahl
Albuquerque, New Mexico

When blogs refuse to moderate comments


I’ve never heard of Fentany — do you mean Fentanyl?

If you had gone to the doctor because you are suffering from chronic pain, and you have been prescribed something called morphine, fentany or methadone, these are opioids that are derived from poppy seeds that are very addicting and also very powerful painkillers. Many people will use them illegally simply because they give you a high that makes it possible for you to experience euphoria and pain relief at the same time.

Most chronic pain patients don’t experience euphoria with pain medications — the euphoria you speak of is felt by those who take these drugs but are not in pain.  Chronic pain sucks up every bit of that side effect, especially after a short adjustment time. Most chronic pain patients only get a small percentage of relief when taking pain medications, and very few experience enough pain relief to feel euphoria.

Opioids and morphine derivatives are one of the most addicting substances on the planet, and here’s how you can end your addiction right away.

Sounds like you’re only trying to spread fear, not information.  Trying to convince people not to use pain medications, no matter how much pain they’re in, preferring that people just suffer.

Opioids And Morphine Derivatives

The reason that these products are so incredibly addicting is because they affect a certain area connected to your central nervous system which are called your mu receptors. These are derived from poppyseed which can create a number of different products including codeine, Norco, Vicodin, Percocet, and many other drugs that are extremely popular on the street today. You can get prescriptions for them if you legitimately are experiencing chronic pain on a regular basis.

Actually, no, there’s a war against pain patients going on right now, and many can’t even find doctors to treat them, let alone prescribe pain medications.  Then many patients have the problem of finding a pharmacy that will fill prescriptions for many of the drugs used to treat chronic pain (except antidepressants, of course). Your post was written in January 2015 — what, don’t ya’ll read the news?

They will also be given to people that I’ve gone through severe surgery, one that can lead to very painful recovery times.

Ya’ll obviously need a proofreader for your blog.  Hey, is this blog a front for the DEA? They are notoriously bad spellers, although sometimes they do it on purpose in an attempt to fool gullible readers.

Treatments For Opiate Addictions

There is no easy way to get over an opiate addiction if you have been taking these drugs for several years.

Addiction or dependence?  Which one are you talking about?  Do you even know the difference between the two?  

No, withdrawal isn’t easy, but then living with constant pain isn’t actually a cake walk either.

Even if you have only have them for a couple months, the withdrawals will be tremendous. Shaking, vomiting, and an uncontrollable desire to get more of them into your system is going to plague you for several weeks until you can get through the withdrawals, allowing you to reset your mu receptors so that you won’t have to read them in your system anymore which is the goal of all those that are addicted.

painkills2 on April 23, 2015 at 8:47 am said:
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Actually, cigarettes and alcohol are more addicting than opioids. And if you’re going to mention chronic pain and opioid use, then perhaps you should include the fact that dependence is different than addiction. Also, after only a couple of months of use, the withdrawal from opioids will not be “tremendous” for most people, especially if you wean yourself off of them, a little at a time.

And I’ll just add this to my comment:  The title of your post doesn’t reflect what’s in the body of it. “How to stop them right away” — there isn’t even an attempt to answer this question.  Is that because it involves maintenance drugs like methadone and buprenorphine, which your blog is likely against?

Hey, is this blog a front for the NIDA?

There is no useful information on your blog, getwellcoaching.  Please stop following mine, as I don’t want my blog connected to yours in any way.

Breakfast Of Champions

I can highly recommend this recipe (obviously).  It’s a lot of work, but very much worth it.  I cut the recipe in half and didn’t make enough sauce, so I had to add some salsa around the edges. (Yum!)  It also needs more cheese, which I’ll be sure to remember next time. (When you go to Walmart at 2am for cheese, don’t kid around with the cashier.  Believe me, she’s not in the mood.)

I overcooked it a tad, so the crust is a little dry. But that’s okay, because the middle of the pizza is perfect. And you know what tastes good with pizza crust? That’s right, ranch dressing. 😀