Unapproved comment from Jasmine


Submitted on 2015/07/07 at 2:53 am
You wanna talk all this shit about how they didn’t hear you or why “broke” people get asked to help raise money for PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, But I’m sure your dumbass shops at “Chinamart” like the rest of us. I’m sure if you had a family member or even a child w/ special needs. You wouldn’t be talking this much shit huh? People like you are pathetic & I’m sure you’re miserable.

Dear Jasmine:

Of course I shop at Chinamart, as my post indicated.  And if I had a child with special needs, I wouldn’t be worried about paying for him or her to attend the Special Olympics.  I’d be more worried about putting food on the table and keeping a roof over the child’s head.

I may be miserable, but I think pathetic is going a little too far.  Tell me, Jasmine, do you work for Walmart or the Special Olympics?  Do you have a child with special needs?  OR DO YOU JUST HAVE A GRIPE AGAINST ME?

Please, Jasmine, find someone who smokes bud and chill out.

Johnna Stahl
Email: painkills2@aol.com

p.s.  Is this intelligent comment on youtube one of yours?

Jasmine Aguilar 1 year ago
No, he just had a huge – ass rip in his draws. Lmao that’s that #teamdarkskin shit


The Special Olympics program has occasionally been the subject of criticism… The integration of Corporations within the Special Olympics does help with fundraising and creates a large sum of donations to make these games possible. Yet, critics argue, such corporate involvement in Special Olympics is shallow public relations strategy that does little or nothing to integrate those with intellectual disabilities into the workforce at companies that sponsor Special Olympics… The board of directors have recognized only two of their board to have developmental disabilities. Therefore, the people doing the decision making and have the power of running this program are the people without disabilities…

The CDC and the Drug War


Heroin use has increased across the US among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. Some of the greatest increases occurred in demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin use: women, the privately insured, and people with higher incomes. Not only are people using heroin, they are also abusing multiple other substances, especially cocaine and prescription opioid painkillers. As heroin use has increased, so have heroin-related overdose deaths. Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people died in 2013.  States play a central role in prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts for this growing epidemic.

States can:

-Address the strongest risk factor for heroin addiction: addiction to prescription opioid painkillers…

“CDC Vital Signs links science, policy, and communications with the intent of communicating a call-to-action for the public.”

The CDC’s current issue (July 7th) of Vital Signs covers the following topics:

Cardiovascular Diseases
Food Safety
Healthcare-associated Infections
Motor Vehicle Safety
Prescription Drug Overdoses
Today’s Heroin Epidemic
Teen Pregnancy
Other (Hispanic Health, Adults with Disabilities, Hepatitis C, Child Injury, and Asthma in the U.S.)

As I have shown over and over again, there are more than double the amount of deaths from suicide and guns than from opioids. Do you see these two topics on this list?  Do they not deserve a “call-to-action”?  Not if you’re advocating for the drug war instead of the issues that are killing more people.

Hey, CDC:  Shame on you!


Chase slapped for selling zombie debt, illegally robo-signing court documents


Chase allegedly sold bogus debts to third-party debt buyers — accounts that were inaccurate, settled, discharged in bankruptcy, not owed, or otherwise not collectible. Many of the debt buyers then began hounding consumers in an attempt to collect the non-existent debts…

The order requires Chase to document and confirm debts before selling them to debt buyers or filing collections lawsuits. Chase must also prohibit debt buyers from reselling debt and is barred from selling certain debts. Chase is ordered to permanently stop all attempts to collect, enforce in court, or sell more than 528,000 consumers’ accounts.

Chase will pay at least $50 million in consumer refunds, $136 million in penalties and payments to the CFPB and states, and a $30 million penalty to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in a related action.

$50 million divided by 528,000 is $94 per consumer.  Not only just another slap on the wrist for big banks, but the consumer is screwed yet again.

The CFPB found that Chase violated the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s prohibitions against unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts and practices. Chase sold faulty and false debts to third-party collectors, including accounts with unlawfully obtained judgments, inaccurate balances, and paid-off balances.

Chase also sold debts that were owed by deceased borrowers. Chase also filed misleading debt-collections lawsuits against consumers using robo-signed and illegally sworn statements to obtain false or inaccurate judgments for unverified debts.

Time Warner Cable must pay $229,500 to a woman it wouldn’t stop robocalling


Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled that Time Warner Cable (TWC) violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and must pay triple damages of $1,500 per call to Araceli King, an insurance claims specialist in Irving, Texas.

King’s troubles began when TWC started calling her cell phone in hope of reaching Luis Perez, who once had the same number. The calls were automatic and made through the “interactive voice response” system TWC uses for customers who are late paying bills…

Furthermore, Hellerstein noted, 74 of those robocalls to King were made after she filed suit in March 2014…

And back in 2011, a reader wrote to complain that he’d found massive errors on his Experian credit report. He couldn’t fix it through Experian’s website and, after Experian’s site advised him to call a phone number instead, he said he “received an interactive voice response (IVR) system that wouldn’t accept the information. I went on the Internet and found other Experian phone numbers to call but those kept connecting me to the same IVR. Is there a way to talk to a human being?” (There was, but it required making a trans-Atlantic call to Ireland.) …

Drug stores refusing to fill pain medications


Pharmacist Steve said:  The above post appeared in a closed FB page for chronic pain… I’M SPEECHLESS !

The Walgreens that I have used for the last 27 years & is the closest to my house – just UNDER a mile away (.94 mile) has a new Pharmacy Manager who will not fill my class 2 prescriptions because I am in a different zip code!! Seriously how do I even reason with this type of insanity????

Under comments:

Barbara Fowler, on July 8, 2015 at 10:47 am said:
Reporting Walgreens won’t help. I’ve been fighting with Walgreens for 3 years over my pain meds and I’ve written letters of complaint to every entity you can imagine, including their own CEO, and nothing has changed. My best advice is to take your business elsewhere. The only thing they will ever understand is what impacts their pocket so I am encouraging everyone I know to go elsewhere. I know that is easier said than done these days, but the privately owned pharmacies are your best chance. Go in and explain your situation in person and talk to them. If you live in the Orlando area, I can recommend a great guy who is very supportive and wants to help. Good luck to you.


INDIANAPOLIS – Some Walgreens customers are sharing painful stories about their recent trip to the drug store. They say those routine visits to get pain medication were anything but routine, ending in humiliation, threats and accusations…

Robert had gotten his pain pills from the same Walgreens drug store for two years without incident. When he recently went to get a refill, that changed.

He was told the drug store now had to verify his prescriptions by talking with his doctor — and that could take up to five days. Since Robert had just one day of pain pills left (both his doctor and his insurance company prohibit him from getting his painkiller prescriptions filled early), the longtime Walgreens customer asked for his prescription back so he could take it to a different pharmacy.

The pharmacist refused.

“He said, ‘I’ve already started the process and now it’s out of my hands. I am not giving it back to you,'” Robert recalls. “I felt kind of panicked and I told him, ‘I don’t think you can do that.’ That’s when he told me to leave or he’d call the police… I had no choice but to leave them there until he was able to fill them.” …

The pharmacy will call and further investigate. They’ll say ‘Why is this patient getting this script? What’s wrong with them? What’s the diagnosis? How long are they going to be on it? How long have they been on it?'” explained Dr. Ed Kowlowitz, who runs the Center for Pain Management in Indianapolis. “They’re not just filling scripts anymore.”

Walgreens says its new policy is designed to curb prescription drug abuse, which is now a national epidemic.

But there’s another reason for the new rules: Walgreens has no choice.

They are part of a new settlement agreement the company reached with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency…

Just one day after Walgreens settled its $80 million federal complaint involving improper dispensing of pain medication, J.C. drove to her local Walgreens to get a monthly refill of her painkillers. That’s when she learned her Walgreens pharmacist no longer wanted her business.

“They refused [to fill] it. He said, ‘We suggest you take it to CVS. At this point we’re just feeding an addiction.’ He was very loud and it was right in the open when he basically called me an addict. At that point, I was just so upset I left,” J.C. said…

Under comments:

Donna Gargiulo Gonzalez Collins
Although my doctor wrote me a prescription for Tramadol for 6 pills a day (1 every 4 hours) Walgreens said they will only allow me to have 90 pills for 30 days. They say that is their policy! That is only 3 pills a day! How can Walgreens change my prescription going against my doctors orders? What can I do about this? By the way my insurance company also approved payment for my prescription as the doctor wrote it.

JW Smythe
Same here. Ongoing pain management prescription was refused because it’s “against policy” to fill it. They’ve been filling it. They flagged it in their system so I can’t fill it at *any* Walgreens. I went to a dozen other pharmacies today trying to find one that had it in stock. They’re all out of stock…

John Blaine · Bradenton, Florida
I have just got refused meds form Walgreens. Doesn’t calling the doctors for more information violate HIPPA laws? I believe they can only check if the meds have been perscribed. I just got refused service at walgreens for pain killers that I have been taking for 18 years. It took years for the doctors and I to come up with a combination of meds to ease the pain so I could have some kind of quality of life. My choices for my pains were, To keep taking these meds, Have a Morphine pack put in me or to have my leg cut off…

Marcy Elizabeth Pedersen · Cypress College
Walgreens treated me so badly, that i was having very depressing scary thoughts. I just had a pulmonary embolism, and needed my meds filled, but instead the pharmacist shredded the prescription and told me i didn’t need it and to go back to the emergency room!


Chronic whiner Says:
Fri, Jun 19 ’15, 7:13 PM

The exact same situation happened to me. I live in South Eastern Michigan. Same elevated lived enzymes, also chronic, debilitating illnesses that began with a shoddy gastric bypass in August of 2005, followed by 19 surgeries in an attempt to rectify the problems, and due to severe malnourishment, a feeding tube for 3 years, a severe blockage where my esophagus and pouch met, I now have degenerative disc disease in my neck, bulging and herniated discs all down my spine, scoliosis, arthritis, osteoporosis…. There’s more, I’m not even touching on the mental anguish, PTSD, etc etc… Pardon my tangent. My point is, my doc did the same. Put me on oxycodone to lesson the Tylenol I was taking, but I could not fill the script. 2 days of phone calls (that was a joke) and unbelievable mileage… And I STILL was unable to fill the script. My doc reluctantly had to prescribe the norco after all… No other option worked as well…

tanya Says:
Sat, May 23 ’15, 11:31 AM

Yeah walgreens told me the same thing the last time i tried to fill with them. They said they couldn’t fill pain meds with muscle relaxers or pain meds with anxiety meds. He called it a south florida drug cocktail and then he flagged my file so that any walgreens i went to would refuse me. I was with them for years n years…

legalpain Says:
Thu, Mar 12 ’15, 12:35 PM

I was a 8 year customer @ CVS I’ve been at the same pain doctor 10 yrs and then the pharmacy manager refused to fill my 6 scripts. Only 2 are narco! My wife and just spent 6 hours just trying to get them filled at another CVS. Yesterday between my pain appt and trying to find a pharmacy (again I’ve never filled early out of fear and same CVS 8 yrs) I spent 8 hours.
I’m on methadone and for some magical reason it can only be found at the place who refused me.  I even called corporate trying to find out what happened. And all I get is it’s all up to pharmacy manager and a big wig named Cathleen in corp.

Since when did pharmacist get to play GOD with my life? I never wanted any of this. I have a dying wife and son with multiple health problems. Money is tight and last month I had repeated seizurs from methadone while the CVS I always went to decided to fill one last time.
Now where do I go?

The Secret Ways Women Used Pot Throughout History



Women rubbed pot on swollen breasts.

Weed has been used as a topical treatment for centuries. Back in the eleventh century, women used it to treat swollen breasts. The Old English Herbarium described the process as follows: “Rub [the herb] with fat, lay it to the breast, it will disperse the swelling.” Documents show the same method was used in nineteenth-century Germany and Austria, where cannabis was “laid on the painful breasts of women who have given birth.” …

Women consumed pot to treat migraines.

In ninth-century Persia, the juice from cannabis seeds was mixed with herbs and used to treat migraines and other pain-related ailments. As recently as 1942, Morris Fishbein, then-editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, recommended cannabis drops specifically for migraines, especially for women about to get their period.

Pot also made periods more bearable.

Talk about the royal treatment. In the nineteenth century, Queen Victoria received monthly doses of cannabis from her personal physician, Sir John Russell Reynolds, to relieve menstrual pain. Meanwhile, around the same time in the U.S., women used Dysmenine—a medicinal syrup which contained cannabis—to treat cramps…


“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”  Hans Christian Andersen

“If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm.”  Frank Lane

Sunshine go away today, I don’t feel much like dancing
Pain is here it’s trying to run my life, don’t know what it’s asking
When pain tells me I better get in line, I hear what it’s saying
When I get bud, I’m gonna make it mine, these ain’t dues I been paying

How much does it cost?
I’ll buy it!
The time is all I’ve lost
I’ll try it!
I can’t even run my own life,
I’ll be damned if pain runs mine–sunshine

(Original Sunshine Lyrics by Jonathan Edwards)

(Photo taken 7/3/2015.)

Generic Celebrex leaves some patients in pain


Q. I have been using Celebrex for osteoarthritis, and it has worked well for me for many years. The pharmacy substituted generic celecoxib. After only four days, I am in a lot of pain, especially in my spine. I would gladly pay for the real thing.

A. You are not the only one to complain about celecoxib. Dozens of people have written to us saying that the generic does not provide the same pain relief as brand-name Celebrex.

You might be able to get some assistance from your physician, as this couple did:

“My husband had been on Celebrex for almost 20 years. When the pharmacy switched to generic, I did not realize it at first.
“My husband’s hand swelled so much that a couple of his fingers tripled in size. (We took pictures to show the doctor.) He also had a lot of problems with knee-joint pain flaring up, as well as stomach ache.

“When I realized he was on the generic, we asked his doctor to write a new prescription with no substitutions.

He wrote a letter to our insurance company saying my husband was allergic to something in the generic, so now the insurance pays for the prescription.”

You can read about other people’s experience with celecoxib at PeoplesPharmacy.com. Readers can report problems with generic drugs to the Food and Drug Administration through MedWatch (fda.gov/medwatch).

This article from PeoplesPharmacy.com can no longer be found on that website, which I think is rather odd.

Women With Fibromyalgia Don’t Get Enough Exercise



Blunted Anti-Inflammatory Response to Exercise Increases Fibromyalgia Symptoms


A key symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome is post-exertional malaise. It’s a period of intense, often debilitating symptoms that follows any kind of exercise or exertion and lasts for a day or more (usually more.) Research actually shows abnormalities in the blood chemistry of people with chronic fatigue syndrome after they exercise, and those abnormalities could very well provide the long-awaited diagnostic test for this condition. Some preliminary research also shows abnormal heart rhythms during exercise, which could mean that exercise is actually damaging your health…

The exercise myth is one that’s not likely to go away — it’s pretty firmly entrenched in the medical establishment, and a consequence of an uninformed public. What we need to do is know our own bodies, try to educate those who are receptive, and ignore those who aren’t. We’re not doing any good for anyone by over exerting ourselves and winding up in bed for a week.

Below, Kiley asked me to link to research on this that she can show her doctor. Here’s what I have, and if anyone else knows of good ones, please post them…


UNM Pain Center is not for pain patients

Is 10 days enough time to wait for a response from Dr. Katzman?  Looks like the UNM Pain Center really does have something to hide.  And if you’re a pain patient in New Mexico, I would avoid that place.