Salmonella OUTBREAK: CDC Blames Herbal Supplement Kratom

by | Feb 21, 2018 | Headline News | 31 comments

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    An outbreak of salmonella in 20 states is being blamed on kratom.  According to the CDC, Americans should stay away from kratom for now, until the origin of the outbreak can be pinpointed.

    According to federal government health agents, a popular herb called kratom is linked to an outbreak of salmonella that has made 28 people sick in 20 states. Eleven people have been sick enough to need hospitalization. The government agency, the CDC also claims the “most of the people who have been made seriously ill in the outbreak remember having recently used some form of kratom.” Most?

    “At this time, CDC recommends that people not consume kratom in any form. The investigation indicates that kratom products could be contaminated with Salmonella and could make people sick,” the CDC says on its website.

    Kratom has been the focus of a storm of controversy. The Food and Drug Administration has issued increasingly urgent warnings about the herb, saying it acts like an opioid drug and advising people to stay away from it. –NBC News

    Kratom enthusiasts say it’s enjoyable to use recreationally, but they also say it is also useful for treating withdrawal symptoms from opioid use and can be used to treat pain. “Kratom is not a drug,” the American Kratom Association says on its website. “Kratom is not a drug. Kratom is not an opiate. Kratom is not a synthetic substance. Naturally, occurring Kratom is a safe herbal supplement that’s more akin to tea and coffee than any other substances.”

    Kratom is a natural botanical native to tropical Southeast Asia that is part of the coffee family. It’s also known by its scientific name, Mitragyna speciosa. The people of Southeast Asia have used Kratom leaves as an herbal supplement and traditional remedy for hundreds of years. When taken in appropriate amounts, Kratom can provide increased energy, minor pain relief and many find relief from a variety of other mental and physical ailments. Today, people in the U.S. are consuming Kratom, as they do other herbal supplements and traditional remedies. –American Kratom Association

    Salmonella is a very common bacteria that causes what we all know as food poisoning. The CDC says it is not clear how the bacteria could have gotten into supplies of kratom. But genetic testing links the cases that have been reported. Salmonella has been linked to supplements before and caused an outbreak in food powder in 2016.

    “In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the months before they became ill. Eight (73 percent) of 11 people interviewed reported consuming kratom in pills, powder, or tea,” the CDC said.  There doesn’t appear to one particular brand or type of kratom taking the blame, just kratom in general.

    The Salmonella bacteria could have been on the plant itself, before harvesting, or in the irrigation water used on the plants, said Benjamin Chapman, an associate professor and food safety specialist at North Carolina State University. It’s also possible that the supplements became contaminated with Salmonella somewhere during the manufacturing process, he said. (Salmonella bacteria typically live in animal and human intestines, and get into the environment through fecal matter, according to the Mayo Clinic.)


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      1. It is a cheap alternative for opiode addicts and they have wanted an excuse to ban it. This sounds like a good excuse.

      2. Kratom, Krypton… what don’t kill you will make you stronger. Does the CDC have any credibility left?

        • Nietzsche would probably agree with you if he hadn’t died so young.

        • NO!

        • Need to FACT CHECK these articles !!!

          The CDC **IS NOT** a government agency !!

          There many other errors in this article, making people think one way when the opposite is true.

          • cdc is a subservice of Department of HHS. ya can’t have a .gov if you aren’t Gooberment. Don’t infect other readers with clownish claptrap. Sure the big pharma j oos want to prevent supplements from ruining their opium war against American whites but point that out instead of retarded crap.

      3. Kratom does relieve pain at low doses and becomes an effective sedative at higher doses. Sounds like a smear campaign against it.

        • That is my conclusion. Heard about the stuff on a radio show, Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis about six months ago. Interesting stuff. If it works, so what? Let people use it. Their body.

          • But it’s not controlled/sold by big pharma and approved by FDA and actually works. WE CAN’T HAVE THAT!

            • So true. You’ve voiced my exact feelings. If Big Pharma has something to lose, kratom is going to get a bad rap. It’s all about the money.

            • When is the proverbial straw going to break the camel’s back in Police State Amerika? When are We The Taxypaying People going to put an end to the gross malfeasance that takes place on a DAILY basis by these crony tyrannical alphabet soup agencies (CIA, DEA, FDA, NSA, DHS, ATF, BLM etc.) that continually sucks our Economy DRY??

              And why the fuk is the UN still on American soil even though it turns a blind eye to US gov’t arming, training, funding ISIS via treasonous CIA/Pentagon collaboration with NATO and its authoritarian coalition of Compliant Vassal States?

              This is exactly why I boldly claim that the US has been a disastrous ‘ally’ for Canada over the past 2 decades or so. Every fucking war America starts, the wonderful ‘peace keeping’ nation of Canada always gets dragged along like a naive accomplice looking for approval by an armed sociopathic thug.

              The Founding Fathers are miserable in their final resting places because We The People have FAILED them. Like hell they would put up with this shit.

              But fastforward to 2018, ALARM BELLS ARE RINGING and the ‘people’ still support this two-headed charade of a political system which openly allows (ENCOURAGES) our ELECTED traitors to be BRIBED by crony American SuperPACs. Yet every ignorant sheep is in a tizzy over Russia.

              It is for exactly these reasons why I would love to get the fuk off this insane planet. All forms of logic/reason that are vital in a functioning Republic (heck, I would say the entire planet) have been CO-OPTED.

              Crony regards!

            • G, of course not! That would put all those government workers out of a job!

              I don’t need anyone sniffing my butt and telling me it stinks. Most people know what is good or bad for them. Those that don’t figure it out win the Darwin Award. I don’t view that as a problem.

      4. Best bet is to just stay clear of any drug – kratom included – unless actually needed. I’ve never understood the need to use any drug for recreational purpose. Add in that this one does have some withdrawal/addiction capability; I’d advise opting out of its usage. Last thing any of us need is one more opiate-like substance.

        • Kratom is a medicinal herb, with a lot of benefits. People use it to treat pain as well as help with anxiety, depression, and many forms of addiction. Kratom was traditionally used to get people clean off opium, which actually lead to it being banned in Thailan as the Thai government was literally losing opium profits.

          People also use kratom to quit alcohol, tobacco, and even xanax/benzos. Not only that but kratom was traditionally used to help treat diabetes, which preliminary research shows it actually does have the potential to treat:

          ” It is concluded that the increased glucose transport activity of M. speciosa is associated with increases in activities of the key enzymes dependent to the insulin-stimulated glucose transport for its acute action, and increases in the GLUT1 content for its long-term effect. This study demonstrated the effect of M. speciosa in stimulating glucose transport in muscle cells, implicating the folkloric use of M. speciosa leaves for treating diabetes.”

          So in short, people use kratom for a ton of purposes. Kratom also contains antioxadants similarly to green tea, kratom is actually in the same family of plants as coffee as well. And it’s literally the leaf of the tree that people dry and powder to make tea with or wash down.

        • I agree. I am fine with short-term use for symptoms. Willow bark has the main ingredient found in aspirin. Essential if you have a high fever. Temporary, short term use is fine. Anything you have to use, or take, every day, isn’t good.

      5. Big Pharma can’t patent it and make money on it, so they do everything they can to discredit it.

        Big Pharma, the FDA…and the CDC are evil globalists, intent on the decimation of humanity.

        As an example…they have no interest in curing cancer….there’s no money in it. And besides, cancer is an excellent way to “soft-kill” the population. One of the reasons why they fight the legalization of cannabis and other alternative treatments.

        There’s a special place in hell for these people.

      6. I just recently heard about Kratom a month or so ago and how it is a non addictive substitute for pain control for people that do not want to use big pharma. Then a couple weeks ago I heard that the powers that be were wanting to make it illegal. Now this…hmmmm???

      7. When a vegetable is contaminated with salmonella authorities warn the public. It may be recalled and not available temporarily. But never is the vegetable banned.


      8. I recently learned of a supplement called guggul. It helps you lose weight by strengthening the thyroid. Google it.


        • If anything I need to GAIN weight lol. I am on a diet of barley and hops but that adds weight in the wrong place lol.

      9. What??? Krantom??? What strain, from what company? Too little information here, there must be 15 different strains of it, sold be 20 different companies. Are they all infected … I think not.

      10. Well isn’t that handy.
        One government agency wants to ban/regulate something and wouldn’t you know it, another agency discovers it is dangerous.

      11. Be careful I have done some studies myself on this herb and it does have some concerns and warnings.

        • Yes, you can take too much and pay for it dearly.

          • Yeah, and throw it up and maybe get nauseous.

            It’s unpleasant but it actually helps people not abuse it, all it takes is one time overdoing it and you will realize less is more.

      12. Oh, man! They’ve been digging in my kracktom again? I keep telling them not to do that. No telling how long that sh*t has been in there for, and why they could catch. Kracktom? Man, it wrecked ’em.

      13. Its the field workers defecating in the fields that usually cause a salmonella or e.coli outbreak.

      14. I had never heard of Kratom before, but it sounds good. Free advertising.

        • It is really good, here’s a great paper I’ve been trying to spread that shows kratom has the potential to help treat diabetes:

          ” It is concluded that the increased glucose transport activity of M. speciosa is associated with increases in activities of the key enzymes dependent to the insulin-stimulated glucose transport for its acute action, and increases in the GLUT1 content for its long-term effect. This study demonstrated the effect of M. speciosa in stimulating glucose transport in muscle cells, implicating the folkloric use of M. speciosa leaves for treating diabetes.”

          It was actually used traditionally to treat diabetes so this paper is very promising, there’s also a lot more evidence for various medicinal benefits of kratom. It has at least 20-30 alkaloids, so we will no doubt discover more benefits as it’s researched more.

      15. Stuff we don’t want authoritarians to touch is all dirty.

      16. When you’re in the cold, it replaces a migraine with a nostalgic feeling, that is not incapacitating.

        In fact, the natives take it, to work in the sun. People usually forget that, within reason, drugs can be used to help you work more.

        Could be used as an anti-inflammatory or to break a fever.

        From a self-sufficiency perspective, this is free market, and you can grow your own.

        Shorter halflife could be used to break an addiction to the prescriptions.

        If you don’t think this is a power trip, see how the state drug dealer treats you or your loved ones, once he prescribes (owns) you. You will never live it down, so help me God.

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