Welcome to the “AMERICAN AGONY” Blog Tour @BorelMedWriter @4WillsPub

Am_Agony_Blog_Tour_PlacardPlease welcome my guest Helen Borel today with her enlightening book.

I truly appreciate my host for allowing me to introduce my new book, American AGONY: The Opioid War Against Patients in Pain, published by Fresh Ink Group. 

I wrote it in six tightly focused months because I felt compelled to follow up swiftly on the true-life horror stories increasingly reported on social media, on medical websites, and in personal communications from suffering and dying patients, victims of federal heavy-handed restrictions on prescription opioids.

Regarding the ethical treatment of patients in pain, America has arrived at an impasse.  Increasingly, patients with chronic incurable pain from various injuries, surgeries, and genetic conditions are having their years, and even decades, of well-working prescription narcotics being tapered to ineffective lower-dose levels or being suddenly cold-turkeyed altogether.  Results?  Severe 24/7 suffering of millions, suicides of thousands. This national outrage is caused by ignorant, non-medical bureaucrats running the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Veterans Administration (VA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) who’ve insinuated themselves into the most minute aspects of the doctor-patient relationship.

These entities began their onslaughts intensely in the last decade, especially the past three years. They have emboldened themselves to hound physicians so that amputee-Veterans can no longer get their prescription opioids from VA doctors. Other paincare facilities are shutting down, pain patients abandoned to zero treatment and zero referrals. They are spying on and raiding physicians’ practices. This is a medical emergency being overlooked by a heartless political system. Yet another epidemic—this time of patient suicides—is ignored by the CDC.

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Who are the patient groups affected?  It begins with the denial of well-working prescription opioids from those with lifelong pain conditions diagnosed as Intractable Pain Patients (IPPs).  Now neither you nor I can receive a medically indicated narcotic when we go to the ER with severe injuries, with a kidney stone scraping its way down a bleeding ureter, or with suffering postsurgical pain—not even root-canal surgery at our dentists’. It affects child patients. It even affects pets treated by veterinarians, suffering animals whose owners are feared might take the meds.

I call those who interfere with pain treatment “OxyMORONS” because of their opiophobic stupidity. They have clamped down so hard on normal opioid prescribing for pain that now even end-of-life, hospice care, and cancer patients are being denied relief. Family of terminal patients have even been told, “We fear he’ll become addicted.”

One example: the critical blood disorder Sickle Cell Disease, which causes misshapen erythrocytes (red blood cells) to threaten oxygen transport throughout the circulatory system, can be excruciating during a crisis. It requires emergency intravenous morphine in addition to the lifelong opioid such patients are normally managing on.  Shame on America for accusing so many of these patients as being “drug seekers.”As a published medical and pharmaceutical writer, and given my earlier career as a bedside hospital nurse with expertise in evaluating and medicating various kinds and levels of pain, I felt it my duty to expose these government injustices and cruelties, to research and write a book aimed at helping to restore normal, medically indicated opioid prescribing by physicians without interference by bureaucrats.

Thank you for giving me a platform to share this critical information that ultimately impacts everyone.

—Helen Borel, RN, MFA, PhD

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Dr. Helen Borel wrote poetry and played piano as a child growing up in two orphanages. She became a registered nurse, then earned her master’s in creative writing. After 18 years as a medical, psychiatric, and pharmaceutical copywriter, she published books, literary criticism, satire, and fiction. She became a doctor in psychoanalytical studies with her own website, PsychDocNYC.com. Always outspoken for the underdog, her intense research is the basis for her passionate expose of government wrongs and the legal rights pain victims must assert. Find her at PsychDocNYC.com and on Twitter: @BorelMedWriter or @PsychDocConnect.

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Hear the Whisper

Bare branches
Bare branches peep through my window
Stand tall to inspire;
Rocks that I admire
As they love with fervor

Bare beauty that illuminates
At the command of Mother Nature
I watch from my cozy couch
How they entangle and crouch

Bare branches shiver and smile
Breathing eerie calm;
Waiting for their singing pals
When sublime spring calls

Watch how they weep
Bearing snow and rain
Wind whirls tender twigs
Not a word of pain!

Watch how they lit up
And say adieu to sun
But shimmer with delight
In moonlight!

Did you hear their whisper?
© Balroop Singh

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Muted by Time

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Let’s talk about those days
When we didn’t wear cloaks
When we were free
When our faces glowed

Let’s refresh those memories
Of sprightly laughter
That echoed in our citadel
Of shimmering light thereafter

Let’s talk about the whispers
That breathed life into us
The majestic trees that swayed
To celebrate our glory

Now we stand muted by time
Reduced to sentinels
Within these narrow ramparts
Frozen with one expression.

Clouds gather to commemorate
The legacy of eternal love.
© Balroop Singh

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Understanding Negativity and Negative Thoughts

Negativity

A dear family member has not returned home on time. His phone is not responding. The weather is pretty bad and you have to attend a family gathering. You don’t want to be late but you are worried. What is the first thought that crosses your mind?

Is it negative? I am sure it is, as human brain seems to be wired for negativity in such circumstances. Positive emotions have to be cultivated but negative ones are innate; they are our natural armor. However hard you try to shove them, they keep cropping up.

Negative thoughts rule our life, as negative energy travels faster; people are more interested in negative aspects of a colleague or an acquaintance and they take pleasure in being judgmental. Even school children enjoy gossip and criticism and vent it out in the form of bullying or unruly behavior.

Fear, loss, failure govern our thoughts when we make some major decisions. We talk to ourselves in a negative tone, we start believing that we were at fault and failure affects us deeply.

Why are people negative?

  • They have been hurt at an impressionable age
  • Their hurts could be deep-rooted
  • They hold others responsible for their behavior
  • They have never tried to emerge out of the shadows
  • Fears dominate their thoughts
  • They could be internally insecure
  • They don’t like to introspect

Upbringing plays a major part in forming your thoughts. If people around you lack positivity, have faced too many setbacks in life and are all the time struggling to keep up appearances, you are bound to pick up those vibes. You learn to grapple with the thorns on your path by carrying a tough exterior.

Lack of love in childhood affects emotions in a negative manner. When a child doesn’t get a positive nudge and has to depend on his own feelings, he weaves a protective web around himself. One failure defines his efforts for him, one rejection seems like the end of the road and he learns to blame others. As an adult, his self-defense is negativity.

Negative peoplePeer group exerts significant pressure on us. Social development and true friendships are formed at a young age but rejection; bullying and negative attitude of peer group could hurt your self-esteem. It may lead to the loss of faith in the goodness of humanity. Negative interactions leave a lasting impact on the psyche of those who feel rejected.

What you read, the kind of books you were exposed to builds your perspective. Early impressions tend to stay and you veer toward negative reading – books about ghosts, monsters and villainous creatures become your favorites. You may define life in the same way. You wear a façade of contentment and happiness but could be bitter inside.

Criticism nurtures negativity, as it gives a wrong message to the listener. It is an attack on self-esteem, makes him think he is “no good.” If you were criticized during your developmental years, you tend to grab negativity unknowingly. Negative traits get entrenched in the personality.

Negative emotions too could be beneficial but only if we understand them and are ready to introspect. Read more: How Negative Thoughts Can Be Beneficial For Our Personality.

How do you handle your negative thoughts? Do you know such a person?

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This is also Love!

Love is a sublime emotion, which is only understood when we have crossed the pitfalls of infatuation; when we stop gazing at its dazzling light; when we learn to look within and when it has taught us its value. I have written about it many times. Here is an excerpt from one of my poems:

“True love keeps smiling in our eyes
Like a fountain that never dries
It instills hope, respect, patience
The journey of love is so elating.”
© Balroop Singh

Recently I stumbled upon a book of poetry that acquainted me with another aspect of LOVE; not because it came back (which is so rare) but because it validated my belief that I have shared in the opening lines.

71A6gYNJjwL._AC_SL260_This poetry was written when the poet was a youngster. It made no sense to cling to those painful memories, so she abandoned it in some dark corner of the house to move forward. Many years later, her dad found the original script and gave it to her. That’s how these poems saw the light of the day to enlighten many minds. Eeva Lancaster shares the story of her life in the introductory part of this book.

The good news is that her love came back to her after 10 years!

MY REVIEW:

In Loving You – A Journey of Love and Self Discovery by Eeva Lancaster highlights that love is not just elation, not just the ecstasy of holding each other to soak in the blissful moments; it is heartbreaking too, it drives you almost crazy, pushing you into the shadows with “ghost” like existence. Emotionally charged and realistic, these poems bring out profound realities of relationships – anguish, yearning, heartbreak, loneliness, and emptiness – each emotion has been exquisitely captured by Eeva. The passion of a youngster shines through her verses.

Isn’t it ironic that love, the most powerful emotion acquaints you with the “beauty of surrender,” makes you feel like “a reed so soft and bending!” Some poems inspire to move on, conveying a subtle message that clinging on to somebody who doesn’t acknowledge your love is futile. If we could peep through the drapes of present, if we could escape the pain – an essential part of life – we would cease to be emotional and creative. Eeva’s poetry suggests that the journey toward self-discovery lies through cauldrons of circumstances, which may smile at you at a later stage. I salute this brave poet for sharing the story of her life.

© Balroop Singh

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