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The Rapp Report: Chronic Pain Awareness

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Jun 2020

About

June 25, 2020

I am Branden Rapp. I live in the Great State of Kansas, in the peaceful little town of Ellinwood. 

I grew up here. I graduated Ellinwood High School in May of 2005. Less than a month later, I was off to MCRD San Diego to join the ranks of the few, the proud, The United States Marines. I served with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Alpha Company, stationed in Twentynine Palms, California. During my four years of service, I was deployed to Iraq 3 different times. I also had a unique experience. I got the chance to meet the 43rd President of The United States of America, President George W. Bush, on two separate occasions. 

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After my four years in the Marines I came back home to Kansas. Just last year, I met the love of my life, Dana Rapp. We've been happily married since December 20th, 2019. 

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 My beautiful wife is a chronic pain patient. She is the reason I got started on this whole thing. 

At first, I was in favor of the War on Opioids. In my mind, I told myself "opiates are bad. Those that use them are just a bunch of junkies. Get rid of them!!" Boy, was I ever wrong! I have learned through my beautiful wife, and through lots of research, that this opioid hysteria has left more than 100 million of my fellow Americans in a constant state of excruciating pain. Why are they in so much pain? They are suffering because of the rogue regulatory actions of the CDC, thanks to their infamous 2016 opioid prescribing guidelines, and also because the DEA has been arresting doctors for treating these people with opioid analgesics. You see frequently in news articles about a DEA bust of a doctor or pain clinic that was prescribing beyond what was "medically necessary". Since when does law enforcement practice medicine? 

I created this podcast as a means to spread the word of not only my wife's story, but of the one-third of my fellow Americans, and their doctors, whose lives have been destroyed thanks to decades of bad policy. 

I believe in liberty. I believe in the proposition that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. I fight for my wife's liberty, and yours. 

Most sincerely,

Branden M Rapp