If something requires a billboard, it likely isn’t good for you. Real medicine doesn’t require heavy advertising, marketing, signs and flashing lights. It doesn’t come with paragraphs of disclaimers, commercials, slick campaigns and glossy packaging. Nature is wholesome and simple. It doesn’t hide a deceitful back story. Its intent is obvious and straightforward.
I left teaching in 2006 and entered into the world of pharmaceutical sales, became a pharmaceutical sales representative for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical corporations. The day after I signed my contract (my soul), a new car was delivered to my driveway. I took my son for a ride in it that day, both of us mesmerized that my new company had given me a car, a gas card, free insurance, the works.
Two days later, my laptop arrived, then a welcome gift from the company–a speaker system for my house. I was swept away for six weeks of training at high end hotels, sales meetings that included live concerts of famous bands, celebrity guest speakers, more lavish gifts, champagne fountains, and extravagance.
Coming from nearly a decade of teaching, this lifestyle hit me with bling and glam, and I got swept away in it. I didn’t realize until much later in life–at what cost.
I drank the Kool-Aid. I thought I held in my hand the life-saving miracles of the world in chemical form. My drugs could stop heart disease dead in its tracks. I was a super hero with a grand message for society–I had the tool that doctors needed in order to save their patients from massive heart attacks, strokes, and even death. I had the power and mission to deliver these chemicals throughout my territory, to poison everyone with their lies and evil.
Of course, this wasn’t my intent. I truly believed I was saving lives the years I worked for Big Pharma. It did, however, sit funny with me that during training, two full weeks were given to “handling safety objections” in the field. The training involved full days of intense studying regarding claims of my drug’s adverse event profile. For each safety issue, Big Pharma had supplied glossy marketing tools with pieces of convoluted data to exemplify the safety of the drug on that body part.
Most of my training, in fact, was around the safety of the drug rather than its benefits. And still, I saw my company and my role in it as being on the super hero side–chemicals save lives in spite of some serious precautionary risks.
When I lost my job in Big Pharma, they came to take the car away. I reluctantly handed over my keys and gas card. They erased me from their slate like I’d never mattered. I was just a number, as nullified as a patient in the system.
It wasn’t until I was sickened by our system that I could see the big picture, understand the undercurrent of greed over good. Poisoned by our system, I wandered as a patient for eight years from doctor to doctor–over 20 to be exact–collecting pills that further poisoned me. I was given no answers. The most time I received at each doctor visit was 11 minutes. three scripts, and massive medical bills.
Twice I landed in the hospital–tests, IVs, blood work, more pills, more pharmaceuticals, more unanswered questions, more bills, more poison, more sickness—and this was okay with our medical system. This was the new normal. I was a loyal customer. A team player. This was treatment. Take sick people and make them sicker with poisons. And sadly, this system made sense to everyone. Except me. That’s the day I walked away from all of it and sought my own answers in “alternative” medicine. I started seeing my symptoms as sign language my body was trying to communicate to me. I changed my diet. I studied natural healing. And eventually, I uncovered the root cause of my illness and began my journey to true health and wellness.
I’m guilty I worked for this system but blessed that I was able to fully understand its greedy underbelly, to identify its shortcomings, and to now be part of the movement of change in our healthcare system. The future of healthcare actually relies on us going backwards to a time before we were brainwashed to believe that chemicals heal, that doctors are in charge of our health, and that insurance companies dictate our treatment. Our new healthcare system won’t be run by corrupt politicians and the deep pockets of Big Pharma. There will be new initials replacing the FDA, CDC, NIH, and WHO. These are ME, I, and YOU. WE have the ability to make changes in our own health and affect change in our community and the world.
Our new healthcare involves drinking clean water that is not poisoned with chemicals and fluoride. It’s eating real food that has not been genetically modified. It is using plant-based natural herbs for disease prevention and treatment. The things that heal us don’t glitter, shine, have commercials, or need a billboard. They are full of good intention, not just profit. Our lives matter more than anyone’s bottom line.