I was starkly reminded of this tragic situation when I recently heard the story about Ex pharma sales rep Gwen Olsen.
For over 15 years, Gwen was a successful pharmaceutical sales rep for many of the industry's big name manufacturers.
Gwen's self-proclaimed calling as the "Rx Reformer" evolved not only from upsetting personal experiences as a rep where she had to repeatedly compromise her integrity, but also from a shocking event that occurred within her own family.
The health of Gwen's niece, Megan Blanchard, a bright pre-med student, quickly deteriorated from drug-induced addiction, withdrawal, mental illness, and depression. This painful suffering resulted in Meg's tragic suicide.
Gwen realized that her niece was neither the first nor last to painfully suffer from the consequences of doctor prescribed pharmaceuticals. Gwen says: "Compassion is what Meg really needed, not more drugs."
"There are thousands and thousands of people like that out there, and they need a voice," said Gwen. "I serve as that voice."
Gwen's disillusionment with the industry - her anger at the immense deceit and misinformation she witnessed within the profitable alliance between medical doctors and Big Pharma - led her to get out of pharmaceutical sales and pursue a new vocation: spreading truth.
Pharma Reps Trained to Misinform PeopleShe says: "I had been used in the game, we (were) being trained to misinform people, I literally was the one at the front lines, harming people, unintentionally, but I was responsible, and I carry a burden for that now...
I don't want people thinking that I am a conspiracy theorist, because in fact, there is no theory behind what I'm telling you, it's all provable. The pharmaceutical industry doesn't want to cure people.”
Gwen now educates others about the abundance of harmful drugs being given to a credulous population.
Some of what she shares includes:
- The deadly effects of prescription drugs: “There is no such thing as a safe drug," said Gwen in a YouTube video
- How drugs, especially psychiatric drugs, are meant to encourage people to remain customers of the pharmaceutical industry. After all, if Big Pharma intended to help cure disease, they would be putting themselves out of business.
- How she and other pharma reps are encouraged to minimize the side effects of the drugs they sell when speaking to doctors.
- How there is no medical evidence required for psychiatrists who wish to prescribe their patients drugs. This broadens the potential patient population considerably, allowing Big Pharma a lucrative advantage over an increasingly diseased and medicated public.
Gwen’s insights help us understand exactly why the flawed U.S. health care system currently ranks last on preventable deaths among 19 industrialized nations worldwide!
Doctors Trapped in ‘a Rigged System’
Though many of her conclusions apply to Big Pharma worldwide, it is important to stress that most Conventional doctors do their very best in stressful circumstances. They are typically overworked and under tremendous pressure to quickly come up with THE solution to their patients ills in an increasingly litigious climate.
In fact quite a few doctors I know are increasingly stressed and depressed by their circumstances. This is borne out by a recent poll which found that more than a third of all doctors are unhappy about some aspect of their profession. They expressed serious concerns that the current state of health care is impeding their ability to provide quality care to their patients.
As one doctor in confidence said: “The system is rigged against us. It puts constraints on our time, medical options and livelihood if we try to practice medicine outside of the accepted conventions of the current system.”
You are Your Best Doctor
Perhaps the best solution is to take responsibility for our health and not rely on ‘experts’ if possible. You are Your Best Doctor. You and only you know yourself and your body.
You just need to understand how your body works, and learn how to listen to and trust your instincts about your body. As Dr Thomas Bige says:
“Lack of knowledge about how your body functions and ignoring its needs are major contributing factors to ill-health. You can no longer afford to neglect the important duty of looking after your most valuable asset: Your own health.”
1. Dr Mathhias Rath talks further about ‘The Pharmaceutical Drug Cartel’ at:
- The Pharmaceutical Drug Cartel Launches World War III To Prevent Construction of a Healthy World : http://www4.dr-rath-foundation.org/open_letters/img-nyt0506/speech_drrath.htm
- The Laws of the Pharmaceutical Industry http://www4.dr-rath-foundation.org/PHARMACEUTICAL_BUSINESS/laws_of_the_pharmaceutical_industry.htm