Having known many drug sales representative over the years, I’ve found them a mixed bag. While some are nothing more than pretty faces armed with enticing gifts, I have also encountered a good number who admitted–sometimes openly–that they worked for Big Pharma for nothing more than money.
Here are some comments from just such a pharmaceutical insider who, thanks to her and her daughter’s wheat-free experience, has gained a better understanding of her industry:
I feel compelled to share my story with you. I am a drug rep who advocates for you every single day. Did I mention that I happen to sell medications that treat diseases most likely caused or exacerbated by wheat (depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic lower back pain, osteoarthritis, & erectile dysfunction)?
In 2009, my daughter had a febrile seizure at 15 months with ear infection #6. She was healthy her first 9 months, but within a 6 month period, had 8 ear infections. She received tubes after #4. Wanting to be the best mom that I could be, I nursed her for 14 months and followed the guidelines for when to introduce different foods. Month 9 was the introduction to table foods and Heidi loved couscous, bread, and all things whole wheat. After the seizure, I realized that traditional medicine wasn’t working, so I took Heidi to a holistic chiropractor who suggested that I remove gluten. Long story short, the chiropractor was right. I was later diagnosed with celiac disease and we went gluten-free. I stocked up on all good pre-made substitutes that were gluten-free so that my child could feel normal at day care and I wouldn’t feel like I was missing out. My daughter has been ear infection-free for almost three years.
Three years later, I had packed on 25 pounds and thought it was related strictly to stress, life changes, etc. Then I read your book. After my light bulb moment when you commented on the pre-made gluten free foods and recommended Maria Emmerich’s book, I changed the way we are eating completely. I had already committed to getting myself healthy this year and started down the path, even had my kitchen cleaned out of junk on the morning news. In August, I began cooking from scratch. This is a big deal for a single mom who was raised on microwave dinners and the only thing I used the oven for was baking sweets. I’ve dropped 18 of those 25 pounds, dropped my total cholesterol 54 points to 132 and triglycerides 24 points to 67. These are both all-time low numbers for me. I have also finally managed to make the head-to-toe rash that lingered for a year go away. Five MDs (primary care, dermatologist, and 3 allergists) couldn’t figure it out, but diet did.
I feel so much better after going sugar- and grain-free. I have shared my story and the fact that your book contains solid information that would help so many patients when talking to my customers.
Given my background in teaching and awareness of the medical community on top of my passion for others to be educated on what is really in the stuff that gets passed off to us as food these days, I want to help others. I also want to be able to explain to my daughter how I can directly help people and be able to actually give her quality time in the evening, instead of hurry her to bed so that I can get on the computer and do the computer work to keep corporate happy. It’s about being a healthy role model for my daughter and continuing to teach her through my actions. She will start kindergarten next year and there is so much opportunity to mold her understanding of what is really healthy.
I can’t thank you enough for inspiring me to pursue a career to educate others on nutrition and hopefully help them to not need so many medications. I only hope that I can accomplish my financial goals before the job cuts come. Thank you again for the inspiration to get myself healthy and keep my child healthy as well as to hopefully have a positive impact on others. Now you can understand how you have truly changed one more person’s life.