View Full Version : an experience at work
03-04-2008, 04:17 PM
I just wanted to share an experience I had at work today. I work at a doctor's office where we can check cholestrol for patients. So I decided to check mine at work and showed the results to the doctor I work with and he states "great" you will live unitll your 200. They all know that I eat healthy and exercise. Then at lunch today that we had with drug reps the doctor I work with told them what my numbers were and then they all talked about my lifestyle for a bit. Then it ended with a drug rep saying "I guess eating right and exercise does work"
03-04-2008, 04:20 PM
ha! thats awesome, truly. and hilarious. and sad.
good for you lori!
03-04-2008, 04:33 PM
Well, you're drug rep is stupid. My husband is a drug rep for the best selling cholesterol drug on the market and knows good and well diet trumps EVERYTHING. The problem? Diet is too much work. Patients want a pill. Very few of them want to make sacrifices or changes in diet. That's what is really sad. We (as a culture) want to have our cake and eat it, too. I worked for years in cardiology, and the resistance I saw from patients was so, so, so annoying. Even my FIL, who is practically a walking pharmacy, flat out tells his doctor to keep his diet and lifestyle lectures to himself 'cause he ain't listen' Then he calls us and brags and laughs about what he said to the doctor. :mad: :rolleyes:
03-04-2008, 04:42 PM
why is the drug rep stupid???
03-04-2008, 04:49 PM
Loriann, I think that was a wonderful experience for you and maybe just maybe you can have a positive effect on those you work with. You are a great inspiration to all those around you. Have a great life!:)
03-04-2008, 04:57 PM
I can see why my stupid comment could be misinterpreted. I should clarify: I don't know if he is stupid or not. I'm really just projecting my frustration with the industry at him. My husband has been in this field for 10 plus years and we are both burned out on the quality of reps out there. It's just getting worse and worse, which is why he is seeking to get out. When I hear, "I guess eating right and exercise does work" it just makes my blood boil. Of course it works! It was the only thing that worked for years and years! As the quality of our food has become increasingly worse, the drugs have had to become increasingly stronger.
When my DH and I hear from drug reps statements of disbelief in regards to diet and lifestyle changes we hear "I'm just collecting a pay check. I know nothing about health, barely understand the published studies I have in support of my drug, and try to get business by bashing the competition."
Sorry if that wasn't clear. :)
03-04-2008, 05:00 PM
Sorry if I came off like a grump. I need to look at it a different way...you just taught a drug rep an invaluable lesson! Maybe he'll think about food in a different way from this point forward! :)
03-04-2008, 05:01 PM
I took is as the drug rep was agreeing with Lori Ann.
03-04-2008, 05:05 PM
I took it like he agreed with Lori Ann, but that the concept of diet affecting overall health was just completely revolutionary and something he never considered possible. If he is marketing cardiology drugs, I just think that is sad.
03-05-2008, 07:57 AM
Thanks eveyone for the comments. Rawkstar you do not need to apologize. It is frustrating knowing what we know and watching different situations happen. My job makes me more motivated to continue to have a healthly lifestyle, but also frustrated knowing if most of these people would change their lifestyle that they would improve their health.
The drug rep knows what keeping him in business.
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