Olsen says that fifteen years as a specialist pharmaceutical representative, with four leading companies, taught her that:
… they all had one thing in common and that was that they all considered human beings to be a human commodity and that they expected a certain number of us to lose our lives in the utilisation of their products.
From the earliest stages of My Serrapeptase Adventure, I have described prescription medication, and the corporate structures, which support it as The ‘Toxic’ Cocktail. In turn, I have called myself The Health-Care Survivor. I have, occasionally, been asked if I might be dramatising the dangers of prescription medication by using descriptions like these. Gwen Olsen’s ringing indictment of the industry leaves me convinced that I can answer my challengers.
Disease control, and even symptoms management both have their place, and many people have benefited from both, but they must never be confused with health care. It is crucial to defend the right of people to know the difference between health care and medical care, and to be able to make an informed choice between them.