Wellness Professionals are Often Just Sales People

Wellness Professionals are Often Just Sales People…

fruit-clipartSo sorry, but you are NOT a “wellness professional” if you cannot spell the word wellness and you are very out of shape. You are most likely a network marketer/sales person selling vitamins or health related products!

This problem is getting worse, people who are not qualified are taking your health in their hands. And their wallets are getting fatter in the process! With many of these network marketers, their ONLY goal is to grow their income, not to make people more healthy. And they will follow the sales script in order to get YOU to buy their products. Some will go as far as say they use the products. Really, are they the spitting image of health? Do they really lead a healthy lifestyle? With many of these network marketing companies there is no education or certification necessary to sell products that can drastically effect YOUR health. So not only is your wallet at risk, your health could be at risk too!

Why does this bother me? Because people trust that you have the education and experience necessary to SAFELY and EFFECTIVELY guide you to better health. They “they say” form of advice is often not the best advice and often not backed by science. That advice often becomes popular with good marketing, not necessarily good science or safe results. I saw one coach forcing the athletes to use a network marketing product that was not designed for kids in an effort to increase her income. They were not allowed to train on the team unless they used these products. The amount of protein (and likely chemicals) in the product was very high, much too high for a ten year old’s kidneys and liver to process on a daily basis. Some parents reached out to me telling me of their child’s digestive upsets and issues shortly after they started using the products. That is just one example of a network marketer pushing products rather than really helping a person with specific dietary needs. There are so many stories like this one and some people not realizing the damage until much later.

When you put your trust in someone to guide you to better health ask them what college they attended, where they got their training, what certification/license they hold, how long they have been guiding people in wellness, references of past/successful clients, and what their college degree is in BEFORE you trust their SALES PITCH.

The two people I trust for nutritional advice are Dr Joe Kasper and D Fred Bisci. Google them and you’ll find a wealth of science based and accurate information. I am pretty sure both still do phone consultations. Be sure to tell them that I recommended them!

Best of luck reaching your health and fitness goals… And be careful who you trust with YOUR HEALTH!

Karen Goeller, CSCS

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