She quit Big Pharma to help cancer patients heal naturally

Tara Mann courageously left a six-figure income as a pharmaceutical rep when she discovered that cancer can be healed with nutrition and natural therapies. She also converted to a plant-based diet.

Now she runs Cancer Crackdown, a non-profit that helps cancer patients find natural and alternative therapies that are right for them and supports them in their healing journey.

In our interview, Tara explains what pharmaceutical reps do, how they make money, how they influence doctors, the reasons she had to quit, and how she helps cancer patients navigate the world of alternative therapies.


Note: We had a few audio glitches (Oh Skype…), so there are a few points where you may need to turn up the volume when the sound level drops.

Show Notes
– What pharmaceutical reps do [1:30]
– The surprising way they get access to, win favor with, and influence doctors [3:31]
– How pharmaceutical reps get paid [5:08]
– How much pharmaceutical reps influence doctors [5:58]
– The documentary film that opened her eyes and changed her life [6:58]
– “More people make a living off cancer each year, than die of cancer” [8:00]
– Tara begins to research the cancer industry and the pharmaceutical industry [8:45]
– Tara starts the Cancer Crackdown support group [9:46]
– Tara makes the decision to leave her career and a six-figure income to help cancer patients heal with nutrition and natural non-toxic therapies [13:31]

Selected links from the interview:

Why I don’t race for the cure (or support most cancer charities)

Dying to Have Known (The movie that changed her life. Watch it!)

Cancer: Step Outside the Box by Ty Bollinger

More info about the Gerson Therapy here

Cancer Crackdown is a charity worthy of your support. So please give!

Connect with Tara at

Beat Cancer Kitchen: Deliciously Simple Plant-Based Anticancer Recipes Get it on Amazon here
Beat Cancer Daily 365 Days of Inspiration, Encouragement, and Action Steps to Survive and Thrive Get it on Amazon here
Chris Beat Cancer: A Comprehensive Plan for Healing Naturally Get it on Amazon here, or anywhere books are sold.

I've interviewed over 70 people who've healed all types and stages of cancer. Check them out here. Or use the search bar to find survivors of specific cancer types.

I also created a coaching program for cancer patients, caregivers, and anyone who is serious about prevention called SQUARE ONE. It contains the step-by-step strategies used by myself and many others who have healed cancer with a holistic approach using nutrition and natural non-toxic therapies.

Watch SQUARE ONE Module 1 for free here


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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Pam

    How are pharm reps trained? What qualifies them to educate doctors? What are the qualifications to becoming a pharm rep?

    1. Chris Wark

      They are trained by pharmaceutical companies to sell drugs. No special qualifications or degrees needed, although physical attractiveness seems to be a prerequisite.

  2. Penny

    This was truly beautiful!!! Thank you so much for posting this Chris.

  3. patrice

    great interview, chris, thank you!!

    any update re: the natural healing clinic in cambodia? how’s that project going?

  4. CurlyEars

    The other day I was in the dollar store and there was a man there with a basket filled with back-sscratchers and beads air fresheners. He was t Ellington a woman in the line that he is big pharmacy sales representative who is planning a community event and that the items will be prizes.He put on a dramatic show about how it would all play out”So, Ms X I see you have picked a back scratcher that means your potassium is low so……………yyou guess the rest because I couldn’t stand to even hear the rest.Can you imagine? Big Pharmacy makes billions and comes to the $ store to spend pennies in order to plan a scheme in order to fool people into thinking they have a disease because they chose a back scratcher and now they need to go to the MD so they can BE PRESCRIBED DRUMS for a PHOTO ILLNESS???

  5. Jim

    Short interview but good enough. Great that she has seen the need for monetary help for people wanting to go alt-organic treatment for cancer. It’s not cheap for sure. Keep up the good work Chris!

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  7. Valerie Rausch

    Have you heard about GreenSurance, an approved alternative to Obamacare? Founded by a cancer survivor, Kari Gray from Hawaii, it is a medical sharing co-op platform that allows its members to seek alternative or conventional medical treatment at the prescription of their MD, DO or ND. Just made the switch last night and so excited for the alternative choices it will allow!

  8. Jose Beaz

    you are awesonw honest and bautiful too

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