People often ask me how I came to found Pure Prescriptions. I haven’t often answered that question, because my road has been a deeply personal one, and one that I have been reluctant to share. But I’ve recently come to think – particularly in these days of cynicism and suspicion – that it’s important that people know why Pure Prescriptions exists, and something about those of us who believe in it.
One month after I graduated from LA College of Chiropractic in December of 1998, I found a lump in my neck that was diagnosed as Hodgkins Lymphoma. By February I was undergoing surgery, followed by chemotherapy. The next eight months were difficult. I lost my hair. I got very weak. My immune system was so compromised that I contracted pneumonia, and I remember being in a hospital bed writing my will and deciding whether to sign a DNR. My family came from across California and the country and said their goodbyes to me, and I to them. But I fought, and I survived.
When I was declared cancer-free, I made a decision to leave the high-stress lifestyle I’d been living. At the time of my diagnosis, I’d been working days as an intern, nights as a financial planner. I was incredibly stressed. Even though I was active, I lived on bacon cheeseburgers and super-sized soft drinks. As it does for so many people, my brush with cancer helped me see that I wanted to live differently. I wanted to live a simple life, instead of killing myself to try to get ahead.
So I sold my things, and moved to Costa Rica, where I lived happily in a shack on the beach. I had no intention of ever coming back to the United States. But then my father visited me shortly after I moved, and within days he became very ill. A tall, robust man, he lost 30 pounds in a matter of weeks. Concerned, I left my new life in Costa Rica to fly back to California with my father. Sadly, he was diagnosed with Leukemia, and seven months later he was dead.
During those seven months, my father struggled. He did everything he could to beat the cancer, and I did everything I could to help support his treatment. I had learned a lot while I was ill, but I learned even more about natural supplements and alternative remedies that could help. I wanted to connect with others facing the same struggles, so I taught myself coding and built a website on the then-fledgling internet, which I called canceradvisory.org. I spent my time writing articles, comparing notes, and discussing treatments with people around the world affected by cancer.
The question I received with incredible regularity from people visiting my website was “where can I find these products”. At first, I sent them to a few websites I knew about, but by and large these sites looked like they were created by snake oil salesmen. Sometimes they were. In frustration, I decided to do what I could to make professional-grade products available to those who needed them. I started Pure Prescriptions in my sister’s extra bedroom in Santa Cruz.
I was astonished at the response. We were busy, to say the least, and within a year Pure Prescriptions moved back down to San Diego. Today, my mother, my sister, and I own 95% of Pure Prescriptions. The rest is owned by the employees. This is truly a family company, and a work of love. The truth is, Pure Prescriptions exists for one reason: We want to help people undergoing severe health challenges, who need answers. We’ve been there. We know how frustrating, and frightening, it can be. Hopefully we can make things just a bit easier.
Dr. Devin Ryerson
CEO and Founder