By Dr. Mercola
To quote Suzanne Somers: “We’re all on a big, chemical drunk, and the hangover is a killer.”
In addition to a successful career as an actress and singer, Suzanne has also become a household name in the natural health field, authoring a number of books.
Her latest, TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick, is her 25th book to date, in which she delves into the toxic roots of disease. Before this, she did a great deal to bring bioidentical hormone replacement to the forefront as a means for women to reclaim their health and quality of life.
“I started writing about bioidentical hormones 20 years ago with The Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection: The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men, my first book in this genre.
“Before that, I had the ‘Somersize’ books, and before that, I had the Children of Alcoholics book and a book for children of abuse. My very first was a book of poetry in 1973. I’ve actually been writing books for a number of decades,” she says.
Stricken with Cancer, Suzanne Bucked the Trend
In 2001, Suzanne was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was offered standard of care radiation, chemotherapy, and harsh aftercare drugs, and she was told to quit taking the hormones she was on. She disagreed across the board.
“I said to my doctor at that time ‘I cannot give up my hormones.’ He said, ‘You have to. You have an estrogen-positive tumor.’
“I said, ‘With all due respect, doctor, what I understand about hormones is that, [the cancer is] because I haven’t been making sufficient progesterone these last 10 years. That probably is a contributory factor.’
“And then, factor in 20 years of birth control pills…These are foreign molecules in the body, and it confuses the body.
“Estrogen is carcinogenic. That’s what everybody is afraid of. Progesterone is anti-carcinogenic. So nature pours out estrogen every day of the month. And then two weeks of every month, we pour out progesterone, and that is how we keep the balance.
“As we start declining in hormones, the one usually declining first is progesterone…
“It took courage to come face to face with my doctor and decide on my own that I knew more about my body. I think what we all need to do as laypeople today is to do the work, to do the research, and become your own detective and to listen to the body’s language.”
Surprising Side Effect of Radiation Treatment
In the end, she did do radiation, but opted out of chemotherapy and the aftercare drugs. Today, she would have declined the radiation as well, she admits, as health problems she now has are likely a result of the radiation, which eliminates your body’s ability to make hydrochloric acid for life.
“I wish I had known that,” she says. “As a result, with each meal I take three digestive enzymes and three hydrochloric acid capsules to mimic what my body would have done on its own.
“But think of all the women who go on the Nexium-type drugs when there would be a natural way to handle this. Again, you have to do your homework.”
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