Just how old is Suzanne Somers anyway? That’s the question in everyone’s mind upon meeting this vibrant, youthful health advocate, who is the author of 25 books.
Suzanne Somers is living proof of her self-described “new way of aging.” Although she appears ageless, Suzanne proudly reveals she is an amazing 72-years-old as of this 2018 interview with Life Extension’s Michael A. Smith, MD. Listen to the interview by clicking here to download this Live Foreverish podcast episode for FREE on iTunes!
How does she do it?
Hormones are a Game Changer
“Hormones are the game changer,” Suzanne asserted. “The lack of understanding about hormone replacement in conventional medicine is just shocking to me.”
Dr. Mike agreed that hormone replacement is not faddish nor exotic, but a way of balancing our body’s own messengers that enable the brain and the rest of the body to communicate with one another. When asked how she responds to nonbelievers in hormone replacement therapy, Suzanne replied that she tries to set a good example.
“This is what 72 looks like now,” Suzanne stated. “And it’s because of hormones. If I hadn’t been taking hormones for the last 25 years, I wouldn’t look this way, I wouldn’t feel this way, I wouldn’t have the figure I have, I wouldn’t have the energy I have, I wouldn’t have the libido I have. As a result of hormones, I have all those things. I don’t mean it to sound like braggadocio, but I just want people to know the possibilities.”
Bloodwork, Not Guesswork
Signs and symptoms are often the language of the body when it asks for what it needs. “The Seven Dwarves of Menopause” so often referred to by Suzanne—itchy, bitchy, sleepy, sweaty, bloated, forgetful and all dried up—could be an expression of the body’s need for hormones. Replacement of these hormones should not guided by guesswork, but by the results of comprehensive bloodwork.
Quality of Life: Quality Over Quantity
“We have figured out how to extend life,” Suzanne noted. “We are going to live longer—much longer than our parents. But we’re not going to live healthier.”
“Certainly, allopathic medicine has its place,” she emphasized. “It’s a godsend. But I also think we’ve hit the wall with pharmaceuticals. Throwing pills at people is creating this thing I call the long, slow death. And it costs about a quarter of a million dollars.”
We’ve all known people who have experienced this prolonged decline. They may have had the best doctors but, as Suzanne remarked, none of them were talking to each other.
Menopause “The Change” is Life Changing
Concerning her present role as a health advocate, Suzanne explained that she didn’t choose it. “I loved being Chrissie Snow on Three’s Company,” she stated. “I loved doing sitcoms, I loved doing my nightclub act. I loved all that.”
But at age 50, Suzanne experienced a distressing menopause-associated decline in hormones along with a breast cancer diagnosis. This “big wake-up call” led to the question, “What have I done to play host to this disease?”
At that moment, Suzanne decided to change her life.
“I was going to change the way I ate, I was going to change the way I thought, I was going to change the way I sleep—I was going to value food and sleep in a way that I never had before.”
In addition to food and sleep, another factor that needs to be considered when trying to improve our health is our environment. While it appeared as less of an issue several decades ago, many believe we are currently under an environmental assault that may be the greatest in the history of humanity. However, we can create a healthy environment at home by the choices we make in regard to our diet, what we put on our skin, the air we breathe (which can be filtered with air purifiers), and the cleaning products we use, which should be nontoxic.
Suzanne Somers’ New Book
Suzanne offered her listeners a sneak preview of her upcoming book.
“I’m writing about ‘the new way to age,’” she announced. “The game-changer always is hormones.”
Her “new way to age” involves replacing hormones in the exact amounts that are missing, consumption of organic food, and understanding the toxic assault we all face. She recommends that couples adopt a clean lifestyle for at least three months before attempting to conceive and suggested the present increase in diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder and other conditions might be due in part to the increased burden of toxins.1,2 Leaky gut syndrome could be another contributor, according to Dr. Mike .3
“If I had to say one thing, it’s about the food,” Suzanne concluded. “The food you feed your children, the food you feed yourself . . . processed food is not food.”
“I think I’m preaching to the choir, but there’s a new way to age and it can be without illness.”
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