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An Exclusive Interview with Suzanne Somers

October 2004

LE Magazine October 2004
An Exclusive Interview with Suzanne Somers

WF: Absolutely.

SS: But I do hope that when it comes to hormone replacement, women will look at me and say, like Meg Ryan said in the movie “When Harry Met Sally”: “I’ll have what she’s having.”

Scanning electron micrograph of a breast cancer cell, the most common form of
cancer in women. The tumor starts in the breast and spreads quickly when not treated. If it is found during the very early stages, it can be surgically removed.

WF: How many of the Hollywood celebrities that you know are following some sort of antiaging program?

SS: More than you realize. When you’re in this business, the way you present yourself is how you get your work. It’s not about how you look, but you have to be in the best form that you can be for your age and the type of work you do. Particularly movie stars, who not only are on camera, but also are larger than life. Who could handle having their face blown up to 500 times its normal size on a movie screen? Every nook and cranny shows.

WF: I was just going to ask you, as an insider, what percentage of celebrities are aggressively taking action to slow their rate of aging.

SS: A lot of them, but then a lot of them don’t get it at all. They drink, smoke, stay up late, and party. I think you get out of life what you put into it. It’s a choice. Some people just want to have a great time, party their brains out, and die early, and that’s fine with them.

WF: But some actually do both. They abuse themselves and then take a lot of supplements trying to make up for it.

SS: Right. Then there are others like myself. I certainly like to have a good time, but I long ago grasped the concepts of “I am what I eat” and “I am what I put into my body.” So I think about everything I eat and put into my body.

WF: Well, you’re doing a lot of the right things. The hormones you recommend can be obtained in other countries for less money, even less money than in an American compounding pharmacy. Do you think that individuals should have the right to import these hormone drugs, with a prescription, from Canadian and European pharmacies?

SS: Absolutely. I’m someone who does it.

WF: Do you feel that everyone should have the right to obtain medications not approved by the FDA from other countries?

SS: I do. Because when you decide to tackle your particular illness and dig deeper and deeper, and then find something that gives you what I call an “aha! moment,” it’s frustrating not to be able to get that because of the legal system. I encountered that with Iscador®. It had to be sent to me from Switzerland, like I was some kind of criminal. It shouldn’t be that way.

WF: Have you ever considered a time in the future when science will gain complete control over human aging?

SS: I have. I think that’s what everybody’s working on. I don’t see that we’ll ever be able to prevent ourselves from dying. We lose cells as we age and there’s nothing so far that we can do about it. But we can optimize our health, energy, and vitality, and live a disease-free life. In the future, I think that will be more the norm. Antiaging doctors and endocrinologists who are working with cutting-edge antiaging medicine are doing us the greatest service because they realize how we lived 50 years ago does not apply to the lifestyle we live today.

WF: Just to give you some optimistic news, there are two specific mechanisms by which we could conceivably gain control over aging. One is to be able to genetically engineer our cells so they continue to divide. The reason they discontinue dividing is we are programmed, from a genetic standpoint, to stop cell division and go into death mode. We’re working in one of our research facilities on ways to “turn back on” the genes that keep cells young, and “turn off” the genes that promote cancer and cellular senescence. There’s also the promise of stem cell replacement therapy, so that even if we lose the ability to continue cell division, we could simply replace old cells with youthful stem cells.

SS: That’s exciting. Wouldn’t it be great to live to be 100 or even 200 years old, as long as you had your energy and felt good? It’s all about feeling good.

WF: Statistically, if cancer patients are depressed, they don’t live very long.

SS: And if you’re that depressed, who even wants to live? In the two years it took me to find hormonal balance—going from doctor to doctor—the quality of my life deteriorated drastically. I have a happy nature. I see the bright side of life. I always look to take the high road. But during those two years, I could not see any light anywhere. I could not find happiness. I was struggling so hard just trying to keep some kind of perspective. When you’re just hot, like you have the worst fever of your life all the time, it is miserable. In public, I’d be sweating so badly, I was mortified. I was so embarrassed. The exhaustion was doing me in.

By the end of my search, I was reaching a point where I was thinking, “This is not worth it.” And I’m a happy person, I love my life, and I have a great marriage. So imagine what your life becomes if you’re not happy, don’t have a great marriage, don’t love your life, and you’re dealing with this.

WF: It would be miserable. Hormone restoration certainly is a major factor in all of this. Month after month, we bring such life-changing concepts to the attention of our readers. Typically, we’re several years ahead of what other people in medicine are thinking and doing. We’re constantly looking at the published scientific literature. We also deal with research scientists and have our own research laboratories that are actively seeking ways to slow aging.

SS: How great. I think this is a fantastic magazine and I want to read it every month. I’m interested in what you’re interested in.

WF: We really appreciate everything you’ve written and said. Thank you for sharing your message with our readers.

SS: Thanks so much. I loved it.