Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness

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Life-Altering Secrets from Today’s Cutting-Edge Doctors and the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Ageless

Today’s most trusted advocate of anti-aging medicine, Suzanne Somers, deepens her commitment to helping people lead healthier, happier lives by opening their eyes to cutting-edge, proven remedies and preventative care that most doctors just aren’t talking about with patients: longevity medicine and the more progressive study of bioidentical hormones.

As we age, certain hormones diminish, creating an imbalance that can set off everything from perimenopause to cancer, beginning as early as our thirties. This hormonal imbalance is causing many to feel depressed, anxious, fatigued, sexless, sleepless, and ultimately ill, sometimes even terminally. What’s more, Somers and twenty doctors in the field of antiaging medicine argue that the processed chemicals in foods and pharmaceuticals we ply ourselves with are actually slowly eroding our bodies and minds. So we’re getting slammed twice. From estrogen dominance to deceptive thyroid problems, people are suffering, and most don’t have access to the treatment they truly need to get better and thrive . . . until now.

Breakthrough explores cutting-edge science and delivers smart, proactive advice on the newest treatments for breakthrough health and longevity.

In addition to being a pioneer in a rapidly growing health field, Somers is a passionate, caring individual whose own life was derailed by disease and brought back to unimaginable, feel good heights that she wants you, too, to experience.

Customer Reviews:

  • This "breakthrough" needs fixing
    Ms. Somers has taken an important subject and made it unnecessarily complicated and perhaps inappropriate/impossible for the average reader. If one were to follow her "breakthrough" recommendations, they would be spending much of their life detoxing, eating organic fruits and vegetables(and little else), exercising, getting lymphatic massages, having their root canals and fillings extracted, getting their electrical currents measured, setting aside blood for future stem cell needs(at $7500 a pop), having chelation therapy, taking HGH shots, and eliminating all foods that provide a modicum of pleasure in todays world.

    Much of what is stated is important and helpful, but a true wellness book should have been more definitive about people getting off medications, not just statin drugs. A true wellness physician should be able to eliminate all medications that his/her patients are on. This is achieved by eliminating the causation of illness, a subject that is not covered in this book. There are many people who have difficulty sleeping, have restless leg syndrome, anger issues, road rage, fibromyalgia( which is not an auto-immune disorder or an inflammatory condition as stated in the book ), depression or IBS from internalization of anger, hypertension, a problem with excessive drinking,or smoking, or drugs in order to "chill out", anxiousness-type feelings, bipolar disorders, excess cortisol production leading to weight gain, chronic interstitial cystitis, etc. Every one of these conditions are caused by an over-production of a hormone that is scarcely mentioned in the book - adrenaline, the fight-or-flight hormone. The control of this hormone is imperative to achieving wellness; ironically, it is easy to do. Every one of the conditions mentioned can often be eliminated by lowering the levels of this hormone.

    I am a wellness physician and very much supportive of what Ms. Somers is trying to accomplish. It does not have to be complicated, it involves sitting down and talking to the patient, getting hormones in balance appropriately without unnessarily high doses of estrogen(or any at all since most women never stop making it),removing medications, an education in nutrition, and the correct use of supplements.

    For the record I would like to clarify some statements in the book: Estrogen lowers IGF-1 levels. It is dangerous to use these levels as a guide to HGH dosage when taking estrogen(as does Ms. Somers).
    Progesterone lowers insulin levels, it does not raise them.
    HGH is not an anti-aging hormone; it increases IGF-1 which speeds up aging.
    Testosterone does not lower cholesterol levels, but is certainly cardio-protective for both men and women.
    In men,testosterone can easily convert into estradiol, the cause of prostate cancer. Perhaps some mention should have been made about how to prevent this conversion.
    Migraine headaches are not "a classic response to low estrogen". They are caused by estrogen and are eliminated by progesterone cream.
    "A backed-up gall bladder" is not the most common cause of headaches.

    Suzanne Somers began her book with the same quotation that I ended mine with. My book begins with a quotation from Voltaire who stated that, "Doctors give drugs of which they know little/Into bodies of which they know less/For diseases of which they know nothing at all".

    Michael E. Platt,md The author of The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones,2nd edition....more info
  • Alot of false statements in this book
    I bought this book after listening to Suzanne Somers speak about it on t.v. and hearing her speak so fluently and so informatively that I thought she must really be on to something. But as I read 'Breakthrough' I discovered so many statements that were flat out wrong and so long ago disproved that I was unable to trust what I was reading from her.
    Here are some words to help tip you off that the medical advice you are reading is no more or less valid that the medical advice your mailman could give: "cutting-edge technology" actually means 'untested and unverified'; "Doctor of alternative medicine" actually means a doctor who is willing to try untested and unverified remedies. Doctors learn what works and what doesn't work from reading the medical research studies, not from claims of a treatment's effectiveness based soley on case studies or personal experience. There might be some truth in Suzanne Somer's book, but it has been difficult to separate it out from the bunk. Don't use this book as your sole source of information....more info
  • Anti-aging medicine
    This is an amazing book with more and more helpful information by experts in the field of anti-aging medicine and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy along with other advancements in preventative medicine. It has helped to educate me. I'm 63 years old and have been on BRHT for almost 6 months and feel better than I've felt in years. Thank you Suzanne Somers for helping to bring this information to the public....more info
  • Fabulous book!!!! Great Transaction!
    Bought this as a gift!!! Very happy with the seller and the product!!!

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  • Breakthrough
    The book has been very enjoyable to read. I appreciated how quick it came and the fact that I recieved it. One of the reasons I enjoy ordering from Amazon. com is that I feel that they watch out for their customers. I have been taken advantage of before. I feel safe with Amazon. Thank you for your good service....more info
  • Loved it!!
    I think everyone should read this book. What an eye opener. Thank you Suzanne!!!...more info
  • Good ideas, but..
    Some of the vitamin regimens and cleanses seem a bit extreme. What I don't understand is how Suzanne can take botox injections (which she admitted on Larry King show) when she promotes putting only natural healthy intake for the body. And we all know eating healthy and getting enough sleep is good for us, nothing new there. One would have to have a lot of money and discipline to adhere to the whole plan. Organic foods and all those supplements and the naturalists doctors... ok for someone with Suzanne money, but not "Josephine Six Pack" budget....more info
  • healthy1
    This book is one of the most informative books I've read in a long time. Suzanne makes it very readable and not too technical and the doctor's interviewed were simply fascinating. I hope this book opens the eyes of our medical community and the insurance companies regarding preventive medicine. I am rereading it right now because it is so full of information. Thank you, Suzanne Somers, for your book!...more info
  • Not worth your money.
    Let's look at ways to help this terrible economy, Suzanne has made 'nuf off of her thigh-ab etc machines. She should retire after her nezt session with Colleen on HSN! for Pete's sake! Terrible book!...more info
  • Take Charge Of Your Health
    I have always loved Suzanne Somers and have often agreed with her thought processes about health,nutrition and the medical community. This book if nothing else, will make you think about your health and the control that you have over it. I do agree that some of Suzanne's methods and regimes may be a little far fetched for the average Joe, but everyone can take away something to start doing immediately to improve ther health.

    That being said, I applaud Suzanne for going up against the mainstream medical community. Everyone needs to understand the realtionships between the doctors, pharmaceutical giants, the FDA and Congress. The kickbacks and perks that physicians receive from the pharmaceutical industry is absolutely sickening given the state of our health care system in this country. There is a time and place for pharmaceuticals, absolutely, but what about teaching and talking prevention so that dependence on pharmaceuticals can be reduced? That is what Suzanne is talking about.

    The other light bulb moment came when she was talking about chemo and cancer treatments. Do you realize how profitable chemotherapy is? And that it is not always necessary? And how do you treat people's cancer the same way, when people aren't the same? There was also an eye opening moment when the Dr. Suzanne was interviewing talked about an OTC drug when taken daily after treatment for prostate cancer, was proven to reduce the recurrance of the cancer. This study however was rejected.

    Buy the book and educate yourself and others about taking back control over your health. Its your body, and your mind, and you do have a choice and a say in what happens to them both!...more info
  • Breakthrough to anti-aging and real wellness
    I really enjoyed Sommers newest book. The information is powerful for those of us who plan to live long, healthy, lives and want to be proactive about achieving it. I especially enjoyed the dynamic interviews with the Breakthrough doctors. I have heard of several of them and was very impressed with the layman's/medical information they shared to inform the reader. This will be a great resource book to keep in my home library. Outstanding book and I look forward to Sommers future wellness books. ...more info
  • Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness
    Suzanne Somers has given us another excellent resource. She's edgy with this one...alternatives to Western medicine, and it is elucidating! ...more info
  • Interesting
    I bought the book just to see what all the fuss was about and I found it to be an interesting read. Maybe her particular way of handling her health isn't for everyone, it still makes you think and, to me, that's what a good book does....more info
  • Top Notch
    Suzanne is right on target. She covers all type of problems and gives the reader the ammunition to do something about it. Most importantly it is the natural way to go....more info
  • Breakthrough
    This is a serious reference book for those interested in leading edge alternative medicine. Although one might not pair up Suzanne Sommers with serious medicine-she has assembled an impressive team of physicians with sound advice. ...more info
  • Breakthrough
    Fantastic book--very eye opening. I'm not a book reader, and this was so good I could hardly put it down. I really learned alot about health in this...and preventing sickness. I've bought 2 for friends!...more info
  • Good Information
    I enjoyed reading this book. It gave me a lot of good information on living well. Thanks Suzanne....more info
  • Wonderful book
    I loved this book. I will refer to it often. Every woman or man should read it,so they can know their own body. How it works and why things go wrong....more info
  • Women taking care of women, very good book.
    My business partner handed me this book after she had finished reading it and I gave her a really weird look when she did because I don't have breast cancer. All she said was, "That doesn't matter, just read it." It didn't take long to figure out why. It's about being a woman and about respecting and caring for yourself, regardless of your current situation. It's just a really good book about women and taking responsibility for those things in life that need your attention. I was thoroughly humbled, impressed and heartened.

    Jane Stevens
    Tao Cycle Therapy: Natural Happiness via Self Directed Cure for Chronic Anxiety & Depression [Updated 2008 3nd Edition]...more info
  • excellent book brought together with outstanding research
    This book was written so well that it made a smooth ride down a bumpy road seem like a piece of cake.
    There is a ton of information in this book which is all backed by professionals. It's not flowery nor is it dull.
    It is truely an excellenct source for great information on gettiing healthy.And I thank Suzanne Somers for making another great "Breakthrough" ...more info
  • E-book
    Funny but I remember Ms Somers saying not long ago that any author who published their work in electronic form wasn't a real author. Proving she got it right in this case. ...more info
  • Wow am I glad I found this book!
    This is exceptionally written with a lot of really good information. I have flagged and highlighted almost every page. I now feel that I have an awesome tool to help me become healthier. Thank you Suzanne!!...more info
  • Interesting but............
    Ms Somers provides interviews with some very interesting doctors. She seems to be aggressively pursuing a good number of their suggestions. One of the products promoted, a super antioxidant called Resveratrol cost about $50.00 a month. If your Suzanne Somers you probably can cover the cost....more info
  • Kudos to Suzanne
    Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness contains the most recent researched information and interviews by many of the nation's best recognized practitioners in the field of Anti-Aging and Wellness. This wonderful resource packs a tremendous amount of information into a single book. Suzanne Somers has documented her own journey and shared this information, reducing the learning curve and costs. She poses questions that we need to be asking our own personal physicians - demanding that our educated opinions be considered in our own treatment protocols. Wellness is a process and it requires more effort than taking an easy fix (of which there is none that really works). The result, while seen along the way, the real pay off comes when we reach 50+ and we remain younger than our counterparts who have not invested their wellness program. The great news is that it seems that it is never too late and doing a few things will help, rather than to do nothing. Get reading . . ....more info
  • Information that women need to know!
    It would nice to have all the time and money Ms. Somers has--to wrap your life around looking and feeling younger. But the reality is: most of us don't. However, Ms. Somers' book does give some good advice. It's worth reading--even though most women won't have the resources to implement all the suggestions given....more info
  • $uzanne Somers Rocks!!
    This Breakthrough Book has helped many a Female Family Members & Female Friends, along with some fellow Males as well.

    By the way,My Company in the next several weeks is Rolling Out a New,Positive Mood Enhancing Beverage by Suzanne, primarily for Women. It will taste like Raspberry Lemonade & we will Pay Customers Weekly, to refer it to others! For details ...more info

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  • Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness
    Very interesting reading with multi-deminsional answers from doctors and specialist in the field of nutritional supplementation, BIHT, diet, and exercise. However, many of the therapies and practices that Suzanne Somers uses are far reaching and costly because they are not covered by most insurance companies. Yet, I do recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about BIHT and a uniquely different approach to wellness. I have benefited from reading this book and it has given me a frame of reference for this area of health care that I did not have. I can now speak to my physician and pharmacist in more specific terms, which is priceless. This book also offers many resources....more info
  • vital for long-term health
    this book is incredible...full of expertise and great chapter-ending summaries about what you can do TODAY to increase your vitality and well-being...more info
  • Breakthrough
    This book should be the Health Bible in everyone's night stand. It's full of great information. It's a terrific guide and resource for optimal health. It reinforces the fact that we should all be proactive and take charge of our health and not let the "medical profession" dictate the usual one size fits all treatments. Breakthrough: Eight Steps to WellnessAgeless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical HormonesThe Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection: The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men ...more info
    Do you have problems getting up in the middle of the night going to the bathroom constantly. Problems balding,sex drive down the tube, bone and joint problems, dont feel alive and living ? Are you having problems with sleeping,depression,mood swings,skin problems, problems with your vision, or hearing, memory ? Suzanne covers so many of the common complaints today with her interviews with 20 doctors. These doctors are on the cutting edge of knowledge and they speak of really helping the patient rather than the bandage medical treatment which is out there now. The doctors explain the real root of where the common problems come from and how to tackle these issues. I can not stress how important it is to read this book ! It is worth every penny and I commend Suzanne on her great job of putting this book together ! She asked all the right questions! ...more info
  • Powerful cutting edge medicine
    Breakthrough provides additional information which Somer's earlier antiaging book, Ageless, does not contain, although the format where various innovative leading edge practitioners are interviewed, produces considerable redundancy, since most holistic physicians agree about many treatments and diseases.

    Many readers will not be able to afford all of the treatments recommended in Breakthrough and would benefit from subscribing to Dr. Jonathan Wright's newsletter, which discusses less expensive ways to achieve some of the same results. I was especially excited by Dr. Wright's innovative intravenous treatment for macular degeneration and have already recommended it to someone.

    Your HMO or health insurer is unlikely to provide you many of the tests and treatments described in this book and unlikely to find many of your underlying health problems, during their 5 to 8 minute physician appointments. Many of these treatments could actually reduce health care costs, by treating actual disease causes, instead of symptoms.

    Suzzane Somers expose and indictment of the corrupt financial conflicts of interest of cancer chemotherapy physicians needs to be more widely publicized. She interviewed Bill Faloon, Founder of the Life Extension Foundation, who detailed accounts of oncologists who were unwilling to leave their lucrative chemotherapy practices to work in a new, advanced cancer treatment center, using safer, more effective treatments. Faloon and Somers reveal many cancer specialists continued prescribing cancer chemotherapy medications, when they knew they were ineffective, because they benefited financially from financial incentives from medication manufacturers.

    There is controversy regarding the LifeWave nanotechnology patches discussed in Breakthrough. Suzzane Somers enthusiastically endorses them, citing several health improvements she experienced, although some internet websites attempt to expose them as a hoax or fraud. I did find one peer reviewed publication concluding the Lifewave patch reduced heart rate variability.

    A detox technique Suzzane Somers has not recommended is the detox foot pad. Florida Detox and Wellness Institute investigated one of these bamboo vinegar foot detox pads. Hair mineral analysis, before and after using 30 foot detox pads, over a three month period, revealed mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and nickel levels were approximately doubled, while aluminum levels decreased approximately 50 percent. Foot detox pads allegedly draw toxins out of the body through the feet. Since at least one foot detox pad manufacturer advertised percentage decreases of toxic metals, their advertising appears false. Bamboo vinegar foot detox pads are sold in many drug and health food stores.

    Steven Sponaugle
    Research Director
    Florida Detox

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  • Amazing Information
    Suzanne is amazing in that she does the research for us and uses the information she gathers herself. She has helped countless women by having the wonderful gift of being able to get before the doctors/specialists, interviewing them, gleaning what information is necessary and then putting it in book form for all of us to understand.

    Thank you, Suzanne!...more info
  • a great book to study for health issues
    I saw Suzanne Somers being interviewed on a talk show about her new book, "Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness." The one thing that she said on the show that really caught my attention was about this vitamin called aldosterone, which one doctor says can heal loss of hearing. I was so hopeful, so I had my daughter buy the book for me. We found out that the vitamin-- or whatever it is --is a mystery ingredient. My daughter looked it up on the internet and couldn't find much about it. That part was a big disappointment, but I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the book overall.

    Her list of eight steps are pretty basic in promoting good health:
    1. Detox the chemicals out of your body
    2. Replace your hormones naturally
    3. Maintain a healthy GI tract
    4. Avoid taking as many pharmaceuticals as possible
    5. Supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals
    6. Exercise regularly
    7. Avoid chemicals in your home. Clean green.
    8. Get the proper sleep. More and more studies show this to be very very important.

    Some other things I learned is to take Q-10 if you are taking Lipitor, which I take. Another is to take some form of hydrochloric acid to prevent stomach problems.

    One day not long ago I noticed that one-third of my eyebrows on the ends had disappeared. When I read about that in the book, I was so surprised. It means you have or have had thyroid problems. I take medicine for my thyroid.

    I guess another thing that I wanted to know was if Suzanne wrote the book herself. You know that famous people hire ghost writers. Both my son and daughter looked all through to book to find this out for me, but we all decided that she did write the book.

    Mainly the book is about alternative medicine. Suzanne questions these doctors in California and they answer her questions. The book is what they told her, plus she makes a major study of health issues. That's why she looks so good (and maybe a little plastic surgery--why not? If I had the money, I would have some, too!).
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  • Finally Some Answers!
    After having gone to both women and men doctors who want to just throw antidepressants at me (and I'm not even depressed) I was fed up with the traditional medical community. I had done some research and also signed up for a women's clinic plan online that sort of helped a little with some herbs, vitamins and a diet plan, but I was getting very discouraged with my fatigue, mental fog, aches and pains, bloating and not sleeping through the night. I saw Suzanne Somers promoting her new book on Hannity and Colmes one night and it sounded interesting - especially the part about the hormones. Once I got the book, I had a hard time pulling myself away from it. She covers all parts of wellness from bioidentical hormones to proper food, vitamins, herbs, exercise and cutting edge therapies, and she has been through all of the same problems. She and the doctors interviewed go into great detail of how the body works and reacts to the assaults of processed food, synthetic hormones, and other toxins. She is using most of the treatments that she discusses with the many doctors in the book. This was one book that I felt seemed written to truly help people - not to just sell books. I was also pleased that she gives a list of doctors, etc. at the back of her book so that you can get going on feeling better. I am going to make an appointment with one of the doctors. After reading this book, it is the first time that I felt any real hope that I could change things and not just give in to getting old and decrepit. This isn't just for women either - it has a tremendous amount of information for men and their issues as well. It's very exciting. ...more info
  • Fabulous New Medicine
    This book is fascinating! It opens up a whole new way to look at what we put in our mouths and how we view our symptoms. I feel it's a must-read for anyone wanting optimum health in today's toxic world....more info
  • New protocols in healthcare, empowering the patient
    I've read the book, funny some reviews seem they aren't reviews of the book, but reviews on Ms. Somers in television interviews. I do like accuracy and realize there are opinions on both sides. This book is Ms. Somers interview breakthrough doctors. So those speaking as if she is talking without medical input are wrong. She does giver her own experience interjected lightly. 80% are interviews of professionals.

    I have had both good and bad experience with the medical profession. I don't hold them on a pedestal and realize all aren't equal either. What has been missing in care is the first person such as Susanne. I believe most people aren't stupid enough not to weigh how these approaches apply to their personal situation. She opens up a train of thought many haven't considered and always mentioned that what she does works for her.

    That's why I like it. My doctors are good but not perfect, yours aren't either. There is coming a new age in medical care where the emphasis will be back on the patient in control. Thats what is the essence of this book showing what is out there. It has made difference in the health care for my family and has greatly improved our quality of life.

    Unlike a previous reviewer who says she complicated things, I believe just the opposite. She simplified things.
    Diet and nutrition play a key part and should not be brushed off as complicated. It isn't or does she make it difficult.

    My husband has cancer and is being treated by noted oncologist. He chose radiation but no chemo as the effects of his type of chemo were life threatening and would only add two month to his current prognosis. Right now he is a very healthy fellow with a tumor, with chemo it offered him heart, liver and kidney failure.
    So he chose to opt out after doing the research which started with this book and led to other resources.

    We went back to his oncologist to tell him he was opting for alternative therapy. He said for a fellow in my husband situation this is not that crazy as some would think and it was a good option for him. He would never have brought it up if my husband didn't broach the subject due to the constraints he is given legally.

    It has been amazing the increased response and health he has thus far gained. Totally off of all prescriptions too.

    I just want reiterate, everyone has to make their own choices. We were fortunate in having doctors with an open mind, who are following my husbands health and didn't write us off as crazy. They respected our concerns enabling us to make decisions on therapy.

    We are usually proactive in issues, this book gave us tools to take it one step further. Each person's choices are particular to their own circumstance. I appreciate people like Susanne sharing their situation so we can learn from it. ...more info
  • Mr. A
    This book is a lifesaver!!!! My wife is 39 and had a partial Hysterectomy 6 mos ago... this book has helped her understand what is going on with her body. It has also bee very informative for me regarding the use of Statins and Blood Pressure Meds....more info
  • Review of "Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness"
    Great book. Easy to read and very informative. The author has interviewed numerous medical professionals and reported alternative types of treatment that these doctors are currently using. A wonderful book for those seeking something other that the traditional medical "Merry Go Round"....more info
  • Suzanne Somers' Book
    I'm really enjoying this book. I'm almost halfway through. I had heard about it a while back & just now got around to buying it. I highly recommend it....more info
  • Life changing
    Chapter 10 will change the way you think about aging, and Chapter 14 will change the way you think about food and nutrition. It's worth the time and money to read....more info
  • I'm more aware, but that is about it.
    I don't diss Ms. Somers because she's now an avowed health advocate after her cancer scares. It's human nature that after a disease scare we want to educate and promote what's worked for us. Who knows - maybe she can help change the way medicine is practiced in this country. She makes some excellent points about how Western medicine is not about prevention, and is dead on about what occurs during most doctor visits. I have been trying to get my husband's doc to do the C reactive protein test on him for two years to no avail.

    But, the book got repetitive and sort of confusing. By the 4th chapter, I had gotten it already about the hormones- please! They need to be balanced, but I'm still left feeling confused. She went to great pains to make things clear, but it could be that the information comes from so many different doctors and is repeated in differing ways throughout the book.

    I also came away with the feeling that if you don't do the "whole program" of hormone balancing, eating loads of organic foods every day, take all these supplements, and go above and beyond even this -- that it's for nothing. She and the doctors keep insisting that ALL the hormones must be balanced together, including the cost prohibitive and controversial HGH. We must not only eat fresh, good whole foods, but since most of them have lost most of their nutritional value by the time we eat them, we must supplement too. Supplement a LOT. One of last of the people she interviews insists there is yet another supplement you MUST take with the HGH, or it isn't going to work properly. No one else had mentioned that until this person. More confusion. What if my doctor doesn't tell me to take that? Is something bad going to happen? These sorts of things make me leery of the process.

    Then, there is the problem of the normal fluctuation of our hormones. I'm no doctor, but I know they do this on their own. Seems to me we will have to keep on having these blood, urine and feces tests over and over and over again to ensure we are still properly balanced. What could happen to us if we suddenly run out of money to purchase these hormones? Is something bad going to happen to what most doctors will tell you is a very delicate balance? Is it dangerous to stop them suddenly? She never addresses this.
    Somers sees her docs on a very regular basis, something totally out of the question for most of us. Yet, in another part of the book she states that only one visit is necessary. What? At one point she disagrees with one of the docs who says he wouldn't give a prostate cancer patient testosterone because it's too controversial at that point. This made me step back and wonder....

    From the beginning of the book I made a list of all the cool supplements recommended - pleased to find I was already taking some of them. We know that not all supplements are made perfectly. But, please, I can barely afford the one's I'm buying now. I'm led to believe my reasonably priced supplements are junk, as they are not organically grown and hand blended. I was already taking progesterone cream nightly, and feel better because of it. I was already taking CoQ10, Red Yeast Rice, fish oil, multivitiamin, and magnesium, all of which are recommended in the book.
    I came away feeling like it's all or nothing if you want to get the same results Ms. Somers gets. Well, I think most of us will just have to take what we can, and do our best.

    I did become more aware of toxins in our environment, the foods we eat and the things we rub on our skin. Obviously, without brave and forward thinking doctors and researchers we could still be bleeding people as a form of treatment. So, I do commend folks like her and the people she interviewed who are willing to go out on a limb and try something different, even if it does fly in the face of convention, the FDA and big pharma. I'm certainly not on their fan list. But, I'm not totally sold. My hormones may be out of whack, but I'm not sure I'm ready to go around messing with them to the point she recommends. Maybe I'm not suffering bad enough yet, and I have not had cancer. My whole outlook may change if I were to really start noticing bad things.
    If anything, I am more aware, and will strive to include the supplements and fresher, better foods in the shrinking budget. ...more info
  • Didn't hit me
    Too wordy, not reader friendly, kind of condesending. Didn't get through the forward. Skipped around a bit but got very little "breakthrough" information. I do not recommend this book....more info
  • Very Informative About Our Lifestyles
    Another great book by Suzanne Somers that makes you want to change your surroundings & lifestyle. It does make more sense to use natural cleaners, organic foods and vitamins/herbs instead of chemicals that we've allowed in our lives to be acceptable. I've made many, many notes of how to improve our lives and discussions to have with my doctor. You really need to read this book....more info
  • If you are a Woman you need to Read This!!!
    I was given this book as a gift and I had to buy another copy. It is so informational. It tells many different Doctors actual patient cases and what you can do to remedy large or small issues. WOW!!! It has been so helpful. Your Doctor needs to read this book. Find a nautral Doctor. ...more info
  • Impressive
    I was actually suprised by this book. It was extremely insightfull and a great source of information for both women and men. I would recommend this book to anyone concerned about their health, well being and most importantly -- quality of life -- especially as you get older. I must say I find it a bit embarrassing to quote a book from Suzane Somers on health, but I truly believe she is on to something real and significant in improving one's quality of life especially as we get older. A must read for all. ...more info
  • ook purchase
    The book arrived quickly and in very good condition. Would by from this seller again....more info
  • Lots of Love Went Into This Book
    Reading Susan's latest work, I was greatly impressed by the amount of research she obviously put into the book. Consider what she had to do just in preparation for her to conduct meaningful interviews with all the doctors. It would seem to be virtually impossible for an untrained person lacking comprehensive knowledge about women's health, biodentical hormones, and the various other afflictions discussed in depth in this book, to be able to record the collection of information contained on these pages. Somers must have been guided by more than a desire to make money. This is an effort of love.
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  • Great book
    This is a great book, one every woman should read. The service was great and the book looks wonderful....more info
  • Steps Way Too Expensive!
    This book contains such incredible information and is mostly right on when compared with other natural health books. If we could all apply these steps with consistency, there's no doubt that we'd all be a healthier people.

    I could only give this book 2 stars though because there is absolutely NO WAY an average American can afford all these steps. Other reviewers have mentioned this as well. I wish there were things/ways she could suggest to be able to even attempt this kind of lifestyle. It is simply out of reach for anyone who is not wealthy. The detox therapies alone are thousands of $$$...

    My husband and I have 2 daughters and the only steps we can realistically afford are the dietary and some of the supplements ones. We consulted with a couple doctors she recommends in the back of the book to see if our family could come in and be evalulated...the initial appointments would be $395 per person, not including blood work, tests and "other" screenings that insurance doesn't cover. We were looking at over $5,000 just to get in the door for everything. This of course just scratches the surface - we still need to actually get the hormones, detox therapies, supplements, etc. Although this book is full of great info, I can only give it 2 stars because really, it should have a disclaimor about how much all this actually costs. It's frustrating that healthier lifestyles are difficult to maintain without money.

    She has her own yoga instructor come to her house, grows her own food, is in regular and direct contact with her doctors, has her own sauna...these things are totally out of reach for my lifestyle. I wish I could do everything but until my husband and I make more money (and our income isn't that bad now) there is no way the 4 of us can do most of this, and most of my friends agreed with me that they, too, would do more but simply can't. Stinks!
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  • Some practical and not so practical advice for most of us
    I see some big positives and big negatives to this compendulum of interviews with a selection of big names from alternative and preventative medicine, some summaries of what Suzzane considers the most important agents in preventative and restorative medicine, and discussions of what she and her husband have been up to in this regard for the past decade or so. As a media celebrity, she no doubt induces many people to take a more detailed look at some of the possibilities of specific alternative medicine therapies and preventives, as well as putting multiple agents and therapies together to produce greater effects. However, the reader will ultimately realize that her total program would comsume far more money and attention than most of us could possibly afford and be willing to devote themselves to. Some of these agents are still quite experimental, especially in combinations, and the validity of some agents she talks up is questionable in my mind. Inevitably, some of her statements are clearly wrong. By limiting her interviews to just a few of the leading authorities, she misses many potential treatments that may be more useful and practical to many of her readers. Supposing her total program works to make most people youthful into thewir 90s, if the majority of the world's people were somehow to suddenly adopt this program, huge numbers of people would starve from overpopulation, unless the birth rate were to fall precipitously for perhaps a century.
    Nonetheless, I applaud the enthusiasm of some people to serve as "guinea pigs", to find out the potential pluses and minuses of adhering to expensive complicated efforts to dramatically slow down and even reverse aging processes. Most of us will settle for the cheaper, less complicated, less ambitious, possibilities of what has been discovered in the last century and will continue to be discovered in this regard in making our lives reasonably long and more comfortable in our declining years....more info


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