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Hed: Suzanne Somers...

Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 07:50 AM

Some health experts are worried that actress, author, and anti-aging guru Suzanne Somers might be promoting "dangerously wrong" advice in her new book, "I'm Too Young for This!: The Natural Hormone Solution to Enjoy Perimenopause."

The 67-year-old former "Three's Company" star has transitioned from a successful actress to a women's health advocate who supports hormone replacement therapy, but some are concerned that her lack of medical training and contradictory arguments might be putting women in a potentially dangerous situation.

LiveScience.com columnist Christopher Wanjek cites a handful of problematic comments Somers has made in a series of recent TV interviews promoting her book.

"Nearly every sentence Somers says about health is incorrect — woefully and dangerously incorrect," he writes. "Women need to understand the potential harm of the hormone therapy Somers promotes."

Somers' endorsement of hormone therapy to treat symptoms of perimenopause, or the menopause transition, is largely based on research from Teresa S. Wiley, who developed a specific treatment called the Wiley Protocol. The problem? Wiley has no medical or scientific training and only a B.A. in anthropology.

Nonetheless, hormone therapy is inherently controversial, Wanjek says.

"Many menopausal women stopped taking it after it was revealed in well-conducted studies that the therapy of estrogen plus progestin, aimed at countering naturally decreasing levels of these hormones, led to an increased risk of breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and heart attacks," he writes.

Somers is also in favor of therapy using bioidentical hormones, which are identical at a biological and chemical level to hormones made in the body, but are mostly made from plants. This is also dangerous for women following her advice, according to Wanjek.

"The FDA has approved several bioidentical hormones. Somers' books, however, describes custom-compounded bioidentical hormones, meaning they are produced by a pharmacy mixing ingredients of various naturally derived hormones," he writes.

"This production process places most of these bioidenticals beyond the realm of FDA regulation, so that their purity and potency is questioned. The medicine is then boxed and labeled, with no mention to the inherent dangers of hormone therapy."

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Some health experts are worried that actress, author, and anti-aging guru Suzanne Somers might be promoting "dangerously wrong" advice in her new book, "I'm Too Young for This!: The Natural Hormone Solution to Enjoy Perimenopause."
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