God Bless Suzanne Somers. I have had the honor of knowing and working with her for the past 6 years. Suzanne is a health guru. She is a health hero who has single handedly had an enormous impact on improving the health of our society. In her books she has presented scientifically based cutting edge information through her interviews with esteemed physicians. “Sexy Years” showed women that they did not have to suffer with the symptoms of menopause, and could improve their health by taking bio-identical hormones. In “Ageless” Suzanne led us into the world of Anti-Aging Medicine, where anyone can optimize their health through the proper use of optimal nutrition, dietary supplements, exercise, bio-identical hormones, and stress reduction. “Breakthrough” continued the Anti-Aging theme, and showed us how future technologies such as Stem Cells, and Nanotechnology will lead to even greater levels of health. And then there was “Knockout,” a wonderful book that empowers and gives hope to all of us, who either seek to prevent cancer, or are looking for new strategies to defeat cancer. These four outstanding books provided us with the tools needed to prevent serious illness, and optimize health and longevity.
In this book, “Sexy Forever, “ Suzanne states that the best way to lose weight is to get healthy, and perfectly describes the environmental threats to our health, while giving us a roadmap of what to do, and not to do. So how does one get healthy? Here are Suzanne’s necessary steps for healthy weight loss:
- Reduce your Stress levels.
- Get at least 7-8 hours of Sleep per night.
- Correct nutrient deficiencies so as to eliminate food cravings.
- Identify Food Allergies, especially to gluten and dairy.
- Improve the health of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Avoid exposure to toxic chemicals in the air, food, water, and cosmetics.
- Learn how to effectively lower the toxin load in your body.
- Exercise in order to create fat burning, and increase your basal metabolic rate.
- Get blood tests to determine your hormone levels of cortisol, DHEA, insulin, thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and growth hormone, and have those levels optimized by seeing a qualified physician experienced in using bio-identical hormones.
- Avoid Insulin Resistance by reducing your intake of junk food and simple carbohydrates, while combining exercise with healthy nutritional supplements.
- Change your beliefs about what is possible.
So how do we change our beliefs about losing weight. Most of us continue to keep looking back to the past to define possibilities for the future. We go back to a past frame of reference, when we were unable to lose weight, and project that into the present. A belief is nothing more than a feeling of certainty about something. We all had beliefs about the world when we were younger that no longer serve us. I remember being a kid and thinking that 30 was old! The first key is to change the beliefs that no longer serve you. How do you change those beliefs? The best way is to start developing new attitudes and experiences that cause you to question your old beliefs. The new attitude that you need to adopt is “I will get healthy, and then I will easily be able to lose weight. I know that health equals energy, and the more energy I have the easier it will be to lose weight.” So how do we get healthy? We must first realize that health is our natural state of being. Disease and illness are but shadows on the river of health. Our bodies are Ferraris that need high octane fuel. We must feed it organic food. We must limit our exposure to toxins in our environment, and more importantly stimulate the elimination systems of the body â€“ the liver, kidneys, and lymph system â€“ to get rid of those toxins. . As more and more toxins accumulate in our system, they place severe stress on these organs of elimination. With continued accumulation, the liver, kidneys, and lymph system become less efficient in their ability to excrete these waste products, causing toxins to first accumulate in the connective tissues of the body, and then in the organs. The body tries to initially compensate by having the endocrine (hormonal) glands secrete hormones to help stimulate detoxification. Over time these glands also become inefficient and “tired.” The end result is an inefficient elimination system with toxin accumulation, coupled with reduced organ and hormonal function, producing a hospitable environment that contributes to weight gain.
The first step in getting rid of toxins is called drainage. Liver Drainage is enhanced by homeopathic and herbal remedies, by lemon in water, and liver friendly vegetables such as carrots, beets, zucchini, squash, watercress, and artichoke. Kidney Drainage is enhanced by homeopathic and herbal formulas, horsetail tea, asparagus, and healthy drinking water which is slightly alkaline, loaded with electrons, and just the right amount of minerals. Lymphatic drainage is enhanced by homeopathic and herbal formulas, massage, deep breathing, rebounding on a trampoline, and complete elimination of dairy products from the diet. After drainage is complete, the process of detoxification can begin. Effective ways include vegetable juice fasting, colonics, coffee enemas, skin brushing, and infra-red saunas.
The Word, hormone, means to arouse or excite. Hormones are chemical messengers that are usually secreted from endocrine glands into the bloodstream. Hormones then bind with appropriate receptors, which are selectively present in the cell membranes of their target organs (like a key and a lock), producing the desired effects on both the metabolism and function of the target organs. Nutritional deficiencies, lack of exercise, and exposure to toxins, can all result in diminished hormone production, that ultimately contribute to weight gain. Chronic stress can also seriously impact hormone production. Other factors include sleep disorders, exposure to electro-magnetic fields (EMF’s), lack of sunlight, and the long-term use of over-the-counter and prescription medications.
Suzanne wants us to optimize our hormones in order to become healthy and lose weight. The hormonal system is what most correlates to the emotional person. It is clear that the hormonal system responds to our outlook on the world. Thoughts that make us happy make us well. So we want to optimize DHEA, Thyroid, HGH, and the sex hormones, while having balanced levels of Cortisol, and reduced levels of Insulin. Insulin instructs your liver to store energy as carbohydrate and fat, while HGH encourages your liver to get rid of carbohydrate and fat ( in addition to maintaining ideal protein levels in the cells and organs of the body). So if a person is put on HGH, it is imperative that they keep their insulin levels low by avoiding all junk food and sugar.
We all agree that we must exercise in order to optimize our health, and maintain our ideal body weight. It has now been scientifically proven that short bursts of intense exercise are best for reducing body fat and building muscle. This is also referred to as interval training. So instead of running the treadmill at 6 mph for 30 minutes, one would walk it at 4 mph, then immediately switch to sprinting at 7 mph, and then back to walking at 4 mph, and back again to sprinting at 7 mph. One of the best times to exercise is after awakening in the morning. You have not eaten since last night’s dinner, and thus there are minimal amounts of sugar that are being stored in the liver and the muscles. So exercising on an empty stomach will more easily allow you to burn fat. If you now add a cup of green tea along with 500 mg of carnitine before you exercise, you will promote even more fat burning (the ECGC in green tea, and the carnitine both promote fat burning). Remember that your body would much rather burn fat than glucose, because it produces 9 calories for every gram of fat that is burned, versus 4 calories for every gram of glucose. For those who still must have a cup of coffee in the morning, also add 500 mg of carnitine before you exercise.
In my Los Angeles medical office there are several Stress Reducing Treatments that last from 10 – 30 minutes. What amazes me is that many patients will tell me that they don’t have enough time to experience these wonderful treatments, and instead rush out of the office to their next destination. I constantly hear, “I don’t have enough time; there is never enough time; time is running out.” Maybe the reason why so many people can’t sleep is their preoccupation with time running out. But if you connect with the purpose of your life, and allow it to guide you, there is enough time to do everything, there is less stress, and you can sleep more easily. When we continue to focus on purpose, passion, and gratitude, we feel whole and happy, and life flows smoothly. There are three main causes of chronic stress. First we have long term unhealthy beliefs that cause us to perceive life events as “dangers”, and thus trigger an alarm response. We have persistent deprivation of our emotional need for “bonding” or closeness. Lastly we do not get enough of our psychological needs met in our daily environments, that are unique to our specific personality type. Some of us need to have fun and excitement; others, need acknowledgement of our values; others need acknowledgement of our ability to think clearly and logically; other people need solitude, and some of us need our senses to be richly stimulated.
Please remember the essential theme of Suzanne’s book, “Sexy Forever,” is that we first have to improve our health, before we can lose weight. The general state of our health is directly related to our consciousness. A change in our health, either better or worse, involves a change in our consciousness. Our bodies are constantly renewing themselves. Our consciousness and beliefs can affect the regeneration of cells and organs positively or negatively.
A change in consciousness always involves a change in focus. What excites you, and what are you grateful for? Don’t we all want to jump out of bed every morning with a lust and love for life? I bet Suzanne does. See yourself as healthy, and know that this healthy state of being is your natural state. Remember what Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine, and let medicine be your food.”
So let me offer a few suggestions for a happier and healthier life. Do what you love; health and healing will follow. Surround yourself with people that make you feel good. Heal your relationship with your parents. Make fun and relaxation a daily priority. Learn to love yourself, really. Once you learn to forgive yourself, it’s easy to forgive others. Remember that life is for-giving. Your home is your sanctuary. Fill it with things that support and nurture you. Enjoy sex as a loving and sacred communion. Make decisions that give you the greatest peace of mind. Do the best that you can, and don’t judge others. Connect with your source as often as you can. You may call it God, Inner Guides, Love, Higher Self. Tap into it as often as possible for it is a source of knowledge, inspiration, and guidance. Treat the earth well. Get out into nature as often as possible. Once you decide that “out there” is your friend, everything else flows much easier. Walk barefoot in the grass or on the beach in order to discharge the excess positive charge that builds up in the body as a result of stress.
Health is much, much more than the absence of disease. Health is energy, vitality, passion. Healthy people have physical energy, emotional balance, and spiritual awareness, and simultaneously vibrate on all three levels. Suzanne Somers speaks to all of us in the important work that she is doing in the areas of health, nutrition, and anti-aging medicine. She speaks to us as a friend we can trust and believe, and also have fun with as we reshape our thoughts and beliefs, along with reshaping our bodies. “Sexy Forever,” is much more than a weight loss book. It gives us the tools to slow the aging process, and accelerate the regeneration of the cells and tissues of the body. Suzanne Somers has written another great book!
To Your Health,
Michael Galitzer, MD