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Susie Asks Suzanne Somers

Susie Asks Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers!!!

Did you see that we can all communicate directly with Suzanne Somers via Innovative Directions in Health’s Facebook TODAY, Tuesday, May 20th? She is going to be LIVE on-line with us and ready to answer any questions we have for her!

Here are a few I will be asking!

(Q)  I have a few friends that are in the medical field, and still feel that any hormone replacement is not good or necessary. What can I tell them about the difference in the bio-identical hormone replacement compared to the hormone replacement they have been familiar with in the past. ..in medical terms?

(Q)  What is your next book and when is it coming out? My favorite is Bombshell.

(Q)  What is the next important topic you are studying?

I am so excited about this rare opportunity to hear directly from Suzanne. If you haven’t read any of her books yet, or watched her many interviews… You will be amazed at the brains behind the beauty. If you only know her as the “ditsy  blonde” on Three’s Company…all I can say is…what an actress! In reality, she is pure genius.

Hop on-line TODAY, Tuesday, May 20 from 12-1 from your home, lunch break, or chaise lounge and join in the conversation!!


– Susie

If you are not on Facebook and would like to submit a question to Suzanne, write your question in Innovative Directions in Health’s Contact Us Form. Don’t forget to join their newsletter (located on the green sidebar towards the bottom) to view the Suzanne Somers’ Q & A transcript after the Facebook Takeover.

Are YOU “Too Young for This?”

Are YOU “Too Young for This?”

Find out if you are too young to be dealing with the results of a hormonal imbalance.

imTooYoungForThisLife Extension interviewed Suzanne Somers on her latest book, I’m Too Young For This! The Natural Hormone Solution to Enjoy Perimenopause. We recommend this great read by our dear friend Suzanne Somers. Read part of the interview below…

Enter to WIN an Autographed book by Suzanne


YOU can Interview Suzanne!
Submit your question to be answered during our
Suzanne Somers Facebook Takeover on Tuesday, May 20th.

Life Extension: In your book you talk a lot about understanding how hormone loss can affect women as they age. You talk specifically about a period known as perimenopause that may make women feel very unlike themselves. What happens during this phase?

Suzanne Somers: Hormonal loss can make you feel like you are going crazy. You don’t know who you are anymore, and you can’t rely on feeling good each day. Perimenopause is the transitional stage from normal menstrual periods to no periods at all. It may start in your thirties or forties and it will continue until you reach the final stage, menopause, probably sometime in your fifties. You are transitioning. This process and the cluster of symptoms that often come with it can start ten years before full-blown menopause. Perimenopause is a natural phase of life, and in many cases it is a difficult transition. When you don’t understand what’s happening and don’t know how to manage it, then your health and your sanity can be challenged.

Life Extension: How does having low thyroid levels affect weight gain during perimenopause?

Suzanne Somers: One of the most common complaints of perimenopause is unexplained weight gain. You start getting “thick,” especially around the middle. Your belly bloats and you retain water, even when you never did before. You may eat less and exercise more yet you still can’t lose the weight; instead, often you gain weight. Low thyroid, a major metabolic hormone, is usually the culprit. When it’s too low, you don’t metabolize food effectively and the calories you consume turn into fat instead of being used for energy; this is why exercising and dieting helps a little, but you just can’t achieve the weight loss you desire. Low thyroid weight tends to be distributed evenly on your body. When low pituitary function is at the root of your low thyroid function it’s generally confined to the area from your abdomen to just above your knees.

Life Extension: Other problems many women face include foggy thinking and forgetfulness. Why are these such common symptoms?

Suzanne Somers: Brain fog is a result of a complex series of events that happens to women. First, it’s about estrogen depletion. The brain needs estrogen to function properly. When a woman is deficient in estrogen, she develops senior moments—whatever description you can handle to take the edge off your embarrassment with your friends and make for a big laugh. You may be laughing off your embarrassment on the outside, but on the inside there is nothing funny about it.

When it happened to me, I secretly harbored a fear that that this was the first stage of Alzheimer’s, the most frightening of all diseases to me. Estrogen depletion also causes headaches and migraines.

Life Extension: Your book, I’m Too Young for This, offers incredible information, however, one of the takeaways seems to be that mainstream medicine is falling woefully short in terms of helping out aging women. How has this happened and what does it mean moving forward?

Suzanne Somers: At present, our medical schools are teaching fifty-year-old medicine. Every answer to every disease and condition has a pill attached to it. If you look around at our senior generation, you see for yourselves that they are not doing very well on all the pills they have been given over the years. It’s a cruel hoax; they trusted and they believed that medicine knew best. We get confused because we have been raised to believe doctors are supposed to know everything. That’s a lot of pressure for your doctor. Stay with your doctor for the things he or she knows, but go to the right doctor if you are looking for hormone balance (someone who specializes in BHRT). Doctors are good people we hire to take care of our bodies. But they are not in charge of our bodies . . . that is our responsibility.

Read the full Interview with Life Extension and Suzanne Somers here.

Don’t forget to submit your Interview questions for Suzanne or Ask them LIVE when she takes over our Facebook page next week, May 20th.

Suzanne Somers – Women’s Health Advocate

Suzanne Somers – Women’s Health Advocate

Suzanne Somers is a Gift of Nature to the women in America.

Suzanne Somers has brought national attention to natural hormones that can be compounded by trained pharmacists and are GOOD for women.

When women are younger they have an abundant amount of these hormones (Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, etc.) in their bodies and hardly ever suffer a heart attack or stroke, or the countless other less extreme side effects of hormonal deficiencies.

Way to go Suzanne for all of your efforts researching and promoting safe bio-identical hormone therapy in your books, media and your own lifestyle.

It is a shame conventional medicine still does not pay attention to a lot the data published about bio-identical hormone treatment. It is not only my belief, but years of experience treating thousands of women, that I know the power and the impact that bio-identical hormone treatment can provide.

As a physician, I respect and appreciate all of Suzanne’s efforts in raising awareness and educating women on safe alternatives to hormone replacement.

Suzanne has researched and written many valuable books on Anti-Aging medicine and alternative health options for women as they experience the stages of menopause. She interviewed me as one of her “Cutting Edge” physicians in her book Breakthrough. You can find my interview in Chapter 22 titled,  “Dr. Khalid Mahmud”.  Read an excerpt here.

I am thrilled to extend our patients and followers the opportunity to have a LIVE Conversation with Suzanne.

During our Suzanne Somers’ Facebook Takeover next week, you will have the chance to ask Suzanne your questions about her experience with Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and receive a live response back on our Facebook Page and yours. The live online conversation will occur on the Innovative Directions in Health Facebook Page Tuesday, May 20th from 12 – 1pm.

Submit your questions in advance for an opportunity to win the book,  “I’m Too Young for This” autographed by Suzanne or ask your questions live during the event.

For event details, click here.

Dr. Khalid Mahmud


Avocado Smoothie Recipe

Avocado Smoothie Recipe

Avocados are one of the top brain-healthy foods packed with nutrients heart healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3.

Did you know this superfood is actually a fruit? It is considered by many nutritional experts to be a perfect food.

Why eat Avocados?

– They are High in folic acid, a great food for pregnant women
– High in Lutein, making them great for eyes
– Have more potassium than bananas
– Rich with plant phytonutrient polyphenols and flavonoids, which are anti-inflammatory agents
– One of the few foods that contain the antioxidant glutathione, which supports the liver, nervous system and immune system
– Contain four times more beta-sitosterol than any other fruit, which helps lower blood cholesterol levels

Try this refreshing tasting smoothie for breakfast or lunch. I make enough for 2 and set the extra one in the fridge for my husband to enjoy later.

Avocado Smoothie Recipe:

  • 1 Ripe Avocado, pitted and peeled (make sure it is ripe!)
  • 1 large Banana
  • 1/2 – 1 cup Ice
  • 2 cups Almond Milk
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp Agave Nectar (light or dark) or Organic Honey
  • ¼ – ½  tsp ground cinnamon
  • Combine ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and frothy. To make it extra pretty, sprinkle additional cinnamon on top.

Enjoy! Lisa (Innovative Directions in Health)

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Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe

Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe

There is nothing more satisfying than an bowl of warm homemade soup on a rainy day. Eating homemade soup provides many servings of a variety of vegetables and necessary nutrients in one meal.

By making it yourself you avoid the high levels of salt and preservatives in store bought soup. I don’t measure ingredients in soup, just eye ball them and toss them in. This way your soup is just the way you like it each time.

For those who are uncomfortable with tossing ingredients in, here is an estimation of the amount of ingredients I use to get you started. Feel free to add more to your taste.

Vegetable Soup Ingredients:

– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 1/4 cup chopped onion
– 1 tsp minced garlic
– 2 tsp pepper (more or less to taste) I used 1 tsp white and 1 tsp black pepper
– 1 tbsp of a mixed seasoning that you prefer. There are many types depending upon the flavor you prefer.  I use a Paleo blend for veggies. (more or less to taste)
– 1 carton organic vegetable broth (low sodium)
– 1 carton free range organic chicken broth (you can use 2 of the same type, my family just prefers this)

Veggies: (You can use any veggies you want, I just chose these because they go so well together). I add in more if there seems to be a lot of liquid compared to veggies. Keep in mind some of the broth soaks in to the veggies.

– 2 cups Beans (I used 3 varieties: cannellini beans, white northern beans, black eyed peas)
– 2 cups cooked brown rice
– 1 cup chopped celery
– 1 bag of mixed frozen peas and carrots
– 10 small baby yellow potatoes cut into quarters (Yellow potatoes have a lower glycemic index)

– In a large saucepan sauté onion, garlic and olive oil
– Pour in both cartons of broth and seasonings and bring to a simmer
– Add in potatoes. Set timer for 30 minutes.
– In 15 minutes add celery
– In 10 minutes add beans and frozen veggies
– In 5 minutes add in cooked brown rice

Let everything simmer about 5 minutes or until potatoes and celery are tender and add more seasoning to taste if needed.  I like a lot of black and white  pepper in mine. Enjoy!

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Sarah, RN (Innovative Directions in Health)