Suzanne Somers, a self-proclaimed health expert, said she's considered controversial because she advocates alternative "natural" health care over the use of prescription drugs.
"I am controversial because I don’t push drugs," Somers told the Daily Beast Oct. 30.
I am considered controversial because I lecture on eating organic food, sleeping eight hours a night, exercising moderately, and replacing one’s hormones lost in the aging process with natural bio-identical hormones identical to those made in the human body, rather than the pharmaceutical synthetic hormones made from horse urine."
Suzanne was responding to the torrent of criticism that rained down after she called Obamacare a "socialist Ponzi scheme" in an inflammatory Wall Street Journal editorial earlier this week.
Somers, 67, reacted mostly to the backlash from her editorial, but her comments also addressed longstanding criticism that she's dishing sham diet, workout, and health advice through her books and media interviews.
Somers' health empire is built around a dizzying array of expensive vitamins, weight-loss and diet supplements, hormones, and beauty devices like the FaceMaster, which she claims reduces wrinkles (even though plastic surgeons insist Somers has undergone cosmetic procedures).
Suzanne also peddles the ThighMaster, a plastic exercise equipment that claims to spot-reduce the inner and outer thighs even though there's no way to get a cardio or strength workout from it. Still, she insists she's qualified to preach to others because she surrounds herself with experts.
"All my medical research comes from using my celebrity to get to the best and the brightest cutting-edge doctors, scientists, and professionals who have generously allowed me to pick their brains," she explained. "My talent is being able to synthesize this information to become understandable to myself and then to the layperson. It’s been a very successful formula."