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TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick Paperback – April 19, 2016
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About the Author
SUZANNE SOMERS is the author of 25 books, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Sexy Forever, Knockout, Ageless, and the New York Times bestsellers I'm Too Young For This!; Bombshell; Breakthrough; Keeping Secrets; Suzanne Somers' Eat Great, Lose Weight; Get Skinny on Fabulous Food; Eat, Cheat and Melt the Fat Away; Suzanne Somers' Fast & Easy; and The Sexy Years. An entrepreneur, lecturer, singer, and actress, Suzanne currently touring with her Las Vegas show.
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Top Customer Reviews
Read this book and be informed. Our government agencies and big business allow horrible things to be dumped onto us in various ways and try to persuade us that it's OK. This book could literally save your life and the ones you love. Definitely read it and follow the excellent advice. Wake up, America!
To begin with, most, if not all, of this information is not new. That being said, the content is arranged well and is easy to follow. Somers talks about a variety of issues behind chronic illnesses, from diet and digestion to environmental toxins like mold. She offers insight into avoiding the pitfalls of our modern life, as well as treatments for the wide array of resulting chronic health problems. While the tone is overly enthusiastic, bordering on preachy, the content is solid and well researched. She also interviews a few doctors at length, offering us a professional viewpoint.
All good, right?
Not so much. And here we come to my main problem with this book. Somers tells us throughout her narrative that each of us can get well if we simply follow her instructions and see the right doctors when necessary for treatment. She proclaims this with such excitement, over and over, that we begin to believe her. Until we take a closer look.
To give you a general idea: I have chronic Lyme disease with severe neurological complications. In this book, Somers mentions a doctor who has an incredibly high success rate in treating this disease. She talks about his treatment plan and how anyone in my situation can get well. I looked him up and found, much to my amazement, that he is within a 45 minute drive from my house. I was thrilled. Momentarily, at least. Then I explored his website. No insurance information, because he does not accept insurance. (Most of his treatments wouldn't be covered, anyway.) But I'm prepared for that. What I want is a cost estimate. I looked. And looked. His website doesn't even list the cost of an office visit. Not a good sign. Next I explored message boards talking about his treatment. And, yes, patients love him. The cost? A minimum of $3,000 per WEEK! Someone like me, with long term, multiple problems, would need about six months to stabilize just enough to cut visits to once or twice a month.
Not once throughout this book does Somers acknowledge the absurdity of her proclamations for those of us who do not have unlimited funds. Even for those with an upper middle class income, following these treatment plans for any sort of chronic illness is an impossibility. If you're wealthy, then, sure, this book and these doctors will help you. If you're an average person with a chronic illness mainstream medicine can't handle, then you're still very much on your own.
But don't despair yet. The last quarter of the book lists an assortment of ailments, along with all the supplements/herbs you need to take in order to get well. Somers even gives us the best brand and recommended dosages for treating the ailments. So, if we can't afford the doctors, we can at least help ourselves this way. Right?
Maybe. Depending on how sick you are, that is.
If I took every supplement recommended for every symptom and health issue I have, I'd need to stop paying my mortgage. Even if I could afford it, I'm not sure I could swallow that many pills.
I should also mention that all the recommended supplements come from companies Somers has her hand in. She directs us to these websites several times throughout the book. One website of hers won't even allow me to look at articles unless I sign up, which I won't do, so I have no idea how helpful anything there might be.
In the end, I found this book too self-serving, and completely out of touch with the main problem many of us with chronic illness face: finances. While some of the content is important, this is not the book I'd recommend reading.
*I received this book via Blogging For Books, in exchange for my honest review.*
The information and the way it is presented is so digestible. Her interviews with leading doctors in treating the environmental poisons and toxins along with her clear explanations and narratives were so informative. I immediately began to put some of these tips into action. My join pain is gone. I don't know which of the changes I tried made the difference, but I feel must better. A side benefit is that weight is coming off too. Of course I am able to be more active since it doesn't hurt to move. I can't help but believe, after reading this book and now delving more into the research of the doctors she has interviewed, that I am also sending a love letter to that future me and granting myself a healthy older life. I thought I had been afraid of getting older. But I was just afraid of becoming decrepit. There are so many things we can do to combat the toxins that lead to being infirm and shaky at increasingly younger ages. Why live longer if we can't live well?