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Posted: 31 May 2009 12:02 PM
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A scathing and long overdue article about the daily BS being spewed on Oprah’s show. This is a detailed list of the Best of Oprah quackery. The first to be examined is the bizarre daily ritual performed by Suzanne Somers. With Oprah by her side, declaring her a pioneer, she blabbed on air about the massive amount of vitamins she consumes daily as well as injecting herself with hormones in private places. And that’s just for starters.

Somers says it’s mainstream doctors who need to get their facts straight. “The problem is that our medical schools do not teach this,” she said in a February interview with NEWSWEEK. She believes doctors, scientists and the media are all in the pocket of the pharmaceutical industry. “Billions are spent on marketing drugs, and these companies also support academic research.” Free from these entanglements, Somers can see things clearly. “I have spent thousands of hours on this. I’ve written 18 books on health. I know my stuff.”

In case you were wondering, yes, they do get around to discussing Oprah’s endorsement of “The Secret”.


P.S. For 50 bonus points, see if you can spot the reference to Lifewave Energy Patches.

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Posted: 31 May 2009 12:59 PM   [ # 1 ]
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Suzanne Somers is full of BS and very very dangerous.

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Posted: 31 May 2009 02:06 PM   [ # 2 ]
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Posted: 31 May 2009 03:51 PM   [ # 3 ]
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Yes one should eat right and excerise.  Vitimins may help, but too many of some will do harm.  Menopause is natural.  Women today should be happy to have lived as long as they do, because in times past women were lucky to reach the age of 30, much less reach menopause.  With autism, more research needs to be done.  While I’m all for vaccinations, I do think that too many are given at one time.  They need to be spread out more.  getting 3-4 shots in one day is way too much in one MD visit.

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Posted: 31 May 2009 04:54 PM   [ # 4 ]
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Thanks! That was a really great article. I just can’t stand Oprah, and I don’t get why so many people take her so seriously.

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Posted: 31 May 2009 05:09 PM   [ # 5 ]
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In addition, she wears “nanotechnology patches” to help her sleep, lose weight and promote “overall detoxification.”

HAHAHAA!!  :lol:

Oh frick, I can’t stand Oprah.

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Posted: 31 May 2009 06:22 PM   [ # 6 ]
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I like the following quote from the article, I may just have to add it to my sig line…...

“The problem is that this all has the aura of being scientific when a lot of it is wrong, or not proven or just utter hogwash,” Cooper says. “No wonder it sounds very credible to the patients, and in my opinion, that’s even worse. If it was all complete rubbish, people would be more likely to see it for what it really is.”

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Posted: 31 May 2009 07:11 PM   [ # 7 ]
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........and then, before I go to bed, I try to remember

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Posted: 31 May 2009 08:42 PM   [ # 8 ]
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Razela - 31 May 2009 08:54 PM

. ..and I don’t get why so many people take her so seriously.

Probably they do it because so many people take her so seriously.  She’s at the point now where she’s famous because she’s famous.

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Posted: 31 May 2009 08:56 PM   [ # 9 ]
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hulitoons - 31 May 2009 11:11 PM

Tah, I think you’d find quite a few women who wished the frack they DIDN’t live to ‘menopause’ HAHAHAHA!

Eh?  What?  I didn’t post anything in this thread (until just now).

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Posted: 31 May 2009 09:10 PM   [ # 10 ]
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Tah, I think you’d find quite a few women who wished the frack they DIDN’t live to ‘menopause’ HAHAHAHA!

Eh?  What?  I didn’t post anything in this thread (until just now).

But your name is very similar to I Am An Ex Associate.  Both have letters in them, making them virtually indistinguishable!  😉

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Posted: 01 June 2009 03:55 AM   [ # 11 ]
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All right Tah and Acci!  I cannot BELIEVE I was that tired (okay, I was asleep)!  Someone please wake me up?

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*pokes Huli*

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gray - 02 June 2009 12:30 AM

*pokes Huli*

yeh…........I’m hopeless

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Razela - 31 May 2009 08:54 PM

. ..and I don’t get why so many people take her so seriously.

Probably they do it because so many people take her so seriously.  She’s at the point now where she’s famous because she’s famous.

She will turn into some kinda Paris Hilton then.

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Posted: 02 June 2009 05:34 AM   [ # 15 ]
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Since I’m the oldest woman here (as opposed to the oldest guy), I think I should add some (what I hope is wiserly) advice here, particularly because some of the girls here are eventually going to hit peri-menopause sooner than they think and because some of the guys are going to face this with their significant others.

I was one of the women who hit this phase with some very serious symptoms, and I’m not quite as unique as many healthy professionals might have the typical woman believe when this begins.  Menopause CAN cause marital difficulties guys and even with women who seem to not have serious problems so it’s really imperative that you not belittle the woman in your life.  Think of this area of time as being AS difficult as hitting puberty and all the exasperating trauma of a teenager, only this time there’s a partner involved as well.  But I also believe that if women know before hand, they can also take steps to smooth the transition without fear and her partner can help….remember, she doesn’t have to go through this alone.

SOME women, not all, will really and truly need hormone therapy for awhile.  It’s NOT typical that women lose ‘estrogen’ completely….that’s a myth.  They just FINALLY don’t need as much to be healthy.  They will though, need other vitamins and minerals to boost other areas that also fall down during and then afterwards, but nearly everyone alive needs these supplements if they don’t get enough in their diets (hmmmmmmmm that pretty much includes everyone!)

Having too much estrogen when you don’t need it (no longer in childbearing years) can be a hazard to a woman though.  The amounts Ms. Somers is promoting can cause or hasten heart attacks, stroke, breast cancer and this list just goes on and on. 

I can also tell you with firmness AND from experience that sex does NOT dry up either!  It IS true that if a woman’s estrogen is fluctuating too much, her sense and sensibilities are so chaotic that she’s not ‘here or there’ and this activity can become painful THAT’s when you make sure you get to the doctor (this does also become an area of disarray for the partnership if it’s not addressed). 

Once this phase passes, women suddenly start skipping and dancing and making sense again (except I never did so that never changed).  With grand certainty I can also tell you that the sky IS bluer….and I certainly had an active and very healthy and FUN dating life and then married again at age 59.  I believe I probably have sex more often than many (male and female) half my age.

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hulitoons - 01 June 2009 07:55 AM

All right Tah and Acci!  I cannot BELIEVE I was that tired (okay, I was asleep)!  Someone please wake me up?

You probably need to adjust your nanotechnology patch.

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All right Tah and Acci!  I cannot BELIEVE I was that tired (okay, I was asleep)!  Someone please wake me up?

You probably need to adjust your nanotechnology patch.

Shoot, at 62 I forgot I had that thing on there…..........

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You weren’t supposed to put it THERE.

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gray - 02 June 2009 04:50 PM

You weren’t supposed to put it THERE.

You mean it isn

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Oprah has issued a statement in response to the Newsweek article.

“For 23 years, my show has presented thousands of topics that reflect the human experience, including doctors’ medical advice and personal health stories that have prompted conversations between our audience members and their health care providers,” Winfrey said in the statement. “I trust the viewers, and I know that they are smart and discerning enough to seek out medical opinions to determine what may be best for them.”

(Emphasis mine)

I could very well be wrong but I don’t believe she gives any kind of disclaimer before controversial guests in the medical field are featured which is where it should be done.

Suzanne Somers has also responded on her blog. She’s complaining the article did not mention all the studies she uses to “prove” her case. One of the studies she links to examined the health risks associated with hormones and has this for a conclusion:

Conclusions  Overall health risks exceeded benefits from use of combined estrogen plus progestin for an average 5.2-year follow-up among healthy postmenopausal US women. All-cause mortality was not affected during the trial. The risk-benefit profile found in this trial is not consistent with the requirements for a viable intervention for primary prevention of chronic diseases, and the results indicate that this regimen should not be initiated or continued for primary prevention of CHD (Coronary Heart Disease).

That doesn’t sound like much of an endorsement to me. Much of it may even be irrelevant to the subject since it seems to focus on the use of hormones to prevent heart problems. But of course Oprah’s viewers already know that because they do their own research before following any advice given on her show. 😉

Before we give her the benefit of the doubt about her anti-aging practices, look at a typical photo displayed on her blog.

Then look at one taken by someone who doesn’t work for her.

Quite a difference. I’d say she looks much like anyone else her age.

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Posted: 08 June 2009 06:40 PM   [ # 21 ]
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Bah, if people could market “Fountain of Youth” drinks, they would.

hulitoons - 31 May 2009 11:11 PM

Tah, I think you’d find quite a few women who wished the frack they DIDN’t live to ‘menopause’ HAHAHAHA!  Some, and this is true, are debilitated by the symptoms which are WAYYYYY more than hot flashes (which incidentally I had so bad every 15 minute that I’d rip off my clothes without realizing what the hell I was doing….or where I was).  In truth, that era is also quite dangerous because women suddenly start losing calcium in huge amounts from their bodies, and suddenly prone to stroke and heart attacks etc.  Your hair falls out, your teeth crumble, your skin turns to tissue.  That’s why hormone therapy for a short term is recommended but only for those whose symptoms are serious and these are pharmaceutical grade.

Now I don’t want to live past 30!  :gulp:

I can’t wait for my mom to hit that. It’s bad enough when she’s got her Time of the Month. :roll:

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Posted: 08 June 2009 07:01 PM   [ # 22 ]
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Women have to put up with periods and menopause. To relieve the discomfort they strive, during such times, to make men’s lives as uncomfortable as possible in a form of compensatory pain-sharing 😉

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