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[blog updated April 2019]
I admit I am a fan of Suzanne Somers because of her health advocacy for alternative medicine. She took up the cause of providing women with safe options for bio-identical hormones. Why did she do this? So women, like you, don’t have to suffer through menopause stressing about the importance of having healthy, natural foods in your diet.
Of course, she is seen as just another celebrity trying to get headlines, but she meets with serious medical researchers and physicians to back up her interests.
TOX-SICK | From Toxic to Not Sick
“It’s as if we are all on a big, chemical drunk, and the hangover is a killer.”
—Suzanne Somers, in TOX-SICK
In her new book TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick, she details her own journey of becoming sick when she moved into a new home that was infested with toxic mold. Moved to investigate by her own family’s plight. Suzanne sits down with environmental doctors and specialists who share eye-opening information and practical advice for how to survive, thrive and stay healthy today.
Both she and her husband became ill. She developed a fungal infection throughout her body that was so bad, doctors initially thought it was cancer and were getting ready to give her chemotherapy!
In TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick you’ll learn how to effectively detox all your body’s systems and the different survival skills that can save your life from top experts in the field like Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez.
Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez
My main interest in this book was the chapter where she interviews Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, a well-known alternative medicine physician who treats cancer, who Suzanne speaks to about where cancer comes from and how to manage it by detoxifying the liver and supplementing with enzymes.
He has been vilified by mainstream oncologists, but he happens to have some of the best results of any physician in extending the lives of patients with pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Gonzalez used unorthodox methods, such as coffee enemas to detoxify the liver and pancreatic enzymes to aid in digestion. He is a strong proponent that many cancers derive from the disease in the gut and this affects the overall immune system.
He and Suzanne Somers got into a discussion on Candida, which I found illuminating. Dr. Gonzalez eloquently explained that Candida, which is normally a benign yeast that is part of our gut home or microbiome becomes imbalanced by medications (specifical antibiotics), stress and a diet high in processed foods and sugars.
Effects of Candida Overgrowth in the Digestive System
Dr. Gonzalez explains that this yeast breaks sugars into alcohol in a fermentation process.
Essentially, you are creating a ‘brewery’ in your gut. This is why Candida patients say they feel hungover when they have binged on sugary products and bread or pasta. These food items convert into sugar rapidly. In fact, many of the most common symptoms and illnesses that plague us today – fatigue, bloating, weight gain, prostatitis, brain fog, arthritis, allergies, depression, multiple sclerosis – can be traced back to a surprising source – yeast.
Signs of Candida overgrowth include bloating and burping. Suzanne was recently on The Dr.Oz Show, where she talked about her frustration with how her belly began to bulge throughout the day. This happened to the extent where she couldn’t fit into her jeans towards the end of the day. In her case this wasn’t from eating the wrong foods, but because of the toxic mold in her home.
At Mitchell Medical Group, we have been specializing in treatment for Candida infection for 25 years. We recognized early on that many of our patients had a Candida overgrowth problem based on their use of antibiotics, birth control pills and poor diets (consisting of pasta and bagels).
We have found ways to rebalance our patient’s immune system with a healthy diet, probiotics, and supplements. In some cases, we recommend Candida drops to boost long-term immunity.
Candida Is Real
Many physicians viewed Candida infections as being a “bogus” diagnosis for a long time. However, there is increasing scientific evidence to show our microbiome (the balance between our bacteria and yeast in our body) may be the key to robust immune health. Even with this scientific evidence, most doctors continue to ignore the connection between yeast overgrowth and the overuse of prescription drugs, especially antibiotics, and other common offenders like diet and the air we breathe.
But candida overgrowth is real and when this usually harmless yeast overgrows it turns into an opportunistic pathogen that can attack any organ or system in the body.
I am willing to nominate Suzanne Somers for an honorary doctoral degree based on her contribution to educating the public on the importance of natural healing!
– Dr. Dean Mitchell, M.D.
Mitchell Medical Group, NYC
About the Author – Dr. Dean Mitchell, M.D.
Dr. Dean Mitchell, M.D. is a Board Certified Allergist and Immunologist based out of NYC. He graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine and completed training at the Robert Cooke Allergy Institute in New York City. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the author of Dr. Dean Mitchell’s Allergy and Asthma Solution: The Ultimate Program for Reversing Your Symptoms One Drop at a Time. Dr. Dean Mitchell, M.D. has also been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Fitness Magazine, Dr. Oz and News NY 1. Dr. Mitchell also hosts the podcast The Smartest Doctor in the Room – a combination of a lively, personal and in-depth interview with top healthcare specialists.