Suzanne Somers Discusses her Revolutionary Breast Reconstruction with Iscador
Suzanne Somers tells Dr. Oz during his show how she used Iscador and Biodentical Hormone as an alternative treatment to breast cancer and a way to achieve a remarkable breast reconstruction.
In a candid interview on the Dr. Oz show, actress and fitness personality Suzanne Somers discusses her revolutionary breast reconstruction after losing her right breast to cancer. Dissatisfied with current cancer treatments and traditional classic breast reconstruction therapies, Suzanne Somers takes her health in own hands and along the way finds a new surgical technique that wound up giving her a natural appearing and feeling breast to replace the one she had lost.
Just a few months after her breast reconstruction surgery, Suzanne Somers takes the stage on the Dr. Oz show and tells her story by beginning with how that at age 50, after having just had a mammogram that tested negative for breast cancer, her physician suggested trying out a new sonogram machine that he had on hand. The sonogram picked up on a 2.4 centimeter tumor against her chest wall that the mammogram had missed.
“Like a lot of women who’ve had breast cancer, you’ve had a lumpectomy, says Dr. Oz.
Suzanne tells us that before her lumpectomy she had decided to fight the cancer in her own way. “It was like going to war and I was going to do it my way,” she states. She began her treatment by refusing chemotherapy and refusing to stop taking her supplemental hormone therapy, believing that keeping her hormones balanced was important to her health and preventing further cancer development.
“Now if you say ’I’m just going to do a lumpectomy, I thought it’d take like a quarter’s worth out. But when they took the bandages off, there was like, two-thirds of my breast gone,” says Suzanne. “Now throughout my career, I’ve been kind of known as a sex symbol…how ironic here I am, sex symbol, and I have one and a third breasts. I think that over the years, I’ve been able to camouflage it pretty well. I’ve worn prosthetics so I could push the side up, and for the past eleven years I haven’t had a breast there,” says Suzanne.
Dr. Oz points out that aside from the lumpectomy, that she had also undergone radiation treatment and asks Suzanne what it was like for her.
“I could write a book about what they don’t tell you about radiation,” says Suzanne. “I was told that for six weeks, everyday it would be a walk in the park. For me it was not a walk in the park. I vomited every day throughout the day. I laid in the fetal position, I was sick, sick all the time,” she admits. “And so I had one-third of a breast, but then every month, every year it just got flatter and flatter. And this year it was just gone.”
When Dr. Oz asks her about her decision to go against her doctor’s wishes by refusing chemotherapy, Suzanne tells him that from what she had researched, that chemotherapy did not appear to offer any benefit toward saving what she had left of her body. “It’s my body, my life and I wanted to live, and I had felt that I had done enough research…that I was informed, and looking back it was the best thing I ever did. Look at me now—11 years later and I am so healthy. I’ve had this incredible quality of life all these years.”
Suzanne attributes her healing to taking alternative medicines and living healthier. She admits to injecting herself for eight years with Iscador - an extract of mistletoe that she used as a preventive against further cancer development. She also maintained her use of bio-identical hormones and turned to healthy eating by growing her own vegetables.
Moving onto discussing her breast reconstruction therapy using her own stem cells and body tissue, Dr. Oz asks Suzanne why did she not go for the classic typical implant reconstruction therapies.
“Compared to what I have now, I cannot imagine any woman wanting to choose implants over it…Gosh! It’s so nice to look down and see two again,” she says laughing.
Suzanne explains that surgeons did her breast reconstruction by taking fat from her stomach and spinning it in a centrifuge, “…whipping it up until it is like a mousse,” she says describing how the spinning separates her tissues into layers with the top layer being fat cells, the middle layer being blood and the bottom layer being stem cells. The stem cells were then cleaned and the healthiest appearing were separated from the rest and then reintroduced into the fat. The fat/stem cell mix is then injected into the breast under the skin “…until it poofs up on the other side. So incredible!” said Suzanne with enthusiasm.
“It’s exactly as you describe it,” agreed Dr. Oz as he tells the audience that the stem cells with the fat injected into the breast helps form a scaffold of stem cells to keep the fat cells healthy. And, that these stem cells cause formation of new blood vessels to nourish the breast and help it achieve symmetry with the other breast. He then shows actual footage of Suzanne’s breast being syringed with the stem/fat cell mix demonstrating how the previously flat breast fills and forms into a normal appearing breast.
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