Suzanne's high praise of BHRT has been met with criticism from the FDA, pharmaceutical companies and many doctors. "I think that a lot of the claims that she makes are completely unsubstantiated," says Dr. Wulf Utian, executive director of the North American Menopausal Society. "My personal recommendation is to go to the experts. She doesn't have any scientific training."
Though Suzanne recognizes she isn't a doctor, she says she can't keep quiet about how bioidentical hormones have helped her. "I understand [the criticism], because if everybody can feel as good as I feel, then there would be no need for all the drugs that women take from middle age on," she says. "I went from doctor to doctor to doctor, and I was offered antidepressants, sleeping pills, muscle relaxants, painkillers, antianxiety [medications], and I said to myself, 'This is a menopausal cocktail.'"
Oprah says Suzanne's lifestyle can be interpreted in two different ways. "Many people write Suzanne off as a quackadoo," Oprah says. "But she just might be a pioneer."