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TORONTO -- Suzanne Somers admits her extensive and controversial anti-aging regimen can make her sound "wacko."

But the actress-turned-entrepreneur says she's passionate about sharing her experiences with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, convinced it can help women approaching menopause maintain their vigour and sex drive.

Somers rocketed to fame as the dim-witted Chrissy Snow on Three's Company, but some four decades later she's settled comfortably into a new role as a self-styled health guru and inadvertent lightning rod for the medical community.

"I really liked being a comedian and I really liked being a Vegas headliner," Somers says of her sitcom origins during a recent stop in Toronto to promote her latest self-help book, I'm Too Young For This!

"How I became this (health advocate) seems kind of perfect to me because I love being my own experiment."

The 66-year-old relies on a cocktail of roughly 60 supplements, creams and a daily injection of human growth hormone that she says keep her feeling young, vital and cancer-free.

"Is it gaggy? Yup," she says of choking down dozens of pills a day. "(But) I'm on the far end, because I write about this and I study this and it's where I've chosen to spend my money."

Her claims are big and have come under fire from critics who question the risks of bioidenticals.

But Somers says bioidenticals have alleviated a multitude of issues that first erupted in her 40s, from sleeplessness to mood swings to weight gain to brittle hair and nails.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 4, 2013 D2

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