Suzanne Somers Recommends Sponaugle Wellness2018-11-16T13:35:55+00:00

Suzanne Somers Interview

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Sometimes the best way to really identify with a condition is to hear a per­sonal story. It’s hard to connect the dots that your bloating could affect your brain, but reading my granddaughter Violet’s interview will help you to understand how it can take a perfectly healthy and happy person and degrade her life until it is no longer recognizable.

It happened to her and took away her quality of life during fun child­hood times when all her fourteen-year-old friends were enjoying normal lives. Instead, Violet was battling an enemy she could not understand. It was heartbreaking to watch and not be able to help. I have asked Violet if she could tell her story in her words, of her journey and the cascade of bodily discomfort and brain disruption that resulted. To say I love Violet is an understatement. I was anguished watching her go through this horrific ordeal. To hear her tell it will help you to understand what you might be experiencing, or perhaps what someone in your family is going through.

Suzanne Somers

Thank you, sweet Violet, for sharing your story. You are six­teen years old, but because of what you’ve been through, you have the wisdom of someone twice your age.

How old were you when you realized that something just didn’t feel right in the way your body was working?

Violet Somers

I was around thirteen; I only remember that it was an age where I didn’t feel like I could eat anything I wanted anymore and look the same way every day. I couldn’t depend on my body feeling right and I couldn’t depend on my stomach not being bloated. I was also starving … I would be so hungry. As soon as I stopped eating, I would be starving again. It would happen after every meal. It was an insane feeling. I didn’t seem to be in control of myself; I could never get enough. For me it felt like the world was ending. I felt like I wanted my life to be over. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I was filled with the feeling that everyone was going to hate me and that the worst thing in the world was going to happen. It’s a horrible and awful way to feel. I felt completely out of control.

Suzanne Somers

Did you talk to anybody about it?

Violet Somers

I was too embarrassed, because I felt it was something that I did to make this happen. I was embarrassed that I couldn’t function normally and I didn’t want people to know that I was having trouble thinking. So I withdrew because I didn’t want to see anyone until I looked and felt the· way I wanted to. I stayed home and slept all the time.

Suzanne Somers

You must have felt so despondent. It’s a lot of stress for a teen­ager to handle. I remember you were so concerned about your looks changing. What were you seeing?

Violet Somers

When I would look in the mirror, it looked like my face had turned gray. My face was puffy. I also gained a lot of weight. I could put on fifteen pounds so easily. When I would starve myself, I could lose it, but then when I went back to eating I would put on ten pounds in a week. That’s why I got so scared of food.

Suzanne Somers

So now you’ve discovered that you not only have food issues and food allergies, but then you found out you also have Lyme dis­ease. How do you think you got Lyme disease?

Violet Somers

I went on vacation with my friends to their house in Nantucket. One day I noticed a mark on my leg. It looked like a bull’s-eye.

Suzanne Somers

You mean kind of like the Target brand logo?

Violet Somers

Yes. They took me to the clinic and called my mother and told her it was a Lyme-tick bite and that the only treatment was antibiotics. So I took them. A couple of months after the Lyme diagnosis, I started noticing that my face was very oily, which was extremely embarrass­ing. I would go to class and at the beginning of the class I would go to the bathroom to blot my face, and then two minutes later it was really oily again. It was just another part of my body that was out of control.

Suzanne Somers

Who could you talk to about this?

Violet Somers

I could talk to my mom. We talked a lot about my depression. That’s all I wanted to talk about … Why did I feel so sad?

Suzanne Somers

Of course. You went from an idyllic life, a safe life, with perfect health and a slim, trim dancer’s body; and then everything changed. Suddenly you are never feeling well, you are having trouble thinking, plus you have unbelievable fatigue, your face is like an oil well, and you are gaining weight at an alarming weight. I’d feel sad too.

Then I told you about the Sponaugle Wellness clinic in Florida. Doctors there seemed to be dealing with your type of issues, so your mother decided to call and find out what they were doing for people like you. Was that the turnaround?

Violet Somers

Yes. Dr. Sponaugle sent lab forms and after he had all my lab work back, he kept e-mailing my mom and saying all these things about my condition. We both thought he was crazy because we had never heard of this syndrome before. He would use huge words when talking about Lyme and say that it wasn’t gone. In fact, it was nowhere near gone, even though they had already given me antibiotics. He suggested that I needed to come to his clinic for a few weeks.

Suzanne Somers

How did you feel about that?

Violet Somers

Well, it was hard. I had to leave school and my friends and be gone for several weeks. But I wasn’t happy at school; I kept feeling sick and I didn’t want my friends to see me. So it seemed like the only thing that might help me.

Suzanne Somers

Tell me about being in the clinic and what that was like on a daily basis.

Violet Somers

We stayed in a hotel and went to the clinic every day like a job. And it was. My job was to get well. I started getting IV drips of different natural detox substances: glutathione, vitamin C, and a lot of other things. Dr. Sponaugle also gave me a drug to help replace the dopamine in my brain that my brain wasn’t making because of all the toxins in my system. I learned about my syndrome, that the toxins were leaking out of my weak digestive system and making their way to my brain, upsetting and stopping my hormone production; these things that were causing the cravings I had been having for food and the binge eating were because my brain was wanting to get a “dopa­mine hit.” Also, as a result, I was not making serotonin and that was what was making me depressed.

Suzanne Somers

That makes sense. Serotonin is your feel-good hormone, and if you weren’t making hormones, that would also add to your depres­sion. You had a real whammy: no dopamine, no serotonin, food aller­gies; you didn’t even know about mold allergies yet, and then the big one, Lyme!

Violet Somers

Right. On the second or third day I was there [in the clinic], all of a sudden I started talking to my mom saying things like: “Mommy, how was Catholicism formed? Maybe we should go to church Sunday. Want to go on a hike? Can we go to the beach tomorrow?”

Suzanne Somers

You mean you were starting to be able to think again and these were the first questions popping into your head?

Violet Somers

Yes. I realized that for two years, I couldn’t think! I had thought I was losing my mind.

Suzanne Somers

So what did that mean to you that you were asking these ques­tions?

Violet Somers

I don’t want to analyze it too much, but in that moment it felt like the best feeling of my life. Just to experience normalcy again. I didn’t realize I had been in this kind of space without thoughts. I was starting to feel normalcy again. Then I got scared.

Suzanne Somers

Why?

Violet Somers

I had the feeling of fear that this normal feeling was going to go away. When I was at the clinic, I found I not only had Lyme but also I had mold. I now know that mold is what made my digestive system inherently weaker, which is why I had food allergies in the first place.

Suzanne Somers

The puzzle was starting to piece together?

Violet Somers

Yes. And then when I found out that it was the antibiotics that could destroy my digestive system and make it even weaker, it was hard.

Suzanne Somers

Well, yes, you are a kid and when a doctor tells you this -is the treatment, you do it.

Violet Somers

Right. But for me antibiotics were ultimately the wrong thing. I didn’t know that I already had mold and food allergies and that the antibiotic was going to make it so much worse.

The first three weeks at the clinic I just felt that I was trying to heal. That wasn’t too horrible of a feeling, but it definitely took a lot of determination to wake up each day and focus on healing. I just wanted to get better.

Suzanne Somers

Of course, you wanted your life back again.

Violet Somers

Yes. I told Dr. Sponaugle to do as much as possible with as much power as he had in his arsenal because I wanted to get better as fast as possible.

Suzanne Somers

So you decided, as they say, to “bite the bullet.”

Violet Somers

I guess so. But it created a lot of anxiety. We were bringing up the toxins and it made me feel crazy. But I kept on … I embraced as much detox as he could give me because I wanted to get well. I wanted to be well more than anything, and it was the only thing that mattered.

Suzanne Somers

Did you miss your friends?

Violet Somers

Yes, but not like you would think. I missed them but didn’t want to see anyone until I was all better.

Suzanne Somers

That’s so sad. I feel so badly for you. What did you feel like physically when you were going through all of this detox?

Violet Somers

I felt like I had the flu: I had headaches, the nausea was real bad, I threw up in the car on the way there a couple of times. I had unbelievable fatigue and deep depression. The depression and the anxiety made me so scared; I talked to Dr. Sponaugle about it. He re­assured me that this was supposed to be happening and it was part of the detox. He also explained that the mold allergy had made me much more susceptible to the Lyme. Like a person who didn’t have mold or allergies wouldn’t have been hit so bad by a Lyme bite. A person with­out these issues might have a much lower chance of having such a se­vere reaction. Because of the mold, the food allergies, and my already weakened digestive system, I also found out another thing; I carry the gene for the mold allergy and that made me much more susceptible to all of it. Some people get Lyme and it doesn’t bring them down like it did for me, but I had all these other things going on.

Suzanne Somers

Right. Our family carries the HLA gene, which heightens peo­ple’s responses to toxins. So how long did you stay in the clinic and what was it like when you went back to school?

Violet Somers

I stayed in the clinic for six weeks, although the doctor wanted me to stay longer. He said I was much better but I wasn’t well. But I wanted to go back home. I was so happy to see everyone and so happy to be feeling better than before when I left school.

Suzanne Somers

I love you, Violet. Thank you for sharing your story. Today when I am with you, my heart soars with happiness to see you well and functioning normally. I am very proud of you, and I also think you are very brave. Your story is going to help so many.

Violet Somers

I hope so. I now know, if l choose the wrong food, I am going to have a setback. I look at food as the battery for my body; it’s what makes it run. If I want it to run in top form, then I have to put top-quality food in it … getting well just takes a lot of patience. I love you, Zannie.
As you’ve just read, the journey to wellness not only involves the affected child but also the entire family. I have asked my daughter-in-law to explain the trauma and unbelievable stress placed on parents trying to unravel the puzzle of fixing and healing a child or children made ill by today’s mystery illnesses that are chemically induced. Car­oline is a magnificent woman: unbelievably smart and capable, beauti­ful, and an incredible wife, mother, homemaker, and businesswoman. She is also executive vice president of our company. I love her like my own and also have a fantastic mother/daughter/business relationship with her. But over the years while going through this horror, it was painful to watch Caroline change from an upbeat, happy-go-lucky, positive person to a mother in constant distress. Her mood changed, her face became serious, and no one was able to comfort her. Her focus, and all she wanted, was wellness for her girls. Tox-sickness is a family disease and has serious ramifications for the whole household.