Suzanne Somer’s book “TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick” explores conversations with doctors who believe environmental toxins contribute to cancers and other diseases. Another of her books titled “Knockout” explores similar themes — her website states, “Suzanne’s experts provide nutrition, lifestyle, and dietary supplementation plans to help protect you from getting the disease in the first place.” Her stance on the causes of cancer and unconventional methods of treatment have received pushback from the American Cancer Society, whose chief medical officer at the time of “Knockout’s” publication in 2009 expressed concern that Somers’ advice could harm readers.
Additionally, Somers wrote cookbooks that advised people on how to eat, such as 2011’s “The Sexy Forever Recipe Bible: A Cookbook.” A book published in 1999 promises physical changes with the help of “fabulous food” and advocates avoiding sugar as well as cutting or strictly limiting carbs during meals. However, elimination diets are now recommended for people trying to discover if they have food allergies or sensitivities, have a duration of about five to six weeks, and should only be done under the supervision of a doctor (via Healthline). These types of diets can cause nutritional issues if followed for extended periods of time and may be particularly harmful for those with past histories of disordered eating.