Gladden Longevity

Topping Off the Tank of Life – an Interview with Suzanne Somers & Alan Hamel – Episode 25

Mark and Dr. Gladden are joined by Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel, who explore their secrets to staying happy and healthy in their marriage; what they’re doing regularly and deliberately to extend their longevity; and how important hormones are to the process. Finding your deficiencies and addressing them is crucial to maintaining youthfulness and living a long life.

They discuss the failures of traditional medicine, how alternative therapies can become lifesaving and how food is key to survival. Suzanne relates the story of her cancer diagnosis and the steps of recovery and maintaining her health. Alan discusses the circumstances of his misdiagnoses of Parkinson’s disease, illustrating the interconnectedness of the body and the mind.

Listen now for a lively, engaging discussion on health and well-being with a couple who has been together for 50 years and plans for decades more to come.  

Listen to this episode to learn about making a hundred the new thirty, living beyond 120, and Living Young for a Lifetime!

Special Guests:

A trusted health advocate, successful entrepreneur and star of two hit TV series, Suzanne Somers has written 26 books, including 14 New York Times bestsellers, five of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her most recent book was her most personal, intimate, and inspiring title yet: TWO’S COMPANY: A Fifty-Year Romance with Lessons Learned in Love, Life & Business(Harmony; November 2017). There are currently more than 25 million copies of Suzanne’s books in print.

Suzanne hit the dance floor with ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars10th anniversary season, and received raves for her bawdy, fun, romantic show, SUZANNE Sizzles, in residence at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. She received an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Host for The SUZANNE Show.

After 17 record-breaking years at HSN, Suzanne brought her products to ShopHQ. She now enjoys success at QVC with her RestoreLife Vitamins and Supplements and her show, A New Way to Age. She is a founder of, an online resource to connect patients with doctors specializing in natural hormone therapy, also on, and a partner and ambassador for For more information, visit Follow her on Facebook and @SuzanneSomers.

Alan Hamel is a successful business entrepreneur, producer, TV Star and marketer who has enjoyed 60 years of continued professional achievement. He’s built on his thriving career as a television, film & Broadway producer, actor and writer. Producer of The Blonde In the Thunderbirdon Broadway, CBS music specials “Suzanne Somers & 7000 Sailors,” ”Suzanne Somers & 10,000 G.I’s,” several series, and movies that have aired on ABC, CBS, and NBC, he also shared a rewarding partnership with dear friend Dick Clark, developing two television series syndicated in the U.S. and Canada.

Chairman and CEO of the flourishing Somers companies Port Carling Corporation and ELO, Somers Licensing Company, he unabashedly refers to his business as his loving mistress, with approval from Suzanne Somers, his life partner of 50 years – an anomaly by Hollywood standards. He met Suzanne, then a struggling young actress, on the set of his show “The Anniversary Game” when she was hired as the prize model; they’ve been together ever since that day.

Alan’s more than 3,000 hours on Canadian network television began at the CBC Network in 1955 and ended 25 years later with “The Alan Hamel Show” on the CTV Network in 1980. He starred in the CBC shows Razzle DazzleNightcapThe ObserverSightlineOn The Sceneand Cine Club. He was a CBC commentator in The Royal Tour, The Tokyo & Mexico Olympics and starred in two ABC shows, Wedding Partyand The Anniversary Gameand his own talk show on CTV, The Alan Hamel Show, from 1975 – 1980. He also starred in CBC’s Nightcap, a widely respected, out-of-control, late-night hour of edgy satire that was the inspiration for Saturday Night Live.

In 1967, Hamel moved to Los Angeles and produced and starred in You Can’t Do That On Televisionon ABC, a 90-minute, cutting-edge, politically incorrect satirical show that created both raves and outrage. This was the very first satirical comedy show in the U.S.

In the ‘70s, Alan and Dick Clark became partners and created two television series, Mantrapand The Sensuous ManMantrapplayed on CTV and was financed by barter/cash advertisers, a unique business model they created that has been duplicated many times since. 

Since the 1980s, Alan has managed all the Suzanne Somers companies that have developed, manufactured and marketed an extensive line of more than 1,000 products, branded food, cook’s tools, small kitchen appliances, beauty, fashion, jewelry and fitness products. The most famous, the ThighMaster, continues to be one of the best-selling fitness products in history, passing the 10 million mark a decade ago. The new Thighmaster Vibrato will be introduced in 2018.

Hamel is an active partner in LifeWave Technology & Medical Energetics, an Irish company.

Both companies produce patented products to improve lives. 

Hamel’s primary business interests today are in the health and beauty categories that include lines of skin care, hair care and cosmetics, all of which are organic and certified toxin-free. He also has turned his expertise to electronic shopping on QVC & The Shopping Channel and created a network of physicians,, which brings qualified specialists in anti-aging and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy together with patients seeking alternative and integrative medicine.

In keeping with promoting peak health, cutting-edge medicine, and addressing beauty themes, Alan recently produced The SUZANNE Show, a series of one-hour specials on the Lifetime network that won Suzanne an Emmy nomination; Suzanne Somers’ Breaking Throughseries on Cafe Mom Studios YouTube channel; and Suzanne Speakson Suzanne’s dedicated YouTube channel. He also brought one of Suzanne’s most popular talks on aging and wellness to a national cinema audience with the “Suzanne Somers’ BREAKTHROUGH Tour.” 

Hamel obviously loves to dream up unique ideas and then take them to market. He has said that working is a privilege and for him it is “the juice of life.” “I will work forever. It’s like a constant dopamine hit! I love my work!”

Alan and Suzanne are practitioners of modern alternative health care, grow their own organic food and are avid hikers in the San Jacinto Mountains. They are together 24/7 and have not spent a night apart in over 37 years. 

Suzanne’s 26th book, Two’s Company, is about how their personal/family and business relationships work and was published by Random House in November 2017. They have three children and six grandchildren, and they split their time between Malibu and Palm Springs. 


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