Webster told ABC News that he's treated his own patients with bioidenticals for ten years and has not seen any side effects. However, when asked if he was keeping records of all those patients to determine if any of them eventually had any symptoms of cancer or heart disease, Webster admitted that he didn't track them all to find out.
We also asked Webster about a questionable fact in Somers' book that she attributes to him. She quotes him as saying that the people of Gambia live in an oasis of good health compared with the United States, and that Gambians "live longer than any other population on Earth." Yet when we did some checking, we found that the life expectancy of the people in Gambia is just 56 years -- more than 20 years less than the life expectancy in the United States.
Webster told us, "That's a misprint in the book. Suzanne misinterpreted me. This was Georgia, the Republic of Georgia, which is north of Turkey." He said that the Georgians, not the Gambians, are the ones who "live longer than anybody else."
It turns out that's not quite true, either. The Georgians do live long lives, but still fall several years short of Americans and those in many other countries.
Somers' health claims have been attacked by everyone from the mainstream American Medical Association to the anti-establishment consumer group Public Citizen, yet she insists her critics are either paid off by the pharmaceutical companies, or just ignorant. For the record, neither of the experts we interviewed takes money from hormone makers.
The question now is, where do women turn? First, synthetic hormones were touted as the solution, then largely discredited. Now comes the bioidentical crowd, promising their creams and pills will bring new relief against the march of time.
ABC News asked Somers how she would feel if it turns out, in the long run, that she was wrong. She replied, "How will you feel if, in five years, I'm right and these doctors are right, and I'm living this incredible life at 65, at 70, at 75?"
As for the prospect that people who follow her lead could eventually end up with health problems, she told us, "I do not force anybody to do anything. If I'm wrong, I'll be in the same boat as everybody else. I don't think I'm wrong. At some point in life, it is a roll of the dice."
If you're willing to gamble, Somers is working on yet another book about bioidenticals, this time for men -- selling her promise of perennial youth to a whole new market.