YOU: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger

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Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen, two powerhouse doctors in both the medical profession and in the media, have made a virtual cottage industry around the YOU series. They team up once again to bring us this updated edition of YOU: The Owner's Manual --the audio you should listen to before you listen to any other audio book. The doctors have included a new chapter on the Liver and Pancreas, which will finally demystify the most exotic part of our bodies, a new workout chapter, and a ...

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Overview

Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen, two powerhouse doctors in both the medical profession and in the media, have made a virtual cottage industry around the YOU series. They team up once again to bring us this updated edition of YOU: The Owner's Manual --the audio you should listen to before you listen to any other audio book. The doctors have included a new chapter on the Liver and Pancreas, which will finally demystify the most exotic part of our bodies, a new workout chapter, and a Q & A.

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Editorial Reviews

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Designed as a "from the inside out" guide to total body health, You: The Owner's Manual presents the human body as you have never seen it before. Instead of dry, impenetrable scientific jargon, this myth-breaking guide presents simple yet memorable analogies: Who else would describe the spinal structure as an Oreo cookie: two hard vertebral bones bracketing a soft disc that can be squeezed out? Powerhouse doctors Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen describe each integral part of the body (including organs, bones, and immune system) in terms that readers can understand and use. This is a health book like no other.
Publishers Weekly
Anti-aging guru Roizen and celebrated heart surgeon Oz combine their popular approaches to patient-centered care in this assessment of how much, or more to the point, how little, readers know about their bodies. After taking the quizzes in the book, readers may feel shocked by their ignorance of basic anatomy and the processes required to maintain physical and mental functioning. Each chapter focuses on a body part or system (heart, brain, digestive, reproductive, etc.) and discusses diseases associated with it; genetic and lifestyle influences on its aging process; and foods, supplements and habits that can prevent or reverse related illnesses. The book has an entertaining feel: friendly elves guide readers through illustrations of the body and cartoons feature alien creatures that enter the body and cause illness. The humor is irreverent (e.g., muscle cells surrounding dead heart tissue "start fighting with each other, like Jerry Springer's guests, instead of supporting each other, like Oprah's" [incidentally, the authors will appear on Oprah in May to promote the book]). Despite a 10-day, 30-recipe food plan and a less-is-more exercise regime, however, readers may have trouble using the information to create a lifestyle that will fulfill the authors' promise of weight loss, disease prevention and longevity. Even the recipes target one specific area of the body and weaken the overall conceptual framework. This lighthearted book will be most useful to those who like their health lessons served with a side of humor. (May 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Understanding how the body works can help people understand disease processes and prevent injury and illness. In this lay guide to the human body, Roizen (medicine & anesthesiology, SUNY Upstate; The RealAge Makeover) and Oz (director, Integrated Medicine Ctr., Columbia Univ.) open with a quiz to help readers determine how much they know. Chapters on the major bodily systems follow, each beginning with a set of myths and cartoonish anatomical diagrams with humorous labels and elves meant to demonstrate the mechanics of the systems. The authors then expound on how the organs work and debunk common misconceptions. There is also information about common diseases and conditions, advice about prevention and treatment, and suggestions for diet and exercise. Though reader-friendly and amusing, this book is superficial: diet and exercise suggestions lack coherence and are scattered throughout, so a health plan is difficult to put together. To boot, the 30 recipes-which are labeled according to their benefits (e.g., calcium for bones)-are targeted to one organ only. Readers will learn more from the second home edition of The Merck Manual of Medical Information. This is an optional purchase, though a heavy marketing campaign may spur demand.-Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061688140
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Series: You: The Owner's Manual
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Sales rank: 931,963
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Dr. Mehmet Oz is the Professor and Vice Chairman of Surgery at Columbia University in New York City, Director of the Cardiovascular Institute, and Founder and Director for the Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is a featured health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show and writes for Esquire and Reader’s Digest. Oz also has an XM Satellite show on Oprah & Friends Radio where he joins co-host Dr. Michael Roizen as they discuss healing techniques, preventative medicine and the latest in health news so that Americans can make well-informed decisions about their health.

Michael F. Roizen, MD, is cofounder of RealAge and chairman of the RealAge Scientific Advisory Board. He is past chairman of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee and a former editor of six medical journals. His first book, RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? became a New York Times #1 best-seller and was awarded the Best Wellness Book of 1999 by the Books for a Better Life Awards. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, 20/20, CNN, CBS, Good Morning America, and PBS. He is currently Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.

Michael F. Roizen, MD, is cofounder of RealAge and chairman of the RealAge Scientific Advisory Board. He is past chairman of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee and a former editor of six medical journals. His first book, RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? became a New York Times #1 best-seller and was awarded the Best Wellness Book of 1999 by the Books for a Better Life Awards. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, 20/20, CNN, CBS, Good Morning America, and PBS. He is currently Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.

Michael F. Roizen, MD, is cofounder of RealAge and chairman of the RealAge Scientific Advisory Board. He is past chairman of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee and a former editor of six medical journals. His first book, RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? became a New York Times #1 best-seller and was awarded the Best Wellness Book of 1999 by the Books for a Better Life Awards. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, 20/20, CNN, CBS, Good Morning America, and PBS. He is currently Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.

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First Chapter

YOU: The Owner's Manual
An Insider’s Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger

Chapter One

Your Body, Your Home:
Super Health

Beautiful bodies sell magazines. Tattooed bodies attract gawkers. Well-trained bodies win championships (and lucrative endorsement contracts). Celebrity bodies get stalked by paparazzi, chronicled by tabloids, and lampooned by late-night talk-show hosts. Infomercials promise better bodies (Lose 700 pounds with this revolutionary belly button cream!). And now, even so-called flawed bodies star as the protagonists in one form of pop culture: plastic-surgery reality shows.

There's no doubt that corporate America has capitalized on the fact that a beautiful body stimulates the economy as well as the hormones. We're all for admiring the body for its curves, angles, and ability to make Nielsen ratings soar. But maybe our obsession with skin belies the importance of everything that chugs, churns, and pounds underneath it. Because many people have developed a view of the human body that's more superficial than a paper cut, we want to step back and look deeper -- into places where only surgeons, MRI machines, and the occasional tapeworm can see:

Inside your body.

Why? Because what goes on inside of your body is what gives you the ability to see, run, smell, have wild sex on the beach, feed babies, create dinosaurs out of Legos, surf, solve algebra problems, tie shoelaces, hum "Margaritaville," and do the thousands of different things you do every day. Your body gives you life. Your body is life.

But even if you understand your body's many functions, you may not really know how it functions -- and, more important, how you can make it stronger, healthier, and younger.

Maybe that's because complex medical issues and scientific jargon race through our brains like cars on an interstate -- reports, data, and recommendations stream by so fast that you barely have time to notice them, let alone figure out what they all mean. The result of this information inundation is that spotting important health news is about as easy as finding a kernel of corn in a landfill. Then, to figure out which kernel of information you can apply to your own life, it takes digging, persistence, and time, not to mention some waders to protect yourself from all the junk that's out there. But it's vital for your health -- and your life -- that you own a pair of informational waders. With this book, we've strapped on our waders and have pulled out the kernels for you.

So you can live a healthier life.

So you can become the world expert on your body.

To do that, we want you to think of your body as a home -- as your home. When we started thinking about the similarities between bodies and homes, we realized that the two have a more striking resemblance than the Olsen twins. Your house and body are both important investments. They both provide shelter to invaluable personal property. And they're both places you want to protect with all your power. That's the big picture. But if we explore the comparison even more -- and we will throughout this book -- you'll understand the relationship even better. Your bones are the two-by-fours that support and protect the inner structure of your home; your eyes are the windows; your lungs are the ventilation ducts; your brain is the fuse box; your intestines are the plumbing system; your mouth is the food processor; your heart is the water main; your hair is the lawn (some of us have more grass than others); and your fat is all the unnecessary junk you've stored in the attic that your spouse has been nagging you to get rid of. If you can get past the fact that your forehead doesn't have a street number and that a two-story brick Colonial doesn't look all that good in a bathing suit, the similarities are remarkable -- so remarkable, in fact, that we believe you can learn about how your body works by thinking about how your house does.

And that's really the, uh, foundation for this book: Knowing your body gives you the power to change it, maintain it, decorate it, and strengthen it. In each chapter, we'll start by explaining the anatomy of your body's major organs. To do that, we'll take you inside -- and show you how your body's organs operate and interact with each other. We won't do it in doctor-speak, but we also won't treat you like you're a fourth-grader. We're not going to make the science simplistic; we're going to make it simple. From there, we're going to tell you how to make your organs function better -- so you can prevent disease and live a younger, healthier life. We'll show you how disease starts, how it affects your body, and how you can learn to fend off and beat problems and conditions that can threaten not only your life but also your quality of life.

To return to the house analogy, we want you to take the same approach to basic body maintenance and repairs as you do in your home. You don't call the plumber if you have a little backup in your pipes. You try a plunger, lift the back off the toilet and fiddle with the floating ball, and try to remedy the problem yourself. You don't call the exterminator when you spot a fly in the kitchen. You don't call the electrician if a lightbulb burns out. You rely on yourself for maintaining control over how your house ages -- because you know that it's less expensive to prevent problems and treat minor ones than let everything deteriorate to the point where your house needs a major overhaul to continue functioning properly.

Ultimately, we want you to get comfortable enough with your own body so that you'll feel confident with basic body maintenance, so that you'll avoid the things that cause the most wear and tear and do the things that best maintain the long-term value of your body.

YOU: The Owner's Manual
An Insider’s Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger
. Copyright © by Mehmet Oz. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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