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You, the Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger
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You, the Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger

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by Mehmet C., M Oz M.D., Gary Hallgren (Illustrator), Ted Spiker, Lisa Oz, Mehmet Oz

Welcome to your body. Why don't you come on in and take a look around?


Welcome to your body. Why don't you come on in and take a look around?

Editorial Reviews

When first published in May 2005, this "insider's guide to the body" made a near-instant sensation. This updated and expanded edition continues that bestseller's good works, adding more than 75 pages of new material. 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? Oprah's favorite physicians, 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. A health book like no other receives a potent booster shot.
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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YOU: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition
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.

Buteven 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, Updated and Expanded Edition
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.


Meet the Author

Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., is the multiple Emmy Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show. He is a professor and vice-chairman of surgery at Columbia University, the medical director of the Integrated Medicine Center, and director of the Heart Institute at New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center.

Michael F. Roizen, M.D., is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? He is the chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic and chairman of the Wellness Institute.

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You, the Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
In the words of Oprah's favorite doctor, Mehmet C. Oz, and his co-author, Michael F. Roizen, "We're not going to make the science simplistic; we're going to make it simple." Their book describes how your body works in understandable, engaging terms and gives you an easy-to-follow strategy for making adjustments that will extend your life and improve your health. Roizen and Oz take you on a tour of your body, beginning with the heart and covering all the organs. They include a realistic diet and workout plan, fun illustrations and answers to common questions. getAbstract recommends this guide to all those well-intentioned people who know they should eat right and exercise more, but want to understand why.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'You, the Owner's Manual' really is a great book! It taught me in ways other books can't---through interesting writing, questions, trivia and so forth. I always try to find at least something good in each book that I read, and this one has SO MANY great and interesting points. I would put this as a MUST read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Drs. Roizen and Oz¿s book takes a unique look at the human body and how it works. The book explores different body systems providing a simple, down to earth explanation of how each system works. The illustrations are not only amusing but provide a visual description of how each system works. Common myths are debunked in each section and are done in a way that fosters an understanding of how the human body works. Most importantly, each chapter contains action steps which provide practical steps to help the reader live a more healthy life. I am a certified family nurse practitioner and after reading this book, I felt that I had a better understanding of the human body. In addition, Drs. Roizen and Oz¿s easy to understand explanations have tremendously improved my ability to teach my patients. Ray Lengel, Certified Nurse Practitioner, Author Health Care Responsibility: The Older Adults Guide to Surviving the Health Care System
Guest More than 1 year ago
Usually these health books are dry, but this book is fascinating. A must read if you want to understand your body.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In short, just a very informative book with several worthy goals. For one, it educates the reader in the inner workings of the human body. It does this quite entertainingly through trivia, facts, and interesting pictures (for instance the authors use a lot of elves). Additionally, the book also gives you many helpful tips on how to keep your body running smoother. While there is a lot information, I really would like to have seen a reference section at the end of the book to support its advice- some of it could be considered controversial in medical circles (who hasn't had the experience first-hand or at least heard of two doctors disagreeing about the treatment of a medical problem). All in all, a pretty informative and amusing read, it should enhance the well-being of many.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After taking the test and dicovering how much I knew about my body, I then gained new insights and explored myths. Enlightening!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've no idea if it's the best book out there for You,but anyone who thoughtfully reads this guide and applies its wisdom will greatly benefit from its smart, straight-forward approach to practical, healthy eating and exercise habits.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'You, the Owner's Manual' is the first health book that does what it promises - it outlines and explains what true healthy living means in practical terms. There are so many mixed messages out there with the latest health reports always contradicting one another that to find a source that can tell it to you straight, is something you want to share with others. The focus is on healthy living - in terms of how you eat and how you exercise - and the importance of focusing on your health first (which in turn will help you lose weight and feel empowered). I have never written a review before, but as I was recommending this book to my mom I went online to send the link and realized how important it is for everyone to know the positives of this book. If you're interested in learning about your health and what that REALLY means, this is the book you've been waiting for - finally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read on the human body. It is interesting the entire way through. I have recommended it to all of my friends and family. There is one review that speaks about organic foods and how the book doesn't talk about them, but there is still much debate amongst doctors if organic foods are better. The book makes it clear and easy how to make better choices for your body!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book provides A LOT of information about the way your internal organs function. I guess your physician hasn¿t had the time to tell you all those intriguing things that an average person will learn from this big and content rich book. The style is down-to-earth and understandable. There are many cute cartoons and it is really a pleasure to read it. There are questionnaires, which I believe can help you to evaluate your way of living. If it is not very healthy then take advantage of plenty of advice that anyone can follow. Overall, I think that this is a very valuable and practical book, which I enjoyed and highly recommend. Dr. Tom Milholland
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very educational and informative book. It is a great place to start for those who are not very health conscious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is easy to understand and funny. It explains in plain English about what goes wrong with your body as you age. It gives you quick tests to see how healthy your are. It gives practical advice, you can put into use immediately.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved getting lesions of the inner workings of the human body in small steps even a child could follow. I feel I have a better understanding of topics and changes that have taken place in myself and my family has gone through over the years after having read this book. It was also fun to take the quiz- a quick trip to back to school for some of us. Recommend for hours of fun reading for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly believe that this book is worth your time any money. First of all it is educational. The authors go to great lengths to explain the way our bodies work. Secondly, it is motivational. After reading the book it is hard not to follow the author's advice regarding healthy lifestyle. Last, but not least, the book is also fun to read. The writing style involves the reader and keeps him interested until the end. I highly recommend this book for everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is inventive and witty, yet it lacks the one aspect of health that we overlook, mental health. Other than that, it's a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is informative and keeps one's interest and covers everything from A to Z. These authors have a great sense of humor which keeps the reading light and on layman's terms. The man I am seeing is a doctor and was also very impressed with this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For the ones who need advise from a heart surgeon to get healthy nutrition habits. For those who need to have a heart surgeory from a nutrition expert, there is no choice for the time being.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The content of the book is excellent. A great guide to the human body. I was disappointed in the line-drawings. I really want to understand exactly what the muscles, bone structure, etc look like. But the authors chose to use cute terms and inaccuracies in the drawings. The only drawback to the entire book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an active but retired 64 year old female, I look for books from good doctors who make understanding my body easy. This book worked for me and I have made changes due to what I read. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderfully written and a good way to motivate yourself to health and happiness
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderfully entertaining as well as interesting and educational. I saw the doctor on the OPRAH show, talking about some of the heart problems as well as digestive problems. I ordered the book, thinking I would learn a few things to help my own health as well as the health of my aging aunt and uncle. Boy was I surprised to find it very humorous and easy to understand. It is a pleasure to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They say laughter is the best medicine, right? Well, this book is all about health. But it's not stuffy boring facts. It's an easy delightfully funny read. It's like an anotomy lesson told by a comedian. And the health benifits to be reaped are indeed useful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most interesting books I've read on the human body. It was wonderful to read. I could never imagine I would have found this book such a great read. I felt as intrigued by this book as I would a great mystery novel! The authors are smart and informative---using humor in just the right places to get across much valued information.