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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)
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Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., is professor and vice-chairman of surgery, Columbia University. He is medical director of the Integrated Medicine Center and director of the Heart Institute, New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center.
very informative , made easy for us to understand. we need to take care of our health so that we can live longerPublished 20 months ago by PATRICIA DA SILVA
Some great information here. The kind of book to pick up at the library though, keep the cash in your pocket. Dr. Oz doesn't need it. Read morePublished on July 21 2011 by J. Alberts
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. Read morePublished on June 12 2007 by 17 Wonders
Some useful information in here. Very introductory, but has a lot of information in there that the average person wouldn't know. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2006 by James Ryan
Has anyone noticed lately that almost all the bestsellers are non-fiction books either dealing with self-help, politics, or God in some form? Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2006 by Wolfthing
There is so much interesting information presented in the book that it seems unnecessary to infuse it with so many pop culture references. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2005
This is an awesome, well written book that gives you an easy to understand and informative look at 'YOU'. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2005 by Avid Reader