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

Michael F. Roizen , Mehmet C. Oz
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Book Description

April 21 2005

Between your full-length mirror and high-school biology class, you probably think you know a lot about the human body. While it's true that we live in an age when we're as obsessed with our bodies as we are with celebrity hairstyles, the reality is that most of us know very little about what chugs, churns, and thumps throughout this miraculous, scientific, and artistic system of anatomy. Yes, you've owned your skin-covered shell for decades, but you probably know more about your cell-phone plan than you do about your own body. When it comes to your longevity and quality of life, understanding your internal systems gives you the power, authority, and ability to live a healthier, younger, and better life.

You: The Owner's Manual challenges your preconceived notions about how the human body works and ages, then takes you on a tour through all of the highways, back roads, and landmarks inside of you. After taking a quiz that tests your body of knowledge, you'll learn about all of your blood-pumping, food-digesting, and keys-remembering systems and organs.

Just as important, you'll get the facts and advice you need to keep your body running long and strong. You'll find out how diseases start and how they affect your body -- as well as advice on how to prevent and beat conditions that threaten your quality of life. Complete with exercise tips, nutritional guidelines, simple lifestyle changes, and alternative approaches, You: The Owner's Manual gives you an easy, comprehensive, and life-changing how-to plan for fending off the gremlins of aging. To top it off, you'll also get the great-tasting and calorie-saving Owner's Manual Diet -- a thirty-recipe eating plan that's designed with only one goal in mind: to help you live a younger life.

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


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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)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

About the Author

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.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book May 29 2005
By Terry
Format:Hardcover
Clearly this is an excellent book that everyone should pick up and learn from. We all need to learn more about our bodies than was presented in biology class. I'm not a health nut but I certainly believe in living healthy. I enjoyed this book along with another book called Simple and Simply Delicious by Sylvie Rocher - a health cookbook by a French lady. Both books are excellent and are required reading for anyone interested in living a healthy and delicious life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comment Dec 6 2006
By D. Sim
Format:Hardcover
I found this book very educational and informative. However, the non-stop cultural references and little quips become annoying quite quickly and I find myself skipping over most of the book looking for the "meat". I would also prefer the sketches to be more realistic and call things what they are. What is up with the elves? It really takes away from the enjoyment of reading this book. I still rate it a 4 out of 5 for the info.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poop for Healthier Life! May 5 2005
Format:Hardcover
I was wondering whether an American author will ever write a book with this kind of content. A book dealing with health and longevity, written in an easy-to-understand language. A book giving a good insight and understanding of how our internal organs work, how they interact and influence each other. A book stating simply THAT WE NEED TO POOP, AND WE NEED TO DO IT NICE AND OFTEN!
I came across such a book written by a Russian doctor Mikhail Tombak. His book, "Can We Live 150 Years? - Your Body Maintenance Handbook", talks about all the aspects of healthy life style, starting from the proper care of the spine, via proper breathing, dieting, and exercising, to keeping toxins out of one's intestines, kidneys, liver, and blood. Mr. Tombak put a lot of emphasis on "autotoxication" resulting from constipation. However, up until now I did not come across any other author tackle this problem. Not until doctors Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen came up with "You: The Owner's Manual". Congratulations!
"You: The Owner's Manual" is a book that everyone should buy and own. It gives you good understanding of your body inner workings. It helps you improve the quality of live; it gives you the ability to live healthier, younger, and better life. Hopefully it will also help you decide to say "good bye" to all the silly fad diets...
This is a health book like no other. Except maybe for "Can We Live 150 Years?". I think they should be sold together as they do support and complement each other.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You and Your Body and Other Peoples Sept. 13 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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.
I also purchased "The Backsmart Fitness Plan" I learned a lot about the proper way to exercise and the errors I was doing resulting in no progess in my workouts. Two good choices for anyone who wants a balanced body!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, valuable and well researched Jan. 2 2007
Format:Hardcover
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 it's a very valuable and practical read. Another book, which also explains in details very important processes in your body is "Scientifically guaranteed male multiple orgasms and ultimate sex". I enjoyed and highly recommend both books.

Dr. Tom Milholland
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For better and healthier life March 16 2006
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
"You: The Owner's Manual" is a book that everyone should buy and own. It gives you good understanding of your body inner workings. It helps you improve the quality of live; it gives you the ability to live healthier, younger, and better life. Hopefully it will also help you decide to say "good bye" to all the silly fad diets. I loved getting taken through a tour of all the highways, back roads, and landmarks inside of my body. I feel better able to make decisions regarding my healthcare and that of my family after having read this book. This is a health book like no other - except maybe for "Can We Live 150 Year". I think they should be sold together as they do support and complement each other.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and very content rich! Nov. 24 2005
Format:Hardcover
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 it's a very valuable and practical read. Another book, which also explains in details very important processes in your body is Alan Ritz’ “Scientifically guaranteed male multiple orgasms and ultimate sex”. I enjoyed and highly recommend both books.
Dr. Tom Milholland
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book
very informative , made easy for us to understand. we need to take care of our health so that we can live longer
Published 7 months ago by PATRICIA DA SILVA
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time and money
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 more
Published on June 12 2007 by 17 Wonders
2.0 out of 5 stars some useful information amid a lot of garbage
Some useful information in here. Very introductory, but has a lot of information in there that the average person wouldn't know. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2006 by James Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever notice?
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 more
Published on Sept. 21 2006 by Wolfthing
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting information
There is so much interesting information presented in the book that it seems unnecessary to infuse it with so many pop culture references. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Should Read This Book
This is an awesome, well written book that gives you an easy to understand and informative look at 'YOU'. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2005 by LJP
5.0 out of 5 stars So great to be in the know!
I loved getting taken through a tour of all the highways, back roads, and landmarks inside of my body. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2005 by Erin Goldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars So great to be in the know!
I loved getting taken through a tour of all the highways, back roads, and landmarks inside of my body. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2005 by Erin Goldberg
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