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YOU THE OWNER’S MANUAL By Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz
I did happen to catch the authors of this book on with Oprah, and I was so impressed with them. Their basic premise is that we spend more time understanding how our home works and how to take care of it than we do how our body works and how we ought to take better care of it. Organized medicine is not responsible for our health – we are. By the choices we make in our lives, we can have a significant impact on our biological health. We have the potential to live years younger than our chronological health, and the authors of this book want to show us how to do that.
This is not a diet book. This is an owner’s manual. The doctors walk us through all the major systems of the body, explaining how they work in simple and often humorous language. For example, they describe the adrenal glands as similar in shape to Mr. Potato Head’s hat. They debunk myths about the body, explain what the most important numbers are regarding the health of your heart (blood pressure) and go over the nervous system, lungs, digestive system, immune system – everything.
I learned a great deal from this book and am now implementing many of its suggestions. The authors are great advocates of two baby aspirin per day, vitamin D for proper immune system function, tomato sauce for healing properties (I liked that one.) There is even a quiz at the beginning of the book to check your current state of knowledge about your body, and a diet plan at the end of the book for improved biological age.
While this is not a page-turner, it’s definitely less painful that the textbook you might imagine a book explaining the human body would be. I recommend YOU The Owner’s Manual for all readers wanting to live, as the authors say, “healthier and younger lives.” On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio 1160, I’m Amanda Dickson.