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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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.

The flagship book of the YOU series, which spawned three subsequent New York Times bestsellers, has now been expanded and updated to make you understand your body even better—perhaps too well.

YOU: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition 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. In this update, the doctors have included a new chapter on the liver and pancreas, which will finally demystify the most exotic parts of our bodies; a new workout chapter that will finally get you moving; and nearly one hundred Q&As asked by you, the reader. It has also been updated throughout to give you up-to-the-minute know-how to not just understand what to do to keep fit, but also why and how.

The book opens with a quiz, "How Well Do You Know Your Body?," which sets the stage for the following chapters. After taking the quiz, you'll learn about all of your blood-pumping, food-digesting, and keys-remembering systems and organs, including the heart, brain, lungs, immune system, bones, and sensory organs. Each chapter also contains common myths of the particular body part that the authors will debunk.

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, Updated and Expanded Edition gives you an easy, comprehensive, and life-changing how-to plan for fending off the gremlins of aging. To top it off, this new edition includes even more great-tasting and calorie-saving recipes as part of the Owner's Manual Diet—an eating plan that is 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?

Customer Reviews:

  • Excellent
    There is a reason Dr. Mehmet C. Oz and Michael F. Roizen write best-sellers--their books are excellent. You: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger, they outdo themselves. This edition has been carefully updated and expanded to teach the reader everything we need to know to keep our bodies healthy and young.

    Specifically, the updated version includes a chapter on the liver, new recipes and a new workout. The book also includes a 100 FAQ's from their reader's inquiries.

    The book resembles the Dummies in layout and tone and the authors write simply and, at times, with humor. Included are "Factoids" and the like.

    The book begins with information on how to achieve superior health. There are chapters on the major organs and how they function, cancer, workouts and recipes.

    There is an extensive index, a must for this type of book.The reference book is a must for every library.

    By the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet....more info
  • YOU The Owners Manual
    I wasn't as satisfied with the information in this book, felt it was very limited on amount of health subjects....more info
  • You the owner's manual
    I was VERY DISSAPPOINTED witht his book. I thought it would be much more informative, medically. It is more of a cutesy "coffee table " book, with cute little drawings and healthy recipes. It was written with a sense of humor, so I guess Dr. Oz has the bedside manner, but it didn't enlighten me on any of the medical details I was looking for. I would say the Merk Manual is MUCH more informative for my personal needs. ...more info
  • LOVE IT!
    Another book by these authors that is once again filled with page after page of information everyone needs to know. Their matter of fact approach with a tad of humor inserted always keep me interested and learning. Get it and you'll refer to it often....more info
  • Simple & easy guide to your body - it is not just for dummies, good for even the most "well read folks"
    There is so much information about our body, diseases & fitness on the internet that most of us would think that we do not need to read another book on our bodies, hmm, well think of it again - do you really understand what and how does our arteries get clogged, what might cause cancer, or did you know that exercising more could actually do more harm ...

    I used to think that I am well read about my body, not until I read this book - some of the most common ailments and body functions are so well explained with diagrams that you will never get this information on the internet - not on wikipedia, not on webmd - you may find lots of information, but not in a way in which we can understand.

    The book may seem silly at times, grouse at times, but a very informative and helpful book if you are planning to be live a healthy life on this planet for a couple of years/decades to come.

    How did this book help me:
    - Understood more about heart diseases & cancer
    - Importance of flavinoids in our diet
    - Importance of drinking good amount of water for many common ailments
    - Controlling stress is a more important than anything else and cannot be stressed enough
    - Exercising more can be bad (limit to 30 mins per day) - alternate between cardio, stretches & weights
    - Importance of deep breathing
    - Free weights are better than machines

    & lots more...more info
  • You The Owners Manual
    This book is a very entertaining and eye-opening lesson about taking care of ourselves and how our bodies function....more info
  • Own This Manual!
    I first purchased this manual last spring when going through a serious health-related experience. I found it incredibly useful not only because of its broadness of topics, but also because it was written in a manner that was easy for a non-professional to grasp. I had another reference manual at my disposal that was of a more technical nature, but YOU became my "friend." Also, I was delighted to see that the guidance I found in YOU concurred with that in the more technical reference. I ordered another copy of YOU recently - this time for my parents. By the way: I took the guidance I received to heart, and after 6 months my life-threatening ailment was completely under control....more info
  • Excellent Read!
    I am very impressed by this product. So far, I am really enjoying reading it. Not only did the book arrive ahead of schedule, but it was in beautiful shape! Very satisfied customer!...more info
  • Best Book Ever!
    This book is the best book ever. It is so full of information. The author also has a funny sense of humor. I would highly recommend this book. It is a book that tells us the way of life....more info
  • Good Information Buried in a Sea of Jokes
    I'm having a very hard time with this book. I've started and stopped reading it about dozen times already in the past 2 weeks. My problem? There is a lot of good information in here (really!) but it gets lost in the constant barrage of sarcasm and jokes inserted by the authors to (apparently) make it "entertaining". For me, the sheer number of jokes starts out as annoying, and finally becomes so distracting that I usually have to put the book down after about 20 minutes.

    Here's an example of what I'm talking about from page 176 under a heading of "Mouth":

    "The food-consumption process starts right here--in your body's food processor. Though opera singers, politicians, and courtside fans are known mostly for what comes out of their mouths, what makes our mouths so special is how we handle what goes into them. For starters, consider you mouth to be like the guy who buckles you in on a Ferris wheel--it's there simply to prepare the food for the journey."

    The paragraph then goes on to describe crocodile teeth and elephant teeth, but I'm so distracted with thoughts of "what do opera singers and Ferris wheels have to do with MY mouth?" that I'm no longer learning, I'm ruminating on low ratio of information-to-jokes in the text. (Out of the 7 sentences in that paragraph, I felt the relevant information could have been boiled down to 2.)

    Like I said, the book has a LOT of good information. If you are someone who can filter out all of the "noise", you'll get a lot out of it. However, if you're like me, and find all the sidebars distracting, it's a grind....more info
  • Excellent
    YOU: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger...more info
  • Good Book
    YOU THE OWNERS MANUAL-An instructional health guide spoken in english
    terms and can be understood,many tips and tricks too help in reducing
    weight and living better.
    Dick S...more info
  • You - You-ll be glad you asked!
    Extremely easy to use - lots of basic questions answered in an easy to read format....more info
  • Geat Read
    This was a very fun and informative book. I learned things about my body and its workings that I never knew. Reading this has led me to make smart choices especially about dieting. Who knew that eating a few nuts before a meal would help me not eat as much? It is written in language anyone can understand while still keeping the correct medical terms. I am reall looking forward to reading more in this series....more info
  • You, The Owner's Manual is all about me
    You, the Owner's manual is a must read for those of us who want to know the latest facts about health. I could read this book 20 times and still learn more interesting facts about how my body works and the latest about nutrition. But it is so much more. There are exercises,there's meal planing for a healthy life and little myth and factoid sections that answer a lot of your most asked questions
    I would highly recommend this book for all who want to keep their bodies running like a fine tuned machine. To be the best we can be for as long as we can. ...more info
  • Very Informative book, just enough comedy and just enough science
    I would recommend it for people who are looking for the background behind how our bodies work, without getting too technical, and then what we can do in our daily lives to improve how we live.

    Nick...more info
  • full of useful information
    When I ordered the book, I did not expect the extent and breadth of information that it contains....I have learned a lot from the information and would recommend it to anyone....more info
  • Changed the way I look at my body!
    Benefical information and simple to read. A powerful and resourceful book! A must read for anyone who wants to live a healthier life. ...more info
  • Comprehensive
    The book is extremely educational and informative and has a great fitness section, but is has a fatal flaw. They recommend the medication aspirin to everyone who reads their book in spite of the known dangers and side effects. They enthusiastically encourage thousands of people to take double doses of aspirin everyday and therefore many people are now taking the drug that weren't taking it before and are now at risk for dangerous complications. Quoting Dr. Fuhrman, "Aspirin is dangerous drug, not a health food. Aspirin increases one's risk of internal bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke and gives you no lifespan enhancing benefit, unless you eat a horrific diet and are at risk of a heart attack.
    People develop inflammation and oxidative stress in their blood vessels from eating a low-nutrient diet, which promotes free radical activity, not because they are aspirin deficient. For people eating processed foods, trans fats and lots of animal products aspirin has benefits against both heart attack and colon cancer, but it works by interfering with the damaging effects of the bad stuff, not by imparting any benefit, if the bad stuff was not consumed."

    What happened to?:

    "Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase that means "First, do no harm." The phrase expresses one of the principal precepts all medical students are taught in medical school.. It reminds the physician and other health care providers that she or he must consider the possible harm that any intervention might do. This is most often mentioned when debating use of an intervention with an obvious chance of harm but a less certain chance of benefit. Since at least 1860, the phrase has been for physicians a hallowed expression of hope, intention, humility, and recognition that human acts with good intentions may have unwanted consequences."
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  • Informative and not dumbed down
    What this book managed to achieve is to lay out relatively dry and droll information in a way to make it interesting, minimally corny, and easy to understand and relate to. That is no easy.

    You want to know how much I like this book? It is a pretty large, relatively heavy volume, and I tossed my mystery novels out of the bag and took it with me on a long flight business trip. It's interesting enough that I wanted to read it first. I am about 2/3 through now, but I still have 2 days of trip and a long flight left.

    I am really impressed with this book. I've been looking to start making positive changes in my lifestyle to ensure that as I age I can delay health problems that come with it as long as possible. I never like hearing what I should be doing and instead want to understand and believe in something before making significant changes in my life.

    Now, if I could just figure out how to convince my husband to read it. I guess I'll have to continue informing him of what I've learned....more info
  • you, the owners manual
    this is the most exceptional book i have ever read for health care and understanding of how the body utilizes food etc. easy and fun to read. ...more info
  • You. Everything you learned in school, but forgot.
    I think this is a valuable book about the human body, written in terms everyone can understand. My only issue with it... the reason I didn't give it 5 stars, is that it gets a little too cutesy at times. The cartoon elf in the anatomy illustrations annoys me a little. Just a little... but the book is great. I've read a lot of health books. I know quite a bit about nutrition etc. Still, surprisingly, there are things in this book that I didn't know, or had forgotten from school. It really helps the reader to view their own body as a machine that needs to be maintained in order to run properly. We need to remember that about ourselves... Buy the book! You won't regret it. ...more info
  • A requested Christmas gift.
    My sister requested a book by Dr. Oz as her Christmas present this year. I searched for it on, and found several by Dr. Oz to choose from. I ordered "YOU: The Owner's Manual..." It arrived at her doorstep in record time. The speed amazed me. She has reported that the book is wonderful -- filled with wisdom and delightful humor. ...more info
  • YOU, The Owner's Manual
    A Kick, great read, pleasant style and full of the things we need to maintain a GREAT and healthy life. Dr Oz & Dr Roizen are in the know and lead in their field of Wellness!!


    Kent...more info
  • Great Book
    This book is awesome. It is written in such a way that reading it is very enjoyable. Combine that with the fact that the way the information is presented also makes it very interesting and hard to put down. It makes the mysteries of our bodies very easy to understand, as well as explaining the factors that help or hurt. This book has the potential to change anyones life behaviors. ...more info
  • Every Home Should Have this Book!
    I LOVE this book!!! Enough that I bought this "improved and expanded version" after having bought the original, and that is rare for me. It is written with a hint of humor and such a plain layman's language that EVERYONE can understand what is going on with their bodies, how they work, every organ in your body, what its job is, how to take care of it, how to protect it, improve its doing the job its meant to do, thus helping one to avoid many ills they could get, and thus less visits to the Dr. or how to better communicate with your Dr. to help them help you. Every home should have this book!!! I believe this is the only book of this kind and so complete for the ANY person. It definitely is NOT a boring read, but written in such a fun and interesting way everyone who wants to understand how their body works or is concerned about how to take care to feel better, would enjoy learning from this book. It has many drawings showing how your internal parts work . I HIGHLY Recommend it!!!...more info
  • You the owners manual
    You,The Owners Manual was delivered quickly as promised. I have enjoyed the book thus far. ...more info
  • The Very Best to a Healthy Life!!!
    As noted I love anything Dr. Oz has to say. As a doctor's daughter, I relay on these books and find them a great read. He and his partner have truly made me look forward to a healthy long life ahead. I only wish my dad could have benefitted from their wisdom and his heart disease could have been curred....more info
  • Your body is a wonderland
    What a fun and important book! Everyone with a body should have a copy.

    When I first cracked it open I landed on page 234: Figure 8.1 The Male Dipstick (yes, that's how it's titled). At first glance the full-page illustration of the male reproductive organs appears to be from any science reference book, but then I look again. Mr. Peanut is drawn hanging onto a tubule inside the scrotum.

    This kind of silliness permeates "You: The Owner's Manual." The humor and breezy tone makes it a surprisingly easy read.

    The first two-thirds of the book covers everything in the human body, from the heart and brain to the lungs and liver. The last third focuses on ways to keep your body healthy. A 70-page chapter called the Owner's Manual Diet has more than 30 recipes, enough for a 10-day trial. The diet isn't so much about losing weight, but about "making you feel better, helping you live younger, and slowing the effects of aging." The following chapter, the Owner's Manual Workout, illustrates some simple exercises.

    Throughout the book are fun "Factoids." Did you know that pound for pound, the tongue is the strongest muscle? Also scattered throughout are lots of little quizzes.

    Under the dust jacket is a plain red cover.

    Here's the chapter list:

    1. Your Body, Your Home: Super Health
    2. The Beat Goes On: Your Heart and Arteries
    3. Do You Mind: Your Brain and Nervous System
    4. Motion Control: Your Bones, Joints and Muscles
    5. To a Lung and Healthy Life: Your Lungs
    6. Gut Feelings: Your Digestive System
    7. In Your Trunk: Your Liver and Pancreas
    8. Sex Marks the Spot: Your Sexual Organs
    9. Common Sense: Your Sensory Organs
    10. Sick Sense: Your Immune System
    11. This Gland is Your Gland: Your Hormones
    12. Hell Cells: Cancer
    13. The Owner's Manual Diet
    14. The Owner's Manual Workout
    15. FAQs...more info
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Dummies
    In short, just a very fun and informative book with several worthy goals. For one, it educates your average person in the inner workings of the human body. It does this quite entertainingly through frequent quizzes, trivia, facts, and interesting pictures- for instance the authors use a lot of elf cartoon. Corny, but fun.

    Additionally, the book also gives one many helpful tips on how to keep their body running smoother and it is a pretty informative and amusing read that should enhance the well-being of many- especially middle-agers like me who want to learn more about how their bodies work so they can keep it running smoothly in the years to come. Aged readers may also be interested in Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff to keep the shoulder working well- 54% of people over the age of 60 have a torn rotator cuff.

    Note: People who have read the first "You The Owner's Manual" will notice additional information on the liver and pancreas, as well as a new workout chapter.

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  • Love the book, love the audio CD better!
    Ordered the book and audio CD at the same time, but the book came in first. I started the book which I found to be a slow read. Then received the CD's (8 hours/7 disc). . . I love them!! I'm able to listen in the car and when I get home, I highlight in the book things that are important to me. This way I don't feel I have wasted time reading sections that don't pretain to me but I have listened to it all. The CD's are narrated by Dr's. Roizen and Oz. I highly recommend both versions. ...more info
  • Knowledge is power
    Wow, what a storehouse of knowledge! Coming from a large family embedded in medical knowledge, I appreciate sound wisdom through the years to understand what is or is not happening in by body. It is really awesome that these Dr.'s share information with us in language many can comprehend. I have found some areas to be lacking in detail, but the overall systems are covered well. Everyone can benefit from reading and putting to practice the words of these professionals. ...more info


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