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YOU: The Owner's Manual

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,948 ratings  ·  325 reviews
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 sys ...more
ebook, 544 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Helynne
This is a handy manual containing a potpourri of all sorts of information about the human body and its various systems and organs with the latest advice about how to keep them all healthy. Drs. Roizen and Oz write with the same down-to-earth style and whimsical sense of humor that each shows on his various TV appearances. The book has two quizzes--one with 50 multiple-choice questions about the body in general and the other with questions that help challenge the human brain and ward off senility ...more
Shelley J
There are countless self-help books ranging from diet, exercise, psychology, and the like. One of the authors has really taken advantage of this new found fame, Dr. Oz, and leads me to some skepticism regarding future pronouncements. Yet, most of the advice and info in this book originates from sound, proven scientific data. Most of the data herein is the culmination of hard evidence based on theory, model and proven in labs, and the anecdotal experience by two of the nations foremost physicians ...more
Arminzerella
A very readable introduction to the systems of the body and how to take care of yours and increase your health and reduce aging processes. Includes a healthy dose of humor and many suggestions for diet and dietary supplements, as well as a recipe section and a crib sheet on exercise. This would be a good introduction for folks on how the different systems of their bodies work – especially people who are confused by medical jargon. This is easy to understand and fluidly written. HOWEVER, there ar ...more
Loy Machedo
Loy Machedo’s Book Review – YOU. The Owner’s Manual by Michael F. Roizen & Mehmet C. Oz.

I am old.

35 years old.

Ever since I crossed the 30 year mark, I have become pretty obsessed and cautious about my health. For reasons that I cannot explain, I have been on a quest to understand what I can do to keep myself fit and healthy.

Where once upon a time I used to leg press over 300 kgs and dead-lift (for my back) over 200 kgs, today I am pretty happy with a 15 minute light jog on the treadmill fo
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Amy
I wish I would have learned biology or health with this book in high school. It makes the body so easy to understand. It reads as more of a reference book and I'll keep it around as such. For example, I had a sore throat recently and I remembered trying a salt water gargle in the past with little success. I looked it up in the book and I realized the only quick fix to feel better was a salt water gargle with warm water a certain number of times a day. It worked!
It's also made me stick with takin
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Robin Berman

I am reading this book out of order chapter wise. You can do that with this book. So I opened it up and randomly started in the middle. I like the "boxes" on the sides that highlight certain info. So far with what I read its a mix of "I know that and have heard it many times" with "wow I didn't know that." I didn't know that semen is absorbed through the vaginal walls and that it has actual mood elevating chemicals for the female. Pretty cool. and that a sign of a man having too low testosterone
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Rima Ibrahim
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Jennie
It was interesting to read so much about the human body. I thought it would be boring or long and drawn out but it was very clearly written and fun to learn so many great things and how complex and miraculous our bodies are.
Katie
I was hoping for something a little more in-depth, but as I read it, I felt like I was being talked down to. I'm not certain what I was expecting, but give me more than a 6th-grade reading level and bizarre illustrations...
Kandis
I love all the 'You' books--especially the 'smart patient' one--I always learn so much!
Gabrielle
"You: The Owner's Manual" contains some genuinely helpful information but personally, I would consider that statement as damning by faint praise. It's a health book written by a host of doctors, the least it can do is contain some helpful nuggets of information.

As is, the book is weak. You can tell by reading it that the authors were seeking to really fulfill the needs of the elderly, older-than-fifty set but decided to attempt to broaden the book's appeal in order to try to pull in money from
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Abby
*&^#*&%$*!!! What did I push? My review was like, done, and I hit a bad key and everything reverted back to my old review that was written here, before I read the book. HOW DO I UNDO IT WHEN I SCREW SOMETHING UP LIKE THAT? Maybe I'm just on edge. I have a 5 year old and 3 year old here on my couch, and every three seconds they ask me a question like, "What kind of food does your cat eat?" or "Do you know how to tie knots?" It made it very hard to focus enough to write anything coherently ...more
Jesy

As much as this book annoyed me, I think it is a decent read and reference point for certain audiences.

The author tried too hard to be funny. The forced humor and obscure metaphors, with few exceptions, were out of place and detracted from the overall quality and content of the book.

Serious consideration should be taken when identifying an audio book's narrator. This audio book had two narrators; one with a mild speech impediment. While I have nothing against people with speech problems,
it is d
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Edwin B
I listened to the audio of this book, and I was getting frustrated because there were so many milligrams, micrograms, and international units of this or that mineral or vitamin or acids that I should take on a daily or weekly basis, that I should be noting down - but, being on the move listening on the go to this audiobook, I couldn't very well easily do so. So I felt the nuggets of golden secrets to lasting health slipping away from my grasp one after the other as I heard them come one after th ...more
Jessica
Dec 08, 2007 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: 2007, 2013
A Review of You: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger by Michael F. Roizen & Mehmet C. Oz ("Dr. Oz")

Rating: Two Stars

Edition: Hardback

Genre: Health & Wellness

I used to really like Dr. Oz and watched him quite a lot, but over the years that opinion has drastically changed. I'm not going to get into the "why," but it has changed my opinion about this book quite a bit.

This book goes through each part of the body and how each works. Som
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Mallory
I FINALLY finished this book. I read most of it pretty quickly, and then I just got bored and took a million years on the last chapter. This is a pretty good basic general health book. So basically, if you don't know much, then this would be a good reference book. I do like that there is a plan that they include of living a healthy lifestyle and they even include recipes. I haven't tried any of them, but maybe someday I will. One thing that really annoys me about this book is that they try to be ...more
Chris
An easy to understand guide to the human body and how to take care of it. There's a lot of good info here, though there's a strong emphasis on taking supplements, which many recent studies have found to be ineffective. That said, the authors do point out known risks and are careful to advise adjustments based on relevant prescription drugs. I listened to the audiobook and also looked through in illustrations in the updated paperback edition.
Larry
I think that the Dr Oz TV show is corny – and I feel the same way about this book. It’s filled with really dumb jokes.

Nevertheless, it’s also full of knowledge and usually easy to understand (but be prepared to take notes – especially regarding supplements). Aimed at the age 55+ crowd, the authors approach the body using the imagery of a house.

Who can argue with the goal of living longer healthier lives?

Luci
What an amazing book! So easy to read and the way it was divided allowed for me to pick it up and just read a few sections at a time...I want to read it again :)

Here's my Three Sentence Book Summary:

Where to start about the awesome-ness that is You: The Owner’s Manual…this book is the perfect combination of comedy and scientific accuracy that allows the reader to understand so much about the different components of the human body and how it works. With easy-to-understand language and great, real
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Faith Anderson
Reading this for stress management class.

This was ok. I think it would be helpful for people who don't have much of a science or nutrition background, since for me I feel like this was just really about eating healthy, exercising, and being at a normal weight to keep yourself younger and healthy. Which I think is obvious, but maybe not?

Some of the specific science was interesting, their humour and metaphors were just too much sometimes.

The major downside - pushing tons of supplements. I mean som
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Murali Behara
"Beautiful bodies sell magazines, tattooed bodies attract gawkers, trained bodies, well trained bodies win championships and lucrative contracts, celebrity bodies are stalked by papparazi and chronicled by tabloids......".

Love that Dr. Oz can't stop talking about what he feels passionate, particularly the cardio-vascular health! I'm all caught up with preventive measures to live younger and longer which include, 30min cardio every day, more vegetables, avoiding stress, critical need for 7-8 hrs
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Amanda Luong
This was very readable and informational manual about how to be healthy. It gave an introduction to the body systems, how they function, types of diseases that can affect them, and how to prevent the diseases and keep the systems healthy. It was very easy and interesting to read because there were charts and diagrams. This wasn't one of those hard to read biology books that only scientists can understand. After reading this book, I am inspired to live a healthy lifestyle.
Bryan
You: The Owner’s Manual is a general health and wellness book. The book goes through all of the major organs describing functions, problems with, and how best to take care of. It was written not to be on the cutting edge of health science but more of a health for Dummy’s book. It did all this and even through in a little humor along the way.

The only criticism I have is the amount that the authors pushed supplements. At times I felt like I was in a timeshare sales pitch. I probably would not have
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getAbstract
Smart, simple ways to care for your body

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 o
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Stephanie
This book is a pretty clear and non-technical bunch of explanations for the various systems in the body - what they all are, and how they work.

I wasn't as impressed with all the RealAge and "what you can do to live younger" stuff - it almost felt woo woo. And while I'm a pretty healthy person, this book made me feel like a slacker. Why am I not taking handfuls of supplements and doing all sorts of things to live forever?!?

I am pretty much going to ignore the diet section, but I have to say that
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Natalie
This was a great book to listen to while running because it motivated me to keep going! (Even though he says excessive running is bad.) I felt pretty good about the things I eat and the exercise I get in general. However, I feel like I can always do more and improve more. I did feel kind of overwhelmed with the balance of foods your supposed to eat and couldn't really mentally figure out how to get it all in. I don't feel like the website is very clear on that either. All in all, I think they ar ...more
Angel
Nov 11, 2009 Angel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone
This book is like a health book FOR DUMMIES book with a little humor and illistations. This book covers everything....
*Your Body
*Heart And Arteries
*Brain And Nervous System
*Bones-Joints-Muscles
*Lungs
*Digestive System
*Sexual Organs
*Sensory Organs
*Immune System
*Hormones
*Cancer
*Owner's Manual Diet
Learn....
*how the body works and ages
*how to eat healthy
*how to keep feeling your best
*how to live younger
*how to maintain proper organ function
*how to prevent disease
Also has two quizzes....
1. The Body-Qu
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Anne
well, mostly read. I have been looking forward to reading this book for a long time, and I must admit I was kind of disappointed. I didn't read the whole thing, just the chapters that looked the most interesting and I even tried one of the recipes in the back, which was kind of shall we say disgusting. ughh. The humor in it was a bit too "sexual" for my liking, I mean seriously does everything have to be turned into a sexual joke?

Anyhow, I wouldn't really recommend it...though it had some good
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Ru Simbolon
Sep 04, 2007 Ru Simbolon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who own's a body
Shelves: healthandstuff
Bought this book a couple of years ago at Ogylvy station's book store at a 30% discount. nice deal..heheh..Can't remember the name of the store now...
Anyhow..
I have two books sitting beside my bed. The Bible and this. If the Bible is my life manual, this book is my eat-right-work-right-play-right-sleep-right manual. Everything I need to know on how my body works is in it. The nice thing is the way the doctor-authors put all the heavy medical terms in such a way that's easy on the brain (well, my
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Aaron
Medical info about the workings of the human body in a very easy to understand language.

Chapter 12: Hell Cells: Cancer - has to be the easiest explanation and that you are able to understand about such horrible human misfortune, possible causes and how to help prevent it.

Chapter 15 (Frequently asked questions) was also very interesting and with very varied material.

Very enjoyable book and a very easy read.

PS: if you don’t have a sense of humor then don’t read this book. The two doctors inject
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