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YOU: The Owner's Manual

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  3,527 Ratings  ·  352 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
Apr 14, 2010 Helynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Barb S.
Apparently YOU need a lot of supplements! My goodness. I was hoping to learn a little about the human body from this book. I did learn a few things, but primarily I learned that if I want my "Real Age" to be a certain SPECIFIC number of years younger then I need to take a certain SPECIFIC amount of A LOT of supplements. I was waiting to hear what web site I go to to buy the "YOU" supplement package because they really seemed to be pushing them hard. I'm not saying supplements don't have benefits ...more
Shelley J
Oct 19, 2009 Shelley J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Loy Machedo
Mar 03, 2012 Loy Machedo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Gabrielle
Aug 22, 2012 Gabrielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
"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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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
Amy
Sep 16, 2007 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Sarah
Aug 12, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The year is over and so is this wonderful book .. It is the best medical book I've ever read .. Enjoyed it a lot and we really need more books like these .. so useful and full of information that anyone can understand .. So much details

I think after reading this amazing book I can understand my body very well and I think I'm able now to deal with everything in it

Thanks a lot for all the amazing Doctors who wrote all of this for us ^_^
Kim Hampton
This book gave a good overview of your body and the things that you can do to make your "real age" younger. Things like smoking take off years from your life, while eating healthy and exercising can add years. Overall a good explanation of the different systems in your body and how to keep them working properly.
Katie
Apr 01, 2012 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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...
Jennie
Jun 13, 2011 Jennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rima Ibrahim
Aug 25, 2014 Rima Ibrahim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قرأته بالعربية ...طبعا
Kandis
Jun 25, 2008 Kandis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all the 'You' books--especially the 'smart patient' one--I always learn so much!
Matt Randall
Jul 02, 2017 Matt Randall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. A bunch of information on how all of your systems work together and the little changes you can make to help your body live longer. Most of it is commonsense but there were a few nuggets of information that I really liked. Exercise (and not even that much) can make a huge difference. Diet is becoming one of the biggest factors. In my limited understanding, nutrition is a science that is grossly misunderstood. We were all taught things as recent as a few years ago and they turn ...more
ferhat
May 17, 2017 ferhat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006_read
Usual stuff is repeated again.
Lisa
Oct 27, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-skills
Suggestions they give:
For heart and arteries: Eat at least one handful of nuts a day (walnuts are highest in omega-3 fatty acids). Eat at least three portions of fish per week (especially wild, line-caught salmon (incl. canned), and cod/bass, also tilapia, catfish...). Get 31 mg of flavonoids/day (found in nuts, tea, red wine, grapes, cranberries, 100% natural orange juice, onions, tomatoes, tomato juice (2 1/2 glasses of cranberry juice or several cups of tea work)). Aspirin (1/2 aspirin/day).
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Abby
Feb 26, 2010 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*&^#*&%$*!!! 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
Abner Rosenweig
Dec 15, 2014 Abner Rosenweig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's odd that we have no innate knowledge of how the body operates. It seems intuitive that we should know all about ourselves, and it's almost contradictory that we don't. This book is a wonderful reminder of the fascinating complexity that--unconsciously, in most of us--happens in our bodies every moment of every day.

The book provides a friendly introduction to the workings of our major systems--circulatory, nervous, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, lymphatic, endocrine, and more. Better
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Jessica
Nov 25, 2007 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  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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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
Jesy
Jun 09, 2009 Jesy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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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Jenny's Book Life
I first read this book when it originally came out - before Dr. Oz got so wonky, trendy, and sold out. It was updated in 2013. It covers your body system-by-system: Heart; Brain and Nervous System; Bones, Joints, and Muscles; Lungs; Digestive System; Liver and Pancreas; Sex; Sensory Organs; Immune System; Hormones. It also covers cancer information, diet and recipes, and exercise. Each chapter has suggestions for supplements, foods to eat or avoid, and lifestyle ideas for maintaining each system ...more
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
Luci
Mar 25, 2013 Luci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Tom
Dec 27, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot of good "factoids" here and a book that I will refer back to often. One thing I like about the book is when it makes recommendations that are common sense, they often explain the science behind the common sense. There is also a focus on how to prolong life which I found good. Not that you can fight entropy, but you can make wise choices to maximize life and quality of life. Because of the way God has designed us (my words, not theirs), we can make choices in eating, sleeping, activity, env ...more
Robin Berman
Dec 07, 2014 Robin Berman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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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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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Stephanie
Jul 29, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books
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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Angel
Sep 09, 2009 Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  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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