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YOU Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty    by Michael F. Roizen & Mehmet C. Oz order for
YOU Staying Young
by Michael F. Roizen
Order:  USA  Can
Free Press, 2007 (2007)
Hardcover, CD
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

YOU Staying Young can be looked at as a companion to this author duo's first book, YOU on a Diet. With Oprah's backing, they can't go wrong. Dr. Oz is a frequent contributor to her show, and he has been seen on TV explaining this plan further. Its basic premise is that there is no reason why most of us shouldn't be able to live to a ripe old age, despite the fact that the duo state that removing heart disease and cancer would only add about nine years to current life expectancies.

Drs. Roizen and Oz begin by outlining the principles of longevity and describing what they call major agers, such as stress, sleep deprivation, toxins, etc.. All of these factors can act to age our cellular structure, in turn leading to disease and body breakdown. The authors argue that real age may be older than calendar age; their goal is to make you even younger than you are by slowing 'rate of aging at the cellular level.' They even argue that aging is reversible.

Many books in this genre proffer all kinds of advice about what you should do to lead a healthier life, but this one actually outlines a detailed extended warranty plan and gives the reader the how-to. YOU Staying Young is highly readable and comprehensible; when the authors write about the science behind their theories, the language is accessible to a layperson, without any talking down to the reader. They incorporate humor to make the book even more readable, as well as comic-book type illustrations. Helpful charts, tests, tips and tools interspersed throughout are another attractive feature of the book.

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