Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Book Review: You Staying Young

You Staying Young: The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty
By Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
Published by Free Press, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc
Publication Date: October, 2007
Price: $26.00
384 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780743292566
Four Star Rating ****

“To add serious years to your life-and life to your years-you have to lower your risks for all diseases. And the only way to do that is to slow your rate of aging on the cellular level.”

America’s favorite doctors, Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz are back with a new best seller with many, many weeks on the New York Times list, called You Staying Young. Written with that same flippant, common speaking, comedic style, buttressed by unusual and provocative illustrations, the good doctors have taken on our prejudices concerning aging and set them on their proverbial ears. This “challenge to our perceptions” is interesting and entertaining all at the same time.

The truth about our aging is that we have the ability to live 35% longer than expected right now, with a higher quality of life, without frailty. Cancer, heart disease, and stroke account for about 50% of all deaths; but the books teaches us that the eradication of these disease only account for an increase in the populations life expectancy of about 9 ½ years. The doctors postulate that to add serious extra years to your life, one must lower the risk of all diseases. The only way to do that is to slow your rate of aging on a cellular level. Your body will break, that is not the answer. The real secret to avoid aging is how well your body recovers and repairs itself after the breakage occurs. The book says this is true, because aging is really the process where cells lose their resilience. More importantly, the book tells us that it is within our power to boost our cells resilience to failure, and enhance the cells ability to repair and recover.

You Staying Young recognizes that while you cannot change your genes, you can turn on and off the power that enhances recovery and healing. According to the good doctors, 70% of aging is really up to us. There are several new areas of aging thought that the doctors discuss in some detail. The book is a lighthearted medical treatise that encourages us to enjoy every living moment of our longer lives by unlocking the mysteries of the science of longevity. Funny, provocative, and incurably informative, it is a small wonder that this book has been in the top ten sellers on non-fiction since its release on October 30, 2007. Grab this beauty soon, and live a little longer.

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