The doctors Roizen and Oz have written an easy read for folks interested in knowing basic human anatomy from the inside out. Their descriptions of organs and systems in the human body are written with humor and in an easy to read format. They include myth busting information and factoids regarding lesser known tidbits that many people aren’t aware of such as: “Grapefruit juice can add to the potency (and side effects) of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.”( page 189) This can mean that a person taking this type drug might need to lower their dose if they drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit frequently. Grapefruit juice also increases the effective dose of other prescription drugs. Drugs that interact with grapefruit products are: calcium channel blockers, Zoloft and amiodarone among others. Of course checking with one’s physician is always prudent when considering taking medications differently than they have been prescribed.
This book offers lots of information for people interested in staying healthy and active throughout life. Recipes, vitamins and exercise information are offered for staying healthy and younger longer. It also describes how we prematurely age when we participate in behaviors and activities not so good for us. An example the authors relate is smoking. “Pumping smoke down your airways makes you eight years older—and puts you at risk for lung diseases like cancer, emphysema, and bronchitis”(page 169). Want to feel years younger? The authors write that two smoke free months can make a person feel a year younger. Five smoke free years can regain health that was depleted over seven years of smoking.
2006 is on the horizon and so many people are looking for ways to make their New Year’s resolutions stick this time around. You The Owner’s Manual is a great book that will inspire readers to make changes and stick to them.
(Ginny Lewis, Information Services)