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Product Details

  • Paperback: 115 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Revised edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451640714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451640717
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael F. Roizen, MD, is the four-time New York Times #1 bestselling author and cofounder and originator of the popular RealAge.com website. He is Chief Wellness Officer and chair of the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic and Chief Medical Consultant to the Dr. Oz show. He currently lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Mehmet C. Oz, MD, is also a New York Times #1 bestselling author and multiple Emmy Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show. He is professor and vice chairman of surgery at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University and the director of the Heart Institute. He currently lives in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

More About the Author

We wrote YOU: The Owner's Manual to help everyone understand that 70 percent of how long and how well you live is in your hands. But we wanted to go one step further and move you from just knowing the rules to really understanding how your body works. And we realized that if we bottled the 'eureka moments' and irreverence that medical school teaches, you might really enjoy the artistry of the inner workings of your body (we included cartoons so guys would understand). But The Owner's Manual was limited: folks whose lives were already touching the health care system needed advice to best navigate that serpentine path. We realized that a 'Smart Patient' was essential to realizing the promise of 'The Owner's Manual'. Luckily for us, the Joint Commission, our nation's health care safety advocate, approached us to help with a BIG problem. Medical errors in hospitals cost us 98,000 lives per year, and the Joint Commission could not squash this crazily large number without making all patients allies in this fight.

Being a Smart Patient means you've passed a stringent exam (well, a fun but informative quiz, anyway), and you know things that the vast majority of other patients do not. We learned a lot from this process of writing, and share all we knew beforehand and learned:
' You'll know why you need to include your spouse in your health history, even though there's no blood relation.
' You'll know why you should always be one of your doctor's first appointments of the day.
' You'll know which hospital staffer you should always talk to before choosing a surgeon (hint: it's the anesthesiologist).
' And you'll know why you should never touch the TV remote control in your hospital room.

The book debuted at #2 on the NY Times list, so some must at least like the jokes, or the cartoons (we understand an insurance company doesn't care for the one on page 333), or the insights combined with an encyclopedic list of trustworthy resources.

It's a scary statistic, but it's true: you have a 2 in 5 chance of being affected by a major medical complication in your life. And even the best doctors using the most cutting-edge technology can't prevent it. Yet that's the unrealistic expectation. The unsettling reality is that health care has become so complex it is no longer possible for any one doctor or other health care provider in the system to manage the whole process unless they have a partner. And that person is YOU.

The following insider tips are just a taste of those we crammed into You: The Smart Patient. We hope that this book will inspire and empower YOU to get involved in your health care.

Just the Facts, Ma'am

The first sign of a Smart Patient is that telltale document they produce during their first visit, or even their 50th. It's their health profile. This is the sign of a patient who means business, one who will challenge us to be at our absolute best and who won't waste time and money on redundant and unnecessary efforts. To create the perfect health profile, circa early 21st century, find the sample form labeled Your Health Journal. These forms are also online at www.jcrinc.com and www.realage.com.

Have a Tattle Plan
Bring your spouse or advocate to your doctor's appointment when you're giving your health history; there are a lot of questions that only he or she can answer. But, please, before coming in to the office together, make sure you discuss which fibs you're going to tell. Why? Because when you tell us that you've been taking your cholesterol-lowering drugs with the discipline of a Marine, your spouse will shoot you'or us'an involuntary look that communicates something close to Are you kidding me? We never miss it. And sometimes your spouse is trying to give your fibs away: it's called love.

Customer Reviews

I have all Dr Oz's books and love them all.
Phyllis Walter
I found this book very informative and a great read.
Esther Polite-Jones
Book is a nice help to aid in my weight loss quest.
A. A. Glazer

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122 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Bill Cashell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 31, 2011
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I have to admit that I am a big fan of Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen. They have changed the way many Americans look at health and the major causes of diseases. While most of the medical community is focused on fixing existing problems with drugs and surgery, they are so much into prevention.

One of the underlying causes of so many problems is related to what we eat (and how much). This is a condensed version of their previous book, "YOU: On a Diet". It is just over 100 pages and features 99 of their best ideas of keeping the weight off.

One of the great things about this book is that it covers almost every part of eating and weight issues, including lifestyle, exercise and the important role of your mind and eating.

If you have read their previous books, you may be tempted to skip this. Instead, you may find it to be a great reminder. I have gotten into the habit of reading one of the short tips every day and focus on making it a habit. I've found that reading a book once usually means I retain about 10% of the information.

Sections 47 - 63 actually consist of a 20 minute workout. There are recipes spread throughout the book as well, with a 14 day diet plan at the end.

If you skipped their other books because they were a bit big, this may be perfect for you. It is an easy to read book with straight-to-the-point information without the excess verbiage. Admittedly, some of the information is obvious, but we all need to be reminded. It would make a great companion to more feeling-oriented books.

Bottom Line: This is a concise book of usable information without all of the fluff. It is written by medical doctors, not writers. This style will probably not appeal to everyone. If you like basic information, you probably will like this.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John Freeman on May 31, 2011
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This book won't give you the overall health and nutritional information like the excellent The Evolution Diet: All-Natural and Allergy Free or the You: On a Diet predecessor, but this quick read gives the reader tips for losing weight specifically. Most of the information is in the Oz and Mehmet's previous books, but this repackaging might be easier for those looking to just focus on dropping the pounds.

Included is a sample two-week eating plan with recipes (including a tasty breakfast smoothie recipe) and a fat-blasting exercise regimen.

The authors realize the goal is difficult: help people lose weight and they acknowledge that throughout the book: THIS IS NOT A GET-THIN QUICK BOOK! But it has good, sound nutritional tips, if you're new to the authors.
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59 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Kathy R on June 6, 2011
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I was very disappointed in the little paperback book by Dr.Oz, You Losing Weight. I have purchased other books of his and they have been very interesting and informative. One of his TV programs was about losing weight. During the TV show he talked about this book and also supplements that could be effective to help lose weight. I wanted more information about these supplements, expecting them to be written about in the book, but none of these are mentioned in the book. Disappointed with the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie E. Holifield on November 13, 2013
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don't waste your money. It doesn't tell you anything different from all the other diet books. If you know basics of losing weight, you know what is in this book. If you decide to buy it anyway, don't buy it on kindle cause of the tables in the back do not display correctly and are difficult if not impossible to read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glenda S. Creger on September 6, 2011
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This book was so easy to read and understand, the recipes are also easy for those of us who do not cook very well. I am loving it.
Thanks very much!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. A. Glazer on May 24, 2012
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Book is a nice help to aid in my weight loss quest. Well explained; laid out nicely. Oz knows his stuff.This is not your regular diet book.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By MDReader on May 18, 2011
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I have been struggling for years with my weight. This book finally talks about emotional eating. It is a quick, right-to-the-point read. Only 100+ pages. I just received this yesterday. I have always been waiting for the magic answer and I found it in this book especially in the "MIND" section. Thank you DrOz and Dr Roizen. I am finally in control.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By gottalooseit on June 12, 2011
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Love,love this book. Easy and fast to read. Gets right to the heart of the matter of losing weight. Highly recommend this book to anyone in need of losing weight. I have already given one as a gift to a friend. Has 99 valuable quick tips on losing weight. Great Book!!
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