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You Being Beautiful: The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty (Thorndike Large Print Health, Home and Learning) Hardcover – Large Print, January 1, 2009

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Book 5 of 10 in the Doctor Oz's You Book Series

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From Publishers Weekly

This follow-up to Roizen and Oz's current bestseller YOU: Staying Young, targets three dimensions of beauty: looking beautiful, feeling beautiful and being beautiful. True to their holistic vision, they provide tools, tips and quizzes on physical appearance—caring for hair, skin, nails, teeth, etc.; forming healthy diet and exercise habits; reading labels and selecting products; and choosing cosmetic enhancements (breast implants, Botox, tattoos, piercing and LASIK, for example).They also include practical ways to manage energy levels, ease aches and pains, prevent injury, cope with mood disorders, end addictions and create positive home and work environments. Identifying work and finances as major stressors and loving relationships as key to health and happiness, they offer insights and suggestions for developing a big-picture, spiritualized view of life. A 24-hour ultimate beautiful day shows readers how to implement changes into their typical schedule. The blend of beauty advice with love, work, finances and spirituality could be smoother, and the impish humor throughout is a bit strained. Still, this volume is as entertaining and challenging as other titles in the series. (Oct.)
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About the Author

MICHAEL F. ROIZEN, M.D., is a New York Times bestselling author and cofounder and originator of the very popular website. He is professor and chair of the Division of Anesthesia, Critical Care Medicine, and Pain Management, and chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic. MEHMET C. OZ, M.D., is also a New York Times bestselling author and the health expert of The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is professor and vice chairman of surgery at New York Presbyterian Columbia University and the medical director of the Integrated Medicine Center and the director of the Heart Institute. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Thorndike Large Print Health, Home and Learning
  • Hardcover: 609 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410412369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410412362
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,096,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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110 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Amy G. on December 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is truly awful. The information is insultingly over-simplified. Most of it is stuff that we already know from high school science class and general existence. It contains tons basic personal care instructions that anyone living in this country already knows (brush your teeth, wash your face, etc.). I bought this book hoping to find information like what to eat for strong hair, clear skin, etc. This book doesn't teach that, and it doesn't tell me anything I (and you) don't already know. More annoying than that: Pages upon pages are wasted on ridiculous cartoons that are supposed to teach us something, but are really just a lame attempt at humor (I don't need a jelly doughnut included in the spine to learn that vertabrae are squishy, nor do I need to see the artist's rendition of Fred and Wilma Flintstone arguing to see all that couples fight about money). There are pages of extremely basic workout advice that depict a male cartoon lifting weights for no reason that I can figure, and most of the VERY ugly drawings of people have pointed gnome ears (also for no apparent reason). Additionally, there seem to be a lot of jokes in the book geared towards men, while I don't know any man who would buy a purple book on "being beautiful". There's a great deal of commentary about men's issues (like balding) as well, so it's hard to tell who the hell this book is meant for. Please don't waste your money or time on this piece of garbage.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By M. Todd on February 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have several of the "You" books, which I think are helpful and generally well written. This one was an insult. The content was slim compared to the other books. It seemed like a rush job to capitalize on the franchise. That I could have overlooked, but the tone had me rushing to return this book, which is extremely rare for me.

It's as though the target reader is a 10 year old who would find the references to boogers irresistible. For example, there is a diagram of a finger, with a pointer identifying matter under a fingernail as a booger.

Some humor is welcome, but know your audience. Assuming repeat "You" buyers are an obvious target audience, this book misses the mark.
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153 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Angela Green on January 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Please know that I do not give one star reviews lightly. I had high hopes for this book and I was very excited to purchase it. However, this book completely missed the mark.

Now the first thing I am going to mention I believe has been mentioned before, but it is worth repeating. The illustrations. They are awful. I believe the look of a book sets the tone for the content. Why on earth would someone write a book about being beautiful and have such hideous illustrations?

The next thing I realized while reading through is that I couldn't quite figure out who this book was aimed towards. It was written in such a simplistic way that it really assumed everyone reading it must be completely daft or a preteen. On the other hand much of the content was based on those who are a bit older 40's and 50's. So that was odd. It was also heavily content geared toward both men and women. Now, I am not saying men and women can't both be beautiful, but perhaps two books would be in order. This book is heavily marketed towards women so why do I have to read through so much info about balding?

The writing itself is very choppy and the advice was juvenile. Wash your hair because it locks in bad smells. That is very basic advice and common sense. Anyone who wakes up in the morning after a late night at the bar would realize that hair traps smells.

I bought this book because while I am great with basic hygiene (I would think most of us are. Shower regularly, brush teeth, wash face, etc...these are all heavily detailed in the book) I could always stand some extra advice. Such as a few easy hair styles to make you look polished, extra advice on face washes and masks to use, etc...

This book mentioned several things in great excess such as cosmetic surgery.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Scientists also believe that symmetry is equated with a strong immune system - indicating that more robust genes make a person more attractive." ~ pg. 29

You would think a book about beauty would cover such topics as skin care creams and plastic surgery. While these topics are included this book is more about caring for your entire body, mind and soul. There is a discussion about depression and an interesting section on spirituality.

I was surprised that the authors recommended that you stay away from DMAE in skin creams as it is in a cream I use from Derma E that has produced some very good results. See The Wrinkle Cure to read more about the benefits of DMAE. The authors also explain why it is best to use a cream with Vitamin A at night instead of during the day.

Since I figured Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet Oz would give ideas about what prescriptions to take for various disorders I was pleased that they recommended some natural remedies for things like headaches and back pain. I had also never heard that you could use lemon oil for insomnia.

There is some very good advice in this book including the information on hair replacement surgery. Who knew you could get a lot of scarring and end up with less hair anyway? After reading this book you may also decide not to go for a tattoo, manicure or pedicure. You could quite easily end up with hepatitis B or C.

While I found out many reasons why my skin and hair are changing as I age (I'm 41) I didn't find the answer to why my gray hair is curly instead of straight. There is however a picture that shows why our hair turns gray as we age.
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