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Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy: Advice from Rock's Ultimate Survivor Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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His answers are often very funny but he's also honest; sometimes he says it's best the asker (s) go see a doctor. At times his answers make complete sense and he can relate to the asker's questions because he's been through a lot during his 62 years. Ozzy receives all kinds of questions and every single answer is funny if nothing else. Ozzy also discusses his genome which explains how he managed to survive all he went through. It's the more complicated part of the book with plenty of medical terms but the facts were interesting. I loved reading the questions and Ozzy's answers but another part I really liked was the quizzes. The questions are more or less divided into chapters related to different topics. At the end of the questions and the chapter, there is a quiz. Now those quizzes are related to medical health and some of the questions are far out and their answers even crazier. I learned a lot of crazy and unnecessary facts but they sure will make for interesting conversation. For instance a question is "What did Cleopatra put on her face as part of a beauty treatment?". I could never have guessed that the answer would have been alligator feces!
I read the book in one sitting in a few hours and even if it's a little on the brief side, it's a fun and entertaining read. I can't say that Ozzy gives the best advice (and in some cases he seems to make fun of the questions and those who make them up) but he's honest and you can't fault him for that. Besides you don't think he's a real doctor, do you? Some of his advice on the other hand looks rather well-thought and is sincere. The man's been through a lot and even if most people think he's just this crazy, old character, the Prince of Darkness is funny, charming and at times even displays some wisdom. If you're looking for Oz's bio you came to the wrong place, "I Am Ozzy" is what you want. If you read his biography and are looking for more, or perhaps just curious then "Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy" is a very good and entertaining read. 4/5 stars.
Naturally, the book is hilarious, although in truth it doesn't really pick up until about page 120, after which there were several points that made me laugh out loud. The back cover, with Ozzy's "medical certificate" from the University of Rock 'n' Roll of Aston, Birmingham (signed by "Dr Malory Practice, IOU") is hilarious, as is the disclaimer (including the fine print in the "Important Safety Information" section - "Trials have shown that a low dose of DR OZZY is no safer than a high dose of DR OZZY"), and even the table of contents itself (Chapter 3 - Pruning: Cleanliness Is Next to Ozzyness; Chapter 4 - Family, The Other F Word: You Love `Em to Death, but They Drive You Mental; Chapter - 10 Sex, Romance & Ballcare: Dr Ozzy's Guide to the Bats and the Bees). In some cases he references an activity, like buying drugs or purchasing a rifle, with a footnote that says "might not be legal where you live" - no duh, sherlock! The book is co-written with Chris Ayres, who co-authored his autobiography, and there is probably also a real medical practitioner around as a consultant. A phrase on one of the early pages says "The Doctor Is In... sane". No more fitting words were ever spoken. But he's not the only one who's bonkers, as we'll see.
And so, actually, it's the people who write in from North America and Europe (but also other parts of the world, including China, Dubai, Ghana and Japan) with questions who are the real stars of the book, and there are hundreds of odd cases. Like the 65-year old who asks Dr Ozzy's advice about how to rebuild his flagging libido, after going from a daily bonk with the missus to only two or three a week (get some perspective, Ozzy says - most people don't get it two or three times a week); there's the girl who is debating whether to sleep with her mom's younger boyfriend (Ozzy proves himself a hero and gives advice that only a guy would give); the dummy whose son has told him he's gay, whose reaction is that it's the friends he hangs out with, and an escort might bring out his closet heterosexual; someone whose son self-pleasures all the time ("Ask him if he's been making any model planes recently, because you're finding glue all over the place... with any luck he'll be so embarrassed, he'll never dirty the carpet again."); a guy buys his wife a personal massager as a gift, only to have it become his competitor for her affections (ha ha... serves him right); the guy who's concerned about passing stool after he has his pre-breakfast cigarette (If you're a smoker, why the scoot are you wasting time worrying about your bowels - what about your LUNGS?"), and many more.