~ September 2008 - You: Staying Young
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- You: Staying Young
The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty
By Michael F. Roizen, MD and Mehmet C. Oz, MD
In best-seller after best-seller, Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen use their popular books as a vehicle to dispense the latest scientific research and medical findings in a format aimed at educating both patients and doctors with practical information on how to live longer, healthier lives. Without hesitation, Drs. Oz and Roizen tackle dense but critical topics such as mitochondrial dysfunction and the role it plays in accelerated aging and translate this into information that appeals to a wide audience. Below is a brief excerpt of some of the material contained in their essential guide to successful longevity, You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty.
Because there are huge delays between the cause of many problems and the effects you actually see in your life you have to start building defenses in your thirties, forties, and fifties against attacks that may not occur until your sixties, seventies, and eighties.
Just because you've been dealt a genetic hand that predisposes you to heart disease or diabetes doesn't mean that you can't mitigate the effects of those genes. While you can't change your genes, you can change whether they are turned on or off, or how you express them. Not every aggressive detrimental gene needs to be turned on, and not all of your sleepy protective genes have to remain dormant.
Despite what you think, aging—in the traditional way that we think of it, with everything slowly and painfully shutting down—isn't 'meant to be.'
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- Dr. Mehmet Oz: Global Medicine
By Sue Kovach
Changing the way millions of people actively incorporate preventive health into their lives has become a daily practice for Dr. Mehmet Oz. As one of the world’s most accomplished cardiac surgeons, Dr. Oz is taking life-saving medicine beyond the operating room. Now, in an effort to reinvent medicine on a global level, he has taken his visionary medical knowledge to every conceivable form of media to teach people how to use natural methods to live longer, reduce stress, and avoid the killers of heart disease and cancer.
A quick Google search reveals over 795,000 entries for Dr. Oz. On any given day, he can be heard on XM Satellite Radio, seen on Oprah or Good Morning America or read in Esquire magazine or in any of his bestselling YOU books. Everywhere one looks, there is Dr. Oz patiently instructing all of us—both patients and doctors—on a new kind of medicine that begins with taking an enlightened approach to preventing life-robbing diseases. Dr. Oz is at the forefront of an international revolution in health and medicine.
Yet despite the immense media presence, Dr. Oz remains first and foremost a dedicated, hardworking physician, a rolls-up-his-sleeves cardiac surgeon who is at the top of his field and performs more than 250 surgeries annually. In addition to all of this, he has time to develop new life-saving techniques.
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- Disease Prevention Begins in the Mouth
By Dale Kiefer
Oral hygiene plays a critical role in whole-body health that is sadly overlooked by most doctors. As a front-line shield against systemic inflammation, one's oral status profoundly impacts diseases ranging from type 2 diabetes and cancer to rheumatoid arthritis and atherosclerosis.
Recent scientific studies show that many of the nutrients we now swallow also confer benefits when topically applied in the mouth. Acting as powerful allies in the fight against periodontal disease, these natural compounds can help safeguard against lethal age-related diseases that emanate from our mouths.
The oral cavity is a near-perfect breeding ground for microorganisms that lead to decay of gums, teeth, and bone.
Cavities and gum problems that occur in early life are just the beginning. Chronic low-grade inflammation affecting the gums (gingivitis) and inflammation affecting the gums and bones supporting the teeth (periodontitis) has been implicated in the promotion of a variety of insidious systemic disorders, such as coronary heart disease, arthritis,6 and even cancer.
Oral inflammation has also been clearly linked to elevated markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein. In response to these warning signs, scientists noted recently, "Evidence for a link between periodontal disease and several systemic diseases is growing rapidly."
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- The Disease-Fighting Power of Berries
By Alison Cherlet
Scientists now agree that one of the best ways to protect against the killer diseases of aging is to consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Yet even the scarce few who manage to consume the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables may not be obtaining enough antioxidant protection to ward off cancer, cognitive decline, and cardiovascular disease. The reason is that it requires about ten daily servings of typically consumed fruits and vegetables to obtain the level of antioxidant protection recommended by USDA scientists.
Fortunately, berries and other richly colored plants possess supercharged antioxidant power, allowing you to dramatically boost your levels of antioxidant protection.
By stoking up the body's defenses against damaging free radicals, berries and other richly colored foods provide unprecedented protective effects.
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