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The Wonderful Wizard, Dr. Oz

The Wonderful Wizard, Dr. Oz

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Oprah fans the world over have fallen in love with Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, a personable physician with a long string of positions, appointments, and professional honors attached to his name. This double-board-certified surgeon is also a double threat: he combines brains with a vivacious personality that is hard to forget. Women may swoon over the good doctor, a regular guest on Oprah, but both men and women pay attention to Dr. Oz, because many believe he has the map to the fountain of youth.

According to Dr. Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, coauthors of the book YOU: Staying Young, the fountain of youth lies within all of us. We need only tap into this power to live to the ripe old age of 100. Yet, they believe that when it comes to living, quality vastly outweighs quantity. Follow their guide to staying young, the doctors explain, and you will feel better, look better, and love better.

The "Major Agers"

Dr. Oz refers to the biological mechanisms that make us older than our calendar years as the "Major Agers." Major Ager number one is responsible for memory loss. It involves the telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes. Telomeres, says Dr. Oz, are like shoelaces. Like the ends of a shoelace, our telomeres tend to fray with wear and tear. When our telomeres fray and shorten, we become susceptible to memory problems. The good news is that we can keep our telomeres strong by reducing stress and by exercising both our minds and our bodies.

Viva Las Vagus

The key to reducing stress is found within our own bodies, in the form of the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve (pronounced vay-gus) extends from the brain stem to the organs in the neck, thorax, and abdomen. It carries sensory information from these organs back to the brain. Too much sensory input, caused by mental or physical stress, can overload the brain, causing it to "short circuit." According to Dr. Oz, we can help to calm the vagus nerve by breathing deeply through our diaphragms and by regularly engaging in meditation or prayer.

Losing Omentum

Don't hit "spell check" just yet. The omentum is an organ attached to the stomach that stores fat. Not only responsible for causing the dreaded "beer belly," a larger omentum can also raise a person's risk for heart attack, says Dr. Oz. Reducing our waist size, then, means not only making our pants fit better, but keeping our hearts healthy.

Sexual Healing

It turns out that singer Marvin Gaye was right. Sexual healing really is good for you. In fact, there is an entire chapter devoted to sex in YOU: Staying Young. According to Dr. Oz, monogamous sex can help us lose weight and live longer. The key to a healthy sex drive, explains Dr. Oz, is maintaining a proper hormone balance. As we age, the production of certain hormones begins to decline. Eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep, and reducing stress can help to regulate our hormones and jump start our sex drives.

Reverse the Charges

Dr. Oz gives hope even to those of us who are aging poorly due to eating a poor diet, smoking, or engaging in other harmful behaviors. It takes only three months to begin to reverse the damage done to our bodies and minds, says Dr. Oz. Those interested in Dr. Oz and YOU: Staying Young can visit http://www.you-staying-young.com to learn more.

Editor's note: If you have questions for Dr. Oz himself, visit http://www.oprah.com/health/oz/ask/oz_ask_main.jhtml.

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