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The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes
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The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes
The Prescription for a Lifetime of Great Health
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Paging Dr. Jim, Dr. Travis, Dr. Lisa, and Dr. Drew! America needs your help—and your 5-minute health fixes.

If you are like many, you probably think you just don't have time to be healthy: It's too much work, and there's just too much conflicting information out there. Both leave you feeling powerless. But the best doctors know that an informed patient is a healthy patient. So before you lift your hands in defeat, know that great health is just a page away—and much easier to achieve than you think. After combing the very latest medical literature, the Doctors have isolated the seven factors that have been linked to the most vibrant, happiest, longest lives. The secret? Each body system (heart, brain, gut, skin) can be vastly improved with very small shifts in your lifestyle—most of which take less than five minutes to do. And whether it's adding cinnamon to your coffee to balance blood sugar, sipping cold water through a straw to nix nicotine cravings, or brushing and flossing your teeth before you eat each morning to prevent heart disease, all are easy fixes that anyone can make.

Utilizing the show's dynamic expert hosts, and based on interviews and research from the top authorities in multiple disciplines, The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes is the one-stop source for readers looking for comprehensive, top-notch self-care advice and novel, cutting-edge tips, trivia, and information. Use these helpers as building blocks, and before you know it you're easily on your way to 24-hour health . . . while preventing disease, reversing aging, getting the most out of your annual checkup, and looking fantastic.
Paging Dr. Jim, Dr. Travis, Dr. Lisa, and Dr. Drew! America needs your help—and your 5-minute health fixes.

If you are like many, you probably think you just don't have time to be healthy: It's too much work, and there's just too much conflicting information out there. Both leave you feeling powerless. But the best doctors know that an informed patient is a healthy patient. So before you lift your hands in defeat, know that great health is just a page away—and much easier to achieve than you think. After combing the very latest medical literature, the Doctors have isolated the seven factors that have been linked to the most vibrant, happiest, longest lives. The secret? Each body system (heart, brain, gut, skin) can be vastly improved with very small shifts in your lifestyle—most of which take less than five minutes to do. And whether it's adding cinnamon to your coffee to balance blood sugar, sipping cold water through a straw to nix nicotine cravings, or brushing and flossing your teeth before you eat each morning to prevent heart disease, all are easy fixes that anyone can make.

Utilizing the show's dynamic expert hosts, and based on interviews and research from the top authorities in multiple disciplines, The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes is the one-stop source for readers looking for comprehensive, top-notch self-care advice and novel, cutting-edge tips, trivia, and information. Use these helpers as building blocks, and before you know it you're easily on your way to 24-hour health . . . while preventing disease, reversing aging, getting the most out of your annual checkup, and looking fantastic.
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  • From the book Chapter One

    Take 5

    In 2005, a very scary article was published in the prestigious medical journal The New England Journal of Medicine. Written by 10 of the best- respected researchers in epidemiology—the study of which factors affect the health and illness of entire human populations—the article's title was "A Potential Decline in Life Expectancy in the United States in the 21st Century."

    The researchers analyzed data from numerous studies that together involved hundreds of thousands of people and found that, contrary to the upward trend in longevity that has been the norm for centuries, the average person born today might actually die sooner than his or her parents or grandparents did. Despite all the huge advances in medical research and technology—vaccines, antibiotics, organ transplants, mapping the human genome—all of our predicted gains in longevity might be undone by one condition: obesity.

    Sure, in the 21st century, we don't have to chop wood for the fire. Or haul water from the well. Or stalk and kill a wild buffalo for meat.

    But by sparing ourselves this routine physical labor and feeding ourselves low-quality, easily acquired fast foods, we may have actually time-saved our way into a shorter life here on earth.

    From Time-Savers to Time-Creators

    The researchers who performed this landmark review cited some other factors that might also trim our country's longevity rate. Sure, a pandemic flu would do the trick. And, of course, pollution could take its toll. Or hospital-acquired antibiotic-resistant pathogens—such as MRSA—could gang up on us and take over.

    But not all of the factors they identified were scary apocalyptic outbreaks beyond our individual control. The researchers also cited the significant risks that accompany a lack of regular exercise and ineffective blood pressure screening. They listed tobacco use. Excess stress.

    In other words, like obesity, things we can do something about. Things we can take control of. Things we need only become aware of so we can implement changes to make our lives better, healthier, happier, and most likely, longer.

    When we look carefully at what this research tells us, it's clear that the solution to turning around this negative trend is not to go back to the Stone Age. The solution is to look at the changes we've made and then reclaim the activities that have the greatest health benefits—doing yard work, tending a kitchen garden, eating home-cooked meals, walking to school or work—while we also take advantage of the brand-new advances in medical science that can make us even healthier.

    That's right: We're going to reverse some of those unhealthy time-savers. But we're also going to adopt something new: healthy time-creators.

    The Secrets of Vibrant Health

    We're so focused on the immediate—Twitter updates, drive-thrus with 60- second guarantees—we can forget each of those individual moments combine to become, hopefully, a very long life. If we take a different perspective on our lives—the long view—we'll see how the choices we make in each of those seconds really do accumulate.

    PLAYING THE ODDS

    How Many Years?

    Every one of our behaviors can be a net positive or negative in terms of our longevity—and the quality of those years. Take a look at the impact of some of the health behaviors at both ends of the health spectrum.

    |Behavior or |How many years? | |condition | | |Smoking |-5 years | |High blood |-5 years | |pressure | | |Diabetes |-5 years | |Obesity |-5 years | |Regular exercise |+5 years ...
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  • DR. JIM SEARS, DR. TRAVIS STORK, DR. LISA MASTERSON, and DR. DREW ORDON are the engaging, highly credentialed, and knowledgeable cast of experts on The Doctors, an Emmy-nominated show with millions of daily viewers.
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  • DietsinReview.com "Known for their hit television show where they discuss topics from fertility to fat-burning foods, The Doctors are an engaging and entertaining group of five medical professionals who combine the personal expertise of a private practice with the fun and easy access of a television show. Their book, The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes, helps you improve your health, one 5-minute chunk at a time."
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