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review 2014-10-05 00:00
You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty
You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty - 'Michael F. Roizen', 'Mehmet Oz' Yes, it was in a very dusty corner of a Bulgarian bookstore, but shouldn't it be better than this? If I'm going to get conflicting opinions by several GPs, shouldn't it be in a shorter, better edited format? I'd love a chart showing the most agreed-upon preventatives.

I am full of admiration at any qualified attempt to give absolute advice in a short, digestible format. I wish we could find a survey of GPs giving definite dietary guidelines, etc., to reach a consensus.

But these two TV GPs don't appear to agree with each other. Or maybe consensus got lost at the publishing house, which gave this book the name "You Staying Young" and plastered the back with ad copy from the fountain of youth. At best, it contains a few much needed truisms to live longer, which is unfortunately very different from staying young.

I did love the chapter about Glycoslaticin and how excess glucose "gunking up" proteins is the scientific definition of aging. The GPs also seem to agree that you need to restrict your caloric intake by at least 15% and/or take supplements such as reservatol in red wine, which turns on the production of the same anti-aging Sirtuin whhich is produced in a low calorie diet.

It's all too easy to point out recent reports which say caloric restriction did not prolong life in chimps. Or that a long study showed reservatol was not a panacea. Researchers are now apparently taking a closer look at tomatoes.

It's truly not much fun to point out contradictions to simple, direct advice, especially when it appears by authors of the exact same book. All I can say is that neither reservatol nor red wine make it into the chapter "Your Vital Supplements."

Something called Acetyl-L-carnitine does make the list of once-a-days (no reason given), but according to the index, isn't recommended at all for its main claim to fame (brain health, I think), (pg 37). The book contains a long blurb regarding the nutrients in types and sizes of grapes, but later suggests that only Concord grapes are effective for some preventative cases. The advice which isn't California weird is California chemical anyway, with a list of actual medications to take if you have trouble sleeping.

Altogether, the book is the size of a monthly magazine if the font size, line spacing and full-page cartoons were cut from 1/3 of the book. But I'd much rather have caveats and discussions of medical contradictions than a medical book which ends with 32 pages of guidelines to unidentified, yoga-like postures, including, and I'm not making this up, "picking the fruit" and "monkey hears a noise".

In the book A Fan's Notes the author describes receiving insulin-shock treatment from twead and pipe doctors at a private hospital. Not only are they uncertain how or whether their treatment works, their very success in the conventions of medicine make them unable to question. All hail conventionality in medicine. But shouldn't there be more studies demonstrating that a few concrete opinions in preventative medicine are actually true?

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review 2014-02-22 00:00
Kuyu
Kuyu - Mehmet Kazım Ametalli bir şiir var ki bu kitapta, akla zarar.
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review 2013-09-27 14:24
Osman Engin - Götterratte
GötterRatte - Osman Engin


Klappentext von der Verlagsseite:
Osman versteht die Welt nicht mehr. Seine Ehefrau Eminanim, die größte Nervensäge – pardon, schönste Blüte – des mittleren Orients, hat ihm die Koffer vor die Tür gestellt. Ihm, dem perfekten Ehemann, der nach nicht mehr verlangt, als dass man ihn nicht beim allabendlichen Fernsehen stört. Doch Selbstgerechtigkeit, Machogehabe und flehentliche Selbsterniedrigung nützen nichts. Seine täppischen Versuche, eine neue Bleibe zu finden, und sei es auf dem Polizeirevier, scheitern.

Doch Eminanim löst das Problem, indem sie ihn in der angestammten Wohnung zurücklässt, die bald einer Müllhalde gleicht. Trost und Hilfe suchend treibt Osman umher und macht die verrücktesten Erfahrungen, ehe ihm langsam dämmert, dass nichts und niemand der größten Nervensäge gleichkommt.

 

Autoreninfo von der Verlagsseite:

 

Osman Engin,1960 in der Türkei geboren, lebt seit 1973 in Deutschland. Nach seinem Studium der Sozialpädagogik in Bremen wurde er freier Schriftsteller. Monatlich schreibt er Satiren für die Bremer Stadtillustrierte ›Bremer‹, außerdem arbeitet er u.a. für ›Titanic‹ und ›taz‹. Mehrere Satirensammlungen sind u.a. bei Rowohlt erschienen, ›Kanaken-Gandhi‹ ist sein erster Roman.

 

Inhalt:
In seinem Roman Götterratte nimmt Osman Engin, in seiner gewohnt satirischen Art, alle Bevölkerungsgruppen aufs Korn. Jeder bekommt sein Fett weg. Männer, Frauen, Emanzen, Schwule und Studenten.
Osman Engin lässt seinen Erzähler Osman, die Trennung von seiner Frau Eminanim erleben. Osman versucht seine Frau mit vielen täppischen Ideen zurückzugewinnen, die für ihn eigentlich, die größte Nervensäge der Welt ist. In den drei Wochen, die er versucht seine Frau zurückzugewinnen, landet er mehrfach auf den Polizeirevier und lebt mit einen Transvestiten zusammen. Ob er seine Frau wieder zurückgewinnt?

 

Meinung:
Wunderbar bissig und ironisch stellt Engin seinen Osman dar. Einen Mann, der sich für den perfekten Ehemann hält und die Welt nicht versteht, weshalb seine langjährig Angetraute ihn verlässt. Man fragt sich oft in diesem Buch, wieso Eminanim Osman nicht früher verlassen hat. Aber man gewinnt auch Osman mit all seinen Schrullen und auch Sehnsüchten lieb.
Allerdings stellt Engin nicht nur Osman ironisch da, sondern auch dessen Sohn Mehmet, den „ewigen Studenten“. René, den Transvestiten, der länger im Bad braucht als eine Frau. Erkek Fatma, die Emanze und stärkste Osman-Gegnerin. Hans, für den alle Frauen an den Herd gehören, dabei ist er ein armes Würstchen. Er verleiht all seinen Charakteren einen eigenen Charakter. Man kann sie lieb gewinnen, man muss es aber nicht. Osman Engins Götterratte ist ein Buch zum Lachen und man bekommt Bauchkrämpfe vom Lesen. Das Buch hält was es verspricht. Ich würde es jeder Zeit weiter empfehlen.

 

Buchinfo:
Osman Engin: Götterratte
Taschenbuch 382 Seiten
dtv 2004
ISBN-13:978-3423207089

Preis: 9,50 €

Source: woerterkatze.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/osman-engin-gotterratte
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review 2011-08-22 00:00
The Gigolo Murder: A Turkish Delight Mystery
The Gigolo Murder - Mehmet Murat Somer This is the Turkish murder mystery series that features a transvestite night club owner by night and computer hacker by day as an amateur detective. The last book we left our hero in a relationship where he was quite happy. This book opens with our hero in a funk and really depress because his lover left him. The book has a harder edge than the first two in the series. Darker emotional plot, darker subjects. Still our hero is fabulous and even if he is down on his luck in the heart department he is still as beautiful as his idol Audrey Hepburn.The darker edge is interesting but it doesn't mesh well with the murder plot lines that are wrapped up in the last two chapters in a Agatha Christie type way. I still like this series a lot. I'm looking forward to the next book. Something like 3 1/2 stars.
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review 2011-07-10 00:00
YOU: The Owner's Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life
YOU: The Owner's Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life - Michael F. Roizen,Mehmet C. Oz If you are a parent of a teenager, I think you will find it worth your while to get up right now and get yourself a copy of this book for your child. If you know a teenager, buy him/her this book because honestly? This manual rocks. Like seriously rocks.You’ve been a teenager (assuming you are no longer one) and you know that there are many times you have questions, awkward, embarrassing questions about your body, about your health, about stuff that you’d much rather suffer a painful death than ask. Even if you really need to know. This book answers all those questions and so many more that you haven’t even thought to ask. They approach problems in such a personable manner that makes it easy for a child to relate and read. The writing is friendly and there is not a single moment in the book where the adults seem condescending, patronizing and all those unfriendly terms that drive a person away.Also, and perhaps most importantly, the book contains information worth its weight in gold. It answers concerns and queries in a kind manner that gives importance to the question being asked without being dramatic about it. There are cartoons to add humour and diagrams that make understanding easy. There’s also a section in the back (my favourite) full of recipes to try out. Recipes for healthy snacks that will get your teenager interested in cooking. Or at least puttering around in the kitchen.But honestly, this is a great book. I wish I had had it when I was facing teenagedom. If you do know a teenager or are one yourself, you should definitely get this book or gift it. The kids you know may not say it out loud or even whisper it but they will love you for it.
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