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Dr. Oz explores bacteria poop in pillows, wellness tips and his new health book

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If you have a beloved old pillow that's soft and soothing, it's time to face the facts about what's lurking inside that pillow case. Dr. Mehmet Oz visited with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Dec. 16 to reveal what he discovered lurking inside Kathie's favorite pillow. Plus: Find out about Dr. Oz's new book.

What's inside that pillow? Dr. Oz sent the "guts" of Kathie's pillow to a laboratory to have them analyzed. And it wasn't very pretty: Dust mites and other "caca," said Dr. Oz, were lurking in that pillow. Those old pillows can result in itchy, red eyes and allergy problems. He recommends getting a new pillow every two years.

Dr. Oz offered some wellness tips. Shaking hands is great for friendships - but Dr. Oz warns that every time you shake hands with someone, you transfer germs. Keep antibacterial sanitizer available all the time. And a handy tip for eliminating bacteria in lipstick: Freeze that tube overnight to kill off the germs.

In addition, the "Today" show featured a new book authored by Dr. Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen on Dec. 16. The book helps you understand what happens inside your body and offers tips on staying healthy and living longer. It's entitled "YOU: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger" (click for details).

"Knowing your body gives you the power to change it, maintain it, decorate it, and strengthen it," say the physicians.

By taking control of your health , "you can prevent disease and live a younger, healthier life."

And although you can't stop aging, you can choose how well you live and how long you live, they emphasize.

"By the time you reach fifty, your lifestyle dictates 80 percent of how you age; the rest is controlled by inherited genetics. But you can even change which of your genes is on or off," the doctors reveal.

And the message that they want you to remember: "Ultimately, we want you to get comfortable enough with your own body so that you’ll feel confident with basic body maintenance, so that you’ll avoid the things that cause the most wear and tear and do the things that best maintain the long-term value of your body."



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