It seems nothing can kill Ozzy Osbourne. For decades, the former lead singer of Black Sabbath survived on LSD, cocaine, booze and pills. He’s overdosed, escaped a plane crashing into his bus and somehow keeps managing to dodge the Grim Reaper.
Osbourne, the 62-year-old medical miracle, lives on to tell these tales in his new book, Trust me, I’m Dr. Ozzy. It’s a spinoff of his health column, which appears in The Sunday Times magazine. Ozzy doles out no-nonsense health advice (expletives and all) to reader questions. He answers with hilarious anecdotes and the type of responses only someone without medical credentials could give. The Times recruited him as a columnist, in part, because of his extraordinary genes. After they paid to have his genome sequenced, they discovered his DNA hinted at Neanderthal lineage and key alcohol processing genes.
Dear Dr. Ozzy:
I know you work out a lot and have changed your lifestyle dramatically, but is it more difficult to maintain your exercise schedule and health regimen when you are touring? What do you recommend for people like me who pretty much live on the road?
John, Santa Barbara, California
"To be honest with you, I don’t need to go to the gym when I’m on the road: during a two-hour show, I’ll burn about 2,000 calories and use muscles I don’t even know I have until the next day, when I feel like I’ve been thrown off the Empire State Building. But here’s the advice I’d give to anyone who works away from home in a sedentary job: go for a walk. It’s one of the best forms of exercise there is, and it costs nothing. The only reason I don’t go for walks myself is because my arse has got a mind of its own, and if I’m out of range of a toilet, I freak out. That shouldn’t stop anybody else, though."
If you want more of his hysterical health tips, follow the Prince of Darkness on Twitter. Here’s one of his recent gems: "Always get a 2nd opinion–even if it means calling the doctor’s cell from 6ft underground to ask if he’s 100% sure you’re dead."
– Marlene Rego, Web Editor, besthealthmag.ca