“We can actually control our genes and change our bodies and lives on a cellular level, simply through our actions.”

Michael Roizen, M.D., is co-founder of RealAge and chairman of the RealAge Scientific Advisory Board. He practices anesthesiology and internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been listed in the Best Doctors in America since 1989 and is past chairman of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee. Dr. Roizen has authored many books, including the bestsellers RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? and The RealAge Diet, and is co-author of the bestselling YOU book series written with Dr. Mehmet Oz. Because of his medical insights, he has lectured all over the world, appearing on such shows as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and 20/20. He has been featured in magazines such as Fortune, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Prevention. His wife, Nancy, is a developmental pediatrician, also listed in the Best Doctors in America, and together they have two children. At the printing of the book, Dr. Roizen was 64 calendar years of age, but his RealAge was 44.6! (www.realage.com)

The Interview

In August 2007 I was shooting some behind-the-scenes footage at an It’s All About YOU! tour event in New York with Dr. Michael Roizen, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Joel Harper, and Lisa Oz. I had just started thinking about Epiphany as a real project and while we were in the greenroom I asked Mike about his greatest epiphany. We had just met a few minutes before, but without hesitating, he gave me his answer on camera in an extremely succinct and compelling way. In February 2009 we sat down in another greenroom in New York, this time on one of our DVD shoots, and he gave me the detailed story behind the epiphany he talked about in 2007, along with a bonus epiphany about his wife that I hadn’t been expecting.

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