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The Wizard is Oz

November 2001

By Melanie Segala


Best-selling author and nutritional guru to the rich and famous, Oz Garcia is singing the praises of the Life Extension Foundation and its products in his newest book, The Healthy High Tech Body, published in September 2001 by Regan Books. In it, the 50-year-old Garcia credits Saul Kent as a pioneer in the field of nutraceuticals and the Life Extension Foundation for its research on preventing and treating the diseases of aging.

The mention of Life Extension is so frequent, in fact, that Garcia's New York office called Tom Gregory, COO, to ensure they had clearance to reference Life Extension's products and information in his latest book. A review of the manuscript led Gregory to believe that a great opportunity was available to reach Garcia's readers with the Life Extension message.

"After seeing how Oz relied on many Life Extension resources, I thought it would be a great service to purchasers of the book to receive even more valuable antiaging information from our cornerstone publications."

Several conversations with high-powered publisher, Judith Regan, resulted in the development of a CD-ROM, the "LE Knowledge Base," containing 12 issues of Life Extension magazine and the text of the 946-page classic, Disease Prevention and Treatment, to be included with each book.

Published in 2000, Garcia's best-selling first book, The Balance, was written to help people understand the principles of proper nutrition based on individual metabolic requirements. "I created a questionnaire for readers that would help them determine if they were a fast, slow or mixed burner. They could then design an appropriate way of eating, exercising and supplementing based on their metabolic type."


Garcia states that The Healthy High Tech Body is a radical departure from The Balance. His motivation was to answer the question, What do I have to do not only to live a long life, but also to be well for as long as I live? The bigger question then became, How do I maintain, conserve and possibly expand my biological potential at every level-cognitive, immunological, sexual, even physical attractiveness?

With those questions in mind, Garcia began speaking with leading authorities in diverse fields of antiaging medicine, striving to develop the strategies and protocols that would comprise a high-tech guide book "providing the best and most vital information needed to have a great, infirmity-free and long life."

His well-rounded research and interviews with authorities such as Barry Sears (The Zone), Nicholas Perricone (The Wrinkle Cure) and Debra Chud (The Gourmet Prescription) has filled the 400-page book with cutting-edge information on topics such as:

  • The most powerful supplements, nutraceuticals and drugs that everyone should know about and use
  • How to protect yourself from the harmful effects of aging
  • The most advanced diagnostic technologies and blood tests available to gauge your health at any point in your life
  • How to cleanse and detoxify your tissues from harmful carcinogens and neurotoxins
  • The hormones that really work and when to begin taking them
  • How to maintain muscle mass and youthful hair and skin as you age
Key Nutrients
High Tech Body

Supplements at the top of Garcia's list of recommendations

  • DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish and olive oils that is effective as an anti-inflammatory and may also increase neuronal fluidity. "DHA multitasks all over the place. It is critical for controlling everything from arthritis to depression and overall systemic inflammation."
  • NADH, a coenzyme formed from vitamin B3 that increases energy in both the body and the brain. "NADH is being studied for its application in neuropsychiatric and brain disorders, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer's disease and clinical depression. It is a magnificent product for enhancing fitness and sports performance."
  • ALPHA LIPOIC ACID, a potent antioxidant that can be used by almost every tissue in the body. "In the battle against free radical and inflammatory damage to our cells, ALA increases the performance of a variety of antioxidants such as glutathione and vitamins C and E, making them 'hold on' longer. It is a super antioxidant that can very specifically regulate the damage of inflammatory compounds such as cytokines that damage cells and accelerate aging."
  • ACETYL-L-CARNITINE, an amino acid that protects cells from the effects of aging by assisting in the production of cellular energy. "This nutrient has far-reaching benefits for brain performance. It inhibits lipofuscon spotting in the brain, increases attention span and alertness, and may also inhibit senility. Research may find that acetyl-L-carnitine is effective in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease."

As Garcia explains in The Healthy High Tech Body, "The closer we get to maximum life expectancy, the greater the push against the battle of the aging body. Supplements are part of the advancing technology allowing us to win that battle." An expanded list of his recommendations includes lycopene, gamma tocopherol, vinpocetine, SAMe, folic acid, carnosine, glutathione, DMAE, Huperzine A, probiotics, MSM, secretagogues, arginine pyroglutamate, IP-6, bioflavonoid formulas and grape skin/seed extracts.

The road to success

What has made Oz Garcia so wildly successful in his private consulting practice and as a celebrity in his own right? He says that it's important to note that he has lived this way for over 25 years. "I first began paying attention to my diet in the early '70s. I also started jogging at that time and ran my first marathon in 1979. I wanted to know how anything could affect my running performance for the better. If supplements could make me a better runner, I wanted to know about them-which ones worked to enhance sports performance and so on. If martial arts could make me a better runner, I wanted to know about that as well." His interest in all aspects of health and wellness since then hasn't abated. "It has been a 25-plus year journey that has affected my professional practice in every regard. I completely live the life-I'm a true believer."

Garcia's work began with and continues to be defined by his own interest in achieving maximum potential in health. He has turned the study of life extension as a personal avocation into a highly successful career. "Spending an afternoon tracking down something on-line that has relevance to my professional performance or traveling halfway around the world to visit a research facility, clinic or scientist that I think is doing work of vital importance, is standard operating procedure for me. I stay on top of unfolding events in fields that at first glance are not so apparently related to health, such as physics or evolutionary psychology. I'm interested in what this research reveals about the world around us, about the very fabric of life itself-and then I apply it to my work."

Garcia's approach in his consulting practice reflects the totality of his life. Entering his workplace is like entering his home, his living room and his life. He strongly believes in practicing what he preaches to his clients, which means he is an example of his work. His body, his health and how he feels become strong motivators in eliciting a commitment from his clients. He is a representative of what the life extension lifestyle looks like. "I demystify the process of 'being well' for my clients. I'm rigorous in my planning, my coaching and my follow-ups. No call goes unreturned, no e-mail unanswered. The thoroughness and preparedness every step of the way with clients is an essential aspect of my success. I've also worked very hard to make my programs fun for my clients. I want to reduce the suffering they may be experiencing. I strive to achieve a fulfilling experience for both my clients and myself."