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    >>> we are back now at 8:18 with life lessons from rock music 's ultimate survivor. today contributing correspondent jenna bush hagar recently caught up with the one and only ozzy osbourne .

    >> that's right. somebody has to do it. we all know him as a legendary heavy metal star who pushes things to the limit. but when i sat down with ozzy i got to see another side of him that just may surprise you. he's the prince of darkness , a family man. and now ozzy osbourne has taken on the role of doctor. he's written a new book "trust me, i'm dr. ozzy " a collection of letters from his weekly newspaper and magazine column where the 62-year-old rocker gives tongue-in-cheek advice on everything from parenting to drug and alcohol abuse . tell me about how your new book came about.

    >> it started as kind of a joke at first. but i've survived rock 'n roll lifestyle and the drinking and the drugs and, you know, what goes on in rock 'n roll and i've lived to tell the tale. and so people along the way would say, what's this pill, what's that pill? is this any good for that? and i'd go, well, i've sampled quite a variety and so i thought it would be funny to do a spoof on that.

    >> reporter: so in some ways this is a perfect job for you.

    >> you know, ignorance is the biggest killer. go see your doctor. you know. that's what they're there for.

    >> reporter: but in some ways, who better to give that advice than ozzy ? a man who has survived 40 years of drug use and that infamous run-in with the bat. your advice for somebody that is going to bite a bat?

    >> don't even try it. you see, every action has a reaction. okay? you bite the head off something and you're going to have some shots. that ain't cool. when i took the rabies shots it was like somebody shoving a golf ball in my [ bleep ].

    >> reporter: and he has seen his fair share of doctors.

    >> incomplete' a hypochondriac. if i wasn't there is a good chance sharon wouldn't be -- i'm always going for these new tests. i went. sharon went and they found the cancer.

    >> reporter: in 2002 his crazy life was on display when "the osbournes" premiered on mtv. during the show's run, audiences watched as ozzy and his wife sharon battled her colon cancer .

    >> to see the woman that you're married through go through these chemotherapy stuff -- a kick in the pants you know. she went through hell.

    >> reporter: throughout the entire run of the show, ozzy was admittedly high on drugs. so you're sober now.

    >> ish.

    >> reporter: soberish.

    >> i'm sober but i'm still crazy .

    >> reporter: how do you feel now that you've got control over drugs and alcohol?

    >> well, i have to take a bunch of medication because of this thing called hereditary parkinsonnian tremor which is a tremor that i have. and for many years i was getting diagnosed -- i've spent fortunes because i thought it was the dts from coming off the alcohol.

    >> reporter: he credits much of his sobriety to sharon 's tough love.

    >> sharon !

    >> reporter: what has she done to help you get where you are?

    >> she wouldn't take any crap. i remember one occasion when we were in new york and i'm having a bad time with it and i said to sharon , i wanted her to cuddle me and tell me it's going to be all right. and i go, i think i'm dying. sharon goes, die quietly. i've got an appointment at 9:00. i'm like, what sympathy do i get?

    >> reporter: at home, ozzy enjoys spending time with his 11 dogs.

    >> shut the [ bleep ] up.

    >> reporter: and his brand new ferrari.

    >> well, this is a direct result of being sober. my first car.

    >> reporter: this is your first car because you just got your driver's license?

    >> yeah, yeah, yeah.

    >> reporter: that's crazy.

    >> i know. i am. rock 'n roll.

    >> reporter: with the rock 'n roll career that spanned more than 40 years, ozzy shows no sign of slowing down.

    >> so we're here in your man cave.

    >> yeah.

    >> reporter: your recording studio , right? do you spend a lot of time down here?

    >> recently i have. when i'm writing songs i spend a lot of time here.

    >> reporter: sharon seems to always be looking at you, right?

    >> that's right. don't you dare think about taking drugs.

    >> reporter: is that why you hang that up there?

    >> i didn't hang it up there.

    >> reporter: who hung it up there?

    >> who do you think?

    >> reporter: sharon put it up there, right? ozzy says another key to staying sober is he has traded alcohol for exercise. and his son jack is expecting his first child so ozzy will have another grand baby. he is a grandfather.

    >> a lot of roles for ozzy osbourne . i like how, you know, was it easy for you to read the supers as he was talking so you could understand what he was saying?

    >> i actually could understand every word out of his mouth. i don't know what that says about me but i loved him. i think he's a great guy and he puts family first and, well, rock 'n roll first and family quite second.

    >> jenna bush hagar, thank you

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updated 10/13/2011 10:34:24 AM ET 2011-10-13T14:34:24

As the fabled former front-man of heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, a formidably infamous performer and the beloved patriarch of reality TV’s “The Osbournes,” Ozzy Osbourne has traveled a path wrought with myriad highs and lows. Who better, then, to pen a book providing consultation for those seeking medical advice? In “Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy,” one of rock’s tireless survivors does just that. Here’s an excerpt.

You’ll Never Be Ill Again . . . Probably
If there’s one thing I’ve learned as Dr. Ozzy, it’s that everyone wants to be cured immediately—or better yet, three days ago. Luckily for the people who come to me with their problems, I’m exactly the same way. I mean, why go to all the trouble of a low-carb diet, if you can get rid of your gut with a needle and a suction pump? Or why take it easy after an injury, when you can pop a few pain pills and carry on? As far as I can tell, there’s only one drawback to quick fixes: THEY DON’T F__KING WORK. Either that, or they sort out whatever’s bothering you, but create another ten problems along the way. Take sleeping pills. For years I had trouble getting any shut-eye, so I started using a popular brand of sleeping medication. Before I knew it, I’d forgotten everything since 1975. The trouble was, my body built up an immunity to the drugs so quickly, I ended up necking a whole jar of the stuff just to get five minutes of rest. That’s when my memory blackouts started, along with a bunch of other crazy side-effects, like wandering around the house stark naked at two in the morning. What I should have done was find out why I wasn’t sleeping—maybe something was making me anxious— and gone after the cause, not the symptom. But it’s human nature, isn’t it? We’re all tempted by the cheap ’n’ easy botch job, even though we know it ain’t gonna last. That’s why I’ve dedicated this chapter to “instant” cures: urban myths, old wives’ tales, and unlikely stories I’ve picked up on the road . . . Some of them have worked for me in the past. Others are bulls__t. I’ll let you decide which is which.

Grand Central Publishing

Dear Dr. Ozzy:
What’s the best cure for a hangover, in your (considerable) experience?
Justin, London

This is an easy one: have another pint. You’ll be feeling much better in no time. It took me 40 years of trying everything and anything to make the morning-after feel better— short of actually giving up booze— until I finally realised that the only thing that ever worked was just to get s__tfaced again. Like a lot of things, it was obvious in hindsight.

Dear Dr. Ozzy:
Help! I’ve got a cold. How can I get rid of it ASAP?
Tony, Boston
Funnily enough, getting loaded is also a great cure for the common cold. For example, I used to have this magic recipe for a “Hot Ozzy” (as I used to call it). You take two pints of whiskey, boil it up on the stove, add a bit of lemon—it’s very important, the lemon—then drink it as quickly as you can. Trust me: by the time you’ve downed a Hot Ozzy, you won’t just have forgotten you’re ill, you’ll have forgotten your own name.

Dear Dr. Ozzy:
I’ve been told that the easiest way to treat athlete’s foot is to pee on your toes— because the chemical in anti-fungal cream (urea) can also be found in urine. Does this work?
Pierre, Ipswich
I don’t know. Back in the eighties, though, I used to deal with athlete’s foot by pouring cocaine on my toes. They cut the stuff with so much foot powder in those days, it was the best treatment you could find if you had an outbreak on the road, away from your local chemist’s. The only problem was the price: it worked out at about three grand a toe. If I’d known about the peeing thing, I might have saved myself some cash.

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Dear Dr. Ozzy:
What’s the best way to get over jet-lag— quickly?
James, Toronto
They say that if you line the insides of your shoes with brown paper, it cures jet-lag. Unfortunately, like a lot of things people say, it’s bollocks. In reality, there’s only thing that’ll stop your body clock getting messed up, and it’s called staying at f__king home.

Dear Dr. Ozzy:
What’s the best cure for “seasonal affective disorder”? I get incredibly depressed every year before the clocks go forward, but I can’t afford to move to the Florida Keys.
Felicity, Doncaster
All you need is a bit of heat and light. If you can’t afford a plane ticket, I’m not sure what to suggest, apart from setting your house on fire— which obviously ain’t a very clever idea.

Dear Dr. Ozzy,
A doctor in Italy says he can cure cancer patients by giving them baking soda. What’s your opinion?
Chris (no address given)
A friend of mine got cancer a few years ago and didn’t want to go through any of the conventional treatments, so he spent months doing all the dead cat voodoo stuff— and now the poor bloke’s dead. Obviously, I ain’t gonna criticise anyone in that position, ’cos if you’ve been told you’ve only got weeks to live, you’re gonna do whatever you think you need to do. But baking power? You’re fixing a tumour, not a cupcake. Also, if it really worked, wouldn’t baking powder be in short supply by now? Personally, my rule of thumb is that if some whacky new treatment sounds too good to be true, it is.

Dear Dr. Ozzy,
According to my great-aunt, nine white raisins, soaked in one tablespoon of gin for two weeks, will get rid of arthritis. Is this right?
Phil, Luton

The Osbourne family has the same recipe, passed down through the generations. In our version, though, there’s only one white raisin, and it’s soaked in nine bottles of gin, for two minutes. It’s great for pretty much anything.

Reprinted from "Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy" by Ozzy Osbourne © 2011 by Ozzy Osbourne. Used with permission of the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, a division of the Hachette Book Group.

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