On Sale: January 17, 2012
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Non-Fiction | Self-Help Health
Can we live robustly until our last breath? Do we have to
suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it
possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In The
End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, one of the world’s
leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology
innovators, tackles these fundamental questions, challenging
long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what
“health” means. With a blend of storytelling, landmark
research, and provocative ideas on health, Dr. Agus presents
an eye-opening picture of the human body and all of the ways
it works—and fails—showing us how a new perspective on our
individual health will allow each of us to achieve that
often elusive but now reachable goal of a long, vigorous
When Dr. Agus decided to pursue a career in
oncology, many of his mentors questioned his choice. Why,
they asked, would a promising young doctor want to enter a
field known for its inescapably grim outcomes? But it was
precisely the lack of progress that inspired Dr. Agus to
join the war on cancer. He moved away from the modern
methods of the medical establishment, which aim to reduce
our afflictions to a single point. Instead, as he does in
this book, Dr. Agus argues for the adoption of a systemic
view—a way of honoring our bodies as complex, whole
systems. This outlook informs how we can avoid all
illnesses—not just cancer. Dr. Agus empowers us to take
charge of our individual health in personal, customized ways
we could not have imagined before.
book is not only a manifesto—a call for revising the way we
think about health—it’s also filled with practical but
impossible-to-ignore suggestions, including:
taking multivitamins and supplements could significantly
increase our risk for cancer over time.
• Why sitting
down most of the day, despite a strenuous morning workout,
can be as bad as or worse than smoking.
• How sneaky
sources of daily inflammation—from high heels to the common
cold—can lead to a fatal heart attack, and even rob us of
• How three inexpensive
medications—aspirin, statins, and an annual flu vaccine—can
substantially change the course of our health for the
• How taking shortcuts to health via blending
fruits and vegetables, and sometimes even by purchasing what
we think is “fresh,” could be shortchanging our health.
• The single most important thing we can do today to
preserve our health and happiness that costs absolutely
Dr. Agus also offers insights and access to
breathtaking and powerful new technologies that promise to
transform medicine in our generation. In the course of
offering recommendations, he emphasizes his belief that
there is no “right” answer, no master guide that is “one
size fits all.” Each one of us must get to know our bodies
in uniquely personal ways, and he shows us exactly how to do
that so that we can individually create a plan for wellness.
The End of Illness is a bold call for all of
us to become our own personal health advocates, and a
dramatic departure from orthodox thinking. This is a seminal
work that promises to revolutionize how we live.
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