A Short Guide to a Long Life
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The New York Times bestselling book of simple rules everyone should follow in order to live a long, healthy life, featuring illustrations throughout, from the author of The End of Illness.

In his international bestseller, The End of Illness, Dr. David B. Agus shared what he has learned from his work as a pioneering cancer doctor, revealing the innovative steps he takes to p...more
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Published January 7th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Audio
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Fred Forbes
A quick, easy, and enjoyable read. Most of it is FGO (firm grasp of the obvious) but a good reminder of what we should be doing even though most of us require a solid injection of will power. I did not find anything earthshaking or that controversial but it was good to see confirmation of things I intuitively felt were a waste of time and money - cleanses, vitamins and supplements, etc. Interesting comment on genetically modified food. The guy who started the whole "anti" movement, Mark Lynas of...more
Don Gorman
I was hoping for so much more after I read the introduction to this book. It was so insightful and full of promise. The book itself is almost totally a list of common sense rules on how to live your life. Even a somewhat aware, healthy person knows and understands these things. Implementation and changes in behavior modification are always the challenge. Luckily, for the most part, I do not need to worry about most of them. I loved his last book (the end of illness) but this one is just a weak a...more
David Marshall
Want to live longer? Move over Dr. Oz; the new doc's in town. After reading this article, I bought this new pint-sized hardcover, A Short Guide to a Long Life, by David B. Argus, MD. It can be read in one sitting and I recommend it highly. It provides 65 rules to live by to lengthen your life. Here are five of my favorites:

1. Smile - "the act itself will trigger the release of pain-killing, brain-happy endorphins and serotonin." (check)
2. Cultivate Om in the office (half check)
3. Jack your heart...more
Dana
Eh...yes, it is a short book. I felt a lot of tips were common sense and were things I already knew, but I guess they were still good reminders (i.e., workout at least 30 minutes a day, eat fruits and vegetables, limit red meats and/or processed meats to three servings per week, get an annual flue shot, etc.). And I was surprised to read that he thinks there is nothing wrong with GMO foods (uh, what?) and it is a bad idea to take vitamins (because supposedly they can contribute or cause cancer b...more
Dennis Mitton
It’s a shame that good health care advice is not more sexy. Advice like ‘Strengthen your Core and Maintain Good Posture’ or ‘Be Positive’ pale in the face of bright orange books with covers that shout “IF YOU BUY ME I WILL GUARANTEE THAT IN ONLY TEN DAYS YOU WILL BE A SKINNY RICH MOVIE STAR WHO POOPS GOLDEN EGGS!” But since most purveyors of health are really just collecting cash good advice can be hard to find.

A Short Guide to a Long Life by David Agus is just about as good as advice gets. The...more
Mike Walter
I heard Dr Agus interviewed on the Howard Stern show recently and immediately downloaded his book "A Short Guide to a Long Life". I also bought two extra copies, one for a good friend who shares my desire to live a long, healthy and happy life, and one for my father who (as I said in my note to him) I'd like to have around as long as possible.

The temptation with a book like this is to celebrate the things you're already doing and not worry so much about what you're not doing. But while the reaf...more
Sevenponds
A Short Guide To A Long Life by Dr. David Agus starts by sharing with us his frustration from seeing patients get old and develop the laundry list of Western ailments while looking for treatments. All would have been unnecessary if they had initiated a few simple lifestyle and habit changes early in life. A different diet and set of habits could have prevented the diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, obesity and the rest of the long list of preventable diseases that afflict modern man. Instead of t...more
Reuel
Most of the author's suggestions make sense. However, I question his lack of concern about GMO foods, given that European scientists are finding that GMOs may be harmful. One major type of GMO makes plants "Round-up ready," tolerant of heavy doses of the herbicide glyphosate, a known carcinogen. Another GMO creates "Bt crops," plants that kill insects by causing micro-holes in their guts. The biotech industry claims that these micro-holes only occur in insects, but European scientists have found...more
Proudcat
I like the concise format of the book. It does have really good advices about healthy lifestyle.
I won't say I agree with all but even the author doesn't insists you follow 100%. I also liked that he agrees with Michael Pollan about kinds of food to eat and avoid. The last part of the book gives a checklist based on an age group that comes in handy. The hardest part is to actually follow his recommendations :-)
Rebecca Waring-Crane
Yes, I liked it. I pulled the Short Guide from the best seller shelf at the library for both the information and the format. Organizing advice in short chapters really works and I want to use this structure for a book project of my own. While little of the information was new, I appreciate the accessible reminder Agus provides.

You'll know you have the copy I read if page 87 is already folded. I marked it for reference as the one example that made me snort aloud. Agus establishes the credibility...more
Matthew Graydon
A common sense guide for health and wellness advice. Agus deliberately decided to keep this book reference free - in doing so he leaves himself open to criticism. For example - Agus suggests vitamins are not with the money spent on them, this is a view which could be contested. Vitamins may well have their place. Refer: http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/5...

Another example of where Agus gets it wrong is his recommendation to take zinc to relieve a cold. According to trials conducted by the May...more
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Stephanie’s rating: 3 stars
Dr. Agus is regarded as the “Most Controversial Doctor” in America, but many would disagree and retort by saying that he’s just a very conservative doctor, mainly because of his discipline with medicine and cut-throat clinical trial reviews. He’s the type of doctor who believes that simple does it. From smiling more often, to taking the occasional walk, correcting your posture, to growing a garden, and much more. If you’re looking for a sim...more
Darla Sigmon
Although it's a pretty short read, I was hoping for a bit more in-depth explanations in this book (though I believe one of the author's other books, The End of Illness, does go into things more). This is a book of health rules to follow based on the author's own opinions and expertise as a doctor. I picked this up hoping for more information behind his stances on what people should and should not do to stay healthy. I personally found none of his recommendations that extreme but it piqued my int...more
Denis Vukosav
“A Short Guide to a Long Life” written by David B. Agus is a collection of numerous useful tips that will help reader to live a healthier life, simply written, but full of small wisdom.

I heard for the book author, Dr. David B. Agus, when Howard Stern stated that he saved his life, but I also read his first book “The End of Illness” which was for some parts controversial, as this book will likely become as well.
Besides considered as one of the world's most prominent cancer doctors, Dr. Agus is pi...more
Champaign Public Library
A very short book - as the title implies - written by a cancer doctor and researcher to offer (deceptively) simple advice in very short chapters (sometimes only three pages) for living a life that aims to restore health and prevent cancer and offers ways of maintaining health for those non-cancer patients. It also has one of the best dedications I've read (and I always read the dedications). Sample chapter titles are "Speak Strongly to the Next Generation"; "Find Out What Exercise or Activity Yo...more
Lisa
Jun 19, 2014 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: 4-star, nonfiction
Nothing earth shattering or extreme in this book, but there is plenty of good common sense!

Dr. Agus breaks good health down into 4 parts:
The Power of Prevention
What to Do
What to Avoid
Doctor's Orders

Dr. Agus and Hippocrates agree and give the following medical advice:
"Walking is man's best medicine." and "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

After reading Grain Brain, this type of medical advice is like a walk in the park!

This book is a short and enjoyable guide...hopefully to a l...more
Julie (julie37619)
Writing
The writing is completely straightforward and easy to understand. I think it perfectly captures what the author was trying to convey - medical advice and information for the average citizen. He doesn't go too in-depth, doesn't use complicated medical jargon, and doesn't spend too much time on any one topic. This is a very basic overview of his general health philosophy and he encourages the reader to do further research on any one topic of interest.

Entertainment Value
I think I may have en...more
Greg Danklef
Liked this book - it was a little difficult as an audio book because there were a lot of lists and things that I would like to look over in more detail. That said, his ideas and general point of view is great. He offers some great and simple ways to take a more active role in your health. Get data, start making better decisions and live longer. All good reminders and he is careful to direct you to talk about all of it with your doctor. I will refer to this book in the future for sure.
Vicky
I was happy to receive this book through the Goodreads giveaway. It's a short read, but full of good information. While some of the advice is obvious, like eat real food and get off your butt more, there were several things I'd never thought of as health risks. For example, avoid airport x-ray scanners and elect the manual pat down to avoid the radiation exposure.
This book would make an nice little gift for those closest to you who you want to see live long healthy lives.
Scott
A very quick read; nearly one sitting. Having just read his "The End of Illness", I knew the perspective he was coming from and a lot of the thinking behind his recommendations. His aim is to help you adopt sensible habits (he offers 65) that lead to health. Some are what you would expect ("Quit Smoking"), but others were more surprising ("Take a Statin (If You're Over 40)" and "Avoid Detoxes").

The short-form style definitely seems to fit Agus's recommendations, and his sensibility (and wit) are...more
Dean
65 concise and easy to parse tips on ways to improve well being and live a healthy life. This book is at its most fascinating when David B. Agus (MD) presents his most controversial recommendations (stop taking vitamin supplements, put yourself on a statin regimen for its general anti-inflammatory benefits, etc). Still, every point coming from the head of USC's Cancer Center is worthy of consideration and firmly backed by research data.
Stephanie Franco
Dr. Agus is regarded as the “Most Controversial Doctor” in America, but many would disagree and retort by saying that he’s just a very conservative doctor, mainly because of his discipline with medicine and cut-throat clinical trial reviews. He’s the type of doctor who believes that simple does it. From smiling more often, to taking the occasional walk, correcting your posture, to growing a garden, and much more. If you’re looking for a simple guide to help improve your health take a gander with...more
Melissa
I was impressed by this small book of medical advice. Most of it was common sense, but sadly, we have "progressed" so far, we have lost all common sense when it comes to our bodies. This doctor is pretty knowledgable about nutrition, which is unusual for a western medical professional (sorry, doctors!), but I found his opinion on GMO's (they won't hurt you) and toxins (just a fact of life, don't worry about them) rather shocking. If I thought my father and some of my unhealthier friends would re...more
Ann
I downloaded this title to my Kindle Fire yesterday and finished reading it today. It's short and sweet and full of good, mostly common sense advice.

The author is "one of the world's leading cancer doctors" and previously wrote the New York Times Bestseller THE END OF ILLNESS, which was featured in a PBS special.

His thoughts support the movement towards prevention rather than curative treatment and the patient taking more responsibility for his/her health. In that respect it's an inspiring book...more
Hope
Excellent

I liked the End of Illness. This book covers the same kind of material but is more of a plan for healthy living. It still has good explanations for the recommendations and references sources but it is brief and to the point. The End of Illness was written more to convince, A Short Guide is a succinct plan for someone who is already convinced and ready to implement.
Gloria
A common sense, user friendly approach to overall health with an emphasis on prevention. Dr. Agus speaks in plain language in this rather brief book on health. His aim is to put a person in charge of their own life and quit listening to the media. He focuses on eating real food, destressing, weight control and exercise. He does not believe in vitamins or juicing. Each chapter is just 2-3 pages long and thus very accessible to all readers.
Thomas
It's a smaller book than I expected when I read the review and pre-ordered it… :)

Mostly, it reaffirms all that I have learned through previous books (some quoted from within) and I think it's the PERFECT size, organization, and content for people who need to get some (un)common sense into their "life plan". Through my own experiences I think ANYONE who embraces even a portion of whats in this book is ahead of the pack in living a long and healthy active life! Thanks, Dr. Dave!
Asim Jaweed
Not especially well written or insightful. Reads like a brochure at a doctors office. Information is trite and the only semi-novel concepts are clearly borrowed (with due credit) from Michael Pollan.

Not a terrible read, since it's quick - but mostly reminders here. Also, clearly just cashing in on being Steve Job's personal physician. No other especially distinguishing authority.
Bridget
A quick and easy read, with handy checklists, lots of common sense advice for maintaining good health (take a daily baby aspirin, grow a garden, learn CPR) and a few suggestions I've never thought about (consider DNA testing and some very compelling arguments for getting an annual flu vaccine even if you never get the flu).
Melissa
Most of this book was common sense (exercise regularly, cut back on red meat, add more fish to diet, manage stress) but my favorite tips are to exercise throughout the day (not just at the gym), eat more real foods (without a barcode), learn CPR, and keep track of your personal and family medical history.
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