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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
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
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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
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
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
Abdulla Al Muhairi
كتاب جيد وعملي، ليس هناك نظريات أو كلام فارغ، الكاتب طبيب ولديه نصائح مباشرة، أفعل كذا لا تفعل هذه الأمور، تجنب هذه الأشياء، وغالباً ستكون بصحة طيبة معظم حياتك، أنصح بالكتاب للجميع، اشتره كمرجع تضعه في مكتبتك.
Cynthia Egbert
I saw this on the new books shelf at the library and picked it up and just wrapped it up and ordered my own copy from Amazon because I loved it. I am working on finding my way to health right now and this is a great little manual for me to refer to when I need a shot in the arm. The author is not selling anything save his expertise after years of working as an oncologist. DId you know that the designation "old age" became illegal to use on death certificates in 1951 because we really don't die o ...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

Lists of what to do and what not to do to live a healthy life.
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
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
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
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
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
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:

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
Eileen Iciek
This book had nothing new to it. It was basically a rehash of every bit of health advice you could hear on the morning talk shows, breathlessly delivered in the audio book format by the author, Dr. David Agus. He sounds as though he thinks no one could have ever mentioned not smoking before! He also passes along advice for things that I, personally, have not found to be good ideas. He says that flu shots have no risks of adverse reactions, but I did have an adverse reaction. He frequently mentio ...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
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
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
An up to date book, full of good medical advice. contradicts in some points other books, leaving me, well...confused. For instance, I have read previously of the benefits of taking vitamin supplements due to how much of our food these days does not contain the same amount of nutrients as of yesteryear. Fine.

Then I read in this book that I should not take vitamins. Fine. I understand that. I understand both - conflicting - statements. But. What am I to do...?

So I'm giving up reading
Amazingly easy read. Having read his previous book, The End of Illness, I would recommend it over this one. But if you've read his first, this is a nice review. He echos a lot of Michael Pollan ideas, so not a lot new there. What strikes me the most is the down to earth basics he brings up, and how much they remind me of the life of my great-grandfather who lived to be 104 as well as my maternal grandparents who are in their mid-90s and live independently. Thank you for the reminder to spend mon ...more
Cancer specialist, Dr. David Agus' views on maintaining good health via a healthy diet.

Dr. Agus recommends a diet of fresh or flash frozen fruit and vegetables, meat a maximum of three times a week, and no consumption of deli and other processed foods. He states that vitamins and supplements are unnecessary and may even be harmful.

Apart from his comments about vitamins and supplements I didn't encounter any really new advice on the subject. However, it might be interesting to read his previous b
terse, definitive, do-this, don't-do-that health advice, most of it quite well-known [alcohol in moderation, don't get sunburned, do eat vegetables, exercise, get your sleep, ......). He's way wrong about running being "abusive to your knees and joints" and unsuited to middle-aged people [non-runners have worse knee problems on average], but most of it certainly made sense.

Rabid about the need for getting annual flu shot, and I have an appointment for one Monday, so I guess I'm also responsive t
Jun 19, 2014 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Joy Weese Moll
This small book is designed to be quick and easy to read. The pieces are only a few pages long to provide an overview of each topic and the basics of what to do about it. Although Dr. Agus admits to being opinionated, the advice is backed up by research studies and reflects the guidelines most generally recommended by the medical community.

The material is presented in three Parts. The longest is Part 1, What to Do. This includes advice like “Grow a Garden,” “Be Positive,” and “S-T-R-E-T-C-H.” Pa
A Short Guide to a Long Life was a quick and easy book to listen to. The format was easy to follow and the information interesting, although a good portion was things we've heard before read before. The doctor believes in a set of rules (65) to be exact, for living wisely. He believes that by following this rules we could minimize our risk for cancer, heart issues and strokes. Dr. Agus considers himself to be conservative in his beliefs. The book is divided into three sections: (1) What to Do, ...more
Julie - Book Hooked Blog
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.

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This is a short guide of simple steps extrapolated from the statistics and discussion in his his previous work, The End of Illness. My favorite: If a *box* of food sports encouraging phrases such as low-calorie, low glycemic index, fat-free, high fiber, etcetera, it's probably super processed and not good for you. ;) You might say "duh" to a lot of his suggestions, but it's a great checklist to see how well you are incorporating common sense habits to give yourself a healthier lifestyle.
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.
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.
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