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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
Jan 20, 2014 Don Gorman rated it did not like it
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
Renee Sexton
Mar 04, 2017 Renee Sexton rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Great suggestions and tips to make healthy choices wrapped up in small chapters. Easy read made so easy that you don't want to put it down. Sharing with my 20 year old daughter to help her choices and shorten the learning curve.
Mar 26, 2014 Dana rated it it was ok
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
Fred Forbes
Jan 15, 2014 Fred Forbes rated it really liked it
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
David Marshall
May 04, 2014 David Marshall rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 02, 2017 B-zee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku yang penting untuk dibaca semua orang.
Cynthia Egbert
Mar 27, 2015 Cynthia Egbert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-and-read
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
Dec 06, 2013 Proudcat rated it really liked it
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 :-)
Jun 21, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing
Quick read on evidence based ways to improve health and slow aging. It was an inspiring reminder for me to go back to the basics of self care!
Melanie Muller
Jun 14, 2016 Melanie Muller rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A helpful guide with practical information. I learned a few new things.
Aug 22, 2014 Correen rated it liked it

Lists of what to do and what not to do to live a healthy life.
Troy Martin
Nov 02, 2016 Troy Martin rated it liked it
A lot of it is common sense spelled out for you. I don't agree with all of it: i.e. ways to live a long life: have kids (not everyone likes or wants kids), cohabitation (some people I know prefer being alone), avoiding vitamins (my doctors and dietitian have always told me it's a good idea to take a multivitamin), take a low dosage of aspirin daily (that causes the blood to thin which could be fatal if you were involved in an accident/ also that should be discussed with your Doctor before follow ...more
Kelly Gesker
Feb 10, 2017 Kelly Gesker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exactly what it says it was.

Great straight-forward advice.
Simple and easy to understand. Challenges myths and fad of the minute health advice. Will reference again and again.
Ahmad Nazeri
Oct 15, 2016 Ahmad Nazeri rated it really liked it
easy read, full of nuggets of wisdom on leading a healthy life.
Jan 07, 2017 Paulo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nenhuma dica fora do normal: apenas bom senso :-o O autor aborda o que fazer, o que evitar e conselhos para diversas faixas etárias.

Resumidamente, aborda conselhos, como: registrar características e alterações corpóreas (e histórico familiar); manter regularidade dos hábitos; ter momentos de relaxamento, de alongamento, de exercício físico, de alegria, de relacionamentos pessoais (convivência); higiene; fazer exames, vacinas; manter a postura.

Ainda, aconselha o consumo de estatinas e aspirinas i
Oct 02, 2016 Bookfanatic rated it it was ok
Fairly standard advice. If you read a variety of newspapers of magazines, you probably know most of the advice in here. Get enough sleep, eat your vegetables and fruit, exercise regularly, laugh, get a hobby, keep your mind active, etc. There's not a lot of depth to this book, but then the title is "A short guide" after all.

I was surprised by the author's rather blasé attitude to genetically modified food and his insistence people don't need vitamins. I don't think there's enough data to accept
Feb 26, 2017 Felicia rated it really liked it
It's very short but mostly true.
Nov 14, 2013 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books-read
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
Boring and overly basic!
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.

Entertainment Value
I think I may have en
Dennis Mitton
Aug 08, 2014 Dennis Mitton rated it really liked it
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
Apr 02, 2014 Mike Walter rated it really liked it
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
Michelle Despres

Agus is quite clear about what this book is. "After The End of Illness came out, many people asked me to distill my Health Rules down to a prescriptive list for them to keep on hand. They wanted a cheat sheet. In my previous book, I spent a lot of time going through the evidence. I won't be doing that here." (7)

"One final confession: I admit that I was so moved by Michael Pollan's Food Rules, which was inspired by his bestselling In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, that his book provided t
Apr 28, 2015 Alok rated it liked it
A very quick read with mostly standard advice. The main surprises are the advice to take statins and daily 81 mg aspirin, and also to avoid vitamins.

Useful advice was to keep a rough daily log to get to know your patterns - I'm doing this now and it's already paying off in terms of increased awareness. Try to game yourself, to optimise your alertness and creativity by manipulating sleep, diet and exercise.
Good posture is important- might be worth investing in lumo lift? http://www.lumobodytech.
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
Jun 24, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
A Short Guide to a Long Life by David B. Agus, MD is just that- a short guide book. It is a fast read made up of mostly common sense. And while I cannot say I actually learned anything, it was a concise reminder of what to do and what not to do to improve one's chances of living a longer and healthier life. I found two of his suggestions particularly controversial- taking the prescription drug statins and not taking vitamin supplements. It is interesting to note that these two suggestions have o ...more
Aug 03, 2015 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'll say "the jury is still out" on this one. A medical doctor writes a little book with some reasonably sound advice for the reader, and finds it necessary to place this big disclaimer up front that (paraphrasing) "before you actually do any of the stuff in this book, go talk to your doctor and see what he/she says." Now, I suppose this is probably a requirement from the publishers to keep their lawyers happy, but it also makes me wonder about how firmly this guy believes what it is he's tellin ...more
Joy Weese Moll
May 06, 2014 Joy Weese Moll rated it liked it
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
Mar 20, 2014 Reuel rated it liked it
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
May 20, 2014 Sevenponds rated it really liked it
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
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