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A Short Guide to a Long Life

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One of the world’s leading doctors and bestselling author presents the simple rules everyone should follow in order to live a long, healthy, and productive life.

In his #1 New York Times bestselling book, The End of Illness, Dr. David B. Agus shared what he had learned from his work as one of today’s most prominent cancer doctors and researchers, revealing the risks he take
Published January 7th 2014 by Simon Schuster Audio
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Don Gorman
Jan 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku yang penting untuk dibaca semua orang.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short book attempts to answer some of the most common health questions.

What should I eat? Real food (that does not come with a label). Understand basic bio-vocabulary; know the difference between vitamin and supplement, or define inflammation. Consider getting a dog; it will force you to get some exercise, along with leaving your desk and forgetting about multi-tasking. There seem to be a million different diets available. Find the diet that works for you, and stick with it. Grow a garden (
Cynthia Egbert
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Dr. David B. Agus is one of the world’s leading cancer doctors and pioneering biomedical researchers. Over the past twenty years he’s received acclaim for his innovations in medicine and contributions to new technologies that will change how all of us maintain our health. He’s also built a reputation for having a unique way of looking at the relationship of the body to health and disease. He expla ...more
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“It should come as no surprise that a healthy weight corresponds to a healthy body. When the body is saddled with too many pounds (or, on the other end of the spectrum, too few pounds), it cannot function optimally. Here’s another way to look at it: each pound of weight lost equals a four-pound reduction in the knee load for every step you take. So if you take ten thousand steps a day, that translates to a twenty-ton reduction in the pressure on your knees. Think of that cumulative effect over a whole year! Even a small weight loss makes a big difference in the long run.” 0 likes
“Top 10 Actions to Reduce Your Risk for Illness Taking these actions today can reduce your risk of becoming sick, especially for the two most dreaded diseases in later life: cancer and dementia. 1. Eat real food on a regular schedule. 2. Avoid vitamins and supplements. 3. Discuss aspirin and statins with your doctor when you are staring at age forty. 4. Follow the prescribed cancer screening schedules. 5. Exercise regularly and move during the day. 6. Maintain a healthy weight. 7. Avoid tobacco products. 8. Avoid direct sun exposure without sunscreen. 9. Avoid sources of inflammation. 10. Get a yearly flu shot.” 0 likes
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