The End of Illness

The End of Illness

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By (author) David B. Agus, With Kristin Loberg

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  • Publisher: The Free Press
  • Format: Hardback | 335 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 231mm x 33mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 5 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1451610173
  • ISBN 13: 9781451610178
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 54,051

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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 life. 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. This indispensable 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: * How 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 --

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"David Agus, one of the nation's most innovative cancer doctors, shatters the myths about health and wellness and provides us with a handbook for living a long, healthy life." -- Steve Case, Chairman of Revolution and The Case Foundation, co-founder America Online