Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 1.18 in
Published: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Free Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451610173
ISBN - 13: 9781451610178
About the Book
From one of the world's foremost physicians and researchers comes a monumental work that radically redefines conventional conceptions of health and illness to offer new methods for living a long, healthy life.
Read from the Book
The End of Illness 1 What Is Health? A New Definition That Changes Everything Everyone has a vague idea of what it means to live a healthy life. Eating a balanced diet: good. Smoking: bad. Breaking a sweat regularly: good. Binge drinking: bad. Getting a restful night’s sleep: bonus. Being happy: double bonus. Some of us may choose to disregard these basic tenets on occasion, but for the most part, we know the difference between the habits that help us stay youthful and strong, and those that can detract from our well-being. We try our best to stay out of harm’s way, but what happens when we get sick or develop a chronic medical condition or, heaven forbid, are diagnosed with a serious illness? After experiencing the frustration of Why me? many of us begin to ask ourselves other, more probing inquiries about where we might have gone wrong. Was it something in the water? A lifelong love of hamburgers and fries? An overdemanding boss and, as a result, an overwhelming stress level? Too much alcohol? Too little exercise? Secondhand smoke? Exposure to industrial chemicals? A habit of living dangerously, whatever that might mean? Bad luck? Or perhaps, some of us think, this outcome was fated because it was just in my DNA all along. If I could collect a nickel for every time someone in the world thought that genetics was wholly to blame for this illness or that defect, I’d be the wealthiest man on earth. It’s human nature to point fingers at someone or somethi
From the Publisher
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-from high heels to the
common cold-can lead to a fatal heart attack, and even rob us of
• How three inexpensive medications-aspirin, statins, and an annual
flu vaccine-can substantially change the course of our health for
• How taking shortcuts to health via blending fruits and
vegetables, and sometimes even by purchasing what we think is
"fresh," could be shortchanging our health.
• The single most important thing we can do today to preserve our
health and happiness that costs absolutely nothing.
Dr. Agus also offers insights and access to breathtaking and
powerful new technologies that promise to transform medicine in our
generation. In the course of offering recommendations, he
emphasizes his belief that there is no "right" answer, no master
guide that is "one size fits all." Each one of us must get to know
our bodies in uniquely personal ways, and he shows us exactly how
to do that so that we can individually create a plan for wellness.
The End of Illness is a bold call for all of us to become
our own personal health advocates, and a dramatic departure from
orthodox thinking. This is a seminal work that promises to
revolutionize how we live.
"What you will find in this book are clear and compelling
reasons to be more pro-active about your health. The sections
explaining physiology and the latest medical findings are very
good, and are far more persuasive than the usual lectures we are
given about all our bad habits. To misquote the Hippocratic Oath,
''First do no harm.'' It will do you no harm to dream of the end of
illness, but until that time, it might just do you some good to
follow Agus''s eminently sensible advice."
-The Globe and Mail