A Short Guide to a Long Life

A Short Guide to a Long Life

by David B. Agus


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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 prolong the lives of not only cancer patients, but all those who want to enjoy a vigorous, lengthy life. Now Dr. Agus has turned his research into a practical and concise illustrated handbook for everyday living.

A Short Guide to a Long Life is divided into three sections (What to Do, What to Avoid, and Doctor’s Orders) that provide the definitive answers to many common and not-so-common questions: Who should take a baby aspirin daily? Are flu shots safe? What constitutes “healthy” foods? Are airport scanners hazardous? Dr. Agus believes optimal health begins with our daily routines. His book will help you develop new patterns of personal health care, using inexpensive and widely available tools that are based on the latest and most reliable science.

An accessible and essential handbook for preparing for visits to the doctor and maintaining control of your future, “A Short Guide to a Long Life explores the simple idea that a healthy tomorrow starts with good habits today” (Fortune).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476730950
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,125,668
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David B. Agus, MD, author of the New York Times and international bestsellers The End of Illness and A Short Guide to a Long Life, is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California and heads USC’s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. He is one of the world’s leading physicians and pioneering biomedical researchers, and is a CBS News contributor. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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A Short Guide to a Long Life 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
NY_writer_222 More than 1 year ago
I was uncertain about the book when I bought it, but absolutely love it.  It is now with my children who don't want to give it back.  The to-dos and not to-dos all are data driven, and have already made a big difference in my life!!
Mitton More than 1 year ago
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 book can be easily read in a few hours but can truly change the rest of your life. He lists sixty-five tidbits under three headings: What to Do, What to Avoid, and Doctor’s Orders. I’m sorry but there is nothing new, novel, or earth-shattering here. No magic pills or unknown secret Chinese bulbs that will keep you in perfect health until age 150. What you will find is very excellent advice in all areas of health and well being. Advice that is time tested and accurate. Advice that actually will help you live longer and happier. And keep more of your money. There is a good bit of Grandma’s advice here – grow a garden, don’t skip breakfast, have children (!) – but lots of new stuff, too, like scheduling your life on computer or getting a DNA screen. I especially liked the What to Avoid section where he slays a host of health myths: forget juicing (“Does your body really like consuming ten carrots all at once?”), ignore ‘detoxes’, and no, GMOs are not going to kill you and your children. I think this is a wonderfully handy little guide that makes a useful reference. Two thumbs way up. Read it all the way through or read a chapter and then work on it for a week. Either way will lead you to better health.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not much of a reader but this book kept my interest. Great tips and full of information.
Jim_Capp More than 1 year ago
I heard Dr. Agus interviewed on Howard Stern. Howard is at the top of his game with the interviews. It was so interesting that I immediately purchased the book. I was not disappointed. There is a lot of information in this small book. Words to live by I would say. I am going to try to live by most of these "rules". Read this book. If people would just follow a small portion of this advice we would be better off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my daily go to guide for data driven health advice
plappen More than 1 year ago
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 (or, at least, a window box). Practice good hygiene. Maintain a healthy weight. Caffeine is OK in sensible amounts. Consider getting a DNA test. Get in the habit of taking a baby aspirin daily. Be smart about being sick. Maintain good posture and strengthen your core. Adopt a positive attitude. Smile. Try an activity that is out of your comfort zone. Eat at least three servings of cold-water fish per week. Never skip breakfast. It's a good idea to be a little obsessive-compulsive about washing your hands. There is no such thing as doing it too often. There is no shame in asking for help. The book also includes things that should be avoided. They include: fad diets, detoxes, dangerous sports and risky behavior, sunburns, airport x-ray scanners, insomnia, juicing, smoking and vitamins and supplements (!) No one is expected to immediately do (or not do) everything in this book. Pick just one thing, incorporate it into your daily life so that it becomes a habit, then pick another. Anyone who cannot find just one health aid here needs more help than this book can provide. For everyone else, this book is short, very easy to understand, and very much worth reading.
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I was very disappointed to find that Dr Agus supported GMO food. That killed it for me as I believe Monsanto is pure evil and that the food that they are growing laced with pesticides are poisoning us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read Hector's Juice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like soap.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"he pinpoints the advice in three easy-to-read, easy-to-understand sections: Who to Do, What to Avoid, Doctor's Orders. "....don't you mean "WHAT to do", not "WHO to do"??