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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442364785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442364783
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Short Guide to a Long Life explores the simple idea that a healthy tomorrow starts with good habits today.” (Fortune)

“The little volume contains Agus’s starkest, most clear-cut prescriptions yet…in a field rife with caveats, Agus speaks with a ringing clarity.” (Wired)

“[Dr. Agus] makes better health feel like an attainable goal.” (Boston Globe)

“The beauty of Agus’ book is that it is short, comes straight to the point, and is devoid of arcane medical terms. The other sublime effect is that it was written to ‘prevent’ poor health practices, rather than deal with the costly solutions needed to cure you.” (Forbes)

“Little line drawings and a conversational, fatherly tone make this guide light and easy to follow…readers who have already taken Agus as a health guru will love it.” (Publishers Weekly)

"[A] small but important book… This is a book that could change your life, literally. Even following half the tips can make a huge difference in how you feel each day…If you are going to check out a new book this summer, A Short Guide to a Long Life is a great one to start with.” (News-Gazette (Champaign, IL)) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

David B. Agus, MD, 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 a CBS News contributor.  He lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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Customer Reviews

Very informative and easy read!
Eryk Lysdahl
There are alot of interesting health tips in here that I will practice from now on that can help me live a long and healthy life.
B. Hayes
For example - Dr Agus' recommendation not to take vitamins may not be sound.
MGM

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177 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Jack on January 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Dr. David Agus, a professor of medicine and engineering at USC, is also the author of the best-selling but controversial book The End of Illness. His latest, "A Short Guide To A Long Life," is best-described as an easy-to-read, cliff-notes version of his recommendations for improving your health. A pioneer in cancer research, his tips have a heavy bent towards preventing cancer, but also cover general wellness. If you've read his first book but found it a bit dense, then you will gobble this book up.

As a physician, I agree with most of his recommendations. While some of his tips may be controversial, for the most part Agus stays in line with current medical thought. Most of his recommendations aren't ground-breaking but make sense. Drink a glass of wine with dinner. Eat cold water fish at least 3 times a week. Practice good hygiene. Get a dog. Avoid sunburns. Smile. That being said, some of his recommendations regarding medications (like fat-reducing statins) should be discussed with your doctor first.

Like Dr. Oz on TV (and his books), Agus does a fantastic job presenting medical advice in a fashion that is easy for any reader to understand and appreciate. That is where this book really shines. I plan to have copies in my waiting room for my patients to digest since it's such a quick, easy read.

Another quick and extremely enjoyable read by a physician is Dr. Anthony Youn's In Stitches. This memoir shows what it's like to go through medical school and become a doctor, in eye-opening detail. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in medicine and health.
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110 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Lorien on January 12, 2014
Format: Audible Audio Edition
This book is a great reminder of what is a healthy lifestyle, usually something intuitively known by all of us. And it is not based on fads or the latest research study. This book is a comprehensive review of what is known to most of us, and now proven to be backed up by extensive solid research. (He includes only information proven in solid clearly defined research studies.)

What makes this book so good is the reminder and reinforcement of how much influence we can actually have on our own health. In a world of depressing information, where so much seems to be out of our control, this book reminds us we can have a great impact on our own and on our children's lives by living healthy.

The author clearly points out simple actions we can do to improve our quality of life.

On a negative note, some people reading this book look only at 1% of the information presented and get upset because it does not support their point of view. The first thing I notice on this site are the negative reviews. They seem to be written by one person or a small group trying to discredit the author based on a single issue, genetically modified foods. People many times get so stuck on a single issue they forget there is a whole world of other issues out there and you need to look at the whole.

This book is one of the few books out there that can actually have a great positive impact on your life.
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102 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Nitty's Mom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I recently read an interesting article about David B Agus MD in Wired magazine about his clients and what he did for them. Many celebrities swear by his way of treating illness, cancer and promoting a healthier lifestyle. Among the many patients Dr. Agus treated were Steve Jobs, Neil Young, Robin Quivers, Ted Kennedy and Lance Armstrong. In fact, Howard Stern lauds Dr. Agus for saving Robin's life.

I recieved my Kindle download and immediately started reading this 208 page book. A lot of information to digest and I'm sure I will go back to reference many sections and reread this book many times.

Dr. Agus divides the book into three sections - What to DO, What to Avoid & Doctor's Orders. Each section has rules to live by, many you have heard before, some may be controversial, but all are explained in a simple, easy to read, fun to read, and expertly explained style. Some of my favorite rules were "Get Naked" and "Get off Your Butt More" and of course "Pick up a Pooch". Being a dog owner and lover, I found this very satisfying and certainly a confirmation of how I feel.

In the Doctor's Orders section, Dr. Agus goes through a quick checklist of guidelines for keeping up with your health for each age group from the 20's to the 70's and beyond. Common sense guidelines like prostate exams for older men, routine breast exams for women to A1C diabetes blood tests in your 20's if you have a family history.

The back section also has Top 10 lists, like Top 10 Foods High in Trans Fat or Top 11 Fish with Omega-3. I found these lists both interesting and useful, a tool to be referenced often.

Some of Dr.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By G. Tao on May 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I thought the book overall was short and sweet. But one point raised in there really alarmed me - its suggestion to take statin as a preventive measure.

Last year, my sister-in-law started experiencing memory lapses. There would be stretches of time when she literally had no memories of. Their 3 young children started noticing a well. She went to see a doctor. They ran all kinds of tests. Finally, they diagnosed her with Alzheimer's. She's only in her 50s. We were all very sad.

Earlier this year, she went to a naturalpathic doctor. After a conversation, this doctor said she had treated hundreds of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She asked my sister-in-law to significantly lower her statin dosage. My sister-in-law did. And in a short time, her memory lapses stopped. She went back to the medical doctor. Tests were re-done, and they were shocked. They reversed the diagnosis. The worst thing is, the medical professionals are not bad people. They were sincerely sorry. There is just a certain way that they were educated and trained that led them to prescribe drugs and diagnose a certain way.

I'm not spewing conspiracy theories. I do think, however, us ordinary people need to take charge of our own health and observe everything we intake, be it food or medicines. The medical profession doesn't have all the answers. Nor does the naturalpathic profession. Our evolution in science and technology has taken an exponentially higher pace than it ever has in the last few million years from apes to humans. The interactions of modern science and technology with our biological bodies that evolved over millions of years are not as clear cut and predictable as we'd like them to be.
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