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Quick, easy-to-read tips on living a longer and healthier life,
This review is from: A Short Guide to a Long Life (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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Initial post: Jan 7, 2014 5:32:34 AM PST
Always suspicious of any reviews that are written the same day a book comes out. Is this a review or a paid endorsement?
Posted on Jan 10, 2014 10:57:56 PM PST
Agus is the only doctor I know that wholeheartedly recommends eating Genetically Engineered food (aka GMOs). He says to eat real food but does he know GMOs are not real or natural food. He supports diets back by science but does he know GMOs have never been independently tested by the FDA? Instead the FDA replies on SHORT-term studies conducted by biotech-chemical companies to assess the safety of GMOs. That's what I call bad science. Sorry, this book is not even worth 1 star.
Posted on Jan 12, 2014 12:54:44 PM PST
There are no studies in medical literature (journals) that genetically modified foods are harmful.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2014 6:53:19 PM PST
Lack of studies doesn't mean GMOs are not healthy. It took more than 40 years before the medical establishment finally admitted "maybe' there is a connection between lung cancer and smoking tobacco. Think about it. Who really wants studies on the safety of GMOs? The biotech/chemical companies? Big Ag who gets massive farm subsidies to grow GMOs? Big Junk Food? Big Pharma? AMA? FDA? There is a lot of money made in growing and selling GMOs. Do your own research. Google on "Roundup + GMO + health risks." The bottom line is GMOs is nothing but fake lab food that is loaded with chemicals. 64 countries restrict, label or has banned GMOs.
Posted on Jan 13, 2014 6:36:04 AM PST
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david perkins says:
Re. Carolyn Y's post Rubbish...Nearly all foods are "genetically modified"--by farmers through thousands of years of seed selection/cross polination--or by natural selection in the process of evolution. Is the chicken we eat today the same as the wild fowl first domesticated by neolithic farmers? wheat the same as wild grasses first gathered? GMOs simply speed up the process....
Posted on Feb 12, 2014 11:29:37 AM PST
George K. Brown says:
Where are the studies backing up his claims? I see none in the book so I just file it with other highly educated BS!
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2014 4:06:04 PM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2014 8:40:09 PM PST
In today's discussion of GENETICALLY MODIFIED or GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD we are not talking about hybridization or wild pollination which have been around for thousands of years. GMOs is when FOREIGN genes from an unrelated animal, plant, viruses or bacteria are forced into plants or animal that we eat. This process would not occur in nature. It can only happen in a lab. GMOs were introduced into our food supply in 1996, less than 20 years ago. And did you know GMOs are NOT tested by the FDA. FDA only "evaluate" studies prepared by the biotech companies. And none of those studies are longer than 90 days. BTW, the Food Safety Czar at the FDA is ex-Monsanto VP, Michael Taylor. That's like the fox guarding the hen house. Google "Roundup + GMO + health risks."
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2014 6:34:51 AM PST