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A Short Guide to a Long Life Hardcover – January 7, 2014
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“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))
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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.
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. Agus' rules are already part of my life and routine, but in reading this book I am sure to look more closely at what I'm doing, eating, thinking, my relationships with my doctors and my daily activities and how they affect my quality of life and possibilities for a longer life.
Excellent, fast read. Highly recommended. I'll be buying copies for friends and relatives.
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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It rings so true, I intend to buy multiple copies for family, friends and clients.