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:

©2012 Dr. David B. Agus. All rights reserved (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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“In this brilliant book, David Agus introduces a whole new way of looking at illness and health. Taking a cue from physics, he views the body as a complex system and helps us see how everything from cancer to nutrition fits into one whole picture. The result is both a useful guide on how to stay healthy and a fascinating analysis of the latest in medical science.” (Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs)
“Dr. David Agus has given us a remarkable peek into our health - and the impact will be profound. I’ve made it my mission in life to live strong and help others do the same. The End of Illness is one more empowering piece to the puzzle of knowing how to do just that. This book will prevent illness, revolutionize treatments, and lengthen people's lives. A tour de force in its delivery and message.” (Lance Armstrong, 7-time Tour de France winner and Founder and Chairman, LIVESTRONG)
"David Agus is one of America’s great doctors and medical researchers, a man dedicated to improving the health of as many people as he can. Written in a style and format that will truly engage readers, The End of Illness presents a dramatic, new way of thinking about our own health - a way that could lead to greatly improving the quality of life for millions, starting right now.” (Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States, Nobel Laureate in Peace, 2007)
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5 out of 5 stars
By shirley on 20-04-14

This book really could save your life

There is an abridged version of this book, but this unabridged audible version worked really well for me. Listen to it while out for a walk or on the tred-mill and you will feel positively virtuous! This book has altered the way I look at my families, and my own health. It also debunks all the vitamin hype and so could really save you money. Much of the advice is (I suppose) common sense. But it's well supported here with clinical research and trials, many of which are fascinating. In the busy world in which we live it's really easy to get into bad health habits, this will put you back on the right track. The book is well read and insightful. It's worth recommending to everyone you love.

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4 out of 5 stars
By 7rym on 06-11-12

a healthy angle on health

Dr. Agus has a nice angle on health and discusses why one should look at the body as a complete system, and not focus only on isolate symptoms when trying to find cures for illness. He acknowledges the slow progress in curing illness that is not caused by external elements like bacteria and viruses, but created internally by our own body.

The book discusses cancer as a concept and a normal process found in every living body, and not as body part specific illnesses like breast/prostate cancer. He also explains common properties in different cancers like the shape the cancer cells take and so on. The book is not so much about curing or the negative aspects of illness as it is about how to -avoid- the illness by taking precautions.

He does not force anyone to a one fits all approach, but rather tells you the way for -you- to find -your- way to healthy living. Medicine and cures works different on different people, so he gives good advice to find out what works for you in addition to preach some general good practices like regularity, being in motion and let the body fix most of it's own issues.

I really like his explanation of why one should avoid taking extra multivitamins and rather let the body get it's nutrition from food rather than synthesized and isolated vitamins. The statistics given, showing increased risk to develop cancer due to excessive vitamin intake should wake up the sleepiest of us...

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4 out of 5 stars
By Window shopper 3000 on 31-01-12

The "techie" medicine needs!

This book is filled with practical information that us lay-folk never think about.

The primary argument is that medicine is finally able to take advantage of the technological advances in used in other fields. Incidentally, Dr. Agus' company happens to be on the leading edge. The innovations he speaks of are necessary and possible in the near future. He tells a story of how using physics, engineering, and patient collected data can customize medicine and help us avoid illnesses.

He believes that a change from a diagnostics based medical system to a prevention based system is reliant on several components, a few are listed below.

- The body must be viewed and treated as a system.
- The relationship between doctors and patients must be a partnership.
- Patients must be proactive in their healthcare and monitor their overall wellbeing.

Overall, the book is brilliant, engaging, and pertinent to anyone who uses our healthcare system. If you're like synopsis of medical studies, innovations in the use of technology, and practical ways to take control of your health all in plain english, then this book is for you. If you're still in doubt then check out his TED Talk "David Agus: A new strategy in the war on cancer".

Things some may not like:
There are some plugs for his company. He is for the use of statins and prescription pills. He is against the use of OTC vitamins. He thoroughly explains why he for and against these things.

If you want to hear a different side to the argument check out "Never Be Fat Again: The 6-Week Cellular Solution to Permanently Break the Fat Cycle"

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1 out of 5 stars
By Beth Cioffoletti on 30-01-12

what a scam, what a disappointment, what a mistake

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

What a disappointment, scam, and mistake this book was. I bought it for a long road trip, hoping to obtain some real insight into the nature of disease and illness. Hour after hour, this guy sounded like a 4th rate magazine article, re-iterating again and again the same common sense notions, like, be your own medical advocate, know your medical history and that of your family. About 3 hours in, when he started talking about his genetic company, I realized that the book was, in fact, an advertisement! What a waste of a credit. I don't know anyone who I would recommend the book to.

What could David B. Agus have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Paid me to read it.

What didn’t you like about Holter Graham’s performance?

Performance was ok, I was just so annoyed with the book that I didn't want to give it any stars, anywhere.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. I didn't learn anything I didn't already know.

Any additional comments?

This book should be clearly labeled as promoting the author's company.

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