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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"
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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.
46 of 48 people found this review helpful
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.
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...