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The End of Illness

A New Perspective on Health That Changes Everything

By David B. Agus

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Other Information: Illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2012
The time has come for us to stop thinking about illnesses like cancer as something the body 'gets' or 'has' but rather to think of them as something the body does. In this landmark work, leading researcher and physician Dr David Agus takes readers on a journey to decode the mystery of health and the human body. Based on his groundbreaking research and clinical trials, Dr Agus has come to the realization that the best way to combat cancer is to prevent it. For decades we've tried to whittle down our understanding of the body and its ailments to a finite point - a mutation, a germ, a deficiency or a number. But this has led us astray from a fundamental basic understanding of our bodies as systems. The End of Illness presents a system's view of the body, urging readers to begin viewing their total health as a complex network of processes that cannot be explained by any single pathway or focal point. In many instances, it does us no good to try and understand a certain disease; we just need to control it, much like an air traffic controller manages planes without knowing how to actually fly one. This radically different perspective on health will not only change how we care for ourselves, but also how we spur the next generation of treatments, and, in some instances, cures. The book also shows readers how to personalize their self-care; much of the advice is surprisingly simple and affordable - such as wearing good shoes and eating lunch at the same time every day.

About the Author

David B. Agus is a Professor of Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine and heads USC's Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. His research focuses on the application of proteomics and genomics for the study of cancer and the development of new therapeutics for cancer. Dr. Agus received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has received various honors and awards including the American Cancer Society Physician Research Award, a Clinical Scholar Award from the Sloan-Kettering Institute, the International Myeloma Foundation Visionary Science Award, an the 2009 GQ Magazine Rockstar of Science Award. He is the founder of Oncology.com, the largest cancer internet resource/community, Applied Proteomics, and Navigenics, a health care technology and wellness company. He lives in California with his wife and children.

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Oncologist Agus (medicine, Univ. of Southern California) advocates for a new model of health that combines holistic medicine with the latest technologies and -evidence-based recommendations, grounded in the practice of "honoring the body as the exceedingly complex system that it is." He addresses three areas: defining and assessing individual health, which requires partnering with one's doctor and understanding the role of genes and other health factors; improving health (he covers nutrition, inflammation, and exercise); and benefiting from new technologies and the emerging era of personalized medicine. Some of his advice is expected (e.g., eat better, move more), but some recommendations challenge popular wisdom (e.g., vitamin supplements are unnecessary and potentially harmful). VERDICT Agus communicates scientific concepts clearly and distills each chapter with a key point or concrete action that readers can take to improve their health. Recommended for scientifically literate readers who wish to take charge of their own health in a sound, evidence-based way.-Janet A. Crum, City of Hope Lib., Duarte, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

In this day and age, everyone is searching for a quick fix to help lose weight, grow hair, prevent wrinkles, and live longer. Naturally, there's no healthy quick fix to be found, but Agus-a doctor and modern rock star of science, according to GQ-has plenty of tips on how to get healthy, stay healthy, and live a long life in this informative guide. Holter Graham skillfully narrates the audio edition, turning in a down-to-earth delivery that speaks directly to listeners and a tone that is appropriately affirmative and reassuring. Graham's reading never sounds condescending or judgmental-and listeners will appreciate this almost as much as the tips and guidance provided by Agus. A Free Press hardcover. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

EAN: 9781849839150
ISBN: 1849839158
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 centimetres (0.41 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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