Hey, watch this:
It’s this doctor, Dr. Agus, talking about how we need to look at heart disease and cancer (and something else I’m forgetting) differently. He thinks a lot of those kinds of killers have more to do with how we live our lives and inflammation, rather than the typical germ-laden way of looking at medicine.His main messages, which he claims he backs up with primary sources – most of which are double-blind randomized controlled long-term studies (or so he says…I haven’t checked), is that heart disease and cancer and such can be drastically reduced if:
- we are more active during the day. That means not just exercising every now and then during the week, but never really staying put for more than a few hours. I think he even at one point compares sitting for four hours straight the same as smoking
- we quit the vitamin supplements. Supposedly they do more harm than good
- we take baby aspirin every day (it will reduce inflammation…this may only be for people over 50…he’s not clear)
- we take statins if you’re over 50 (every day? I don’t recall), which reduce cholesterol (sounds good…actually I’m supposed to get my blood tested for cholesterol soon…)
- have a routine: go to sleep and wake up at the same times every day
- finally he talks about data-gathering and data-mining. This makes sense to me: evidence based medicine on a LARGE scale.
Oh here, Maclean’s sums it up quite nicely:
Take statins if you’re over 50, and baby Aspirin, too. Drop the vitamin supplements like they were a lit cigarette. Junk the juicer. If the vegetables at the supermarket aren’t today-fresh, opt for fresh frozen. Wear sensible shoes. Eat lunch and go to bed at the same time every day. Get your flu shot. Move around a lot, even when you aren’t exercising. Digitize your medical records, family history and genetic profile, and store this information on a USB stick. Carry it with you always. Share it, anonymously, with the world.
I’m no expert on medicine, but I do like several things that this man is putting forward:
- a new way at looking at health and health-care
- evidence based medicine: he’s backing up his claims with well performed studies
- and all that stuff about collecting everyone’s info… that would just be too cool
His book is called The End of Illness …maybe I’ll read it someday…after I get through the other 125 books I have on my shelf under ‘to-read’.