End of Illness – David Agus

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.

Read the full article here.

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
  • prevention!
  • 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’.

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About dontdontoperate

28 year old originally from Barrie, Ontario, Canada. H.B.Sc. from UofT with a major in chemistry and a double minor in philosophy and math. M.Sc. from UofT in physiology and neuroscience. Finished my Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at McMaster in the fall of 2013.
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5 Responses to End of Illness – David Agus

  1. wartica says:

    Thanks for putting up this video; I got to look into vitamin supplements because I keep hearing they aren’t as good for us, as we once thought. Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:))

    • dontdontoperate says:

      Thanks for commenting!

      • Ryan Mortell says:

        Funny I just read this article today, and now i find out you posted about it! Loved it by the way, maybe I will also look into this “book”. I was unable to look at the video on this computer but will try on a different one another day.

      • dontdontoperate says:

        Hey man! Yeah, it seems like really interesting stuff. I’d like to know what becomes of it…

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