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Publisher's Summary

One of the world's leading doctors and best-selling author presents the simple rules everyone should follow in order to live a long, healthy, and productive life.

In his number-one New York Times best-selling book, The End of Illness, Dr. David B. Agus shared what he had learned from his work as one of today's most prominent cancer doctors and researchers, revealing the risks he takes in a field begging for innovations that can prolong not only the lives of cancer patients but anyone hoping to live long and robustly. Now Dr. Agus has compiled his most helpful health advice in a fun guide.

Hailed by Vice President Al Gore as having developed "a dramatic new way that could lead to greatly improving the quality of life for millions, starting right now", Dr. Agus believes that our foundation for optimal health begins with the daily habits we keep - and that we can build upon that bedrock with inexpensive, widely accessible drugs that have been proven to work while ditching false promises, such as vitamins and supplements.

A Short Guide to a Long Life is divided into three sections ("What to Do", "What to Avoid", and "Doctor's Orders") that provide the definitive answers to many common and not-so-common questions: Who should take a baby aspirin daily? Are flu shots safe? Are vitamins bad for you? What is truly "fresh" produce? Why is it important to protect your senses? Are airport scanners hazardous? Dr. Agus' eye-opening responses will help you develop new, effective patterns of personal health care so you can maintain your health using the latest and most reliable science. Now go live life!

©2014 David B. Agus (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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  • Andy
  • Westport, CT, United States
  • 11-23-14

full of helpful tidbits

Rapid listen to the views of one doctor. Much of it made sense to me. No new discoveries here, but a good reminder of what to keep doing and perhaps, what to start doing.

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  • Troy
  • Durham, NC, United States
  • 01-20-14

Not worth $10 or 3 hours of your time

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the book provided health and scientific insight that a layperson wouldn't already be able to figure out themselves, i.e. tell me something more than just not to smoke, drink in moderation, eat fruits and vegetables and get plenty of sleep.

What do you think your next listen will be?

An economic nonfiction book

How could the performance have been better?

Not take 21 minutes of the 3 hours introducing the book, provide more detailed health insight that someone doesn't already know and minimize the number of repetitions. I am a general contractor and I feel like I already have the knowledge to write this book and I could have done it in about 12 pages.

What character would you cut from A Short Guide to a Long Life?

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Any additional comments?

If you are really looking for real insight into healthy living and optimum longevity I HIGHLY recommend Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live. It provides TONS of information that is backed up by scientific research. A word of caution though- it may take the joy out of many of the things that you thought were healthy but are actually killing you.

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Good Quick Read

Good examples with solid refreshers and eye opening new tid bits. Great way to jumpstart or encourage your health journey.

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Get the FLU SHOT every year! I don't think so!!

This guy must be working for the government. He tells you not to take your vitamins. That GMOs are safe. And to get your flu shot each year. I'm sure there are ton more but after I heard those... I was done listening to his BS. I'm a big believer in building your immune system and taking responsibility for your diet. bad recommendation Howard Stern!!!

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Worth your time and attention

Listen then revisit it several times as you make lifestyle changes. Dispels so many beliefs about food juicing, vitamins, superfoods etc. wow