The End of Illness

A book review by Daniel R. Murphy

The End of Illness by David B. Agus, MD

Synopsis of Content:

Leading oncologist David B. Agus, MD provides a rather unique perspective in this book on illness and health. He explores the history of medicine a bit and discusses how that profession is changing in very fundamental ways due to modern research and technological advances. Agus has teamed up with engineers to look at how our bodies function in some new and remarkable ways.

Agus reveals how best to evaluate your health today, the importance of knowing your medical history, how DNA and proteins play a vital role in health and illness, and much more. He warns about much of the “news” about research and what we think we know and teaches how to separate the myth of the truth. There are even discussions about how you should approach nutrition and exercise.

Agus is excited about recent advances in health care but even more so about the promise of the near future. He sees major advances to come in treating chronic disease, vascular disease and cancer. Modern technology will in a short time permit doctors to design specific treatments to match your individual genetics and metabolism.

Ultimately Agus sees a new individualized medical model, combining more information and more prevention which can lead to the avoidance of most if not all disease in the lifetimes of many people living today.

Agus acknowledges some of the risks and problems on the horizon as well but remains confident we can address them. This is an upbeat book written by a doctor who spends much of his time with the severe suffering and death brought on by cancer.

Agus focuses on the amazing healing capacity of the human body. He urges us to also focus on it and to help our body heal while avoiding things to hinder it.


This book is useful on a number of levels. From it you can learn some strategies to lower your exposure to disease, improve your over-all health and gain insight into some of the exciting things on the horizon in medical care.

Readability/Writing Quality:

This is a very readable book. Agus takes complex medical ideas and technological concepts and translates them into language non-medical people can understand.

Notes on Author:

David B. Agus, MD, is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and the Viterbi School of Engineering. He is head of the USC Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Medicine.

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Great Ideas You Can Use:

1. A cure for cancer may always be elusive. This is why prevention may be our best weapon in the war on cancer.

2. Do not put blind trust in your doctor. You must take responsibility for your own health and keep informed about the latest innovations and science in medicine.

3. Get a DNA test to find out what our risk factors are so you can mitigate those risks.

4. Be wary of headlines that tell you what is good or bad for you. Scrutinize the data before accepting it as dogma.

5. Avoid shortcuts to health and nutrition. Follow sound advice and understand that there are no magic pills to avoid exercise, good nutrition and healthy living. Avoid vitamins and supplements – there is little or no genuine scientific evidence that they do you any good and some evidence they can do you harm.

6. Understand the importance of regular schedules and routines – your body benefits from them and can suffer from the lack of them.

7. Understand the risks of chronic inflammation. Avoid it and take steps to minimize it.

8. Become aware of the serious health risks with prolonged sitting and learn how to be active in ways that enhance health.

9. Maintain awareness of your body as a system. Keep track of how you are doing. Pay attention to what your body is saying to you and the changes that occur.

10. Homeostasis is the ideal condition for our body. Understand what this means and how to preserve it.

11. Learn about proper nutrition and follow it. Here are 7 important (but not exclusive) tips to being healthy:

a. Moderation in all things.

b. Eat on a regular schedule every day. No snacking.

c. Eat cold water fish (salmon, sardines, tuna, etc.) three times a week. Avoid any seafood on the list.

d. Choose a multi-colored diet.

e. Drink red wine, one glass per night, five days per week, unless pregnant.

f. Eat a good fat diet; not a low fat diet.

g. Read Michael Pollen’s book, In Defense of Food – it is the best book on food.

Publication Information:

The End of Illness by David B. Agus, MD

Copyright 2011 by David B. Agus

Published by Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.

©2012 by Daniel R. Murphy

Wishing you Success and Prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
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