A more difficult task than I envisioned
His new book, The End of Illness (Free Press, 1-17-12) is off to a good start, currently selling in Amazon's top fifty. I haven't read the book yet, but I did watch a 17-minute video (see link below) of Dr. Agus lecturing about his premise for eliminating disease---and he's not talking about a healthy diet.
In fact, he thinks that the word "health" in the title of a book is a turn-off to readers because it somehow implies that you will have to eat food like Brussels sprouts to be healthy. From Amazon:
In "The End of Illness," David B. Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means.
Finding common ground. Dr. Agus strongly advocates an active lifestyle and presents data proving that a body in motion is much more likely to be healthier than the sedentary one. Unfortunately that's the only common ground that I have found so far. On the contrary, I have discovered why this book has become so controversial; here are two other points in the book's description on Amazon:
- How three inexpensive medications—aspirin, statins, and an annual flu vaccine—can substantially change the course of our health for the better.
- How taking shortcuts to health via blending fruits and vegetables, and sometimes even by purchasing what we think is “fresh,” could be shortchanging our health.
What I find most troubling about his message is that it encourages the reader to seek the magic bullet instead of taking the more difficult (and sustainable) route of nourishing our complex bodies with the simple, natural diet for our species. There is overwhelming evidence in both science and medicine proving that our top diseases (heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes) would hardly ever occur if we ate a whole foods, plant-based diet for our entire lives.
But, like so many in the health care field, Dr. Agus tells people what they want to hear; that you can eat whatever you want as long as you exercise and take the "right drugs for you"---for your entire life. With no apparent training in nutrition, he's making a great many bold statements about how our bodies operate. Click here to continue reading this article.
—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com