The Views on Health by Dr. Agus

Dr. Agus has written a book on health called, “The End of Illness.”

Here are some of his tenets (from

• How taking multivitamins and supplements could significantly increase our risk for cancer over time.

• Why sitting down most of the day, despite a strenuous morning workout, can be as bad as or worse than smoking.

• How sneaky sources of daily inflammation—from high heels to the common cold—can lead to a fatal heart attack, and even rob us of our sanity.

• 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.

• The single most important thing we can do today to preserve our health and happiness that costs absolutely nothing.

On Piaw`s Blog there is a review of Agus`s book.

I grew up in a medical family. My father was a family doctor then a dermatologist and my elder brother is a family doctor.
My sister in law was a psychiatric nurse.

I am always on the lookout for new health theories and after reading about Dr. Agus in Canada`s Maclean`s magazine I wanted to learn more. I would love to hear your comments on him and his health theories.

I find it surprising what he says about vitamins, as it flies in the face of what so many doctors have said. Yet many doctors I know, say we do not need to take vitamins, that not only are we wasting our money, we can simply get the nutrition from the food we eat. I have been of the mind that multivitamins are a form of insurance – insuring that we get adequate nutrition (even if we don`t always eat perfectly).

The idea that sitting can be worse for you than smoking, is supported by some of the comments I have heard from doctors about patients who cannot move (as they are too sick).  That lack of physical activity, even walking, is very, very bad for you.

All of this is food for thought and I look forward to reading your comments and learning more over the coming months and years.

A doctor I consulted doesn`t recommend doing anything special in my case as in our family we have no history of heart disease. So “taking Statins doesn`t make sense.”

He too is against taking multivitamins but simply for the reason that they are expensive, you can get the nutrition from food.  My doctor father would quip on taking vitamins:

“Why do you take them? To make your pee expensive?”


Here is Dr. Andrew Weil on reducing stroke by healthy eating:

  • Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and collard greens, as well as broccoli
  • Nuts and seeds. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of magnesium, and peanuts, almonds and cashews are good nut choices
  • Whole grain products such as brown rice, oat bran cereal and whole grain breads
  • Beans. Black beans are a particularly good source, providing 120 mg in one cup
  • Fish. Halibut, oysters and scallops are all good sources of magnesium. Choose sustainably raised when possible

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