Cancer specialist offers fresh insight into disease prevention
Dr. David B. Agus is a cancer specialist affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). His new book, “The End of Illness,” first published in March 2012, is now available in paperback. He is a professor of medicine and engineering at USC and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering; he also heads USC’S Norris Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine.
Dr. Agus notes that in his book he presents a new paradigm for examining and caring for the human body, which honors our bodies as complex, whole systems rather than focusing on a single issue, such as a genetic mutation, a germ, a deficiency or a number such as blood pressure, weight, or cholesterol. He explains that this systemic viewpoint is what has allowed him to challenge long-held wisdoms and dismantle misperceptions about what “health” really means. In a new Foreword to the paperback edition of “The End of Illness,” he writes: “It seems I’ve struck a nerve on a variety of topics that provoke both members of my own medical community and the lay population alike.”
Dr. Agus has devoted more than two decades to fighting cancer on the front lines. He explains that his work searching for better treatments to combat this dreaded disease led him to new understandings about what it means to be healthy—and how to achieve it.
In the book, Dr. Agus debunks the prevailing myths about such hot button health topics as:
Vitamin supplements: When we take multivitamins and supplements, we could be significantly increasing our risk for diseases such as cancer over time.