I’ve been reading this very interesting book that introduces a whole new way of looking at illness and health. It’s filled with practical suggestions, including:
- How taking multivitamins and supplements could significantly increase your risk for cancer over time.
- Why sitting down most of the day, despite a strenuous morning workout, can be as bad or worse than smoking.
Here are a couple of pieces from the book:
“Globally, more than 1 billion adults are overweight, with at least 300 million of them obese. Obesity in adults and children, male and female, has doubled over the past forty years, with the biggest increase seen since 1980. Obesity and being overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer. In fact, it’s estimated that every third person born in 2000 will have type 2 diabetes as an adult.”
“Why, in this age of plenty, do we have to rely on manufactured pills to get our vitamins and other nutrients? Why are we so out of touch with our own reality? One of the main reasons we are estranged from real meals today that are close to nature is because fast and processed foods abound. Another is we are led to believe that we will be healthier and feel better if we boost our intake of vitamins and nutrients through pills, powders, elixirs, juices, and the like. Antioxidant in particular has become a buzzword of the boomer generation, and antioxidant products, alongside other formulas such as resveratrol, which promise to reverse all the signs and symptoms of aging, are marketed today as though they represent the fountain of youth. Ironically, it is estimated that one-third of adults in high-income countries (which means that they have access to the best, most nutrient-dense foods that money can buy) consume antioxidant supplements. But what, if anything, does taking antioxidant supplements really do? The answer might surprise you.”
I have never been a fan of multivitamins or supplements, and the material presented in this book leaves no doubts. Here’s a link to buy the Kindle edition from Amazon.
2 thoughts on “The End of Illness – by David Agus”
Yes, our current epidemic of self-induced degenerative disease is very worrying indeed… and not exactly a complement to our species…
With regards to those first two points in your post; I fully understand the dangers of sedentary living, especially with regards to the functioning of the lymphatic system, but I’m not so sure about the dangers of multivitamins though. Apparently the research shows that no-one ever dies from multivitamins while people die in their thousands from prescription drugs and surgeries that got prescribed for diseases primarily caused by nutrient deficiency. Could you elaborate a bit more on the reason for vilifying multivitamins?
Hi Schalk, thank you for your comments. If the topic of health and illness is dear to your heart, you should really get this book. It explains well the negative affects of multivitamins and supplements.