by Rita, MBCPM Alumni
The End of Illness : A New Perspective on Health That Changes Everything
by David B Angus
354 pages, Published by Free Press
This title ‘The End of Illness’ could make one feel sceptical about the book’s contents and indeed some of the ideas are futuristic. Nevertheless it appears that we are on the cutting edge of accessing information on our ‘whole body’ health like never before. Dr Angus is “one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers and technology innovators”. He shows, quite persuasively, how taking things like multivitamins and supplements could actually be detrimental to one’s health in the long term. He goes into depth about inflammation, its detection and the devastating consequences it can reap in the body and that by taking shortcuts with our diets by blending fruits and vegetables on a regular basis and purchasing what we think of as “fresh” food we could be short-changing ourselves.
His plea is to adopt a “systematic view- a way of honouring our bodies as complex, whole systems”. However, as thought-provoking as this book is, with some of the exciting new ideas it presents regarding “powerful new technologies that promise to transform medicine in our generation”, Dr Angus emphasizes that there is no “one size fits all” answer. One thing is clear though, if possible, we do need to become our own health advocate. This book makes a very interesting read for those who are curious about health and like to keep abreast of the new and not so new ideas out there.