Steve Jobs’ doctor wants to teach you the formula for long life

“It’s 6:30 on a Monday morning and already David Agus is doing an admirable job of sticking to the rules. Dressed in the no-nonsense uniform that one of his patients, the late Steve Jobs, encouraged him to adopt and wear daily—gray slacks and a black sweater over a white dress shirt—the pioneering biomedical researcher and oncologist meets me outside his hotel on West 56th Street in Manhattan with a large Starbucks coffee in his hand and a big smile on his face,” Amy Wallace reports for Wired.

“Already he’s gone for a brief morning run, and his activity levels are being monitored by the black Nike Fuelband on his left wrist. The previous evening he dined on king salmon at Café Boulud, finishing it off with a fine Cabernet, and, as he always does, he took a statin and a baby aspirin before falling asleep,” Wallace reports. “Though he hasn’t eaten breakfast,9 he looks freshly scrubbed and is wearing comfortable shoes. In his new book, A Short Guide to a Long Life, he prescribes 65 rules we should follow to achieve better health; in the past 18 hours he’s accomplished a solid 10.”

“Agus, 49, is no average pop-doc. He’s also an accomplished and well-regarded research scientist. A professor of medicine and engineering at USC, he has helped develop new drugs and landmark diagnostic tools, cofounded two health care technology companies, and made breakthroughs in both how to treat cancer and how we think about it,” Wallace reports. “On top of all this, he’s a clinician, devoting two and a half days a week to seeing patients—more than a few of them famous. Sumner Redstone, for example, has publicly thanked Agus for his ‘miracle recovery’ from prostate cancer. “He thinks outside the box,” says Redstone, 90.’Everything he told me to do contributed to my battle against cancer. Today I feel better than I did when I was 20.’ Neil Young, who mentions Agus in his recent memoir, calls him simply ‘my mechanic.’ As for Jobs, the iCEO was such a close friend that he helped Agus’ first book find its audience by renaming it. (Agus’ original title for The End of Illness was What Is Health?—but Jobs vetoed it, saying reading it was like ‘chewing cardboard.’)”

Read more in the full article here.


  1. Read the Wired article, he’s a celebrity doctor with decent credentials.

    Someone needs to let him in on a little secret: the death rate for humanity is 100%.

    Someone needs to also tell him that medicine is good a propping up people way past having any quality of life and no so good at extending the quality of life.

  2. I used to be a news photographer, and once photographed a man who was over 100 years old for a news story.
    He had smoked and drank daily since he was 12.
    For as long as he could remember he had started the day off with a breakfast of bread fried in bacon grease.
    His mind was still sharp and he was physically active.
    I guess it all just depends.

  3. After a two and a half month stint on a Statin, I can tell you I will NEVER, EVER, allow another Statin to be prescribed for me. Never. The side effects were horrendous. . . I’m surprised I survived it. I’m just now getting over them.

  4. You do not die, your body does and that is a good thing. You chose this life just as you would choose a book to read. You will choose another, and then start anew. Some choose the fame life, some choose the poor peasant. Each life has learning steps that enrich what you call a soul.
    Grieve not for those that transition as it is the most wonderous thing to choose again.

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