Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-312) and index.
Introduction: Notes from the edge : how a cancer doctor met his greatest challenge to end all illness
What is health? : a new definition that changes everything
A pound of cure : the simple ways to measure your health today and accept trade-offs in designing your health for tomorrow
Go back to the future : why it pays to know your history and how to get it
Rotten eggs and cute chicks : how environmental impacts can be huge where we least expect them, and insignificant where we most expect them
Two French restaurants, one without butter : the weakness in DNA and the power in proteins
Proceed with caution : studies, claims, and scare tactics
The truth about synthetic shortcuts : how to save hundreds of dollars a year and rethink the need for supplements and vitamins
The fallacy of "fresh": hidden dangers and opportunities in your local market
Hot and heavy : what NFL football players and nuns can teach us about deadly inflammation and how to control it
Running to sit still : the perils of a prolonged perch
Timing is everything : the wonder drug of keeping a regular schedule
High-tech health : how virtual reality and knowledge from the video game world may one day save our lives
The give-and-take : how sharing our medical information can make us live longer and better
The art of doing nothing : honoring our body's natural healing powers
Of mice and men and the search for the master switch : do we have to die? ; My final notes of hope.
Written by a physician, this is a work that radically redefines conventional conceptions of health and illness to offer new methods for living a long, healthy life. After considering the discoveries that have led to progress in treating some diseases, the author asked an essential question: Why aren't we better at curing illnesses like cancer? Based on his research and the clinical trials he has conducted at the nation's leading medical centers, he came to the realization that we've been approaching medicine from a faulty perspective, and the best way to prevent and combat maladies like cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and neurodegeneration is to first embrace a totally new view of the human body. This book asks readers to reconsider everything they think they know about health and give up believing many myths that may actually be causing them harm and decreasing longevity. These myths revolve around a spectrum of misconceptions, from the benefits of vitamins and supplements to the role of DNA in one's fate. In attempting to reduce our understanding of ailments to a mutation, germ, or deficiency, he proves we have forgotten that the body is a complex system. He presents a systemic picture of the body's vast mechanisms that drive it either toward or away from sickness, empowering readers to take charge of their individual health in very personal, customized ways they've never imagined before. Along the way, he offers insights and access to new technologies that promise to transform medicine in our generation. He also shows that there is no "right" answer in health decisions. This is a radically different approach that will not only change how we care for ourselves, but also how we develop the next generation of treatments and cures. It represents a dramatic departure from orthodox thinking that promises to revolutionize our quest for long, healthy lives.