Steve Jobs’ Doctor's 65 rules for a long life


Pioneering biomedical researcher and oncologist Dr. David Agus, 49, has some notable fans.

Sumner Redstone, 90, says "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 calls him simply “my mechanic.”

“A prophet,” says Marc Benioff, chair and CEO of

Agus isn’t just trying to build a career, make a pile of money, or get famous; he’s trying to beat cancer. And he knows that even as he searches for breakthrough treatments and refines state-of-the-art clinical care, these accomplishments alone will not achieve this goal. Agus believes we can conquer this devastating disease only if individuals take ownership of their health. They can’t do that if they don’t know how. So he has taken it upon himself to educate them, one rule at a time:

RULE 18 Start a sen­sible caffeine habit. “Consuming caffeine in moderation from natural sources like the coffee bean and tea leaf has long been shown to confer positive benefits on our health.”

RULE 29 Smile. “The act itself will trigger the release of pain-killing, brain-happy endorphins and serotonin.”

RULE 17 Jack your heart rate up 50 per­cent above your resting baseline for at least 15 minutes every day.

RULE 2 Measure yourself. “You might want to consider adding a tracking app or device of some kind to your life.”

RULE 37 Eat more than three servings of cold-water fish a week.

RULE 10 Have a glass of wine with dinner.

RULE 21 Inquire about statins if you’re over-the-hill.

RULE 22 Take a baby aspirin. Low-dose aspirin can not only prevent strokes and heart attacks, it reduces the risk of dying from cancer.

RULE 41 Never skip breakfast.

RULE 11 Practice good hygiene—in bed and out.

RULE 59 Avoid stilettos and other sneaky sources of inflammation. Wear comfortable shoes.

RULE 49 Pick up a pooch. Dogs keep you on a regular schedule.

RULE 62 Don’t take vitamins and supple­ments. In randomized trials, most show no benefit, and some actually increase mor­tality.

RULE 5 Eat real food.

RULE 60 Avoid juicing. “Does the body really like consuming 10 carrots all at once?” he asks. “I think not.”

RULE 54 Avoid detoxes.

RULE 31 Be positive.

RULE 57 Avoid sunburns.

RULE 56 Avoid airport backscatter x-ray scanners. Until science can prove the safety of such machines, he explains in his new book, “I’ll be requesting the manual pat-down massage when I go through the TSA’s gateway at airports. You should too.”

RULE 16 Get off your butt more. S-t-r-e-t-c-h.

RULE 9 Cultivate om in the office.

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fathalpert site profile image  

1/17/14 6:49 PM by fathalpert

I don't know about some of these rules.

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1/17/14 6:20 PM by lets get dangerous

My typical morning juice consists of- PotatoePork rindEgg shellCarrot CabbageDash or two of saltThree cups of tomato paste

attjack site profile image  

1/17/14 5:38 PM by attjack


eviladam site profile image  

1/17/14 5:19 PM by eviladam

iirc, you get something like 100-1000x greater radiation dose from flying in an airplane than you do from a backscatter xray.the atmosphere absorbs a lot of cosmic radiation, so you get a much higher dose while flying at 30000 feet

RTWu site profile image  

1/17/14 5:18 PM by RTWu

Yup, when I do (did) iF, I would also supplement magnesium.

CDarwin site profile image  

1/17/14 4:22 PM by CDarwin

I always dissed vitamin supplements, but whenever I cut weight (by way of intermittent fasting) I get cramps at night. Focusing on getting PLENTY of proteins and limeted carbs seems to create a mineral deficit. Extra magnesium is supposed to fix this shit. 

attjack site profile image  

1/17/14 4:18 PM by attjack

Same here. My panels during the winter shows that I'm low in vitamin D so I take a vitamin D supplement in the winter on the advice of my physician.

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1/17/14 3:41 PM by attjack

I told you I thought your juicing was fine. Seems like a nice moderate intake of vegetable and fruit juice which I've always maintained is good. However if you're not also eating lots of whole vegetables every day than I think that's bad. I think some people feel like drinking juice is equivalent to eating the vegetables they made the juice from. That's where people get into trouble with juicing.

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1/17/14 3:41 PM by RTWu

I don't take a multivitamin, but I do supplement. Even when I was eating extremely healthy (not right now, for a variety of reasons I'm a fatass right now), I found I was deficient in Vitamin D. If you want to be really anal about things, like I was, get a full panel vitamin and mineral blood test done. The results may surprise you. Even though I was eating a ton of green, leafy and crucifers us veggies, my Vitamin D levels were low, mainly because I wasn't getting enough sunlight. So I chose to supplement that aspect of my diet that was lacking.