David Agus, a leading oncologist and researcher, went on the Daily Show last night to promote his new book, The End of Illness. As he began explaining his theory to Jon Stewart, he sounded a lot like most other doctors trying to solve our country’s chronic health problems, discussing inflammation—one of medicine’s biggest buzzwords right now—as the root cause of most modern disease. But then he said something I’ve never heard before: That we should mandate an aspirin a day to help keep cancer away.
First he explained his background as an oncologist, and why he’s so concerned with prevention:
I want to prevent illness. I’m a guy who sees people dying every day…I don’t want to take it anymore. I want to prevent disease. We have the technology, we have the means to do it, we just gotta enact it.
This all sounds pretty great, but when Stewart gets him talking about inflammation, he gets into his unorthodox solution:
It’s the root cause of things like heart disease, cancer…and we can reduce inflammation. You take an aspirin a day; reduces inflammation, lowers your rate of cancer double-digit percentage, as well as a dramatic effect on heart disease. Why aren’t we mandating it?
He also promotes more conventional wisdom, like increasing physical movement and eating real food on a regular schedule. Check out the full interview: