Ubiquitous Networked Blood Protein Monitors

David Agus has a dream: that devices monitoring the proteins in your bloodstream will be used to prescribe precisely the right medication, and that he’ll be able to read everyone’s data to research optimal treatment advice. Nice idea. I’d participate.

Further, he recommends against multivitamins and antioxidants (which isn’t that controversial; vitamin e and vitamin a are dangerous supplements, as are many things commonly found in multi-vitamins (e.g. manganese) - we get enough in the right form already from diet, and too much of the wrong form is certainly harmful.

He says statins are good for old people - but not because they reduce cholesterol (they do many other things).

He says low-dose aspirin is excellent, because it reduces inflammation (though too much blood-thinning will kill you):

Last year British scientists, looking at eight long-term studies involving 25,000 participants, found that 75 mg a day reduces the risk of dying from common cancers by 10 to 60 per cent.
Also, he recommends not sitting for hours straight (walking more often in the workday), not wearing high heels, and a consistent sleep and eating schedule (even over weekends). And fresh-frozen vegetables over all all but the freshest supermarket produce.