Dr. David Agus, medical expert extraordinaire and savior of both Robin and Howard, made a guest appearance on the Stern Show Wednesday morning to discuss his new book, "The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health," in addition to addressing some of the staff's ailments. Check out some of his medical advice below both for the staff and in general.
On Scott the Engineer, Who Has COPD, Vaping With E-Cigarettes
"In general, no smoking is the best," Agus explained. And though he predicated a deluge of backlash from proponents, he told Howard the he is "not a fan of e-cigarettes" at all – even when compared to their regular counterparts.
On Richard Christy's Drinking Habits
Richard Christy is known for his excessive beer drinking and between his fall pumpkin beer obsession and his infamous butt-beer chugs, frankly some people are worried.
Dr. Agus explained that you really need to take at least one or two days off drinking a week. Howard said that he has one glass of wine a night, Wednesday through Saturday, and Agus thought that was "great."
On Ronnie the Limo Driver's Resistance to Getting a Colonoscopy
Despite Ronnie's hesitance, Dr. Agus urged him to do it immediately. "It works. It eliminates colon cancer," he explained further. "Get this colonoscopy today."
For those who are in the same boat as Ronnie, there was some good news though. The good doctor revealed that within a year, colonoscopies should be irrelevant as the same information will be able to be seen through blood work.
On Whether Howard Will Ever Stop Masturbating
"I'm at a loss for words right now," the stunned medical expert replied.
On the Need to Walk Throughout the Day
"Every hour, walk around for five minutes," he told Howard. The act of moving those muscles, which cannot be matched by simply standing more, has the ability to prolong your life.
On the Vitamin Craze
Despite the fact that many people are told they are deficient in Vitamin D or what not, Dr. Agus insisted "it's not a cause, it's a symptom." Taking vitamins won't solve the real issue, according to his research.
On Alarm Clocks
Throw them away. "Listen to your body; it talks."
On JD Harmeyer's Dirty Bed Sheets
"Not a good thing," he chided. It causes a bed of germs.
On the Secret to a Long Life
"I am a believer in sleep," he began. And if you start losing sleep, it could cause you some major problems. "It's a stress – so stress hormones go up. Your body starts to focus on surviving that and doesn't help the other maintenance things that it needs to do."
Do yourself a favor and start going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day too, Dr. Agus suggested. Studies show it could result in a serious improvement in your thinking.
On New Cancer Treatments
Dr. Agus was a part of the team that treated Steve Jobs, who suffered from pancreatic cancer, and explained that there are huge advances happening in the treatment of the sinister disease.
"Steve Jobs is the best example," Agus recounted. "He called it jumping lily pad to lily pad, which is a beautiful way of describing it. When his cancer progressed, you know, he said he was swimming in the pond. Once we sequenced it – which is look at the DNA of his cancer … and identify the target – he was safe on a lily pad. And then it progressed again and he was swimming, and then safe on a lily pad. And we now have the ability in real time to sequence a cancer, look at the on and the off switches and figure out what're the treatments to do."