Saturday, October 22, 2011
APPLE COMPUTER Visionary Steve Jobs delayed conventional cancer surgery for nine months in favor of a radical vegan diet, a new biography has revealed.
Jobs died earlier this month from a slow-growing form of pancreatic cancer that is often treatable in its early stages, however his decision to initially eschew standard medicine and flirt with bouts of veganism and fruitariansim has lead some experts to suggest the delay might have been deadly.
Silicone Valley investor Dave Asprey has speculated that his diet may also have included the 'Dr Dean Ornish Cancer diet' which some claim starves the body of vital fat-based nutrients. The diet is heavy in processed frozen foods, estrogen-riddled soy and includes frankenfoods such as Tofurky- a substance heavily promoted by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Harvard medical research associate Ramzi Amri explicitly blamed the long delay for allowing Jobs’ neuroendocrine tumor to grow out of control.
"Jobs waited so long before seeking normal treatment that he had to undergo a Whipple procedure, losing his pancreas and whole duodenum in 2004. This was the first alarming sign that his disease had progressed beyond a compact primary to at least a tumor so large his Pancreas and duodenum could not be saved," he wrote on the Quora website.
"[He] seemingly waited long enough for the disease revealed to have spread extensively to his liver. The only reason he'd have a transplant after a GEP-NET would be that the tumor invaded all major parts of the liver, which takes a considerable amount of time. Years, in most neuroendocrine tumors. It could be that this happened before his diagnosis, but the risk grows exponentially with time.
We then saw the tumor slowly draining the life out him. It was a horrible thing to see him lose weight and slowly turn into a skin and bones form of himself."
Amri then states that little can be done when an individual pursues a form of treatment that is known medically to be ineffective even if it means death to the patient. And even if the patient is the brilliant innovator Steven Paul Jobs.