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October 21, 2011

Did a delay in having an operation for cancer cause Steve Jobs to die?

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:17 am

A biography of Steve Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson, will be out next Monday.  The author will be interviewed on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night.  Clips from the interview with Isaacson have been on TV since yesterday.

I was shocked to hear Isaacson say in one of the clips from his “60 Minutes” interview that Steve Jobs waited for 9 months before having an operation to remove a cancerous tumor; he finally had surgery only because “his wife pleaded with him to have an operation,” according to Isaacson.  I saw one of the clips from the “60 Minutes” interview this morning on Fox News and I heard Isaacson say that Jobs had tried to cure the cancer “macrobiotically.”

This quote about the new book is from this website:

The book delves into Jobs’ decision to delay surgery for nine months after learning in October 2003 that he had a neuroendocrine tumor — a relatively rare type of pancreatic cancer that normally grows more slowly and is therefore more treatable. Instead, he tried a vegan diet, acupuncture, herbal remedies and other treatments he found online, and even consulted a psychic. He also was influenced by a doctor who ran a clinic that advised juice fasts, bowel cleansings and other unproven approaches, the book says, before finally having surgery in July 2004.

I find it very strange that Steve Jobs allegedly got worse after going on a vegan diet, having acupuncture and trying herbal remedies.  I frankly don’t believe that Jobs went on a macrobiotic diet and the cancer spread.  Before hearing about Isaacson’s interview, I had assumed that Steve Jobs died from cancer because he had an operation to remove the tumor.  I believe that removing the tumor is the wrong way to treat cancer.  

It takes seven years for a cancer to grow to the point where one dies. The purpose of a tumor is that the body tries to cure itself by putting all the poisons in the body into one place.  When the tumor is removed, the cancer will then spread.  The patient will think that he has been cured by an operation to remove the tumor, followed by chemo-therapy, but after seven years, the cancer will be back again and the body will not be able to cure itself this time.

Let’s look at the dates:  Jobs had an operation in 2004 and seven years later, in 2011, he is dead — right on schedule!

Did Isaacson use the term macrobiotically correctly?  Did he really mean to say that Steve Jobs went on the macrobiotic diet?  If so, I cannot believe that the cancer spread while he was on this diet.

Basically, a macrobiotic diet means eating half of all your food in the form of whole grains, 25% of your food in the form of vegetables with the remaining 25% divided between fruits and vegetable protein, such as beans.  The idea behind the macrobiotic diet is that whole grains contain the same percentage of potassium and sodium as the human body.  Eating a macrobiotic diet will restore the body to the proper balance of sodium and potassium, thereby curing any disease.

I follow a macrobiotic diet myself, but not as strictly as I would if I had cancer.  I absolutely believe, from personal experience, that a macrobiotic diet will cure everything except bullet wounds.

How did Steve Jobs get a rare form of cancer in the first place?  I recall reading about him back in the 1980s and learning that he was a fruititarian.  He ate nothing but fruit.  This would have caused his body to be completely out of balance with far too much potassium.

What else did Steve Jobs do that might have caused him to get cancer?  This quote from the article cited above might shed some light:

Jobs’ dabbling in LSD and other aspects of 1960s counterculture has been well documented. In the book, Jobs says LSD “reinforced my sense of what was important — creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”

Can a person dabble in LSD and eat nothing but fruit, then expect to remain in good health?  I don’t think so.

Update Oct. 24, 2011:

I watched the “60 Minutes” show last night and saw the interview with Walter Isaacson.  His book about Steve Jobs will be out today.

During the interview, Isaacson said that Steve Jobs went to a doctor in 2004 because he had kidney stones.  He had a cat scan which revealed that he also had a tumor.  If he had gone to a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, the kidney problem would have been diagnosed, but not the tumor.  He would not have been pressured to have an operation.

According to Western medicine, kidney stones are caused by alkaline urine which comes from eating too much fruit.  I mentioned in my original post that eating too much fruit causes the body to get completely out of balance.  Western medicine treats the symptoms, not the cause, of any medical problem.

Here is a quote from a Western medicine website:

The chemicals that form kidney stones usually stay dissolved in the urine, but when urine is alkaline, or when its output is greatly reduced, stones can form. Most kidney stones are caused by our diet and are preventable.

Many juices increase the risk of producing kidney stones, including apple juice, grapefruit and, when taken by women in the form of tablet supplements, cranberry juice. Soft drinks that contain phosphoric acid also put you at risk.

Lemon juice is beneficial because it helps acidify the urine, and vegetable juices are good as kidney cleansers. These include juices from green vegetables, carrots and watermelon. Drinking water is particularly helpful.

Isaacson mentioned that Steve Jobs lived for almost 8 years after he was diagnosed with a tumor.  If he had not waited for nine months to have surgery, he would have died in 7 years.  Waiting for nine months before having surgery gave him an extra nine months of life.


  1. you are bananas. removing cancer cures millions every day and never comes back.

    steve jobs should have listened to you

    and died sooner

    Comment by daniel — October 24, 2011 @ 6:29 am

    • I have updated my blog post after watching “60 Minutes” last night. Jobs had health problems because of his fruititarian diet. If he had listened to me, he would not have stayed on an all-fruit diet for a long time, and he would not have gotten kidney stones as a result of eating too much fruit. He would not have gone to a doctor to get treatment for kidney stones, so he would not have known that he had cancer. He would not have had an operation and he would be alive today.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 24, 2011 @ 7:31 am

  2. I agree with the article and comments… and little dose of pyruvate daily may have helped too… (Bromopyruvate or otherwise; Google “pyruvate and cancer”, you will learn) … he certainly could have afforded to find it. He was frightened into surgery, and later convinced by failed oncologists that it was Jobs’ own fault he was not beating his cancer. Typical pattern, according to a quiet oncologist friend who admits that mainstream medicine only cures about 1% of those who get cancer. The Jobs book looks to take advantage of Jobs’ wrongly planted thoughts about his sad ending. It will however cause more books to be sold, make the author and publisher much money.

    Comment by Steve Gee — October 24, 2011 @ 5:00 am

  3. Thank you for saying what I’ve been thinking about the media spin about Jobs dying because he didn’t have surgery soon enough. When I found out he waited only 9 months and it was a slow-growing tumor, I thought, “Oh, brother”–like that’s going to make a big difference. I too believe tumors are the body’s way of healing. I have been trying to convince my 81-year-old mother to forego surgery for her lung cancer, but everyone else in the family wants her to do it. I haven’t been able to find any support for my position anywhere. All the medical studies talk about the success of surgery for stage I cancers based on 5-year survival rates, but they never compare it to going without treatment.

    Comment by Karen Marie — October 22, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    • I think that this media spin on the subject will cause more people to have surgery instead of trying alternative methods. It takes 7 years to get full-blown cancer, from the time that the first cancer cell starts growing, so one should not expect to cure cancer in only 9 months. I think that, if Steve Jobs had continued alternative treatment for a longer time, he would have survived. Instead, he chose to have surgery, and 7 years later, it killed him. If he had waited 7 years for the cancer to go away, while doing everything in his power to improve his over-all health, he would have lived.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 22, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    • Karen, see Chest. 2007;132(1):193. 5-year survival of untreated Stage 1 lung cancer is 6%. The median time of survival is 9 months. Also, see J Thorac Oncol 2007; 2:706. As of 2007, 5-year survival of treated (surgery/radiation) Stage 1 lung cancer is 78% (probably better in 2011). The median time of survival is 119 months. If you love your mom, have her get surgery. Now.

      Comment by Ava Yasminth — October 24, 2011 @ 6:54 am

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