Set Higher Standards by Ravi

Ramblings from a 30-something ultra-marathoning yogi with a day job.

Why Did Steve Jobs Die?

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I think this is an incredibly important article to read, especially in light of Job’s passing and his authorized biography illustrating what an impact his diet had on his persona.

According to Dr. McDougall, Job’s plant-based diet was not at fault for his cancer. On the contrary, it surely did enable him to live longer than would have been ever thought possible with such a disease.

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Written by Ravi Raman

December 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

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  1. The article by Dr. McDougall is full of speculations. What we do know for a fact is that Steve delayed his surgery because of his superstitions and unscientific beliefs, and most doctors agree that this decision shortened his life significantly.


    December 5, 2011 at 9:12 am

  2. I read this yesterday and to be honest, it felt like someone filling in the blanks to support a conclusion he had already come to. At least it read that way. Things like this, which are so obviously conjecture but stated as fact, makes you wonder about the rest of the “facts” presented in the article:

    “Jobs was actually suffering from the cancer growing in his pancreas.”

    “Since he was in his mid-twenties when the cancer spread throughout his body, removing his CAT-scan-detected cancer in October of 2003 would never have cured him.”

    “The cancer had spread many years before his diagnosis, and was unstoppable by any means.”

    It’s also odd that he claims Jobs’ “vegan” diet was healthy. Eating only carrots for weeks – or being a fruitarian for years – is really nothing of the sort. Calling him a life-long vegan, at least based on what Isaacson wrote, doesn’t feel entirely accurate given that he suffered with emotional and psychological issues with food his entire adult life.

    Mike Torres

    December 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    • I do know a lot about Dr. McD’s work and it is thorough but I agree that the article is written poorly and makes you question the credibility of it. The main thing I like is he raises a point that the source of his illness might be linked to something beyond his diet….his exposure to lead-based compounds through his work with circuits and soldering being a more likely cause. This is something I hadn’t considered before and hadn’t seen written about elsewhere either.


      December 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm

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