What I Would Have Told Steve Jobs
if I’d had the Chance
January 15th, 2012 by Holly Cornish
Last September in Issue #113 I wrote about the tragic loss of Steve Jobs to pancreatic cancer. For the benefit of those who don’t know, Steve Jobs was a brilliant business leader whose products revolutionized our daily lives.
Just after that article, more information became available about what treatments Jobs had chosen. It turns out Jobs elected to try alternative instead of conventional treatments when he first learned he had cancer. But what alternative treatments did he try? And did he make the right decisions? Keep reading and see for yourself. . .
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Details about his cancer came out in Steve Jobs, a biography written by a respected author, Walter Isaacson, who enjoyed Jobs’s full (or nearly full) cooperation. Isaacson not only interviewed Jobs for hours on end over a period of years, but he also interviewed just about everyone Jobs ever knew who was still alive to tell the tale. Plus he had a generous helping of “hanging out time” with Jobs and his family.
Naturally the book’s revelations led the press to crow that “alternative cancer treatments don’t work” and Jobs was killed by quackery. A number of concerned readers wrote me to ask what I think.
So let’s take a look. It’s a fascinating story filled with lessons for anyone who’s diagnosed with cancer. As you’ll see, the truth is a surprise — and very different from what the press reported AND what I thought when I first wrote about Jobs in September.
Actually, very few of the book’s 571 pages deal with the treatments Jobs selected. We still don’t have a complete picture. But there’s plenty to talk about.
Vegetarianism gone haywire
The biography describes Jobs as a follower of “fad diets” beginning in his early teens. His interest was in spiritual growth; he didn’t have a weight problem. He was interested in Eastern religions. Generally, not eating meat is part of the program.
He became a “vegan,” but he was unlike any vegan or vegetarian you’ve ever met. For the record, a vegan is someone who goes beyond avoiding meat and abstains from all animal products including milk, eggs and honey.
Many alternative cancer experts recommend that patients avoid animal protein and eat a diet rich in raw fruits and vegetables, so you can see how Jobs’s lifestyle is an easy target for critics. “See, he never touched meat in his life and he died of cancer.”
But calling him a vegan isn’t even half the story. It would be more accurate to say he had an eating disorder similar to anorexia and bulimia. As long as he was healthy, people thought this disorder was charming and eccentric — and Jobs was nothing if not eccentric. But once he had cancer, his family realized there was nothing cute about his weird eating habits. They were killing him.
No cancer expert says vegetarianism all by itself is enough to cure or prevent cancer. But put that aside and look at how Jobs actually ate. According to the biography, “When he was young, he learned that he could induce euphoria and ecstasy by fasting.” He would do so often.
As an adult, “He would spend weeks eating the same thing — carrot salad with lemon, or just apples — and then suddenly spurn that food and declare that he had stopped eating it.”
This isn’t a healthy way to eat. No responsible expert would recommend living on nothing but apples for weeks at a time. You can’t obtain a full range of nutrients that way. The book doesn’t describe how Jobs got the protein he needed — or even if he understood this issue and knew he had to do something about it.
Did drug use contribute to an eating disorder?
At the same time he was discovering he could get high by fasting, he often used LSD, a drug that induces a temporary psychosis, including hallucinations. The use of the drug can result in lifelong mental illness. Some unlucky souls lose their minds the first time they use it.
The drug often induces the belief that the universe is entirely a product of one’s own mind — or at any rate, that it’s a purely mental phenomenon that can be manipulated by thought. The late John Lennon, like Steve Jobs, was a frequent LSD user and came to hold beliefs of this sort.
Throughout the book, Isaacson describes Jobs again and again as having a “reality distortion field” that led him to believe he could change the world just by thinking or willing it to change. Because he was a genius with a powerful will, this belief actually did empower Jobs to change the world. But I don’t recommend it as a general way of looking at things.
This is pure speculation on my part, but the combination of fasting, mind-altering drugs and powerful religious forces may have created Jobs’s eating disorder.
Once he had cancer, Jobs’s strange attitude toward food became a galloping crisis. Cancer causes weight loss — called cachexia — a “wasting away” syndrome in which the patient becomes thinner and thinner even if he or she tries to eat.
Jobs’s insanely picky eating habits became fatal once he had late-stage cancer. His family could hardly get him to eat anything at all. His wife hired a gourmet chef to come in every day to prepare a whole array of vegan dishes in hopes that Jobs would nibble at just one. From what Isaacson says, quite often this didn’t work.
On one occasion Jobs turned down every dish but said he might like some pumpkin pie. The chef whipped up a pumpkin pie for him as fast as the thing could be done.
Jobs ate one bite.
I would suggest that this is not a “failure of alternative cancer treatments,” but let’s move on. The main lessons we can learn from Steve Jobs are still to come.
A cruel irony: He should have chosen
the conventional treatment
Jobs was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2003. Pancreatic cancer is almost always fatal — and quick. But Jobs was granted an incredible stroke of luck, or two, really: they caught his cancer early, and it was a rare type of pancreatic cancer that’s treatable. It’s called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor.
The pancreas is a vital organ and you can’t live without it, nor can you receive a transplant. But a small islet cell neuroendocrine tumor CAN be removed surgically, leaving enough of the pancreas to keep the patient alive. It’s said that about half of such patients will survive more than five years.
This is where it gets interesting and holds a lesson for everyone. In my opinion, Jobs should have chosen the surgery — THEN turned down chemo and tried alternative treatments.
Let’s try to learn from this. There’s a world of difference between early-stage and late-stage cancer. In late-stage cancer, the disease has spread to several sites in the body. Conventional treatments — chemotherapy, surgery, radiation — are nearly useless for late-stage cancer. The five-year survival rates are around 2 percent — two out of every 100 late-stage patients can expect to survive more than five years. The rate is higher for some types of cancer, lower for others.
Conventional treatments are said to “buy time” for late-stage patients. It’s a doubtful claim, although everything depends on the individual case. Some studies show that the average late-stage patient who rejects chemotherapy outlives the average patient who accepts chemo.
Early stage cancer is another thing completely. Early stage cancer is confined to the organ or other site where it started. The patient’s chances are much better. And — I’ve said this before — in some cases conventional treatments are successful for early stage cancer. Whether they succeed depends partly on the type of cancer, partly on the strength of the patient (especially the immune system), and partly on just plain luck.
Surprise: Early-stage cancer poses a tougher choice
In my opinion, early-stage cancer patients have a tougher decision. Should they stick to alternative treatments or just go with what the conventional doctor says? In some cases, you’ve got a chance with conventional treatment (I’d do a lot of research on my type of cancer, and get a second opinion. And a third. And maybe a fourth.)
Late-stage patients face a world of woe, but at least they don’t have to make this agonizing roll of the dice. The conventional treatments don’t work. With very few exceptions, a patient should choose alternatives. No, they don’t work for everyone, but we’ve interviewed plenty of patients who used them — and lived a long time.
Early-stage prostate cancer is an example where I don’t totally discount conventional treatments. I’d still try alternatives first, because prostate cancer is usually slow-growing and you’ve got some time to try things . Alternatives have a good record with prostate cancer.
But if the alternatives didn’t work after a few months to a year, I’d go for surgery. Have the thing cut out. Because some prostate cancers are aggressive, you need to monitor constantly to see whether yours is growing or declining. Aggressive prostate cancer (about one case in ten) is extremely dangerous.
Jobs had a type of cancer where conventional treatment — surgery, in this case — was a reasonable choice. It’s easy to say with what we know now, but he should have chosen surgery. This was exactly the quandary I mentioned a moment ago: an early stage cancer where the conventional treatment has a pretty good track record.
I suspect his doctors would have wanted to follow the surgery with chemotherapy. At that point, I like to think I would have said “no,” and tried alternatives instead.
What Jobs did instead of surgery
After rejecting surgery, Jobs followed a strict vegan diet with large quantities of fresh carrot and fruit juice (the man did have faith in carrots). According to Isaacson he also tried “acupuncture, a variety of herbal remedies, and occasionally a few other treatments found on the Internet or by consulting people around the country, including a psychic. For a while he was under the sway of a doctor who operated a natural healing clinic in southern California that stressed the use of organic herbs, juice fasts, frequent bowel cleansings, hydrotherapy and the expression of negative feelings.”
As you can probably tell from the tone, Jobs’s biographer is dismissive of all this. So were Jobs’s wife and friends. They strongly urged conventional treatments. The quote in the previous paragraph is all the biographer provides so we really can’t say anything about what remedies Jobs used or what healers he went to. Some of it seems sound — the bowel cleansings, for example.
Acupuncture might be useful for pain relief and general well-being. I would never, ever recommend it to someone as a principal cancer therapy. I say this having gone to acupuncturists regularly for about 30 years. It has its benefits, but it’s not something that’s going to cure a serious medical condition.
The cancer gets out of control
After about nine months of this vaguely described alternative plan, a CAT scan showed that Jobs’s pancreatic tumor had grown and possibly spread. He had to admit his alternatives — whatever they were — had not worked. He agreed to have the surgery. But during the surgery three tumors were found on the liver.
In other words, Jobs had late-stage cancer.
The book never mentions pancreatic cancer again, so I infer the operation was a success as far as that goes. From this point it sounds like the liver was the main problem.
Once he’d made the decision to accept conventional treatments, it sounds like Jobs went with them all the way. He underwent chemotherapy following the surgery. Being a man of wealth, he could afford the best, and he was one of the first twenty people in the world to have all of his cancer tumor as well as his normal DNA sequenced, at a cost of more than $100,000.
The DNA sequencing allowed his medical team to match his specific type of cancer cell with the specific drugs that were most likely to kill it. This is called molecular targeted chemotherapy. Some alternative doctors practice a much less expensive version of targeting. The strategy may have bought Jobs time. He lived for about seven years following his July, 2004 pancreas surgery.
He tried other experimental therapies. He flew to Basel, Switzerland to try an experimental hormone delivered radiotherapy. In the Netherlands he underwent an experimental treatment called peptide receptor radionuclide therapy.
In early 2008, it became clear his cancer was spreading. After having been able to eat normally (for him, anyway) he was again finding it hard to eat. He was taking morphine for pain, and this drug reduces the appetite, adding further to the wasting disease that was devouring his body. The loss of part of his pancreas — the source of digestive enzymes — made it harder to digest foods.
In January, 2009 it was decided he needed a liver transplant. He got on the waiting list in two states — which is legal, if you meet certain conditions. In contrast to what some reporters implied, this wasn’t just a case of a rich man working the system. Without a transplant, Jobs was expected to die in April, but a liver came through just in time, in late March.
The liver transplant bought him about a year-and-a-half. A deadly tradeoff was that his immune system was suppressed by the drugs he had to take to keep his body from rejecting the new liver. I think long-term remission would have been next to impossible at this point. He devoted much of this precious extra time to doing the work he loved: overseeing the design of revolutionary and innovative products. Gradually, his health declined and he all but faded away. It’s a familiar story if you know anything about cancer, and I don’t think we can learn a great deal from the details.
One interesting fact is that during the periods when he was in remission, Jobs could feel the cancer coming back months before his doctors could detect anything. He would tell them he was experiencing pain and losing appetite while their tests could find nothing.
Another thing worth noting is that Jobs attributed the start of his cancer to a period of extreme stress in his life — 1997 — when he was the CEO of two major corporations. He would arrive home at night so exhausted he couldn’t speak. It’s well known that stress and fatigue compromise the immune system. And many cancer therapists are firm believers that most cancer cases are triggered by a stressful event such as the death of a loved one or a divorce.
The tragic irony is that when he had early-stage cancer, he rejected conventional treatments at just the point when they might have helped. And when he had late-stage cancer, he chose only conventional treatments, when they were worth little or nothing. You could say he got it exactly wrong. Even at that, the expensive conventional treatments bought him quite a bit of time.
The last comment I’ll make, before stepping down from the pulpit, is that no treatment — conventional or alternative — comes with a 100% guarantee. Surgery for Jobs’s type of early-stage pancreatic cancer has a 50% success rate, so they say — meaning there’s a 50/50 chance he would have died even if he’d made the “smart” move and elected surgery before the cancer spread.
We live in a tragic world, full of hard choices. That’s the reality. At least for myself, I don’t worry about it too much because I don’t think this is our true home. People who don’t have faith have to deal with it as best they can. Jobs had faith of a sort — I respect Buddhism and Hinduism — and it did sustain him in his remarkable life. We should all hope to accomplish a tenth of what he did!
One of the remedies Steve Jobs probably should have tried is laetrile, also known as amygdalin. Our last issue published some important new information about this treatment. If you missed it, scroll down and read it now.
Laetrile: How Much Proof Do They Need?
When I first got involved in alternative cancer treatments back in 2005, someone mentioned Laetrile. My reaction was, “You’ve got to be kidding. That was discredited back in the 1970s.”
I didn’t say this as a fan of conventional medicine. No way. I’d been devoted to alternative medicine for decades and I knew a great deal about it. But I’d read somewhere or other that it had been “proven” Laetrile doesn’t work. No one ever talked about it in the alternative health newsletters I read.
So how did we all get fooled? Keep reading. . .
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The secret to curing cancer:
You’ve been throwing it in the trash!
In 1921, a British doctor discovered that members of a remote native tribe were almost totally cancer-free. But when members of this tribe move away from their native land and change their diet, they get cancer just like anyone else.
It’s all thanks to a food most of us throw away as waste — a food that’s rich in amygdalin — what most of us call Laetrile.
Click here now and watch a video presentation about this cancer breakthrough. One cancer expert calls this overlooked food “the key to curing AND preventing cancer” — and you can benefit now — without going to a doctor or buying expensive supplements. This little throwaway food tastes great. Bill Clinton, of all people, eats a certain amygdalin-rich food all the time, and so can you. Click here now to watch the video!
I mention this story to show just what a thorough job Big Medicine does at brainwashing the public. Well-informed people — people who have a whole cabinet full of supplements — ridicule or fear a great many alternative treatments. Not just cancer treatments, but alternative answers to all kinds of health conditions.
The suppression of Laetrile has been a category five health disaster that’s cost hundreds of thousands of lives — probably millions of lives.
If you want to learn the truth about this valuable therapy, I suggest you get your hands on a book called Laetrile Case Histories: The Richardson Cancer Clinic Experience, by John A. Richardson, M.D. and Patricia Irving Griffin, R.N., B.S.
Dr. Richardson, now deceased, was one of the Laetrile pioneers in the 1970s and paid a terrible price. He had to stand three expensive trials in California courts. All three cases against him were dismissed.
Then he had to go through a longer and even more expensive trial in Federal Court in San Diego, where he was convicted of “conspiring to smuggle Laetrile” and was fined $30,000 (equal to more than $100,000 today). In due course his license to practice medicine was taken away.
Notice he wasn’t convicted of smuggling. He was convicted of “conspiring to smuggle” — the sure sign of a lame case. If they can’t convict you of a crime they convict you of thinking about a crime.
His book was written in 1975 and describes in detail 62 cases of successful recovery from cancer with the help of Laetrile. I mention it now because the book was updated in 2005, with some shocking new evidence.
You see, the authors tried to locate as many of the original 62 cancer patients as they could, to see if their recoveries were long-term or just a fluke.
They were able find data on 33 of these old cases from the early 1970s, and most of those people lived for years after Laetrile helped clear up their cancer. They were long-term cancer survivors and then some. I heard one of the book’s authors, Patricia Griffin, speak at a cancer conference recently. She told the audience she takes Laetrile-rich apricot kernels every morning — and also Laetrile tablets — to prevent cancer.
The REAL people and REAL results mainstream
medicine hoped you’d never uncover!
Dr. Richardson , M.D. was a general practitioner in San Francisco when an office assistant sparked his interest in Laetrile as a cancer cure.
After reading the available resources on the subject, he became convinced that Laetrile—along with certain enzymes and a diet free of animal proteins—could form part of a “natural barrier against the growth of cancer.” Notice that he wasn’t saying Laetrile is a magic bullet all by itself. He combined it with other therapies.
In Laetrile Case Histories, Dr. Richardson explains that in 1971 he began treating patients with the regimen that he called “metabolic therapy.” Here are a few of the 62 case histories in his book. . .
- Bone cancer banished— in November 1973, doctors said a six-year-old boy with cancer of the right upper arm bone and spinal column had no more than six to nine months to live. Within a month of starting metabolic therapy with Laetrile, he was able to use his arm and remove the sling. During a checkup in January 1977, Richardson reported “the arm looked so good the radiologist could not believe the child ever had osteosarcoma.” The mother confirmed in 2005 that her child had remained symptom free for 32 years!
- Cervical cancer clobbered—a doctor recommended a hysterectomy to a 49-year-old Iowa woman whose Pap smear revealed cervical cancer cells. She opted to ride a bus to California for metabolic therapy in July 1973. After only nine days of treatment—she received cancer-free Pap smear results! As of last contact in June 2005, the woman was still alive and well.
- Chronic leukemia cast out—a 53-year-old male diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia started metabolic therapy instead of following doctors’ recommendation to watch its progression for six months. Within a week he reported greater energy and more restful sleep. After a year he remained symptom free and a follow-up revealed that he lived for 29 years after the treatment!
- Prostate cancer pulverized—a 61-year-old man was diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer in October 1973. After beginning Laetrile treatments the same month, he noted health improvements within 10 days! Despite being told he had little time remaining—the patient remained symptom free and lived an additional 13 years!
You might think these success stories would motivate medical practitioners to take a second look at Dr. Richardson’s Laetrile cases. But the reality was altogether different…
Authorities raided Richardson’s office and arrested him in June 1972 for violating California’s Cancer Law. His conviction in the first trial was overturned on a technicality. And two subsequent trials resulted in hung juries.
The legal establishment failed to stop Richardson’s activities, but the medical community didn’t stop harassing him. The California Board of Medical Quality Assurance revoked Richardson’s California medical license in 1976.
Dr. Richardson subsequently worked in a Mexican clinic and as a homeopathic practitioner in Nevada until his health deteriorated and he passed away in 1988.
You need to know more about this treatment
Here at Cancer Defeated, we’ve interviewed many, many doctors and patients who have benefited from Laetrile. The most powerful way to receive the treatments is by IV, and the easiest place to do that is at the top Mexican clinics we recommend in our Special Report Adios, Cancer. It’s extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get IV Laetrile therapy in the United States.
But if you can’t go to Mexico, you can benefit from eating foods that are rich in Laetrile, such as apricot kernels. I’ve seen cures reported just from eating the foods. But let me add that if you’re really serious about getting well, you won’t rely exclusively on Laetrile — either taken by mouth or by IV — but will use it in conjunction with other treatments and lifestyle changes.
Adios, Cancer explains how to safely and legally obtain Laetrile-rich foods. My friend Ty Bollinger, author of Cancer — Step Outside the Box, is another great advocate of Laetrile. You can learn more about his book by clicking here.
You may hear laetrile referred to as vitamin B17 or “amygdalin,” which comes from the Greek word for almond. This name is appropriate considering that amygdalin is extracted from almonds or the pits of apricots and peaches.
Laetrile is the trade name for a compound chemically related to amygdalin. In the early 1950s, Dr. Ernst Krebs, Sr. , M.D. and his son Ernst Jr. first used amygdalin to treat cancer patients. The work of the Krebs family was the main inspiration for Dr. Richardson’s work.
Dr. Krebs theorized that cancer cells contain an enzyme that causes amygdalin to release cyanide. The cyanide destroys the cancer cells while leaving noncancerous tissues unharmed. Healthy cells don’t contain the enzyme that stimulates amygdalin to break down into cyanide and other substances; that’s why healthy cells remain unharmed. According to people who have studied amygdalin, it releases the killing cyanide only when cancer cells are present.
Dr. Krebs said that, in fact, healthy cells are protected by another enzyme which renders the cyanide harmless.
From the 1950s through the 1970s, Laetrile became a popular alternative cancer treatment in the United States. It took ferocious attacks against practitioners like Dr. Richardson, plus an aggressive campaign of false information, to lead most people to think Laetrile is a quack remedy.
Amygdalin is a naturally occurring substance that cannot be patented—which makes it a prime target for the wrath of “Big Pharma!” The big drug companies invariably try to ban cancer cures that aren’t patentable and profitable.
Deny, discredit and destroy
In the book Alternatives in Cancer Therapy, authors Rose Pelton, R. Ph. and Lee Overholser, Ph.D. call Laetrile an “orphan drug” because it gets no love or support from the pharmaceutical industry.
Pelton and Overholser said “no drug company is interested in committing money to research Laetrile’s potential.” But these advocates aren’t willing to tuck their tail between their legs and move on…
Instead, they say orthodox medicine has instituted a full-fledged campaign to:
- Downplay case histories of patients who’ve benefited from Laetrile treatments
- Exaggerate reports of side effects and toxicity
- Ruin the reputation of doctors who successfully treated patients with Laetrile
- Strong-arm government officials to ensure Laetrile does not receive exemption from the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
On the issue of toxicity, Pelton and Overholser said some Laetrile users reported symptoms of weakness, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. They said these symptoms may be related to a person’s inability to eliminate toxins resulting from tumor breakdown.
It may also be the result of patients just plain eating too much of the Laetrile-rich foods (usually apricot kernels) and getting sick to their stomachs. The solution is simple: If the foods are making you sick, cut back.
Pelton and Overholser admit there have been credible reports of muscular weakness and respiratory difficulties among Laetrile users. They believe those side effects typically result from patients taking excessively high doses without a doctor’s supervision.
And in some cases, children who accidentally took Laetrile tablets did experience cyanide poisoning. But the authors said these incidents cannot be compared to the results of those whose medicine is administered under the watchful care of a medical practitioner.
From what we’ve been able to learn, it’s extremely unlikely the side effects are the result of cyanide poisoning, as Laetrile’s enemies would have you believe. Thousands of people have been safely and successfully treated with Laetrile — including intravenous Laetrile — without side effects. If Laetrile was a significant source of cyanide, I’m pretty confident that EVERYONE who’s ever taken it by IV would be dead PDQ.
Pelton and Overholser said “cyanide poisoning does not appear to be a major problem in laetrile therapy.” As with other medical treatments, it should be administered with proper supervision.
The Laetrile crusade continues!
Richardson was no lone crusader for Laetrile. Pelton and Overholser said “some alternative cancer clinics use laetrile regularly and claim to have a steady stream of patients who respond well.”
And Laetrile has had other noteworthy supporters…
Harold W. Manner, Ph.D., chairman of the biology department at Loyola University in Chicago, found that laetrile combined with vitamin A and pancreatic enzymes produced a very high cure rate of breast cancers.
And National Cancer Institute (NCI) biochemist Dr. Dean Burke, Ph.D. performed an experiment that used Laetrile to kill a tissue culture of cancer cells. Dr. Burke was convinced that Laetrile could be an effective cancer cure, a pain reliever for terminal cancer victims, and even useful for preventing cancer1.
You won’t be surprised to learn the FDA has not approved Laetrile as a treatment for cancer in the United States. And the National Cancer Institute maintains its stance that Laetrile “has shown little anticancer effect in laboratory studies, animal studies, or human studies.”2
Dr. Richardson pointed to a definition of appropriate therapy response, provided by the California Cancer Advisory Council, as an example of what shapes such conclusions. The definition essentially states that only a decrease in tumor size is an acceptable measure of the anti-tumor effect of a substance.
Dr. Richardson believed that other criteria besides tumor shrinkage should be considered when evaluating a cancer remedy. Positive results can include pain relief, increased appetite, weight gain, and a patient’s ability to be more active.
Patients on Laetrile often experience these other results. For example, it’s very common for such patients to report pain relief. Dr. Richardson drew a distinction between tumor shrinkage and these other effects. As long as a tumor isn’t growing, it may be nothing more than a nuisance.
In fact, tumor shrinkage may be a poor measure of a treatment’s success or failure. Many substances shrink tumors. The shrinkage is often temporary. As we’ve often said in our publications, cancer is a systemic disease — it’s a disease of the entire body. Treating a local problem such as a tumor is just one part of successful recovery.
Richardson took a dim view of mainstream medicine’s obsession with tumor shrinkage. His opinion on this matter is a fitting way to end this article. He said, in part:
“As long as this sophomoric attitude is accepted by orthodox medicine, and especially as long as it is forced on the rest of us by the effect of law, tens of thousands of people will continue to die needlessly every single day, and all the million-dollar grants and all the research in the world will fail to stop it.”