Steve Jobs: His Treatment Plan, Where It Went Wrong

Steve Jobs cofounder and innovator of Apple Computer died on October 5, 2011 from complications of pancreatic cancer, he was 56 years old. Jobs made a huge impact on the culture of America with these techy gadgets that Americans absolutely love.

Jeffery Kluger from Time Magazine had a wonderful message to say about Steve Jobs.

“But it’s also fair to argue that Jobs was in some ways different from other captains of industry. Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Bill Gates changed the world too – Gates more than all of them, perhaps, with his second chapter as the world’s greatest philanthropist – and yet the garment rending and candle lighting that has followed Jobs’ death suggests a passion that none of the others stir up.

Perhaps it’s that Gates and the rest that invented what were essentially just products – remarkable things that transformed the way we lived, but merchandise all the same. Jobs’ inventions got inside not just our lives but also our heads and – improbably – our hearts. That, of course, is the way it is with living things.”

Steve Job’s Battle and Perhaps Fatal Decision
Steve had been battling with pancreatic cancer for two decades. Pancreatic cancer is a fast-progressing type of cancer that is quite fatal. This makes twenty years a long time to live for someone who’s battling with this type of cancer, and also shows us that the treatment Job’s was receiving must have been right on the mark. We do know that Steve Jobs chose alternative and natural cancer treatments.

There are two types of pancreatic cancer. The more aggressive form, which is not what Job’s had, attacks cells and enzymatic tissues, which help release toxins from the body. The type of cancer Job’s had was of the hormone producing cells of the pancreas, which has a life expectancy of 3 to 6 months, on average. Steve lived for twenty years with this cancer! It seems that he did not have chemotherapy or radiation treatment at all.

The Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze also had pancreatic cancer and died within 18 months. It is written in reports that he was totally against natural and alternative treatments. He and others like him who have died within months of knowing they had cancer only went for the traditional therapies such as radiation, chemotherapy, pharmaceuticals.

Two years before Steve succumbed to cancer he had to have a liver transplant operation.  Would Steve jobs be alive today had he not elected to have a risky liver transplant, followed by immune suppressant drugs? Maybe we should not be asking that question, but it is hard not to ask and wonder when even conventional oncologists question Job’s decision to have a liver transplant followed by immune suppressant drugs.

Just days after Job’s death, traditional doctors are coming out of the woodwork and have been quoted with saying that the immune-suppressant anti-rejection drugs Steve had to take, after his liver transplant surgery, may have cost him his life.  Even conventional therapy doctors know that cancer patients need immune boosting therapy to build up the body to fight off cancer, not harsh radiation or medications that are going to hold back the natural defenses. If your immune system is not strong enough to attack the cancer it will eventually attack every cell in your system and that is what happened with Steve Jobs.

Why a Liver Transplant?
Some of you may be wondering why Steve Job’s had a Liver transplant. Apparently he had a metastasis in his liver. Liver transplants are dangerous when you don’t have cancer, so then imagine being in a serious stage of pancreatic cancer and having your whole liver removed and then replacing a foreign liver with your old one?  When your immune system is already compromised by a progressive cancer, taking more immune suppressing drugs doesn’t make the prognosis very good.

The media says that Jobs died from complications of cancer, which means that cancer is not what killed him, at least not directly. The complications were that he had to take drugs following the liver transplant so his body would not reject the new liver, and those drugs put his immune system into a deep sleep—he basically had no immunity to fight off his cancer.

Steve Lived for Twenty Years with a Progressive Cancer!
Let’s think about this for a moment. Prominent doctors who treat pancreatic cancers say the prognosis for the type of cancer Job’s had is 3 to 6 months but Steve lived for 20-years! What did Steve do right? To answer this question accurately we need to know what the two major causes of cancer are.

  • Toxicity (toxic overload syndrome)
  • Nutritional Deficiencies

Toxicity means the body is overloaded with pollutants that are not being allowed to come out. This is why cleansing the organs, particularly the colon, liver and kidneys is a sure-fire way to keep away from toxic cancerous invaders. When toxins are not allowed to come out of the body in the form of elimination, pure water, good diet, cleansing, fasting, and exercise they remain in the body causing the first signs of cancer and disease.

When a person is overload with toxins the first signs and symptoms:

  • allergies
  • rashes
  • suppressed immune system
  • inability to fight off colds and infections
  • IBS
  • gluten intolerance
  • boils
  • Blood sugar issues
  • depression
  • mental and emotional disorders

Almost every health issue a person goes to the doctor for are warning signs you are not taking care of your body.  If these health issues are left unattended they continue to spread to other areas of the body, and sometimes cancer develops.

Nutritional deficiencies come about when your diet is lacking in vital nutrients. Throw away the prepackaged, boxed prepared foods and buy whole foods your body can actually utilize and thrive from. Organic is always best for the body because it has the least amount of toxic pollutants. Some of the best foods for your body can be grown right in your own garden. The best and safest way to receive vitamins and minerals the body needs is through whole organic foods.

I think we can reasonably say that Steve Job’s, for the most part, ate a healthy diet and cleansed his body periodically. Plus we know that he did receive excellent alternative care treatments. Twenty years is a long time to battle with cancer but Steve had a great outlook on life and was not in pain or weakened for most of those twenty years.

So what can we learn from this? Eat healthier and take care of yourself in every area of your life. Those areas are physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Steve Job’s recognized these areas and took action and this is why he lived happily for 20 years with pancreatic cancer.

Cancer Prevention Foods

Cruciferous vegetables and dark leafy greens – cabbage, broccoli, mustard greens, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, spinach, and collard greens and bok choy. These excellent veggies contain cancer fighting properties that break down potential carcinogenics (toxic agents) lurking in your body. They work by preventing the formation of cancer. You should eat a variety of these veggies every day, raw or lightly steamed with sautéed garlic and a little olive oil.

Berries – raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, and other’s. A study by researchers at The Ohio State University Medical Center has shown that all berries work equally well to prevent cancer from forming and they can even shrink cancerous tumors. These finding have been published in the June issue of the journal Pharmaceutical Research.

Organic Fruits and Veggies – All whole fruits and vegetables are good for you and to ensure you are getting adequate amounts of whole foods into your diet use the color system. Eat five to seven different colors daily of raw or lightly steamed vegetables and fruits

Garlic – Best eaten raw. Supplements do not work as well as the whole herb.  The first cancer studies ever performed on garlic was in the 1950’s where researchers took the valuable active ingredient in garlic known as allicin and injected it into mice with cancer. The mice that were injected with allicin lived for 6-months and those not injected lived only 2-months. Since then numerous studies have proven the effectiveness of garlic in preventing cancer and disease.

Another active ingredient of garlic, allyl sulfur has been shown to be effective in inhibiting or preventing cancer development. A large scale study performed on middle age women from the epidemiological Iowa Women’s Health Center tested out with great results. The women who ate raw garlic regularly had a 35% lower risk of developing colon cancer.

Green Tea – Laboratory studies have shown that the active ingredient in green tea called catechins does inhibit the growth of cancer cells by zapping the dirty scavengers before they can produce cancerous tissue. In the studies of the skin, liver and stomach of mice the catechins in green and black tea decreased tumor size in mice.

To date, the studies on humans using green tea have been just as promising. In one study, 18,000 men were given green tea in their daily diet and then compared to non-tea drinkers. The tea drinkers in the study were about as half likely to develop cancer of the throat and stomach, even though some of them smoked and did not always eat a good diet!

Vitamin D3 – Vitamin D3 is obtained by natural sunlight—it is the only way to absorb Vitamin D into your system efficiently. Contrary to popular belief, lying out in the sun and getting a tan is actually excellent for your health. What is not good is getting sunburn on your skin. Sunburns are prevented by not laying out in the sun for long periods of time.

Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez is a widely known naturopathic doctor who treats pancreatic cancer using natural and alternative treatments. Most of his patients with pancreatic cancer are still alive today after 20-years, and many have gotten completely healed! In conventional medicine this is absolutely unheard of. The typical survival rate for a pancreatic cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment followed by harsh drugs is about 12-18 months, and that is if the cancer is found early enough.

Dr. Gonzalez’s program for treating pancreatic cancer consist of three basic areas that everyone should be applying into their life now, not later when they are diagnosed with cancer or diseases. Staying healthy is really quite simple if you follow these health guidelines.

  • Individualized diet based on nutritional (metabolic) typing
  • Individualized supplement program, which includes vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and pancreatic enzymes
  • Detoxification, which includes coffee enemas and colon cleanses

Thanks to Dr. Gonzales for reaching out to people with cancer and encouraging them about alternative treatments rather than taking harsh drugs and chemotherapy. Dr. Gonzalez is publishing several books, one of which will have over 100 case studies of patients with advanced cancer who fully recovered after dutifully following his natural treatments to cure cancer.

In closing, let’s reflect on a wisdom-filled message that was often quoted by Steve Jobs. Perhaps we can put this wisdom to good use and apply it into our own lives.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”


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32 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Callallili says:

    I’ve read that Steve Jobs was an ardent vegan – it would be interesting to know if that is true, and what role that played in his health.

    • ChilePowered says:

      Followers of the Paleo diet believe that veganism is the sure path to cancer, while Paleo reduces the risk substantially. I’ve been on it for 1.5 years and very impressed with results, as well as with all the positives I’ve read about it. For all my adulthood research on healthful nutrition it seems to tie it all together into a major piece of the healthy puzzle. This site lists many informative books on it ~ http://paleodiet . com/definition. htm

    • Kenia Perez says:

      I’m halfway through his biography, and yes, he was an ardent vegan (and at one point in his younger years, an ardent fruitarian).

  2. Adam Fuller says:

    Couple typos but very informative.

  3. Tyler says:

    So you suggest regular coffee enemas?

  4. Joey says:

    Yes, Steve Jobs loss a valiant battle with cancer. And, yes, he had a liver transplant two years ago. I heard his pancreatic cancer was diagnosed only a decade ago or less.

    Nenvertheless, you witchdoctors of medical science – chiropractors, naturopaths, etc. – don’t have any business commenting on this man’s medical treatments, allopathic or alternative.

    Sure, a healthy diet can reduce greatly or prevent the incidence of cancer. Duh. So can not smoking. Thanks for the brilliant, obvious advice.

    But colon cleansing and other means to remove “toxins” has repeatedly been demonsrated to have no benefit. At least step into the 20th century if you can’t make it all the way into the 21st.

    I don’t wish disease on anyone and I wish you modern day witchdoctors only the best of health. I also wish the gullible people you seek to influence with the general nonsense such as is published regarding Steve Jobs would give your insight the credit it deserves – none.

    If one of you finds you have a form of cancer one day, I dare you to call a naturopath and order up a case of bogus homeopathic remedies which sell. It is astounding that snake oil is still sold by “Doctors” who can’t even prescribe cancer treatments in the first place. So, like the chiropractors who have absolutely no training or knowledge of cancer treatment once the disease occurs, the naturopaths can only sell highly diluted viles of water to the poor idiots who put their lives in their hands.

    As the article says, qouting Steve Jobs no less, “don’t be trapped by dogma.” Because that’s about as much science that chiropractic and naturopathy offer – anecdotal dogma based on psuedo-science. And yet you just keep expanding the areas of practice in which you have no education in order to keep selling useless advice and treatments.

    By the way, I can’t believe no one pointed out the the failure to treat subluxations in Steve Jobs’ life could have saved him had he only been told of the power of chiropractic.

    • Joel Fortner says:

      First off, Dr Axe isn’t a witch doctor. I’ve met him and he didn’t have a pointy hat nor a broom. Second, while his advice may sound like common sense to you, it’s not. So many people are confused as to how to improve their health and are resorting to all kinds of harmful so called solutions that have been marketed as helpful. Moreover, they’ve acquired bad habits in the form of horrible foods and not making exercise a priority. Dr Axe is providing hope to those people and I’m one of them and it’s working. On the other hand, I found nothing helpful or inspirational about your post here. So while I’m sure you’re smart, you’ve failed to persuade me to listen to what you have to say. Perhaps in the future you’ll provide more constructive comments on a post in a community of people who are thirsty for knowledge so they can improve their lives. Peace to you.

    • ChilePowered says:

      The absolute best way, in my deduction based on adulthood long research, to be healthy is to avoid putting garbage in the human body. If something consumed is not usable by the body for its processes the body fights it off like a virus. I used to think that if the body didn’t digest something it was simply passed out. Have learned that is not true. If something is not digested it can still have been broken down during the digestive process to be small enough to make it from the small intestine directly into the bloodstream. The body recognizes it as not being in the form that it can use and believes it to be a foreign object. The result is that it goes into attack mode on that object. Over years of having to fight off these the body can go haywire eventually due to this overload of what I’ll term poison (also called free radicals and t-cells) and start attacking itself as well. This is commonly manifested as some sort of auto-immune disease. All auto-immune diseases have this common foundation. The process above also results in the body having inflammation due to all the fighting it’s doing. That inflammation is the reason the body then tries to protect itself and increases the level of cholesterol to fight the inflammation. Taking a cholesterol lowering drug counteracts the body’s attempt to solve a problem. It seems to me it’s better to get to the root cause and not eat those foods that cause inflammation and the body will automatically and quickly lower the cholesterol level. The Paleolithic diet addresses all these and more health issues at the root level by advising what to eat that the body can digest and what to avoid that it cannot avoid, all based on science and anthropology. Please check it out as I share this in hopes of people aiming to get at the root cause, which is what my goal has been and I feel I’ve found it in the Paleo way of eating. Best wishes for good health!!!

    • Brian says:

      Joey a great documentary for you to watch would be Cut, Poison, Burn about the traditional approach to cancer treatment. Here is the trailer:

      Good luck in life!

    • Carol E Fuoss says:

      Joey, I hate to inform you, but the root meaning of pharmacy is witchcraft. God created the plants, herbs, and seeds for our healing. When we experience dis-ease, it is not because our bodies are deficient in drugs but because we are missing important nutrients and it is our body’s cry for HELP!

    • sam says:

      My grandmother survived stage 4 ovarian cancer by going to an N.D. She was treated IV infusions of hydrogen peroxide and lived another 30 years. Not bad for a witch doctor. Hope you never need one.

  5. Sue says:

    I just watched on the news tonight the man who wrote Jobs biography. He said he told him his biggest regret was not having the cancer removed when he was first diagnosed .The doctors told him it was almost a 100%curable. But he choice to try alternative treatments instead which cost him his life..I am all for herbs, vitamins and such but I go to a doctor and take Meds too.HE might still be alive had he followed his doctors advice..

  6. Eric says:

    Didn’t he get diagnosed with cancer in 2003?

  7. Henry says:

    Jobs had no choice but to do the liver transplant. His liver was failing and he was going to die within a matter of weeks without it. That’s why he was able to get the transplant when he did. The seriousness of his condition moved him up on the waiting list. Of course the doctors knew the risk of his cancer recurring (I personally know the physician that did the surgery). Cancer wasn’t his biggest threat, his failing liver was. To suggest that he would have been better off without the transplant is pure ignorance. The liver transplant bought him two more years of life.

  8. Jan says:

    Dr. Axe,
    I am a researcher at a major medical hospital. I felt the need to respond to this blog. I am a big supporter of holistic medicine and like your site.
    Steve Jobs had a rare, less than 4% of pancreatic cancers slow growing cancer. Had he had the surgery early on he would have been cured and would not have needed the transplant. His cancer was so slow growing it would be hard to prove that it was holistic medicine that kept the cancer from spreading etc. To say it was his nutrition that kept him helathy is just not true..sorry. This is where we all need to be less idealistic in our thinking that our bodies ultimately heal themselves. That can be the case for prevention but not after the diagnosis. You shouldn’t mislead your audience.

  9. chloe blackburn says:

    I really hope that someone can show me the source where it says he was battling cancer for 20 years. That appears to be profoundly untrue since everyone else is saying he is diagnosed in 2003.

  10. Faithless says:

    Dr. Axe, you need to update this article with accurate and true information or remove it from your website. For you to say that Steve Jobs lived with pancreatic cancer for over 20 years is a flat out lie! Your own sources at the bottom of the article do not mention anything about him having known about the cancer for that long. In fact, the article from states his cancer was identified in October 2003. The fact that you have blatantly misrepresented information from these sources is extremely frustrating. I have looked to your site in the past for useful information in my effort to live a healthy life, but after reading this article I have lost tremendous faith in your ability to provide accurate and useful information.

    • lol says:

      Your wrong just because he was officially diagnosed in 2003 doesn’t mean that he lived with it for for 7+ years he had it for 20 and natural cures are the answer.

  11. Joe says:

    I have read this same article with a different authors byline. All the facts I can find indicated that Job’s was diagnosed in Oct, 2003. Saying that he survived for two decades is pretty impressive, But it is not true. I figure 8 years. I believe in veggies and fruits, but the survival rate with them can be around 70 percent. I think surgery, and pinpoint radiation can be of benefit. I don’t see much support or positive results of chemo. Not a lot of articles in JAMA saying how well it works. Some new procedures being developed are promising, if we can get doctors to use them. Most can only be administered in a hospital setting.

  12. Joe says:

    Must educated people I know are not name callers! They would state opinions that are backed up.
    Do a simple web search of some of the statements in this article, and you will find it published by authors with different names. It has been widely copied. The 20 year part is wrong though. That can be verified also without much trouble.


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  20. Green Wellness says:

    Cannabis oils may have been able to play a role in treating cancer, but it’s not for certain. It’s no miracle plant, but it does relieve pain, provide comfort and help in a variety of other ways as well. Medical marijuana is useful too. Steve Jobs was a great man, accomplished great things and his battle with pancreatic cancer will be remembered. What a remarkable story.

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