Why did Steve Jobs Die?

by Christina on July 1, 2012

“How do you call one of the greatest geniuses who ever walked this earth as being ‘stupid’?” ~Dr. John McDougall

When Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he initially resisted surgery and focused on his diet. People have referred to him as “selfish” and “stupid” to wait for so long, and Jobs died with a huge amount of guilt and regret.

This is a fascinating presentation by Dr. John McDougall about why Steve Jobs died. He makes the convincing argument that he was not at all wrong. It is worth the 41 minute watch:

McDougall argues that Jobs’ cancer started in his mid-twenties, likely due to exposure to cancer causing metals as a teenager in Silicon Valley. He was a vegan most of his life, and this was likely a major reason why his cancer was so slow-growing — he lived more than 30 years with pancreatic cancer. Jobs was not stupid or selfish to resist the surgery:

“There was nothing that could have been done to save him, and the treatments that were done actually did tremendous harm to the man, and the guilt he had to live with is inexcusable.” ~Dr. John McDougall

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathleen Lea Summers, MD, PhD July 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Hi, Christina.

I posted this right after McDougall first published the newsletter on which he bases this talk. Think you might find it interesting, too.


All the best,


Christina July 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Thanks so much, Kathleen!


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