Celebrity Diagnosis Asks: Did "Alternative Medicine" Kill Steve Jobs?

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Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs dismissed his doctors' advice to have surgery immediately after his pancreatic tumor was discovered in 2003. He delayed surgery for nine months while exploring alternative medicine therapies. By then the tumor had grown larger lessening chances for a cure.

According to CNN Money and other sources, it's no secret that Steve Jobs was a stubborn man. His commitment to his concept of "Think Different" was ultimately what took Apple from a dying company to one of the most valuable on the planet. He lived his life with uncompromising values and some would argue that his company single-handedly reshaped humanity's future. Every generation has at least one person who sets the direction for where we're headed. Whether you're an Apple fan or not, Steve committed to "Think Different" and paved the way for the rest of the personal and mobile computing industries.

But there's a limit. According to Celebrity Diagnosis, "Think Different" may have hastened Steve Jobs' demise.

When he was diagnosed with a rare pancreatic tumor in October 2003, his doctors told him a routine operation would be the best solution. They had caught the tumor early enough that a fairly routine, though complicated, operation would provide the best chance of a cure.

As first reported by Peter Elkind in an article in CNN Money, Jobs refused surgery at first in favor of a special diet and alternative medicine.

"If they believe an herbal diet can do miracles, they have to make the decision. Every once in a while you have somebody who decides something you wish they wouldn’t” said Dr. Roderich Schwartz in a 2008 article about the case.

For more details on the story, visit http://www.celebritydiagnosis.com.

About Celebrity Diagnosis.
Celebrity Diagnosis is run by a husband and wife team of doctors whose mission is to raise public health awareness. By using "Teachable Moments in Medicine" and revealing the "Medical Facts Behind the Headlines" they use celebrity news to highlight and educate about common conditions affecting uncommon people. The website has been featured on Fox, NECN, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal and other major news outlets.

Both highly accomplished physicians, they are using the Internet and Social Media to help empower and educate people with their quirky approach to public health awareness.


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