What’s going on here? A look at the possible cause of pancreatic cancer and a plan for sharing that information with the entire world
I heard long ago that Steve Jobs was a vegan, which means eating no foods of animal origin. But I have not promoted that information in my blogs because I also knew that he had pancreatic cancer. I feared that some people would simply assume that the plant-based diet-style couldn’t be that great if a well-known vegan like Steve Jobs could die of cancer at just 56 years of age. Now that he has passed away, I felt that it was time to address the topic more directly.
For latest post on this topic (1-23-12) Vegan Diet, Steve Jobs and Pancreatic Cancer—Revisited
First of all, while I have heard and read that Steve Jobs had been eating vegan for a long time, there are a few key things about his background that I do not know:
- I do not know if his version of vegan was a truly health-promoting version. As I stated in our book, one could eat nothing but potato chips and Diet Coke and call himself a vegan.
- I do not know exactly when he began his vegan lifestyle and for what reasons. In my case, I didn’t adopt my current near-optimal 4-Leaf diet-style until I was 58 years old. And we all know that it can take decades for cancer to spread enough to even be detectable.
- And, finally, I do not know if he strayed from his vegan lifestyle very often since the time that he began it. But I did notice in Thursday’s New York Times article (see link below), that he liked sushi, but I don’t know how much he ate it or how often or whether or not it contained any fish.
Eating sushi? So maybe he wasn’t a vegan after all. Regarding the consumption of fish sushi (loaded with animal fat and protein), I call your attention to the following video by Dr. Michael Greger; he cites a huge NIH AARP study (500,000 people) that tightly associates the consumption of all fat AND protein of animal origin with pancreatic cancer. On the other hand, plant-based fat had no association. Take three minutes and watch the video; it may help to save the life of someone you love.
Comment from Dr. T. Colin Campbell after reading this post. (10-8-11).
Jim, Your statement is very good. Michael Greger’s video is excellent. About 25 years ago, we reported on the effects of dietary fat on experimental pancreatic cancer in laboratory rats and published our results in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, who featured our results on the cover of their journal. Finally, the associations of animal protein and fat with pancreatic cancer are beginning to make news and your help in publicizing this observation is gratifying. Keep up the great reporting! Colin
When it comes to cancer, we know from many studies that a lifelong diet of whole, plant-based foods will greatly lower the odds of one ever being stricken by this deadly disease. We also know that the further progression of many cancers can be slowed or even stopped with a superior diet. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about Steve Jobs — hopefully we’ll learn more about his diet-style when his biography by Walter Isaacson comes out on October 24. Already it is #1 on Amazon.
Maybe the passing of Steve Jobs will be a much-needed vehicle for the world to learn the dirty little secrets of our food industry — the secrets about how our love affair with meat, dairy and eggs — coupled with a lack of whole plant foods in our diet — is literally killing us. Maybe more people will take notice of the scientific facts reported by Dr. Michael Greger in the video above. Maybe Steve’s death will help the world realize that the the elusive “cure” for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases was discovered several decades ago.
The next question is why hasn’t our government, our schools of nutrition and medicine, and our vast media complex told us these deadly facts? The answer to that question takes up over 100 pages in The China Study and is covered in detail in Chapter 8 of our book. The short answer is one word: MONEY. Speaking of which, maybe a portion of Steve’s estate could be used to help overcome the single biggest impediment to a rapid and widespread adoption of a whole foods, plant-based diet:
95 percent of the world’s brightest and best educated citizens still truly believe that humans actually “need” to eat animal protein in order to be healthy.
How much would it cost to run a media campaign to tell the proven, simple truth about animal protein to every person over 18 in the entire world? Whatever the cost, a mere fraction of Steve’s wealth of over almost seven billion dollars should cover it easily. How about starting out with an ad campaign featuring Bill Clinton who is recognized all over the world? He is perfect for this role. He has personal knowledge of the power of plant-based nutrition and he has a powerful, possibly unequaled ability to influence billions of people. He also has his Clinton Global Initiative up and running. Just think what he could do with a $2 billion grant from his estate.
Imagine Bill Clinton with the following message on billboards, subways, busses, Youtube, emails, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, websites — all over the world. Repetitively, for months and years…
“Listen to me carefully. We humans do not “need” to eat animal protein of any kind to be healthy. In fact, it is killing us — it is associated with chronic diseases of all kinds, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease — and it is not what Nature intended for us to eat. Health-promoting whole plants deliver all the protein we need.”
I am thinking that we could tell this message to two billion people (ten times) for less than two billion dollars. The great Steve Jobs was loved and respected around the world; what better way to remember and honor him than by telling the world the truth about all these horrible diseases, including the one that killed him? What better way could there be for Steve Jobs to make another HUGE difference in the lives of people everywhere? How insanely great would that be?
The following blog post features a video by Dr. John McDougall and was added to this blog on 12-3-11. Why Did Steve Jobs Die?
As for cancer and sushi, here are a few earlier posts that might shed more light on this subject:
Cancer is big business: Oz shares colon story; “cancer screening $$ business” gets bigger
Another way to make money: Drugs for preventing cancer — everyone can be a customer!
As for Steve’s fondness of sushi: FISH…the natural diet for humans? A “big picture” view
Steve was also featured prominently in Rainbows – Reviews – Reality — and Making a Difference (posted 10-6-11) and in Steve Jobs — passion, vision and excellence (posted 9-8-11)
Finally, I do recommend that you read the New York Times article mentioned earlier: With Time Running Short, Steve Jobs Managed His Farewells – NYTimes.com.
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- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The ”big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
- Dr. Campbell’s new book: WHOLE, Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
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