Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who died at 56 last week after an eight-year battle with pancreatic cancer, would likely be living now had he immediately embraced “conventional treatment” instead of seeking out alternative remedies, according to Dr. Ramzi Amri, a researcher at Harvard Medical School.
According to CNN, the Apple exec spurned traditional treatment for nine months following his October 2003 diagnosis. The outlet said Jobs took this tack “hoping to avoid the operation through a special diet.”
Not the best move, said Amri.
“Let me cut to the chase: Mr. Jobs allegedly chose to undergo all sorts of alternative treatment options before opting for conventional medicine,” Dr. Ramzi Amri, a researcher at Harvard Medical School, wrote on Quora, a popular online forum among Silicon Valley bigwigs.
Amri continued: “Given the circumstances, it seems sound to assume that Mr. Jobs’ choice for alternative medicine has eventually led to an unnecessarily early death … it seems that even during this recurrent phase, Mr. Jobs opted to dedicate his time to Apple as the disease progressed, instead of opting for chemotherapy or any other conventional treatment.”
Amri wrote he had the “profoundest respect for Mr. Jobs and his legacy” and did not intend to offend anyone with his opinion.
“I have done 1.5 years of research on the type of tumor that affected Steve Jobs and have some strong opinions on his case, not only as an admirer of his work, but also as a cancer researcher who has the impression that his disease course has been far from optimal.”
Jobs’ contributions in the technology industry over the better part of four decades led to brands including Apple, Pixar and Atari. His name is billed as inventor or co-inventor to more than 200 U.S. patents, among them: the Apple I (1976); the Macintosh (1984); the iMac (1998); the iPod (2001); the iTunes store (2003); the iPhone (2007) and the iPad (2010).
Jobs is survived by his biological mother Joanne Simpson; his sister Mona Simpson; wife, Laurene Powell; their three children, Reed Paul, Erin Sienna and Eve; and his daughter from a different relationship, Lisa Brennan-Jobs.