Professor Andrew Weil has commented on Steve Jobs and his use of for CNN. The director of the integrative medicine program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and Professor of Medicine and Public Health, authored 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, Healthy Aging, and the forthcoming Spontaneous Happiness. He also co-edited, with Donald Abrams, MD, a textbook of Integrative Oncology published by Oxford University Press.
Weil writes about Jobs, who had a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, and says the Apple founder used some s although he does not have specific details.
“While I was not his physician and don’t have access to the details of his illness or its treatment, assertions that his use of alternative medicine shortened his life strike me as uninformed. No one knows how long he would have survived or what his quality of life would have been had he opted for immediate surgery and used only conventional treatment,” said Weil.
Over the last 40 years Weil has studied alternative and complementary therapies to learn which of them could be combined with conventional treatment to develop a more effective and more cost-effective treatment program. The result of his studies is the integrative medicine that he practices and teaches.
During his investigations he found standard cancer treatments to be incomplete and sometimes more harmful than beneficial. In the case of pancreatic cancer, doctors usually offer minimal extended survival, often at the expense of a much reduced quality of life.
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