Did Electronics Toxins Kill Steve Jobs?

Evidence suggests that toxins in electronics – the toxins that are contained in e-waste, too – may have killed Apple, Inc. CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs.

Such is the conclusion of Dr. John A. McDougall, MD in his newsletter article “Why Did Steve Jobs Die?” Dr. McDougall is a physician and nutrition expert. He is the author of several national bestselling books on the effects diet has on health.

In the article, Dr. McDougall offers informed speculation. Consider his analysis:

Steve Jobs received the news that doctors found “a shadow on his pancreas” in October, 2003.  (This information, along with much of the information Dr. McDougall analyzes, is from the bestselling biography, “Steve Jobs,” by Walter Isaacson.)

By then, the tumor had grown to a size of at least 2 millimeters, about twice the size of a period on this screen, and was probably closer to 1 centimeter in diameter, the size of an eraser on a pencil.

If the tumor followed a typical growth pattern for such cancers, Jobs’ cancer began when he was a young adult, possibly as young as 24 years old.

At that point, Jobs’ had been around electronics toxins for many years. Out of high school, he had worked in a plant where they made frequency counters. And he had soldered circuit bards in the early days of Apple. Solder typically contains lead, tin and other metals. Lead, classified as a probably human carcinogen, is suspected of causing cancer of the pancreas.

“By no coincidence [the cancer began] just after he started working at Hewlett Packard and continued over the next several years to work intimately with many carcinogenic substances fond in the electronics industry,” Dr. McDougall writes.

Is Steve Jobs the best-known example of the high risk of cancer for people working in the electronics industries from occupational exposure to carcinogens? Dr. McDougall believes so. You will find his article here.