Did Steve Jobs Die from Thiamine Deficiency?

Steve Jobs is famous for his tendency to live in a reality distortion field (RDF), as described by Wikipedia:

RDF is a term coined by Bud Tribble at Apple Computer in 1981, to describe company co-founder Steve Jobs’ charisma and its effects on the developers working on the Macintosh project. Tribble claimed that the term came from Star Trek. Later the term has also been used to refer to perceptions of his keynote speeches (or “Stevenotes”) by observers and devoted users of Apple computers and products.

The RDF was said by Andy Hertzfeld to be Steve Jobs’ ability to convince himself and others to believe almost anything with a mix of charm, charisma, bravado, hyperbole, marketing, appeasement and persistence. RDF was said to distort an audience’s sense of proportion and scales of difficulties and made them believe that the task at hand was possible. While RDF has been criticized as anti-reality, those close to Jobs have also illustrated numerous instances in which creating the sense that the seemingly impossible was possible led to the impossible being accomplished (thereby proving that it had not been impossible after all). Similarly, the optimism which Jobs sowed in those around him contributed to the loyalty of his colleagues and fans.

Scientists describe a similar, or perhaps identical condition called confabulation:

Confabulation is a memory disturbance that is characterized by verbal statements and/or actions that inaccurately describe history, background, and present situations. Confabulation is considered “honest lying,” but is distinct from lying because there is typically no intent to deceive and the individual is unaware that their information is false. Although patients can present blatantly false information (“fantastic confabulation”), confabulatory information can also be coherent, internally consistent, and relatively normal. Individuals who confabulate are generally very confident about their recollections, despite evidence contradicting its truthfulness.

How did Steve Jobs contract pancreatic cancer? One possibility is lack of thiamine, a vitamin that dissolves in water and must be regularly replenished. Deficiency of thiamine is characterized by confabulation and amnesia. Jobs often fasted and practiced unconventional diets. A good source of thiamine is meat and Jobs was a vegetarian. Most people who try vegetarianism quit because it is unhealthy.

Humans are omnivores descended from chimpanzees, but there is a large difference between the digestive systems of the two primates. A chimp has a large protruding stomach that is used to ferment plants, while a human and other animals that must eat meat have a smaller stomach that cannot ferment food. That’s why top tennis players Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray avoid eating gluten, found in grains such as wheat and food made from it such as bread, pasta, and beer.

If you want your body to function optimally, the paleo diet is the best choice because it excludes food that humans cannot digest well. It consists mainly of lean meat, fruit, nuts, and vegetables and excludes wheat, corn/maize, fatty meat, refined sugar, and salt. The paleo diet is the easiest way to eat tasty food without gaining weight.

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