• Was Steve Jobs Really A Difficult Patient?

    Posted October 27, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    The CNN article entitled “Steve Jobs: A Difficult Patient” provoked hundreds to comment online. Here is a sampling of some of the responses:

    • The one man who could get the best possible treatment on earth ultimately did not survive. What point does this prove?
    • What an idiot, he basically killed himself off by his own stupidity.
    • He forgot to try leaches — that is why he died.

    Mr. Jobs survived by nearly 9 years a slow-growing form of pancreatic cancer first discovered in 2003. He initially shunned surgery (a drastic operation called a Whipple procedure) which is a very trying operation for surgeon and patient. You can get a view of this complicated operation at the Mayo Clinic website here. The operation involves removal of the head of the pancreas where most tumors originate as well as removal of the gall bladder and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) and reconnection of the digestive organs.

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  • Antioxidant Primer: Potential Health Benefits of Antioxidants and Pro-Oxidants

    Posted April 28, 2010: by Bill Sardi

    So much is said about antioxidants these days. The public has been educated to believe antioxidants are generally beneficial when consumed in foods and dietary supplements. Antioxidants counter the effects of what are called free radicals, unstable species of oxygen, and to a lesser degree, nitrogen. These free radicals can damage tissues in the body.

    Yet, in recent years, a growing body of data points to certain health benefits from employing mega-dose antioxidants, such as vitamin C, curcumin and resveratrol, to actually generate free radicals to treat disease.

    But before we get to these recent discoveries, maybe it is best to briefly background readers in the science of antioxidants.
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