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Ehret — whose own “air-gas engine” sputtered, stalled and died at age 56, the same age as Jobs — not only condemned protein and fat as “unnatural” but said they could not be used by the body.
Inspired by Ehret’s theories, Jobs appears to have eaten a diet low in both fat and protein for most of his life. Carbs high in fructose, the very type of carbs linked to blood sugar problems and pancreatic cancer.
Ehret’s peculiar brand of Vegan Think held the human body is an “air-gas engine” that runs well only on fruits, starchless vegetables and edible green leaves.
Soy and other legumes, according to this way of thinking, were to be disdained as mucus-producing forbidden foods.
As per the Vegan Think theory of kidney stone development, the acid load from animal proteins causes loss of bone, leading to dissolved calcium in the blood, overwhelm in the urinary tract, and build up of kidney stones.
Jobs did not eat animal products, could have developed kidney stones.
A more likely scenario is Jobs’s kidney stones were the predictable result of his high fructose diet.
Sugar — including fructose, the fruit sugar vegans believe is super healthy — upsets mineral balance in the body, interferes with calcium and magnesium absorption and can lead to a host of health problems, including kidney stones.
In a book full of food references, Isaacson does not mention soy even once.
Instead, Mc Dougall sees the main flaw in Jobs’s “mostly excellent” diet as eating meat analogue products high in carcinogenic soy protein isolate.
In fact, as I discuss extensively in Chapter 16 of soy protein isolate and other soy protein products are well-established risk factors for the exocrine type of pancreatic cancer that killed actors Michael Landon, Patrick Swayze and astronaut Sally Ride, but not for the much rarer endocrine type that killed Jobs.
Indeed there is so much research linking high consumption of fruit juices by children to higher incidence of kidney stone development in youngsters as early as kindergarten age that the issue has been covered in the Vegan Think further fails to recognize how often kidney stones develop from oxalates, which are indigestible compounds found only in plant foods.
Oxalates are especially high in vegan staples such as spinach and other dark leafy greens, parsley, beets, carrots, strawberries, nuts, peanuts, soy and chocolate.Indeed, this was the most consistent part of his diet over his life time.