Following Steve Jobs’ ‘fruitarian’ diet put method actor Ashton Kutcher in the hospital

“Ashton Kutcher might have gotten a little too close to Steve Jobs,” Bryan Alexander reports for USA Today.

“Kutcher says that he started a fruit-only diet to prepare to play the Apple co-founder for the biopic jOBS, which premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival,” Alexander reports. “The diet, which the film claims Jobs adhered to, ended up sending Kutcher to the hospital with pancreas problems.”

Alexander reports, “‘First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to like severe issues,’ Kutcher said after the film’s screening. ‘I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain. My pancreas levels were completely out of whack,’ Kutcher added. ‘It was really terrifying… considering everything.'”

Alexander reports, “Jobs died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 5, 2011.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Did Steve Jobs’ extreme diets contribute to his health problems? – January 28, 2013
Hindsight is kind to Steve Jobs’ decision to delay cancer surgery – November 1, 2011
Steve Jobs tried everything from exotic diets to cutting-edge treatments in brave battle with cancer – October 21, 2011
Biographer: Steve Jobs refused early and potentially life-saving surgery for nine months (with video) – October 20, 2011
Doctor: There’s no way of knowing if nine-month surgery delay shortened Steve Jobs’ life – October 15, 2011
Harvard Medical School researcher: Steve Jobs’ trust in alternative medicine likely shortened his life – October 14, 2011


  1. Once again, I will post the following because the human body is designed to eat a wide variety of foods, including meat (note the incisors you were born with), and in case anyone has gotten a bright idea about some “new way to eat,” forget it immediately:

    The pancreas is a gland organ in the digestive and endocrine system. It is both an endocrine gland producing several important hormones as well as a digestive organ, secreting pancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes that assist the absorption of nutrients and the digestion in the small intestine. These enzymes help to further break down the carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids in the chyme.

    With that background, I submit that Jobs, being the control freak he is, screwed up his pancreas in the first place, long before he doomed himself by wasting 9 months with “special alternative medicines and diets.”

    From his official biographer Walter Isaacson’s article, “American Icon,” in Time Magazine (October 17, 2011):

    “The unified field theory that ties together Jobs’ personality and products begins with his most salient trait, his intensity. It was evident even in high school. By then he had begun his lifelong experimentation with compulsive diets…” (bold emphasis mine)

    Jobs thought he knew better than everyone else. That resulted in wonderful products. It also caused him to ravage his pancreas to the point of collapse.

    Even then, he still thought he knew better, and blew 9 crucial months doing God knows what else to his poor digestive system.

    I believe that the very intensity and steadfast belief in himself that made him so great also resulted in his untimely death.

    1. Well said and worth repeating.

      Yes indeed, humans have been born with four canine incisors for thousands of years, jaws preconditioned for the purpose of shredding meat — a natural part of a well balanced diet. That said, we are free to believe whatever we want and follow our diet of choice, just be careful.

      Recall an old Dragnet TV episode that mirrored a 1960s fad diet. If I remember correctly, episode portrayed young L.A. people eating only rice and water, possibly something else. End result hospitalized scores of people.

      At the very least, we have the Ashton Kutcher fruit-only diet experience to THANK for raising awareness.

      “It’s not nice to fool mother nature.”

    2. That’s all well and good, but there are thousands of well-documented experiences that completely defy medical theory. Maybe you don’t have an explanation, but you sure can’t deny their reality. Thousands of people get cured of cancer and other life-threatening conditions without the benefit of modern medicine. Examples are not just from books or distant times and places – they happen now, to people I know, as well as to myself.

      1. And what caused those amazing recoveries? Was it a particularly robust immune system? A freak cancer-killing virus? A special diet? De-tox treatments? Positive mental attitude? Actually, the latter may be the most powerful tool of all…

        I hear of these miraculous recoveries, but I have never been acquainted with someone who has benefitted from one, even once, twice, or thrice removed through friends and family. I am not saying that it doesn’t happen, but these recoveries appear to be very rare and unexplained (so far).

        1. Thanks for not writing me off as a tinfoil hat wearer, Kingmel, By far the most powerful of your guesses is “positive mental attitude”, although AFAICT one’s mind is only a valve for something far stronger. Many of the examples are incredible, but even more incredible is that they don’t get more publicity. (If I gave probable reasons for that you’d probably want to get that tinfoil hat!) MOST examples aren’t even reported. Of the few dozen “miracle” people I know none have ever made any of it public, in spite of a lifetime of it. To dip your little toe you might want to check out Dr Eben Alexander’s book, but don’t let the title put you off.

          1. kingmel is nothing if not a well reasoned and thoughtful poster to MDN, one of the few long time posters where I immediately respect what he has to say, whether I agree with it or not.

            He is generally very even handed and fair when he responds to others on here.

      2. I have an explanation. Those people who were “cured” either had extremely healthy immune systems which naturally fought the cancer off (yes, the human body is capable of doing this and in fact destroys harmful cancerous cells that form by accident in a healthy human body every day), or they were misdiagnosed with malignancy, hormonal imbalance, or whatever else was the key factor(s) in the diagnosis in the first place. Humans still make mistakes, and doctors, being humans, are no exception.

        Every type of cancer is also different. Some people can live normal, healthy lives for 20 years after being diagnosed with some forms of cancer before it eventually metastasizes and causes death leading to the illusion of a “cure” without any modern medical treatment. This is especially the case if the person has a healthy immune system to begin with.

        So yes, people survive a cancer diagnosis without modern medicine commonly enough to be notable. The true numbers of those who actually survive cancer itself to go on and die of another malady is something that cannot be known precisely. But there are perfectly rational scientific reasons for such things to happen.

    3. Yet researches do not confirm that vegan diets have anything to do higher probabilities with pancreas or any other type of cancer. We can derive and conclude whatever that may seem logical, but statistics tells.

      1. The nice thing about alternative diets (alternative to the omnivore origins of our genetics, that is), is that the good ones are very careful to supply the _nutrients_ required in the usual omnivore diet. From what I’ve seen of the frutarian diet, it’s a rather inadequate effort.

          1. There is nothing bizarre in vegan diets. There are lot of people around the world who are vegans, and none of them have shortened their lives whatsoever — as statistic shows.

        1. No self-respecting pizzaiolo would ever serve a square pizza, or a pizza with square slices, or whatever that tagline refers to.

          It’d be like putting beans in one’s chili.

            1. SB-

              Thanks for the tip, will definitely check it out next trip to NYC. Coal-fired brick oven sounds intriguing, plus I’m biased.

              While on the subject, the original “Miner Pitza” or what the locals commonly referred to as “Pitz” is unique to the highest incorporated city East of the Mississippi. Down in the mines no such thing as a hot lunch and this particular pizza carries the same tradition. Baked hot, sold cold and served cold. May not sound appetizing, but it is incredible. Last time traveling through the area, got off the interstate early Sunday afternoon and stopped by the bakery. A gentleman in front of me with New Jersey plates purchased 22 boxes at $7.25 apiece. He would have bought more, but the bakery was completely sold out. Was told by a bakery worker to get there early on a Sunday morning to avoid the weekly out-of-state bulk purchase ritual. For a peek:


              Also unique to “Mountain City” is a local recipe cheese called “scamutz.” The top whey of Mozzarella cheese, slightly more salty formed into balls and placed in ice. Stringy, light and delicate in flavor restaurants blend it with other cheeses.

              Next time traveling I-80 to GW Bridge may consider stopping for fresh scamutz on the way to Grimaldi’s. Special out-of-town request: Coal-fired PA Miner Scamutz Pitza. 🙂

          1. Montreal has the highest Italian population after Philly in N. America. If you come here you will see that many Italians make square pizza with very little on it other than tomato sauce. It is NOT the local, greasy, cheese/meat heart stoppers that you have produced by the local asian, greek, mexican, corner pizzeria’s.

      1. “can lead to like severe issues”

        How does the word ‘like’ add anything to the meaning here. It like drives me like nuts when like someone like says it like every like few words. Does nobody graduate from high school anymore?

        1. Never seen any of Jay Leno’s “man on the streets” vdeos where sadly most of the people being interviewed will say “um, like, or whatever”. In that order written is also shows the polpularity of the term.

          1. Educated, intelligent people care. Language can elevate mankind or mire us in confusion and misunderstanding. Why do you think schools have been teaching English and writing skills for hundreds of years?

            1. It began with the Bard. Of Julius Caesar dying for example Brutus says

              ’Tis very like, he hath the falling sickness.

              Meaning of course the man is dead of 23 stab wounds and that is what the insolent younger generation thinks of the old men in power. It is not just annoying, it is threatening.

              Like, die already.

        2. I had a young college grad cousin who injected “like” practically every other word in a sentence (I wanted to reply “Like I hope you can like find someone to like hire you to like do something like intelligent.” But using “like” beats some scum’s who use “F—” in the same way as others throw in “like”. So I’ll take “like” over the other choices.

  2. My team members were made to run an extra lap when they yawned without covering their mouths or used the word ‘like’ when it wasn’t needed. Coach for 30 years.

    The kids, (now grown men) still take their hands out of their pockets when they see me.

    Eat hearty, but burn at least as many calories as you put in your mouth.

  3. Whatever the mode of cure it has to effect the liver positively. The liver is the main organ of body and mind function. A shot of whiskey or a coffee enema take your pick

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.