In a letter posted on the Apple Web site, Steve Jobs announced that his health is keeping him from his usual duties at Apple — including the upcoming MacWorld thingy (which starts tomorrow).
Jobs’ health decline has seemingly gone hand in hand with Apple’s slow stock decline. But until now, no public information existed as to the cause of his ailment. Jobs cleared things up in the letter, stating that a rare hormone imbalance is to blame. Apparently, the problem is causing him to lose weight — but he should be able to gain it back in a few months time.
As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.
Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause — a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.
The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.
So, will this finding help stave off Apple’s stock woes? It certainly shouldn’t. Keep building those iPhone apps, y’all. Oh, and raise your hand via poll if you’re excited about MacWorld.
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