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  (Source: Wired)
Steve Jobs talks about this health in an open letter to the Mac community

Steve Jobs' health has been a hot topic of discussion ever since he made an appearance at the 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference in June looking somewhat emaciated. In late August, Jobs' obituary was published online accidently by Bloomberg despite the fact that he was still alive.

More recently, Gizmodo posted a story stating that the reason why Steve Jobs would not be attending this year's Macworld expo was due to his declining health. Gizmodo's story sparked off a firestorm of controversy and quite a bit of backlash from the Mac community on boards like Apple Insider.

CNBC's Jim Goldman also pushed back against the Gizmodo story stating the following, "I spoke to Apple after these headlines crossed and the company, which officially doesn't comment on rumors, reiterated the reasons it offered two weeks ago: Apple was pulling out of Macworld because the company didn't see the need to continue its investment in the expo, which included Steve Jobs' keynote."

However, Steve Jobs is now answering critics and the rumors that have been floating around the internet with a response of his own in this open letter.

Dear Apple Community,

For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.

Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.

I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.

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.

I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first.

So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.

Steve

We all wish Steve a speedy recovery.



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Dear Steve Jobs,
By MrBlastman on 1/5/2009 11:20:56 AM , Rating: 1
Dear Steve Jobs,
It has been a great concern of mine some time now regarding the state of your health. For years now, it has been apparent to me, along with many others in the public community, that you do, indeed - even though you deny it, possess an affliction that is quite dire indeed. After all, denial is the first trait of this affliction and unfortunately, I am writing this today to give you both a diagnosis and a prognosis of your condition.

Steve (may I call you Steve? Yes? Thank you), I must say that your letter to the community was touching. It struck a chord in my hubris that rang loudly within. Something I can identify with; something, we all should, perhaps, strive to identify with - as you so lead by example showing us all. Steve, your sincerity - or lack of, thereafter throughout every presentation you make, leads me to the following set of words.

I diagnose you with a double condition of sorts if I may: One of both egocentrism and insanity. I must be mad, I am sure you are saying to yourself right now. I could not rightly come to such a conclusion due to your astonishing performance in the retail marketplace. Sadly though, I have. I will set forth a two part proof of these claims.

Your egocentrism is quite apparent through your lack of emotion towards the consumers demands. What about the lack of copy and paste? Where is it? We don't need it, you say to yourself every day as your ride the elevator towards the top. What about the delete key on the apple keyboard - egads! It has one - it says delete. However, it is meerly a ploy towards backspacism with no indelible counterpart to strike first, rather than last. No, this would be too easy to include but - we don't need it. What about a second mouse button? For years you did not bend on this and we were stuck with a single trowel to do our digging. We were forced to garden with, egads, more creative measures! I suppose we should get on our knees and praise you for that one as you did, indeed, increase our creativity by requiring us to work with less; less you you deemed, once again, we do not need.

Your insanity Steve, is, self-explanatory. Your refusal to identify with the malady is case-in-point evidence to your affliction. The first step towards sanity is realizing your insanity, which clearly you do deny. Until you grapple with this demon, I sorely predict your lengthy journey towards egocentrism to continue. This, I am sorry to say, comes with tears of great sadness Steve. Come to terms with your condition! Please!

This leads me to your prognosis, which, is not so good but has a slight amount of hope enclosed in its shrouded envelope. I worry Steve, that if you continue down this way, you will continue with this "more with less" creative philosophy and begin modifications to improve upon this concept. Modifications that some of us might find ineffective. I'm talking about your fingers Steve. After all, who needs five when they can make do with four? With four they can keep score, but not as well as trying to pee with three. Two my friend, well, helps you poo but one, one is as good as getting the job done. By reducing your tools Steve, you will take yourself to the next creative plateau!

This prognosis, as I mentioned, did have one inkling of hope and I dare not hide from you the reward. Steve, with this descent into creativity, I find that your problem will solve itself. There will not be much left of you when you are done, though I find myself having to creatively think about how you might accomplish your ultimate goal of minimalism... on your own self.

- A. Consumer




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