Steve Jobs Not Coming To Macworld Because Of Hormone Imbalance

Posted Jan 5, 2009

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs has been taking a beating in the press lately about not appearing for the last sponsored Macworld.  Jobs stated that he has a hormone imbalance which is causing him to have weight loss.  This was proved by “sophisticated blood tests” that he had from a doctor several weeks ago.

“The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment,” stated Jobs. “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.”

Prior to Jobs’ health confession, it was believed that the CEO wasn’t going to show up due to political reasons.   Media and IT company IDG usually runs the annual annual Macworld conference.

The reason why so many people were concerned about Jobs’ health is because he has certain design standards that helped Apple gain traction again.  Some analysts were worried about Apple’s long-term strategy without Jobs as the head of the company while others believed that this is a good reason for Jobs not to be at Macworld.  Regardless investors were satisfied with hearing an update on Jobs’ health as the company’s stock rose above 4% after the letter was released.

“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,” stated Jobs in the letter.

Apple’s other co-founder Steve Wozniak will be appearing at Macworld this year too.  He will be representing Axiotron.

Below is the full letter sent by Apple and Steve Jobs:

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