Updated: Steve Jobs needs a break

Update: So it seems that Steve Jobs doesn't just need more protein than his vegan diet can provide, but instead requires a five month leave of absence on medical grounds

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By  Mark Sutton Published  January 5, 2009

Update: So it seems that Steve Jobs doesn't just need more protein than his vegan diet can provide, but instead requires a five month leave of absence on medical grounds.

According to the latest statement, his condition is worse than had at first been realized - but does anyone really believe that a company like Apple, which is so careful and controlled about its corporate communications, would really make what seemed like an honest statement before Macworld about Job's health, only to make yet another, more serious statement just one week later?

The whole thing smacks of Apple trying to spin the situation instead of coming clean about what's going on. Apple announced the latest news after US markets had closed, but its stock still dropped 2.71% in after hours trading. It seems to me that they hoping that by slowly dripping out information, they can minimize the impact of whatever the real bad news might be. Instead, they are making the company look dishonest and fueling even more speculation about Job's health and the questions of who is leading Apple.

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I've avoided posting about Steve Job's decision not to present a keynote at the upcoming MacWorld show, mostly because its been done to death elsewhere, and its a bit boring really - regardless of the state of his health, Apple needs a proper succession strategy to keep shareholders happy, just the same as Microsoft needed to create a smooth transition from Gates to Ballmer. It's just good business sense.

But as the rumour mill grumbles on, the usually tight-lipped Apple have released this little nugget of information, direct from Steve Jobs himself. It seems that the reason for Jobs' weight loss is a hormone imbalance that's been robbing his body of proteins.

Apparently "sophisticated blood tests" have confirmed to the vegan, alternative therapy fan, what the rest of us could have told him just by looking at him - he needs to eat more.

Jobs says that the remedy is a simple and straightforward treatment that he has already begun, and that he's not budging from the CEO spot at Apple. So which is it Steve -  McDonalds or Burger King?

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