Originally Posted by teckstud
This still sounds very strange. Hormonol imbalance is easy to detect by a simple blood test. And further- why wasn't/isn't he treated with a mild steroid (ingestible) to gain weight ? He could gain it back much faster than late spring. Also usually "bad" blood throws off the hormones- not the other way around. And finally why is this being mentioned the very day before MacWorld- he obviously won't be there. I think this only makes the situation worse for stockholders.
All in all- I wish him well.
First, it's not as easy as you make out. There's a bunch of hormones, and you would have had to have checked the specific hormone he's talking about. Also, there's a bunch of things that aren't hormones, but which people tend to refer to as such, broadening the field of possibilities further. And as to your question about why people didn't give him steroids to make him gain weight, that's like saying I've had a fever of unknown origin for months, so why weren't people giving me Tylenol. If you have a problem, to try and discover & fix the underlying issue, not mask it. And steroids are considerably less benign that Tylenol. Finally, your comment that '"bad" blood throws off the hormones- not the other way around' is gibberish. (And yes, I am a doctor).
Second, it's worth keeping in mind that just because you find an abnormal lab, that doesn't establish causality. If you find an abnormality, and that abnormality is known to be able to cause a given syndrome, then you fix the abnormality and the syndrome remits, that constitutes reasonably compelling evidence. There's a tendency for excessively willful patients to try and take control of a medical workup and guide it in the direction they see it as needing to go. Hopefully that's not what's happening here.
I had a girlfriend once who was a vegetarian. She became ill. The illness wasn't directly due to being a vegetarian. On the other hand, her diet definitely made it much harder for her to recover. But yet, she wouldn't believe it, wouldn't even consider it. She had a very unhealthy diet, and insisted on viewing it as the cornerstone of her health. Hopefully her situation isn't analogous to Mr Jobs'.