Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by Tim Webb
Today was Apple's annual iPhone event where we saw several new devices joining Apple's range of consumer products. There are a lot of websites that will be fawning over the details of those devices, but I want to raise a much more important issue. Phil Schiller needs to get in shape.
During last year's iPhone event, I noted that Phil did not appear to be availing himself of the many health features that were touted during the Apple Watch key note. His physique today was even more alarming. His weight is now affecting his posture, forcing him to walk at an odd angle. Phil Schiller's appearance was even more unsettling because he forgot to untuck his shirt. In all of the years Phil has appeared at Apple events, he has always had his shirt untucked. Occasionally you'd get the impression that he had just untucked it prior to going out on stage, but at least the effort was made.
Today he looked old, lumpy, and defeated; like a man who has given up.
A couple of years ago I was dealing with a fairly serious health issue that I haven't talked about publicly. This was at the same time that Doug Woods was beginning to experience his health problems.I kept mine private because I did not want to give the impression that all music app YouTubers were dying. But I was.
Between September 2016 and February 2017 I was periodically hit with a terrible pain that wracked every organ of my body. During these "attacks" I was weak, confused, and truly felt like I was dying for several hours at a time. My mind would just kind of go into this odd Zen of acceptence, "Well I guess that's that then." This would happen to me at about once per day for the entire 6 month duration.
I was in and out of Emergency Rooms and doctors visits during that time. No one could tell me what was causing my "attacks" or how to prevent them. I had noticed that it seemed to be related to my eating. As long as I kept eating I would avoid attacks, or minimize their impact.
Acidic Blood (Artist Rendering)
I put on a lot of weight in those 6 months before I figured out that I was dealing with a rare non-diabetic form of ketoacidosis, brought on by a clinical magnesium deficiency. The pH in my blood was going down to acid. The cure was simply to start taking a magnesium supplement and that fixed me overnight.
With that solved I needed to address all of the weight I'd put on, so I began a work out regimen that same February. And I kept at it. I just turned 40 last month, in the best shape of my life.
There are a lot of virtues to being fit, beyond looking fit. I have more energy, and just feel great throughout the whole day. I'm not just strong, I feel strong and it is a great feeling! I'm also less susceptible to random annoyances, like digestion problems. I intend to continue to lift weights and do cardio as a means of combating aging. I would like to strongly encourage others to try it as well. Working out sucks, but the benefits are enormous!
For anyone that cares more about the new Apple toys: There's a new Watch that is more like a watch, but still doesn't do anything that justifies itself or its price. There's a new iPad that's the lowest-tier iPad, with the lowest-tier bezel. There's a trio of new phones that are faster than last year's old phones.