Sins of iMission: What Apple omitted from the iPhone

If you've observed the outpouring of joy and wonder--and cash--with which adoring Apple fans have greeted each new iteration of the iPhone, and if you've formed the general impression that the iPhone is the "smartphone" that does everything, think again. iphoneDig a little deeper into the online chatter and you find out, as buyers like me have done, that Apple omitted some serious "basic" features from all the iPhones so far produced.

Topping the "Sins of iMission" is a feature that's almost synonymous with Apple. That's right I'm talking about cut-and-paste. You heard right, there's no way to...

Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency: The 21 signs and symptoms

So, in the continuing iron overload saga, it now appears that my wife's hemochromatosis has had three major impacts, or impacted three major glands (thyroid, adrenals, and pituitary). Although a course of phlebotomy is underway to treat the hemochromatosis, dealing with damage to the glands is more complicated.

Consider the Human Growth Hormone deficiency due to the damage to the pituitary. It's not like HGH is something you can get over the counter at the local pharmacy. The substance itself is unstable, requiring special handling, and it very expensive to produce. And thanks to years of mindless abuse by selfish greedy so-called "athletes" HGH is not easy to get (in the State of New York it's a controlled substance, with all the hassles that designation entails).

On the upside, there is some good support out there for sufferers of human growth hormone deficiency, which mainly occurs in children. The adult version is known as Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency or AGHD. I was amazed to learn how much of an impact AGHD can have on a person. Consider this list:

  1. weakened heart muscle contraction and heart rate

  2. increased arterial plaque and blood pressure

  3. elevated lipids or fats in the blood (cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides)

  4. decreased exercise capacity due to decreased cardiac output

  5. decreased energy due to decreased metabolic rate

  6. abnormal body composition (increased abdominal obesity--waist to hip ratio)

  7. decreased bone density due to decreased synthesis of bone

  8. increase in fractures and osteoporosis

  9. decreased muscle strength and muscle size

  10. decreased lean body mass

  11. increased fat mass

  12. low blood sugar (dizziness or fainting weakness or tiredness, headaches)

  13. poor concentration or memory

  14. decreased sexual desire

  15. sleep problems

  16. shyness

  17. withdrawal from others

  18. nervousness or anxiety

  19. decreased social contact

  20. sadness or depression

  21. feelings of hopelessness

The bad news is, my wife has experienced all of these. The good news is, HGH could reverse any or all of these. So if you read the list as one of positive possibilities it's quite exciting, like #5: "Increased energy due to increased metabolic rate." I know she'd like that!

Of course, there's a long way to go yet. AGHD is a pretty nasty thing to be hit with. When I first looked over this list and got to number 21 my reaction upon reading it was: "That's entirely understandable!"

List source: Human Growth Foundation metabolic rate"