Conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck revealed on The Blaze Monday night that he's been battling - and hiding - several serious and mysterious health problems for several years.
CNN reports that Beck's health problems have included vocal-cord paralysis; the inability to remember names, faces and conversations; eyesight problems; and paralyzing pain in his extremities that at times was so bad he could barely work.
"While I was at Fox, the pain would get so bad that my camera crew, our executive producer Tiffany and I, had worked out hand signals so they would know when to take the camera off of me... We didn't know at the time what was causing me to feel as though, out of nowhere, my hands and feet, or arms and legs would feel like someone had just crushed them, set them on fire or pushed broken glass into them."Beck and his wife went from doctor to doctor over the course of several years, reports The Washington Post, one of whom tested him for traumatic brain injury.
"I did so poorly on this test the doctors shared the results with my wife and didn't focus on them with me. I never wanted to see the results. I knew I was functioning at about the bottom 10 percent. I knew when I couldn't figure out simple math problems or remember a series of words I was in real trouble."This was about 18 months ago, when he was told that he would be completely unable to function within 10 years.
Eventually, after moving from New York to Texas, Beck wound up at the Carrick Brain Centers. There, doctors were finally able to hone in on his problem; an autoimmune disorder (which he declined to identify by name) and a condition known as adrenal fatigue.
After trying a variety of treatments over the course of the next several months, Beck believes he has finally gotten the upper hand on his health problems.
"Over the last 10 months, I did all kinds of tests and therapies, which included everything from electric stimulation to weird gyroscope tests like the astronauts use where they're flipping you around. After months of treatment and completely changing the way I eat, sleep, work and live, along with ongoing hormone treatment and intensive physical therapy, I have reversed the process."As of this post, Glenn Beck says that he has been given a clean bill of health.
[Images courtesy of catholictradition.org and The Blaze]