Glenn Beck’s ‘Diagnosis’ Appears to Be Total Bullshit

The other day, Glenn Beck announced on his show that he’d been battling a rare neurological disorder for years and tearfully described his symptoms and how he finally found a diagnosis and medical salvation from a “chiropractic neurologist.” David Ferguson at Raw Story reports that this is almost certainly complete bullshit.

The illness, Beck said, baffled doctors all over the world, but has now been diagnosed as “adrenal fatigue” by maverick “chiropractic neurologist” Dr. Ted Carrick.

Beck said that the mysterious ailment came on gradually over the course of the last few years, causing him to lose his memory and to suffer seizures, intense pain in his hands and feet and fits of vocal paralysis. He had long bouts of insomnia, mental “fogginess” and a spate of emotional outbursts that he said “quite honestly has made me look crazy.”

Now, after a range of treatments by Carrick — including being strapped into and spun around in a giant gyroscope — and an intense regimen of spiritual work and fervent prayer, Beck claims to have a “clean bill of health.”

“My brain is back online in a big way,” he said Monday.

I’m not sure it was ever online in the first place, but let’s set that aside. Let’s find out about “chiropractic neurology.”

“Chiropractic neurology” is a controversial branch of medicine that Yale University neurologist Dr. Steven Novella dismissed outright as “pure pseudoscience” in a column from November of 2011.

“Chiropractic neurology does not appear to be based on any body of research, or any accumulated scientific knowledge,” Novella wrote. “I am not aware of any research that establishes their core claims. A search on PubMed for ‘Carrick T’ yielded nothing, and searching on ‘chiropractic neurology’ yielded mostly studies about neurological complications from chiropractic treatment.”

“Chiropractic neurology appears to me to be the very definition of pseudoscience — it has all the trappings of a legitimate profession, with a complex set of beliefs and practices, but there is no underlying scientific basis for any of it,” he concluded.

More medical woo, backed up by absolutely no science. How unsurprising. And about that “adrenal fatigue” thing:

Raw Story spoke with a representative of Emory Health Care in Atlanta who pointed out that Beck’s symptoms do not actually match those typically associated with adrenaline fatigue, which is a syndrome that affects people exposed to high levels of stress over long periods of time.

Adrenal fatigue patients are typically treated by a nephrologist, she said, because the adrenal glands are located directly atop the kidneys, or an endocrinologist. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue are mostly limited to a deep tiredness that sleep doesn’t help and mental fogginess.

New York psychiatrist Dr. James Halper pointed Raw Story to the work of Dr. Todd B. Nippoldt of the Mayo Clinic, who wrote, “Adrenal fatigue is a term applied to a collection of non-specific symptoms such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems. The term often shows up in popular health books and on alternative medicine websites, but it isn’t an accepted medical diagnosis.”

“It’s frustrating to have persistent symptoms your doctor can’t readily explain,” said Nippoldt. “But accepting a medically unrecognized diagnosis from an unqualified practitioner could be worse. Unproven remedies for so-called adrenal fatigue may leave you feeling sicker, while the real cause — such as depression or fibromyalgia — continues to take its toll.”

Yep. Sounds like bullshit.

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • dingojack

    This guy?!?

    He not a quack why he’s “Professor Emeritus of Neurology, Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas and Distinguished PostGraduate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Logan College of Chiropractic, in Chesterfield, MO.”

    *Snicker*

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    It’s nice to see that even big fat parasites like Mr Bek can be, in turn, attacked parasitically:

    The vermin only teaze and pinch

    Their foes superior by an inch.

    So, naturalists observe, a flea

    Has smaller fleas that on him prey;

    And these have smaller still to bite ’em,

    And so proceed ad infinitum.”

    Jonathon Swift.

    😀 Dingo

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    The illness, Beck said, baffled doctors all over the world, but has now been diagnosed as “adrenal fatigue” by maverick “chiropractic neurologist” Dr. Ted Carrick.

    I am not sure that is correct, either. I think it is either a high Thetan count and/or a low midichlorian count. He should have an Audit to be safe…

  • Kevin Kehres

    Beck would rather suffer than face the fact that he’s got mental health issues.

    Of course, he also may be fearful that if he gets effective treatment, that he’ll lose whatever it is that makes him so … what’s the right term … “controversial”.

  • Jared James

    If we don’t come up with a million dollarsfifty million dollars, quick, The Lord may call him home!

  • Pierce R. Butler

    The grifter got grifted – but the metagrifter now has thousands of new griftees…

  • Jacob Sherwood

    If anyone here is a hockey fan, this is the same “doctor” that “fixed” Sidney Crosby’s concussion a couple of years ago. (IIRC, Crosby came back for a few games but then was out of the lineup again for a while with concussive symptoms).

  • John Pieret

    mental “fogginess” and a spate of emotional outbursts that he said “quite honestly has made me look crazy

    So, when is this esteemed “chiropractic neurologist” going to work on those symptoms?

  • davem

    …fits of vocal paralysis. He had long bouts of insomnia, mental “fogginess” and a spate of emotional outbursts that he said “quite honestly has made me look crazy.”

    Can a doctor get to him, and replace his illness with one that relieves him of the mental fogginess, emotional outbursts, and being made to look crazy, in favour of one in which he has permanent vocal paralysis?

  • Sastra

    Mormons, by the way, are often strong proponents of alternative medicine. The religion’s emphasis on going back to the old fashioned, natural way God intended and its conspiracy mindset falls right in line with the alt med narrative .

    And after all, if thousands of Mormons were shocked, shocked I say, to discover that Joseph Smith was a polygamist then familiarity with reliable sources and research is clearly not their strong point.

  • weatherwax

    I have to admit my first question was: are the doctors unable to give him a diagnosis, or are they giving him a diagnosis he doesn’t like?

  • mudskipper

    Didn’t he tearfully announce a few years ago that he was going blind? Was there a miracle save that I missed or did that whole episode just disappear down the memory hole?

  • coffeehound

    We can discuss adrenal fatigue as a thing as such and that’s fine, but the language used to describe it was odd, something along the lines of a “hyperextended adrenal gland”. It made me

    wonder whether he took a bad cut to the hoop while running on his kidneys in a pick-up game ……

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    Glenn Beck’s ‘Diagnosis’ Appears to Be Total Bullshit.

    The title is strangely accurate, since Glenn Beck was diagnosed to be total bullshit for sometime now.

  • illdoittomorrow

    The “vocal paralysis” is a feature, not a symptom. As for the rest, well, who knew Obama Derangement Syndrome had actual physical consequences?

  • raven

    Didn’t he tearfully announce a few years ago that he was going blind?

    Yeah, he did. Supposedly he was suffering from some benign condition that doesn’t cause blindness. It sounded like bullcrap then and turned out to be…bullcrap.

    Beck might well be suffering from some neurological condition though. He was like he was now as a Top 40 DJ decades ago. The only difference is that he is now very rich and famous. His mother is thought to have committed suicide long ago.

    Glenn Beck:…a spate of emotional outbursts that he said “quite honestly has made me look crazy.”

    AFAWCT, these “emotional outbursts that make me (Beck) look crazy”, started about 30 seconds after he was born.

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    So, for that last few years, we can pretty much dismiss anything he has said, because fogginess and memory loss. Also the incessant crying over whatever.

  • Donnie

    @Jacob Sherwood says:

    If anyone here is a hockey fan, this is the same “doctor” that “fixed” Sidney Crosby’s concussion a couple of years ago. (IIRC, Crosby came back for a few games but then was out of the lineup again for a while with concussive symptoms).

    As a Caps fan, I despise Crysby. As a hockey fan, I love Crosby. I am really surprised that the team allowed him to go to a chiropractor; but I suspect that outside of surgical issues, the team doctors have few options regarding player medical decisions? I am glad that Crosby is back in form from his concussion. No more Eric Lindros’.

    Now, I await Crysby and the Peguins!

  • howardhershey

    To be fair, there have been many instances reported here where Glenn has forgotten stuff that others in his organization have written about in his magazine. But, diagnosing from afar (albeit without any monetary remuneration nor hope of such), I attributed it to mouth-brain disconnect disorder (MBDD), a problem that affects many radio pundits who say whatever they want at the moment rather than consult their memory of previous statements, not adrenal fatigue.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    …he’d been battling a rare neurological disorder for years…

    I didn’t know that being stupid and evil was all that rare.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Anal fatigue? Got tired of pulling shit out of his ass and putting it on radio?

    Oh…adrenal….my bad.

  • Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    The other day, Glenn Beck announced on his show that he’d been battling a rare neurological disorder for years

    Anencephaly?

  • tsig

    Obviously needs a shot of adrenocortisone but you only get that stuff from the brain of electrocuted criminals.

  • tuibguy

    I get the impression that Glenn Beck is into drama.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    Area Man, you beat me to it, so I’ll put it this way:

    This article is clearly false because stupidity isn’t “rare”.

  • dingojack

    Sadly ‘evil’ and ‘stupid’ are neither rare nor neurological diseases.

    Dingo

  • caseloweraz

    How does a “maverick chiropractic neurologist” get access to a “giant gyroscope (centrifuge)”?

    BTW: Avira blocks the site Dingojack linked. But I have to wonder how a man can be a professor emeritus at one college and an active professor at another. Oh, wait; they don’t do resume checking at his level…

    Davem: Can a doctor get to him, and replace his illness with one that relieves him of the mental fogginess, emotional outbursts, and being made to look crazy, in favour of one in which he has permanent vocal paralysis?

    “Lesson 22 — blessed silence.” (h/t: Remo Williams — the Adventure Begins)

  • dingojack

    caseloweraz – Sorry about that. :(

    Dingo