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Glenn Beck Health: Host Reveals He's Fought Rare Illness for Years

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By    |   Monday, 10 Nov 2014 11:29 PM

Popular radio and TV host, commentator, and Blaze TV founder Glenn Beck let the public in on his health Monday, confessing he's been fighting a rare and debilitating illness for years.

Choking back tears, Beck recounted a heartbreaking, five-year struggle with excruciating pain, vocal cord paralysis, and eyesight problems, all originally diagnosed as a form of neuropathy.

“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,” Beck said.

Beck left Fox News as a host in 2011.

“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.”

He said oddly, he also never needed more than two to four hours of sleep at night.

After taking a test for people with traumatic brain injury, and testing in the bottom 10 percent, Beck said he was told he had between 5-10 years before he would no longer be able to function.

Yet Beck said his wife, Tania, had it even harder, having to help him get dressed on his worst days, and doing it all "with kindness, love and joy," he said, wiping away tears.

When he thought he was at the end of his career — and possibly his life —Beck said he turned to doctors at the Carrick Brain Centers, a rehabilitation facility in Texas, where they "found that I had several things going on, from an autoimmune disorder to adrenal fatigue."

"They also found the connection to everything that was going on, and for the first time gave us hope that we could reboot my system — not just stop it, but reverse things,” Beck said. “Me never having to sleep was finally understandable. The last sign of adrenal failure is a hyperextension of your adrenal glands. … I didn’t need sleep. I could have been lifting cars during my time at Fox!”

He said he also "appeared at the time to be in the early stages of Addison's disease."

Addison's is a rare, chronic endocrine system disorder in which the adrenal glands do not produce sufficient steroid hormones.

Beck said he's now stopped the frightening decline after months of treatment and changing the way he eats, sleeps, works and lives — along with hormone treatment and intensive physical therapy.

"My brain is back online in a big way," he said. "I have received a clean bill of health."

“Maybe you didn’t even notice, but I have been gone,” Beck concluded. “But I’m happy to say, I’m back. But with all of this time left, what do I spend it on? I have pivoted. I know what life is about and it isn’t about money, fame or division."

Beck said he is producing a pilot that reflects his new attitude and life.

“We need to tell the stories of love and courage where the good guys win," he said, promising to build his network to "become the change that we seek."

"We will start a revolution of hope," he declared. "I choose hope.”

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Popular radio and TV host, commentator, and Blaze TV founder Glenn Beck let the public in on his health Monday, confessing he's been fighting a rare and debilitating illness for years.
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