November 11, 2014

Most-liked comment at the WaPo article "Glenn Beck’s dramatic revelation: He’s been hiding a mysterious brain illness."

"As a physician, this is all medical gibberish which possibly explains his commentary and views. He needs a psychiatrist more than all the unspecified treatments and experimental therapies mentioned. He displays features of psychosis."

Second-most-liked: "'Glenn Beck reveals he's been hiding a mysterious brain illness.' He didn't do a very good job of hiding it."

Third: "Beck suffers from CFD, or cranial fecal disorder...."

45 comments:

Mark said...

He says that doctors told him he hasn't had REM sleep in a decade.

Odd, that.

I notice he kept publishing books through this period. Not sure how that works when your brain is barely operating as he claims, unless he signed his name on someone else's work.

wendybar said...

Here come all the nasty comments about Glenn Beck. You may not agree with him, but he has been completely right about a lot of things that are happening, and predicted a lot of things such as the Caliphate which he got laughed at when he brought up. Funny how our President can come out and say he "just read in the paper" and people think he is so smart. Watch the show, and he will explain "how" he got so much done without REM sleep.

Scott said...

Glenn Beck is hugely creative in an area of public life that punishes those who don't conform. He is a family man of good character. To see the vicious sheep of the progressive WaPo commentariat respond to Beck's misfortune with ad hominem attacks is just plain sad.

The big question now: Which television talking head is going to be the first to make some ugly comment about Beck that they will have to walk back? The obvious pick would have been Joy Behar, but she's not on The View anymore. I'm betting it will be some airhead infobabe on CNN.

The Drill SGT said...

Progressives are all about 'civility' and 'free speech' until somebody says something they don't like...then death wishes and threats follow rapidly...

mesquito said...

I thought we were supposed to be civil after Sara Palin shot that poor congresswoman in the head.

RecChief said...

Conservatives think liberals are wrong, liberals think conservatives are evil.

Or mentally ill I guess.

Odd, there's a few leftists that I've wanted to step into a ring with, but I can't remember being happy one of them had an illness, or wished one were dead before their time.

sick fuckers

CStanley said...

The comments and attitude behind them are reprehensible, but the illness he describes is neither medically recognized nor a brain disorder. The doctors treating him are probably quacks (unless he is misunderstanding and misreporting this.)

It's frustrating though because there are symptoms and syndromes about which we have limited understanding and instead of acknowledging that, most physicians blow off their patients' concerns.

Curious George said...

"RecChief said...
Odd, there's a few leftists that I've wanted to step into a ring with, but I can't remember being happy one of them had an illness, or wished one were dead before their time."

Me, just one. Ted Kennedy. I'm glad he died, I hope it was painful. But the difference is not for his politics.

Rae said...

If Beck were a leftie, he'd be lionized for the struggles he's been through in his life. Alcoholism, his mother's suicide, illness.

Personally, I do think he has some mild form of bipolar disorder.

Phil 3:14 said...

Glen has issues.

Larry J said...

The Drill SGT said...
Progressives are all about 'civility' and 'free speech' until somebody says something they don't like...then death wishes and threats follow rapidly...


Liberals dwell in hate. There's no hate like liberal hate as described here.

tim maguire said...

How about a "civility bullshit" tag?

Anonymous said...

The guy who wants you to buy gold gets the Goldwater treatment from Goldbrickers?

Biff said...

I've long been struck by the contrast by the supposed high-mindedness of WaPo and the cesspool that is its comments section.

sinz52 said...

Chiropractic neurology is quackery.

With all the fancy-looking machines and devices, all they're doing is making the patient feel better (placebo effect) that someone has something advanced to treat them with.

Glenn Beck's own description of his symptoms sounds like something requiring psychiatric intervention.

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/glenn-beck-illness-sick-112769.html?hp=l3_4

Compare to:

http://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/panic-disorder-agoraphobia/symptoms

I don't hate the guy or care about him one way or the other. I just hate to see someone eschew legitimate psychiatric treatment for chiropractic quackery.

MadisonMan said...

What a thing to live through! And to not know what was wrong -- other than the certainty that something was wrong. (It does make you an easy mark for Doctor Quackery).

Glad to read he's back in a healthy lane.

traditionalguy said...

Glenn is a Mormon. So wild stories are normal to him.

Fritz said...

Liberals are so compassionate.

Deirdre Mundy said...

Heck, just the only sleeping for a couple hours a night for years at a time could probably do a lot of that to you.

When you're young, you can abuse your body like that. As you age, it catches up. And as a mormon, he couldn't even caffienate to compensate.

When you don't sleep, everything falls apart.

Michael Fitzgerald said...

Beck is a good man who was right about so much that the democrat party members had to target him for elimination. Progressive democrats are vicious, vehemently ignorant hypocrites. Glenn Beck organized a massive public event in support of fatherhood, family, and country. It was completely apolitical. Puke Jon Stewart and his progressive fellow travelers felt so threatened by Beck's success that he countered with an event of his own that was completely political and hyper-partisan, a progressive Nuremberg rally that culminated with the introduction of Yusef Salaam, who advocated for the murder of Salman Rushdie, to lead the audience in singing "Peace Train".

acm said...

Beck has been open about the fact that he has ADHD, alcoholism (though he's now been sober for quite some time) and a family history of severe mental health issues. So we've known for a long time that something is wrong, or at least atypical, with his brain. I am saddened to see that his suffering has gotten worse, and that he's fallen for this chiropractic neurology scam. Lots of alcoholics experience these symptoms as they age as a direct result of their past substance abuse, but real neurologists are making strides to better understand and treat them. Lots of people with ADHD experience these symptoms with age, with some of it connected to stimulant use* and some just due to the way our brains are. Again, real neurologists are making progress for these patients. I hope Beck is able to get some real help.

*I don't know if Beck ever used stimulants to control his ADHD, and I'm not saying stimulants should be avoided. I personally use them for my own ADHD but I don't pretend that there aren't potential risks.

I actually have some experience with a related "Brain Center", Robert Milello's Brain Balance Center chain. Milello and Carrick are both chiropractors and coauthored papers together and at one point Carrick was one of the testimonials for something related to Brain Balance. Brain Balance uses a grab bag of actual proven physical/occupational therapy techniques, weird quackery, and plain old exercise, fun and positive reinforcement to "cure" kids of behavioral problems, ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities and --- get this --- allergies. It "works" to some extent with ADHD and behavior problems because of the exercise, PT/OT techniques, and plain old positive attention from a kind adult, but it costs a good deal more than a real, qualified therapist and a nice karate or tumbling class, which would do as much good or more.

paminwi said...

Why do people care so much about Glenn Beck. If you don't like him, ignore him and whatever he says.

Hate on someone like Obama who can really change how you live your life. Beck can not do anything that will change anything about how you move through your day.

God bless, you pathetic haters!

Anonymous said...

Glen is an interesting man and an original thinker. His early outing of Van Jones was prescient. Since then, the Obama admin has proved to be a black panther style gangster government, complete with Islamist leanings. His study of the 'progressive' political movement in the USA is quite good. Having said all that, GB has always had a kind of crazy look in his eyes- still does. I remember thinking back in 2009, while he was appearing on FOX, "I hope he can hold it together" as he was valuable, original, and influential commentator for conservatives. From a medical point of view, it sounds most like some form of manic-depression.

acm said...

Whoops, I misspelled the other chiropractors name. It's Robert Melillo, not Milello.

Michael K said...

The WaPo readers are mostly like that. I read the comments after a George Will piece, for example. Most of them are in that tone. After all, the WaPo is the house organ for federal employees.

How many people, when thinking of the black vote, for another example, consider that about half the black middle class are federal employees ?

Republicans are really swimming upstream in trying to convert the black middle class to real economics. We would do better with the ambitious lower class where vouchers are a big potential issue. The teachers' unions and the black lower classes are enemies.

Paddy O said...

He has a brain cloud.

garage mahal said...

Glenn Beck is hugely creative in an area of public life that punishes those who don't conform.

If you enjoy observing someone who is close to playing with their own shit.

Basil said...

Typical lefty, no personal compassion, no response on the merits, relentless juvenile smears and insults. America is finally waking up. Thanks, President Obama!

theribbonguy said...

"If you enjoy observing someone who is close to playing with their own shit."

Well..I do enjoy reading your commentary...so there's that.

Michael K said...

"
If you enjoy observing someone who is close to playing with their own shit."

When did the conversation turn to Al Gore ?

I have never been a fan of Beck but Gore lost his sanity after 2000.

Revenant said...

I like Paddy O's theory.

Seriously, though, this sounds like a psychological problem, not a neurological one.

rcocean said...

The Left is full of hate filled assholes. Remember Matt Yglesis saying he was glad Breitbart was dead? Or Al Franken smiling and laughing when Limbaugh was going deaf?

SomeoneHasToSayIt said...

If he still thinks he hears 'God' talking to him, he's far from cured.

That's crazy talk.

jr565 said...

I've heard about adrenal fatigue. It's tied in with fibromyalgia. And one of the issues with fibro is the lack of restorative sleep.

hombre said...

"Conservatives think liberals are wrong, liberals think conservatives are evil." (6:58)

I think that was from Krauthammer and it's "...liberals are stupid." Since he is a psychiatrist, I assume he has scaled down from "mentally ill" to "stupid," to avoid being accused of a mass diagnosis, even if it is warranted.

Beck has likely been in pain all the way to the bank. Given that covetousness is part and parcel of lefty ideology, they probably hate him for that too.

garage mahal said...

The Left is full of hate filled assholes. Remember Matt Yglesis saying he was glad Breitbart was dead?

Remember in this thread Curious George said of Ted Kennedy. I'm glad he died, I hope it was painful"

Curious George said...

"garage mahal said...
Remember in this thread Curious George said of Ted Kennedy. I'm glad he died, I hope it was painful"

Yep. But again not because of his politics. Because he allowed a woman to suffocate to her death. And tried his best to cover it up. Because it would hurt his political opportunities.

He is vermin. And a murderer. But that of course does not disqualify him from the Democratic Party.

garage mahal said...

I bet you call yourself a proud Christian too. But since you were in the car with Kennedy I'll just have to take your word for it.

John Lynch said...

Brain Cloud!

hombre said...

Garage: "... since you were in the car with Kennedy ...."

Are you saying that Kennedy didn't abandon the vehicle leaving Mary Jo to die, return to his hotel room and call his political people before reporting the incident to authorities?

Who knew?

Unknown said...

The physician commenter needs a grammar lesson. "As a physician, this...." So the word "this" is a physician?

Curious George said...

"garage mahal said...
I bet you call yourself a proud Christian too. But since you were in the car with Kennedy I'll just have to take your word for it."

You lose. I wonder if you would care if it were your own daughter floating face down in the back of Kennedy's car...I mean just another egg in your omelette, right?

President-Mom-Jeans said...

Bitchtits going to the defense of another overweight, pale, idiot.

Shocking. Blobs of a feather.

While to my knowledge the Madison Dough Boy has not killed anyone, I certainly woudn't shed any tears if he joins Teddy in hell sooner rather than later.

Quaestor said...

Napoleon may have had a similar condition. The emperor was noted for working long hours punctuated with naps rather than conventional sleep.

Most people who are denied REM sleep breakdown. Most, not all. Sleep studies from the 1960's showed a normal distribution. A few data at the extremes showed no critical need of REM sleep.

Anonymous said...

In a few more years we will have a Republican President. When that happens, Beck will criticize the President just as he does now with King Putt.

Then the lefties will love him.