He’s the man universally associated with strength and resourcefulness, but now, Chuck Norris is up against a challenge too big for him to handle alone—taking down the Big Pharma machine.
“My wife Gena is a survivor of Gadolinium poisoning,” said the Walker, Texas Ranger star, adding in a separate statement, “We’re not overlooking the good MRIs can do. We’re speaking out against the dangers of gadolinium use in MRIs.”
Now, the couple have launched a massive lawsuit against 11 separate drug companies, including Bracco and McKesson.
As Chuck explained:
“Gena and I have been in the news recently because of the gadolinium poisoning she received through her Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI…
“Gadolinium-based contrast agents, or GBCAs, are injected in about a third of 60 million MRIs performed annually – 30 million in the U.S. alone (that’s one in 10 Americans), including children.
“Gadolinium is a heavy metal chemical agent that is injected to enhance the images of a MRI. It’s not naturally found in the human body. Its proponents say it is always expelled from the body, primarily through the kidneys.
“But studies have shown it can be retained in the brain, bones, skin and others parts of the body.”
The lawsuit alleges that Chuck’s wife, Gena, was poisoned by gadolinium which eventually led to her diagnosis of Gadolinium Deposition Disease.
Nearly $2 million in out-of-pocket expenses later and the Norris’ have grounds for the suit, not to mention the extensive damage caused to her overall health.
According to Business Wire, Gena has suffered from “cognitive impairment, body pain/burning, kidney damage, loss of energy/mobility, and difficulty breathing.”
“Unfortunately, litigation is the only course of action we can take to hold the drug companies accountable for threatening the lives of so many innocent people who undergo MRIs,” said Gena, “These companies continue to say that there is no link between gadolinium and adverse events, even though the evidence is overwhelming that this heavy metal stays in the body for years, rather than hours.”
Since gadolinium poisoning is considered an unproven medical theory, there are few well-accepted means of treating it, thus forcing Chuck and Gena to seek alternative treatments.
One such treatment is Chelation therapy, which according to The Free Thought Project is a:
“…chemical process in which a synthetic solution-EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)-is injected into the bloodstream to remove heavy metals and/or minerals from the body.
“Chelation means “to grab” or “to bind.” When EDTA is injected into the veins, it “grabs” heavy metals and minerals such as lead, mercury, copper, iron, arsenic, aluminum, and calcium and removes them from the body.
“Except as a treatment for lead poisoning, chelation therapy is controversial and unapproved.”
The Norris’ have hired Brooks Cutter and Todd Walburg of Cutter Law to represent them, a group who filed the first lawsuit surrounding gadolinium poisoning back in October 2016.