Martial arts legend, television and movie star and WND columnist Chuck Norris has a unique reputation as a tough guy – even among tough guys.
It's joked that he's not on Mt. Rushmore because the granite isn't tough enough for his beard, the Boogieman checks under his bed for Chuck, and his tears can cure cancer only he's never cried.
And he gets the information from books by staring at them.
There's even the time when European muscle man Jean-Claude Van Damme was filmed doing the splits between two moving trucks in a commercial for the vehicles.
So Norris took the stunt to a whole new level, "doing" the splits between the wings of two jets for a Christmas promotion.
See the video:
But a recent situation for the star, and his wife, Gena, left him feeling, literally, helpless.
It was when she had a series of MRI tests, common medical procedures used every day in every city across the nation, and she suddenly felt as if she was dying.
She talks about her experience in an interview on "Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson."
The interview is scheduled to be broadcast on Attkisson's program on Sunday, live streamed on her website 9:30 a.m. ET and airing on Sinclair stations nationwide at various times (check your program guide for the time in your area.)
Attkisson is a five-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting.
See a short excerpt from the program:
"I just heard that still small voice deep inside of me that said, 'Gena your body is dying.' And I walked out of the bathroom and he just took one look at me and he knew; 'I'm about to lose my wife,'" Gena Norris said.
Chuck Norris continued, "Well I saw death in her eyes. I saw her dying and I said you know I've got to do something."
He went on, "Well it's the helpless feeling, you know cause I'm kind of a take charge guy, and then here I have something where I cannot do anything and it was, it was horrifying and, and uh, I just thank, thank God that we were able to weather it and that she did get better and I got my wife back."
It was a few years back that this happened, when Gena explained, she ended up in an emergency room for "five or six nights in a row."
"And by the fourth, fifth, sixth night, the burning just kept traveling and I would go in and they'd say, 'Well what's wrong with you?' And I'm like 'I, I don't know. I don't feel good. And I'm just, I'm burning. All I can tell you is I'm burning all over. I feel like I have acid everywhere in my tissues, I'm just, I'm on fire.'"
Tests for ALS, Parkinson's and more were negative, so she launched her own research and found reports of a poisoning from a substance used during an MRI, which she'd had recently.
A poisoning from a heavy metal called gadolinium.
Full Measure said the FDI declined to be interviewed on the topic, but affirmed it "believes no clinical effects have been identified due to gadolinium in the brain."
However, multiple online information sources provide statements that gadolinium indeed is toxic and can induce reactions.
"[Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents] (which are used in MRIs) are generally thought to be safe to use in patients with good kidney function. However, retention of gadolinium is known to have serious consequences including the incurable and potentially life-threatening disease known as Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis," explains Gadolinium Toxicity.
The site explained the FDA "is investigating the risk of brain deposits of gadolinium following repeated use of GBCAs from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)."
"We created this website as a way to alert people to a problem that was not yet recognized by the FDA and the medical industry," the organizers said.
In fact, the FDA said while "it is unknown whether these gadolinium deposits are harmful or can lead to adverse health effects," health care professionals would be wise to "consider limiting GBCA use to clinical circumstances in which the additional information provided by the contrast is necessary."
The metal highlights the body's organs so that images are more clear, and diagnoses easier, on MRI test results.
The FDA confirmed, "After being administered, GBCAs are mostly eliminated from the body through the kidneys. However, trace amounts of gadolinium may stay in the body long-term. Recent studies conducted in people and animals have confirmed that gadolinium can remain in the brain…"
Program officials explained it's not widely known, but Gena Norris nearly died from the after-effects of several MRIs in 2013.
Gena Norris explains she still fights the issue, even years later.
The full interview is coming Sunday 9:30 a.m. ET on "Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson."
WND reported a few weeks ago when Chuck Norris announced a new video game. His "Nonstop Chuck Norris" features exclusive Chuck Norris facts, a chance to "Help Chuck Save the Multiverse," "Power-Up the Chuck" and "How Far Can you Get?"
In a promotion for the project, he once again capitalized on his tough-guy image:
He explains, for the game project, he had to "step in to get some things done."
It then shows techies wondering, "He wants selfie sticks as weapons?"
When the technician approaches Norris with, "Mr. Norris, I don't think…" one look turns the comment into, "Right away, sir."
WND reported earlier this year the state of Texas had granted him a special honor.
The state Senate passed a resolution commending him for his life's work and extending "best wishes" as an "expression of esteem."
The resolution commends Norris "on his many achievements and extend to him best wishes for continued success in all his endeavors; and, be it further resolved, that a copy of this Resolution be prepared for him as an expression of esteem from the Texas Senate."
The local ABC affiliate immediately chimed in with a list of Chuck Norris "facts," the beyond-belief statements that have taken the Web by a storm.
- Chuck Norris has a diary. It's called the Guinness Book of World Records.
- Chuck Norris doesn't cheat death. He wins fair and square.
- Chuck Norris once went to Mars. That's why there are no signs of life.
- Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.
Actually, Norris has played down the idea that he's a superhero.
"I've got a bulletin for you, folks. I am no superman," he said at one point. "I realize that now, but I didn't always. As six-time world karate champion and then a movie star, I put too much trust in who I was, what I could do and what I acquired. I forgot how much I needed others and especially God. Whether we are famous or not, we all need God. We also need other people."