TRANSCRIPT: Laminine Testimonial – Kevin Sorbo talks about his aneurysm and his road to recovery with Laminine.
Hello and welcome to this special edition of the American Health Journal. I’m your host, Roger Cooper. Now actor Kevin Sorbo visits with the American Health Journal. He shares his story of recovery.
My name is Kevin Sorbo and people might know me from two long running series. I played Hercules on TV. It was Hercules, the Legendary Journey. I shot that from 1993-2000 living in New Zealand. Then I did another series called Andromeda right after that from 2000-2005. I did have a bit of a health scare between seasons 5 and 6 on Hercules where I was supposed to come back to America to shoot a movie for Universal Studios, but the last three months in New Zealand, I kept having these weird pains in my left shoulder. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. It was going down into my arm and my fingers and these three fingers were getting more numb and more cold all the time. I went to the gym to work out and I couldn’t even pick up 10 pounds. At the time, I’m a little over 6’3″ and weighed 235. I was in great shape. I suffered a very strong sensation in the back of my head where I just got dizzy. I felt like I was falling backwards, like vertigo. I just kept falling and falling even though I was sitting like I am now. My vision just went absolutely crazy. I was rushed to the hospital.
Kevin suffered an aneurysm and a series of three strokes and spent the next four months in rehabilitation.
I basically went from a guy that was 38 years old and probably in better shape than most guys in their 20s to a 90 year old man within seconds. You know what, the doctors did save my life, but at the same time, the prognosis they gave me was after eight or nine months, this is three different neurologists saying “wherever you are, that’s it. Whatever you’re feeling, you have to live with that for the rest of your life”. After eight or nine months I still wasn’t doing very good and I said “there’s just no way”.
Kevin credits his full recovery to the encouragement of his family, healthy living and a Herculean will. He also includes natural products containing amino acids and fiberblast growth factor into his supplement routine.
I still have repercussions from it and a lot of years have passed since this happened in 1997 and it wasn’t until this year, here we are 15 or 14 years later where I was introduced to Laminine. It’s interesting. I call it a drug. It’s not a drug. It’s like a vitamin. It’s like a pill. It’s like a supplement and I have found it to be rather amazing in terms of just lowering the mood swings, to feel more alert, to feel alive, to feel like there’s positive things going on when Hollywood is such a negative business. I have certainly found my attention level spiking. My retention level is spiking. As an actor, I’ve got to memorize a lot of lines and I just finished two movies back to back. It’s important that I’m on my game. I like to be a professional when I’m on the set. Laminine is certainly something to me that has just put an extra spark in my life and talking to the people who take it, there is a common denominator in there, but at the same time people have different stories to tell. It fills voids I think. It fills a void that maybe you have. Maybe you have problems with your joints and maybe this will be something that will help you with joint pain. Maybe you have problems with memory and this will help you with memory. To me, I sleep better as well. I just found it to be an excellent reinforcement to my daily life.
Kevin speaks to us about his book “True Strength” and gives us his own message to those who are on their own journey to recovery.
I said I have to write this book. My wife bothered me for years to write the book. She goes “you know you have a story to tell. You survived an aneurysm exploding in your body. You survived three strokes and you had basically a full recovery”. I know what my limitations are now. I know that I’m not the same. Most people walking around seeing me walking around wouldn’t know. they would think I look normal. I know what I’ve gone through. I know what I’ve lost as an athlete, as a person. I know what things are missing in me. The book is titled “True Strength” for a number of reasons, but obviously the biggest reason is Hercules wasn’t true strength.
I was an actor playing the strongest man in the world and having stunt guys making me look like I really was this tough and the title really means to find the true strength within yourself. I tell people “don’t let other people set your limitations”. I want this book to be an inspirational book. I want people to push past the boundaries and the chains we put on and other people put us in and be more positive. Look in the mirror and say “I’m going to get better”. My wife gave me a mantra I said everyday. I look in the mirror and I say “I’m getting better and I’m getting stronger”. I’m getting better and I’m getting stronger and I say it every day.