For Power, Mysterious Sicknesses, This May Be a Lifesaver


Editor’s Word: This text is a reprint. It was initially printed March 17, 2019.

Annie Hopper is a limbic retraining specialist. Whilst you could by no means have heard this time period, limbic hyperactivity or dysfunction seems to be a foundational core of the dysfunction and challenges related to a number of chemical sensitivity (MCS), electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), persistent fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia and various different situations, and by retraining your limbic system to reply appropriately, signs could subside or vanish.

Hopper was herself homeless for a time attributable to her EHS, which made her unable to tolerate trendy environments. I met Hopper in Peter Sullivan’s electromagnetic discipline (EMF) tent at an autism convention run by Jenny McCarthy known as Era Rescue. Sullivan is an environmental well being funder who focuses on toxins and wi-fi security.

Sullivan had additionally benefited from Hopper’s work. Intrigued, I learn Hopper’s ebook, “Wired for Therapeutic: Remapping the Mind to Get well From Power and Mysterious Sicknesses,” which is a superb useful resource.

Creating EHS — A Private Account

Hopper describes the challenges that led to writing her ebook:

“It began in 2004. I used to be working as a core perception counsellor in Kelowna, British Columbia. I used to be working at an workplace that [had] mould … [and] my workplace was positioned proper subsequent door to the janitor’s provide room, the place they held all of the cleansing chemical compounds for the workplace, all these actually heavy-duty industrial cleaners.

What I additionally did not know was that the precise workplace that I used to be renting was part of the janitor’s provide room. They simply put up a wall to make a bit workplace house. It did not have correct air flow both.

I labored in that workplace for about 5 months. Over that interval, I began to get progressively sick. Earlier than that, [and] that is what we name like the right storm for a limbic system impairment … I used to be in a automotive accident the place I had a minor whiplash harm. That was in all probability concerning the fifth automotive accident previous to this mould and chemical publicity.

Anyway, for the 5 months that I used to be on this constructing, I began to progressively get signs, like anxiousness, persistent muscle and joint ache, and this rising sensitivity to simply on a regular basis issues in my setting, like perfumes and colognes. That is the way it began … Actually, it felt like I used to be being actually poisoned by any sort of chemical publicity.

I moved out of the constructing ultimately as a result of I acknowledged that it was the constructing that was making me sick, however by that point, it was too late. The harm was already carried out … [Then] I had what I name a tipping level. I used to be strolling via a bookstore and by a scented candle show. Another person is perhaps OK with that, however … at that time, one thing occurred to my mind.

I went over the sting when it comes to this fight-or-flight response that simply didn’t cease. At that time, it felt like I used to be having a mind hemorrhage or one thing. Gentle harm. Sound harm. Scent harm. Every part harm … After I wakened the subsequent morning … I couldn’t put on the identical garments that I’d worn, as a result of my mind was now choosing up on the smallest quantity of chemical residue from laundry detergent as probably life-threatening.

That began a really weird sort of science fiction world the place I actually needed to navigate how I did life. If I used to be strolling down the road and somebody occurred to be doing their laundry they usually had dryer exhaust going off, if I walked by that, I would go into convulsions.

It was very critical, massively debilitating. I needed to stop my job. I needed to cease socializing. I used to be very a lot homebound and getting depressed. Simply after I thought issues could not get any worse, they did. What appeared like in a single day, I developed EHS.

By this time, I’ve already acquired extreme chemical sensitivities. I even have fibromyalgia. I used to be affected by anxiousness, insomnia and a bunch of different issues, after which I developed this EMF sensitivity. What that meant was that my physique may detect EMF.”

Chemical Sensitivities and EHS Typically Go Hand in Hand

It is a recognized undeniable fact that many who battle with chemical sensitivities are at greater threat of EHS, and that was actually Hopper’s expertise. Along with a burning pores and skin sensation, which is a quite common symptom of EHS, she additionally misplaced her skill to talk, which she says is a extreme symptom related to each chemical sensitivities and EHS.

“After I began to speak, I might say one thing that basically did not make any sense. It wasn’t truly what I used to be considering,” she says. “There was one thing very cognitively off as nicely. I had numerous mind fog and simply not with the ability to focus, lack of ability to articulate, to assume, to place ideas collectively, to string a sentence collectively, all of that.”

To outlive, she needed to get away from all these chemical and EMF triggers. On the time, she was dwelling along with her husband, James, in a condominium in Kelowna, British Columbia. It was unattainable to get away from wi-fi radiation. Ultimately, she needed to resort to tenting.

“Even earlier than this time, I knew that my mind was being affected. It actually made sense to me that my mind was not processing sensory info precisely anymore,” she says.

“Someway, the fight-or-flight facilities in my mind have been being triggered a lot in order that it was distorting among the info that was coming into my mind and making this overreactive, overresponsive, hypervigilant response that was additionally affecting my immune system, my endocrine system, my neurology — all of it …

It made sense for me that it was some type of mind harm, some type of mind trauma — one thing was mistaken. I began to have a look at what space of the mind was liable for sense of scent as a result of, to me, that appeared like the appropriate place to begin.”

The Function of Your Limbic System in EHS

In consequence, Hopper started researching the limbic system, which is the emotional and reactive a part of your mind, liable for filtering sensory and emotional info, and sorting that info into two distinct classes: secure or unsafe.

“You’ll be able to think about that if any of these neurons alongside that neural community are broken or not working functionally in any approach, then that may begin to categorize info that might not usually be thought-about harmful as life-threatening,” Hopper says.

That is a completely unconscious response, in fact. Primarily, your mind will get caught within the fight-flight-or-freeze mechanism. She additionally researched neuroplasticity, which is your mind’s skill to vary.

She found there was numerous analysis exhibiting limbic system overactivation is frequent denominator for a lot of completely different sicknesses, together with CFS, fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivities, melancholy and anxiousness. Whereas studying Dr. Norman Doidge’s ebook, “The Mind That Adjustments Itself,” she had a sudden revelation.

“He was speaking about Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, who’s the guru for obsessive-compulsive dysfunction (OCD). Schwartz acknowledged that with OCD, there is part of the mind that simply wasn’t functioning correctly. That is what retains individuals on this feeling of contamination or obsessive worrying. I assumed, ‘I haven’t got OCD, however actually I really feel like my thoughts or my mind is caught.”

Schwartz would scan his sufferers’ brains to see how the mind was working once they have been having an OCD assault. He then gave them a collection of self-directed neuroplasticity workouts to do at house, and rescanned their mind after a time period. What he found was that their brains have been truly being rewired.

The extra they practiced these workouts, the extra their mind modified, to the purpose the place they really reversed the adjustments that have been occurring throughout OCD. In consequence, they have been capable of operate usually once more.

“It appeared to me like that was the appropriate place to look,” Hopper says. “I began to develop into my very own private guinea pig, how may I alter the limbic system, understanding that it was the sensation and reacting mind and understanding that it might be categorizing info or distorting info … This isn’t in contrast to post-traumatic stress dysfunction, I believe. Or traumatic mind harm

You understand, I used to be simply as shocked as anybody else, to be sincere with you. After I began to note adjustments in signs, my first thought was, ‘Hallelujah’ … By influencing this a part of my mind and rewiring the mind, it truly dampened and diminished signs, and miraculously normalized my sensory notion.

When your sensory notion goes again to being regular, your physique is not reacting to all the things. That made it doable for me to stay on the planet once more and be of the world once more, and be an lively participant in my life.”

What Causes Limbic System Impairment?

So, what truly causes this limbic system impairment within the first place? As famous by Hopper, it might be various various things, together with viral, bacterial, emotional or psychological stress. It might be chemical harm, mould or extreme EMF publicity. “Often it’s a mixture of all of that that results in what we name the right storm. These sorts of stresses are cumulative,” she says.

In the end, her expertise and analysis led her to develop the Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS) course, which is now supplied as a five-day interactive coaching program round North America and Europe. This system can also be obtainable on-line and as a 14-hour DVD collection.

It is not a fast course of. It could take many months of diligent work, however the finish outcomes are clearly well worth the effort. Hopper recommends training this system every day for at the very least six months.

“It takes some time to vary these neural networks. Although individuals may begin feeling adjustments inside a couple of days or a couple of weeks or a couple of months, you actually wish to repeat these workouts frequently to make these actually everlasting adjustments within the mind,” she says.

The IMAGINE Acronym

Hopper got here up with the acronym known as “IMAGINE” to encapsulate the technique of this system:

I stands for intention — The intention being to strengthen different neural circuitry and transferring the main focus away from signs in an effort to change the fight-flight-or-freeze response and normalize limbic system operate.

M for motivation — It is not an in a single day repair, so it is advisable to discover the motivation to do the workouts every day.

A for consciousness and affiliation — It’s good to develop into conscious of how limbic system impairment impacts your ideas, feelings and behaviors. If you catch these ideas, feelings and behaviors, you will wish to redirect your mind in that second into an alternate route in order that it would not proceed down the neural pathways related to the impairment.

You additionally want to have a look at your associations. What sort of associations have you ever created with stimuli that is perhaps activating the menace facilities in your mind on a steady foundation, and how are you going to change these associations?

G for acquire — It is necessary to acknowledge the positive factors you make all through your retraining course of. “That is attention-grabbing as a result of all of us have an innate negativity bias, which means we’ll discover what is going on mistaken earlier than we discover what is going on proper,” Hopper says. “When you have limbic system impairment, that negativity bias might be magnified due to the impairment itself.”

I for incremental coaching — It is a type of neural shaping that helps strengthen different neurocircuitry by exposing your self to small quantities of stimulus to assist retrain your mind to reply in another way to it.

N for neurological and emotional rehearsals — “There’s part of this system the place we use our creativeness and visualization,” Hopper says. “The wonderful thing about creativeness is the mind doesn’t know the distinction between what’s actual and what’s imagined. There isn’t a finish to how we are able to use our creativeness to assist in retraining the mind.”

Utilizing guided visualization, you possibly can alter your neural chemistry. When in fight-flight-or-freeze response, you launch numerous cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine. Utilizing this guided visualization method, you possibly can cease the manufacturing of these stress hormones and improve manufacturing of really feel good hormones akin to dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins.

E for environmental consciousness — Final however not least, it is advisable to assess your day-to-day setting and create essentially the most pristine and delightful therapeutic setting for your self.

The Significance of Addressing Mobile Damage

In essence, the central precept of DNRS is that neurons that fireplace collectively, wire collectively. The aim of many of those workouts is to rewire them within the path of therapeutic, as a result of they have been hyperfacilitated within the path of harm.

Whereas testimonials attest to the effectiveness of Hopper’s program, it is also necessary to understand that this doesn’t tackle the mobile harm that EMFs trigger. My view is that your limbic system alarms and alerts you so as so that you can take steps to cease this mobile harm that’s occurring.

So, I imagine it is vitally necessary to handle each your limbic dysfunction and the mobile harm that has occurred in your physique. Hopper agrees that each angles are equally necessary, however that limbic system retraining is the lacking hyperlink for a lot of:

“Let’s take chemical harm for instance. Is it affecting the tissues? Is it affecting the mobile stage? Completely. Cleansing is perhaps a very good factor for most individuals, however for the one who has a limbic system harm, they’re going to nonetheless be sick even after they’ve detoxified … or they could discover that detoxing therapies truly heighten signs fairly than decrease signs, as a result of the mind is caught in that trauma state.

The cells of the physique have additionally affected the mind. We may do all these therapies to assist with the mobile, clearing the physique cellularly from what is occurring, but for lots of people, that shall be sufficient. In the event that they’re nonetheless sick, then we actually wish to have a look at that mind element too.”

So, keep in mind, simply because your signs dissipate, which the DNRS technique will do for a lot of, that does not essentially imply you’ve got mitigated the mobile harm EMF publicity has inflicted. Ideally, you wish to do each. It is a mixture of the 2 that is so essential for full therapeutic.

Wonderful Tales of Restoration

Hopper’s ebook comprises various accounts of outstanding restoration tales utilizing her program. One not included within the ebook is Riley, who was bedridden for 3 years with extreme persistent Lyme illness.

“He couldn’t communicate, couldn’t eat. He was partially paralyzed. He was delicate to mild, to sound, to motion, to chemical compounds. He’d additionally had mould publicity. His mother saved him alive by feeding him little Dixie cups of soup.

He’d been to numerous actually nice practitioners and had come a good distance. They acquired him strolling once more and with the ability to speak, however he was nonetheless left with numerous completely different points, like meals sensitivities, chemical sensitivities, some OCD, some motion dysfunction.

Riley got here to this system. It took him a few 12 months to get better from the signs that have been left … that have been associated to limbic system impairment. He’s totally recovered. He traveled in Europe and went backpacking for a 12 months. It’s a fairly superb story.”

Hopper additionally recounts two different success tales, together with one in every of a girl with a stability dysfunction who made a outstanding restoration on this system. One other is of a younger girl who had extreme POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) who went from being in a wheelchair to rollerblading. At current, Hopper has two analysis tasks within the works.

One is an observational examine at McMaster College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, involving 100 contributors with all kinds of medical diagnoses. This examine goals to evaluate how the DNRS program impacts high quality of life and measure adjustments in symptom severity over the course of a 12 months.

The second analysis initiative is happening on the College of Calgary. On this examine, they may evaluate mind scans of people that have persistent fatigue, fibromyalgia or chemical sensitivities to get a baseline mind scan after which have a look at how the mind adjustments when somebody is definitely implementing this system for a interval of at the very least six months.

In response to Hopper, the estimated success fee of enhancing high quality of life is about 90%. Hopefully, these research validate that estimate.

Extra Data

Whereas this system seems to be very efficient, you do should be motivated to do it. Being underneath a excessive diploma of stress can also dampen outcomes. Homelessness is perhaps an instance right here. “However by all means, give it your finest go. You may not get the outcomes that you just wish to see as shortly, however that does not imply that you just will not see outcomes,” Hopper says.

That stated, she doesn’t advocate this system for sure psychological situations, akin to schizophrenia, or when you’re at the moment going via excessive situational stress, akin to when you’re going via a courtroom case, or grieving a beloved one who simply handed away.

“That may not be a extremely good time to begin the course,” she says. “It doesn’t suggest that it is unattainable, but it surely may sluggish the development down. I believe that if somebody’s simply handed away, you are coping with grief or loss, there is a pure development to grieving and a pure course of the place grieving takes place.

I do not assume that might be a extremely nice time to begin this system, as a result of we actually need individuals to focus particularly on elevating their emotional state as a lot as they will, not solely once they’re doing the workouts and in addition all through the day. If you happen to’re within the grieving course of, it is sort of a bit bit tough to do.”

Barring extreme psychological sickness or excessive stress, when you’ve been struggling for a very long time with a persistent and mysterious sickness, be it CFS, fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivities, EHS, Lyme illness, meals sensitivities or any variety of different difficult-to-pin-down illnesses, contemplate giving limbic system retraining a attempt.

“Do not surrender hope. There’s a solution. There is a approach out of struggling,” Hopper says. “I made a promise to myself after I was sick that if and after I discover a solution, I might share that with the world. I am doing my absolute best to try this. Our staff is increasing increasingly more.

The DVD has been translated into seven languages. We now have individuals from everywhere in the world and over 65 international locations report back to us that they are recovering their well being via limbic system retraining. All I want to say is, ‘Give it a attempt. Embrace this system.’ I believe that individuals shall be pleasantly shocked with the outcomes.”

To get your toes moist and be taught extra concerning the science behind the DNRS program, choose up a replica of “Wired for Therapeutic: Remapping the Mind to Get well From Power and Mysterious Sicknesses.” If you happen to resolve you wish to undergo the course, you possibly can choose up the 14-hour DVD course on Hopper’s web site, RetrainingTheBrain.com (you can too choose to do the coaching on-line).

There you can too register for the five-day interactive coaching seminar. Since individuals coming to this system have all kinds of sensitivities, nice care is taken to make sure a secure and wholesome setting for many contributors.

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