Hopper: The New York Times is taking notice—are you?

The chemical world that we have ignorantly immersed ourselves in is taking its toll.

The chemical world that we have ignorantly immersed ourselves in is taking its toll.

Since the Second World War, we have blindly saturated our living environments with toxic chemicals that are causing a devastating effect on human health, animals and the earth itself.

And the world is finally taking notice of the human suffering and tragedy that goes hand in hand with environmental illnesses.

In the New York Times pictorial of Sunday, Sept. 18, there were hauntingly real photographs that journal the plight of those who suffer from environmental illness and their struggle for survival.

The pictorial is called Everything Makes Them Sick with five photos in printed form and another 13 available to view online at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/09/18/opinion/sunday/201109 18_OPINION_ALLERGYGOBIG.html#1

As you know, a picture speaks a thousand words and we are all very hopeful that this will increase awareness of these often disabling conditions.

Thilde Jensen is the photo journalist who contributed the pictures for this article. Not only is Thilde a very talented photo journalist, but she is personally very passionate about this topic as she has experienced first hand the suffering that is involved.

Her life was very full and rewarding until she suffered from a toxic injury to her brain and body that left her trying to survive in a world that had become inhabitable for her.

She soon developed both severe chemical and electrical sensitivities that consumed all of her time and energy.

She had gone from living a full life with a thriving career to merely surviving one day at a time.

At one point, Thilde lived in a tent for two years. Not because she wanted to, but because that was the only place she could live without experiencing the disabling physical symptoms that often go hand in hand with these illnesses.

The initial toxic trauma had caused damage and disorganization of neural networks in her brain that was keeping her brain and body in a cycle of chronic illness.

We are very happy to report that Thilde took the dynamic neural retraining system exactly one year ago to the day that her article appeared in the New York Times.

What makes this story even better is that Thilde is now able to do what she wants to do and go anywhere that she wants.

She embraced the dynamic neural retraining program full-heartedly and focused all of the energy that she was using to survive into rewiring the neural circuits of the limbic system.

And in successfully rewiring the neural circuits associated with these illnesses, she no longer has to suffer, or live as disabled, and has moved on to helping those who are still suffering.

Neuroplasticity indeed changed her life in the biggest way possible.

And with her new freedom to engage in the world, Thilde has graciously combined her passion of photo journalism with the need to create greater awareness of these conditions and environmental awareness.

The New York Times article also references the neuroplasticity based program that I teach.

In the article, it’s referred to as “experimental neural therapy based on advances in stroke rehabilitation.”

Needless to say that mention of it in the New York Times has created global awareness of our work and people who are suffering have been given hope that there is a way out of this living nightmare.

It is imperative that our society both recognizes these set of environmental illnesses as very real disabilities, and to help those who are still suffering.

It is equally imperative that we look at how we can change the way that we live on this planet to prevent these illnesses to begin with.



Annie Hopper is a brain retraining specialist.




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