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Emotional Rescue

Can the brain really do that?

Did you know that it's possible to recover from chronic illness through rewiring the neural circuits in your brain?

I know, it almost sounds too good to be true! But just ask Sara about her recovery from illnesses that perplexed the medical system for over sixteen years.

Sara was only 11 years old when she suffered from a severe viral infection that started the downward health spiral. She had also been diagnosed with Lyme disease but could not tolerate the medications that were prescribed because she had developed so many sensitivities to medication. She also suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as well as extreme sensitivities to chemicals, food and the sun.

Hear what Sara has to say about her improved quality of life and health after working with the Dynamic Neural Retraining System DVD series and then attending the live 5-day program that we hosted in Austin, Texas in November 2013.

It's been three months since Sara attended the program and just yesterday I received an update from her.

"I had a WONDERFUL day today!! First I had a new patient appointment with a primary care doctor. (She was so happy for me that I'm recovering! She said as I was giving her my health history she was getting more and more concerned because stories like mine don't usually have a happy ending...AND THEN MINE DID! She really got it--it was wonderful. And she's interested in learning about DNRS--so I gave her a brochure! I haven't had a primary care physician in many, many years because I couldn't go into the doctor's offices. She even examined me after using scented hand sanitizer!) I'm so excited--I feel so normal! Then my mom and I went out to lunch! Fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices! Yum, yum, yum! It was SO good! After lunch we went to Target (I'd never been in Target before!) and Ross! So FUN! And then on the way home we stopped at the market and I went in and bought fish for dinner (by myself)! I was out and about for over SIX HOURS today!! AMAZING! Life is getting better and better and better all the time!"

Way to go Sara! You are a bright shining light and we are so excited for you!

If your condition has baffled the medical system and you would like the opportunity to recover like Sara, then I would love to see you at one of our upcoming programs. My team and I are coming to the east coast and will be hosting a 5 day neuro rehabilitation program at the Garrison Institute in New York on March 31st -- April 4th. The Garrison Institute is 1 hour north of New York City.

For those of you who are closer to the west coast, we look forward to seeing you in Ojai, California May 18th -- May 22nd. (Ojai is 1.5 hours away from Los Angeles and 1 hour from Santa Barbara. Our venue in Ojai is wireless free, which makes it a great location for those who suffer from electric hypersensitivity syndrome).

And for those of you from closer to home, we will be holding to programs over the summer months in Canada. Alberta in July and British Columbia in August.

To start your registration process, please email us at: [email protected]

We look forward to assisting you in reclaiming your life!


Annie Hopper is a Limbic System Rehabilitation Specialist and can be reached at


Love conquers all

Here’s the story of a lovely lady with three children who met a man who was busy with three children of his own.

Together they formed a family - but this is not the story of the Brady Bunch.

Instead, this is a real life account of how perseverance prevails over hardship when two people use their love for each other to overcome heartache in their family.

When Curtis married Racheal in 2007 they thought they would live happily ever after because they loved each other so much. The newlyweds had a beautiful new home built for them to meet the needs of their expanded family of eight. They outfitted it with new furniture, decorative finishing touches and paint to make their new home picture perfect.

Little did they know at the time that mold had developed due to shoddy workmanship. Add to that the exposure of chemical compounds from new building materials and furnishings, and this indoor toxic stew was slowly starting to make Curtis’ wife sick.

At first, Rachael’s symptoms started with back pain. They switched out at least six different beds to find something that was comfortable for Racheal to sleep on – only to expose her to even more toxic chemicals.

Then Racheal started having heart problems. She noticed her heart was racing a lot of the time and was skipping a beat. They went to see a cardiologist but could not find anything wrong with her heart.

This was the start of a two year ordeal where Racheal and Curtis visited every specialist that they could think of. Eventually, they ended up at an environmental doctor, who confirmed that Racheal was suffering from toxic overload due to the mold and exposure to new textiles involved with their house. At that point she was diagnosed with severe chemical sensitivities and also had a battery of tests that confirmed that she was pretty much allergic to everything. Now that they had the condition identified, they thought that this would be the start of the end of their nightmare. Instead it was just the beginning.

The doctor recommended that Racheal move away from their unhealthy home and start a very strict detoxifying process at a facility that treated those with chemical sensitivities.

Racheal moved into a sparsely furnished, cold, sterile hotel room where other patients with similar conditions would stay while undergoing treatments. She was alone most of the time. Her husband tried to juggle his roles as husband, father and provider. Eventually he would lose his business due to the financial and emotional strains this illness put on him and his family.

Yet the worst of all of this was that Racheal was not getting any better.

“How come my wife is not getting any better?!” a frustrated Curtis demanded to know from the doctors who were treating her.

“She’s just going to have to get used to living like this,” was the best they could offer him in response.

That was not an answer that Curtis was about to accept.

While their kids cried for their mother’s return, Curtis scoured the Internet in search of an answer.

That is when he found my website.

As Curtis shared his story with our class, he fought back tears as he described the events that happened next.

“I loved my wife so much that I would do anything in the world to fix it… When I came across Annie Hopper’s website, I knew in my heart that this was the answer”.

“I went to my wife; she was in the cold sterile hotel room, sitting on the floor. I told her that I found the answer. She looked at me like (skeptically) ‘Sure you did’. I shared with her what I found and we both cried. We believed that there was finally light at the end of the tunnel.”

That was over two years ago.

Racheal did indeed attend my program in the Fall of 2011 and almost immediately started to recover. Today she is attending her kids’ school events, eating in restaurants, travelling in airplanes, staying in hotels, and socializing with friends – all of which she was unable to do for years.

Yet, most importantly, Racheal is back home being a loving mother and wife once again to her six kids and Curtis.

Chemical sensitivity is just one of many chronic conditions that is associated with limbic system trauma in the brain. Through effectively rewiring her limbic system, Racheal is now able to go wherever she wants to go and do whatever she wants to do. Other conditions such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, electromagnetic hypersensitivity, anxiety and depression are also associated with limbic system dysfunction and can be effectively treated through rewiring limbic system function.

If you or someone you know is ready to embrace recovery in a new way, we invite you to attend our next seminar at Ocean Resort on Vancouver Island February 6 to 10. Our live program is now a five-day full immersion program facilitated by senior DNRS coach Candy Widdifield and myself. We are here to help you optimize your own recovery process. Sign up by January 20th and save $300. Meals and accommodations are provided.

Curtis’ riveting talk to our class can be found here.


Annie Hopper is a Limbic System Neuroplasticity Specialist and can be reached at

Can your environment affect your brain?

Prior to my journey with a disabling illness, I was living life to the fullest. I had a successful counselling practice, a newspaper column and was also a featured guest on local talk radio. I was involved in community theatre, a choir, my church, traveled extensively, had many friends, and was in an amazing relationship.

That all ended in 2005 when I suffered from toxic overload that triggered a brain injury. This resulted in developing what is known as Environmental Illness. Illnesses that are classified in this category include Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Electric Hypersensitivity Syndrome.

The word “environmental” tends to make you think “outside”. But the actual cause of the injury for me was inside my office, and I didn’t even know it. Unbeknownst to me, the toxic insult consisted of a unique combination of toxins found in new paint (volatile organic compounds or VOC’s), mold and chemical cleaners that were stored in the janitors supply room next door to my office.

During the years when I was disabled from illness, I lived a very isolated and constricted life despite the fact that I was not the only one suffering. Through research, I discovered that there are millions of other people all over the world have some form of Environmental Illness.

Although Environmental Illness has reached epidemic prevalence, public awareness of the common causes of illness and preventable measures remains limited.

It is estimated that 74 million North Americans have some form of chemical sensitivity (also known as “chemical injury” or “chemical intolerance”) or other environmental illness. Symptoms can be mild like a temporary head- ache from the odor of perfume, fresh paint, fabric softener or deodorizers.

However, there are approximately 10 million people who are so severely affected that the illness severely restricts how they live and what they can do. They are known as the "canaries" -- an early warning sign of the perils and human cost of the chemical revolution of the 20th century. This misunderstood and often misplaced population of society are largely undiagnosed or misdiagnosed by our mainstream medical system.

Why the term "Canary"? Miners used to keep a canary in the shafts to determine air quality. When the canary stopped singing or dropped dead, they knew poisons were present and it was time leave.

Chemical injury can alter the body physiologically and also change the structure and function of the brain. The disorganization of neural networks that take place with chemical trauma cause deep protective brain mechanisms within the limbic system to fire more rapidly, throwing those who suffer into a constant state of survival. This perpetual state of chronic stress affects many systems of the body involved with communication, rest, digestion and detoxification.

Toxic overload also commonly affects respiratory, cardiac, immune, musculoskeletal, reproductive, endocrine system function and often is involved with heightened sensory perception.

Fortunately, I recovered from Environmental Illness in 2008 through neuroplasticity or healing the brain. It is from this place of recovery that I find myself in the unique position to help others recover through rewiring limbic system function.

With this in mind, I am happy to announce that I have been invited to speak at the American Academy of Environmental Medicine Conference in October in Phoenix, Arizona about neuroplasticity and limbic system rehabilitation as a viable form of treatment for Environmental Illness.

My deepest desire is to be a strong voice for hope and healing for those who suffer from environmental illness and help to increase environmental awareness to prevent future suffering. I am so blessed to be in a position to do so.


Annie Hopper is a Limbic System Neuroplasticity Specialist who can be reached at


Living life beyond your wildest dreams

Forest is planning a trip to Europe this fall!

This may not seem like a big deal to most of you, but when you understand where she came from, you will realize that Forest is now living a life that is way beyond her wildest dreams.

It was not that long ago that Forest was living a very conscripted and extremely restricted life. She had been suffering from chronic illness for over fifteen years and was losing hope that she would ever be healthy again.

She had suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chemical Sensitivities and a host of food sensitivities.

She went to see countless specialists and doctors who were all very well meaning, but unable to help her. Her children couldn’t understand what happened to their healthy and fun-loving mom. Her friends tried to help but were left feeling helpless as they stood by and watched Forest’s health deteriorating.

As the illness progressed, she became more and more isolated. Her friends and family could not visit her because of her illness restrictions and she rarely left her home. On the odd occasion when she did leave home to go to a doctor’s appointment, she had to wear a respirator.

Life became a struggle for survival, which is not uncommon for people who suffer from a brain injury associated with toxic trauma.

For Forest, it all started on Sept 7, 1997 when she was exposed to a lot of toxic chemicals from renovations that were done at her workplace. On the first day when Forest returned to the newly renovated office, herself and the entire staff at her workplace were complaining about the awful smell and most where getting headaches and becoming ill. On her third day of work, Forest was found lying unconscious outside of the building. She was rushed to the hospital where they told her that she would quickly recover – comparing it to getting over the flu. Forest tried to go back to work but was too ill to do so. Life as she knew it was over.

She lived the next fifteen years in a state of survival. After enduring so much suffering and having been to countless doctors to no avail, Forest was very sceptical that anything could help her. However, she had heard that some people were recovering through a neuroplasticity-based program that is focused on rewiring brain circuits responsible for protective and survival mechanisms. It made complete sense to Forest that her brain was not filtering sensory stimuli appropriately and that she was stuck in a fight or flight state. So she decided to take a gamble and took the program. To this day she will tell you it’s the best decision she made in her life.

Well, you can only imagine how happy Forest was when she started noticing a decrease in her symptoms and a change in her sensory perception – it almost seemed like a miracle! And her recovery couldn’t have happened at a better time. Forest is now a very proud, happy and healthy grandmother to an adorable baby girl! She truly is living a life way beyond her wildest dreams!

If someone you love is suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Fibromyalgia, extensive food sensitivities or chronic pain, you will want to let them know about Forest and about an upcoming 5 day limbic system rehabilitation program on Sept 26 – 30 in Kelowna.

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About the author...

Annie Hopper is a Limbic System Retraining and Rehabilitation Specialist who has been in the health and wellness field for over twenty years. Hopper is an expert in the field of acquired limbic system brain injuries and neuroplasticity and works primarily with those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chemical Sensitivities and other limbic system impairments.

In addition to being a Brain Retraining Specialist and Environmental Advocate, Annie also has years of experience as a Core Belief Counselor, Life Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Keynote Speaker, Newspaper Columnist and featured guest as an Emotional Wellness Expert on talk radio.

With a deep understanding of illness and brain function, today Annie provides a wide range of programs and services to facilitate healing for others. Through limbic system neuro rehabilitation programs, counselling services, writing and keynote speeches, Annie provides vital, ground-breaking information and tools for recovery.

Annie can be reached at


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