When suffering from chronic pain, fatigue, electrical and chemical sensitivities and many more, it is sometimes difficult for both sufferers and medical practitioners alike to immediately make the connection between the symptoms and limbic system impairment. The limbic system is a complex set of structures in the mid-brain that has been described as the “feeling and reacting brain”. It is responsible for unconscious survival reflexes and for providing a context of safety. As well as being involved with memory and learning – the limbic system assigns emotional significance to everything we smell, see, hear, feel and taste. The limbic system is also closely related to our immune system (our defense against disease), the endocrine system (hormone regulation) and the automatic nervous system (body processes like blood pressure that help regulate internal organ function.) When injured or when it is not functioning optimally – a maladapted limbic system can have a profound and devastating effect on our state of physical, emotional and psychological health. Many conditions may have a variety of contributing factors like physical injury, mold or chemical exposure, viral or bacterial infections, excessive electromagnetic radiation, emotional stress and psychological trauma. Often times, when combined, these accumulative stressors can create the “perfect storm” for limbic system trauma.
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The number of sufferers with similar stories of multiple and brewing archipelagos of symptoms are large and growing – one example that we think of is a client of DNRS who went from healthy to fatal due to unknown toxic mold exposure. She shares some of her story here –
She writes: “Unbeknownst to me, there was mold at the school where I taught in 2003. Shortly thereafter, unexplained headaches turned into migraines. Symptoms gradually got worse and five years later, I was having seizures and stroke-like symptoms. I became allergic to all but 18 foods. When I would eat foods I had become allergic to, it would result in a mysterious paralysis! Fifty-two (yes, 52!) doctors including general practitioners, chiropractors, allergists, neurologists and specialists in gastro-intestinal, hormone, thyroid, etc., were all unable to determine the cause of my strange illness. My successful teaching career came to an abrupt halt. The diagnosis from Doctor # 53 was toxic encephalopathy. A Spect Scan revealed the mold on my brain (the injury). “
An article in the American Journal of Neuroradiology written by Dutch neuroscientists, Jacob Valk and S. van der Knapp states that “there is growing awareness that chronic intoxication’s by industrial, agricultural, iatrogenic, and environmental pollution may have teratogenic or oncogenic influence or may cause neurological or psychiatric syndromes. Toxic encephalopathy (TE) is the result of the interaction of a chemical compound with the brain. Disturbance of normal brain function is caused by; depletion of oxidative energy; nutritional deprivation affecting nerves and neurons; exposure to foreign material which may be exogenous in origin, generated within the central nervous system, or generated within the body.” http://www.ajnr.org/content/ajnr/13/2/747.full.pdf
Simply put, our toxic world is making us sick…it is not uncommon for people with environmental illnesses like multiple chemical sensitivity to be diagnosed with high levels of heavy metals, or mycotoxins from toxic mold exposure, adrenal insufficiency, or dysautonomia and as mentioned, toxic encephalopathy – just to name a few. What is glaringly missing here is to question how toxins in our everyday environment are affecting brain function and our innate protective mechanisms. Another really important question to ask is does toxic exposure leave the brain in a highly sensitized state? If the brain is changed due to toxic trauma, we can use neuroplasticity as a tool to help the brain heal itself. That doesn’t mean that we stop using our common sense. At DNRS we teach the program from a platform of environmental awareness and also address how to change the structure and function of a brain that has been affected by toxic trauma.
“By October 2007, I had become a wheelchair-bound invalid. After a 10-hour seizure that was triggered by a glass cleaner, local emergency room doctors confirmed our worst fear. If I were to survive they said ‘the risk of brain damage would be high. Their sombre advice to my husband was ‘get her affairs in order.’ By now, small concentrations of mold, perfume, cologne, chlorine, and the blue cleaner used in restaurants caused seizures or loss of motor skills, and would result in paralysis that would last up to two days; a cycle that repeated itself hundreds of times over the past 10 years.”
The list of examples of toxic encephalopathy is long and reflects the real difficulty in recognizing that slow deterioration of neurologic functions indicates poisoning by a toxin. Symptoms would include: decreased concentration and consciousness; excitability and convulsions; motor and sensory disturbances; extrapyramidal movement disorders; disturbance of specific senses; disturbance of coordination; and behavioural and psychological changes. (Bonhoeffer types).
“When I looked at Annie Hopper’s Dynamic Neural Retraining System website, the claims sounded too good to be true; but at that point in my journey I really didn’t have too much to lose. A couple of months ago I even attended my daughter’s graduation ceremony, after sharing a beautiful lunch the following day we said our goodbyes to our three lovely daughters and as they drove away I started to cry. I cried because our life as we knew it has forever changed. Our daughters are grown up and moved away. But what is most dramatic and memorable, however, is that I am no longer a prisoner of multiple chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.”
The Dynamic Neural Retraining System can be the lifesaver you need when treading the hazardous waters of mysterious and chronic illnesses and calming the perfect storm in your brain!
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“You are not alone, your suffering has not been in vain, and you can live the life that you dreamed of, even if you stopped dreaming a long time ago.” – Annie Hopper – Wired for Healing