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Wired for Healing — Remapping the Brain to Recover from Chronic and Mysterious Illness, by Annie Hopper

A must read for Fall 2017!



Recently I came across the fact that Morgan Freeman suffers from Fibromyalgia, and Florence Nightingale most likely had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome — way back in the 1850s, before anyone knew what it was. Millions upon millions suffer from these ailments, along with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Electric Hypersensitivity Syndrome and food, chemical, sound and light sensitivities. Add the at least 30,000 people diagnosed with Lyme disease every year — which can unleash an awful array of debilitating symptoms — and there are a lot of people feeling terrible a lot of the time.

But too often, doctors and other health professionals can’t pinpoint a way to effectively help. According to a new book by Annie Hopper, Wired for Healing: Remapping the Brain to Recover from Chronic an Mysterious Illnesses, that’s no surprise. If you or someone you know suffers from chronic illness, you may well have heard of a doctor saying, “We can’t find a cause. We think it’s in your mind…” Hopper is a journalist and wellness expert who put her prodigious mind and expertise to use in order to heal herself from her own chronic symptoms. As she found through painstaking research as well as trial and error, it’s not that your illness is in your mind. But it is in your brain.

Hopper’s book is a beacon of hope, filled with inspiring, true-life tales by those who have used her method to “rewire” their brain out of an alarm state, and gradually halt the symptoms they’re feeling. That’s because the brain is a far more powerful controller of the body than we once knew.

Essentially, there’s a limbic system in the brain that perceives threats and signals the body accordingly. In some cases, as can happen with a certain chemical, physical or biological traumas, the brain gets stuck with its alarm locked in “on.” Trapped in this state of siege, the body can’t free itself to function normally and begins to turn on itself. And then things begin to breakdown – such as the digestive system and the immune system.

Recent discoveries into something called neuroplasticity — in which the brain has the capability to reprogram itself — mean the brain can be reprogrammed. It’s a revelation that Hopper used to create a healing program that’s now helping countless people get well again. After Hopper learned how to rewire her own brain and rid herself of her crippling, agonizing condition, she developed her method into the Dynamic Neural Retraining System. She and her capable team guide people through a combination of mental, physical and even exercises that enable the brain to reset and remap itself back onto functional and healthy pathways. Best of all, it’s drug-free.

“It’s really hard to put into words what the program has done for me. It just changes your life in such amazing way,” one patient says in the book. Having suffered from such acute sensitivities that she had to keep the electricity off in her own house and could be nowhere near Wifi or cell phones, the turnaround after doing the program was positively life-changing. And she’s not alone.

Wired by Annie Hopper is a tremendous source of wisdom and hope for anyone who’s experienced the pain and isolation of chronic illnesses — or loves someone else who has. It’s well-written, balancing expertise and personal accounts, and explains complicated science in simple (but not dumbed-down) terms. Hopper’s work reminds us that there’s so much still to learn about the brain and the body, and the mainstream medical establishment doesn’t always come to our rescue. The truth is, there’s no real mystery to these mystery ailments, as Hopper shows. Now we have the tools to heal ourselves, despite what a doctor might say.

About the Author

Author Annie Hopper is an internationally recognized expert on toxic brain injuries, limbic system dysfunction, and rehabilitation. Her speaking engagements include the Canadian Brain Injury Association, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association.

Sample Review:

5 Stars    A must read for people with chronic health issues, any type of trauma or a stressful life

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