Annie Hopper explains limbic system impairment disorders

by | Aug 26, 2011 | Annie Hopper, Articles | 4 comments

On the Dynamic Neural Retraining System™ website, Annie Hopper explains about the limbic system’s involvement in chemical sensitivity and related conditions. She writes:

The Limbic System is a complex set of structures in the brain that includes the hypothalamus, the hippocampus, the amygdala, and cingulate cortex.

It is largely responsible for how we interpret sensory input (especially our sense of smell); how we code and remember sensory information; and how we emotionally respond to it.

The Limbic System assigns emotional significance to everything we smell, see, hear, feel, and taste.

It monitors both our internal and external environment. The Limbic System is known as the seat of social and emotional intelligence and is the brain’s anxiety “switch”.

The Limbic System is also responsible for the formation of memories and regulating hormones.

It regulates the functioning of the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, which means it controls things like pulse, blood pressure, breathing, and arousal in response to emotional circumstances.

The Limbic System mediates all aspects of emotion and motivational functioning such as; the desire for food, feelings of anger, fear, pain, pleasure and sexual desire.

A number of factors can significantly impair Limbic System function
such as:

  • Chemical Exposure
  • Virus or Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Psychological and/or Emotional Trauma
  • Accumulated stress
  • Physical Trauma (not limited to brain injuries)

Under normal circumstances, the protective mechanism of the Limbic System would only become activated in times of appropriate danger or threat. However, once the Limbic System is impaired it can cause cross wiring of ‘normal’ neuronal circuits in the brain causing distorted unconscious reactions, sensory perceptions and protective responses. Over time this pattern of distorted reaction becomes habitual and can result in a range of neurological, immunological and endocrine system abnormalities.

Limbic System impairment is involved in a number of different
illnesses such as:

  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Gulf War Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Food Sensitivity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Electric Hypersensitivity Syndrome

Each of these conditions has their own distinct host of symptoms, however, many symptoms overlap. Once a Limbic System impairment is established it is not uncommon to develop additional Limbic System related illnesses.

read more about the limbic system on Annie Hopper’s website

Listen to Annie explain about limbic system disorders in the video below:


  1. Jody

    I really believe that this is going to work for me… will be so wonderful when I’m out of this prison like state. please accept me into the workshop…oh please!!!!!!

  2. sue

    Hi my name is sue cato, I know michelle and charlie ( can’t even think of their last name right now) who did live in austin, michelle is doing the cd
    I have severe health issues many autoimmune, cfs, fibro hysmiotos impaired gut (motility)
    and lymes. I have been housebound for 10 years.

    I’m interested in this, but am unable to afford it. my husband is sole supporter and one son is going to college next year.

    Do you do any type of scholorships at all?

  3. sue

    I just remembered to mention that i had a head injury in a major car accident when i was 14 and am 50 now…so i believe their has been overactivity for years, it’s been quite the journey.

    sue cato

  4. Garba, Sa'adu

    Wondeful job. Exellent

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