Environmental Illness makes NY Times

by | Sep 17, 2011 | Chemical Sensitivity News, Electrical Sensitivity News, Featured, NEWS | 4 comments

NY Times Sunday Review featuring Canaries, a photo essay by Thilde JensenEnvironmental Illness (EI) has made the Sunday Review section of the NY Times! Danish photographer Thilde Jensen has been photographing people surviving with severe environmental illness in the United States since she came down with the condition herself in the early 2000’s. Many of her photographs are self portraits. After a near complete recovery from EI after taking Annie Hopper’s Dynamic Neural Retraining System™ workshop about a year ago, Thilde was able to travel cross country to visit with and photograph additional individuals living with the condition for a planned coffee table book. The NY Times has published twenty photos from this collection in the Review Section of the Sunday Times, dated September 18, 2011. Congratulations Thilde! view more photos from this series

  • Earthwalker

    Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.


  1. Lisa

    I think that all the recent publicity(the international journal of neuroscience, the BBC, WNYC, and now the Times) about environmental illness has been great. I hope that it keeps up and that it’s helpful to the EI community. Thilde Jensen’s photographs are wonderful. She has a keen eye for composition. One correction: It was in a section of the NYT labeled: The Sunday Review or Sunday Review. Taking pictures of chemically sensitive people isn’t an original idea. Rhonda Zwillinger’s work precedes Thilde Jensen’s work with her book: The Dispossessed. Here’s the link:

  2. Dawn

    I wish we could get past the sensationalism part. I’d like to see a photo essay of the happy, thriving people living without modern chemicals showing that it’s possible.

  3. Rebecca

    I’m with you 100% Dawn! What a sweet day that would be. Let’s protect our children and their children. This is a new disease and we are the first casualties of the modern, chemical age.

  4. Mark

    Powerful photos !!! I’ve already forwarded this piece to all my family and friends. Thank You… and keep up the good work.

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