May you Rest In Peace, Gary Wilson. Thank you for changing my life. Take care.
It is with great sadness and sorrow that I have received the news of the passing of Dr. Gary Wilson. My deepest condolences to his wife, Marnia and his son during this difficult time.
My first acquaintance with Dr. Gary Wilson was when I watched his video "The Great Porn Experiment" on YouTube. I liked his message because it was distinct in its content and did not match the mainstream ideas on this topic, which motivated me to read his book. As a mother of four, I immediately realized that I had found a valuable treasure. Trying to convince a young man to abstain from watching porn because it is not good for him is a very difficult task, and Your Brain on Porn provided me with the information and vocabulary that enabled me to talk about this topic in a simple and clear way that is at the same time scientific and objective. I believed then that this book should be read by all parents and educators, and this motivated me to translate the book to Arabic. The memory of Dr. Gary Wilson will live through his works and words, and I hope that my humble effort has contributed to spreading his knowledge and conveying his message.
ببالغ الحزن والأسى تلقيت نبأ وفاة الدكتور غاري ويلسون. تعازينا الحارة لزوجته السيدة مارنيا وولده في هذا الوقت العصيب.
كانت بداية معرفتي بالدكتور غاري ويلسون عندما شاهدت الفيديو من مؤتمر تيد "التجربة الكبرى مع الإباحية الجنسية" على اليوتيوب. أعجبت بأفكاره لأنها كانت متميزة في مضمونها ولا تساير النمط السائد حول هذا الموضوع مما حفزني لقراءة كتابه. كأم لأربعة أبناء أدركت على الفور أني قد وجدت كنزا قيما. إن محاولة إقناع الشاب اليافع بعدم مشاهدة الأفلام الإباحية لأنها ضارة له هي مهمة صعبة جدا، وكتاب دماغك تحت تأثير الإباحية أمدني بالمعلومات والمفردات التي مكنتني من الحديث في هذا الموضوع بشكل بسيط وواضح وفي نفس الوقت علمي وموضوعي. ارتأيت عندها أن هذا الكتاب يجب أن يقرأه كل والد ومربي، وكان هذا هو الدافع والمحفز لي على ترجمة الكتاب للعربية. ذكرى الدكتور غاري ويلسون ستحيا من خلال أعماله وكتاباته، وأسأل الله أن يكون جهدي المتواضع قد ساهم في نشر علمه وإيصال رسالته.
I was in complete denial about my porn addiction for years. After struggling with addiction with drugs, alcohol and other obvious types of vices. I had the anti-porn people down as stuffy, dogmatic gatekeepers of sex itself and I carried a lot of negative preconceptions about them.
Gary's book changed all of that in one read. His science-based approach to the dangers of porn addiction helped me immediately see why my motivation had recently been shot, my romantic/intimate relationships more sterile and why I was full of so much self-loathing.
This is the very short story of course. Like many other men, I can't possible say in a few paragraphs how much this great man's work changed my life for the better. I'm incredibly saddened by his premature passing, but find deep inspiration from him knowing that you CAN make a difference if you fight the good fight with truth, passion and communicative writing.
Sending my best wishes and love to his family members and close friends. Gary has left behind a true legacy and I have no doubt that it will continue to change people's lives emotionally, physically and spiritually.
We need more people in the world like Gary. He will be missed! His website gave answers and hope to millions of people.
You are a true hero, thank you.
Rest in peace Legend !
a thousand salute for Him.....I am from India.His work totally changed my life.Though not good in English.But to honour Him,I am writing this message.Almost every 6 out of 10 youth in India are addicted to porn.It's happening because of high speed internet.I never thought that pornography is my problem.But when I saw his youtube video,i became aware of it.My many friends are still struglling with it.In indian society ,people think it immoral,but they dont know that it is also harmful for brain.Thousands of youths are passing their life without not knowing there problem.I think for rest of the world His book should be translated.I am trying to make His work known to everybody in india on some soical platforms.For most of the people in India dont understand so much English,it is somewhat difficult for them to understand.I and someothers are trying to rise awereness among youths and others to fight against this new intangible drug. P*n is destroying indian youths morally. In India we are the first generation to use high speed internet. a few are trying to reverse there porn problems.
By translating His book into Indian languages ,we will be able to fight this drug.Thus, His book will help people of India.It will change thousands of people's life.This is how we Indians can pay tribute to Him.
personaly, I am very Grateful to Him..I can't use exact words to express my feelings for my poor vocabulary.He has changed my life. He will be in my memory till my last days.I think even He never thought how His work is changing people's life thousands of kilometers away from His homeland America. I am from west bengal, india.about 2 thousand kilometres away from His homeland.Though I am now a college first year student, I am committed to spread His knowledge in our society. Fcking pornography industry who harrased him will eventually die one day, but he will be alive forever in history.Every great people suffered this kind of treatment from evil people, but in due course of time their work is acknowledged and also respected .And he will be alive in deepest of our heart whom He showed the light.
In the end, I can never pay off His debt, But i can partly do this helping others by spreading His knowledge.
THOUSANDS OF SALUTE TO YOU SIR
MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE
MAY YOUR WORK LIGHT UP IN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE'S LIFE
I will miss Gary very much, his work encouraged me to change for the better, and i honestly don't know where i would be without him.
i'll always be thankful for that.
Thank you, Gary, for following your heart and trusting your path. As I read all of the comments here on this page, I am deeply moved by how many lives you've profoundly supported over the years including my own. I'm SO grateful that you were at Heartwood when I was a student there. You were an incredible teacher/mentor-- the skills you taught me have continued to inform my work. Thank you for your incredible generosity, and your kind, caring, sensitive ways. And of course your unique humor! It has been a JOY to know you and I will miss you (already do). My deepest heartfelt condolences and blessings to Marnia and Gary's son during this tender time.
I have to share this how much it changed my life..! I was kind of a looking for a validation someone who was an expert on these areas of how it affected ones life and Gary was that guy who gave a detailed explanation and the first person I came to know from that how detrimental could it be to be living with addiction. He served his purpose, changed many lives and he will definitely be missed. Indeed it’s a sad reality but his service to the mankind will be remembered..! Thank you Gary..!
Discovering Gary's Ted talk helped me get my life back on track. Arguably it went off track when I accidentally found porn at around 10yo, then battled depression and social anxiety (both of which disappeared without porn use.) His science-based yet layman communication style with a good sense of humor! started a journey to self discovery for me, and so many others.
For something that is so difficult to talk about, Gary made it easy to listen to, read about, and understand without prejudice. I have no doubt he has paved the way for further research, healthy debate, and self-improvement for generations to come.
Thank you Gary, and I wish your family & friends all the best!
Because of you, I recovered my happines and my brain. Thanks of you millions of people have been saved and will be saved. RIP!
I will remember him and shooting hoops on his garage setup - he was quick with the dribble and a fine shot. I couldn't show my skills because they were mostly defensive. Like basketball, his concentration on what was being said and his feedback was always mindful and compassionate. I would show up for a visit sometimes with a sore back and he would dig in and find the muscle and the trigger and fix it - what a doctor! Irreplaceable man. Always with a big smile and a warm hug, I will miss him! -- Gary
Gary was an incredible teacher, he taught me anatomy & physiology at Heartwood Institute in such a unique way, as well his approach to deep tissue massage was unforgettable. I never forgot him or his methods over the last 20 plus years since I was his student. I have thought of him many times over the years in certain sessions with clients and most recently while retaking anatomy and physiology for nursing school. I was light years ahead of my cohort based on the foundation that was laid for me by Gary Wilson. I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing and am wishing deep peace and ease to his family and friends. Thank you Gary for being a wonderful light along my journey of life.
Gary was a beautiful human being that pursued his values with the utmost sincerity despite significant blowback. His work (alongside Marnia) is the “bible” on the damaging Heath consequences on porn and its devastating effects on the brain and body. He was extremely gracious with his time and was always willing to help. I can’t understate how important his work influences my abilities to treat patients who suffer from porn addiction on a daily basis. You will always be remembered as Professor Gary. May your soul rest in peace. May your work live on ad infinitum through your better half, Marnia. I can’t even begin to count the millions of lives you have influenced and made whole through your work. You will be missed but never forgotten! I’m honored to have been a colleague with you!
I was hooked on internet pornography since the age of 13. Ever since, my life has been affected severely. I was always having extremely bad social anxiety, depression and a variety of other mental illnesses. Fast forwarding to when I was 17, I discovered about Gary Wilson's page and his information regarding the effects of internet pornography, this was when my life started changing. After 4 years of living life with hopelessness and suicidal thoughts, Gary Wilson paved a better future for me. I seriously cannot thank Gary Wilson enough on giving me a second chance in life. May God always bless him.
A great man who positively impacted my life.
I never knew Gary personally and I've always wanted to know him personally but after reading his book and watching his TED talk really opened up my eyes about my pornography addiction. And if it wasn't for you Mr Wilson I wouldn't of known the harmful effects I hope wherever you are you are resting in peace we all love you and we will never forget the lessons you taught and I will spread the awareness and harmful effects of pornography. I thank you
Gary had a profound and lasting impact on my development as a physical medicine practitioner. He was a tenacious teacher that unapologetically challenged his students while also lending unwavering support. Decades after my massage education with him, I still fall back on the foundation he laid. My heart is full of so much gratitude for the contribution he has made to my life, and I am able to make for patients, and I also grieve for the future students that will miss out on his talent, passion, and wisdom.
Gary, thank you.
All I can say is that I wish I'd discovered his work earlier. His website was the tipping point between my feeling alone in my struggles with porn, and my feeling understood and connected to others on the same journey. One thing that helped me gain traction was spending 15 minutes on his site every day, just reading. It was such a treasure trove that I knew I'd never run out of interesting material. In particular, all the testimonial and scientific evidence on the value of rebooting gave me a clear goal and the initiative to achieve it. Gary, thank you for giving hope to people in their darkest moments. Let's keep your legacy alive.
I just wanted to say how much I appreciate Mr Wilson’s work. I would say his book saved my life at a time of great confusion. Rest in peace Mr Wilson.