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DNRS Research Update: Clinical Trial of DNRS Efficacy for MCS, ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia Begins

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We recently reported that the Dynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS) Team had entered into a research initiative with the Integrative Health Institute at University of Alberta (IHI), in collaboration with the University of Calgary, to ascertain if neural retraining and DNRS specifically, could be an effective treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), and Fibromyalgia.
The aim of course is to establish evidence-based support for the neuroplasticity and mind-body medicine theories at the core of DNRS, and the approach's efficacy for these specific environmental / invisible illnesses. Positive results may in future lead other researchers to study brain retraining and its application as a treatment for these and other conditions.
We can now bring you an update from the DNRS Team on the progress of the research, with the Phase 1 systematic review of previously published neural retraining studies now completed and the clinical study of the DNRS program's efficacy in ME/CFS, MCS and Fibromyalgia about to begin.
This is what a recent press releases have to tell us:    
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Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS) Online Program Launched

DNRS Online Program viewed on a tablet computer

Many people struggling with invisible illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) may be familiar with the Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS). You may even have used it to recover yourself, or know someone who has. Now it is available as an entirely Online Program.

DNRS was devised by Annie Hopper after her own health began to deteriorate in 2004 while working as a busy core belief counselor, newspaper columnist and talk show guest as an expert in Emotional Wellness.

After struggling with symptoms including insomnia, headaches, body aches and pains, chronic exhaustion and an increasing list of sensitivities, Hopper was diagnosed with "Toxic Overload", a catch-all garbage bin diagnosis often given to those suffering from multiple symptoms and mysterious "syndromes". After trying several detoxification therapies she was still not getting well so she began looking into toxic brain trauma being at the root of her suffering.  

After successfully regaining her own health through focusing on effectively "re-wiring" her brain, in 2008, Hopper founded The Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS). This system is a drug free, neuroplasticity-based healing approach to rewire chronic illness disease patterns in the brain as seen in many as yet misunderstood chronic illnesses, such as those above.

New Asbestos Evaluation Reintroduces Old Issues

Asbestos shown in building materialsThe US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is re-assessing the risks of asbestos use to public health. The EPA needs to do so because a previous phase out ban issued nearly 30 years ago, in 1989, was remanded and overturned by the courts only two years later - citing a lack of alternative options.

For years, asbestos had a long and storied affair with the building and manufacturing industries. The inexpensive but durable and resistant mineral was used in thousands of products in a variety of applications, including shipbuilding, new building construction and even automobiles. Wherever there was a product that would come into contact with heat and friction, you could almost always count on asbestos-containing materials to be there too.

But then we realized that all those years of use and exposure to asbestos fibers came at a steep price. The symptoms were all there; shortness of breath, weight loss, coughing, fatigue and general aches and pains, all of which can be tied to a plethora of other illnesses. Mesothelioma does a great job of throwing medical professionals off its trail because the symptoms often look like the flu or another respiratory problem. However, by the time the disease is actually diagnosed, most patients are given an incredibly bleak prognosis of 12-21 months. Even worse is the fact that, in many cases, mesothelioma patients were accidentally exposed to the mineral 20, 30 or even 50 years ago.

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Subclinical hypothyroidism in pregnancy: should it be treated?

Subclinical hypothyroidism in pregnancy: should it be treated?

When a woman becomes pregnant, many changes occur in her body. One of those changes is in the levels of various hormones produced by the body, including those produced by the thyroid.

In the case of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), pregnant women typically produce a lower level than normal (0.4-4.0 milli-international units per liter). Some international guidelines recommend levels be no higher than 2.5-3. milli-international units per liter during pregnancy. When their TSH levels rise above this, they may experience subclinical hypothyroidism, or mildly underactive thyroid, which can cause a number of health problems if left untreated.

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UK government report recommends vitamin D supplements for all during autumn and winter

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A report commissioned by the government of the United Kingdom has provided timely advice regarding vitamin D intake as the nights slowly begin to drawn in and autumn and winter approach.

The report concludes that every citizen of the UK over the age of 12 months should be consuming 10 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin D during the darker months as production due to the action of sunlight on the skin is unlikely to provide sufficient amounts of this vital nutrient.

Public health officials suggest people consume foods relatively rich in vitamin D such as oily fish, eggs and fortified cereals but warn even this may not be enough to avoid deficiency and health consequences that include brittle bones and rickets in children.

It has been estimatated that one in five adults and one in six children in England may have low levels.

Now, an extensive review of the evidence, carried out by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), suggests everyone over the age of one needs to consume additional vitamin D from diet and/or nutritional supplements each day in order to protect bone and muscle health.

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