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Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS) Pursues Validation in University Study Collaboration

DNRS Online Program Displayed on a Tablet Computer

Brain retraining programs have become one of the most popular therapies for those affected by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), and a whole range of other environmental and invisible illnesses. Probably the most well known is the Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS) developed by Annie Hopper as she herself recovered from such life-changing conditions. 

DNRS seeks to address the limbic system hypersensitivity seen in invisible illnesses, according to a growing number of research studies. It does so through a a variety of mental techniques that utilize neural plasticity; the ability of the brain to "re-wire" itself and form new synaptic connections and pathways. An entirely online version has also recently been launched, making it accessible to almost everyone. 

Patients and doctors alike have seen incredible results through DNRS and now Hopper and her team are engaged in a collaborative study with The University of Alberta’s Integrative Health Institute and the University of Calgary to determine the System's effectiveness at treating those affected by Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Fibromyalgia (FM) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS). They're also hoping to learn more about the effects of neural retraining in general. 

Mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy may benefit multiple chemical sensitivity sufferers

MCS Carbon-Filter Face MaskA pilot study in which people suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity received weekly sessions of mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy has shown the treatment can have significant benefits in terms of how patients cope with their illness and also through improved sleep.  

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a chronic condition in which those affected experience an array of non-specific symptoms including headaches, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, cognitive dysfunction, and a general feeling of being unwell, when exposed to minute amounts of chemical triggers such as synthetic fragrances and industrial pollution.

Researchers at The Danish Research Centre for Chemical Sensitivities based at Copenhagen University Hospital describe MCS as "...a medically unexplained and socially disabling disorder characterized by negative health effects attributed to exposure to common airborne chemicals." Recognizing a lack of treatment options for the illness and having seen mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MCBT) produce improvements in patients suffering from related conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia, the Danish team performed the pilot study to determine if MCBT would also bring about positive change in MCS patients.

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity caused by hypersensitivity of the brain

Brain ScanNew research into multiple chemical sensitivity shows that the brains of sufferers respond more easily and more strongly to stimuli than those of healthy individuals, supporting the 'central sensitization' theory as an explanation for the illness.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a chronic condition in which those affected experience an array of non-specific symptoms including headaches, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, cognitive dysfunction, and a general feeling of being unwell, when exposed to minute amounts of chemical triggers such as synthetic fragrances and industrial pollution.

The few scientists and physicians who have been actively investigating this disabling and increasingly common condition over the past few decades have long suspected that an initial sensitization of the brain might result in neurons subsequently firing when exposed to levels of stimuli that would normally be ignored. This would translate into someone affected by MCS having an unusually high level of brain activity when exposed to triggering chemicals and experiencing a host of neurologically-based symptoms such as those mentioned previously.

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New dating site for those with invisible illnesses and chemical sensitivity

Happy CoupleWhen you suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) or other 'invisible illness' that involves chemical injury and the need to avoid a wide range of everyday substances, dating can be almost impossible. Canary Singles, a new dating website specifically for those affected by chemical injury, is intended to help fellow canaries meet.

The site, launched last week, was created by holistic health counselor and fellow MCSer (someone with MCS), Cynthia Perkins. With degrees in psychology and counseling, Perkins is well placed to understand the importance of an understanding partner when coping with an illness like MCS which can be so isolating. 

The following is an overview of the problems those with MCS and other invisible illnesses face when looking for someone special to share their life with - and importantly, someone who understands their illness. Perkins also provides further details about Canary Singles including a special offer for those joining the site between now and mid-October.

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Scientists search for reliable biomarkers in Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Scientist Doing Lab WorkAfter years out in the medical and scientific wilderness, researchers are starting to take a serious look at the underlying pathological mechanisms at work in multiple chemical sensitivity in seach of a reliable biomarker that would revolutionise diagnosis and treatment.

Italian researchers examined all available evidence regarding scientific, medical and social aspects of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and related environmental Illnesses (EI) with an emphasis on the biological abnormalities thus far uncovered which might point the way to the development of a biomarker that could be used clinically.

Among the biological dysfunctions noted by other researchers and discussed in this review are immunological dysregulation, neurogenic inflammation, limbic kindling and neural sensitization, toxicant-induced loss of tolerance (TILT), altered xenobiotic metabolism, altered nitric oxide/peroxynitrite cycle (NO/ONOO-). Those familiar with MCS research will recognise these to be the key experiemental findings and leading hypotheses for explaining the pathogenesis and ongoing pathophysiology in the condition.

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