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.
The research will lend weight and credibility to a therapy that has thus far not been scientifically validated; although the same can be said for many of the treatments patients with these conditions are routinely prescribed. Early signs from DNRS social media updates are that the results coming out of the study are very promising. A positive final result would mean DNRS could eventually be classed as an evidence-based treatment for invisible illnesses to which medicine has had no relaible therapeutic answer as yet.
The University of Calgary's web page for the study states that:
"The University of Calgary and the University of Alberta are collaborating on a research project to investigate the impact of neural retraining. Research will have a focus on the Dynamic Neural Retraining System, used in treating individuals who suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis."
Of course quality research is expensive and therefore donations are being welcomed to help this important work by the University via this secure page.
Since the inception of DNRS many patients have come forward with glowing testimonials about the success they have had in recovering from everything from the conditions focused on in the study to Mold-Related Illness and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Now, many doctors are also taking note of DNRS as they see the progress made by their patients using the System. Here are just a couple of testimonials from them:
Dr. Neil Nathan
"I have referred many (over 250) of my most chemically sensitive patients and those who suffer from complex chronic illnesses to the DNRS program with results that range from great to fantastic. It is becoming increasingly clear to those of us who work in this field that "rebooting" the limbic system is a critical component for our patients and many cannot make progress until they pursue this avenue of treatment."
Dr. Cynthia Li
INTERNAL MEDICINE, BERKELEY, CA
"The DNRS program teaches us how to access our “rest and digest” physiology—the parasympathetic nervous system– which promotes vitality and diminishes chronic inflammation. This practice has the potential not only to help persons with any type of chronic inflammatory state (most, if not all, chronic diseases including autoimmune disorders, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and emotional imbalances) but, perhaps more importantly, it gives us the gift of self-empowerment.”
Patrick Hanaway, MD
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH – CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE - 2017 LINUS PAULING AWARD RECIPIENT
"I referred my first patient who was seriously ‘toxic’ and only able to tolerate several foods with severe reactivity. Efforts to avoid toxins continued to backfire at each turn — the best opportunity for healing focused on changing her reactions to (and relationship to) the world. I was (and am) deeply impressed by the transformation. I have referred many patients with variations on this therapeutic theme, usually a function of the patients willingness to engage and ‘work the program’. Some patients are able to the DNRS program on their own at home (with the 14 hour instructional DVD or the on-line program), while others benefit from additional coaching with a certified DNRS Coach, and still others need the DNRS 5 day interactive retreat setting to ‘kickstart’ their healing process. I am deeply appreciative of the contributions that Annie Hopper has made to healing.”
Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS) Main Website - RetrainingTheBrain.com
Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS) Online Course Website - DNRSOnline.com
University of Calgary Neural Retraining Study - https://netcommunity.ucalgary.ca/neuralretraining