Today I wanted to share a bit with you about the Dynamic Neural Retraining System, or DNRS for short.
As you may know, this past fall I was diagnosed with a condition of the immune system called mast cell activation syndrome.
When I first got the diagnosis, I initially went into research mode, reading every single thing I could– every article, every single comment in patient support groups, and keeping a journal to track my symptoms.
This has always been my normal approach to dealing with health issues, and I had expected it to be the only way to deal with mast cell, as well.
A few months into the process, I attended an in-person support group, where I met someone who had recovered from the same condition as me, using the Dynamic Neural Retraining System.
I’m going to be honest with you. I had never heard of DNRS before, and never would have done it if I hadn’t met someone in person who had recovered.
It took a lot for me to overcome my skepticism. In fact, I never really did overcome my skepticism– I just started doing it anyway, because one of my doctors was strongly urging me to do it, and I figured I had nothing to lose.
But the more I have been doing the program– I’ve been doing it for an hour a day, for five months now– the more I understand it, and truly believe in it.
How does DNRS work?
DNRS focuses on the idea that many complex, chronic illnesses can actually be the result of a brain that is stuck in a chronic state of fight or flight.
In DNRS, this is termed limbic system dysfunction. (The limbic system is the part of the brain that regulates our emotional and behavioral responses, and also our response to threats– the fight or flight mechanism. It includes the amygdala, which causes us to feel fear, and the hippocampus, one of the most important parts of the brain for memory).
If you look at the stories of the different people who have recovered using DNRS, you’ll find that the symptoms they had were all very different.
In DNRS, the focus is not on the symptoms– it’s on rewiring the brain.
DNRS relies the concept of neuroplasticity– meaning the brain can change, based on new experiences.
If the brain can be changed by trauma– whether it’s emotional or physical– into a chronic state of fight or flight– it can also change back into a healthy state.
That’s where DNRS comes in. When you do the program, you are essentially following a set of steps to help the brain form new, healthy pathways. If you remember any of these terms from biology class, you’re taking your brain out of fight-or-flight, and putting it back into “rest and digest” so that healing can occur.
It’s more than just positive thinking– it’s more like a practice.
I think of it like this. We all know we should think positively. We all know we should occasionally do things to calm down our system, such as meditate.
But DNRS really takes it a step further. It’s not just about relaxation– it’s actually about building new brain pathways.
In the five months I’ve been doing DNRS, I’ve actually felt this happen. I almost think of my brain as like a construction zone.
The truth is that, even prior to developing mast cell activation, I was not emotionally in a great place.
I never write about this kind of stuff on my blog, because I personally tend to get the biggest reward out of writing things that are positive.
But for the sake of helping anyone out there who needs help, I will tell you that I have (and still do have) symptoms of psychological trauma, and I do believe it’s a part of why I got sick.
I lived with this for years and never really saw a way out. DNRS has helped me as much as therapy, if not more.
Since doing DNRS, I’ve actually felt my brain change, in a way that totally matches up with some of the things I’ve learned about the brain, emotion, and memory, in my science classes. (I’ve actually taken a neuroscience course, which really helped me to understand what was going on).
Over these five months it’s become much easier for my brain to access happy emotions and memories, because I literally spend an hour every day activating those neural pathways.
And along with those brain changes, my symptoms have definitely diminished.
I don’t want to talk too much about my symptoms right now, for reasons you’ll see below. BUT for anyone considering trying DNRS– I do want you to know that it’s been improving my physical symptoms, along with the psychological ones.
Getting the brain out of its limbic system trauma loop.
If you read my blog now, you’ll see that I don’t talk about my specific mast cell symptoms very much. Of course, this is the complete opposite of the approach I’d planned to take.
But one of the main principles of DNRS is that, once you’re dealing with a chronic condition, focusing on your symptoms can actually reinforce that state of fight or flight. So we actually try not to talk about our symptoms (except, of course, in cases where’s absolutely necessary, such as when at a doctor’s appointment).
This took me a while to wrap my mind around, but over time, it made more and more sense to me. Focusing on my health didn’t cause the problem, but now that I was in this situation, I had to do everything possible to get my brain out of chronic fight or flight.
That’s why you won’t find me writing too much about my physical symptoms in this post, or on my blog in general. I do want to tell my whole story at some point, but for now, my brain is a “construction zone” of hope and healing, so the rest will have to come later :)
If you are considering doing the program, DO IT.
It comes with a six-month money-back guarantee, so you really have nothing to lose.
I sometimes see comments from people who are skeptical about why they can’t find specific information about the program before purchasing it. Well, first of all, that’s because people like me want to respect the copyright of the program — the woman who created it (Annie Hopper) really helped us, and we want to support her.
But beyond that, you really have to experience the program yourself to understand what it’s about. It wouldn’t be doing the program justice for me to try to explain all of the steps here.
I take my blog very seriously, and it’s important to me that I only share scientifically-accurate information. And I wholeheartedly recommend DNRS.
Here are some of the DNRS recovery stories that have personally inspired me on my journey– definitely check these out!
(The first three people on this list used DNRS to recover from mast cell activation, as well as other conditions!).
I will be explaining more about DNRS in my next post– including how the medical community is beginning to take notice– so stay tuned!