bluelyme - Were you able to consume the kombucha despite mast cell issues? How did you manage the high histamine content in the kombucha? (Kombucha is my favorite thing in the world and I look forward to my mast cell issues resolving so I can have it again!)
Girlie - I am still doing the daily DNRS practice. I have about
f.5 more months of daily practice! Honestly some days I only practice for a half-hour instead of an hour, so I certainly am not a perfect student!
dbwilco - I hear you about
not being convinced about
DNRS. It took me a long time to try it because it seemed, well, hokey. The presentations themselves are oddly dated and certainly in need of an update to make them more relatable for the increased breadth of folks who use the system (i.e. almost all of her examples are about
multiple chemical sensitivities). The steps do involve more than just saying stop, including some gestures and specific wording that manipulates your brain in just the right way, but being able to interrupt thought patterns that perpetuate symptoms is really incredibly hard. I felt strangely depressed, irritable, and had increased nerve pain for a week or so - your nervous system does not enjoy its rewiring! You're right that it's tough to imagine doing the research and legwork it takes to address this dastardly illness if you aren't "allowed" to think about
symptoms, but the program does account for that somewhat; you do a full round of the practice steps before and after appointments, reading an article, checking a forum, filling out a form, etc. And after six months, you can go back to Lyme thoughts 24/7 if you want. ;) At first, I took a step back from this forum and research and even some Lyme-based friendships, but I think I have found a balance now, six weeks in, in terms of being able to think about
Lyme without lapsing into destructive thought patterns (definitely more detail about
what I mean by this in the program). Additionally, you can tailor the program to yourself, with affirmations and goals and lists and reminders that help you, and leave the stuff that doesn't quite fit. I have a wall covered with reminders and tips and ideas from the training that I spend some time looking at each day, and it really has helped, since processing the information and rewording it made it feel more relevant to me. You treat this illness as limbic system impairment - a brain injury, as real as a stroke or TBI - and it will get better accordingly. In theory.
I promise, I will be shouting this from the (metaphorical healingwell ) rooftops if it works. I understand what you mean about
making money off of sick people, but it's cheaper than one visit with many LLMDs, and it has a one-year money-back guarantee that I plan to use if necessary! (And you can do it online now - no DVDs - unless you prefer DVDs.)
If anyone does the DNRS program and wants to chat about
it and support each other, then let me know!