Source: https://www.phoenixhelix.com/2018/09/07/episode-104-dnrs-with-annie-hopperWhat is DNRS?
DNRS stands for the Dynamic Neural Retraining System. It's a drug-free approach to alleviating the symptoms of chronic illness by rewiring the neural circuits of the limbic system. It's a self-directed therapy designed to be done at home. You can learn it 3 ways: through an in-person class, a DVD series, or an online course. (The online course became available in 2019.)
DNRS includes 5 Pillars of Recovery:
Pillar 1: Understanding that this is a brain impairment, that the brain is involved with your illness. Brain fog is a very common symptom with “mysterious illness.” But even when that's not present, the brain interacts with the entire body, and brain dysfunction can cause symptoms bodywide.
Pillar 2: Bringing awareness to pathways of the past (POPS) – psychological, emotional and behavioral patterns that might actually be expressions of the brain impairment. Learning to consciously identify these when they arise and use the DNRS techniques to redirect the brain to healthier patterns.
Pillar 3: A set of daily exercises that include movement, speech, visualization and neural shaping, which work together to structurally and chemically change the brain.
Pillar 4: Elevating your emotional state in a positive direction throughout the day. The goal is to counteract the negative bias and chronic threat response of the dysfunctional limbic system.
Pillar 5: Practice. The exercises are practiced for 1 hour daily, along with ongoing application of the techniques throughout the day. It's not an overnight fix, because it takes time to rewire the brain. The DNRS program is meant to be practiced for a minimum of 6 months.Learning DNRS
You can learn at home through a 14-hour DVD series or an online course. (The online course became available in 2019). The recommendation is to watch them within 4 days if possible, but you can pace yourself based on health and energy levels.
The in-person classes are held in
locations throughout North America and Europe. They're 5 days, with a maximum class size of 30 students.
There is also a private community forum as well as 1:1 coaching available.Are The Exercises Strenuous?
No. They do include some movement, but they can even be adapted for people who are bedridden. In that case, you visualize the movements from bed until you've improved enough to start doing the movements physically. And they are not strenuous movements.How Does Rewiring the Brain Impact Health Elsewhere in the Body?
When the brain is stuck in a chronic fight or flight response, it shuts down everything it doesn't see as vital. This is helpful in a short-term situation (being chased by a tiger), but harmful if it continues long-term. That's because many of the body's processes are controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and digest system). That's where digestion, healing, detoxification, repair, immune balancing, etc. all take place. When the body is in a chronic alarm state, all of those processes can become impaired. Also, the vagus nerve is a primary nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system which controls organ function. It receives direct communication from the brain regarding threat vs. safety and will suppress “non-vital” organ function during “threats”. Lastly, hormones are also thrown out of balance as stress hormones are over-produced.
DNRS is designed to turn off this chronic fight or flight response, and when that happens, all of these systems are no longer suppressed and can start working optimally again. The body moves out of a state of survival and into a state of growth and repair, where healing can take place.What Results Can People Expect?
Because it takes time to rewire the brain for health, the DNRS program is designed to be done daily for a minimum of 6 months. However, some people do start to see improvements more quickly.
As long as you are continuing to improve, DNRS can be continued longer than 6 months.
If your symptoms disappear altogether, you don't need to continue DNRS to maintain those improvements. The rewiring of the brain is permanent.
Like any treatment, results vary. Some people see mild improvements, some see major improvements, and some become completely symptom-free.
With neuroplasticity, healing isn't linear, so it's common to have symptoms go up and down before improvements become permanent.
For Annie, she started to see improvements within the first few weeks. Her sense of smell started to normalize first, decreasing her sensitivity. She did experience symptoms increasing and decreasing before they disappeared altogether. She is now symptom-free and no longer does the DNRS exercises. However, it's a tool in her toolbox, so if symptoms ever begin to return, she knows how to reverse them.
Resource: DNRS Testimonials. https://retrainingthebrain.com/success-stories