It has now been over 4 months since I started DNRS—which is a brain retraining program to help those with chronic illness heal through concepts of neuroplasticity. To learn more about what DNRS is and why I decided to start it, refer to this blog post.
In this update, I want to focus specifically on what conditions DNRS has helped with and how my life has changed since starting it. Some of the chronic illnesses I have been diagnosed with are: ehlers-danlos syndrome (hEDS), dysautonomia (POTS), chiari malformation, craniocervical instability, intracranial hypertension, gastroparesis, chronic lyme disease, adrenal insufficiency, etc. At my worst, I was very severely ill and essentially bed-bound.
I think its important to mention that when I started DNRS, I had already made significant progress in my healing journey through a strict carnivore diet and prolotherapy injections in my neck. So I was definitely not at my "worst", but still very limited by my illness. I was no longer bed bound, and able to do a few low energy activities per day.
That being said, if you are bed-bound, there is still so much hope for you. There are many people that are able to start DNRS (or other brain retraining programs) while bed-bound and still see incredible healing and progress.
Here are some of the biggest improvements I've seen since starting DNRS:
Increased walking ability and distance
Increased standing ability
Reduction in POTS symptoms
Improvements in severe fatigue
Improvements in light & noise sensitivity
Improvements in brain fog, dizziness, tachycardia, headaches/migraines, etc.
Major improvements in histamine intolerance / MCAS
Improvements in sleep
Improvements in exercise ability (I've been doing gentle strengthening exercises & hoping to start some light rock climbing again soon)
Overall increased ability to do things
Overall chronic body and joint pain improved
Feeling much more safe in my body
Some digestion improvements
Here are some of the biggest milestones I've had:
Walking a mile for the first time in over 5 years
Walking through the airport without a wheelchair for the first time in years
Traveling across the country
Driving much more often
My first fever in many years (a sign the immune system is waking back up & responding properly)
Personally, I noticed progress very early on. Within the first week, my symptoms and capacity to do things were already starting to improve. But going into it, I had already done a lot of research about neuroplasticity and had worked on implementing some of the principles of DNRS beforehand. I went into it fully believing that I could heal and that the program was going to work (which isn't necessary, but certainly makes a difference). I was in a really good place mentally to start to see quick healing with DNRS, but for some it may take much longer.
Overall, brain retraining has been completely life-changing for me. It's crazy to me that I first heard about DNRS 5 years ago, and it took that long for me to try it. I wish I had tried it earlier, but I do believe God intended for my journey to take the course that it has.
I've quickly become passionate about brain retraining as an incredible tool for healing from chronic illness. One of the most important things to understand is that our nervous system governs literally every system of our body. If your nervous system is dysfunctional, physiological illness of any kind can occur. The good news is that healing is possible.
Brain retraining takes a lot of commitment, diligence, and hard work. Aside from the daily hour commitment to "practice" (essentially visualizations of a healthy self), you also need to commit to letting go of limiting beliefs, elevating your state of emotion, and redirecting negative thought patterns.
The brains innate capability to help our bodies physically heal is truly miraculous. I'm looking forward to sharing more about neuroplasticity, brain retraining, and my experience with DNRS. I believe addressing the nervous system is just as important as nutrition.
Feel free to leave a comment down below sharing your own experience or any questions you have.
One more thing to note: Over the last month, I have also been going through the Gupta Program, which is another great brain retraining tool. So far, I've been really impressed with it. I plan to do a full comparison of DNRS versus Gupta, and the pros/cons of each. Hopefully that will be helpful for people making a decision between the two, as I think some may do better with DNRS than Gupta and vice versa. Both the DNRS website & the Gupta Program website have a lot of information about their programs.
But truthfully, I don't think you can go wrong with either program. There are lots of other programs out there as well (Primal Trust, ANS Rewire, The Lightning Process, etc.). I'm sharing more about DNRS because its what I have experience with myself. The most important thing with brain retraining is that you're ready to commit to it and put in the effort needed to see results!
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