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Why Limbic System Retraining Works for MCS, CFS, EHS and Adrenal Fatigue
The process was not really covered at all. I found myself many times throughout the process wondering if what I was experiencing was normal, was it still going to work, do other people go through this, has this happened before, what should I do about this and that and questions like that.
Something in the manual or the DVDs that explained what the process was like would have been helpful. People didn't really talk much about process in the forum either. Other Highlights of the DNR Program There is a private forum where you can talk with others engaging in the program that I found to be helpful. Annie, and her coach Candy, often answer questions personally in the forum, so you get help from the experts.
It isn't a highly active forum, but a lot of the material that is there is of high quality and quite useful. Personally, I like the low level activity as it feels like a good fit for me. Forums with too much activity cause me stress.
However, in the forum, you are only allowed to talk about positive things and success. It isn't a support forum for those who are struggling or need help. It's entire focus is on talking about success. This means that the people who are struggling don't get very much attention.
Most attention is paid to those who are excelling in their progress. If you aren't having exceptional success, you may be ignored and feel unwelcome. This can be discouraging for those who are struggling and I think the forum could be more useful if it changed its angle a bit, but you can still gain a variety of useful tips and strategies by reading what is posted.
If you need help, then you really have to get personal coaching, which I discuss in the next paragraph. They also provide private telephone coaching for the DNR program for a fee. I did two of these sessions and found this to be very helpful as well.
My coach, Candy, was professional, kind and very competent. She did not waste any of my time or money on fluff conversation. She provided me with many useful tips and strategies that I was able to implement immediately that assisted me in moving forward with my progress. I encourage you to have a couple coaching sessions, if you are in the Dynamic Neural Retraining TM program. Again, I felt this was well worth the money. The definition of mindfulness that was presented in the DNR program does not fit with my understanding and experience of mindfulness.
The program implies that being mindful of symptoms and pain will increase them. That is not accurate. There is a very big difference between being focused, preoccupied and ruminating over symptoms and pain and being mindful of them.
When you are mindful of your pain and your symptoms, you can make them disappear within minutes. Being mindful decreases symptoms and pain. You can learn more about this in my mindfulness for migraines and mindfulness for chronic pain books, if this is an area of interest for you. I also do not agree with the amount of exercise that is recommended. Recent research suggests that traditional cardio and aerobics are actually harmful to our health. The body experiences endurance type of exercise as stress.
We are genetically wired to respond most optimally to exercise that consists of short periods of intense exercise followed by rest and recovery. Our limbic system evolved with short bursts of intense exercise, followed by rest and recovery. Earlier in our evolution, we would face a lion and run from them. We would lift heavy things. We would walk slowly for long distances. But we would never exert ourselves intensely for an hour at a time. When we engage in a short intense burst of exercise, followed by rest and recovery, it tricks the limbic system into believing we have escaped the lion and thus the sympathetic nervous system turns off and we move out of fight or flight and into the healing parasympathetic rest and digest.
Therefore limbic system retraining will do better with this type of exercise. Being cautious with exercise is of great importance for those with chronic fatigue adrenal fatigue , because as I mentioned earlier, you probably don't have enough cortisol. Cardio or aerobics is counterproductive for those who aren't producing cortisol and will set you back. Exercise should be mild and gentle. The retraining technique takes 15 minutes to do and it must be done at a minimum of 1 hour a day.
In my experience, the 1 hour a day is not sufficient and it must be done to all reactions. The length of the technique makes it feel like a chore and it takes a great deal of mental energy. This is very time consuming when you have lots of sensitivities to work on. Once I make a commitment to something, I'm committed regardless.
However, many people have trouble staying committed to something that feels like a chore. You must be very motivated to remain committed. The length of the technique is just not very practical for the Universal reactor. The marketing for the Dynamic Neural Retraining System TM focuses a lot on the people who experience instant miracle cures.
Although, we can't really fault them for this, because this is to some extent a necessary evil in the world of marketing. We live in a society that expects and wants instant results, so to some extent marketing messages must give people what they want.
This is true of most marketing. So, I encourage you to keep your expectations realistic. Most people are not experiencing these miraculous cures overnight.
It takes a great deal of time and hard work to rewire the brain. From what I see and hear from others, there are many different ways that people are experiencing this process. Some people have dramatic improvements in days, weeks, or months. Some people are completely well or almost well within 6 months. There's a good amount of people who must continue the program well beyond the 6 months and a lot of people have been at it for a year or more. Some people have no improvement at all.
Additionally, instant miracle cures really defy the principles that brain rewiring is based upon - consistency and repetition. Please be aware that I am only sharing my process. Your process will not necessarily be like my process. Everyone experiences the limbic system retraining process differently. Do not let my lack of progress impact your decision to try the program. You may be one of the people who responds quickly. I will update this page again in a few months but here are the improvements I have seen personally so far at the 6 month mark in my limbic system retraining, which is July 1, However, there are a variety of things, like my bath soap, dish soap, laundry soap that has not improved hardly at all.
Some symptoms do not respond to the DNR practice. For example, gallbladder pain is a common response to chemicals for me. The practice often eliminates all symptoms except this.
When I take all this into consideration it amounts to an average of about a total of 25 percent. However, here are some other benefits I am experiencing. I am happier and more optimistic. Depression was not one of my symptoms, so it isn't that the program eliminated depression.
It just increased the level of happiness, joy and hope that I experience in my life. My son, who is an adult, used the program simultaneously with me and he felt that it made him happier too. We both noticed that it improved our relationship. We had a strong relationship previously, but this enhanced it more and improved our patience and compassion with one another. We are both more playful. It reduced some of the MCS strain that commonly occurs in relationships.
My son had mild sensitivities in comparison to mine. It is challenging when two people in the household are doing brain retraining together who have different levels of sensitivities.
Since his sensitivity was much lower and he had a lot less to work on, he was able to move faster. I was crawling at a snail's pace. This sometimes created friction, because I often felt pressured by him to move faster and he often felt held back by me. On the other hand, it was great to have someone to talk to about the program.
I also feel I am a better practitioner and I am taking many of the principles into my work. I see change in my future in regard to my work. My conditions were at the extreme end of extreme. The program brought me in off the ledge a little bit. Now, one of the first things you may be wondering is whether I really applied myself to the limbic system retraining program.
I'm the kind of person who really doesn't know how to do anything half-assed. If anything, I always try to do things too perfectly. I applied myself to the rewiring process whole heartedly. I committed to it percent. I practiced the rewiring steps at a minimum of 80 minutes a day. I never missed not one day. Most days I was working on it all day. There were days that I was doing the practice every hour or every half hour.
Coming into this as a Universal reactor, it is a full time job for me. It takes a lot more than just doing the hour of practice.
For example, on days I am doing chores like cleaning the house, I'm doing the practice every 10 or 15 minutes. When the day was filled with woodsmoke or rain odors, I was doing the practice every 30 or 60 minutes. I consistently challenged my pops, you won't know what this means if you haven't seen the DVDs and I'm not at liberty to share with you because of copyrights and privacy agreements.
I sang, hummed and recited my proclamation all day long. I wrote it and posted it in the kitchen. My son repeated it back to me. I stopped watching the news because it caused me stress. I watched feel good movies.
Listened to relaxing music. Watched humorous videos and tv. I filled my brain with positive thoughts, images and behavior consistently every day. I smiled all day long. I recited affirmations of different kinds all day long pertaining to each trigger. It takes constant reassurance for my limbic system. I practiced mindfulness meditation and deep breathing exercises four times a day, every day as well. I completely changed my internal and external vocabulary.
I believe for some people it takes longer than 6 months to rewire the brain. It took me a long time to arrive at a high level of sensitivity so it seems logical to me that it could take a long time to recover. It can take people who have a stroke years to rewire their brain so it seems that the same could apply to other conditions..
For Jill Bolte Taylor it took like eight years. Although our brain trauma is different than having a stroke, it makes sense to me that it could take a long time. Hopefully, and probably not, eight years. I plan to continue rewiring for another 6 months or as long as it takes.
I can clearly see that it is working in my life and I believe that I will continue to improve. The healing process in rewiring the brain is not linear. It goes up and down like a rollercoaster. I have days when I feel like I'm going to be well any day now. Then I have days when I feel like I'm almost back to square one.
Then in a couple days, I go back up again. Usually after a dip and a rise, I rise to a higher point. I crawled at a snail's pace for the first three months, but things seemed to pick up momentum in month 4 and more momentum in month 5 and then even more momentum in month 6.
The DNR team describes limbic system retraining as peeling the layers off an onion. For me it felt more like unraveling a tangled ball of yarn. Sometimes it unrolls smoothly, then you hit a kink and have to stop and work real hard on it.
Then you move along smoothly again. It can take a long time to unravel a ball of yarn that has kinks. Sometimes when it's moving along very slow it is difficult not to feel discouraged, but I just keep moving and it passes. However, please be sure to read my review of the Gupta program further below, as I am having better success with it. Also, be sure to read my improvement updates as well. For the past three months I have been using both programs.
The Gupta program worked quite well for me the very first time I used it and it gets more effective each week. For about 6 or 7 weeks I felt like I was soaring along with my recovery, making fantastic improvements in both chemical sensitivities and fatigue.
However, I then had a few brief setbacks when I experienced a few high stress events and a brutal migraine. So my progress is still going up and down like a rollercoaster. However, amazing things are happening with MCS symptoms.
For example, we had a big wildfire this past summer. In the past, I would have to seal myself in the house tighter than a drum and wear a mask with the slightest bit of wildfire smoke in the air. This time, I didn't need a mask at all, and only had to shut the windows. When the smoke was light, I was able to have the windows open for a short period. I had very few symptoms and was able to stop each of them with the Gupta technique.
In the past, I had to wear a mask and couldn't go out of the house when it rained, or I would get a migraine. I no longer have to wear a mask when it rains and I went out shopping on a rainy day and even took a walk in the rain one day.
I must do the Gupta technique every 10 or fifteen minutes to keep a migraine from coming on, but even still, this was something that was impossible just a few months ago.
I use the short and long version of the Amygdala Retraining technique to enable me to do all kinds of physical activity I couldn't do previously. However, this is very hard work. Although I haven't stopped migraines from appearing, I can turn off almost all migraines that occur when I'm awake as soon as they begin to appear by using the Gupta technique.
I can also achieve this with my own mindfulness technique, but I use Gupta to hopefully rewire the migraine process as well. In my experience, brain retraining works best when your health and stress level are very stable.
During my rertaining I experienced a significant setback on a couple different occasions from a chemical exposure and a very high stress event. I was in a very high state of sympathetic stress and couldn't bring it down, even with extensive use of DNR and Gupta. Gupta would take the edge off a little, but not good relief.
I don't know about you, but I find it damn near impossible to engage in the required visualization and meditation when I am in a severe reaction state or high stress mode. I still continued to do the rewiring during the setback, but it did not provide the relief it provides when things are less severe and more stable. My decision to do this was based on the fact that I respond better to Gupta and it is more convenient and practical.
It was too time consuming to try and continue to do both programs simultaneously, and I wanted to be more fully committed to just the Gupta program. All the improvements I made in previous months continue to hold and I continue to make more small improvements each month, but it is still a rollercoaster ride. Some sensitivities like rain, dryer exhaust, woodsmoke, and outdoors have improved drastically, while some things like food odors have improved moderately and some other things have not yet responded.
Plus, it all varies from day to day; some days are better than others. Sensitivity to fragrances in public are not consistent. Sometimes I have very few symptoms and sometimes I struggle. However, I can clearly see that the rewiring is happening and that I am improving and this motivates me to continue. I plan to continue Gupta until it is no longer needed. I am not going to update this page again for another 6 months or so. As of August I have been doing the Gupta program faithfully for a little over a year.
Between the Gupta and the DNR program, that means all together I have been retraining my limbic system for 1 year and 8 months. I continue to maintain all the improvements I made in previous months and make more improvements each month.
I haven't had to wear a mask in over a year. I used to have to wear a mask quite frequently, even in my own house. So this is a major improvement. Fragrances when I go out and about rarely cause me significant symptoms anymore. My physical strength and endurance are slowly, but surely, increasing. I can do a lot more physical activity than I used to, but it still requires lots of Gupta.
My fatigue is still much more persistent and problematic than my chemical sensitivities. However, recovery is not consistent across the board. For example, I tried to move into a different house several months ago. I kept my current house, just in case it didn't work out. I had a wide variety of symptoms in the new house that I did not have in my current house.
I really thought I would be able to overcome them with limbic system retraining. I remained in the house for almost four weeks and when Gupta didn't work I tried DNR as well, but neither one of them would relieve my symptoms. The longer I stayed the worse the symptoms got. I tried to force my body to stay there, but it wouldn't have it, no matter how much I rewired. The symptoms were completely resistant to both Gupta and DNR. So I had to give up and return home. One of the symptoms I developed while I was in the temporary house was severe head ringing.
I never had head ringing prior to this. When I left that house, all the symptoms I had dissipated very quickly, except for the head ringing. It's been several months since I left and I continue to get intermittent bouts of head ringing for unknown reasons, that do not respond at all to Gupta nor DNR. It isn't nearly as severe as it was in the other house, but it appears my exposure to whatever chemicals were in that house caused a problem that won't leave, despite the rewiring throughout the entire exposure.
So, for some reason, there are some chemicals that do not respond to the brain retraining as of yet. On the other hand, this temporary move required a lot of physical activity and it seemed to propel me to a higher level of improvement on the fatigue level and other than the head ringing, sensitivity to chemicals continues to decline.
When I first started doing Gupta, I did only a little of the full ART technique and a lot of the short technique, because I hate the wording in the full version; it makes me feel like I'm being scolded. Then for about six months I used mostly the full version to see if it was more effective. I did not notice any difference in effectiveness between the short or long version, so I returned to the short version only.
I've been doing only the short version for the past four months. I also do the Gupta breathing technique every morning and the Gupta meditation five mornings out of the week. I tried the accelerator technique again, but that triggers my sympathetic nervous system. I continue to use Gupta heavily on a daily basis. I have not been able to make anymore improvements beyond what has already been achieved, but it works great as a management tool for symptoms. It's been three years now since I began brain rewiring, and I continue to maintain the improvements that were made initially, but it appears I am not going to improve anymore beyond the original 25 to 35 percent I achieved.
Although this has clearly been a long process for me, I am very grateful for the improvements I have been able to make and it is well worth the effort. It has significantly improved the quality of my life. I will continue to do Gupta, but I won't provide anymore updates on my progress, unless something miraculous happens. Please read my review of the Gupta program further below for more details on my progress with this program.
Immediately after I purchased the Gupta program, in July of , I received an in-depth email with a variety of information for getting started. Since I was already very familiar with limbic system retraining, I was able to immediately put these practices to use, along with what I was already doing in my DNR training.
His focus is quite a bit different than Annie's, and provided me with some insights that I didn't have and complimented what I was already doing.
In all honesty, I felt that this immediately began to make my retraining more effective and I began to improve even more right away, especially in the area of fatigue. I was immediately able to do some physical activities that I haven't been able to do in a couple years.
The Gupta DVDs come in a very nice, sturdy and professional case. The book and mind map are of very good quality as well. However, the ink and paper used has a significant chemical odor that as many MCS people already have noted, is problematic for many in the MCS population. Since I have been doing some retraining already it was not as problematic for me as it is for others, but even still, I had to watch the DVDs and use the book and mind map outside.
It did produce some symptoms for me, but I was able to use the short version of the Amygdala Retraining TM technique that I learned in my first email to eliminate most of them. I encourage you to be creative and find some way to view them.
As I mentioned previously, the benefits you have to gain far outweigh any symptoms you may experience. Keep in mind that the symptoms will be temporary and they will not produce any long-term or permanent effects. Make a commitment to your health and be willing to go the extra mile. Sit outside, wear a mask, or whatever it takes.
The DVDs are very user friendly and I had no mechanical problems, which made viewing a calm and pleasant experience. Let me say this I am very impressed with the Gupta program. It has far exceeded my expectations. You really get your money's worth in this program and then some. It is very comprehensive and complete. He not only explains the techniques in an excellent manner, but he also promotes motivation, provides encouragement and support and most importantly, addresses the process thoroughly.
Ashok addresses each and every aspect that may come up throughout your training process. He really left no stone unturned.
The manner in which he recorded these videos makes you feel like you are actually present with him. He has a great style, comes across as very authentic, sincere and warm, and makes you feel excited about the retraining. He inspires trust and hope. There is a shorter version of the main technique that only takes seconds to complete. This is my favorite. Both of these are so easy and quick that they don't feel like a chore and it's practical for the Universal reactors who have a very long list of triggers.
I have been using the shorter retraining technique on numerous things and I am having great success in eliminating symptoms. I still have a long way to go, but I can turn off many MCS reactions in less than a minute to many things and I'm getting stronger physically. I use it all day long on everything that comes up to relieve symptoms and get energy for the task at hand. Additionally, there is a powerful accelerated version of the main technique which is quite amazing, but I don't like it much.
The program also has a powerful core meditation and breathing technique that soothes the nervous system and really makes you feel good, as well as other secondary meditations. There is an excellent mindfulness meditation that is very effective. It shares many of the same principles that I have been teaching for years and have written about in several of my books.
So, of course, I am a real fan of this. The way that he teaches how to do visualizations has been much more effective in helping me get in touch with feelings of the healthier self than what I learned in DNR. He goes into great detail explaining what to focus on and how to magnify these feelings. It has also been more effective at enabling me to identify other issues that need worked on, and since the retraining techniques are short, it is very easy to work on them quickly.
In the DNR program you are only taught to use the technique on symptoms. In the Gupta program you are taught to use the techniques on the symptoms, thoughts and stress patterns, which I feel is one of the factors that makes the Amygdala Retraining more effective.
The Gupta program also has a support forum and it appears to be very active and seems open to people who are struggling. I feel I have become more compassionate and less demanding of myself with the Gupta program, which really reduces my stress load. I often hear Ashok's voice in my head throughout the day saying, "it's okay, you're doing the best you can," "you can do it Cynthia," or "take more time to do the things you enjoy.
Periodically, Ashok sends out an email newsletter that is packed with helpful retraining tips, as well as encouragement and support. A problem I have always had with approaches that focus on positive thinking, is the labeling of feelings or thoughts as negative. So that is something I am still uncomfortable with. Labeling my thoughts or feelings as "negative" makes me feel like I'm being a bad girl.
I feel I'm being blamed for my condition. I feel like I'm doing something bad or wrong. Additionally, I don't like to label feelings as positive or negative, as all feelings and emotions are normal and serve a purpose. So I prefer to use a different word in place of "negative" thoughts, like "not so useful" or "counterproductive. There are a few other concepts and words used in the program that feel a little blaming, so anytime I feel this way, I just reframe it into something that feels comfortable for me.
I know this is an issue for many other people with chronic health conditions. So if this is an issue for you, then I encourage you to try and find words that feel less offensive for you. Ashok's amygdala hypothesis makes perfect sense and is fleshed out thoroughly.
He is truly a master at his craft. I'm not sure that the pieces of the puzzle all fit together exactly as he feels they do, and I don't believe things are as black and white as he sees them, but I do believe he is in the right ball field and that he has a program that can certainly help us return to the desired parasympathetic state. As I stated earlier, I'm not completely convinced the "root" problem lies in the amygdala.
The amygdala is definitely involved and overactive, but something else may be in the driver seat causing the problem in the amygdala. Remember it was once thought that the hypothalamus was what set off the stress response system, then later it was believed that it was the amygdala. What we know now is that it is the locus ceruleus that sets off the stress response system, not the amygdala or the hypothalamus. However, I supposed it is still possible that the amygdala becomes sensitized and is firing off on its own.
But I think it is also possible that the problem lies in the locus ceruleus. Since the amygdala is fired by the norepinephrine coming from the locus ceruleus, and the frontal lobes are what inhibits the amygdala, it seems to me that the root of the problem may lie in one of those areas, but I may be wrong.
The amygdala is downregulated when the frontal lobes are activated more often and the Amygdala Retraining technique increase frontal lobe activity. Regardless, it doesn't really matter. The fact remains that he has a program that indeed restores the limbic system and the autonomic nervous system to balance and thus helps many people overcome MCS and CFS etc.
Furthermore, Ashok talks a lot about adrenaline being the problem, but adrenaline burns off very quickly. It is a short acting hormone. Adrenaline is not really the problem. It is norepinephrine that is the problem. Norepinephrine can linger in the brain for days and if one is under constant stress or they have an impaired ability to methylate it away, then it will be there continually.
It is norepinephrine that keeps the body in the overactive sympathetic nervous system state, not adrenaline. I believe he does this for simplicity matters and, again, it doesn't really matter as far as the techniques are concerned. But I thought you might want to be aware of the mechanics. Although Ashok is very well versed in the subject of chronic fatigue, it appears he does not yet have an in-depth understanding of multiple chemical sensitivity and toxins.
I hear that this makes some people uncomfortable and that many struggle to accept his views. So we do not need to agree with all his theories and conclusions to use the program. Regardless of whether we agree with his theories and conclusions, it is a method that is certainly worth exploring. It doesn't really matter why it works, it only matters that it does indeed work. I encourage you to look beyond this aspect and give it a try anyhow.
You don't have to embrace his beliefs, you only need to practice the techniques. It is clear that Ashok is a kind, good-hearted, likeable guy with good intentions, and I don't believe he's going to lead you astray. He is still in the learning process in regard to MCS and I think we may see some changes as he evolves. When you watch the DVDs, you will come to trust him. On the other hand, I have seen some people in forums mention some comments that his coaches have made about chemical sensitivity that I feel were somewhat offensive and again illustrate a lack of in-depth knowledge about MCS and toxins in general.
So, if you do coaching with Gupta coaches for MCS, I encourage you to exercise some caution and be sure to take what works and leave the rest behind. Coaching for chronic fatigue may not be affected by this point, as his program has been used successfully for many years in the chronic fatigue population. I find the concept of secondary gains to be insulting. If I wanted some secondary gains, I would pick a health condition that actually elicited some empathy from others, which is not the case with MCS and CFS.
I have never experienced any secondary gains with any of my conditions and really can't even find any if I dig with a shovel. So I ignored this small aspect of the program and if you feel as I do, then I encourage you to do the same.
I would argue that the some of the aspects Ashok considers to be secondary to the autonomic nervous system dysfunction like candida, are actually causes of the autonomic nervous system dysfunction. I would also argue that many times the thoughts are a result of the symptoms, not the other around and sometimes there aren't any thoughts attached to symptoms. However, again, it really doesn't matter which came first, the retraining techniques work regardless.
Another point I would argue, is that handling stress is not always about how you choose to respond to it. Indeed that is a major component to stress management, however, if someone is not producing cortisol which is common in the chronically fatigued, or they have depleted neurotransmitters, both of which are crucial in the modulation of stress, then you aren't going to be handling stress very well regardless of how you respond to it. The lack of cortisol or adequate levels of neurotransmitters may make it quite difficult to respond appropriately.
On the other hand, in the long rung, using the techniques will assist you in producing cortisol and neurotransmitters. Additionally, the Gupta Amygdala Retraining TM program does not encourage eating an organic diet or living a green lifestyle, which as I have mentioned previously, I feel is essential for long-term optimal health in recovery for any condition, but especially in the chemically sensitive and chronic fatigued.
However, as long as you are aware of theses short-comings and incorporate the Gupta program into a comprehensive plan, then none of this should be a problem.
Again, from what I see online, it appears that a small number of people are achieving "complete" recovery by retraining the amygdala. Some people are 25 percent, 50 percent, 80 percent and everything in-between. Most people are not recovering within the 6 month period. Many people have been retraining for more than a year. A lot of times the retraining is more of a management tool than a "cure" tool, so keep your expectations realistic.
However, it is an excellent management tool that can bring you many benefits that cannot be found elsewhere. I really cannot say enough good things about the Gupta program.
This, too, is one of the best purchases I have ever made. It has become such an integral part of my life that I honestly do not how I survived without it. It provides you with so many useful tools, even if complete recovery does not occur. In my opinion, it is a more complete, thorough and powerful program than the DNR program. Now, people who already have one of the brain retraining programs may read this page and say, "the reason she didn't recover completely is because she's talking about toxins all the time.
I only took out 2 weeks at the end of my 6 month rewiring to write this page and a few moments here and there to update it. First and foremost, I believe my limbic system trauma is deep and severe and may not be reversible. As mentioned before, severe trauma in early childhood can result in permanent and irreversible damage to stress circuits and the limbic system. I have had limbic system trauma since I was a child.
My original trauma was severe, extensive and ongoing sexual, physical and emotional abuse throughout my entire childhood. There was also neglect and I was abandoned by my primary caregiver. I'm now age So I have five decades to unravel. I have a great deal of stress in my life.
In the list of 12 types of stress I listed above, I'm still working on several of the types of stress. My Total Stress Load is still very high. I'm a holistic health counselor, so I'm talking with people every day about their symptoms and conditions. As part of the DNR and Gupta program, you will learn that you aren't supposed to talk about these kind of things, because you're using your language to rewire the brain. I have to work or I can't pay the bills, so giving this up is not possible.
I have chronic migraines. Although I can successfully turn off most of my migraines with my own mindfulness technique or the Gupta technique that occur within the daytime hours, many of them occur in the middle of the night when I'm sleeping and I wake up in the morning with one.
Since, I'm sleeping I am not able to use my techniques to turn them off. Migraines are an extremely stressful event, if it is a particularly brutal one, I am in a severe state of stress for about 16 hours. It can take me days to recover. Whenever I have a brutal migraine it really sets me back in my rewiring process. This is a frustrating aspect for me. Some symptoms may be the result of some other factor like a genetic impairment in detoxification, pesticide damage, or undermethylation, which rewiring is not unable to undo.
Taking everything that I've presented on this page into account, I encourage you to embrace the new concepts of neural retraining, rewiring the brain, limbic system retraining or retraining the amygdala and explore what benefits they may be able to bring to your health. However, be aware that it should not be used in place of other health care approaches; it should be used in combination with all your other methods of healing, including eating a healthy diet and living green.
If one doesn't work, then you can always try the other one later. Some people favor DNR, while some favor Gupta. After you master one, you may want to do both of them. However, I don't recommend starting out with both of them at the same time.
You should spend 6 months mastering one of them before tackling the other one. As I mentioned previously, I feel the Gupta program is much more thorough, effective, powerful and complete than the DNR program.
It provides more support, guidance, motivation and hope and focuses on all the aspects that need to be addressed, not just symptoms. The rewiring process is explained thoroughly and you know exactly what to expect. It is much more practical to use because of its short length and choices of several different techniques. So if you can only afford one program, then I think your money is best spent on the Amygdala Retraining.
However, the DNR program has some excellent educational material on the limbic system and the rewiring process that are not found in the Gupta program, that I feel are really essential to know.
So, if you can afford both programs that is the way to go. Additionally, I feel the explanation for limbic system impairment that is provided in the DNR program is a more accurate description of what is really going on than the explanation offered by Gupta.
Changes in diet and environmental clean-up are the first in that list. Limbic system retraining can be beneficial for any condition associated with autonomic nervous system dysfunction, including, but necessarily limited to; multiple chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, electromagnetic hypersensitivity, adrenal fatigue, anxiety disorders, depression, high blood pressure, migraine headaches and insomnia.
However, keep in mind that in order for healing to take place in any type of health condition, the mind and body must be restored to the healing and regenerative parasympathetic state. Therefore, neural retraining could potentially be helpful for any condition under the sun. My research reveals that both programs are helping many people achieve incredible, and sometimes miraculous, results that were not achievable previously. You really have nothing to lose. Limbic System Retraining If you've spent any time in the MCS, CFS, EHS circles, you have probably seen a lot of hoopla about the new treatment method called limbic system retraining or brain rewiring that is proving to be helpful for many people.
The first time I read the manual I cried. I said to myself and my son, "If this is what I have to do recover, then I'm screwed. Charles Gant tells us that there are at least 12 different kinds of stress which include the following: Toxic stress - this type of stress includes the things we mentioned previously, like food additives and preservatives, electrosmog, pesticides, industrial pollution, heavy metals, air fresheners, solvents and agriculture. Oxidative stress - corresponds with conditions like sleep apnea, an impaired detoxification system, circulation disorders, difficulty breathing or conditions of the lungs.
Cognitive stress - this category is related to the thinking process and may include things setting unrealistic goals, that you are not able to achieve, having expectations that are too high, studying for exams, people pleasing, a career with a high level of cognitive demand. Energetic stress - pertains to geopathic stress and electrosmog of all kinds from computers, cell towers, Smart Meters, cell phones, etc.
Metabolic stress - refers to things low blood sugar, imbalanced pH, syndrome X not enough exercise or too much exercise, Structural stress - misalignment of the jaw or spine, postural conditions, cranio-sacral misalignment, TMJ, uneven legs, physical trauma.
Emotional stress - of course this is the kind of stress that we are most familiar with and has a very long list of possibilities like financial difficulties, loss of employment, childhood abuse, ending of a relationship, dysfunctional or unfulfilling relationships, domestic violence, death of a loved one or a friend etc. Immune stress - this category of stress involves issues like food sensitivities or allergies, inflammation and autoimmune disorders.
Purposelessness stress - this corresponds to spiritual matters like finding meaning and purpose in your life, the depth and quality of your life, your connection and relationship with self, the Universe and others. I call this spiritual stress. Endocrine and neurotransmitter stress - problems like low cortisol, too much estrogen, not enough progesterone, adrenal fatigue, type 2 diabetes, hyper or hypo thyroid, neurotransmitter imbalances, menopause or andropause, excessive norepinephrine, hyperinsulinism.
Infectious stress - includes things like lyme, parasites, h pylori, yeast or bacterial overgrowth. Sensory stress - excessive or ongoing external stimuli, chronic pain, loud noise, lights that are too bright too much conversation or interaction with others, no solitude time. First and foremost in the following order: Organic and primal native diet abundant in animal protein and low starch vegetables, low in carbohydrates Environmental clean-up Replenish Nutritional deficiencies Address all stressors in the 12 types of stress Rewiring the brain In my view, rewiring the brain should come last in the process or it could be done simultaneously as you address each of the other steps.
Just Because You Can Doesn't Mean You Should I've been seeing a disturbing trend among some people who have recovered from chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc. I think this is a very dangerous attitude and one that you should not adopt. Concerns About Brain Retraining or Limbic System Retraining One of the factors that I was uncomfortable with when first hearing about limbic system retraining, and I continue to be concerned about, is the message that we may give society about chemicals and diet.
Limits of Limbic System Retraining Rewiring the brain or limbic system retraining requires that the individual has a certain level of healthy brain function already in place in order to grasp the concepts and put the practice to use.
Detoxification and Limbic System Retraining The predominant theory for decades as to what causes multiple chemical sensitivity has been that it is a faulty detoxification system. Outdoor sensitivities trees, pollens, bushes, weeds, flowers etc. Limbic system retraining has changed my life in a powerful way. I sleep more deeply and don't wake up as often to go to the bathroom.
I live differently with my conditions; in a way that feels better. Overall, my quality of life has improved significantly. I can spend two hours in the mall Overall Impressions Let me say this Some studies have shown that some oils, such as citronella, may effectively repel certain types of mosquitoes for around 2 hours.
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