Today I’d like to talk about something exciting that we are considering offering to our patients.
As some of you know, of the more controversial aspects about functional medicine/integrative health is that many of the therapies Integrative MDs pursue are not necessarily accepted by the “medical establishment.”
It’s not conspiratorial, it’s the simple truth.
This is both a good thing and a bad thing.
The positive association with pushing the boundaries in functional medicine is often times, by taking a chance on new therapies, we’re able to help treat issues people have suffered from for years.
Conditions no one else could help reverse.
The negative aspect is we’re often accused of selling snake oil, or “embracing the woo”, meaning, we let positive feelings about remedies dictate how we go about treating patients, rather than relying on hard data.
However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The physicians at Robinhood Integrative Health are only okay with embracing new therapies if there is significant research or if there is biological plausibility, low risk, and a significant number of anecdotal cases.
Primarily because thousands of our patients have benefitted from our boldness.
And also, because traditional medical science generally catches on to what we’re doing a few years later anyways.
That’s why I’d like to discuss a potential therapy we’re considering bringing to patients at our clinic in Winston-Salem.
NOTE – My decision to talk about this therapy doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to use it at our practice.
In fact, I want your feedback on this before we consider moving forward with it.
>> If you’ve already used this therapy, I’d love to hear how it worked for you.
>> If you think it’s a therapy that may benefit you, please let me know.
You can reply to this email directly with your thoughts and I’ll read over them.
Introducing the Dynamic Neural Retraining System
As I mentioned at the beginning of this email, some of the more innovative treatments we provide patients are maligned by the medical community.
The Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS) is one such practice.
The easiest way to explain how DNRS works is as follows.
Our brains control how our bodies act and react to stimulus. When we experience trauma it may damage how the brain works, which may affect our health negatively.
Now, the word trauma as I used it, doesn’t describe PTSD-style trauma that results from a physical attack, or emotional wounding (though it can).
Other forms of trauma may include chemical exposure, exposure to molds, toxins, and more.
When the brain is injured it can create systemic issues which may lead to the development of things like food sensitivities, insomnia, chronic fatigue, and more.
Bear in mind that brain trauma isn’t the only thing that can cause odd health issues.
However, it is possible that if traditional treatments for those issues don’t work, brain trauma may be the culprit behind their manifestation and DNRS might be able to help rewire the brain and begin a journey for healing.
The creator of DNRS, a woman by the name of Annie Hopper, created this system after her health failed her in 2004.
After she learned she’d suffered toxic brain trauma she sought healing in the traditional way.
She visited 30 practitioners and tried countless treatments to resolve her health issues, to no avail..
Eventually her insomnia, headaches, body aches and pains, chronic exhaustion and more became so crippling she ended up homeless.
That’s when Hopper deduced her best chance of wellness would come from fixing her brain.
Understanding that our brains can be rewired, and retrained thanks to something known as neuroplasticity, Hopper created a system now known as DNRS that helped her overcome her illnesses.
Since then, she’s helped pass along what she’s learned by teaching DNRS to others which has led to breakthrough for thousands of people.
A patient of mine is currently using DNRS to fix a horrible food-intolerance issue.
Once limited to eating just 4 (you read, correctly, FOUR) types of food because of intolerances and digestive issues, this patient is now able to eat 80 foods and is feeling better than they have in ages!
Seeing how DNRS worked for this patient, and reading about the hundreds of success stories is what led me to believe it could help others.
Here’s how DNRS is believed to work.
DNRS Doesn’t Work Like Most Health Therapies Here’s What Makes It Different
Hopper created DNRS operating on the assumption that some illness is entirely in the brain.
When the brain is injured because of trauma, especially chemical or toxin-based trauma, it ceases to operate at full capacity.
And when that happens, a cascade of problems may arise.
DNRS helps in a couple of ways.
One of the core neural networks that help facilitate optimal health is the limbic system.
The limbic system is made up of more than a dozen structures, including the hippocampus, amygdala, hypothalamus and more. The limbic system controls your sense of motivation, emotions, your ability to learn, form and recall memory and more.
If the limbic system suffers damage because of trauma it may damage the autonomous nervous system to permanently switch on your body’s sympathetic nervous reaction – AKA “fight or flight” readiness.
A temporary entry into the sympathetic nervous reaction (fight of flight) is OK.
But, our bodies were never meant to operate out of this physical state permanently.
As Hopper notes, when the limbic system is trapped in a sympathetic reaction it may lead to “chronic inflammation, poor memory, brain fog, digestion issues, lowered energy levels, numerous sensitivities, chronic pain, and a host of other ailments.
Functions such as detoxification, absorption of nutrients or cellular communication can also become compromised.”
DNRS helps to heal the limbic system so it can release itself from the trappings of an eternal fight or flight status.
Once that happens, the parasympathetic side of your nervous system is allowed to take back over and your body can resume essential functions like normal digestion along with rest and recovery.
DNRS gives people tools that allow a person to take control over their body and return to a parasympathetic state.
Using drug-free and easy-to-follow instructions, the DNRS program gives people exercises that train the following bodily systems to help rewire your brain so it breaks free from fight or flight:
- Visual exercises
- Spatial exercise
- Movement exercises
- Language exercises
All of these exercises help to build new synapses.
Or, repair damaged pathways.
Which give the body a chance to enter into a state of growth and repair, where true healing can take place.
Is This Something You’d Be Interested? Or, Is It Something You Have Experience With?
The truth of the matter is there’s very little research on DNRS available to indicate it’s a viable treatment.
However, there are 1,000s of anecdotes of people using DNRS to heal themselves.
Some of the nation’s leading integrative doctors recommend it, and have pointed their own patients to use Hopper’s DNRS when they couldn’t come up with a solution for nagging health issues.
My question is if we began teaching this program to help with health issues that “never seem to go away,” would you be interested to try it?
We can’t guarantee DNRS would cure you of anything.
However, from what I’ve read and after discussing it with other functional doctors, I believe it could be useful for people who’ve tried everything else without success.
If you’d like to see this as a service we offer, would you consider replying to this email and letting me know.
ALSO – if you’ve used DNRS before and it’s worked out well, or even if it didn’t, would you let me know by replying to this email.
We promise to leave no stone unturned in our pursuit to improve patient’s lives and would love to get your feedback on DNRS today.