“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
-William Shakespeare

In my previous articles, I had given a brief introduction to Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS). I had talked about what exactly DNRS is and what kind of illnesses it is used to treat, both mental as well as physical.

But how exactly does it work and how does one get into it? I should make a disclaimer here and point out that much of this information I talk about in this particular article is compiled from various interviews given by Annie Hopper, the founder DNRS.

I spent pretty much all of last week, listening to her on various podcasts as well as reading several of her interviews across various platforms, all the while taking intricate notes that I will share here. Along with that, I also interviewed a couple of people I know from the online writing community who have either directly or indirectly dealt with DNRS.

Firstly, how did DNRS get discovered?

Hopper has said on multiple occasions that the discovery was preceded by an array of illnesses she was plagued with including a rare electric hypersensitivity syndrome which stemmed from working for an extended period of time in an office building with mold. This was coupled by physical pain and whiplash stemming from a car accident.

To combat all that, she tried a multitude of treatments, both chemical and alternative but nothing proved efficacious in the long-run. It was then that, as she said on a podcast, “It dawned on me that there was something wrong with the way that my brain was filtering information. And so I started to research the brain.”

When trying to find a common root that leads to all the various illnesses she had, Hopper said she found out through her research that the common denominator was “over-firing of threat mechanisms in the limbic system.”

The discovery about the limbic system, the set of structures in our brains that deal with emotions and memory, led to the research of neuroplasticity and hence, DNRS was born.

With that, how do you go about discovering if you have limbic system impairment? The easiest way is free questionnaire available on retrainingthebrain.com. The questionnaire consists of 29 simple questions related to both your physical as well as mental well-being. If you answer “yes” to five or more questions, there’s a possibility that your problems stem from impairments in the limbic system.

Some of the physical health related questions are “Do you suffer from chronic joint or muscle pain?” and “Do you suffer from low energy?” The mental health questions are in the vein of “Do you experience brain fog or inability to concentrate or focus?”

And last but not certainly not least, how exactly does the DNRS treatment work once you sign up for it? Sure, as explained before, it’s involves a lot of rewiring of the way we think and behave in specific circumstances.

According Hopper, the program specifically teaches visual as well as oratory exercises and small gestures and movements that heighten certain emotions for an extended period of time. As you do those exercises more frequently over a period of time, the emotions stemming from them become dominant, making the more negative emotions less toxic.

Hopper says, essentially it’s not so much about controlling what goes on in our lives but how we react to those situations and how much we focus and/or dwell on them even after they’ve passed.

The million dollar question, then, is does it work? The program after all, is not free and requires a substantial amount of time to reach its full potential. The next and my final installment of this article series will focus just on those aspects. I will be sharing feedback from the aforementioned members of the online writing community who have taken DNRS courses.

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