I’ve always believed that healing can happen on one of three levels: the spirit, soul and, body. We may or may not heal on all three levels at once, but it is only when we are healed on all these levels that we become whole. Our spirit is that part of us that connects to God and love, and that love can permeate and restore our physical body, even from chronic Lyme disease.
Even if you don’t believe in God, some integrative practitioners, such as the renowned Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, believe that healing at the level of the spirit is the highest there is (whatever that may look like for each person). He also considers healing at the mental and emotional level to be a higher level of healing than what happens at the physical level—and I do, too. This is because again, when the mind and emotions are healed, often the body heals, too.
Time and again, I’ve heard of many stories of spontaneous healing and remission once a person has been healed of an underlying emotional cause of disease. People are also healed physically at times when they are able to replace any harmful beliefs and lie-based thinking patterns and behaviors with healthier ones. The mind is so powerful!
That’s not to say that Lyme disease symptoms are just caused by emotional traumas or lie-based thinking; the pollution and toxins to which we are exposed in the environment are making many of us sick. That means that anything that we can do to get well—whether that means taking nutritional supplements, doing a mind-body therapy, or focusing on the spiritual aspects of illness—is valuable.
Dynamic Neural Retraining for Chronic Lyme Disease Symptoms
Of late, I’ve been researching Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS), which is a mind-body brain training program that aims to restore the limbic system, which is a collection of brain structures that includes (but which is not limited to) the hypothalamus, hippocampus, amygdala, and cingulate gyrus.
The limbic system powerfully influences many of the body’s systems, including the fight or flight response, digestive, neuroendocrine, and immune systems. Most of us are familiar with autonomic nervous system, or that part of the brain and nervous system that controls the “automatic” functions of the body, like breathing, blood pressure and heart rate. This too, is regulated by the limbic system, and more specifically, the hypothalamus.
DNRS involves using the mind to restore physiological function to the entire limbic system, and with that, the body. I believe that DNRS has tremendous potential to help people recover from chronic conditions such as Lyme disease, mold illness, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia, by modulating limbic system dysfunction. In fact, I’ve watched a number of YouTube videos in which people have shared their testimonials of healing from these and other conditions using the program—sometimes as a standalone therapy, and sometimes in combination with other tools.
Of course, if your body is filled with environmental pollutants and infections, you may need a prescription medication, antimicrobial remedies or other supportive therapies to really get well. That said, Annie Hopper, the founder of Dynamic Neural Retraining, suggests in her book, Wired for Healing, that restoring limbic system dysfunction can improve the body’s gastrointestinal, immune, and detoxification processes. This, to me, indicates that the body may begin to dump toxins and infections on its own, once all of its “machinery” is functioning properly.
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I consulted with a DNRS coach and asked her about whether people with infections like Lyme disease test negative for infections, once they believe they have been completely restored as a result of DNRS. She replied to me that she didn’t know but stated that a friend who had done the program, saw her methylation issues vanish after doing the program—as confirmed by lab testing.
I know it can be challenging for some of us to believe that a brain program, which involves harnessing the power of the mind to heal, can be powerful enough to fully restore a person to health and be an integral part of Lyme disease treatment. Even if we do believe it, we might think that it’s possible for only a few, or for those who aren’t as sick as we are.
I thought that myself when I first heard of DNRS five or six years ago. Even after I finally purchased the program two years ago, I wasn’t convinced it would be all that powerful for me. I regret that I didn’t even start it until recently, but in the short time that I have done it—about two months, to be precise—I have observed some positive changes to my wellbeing. My attitude, stamina, energy, and cognition are better many days, and I can stand up for longer periods of time.
DNRS requires discipline and work—trigger terms for us type A personalities, or those who may be exhausted from years of trying and failing multiple treatments or regimens. Yet it’s one of those things that, when you see the improvements, you tend to be motivated to keep going. Plus, there’s a great support group for all those who are participating and doing the program, which can help with motivation.
The process of healing using DNRS can take many months, although for some, it may be faster. But I like it because it’s monetarily inexpensive (and how many of us have spent our life savings on medical treatments, only to improve moderately or not at all?) Don’t get me wrong—treatments can be valuable and important, but as long as we believe that disease is strictly, or mostly, a physical problem, then I think the gains for many of us will be limited.
DNRS works on the physiological level, and in so doing, corrects many problems in the body, but it also heals the mind and emotions, because it teaches you to believe, think and “do” life in a healthier, happier way. It teaches you to dream; to recall the things that you could do, and loved doing, when you were well. At the same time, it spurs you on to dream about what you will do in the future, when you are healthy again, and encourages practices for healthier, happier living.
All of this is just as important to recovery as doing medical treatments. And by working on the level of the mind—it works on a higher level than the physical body, and in so doing, aids in restoring not only the body, but the mind and emotions, too!
DNRS may not be for everyone, but I encourage you to give it a try, as I believe that it can make everything else that you are doing for your recovery, work exponentially better, including your medical treatments and supplements. At the very least, if you find your healing at a standstill, consider whether working at another level, such as that of your spirit or soul, might bring about a new breakthrough in your recovery!
This article was first published on ProHealth.com on July 1, 2018 and was updated on September 13, 2019.
Connie Strasheim is the author of multiple wellness books, including three on Lyme disease. She is also a medical copywriter, editor and healing prayer minister. Her passion is to help people with complex chronic illnesses find freedom from disease and soul-spirit sickness using whole body medicine and prayer, and she collaborates with some of the world’s best integrative doctors to do this. In addition to Lyme disease, Connie’s books focus on cancer, nutrition, detoxification and spiritual healing. You can learn more about her work at: ConnieStrasheim.