McMaster University Observational Study shows Significant Changes in Health Outcomes with Dynamic Neural Retraining System™️(DNRS)

 

‘Neuroplasticity-based treatment for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and multiple chemical sensitivity: feasibility and outcomes’ Guenter D, et al. (2019)

 

The graphs are from a presentation given by lead researcher, Dr. Dale Guenter, at the North American Primary Care Research Group Conference, in Toronto, Canada in November 2019.

Researchers at McMaster University followed 102 people who attended the 5-day DNRS Interactive Training Seminar for one year in 2016 and 2017. They asked them to complete 6 standardized health surveys prior to attending the program along with 3, 6 and 12-month follow up surveys to track changes in symptoms.

View an 18 minute synopsis of the research study by head researcher Dr. Dale Guenter here.

 

The surveys measured the following:

  • Quality of Life (SF36)
  • Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS)
  • Symptom Impact Questionnaire (SIQR)
  • Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI)
  • Anxiety (GAD-7)
  • Depression (PHQ-9)

People who attended the program reported suffering from numerous and often overlapping conditions – here are the top 14.

Adrenal Insufficiency
Anxiety
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS)
Chronic Pain
Depression
Fibromyalgia

Food Allergies/ Sensitivities
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Lyme Disease
Migraines/ Headaches
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Neurological disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

Research Question: Does DNRS make a difference in people’s lives?

According to this study, quality of life and function improved dramatically using DNRS over a period of twelve months.

To answer this question, they used the Quality of Life survey (SF36) with baseline measurements and follow up measurements at 3,6 and 12 months post DNRS.

The Quality of Life survey (SF36) measured eight life components.

Each of the eight components are listed on the graph above; each with its own color and acronym.

  1. Blue represents physical function (or PF)
  2. Brown represents mental health (or MH)
  3. Green represents social function (or SF)
  4. Gray represents bodily pain (or BP)
  5. Yellow represents general health (or GH)
  6. Dark blue represents emotional function (or RE)
  7. Light Blue represents vitality (or VT)
  8. Orange represents physical activities at work or home (or RP)
  • In this survey, the average healthy Canadian comparison scores ranged between 70-90%
  • You can see that all 8 quality of life and function measures increased over a 12-month time span, approaching and/or meeting the healthy Canadian average.

Research Question: Does DNRS Have an Effect on People’s Symptoms?

To answer this question, we will want to look at the rest of the surveys used to assess these areas:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Multiple Chemical Intolerance

 

  • You will notice that each pair of bars represents one of the specific surveys. Each survey measures whether a person meets the criteria for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression and multiple chemical sensitivities (or chemical intolerance).
  • The first bar represents the percentage of people meeting the criteria for the condition before participating in DNRS.
  • The second bar represents the percentage of people meeting the criteria for the condition 12 months after participating in DNRS.

Percent of participants with score above diagnostic cutoff at 0 and 12 months

Fibromyalgia

  • 76.9 Before DNRS
  • 26.7 After DNRS

Chronic Fatigue

  • 71.7 Before DNRS
  • 28.6 After DNRS

Anxiety

  • 48.4 Before DNRS
  • 6.5 After DNRS

Depression

  • 48.4 Before DNRS
  • 12.9 After DNRS

MCS

  • 38.9 Before DNRS
  • 6.3 After DNRS
Fibromyalgia 76.9 before DNRS 26.7 after DNRS
Chronic Fatigue 71.7 before DNRS 28.6 after DNRS
Anxiety 48.4 before DNRS 6.5 after DNRS
Depression 47.3 before DNRS 12.9 after DNRS
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities 38.9 before DNRS 6.3 after DNRS

 

  • Let’s look at the high-level summary of findings…
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue were the most common conditions among participants
  • A significant improvement was seen in the first three months following DNRS
  • After 12 months on average all categories improved
  • Statistically, there is less than 1 in 1000 likelihood that these changes happened by chance

This study has been submitted for publication but not yet published.

Appendix for McMaster Research
1. Yunus MB. Fibromyalgia and overlapping disorders: the unifying concept of central sensitivity syndromes. InSeminars in arthritis and rheumatism 2007 Jun 1 (Vol. 36, No. 6, pp. 339-356). WB Saunders.
2. Kindler LL, Bennett RM, Jones KD. Central sensitivity syndromes: mounting pathophysiologic evidence to link fibromyalgia with other common chronic pain disorders. Pain management nursing. 2011 Mar 1;12(1):15-24.
3. Hauge CR, Rasmussen A, Piet J, Bonde JP, Jensen C, Sumbundu A, Skovbjerg S. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS): Results from a randomized controlled trial with 1 year follow-up. Journal of psychosomatic research. 2015 Dec 1;79(6):628-34.

4. Tran MT, Skovbjerg S, Arendt-Nielsen L, Christensen KB, Elberling J. A randomised, placebo-controlled trial of transcranial pulsed electromagnetic fields in patients with multiple chemical sensitivity. Acta neuropsychiatrica. 2017 Oct;29(5):267-77.

5. Theoharides TC, Tsilioni I, Arbetman L, Panagiotidou S, Stewart JM, Gleason RM, Russell IJ. Fibromyalgia syndrome in need of effective treatments. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 2015 Nov 1;355(2):255-63.

6. Nüesch E, Häuser W, Bernardy K, Barth J, Jüni P. Comparative efficacy of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in fibromyalgia syndrome: network meta-analysis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 2013 Jun 1;72(6):955-62.
7. Theadom A, Cropley M, Smith HE, Feigin VL, McPherson K. Mind and body therapy for fibromyalgia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2015(4)

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DNRS Instructor and Coach Christine Lindberg

Christine Lindberg
Program Instructor and Coaching Supervisor

Christine Lindberg joined the DNRS team having recovered from post trauma and anxiety issues, chronic joint pain, fatigue and digestive issues through DNRS. In fact, Christine’s healing experience with DNRS is a family affair. Her son has experienced full recovery from symptoms related to long-term chronic Lyme disease, including food sensitivities, digestive and sleep issues, temperature regulation, anxiety, OCD tendencies and fatigue.

Christine is passionate about helping others regain their health, and be set free from the devastating impact of chronic illness.

Christine has been an adult educator and group facilitator for over 20 years. She has a B.A. in Human and Social Development with a focus in youth and family counselling as well as a Bachelors of Education. She is thrilled to bring these skills to her role as a Dynamic Neural Retraining Instructor and Coaching Supervisor.

Christine shares the story of her son’s recovery here.

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

Kelly Showalter
LIVING DNRS Facilitator & Certified Coach

Before discovering DNRS™, Kelly had been diagnosed with several autoimmune disorders as well as MCS, food allergies and sensitivities, and mold illness. Due to constant fatigue, she had to quit teaching high school Spanish and was mostly home bound due to smells triggering symptoms. At one point, she was only able to eat about 15 foods and weighed less than 100 pounds. She discovered DNRS™ in 2014 and made a full recovery by early 2015. Autoimmune markers no longer show up in her blood and she is now able to enjoy foods again. Smells no longer bother her and she is therefore, able to go anywhere she wants. She once again enjoys doing the things she loves such as traveling, hiking, exercising, cooking, and attending theater and museums.  Kelly’s story of recovery can be found on her website limbicrecovery.com

Kelly has a M.A. in Spanish and is bilingual in Spanish and English. Although she no longer teaches, she works with students with disabilities as well as coaches for DNRS™. She looks forward to using her teaching skills to educate and coach those who are using DNRS™. She has a passion for helping others and sharing her healing experience.

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

Michelle Bubnis
LIVING DNRS Facilitator & Certified Coach

Michelle joined the DNRS™ team after recovering from severe electric hypersensitivity syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, food sensitivities and Lyme disease. After seeing countless medical specialists and trying multiple treatments without much improvement, she felt like she had no other option but to live a life of extreme avoidance and isolation. Michelle spent several years homebound, in complete avoidance of electro magnetic fields and was so disabled she was unable to take care of herself. After years of continually searching for an answer a friend told her about DNRS™, and she began the program.

No longer imprisoned by her environment, Michelle is free to travel the world. She can do anything she wants at any time that she wants! Michelle is happy to resume her role as an educator, world traveller and athlete who swims, runs and works out!

Michelle has 21 years of experience as a teacher, counsellor and school administrator. With a BSc in life science and a masters degree in education with an emphasis in counselling, Michelle is happy to help others who are willing to embrace the DNRS™ program as their neural rehabilitation program for recovery!

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

Riley Lindberg
Certified Coach

Riley Lindberg joined the DNRS team having recovered from Lyme Disease, food and chemical sensitivities, pain and inflammation, severe anxiety, OCD, mobility limitations, chronic fatigue, temperature dysregulation, post-exertion malaise, digestive issues, PTSD-like symptoms and insomnia.

During the 6 years that Riley was ill, he spent nearly 4 of those years bedridden, wheelchair bound, stricken with facial paralysis, and needing fulltime care. Before finding DNRS, Riley tried a myriad of other treatment modalities, however, he was unable to reach full recovery. Fortunately, in 2014 he found DNRS!   Currently Riley plays on multiple hockey teams, works out regularly and does what he wants to with passion and drive!

Riley’s greatest passion is helping people. As someone who knows intimately the struggles of chronic illness, Riley’s mission is to use the knowledge he gained while healing, to encourage and support others in their own journey towards full-recovery. Riley’s involvement with DNRS includes not only his coaching role, but also supporting others by speaking at the in-person seminars and filming video testimonials and interviews about his recovery journey. He cannot imagine being involved in a more fulfilling career.

Riley’s story can be found here.

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

Rebecca Juan
Certified Coach

Rebecca is thrilled to have recovered fully from her limbic system impairment through DNRS™.  She struggled with anxiety, a weakened immune system, multiple chemical sensitivity, and many food intolerances since the perfect storm of trauma in her adolescence. She is so grateful that DNRS™ gave her the opportunity to live a whole new life!

Rebecca holds a M.A. in Counseling and a B.A. in Environmental Studies reflecting her values of healing, love, and connection.

Rebecca is passionate about cooking and learning new recipes from around the world.  She loves to travel and spend time outdoors and feels like she can jump into these passions fully since her recovery.

Rebecca is available whole heartedly to offer support, clarity, and guidance to those who are ready to recover from limbic system impairment.

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

DNRS Coach Linda Green

Linda Green
Certified Coach

Linda Green joined the DNRS™ team having recovered from a laundry list of symptoms related to chronic Lyme Disease including Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, mold illness/CIRS, severe food sensitivities, chronic pain, sleep disturbances, fatigue, Electric Magnetic Sensitivities, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), PTSD, anxiety and depression using DNRS™. Over the course of her illness, she was at times bedridden and homebound and required a caregiver. Linda is a graduate of the May 2014 DNRS™ seminar.  Now, she is thriving! Linda is thrilled to be able to help you regain your health and reclaim your life!  Her lengthy list of past treatments and remarkable story of recovery can be found here.

Linda was a park ranger for 32 years working with park visitors in seven U.S. national parks.  She has a B.A. in Communications and Psychology.  She loves people and loves life! Linda is delighted to bring her skills to her role as a DNRS™ coach.

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

Karen Daisa
Certified Coach

Karen Daisa is grateful and honored to be a member of the DNRS™ team. After a toxic mold exposure, Karen became sensitive to almost everything: mold, chemicals, foods, EMF’s, light, sound, touch, and most environments other than her own home. Life was about survival as the environmental stressors were constant. After implementing the DNRS™ program with dedication and commitment, Karen has recovered and reclaimed her life! She is happy and healthy and loves her life with her husband, daughter and puppy!

Karen has 17 years experience in health care and is thrilled to bring her skills in the healing arts to her role as a DNRS™ Coach. Her story of recovery can be found here.

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

Erica Madden
Certified Coach

Before discovering DNRS™, Erica suffered multiple TBI’s/concussions and cervical spine injuries which led her down a lonely path of debilitating illness. A life of avoidance led to more limitation, isolation, and hopelessness. Out of desperation and trying every treatment she could, she spent everything she had left and ordered DNRS™.

Erica successfully rewired her brain and reclaimed her entire life and more. She no longer worries about a life of post traumatic stress disorder, post concussion syndrome, severe light and sound sensitivities, fibromyalgia, vision changes, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, multiple chemical and electrical sensitivities, and digestive issues. She is fully recovered and enjoying life as a wife and new mother!

Erica has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Erica’s greatest desire is to be a beacon of hope and understanding for those who are suffering. Her personal recovery experience and education as an RN have fueled her desire to dive deeper in the world of neuroplasticity and become a DNRS™ coach. She is excited for the opportunity to guide others on their journey to wellness.

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

Emma Harper
Certified Coach

Using DNRS Emma recovered from several life limiting symptoms including, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, severe food sensitivities, sensitivity to sound, chemicals and EMFs, environmental allergies, IBS, fatigue, associated depression and anxiety, PTSD, insomnia and type 2 diabetes.

Emma is very grateful that she has been given a second chance at living life to the fullest, with abounding activity, fun, travel and adventure. Not only has her life transformed but so has life for her family, with her son also reaping the health benefits of DNRS.

Emma has a B.A. Hons. in Drama and has worked as a teacher and humor therapist in healthcare settings. She brings compassion and creativity to her role as a DNRS coach and is excited to help others achieve the health transformation they are seeking through the DNRS program.  She is able to support clients in adapting the program to all situations, including a busy family and working life.

Living in the Australian time zone means she is available for US and Canadian clients in the afternoons and evenings and for Europeans in the mornings and many openings for those in the Asia/Australia Region. Emma really enjoys working with clients from around the globe.

Emma loves living near the ocean where she surfs, snorkels, and swims regularly with her friends and family and just appreciates beauty in nature including her garden at home.

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

Emily Lofaro
Certified Coach

Emily Lofaro joins the DNRS team after recovering from a number of chronic issues, including food sensitivities, chemical and mold sensitivities, severe memory issues and brain fog, and other symptoms related to limbic system impairment.

Some of her challenges began as a young child, and she had come to accept so many of them as “permanent.” Now that she is fully recovered, she enjoys a healthy and vibrant life and is not limited in any way!

 More on Emily’s recovery can be found at goldentickettohealing.com

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

Doris Ward
Certified Coach

Doris discovered the healing power of the DNRS™ following a decade-long journey down the rabbit hole of limbic system impairment. A perfect storm of predisposing factors culminated in a growing number of seemingly unrelated health issues from skin rashes, food sensitivities and leaky gut to chronic fatigue, allergies and mold illness.

Doris holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, and Masters Degree in Communication, and training in wholistic health modalities.

A strong believer in the power of the DNRS™ to free you from limbic system impairment, Doris welcomes the opportunity to bring her knowledge and personal experiences to bear in her role as a DNRS™ coach.

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

Connie Boczarski
Coach Supervisor, Certified LIVING DNRS Facilitator and Coach

Prior to discovering DNRS™, Connie suffered from chronic inflammatory response syndrome or mold illness, chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivities and food sensitivities. Due to a long list of disabling symptoms, she was unable to take care of herself, and was forced to close her business, sell her home and move in with family. Even though she was practicing extreme mold avoidance that had been recommended by doctors, she continued to spiral downward and add more conditions to her growing list of ailments.

Now fully recovered, Connie is enjoying a full life once again and doing all the things that bring meaning and joy to her life. She is thrilled to be working, volunteering, exercising and traveling with friends and family. She is passionate about helping others reclaim their lives with neuroplasticity and DNRS™.

During her 15 year chiropractic career, Connie strived to educate patients and devise care plans tailored to their individual goals and needs. She is excited to bring this skill set to her role as a DNRS™ coach.

Connie is currently not accepting new clients.

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

Anysia Bates
Certified Coach

Anysia Bates joined the DNRS team after recovering from Lyme Disease, multiple chemical sensitivities, brain fog, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, food allergies, EMF sensitivities, nervous system issues, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. At the height of her illness, she experienced over 100 symptoms; rendering her scared, exhausted, and unable to work. Enduring years of visiting countless doctors and trying innumerous inadequate treatments, she continued to seek a cure and thankfully began the DNRS program on her birthday in 2017. DNRS was truly the greatest gift Anysia could have received. Since recovering, Anysia’s life is now filled with pure joy, and meaningful, serendipitous connections. She goes anywhere, can eat anything, and has immeasurable energy!

Anysia holds a B.A. in Sociology and has 14 years experience in the Social Work field, along with 20 years’ experience as a Yoga Practitioner. Anysia and her husband enjoy volunteering on Special Education and RMHC Boards. Besides laughing with her loved ones, Anysia can be found happily riding bikes, hiking, frequenting concerts, and traveling with her husband and their young adult son and daughter.

Anysia is grateful to be a part of the DNRS team. Her illness and recovery have fueled her desire to become a DNRS Coach. With a sincere ambition to be an instrument of support, Anysia wishes to help others facilitate their own healing journey through DNRS. She is committed to hold space and is thrilled for others as they transform from Limbic System Impairment to reclaim their own vitality.  Her Success Story can be found here.

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

Alita Hetland
Certified Coach

Alita suffered for over 20 years from many debilitating and chronic issues. Over the years, she sought the help of many well-meaning specialists and was diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Anxiety, Mold Sensitivities, Digestive Issues and Electrical Hyper Sensitivity. However, it wasn’t until finding DNRS that she was able to fully recover from her symptoms of fatigue, nausea, shakiness, reactivity to chemicals, electricity, heightened sense of smell, lack of mental clarity, and the depression and anxiety that was a result of these chronic issues. Alita feels the silver lining to this experience is being able to now assist others in their journey to full recovery.

Alita holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising. As a career counselor for 12 years she assisted clients in meeting and attaining their career goals. She has a natural ability and the background to compassionately support, guide, and uplift others. Her dedication to helping others who are seeking to regain their health and wellness continues to grow! She feels a passion and a calling to be in service to others, and is proud to be part of the DNRS Coaching team.

Alita’s story of recovery can be found here.

Coach is available by either Phone or Skype Audio.

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