When we are feeling threatened by someone or something, we will naturally defend ourselves to ensure our survival. This is a healthy and typical response. During this period of high stress, our bodies will release neurochemicals that increase our senses to allow us to track and protect ourselves from a perceived threat. Our unconscious survival mechanisms kick into high gear, lowering our blood supply to vital organs and shunting blood supply to extremities to prepare for fight or flight. In effect, we become fully prepared for battle. After the threat has passed we stop producing neurochemicals that are associated with survival and our bodies return to their natural resting state and our senses return to normal again. However, there are times when trauma (physical, emotional, sensory) causes a malfunction of the threat neural networks in the brain, triggering the brain to remain in a constant state of alert. Many factors can cause over-stimulation of the threat networks, including chemical injury, bacteria, viruses and emotional or psychological stress. This is often seen in illnesses like Chemical Sensitivity, Food Sensitivities, Lyme disease, Mold Toxicity, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD, Electric Hypersensitivity Syndrome, Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and more.
When we are feeling threatened or physiologically reacting to perceived threat over long periods of time our bodies learn to adapt in this unhealthy state at a large cost to our well-being. Basic functions like rest, digestion, elimination, communication and reproduction are no longer viewed as essential and get overshadowed by our bodies need for protection. Our heightened sensory awareness becomes the norm and we may find ourselves more sensitive to common everyday stimuli and more susceptible to chronic and mysterious illnesses. Slowly we learn to adapt to this state and change the way we live in order to accommodate the illness. Often times this means we become more and more isolated as we learn to avoid the stimuli that seem to make us sick.
“A stressful situation — can trigger a cascade of stress hormones that produce well-orchestrated physiological changes. A stressful incident can make the heart pound and breathing quicken. Muscles tense and beads of sweat appear. This combination of reactions to stress is also known as the “fight-or-flight” response because it evolved as a survival mechanism, enabling people and other mammals to react quickly to life-threatening situations. The carefully orchestrated yet near-instantaneous sequence of hormonal changes and physiological responses helps someone to fight the threat off or flee to safety. Over the years, researchers have learned not only how and why these reactions occur but have also gained insight into the long-term effects chronic stress has on physical and psychological health. Over time, repeated activation of the stress response takes a toll on the body.” https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response
Being in a state of chronic stress for a prolonged time takes its toll and we become shadows of our former selves. We adapt to this heightened level of threat and over time, this inevitably changes the way we view the world.
“The amygdala (as you know, there are two of them, one on each side of the brain) does initiate the fight or flight response through inputs into the hypothalamus (triggering the hormonal part of that response and to brainstem control centers of the sympathetic nervous system for the neural parts of the fight or flight response. ” https://www.rickhanson.net/fight-flight-response/
Our innocence and joy are taken when we are forced to live our lives in constant survival mode and finding help and understanding can be a minefield of its own. This is what life can be like for those that suffer from limbic system impairment. The cascading physical effects of impaired threat networks in the brain are very real and the suffering involved is horrendous. However, once these networks are corrected the body can return to its natural state of growth and repair. The fight is real, and the Dynamic Neural Retraining Systems skilfully combined steps and set of techniques is the arsenal and the only resources required for getting your defenses to work for you! When you change the threat networks in the brain, it changes everything!
Take Giles for instance. Giles has been using The Dynamic Neural Retraining System to recover from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Food Sensitivities, Electric Hypersensitivity Syndrome, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He posted this update recently on our Community Forum:
“Hello, beautiful friends. I haven’t been here in ages…I thought about DNRS earlier today when I was in a big food store –specifically in the cleaning product section. None of those smells bother me anymore. Ever. I remember how I use to avoid places like that. I barely remember though how I use to have to avoid places like that – I barely remember though how bad it made me feel. It is gone, gone, gone. Electric Fields Sensitivity. Gone. PTSD. Gone. I have finished practicing since I don’t feel the need anymore, but I keep it in my back pocket and integrate it in my daily life. Of course, I am still using healthy cleaning products, eating whole real foods, exercising and spending time in nature!”
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