Brain retraining surveyMost of the articles on this website were published between 2011 and 2015, when brain retraining programs like Ashok Gupta’s Amygdala Retraining Program and Annie Hopper’s Dynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS) were recently released and the promise of healing from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and related limbic system impairment disorders was fresh. Many of us who benefited from the programs have necessarily taken a step back from our involvement with the chronic illness communities in order to rebuild our lives. Not much has been shared in terms of follow up – of all the people who tried these and other brain retraining programs, how many have had improvements, what level are those improvements, have they lasted for years after stopping the retraining, and would they still recommend the program to others?

These questions have been swirling around in my brain for some time, so I decided to take a survey now, over 3 years since all the initial hubbub died down. I only had 33 respondents, so it’s a relatively small sample. Out of the 33 respondents, the majority (82%) used a DVD program, while only 4 did an in-person workshop. One respondent only used a written transcript, and one respondent didn’t even review the entire program – she just watched free youtube videos and researched heavily online due to financial limitations (and still got amazing results!). I did not use a survey software program, rather sent questions to respondents via email. With the limitations of such a survey in mind, here are the results:

BRAIN RETRAINING SURVEY RESULTS
total participants:
33
male: 7 (21%)
female: 26 (79%)

TIME SPENT ACTIVELY RETRAINING
3-6 months:
13 (40%)
7-12 months: 12 (36%)
1+-3 years: 7 (21%)
4+ years: 1 (3%)

CONDITIONS RETRAINING FOR
MCS (alone or with CFS/FMS/EHS/mold/lyme):
26 (79%)
EHS only: 2 (6%)
CFS/ME only: 5 (15%)

PROGRAMS USED
Gupta Amygdala Retraining Program (GARP) only: 8 (24%)
Dynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS) only: 14 (43%)
both Gupta and DNRS: 9 (27%)
ANS Rewire: 2 (6%) both with CFS/ME

SELF-REPORTED AS SATISFIED WITH RESULTS
Gupta: 3 (37.5%)
DNRS: 14 (100%)
both: 7 (78%)
ANS Rewire: 2 (100%)
total: 26 (79%) vs. 7 (21%) unsatisfied

AVERAGE RATING (SCALE 1-10)
Gupta: 5
DNRS: 8
both: 7
ANS Rewire: 10

SUCCESS RATE (SCALE 1-10)
10: 8 (24%)
7 – 9.5: 16 (49%)
4.5-6.5: 3 (9%)
2-4: 4 (12%)
1: 2 (6%)

The results were very mixed but overall, the majority with MCS did best with the DNRS program. Even people who were not satisfied with their brain retraining results did say they would recommend the programs to those with a limbic system impairment disorder. I will be following up with a series of articles that share some of the responses to the survey questions in more details.

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