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A Maladapted Stress Response May be Playing Havoc with Your Brain

How Trauma Affects the Brain and Healing Through Neuroplasticity

My guest on Parkinsons Recovery Radio tomorrow is Annie Hopper who developed  The Dynamic Neural Retraining System™ as a therapeutic approach to improving brain function. Thousands of people have applied her novel program for varying chronic illnesses with great success. Focus of the program is to teach participants how to
self-direct neuroplastic changes in the limbic system that normalize threat mechanisms in the brain. This allows the brain and body to move out of a state of survival and
into a state of growth and repair, where healing can take place.

What is the Limbic System?

The following is an eloquent explanation Annie emailed to me in preparation for the radio show interview tomorrow.

“The limbic system is a complex set of structures in the mid brain that  includes the hypothalamus, hippocampus, amygdala and cingulate cortex.  It has been described as the “feeling and reacting brain”. It is  responsible for the formation of memories and is constantly  determining our level of safety. The Limbic System assigns emotional
significance to everything we smell, see, hear, feel, and taste. It is  known as the seat of social and emotional intelligence and is the  brain’s anxiety “switch”. It is closely integrated with the immune  system, the endocrine system and the autonomic nervous system.

When not functioning properly due to injury or impairment, the limbic  system becomes hypersensitive and begins to react to stimuli that it  would usually disregard as not representing a danger to the body. This  results in inappropriate activation of the immune, endocrine and  autonomic nervous systems that can lead to varied and seemingly unconnected symptoms.

This hypersensitivity of the limbic system causes over-firing of  protective and threat mechanisms in the midbrain. This can result in  distorted unconscious reactions, sensory perceptions and protective responses.

Similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it seems that limbic  system hypersensitivity, or dysfunction, involves impairment to  structures within the limbic system of the brain that alter  connectivity to the pre-frontal cortex. We hypothesize that the  hyperactivity in the limbic system fosters inhibition of the  inhibitory networks, which allows the over-stimulation of survival  mechanisms. This gives rise to an unconscious and persistent fight or  flight response associated with limbic system impairment. Over time,
it is possible this state of hyper arousal can weaken the immune  system, and affect systems associated with rest, digestion, detoxification, mood stability as well as motor and cognitive function.

The Dynamic Neural Retraining System™ was developed in 2008 by Annie  Hopper as a therapeutic approach to improving these conditions using  neuroplasticity principles. Thousands of people have applied the  program for varying chronic illnesses and have had great success. The focus of the program is to effectively teach participants how to
self-direct neuroplastic changes in the limbic system that normalize threat mechanisms in the brain.   This allows the brain and body to move out of a state of survival and
into a state of growth and repair, where healing can take place.”

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

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Brain Fitness Program – 50% Discount Until Tomorrow Only

I just learned that the Posit Science Corporation has a 50% discount off of their Brain Fitness Program which is good through Thursday, October 28th.They offer these discounts rarely and randomly. Enter the following coupon code to claim your 50% discount on the Brain Fitness Program: OCT199

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The program consists of a disk which the company sends to you. You put the disk into your computer and presto – you are on your way to helping your neural networks create new pathways.  The program consists of 40 hours of exercises that challenge your neural networks to create new pathways.

I have no hesitation to recommend this program because it has a mountain of carefully crafted science behind it and there is a 90 day money back guarantee. If the program does not help – you get 100% of your money back. Regular price is $395. When you use the coupon on the shopping cart, the price is only $199.

Click on the link below to order. Again enter the code OCT199 on the shopping cart to claim your 50% discount. This program is well worth the price without the discount. With the discount, it is the bargain of the year.

Everyone in your family can use it. Your friends can use it. Your support group can use it.

Today is a good day to take action if you want to give your brain the nourishment it needs to remain healthy. People who are recovering take action. People who are feeling worse every week sit around and think about what they can do to feel better.

Think Faster.Focus Better. Remember More. Posit Science brain fitness programs, clinically validated

There are other programs listed on the link above. The 50% discount applies to the program titled “Brain Fitness Program” and to the Total Fitness Program which includes all of their brain exercises.

I just learned about the offer today. They come up quickly and they vanish quickly.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery

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The Ultra Mind Solution

Greetings Robert et al:

This is Linda Ralph writing to you. I have written to you a few times now. You may remember me, I am from Victoria and went on the Alaska Cruise. I have something I would like to share with you.

I am  half way through a  newly purchased book, “The Ultra Mind Solution by the author: Mark Hyman, MD. I have had one of Mark’s earlier books , “The Ultra Simple Diet” for years now , and was truly very excited to find two new books  published by him recently,  especially  the one having to do with the brain,  and healing and fixing the brain, entitled: “The UltraMind Solution“. On the cover of this book it says:

“Fix Your Broken Brain By Healing Your Body First”.

And, I really do believe that to be  true. For me, this book reiterates much of what I have learned through your website, Robert. Be it through your blog, your published works  or through information  that I have heard from radio show guests, or through the personal stories written or told, of many folks who are having successes in coping  with PD.

In addition to that, this book is also jam packed with practical information  to help one heal and to enhance the brain.  It has  realms of information , that although pretty detailed at times, does  provide the reader with learning that I feel is relevant and vital. And there are also a personal case studies as well, that seem, ‘bring it  all home’, so to speak, as well as referencing to PD.

Hyman speaks of

‘treating the body as a whole and not as separate entities’.

Now this is not a new idea. But it merits repetition. He too, states, that

‘your brain may be broken, but  it can be fixed’.

This idea certainly rings true of  the last few years findings and  new discoveries about the brain. Many  books and articles have illuded to the fact that you can rewire your brain, you can change it, and maybe you can even fix it.  Outlined in this book is a detailed (but not overly complicated ) way as to what one does to go about  ‘fixing the brain”, and  the methods to follow to have success.

Hyman says that by ‘pinpointing the biological problem one can  then fix it, by  letting the body’s  natural healing intelligence take  over to repair your brain’. He then goes on provide a program, a simple  way to do this through his : Seven Keys to Ultra  Wellness. This is a very well written and helpful  book.  (Another recent book of his, with over  200 recipes, “The Ultra Metabolism Cookbook“, is also an excellent resource.)

If you haven’t heard of him, ( and you probably have) I do believe that you would find this  book  of his, to be another delightful addition and resource for your readers. It is a good read.

There  may be some merit in your readers knowing about this book and its author. Maybe this author could be a guest on your show??

Linda Ralph

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