Q: I was reading an article about the science behind the brain of chronic conditions and you mentioned that there is nothing wrong with the actual organs, cells or structure of the brain itself. What happens if there is something actually wrong with the structure of the brain...what about those that face these issues? Is everything different now for how we heal?
A: Not necessarily. This question reminds me of the work that is being done at the Taub clinic, where they treat stroke victims. In many of their cases, certain areas of the brain are irreversibly damaged, but through the rehab protocols the brain learns to recruit other areas to take over for the lost of functioning in damaged areas. That is the beauty of neuroplasticity - our brains are adaptable. That being said, if other areas of the brain beyond the limbic system, the frontal lobes, and parts of the brain stem are affected by the condition(s) you have, you may want to consider seeing a competent functional neurologist to assist you in strengthening those other areas of the brain while you retrain. They are able to assess which parts of the brain may be under or over functioning and can set you up with a program to correct them. The functional neurologists I most highly recommend are Dr. Shannon Leon in Long Island, and Dr. Marc Case in St. Marys, GA.
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Candy Widdifield is Registered Clinical Counsellor, Wellness Coach, and Registered Reiki Master Teacher in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. She has a background in nervous system regulation, trauma, grief & loss, mindfulness, somatic therapy, & positive psychology. She taught the DNRS in-person program for 5 years, has over a decade of experience coaching brain re-trainers & provides mentorship to other coaches. Candy works with people all over the world, helping them to optimize their wellbeing and thrive in their lives. More information about Candy can be found at www.candywiddifield.com