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  • Holopainen, Maarit (Helsingin yliopisto, 2019)
    The purpose of this study is to describe and compare the everyday life of the people with food hypersensitivity, after taking part of limbic system training of Dynamic Neural Retraining System, the DNRS program. The first research task in this study is to describe what kind of every day life is a person with food hypersensitivity living and how food hypersensitivities affect different aspects of everyday life. The second research task is to describe how the DNRS program has affected the every day life of a person with food hypersensitivities and what kind of importance the changes have had. Earlier studies show that food sensitivity lowers the well-being and quality of life experienced by the individuals and their family. The sample of the study consists of six interviewees with multiple levels of food sensitivities and chemical sensitivities, which they had used DNRS to rehabilitate. The interviewees represented both sexes from all over Finland and were 28–45 years of age. The study material was collected by semi-structured theme interviews and analyzed by qualitative methods using International Classification of Function Classification (ICF) as content analysis. On this basis, a model of food-sensitive daily life and functional ability was created, which shows the effects of food sensitivity on various aspects of everyday life. The same model describes the situation even after the respondents had decided on a six-month rehabilitation period for the DNRS program. According to this study, food hypersensitivity has a significant impact on the individual's everyday life and on the well-being. Food hypersensitivity affects well-being, for example, by limiting performance and participation, and makes it more difficult for the individual to function through environmental factors. In addition, everyday food restrictions are perceived as stressful, as it involves significant planning and other meta-work that consumes individual resources. According to this study, rehabilitation of food hypersensitivity is of great importance to the individual, with emphasis on easier everyday life and psychosocial well-being of the individual. With relieved food hypersensitivity, food-related emotions also become more positive.