The world has changed.
So should your approach
to your health & wellbeing.

What is Resilience Medicine?


Resilience Medicine is a new personalised approach to wellbeing and medicine for a modern life. Developed by our co-founder Dr Dani Gordon during her decade + of medical practise as a leading integrative medicine specialist and international expert in medical cannabis.

Of all the many healing approaches she tried with patients over the years in addition to medications, she found that diet and supplements, cannabinoids and mindbody training got the best results. She also found that many of her patients significantly benefitted self treating with therapeutic use of psychoactive substances.

Most of her patients felt unable to discuss these holistic healing approaches with other doctors who were mostly unsupportive, dismissive and sometimes hostile to these interventions, leaving them with no trusted source to guide them, leading to them navigating their health journeys alone in an unstructured manner over months and years, often spending hours a day and thousands on their health, never really knowing what was helping and what wasn’t.

The RM system was developed to provide a data driven framework for people to track their wellbeing, get suggestions and be safe.

When Dr Dani first started prescribing cannabinoids in addition to her medication, meditation & nutritional medicine programs, she discovered her patients were able to stick to them dramatically better. She discovered cannabis was a gateway drug, a gateway to meditation and improved quality of life.

” You want an approach where YOU can control your wellness journey without overwhelm, confusion + self doubt or spending hours a day and thousands on things that may not work well for you. “
Dr Dani Gordon, Resilience Medicine Founder

Data Driven
Wellbeing Decisions

The problem with medicine + the wellness Industry

We believe that people’s desire for effective, natural, and low-side effect solutions for chronic health and wellness issues is not being effectively addressed by doctors and drugs alone or by the wellness industry. Toxic stress, overwhelm, brainfog, burnout and chronic illness are increasingly common but still lack good solutions in western medicine.

People are better informed about their own health than ever before but can feel frustrated by both the one-size-fits-all pills-based approach offered by their GP or doctor and the lack of trustworthy information provided by ‘gurus’ in the wellness space.

Mainstream medicine is fixated on the gold standard of evidence, the RCT or Randomised Controlled Trial. Unfortunately, RCTs are very expensive to undertake and more difficult to perform for non single molecule treatments ie. pharmaceuticals.

This has led to a situation where the gold standard of evidence is realistically often only achieved by pharmaceutical drugs where companies can recoup the cost of the trials through patenting the molecule they are testing meaning generally anything that lacked these multi-million pound RCTs was dismissed.

Especially with conditions that are generally less well understood and not well treated by conventional medicine alone – such as chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, chronic Lyme, fibromyalgia, mental health conditions, burnout, and many women’s health conditions – people can find their symptoms or experiences may be minimized, dismissed or attributed to a personality trait or psychological issue. However, we now know that all of these conditions affect the brain and often the immune system and have a neurobiological basis.

Today, people rightly expect a more holistic approach to health and wellness. They want to see wellness that’s rooted in science, with evidence that demonstrates its effectiveness and high standards – and they want doctors to see them as more than a collection of symptoms to be treated with a fistful of pills and nothing else.

**They are also uncomfortable talking to their doctors about non mainstream interventions that they have found to work for them for fear of judgement.*******

” Resilience Medicine uses the most effective tools we have to systematically put the brain & body into a more resilient, happier state. It recommend the best products & programs specifically for you & allows you to easily track what works for your unique wellbeing needs since there is no one quite the same as you. “

Dr Dani Gordon, Resilience Medicine Founder

Connect your feelings and experiences to actual data and become your own expert.

Real World Data

Not only is it essential to tune into how we feel, adding a scientific way of measuring this is essential. Measuring the results of the actions we take for our health is now known as ‘real-world data.’

More and more research using real-world data or people’s tracked experiences trying different therapies, including cannabis/cannabinoids, diet and supplements, mind-body approaches and therapeutic use of psychedelics, has all played a role in understanding how these things can help aid healing and enhance resilience and legitimised these conditions as well as the holistic treatment approaches that tend to make a difference.

Researchers are beginning to notice real-world data and how powerful this health information can be to help you improve chronic issues and symptoms and further customize your experience.

This was the case with cannabis medicines until patients, advocates, and later, researchers started proving how well cannabinoids work for everything from anxiety to chronic pain and epilepsy. They proved this by using their own experience – tracking, documenting, and sharing their biodata – what they did and their results.

Real-world data could then prove what impact the different interventions – whether this was medicines, mind-body interventions, or diet – had on people who reported results such as reduced anxiety, more pain-free days, or fewer seizures.

Use your Resilience Medicine plan to start a period of change – and begin experiencing life in the thrive zone

Tracking How You Feel

Real-world data and tracking how you feel and your own individual journey help you take control back over your health and mental wellbeing.

Tracking how you feel is crucial to the science of resilience medicine since every person’s reaction to stress is unique to their experience and feeling.

Tracking mood, energy, mental clarity and how stressed you feel is key to figuring out the top interventions that are working. You might track simple habits, such as five-minute meditations, cannabinoids, diet, supplements and even medications that are helping you. You might track mental clarity in the app to see which interventions or resilience tips are helping over time.

This data will help you to prioritize and personalize your wellness journey. You could even choose to share it with your health practitioner.

“We created the app so you can take charge of your journey easily. Sharing your journey and progress with your health care team is a way of taking back control over health and wellbeing and proving what works for you with evidence to remove the guesswork and stress of trying to figure out what to stick to. “

Dr Dani Gordon, Resilience Medicine Founder

Finding What Works for You
as a Unique Individual

Diet + Supplements

Supplements

Many doctors still believe that if you eat well, you don’t need supplements. However, supplements play a very important role in a biological balance approach. Virtually everyone in the modern world needs supplements to function optimally, due to factors such as the high burden of environmental stressors we face (including toxins, pesticides, stresses from excessive screen time and lack of time spent in nature) and modern lifestyles.

Everyone can benefit from carefully chosen supplements. Factors such as individual epigenetic variation – or how much of something we need – should be considered and environmental toxin load (which can be measured with functional medicine testing as well as estimated in many situations even without testing) and the impact of chronic stress on the body and brain which is unique to each person.

Supplements may include cannabinoids such as full spectrum CBD, herbal adaptogens and fungi, amino acids such as L-Theanine, liposomal glutathione, vitamins, and minerals such as magnesium and vitamin D, herbal combination products for sleep and stress, and many others depending on your resilience makeup and current challenges.

Combining the RM diet at the level which suits you, cannabinoids & personalised supplements is incredibly powerful not just for improving issues or symptoms but for maximising energy, mood, mental clarity, lowering toxic stress levels and restoring optimal vitality and balance.

Dr Dani Gordon, Resilience Medicine Founder

How Food & Supplements Help Us Achieve Resilience

Diet & Supplements together are part of the core RM tookit because of their ability to alter everything from inflammation to metabolism, gut health and our microbiome and influence mood and mental wellbeing as well as the physical. This includes foods as well as nutraceuticals such as natural supplements, vitamins and minerals and botanicals to target specific issues.

All of these can contribute to lowering our allosteric or total brain+body stress load, enhance resilience and brain function, and reduce inflammation. It works best when you can tailor the food and supplements to your unique resilience make up and needs. This also helps avoid overwhelm especially when choosing supplements and botanicals.

The Resilience Medicine Diet

A ketogenic or modified keto diet is one of the most metabolically impactful types of eating for many people. this is because of the effect on our cell powerhouses called mitochondria and the way our body handles sugar and insulin. However, a whole foods anti-inflammatory low GI diet may be more appropriate for some people and have many of the same benefits (eg. women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or people who cannot easily tolerate a ketogenic diet long term or find they just feel better including some healthy slow-release carbs from vegetables and a moderate amount of whole grains).

Recent research shows that diet strategies for improving brain health, mental health, and many chronic diseases that decrease inflammation should be a core part of treatment and prevention. For many years, modern medicine turned away from diet as a medicine especially in mental health and wellbeing but the recent research is now showing what an important role food has on mental and physical and immune health and the crucial role of regulating our gut microbiome.

The foods we choose and diet have an enormous impact on the biochemistry of our bodies and brains. The RM diet was developed by Dr. Dani Gordon over a decade of experience treating patients with difficult to treat conditions and based on the latest nutritional medicine and integrative medicine research. This dietary approach is a way of eating to support optimal brain and neuro-immune function and mental wellbeing rather than a diet for weight loss purposes. It is designed to improve each of the 4 resilience skills of cultivating calm, mood balance, energy and mental clarity + cognition. However, if you are over your ideal weight most people will naturally shed excess weight when following this diet due to its beneficial effect on metabolism and insulin regulation, especially if you have ‘metabolically active’ fat around your tummy or middle.

The ketogenic diet is incredibly powerful at shifting many mental health and physical immune system symptoms in many people but I have also found that for some people it is nearly impossible to stick to, or that for premenopausal women it can sometimes make them feel more fatigued or worsen their mood or stress levels.

Dr Dani Gordon, Resilience Medicine Founder

Changing Your Brain
with Mindbody Practices

Mindbody

Mindbody practices and skills enhance what is called neuroplasticity or the ability of the brain to change itself. Mindbody practices is a core tool in the RM toolkit for this reason. Mindbody interventions as simple as a few minutes of mindful deep breathing each day can change our biology, inflammatory markers, stress hormones and other neurochemicals over time and are accessible to everyone. They are even more powerful when used with the other tools from cannabinoids and new medicines and even diet especially removing stimulants such as caffeine temporarily which can make it harder to sit and calm the mind. In fact, breathwork can even be used as a caffeine substitute for more energy after some practice in specific techniques.

Mind-body Practices

Mind-body practices help change our brains and bodies in many ways. One way is by activating what is known as the body’s relaxation response. Another is by creating what is called cognitive restructuring. In cognitive restructuring, we inform our minds and brains how to identify and then change maladaptive or negative thought patterns or beliefs about ourselves that may not serve us. These changes create physical chemical responses and rewire neural circuits in the brain.

When we combine cognitive restructuring with deep relaxation, profound healing can occur. It can also enhance both mental and physical wellbeing and even reduce chronic inflammation, which can cause many problems in the brain and body.

Finding the Right Mindbody Practice for You

 

People who may already feel very stressed or suffer from anxiety or chronic pain find it hard to stick to a mind-body practice due to high discomfort levels, especially when learning. The first 6-8 weeks can be the hardest – but this is also the most crucial time for the brain to change. Just 5 – 20 minutes a day can make an enormous difference, and many people find that mind-body practices become easier with the introduction of cannabinoids like CBD. That is why finding the best fit is so important and this is how the RM assessment can help guide you where to start.

Combining a mind-body practice with cannabinoids, which can reduce stress, anxiety and pain levels and improve mood, can give you the boost you may need to stick with your practice until it becomes second nature.

Mind-body Interventions

  • Yoga Nidra, a form of guided meditation also known as effortless relaxation (helps with energy and reducing stress)
  • Concentration-based meditation (to help with mental clarity)
  • Mindfulness (which can help with Energy and Cultivating Calm as well as mood)
  • Benson Technique – a physical state of deep relaxation which engages the nervous system (helps with Cultivating Calm)
  • Loving-kindness or compassion meditation (helps with Mood balance)
  • Breathwork
    • Here-holotropic breathwork (Dr Dani explains in a video here)
    • Pranayama, including balancing pranayama (such as Nadi Shodhana) and energizing and calming pranayama taken from the traditional Indian yoga system and practiced for just a few minutes each day.
  • Altered states therapy using tools like holotropic breathwork, therapeutic psychedelics and brain biofeedback deep state training