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.

When she 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.

Most of her patients felt unable to discuss these holistic healing approaches with other doctors who were mostly either uninformed, dismissive or outright hostile to these interventions, leaving them with no trusted source to guide them. Many navigated 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 and app was developed to solve these problems. To provide a data driven wellbeing approach to using these tools so you can get personalized recommendations and track your wellbeing to see what actually works for you and whats doesnt.

” 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

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

Real World Data

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

Real-world data or people’s tracked experiences is now becoming an accepted form of research evidence and is playing a major role in legitimising new therapeutic approaches such as medical cannabis and psychedelic therapies.

The Resilience medicine app allows you to collect your own real world data, by simply entering how you feel by rating yourself in 4 resilience signatures or categories. These 4 ratings are calculated to form 1 score called the R Score, a simple value you can use to simply gauge how you are doing.

You add to the app when you start a new wellness activity and the app will accurately track changes in your R Score and sub resilience signatures over time from when you started allowing you to accurately assess the impact of the wellness activities you try.

The app also makes recommendations to you for wellness activities that have worked for people with similar resilience signatures to you, so you don’t have to waste time trying ones that are unlikely to work for you.

“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

Identify your unique makeup

Resilience Signatures

Over a decade of work with her patients, Dr Dani identified four key resilience areas which influence resilience potential. One of the keys to enhancing your resilience level is to identify your unique makeup – your areas of strength and your areas of challenge – so you can create your personalised Resilience Medicine wellbeing plan based on what you need most.

Cultivating Calm: this is your ability to regain a calm baseline in your nervous system, in your brain, and your body – avoiding chronic hyperarousal, an abnormally heightened state of anxiety that can lead to feeling constantly stressed, anxious or on edge.

Positive Mood: this is your ability to maintain a positive mood balance and outlook, to bounce back from low moods without getting stuck in negative thinking spirals and negative emotions. Positive mood balance also controls how well we can maintain our motivation for things like habits and also doing the things we love.

Energy Management: this is about managing and supporting energy levels in your brain, in your body, and on a cellular level, whether you constantly struggle with low energy or find you get zapped under pressure or after nights out more than average.

Focus & clarity:this is your ability to maintain brain and mental focus and the clarity to support peak memory and concentration.

Cannabis Sativa has hundreds of Medicinal and Wellness Uses

Cannabanoids

Cannabinoids are a core part of the RM toolkit because they are such powerful natural molecules for creating change in so many different aspects of wellbeing, health and resilience as well as helping enhance life experience for many people. The reason cannabinoids are so helpful is because they work within our natural endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short. The ECS function is so crucial to our brain and body balance, or homeostasis.

Our endocannabinoid system controls some of the most critical systems in our body, from movement, pain control and immune system to our gut, mental health and sleep. It does this by controlling homeostasis, which is the overall balance of our brain and body. Endocannabinoids are chemicals made by our bodies similar to CBD, THC and other cannabinoids from the cannabis plant.

Like breathing, the endocannabinoid system takes care of itself, working away in the background without us thinking about it. However, research tells us that many diseases and symptoms may be related to or involve something going wrong with the endocannabinoid system- like chronic pain, anxiety and depression and IBS. This is why it can be helpful to add cannabinoids from the cannabis plant to help restore balance and reduce symptoms with very few side effects.

If you are well already, many people find cannabinoids can be used to enhance mental and physical wellbeing and life enjoyment and are healthier alternatives to alcohol for many people.

In the UK, medical cannabis was made legal in 2018 and is now available as a prescribed medicine. In addition, it is legal for medical use in Canada, Israel, Australia and parts of the USA. We know that cultures across the globe successfully used cannabis for medical reasons throughout history to significant effect, but much of this knowledge was lost. The research is finally catching up now that it is again legal to research cannabis as a medicine in many parts of the world. We are rediscovering its many benefits for maintaining health and fighting disease.

It’s fantastic to see that medical cannabis use is becoming more widespread globally and providing life-changing relief to people living with chronic conditions, including epilepsy, pain and mental health conditions. In places where adult cannabis use is now legal many US states and Canada, many people are utilising cannabis for a wellness purpose outside of the medical model too as part of self care, especially for stress, sleep and womens health.

Cannabinoids, medical cannabis and CBD are incredibly powerful tools, especially when combined with other synergistic tools to support our brain and body balance. Cannabinoids are a pillar of RM for this reason since Dr Dani found that in most chronic conditions, cannabinoids in some combination offered enormous benefits in terms of symptom control and quality of life even when many other drugs and approaches were not effective.

Each person’s ideal dosage and the combination will be slightly different, but the main principles are the same-start low and go slow and track your symptoms and how you feel (which you can do using your R score) to assess what is working best for you over time.

Many of you will be very aware of one of those cannabinoids – CBD – as millions of people now use it worldwide for health, wellness and beauty. THC, which at high doses has an intoxicating effect, is the compound that can make people feel ‘high’ when taken recreationally. However, when used in medical cannabis, usually in low doses as part of a whole plant extract, it is highly beneficial for conditions such as chronic pain, muscle spasm and helping control symptoms in conditions such as multiple sclerosis, insomnia and nausea and vomiting as a side effect of chemotherapy, among others.

Preliminary research shows that THC in ultra-low doses or microdoses are taken daily may also help prevent Alzheimer’s dementia and other diseases of brain aging in healthy older adults as part of a preventative strategy.

Cannabis is a very safe medication that is used to significant effect by doctors as a quality of life medication, as it is so good at reducing pain and alleviating the symptoms of severe health conditions. Though people with a history of psychosis, schizophrenia and mania generally should avoid medical cannabis containing more than trace amounts of THC, medical cannabis and CBD is safer than many over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies that many people take without a second thought.

Over 100 cannabinoids, including CBD and THC, and terpenoids and flavonoids, work with our bodies to fight inflammation, help with stress, anxiety, sleep, immune system function, and various other chronic issues like pain and brain health.

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 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.

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

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.

“Mindbody interventions are SO powerful for healing, but most people find it quite overwhelming trying to figure out how to do it, wonder if they are doing it right or try complicated time consuming practices that are not possible to maintain in hectic modern daily life. Many of my patients over the years have also been practicing a mindbody technique for many years or even teaching one but still suffered from an issue like depression and their practice seemed to do little to improve it. That is a very frustrating confusing place to be but actually is very common even among experienced meditators and yogis.”
Dr Dani Gordon, Resilience Medicine Founder

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

Diet

How Food Helps 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.

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

New medicines

New Medicines

In addition to cannabinoids, there are multiple other plant medicines and psychoactive molecules which are now being investigated and used in as new medicines. Most have been legally prohibited for many decades but are now coming back into mainstream medicine as fast acting therapeutics for many mental health conditions. These compounds are most often used in psychedelic therapy settings using a guided safe setting with a doctor. Traditionally, these substances have been taken under the guidance of an experienced, guide, traditional healer or shaman or trained therapist. These compounds offer tremendous hope and potential for treatment of conditions such as treatment resistant depression and other mental health conditions without good western medicine treatments. They also offer potential for self discovery and personal growth (where legally permitted). These molecules include:

Psilocybin-recently approved by the US FDA as a breakthrough drug for treatment resistant depression, not yet available int he UK outside of a research study

Ketamine-used already clinically with patients for treatment resistant chronic pain and depression currently in the UK in a medical setting

MDMA-in clinical trial phase for treatment of PTSD, alcoholism

Ayahuasca and other traditional plant medicines containing DMT (where legal)

DMT-currently in early clinical trial phase for depression

LSD-in clinical research trial phase currently for guided use in depression, anxiety and cluster headache

The emerging research on psychedelic medicines is the most exciting development in mental health for many decades, since current drug therapies are often ineffective and non offer a cure for chronic conditions like major depression. Drugs such as SSRIs for example may be helpful for decreasing symptoms in some people but in others they don’t seem to work and even when they do, they merely treat some of the symptoms rather than the cause. Via multiple brain mechanisms that enhance novel thinking and brain flexibility, these molecules with therapy can help people to recover from trauma and addiction. They can also help heal treatment-resistant depression and provide hope for people with terminal cancer, allowing them to improve their quality of life and mental wellbeing in ways traditional drugs cannot. There is also emerging evidence that psychedelic medicines may work on the brain’s immune system and reduce neuroinflammation.

These biological effects can help explain the science behind the many anecdotal reports of dramatic healing experiences people experience after using these substances in a therapeutic but non doctor or medical setting, often after years of suffering from hard to treat chronic conditions. This is something Dr. Dani has experienced from working with patients who have had such recoveries after seeking out these alternatives and were willing to share their experience often for the first time with a medical doctor.

“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

Assessment

Assessment

The assessment reveals how you are coping now in each of the four areas. It will give you a guide to expand your resilience over time with different interventions, from just five minutes of relaxation a day or a shift to your sleep, diet or supplement regime.

Enhancing your resilience score can alter your gene expression, improve your health outcomes, increase your happiness and most importantly, radically transform your quality of life.

Stick with your Resilience Medicine plan consistently, tracking your progress in each area, and about eight weeks after putting your resilience tools into practice, you can retake the assessment.

Sometimes, the scores will go up and down over time, or a stronger area may get weaker while a weaker area gets stronger. This is normal and natural as we constantly adapt to life in the real world.

The Resilience Medicine assessment is a tool you can return to when things start to feel out of balance. You’ll get better insight into what may be going wrong and the best simple ways to get feeling better again and back on your resilience track!

“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