A Wellness System That Maximizes Your Mental Wellbeing

Resilience Medicine (RM) is a new, open-minded approach, from a new type of doctor, for a world that sees people experience toxic stress, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, and burnout all too often. Resilience Medicine empowers and enables you to become the best possible version of yourself: in your body, your brain, and your mind. so you can feel better, think better, and live better.

Resilience Medicine empowers and educates you to live more fully with your unique and personal RM journey. So start building your brain’s resilience today.

 

How Does RM Work?

The Resilience Medicine system was developed by an integrative medicine specialist, medical cannabis expert, and advocate for open-minded, progressive health and wellbeing care, Dr Dani Gordon. RM stems from a decade of work helping patients lead happier, healthier lives, despite living with chronic diseases with no single cure. You can use the system to help connect your feelings to actual data so you can see what is working and what isn’t for your unique wellbeing needs since there is no one quite the same as you.

When Dr Dani began combining cannabinoids – cannabis medicines including CBD and THC – with meditation, supplements and dietary interventions, whilst also tracking how people felt over time, she started to see people make significant progress. Dr Dani could see what was helping and what wasn’t, tailoring this unique approach to them as individuals by tracking people’s very individual responses to interventions.

Become The Architect of Your Own Wellness

Resilience medicine uses all the tools we have to systematically put the brain and body into a more resilient state. It reduces the way stress can cause distress in our brains, which causes a fight or flight response and changes on a gene and brain network level, both of which can make us more vulnerable to stress and disease. RM makes us stress-proof over time, reducing stress hormone levels and inflammation markers, allowing us to bounce back more easily from each new setback or challenge.

In its simplest form, Resilience Medicine combines cannabinoids (like CBD) with mind-body interventions like meditation and biological dietary strategies such as a ketogenic diet. These three simple steps together allow you to become more resilient – to maximize your potential, to have the ability to bounce back, and to live a better life.

 

Cannabinoids are Key to The RM Approach.

Not only do cannabinoids like CBD reduce inflammation, positively impact blood sugar, and make it easier to stick to a diet by reducing resistance to behavior change and good habit development, cannabinoids also calm the mind to make meditation easier.

 

A Better Quality of Life – For Everyone

Dr Dani developed the RM approach to treat patients with complex conditions depression and anxiety, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and cognitive impairment. Her methods also allowed wellness clients to reach peak mental performance, increase their energy and maintain mental wellbeing under extreme stress.

Dr Dani’s patients proved that cannabis medicine had a significant impact on people’s quality of life: they experienced less pain, reduced stress, more joy, better mood, and higher quality sleep – and these changes kickstarted and supported more life change. For the first time, this new inner balance meant that people could exercise more, lose weight, meditate or engage with CBT techniques.

 

For me, there is no separation between wellness and medicine – it’s where they meet that empowered healing and transformation occurs. 

In a time when the problem isn’t a lack of information but instead an avalanche of well-meaning but scientifically dubious advice, it’s hard for people to know who and what to trust. So many of my patients are already on a wellness journey, experimenting with diet and supplements, different medications, and wellness practices like yoga and mindfulness.  

People want a system to simplify what they are doing, to find out what works and what is worth their time and energy investment – and what isn’t. We can’t do everything under the sun without feeling more stressed and overwhelmed. The RM system is the answer to this overload that many people face.

Cannabinoids are central to the RM philosophy because this class of medicine seems to improve every resilience area, likely because of the effect cannabinoids have on our endocannabinoid system – the essential brain and body system for resilience.

I visualized an uplifting, hopeful, and fact-based way for people to explore their health and wellbeing and support each other on the journey. RM results from my years of clinical experience to help people understand what works for them in health and wellness.  

My mission is to empower people to be the architects of their own wellness; inspired, confident and excited about the choices they can make about their health.”

 

 

Understanding Resilience

In its simplest form, resilience is often thought of as the ability to bounce back from life and health setbacks, stresses, and difficulties. But it doesn’t mean pushing through, sucking it up or just trying harder or even trying to remove stress from your life. In fact, to grow your potential, you need to experience stress and adversity. So what’s really important is how we can help our brains adapt to stressors.

It’s also not about trying to be perfect. Resilience is a dynamic state of balance in the brain and the body. It is a dance between stress – which can become toxic – and protective or resilience factors that keep stress in check. These factors are slightly different for each person, depending on your make-up, genes and environment.

In more scientific terms, resilience is the ability to maintain adaptation and keep adjusting on a physiological, brain and body level in the face of significant adversity or challenging life or health circumstances.

We Can Shift Our Resilience

not stuck at the level of resilience we currently have available to us. Growing our resilience factor is the key to overall wellbeing, happiness, and quality of life. It’s achievable for every person, no matter where you are with health, happiness, and life right now. If you suffer from chronic health issues, enhancing your resilience can help you regain your life, reduce suffering and shift your mental wellbeing and feel like your best self again.

 

The Allosteric Load

The scientific term for the total stress load on the brain and body is the allosteric load, Researchers measure this total stress load with biomarkers for inflammation, levels of exposure to chronic stress, genes, and our lifestyle. Our brains are also impacted by how stressful the environment feels. If the brain sees the environment as highly stressful, it expends a considerable amount of energy to maintain balance. This energy output leads to more metabolic and cell wear and tear in the brain and the body – a higher allosteric load.

In the UK, most GP appointments are due to stress – whether directly, such as anxiety or indirectly – when stress makes everything from diabetes to chronic pain worse and hard to control.

Resilience medicine aims to reduce this total brain and body stress burden and allow you to reach a happier, healthier brain and body state. This is achieved through maintaining balance in the Endocannabinoid System by introducing cannabinoids, by diet, supplements and medication, by mind-body interventions and biodata tracking.

Sadly, stress is not dealt well with under the conventional medicine model. Most doctors are not taught about the allosteric load mode of stress or the endocannabinoid system in detail. Our stress response is a dynamic process, and RM gives you a practical and achievable plan to respond to it.

Using the Resilience Medicine system, we can enhance our ‘R’ score by shifting the perception of our environment. This reduces distress in our brains and decreases the negative impact of toxic stress on our health and wellbeing. In turn, this enhances the quality of life, activates inner potential for healing, and helps us bounce back.

 

 

The Birth of Resilience Medicine

Resilience Medicine is a system born out of over a decade of Dr Dani’s clinical experience in treating patients and helping them to increase their resilience levels whatever their health challenges. Combining cannabis medicines, nutrition, mind-body approaches and biodata tracking, RM is the applied science of health resilience based on cutting-edge neuroscience research, evidence-based plant medicines, and medications where needed.

RM results from the interventions Dr Dani found worked best to lower a person’s total stress load, promote healing, improve their quality of life and allow people to achieve peak mental and physical wellbeing. By finding the key to reduce chronic toxic stress on a brain and body level, people can become happier, healthier, and able to bounce back faster – more resilient in every way.

 

 

“Health and wellness advice can be so broad, vague and overwhelming that it is hard to know what to do each day while still having time for living life. 

Not everyone has time for endless hours in the kitchen or for meditating several times a day, stuck in the tyranny of an impossible to maintain wellness regime.

RM gives you the tools to become the architect of your own wellness – tracking what works and seeing your progress with practical steps to suit your unique requirements.”

 

 

To understand how medical cannabis works on the body and why it can be a crucial part of managing chronic health symptoms for some people, we need to understand the endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short. Unfortunately, doctors only discovered this system in the last 30 years, so we are still learning about it.  

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. 

 

Cannabinoids + The Endocannabinoid System = RM

Cannabinoids are one of the core parts of the Resilience Medicine approach because the endocannabinoid system is so crucial to our brain and body balance, or homeostasis.

In the UK, medical cannabis was made legal in 2018 and is now available to thousands of patients privately. 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.

Cannabinoids, medical cannabis and CBD are incredibly powerful tools, especially when combined with other synergistic tools in the RM framework 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. Of course, 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.

 

The Cannabis Sativa has Multiple Medicinal and Wellness Uses

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.

Safe, Effective, and Natural

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.

 

Dr Dani is a medical cannabis expert and has been prescribing for patients in Canada since 2016 officially, although she was helping her patients who have already used cannabis medicinally since 2011. She trained some of the first medical cannabis doctors in the UK, and it was her personal experience of dealing with chronic pain and her patient’s incredible successes with using it that led her to begin formally prescribing it as part of an integrative medicine approach.

“In 2015, I experienced a severe hand injury to my hand. I saw top hand surgeons on two continents who told me that I would inevitably develop early arthritis, that I would probably need strong pain pills for the rest of my life and that eventually, I may need to have the hand bones fused to control the nerve pain. Finally, a fellow doctor suggested I try a CBD-based cream. After seven days, my hand no longer hurt constantly or woke me up at night. It felt like a small miracle.

This experience was my final push to get over my initial hesitation about prescribing medical cannabis to my patients. I had hesitated as though medical cannabis was legal in Canada, many doctors were against it.  

I had already seen how it had helped some of my patients come off opioid painkillers, improving their quality of life both physically and mentally. My patients looked to me as an integrative medicine doctor to guide them on this plant medicine the same way I did when I added other botanical medication and herbal supplements into their plans.  This real-world evidence and the emerging scientific data made it impossible not to offer this medicine to my patients, despite the stigma that still existed – a stigma I realised was based in politics, not science. As a result, cannabis has become one of my most powerful tools.”

 

 

Changing Your Brain with mind-body Practices

As one group of researchers put it, mind-body practices enhance resilience by ‘opening a window to brain plasticity, or the ability of the brain to change itself.’

Mind-body Practices Include Mindfulness, Meditation, and Breathwork.

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.

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. 

Mind-body = RM

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, especially when learning. The first 6-8 weeks can be the hardest – but this is also the most crucial time for the brain to begin changes. 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.

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 Include:

  • Yoga Nidra, a form of guided meditation also known as effortless relaxation (Energy)
  • Concentration-based meditation (mental clarity)
  • Mindfulness (Energy and Cultivating Calm)
  • Benson Technique – a physical state of deep relaxation which engages the nervous system (Cultivating Calm)
  • Loving-kindness or compassion meditation (Mood)
  • Breathwork
    • Here-holotropic breathwork (Dr Dani explains in a video here) ]
    • Pranayamas, including balancing pranayamas (such as Nadi Shodhana) and energizing and calming pranayama taken from the traditional Indian yoga system.

 

 

 

How Food, Supplements, and Medications Help Us Achieve Resilience

The RM approach includes biological interventions or the things we put into our systems, such as food, natural supplements, herbs, and medications.

All can contribute to lowering our allosteric stress load, enhancing resilience and brain function, and reducing inflammation. However, it is a combination of these approaches, customized towards your unique make up that tends to work best and also avoids overwhelm of trying to ‘do everything.’

 

 

Keto and Low GI Anti-inflammatory Diets

A ketogenic or modified keto diet is one of the most metabolically impactful types of eating for many people, 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.

We all know that food and diet have an enormous impact on the biochemistry of our bodies and brains. Biological benefits through dietary approaches – from a low GI approach to a modified ketogenic diet – supplements, herbs, and medications all play a crucial role in your unique resilience plan.

 

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.

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 toxins and the impact of chronic stress on the body.

Supplements might include herbal adaptogens, amino acids such as L-Theanine, vitamins, and minerals such as magnesium and vitamin D, and many others depending on your resilience makeup and current challenges.

 

 

 

Medications

Medications can be a vital part of a resilience journey. Often, they can be combined under medical supervision with more natural approaches, including cannabinoids. This can lead to better results at lower doses and fewer side effects for many common symptoms, including anxiety, chronic pain, autoimmune conditions, and insomnia.

 

 

 

Tracking How You Feel – Finding What Works for You as a Unique Individual

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.’

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.

Traditionally, doctors have relied on, and in many cases demanded, Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trials (RCTs). In RCTs, a drug is tested against a placebo or sugar pill under very controlled conditions. The results from RCTs became the evidence that something worked – but unfortunately, anything that lacked these multi-million pound RCTs was dismissed.

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. 

 

Biodata & Habit Tracking = RM

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.