About

How The London Resilience Clinic Began

Our Medical Director, Dr Dani Gordon founded The London Resilience Clinic after a decade of experience treating thousands of patients with integrative medicine and medical cannabis in North America.

Early in her medical practice in Canada she specialised in the management of chronic conditions that did not respond well to pharmaceuticals. She found many patients responded to holistic treatments including nutritional medicine and mindbody medicine approaches alongside drug therapy but found these changes difficult to stick to.

Starting With Medical Cannabis

After adding medical cannabis to her practice, she found even her most difficult to treat patients often experienced rapid relief from symptoms and improved quality of life. Significantly they were more able to engage with holistic treatments, allowing them to continue treatment & recovery long term.

She moved to London in 2018 just as the UK legalised medical cannabis, helping train the 1st UK cannabis doctors and setup the first UK Medical cannabis clinic.  She started the London Resilience Clinic in 2022 to bring evidence-based personalised holistic care and novel medicines to UK patients.

Standard Care v Integrative Care

As conditions become chronic, symptoms can shift, start to overlap and it becomes confusing to tease them apart.  For example, low mood, pain and fatigue can become difficult to separate.  Brain resilience becomes lowered and what were once small things can overwhelm the brain more easily. 

Standard medical care pill-per-symptom approach is not effective, GPs have no integrative training and a lack of time.  Specialists can only treat the symptoms ‘in their area’ but are unable to manage the whole picture leading to fragmented care.  Standard medical care rarely considers novel medicines, cutting edge therapies or cross-field research. You are left on your own trying and researching treatments, with most time spent trying to get well and manage your health but often feeling more confused and overwhelmed.

‘Connecting The Dots’

The holistic integrative approach to medical care is more developed in North America and we use this approach to help you connect the dots,  get rapid symptom relief and then long term recovery so you can expand your life again.

The Brain Gut Immune Axis

The gut-brain immune axis is a 2-way communication network that connects the enteric (gut ) and central nervous system and our gut microbiome, immune system and endo-cannabinoid system.

These systems are constantly speaking to and influencing each other via nerves, hormones and chemical messengers.

Gut Health Can Affect Mood, Pain and Fatigue

Changes in the microbiome such as increased intestinal permeability and dysbiosis can contribute to symptoms outside of the gut, such as brainfog, fatigue, amplified pain signalling & mood issues. 

We look at the health of the gut-brain-immune axis using integrative medicine tools and functional testing to identify & treat root causes/contributors of symptoms using foods, supplements and mind body approaches as well as specific short-term pharmaceuticals where needed.

Our Process

Step 1.
Rapid Symptom Relief With Cannabinoid & Novel Medicines

The Endo-Cannabinoid System (ECS) is a natural biological system that helps regulate critical functions including mood, stress response, pain control, sleep, appetite and mental function.

Medical cannabis modulates the ECS and can often bring rapid relief of symptoms within days, with most patients seeing a significant improvement within the first month of therapy across multiple symptom clusters.

Cannabis Can Dramatically improve Quality Of Life

Many patients see positive changes within days, but often 3-6 months of adjustments such as strain, ratio, form, dose & timing can be needed to maximise treatment effect.

Step 2.
Long Term Recovery With Integrative And Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine 

Functional medicine testing goes beyond one sized-fits all standard laboratory tests, which often come back as ‘normal’ despite severe symptoms. Functional medicine can identify root causes and contributors of illness & symptoms.

 Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is a holistic approach that combines the best of personalised drug therapy with supplementation, nutritional and mindbody techniques to treat effectively with less side effects.

Step 3.
Long Term Resilience

We utilise proprietary assessment data protocols throughout the treatment process to fully capture specific functional wellbeing and symptom domains.

We use digital resources combined with expert consultation to build programs personalised to each patient so you can learn core resilience and wellbeing skills most relevant to you and your lifestyle for long term wellbeing

1st Step

Initial Integrative Medicine Assessment - £299

In this Initial 1 hour Assessment with Dr Gordon you will receive a full integrative medicine assessment, review and treatment plan. If you are interested in medical cannabis and it is recommended, you will then see one of our specialists for the Initial Cannabis Prescription Visit (£99).  Dr Gordon will then see you at 30 day follow up after this initial prescription.

Integrative Treatments

Medication Management

Integrative & Cannabinoid medicine doesn’t mean ‘anti-medicine.’ Where needed, we use a personalised medicine approach to find the best medications including novel therapies to help you feel better without unnecessary side effects. Our approach can also reduce the need for medications in many instances by using holistic and natural treatments to maximise efficacy where possible.

Functional Medicine Testing

Functional medicine goes beyond the limitations of standard lab tests to look at the root causes and contributors of illness, ranging from chronic fatigue to digestive issues to brainfog, mood and attentional issues as well as chronic pain contributors. Testing may include nutrient levels, organic acid levels, oxidative stress, methylation and hormone patterns for stress and sleep.

Microbiome Testing

The health of our gut microbiome environment impacts our brain, mental health, immune system, energy and overall health. We use advanced testing to assess for maldigestion/absorption, inflammation, dysbiosis & metabolite imbalances that can impair the gut-brain axis to identify issues & treat to restore optimal function & improve symptoms that may seem unrelated to the gut at first glance.

Genetic Testing​

No one person is exactly the same and now research is showing that due to genetic differences, people can respond very differently to specific medications. We use advanced genetic testing to predict and optimise your response to medications where needed

Mindbody Medicine

We help you use simple, targeted meditation and mindbody techniques to help get control over symptoms, enhance emotional resilience and change patterns of thinking or doing that are no longer working for you​

Psychedelic Medicine

The therapeutic use of psychedelic substances has growing evidence for a number of conditions including treatment resistant depression, ptsd and pain. We can assess if you would be a good candidate for ketamine therapy.  We can also help you navigate what clinical trials for other psychedelic medicines you may be eligible for.

Condition Case Studies

Mental Health Conditions

Depression and low mood is often seen alongside symptoms such as brainfog, sleep disturbance, feeling on edge, anxiety and fatigue. Depression is also very common if you have chronic pain and tend to go hand-in-hand. A history of trauma or PTSD can also

Our Approach

Our approach to depression is personalised and can including novel medications such as medical cannabis, specific diet and nutraceuticals, DNA testing to match medications & functional medicine testing to further customize treatment, including gut microbiome testing for mood related markers and personalized non-drug approaches to shift mood and related symptoms like anxiety and irritability.

Case Study

Simon, 45 years old. First Diagnosed with depression 15 years ago
Goal: improve mood and motivation so he enjoy his young family more.
History: After failing multiple medications including SSRIs, SNRIs and forms of psychotherapy, Simon was frustrated and giving up hope of feeling happy.
The plan: after a thorough integrative assessment that looked not only at his depression but also his sleep, body pain and medical history, Simon was started on a cannabis based medicine to help with his mood, alongside a specific nutraceutical and dietary protocol including a keto-lite diet, brain-gut axis support and a short targeted mindbody practice to be done after taking his evening medical cannabis dose. He was given sleep and stress hormone support to reduce early morning waking and daytime fatigue and mood crashes.
Outcome: 3 months later, his mood was the best it had ever been ‘as far as I can remember’ and he was happier at home and at work & able to truly enjoy spending time with his young children and partner.

Anxiety symptoms can be different depending on the type of anxiety disorder and for each person but generally cause feelings of overwhelm, worry, physical symptoms of stress, trouble relaxing and getting to sleep. Anxiety affects our endocannabinoid system function. Often, conventional medications can help but don’t fully address the entire picture or have intolerable side effects.

Our Approach

An integrative cannabinoid medicine approach can include novel medications including specific types of medical cannabis, specific diet and nutraceuticals, brain guided relaxation training & functional testing to further customize treatment including addressing issues in the brain-gut axis & biomarkers that may contribute to anxiety and poor stress tolerance.

Case Study

Gemma, 38 years old
Goal: Conquer anxiety to feel more confident socializing and parenting
History: AFter trying medication as well as group CBT, she was looking for a different approach
The plan: after a thorough integrative assessment, Julie was started on a specific medical cannabis plan to reduce anxiety during the day and get to sleep at night. She was also started on a personalised diet and nutraceutical protocol and started a simple breath-based nervous system relaxation practice done alongside her medical cannabis dose.

Outcome

3 months later, she was no longer having panic attacks, much happier and calmer at home and and no longer had issues getting to sleep.

Supporting and restoring healthy sleep is one of the foundations of health and feeling good. Sleep can be disrupted from a number of different conditions and different patterns so getting to the root cause of sleeping problems is very important and effective.

Our Approach

Looking at the whole picture for insomnia using an integrative cannabinoid medicine approach can include medical cannabis as well as targeted individualized non-pharmaceutical treatments ranging from brain stim devices to specific sleep nutraceuticals and hormone rhythm rebalancing to affect clock genes, depending on the cause of your insomnia or sleep issue.

Case Study

Gemma, 44 years old
Goal: Wake up feeling rested instead of feeling ‘hit by a truck.’ and needing 2 cups of coffee to function. She had never been a great sleeper but her sleep worsened after having kids and she never recovered it once they got older. She felt constantly exhausted and cranky.

The plan: after a thorough integrative assessment, we started a combination of a strain specific sleep promoting medical cannabis oil, targeted nutraceutical sleep support and a circadian rhytm reset program to help restore healthy hormone levels affecting sleep.

Outcome

2 months later, she felt more rested than she had as far as she could remember, no longer felt guilty for being cranky with her family due to fatigue, had been able to cut down on her caffeine intake and felt sharper and more energized. She started working out again and had lost 7 pounds without ‘really trying.’

Fatigue Conditions

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME, is a complex nervous system and immune system disorder also involving many different pathways and is thought to involve dysregulation in mitochondria

Our Approach

Each person’s CFS/ME illness is slightly different. We used a personalised holistic approach that can include novel medications such as medical cannabis, specific diet and nutraceuticals to support mitochondrial and immune function & functional medicine testing to further customize treatment. Ruling out chronic gut infections, inflammation and dysbiosis and low production of SCFAs in the gut can also play a role in integrative CFS treatment to remove barriers to healing.

Case Study

Paula, 22 years old. Diagnosed with ME 4 years ago
Goal: finish her undergraduate degree & go out with her friends.
History: After a viral illness and a high stress period, Paula developed chronic fatigue syndrome. She had been seen by a ME service, tried medications, graded exercise therapy and CBT without improvement.
The plan: after a thorough integrative assessment and specialized functional testing, She was started on a specific medical cannabis plan to help with her daytime fatigue and brainfog and also help regulate her light sleep. Based on the results of her tests, she was started on a specific mitochondrial energy nutraceutical and dietary protocol, brain-gut axis support based on a lack of SCFAs and other gut markers and given a recording for a restorative mindbody practice done alongside her evening medical cannabis dose.

Outcome

6 months later, she had been able to resume her studies and could have a normal ‘uni life’ again with her peers. She was able to focus on her studies and no longer needed 3 hr daytime naps in addition to 12 hrs of sleep each night. Her energy had gone from 1/10 most days to 7-8/10 on average.

Long Covid syndrome is a complex multifactorial disease involving the central nervous system, immune system and sometimes other major organs as well as chronic fatigue.

Our Approach

There are currently no licensed medications to treat long covid syndrome, but an integrative cannabinoid medicine approach can decrease symptoms and speed recovery including novel medicines to help with symptom relief, targeted mitochondrial support, gut-brain-immune axis treatments and other integrative therapies personalized to each person based on functional testing as well as personalized support for sleep and mental health.

Case Study

Alan, 59 years old. Long covid since April 2020
Goal: Return to work, walk the dog again and return to his ‘old life.’
History: After a relatively mild case of covid in March 2020, he continued to have symptoms of extreme fatigue, brainfog, low mood and cough and had been seen at a long covid clinic for symptom management with antidepressants and an exercise program. His cough had imiproved but his other symptoms were still moderate-severe and limiting his qualilty of life.

The plan: after a thorough integrative assessment he was started on a specific medical cannabis plan to help with his daytime symptoms and sleep. Based on the results of functional medicine testing and our protocols, he was started on a specific immune & mitochondrial energy nutraceutical and dietary protocol, brain-gut axis support based on dysbiosis and other gut markers & a functional rehabilitation program.

Outcome

3 months later, his fatigue, mood and brainfog had signifcatnly improved. He was able go for 30 minute dog walks without fatigue and had returned to work part time. He was able to stop one of the medications that were causing unwanted side effects.

Supporting and restoring healthy sleep is one of the foundations of health and feeling good. Sleep can be disrupted from a number of different conditions and different patterns so getting to the root cause of sleeping problems is very important and effective.

Our Approach

Looking at the whole picture for insomnia using an integrative cannabinoid medicine approach can include medical cannabis as well as targeted individualized non-pharmaceutical treatments ranging from brain stim devices to specific sleep nutraceuticals and hormone rhythm rebalancing to affect clock genes, depending on the cause of your insomnia or sleep issue.

Case Study

Gemma, 44 years old
Goal: Wake up feeling rested instead of feeling ‘hit by a truck.’ and needing 2 cups of coffee to function. She had never been a great sleeper but her sleep worsened after having kids and she never recovered it once they got older. She felt constantly exhausted and cranky.

The plan: after a thorough integrative assessment, we started a combination of a strain specific sleep promoting medical cannabis oil, targeted nutraceutical sleep support and a circadian rhytm reset program to help restore healthy hormone levels affecting sleep.

Outcome

2 months later, she felt more rested than she had as far as she could remember, no longer felt guilty for being cranky with her family due to fatigue, had been able to cut down on her caffeine intake and felt sharper and more energized. She started working out again and had lost 7 pounds without ‘really trying.’

Burnout Syndrome, is “a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress and can include changes in mood, sleep and energy levels which affect quality of life and functioning at home, work or both.

Our Approach

Each person’s burnout story is different, which is why a tailored integrative cannabinoid medicine approach is needed as well as treating any related problems like anxiety, low mood, fatigue and sleep disturbance. This may include novel medicines, brain-gut axis optimisation, reversing nervous system dysregulation and improving mitochondrial function with the plan tailored to your lifestyle to speed recovery and then prevent relapses.

Case Study

Todd, 50
Goal: Avoid a total burnout and having to quit job and feel happier at home with his family

The plan: after a thorough integrative assessment, we started him on low dose medical cannabis to support sleep, stress and mood, a burnout recovery diet and targetted nutraceutical support for cognition and brainfog and a daily short mindbody practice via a recording.

Outcome

3 months later, he felt less stressed in his job and was enjoying it again instead of dreading mondays and felt happier at home too. His sleep, mood and irritability had improved and he felt a return of his creativity again and took back up his hobby of playing the piano at home.

Pain Conditions

Fibromyalgia is a multi-symptom and multi-system disease with chronic widespread pain that can change location, fatigue, sleep disturbances and cognitive symptoms including brain fog.

Our Approach

Our approach is tailored to you and can include novel medications such as medical cannabis to dramatically improve symptoms, pain and quality of life. Then, working on improving nervous system dysregulation, reducing inflammation with treatments targeting the gut-brain-immune axis and improving mitochondrial function for fatigue and brainfog symptoms is also part of our core approach.

Case Study

Sarah, 39 years old. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia 5 years ago
Goal: get control of her pain and stiffness which kept her at home and in bed part of the day as well as associated symptoms like fatigue and brainfog so she could do the job she loved again.
History: After failing multiple medications including different painkillers, antidepressants, sleeping pills and physiotherapy, Sarah felt like she had tried everything. She had been told by multiple doctor there was ‘nothing more’ they could do for her and that she would have to learn to live with her symptoms.
The plan: after a thorough integrative assessment, Sarah underwent functional medicine testing and started on a specific medical cannabis plan to help with her daytime symptoms and also help regulate her sleep at night. Based on the results of her tests, she was started on a specific nutraceutical and dietary protocol, brain-gut axis support based on some inflammatory and gut markers and given a short progressive muscular relaxation practice to help relax the muscles done alongside her evening medical cannabis dose.

Outcome
6 months later, she had returned to work, started going to yoga classes again and was able to go out socially and live a ‘normal’ life again. Her pain had gone from 8/10 most days to 1/10 most days and she felt more clear headed and had more energy.

Chronic pain comes in many forms but all involve changes in how the brain processes pain and lead to pain becoming more widespread and disabling, and non-responsive to medications or with intolerable side effects.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) & Cannabinoids for Pain
Cannabinoid medicines as a group are incredibly effective for chronic pain, supported by a large body of evidence. The reason why they work is that our ECS, the overarching brain and body balancing system we all have naturally, is central to regulating pain on a brain, nerve and body level. Adding plant cannabinoids interrupts the pain messages through a multitude of different chemical and brain messenger pathways. Cannabinoid receptors are everywhere: the brain, spinal cord and most body tissues, nerve cells, immune cells and major organs. This wide reach of cannabinoid receptors helps explain why medical cannabis can work for all of the different types of chronic pain, even when all other drugs failed.

Our Approach

Treating chronic pain effectively using an integrative cannabinoid medicine approach can drastically improve pain and quality of life. This can include using specific protocols of medical cannabis in combination with other therapies, novel medicines for pain and targeted non-drug approaches. We also look at inflammation and gut-brain axis factors which can affect pain signaling.

Case Study

Julie, 65 years old.

Chronic pain for 15 years from arthritis, spinal problems and restless legs syndrome

Goal: Get control over her pain and stiffness so it no longer ‘ruled her life’ & could enjoy her retirement years and wake up feeling rested instead of exhausted.

History: After failing multiple medications including different painkillers, antidepressants, injections, steroids, sleeping pills and chiropractors, Julie was frustrated and felt it was hopeless to get control of her pain and sleep issues.

The plan: after a thorough integrative assessment, Julie was started on a specific medical cannabis plan to help with her daytime symptoms and also help regulate her sleep and reduce night pain and treat her restless legs symptoms. She was also started on a gluten-free anti-inflammatory diet and specific probiotics to support the brain-gut axis which can affect pain he was started on a specific nutraceutical and dietary protocol, brain-gut axis support based on some inflammatory and gut markers and given a short progressive muscular relaxation practice to help relax the muscles done alongside her evening medical cannabis dose.

Outcome

6 months later, she started going to yoga classes again and was able to work, go out socially and live a more ‘normal’ life again. Her pain had gone from 8/10 most days to 0-1/10 most days and she felt more clear headed and energized.

Many women suffer in silence from hormonal imbalances, perimenopausal symptoms, bad periods, stress and fatigue, pre-period mood swings, endometriosis, skin problems, and other symptoms related to their cycles. You may intuitively feel all these symptoms are connected–and they are, because the master control center for our hormones is in the brain which then talks to our thyroid, adrenals and ovarian glands. We now know that women who suffer with painful, heavy, irregular periods have differences in specific brain areas such, but these differences are changeable.

Our Approach

Because all our hormones are connected, addressing women’s health issues ranging from perimenopausal symptoms to period issues and endometriosis using an integrative cannabinoid medicine approach is so effective to reduce symptoms and dramatically improve quality of life. This can include medical cannabis, identifying and treating hormonal imbalance, estrogen dominance, optimizing the gut microbiome and brain-gut connection and targeted support to reduce brain stress overload and help support hormone balance and energy levels.

For perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms that have been difficult to treat, often combining body identical HRT with medical cannabis can provide excellent symptom relief and improve quality of life, especially for mood, anxiety and sleep related symptoms.

Case Study

Tracey, 48 years old
Goal: Get control over perimenopausal symptoms affecting her mood, stress levels and sleep
History: Tracey had tried CBT, relaxation, exercise and combined HRT and an antidepressant with her GP with some relief but also some side effects.

The plan: after a thorough integrative assessment, we started a combination of medical cannabis and body-identical hrt alsonside a hormone balancing diet, sleep and stress support with nutraceuticals and botanicals.

Outcome

3 months later, she felt like herself again, was less on edge, had more mental clarity again and no longer felt constantly overwhelmed. Her perimenopausal symptoms were well controlled without any side effects from the treatments.

EDS is a group of inherited conditions that affect connective tissue. Hypermobility type EDS, hEDS, is the most common type and is a clinical diagnosis. It is often missed for many years in patients diagnosed with IBS, fibromyalgia, CFS/ME or depression first. hEDS and hypermobility disorders don’t just affect how ‘flexible’ you are. They can cause chronic pain and are associated with a higher risk of other symptoms such as autonomic nervous system instability issues, such as POTs, gut symptoms, chronic fatigue and brainfog and disturbed sleep.

Approach

Using an integrative cannabinoid approach to these conditions can be extremely beneficial, especially because there are no single drug therapies and many people with EDS are very sensitive to medication side effects. This approach may incorporate novel medicines such as medical cannabis, targeted mitochondrial support in those who suffer with fatigue and brainfog, brain-gut axis optimization to support gut and mental health, treatment EDS friendly pain management and functional rehabilitation physical treatments, non drug mindbody treatments to help improve nervous system stress tolerance and medication management to avoid unwanted side effects.

Case Study

Ellie, Age 35
Goal: find out what was ‘wrong’ with me and get better so she could go back to yoga again. Ellie had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and depression and had a lot of signs and symptoms of hypermobility but had not been diagnosed. She had tried lots of medications without much success. AHer pain was getting worse and she had given up a lot of her active hobbies like yoga.

The Plan: After a full assessment, she was diagnosed with hEDS, which helped ‘connect a lot of dots.’ for her. We started a low dose of medical cannabis to reduce her pain, sleep issues and fatigue, added mitochondrial support for energy and optimized her gut microbiome and to reduce her gi symptoms and started a functional restoration program

The Outcome

6 months later, she had more energy, vastly improved pain and better function and was able to start doing yoga again. She also was able to stop her other medications causing side effects.

About Dr Dani Gordon MD

Dr Gordon is double board certified in family medicine and integrative medicine and is a Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist Physician. GMC License 7818491.

Dr Gordon obtained her medical degree from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, London, Ontario, and then completed her Family Medicine speciality at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

She went on to become American Board Certified in Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) accredited by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

She speaks internationally on cannabis medicine and integrative medicine and trained the UK’s first cannabis medicine specialist physicians.

She has over a decade of experience treating thousands of patients with integrative & cannabinoid medicine for complex chronic illness and mental health conditions.

Positions

Dr Dani's Philosophy

” We are all unique, so our medicine should be too. 

I use a root cause approach to medicine. I don’t just look at each symptom in isolation or use a ‘drugs only’ approach where more medications are added for each new symptom. That approach doesn’t create the most potential for healing. A ‘one-sized fits all’ approach is also bound to fail especially if you suffer from a complex chronic condition or symptoms.

My approach to seeing you as a patient is not just about assessing a specific symptom, diagnosis or disease, it’s about looking at you as a whole and unique person and choosing treatment modalities which are expertly integrated to make your treatment plan work better and support your long term healing.

I am active in mentoring physician colleagues and teaching and I try to live by example too. This includes following nutritional medicine approaches and having a mindbody practice as well as doing my own ‘inner work.’

At the end of the day, we all want to be happy, feel fulfilled and connected to the people and things we care about most. I will work with you to help remove the health barriers to achieving this best self version of you. “

Initial Integrative Medicine Assessment

£299