What is a “D-DRESS Reset”?

I needed a formula to get well.

In April 2010, I had a near-death hospitalization. I was so sick, the docs put me in a coma for 4 days. When you have to be put into a coma to get well, that’s pretty darn sick. I was in the hospital for 3 weeks total — 10 days in ICU, 10 days on the ward, IV antibiotics the entire time.

Once I got out of the hospital, I had to recover from the treatment. Don’t get me wrong: I am forever grateful to the doctors at Clinica Biblica in Costa Rica for saving my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

All I know is, when I got out of the hospital, the real healing began.

I was a wreck. I couldn’t walk so had to have a wheelchair at home, couldn’t breathe without an O2 tank, couldn’t go to the bathroom by myself, couldn’t eat (for once). I owned a fitness business for 17 years and here I was, helpless as a newborn!

Two things I know for sure: I NEVER want that to happen again. And I do NOT want to die in a hospital. Put me on an ice floe and shove me off from shore, but do NOT take me to a hospital.

It took 4 years to get a grip on my health. Doctors were no help in this phase of my recovery. They all wanted to manage my symptoms with meds: PPIs, statins, thyroid medication, anxiety medication. Not one of them knew anything about getting my health back.

I needed a formula.

A plan. A strategy. A guidebook. I had such debilitating fatigue and brain fog, I couldn’t think. I couldn’t remember what to do. I needed a step-by-step system and a strong, compassionate ally to get me out of the hole.

D-DRESS and my mentor did that for me. It worked beautifully! It’s working for my clients and it will work for you.

Today, D-DRESS keeps me OUT of that hole. I feel great. I have tons of energy, my enthusiasm is high. I seriously got my mojo back.

What is D-DRESS?

It’s a comprehensive, yet simple plan for healthy living.

It’s based on the wildly successful D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® program created by Reed Davis. D.R.E.S.S. stands for Diet, Rest, Exercise, Supplements, Stress. I added the first D for Detox.

Reed is the force behind my education in functional medicine. Those letters after my name — FDN-P — stand for Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. That’s a mouthful, so I call myself a Functional Health Practitioner. (For short, haha!)

“Functional” because we look for the root cause of your health challenges, via lab testing and detailed questionnaires, then use all natural methods to get those systems FUNCTIONING again.


See, your body is working constantly to be in homeostasis, a.k.a. balance. It usually does a great job… until we overwhelm it with stress, toxins, poor diet choices, no sleep and either too much exercise or too little.


Every system in your body affects the others. They work synergistically, not independently. Once one system is seriously out of whack, it inevitably affects the others, causing a downward spiral. It doesn’t happen overnight and we usually can’t even tell it’s happening. But eventually, there comes a point when your body’s forces cannot combat the overwhelming stress and homeostasis is suddenly out of reach.

Then you need a formula.

D-DRESS is that formula. First remove the obstacles, then use DRESS to get back to homeostasis and stay there.

D-DRESS Details

DETOX The first D is for Detox. You can’t get well until you clean out the junk. This is where we focus right away. Unless you are living on a mountain in Peru, you’ve got toxins in your body. These include but are by no means limited to: heavy metals (mercury, aluminum, lead, etc), pesticides, herbicides like glyphosate, chemical residue, mold, pathogens, parasites, bacteria… the list is too long to reproduce here. Basically, if you didn’t have toxins in your body, you wouldn’t be sick! I recommend very gentle and thorough detox protocols.

DIET Your body is in constant repair-mode from the little indignities we throw at it all day everyday, from stubbing a toe to killing a cancer cell. Your body pulls nutrients from the food you eat to do this repair work. We’ll look at your current diet and see what might be tweaked to make sure your body is getting what it needs to be in optimal health.

REST The most important part of being in good health is quality sleep. ALL other components of the DRESS program can be in good shape, but if sleep is poor, fuggedaboutit. Our bodies need rest, plenty of it and of good quality. If sleep is an issue for you (and it seems to be for most people these days), fear not. I have excellent tools and simple protocols to help you turn that around!

EXERCISE “Aaaaiiieeeee, don’t say that word out loud!” As a fitness junkie and business owner since 1982, I’ve learned a trick or two on how to make physical fitness as painless and rewarding as possible. Yes, you do have to move your body at least a minimum amount to have good health — particularly good health into your dotage. The rewards of this — even the minimum — are completely awesome and worth the effort. I promise.

SUPPLEMENTS The soil, she ain’t what she used to be. Years of mono-culture, pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified seeds and loss of small family farms across America have resulted in poor soil on the gigantic farms that now produce our food. Not to mention that much of our food is imported from countries that do not use healthful farming practices, no matter what they say.

Supplements make a HUGE difference in how you feel and how quickly you get well. Because of today’s food quality, we’ll look at covering the basics, like A, C, the Bs, etc. Plus, we’ll look at supplements specifically formulated for improving your health challenges.

STRESS Management Manage, not cope. Coping is what you do when stress overwhelms and you have to do something to release it: run, yell, drink, drug, hot bath, workout, eat. Managing is different. Managing is what you do to prevent the overwhelm from happening. Then, in the rare times it does, you have practices handy to cope in the healthiest manner. Managing stress is critical to overall health. There are many productive, simple, efficient options for managing stress no matter what is creating it.

D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success saved my life!When do we get started on D-DRESS?

Right away, even before lab results are in. Why wait to feel (and get) better?

If you haven’t scheduled your free 30 min consultation, click here and let’s get started!

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