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Aug 28, 2021

While recently in Los Angeles at the Ancestral Health Symposium, I had the pleasure of a long, sunshine walk with several of the speakers and presenters. Perhaps you already heard my chat that I recorded with Chris Kelly as part of that trip. 

But I also met a couple of new friends who are real ninjas when it comes to something called "IBD" (inflammatory bowel disease).

On my left side during the walk was Andrew Kornfeld (, who holds degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and is an award-winning educator, organizer, and published author. Andrew has Crohn’s disease, and over the course of a decade and a half has developed a tailored and evidence-based protocol that allowed him to achieve robust, lasting clinical remission from his IBD. Andrew founded IBDCoach so others with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis could benefit from the strategic lessons and research he has conducted in his personal pursuit of health.

And on my right side was Amy Loftus (, who holds a B.A. in Biological Anthropology and an M.A. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, and works alongside Andrew to run the operations and educational arm of IBDCoach. Amy combines her decade of K-12 classroom teaching experience, her work as a software engineer at a Silicon Valley health tech startup, and her years as an IBD spouse to empower IBDCoach members and their families with the resources they need to achieve their remission goals.

Founded in 2019, IBDCoach is the brainchild of Andrew and Amy, who are on a mission to change healthcare by tackling inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in a capacity never attempted before. In their program, members work to achieve long-lasting remission through immersive science education, community support, and a unique form of health coaching that emphasizes strategic, patient-driven, and patient-empowered actions.

IBDCoach is the first program of its kind to provide comprehensive scientific information in one accessible location as an essential adjunct to standard medical care. Initial results from dozens of clients are highly positive including amelioration in symptoms and disease activity, reduced inflammatory markers, lifelong friendships formed, and lives changed for the better. The founders of IBDCoach, Andrew Kornfeld and Amy Loftus, have both personal and professional experience with inflammatory bowel diseases.

If you or someone you know is struggling with inflammatory bowel disease, you can check out Andrew and Amy’s work at

In this episode, you'll discover:

-Andrew and Amy's experiences with IBD...07:00

-Predisposing factors that may make someone susceptible to IBD...13:30

-How IBD causes drastic consequences to health and the body...17:40

-The best test to determine if you have or potentially have IBD...20:55

-3-step model to treat IBD:

-Step 1: Reduce inflammation...26:11

-Step 2: Nourish the microbiome...33:10

-Step 3: Repair the barrier...39:24

-How neuroplasticity affects causes and treatments for IBD...45:10

-How the IBD coach program works...48:36

-Biggest mistakes people make when diagnosing or treating IBD...50:00

-The best diet when you have IBD...52:07

-Using HRV tracking to consume food wisely...59:36

-The epidemic in America that misses the front page news...1:03:15

-And much more!...

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