Matt Dippl: Hashimoto’s Researcher, Functional Medicine Advocate & Badass Biohacker
I got diagnosed with this disease in 2012 and over the last 4 years, because of this challenge, I ended up becoming a highly educated, in the trenches Biohacker.
The operating system I used is a new and highly disruptive medical technology: Functional medicine. Against all odds, I became symptom-free, healthy and strong again.
Healthcare in the 21st-century: A unique Challenge
You see after reading hundreds of books over the last years and going through 1000´s of research papers I got some very specific insights…
I now personally believe that most of the health problems that we are experiencing in the 21st century are related to great historic and fast-paced changes which happened in the 20th century.
When you understand the past you can understand the present moment and the future.
The 20th century impacts on our health
Western civilization developed from the industrial age to the petrochemical age, to the biochemical age to the digital age in a more 100 years.
In this process a few things ended up having a massive impact on our overall health and our immune systems in particular. Below I will address the 6 major root causes.
The 6 Major Root Causes for declining Health in Western Societies
- Nutrient deficient Diets, industrial foods and a lack of self-nurturing skills
- Extreme hormone dysregulation due to diet, excess stress and environmental toxins
- High immune system stress due to chronic bacterial, viral and fungal infections
- Chronically sick digestive systems leading to leaky and inflamed guts
- Overburdened and toxic livers due to external and internal toxins
- A breakdown of cellular energy and organ function due to the former 5 reasons
During my journey of recovering my health I found very specific solutions to the above mentioned problems.
My conviction now is that Autoimmune Hashimoto’s arises due to the 6 above mentioned problems. Below more info on my personal story.
Matt Dippl’s Journey of Studying Chinese Medicine
When I was 21 I moved to Austalia following my dream of studying Oriental Medicine. In 2007 I graduated from the University of Technology in Sydney in Australia with a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (B.H.Sc. TCM).
After graduating I first worked together with some interesting clinicians in the Chinese medicine field. Then after a few years, I started my own clinic with a focus on integrative Chinese medicine.
I worked alongside very successful integrative western medical practitioners treating complicated health conditions that were related to stress, burnout, and sports injuries.
I had a special interest in using blood work and pathology testing as an objective adjunct to my very subjective practice of Chinese medicine.
Due to my passion for pathology testing I even worked for a couple of months in a hematology and biochemistry department of a leading pathology lab in Australia.
So you can already see I am a geek. When I want to learn something I immerse myself in it.
Functional Medicine Treatment for Hashimoto´s Thyroiditis
My mission these days is to inspire, educate and guide other people who suffer from Hashimoto´s.
I support them so as to regain their own health and to create a wellness focused lifestyle with Functional medicine principles and biohacking tactics.
Giving others the gift of getting their health back deeply satisfies me.
Especially here in Europe a lot of work needs to be done in the field of chronic disease treatment through educating doctors more about the incredible potentials of functional medicine.
Optimizing Health in the Knowledge Economy with Matt Dippl
Another big chunk of my time is focused on guiding knowledge workers in the digital economy in hacking their own lifestyles. so that they can boost their overall health, brain function, execution capacity in high-stress environments. How did I get here you might ask?
I support them in achieving superior overall health, brain function and execution capacity in high-stress environments. How did I get here you might ask?
Entering Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
In 2012 I got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and since then all my effort and focus has been dedicated to master this very complex and multi-faceted health challenge.
I investigated many different treatment approaches and these days a big part of my work is aimed at helping people with this complex condition to improve their quality of life.
The Auto-Immune Disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is according to conventional medical understanding classified as an “auto immune disease” with “unknown” origin.
Have you ever heard about Hashimoto’s? The name of the disease sounds like the name of a badass warrior out of a black and white Samurai movie.
The work of Dr. Hakuro Hashimoto
In truth, the name points to the truly heroic scientific achievements of a medical trailblazer from Japan. The disease was medically defined due to the pioneering work of
The disease was medically defined due to the pioneering work of Hakuro Hashimoto a very bright Japanese medical scientist who studied pathology sciences in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century.
I dig history hence the short detour above…
Dr. Datis Kharrazian’s “Auto Immune Paleo” (AIP) Protocol
I tested and tried various approaches to get my Hashimoto’s into remission. One of the conceptual frameworks that I subscribed to and applied heavily to regain my own and other’s health is Functional Medicine.
The major opinion as of today by many experts (Dr. Datis Kharrazian for example) on Hashimoto´s disease is that an overly aggressive immune system is attacking the Thyroid Gland and then is slowly destroying it.
Functional Medicine is focused on addressing the root causes of disease more so then conventional medicine.
Especially the autoimmune paleo Protocol devised by Dr. Datis Kharrazian appeals to me because it has a lot of science backing it up.
A short Disclaimer and my values
What I have learned on my health journey is that health is a very complex and deep topic. In the past when I was convinced of a health approach and I shared it widely and proclaimed it as gospel.
These days I am much more careful and I only suggest certain approaches when they are as much as possible free from profit-driven agendas, mass marketing tactics and greed-driven politics.
I try to keep these words below in my heart when exercising my craft and calling to help people with Hashimoto’s:
“The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head. Often the best part of your work will have nothing to do with potions and powders, but with the exercise of an influence of the strong upon the weak, of the righteous upon the wicked, of the wise upon the foolish.” – Sir William Osler
Traveling around the World once learning about Medicine and Healing
After my diagnosis in 2012 I worked together with doctors from 4 countries for over 3 years so as to uncover, treat and eliminate the root causes for the so-called incurable Autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s.
Many doctors had many interesting ideas and I dived right in:
This is what I had exposure to over the last 4 years:
- Western Medicine
- Integrative Medicine
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Classical Chinese Medicine
- Hunyuan Medicine
- Qi Gong
- Hatha Yoga
- Calligraphy Health Yoga
- Orthomolecular Medicine
- Autoimmune Paleo
- Intermittent fasting
- Functional Medicine
- Tibetan Medicine
- Ayurvedic Medicine
- Functional Medicine
- Genetic Testing
Do Your own Homework!
You will have to see for yourself and make your own experiments. That´s what I learned from my journey.
Going through my own health ordeal made me appreciate the depth and width of what different medical and healing approaches have to offer.
And most importantly I have seen the danger in the art and science of medicine when we are holding on to one single dogma, paradigm or outer authority:
“The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism” – Sir William Osler
In regards to medicine people’s life’s, jobs and their families are at stake so I hope more doctors will contemplate this fact more deeply how far reaching their advice or treatment can be.
Health Consulting for You
In my skype hosted consulting calls I am creating strategic treatment approaches for you that fit your life and circumstances.
Read more under the Consulting tab above or schedule a free 20-minute call with me. Great to have you here and when you made all the way down here you got to leave me a comment!
Focus on what you can do,
Matt Dippl, B.H.Sc. IFM
“Matt is a true Biohacking expert. His guidance & expertise on food, exercise routines & meditation have helped me to get in better shape, resulting in more stable energy levels, less stress & higher productivity.” – Kees van Nunen, Fire Starter at Startup Bootcamp Amsterdam, Netherlands