Wildélan is the result of a multi-year journey from poor function into increasingly positive & quantified vibrancy, and the desire to share resources which have assisted in ever-improving wellness.
Cass was hospitalised unexpectedly in 2016 with a pulmonary embolism. A rather terrifying brush with mortality catalysed a journey into deeper self discovery: the realisation that a standard Western diet, even if balanced with exercise, might be problematic. Cass read extensively after her PE, trying to understand why this happened to her, and some risk factors leapt out.
She began tracking her gut diversity in 2017, beginning at a dismal 33rd percentile ( uBiome database), despite her regular yoga practise before the PE. With the realisation that health hinged not just on physical activity but a more varied diet and, importantly, periods without eating, the discovery of butter coffee and the associated cheat code to unlock intermittent fasting was a game-changer.
Cass quickly leapt up to the 60th percentile by mid-2018. Her last gut diversity test in early-2019, after having successfully de-throned fructose from her dietary pantheon, was up to the 73rd percentile.
More reading, more discoveries. With an increased understanding around the role of inflammation in biological function and especially the importance of the vagus nerve, tVNS has also been added to the “stack”.
Stefan hit a wall about 10 years ago when he found himself taking up to a week off work at a time with horrible gut pain. After waking up from a colonoscopy, his surgeon said, “Good news, no cancer, no polyps, but you probably have IBS. Take this every time you eat from now on”, and with that, he was handed a sampler pack of Nexium™. Sadly, neither his doctor, specialist or surgeon ever asked him what he was eating!
Thankfully, that week he also he discovered a set of strategies that helped people with struggling GI systems to make food choices that would avoid slowing digestion. He went from being in pain most of the time, afraid to eat, to completely resolving his issues and knowing exactly why and when he’d have gastric discomfort if he fell off the wagon.
After that he started examining his ideas about food and learning about what he thinks is the most important health concept for most people, inflammation.
In 2015 Stefan attended the Bulletproof Biohacking conference and Coach Training in Los Angeles. He has been an enthusiastic advocate of health and wellness ever since.