One Great Gut Ambassadors
Mission: To build awareness and de-stigmatize chronic conditions by highlighting the lives of people that live and thrive while on a personal mission to improve their personal gut health
Our Ambassadors are Gutsy and Glamorous, Genuine and Gentlemanly, Genial, Generous and Giving. In plain English they are Great people.
Joe Figliano – Hometown: Sydney Australia
Joe suffered for 10 years with Crohn’s Disease, from what he was told was incurable. He found a way to heal and has now been nine years symptom and medication free, without any special diet. He has been published in magazines. His success has been labeled as mind over matter and his medical records have been checked for evidence. He is passionate about helping other’s heal. He holds workshops, talks and has been called a hero, guru and medical miracle. He is only human and loves helping other’s realize their fullest health, mindset and life potential. We sat down with Joe in 2014 to interview him as IBD Hero #3! Here is that interview to check-out
Here is a short video Joe recorded in 2017 about his journey
Maelyn Gandola – Hometown: San Diego, CA
“And it was only after I failed that I learned to fly”
Despite Maelyn feeling daily bloating, stomach aches and headaches she is an advocate for health and well being, a behavioral medicine consultant, yoga teacher, playwright, and actress.
Kassaundra Stephens – Hometown: San Diego, CA
Kassaundra is a world renowned dancer, burlesque meets modern dance, performer. She has had Crohns disease for 18 years. In 2000 she had a full proctocolectomy with a J-Pouch. She’s been on and tried several immune inhibitors with no success. Cimzia, Prednisone, Humira, Methotrexate, Remicade, Cirp, Flagyl and 6 MP all did not work for her. She finally got to a place where she realized she had to change her coping habits, the food she ate and to restore hope that it is possible to heal and recover. She has been off all medications for 3 year’s and although she still sometimes has symptoms, she has her energy back, and is enjoying life again.
“I finally put together the pieces of the puzzle that empowered my body to heal”
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Dane is a Holistic Nutritionist, model, actor and has overcome a life threatening battle with Crohns Disease & Ulcerative Colitis using natural medicine. He’s a graduate of the Energetic Health Institute and a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist and today coaches patients around the world to live the life they want to live. Visit his website at Crohn’s and Colitis lifestyle for more information
Former prescription Drugs: 6mp, Lialda, Entyvio, Remicade, Prednisone, Asacol, Methotrexate
Hometown: San Diego, CA
In 2008 Joey Joey is certified by the ISSA, or International Sports Science Association, in FMS or Functional Movement System, as a precision nutrition certified coach, certified as a Reiki Level II practitioner, and certified from San Diego State University in spirituality, healing and health. He’s a published author, and, in 2008 found himself repeatedly sick, wound up unable to move, in constant pain and resorted to baby food to find nourishment – after three hospital stays he was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. He lost 50lbs, left the hospital from his initial visit frail, weak, and unsure about life with a chronic disease. Unable to find the right resource to help guide him back to strength, how to exercise with UC, he was inspired to write his first book, The IBD Fitness Solution: The First Strength-Training Program for Building Muscle, Getting Stronger and Living a Healthier Life with Ulcerative Colitis. He is continually refining and improving his strength – inside and out. In 2012 he passed the physically demanding RKC certification, for Russian Kettlebell usage. In 2013 after recovering from his first flare, he regained the 30 pounds he lost. He credits his recoveries to “copying what the strongest in the world do” by tweaking their principles to applying them to anyone living with or recovering from the symptoms of IBD