- About Us
How it started
Founder, Sandra Dorst, knows well about change and acceptance. Diagnosed with Antisynthetase Syndrome (ASS) at the age of 38, Sandra found herself suddenly confronted with an extremely rare and chronic autoimmune condition. This disease targeted and compromised her lungs, muscles, joints, and skin. For Sandra, a happily married mother of three young children, this diagnosis meant life as she knew it would never be the same. It meant a future of scheduling endless medical visits, lugging oxygen tanks, and enduring doses of prednisone, which promised the uncomfortable side effects of weight gain, hair loss and high risk for other medical issues. And, of course, it meant emotional upheaval.
Since being diagnosed, she has created and led a local support group for those with chronic illness and/or pain. She is a member of the Tahoe Forest Non-Malignant Chronic Pain Advisory Board. Sandra recently accepted an offer to join the Tahoe Forest Patient and Family Advisory Council. She is also a trained leader in Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). She will be leading groups locally on an annual basis. “I can help others to be inspired to take control of their lives and health in all the ways still possible.” Sandra founded forHealth.live in order to give individuals dedicated time. However, all this wasn't enough. Sandra had seen many unexpected improvements, but she was still riddled with chronic pain, fatigue and brain fog.
She was confronted with the need to change her diet many times after she was diagnosed with the rare autoimmune disease, Antisynthetase Syndrome. However, those changes were always short lived. She always found changing other parts of her lifestyle much easier than her diet. She initially focused on exercise, sleep health and managing stress. Finally, when her routine and medication schedule stabilized and her symptoms became predictable, Sandra was ready to commit to the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet.
She secretly wished the diet would fail her because it's a challenging task to eliminate foods and replace them with unfamiliar ones. "Food is such a source of comfort for many, but for those fighting illness, it's sometimes all they have to look forward to." Thankfully, wishes don't always come true. Instead, the AIP diet turned Sandra's whole life around.
In the beginning, however, Sandra was frustrated. She complained to her husband about how difficult and time consuming it was to find compliant food. He suggested she be the one to create a store. Sandra realized her husband was right. Having an entrepreneurial background, extensive experience in supply-chain logistics, and knowledge of the Autoimmune Protocol diet, she knew she could do it. From that moment forward, she worked diligently to open the first-ever, 100% AIP compliant store.
Where it's going
Sandra has started with food, but doesn't see that as the end. Many others have expressed to her the need for AIP compliant household cleaners, health and beauty products and supplements. Sandra is already working to bring these categories to her customers. She also will be designating which products fall under the low FODMAPs category. She plans to soon add books that will add valuable information to go along with the product offerings.
If you have any suggestions for this ongoing expansion, please let us know what products you love the most.
Wise Resources for AIP, LLC has committed to giving 5% of profits from ShopAIP to autoimmune related causes, which could include education, support, or research.
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