Grab some tea.
Here’s the longer story.
WhealthCo ("Women's Health Community") grew out of a need to better understand our own health as women. We saw many male influencers, doctors, and specialists who were speaking to alternative health, but they don't have to deal with hormonal changes, with food cravings, with brain fog, with monthly pain (and sometimes shame).
Wellness brands that promote health and fitness are great, but we want the EVIDENCE BACKED science to know what we SHOULD be doing. Looking into it more, we realized that this is a systemic problem. Clinical research for women really only started back in the 80s; and studies on women specifically are still in the minority.
Thus, WhealthCo was born. Out of a need to "itch our own scratch" and start asking the questions of experts to understand what are the things that we ought to be doing differently from our fathers, brothers, and male partners. We wanted to create a place where you could learn, and also where doctors and researchers could connect. A circle of like-minded people on a journey towards health.
Navigating health has to be easier.
That’s why our community is built on these three pillars:
1. YOU are the Chief Explorer of your health.
No one will care more about your health than you. No doctors, no psychologists, no supplement companies, no fitness trainers or yoga teachers will worry or enjoy your health as much as you do every day. That is both scary and tremendously exciting! You are the CEO of your health, the chief explorer, the empress, the grand poo-bah, the driver of the vehicle. You are in control. Take a moment to think about that and relish the feeling of power that you wield. You get to take in information as you see that fits YOUR journey. So, enough with the ‘outsourcing of health’ to doctors, influencers, etc. You get to choose what information you take in, what works for you, and what you’ll discard. #constantlylearning
2. We can change more TOGETHER than individually.
Health can be difficult, frustrating, and scary. We believe that finding a “health family” is fundamental to optimal health, in order for to learn, support and grow together. You can change a lot on your own if you have a strong willpower, but for many of us, our willpower grows exponentially when we are doing a fitness challenge together, when we have a buddy checking in on us, when we see others’ posting their latest health hacks. Perhaps it’s the competitive spirit in us, perhaps it’s the idea of women helping women, whatever it is, we’ve seen how the community is the golden ticket to good health. #gofartogether
3. Citizen science involves sharing our stories.
Our knowledge of health is ever evolving. Science and reductionist research is usually behind the times because it cannot capture all the inputs of daily life (stress, environment, etc.). Therefore, the best way to go about understanding the complexities of our health is to learn from each other, taking into account the science, but also the anecdotal “n of 1” stories as well. Sharing these stories between us and the things that may seem strange but have a tremendous impact may just be the way that we move the needle on women’s health research. It may be scary to share these health stories, but they are the ones that cause other women to also say “wait, that’s happened to me as well”, and then we find that there is a pattern amongst many of us. We can impact science together by being vulnerable and sharing our own health stories. #sharethewhealth
Here’s a taste of the health topics we learn about in WhealthCo
- Mindset shifts
- Habit building
- Toxic relationships
- Brain fog
- Hormone balancing
- Fertility planning
- Low Libido
- Diet and gut health
- Weight training
- Sleep hacks
- Circadian rhythm
- Use of plastics
- Mold intolerance
- Blue light toxicity
- EMF toxicity
- Water filtration
Our conversations cover the science of:
- Trauma release techniques
- Brain fog
- Water filtration
- Genetics testing
- Hormone testing
- Continuous glucose monitor
- Intermittent fasting
- Keto for women
- and many more.....
“Don’t be fooled. I’ve experienced chronic pain and depression with nowhere to go.
I’ve hit rock bottom and seen the amazingness that is this path of health exploration.”
Dasha Maximov, Founder of WhealthCo
Our founder, Dasha Maximov, is a former-management consultant in mergers and acquisitions turned health explorer. While studying for her masters in neuroscience, Dasha suffered a debilitating brain injury which resulted in constant fatigue, chronic headaches, amnesia, electrohypersensitivity, and depression. Specialists across the globe offered reductionist approaches and outdated recommendations that were not backed in science.
Her last brain injury was, ironically, when she was doing her masters in neuroscience. Knowing about the brain and feeling the frustration of shrugged shoulders from her doctors, led her on a path of health exploration to take control of her health and educate herself on alternative ways to heal her brain.
In 2019, after healing many of her immediate pains via natural hacks, Dasha turned to bring this information to others by being on of the lad organizers of the Health Optimisation Summit, Europe’s largest alternative and preventative health conference. Quickly she saw that a gap existed in the health world surrounding women-specific health topics.
To solve this, she, along with other incredible women, ideated the idea of a women’s collective. This idea then grew into WhealthCo, an online global community focused on evidence based science for women. The online forum bridges together doctors, researchers, healers and ‘laywomen’ to focus specifically on knowledge sharing about women’s health issues. Each week the forum has guest doctors and researchers provide answers to members’ questions.
Dasha believes that health is best achieved when a person is informed about their options and that this is possible only through connecting together and learning from each other. A problem is solved much quicker when there are diverse perspectives looking at it from multiple angles.