Ending the pattern of chronic disease and becoming resilient does not have to be complicated. At its core, optimal health begins by adjusting your beliefs, the consistency of your daily behaviors, and the diversity of your inner and outer ecosystems—or your bacteria. By syncing with the interconnected, adaptive rhythms of Mother Nature and changing the way you approach health and well-being, you too can cultivate optimal health.

Your body has a unique microbiology shaped over time by your lifestyle behaviors. It’s a cyclical pattern with each component linking to the next in a continuous loop. With less fixing and disease management, this book will guide you to:

  • Discover you are your own best healer.
  • Breathe better, sleep deeper, and press pause more often.
  • Wean yourself off unnecessary medications.
  • Feed and move your body to support gut health and boost immunity.
  • Reconnect with nature and each other.

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Chronic diseases are ongoing conditions that are preventable and treatable with diet, exercise, and therapy. Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States with 133 million Americans – 45% of the population – having at least one chronic disease. Chronic diseases are responsible for 7 out of every 10 deaths in the U.S., killing more than 1.7 million Americans every year. 

Here are some statistics on the annual impact of chronic diseases on our health care system:

  • 81%


  • 91%


  • 76%



Meet your GuideMy name is Kathleen DiChiara. I am a Functional Nutrition Practitioner, BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner, and Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with training in the biochemistry and specialized diets for autism, allergies, autoimmune, and chronic illnesses. 

I am a deep-thinker, educator and researcher, who has dedicated my work to increase the public’s knowledge about the connection between nutrition and patterns of chronic disease.  Following the release of my first book, The Hidden Connection in 2014 and our documentary film Secret Ingredients,  I felt the need to write this book after seeing so many people struggling with chronic disease “management,” which involved restrictive diets and supplement protocols. I am also the CEO and founder of Nutritional Intelligence Academy, an online learning platform that educates and empowers individuals to regenerate their own health and become the healers and teachers in their own home and communities. 

I decided to host this FREE virtual book club to complement my book End Chronic Disease because I thought my audience and my readers deserved a space to engage more deeply about what it means to heal from chronic disease. When it comes to illness, there is no blueprint. We are all unique and so is our healing. There is no one size fits all. There is however a formula for success – a pattern that I observed in myself and others who have healed from chronic disease – and that’s something we can all get behind.