Welcome to Path to Health and Healing

Our mission is to empower you to be the master of your own health.  We are dedicated to bringing you holistic health information that helps put you back in the driver’s seat when it comes to making decisions about your own health.  Your health and healing is more than about symptoms and pills.  Instead your health is dependent upon how your body responds to the interplay between some key root causes that contribute to physical, mental, and emotional imbalances.  Once you understand what these root causes are, you can then begin to make changes and set your own “Path to Health and Healing”. 

How Can You Begin Your Path to Health and Healing?

  • Identify the root causes that are contributing to your health imbalances.  This can include factors such as sleep quality, exposure to environmental toxins, exercise, diet, stress, gastrointestinal health, hormones, emotional and spiritual well-being. 
  • Explore the benefits of various forms of complimentary and alternative therapies. 
  • Discover the benefits of Functional and Holistic Medicine.  Functional and Holistic medicine address the “root cause”.  This will be a positive influence on conventional medicine in the future. 
  • To help you get started, read “Seeds 4 Change:  A Path to Health and Healing”.

Ultimately our goal is to provide you with holistic health information that can help you get to the root causes of disease.  We aim to do this by increasing your awareness as to how you can have an impact on your own health transformation through blog articles, online courses, books, and various other resources that we feel you might find useful.

It is time to begin to plant the seed to transform your life.

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Wanted to share with all of you beautiful women out there the names of some incredible people who have helped me change my quality of life. Laura Dankof, MSN, ARNP, Celeste, owner of Great Earth Nutrition & Dr Theresa Dale & Christiane Norhtrup. If you have never been on these wonderful, educated women’s websites (www.menopausesisters.com or www.pathtohealthandhealing.com) or read any of their books, or been to see them then I highly recommend you do. I had been sick on and off most of life, chucked full of body destroying prescriptions, having almost every part in my inner body removed and still sick. I was so blessed to finally come across nurse practitioner Laura Dankof who works in Urbandale, IA and specializes in Internal Medicine. Ms. Dankof is affiliated with Mercy Medical Center & Childrens Hospital Des Moines. She has turned my life around! She works closely with Celeste at Great Earth Nutrition at 2700 University Ave, suite 104, West Des Moines. I have had stomach issues and been bloated all my life, I have severe osteoporosis, graves disease, gallbladder disease, cancer, etc. the list could go on and on. Since working with them and having a simple blood test done (a food sensitivity blood test) and finding out that the majority of every thing I was eating (which majority was a very healthy diet) was causing severe inflammation in my body & basically destroying it along with horrible prescriptions. I’m no longer on any meds, no longer eating foods that cause inflammation in me & have never felt better in my life, and the belly fat I couldn’t get rid no matter what i did……GONE! My hair has quit falling out, my skin is shinning again & my bones no longer ache. I get no hidden kickbacks for endorsing them. I just know there are so many people out there who could & would benefit from one little test! Of course insurance won’t pay for the blood test because they do not want you to get healthy. They want to keep getting richer off of you. If you are or have been dealing with chronic aches & pains, Allergies & weight problems, I highly recommend you setting up an appointment with Celeste & nurse practitioner Laura Dankof. I wish I would of founder her when I was only 5yrs old!  Robin Moyer



Hi Laura,

I am so very grateful for all that you do!! Thank God I am off all meds and finally able to heal. I’ve read so much and believe it all but am still trying to understand my unique situation. This really helps me get there along with your help! It’s like big piece of the big puzzle.

For the last 20 years I have been on antidepressants, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory medications, never really getting better. I can’t believe how much better I feel. It’s awesome to because it is mostly because I’m doing it with your advice and the natural way!  I am on the path to health and healing.



My daughter saw Laura after a recommendation that maybe her thyroid was not functioning as she was too tired to make it through even an hour a day without wanting to collapse. she was also on the highest dosages of Abilify (15 mg) and Lexapro (40 mg) because none of the depression medications were keeping her from having panic attacks and attempting suicide. After 15 months of changing depression medications that only worked a little bit for 5 weeks, I was ready to look another direction.

My daughter tested to have the MTHFR gene mutation and began taking 15 mg of Deplin. The results were stunning about 3 days in and then I confused the antibiotic she was taking with the Deplin so she did not take it for a few days. she didn’t seem to be doing any better. Once we started the Deplin again a few days later, it was like an awakening. Her mind was clear and those that knew her well said we got her back and even better than before!

At this point, I’m trying to wean her off the high dosages of Lexapro and Abilify but doing it one medication at a time and seeing how she adjusts. Coming off of Lexapro has given her dizziness and headaches but other than that, I have a daughter who is happy and full of life. She has faced some stressful situations and no panic attacks after a couple of years of them. No signs of depression have surfaced. I have heard the word “miracle” used many times since she started taking this medication.

I also have the genetic mutation but have had no signs of depression in my lifetime. The only symptom I could say I might have had due to this mutation would be 3 miscarriages. One was at 14 weeks of pregnancy, the other two were around 6-7 weeks gestation. Hard to say if there was any connection between the mutation and miscarriages though.

I’m still shaking my head that a medicine food could make this much difference in my daughter’s life. She went from an appearance of someone dying to a vibrant young woman headed off to college in a few months. We are learning to read labels and avoid folic acid and choose the healthier alternatives when it comes to food. I guess my dad, the vitamin guru and health nut was way ahead of the medical community when it comes to a healthier lifestyle! Thank you Laura, you saved my daughter’s life literally.



I just have to tell you that I have not had one single headache since you put me on the thyroid medication and told me to stop eating gluten.  I’m in shock.  I am grateful.  The headaches were becoming more frequent and almost unbearable.  I don’t know which — the meds or eating no gluten did it — but you have correctly figured it out between those two.

I know you’re busy, but I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  I can’t believe I’m headache free!!!!



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  1. Angela

    Congrats on the creation of your new site! Still working on mine but it should be done soon.

    1. Laura

      Thanks! I can’t wait to see your site.

      1. Angela

        What are your thoughts on the use of Vitamin D supplements to naturally reduce blood pressure?

        1. Laura Dankof

          That is a great question. There is some speculation that low vitamin D levels may be associated with high blood pressure. In fact there was a study done in 2012 by a group of Danish researches looking at this very question. In that study 92 out of 112 patients tested with high blood pressure were found to have a low vitamin D levels. Patients that were given vitamin D supplementation showed a modest, but significant drop in central systolic blood pressure of 6.8 mmHg and a 1.7 mmHg drop in diastolic blood pressure. Findings were less significant with ambulatory blood pressure readings. This was a very small study and I think further research is needed. However vitamin D does have significant research showing many other health benefits. Check out my blog on Sunday, March 10th to learn more.
          (European Society of Hypertension (2012, April 25). Vitamin D supplements can reduce blood pressure in patients with hypertension.ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 9, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com¬/releases/2012/04/120425094310.htm

  2. Amy Koestner

    I’m looking forward to your book and your thoughts on issues like sinuses, allergies, and hormones! Good luck with your book launching!!

    1. Laura Dankof

      Thanks Amy! I do talk about the potential root causes of these along with other health problems in my book. I will also be posting relevant topics periodically on my blog as well.

  3. Robin

    Congratulations on the book and the website! I look forward to seeing more blogs. 😀

    1. Laura Dankof


  4. susan

    How do you sign up for the free course you just mention with the pass word pthfree

    1. Laura Dankof


      Here is the link to get free, it is PTHFree If this does not work, then go to http://www.udemy.com. Put in your search in the discover box for seeds 4 change: a path to health and healing. When you order it will ask if you have coupon code. Put in PTHFree. Hope this helps and thank you.

  5. susan

    can you please sign me for the free course you mention seed for change. I do not know where to put in the info.

    Pass word pthfree

  6. Vanda Strange Explains

    Really enjoyed reading your blog Laura. You have some terrific information for safe guarding our own health. Many thanks for your dedication and natural ability to communicate your thoughts 🙂

    1. Laura Dankof

      Thank you Vanda. I am passionate about increasing health awareness and curtail the epidemic of chronic and debilitating disease. Empowering people to understand what is affecting their health and what steps they can take to improve it can help them get started down the right path.

  7. jairson

    Hi Laura Im not gonna comment on your products for personal reason but I gotta say Your website looks amazing the layout the colors everything looks good impressive keep at it 🙂

    1. Laura Dankof

      Jairson, thanks a lot. I appreciate the feedback. Good luck to you on your quick start challenge as well.

  8. Laurie

    Hi Laura,

    I love the look of your blog! Impressive! Keep up the good work.

    Thanks for taking the time to visit my MedicineWriter blog. I expect to develop it slowly, so I’m not that interested in keeping up with the “Challenge”. I have several other older sites to update, as well.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    Best wishes,
    Laurie 🙂

    1. Laura Dankof

      Laurie, Thanks for checking out my blog. I appreciate the feedback and you following my posts. My goal is to provide people with helpful health information they can use or at least getting them thinking about those things that can impact healing and health. Good luck with your sites.

  9. tracey

    I have been dealing with IBS 12 years and it has brought on depression and I want to know how can
    Stop taking all these meds and treat this naturally

    1. Laura Dankof

      Tracey, IBS has many things at it’s root including small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, food sensitivities, yeast overgrowth are just some of the potential contributors. Believe it or not most of the serotonin your body makes is produced in the gut and your brain uses it. This is one of the main neurotransmitters that affect mood. When your gut begins to heal, you will absorb your amino acids and B vitamins better. These are what help make those neurotransmitters. For starters, I would strongly advise a one month trial of getting off gluten. This is a largely unrecognized problem that is one of the many contributors to IBS.

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