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Dan Sipple | The Functional Naturopath

Dan Sipple also known as ‘The Functional Naturopath’ is based on the south coast of NSW and has a special interest in gut health, immune dysfunction, pro-metabolic health, mineral rebalancing & hormones. Dan has been in the health and wellness arena for over a decade and blends traditional herbal medicine systems and knowledge with cutting-edge functional and integrative testing to best facilitate a patient's journey to peak wellness. 

Tell us a bit about your journey in the world thus far? Who are you, what drives you, what are you proud of having accomplished?

Not uncommon to many naturopathic practitioners, my entry into this profession was forged after having gone through my own health ordeal as a younger lad and as result of what I learnt constantly battling the conventional healthcare system which turned out to be very pivotal. The penny dropped over and over again before I finally committed to formally studying Naturopathy in my mid 20’s.  I finished up at 30 not long after the birth of our first boy, and almost 5 years on am proud to say am running a busy fulltime practice from home. I see patients from all over, both local and abroad, and specialise in gut microbiome restoration, hormone health and chronic infections. I am driven continually by the pursuit of new knowledge and the sweet blend of science and ancient healing modalities.

How have you found incorporating our herbs into your daily ritual has altered your reality?

Mason and I met around 2012 when Superfeast were operating at markets. Chaga at the time was one of their premier herbs, and I felt that really resonate with me for a long time, followed then by Reishi, Cordyceps and then of course onto more niche mushrooms that became available as they grew. Despite the concept in herbalism known as ‘synergy’, I have always valued these herbs taken in isolation for an extended period to allow one to truly tune in to its affect on their body and mind. For example, I have taken astragalus and cordyceps singularly at different times for up to 12 months at a time and the cumulative effects of doing so were undeniable. Blood work always helps to confirm this which as a Naturopath I’ve kept up with during these experiments.

What brings you back to yourself and reconnects you with Nature?

Hiking and cold plunging!

What are you excited for for the future? What inspires you?

Despite these uncertain times, what keeps me inspired is the continual quest for my own evolution and wellness, honing my craft as a naturopath and watching my kids grow and develop.



What are you doing, small or large, in your daily life to help cultivate sovereignty of mind/body/spirit for yourself, your community and/or the planet?

Just having the confidence to speak out and stand up to injustice without fear of judgment or consequence. This helps me maintain my own sovereignty and grounds me.

No doubt an area I’m still working on, and one that has been challenged more so in the last two years than ever before. I’m grateful for the lessons along the way.

Additionally, the continuous education those I treat to help them create and maintain their own health sovereignty is equally valuable and rewarding.

In my profession, this is not uncommon in patients journeys especially when having had to navigate their health within the constraints of the orthodox paradigm.


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