Before there was functional medicine and before there was biohacking, there was a system of medicine that originated in Germany called biological medicine, now known as bioregulatory medicine. This is a system of medicine that goes even further upstream to truly understand the root cause of what’s going on in your body. 

If the idea of optimizing your health is something you’re fascinated by, then my guest today is someone you’re going to want to listen to. Since graduating from Bastyr University as a Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Christine Schaffner has worked to create a new kind of health journey, co-creating the world-renowned Sophia Health Institute with her mentor, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt. Dr. Christine has cultivated unique skills and very advanced knowledge of uncommon treatment protocols like frequency and energetic medicine. She has also worked with elite practitioners treating chronic disease and persistent Lyme. Dr. Christine strives to improve access, outcomes, and speed of recovery for patients wherever they may be on their health journey. 

This was an incredibly fascinating conversation. I can promise you: this episode will change your life. 

Key Takeaways: 

[:50] About today’s fantastic episode with Dr. Christine Schaffner! 

[2:11] Welcoming Dr. Christine to the podcast! 

[2:51] What is biological medicine or bioregulatory medicine? 

[4:35] How bioregulatory medicine actually works and the goal of a bioregulatory medicine practitioner. 

[9:22] Symptoms of blocked regulation in your body (that usually precede a full-blown disease state). 

[12:23] What the extracellular matrix is, what goes on there, and what it means for us. 

[16:50] What happens when there is disruption in the extracellular matrix? 

[19:38] The difference between functional medicine and bioregulatory medicine. 

[21:38] Can we have genetic predispositions to poor or blocked regulation? 

[22:39] How can we assess for blocked regulation? 

[31:57] If someone were to see a practitioner, such as Dr. Christine Schaffner, what can they expect on the treatment side? And who is the ideal patient to see a bioregulatory or biological medicine practitioner? 

[34:52] About Dr. Christine’s upcoming speaker series. 

[38:13] Dr. Christine’s key performance indicators! 

[41:00] Where to learn more about what Dr. Christine is up to! 

Mentioned in This Episode: 

Dr. Christine Schaffner 

Sophia Health Institute 

Body Electric Summit 

Beyond Biological Medicine Speaker Series 

The Extracellular Matrix and Ground Regulation: Basis for a Holistic Biological Medicine, by Alfred Pischinger 

Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, by James Oschman 

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. 

Radical Medicine: Cutting-Edge Natural Therapies That Treat the Root Causes of Disease, by Louisa L. Williams 

More About Dr. Christine Schaffner 

Dr. Christine Schaffner is a board-certified Naturopathic physician who graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. She completed her undergraduate studies in Pre-medicine and Psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Dr. Schaffner’s style of practice is strongly rooted in traditional Naturopathic principles. She believes in the importance of establishing a strong health foundation in order to achieve optimal health. Dr. Schaffner combines both Naturopathic and Conventional therapies to develop individualized treatment plans that focus on addressing the underlying cause of complex chronic illness. 

Dr. Schaffner listens to her patient’s story and actively involves them in their health plan. She enjoys educating her patients so that they feel empowered in making decisions in their health journey. 

Dr. Schaffner has trained extensively with Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, Ph.D., and is the co-creator and clinic director of the world-renowned Sophia Health Institute. She has also completed Dr. Robert Rowen’s Oxidation Therapy Course, Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker’s Biotoxin Illness Course, Advanced Classes in Biotherapeutic Drainage, Methylation seminars with Dr. Paul Anderson and Dr. Ben Lynch, and attended Medicine Week 2012 & 2013 in Baden-Baden, Germany. She thoroughly enjoys staying current with the latest developments in chronic illness so she can better serve her patients. 

Connect with my Guest: 


Podcast: The Spectrum of Health 

Social Media: Facebook @DrSchaffner & Instagram @DrSchaffner 

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If you found today’s interview as fascinating as I did, I highly encourage you to check out Dr. Christine Schaffner’s upcoming speaker series all about biological medicine. She has literally pulled together a collection of some of the world’s greatest minds as it pertains to the system of root cause medicine that I have literally seen change hundreds of people’s lives. Guests like Dr. Christine and conversations like that one we had today are the types of things we discuss all of the time over on our group, The Entrepology Collective. We would love to hear your thoughts and have you join in on the conversation! 


“The body’s always trying to maintain a level of what we call homeostasis and balance. We have many different key systems in the body that help us to self-regulate… and heal.” — Dr. Christine Schaffner 

“One of the key aspects of bioregulatory medicine is looking at the functioning of the autonomic nervous system.” — Dr. Christine Schaffner 

“Part of the goal of a biological medicine practitioner is to uncover what is creating this blocked regulation and that can be things… from neurotoxins to pathogens to scars to interference fields and so forth.” — Dr. Christine Schaffner 

“Biological medicine has many tools and modalities to diagnose and treat.” — Dr. Christine Schaffner 

“What’s happening in the extracellular matrix absolutely affects our epigenetic transcription of DNA.” — Dr. Christine Schaffner 

“Heart rate variability is a great way, a window, into the autonomic nervous system.” — Dr. Christine Schaffner 

“This information is so needed to get out into the world. A big goal of mine… is really getting people this information sooner so they don’t develop a chronic illness and so they can really… be in their passion and purpose.” — Dr. Christine Schaffner