All posts by David Gottfried

Episode 54 Alvaro Sanchez

More than ever diversity issues are coming to the forefront. This includes recent NFL knee taking during the national anthem, as well as corporate CSR initiatives and city planning. There’s also a corresponding relationship between diversity and sustainability.

How we design cities makes a difference where communities of color thrive and race isn’t a barrier to opportunity. This week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast is with Alvaro Sanchez of the Greenlining Institute. He’s an expert in environmental equity and urban planning. We discuss these cutting-edge issues and also DACA immigration.

Please join me for an engaging and important conversation as our nation still struggles to provide triple-bottom-line profitability for all.

-David

Episode 53 Jason Harris

How do we spark everyone into beneficial action? After all, we’re all responsible for Earth, our home, and the health of people and other living species.

But time gets in the way. We’re often distracted and busy. Our plate is already full, and there’s just not much room to add do-good initiatives. It becomes a distant thought for later…

Well, what if you could make room for adding a Plan-L™ to your work and life now? If you didn’t guess it, “L” stands for legacy – one of my obsessions, since starting the U.S. Green Building Council and then later the World Green Building Council and a successful consulting practice.

As you’ll learn in this week’s Regen360 podcast show, adopting a Plan-L™ right now can not only help people and the planet, but boost your sales, and enrich relationships. It involves soul based work that makes it easier to get up in the morning and boosts your brands, as well as many other benefits such as employee morale and retention.

Please join me in listening to my interview with Jason Harris, President and CEO of Mekanism, an award-winning ad agency with heart and values. The firm has leading clients such as Disney, Adidas, Levi’s, Ben & Jerry’s and The White House. It has made “good” an integral part of their strategic plan and service offering.

David Gottfried

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Genes and Your Health: An Eye-Opening Interview with Sara Gottfried, MD

Ready to look, feel and age younger?

In order to build organizations and the products and services requisite to regenerate Earth, we need health first. It takes energy and tenacity to climb the transformational mountain and endure.

Those of you familiar with my work know I’m grateful to have Dr. Sara Gottfried in my life. Not only is she my brilliant, talented and beloved wife, she’s also a board-certified doctor and a three time New York Times best-selling author, whose work is dedicated to helping others learn how to make functional medicine a regular part of a healthy, high-quality, longer-lived life.

Her most recent best-selling book, YOUNGER, offers breakthrough ways to:

  • Reset “bad” genes
  • Reverse the aging process
  • Turn back the cellular/biological clock 10-years (or more!)

Since I have an inside connection, I scheduled an interview with Dr. Sara after her most-recent book publication to learn more about her research and to find out how you and I can GET YOUNGER!

You can listen to the entirety of our interview at Regen360 Podcast #20.

Your Cellular Age is Probably Older than Your Chronological Age

To begin, Dr. Sara shared how five years ago she ran a simple blood test of her telomeres. She explains, “…those are the little caps on the chromosomes that measure how much you’re aging – so it measures cellular aging, it measures your biological aging – as opposed to your chronological aging…I failed the test.”

At age 44, Dr. Sara had the telomeres of a 64-year old woman. She considers this a turning point in her life, recognizing a biological failure state that needed to be addressed.

“Here I was a doctor – board certified in gynecology – and I didn’t know that cortisol was shrinking my telomeres, increasing my risk of cancer, increasing my risk of belly fat and diabetes…The foundation of your hormones and the next step is to address these levers of growing younger.”

Health Span vs Disease Span

The goal of functional medicine and healthy lifestyle changes is to increase your health span and decrease your disease span. Dr. Sara explains, “health span” is that period of time where you feel fantastic,” compared with the “disease span,” which encompasses cognitive decline and/or Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, the onset of cancer(s), etc.

When you pay attention to key markers and benchmarks indicating our overall health – and then make changes to support the good ones and reverse the bad ones – you will literally, “take what you feel in your prime and lengthen that as long as possible.”

Doctor’s Quick Tip: “Eating leafy greens [kale, chard, bok choy, broccoli, cabbages] adds 7.5 more years to your lifespan.” Dr. Sara recommends we eat one pound of vegetables each day.

Turn On the Good Genes & Turn Off the Bad Genes

“20 years ago, I was taught that you’re stuck with the genes you’ve got. What we’ve learned is…you can actually change the way your genes talk to the rest of your body.”

Dr. Sara likes to highlight the 90/10 rule; the study of epigenetics proves that while 10% of who and what you are is based on the genes you were born with – 90% of your overall health and risk of developing degenerative diseases is due to the little decisions you make each day. This includes what you eat, how you feel about yourself, how much you move, the level of stress (cortisol) you take on in your life, etc.

When you make healthy choices, you literally reverse the degenerative aging process and add years to your life – expanding your health span, so you spend years, or even decades more, feeling fantastic.

Take Control of the Genes Most-Proven to Have Epigenetic Influence

After reviewing roughly 2500 different studies, Dr. Sara focused on the genes that were most-proven to have an epigenetic influence on the biological markers of aging – and which genes really control your health span.

Doctor’s Quick Tip: Take Dr. Sara’s Younger Quiz to identify your base-case. Then use the results to make simple, relevant and life-extending changes for a healthier, vibrant and longer, high-quality life.

You Can Change the Levers of Aging

Here are Dr. Sara’s answers to the root question: “what are the levers of aging and how can we change them?”

  1. Silence the Fatso Gene. By exercising moderately, 30-minutes per day, you can silence the “fatso gene” (FTO gene).
  2. Decrease stress. Lowering cortisol rates decreases blood sugar levels – reducing belly weight and diabetes risk.
  3. Get enough sleep (the functional medicine panacea). Only 3% of the population has the short-sleep gene. The rest of us need 7- to 8.5-hours of sleep per night – on your side as much as possible – to activate the glymphatic system.
  4. Keep vitamin D levels between 60-90 ng/ml. This will support healthy sleep habits, among other, multiple physiological benefits.
  5. Take sauna baths. If you can’t afford to purchase a home sauna unit, hit the sauna at your local gym. Saunas activate the FOX03 (longevity) gene and get cardio-rates up. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed a 40 percent drop in mortality for frequent sauna visits.
  6. Test for APOE4 (Alzheimer’s gene). If you have an APOE4 marker(s), use Dr. Bredesen’s Functional Medicine protocol to silence it. I suggest you not only listen to my podcast with Dr. Bredesen, but buy his revolutionary book: The End of Alzheimer’s.


It’s important to remember that we’re all very different, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. However, taking the key tips that resonate the most with your genes, your biological benchmarks (available through routine blood tests) and your lifestyle – you can change the levers of aging and lengthen your health span to live a higher-quality life.

Are you inspired or what? You can listen to the entire, Regen360 Episode 20 Podcast with Dr. Sara on our website, and we also recommend ordering her book YOUNGER to learn more interesting and lesser-known tips for reversing the body’s genetically- and environmentally-programmed aging process.

Episode 52 Carter Rubin

As global population grows towards 8, then even 9 billion, our transportation system will be overwhelmed unless we adopt sustainable methods at increasing proportions.

The car helped accelerate urban sprawl, and create impassable roadways at peak commute times. It changed urban design and disrupted community life. Now things are changing, especially as the automobile is beginning to be viewed as a service, not right of ownership.

Society can’t afford automobile expansion at the same rate as the past 70 or so years, and in this week’s Regen360 podcast show we talk about these issues and how to create great cities of the future that are pedestrian-oriented, dense and much more sustainable.

Please Join me in my conversation with Carter Rubin with the NRDC, one of the world’s largest environmental organizations. Previously he was head of the Great Streets Initiative for Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti.

David Gottfried

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Episode 51 Dr. Mark Hyman

To me, everything good we’re trying to manifest in the world fits under the umbrella of health. And yet, we need to drastically accelerate health for both the planet and all people. We’re facing an increasing epidemic of chronic disease totaling about 133 million Americans. Type 2 diabetes is rising steadily, as is Alzheimer’s. The standard American diet is killing us, and we’re aggressively exporting the unhealthy menu of mass-produced products.

It’s time to wake up and see the impact of what we’re putting on our forks. Stress and lack of sleep and sufficient exercise is exacerbating the epidemic. There’s also a close connection between eating well and lessening climate change and water depletion.

Just as we’ve been witnessing an incredible global movement in green building, we’re now benefiting from functional medicine, a systems-based holistic approach to health. It’s based on root cause analysis, instead of treating symptoms.

We’re blessed to welcome Dr. Mark Hyman as our guest in this week’s Regen360 podcast. He’s one of the foremost health experts on the planet, and a ten-time New York Times bestselling author. Dr. Hyman is the Director of the renowned Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and the Founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center. He’s the winner of the Linus Pauling Award and a previous health policy advisor to The White House and U.S. Senate.

Please join me in this dynamic and life-changing interview with Dr. Mark Hyman. He’s a force of innovation and transformation for our health.

David

Episode 50 Bob Berkebile

I’ve always found mentors a critical part to navigating the life journey. They provide rare insight, wisdom, and perspective. If you’re lost, they can help you regain your path. And if you want to make a big change, or take the risk, they often have encouraging and sage words. But finding outstanding mentors is a hard task.

I feel like our planet and certainly the U.S. right now needs a mentor. And maybe you do too. We’re losing the battle in many fronts and lost at sea in terms of politics and global warming runamuck. Hurricane Harvey and Irma punched us hard, taking life and life-sustaining that we take for granted for Houston, St. Martins, South Florida and beyond.

The now regular and increasingly powerful hurricanes are a BIG wakeup call for all of us, and not just those directly impacted. However, did we hear the CALL? And will we have the insight to change our standard practices that are causing harm? More than ever, time feels shorter.

In this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show, my dialog is with one of my favorite sustainability gurus and mentors, Bob Berkebile. We talk about rebuilding after Harvey and Irma and lessons learned from the dozen cities Bob has worked with to boost resilience by minimizing disasters and rebuilding. We also talk about deep issues like passion, purpose and legacy building. Bob Berkebile is a founding principal of BNIM Architects in Kansas City. He was the founding chairman of AIA’s Committee on the Environment [COTE], and is now an urban renewal developer reviving mixed-use communities.

Bob Berkebile is now in his fourth decade of work as a designer, developer and thought leader. He never seems to tire at innovation based on vision, spirit, and inspiration. In this special Regen360 interview Bob gives us needed clarity and hope!

To rebuilding with resiliency!

David Gottfried

Let’s Celebrate World Green Building Week!

This week we’re celebrating World Green Building Week. For me, it’s a time to reflect, celebrate and renews my sustainability commitments.

It’s hard to believe it’s almost two decades now since I stood on that stage in Tokyo on Earth Day 1998 and proclaimed by vision to found a UN of country green building councils. I figured that since I was there welcoming Japan as the world’s second green building council, that this movement would soon go global.

Fast forward to today, and the World Green Building Council, which I envisioned that day now has more than half the world as members. Many of them have green building rating systems like LEED, Green Star or BREEAM and are actively certifying green buildings as their memberships grow and inspire. Some say we’ve spawned a trillion dollar economy!

Here’s a blog I wrote to celebrate this week and to share some of our history with country green building council members.

When I was about 20 years old and a young engineering student at Stanford University in 1980, I used to sometimes skip my hardcore classes and walk over to the fountain in the central quad of the beautiful campus and read Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse. I had difficulty understanding how all the mathematical formulas and equations would apply to my life and found the problem sessions abstract. Instead, as a salve, I found the story of the young Brahman wandering through the desert and into remote villages as he searched for meaning and purpose more palpable.

I believe we’re here for a higher purpose, one that’s actually divine. But I’ve found that it’s easy to quickly lose focus and no longer hear the calling. Pressures of designing, building and operating our buildings requires diligence to successfully navigate the outcome. Financial pressures, risks and schedule constraints often force the process. But to what result?

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Episode 49 Dr. Jeff Bland

The world of medicine (and health) is undergoing a revolution. We’re moving from highly specialized towards a new holistic model that is more personalized. This monumental shift is grounded in starting with “root cause”, the logical place to understand the disease. And yet, we’ve moved away from this practicality in standard practice.

There’s a global movement underway in how we treat patients called functional medicine and now being adapted to ourselves in personalized lifestyle medicine. With technology giants like Apple and Google taking on health data collection and beaming it to the cloud, we now have the ability to become what Dr. Jeff Bland calls “citizen scientists”. The opportunities are unprecedented and exciting!

Join me in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show where I interview Dr. Jeff Bland about the advent of function and personalized medicine. He’s the founder of the renowned Institute for Functional Medicine which is setting the professional standard for this new method of practicing medicine, and also bringing the discipline home into our personal lifestyles. Dr. Bland has written 11 books and over 120 scientific peer-reviewed research papers on nutritional medicine and the interface of genetics and environment. He’s been a professor and had the honor of mentoring with two-time Nobel Laureate, Dr. Linus Pauling.

Listen in to learn more about the future of medicine and health, and some organizational concepts for starting or boosting your own movement into your work. There are so many similarities between Dr. Bland’s work and the Institute for Functional Medicine and my work in green building with the USGBC and LEED. Both are movements for health: of people and the planet, and their interconnectedness, which is finally happening.

To understanding that health is personalized, and begins with our lifestyle.

David