All posts by David Gottfried

Episode 32 Rob Bernard

Have you ever thought about how we could leverage the internet and IT capabilities to boost health? If you think of new opportunities like sensor technology, DNA sequencing, and the nearly unlimited data crunching capabilities of computers, our future has the potential to be much healthier.

The question is how to harness IT best and as fast as possible. I know that with my own body, I’m now able to test and track so many data points: blood sugar, sleep, ketones, pulse, 100 cycling data points including power output, cadence, TSB [training stress balance], plus my DNA and beyond.

Rob Bernard gets to think about these issues and actually do something about them at the highest of levels and with the largest of IT platforms. He’s the Chief Environmental Strategist for Microsoft. Some of his early efforts focussed on getting the company to net zero energy including their enormous data centers and hundreds of buildings. He also wants to inspire 110,000 employees to become stewards of the planet.

I’m excited for you to meet Rob Bernard in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Join me in learning how Rob is working to encourage and support Microsoft and their thousands of partners to embrace sustainability. When you talk to Rob, his eyes sparkle and you can see his fast brain performing extensive calculations and simulations of the infinite opportunities. He’s passionate about using his ingenuity and position to create a better world.

To regenerating our planet!

David

Episode 31 Rob Bennett

“Just, resilient and sustainable neighborhoods are imperative for environmental, social and economic health. Yet business, as usual, is a brick and mortar linear machine that doesn’t embrace the totality of urban life,” according to Rob Bennett a recognized leader in the sustainable cities movement.

Our cities have significant economic displacement and marginalization, resulting in health disparities and environmental degradation.

I’m excited for you to meet Rob Bennett in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Rob is the Founder and CEO of EcoDistricts. He has more than 20 years of experience shaping municipal sustainable development projects and policy and considers himself a civic entrepreneur. Rob served as the City of Portland’s Executive Director of its Sustainability Institute.

It’s imperative that we not only better understand the relative vibrancy of our neighborhoods, but help to make them prosper on a triple-bottom-line basis. But where do we start? EcoDistricts is providing the blueprint and inspiration.

Please join me in learning about EcoDistricts and their new framework for collaboration and integration of the whole neighborhood in my Regen360 podcast interview with Rob Bennett.

-David

PS: The mission of my Regen360 podcast show is to find active solutions that ignite progress and inspire transformation. Learn about how to evaluate and build your neighborhood into a flourishing ecodistrict. And if you’re digging my podcasts, please leave a review comment in iTunes and send me a note. I’d love to get your feedback.

Episode 30 Dr. Daniel Amen

There are many facets of personal health, from diet and exercise, to blood sugar and heart strength. But one could argue that our brain health is paramount. Without a sound mind, we aren’t living whole. And this is one of our greatest fears! Yet, few of us know how to measure and improve our brain health.

When I took Dr. Daniel Amen’s Brain Fit Score, I was shocked to learn that I only scored 70 out of 100. And apparently, for better or worse, I have a brain type 9. Perhaps my low score was due to a concussion I had at age 12 when flying off an old race horse, or 10 years of tackle football compounded by those snowboarding backwards falls that seem to almost give me blackouts.

I obsess about my personal health data, measuring fasting blood sugar, blood ketones, sleep details, weight and resting heart rate each morning. I analyze the graphic fluctuations the way a Wall Street analyst studies stocks. My WKO4 Training Peaks cycling app has more measurements than we use to track climate change.

But what about my brain? I figure that a good diet, lots of rigorous HIIT workouts and my daily eight hours is enough. Perhaps you’re like me and take your most precious commodity for granted. Well, it’s time for us to WAKE UP and stop leaving brain health to autopilot.

I’m excited for you to meet Dr. Daniel Amen in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Join me in learning how to score and improve the health of our brains. Dr. Amen is the founder & CEO of Amen Clinics with over 25 years of operations, including more than 115,000 brain scans from 111 countries. He’s a trained psychiatrist and ten time New York Times bestselling author of 30 books, including Change your Brain, Change your Life.

To improving our brains!

David Gottfried
Host: Regen360 Podcast Show
Author: Explosion Green

PS: The mission of my Regen360 podcast show is to find active solutions that ignite progress and inspire transformation. Listen in and learn about how to improve your brain health with Dr. Daniel Amen. And if you’re digging my podcasts, please leave a review comment in iTunes and send me a note.

Episode 29 Dr. Srini Pillay

How we think is of the utmost. Yet we’re still in the infancy of learning about how our minds work.

Have you noticed that many of your best breakthroughs come when you’re not focusing on problem-solving and checking off boxes on your to-do list? Perhaps this occurred in the shower, or a slow hike in nature or while cooking or gardening. For me, I think I make more money from my bike riding than working at my desk.

I’m guilty of hyperfocus, tending towards OCD when I’m on the trail of completing an important task, solving a problem or incubating a new invention. Sometimes I wake up after obsessively walking or running down that path for a period of time and wonder where I’ve been. To my surprise that period of time can be an hour or two, but sometimes even a year or decade. Too much focus can not only blind us, but it also can take us astray from utilizing the broader talents and character of our full personalities and traits.

Dr. Srini Pillay, in his new book, Tinker Dabble Doodle Try [Unlock the power of the unfocused mind], dares us to tap into our ingenuity and brilliance. He shows us how to boost our creativity, master multitasking, getting unstuck and getting to greatness. It’s all in our minds but needs to be harnessed.

I’m excited for you to meet Dr. Srini Pillay in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Our conversation is engaging, and flowing as we learn how our brains can boost productivity as we entertain allowing the unfocused to enter our daily lives.  He writes, “In truth, focus in isolation will actually work against you and disempower you.” Dr. Pillay has one of the most intriguing minds and personalities in my life, and I’m sure you’ll benefit from his erudition. He’s a Harvard trained psychiatrist and professor and an advisor to leading global organizations.

To opening up our minds to full potential!

David Gottfried

Episode 28 Kevin Gianni

As I age, I not only want to improve and sustain my health, increasingly I want to connect with those that inspire me and speak the truth, grounded in wisdom.

The essence of life is health. For me, it’s health of the planet, our home, and living and nonliving species, including us. What’s up for grabs though, is how we choose to live. This includes what we put into our mouths – is it fueling us or toxic?

I’ve been investigating how to optimally fuel my body the past year – focussing on a ketogenic diet [high fat, low carbs, moderate protein]. I’ve also done two fasts – one was five days and the other I lasted four. Each day I stab my finger for morning blood, measuring my fasting blood sugar and ketones. I measure my sleep index and body fat as well. I have a goal of 13%, given my 2-year obsession with cycling and having to pedal my body up the steep hills.

Finding the optimal food plan that fuels your body for optimal performance is tricky. Insulin plays a big part as do other hormones. These are influenced greatly by stress as well as sleep. Exercise helps us stabilize as does yoga and meditation. And of course, there’s getting rid of sugar, gluten and …

As a green building guy for the past 25 years, I’ve been amazed that us greenies work on making the planet more sustainable, but forget about the most basic structure to green: our own bodies. I used to call myself a fraud because I’d create LEED Platinum buildings all day long, but didn’t even know what a green life entailed, or if I was living one. But that’s a story for another time.

My good friend and colleague, Kevin Gianni, did something we’d all like to do, at least most of us. He and his wife, Annmarie, took off to travel the world, much of it in a 36-foot motorhome fueled by vegetable oil. They set off with an interesting quest: to discover: What — and how much — should we eat. As Kevin writes in his inspiring and hilarious book about the journey, Kale and Coffee, “I was an addict in search of the purest dope: raw, vegan, organic food… I was headed down a path of self-destruction.”

I’m excited for you to meet Kevin Gianni in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Our conversation is funny, honest, informative and inspiring. Kevin is one of the most genuine and authentic of anyone I’ve ever met. And I’m sure you’ll benefit and be humored by him as well.

To your best health!

David

PS: Kevin writes in his book, Kale and Coffee, “The reason we’re so confused about our own health is that the stories we’ve been told are a series of cuts, edits, and rewrites by the media, health gurus, companies, medical doctors, and researchers– in some cases, by total nutcases.”

Episode 27 Terry Wahls, MD

I often find that what can change someone most dramatically and alter their entire life is a personal health problem. Perhaps you’ve experienced this personally with yourself or a loved one.

Well, that happened to Dr. Terry Wahls in 2000 when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Before then, she practiced traditional medicine, mostly treating her patients with drugs or surgical methods.

Her illness progressed to the point where she needed a tilt/recline wheelchair as conventional medical treatments failed her. Fearing that she’d be bedridden for the rest of her life, she used her scientific mind to find alternative treatments based on the latest research on autoimmune disease and brain biology.

This led to Dr. Wahls not only healing herself but her invention of The Wahl’s Protocol which details how she beat MS using paleo principles and functional medicine.

I’m excited to introduce you to Dr. Wahls and share our engaging conversation about food as medicine and how we can heal ourselves without drugs and surgery. She is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa and New York Times bestselling author. Please join us in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show.

To your best health!

Episode 26 Brent Constantz

This month’s reading of CO2 is 407 parts per million. That’s sixteen percent [57 PPM] beyond the highest level advocated by scientists. When I was born we were at 317 PPM. Now, climate change is in full swing with melting glaciers, ocean rise, increasing annual hurricanes, floods, and ocean acidification.

It’s depressing to witness a complete withdrawal of a decade of good work as we push America first – even beyond our ability to sustain and provide for the future.

However, in this new era of climate gloom, there’s still many actions of hope. One bright spot is entrepreneur Brent Constantz, CEO of a fascinating start-up called Blue Planet. The company has patented a biomimic technology inspired by marine ecosystems used to build coral reefs by mineralizing carbon into building and highway materials. In full disclosure, I’m pleased to be on their advisory board.

As a serial inventor, innovation comes naturally to Brent Constantz having founded six Silicon Valley companies. He also has over 100 US patents and another 100 pending. He teaches biomineralization at Stanford University.

I’m excited to introduce you to Brent and share our engaging conversation about the future of Earth in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Click above to listen in to our dialog.

Here’s to abating climate change through economic and practical market-based solutions!

David

Episode 25 Nick Polizzi

The first time I watched the documentary Sacred Science, I was flabbergasted. I just couldn’t fathom that someone, i.e. producer Nick Polizzi, would make such a film. “Why in the world would he take those sick people into the Amazon rainforest for a month? Who would do that?” I remarked to my wife Sara afterward.

Nick Polizzi is a rare documentary filmmaker. His mission is to learn and teach us about medicinal plant science and hidden secrets. Sacred Science was a blockbuster. Not only is it a highly artful and entertaining, it’s inciteful of the potential of the 44,000 Amazonian plants that can potentially heal us. And yet only about 1% have been studied.

Traditional medicine has much to learn from medicine men of the Amazon. They’ve been studying and passing down knowledge for centuries.

I’m excited to introduce you to filmmaker Nick Polizzi in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. He’s funny, charming, witty and insightful. Afterall, who arranges for eight ailing patients to go down and into the jungle to heal in isolated huts under the care of Peru’s indigenous medicine men? Click above and listen in now.

Here’s to healing in natural ways,
D