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Episode 36 Dr. Pedram Shojai

Daily life for most of us is chaotic. Emails, text, cell phones have only made it worse, creating few boundaries for quiet time.

Time itself is one of the scarcest of commodities. And personal health for many is lacking.

How do we catch ourselves and push the reset button? It requires the patience, skills, and discipline of a monk.

Enter Dr. Pedram Shojai, OMD. He’s an extremely rare combination of East meets West: trained as an ordained priest from the lineage of the Golden Dragon Temple, movie producer, bestselling author, podcast host, qigong and herbalist master, doctor of oriental medicine and founder of Well.org.

I’m thrilled for you to meet my good friend and colleague Dr. Pedram Shojai in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Join me in learning about Pedram’s newest book, The Urban Monk, where we’ll hear about modern hacks to stop time, find success, happiness, and peace!

To adding more monk to our urban lives!

David Gottfried

Episode 35 Dr. Mark Manary

What’s a life of passion, purpose, and mission? And how do you create a lasting legacy?

This is tied to defining a life well lived.

These are three essentials that occupy my mind late at night and when I push my ego and desire to provide for my family and our future aside.

On my death bed, I’ll probably be reflecting upon and cherishing the love of my family and dog. Then I’ll ruminate about the work I’ve accomplished and measure its impact. I’ll wonder if my life made a difference and planted seeds for change after I’m gone.

Dr. Mark Manary has dedicated his life to rescuing malnourished kids from death. For the past two decades, he’s helped invent a solution to healing impoverished children at the most critical developmental stage of their lives. It’s called RUTF – Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods.

Could you imagine helping save 1 million lives? Well, that’s what Dr. Manary has helped achieve. It’s unbelievable to fathom his contribution and his story inspires us to reach higher.

I’m thrilled for you to meet Dr. Mark Manary in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Join me in learning about the organization he founded called Project Peanut Butter. You’ll be inspired, as I was, by his unprecedented contribution and humility. Dr. Manary has much to teach us about how to be of service, give back and push ego aside for the greater good.

To saving lives together!

David

Episode 34 Jason Pearson

Shopping is fun and purchasing is part of our everyday lives. For major corporations, it’s big business, both on the purchasing and supply sides.

However, if we add up the overall environmental and health impacts of what we buy, it’s monumental. If we’re going to turn the Earth towards more sustainable, it’s imperative that we focus our lens on purchasing. Big companies have entire purchasing departments and some of them are now shifting how they analyze and track purchasing decisions. If they shift their purchasing to embrace attributes of energy and materials efficiency and health impact, huge environmental and economic gains can be achieved and risks lessened.

Since 2013, a new nonprofit organization has been organizing and growing to provide guidance in the field of purchasing. It’s called the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council [SPLC] and many of its members include some of the largest companies in the world.

I’m excited for you to meet Jason Pearson, the President of the SPLC in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show. Join me in learning about the SPLC’s organizational history, its new purchasing benchmark, and other best practices. A huge part of our Regen360 show is revealing the steps that organizations take to not only start-up but how they grow and sustain for the long haul. We exist to help triple-bottom-line organizations to learn from each other as they form and endure.

To lessening the environmental impact of our purchasing decisions!

David

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 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

Episode 24 Hunter Lovins

I remember the first time I met Hunter Lovins. We were on a joint trip to China, invited by a group sponsored by the mayor of Shanghai. Our mission was to help brainstorm the future sustainability of a city that wanted to double in size in about ten years, adding the equivalent density of San Francisco.

On the morning of the first day we boarded a bus to tour the old city, where they’d started to tear down many of the historic structures for their growth on steroids. I looked over at a woman standing next to Amory Lovins, who I’d met before at a few early U.S. Green Building Council meetings at the renowned Rocky Mountain Institute, one of the foremost environmental NGO think tanks in the world, which Hunter cofounded.

She had on a large black cowboy hat, pointed red and black cowboy boots and a large thick oval metal belt buckle securing her thick brown leather belt around her dark blue jeans. Long braided brownish blonde hair hung down over a checkered pink and white flannel shirt. She looked fit and strong. Later I learned that Hunter was an active rodeo barrel racing champion.

During our intensive US/China brainstorms on how to mitigate the environmental impact of the massive development plans for Shanghai and decades later of good work and interactions, I’ve come to admire Hunter’s prolific mind and passion for nurturing business and capitalism to solve our ecological problems in a win-win.

In this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show, Hunter says, “It has become really apparent that there is a business case for sustainability. Activists used to think that it was simply a moral imperative that we would lose life as we know it on the planet, and that remains true, but what has changed… is that companies have realized that when you behave more responsibly to people and the planet, you make more money. Surprise!”

Hunter has an incredible background. She’s president of Natural Capitalism Solutions and has been a professor of sustainable business at several MBA programs. She’s an author of more than 14 books, global keynote speaker, and Hero of the Planet award winner by Time Magazine. Hunter was Rocky Mountain Institute’s CEO for strategy and has a law degree.

It’s my pleasure to invite you to listen in to our conversation as Hunter Lovins and I discuss the future of business and our planet in this week’s Regen360 iTunes podcast show.