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Episode 65 Jill Bolte Taylor Ph.D.

Can you imagine having a massive stroke that impairs the left side of your brain and within four hours you can’t walk, talk, read, write or recall life?

And then you discover that by paralyzing your right hemisphere that you experience the greatest peace ever, a “metaphysical experience,” according to Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. who wrote the fascinating book My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.

In my latest Regen360 podcast interview with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, we discuss her incredible experience and scientific analysis, after all, she’s a Harvard trained brain scientist and was voted one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world in 2008.

It took Dr. Taylor eight years to fully recover, but she writes in her book that the massive stroke was both a “blessing” and a “revelation” as her injury uncovered feelings of well being and inner peace — creating a new, warmer split to her persona.

Most of us are left brain dominant – allowing us to not only be successful but also serving to deplete our souls. How many milestones can we pursue at the same time as we continuously cross off our to-do lists. I’m an engineer and can totally relate as my left brain drives me far away from creativity and the feeling of wholeness that I crave and relish.

How much is enough?

If it’s up to our left brains, our hunger and ego is almost endless. But our right brains desire something different: more inner peace and ease of life. Join me to learn more about our brains and how you can find greater insight into its ability to not only adapt and recover but to aid well being and harmony.

To fully utilizing our right brains without having a massive stroke!

Episode 62 David Gottfried

Perhaps you’ve noticed, I’ve been away for about six weeks, taking a pause. I needed the quiet time to reflect. In early January I went to LA to surprise my Dad for his 86th birthday. He’s been ill and is permanently on oxygen suffering from lung cancer and COPD. Hospitalizations are unfortunately frequent.

We had a wonderful warm visit and some good conversation. I got to see how close he and my 83-year-old mom have become during this time of slowing down. The mutual love was heartwarming and inspiring.

With Dad’s health decline, I’ve been looking through my life through a different lens: one that looks from the end forward. It seems everything is under scrutiny and now uncomfortable. Although it feels like a struggle, the review is going to lead to divine pursuits and greater contribution. Speaking truth and forgiveness are becoming essential.

In honor of my Dad, who excelled in business, hobbies like flying and boating and the art of learning, I’ve put together this podcast entitled: Lessons my Dad taught me. I think you too can learn greatly as I have from my father, Ira, who’s a maverick in all endeavors and was a pioneer in his field.

This Regen360 podcast show is from the heart and hopefully inspires you to treasure the lessons your parents taught you and to share those with your family and beyond.


Episode 61 Rachel Gutter

When my spirit sinks low, I look for signs of hope. Hope that we can ultimately sustain. Hope that we consider health as the essence of value. Hope that we can use our intelligence and technology to stop wasting. Hope that we can wake up as a species and ensure future survival for all.

One of my best ways to find inklings of hope is interview bright, for benefit entrepreneurs who are blazing a trail of renewable light. And beyond giving back, they’re creating new models of profitability. For us to prevail long term, we need to shape capitalism to reward doing “well” and “green.”

In this week’s Regen360 podcast I interview Rachel Gutter. She sits at the forefront of the new model for benefit corporations, serving as the Chief Product Officer for the International WELL Building Institute, owners of the fairly new WELL building health standard. Previously Rachel had a tenure of innovation and growth as the Founding Director of USGBC’s Center for Green Schools – impacting more than $275 billion in LEED certified educational facilities and a half million volunteers.

Rachel and I not only talk about her work at WELL and USGBC, but also market transformation, building movements and personal passion. I encourage you to listen in so you can not only learn, but get inspired, as I always am in Rachel’s presence.

As we rapidly approach a new year, more than ever it’s a global imperative to step up innovative creations that advance “well” for all and also make money, provide jobs and help us regenerate inside and out.


Episode 60 Dr. Frank Lipman

The medical industry is at a transition, similar to where the building industry was more than a decade ago when we became more holistic and sustainable. The new field of functional medicine is increasing its reach as we’re empowered to become proactive citizen scientists in our personalized healthcare.

Dr. Frank Lipman has been practicing integrative medicine in his NYC clinic since the beginning of this new field. His books teach us the new tools and methodology through his Be Well programs. He believes “that true health is more than merely the absence of disease, but a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well-being.”

Dr. Lipman’s background includes traditional Western medicine plus nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, functional medicine, biofeedback, meditation, and yoga. Please join us in this week’s Regen360 podcast as we explore the medicine of the future and how we each can take responsibility for our long-term health. We’ll also learn about Ubuntu, from Africa and his forthcoming book, How to be Well.


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 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.


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.