Three people you need to meet from Summit at Sea

Meet - November 28, 2015

John recently spoke at Summit at Sea, a conference that took place on a cruise ship in international waters off Miami. He got to listen to many of the other presenters and speakers and says we all need to get to know the following three people:

1. The Food Babe aka Vani Hari. 

In her words:

For most of my life, I ate anything I wanted. I was a candy addict, drank soda, never ate green vegetables, frequented fast-food restaurants and ate an abundance of processed food. My typical American diet landed me where that diet typically does, in a hospital. It was then, in the hospital bed more than ten years ago, that I decided to make health my number one priority.

I used my new found inspiration for living a healthy life to drive my energy into investigating what is really in our food, how is it grown and what chemicals are used in its production. I didn’t go to nutrition school to learn this. I had to teach myself everything spending thousands of hours researching and talking to experts. As I began to learn more, I was no longer duped by big business marketing tactics, confused by lengthy food labels, and it became easier for me to live in this over-processed world. Most importantly, the more I learned and the more lessons I put into action, the better I felt and wanted to tell everyone about it! My hope for you is that by assimilating the information you learn on into your own life, you can experience a richer sense of health and well being than you ever imagined possible!

Watch her on CBS here:

2. Bjarke Ingels from BIG. 

Bjarke Ingels Group, often referred to as BIG, is an international architectural firm founded in 2005 by Bjarke Ingels in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2010 it opened a branch office in New York City. Today, the architecture firm employs around 200 architects working on projects in more than 18 countries.These include a waste-to-energy plant which doubles as a ski-slope in Copenhagen, Denmark, the West 57th Street mixed-use tower in New York for Durst Fetner Residential, the National Art Gallery of Greenland in Nuuk, headquarters for the Shenzhen Energy Company in Shenzhen, China and Kimball Art Center in Utah, USA.

Bjarke Ingels by John Hardy

John visited Bjarke recently to check out one of his new projects.

In his words:

BIG’s design process always starts by identifying the key criteria of a project: What is the biggest problem – what is the greatest potential? Rather than arbitrary aesthetic or stylistic prejudice, all decisions are based on project specific information – Information Driven Design. Our effort as architects is sandwiched in the window of opportunity between analysis and implementation. And our influence happens in the translation from information to material. In an attempt to increase our sphere of influence on our built environment, we have established BIG IDEAS.

A Bjarke Ingels project

3. Dr Gundry

Dr. Gundry is internationally recognized as an inventor, researcher and one of America’s Top Doctors. Dr. Gundry’s accomplishments in areas like robotic assisted heart surgery, congenital heart surgery, heart transplantation, cardioplegia catheters, minimally invasive valve surgery, mechanical support devices for the failing heart and reanimation of “dead” hearts have contributed greatly to advancements in cardiac care. He’s been the Head of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Medical Director of Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Surgical ICU’s, and Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Residency Program at Loma Linda University School of Medicine while continuing his numerous research projects. He is also a founding board member of the Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery. Dr. Gundry has written more than 200 articles and books about cardiac surgery, and the nutritional reversal of heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension.

Today Dr. Gundry is the Director of The International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, California, and the Founder/Director of The Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. But he is destined to be known by everyday people outside his field as the author of the life-changing book Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You and Your Waistline and Drop the Weight for Good. Quite a mouthful, it is fast becoming the new Bible for smart eating and its secrets extend far beyond what people believe is the obvious.

Chris Saye and Dr Gundry

Dr. Gundry (right) in his Palm Springs office with Green School
board member Chris Saye this summer. Another life changed for good.

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