Dr. Deepak Chopra Talks Health with Samir Becic


HarperCollins author of ReSYNC Your Life Samir Becic:  Dr. Chopra, we have in America, in Western Countries, people dying from obesity- actually in America, 360,000 people die [every year] from obesity or related diseases.  Then we have in other parts of the world, people dying from malnutrition, what is your stance on this?

Dr. Chopra:  Yes, 95% of the world is malnourished- half from obesity and half from not getting enough food, it’s a very sad commentary on our civilization that we have this huge imbalance, nutritional imbalance.  In America right now, more than 50% of the population is obese.  It’s going to be such an epidemic- there’s data now from gallup that the GDP, hospital admissions, conflict in society, crime rate and social unrest, in the end correlates with only one thing—wellbeing.  So this spells a very poor future right now for the United States. If that’s true that 50% plus [of the population] is obese then it’s related to every other possible epidemic you can think of.  I think President Clinton is doing a great job right now, with his new initiative on wellbeing and health; in a couple of months he’s going to announce something very important and take a stand on obesity, he’s become a very good example himself recently, as you know, he’s lost a lot of weight and become a total vegetarian.  I think you need a grassroots campaign for this [issue] in the United States.

Samir:  Right now, India has the fastest growing population; they even say that in the next 15-20 years the population might even surpass that of China. I know that by 2020 you want to feed 5 million children, do you feel that percentage-wise that’s going to be enough with the growing population that India has and what is the solution for this?

Dr. Deepak Chopra:  Remember that these kids are also getting an education, it’s not just they’re getting a meal but they are getting a good education.  We were discussing this afternoon that we could create a co-program in perhaps Pakistan, Afghanistan, this is the best way to actually decrease the hostilities in neighboring countries.  The best way to get rid of an enemy is to improve their capacity for well-being.

Samir:  The Dalai Lama thinks that we should decrease the population of the planet right now because we don’t have enough resources to feed all the people.  What is your stance on this?

Dr. Deepak Chopra:  Of course we should, but I think you don’t influence these things, they happen when there’s a critical mass of people shifting in consciousness.  So this is converstation that we need to have.  Now that we have social networks- what are social networks?- they are the extensions of our mind, so the social networks are literally creating a planetary brain.  The more we have these kinds of conversations- we should be using twitter, facebook, and google+ and youtube to create this conversation there because it should be part of our connected dialogue, not just restricted to organizations.

Samir:  Dr. Chopra, as a leader of health in the world, and I am a big fan, what is the solution for global health?  I know that you prefer more natural medicine versus western medicine- what is the perfect formula from the standpoint of great Deepak Chopra?

Dr. Chopra:  About three years ago, I hired a science writer who used to write for major journalism magazines and I said “I want you to look at over 100 diseases – common diseases- and give me the information”.  If you had this information, you would close down over 90% of medical schools in the United States- I’m being honest!  Almost all diseases, with the exception of about 5-6% of illnesses that are due to genetic mutations, which you can’t do anything about, 90% of our genes are plastic, which means they respond to lifestyle.  There is a whole bunch of data now, on social well-being, community well-being, physical well-being, emotional well-being, career well-being, and financial well-being, all being inextricably woven into each other.  Physical well-being involves things like sleep- more than half the American population doesn’t get adequate sleep.  [Physical well-being also] involves stress-management, nutrition, exercise, and in my view, meditation and yoga- although we need more research on it, but it’s happening.   There was a recent paper in the American Journal of Cardiology that [states that] the practice of pranayam and yoga  is more effective in congestive heart failure than all the drugs, can you believe that?  Now there’s data that [there are] 500 genes that influence things like inflammation, coronary artery disease, auto-immune illnesses.  The activity of [these] 500 genes can be reversed- so you turn on the good genes and turn off the bad genes within 4 months of changes in lifestyle.  But then you have to link this to social well-being, community well-being, career well-being, it’s a little complicated.

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Samir Becic is a world-renowned health and fitness expert. He is the “Fitness Czar” of Houston as proclaimed by Mayor Sylvester Turner. He is the author of the HarperCollins book ReSYNC Your Life, founder of Health Fitness Revolution Magazine, and creator of the ReSyncFitness Method. Samir’s work has been featured in many top media outlets, and he is famous for his strong motivational skills and energetic presence. From 2000-2008, Samir worked for Bally Total Fitness as the fitness director of the largest fitness facility in the entire United States. During that time, Samir quickly established himself as a world leader in health and fitness, receiving the prestigious title of “#1 Fitness Trainer in the World/US” four times. In 2009, Samir started ReSync Enterprises, a company which provides health and fitness education seminars to corporations, the media, and community organizations using his celebrated ReSync Method. Samir used his extensive knowledge of health and fitness to found Health Fitness Revolution in 2011. Health Fitness Revolution is a non-profit movement headed by the Samir Becic Foundation 501(c)(3) that aims to spread the message of health and fitness throughout the world in order to prevent disease and improve quality of life. Health Fitness Revolution Magazine launched in 2013 and has achieved remarkable international success. Major media outlets- the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Focus Magazine, Huffington Post, to name just a few- use Health Fitness Revolution as a trusted source of information on everything related to healthy living. Health Fitness Revolution Magazine has also been credited as the first source to emphasize fitness and health in politics, religion, and education. In 2013, the magazine published the first-ever list to feature the fittest world leaders and heads of state. The list has since become an annual tradition, with each rendition attracting international media attention. At this time Samir also developed a health and fitness program for Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, the largest church in the United States. In 2014, Samir worked with several homeless organization in Houston, providing them with health and fitness programs and creating a campaign titled “Walking out of Homelessness“. In 2017, in order to create awareness about morbid obesity, he lived for 6 weeks in the body of a morbidly obese person by wearing a 200 lbs weighted vest. At the end of the 6 weeks, he wore the vest for a 3-mile walk around Memorial Park. On October 31st, 2017 Samir released his book ReSYNC Your Life by one of the largest publishers worldwide, HarperCollins Publishers. It reached #1 Amazon Kindle bestsellers list in the Health & Fitness, Healthy Living, and Wellness categories. 2018- present: Samir continued his mission to raise obesity awareness by running 7 marathons in 8 weeks wearing extra compressed weights equivalent to a 73.5 lbs weighted vest. This extreme fitness challenge was the first of its kind in the world. On November 1st, 2018, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed Samir the “Fitness Czar” of Houston, the 4th largest city in America. He is currently working on several large-scale health and fitness initiatives. -He regularly participates in fitness events throughout the city. -Motivates and educates the 20,000 city employees to live healthier. -Visited the Houston Police academy to discuss cadet training. Health Fitness Revolution Magazine -Reached 14 million readers. -Was published in over 50 countries. -Over 350,000 Houstonians visited the online resource in 2019. After the success of his first book “ReSYNC Your Life”, he has been working on its anticipated follow-up. Samir averages 100 seminars and health and fitness events annually. He is currently the most followed fitness expert in the world by the media on LinkedIn with over 3000 journalist connections. In 2020, Samir was recognized in Houstonia Magazine’s “Houston: The American Dream” as one of 40 immigrants from around the world who made their way to Houston, thrived, and became the city’s very heart and soul. Also in 2020, Samir was chosen among the top 6 “American Dream” immigrants and asked to partake in a collaborative charity panel hosted by Interfaith Ministries and Houstonia Magazine. The virtual panel of honored guests also included Harris County Judge Lina Hildalgo, among others, who were asked to participate due to their substantial contributions to the community. Samir’s awards: -Official Fitness Guru for the city of Houston proclaimed by Mayor Sylvester Turner -Named the “Best Fitness Trainer in the World” by two-time NBA Championship coach and Olympic gold medalist Rudy Tomjanovich -“#1 Fitness Trainer in the World,”- 4 times by Bally Total Fitness -#1 Fitness Trainer in Texas,”- 22 times by Bally Total Fitness -#1 Fitness Trainer in Houston”- 29 times by Bally Total Fitness -“Best of the Best Fitness Trainer”- 2 times by Bally Total Fitness -“Best Fitness Director”- 2 times by Bally Total Fitness -“Men’s Journal Top Fitness Trainer in America” -“Houston Health Warrior” by Health & Fitness Sports Magazine -“The Motivator” by the Houston Chronicle -Named as a Top 40 “American Dream” immigrant in Houstonia Magazine -Chosen among the Top 6 “American Dream” immigrants for a collaborative panel between Interfaith Ministries and Houstonia Magazine

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