My Conversation With Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Preview

On optimizing your health during - and after - the pandemic; why exercise builds a sharper mind at any age; the brain surgery he performed in the Iraqi desert with a Black & Decker drill; and more...

Whenever I have had a conversation with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, or read one of his books, I’ve walked away with actionable intelligence — insights that I can’t wait to incorporate into my life and share with my family.

That’s because he doesn’t just tell us what’s good for our health. He clearly explains the why — the medical science behind it.

Sanjay and I got together a couple of weeks ago, in part to talk about his new book, which is coming out on October 5th, calledWorld War C: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic and How to Prepare for the Next One. The book is infused with optimism and packed with information on how to optimize your health.

We cover a wide range of subjects, including:

  • How Sanjay assesses risk versus reward — for himself and his family — in the face of Covid.

  • Which Covid protocols would make him feel comfortable entering, say, a crowded theater.

  • What he learned from his conversation with Maria Konnikova, the author with a Ph.D. in psychology who became a professional poker champion, about making decisions in the face of uncertainty.

  • What he learned about parenting while at home during the pandemic.

  • His obsession with how — and why — exercise is the most powerful tool that we have to strengthen our brains, well into old age.

  • Why brisk walking is even better than running for building new brain cells.

  • The truly amazing details of the emergency brain surgery Sanjay performed on a wounded Marine during a sandstorm in Iraq, with the only tool at his disposal: a Black & Decker drill. The story gets even better.

Sanjay is a neurosurgeon with a holistic approach to health.

And so, for now, here’s an empowering 95-second excerpt about the scientific evidence behind the stress-busting power of Japanese Forest Bathing.

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