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I am so proud to present these wise Sages of our time. May you digest and let ferment the wisdom of their heart and their life and assimilate it into yours.

Dr. Azra Raza

Dr. Azra Raza, M.D.

“Knowing about human genomics is pure poetry. Both poetry and science go for the grand themes of life.”

— Dr. Azra Raza

I was introduced to Azra by a fellow modern-day sage, Perry Marshall. Reinvent, my company, sponsored a cancer symposium he was putting together in 2020. He too has a dream of curing cancer. His father died of cancer. I had a call with Azra and Perry, but I missed it. My heart said to pledge her $100,000. I told her I would. She asked that money be used to promote her book, The First Cell, to new cancer doctors, graduating oncologists.

When we decided to hold this Dream to Cure Bikeathon, I wanted to pledge all the proceeds to Azra’s research to discover and take out the First Cancer Cell. She will do it. I believe that she will. It is her life’s work and mission. This is what she was born to do and she is a free-thinking spirit who will mine the earth’s core to find the key that unlocks the cure for cancer.

Dr. Raza is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the MDS Center at Columbia University in New York.

She started her research in Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) in 1982 and moved to Rush University, Chicago, Illinois in 1992, where she was the Charles Arthur Weaver Professor in Oncology and Director, Division of Myeloid Diseases. The MDS Program, along with a Tissue Repository containing more than 50,000 samples from MDS and acute leukemia patients was successfully relocated to the University of Massachusetts in 2004 and to Columbia University in 2010.

Before moving to New York, Dr. Raza was the Chief of Hematology Oncology and the Gladys Smith Martin Professor of Oncology at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. She has published the results of her laboratory research and clinical trials in prestigious, peer-reviewed journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Blood, Cancer, Cancer Research, the British Journal of Hematology, Leukemia, and Leukemia Research.

Dr. Raza is the recipient of a number of awards including The First Lifetime Achievement Award from APPNA, Award in Academic Excellence twice (2007 and 2010) from Dogana, and Woman of the Year Award from Safeer-e-Pakistan, CA, The Hope Award in Cancer Research 2012 (shared with the Nobel Laureate Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn) and the 2016 and 2019 Recognition Award from Developments in Literacy. Dr. Raza has been named as one of the 100 Women Who Matter by Newsweek Pakistan. In 2015, Dr. Raza was a member of the Founder Group at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, designing Breakthrough Developments in Science and Technology with President Bill Clinton. On December 1, 2015, Dr. Raza was part of a core group of cancer researchers who met with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the Cancer Moonshot initiative.

She is the author of The First Cell: And the Human Cost of Pursuing Cancer to the Last.

"Each year, the United States spends US$150 billion on treating cancer. Yet as oncologist Azra Raza notes in this incisive critique-cum-memoir, the treatments remain largely the same. Raza wants to see change: eliminating the first cancer cell rather than 'chasing after the last', which is doable with current technologies. Meanwhile, she braids often-harrowing stories of patients, including her own husband, with insights gleaned from laboratory and literature on this complex, often confounding array of diseases."


"Her most ambitious project, though, is the MDS-AML (myelodysplastic syndromes-acute myeloid leukemia) Tissue Repository, in which tissue from every bone marrow biopsy she has taken over 35 years is banked. Founded in 1984, it's the oldest repository of its kind created by a single physician and contains 60,000 samples from Raza's patients, including, painfully, her husband's."

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Dr. Chris Knobbe, M.D.

Dr. Chris Knobbe, M.D.

In May 2020, I woke up and the world look distorted. I rubbed my eyes. I closed my right eye and the world looked fine, but when I closed my left eye, the world looked all squiggly. Faces looked like small cone heads. I couldn’t help but laugh at the funny images I was now seeing. My wife called our friend who was an ophthalmologist. Dr. Lica Chui told me to come in immediately. I had wet macular degeneration, the #1 cause of blindness in the elderly. But I was only 50 years old. I had a high chance of going blind. It could happen as quickly within a year.

So I listened to every doctor I could find on the Internet to see if there was a cure. No cure. Just some eye shots that would prevent its progression. I had eye injections every month. I thought I would be ok because I still had my left eye but then my left eye also started to see distorted images. So then I had eye injections monthly in both my eyes.

Then I discovered Dr. Chris Knobbe and his Cure for AMD Foundation. His suggestion was simple. Remove all processed foods from my diet, especially the seed oils introduced in the last 100 years. He believed the cause was dietary rather than age. I changed my diet completely. No more fried foods, no more processed foods, no more seed oils (which are almost impossible to get away from when you go to restaurants). Just tell them you are allergic to seed oils and there is hardly anything to eat on the menu. I no longer receive eye shots. My eyes appear stable. My goal is now to not require strong glasses for vision, to strengthen my retina and delay the onset of any further macular degeneration.

December 2020, I donated to Dr. Knobbe’s Cure for AMD Foundation. Then I invited him to our annual Chit Chats Dream Experience in Cancun in Jan 2023. 50 Chit Chatters had an eye opening experience listening to Dr. Knobbe talk about the causes of not only macular degeneration, but of all modern chronic diseases, like heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and cancers.

Dr. Chris Knobbe, is a physician, ophthalmologist, nutrition researcher, author, speaker, public health advocate, and the founder of two nonprofit organizations: Ancestral Health Foundation and Cure AMD Foundation. Since 2015, Dr. Knobbe has given scores of presentations and achieved international academic recognition for his work on the dangers of highly polyunsaturated vegetable oils. Dr. Knobbe’s goals are altruistic and humanitarian; he accepts no compensation for his work in this field.

His books, Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration, and his latest, The Ancestral Diet Revolution, espouses that the root cause of most of today’s chronic diseases is processed foods high in vegetable oils, refined sugars, and refined grains. Overweight, obesity, and most all chronic diseases can be prevented simply by eliminating processed foods and vegetable oils from the diet. Primarily, by eliminating the major processed food components – refined flour, sugars, and most vegetable oils – we can prevent and reverse most chronic diseases. Simultaneously, excess weight drops effortlessly, and energy increases, while fatigue, brain fog, and a myriad of other mysterious symptoms generally disappear. The effects of aging are obviously delayed. Most people are shocked at their results, including the authors

Chris Froome

Chris Froome

Chris Froome will speak of his rise to the summit of the pro cycling world from his humble beginnings in Kenya and South Africa, winning the 21 day gruelling Tour de France race four times. He will speak of the required mindset and heart to be a champion in this arduous sport of cycling and of his precipitous fall from grace when he crashed in 2019 to a life-threatening cycling accident in which he broke his right leg, his ribs and his elbow. His climb back to health, and racing with Israel Premier Tech has been up and down. In last year's Tour de France, he showed a glimpse of his glory, placing third on the iconic mountain stage to Alp d'Huez. Listen to the heart of a champion as he climbs the vast mountains of doubt and unbelief, seeking to once again reach the summit at the twilight of his cycling career.

Perry Marshall

Perry Marshall

I read Perry’s book, 80/20 Sales & Marketing and it changed the way I did business. 80/20. Yes we have heard that 20% of your inputs lead to 80% of your outputs. And 80% of your inputs lead to only 20% of your outputs.

But what Perry further realized is that 80/20 is Fractal, meaning there is an 80/20 inside every 80/20, repeating 80/20s. This meant that 1% of your inputs lead to 51% of your outputs.

That was revolutionary! We had 1200 stores on That meant 12 stores would give 51% of our revenues. We removed all but 60 stores, and more than 10x our revenues. 95% less work and 10x more revenues!

Perry distills timeless principles of wealth and life into simple tools and concepts you can employ in your daily life right away, if you so choose, and change your life so drastically by such simple measures.

I was Donor #5 of 10 for Perry’s $10 million XPrize for Evolution 2.0. Together, along with Oxford Professor emeritus, Dr. Denis Noble, who is a judge of the Evolution 2.0 Prize, we presented at the Royal Society in London, England, where the great Sir Isaac Newton was a President. The insights I have had as part of this Evolution 2.0 journey have been so amazing. It merged business with my background in Biochemistry and medicine and has been a fascinating journey together with Perry and our distinguished friends. I’d like to share these life defining moments together with Perry and you.

Perry is a polymath, an Electric Engineer and makes custom high end speakers. Perry has authored several other books including Evolution 2.0, which I advise people to read if you really want to understand evolution simply. He is also one of the most expensive business strategists in the world, endorsed in Forbes and Inc Magazine. He is a published scientist and aims to solve the #1 mystery in Artificial Intelligence and life itself. His reinvention of the Pareto (80/20) Principle is published in Harvard Business Review. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs uses his 80/20 Curve as a productivity tool. His Google book laid the foundations for the $100 billion Pay Per Click industry. Marketing legend Dan Kennedy says, “If you don’t know who Perry Marshall is — unforgivable. Perry’s an honest man in a field rife with charlatans.”

Dr. Alan Barnard, Ph.D.

Dr. Alan Barnard, Ph.D.

I had been recommended to read the great productivity book, The Goal, by Eliyahu Goldratt, but upon seeing its length, I opted for his last and much shorter book, The Choice. I could not put it down and finished it in one evening. I then decided that I was going to go meet Eliyahu and ask him to mentor me. I was so disappointed when I found out that he had passed away from cancer in 2011.

I went to a marketing workshop put on by the legendary marketing genius, Jay Abraham, who had mentored the likes of Tony Robbins, Daymond John (of Sharktank), and I was introduced to a gentleman who was a protege of Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt and expert in logistics. I am the CEO of a Canadian logistics company, Chit Chats, but more than the logistics, I felt so excited to meet someone who had apprenticed and espouses Eli’s principles of life and business. Dr. Alan Barnard was a wealth of life stories about Eli and we instantly connected. I could see why Alan was a protege of the brilliant Dr. Goldratt, who had once turned down $100 million consulting job because he didn’t want to be bound to any one company. Dr. Alan Barnard is a quintessential intellectual who can see the constraints in anyone’s life or business and help them see it too. His knowledge of the Theory of Constraints, the bottlenecks in life and business, will make you look at the problems in your life in a completely new way.

Dr Alan Barnard is one of the leading Decision Scientist and Theory of Constraints (TOC) experts in the world. As CEO of Goldratt Research Labs, he worked directly with Dr Eli Goldratt (international best selling author, scientist, business leader and creator of Theory of Constraints) to spearhead the research and development of new applications of TOC in especially large and complex organizations from both the private and public sector wishing to achieve more (goal units) with less (resources) in less time. Alan also contributes his time and experience to a number of non-profit organizations to help apply the insights and benefits Theory of Constraints to public sector organizations, NGOs and individuals.

Susan Brecker

Susan Brecker

I met Susan Brecker recently in New York and I found a kind, compassionate person with a brilliant mind and a big heart. A psychotherapist, mother of two, when tragedy struck her renown husband, Michael Brecker, the transcendent saxophonist, winner of 15 Grammys, with preleukemia, she took the call to make a heartfelt documentary called More to Live For to educate the public to become bone marrow donors, not only in the hopes that there be found a bone marrow match to save her husband’s life, but also for people in the future who would need a bone marrow transplant to survive cancer. Through this, more than 100 lives and counting have been saved.

She continues her husband’s legacy to not only keep his music going in Jazz Festivals and competitions, but in also producing big concerts at the Lincoln Center in New York, with the likes of Paul Simon, Winston Marsalis, Diana Kroll, Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor, Chaka Khan and Hugh Jackman singing to raise funds for the breakthrough cancer research of Dr. Azra Raza and Dr. Sid Mukherjee at Columbia University. She has helped fund raise over $4M to date. The next big concert will be on February 6, 2024 at the Lincoln Center in NY.

She has inspired me to become a bone marrow donor and I am pondering how everyone in the world can be a bone marrow donor. A simple cheek swab and if you are a direct match to save someone’s life, it just requires giving some blood. You can be a life saver!

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September 24, 2023 at Camp Howdy in Belcarra

A serene sanctuary restoring your soul
Nestled in forests overlooking the oceans
With a backdrop of majestic mountains
Peering into your soul from above
Sharing life's wisdom with our Master Sages

- Dr. Kevin Ham