How A Near-Death Experience Led To Reimagining Our Plastic & Energy Consumption

Episode 568 1h 5m
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Near-death experiences aren’t that uncommon for the world’s most technical mountaineers. Summiting Mt. Everest is sure to leave anyone feeling truly awe-inspired. Completing the climb and getting home safely after nearly dying creates a whole different level of reflection. Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I talk to Hakan Bulgurlu about turning his near-death experience into a force for positive change in his personal life, the climate crisis, business leadership, and more. Hakan and I dive into this episode with an account of his harrowing journey to summit Everest. He says it made him truly understand that family, friends, and his legacy are what matter most. Not only did Hakan become more conscious of how present he was with his children, but he also reimagined how to be more conscious in how he does business. That awakening has led him to be an incredible environmental steward and example for others in doing business sustainably. Two of Hakan’s most impactful initiatives are addressing the issue of microplastics in oceans and improving the energy efficiency of refrigerators. We talk about the importance of building the climate cost into goods to account for their true cost to humans and the environment. Many conversations around climate change can feel hopeless, but my discussion with Hakan is just the opposite. It’s uplifting to learn what kinds of positive interventions are already helping and what the future holds. I know you’ll find this episode as inspiring as I did. This episode is brought to you by Cozy Earth, Rupa Health, and Mitopure. ​​Cozy Earth makes the most comfortable, temperature-regulating, and non-toxic sheets on the market. Right now, get 40% off your Cozy Earth sheets. Just head over to and use code MARK40. Rupa Health is a place where Functional Medicine practitioners can access more than 2,000 specialty lab tests from over 20 labs like DUTCH, Vibrant America, Genova, and Great Plains. You can check out a free, live demo with a Q&A or create an account at Mitopure is the first and only clinically tested pure form of a natural gut metabolite called Urolithin A that clears damaged mitochondria away from our cells and supports the growth of new healthy mitochondria. Get 10% off at and use code DRHYMAN10 at checkout.

Topics Covered

  • How Hakan’s preparation for climbing Mt. Everest led to business solutions to the climate crisis


  • Hakan’s aha moment that shifted his approach to business


  • A profitable business solution to the issue of microplatics in the oceans


  • The two types of CEOs


  • Improving the energy efficiency of refridgerators


  • Hakan’s early influential life experiences


  • Hakan’s Mt. Everest climb, his near death experiences, and how it affected him


  • Building in the price of climate issues into market cost


  • Humans’ relationship to nature


  • Responding to our depression about the state of the climate


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Ep. 568 - How A Near-Death Experience Led To Reimagining Our Plastic & Energy Consumption