Broken Brain with Dhru Purohit

By Dhru Purohit, Dr. Mark Hyman

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Paige
 Nov 1, 2018
I've followed Dr.Hyman for years, watched the Broken Brain docuseries and an thrilled to have discovered the Podcast. As a registered nurse I find this information not only fascinating but completely needed to shift the health of society.

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The Broken Brain podcast will help you take your brain health to the next level and teach you how to live your best life! Listen as host and serial entrepreneur Dhru Purohit interviews the top experts in the field of neuroplasticity, epigenetics, biohacking, mindfulness and functional medicine.

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#188: Ask Dhru Anything: Switching Your Career, Tips for Brain Fog, and Supporting Your Immune System
1:11:43

In this new Q&A series, Dhru takes live questions from his community. For a chance to speak with Dhru during a future Ask Dhru Q&A, text your question to 302-200-5643 using the hashtag #AskDhru.


Topics covered in this episode include:

-Dhru’s favorite question to ask (4:58)

-Plant based vs. animal based protein (9:37)

-Oil pulling and cavities (17:35)

-The COVID-19 vaccine (25:42) / (33:52) / (54:31)

-Dhru’s advice on a health coaching career (29:05) 

-Eggs and weight loss (51:43)

-Tips for battling brain fog (56:27)

-Supporting your immune system during the pandemic (59:32)


Mentioned in this episode:

-Dynamic Therapy Solutions: http://www.dynamictherapysolutions.org/


-The Mind Blowing Science of Fat-Burning and Insulin Resistance with Dr. Benjamin Bikman:  https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/09/24/bb-ep154/


-How Out of Control Blood Sugar Can Cause Belly Fat, Brain Fog, and Chronic Disease: https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/11/19/bb-ep170/


-Levels Health: https://www.levelshealth.com/


-Vagish Kumar L. Shanbhag: Review of Oil Pulling: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5198813/


-Overview of Oil Rull Trials: https://www.drstevenlin.com/benefits-of-coconut-oil-pulling/


Norway Vaccine Deaths

-Norway Media: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=no&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Ftrondheim24.no%2Fnyheter%2Flegemiddelverket-har-sett-pa-13-dodsfall-i-etterkant-av-vaksinasjon%2F


-US Media Reports: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-15/norway-warns-of-vaccination-risks-for-sick-patients-over-80


British Journal of Medicine - COVID Vaccine

-Push for Raw Data: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/01/04/peter-doshi-pfizer-and-modernas-95-effective-vaccines-we-need-more-details-and-the-raw-data/


-Will The Covid Vaccines Save Lives: https://www.bmj.com/company/newsroom/covid-19-vaccine-trials-cannot-tell-us-if-they-will-save-lives/


-Former NYT Journalist - Alex Berenson: https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson


-Dr. Vinay Prasad MD MPH: https://twitter.com/VPrasadMDMPH


-Michael Levitt - Nobel Laureate: https://twitter.com/MLevitt_NP2013


-Not All Deaths After Vaccination Will Be Linked to Covid-19 Vaccines: https://www.statnews.com/2020/12/28/chance-illnesses-after-covid-19-vaccinations-could-test-public-confidence-even-if-the-problems-are-unrelated/


-Functional Medicine Coaching Academy: https://functionalmedicinecoaching.org/


-ADAPT Functional Health Coach Training Program: https://kresserinstitute.com/


-Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP): https://discover.ifm.org/afmcp/


-Dr. Shalini Bhat : https://themovementboutique.ca/


-Dr. Stephanie Estima: https://hellobetty.club/


-Anahad O’Connor - Is There an Optimal Diet for Humans?: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/well/eat/is-there-an-optimal-diet-for-humans.html


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. 


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Jan 20, 2021
The Functional Medicine Approach to Heart Disease
51:25

We often think of aging as synonymous with decline. We believe that having memory loss, becoming slow and less agile, experiencing joint pain and stiffness, increasing diseases, and need for medications are all viewed as ‘normal’ as we age. The truth is, becoming overweight, sick, and slow are NOT inevitable. 


We need to reframe how we view aging. The current theory that aging is just a slow and painful decline until we die is outdated and archaic. Currently, our healthspans do not equal our lifespans. Your healthspan is how well you live, your lifespan is how long you live. So while it’s true that human bodies cannot live forever, there are proven scientific methods to extend our healthspan, and that’s really what matters.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, we are sharing episode 2 from our 8-part docu-series, the Longevity Roadmap, hosted by Dr. Mark Hyman.


In the Longevity Roadmap, you’ll learn all about the prevalent diseases of aging that decrease healthspan, how the conventional approach to these conditions is backwards, how to identify and treat the root cause of aging using the Functional Medicine approach, and more importantly, how to improve your healthspan to live a long, vibrant life.


In Episode 2, we’ll discuss the biggest killer of our time: cardiovascular disease. There is so much misinformation out there about what causes cardiovascular disease. We’ll talk about innovative testing and recommendations around prevention. 

 

We’ll also cover: 

-The misconceptions around heart disease.

-How to identify the root cause of heart disease. 

-The best ways to protect and support your heart. 

 

This 8-part docu-series, explores the Functional Medicine approach to heart disease, cancer, balancing hormones, and brain health, how to eat for longevity, and innovative therapies that have been shown to increase healthspan. Join Dr. Hyman and other experts and doctors at The UltraWellness Center to learn how to create optimal health and Become Young at Any Age.


You can watch the Longevity Roadmap docu-series for free, between January 13th and 20th—click here to sign-up: https://longevityfilm.com/.



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Jan 18, 2021
#187: A Masterclass on Fasting with Dave Asprey
1:10:36

These days, we hear a lot about fasting. Intermittent fasting, time-restricted eating, and water fasting are just some of the many terms being thrown around in support of better health. Which one is best? What does it all mean for our longevity, brain health, and overall wellness?

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dave Asprey, the founder and Chairman of Bulletproof 360, a high-performance coffee and food company, and creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee. He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author, host of the Webby award-winning podcast Bulletproof Radio, and has been featured on the Today show, Fox News, Nightline, CNN, and dozens more. Over the last two decades Dave, the “Father of Biohacking,” has worked with world-renowned doctors, researchers, scientists, and global mavericks to uncover the latest, most innovative methods, techniques and products for enhancing mental and physical performance.

In this episode, Dhru and Dave dive deep into the topic of fasting. They talk about how fasting can troubleshoot our biology, boost our energy, and decrease our risk of disease. They also discuss how there is no one-size-fits-all approach to fasting, how to avoid the fasting trap, and biohacks for making fasting less painful, more pleasurable, and above all more enriching.


In this episode, we dive into:


-Why fasting feels scary to so many people (3:50)

-The importance of learning about the intangible aspects of fasting (9:39)

-The benefits of fasting (14:54)

-How women should approach fasting (19:49)

-The stages of fasting (32:24)

-Skipping breakfast vs. skipping dinner when fasting (41:16)

-Addressing loneliness through fasting (56:40)

-Fasting from hate (1:01:02)

-Being social without eating (1:04:57)

-Where to learn more about Dave Asprey (1:06:17)


For more on Dave Asprey you can follow him on Instagram @Dave.Asprey, on Facebook @BulletProofExecutive, on Twitter @BulletProofExec, on YouTube @DaveAsprey, and through his website https://daveasprey.com/. Get his book, Fast This Way: Burn Fat, Heal Inflammation, and Eat Like the High-Performing Human You Were Meant to Be at https://fastthisway.com/. Join Dave’s 14 Days of Fasting Training at https://fastthisway.com/.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.


This episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Thrive Market.


Thrive Market makes it so easy to stay stocked with healthy ingredients. Right now, Thrive is offering all my listeners an amazing deal. When you sign up for a new membership, you will receive a free gift. And, any time you spend more than $49, you’ll get free carbon-neutral shipping from one of their zero-waste warehouses. Go to thrivemarket.com/brokenbrain to sign-up.




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Jan 14, 2021
#186: 5 Simple (But Powerful) Reminders for 2021
19:38

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit shares 5 powerful quotes to help you set the right intention for 2021 or build on the intention that you’ve already set:


1)“The news, unfortunately, is designed to be the lowest common denominator of the human experience.” - Michael Bernard Beckwith

 

2)“What others think of you is none of your business.” - Bryon Katie

 

3)“Everything is always the way it is, until one day it’s not.” - Dhru Purohit


4)“The greatest act of courage is to be and to own all of who you are — without apology, without excuses, without masks to cover the truth of who you are.” - Debbie Ford


5)“If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place." - Eckhart Tolle


Bonus quotes:

“And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” - Paulo Coelho

“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” ― Robin S. Sharma.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. 


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Jan 13, 2021
Discover The Secrets to Aging in Reverse
41:14

We often think of aging as synonymous with decline. We believe that having memory loss, becoming slow and less agile, experiencing joint pain and stiffness, increasing diseases, and need for medications are all viewed as ‘normal’ as we age. The truth is, becoming overweight, sick, and slow are NOT inevitable. 


We need to reframe how we view aging. The current theory that aging is just a slow and painful decline until we die is outdated and archaic. Currently, our healthspans do not equal our lifespans. Your healthspan is how well you live, your lifespan is how long you live. So while it’s true that human bodies cannot live forever, there are proven scientific methods to extend our healthspan, and that’s really what matters.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, we are sharing episode 1 from our upcoming 8-part docu-series, the Longevity Roadmap, hosted by Dr. Mark Hyman.


In the Longevity Roadmap, you’ll learn all about the prevalent diseases of aging that decrease healthspan, how the conventional approach to these conditions is backwards, how to identify and treat the root cause of aging using the Functional Medicine approach, and more importantly, how to improve your healthspan to live a long, vibrant life.


In Episode 1, we'll dive into an overview of longevity and the difference between healthspan and lifespan. We'll discuss the 7 systems of Functional Medicine and how imbalances in each system can lead to disease.

 

We’ll also cover: 

  • The issue with the disease-focused approach.
  • How the 7 main organ systems are responsible for the majority of chronic disease.
  • Practical steps you can take today to improve your healthspan.

 

This 8-part docu-series, explores the Functional Medicine approach to heart disease, cancer, balancing hormones, and brain health, how to eat for longevity, and innovative therapies that have been shown to increase healthspan. Join Dr. Hyman and other experts and doctors at The UltraWellness Center to learn how to create optimal health and Become Young at Any Age.


You can watch the Longevity Roadmap docu-series for free, between January 13th and 20th—click here to sign-up: https://longevityfilm.com/.



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Jan 11, 2021
#185: Build Your Brain and Burn Fat with Shawn Stevenson
1:54:53

Food is complicated. It's a key controller of our state of health or disease. It's a social centerpiece for the most important moments of our lives. It's the building blocks that creates our brain, enabling us to have thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It's the very stuff that makes up our bodies and what we see looking back at us in the mirror. Food isn't just food—it's the thing that makes us who we are. So why does figuring out what to eat feel so overwhelming?


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Shawn Stevenson, the author of the international bestselling book Sleep Smarter and creator of The Model Health Show, one of the top health podcasts in the world. A graduate of the University of Missouri–St. Louis, Shawn studied business, biology, and nutritional science, and went on to found Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a company that provides wellness services for individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The New York Times, Muscle & Fitness, ESPN, and many other major media outlets. He is also an in-demand keynote speaker for numerous organizations, universities, and conferences.

In this episode, Dhru and Shawn dive deep into the topic of fat and why body fat is not really the culprit it’s been made out to be, how our bodies actually “burn” body-fat, and the key hormones, enzymes, and nutrients involved in this process. They talk about the surprising way that our gut bacteria controls our body weight, and the research on how food affects our relationships. They also discuss how we have an epidemic of food insecurity and health disparities in our world today, the startling data around food inequality, and what we can actually do to help fix it.


In this episode, we dive into:


-What fat really is and why it’s so important to our survival (6:14)

-How your microbiome determines your body composition (18:10)

-How the misconstrued science of calories has contributed to growing diet struggles (27:13)

-How our psychology impacts what food does to us (37:36)

-How stress impacts our metabolic health (51:16)

-Fat loss and the importance of diversity of our gut microbiome (52:53)

-How nutrition affects our relationships, conflict resolution, and even aggressive behavior (1:14:47)

-How Shawn overcame degenerative disc disease (1:22:41)

-How our social structures determine our food choices (1:33:38)

-The most powerful agent of change (1:47:37)


For more on Shawn Stevenson you can follow him on Instagram @ShawnModel, on Facebook @TheModelHealthShow, on Twitter @ShawnModel, on YouTube @TheShawnModel, and through his website https://themodelhealthshow.com//. Get his book, Eat Smarter: Use the Power of Food to Reboot Your Metabolism, Upgrade Your Brain, and Transform Your Life at https://eatsmarterbook.com/.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-NASA’s experiment on gravity - https://youtu.be/9-YNaN-5mnc


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.


This episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Bioptimizers.


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Jan 07, 2021
#184: How to Stop Holding Back and Step Into Your Purpose
15:27

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks about how to stop holding back and step into your purpose. 


From the beginning of time people have questioned their place on the planet. Our ancestors stared up at the same stars, and asked themselves the same questions we ask ourselves today.


Do I matter? Why am I here? Will my life leave a mark? What’s my purpose?


These are important questions, but their answers can’t be rushed. Because the answers are layers deep, we need to go through life lessons and experiences for them to show up. Those experiences take time.


If we put too much pressure on these questions we’ll drive ourselves into feeling stuck. We’ll hold off building new things and taking new risks. All because we’re waiting to “understand” ourselves before we start. All because we feel we need to know our purpose before we give life our all.


There have been so many times that our lives have been touched by the work of others. And you know what? Those people that touched our lives didn’t have it all figured out. And they didn’t always know if they were headed in the right direction. But their work still touched us. They still left an impact.


What would our life be like if those who impacted us held back? What would our life be like if they kept their gifts hidden from the world?


The bigger questions will always be there. And our answers to them will get clearer and clearer the more we live. Reflection is great, but there’s no need to hold off showing up until we feel like we have figured it all out.


There’s someone out there that needs your work. There’s someone out there that needs you to show up, in only the way that you know how.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. Here is the instagram post that inspired today’s episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFDwzSyl8HU/.


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Jan 05, 2021
Navigating the Postpartum Experience (Minisode #20)
30:54

Did you know that the postpartum hormone drop is considered the single largest sudden hormone change in the shortest amount of time—and it has a tremendous impact on the brain? With such a dramatic drop in hormone levels, it’s no surprise that 1 in 7 women struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety after giving birth. 


On today’s mini-episode, Dhru talks to Dr. Maggie Ney and Angelique Panagos about the postpartum experience—from hormonal shifts, to “mommy brain”, to postpartum depression, and understanding the changes that happen in the brain during the postpartum period. 


Dr. Maggie Ney is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, and the founder and director of the Women’s Clinic at the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine in Santa Monica, California. 


Angelique Panagos is a nutritional therapist and Functional Medicine practitioner; she completed her nutritional therapy training at the renowned Institute of Optimum Nutrition in London. Angelique runs a busy private practice, specializing in hormonal health, stress management, weight management, and digestive wellness. 


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Maggie Ney here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrMaggieNey/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Angelique Panagos here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/AngeliquePanagos/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.


This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brainpower.  


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Jan 04, 2021
#183: The Neuroscience of Peak Performance with Steven Kotler
1:15:51

What does it take to accomplish the impossible? What does it take to shatter our limitations, exceed our expectations, and turn our biggest dreams into reality? 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Steven Kotler, one of the world’s leading experts on peak performance. Steven is an author, an award-winning journalist, and the founder and executive director of the Flow Research Collective. He has written twelve books, including the national bestsellers The Future Is Faster Than You Think, The Rise of Superman, Stealing Fire, Abundance, and Bold. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, has been translated into more than forty languages, and has appeared in more than one hundred publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, WIRED, and TIME

 

In this episode, Dhru and Steven dive deep into the topic of peak performance, and how to take the impossible and make it possible. They discuss the quartet of cognitive abilities—motivation, learning, creativity, and flow—and why these skills are so crucial to peak performance, how they work in the brain and the body, and how to use them to significantly accelerate ourselves down the path toward the impossible. They also talk about the importance of a primary flow activity, how to become more productive, and how to get into the habit of living up to our own potential.


In this episode, we dive into:  


-The difference between little “i” impossible and big “I” Impossible (3:54)

-Steven’s battle with Lyme disease and his process of working through it (11:47) 

-What it means to be in flow (16:57)

-The 4 skills needed for turning dreams into reality—motivation, learning, creativity, and flow (27:02) 

-The most common things that trip people up from getting started (31:30) 

-The 5 intrinsic motivators (33:36) 

-The 5-not-so-easy steps for learning almost anything (36:59) 

-The biggest mistake people make when learning (43:32)

-Why everything we have learned about creativity is wrong (45:50) 

-How to increase creativity (51:02) 

-Where listeners can learn more about Steven Kotler (1:08:13)


For more on Steven Kotler you can follow him on Instagram @kotler.steven, on Facebook @KotlerSteven, on Twitter steven_kotler, and through his websites https://www.stevenkotler.com/ and https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/. Get his book, The Art of Impossible at https://www.theartofimpossible.com.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.


This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market.


Thrive Market makes it so easy to stay stocked with healthy ingredients. Right now, Thrive is offering all my listeners an amazing deal. When you sign up for a new membership, you will receive a free gift. And, any time you spend more than $49, you’ll get free carbon-neutral shipping from one of their zero-waste warehouses. Go to thrivemarket.com/brokenbrain to sign-up.



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Dec 31, 2020
#182: 2 Ways to Catch and Stop Self-Sabotage
18:15

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!

 

Jerry Colonna, an executive coach for CEO’s and leaders, asks us to reflect on an important question when it comes to taking responsibility for our lives, “How have I been complicit in creating the conditions I say I don’t want?”.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about this question and how to catch and stop self-sabotage, and the two big ideas that will help you in the process. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-Big idea #1: We don’t speak up 

-How to stop people pleasing 

-Big idea #2: Being honest with yourself 


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. Here is the instagram post that inspired today’s episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFDwzSyl8HU/.


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Dec 29, 2020
The Transformative Effects of Self-Compassion (Minisode #19)
18:28

We each possess an extraordinary power to realize our greatest potential and live the life we want. Dhru’s guest on today’s mini-episode, Dr. James Doty, is living proof of that. Having grown up in an environment of poverty and neglect, Dr. Doty was 12 years old when he walked into a magic shop and met an extraordinary woman, named Ruth who introduced him to a series of teachings that changed the trajectory of his life. He overcame great odds en route to becoming a renowned neurosurgeon, neuroscientist, and one of today’s leading voices on the power of love and compassion.


In this episode, they discuss how compassion and social connection have a powerful effect on our health, happiness, and well-being. Dr. Doty also shares a powerful daily practice he created 

for opening our heart and cultivating compassion for ourselves and others, called The Alphabet of the Heart.


Dr. Doty is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, and the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. 


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. James Doty here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrJamesDoty/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.


This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brainpower.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain-boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.



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Dec 28, 2020
#181: Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100 with Marta Zaraska
39:43

When we think about health, we usually think about diet and exercise. We think about the things we are doing for our physical body to promote wellness, but what about the things we can’t see? Relationships are a big one. And we now know that loneliness and social isolation are as dangerous for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day! That’s an incredible comparison, one that hopefully puts into perspective how vital healthy relationships and human connection are to our well-being and longevity. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Marta Zaraska, a Canadian science journalist. She has written for the Washington Post, Scientific American, New Scientist, The Atlantic, among others. She is the author of the bestselling book Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100.

 

In this episode, Dhru and Marta talk about how diet and exercise are indeed very important to your overall health, but whether you have friends, a quality marriage, or know your neighbors matters far more for health and longevity. They discuss how loneliness does not only result from being alone—that even those who live with others can feel lonely and isolated, meaning the quality of our relationships are extremely important to our health. They also talk about how friendship, kindness, and optimism are core interventions that help us live healthier and longer lives. 


In this episode, we dive into: 


-Why so many people are lonely (3:26) 

-The biggest misconception around loneliness (5:53)

-The importance of romantic relationships when it comes to longevity (10:50) 

-The Roseto effect—how a small Pennsylvania town held the secrets to a long life (14:16) 

-How new media consumption impacts our happiness, joy, and longevity (23:28) 

-Why chameleons live longer (29:29) 

-The connection between purpose and longevity (32:20) 

-The meaning of the Japanese word “ikigai”, and why it’s so important in Japanese culture (33:40) 

-Where listeners can learn more about Marta (37:22) 


For more on Marta Zaraska you can follow her on Instagram @mzaraska, on Twitter @mzaraska, and through her website https://www.zaraska.com/. Get her book, Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism and Kindness Can Help You Life to 100 at https://www.growingyoungthebook.com/.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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This episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Bioptimizers.


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Dec 24, 2020
#180: The Power of Quitting and Letting Go
16:44

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks about the power of quitting and letting go.


When’s the right time to let go of something? A relationship, a project, an investment?


Seasoned investors have this great question for determining whether or not they should hold onto an investment. The question goes a little something like this: “If I wasn’t already invested in this business, would I invest in it today, knowing what I know?” Feel free to replace business with relationship, project, or friendship.


The beauty of this question is that it cuts through the rationalization tactics that our mind uses to deal with our fear of loss. Sometimes we’re so scared of losing something, or admitting that it isn’t working, that it’s easier to pretend that it isn’t an issue than it is to deal with it.


The challenge with pretending is that it just prolongs the inevitable pain and, more importantly, makes it harder to genuinely turn things around.


When’s the right time to let go? Notice if the main reason you are holding onto something is primarily because you’re afraid of losing it, that may be a good sign.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. Here is the instagram post that inspired today’s episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFDwzSyl8HU/.


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Dec 22, 2020
How to Get Better, Deeper, and More Impactful Sleep (Minisode #18)
41:41

We all know the importance of getting enough sleep, though many of us scrape by with as little as possible. It turns out that sleep can make or break your ability to lose weight, age slowly, prevent cancer, and perform at a high level. When your sleep suffers, you suffer major consequences far beyond the dark circles under your eyes. 


On today’s mini-episode, Dhru talks to Shawn Stevenson and Dr. Carlos Ritter about how sleep is the foundation of health and how it impacts your body, brain function, performance, and so much more. They discuss how to create the ideal sleep sanctuary, how to regulate your circadian rhythm, and the most important sleep nutrients. They also talk about how EMFs interfere with sleep pathways and what we can do about it. 


Shawn Stevenson is the author of the international bestselling book, Sleep Smarter and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 health podcast on iTunes. Shawn is the founder of the Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a company that provides wellness services for individuals and organizations worldwide. 


Dr. Carlos Ritter has spent the last 15 years working to actively mitigate the effects of electromagnetic radiation. Now as CEO of EMF Knights, Dr. Ritter shields homes from EMF, protecting individual’s “biological restoration pathways” during sleep. As a doctor in pediatric neurology and extensive research in brain function, biology, and physics, Dr. Ritter has developed new protective technologies to safeguard people from the harmful effects of EMF. 


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Shawn Stevenson here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/ShawnStevenson/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Carlos Ritter here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrCarlosRitter/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Dec 21, 2020
#179: The New Mind-Blowing Science of Breathing with James Nestor
1:20:43

There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing, yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with serious consequences. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance, rejuvenate internal organs, halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease, and even straighten scoliotic spines. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to James Nestor, an author and journalist who has written for Scientific American, Outside, The New York Times, and more. His latest book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, was released in May of this year and was an instant New York Times bestseller. Breath explores how the human species has lost the ability to breathe properly—and how to get it back. James has appeared on dozens of national television shows, including ABC’s Nightline and CBS’s Morning News, and on NPR. He lives and breathes in San Francisco.

 

In this episode, Dhru and James talk about how breathing isn’t just a biological function that we depend on to survive. It’s also a very useful tool for healing the body and focusing the mind. They discuss the problems associated with mouth breathing and how it can cause neurological issues, respiratory issues, high blood pressure and more. James also shares how he enlisted in a Stanford University experiment to have his nasal cavities plugged, and was forced to breathe only through his mouth in an effort to test how the pathways through which we breathe affect our health. This experiment helped him realize how to address decades of respiratory impairment that plagued him since childhood. 


In this episode, we dive into:  


-How important our breathing process is to human health (2:59) 

-James’ personal health journey and how he came to realize the central role our breath has in overall health (4:01) 

-The connection between human evolution and the way we breathe (5:56) 

-How we breathe influences so much of our health (10:43)  

-Stanford University breathing experiment (12:40) 

-How our modern industrial diet has impacted the way we breathe (16:08) 

-How lung capacity is synonymous with longevity (25:54) 

-How breathing less increases oxygen and CO2 (31:01) 

-How to establish better nasal breathing (47:39) 

-Mouth breathing and dehydration (54:45) 

-How to breathe inline with our metabolic needs (56:10)

-The importance of eliciting a parasympathetic response before you eat (59:39)

-How to breathe in order to reduce inflammation in the body (1:00:56) 

-Are we getting enough oxygen when we wear a mask (1:04:07)

-Where listeners can learn more about James Nestor (1:13:42)


For more on James Nestor you can follow him on Instagram @MrJamesNestor, on Facebook @MrJamesNestor, on Twitter @MrJamesNestor, and through his website https://www.mrjamesnestor.com/. Get his book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art at https://www.mrjamesnestor.com/breath.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Breathe Right Nasal Strips - https://www.breatheright.com/


-Mute Snoring Inserts - https://mutesnoring.com/ 


-SomniFix Strips - https://somnifix.com/


-SnoreLab App - https://www.snorelab.com/


-‘Rapid evolution’ means humans now being born without wisdom teeth - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/wisdom-teeth-evolution-humans-flinders-university-processed-food-b907634.html


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Dec 17, 2020
#178: 7 Tough Things That Make You a Better Human
27:36

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about the 7 tough things that make us better humans:


(1) Saying no to “exciting” but wrong opportunities 

(2) Deciding not to gossip about other people 

(3) Having the humility to say sorry or repair even when it’s not 100% your fault 

(4) Having the courage to tell others when you are hurt

(5) Keeping your heart open even after a loss 

(6) Catching yourself needlessly complaining 

(7) Being the bigger person even when wronged 


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. Here is the instagram post that inspired today’s episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFDwzSyl8HU/.


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Dec 15, 2020
30 Days to Discovering Your Purpose (Minisode #17)
14:53

Do you feel lost or as if something is missing in your life? Maybe you want to make a bigger difference in the world than you feel you are, but you aren't sure how.


From the beginning of time people have questioned their place on Earth. Our ancestors stared up at the same stars, and asked themselves the same questions we ask ourselves today. Do I matter? Why am I here? Will my life leave a mark? What’s my purpose?

 

On today’s mini-episode, Dhru speaks with his good friend Alex Banayan, the youngest bestselling business author in American history. His book, The Third Door, chronicles Alex’s seven-year quest to uncover the definitive mindset of exponential growth and success. Over the course of his unprecedented journey, Alex’s research led him to interview the most innovative leaders of the past half-century, including Lady Gaga, Larry King, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones, and more.


In this episode, they discuss the importance of mindset, and how our growth comes from our mistakes and life experiences. Alex also shares his 30-Day Challenge for uncovering your purpose—whether you are looking to start a new chapter, or finding the energy to keep going on your current path. 


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Alex Banayan here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/AlexBanayan/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brainpower.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain-boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.




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Dec 14, 2020
#177: This is How You Age Well with Dr. Frank Lipman
1:12:22

When it comes to longevity, the goal isn’t just to live as long as possible. The true objective is to live as vibrantly and energetically as possible, for as long as possible. So how exactly do we do this?


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Frank Lipman, a vocal pioneer of integrative and Functional Medicine, or what he calls “good medicine.” Dr. Lipman is the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center and the Chief Medical Officer at The Well. He is a sought-after international speaker and the bestselling author of six books—How to Be Well, The New Health Rules, Young & Slim for Life, Revive and Total Renewal—and his newest book, The New Rules of Aging Well: A Simple Program for Immune Resilience, Strength, and Vitality.

 

In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Lipman talk about the cross-cultural differences in aging, and why we are so afraid of aging in the Western world. They discuss how we can optimize the function of our genes with simple tweaks to have a profound impact on how we age, and why fasting is so powerful when it comes to longevity and healthy aging. Dr. Lipman also shares supplements he recommends for longevity, and some promising anti-aging treatments.


In this episode, we dive into: 


-Common myths when it comes to aging (5:28)

-Why we don’t celebrate aging in the Western world (6:54) 

-The changes Dr. Lipman made in his own life to age well (12:26)

-Genetic factors and aging (20:10) 

-Why fasting is so important when it comes to longevity and aging well (25:26)

-What we can learn from Eastern traditions when it comes to physical activity (37:18)

-How Dr. Lipman’s exercise routine has changed over the years (40:27) 

-Hormesis and its relevance to healthy aging (45:43)

-Supplements for longevity (48:20) 

-Why finding your tribe is so important to the aging process (51:53) 

-The power of forgiveness and letting go of grudges (1:00:16) 

-Where listeners can learn more about Dr. Frank Lipman (1:10:03)


For more on Dr. Frank Lipman you can follow him on Instagram @FrankLipmanMD, on Facebook @DrFrankLipman, on Twitter @DrFrankLipman, and through his website https://drfranklipman.com/. Get Dr. Lipman’s book, The New Rules of Aging Well at https://drfranklipman.com/new-rules/.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-3X4 Genetics test - https://www.3x4genetics.com/ 


-Rhonda Patrick - https://www.foundmyfitness.com/


-I Need Your Love - Is That True?: How to Stop Seeking Love, Approval, and Appreciation and Start Find Them Instead by Byron Katie - https://amzn.to/3qCRCYM


-The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Archbishop Desmond Tutu - https://amzn.to/37RqLjk


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Dec 10, 2020
#176: Drop Your Expectations, Step Into Peace
19:01

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!

 

Expectations are stories we tell ourselves about a situation. They are what we want or are attached to happening in life. They can be big or small, but what everyone knows, including you and me, even though we can forget sometimes, is that having a lot of expectations on any other person, situation, or even yourself, is a good way to end up unhappy.


What's something in your life that's weighing on you right now, maybe even something that you are disappointed, angry, or even sad about.


What sorts of expectations do you have about this area?


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit shares his reflections on four powerful quotes he has come across on the topic of expectations:


1) “One reason why so many high achievers are unhappy: their expectations rise faster than their accomplishments. Success is most satisfying when you have high aspirations but modest expectations. You can set ambitious goals without taking it for granted that you’ll attain them.” — Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and TED speaker


2) “Instead of creating expectations of what should or should not be happening, cooperate with the form that this moment takes. Bring a 'yes' to the isness, because it's pointless to argue if it already is. A greater intelligence is available to you when you no longer reject, deny, or 'don't want' what is.” — Eckhart Tolle


3) “Self-compassion involves being kind to ourselves when life goes awry or we notice something about ourselves we don’t like, rather than being cold or harshly self-critical. It recognizes that the human condition is imperfect, so that we feel connected to others when we fail or suffer rather than feeling separate or isolated. It also involves mindfulnessthe recognition and non-judgmental acceptance of painful emotions as they arise in the present moment. Rather than suppressing our pain or else making it into an exaggerated personal soap opera, we see ourselves and our situation clearly.


Self-compassion doesn’t demand that we evaluate ourselves positively or that we see ourselves as better than others. Rather, the positive emotions of self-compassion kick in exactly when self-esteem falls down; when we don’t meet our expectations or fail in some way. This means that the sense of intrinsic self-worth inherent in self-compassion is highly stable. It is constantly available to provide us with care and support in times of need. My research and that of my colleagues has shown that self-compassion offers the same benefits as high self-esteem, such as less anxiety and depression and greater happiness. However, it is not associated with the downsides of self-esteem such as narcissism, social comparison or ego-defensiveness.” Dr. Kristin Neff, Associate Professor Human Development and Culture, Educational Psychology Department, University of Texas at Austin.


4) “It’s your own expectations that hurt you. Not the world you live in. Whatever happens in the world is real. What you think should happen is unreal. So many people are hurt by their expectations. You know, you’re not disappointed by the world, you are disappointed by your own projections.” — Jacque Fresco, was an American futurist and self-described social engineer.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Why We Should Stop Chasing Self-Esteem and Start Developing Self-Compassion https://self-compassion.org/why-we-should-stop-chasing-self-esteem-and-start-developing-self-compassion/


-Broken Brain Podcast Episode 123 - How to Release Self-Criticism and Find Fierce Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff - https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/06/11/bb-ep123/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. Here is the instagram post that inspired today’s episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFDwzSyl8HU/.


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Dec 08, 2020
#175: Diagnosing Society: Getting to The Root of Our Mental Health Epidemic with Dr. Omid Naim
1:01:42

Our mental health heavily influences our quality of life, so it makes sense that mental health, just like physical health, needs to be taken care of and maintained. One way that it can be maintained is through finding a sense of community, however, the way we are living today in Western society has created a big problem of loneliness. 60% of Americans report they don’t have a single person to go to in a time of crisis and in a struggle. This disconnection from one another has created endemic loneliness and isolation for many people. Loneliness has been shown to have similar health effects as smoking, or being overweight. The progressive disconnection from ourselves and other human beings is at the root of the problem with the way we are living.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Omid Naim, a Western-trained psychiatrist who came to see the need for more holistic, spiritual, and community-based approaches to health care, by seeing the limitations of the conventional model first hand. He completed General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry residency at the University of California San Francisco, and went on to work in community psychiatry with the most high-risk and severely ill youth in the county coming out of foster care. Dr. Naim is the founder of Hope Integrative Psychiatry, a multi-modal approach for whole person transformation and healing. He also founded the non-profit, La Maida Project, which designs new models for families, communities, and organizations to become ecosystems of optimal health and well-being based on our innate human nature. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Naim talk about why society is so sick, what is contributing to the epidemic of mental health disorders, and how we need a new model for addressing chronic health conditions. They discuss how unresolved trauma and grief underlie most chronic health conditions. They also talk about what it really means to be in community and how we have an innate capacity to heal under proper conditions.


In this episode, we dive into: 


-The current state of society in America and the real problem of loneliness (1:51)

-How our stories shape us (11:02)

-The birth of the nuclear family and the rise of mental illness (13:32) 

-How anxiety, distress, and body pains are an expression of what we’re holding onto (14:53)

-What community really means and the core conflicts of modern life (18:03)

-How disasters and crisis bring out the best in us, and how we heal through connection (24:27)

-The power of purpose and the healing process (35:27) 

-Unresolved childhood trauma and mental health disorders (41:59)

-The influence of culture and society on mental health (49:21)

-Where listeners can learn more about Dr. Omid Naim (58:23)


For more on Dr. Omid Naim you can follow him on Instagram @LaMaidaProject, on Facebook @LaMaidaProject, and through his websites https://www.hopepsychiatry.com/ and https://lamaidaproject.org/.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Broken Brain Podcast Episode #20 - Depression and Trauma: Looking Beyond Medications with Dr. Omid Naim - https://drhyman.com/blog/2018/09/14/bb-ep20/


-Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger http://www.sebastianjunger.com/tribe-by-sebastian-junger


-The True Believer: Thoughts on The Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer - https://www.amazon.com/True-Believer-Thoughts-Movements-Perennial/dp/0060505915


-Study: Older People Are More Likely to Spread Fake News - https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2019-01-09/study-older-people-are-more-susceptible-to-fake-news-more-likely-to-share-it


-Researchers Examine When People Are More Susceptible to Fake News - https://www.npr.org/2017/07/18/537844762/researchers-examine-when-people-are-more-susceptible-to-fake-news


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brainpower.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain-boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.




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Dec 07, 2020
#174: What If It’s Not Depression with Dr. Achina Stein
58:00

More than 60 million Americans are affected by mental health issues every year. While the conventional medicine approach focuses on balancing neurotransmitters in the brain through medication, the Functional Medicine approach is to look for the root cause. There’s a saying in Functional Medicine, “fire in the gut, fire in the brain.” If you have inflammation, or dysbiosis in the gut, then it’s going to produce an inflammatory response that in turn affects the brain. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Achina Stein, an osteopathic physician and board-certified psychiatrist. She is certified by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine and is a certified practitioner of the Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Stein has extensive experience working with children and adults who have chronic and persistent mental health problems in the community at large, in the prison population, and in a geriatric inpatient setting. Dr. Stein is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and received the NAMI-RI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 2008. She is presently in private practice in Rhode Island, and is the author of the book, What If It’s Not Depression?


In this episode, Dr. Stein shares her story of discovering Functional Medicine while searching for answers to her son’s mental health crisis. He suffered from acute depression and suicidal ideation. He was stabilized on three medications and was “out of the woods” in terms of safety, but he wasn’t the same as before the episode. He was still suffering from some debilitating symptoms and had side effects from the medication. Dhru and Dr. Stein discuss the Functional Medicine approach to addressing depression and other mental health disorders. They also talk about the connection between autoimmune conditions and gut health.


In this episode, we dive into: 


-Dr. Stein’s son’s health crisis (2:50) 

-Celiac disease and brain fog (14:58)

-How long it took to notice a shift in her son’s health after taking a Functional Medicine approach (17:50)

-What Dr. Stein did to turn around her own health (23:26) 

-The connection between gut health and autoimmune conditions (26:19)

-The 5 R’s of Gut Restoration (34:55)

-The inspiration behind Dr. Stein’s book, What If It’s Not Depression? (36:21) 

-Dr. Stein’s assessments for discovering the root cause of symptoms (44:51)

-Where listeners can learn more about Dr. Achina Stein (51:26)


For more on Dr. Achina Stein visit her website https://fxnmind.com/. You can find her book, What If It’s Not Depression? at https://www.achinasteindo.com/.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.


This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market and Optimize.


Thrive Market makes it so easy to stay stocked with healthy ingredients. Right now, Thrive is offering all my listeners an amazing deal. When you sign up for a new membership, you will receive a free gift. And, any time you spend more than $49, you’ll get free carbon-neutral shipping from one of their zero-waste warehouses. Go to thrivemarket.com/brokenbrain to sign-up.


I’m sure most of you can relate to trying to pack a lot into your day. I’m always trying to do my absolute best when it comes to balancing my career, my relationships, and finding some time for personal growth, so I really love when I can find a resource that makes any of that easier. That’s why I’m really excited about this company called Optimize, founded by Brian Johnson. His Philosophers Notes series has short summaries of more than 600 of the best books on ancient wisdom and modern science—they pull the most important Big Ideas into a 6-page PDF and 20-minute MP3 you can read or listen to on the go via the Optimize app. It’s the perfect time to check out Optimize because they’re offering Broken Brain listeners 10% off. Just go to Optimize.me/brokenbrain and enter code BROKEN to get 10% off  today.



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Dec 03, 2020
#173: Gratitude Hack Workshop with Dhru Purohit
25:58

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit shares a simple gratitude practice to help supercharge and accelerate our goals and dreams. 


At the end of the year many of us set New Year's resolutions or an intention for how we want the next year to go. Dhru shares that he sees an interesting pattern as people start to list out their goals and dreams, priorities, habits, and the things they want to give attention and energy to. In the background, there’s this subtle sense of doubt, worry, fear, and hopelessness. Dhru believes this doubt comes from looking backwards and the way we perceive past experiences. Dr. Rick Hanson, a past podcast guest says, “The brain is like Velcro for negative experiences, but Teflon for positive ones.” Our brains have a negativity bias, and it’s tied to our evolution. Our modern brain has evolved to prioritize bad experiences, and deprioritize positive ones. 


Dhru shares three questions to ask ourselves before we set our goals, which he calls a palette cleanse, that will help us remember that no matter how we feel we did at the end of the month or year, we did the best we could. It also gives us an opportunity to remember how supported we were, and what we did to help other people.


Now matter how big or small…


1) What’s something tough or challenging that I did this month?


2) Who’s someone that did something for me?


3) What’s something nice I did for someone else?


When you remember these three things it changes your vibration for what you think is possible, and takes you out of negativity bias into positivity bias. 


Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos who recently passed away said, “No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future.”


Also mentioned in today’s episode:

-https://www.rickhanson.net/take-in-the-good/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. Here is the instagram post that inspired today’s episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFDwzSyl8HU/.


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Dec 01, 2020
#172: How to Prevent Cavities Using an Ancestral Diet with Dr. Steven Lin
1:11:19

The biggest misconception when it comes to tooth decay is that it’s an infection of harmful bacteria, in large part from eating sugar, but it’s not. Tooth decay actually results when the body doesn’t have adequate fat-soluble vitamins, which causes an imbalance of the oral microbiome. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Steven Lin, a world-leading authority in the field of Functional Dentistry and the author of, The Dental Diet: The Surprising Link between Your Teeth, Real Food, and Life-Changing Natural Health. Dr. Lin’s practice is founded in root cause protocols to prevent developmental issues associated with crooked teeth, and the biological basis of nutrition focused oral-systemic and mouth-brain connection. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Lin talk about the connection between our oral health and overall health. They discuss how tooth decay is a condition we can prevent, and how we have the ability to heal cavities and reverse tooth decay in certain circumstances. They also talk about Dr. Lin’s protocol for reversing tooth decay.  


In this episode, we dive into: 


-What contributes to tooth decay (8:07)

-The specific nutrients we are missing in our diet that are contributing to tooth decay (16:25)

-How to reverse tooth decay (24:30) 

-The importance of vitamin D for our dental health (27:01)

-How gut health impacts oral health (30:40)

-Why mouthwash isn’t a good solution for avoiding tooth decay and holistic alternatives (35:35)

-The issue with fluoride (38:57)

-How mouth breathing leads to tooth decay (42:52)

-The connection between Alzheimer’s disease and gum disease (48:03) 

-Dr. Lin’s protocol for reversing tooth decay (54:03)

-Where listeners can learn more about Dr. Steven Lin (1:07:36)


For more on Dr. Steven Lin you can follow him on Instagram @DrStevenLin, on Facebook @DrStevenLin, on Twitter @DrStevenLin, and through his website https://www.drstevenlin.com. Get Dr. Lin’s book, The Dental Diet at https://www.drstevenlin.com/the-dental-diet/.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-How to Cure Tooth Decay | A Dentist’s Guide to Reverse Cavities in 3 Steps - https://www.drstevenlin.com/cure-tooth-decay-protocol/


-Broken Brain Podcast Episode #15: The Importance of Dental Care in Whole Body Health with Dr. Steven Lin - https://drhyman.com/blog/2018/08/09/the-broken-brain-podcast-the-importance-of-dental-care-in-whole-body-health-with-dr-steven-lin-15


-Risewell Natural Hydroxyapatite Toothpaste - https://risewell.com/products/mineral-toothpaste


-SomniFix Mouth Stripes - https://somnifix.com/products/mouth-strips-snoring-sleep-aid


-Radiolab Podcast - Invisible Allies - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/invisible-allies/id152249110?i=1000486676295


-Myofunctional Orthodontics - https://www.drstevenlin.com/?s=myofunctional+orthodontics


-Mouth Breathing - https://www.drstevenlin.com/?s=mouth+breathing


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.




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Nov 30, 2020
#171: All Things Covid: Vitamin D, Masks and More with Chris Kresser
1:52:20

All Things Covid: Vitamin D, Masks and More with Chris Kresser


As humans, we often fall into black and white thinking. It can be easy to let the constant waterfall of media information and social snippets wash over us without stopping to think of the full context. In this age of COVID-19, though, it’s more important than ever to pause and look at what the science really has to say.


When we slip into confirmation bias and seek out answers that solidify what we already believe, we lose the ability to think critically. Now, more than ever, is the time to change that so we can overcome this pandemic. That’s exactly what Dhru and Chris Kresser talk about on this episode of The Broken Brain Podcast


Chris Kresser is a renowned expert, leading clinician, and top educator in the fields of Functional Medicine and ancestral health, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Cure. Listed among the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by Greatist.com, he was awarded “Best Inspirational Voice” and “Best Health & Wellness Website” by Paleo magazine in 2019. Chris founded the Kresser Institute in 2015 to provide the next generation of Functional Health practitioners and coaches with the skills and tools they need to turn the tide of chronic disease—and change the future of medicine. Through the Kresser Institute, Chris created and launched the ADAPT Practitioner and Health Coach Training Programs, and he and his team have trained over 2,000 health professionals around the world in his unique approach.


In spring of 2020, largely in response to COVID-19, Chris decided to move on from his position of co-founder and co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine to develop Adapt180 Health: a revolutionary new membership-based Functional Medicine practice and health transformation service.


In this episode, Dhru and Chris jump into an open conversation about the most pressing COVID topics and what the latest research is showing. Starting with vitamin D, they look at some dramatic results of several studies, with the takeaway being that a majority of COVID patients have been found to have vitamin D deficiency, and those who are vitamin D deficient have higher inflammatory markers and a higher risk of death. They discuss the science behind mask wearing and why it’s a helpful piece of stopping the spread of coronavirus, but only one piece. They also talk about the latest findings of the vaccine trials and what we know, and don’t know. 


In this episode, we dive into: 


-Vitamin D levels among asymptomatic and critically ill COVID-19 patients and the correlation with inflammatory markers (12:56) 

-Randomized control trial of vitamin D (17:26)

-Vitamin D testing and supplement recommendations (32:40) 

-Why masks are getting so much attention when the data is nuanced (35:28) 

-The research on COVID-19 and masks (46:06)

-COVID-19 vaccine—what we know and what we don’t know (1:08:14) 

-Concerns around the safety of a vaccine when it’s developed so quickly (1:15:37) 

-Oxford AstraZeneca phase III vaccine trial and how it differs from Pfizer and Moderna vaccine trials (1:30:42)

-Rapid at home COVID testing (1:41:01)

-What you can do today to take control of your health (1:49:03) 


For more on Chris Kresser, be sure to follow him on Instagram @chriskresser, on Facebook @chriskresserlac, on Twitter @chriskresser, on YouTube @chriskresser, and through his website https://chriskresser.com. To learn more about his ADAPT Health Coach Training Program and his ADAPT Practitioner Training Program visit: https://kresserinstitute.com. You can also find his book, The Paleo Cure at https://paleocurebook.com/.


Also mentioned in this episode:


Vitamin D

-www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-77093-z

-https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960076020302764?via%3Dihub#bib0100

 

Masks

-https://reason.com/2020/11/16/masks-are-a-tool-not-a-panacea/

-https://pws.byu.edu/covid-19-and-masks

-https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-6817

 

Vaccines

-Dr. Hyman Video: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CHY-_aXHw3E/

-https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4037

-https://www.research.ox.ac.uk/Article/2020-11-23-oxford-university-breakthrough-on-global-covid-19-vaccine

-https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32466-1/fulltext

 

Testing

-https://www.propublica.org/article/rapid-testing-is-less-accurate-than-the-government-wants-to-admit

 

Fluoride

-https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/article-abstract/2748628

 

Alternative Ideas to Lock Downs That Need More Discussion

-https://covidrecovery.ie/

-Katz COVID Reality Check 21: Left & Right, Right & Wrong, Front & Center https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sij0TJw8vcg&feature=youtu.be


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.


This episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Bioptimizers and Optimize. 


My new favorite magnesium is from a company called Bioptimizers—their Magnesium Breakthrough formula contains 7 different forms which all have different functions in the body. Right now, Bioptimizers is offering their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal to my listeners during the entire month of November. They are offering free shipping, up to 40% off on select products and are giving away free bottles of their amazing enzyme, probiotic P30M as well as their HCL breakthrough supplement. Just go to bioptimizers.com/brain and use the code BRAIN10 to receive this amazing offer!

 

I’m sure most of you can relate to trying to pack a lot into your day. I’m always trying to do my absolute best when it comes to balancing my career, my relationships, and finding some time for personal growth, so I really love when I can find a resource that makes any of that easier. That’s why I’m really excited about this company called Optimize, founded by Brian Johnson. His Philosophers Notes series has short summaries of more than 600 of the best books on ancient wisdom and modern science—they pull the most important Big Ideas into a 6-page PDF and 20-minute MP3 you can read or listen to on the go via the Optimize app. It’s the perfect time to check out Optimize because they’re offering Broken Brain listeners 10% off. Just go to Optimize.me/brokenbrain and enter code BROKEN to get 10% off  today.



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Nov 26, 2020
The Most Common Underlying Causes of Acne (Minisode #16)
21:37

Our skin is a reflection of what’s going on with our health beneath the surface. Acne and other skin problems are signals that something is off in our body. Conventional medicine deals with symptoms, so their solutions for acne include lathering on potions and lotions, popping and pricking pimples, and taking antibiotics or strong liver-damaging medications. There’s got to be another way, right?


Fortunately, there is with Functional Medicine, which addresses the problem’s root cause. From this lens, we can understand that numerous factors contribute to acne, including nutrition, stress, toxicity, inflammation and hormonal and gut imbalances. That’s actually good news because it empowers us to make dietary and lifestyle changes that reverse acne and improve our overall health without the adverse side effects of pharmaceuticals and other invasive procedures.


In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Robin Berzin about the most common underlying causes of acne, and the connection between gut health and skin issues. We discuss why conventional acne treatments don’t actually work, and often end up doing more harm. We also talk about how the cosmetics we use on our skin can increase inflammation which inturn leads to acne, and the best skincare routine and products for someone suffering with acne.


Dr. Robin Berzin is the founder and CEO of Parsley Health. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Robin completed medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She has also trained in Functional Medicine with the Institute for Functional Medicine, where she is an advisor on digital technology. In 2011 she co-founded the physician communication app Cureatr and subsequently has advised numerous startups in the healthcare space. Robin founded Parsley Health in order to make whole-body, transformative medicine accessible to everyone through better services and smart technology. When she is not at Parsley, you can find her at home in Brooklyn, upstate with her husband, son and two rescue dogs, or at her favorite vinyasa yoga class.


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Robin Berzin here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrRobinBerzin/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.


This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.





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Nov 23, 2020
#170: How Out of Control Blood Sugar Can Cause Belly Fat, Brain Fog, and Chronic Disease
1:20:00

Most of us hear the term “metabolic health” and think it only applies to our ability to burn food and manage our weight. And while those are certainly big pieces of metabolic health, it also impacts everything from our cardiovascular health to cognition, mood, infertility, and so much more. 


That’s because our metabolism is actually our body’s ability to create energy and this happens all over the body. If our energy production in the brain is hindered, we could have memory loss; if it’s not functioning properly in muscle cells, we may see chronic pain—and the list goes on. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, Dr. Casey Means, sits down with Dhru to explain how we can use continuous blood glucose monitoring to dramatically improve our health in all of these ways and beyond. 


Dr. Casey Means is a Stanford-trained physician, Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder of metabolic health company Levels, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention. Her mission is to maximize human potential and reverse the epidemic of preventable chronic disease by empowering individuals with tech-enabled tools that can inform smart, personalized, and sustainable dietary and lifestyle choices. 

 

Dr. Means has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Hill, Metabolism, Endocrine Today, Endocrine Web, Well + Good, and Dr. Michael Greger’s (author of How to Not Die) video series. She is an award-winning biomedical researcher, with past research positions at the NIH, Stanford School of Medicine, and NYU. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Means dive deep into the concept of continuous blood glucose monitoring, something Dr. Means is pioneering to make more accessible to the masses, and how we can use that data to truly personalize our diet and lifestyle for optimal health. They discuss how our diet and lifestyle have fundamentally changed in a way that greatly impacts how we regulate blood sugar, and how it’s wreaking havoc on our metabolic health. They also talk about how there is no perfect diet for everyone, and even healthy foods like sweet potatoes may cause a blood sugar spike in one person but be fine for someone else. Seeing this information in real-time lets us make better decisions with immediate pay off for how we feel, as well as long-term protection against chronic disease. 


In this episode, we dive into:


-How metabolic health impacts overall health (3:08) 

-Healthy foods that could be throwing your blood sugar out of control (15:22) 

-How a continuous glucose monitor can help you personalize your diet and optimize your health (20:07)

-Dhru’s experience using a continuous glucose monitor (24:18)

-Why continuously spiking your glucose doesn’t allow you to burn fat (27:56) 

-How to personalize your diet with a continuous glucose monitor (35:58)

-Why a high carbohydrate meal in the evening impacts your sleep (41:10) 

-The keto diet and metabolic flexibility (54:16)

-COVID-19 and metabolic disorder (59:54)

-How listeners can sign up for Levels (1:08:35)


For more on Dr. Casey Means you can follow her on Instagram @drcaseyskitchen and @levels, on Twitter @levels, and through her website https://www.levelshealth.com/. Sign up for early access to Levels Metabolic Fitness Program here: levels.link/brokenbrain. The program includes a telehealth consultation with a physician in your state, two sensors shipped to your door, and Levels software. 


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Nov 19, 2020
3 Tips on Supercharging Your Morning Routine (Minisode #15)
13:59

How do you start your day? Do you jolt awake at the sound of your alarm, or do you mindfully ease into the morning with a healthy meal, exercise, and setting goals for what you plan to accomplish?

 

Your morning can set the tone for your entire day. It can mean the difference between a productive day or a sluggish one, having a powerful ripple effect on your mood, happiness and focus. If you leave your day to chance, you'll likely get sidetracked by distractions, other people's priorities, and find yourself consumed with stress.

 

In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks Dr. Rangan Chatterjee about the importance of a morning routine, and how it can help you be more productive in every aspect of your life. Dr. Chatterjee also shares the three core elements of his morning routine, which includes mindfulness, movement, and mindset practices. 


Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is regarded as one of the most influential medical doctors in the UK and hosts the most listened to health podcast in the UK and Europe, Feel Better, Live More. His first three books have all been #1 Sunday Times bestsellers and his latest book, Feel Better in 5, shows people how to transform their health in just 5 minutes. It has been a smash hit in the UK, selling almost 100,000 copies in just 7 months, and has just been published in the United States. Professor BJ Fogg, the world’s leading expert in human behavior, calls this book, “one of the best habit change programs he has seen—deceptively simple but remarkably effective.” Dr. Chatterjee regularly appears on BBC News and Television and has been featured in numerous international publications including The New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian, and Vogue, and his TED talk, How To Make Disease Disappear, has been viewed almost 3 million times.


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrRanganChatterjee/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.


This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.




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Nov 16, 2020
#169: The New Science of Why We Get Cancer with Dr. Jason Fung
1:26:32

Our understanding of cancer is slowly undergoing a revolution, allowing for the development of more effective treatments. For the first time ever, the death rate from cancer is showing a steady decline, but the “War on Cancer” has hardly been won.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Jason Fung, a physician, author, and researcher. His groundbreaking science-based books about diabetes and obesity, The Diabetes Code, The Obesity Code, and The Complete Guide to Fasting have sold over one million copies and challenged the conventional wisdom that diabetics should be treated with insulin. Dr. Fung is also the co-founder of The Fasting Method, a program to help people lose weight and reverse Type 2 Diabetes naturally with fasting. His work on fasting has been cited by CNN, Time, The Atlantic, Forbes, The Toronto Star, and many other media outlets. His latest book, The Cancer Code: A Revolutionary New Understanding of a Medical Mystery, was just released. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Fung talk about a revolutionary new understanding of cancer—what it is, how it manifests, and why it is so challenging to treat. They discuss the seed and soil analogy of cancer, and how the seed of cancer may exist in all of us, but the power to change the soil is in our hands. They also talk about how hyperinsulinemia may enable the development of cancer, and how we can build a soil that offers cancer a hostile environment as opposed to a fertile one.


In this episode, we dive into:


-What is cancer (4:09) 

-Cancer Paradigm 1.0: Excessive Growth of Cells (7:42) 

-Cancer Paradigm 2.0: Genetic Disease (15:36) 

-The cost of cancer drugs (28:50)

-Cancer Paradigm 3.0: An Evolutionary Process (34:27) 

-The seed and soil analogy of cancer (53:58)

-The biggest drivers of cancer (57:17)

-What feeds cancer cells (1:00:45) 

-How chemotherapy targets cancer cells (1:02:57)

-What you can do today to minimize your risk of cancer (1:10:31)

-The importance of getting your blood sugar under control (1:14:38) 

-Where listeners can learn more about Dr. Jason Fung (1:20:26)


For more on Dr. Jason Fung you can follow him on Instagram @DrJasonFung, on Twitter @DrJasonFung, and through his website https://thefastingmethod.com/. Get Dr. Fung’s book, The Cancer Code: A Revolutionary New Understanding of a Medical Mystery at https://thefastingmethod.com/book/the-cancer-code/.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Pique Fasting Tea - https://www.piquetea.com/pages/fasting-tea


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.


This episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Bioptimizers.


My new favorite magnesium is from a company called Bioptimizers—their Magnesium Breakthrough formula contains 7 different forms which all have different functions in the body. There is truly nothing like it on the market. Right now you can try Bioptimizers Magnesium Breakthrough for 10% off, just go to www.bioptimizers.com/brain and use the code BRAIN10 at checkout.


Right now, Bioptimizers is offering their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal to my listeners during the entire month of November. They are offering free shipping, up to 40% off on select products and are giving away free bottles of their amazing enzyme, probiotic P30M as well as their HCL breakthrough supplement. Just go to bioptimizers.com/brain and use the code BRAIN10 to receive this amazing offer! I think you’ll love it as much as I do. 



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Nov 12, 2020
#168: How to Get Better at Trusting Your Gut Intuition
27:32

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about how to trust our gut and get better at listening to our intuition. 


He shares three big ideas on this topic:


(1) Practice listening - our intuition doesn’t just speak to us in life’s big events, it speaks to us in life’s small events too. Listening to our intuition in life’s little moments will help us get better at hearing our intuition in life’s bigger moments.


(2) Meditate - meditation is one of the ultimate life hacks. If you find yourself struggling to implement a regular meditation practice, try walking. It gets you into nature, and is great for giving you a change in perspective. 


(3) Find the fear or allow - when people say, “I’m so confused, I don’t know what I want,” it typically means one of two things: (1) “I don’t know what I want, but I feel I should know,” or (2) “I do know what I want, but I’m afraid of the consequences of my decision.”


If you don’t know what you want, breathe and slow down. The answer always comes if you are willing to be silent long enough to hear it, and allow things to unfold. A lot of growth happens when we become comfortable being uncomfortable. 


If you do know what you want, but are afraid of the consequences of your decision, address the fear. Write your fears down on paper—be clear about them, don’t hide from them. Give a name and a face to the monster that is holding you back. Monsters are never as scary as they seem when we can see what they really look like.


Most people who say they are confused actually do know what they want, but for some reason they are scared. Scared of making the wrong choice, scared of losing love, scared of failing. Being scared is a great thing, it shows you that you care. But when we stop because we’re scared, we don’t learn the lesson that we were meant to learn.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. Here is the instagram post that inspired today’s episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFDwzSyl8HU/.


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Nov 11, 2020
#167: EMDR: A Powerful Therapy for Healing Trauma with Dr. Stephen Dansiger
49:13

EMDR therapy, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing has been proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders, by resolving unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. 


Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. This process involves communication between the amygdala, the hippocampus, and the prefrontal cortex. While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help.

 

Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Stephen Dansiger, a master EMDR therapist. Dr. Dansiger developed the MET(T)A Protocol—a system combining Mindfulness and EMDR Therapy—which aims to combine Buddhist Mindfulness and EMDR Therapy. Dr. Dansiger has practiced Buddhist mindfulness for over 30 years, including a one-year residency at a Zen monastery. He is the author of five books covering clinician self-care, Buddhist psychology, anger management, EMDR Therapy, and the 12 step process. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Dansiger talk about how EMDR therapy is different from other therapies, how it affects the brain, and who can benefit from it. Dr. Dansiger also walks us through what an EMDR therapy session looks like, and he shares stories of patients who have experienced EMDR therapy and what it has meant for them in their life. 

 

In this episode, we dive into:


-What is EMDR therapy (4:55)

-Traumatic memories and where they’re stored in the brain (8:19) 

-What an EMDR therapy session looks like (13:23)

-What happens in the brain that makes EMDR therapy so powerful (26:39)

-Case studies from Dr. Dansiger’s practice (35:48)

-The best way to explore EMDR therapy and where to find a therapist (42:30)


For more on Dr. Dansiger you can follow him on Instagram @drdansiger, on Facebook @drstephendansiger, on Twitter @drdansiger, and through his website http://www.drdansiger.com/


Also mentioned in this episode:

-EMDR International Association - https://www.emdria.org/


-The Institute for Creative Mindfulness - https://www.instituteforcreativemindfulness.com/


-Trauma and the 12 Steps: An Inclusive Guide to Enhancing Recovery by Jamie Marich - https://amzn.to/367UuUa


-Trauma and the 12 Steps: A Trauma Responsive Workbook by Jamie Marich and Dr. Stephen Dansiger - https://amzn.to/36izbiO


-Trauma and the 12 Steps: Daily Meditations and Reflections by Jamie Marich and Dr. Stephen Dansiger - https://amzn.to/3jYcFAp


-Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers by Dr. Stephen Dansiger - https://amzn.to/3p5gFmK


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally-packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.



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Nov 09, 2020
#166: Are Root Canals Dangerous? with Dr. Rouzita Rashtian, DDS
1:24:14

Root canals have become ubiquitous—almost 60 million are performed each year in the United States. “You need a root canal‟ is now almost as common as hearing “you need a filling.” It is the only treatment protocol available to retain a tooth that is diseased. Yet, just how safe are root canals? And, what is the science behind there being a non-toxic alternative to tooth extractions? 

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Rouzita Rashtian, a biological dentist and surgeon. After having earned her undergraduate degree at University of California Los Angeles with high honors in Neuroscience, Dr. Rouzita Rashtian went on to attend the University of Southern California where she completed her degree in doctor of dental surgery. 

 

Dr. Rashtian believes that every individual deserves the highest quality in dental care. She practices utilizing modern health as a platform in helping patients understand the relationship between their mouth and overall health, in her Los Angeles dental office. Her focus is on holistic and biological dentistry; the philosophy recognizing the teeth and associated structures as part of the whole body. Because of this important relationship, she offers a plethora of healthy treatment options, stressing the use of non-toxic materials focusing on the impact that toxins and hidden bacteria can have on cumulative health. She uses minimally invasive techniques to preserve healthy tooth structure and incorporates laser technology and ozone therapy. She holds a SMART certification license through the prestigious International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. She is also a member of the Holistic Dental Association and the International Association of Mercury-safe Dentists and Biomimetic Dentistry.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Rashtian dive deep into the topic of root canals. They discuss what a root canal treatment involves, why you might end up needing one, and alternative treatment options. Dr. Rashtian also shares a few case studies from her practice where a root canal was the underlying cause of a patient’s health issue. 

 

In this episode, we dive into:


-What is biological dentistry (6:16)

-What is a root canal (12:39)

-The four factors to avoid a root canal (18:20)

-Why root canals can be problematic (24:42)

-What you should look out for if you’ve had a root canal (44:42)

-Traditional tooth extraction vs. holistic tooth extraction (48:52)

-Ozone therapy in dentistry (50:48)

-Options for tooth replacement (54:23)

-Case studies from Dr. Rashtian’s dental practice (1:00:52)

-How to work with Dr. Rashtian (1:15:28)

-Where you can learn more about Dr. Rashtian (1:19:46) 


For more on Dr. Rouzita Rashtian you can follow her on Instagram @SerenityDentalCenter, on Facebook @SerenityDentalCenter, and through her website https://serenitydentalcenter.com/.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Dental Dangers of Mercury, Root Canals, and Fluoride with Dr. Rouzita Rashtian - Episode 17 on The Broken Brain Podcast - https://drhyman.com/blog/2018/08/23/bb-ep17/


-Weston Price - https://www.westonaprice.org/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Nov 05, 2020
#165: How to Become Better at Focusing with Dr. Pedram Shojai
1:05:17

In our unpredictable and continually changing world, we are constantly in a state of figuring out how to create a happy life, which means tending to the needs of our health, career, family and friends, passions, and desires. Unfortunately, time never seems to be on our side, and, if anything, often it seems out of our control. But what if it wasn't? What if you had the ability to take control of how you trade your energy for time and knew how to increase your body's "energy budget" to live your fullest life?

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Pedram Shojai, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Master Herbalist, and Acupuncturist. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Urban Monk, and The Art of Stopping Time, and the founder of whole.tv and Well.org. He is an acclaimed Qi Gong Master and Taoist Abbot with a practical approach to modern living, using Eastern thinking and practices to help himself and others overcome the Westernized challenges of everyday life and to wake up and live their lives fully. His latest book, Focus: Bringing Time, Energy, and Money into Flow, was just released and is about bringing your attention in line with your intention to get the life you want.  


In this episode, Dhru and Pedram talk about how to find focus and make meaningful change to create the life we desire, how to balance doing versus being, and why saying “no” and setting boundaries is so important. They discuss what Pedram refers to as “life gardens” and the importance of how we tend to them. They also talk about how the pandemic has forced us, as a society to halt, and why this is such a crucial time to evaluate our lives and hit reset.

 

In this episode, we dive into: 


-Pedram’s goal setting technique and why it’s so successful (11:46)

-How to make a life plan and stick to it (15:20)

-Common things that are pulling our attention away from being able to focus (17:58)

-How daily meditation can help with attention and focus (21:03)

-How Pedram maintains his focus throughout the day, and what he does when his attention gets off track (24:38)

-How modern technology is dividing us, and how we are letting the inputs of the world influence us (36:18)

-How Pedram became a monk and why he ended up leaving the monastery (37:24) 

-Breaking expectations that others have of you and the importance of setting boundaries (54:59)

-Where you can learn more about Dr. Pedram Shojai (1:00:55) 


For more on Dr. Pedram Shojai you can follow him on Instagram @official_urbanmonk, on Facebook @PedramShojaiUrbanMonk, on Twitter @PedramShojai, and through his website https://www.theurbanmonk.com. Get his new book, “Focus: Bringing Time, Energy, and Money into Flow,” at https://www.theurbanmonk.com/my-work-new/.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-The Urban Monk Academy - https://www.theurbanmonk.com/academy-new/


-Meditation and Qi Gong Presentation - 2014 Bulletproof Conference - https://youtu.be/5z8qDEHSzPA


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally-packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.



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Nov 02, 2020
#164: Monsanto's World of Deception, Greed, and Glyphosate with Carey Gillam
1:13:06

Known as Monsanto's Roundup by consumers, and as glyphosate by scientists, the world's most popular weed killer is used everywhere from backyard gardens to golf courses to millions of acres of farmland. It's the pesticide on our dinner plates, a chemical so pervasive it’s in the air we breathe, our water, our soil, and even found increasingly in our own bodies. For decades it's been touted as safe enough to drink, but a growing body of evidence indicates just the opposite, with research tying the chemical to cancers and a host of other health threats.  

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Carey Gillam Carey, a veteran investigative journalist and author of Whitewash- The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science. Gillam works now as Research Director for the non-profit US Right to Know and as a columnist for The Guardian. Her second book will be out in early 2021.


In this episode, Dhru and Carey talk about the health hazards of glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides, which is most commonly found in the weedkiller Roundup. They discuss Monsanto’s efforts to promote increased uses of glyphosate, and how Monsanto (now Bayer) is facing thousands of lawsuits from customers who now have cancer. They also talk about how most of us are probably consuming several different pesticides in our daily meals, and what we can do to avoid them. 

 

In this episode, we dive into: 


-Rachel Carson’s warning about the unrestricted use of pesticides (2:42) 

-How Carey Gillam started reporting on Monsanto and glyphosate (7:01)

-Monsanto’s argument for why the world needs GMO foods and Roundup Ready crops (11:59) 

-The first concerns over the use of glyphosate-based herbicides (15:19)

-How Carey became a target of the industry and how Monsanto tried to silence her (17:18) 

-The deception behind Monsanto and the safety of glyphosate (19:41)

-How the public and lawmakers were fooled to believe that glyphosate is safe (23:02) 

-Lawsuits against Monsanto (30:07) 

-Why we need to pay attention to what’s happening in our food system and the importance of getting corporate wealth out of Washington (39:59)

-The truth about the chemicals in our food and what you can do about it (48:21)

-Pesticides in drinking water and rainfall (1:00:38)

-Carey’s upcoming book, The Monsanto Papers (1:05:02) 


For more on Carey Gillam you can follow her on Twitter @careygillam, and through her website https://careygillam.com/. Get Carey’s book, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, at https://careygillam.com/book.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-US Right to Know - https://usrtk.org/

-How Monsanto Manipulates Journalists and Academics - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/02/monsanto-manipulates-journalists-academics

-Silent Spring by Rachel Carson - http://www.rachelcarson.org/SilentSpring.aspx


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Oct 29, 2020
#163: Do You Need an "Avoid List"?
28:43

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit, talks to us about creating an “avoid list”, and how it can help you achieve your goals and dreams.


We're all familiar with a to-do list. But most of us have never heard about an “avoid list." 

 

The thing to understand about avoiding things or avoidance is that it's just a code word for fear. There's a great quote from Tony Robbins where he says, "Procrastination is just a code word for fear. But people say it because it sounds more romantic or better. No one just wants to flat out say I'm afraid, but that's exactly what they are."

 

Most people don't even know they are avoiding something. It's often in the background of their mind, and they are trying to make progress on their to-do list in the week, but they keep hitting roadblocks of lack of motivation or lack of excitement. This is where an avoid list can be very powerful!

 

So how does it work? 

 

Take out a blank piece of paper, and ask yourself this question: “Is there anything in my life right now that I'm avoiding or afraid to give attention to”? 

 

Once you have the answer—ask yourself the following questions:

 

-What story do I believe about this topic?

-When did I start believing that story?

-What's my ideal intention?

-How do I want to re-write this story?

 

The quicker we are aware of what we're avoiding or resisting, the quicker we can unravel the story and energy around it. When that happens we are left with the freedom to do anything we want to do.

 

For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. 


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Oct 28, 2020
#162: Becoming a Food Advocate in Your Own Kitchen with Vani Hari
1:05:57

We live in a world where our food is making us sick, tired, and overweight. Big Food brands design their packaged products to be addictive, so we over consume unhealthy ingredients, including cheap additives that are banned in other countries. Product labels are deceiving, hiding risky chemicals that contaminate our food and tout approval from organizations we’re led to believe are protecting our health, but in reality are doing anything but that. 

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Vani Hari, the revolutionary food activist behind foodbabe.com, co-founder of organic food brand Truvani, New York Times best selling author of, The Food Babe Way, and Feeding You Lies. She has led campaigns against food giants like Kraft, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Subway and General Mills that attracted more than 500,000 signatures, and led to the removal of several controversial ingredients used by these companies. Through corporate activism, petitions, and social media campaigns, Vani and her Food Babe Army have become one of the most powerful populist forces in the health and food industries. 


Her drive to change the food system inspired the creation of her new company, Truvani, where she produces real food without added chemicals, products without toxins, and labels without lies. Vani has been profiled in the New York Times and The Atlantic, and has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and NPR. 


In this episode, Dhru and Vani talk about tactics used by the food industry, scientists, and the media to disguise the unnecessary harms in our food supply. They discuss the many food companies selling similar products overseas with healthier ingredients, and why the food industry doesn’t remove these ingredients from their American products. Vani also shares her advice for reading food labels, including the top things we need to look out for, and what it means when a product includes “natural flavors.”

 

In this episode, we dive into: 


-Vani’s personal health journey that led her to food activism (4:22)

-The prevalence of harmful food additives and chemicals in our food supply (11:08)

-Individual responsibility vs governments role when it comes to our food choices (18:09) 

-How Starbucks removed controversial ingredients in their pumpkin spice latte (20:05)

-Three question to train your mind to eat real food (33:49)

-How Vani consulted with Chick-fil-A to change the ingredients in their food (36:10) 

-The importance of reading food labels and ingredient lists on our food (44:14)

-Recipes highlights from Vani’s new cookbook (48:07)

-What “natural flavors” really mean (57:06)


For more on Vani Hari you can follow her on Instagram @thefoodbabe, on Facebook @thefoodbabe, on Twitter @thefoodbabe, and through her website https://foodbabe.com/. Get Vani’s new cookbook, “Food Babe Kitchen: More than 100 Delicious, Real Food Recipes to Change Your Body and Your Life,” at https://foodbabekitchen.com/.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.



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Oct 26, 2020
#161: 9 Things We Do That Hold Us Back from Our Goals & Dreams with Dhru Purohit
53:19

In a culture that’s obsessed with adding things in (we want more, more, more), we can forget how powerful removing things can be. We need to take away that which is preventing us from reaching our goals in order to truly move forward.

 

On this week’s episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru talks about nine things he commonly sees people doing that hold them back from their goals and dreams (whether they realize it or not). This episode was originally released at the beginning of the year.


I’m willing to bet these nine habits will hit home with many of you. Do you obsess over what other people think of you? Do you waste time on social media as a way of avoiding other things? Or maybe you’re the kind of person who is constantly hard on yourself and lives according to other people’s expectations instead of your own desires. There are so many tendencies we fall into, for many different reasons, but that doesn’t mean we’re stuck with them. 

We can change, we can grow, we can shift our mindset and actions to finally reach those meaningful goals.


In this episode, we dive into:


-Why we obsess over what others think of us (1:49) 

-Why we waste time on social media (11:27) 

-Why we don’t ask for help or support from friends (16:17)

-Why we blame everyone instead of looking within (21:17)

-Why we avoid setting an intention for the day (25:08)

-Why we spend time with the wrong people (29:10)

-Why we don’t read books that help us level up (32:28)

-Why we live the life that others expect of us, instead of a life true to you (37:11)

-Why we are hard on ourselves all day, everyday (44:56)


Also mentioned in this episode:

-The instagram post that inspired this podcast - https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp2MMvbAudw/


-Moss Reports on Cancer by Dr. Ralph Moss - https://www.mossreports.com/


-Dr. Elizabeth Boham - http://www.drboham.com/


-Broken Brain Podcast episodes on friendship

-https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/10/31/bb-ep78/

-https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/12/17/why-we-need-deep-and-meaningful-relationships/

-https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/06/10/bb-ep122/

-https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/09/23/bb-ep153/


-Broken Brain Podcast Episode 55 - How to Redesign the Subconscious Mind from Limitation to Freedom with Peter Crone - https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/05/16/bb-ep55/


-Broken Brain Podcast Episode 75 - How a Morning Routine, Human Touch, and Nourishing Relationships Can Radically Lower Your Stress with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee - https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/10/10/bb-ep75/


-The One Thing by Gary Keller - https://www.the1thing.com/


-The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware - https://bronnieware.com/regrets-of-the-dying/


-The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle - https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808


-The Landmark Forum - https://www.landmarkworldwide.com/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Right now, Thrive is offering all my listeners an amazing deal - When you sign up for a new membership, you will receive a free gift. And, any time you spend more than $49, you’ll get free carbon-neutral shipping from one of their zero-waste warehouses.


Thrive Market makes it so easy to stay stocked with healthy ingredients so you can make the best salads in your own kitchen. Just go to thrivemarket.com/brokenbrain, sign up, and start filling up your cart - you’ll see the credit automatically deducted at checkout.



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Oct 22, 2020
#160: Getting to the Root of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Dr. Soyona Rafatjah
54:27

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a widely-diagnosed, yet often misunderstood condition that affects approximately 60 million Americans. IBS is characterized by abdominal pain, discomfort, and changes in bowel habits, and is diagnosed when IBD or celiac disease have been ruled out. In other words, IBS is a “diagnosis of exclusion.” The range of symptoms, poorly defined pathogenesis, and functional nature of IBS make it a notoriously difficult disorder to treat. Because there is no widely recognized cause of IBS in the mainstream medical community, standard treatment is based primarily on symptom suppression and management. 

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Soyona Rafatjah, a board-certified Family Medicine physician and Medical Director and Co-Founder of PrimeHealth in Denver, CO.  PrimeHealth is a team of medical providers and health coaches that provides full-spectrum Functional Medicine and primary care, with an emphasis in treatment and reversal of hypothyroidism and irritable bowel syndrome.


Prior to starting PrimeHealth, she was a physician at Parsley Health in New York City, a technology-forward Functional Medicine practice where she was integral to its rapid growth. Dr. Rafatjah worked and received expert mentorship at the renowned Mount Sinai Beth Israel Center for Health and Healing, Dr. Frank Lipman’s Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, and Dr. Robert Rountree’s Boulder Wellcare.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Rafatjah dive deep into the topic of IBS. They discuss the difference between the conventional medicine approach versus the Functional Medicine approach when it comes to testing and treatment options for IBS. They also talk about the importance of identifying food intolerances, and the benefits of a low-FODMAP diet which can significantly reduce the severity of IBS symptoms.

 

In this episode, we dive into: 

 

-Testing for IBS (9:29)

-SIBO and the real problem with having the wrong bacteria in the small intestine (17:15)

-The carnivore diet for treating IBS (23:17)

-Common foods that trigger IBS (27:42) 

-The relationship between stress and IBS (38:21)

-What you can do today to improve your overall gut health (41:57) 

-Where to learn more about Dr. Rafatjah (50:31)


For more on Dr. Rafatjah you can follow her on Instagram @primehealth_denver, on Facebook @primehealthdenver, and through her website https://primehealthdenver.com/.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Gut Healing Course - primehealth.teachable.com/p/guthealth. Use code: BROKENBRAIN to receive 50% off.


-Dr. Saladino and The Carnivore Diet - https://carnivoremd.com/the-carnivore-diet-start-here/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.



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Oct 19, 2020
#159: The Science of Yoga with Eddie Stern
1:40:00

Yoga, in its original form, was created as a science for liberation. In modern times, it is used by many for improving physical and mental health, helping us become more productive at work, more caring in relationships, and more responsible contributors to society and inhabitants of this planet. If yoga does accomplish all that—and many practitioners have experienced this to be true in their own lives—how exactly does yoga do it? How does yoga work?


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Eddie Stern, a yoga teacher, author, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his multidisciplinary approach to furthering education and access to yoga, as well as his teaching expertise in Ashtanga Yoga.  He most recently created The Breathing App, which guides the user in a paced breathing exercise that balances the nervous system, improves sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety. His book, One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life was just released.


In this episode, Dhru and Eddie talk about what makes yoga such an effective practice from a neurophysiological perspective, and how transcendence is wired into our biology. They talk about the mechanics beneath the surface of our bodies and how we can consciously use yogic practices to direct and change our lives in positive ways. They also discuss how what we do—from postures to meditation, from breathing techniques to chanting and to ethical practices—affects who we become, and how a steady routine of activities and attitudes can transform our bodies, our brain functions, our emotions, and our experience of life.


In this episode, we dive into:


-Why Eddie left his job and went to India to study yoga (3:31)

-How Eddie met his yoga teacher and the lessons he learned (11:23)

-Scientific studies to support the benefits of yoga (17:17)

-What yoga is doing on a neurophysiological level (22:35)

-The Polyvagal Theory and how the vagus nerve affects our brain chemistry (23:28)

-Neural exercises and how they promote self-regulation, resilience, and social connectedness (29:54)

-The purpose of yoga (44:56)

-The connection between consciousness and our biology (62:51)

-The Yoga and Science Conference (79:28)

-The Breathing App and resonance breathing (86:34) 

-Learn more about Eddie and his work (96:12) 


For more on Eddie Stern, be sure to follow him on Instagram @eddiestern. Check out his website https://eddiestern.com, and learn about The Breathing App, here. You can find his new book, One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life, right here. Lastly, learn more about the Yoga and Science Conference https://yogaandscience.com/, and the Urban Yogis Program he co-created with Deepak Chopra and Erica Ford http://www.urbanyogis.org.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Oct 15, 2020
The Secret Formula for Making Habits Stick (Minisode #14)
18:13

How many times have you attempted to start working out consistently, eat more veggies, or incorporate something new into your routine, but struggled to make it stick? Changing an old habit or creating a new one can be challenging, but when we use science to understand the secrets to lasting behavior change, it’s clear there are ways to overcome the struggle and get the results we want. 


In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee and Dr. BJ Fogg about the secret formula for creating new habits that stick, and how it can not only be easy, but enjoyable and rewarding. 


Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is regarded as one of the most influential medical doctors in the UK and hosts the most listened to health podcast in the UK and Europe, ‘Feel Better, Live More’. His first three books have all been #1 Sunday Times best sellers and his latest book, Feel Better in 5, shows people how to transform their health in just 5 minutes. It has been a smash hit in the UK, selling almost 100,000 copies in just 7 months, and has just been published in the United States. Professor BJ Fogg, the world’s leading expert in human behavior, calls this book, ‘one of the best habit change programs he has seen—deceptively simple but remarkably effective.’ Dr. Chatterjee regularly appears on BBC News and Television and has been featured in numerous international publications including The New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian, and Vogue, and his TED talk, How To Make Disease Disappear, has been viewed almost 3 million times.


Dr. BJ Fogg is a Behavior Scientist at Stanford University and has focused his research on what he calls “persuasive technology.” He’s the founder of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University and teaches industry innovators how human behavior really works, so they can create products to help people be healthier and happier. He’s culminated his life’s work and teaching into his first book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything, which became a New York Times best seller.

Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrRanganChatterjee3/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. BJ Fogg here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/BJFogg/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.



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Oct 12, 2020
#158: This Miracle Molecule will Supercharge Your Health with Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Louis Ignarro
1:23:10

It was only a few decades ago that people started paying attention to nitric oxide. Named molecule of the year in 1992, it previously had been a pretty undervalued aspect of human health. Several years later, in 1998, three scientists were given a Nobel Prize for their discovery that nitric oxide is a key molecule in the cardiovascular system that helps keep blood vessels healthy and regulates blood pressure. We now know that nitric oxide can boost health in even more ways. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Louis Ignarro, a medical research scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his breakthrough discovery of Nitric Oxide (NO), and how it positively impacts health and longevity. His groundbreaking research on nitric oxide paved the way for—among other innovations—Viagra. Nitric oxide is currently being utilized all over by hospitals and universities as possible treatment for COVID-19. He is an award-winning Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has his PhD in Pharmacology with over 35 years of experience teaching. 


Dr. Ignarro is a widely sought-after international speaker on nitric oxide, cardiovascular health, and the importance of nitric oxide to a healthy lifestyle. Based on his scientific work, Dr. Ignarro started a biotech company that focuses on the development of nutritional supplements designed to boost the body’s production of nitric oxide. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Ignarro talk about how important nitric oxide is to our overall health, and how it impacts our cardiovascular health, brain health, immune system, and nervous system. They discuss the problem with not having adequate levels of nitric oxide in the body, and how to naturally boost your production of it. They also talk about how nitric oxide is currently being used as an intervention in clinical trials to treat COVID-19.

 

In this episode, we dive into: 

 

-Why nitric oxide is so fundamentally connected to our health (6:26)

-How the body creates nitric oxide (12:48) 

-The problem with not having adequate levels of nitric oxide in the body (14:45)

-The impact of nitric oxide on the brain (16:32) 

-Why breathing through your nose is so important to overall health (18:26)

-One of the first indicators you may be suffering from inadequate levels of nitric oxide (24:10)

-How Viagra was discovered (25:38) 

-The impact of salt and sugar on nitric oxide production (30:53) 

-Nitric oxide as a treatment for COVID-19 (34:50) 

-Why you shouldn’t use mouthwash (40:54) 

-Exercise and nitric oxide production (59:52) 


For more on Dr. Ignarro, you can follow him on Instagram @dr.louisignarro, on Facebook @drignarro, on Twitter @drignarro, and through his website http://www.drignarro.com/.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor -  https://www.amazon.com/Breath-New-Science-Lost-Art/dp/0735213615

 

-Episode 15 with Dr. Steven Lin: The Importance of Dental Care in Whole Body Health - https://drhyman.com/blog/2018/08/09/the-broken-brain-podcast-the-importance-of-dental-care-in-whole-body-health-with-dr-steven-lin-15/

 

-Episode 62 with Dr. Mark Burhenne: The Secret to Better Sleep? Stop Doing This One Thing - https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/07/04/bb-ep62/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Oct 08, 2020
#157: The Power of Boundaries, Limits, and Constraints
8:03

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit, talks to us about the power of boundaries, limits, and constraints. 

 

He shares that without some limits and boundaries it’s hard to remain grounded, and without constraints it can be hard to grow. Dhru talks about how constraints build creativity, and he shares with us a few constraints that he played with in the last 10 years: 

 

-Not spending any money on the weekend to become more mindful about his beliefs about money

-Only watching tv or movies when he is flying or traveling to become more mindful about time

-Not taking on new projects to practice honoring his current commitments

-Working on Sunday’s, but not Monday’s to become better at planning and delegating

-Avoiding all social media, especially surfing news-feeds, unless he has something meaningful to post

-Not dating for a period of time to notice relationship patterns that he was replaying

 

The key word here is “played with.” He played with the constraint as long as it served him, and once it stopped serving him he let it go. This is how constraints build creativity.

 

For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. 


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Oct 07, 2020
Protecting Your Brain from Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline (Minisode #13)
22:43

Did you know that Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease and not a disease of old age? We tend to associate it with the elderly because that’s when clinical symptoms manifest, but in reality, Alzheimer’s begins with negative changes in the brain at least a decade prior. More often than not, in middle age.


In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Lisa Mosconi, and Dr. Dale Bredesen about why Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease, the lifestyle factors that can set the stage for Alzheimer’s years from now, the statistics on Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on women, and what you can do today to prevent cognitive decline. 


Dr. David Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist and four-time New York Times best selling author. He serves on the Board of Directors and is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. His books include the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, with over 1 million copies in print. His latest book, Brain Wash, was co-written with his son, Dr. Austin Perlmutter.

 

Dr. Lisa Mosconi is the director of the Women's Brain Initiative and associate director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she serves as an associate professor of neuroscience in neurology and radiology. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at the NYU Department of Psychiatry, and the author of Brain Food and The XX Brain.


Dr. Dale Bredesen is internationally recognized as an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, and the author of the New York Times bestseller, The End of Alzheimer's. He held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA, and the University of California, San Diego, and directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before coming to the Buck Institute in 1998 as its founding president and CEO. He is currently a professor at UCLA and the Chief Science Officer At Apollo Health.


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. David Perlmutter here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrDavidPerlmutter/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Lisa Mosconi here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrLisaMosconi/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Dale Bredesen here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrDaleBredesen/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.




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Oct 05, 2020
#156: Hacking Your Brain and Emotions with this 90 Second Formula with Dr. Joan Rosenberg
1:24:40

What often blocks most people from success and feeling capable in life is the ability to experience, move through, and handle unpleasant feelings, such as sadness, shame, helplessness, anger, embarrassment, disappointment, frustration, and vulnerability. 


Knowing how to deal with intense, overwhelming, or uncomfortable feelings is essential to building confidence, emotional strength, and resilience. Yet when we distract or disconnect from these feelings, we move away from confidence, health, and our desired pursuits, ultimately undermining our ability to fully realize our ambitions.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Joan Rosenberg, a psychologist who is known as an innovative thinker, acclaimed speaker, and trainer. She is a professor of graduate psychology at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA, and is a two-time TEDx speaker and member of the Association of Transformational Leaders. Dr. Rosenberg has been featured in the documentary I Am, The Miracle Mindset, Pursuing Happiness, and The Hidden Epidemic. She’s been seen on CNN’s American Morning, the OWN network, and PBS, as well as appearances and radio interviews in all of the major metropolitan markets. Her latest book, 90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience and Authenticity, was released this past February. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Rosenberg talk about how to work through unpleasant feelings, and how to build emotional strength to create the life of your dreams. They discuss why worrying about what other people think of you is really just a distraction from feeling vulnerable, and why harsh self-criticism is one of the most destructive things we can do to ourselves. They also talk about why speaking your truth is the most important action to take to cultivate confidence, authenticity, and resilience. 


In this episode, we dive into:


-How our emotions are tied to our success (1:59)

-Why it’s so difficult for us to experience unpleasant feelings (11:59)

-Why labeling our feelings is so important (16:54)

-How to build confidence (25:25)

-How to stay present to your feelings through The Rosenberg Reset Formula (31:28)

-What is really underneath fear and anxiety (38:08)

-How to release painful memories and old stories (44:22)

-The importance of speaking your truth to build confidence (52:32)

-Why compliments are so difficult to receive (1:04:50)

-Finding your purpose (1:08:03)

-How to be resilient in the face of change (1:12:23)

-Learn more about Dr. Rosenberg and her work (1:16:22)


For more on Dr. Joan Rosenberg, be sure to follow her on Instagram @drjoanrosenberg, on Facebook @drjrosenberg, and on Twitter @drjoanrosenberg. Check out her website https://drjoanrosenberg.com. You can find her book, 90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience and Authenticity, right here. Lastly, here is a bonus gift from Dr. Rosenberg: https://drjoanrosenberg.com/gift.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally-packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.




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Oct 01, 2020
#155: How to Break Free from Comparison and Jealousy
27:48

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!

 

Are you stuck in comparison and jealousy? On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit and his sister and colleague, Kaya Purohit talk to us about the two ways we can break free from the grips of jealousy and comparison:


  1. Catch yourself early and question your thoughts
  2. Reframe your jealousy 


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. 


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You can follow Kaya on Instagram @kayapurohit.


Also mentioned in this episode:

Broken Brain Docuseries - https://brokenbrain.com/freepodcastoffer



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Sep 30, 2020
What Actually Makes You Happy?
23:20

Science says that only 10% of our happiness comes from our external circumstances—our job and income, relationship status, health and weight, age, and where we live. That means that our happiness is largely up to us and the choices we make, the things we do, and the thoughts we think.  


In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Robert Mack and Dr. Laurie Santos about why true happiness is a state of being, and not dependent on external factors, and simple actions you can take today to get on a path to happiness. 


Robert Mack is an ivy-league-educated Celebrity Happiness Coach, Positive Psychology Expert, Published Author of Happiness from the Inside Out, and TV Host/Personality for OWN and E! Robert’s work has been endorsed by Oprah and many others. 


Dr. Laurie Santos is a Professor of Psychology and the Head of Silliman College at Yale University, as well as the host of the critically acclaimed podcast The Happiness Lab.  After observing a disturbing level of unhappiness and anxiety among her students, she began teaching a course entitled "Psychology and the Good Life," which quickly became the most popular course in Yale's history and has also reached almost 2 million people from all over the world through an online version.

 

Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Robert Mack here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/RobertMack/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Laurie Santos here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/lauriesantos/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.




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Sep 28, 2020
#154: The Mind-Blowing Science of Fat-Burning and Insulin Resistance with Dr. Benjamin Bikman
1:25:20

Around the world, we struggle with diseases that were once considered rare. Cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes affect millions each year. Many people are also struggling with hypertension, weight gain, fatty liver, dementia, low testosterone, menstrual irregularities and infertility, and more. We treat the symptoms, not realizing that all of these diseases and disorders have something in common. Each of them is caused or made worse by a condition known as insulin resistance. Over half of all adults in the United States are insulin resistant, with most other countries either worse or not far behind. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Benjamin Bikman, a renowned metabolic research scientist, and a popular speaker on human metabolism and nutrition. Backed by years of research, Dr. Bikman’s mission is to help the world appreciate the prevalence and relevance of insulin resistance. He is the author of the newly released book, Why We Get Sick, which offers a thought-provoking yet real solution to insulin resistance and how to reverse pre-diabetes, improve brain function, shed fat, and prevent diabetes. Dr. Bikman has a Doctor of Philosophy in Bioenergetics from East Carolina University, a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Bikman talk about why insulin resistance has become so prevalent and why it matters. They discuss what makes us insulin resistant in the first place, and the evidence linking many major diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, to it. They also talk about how to reverse and prevent insulin resistance through specific diet and lifestyle modifications. 


In this episode, we dive into: 

 

-Fat cells and the role they play in the body (3:01)

-The recipe for weight loss (12:23)

-The role of insulin in our bodies (18:05) 

-How to know if you are insulin resistant (45:22)

-Lab testing for insulin resistance (50:09) 

-The role cholesterol plays in insulin resistance (52:40) 

-4 steps to improve insulin resistance (1:01:57) 

-Why movement is so important when it comes to insulin resistance (1:11:57)

-The power of wearing a continuous glucose monitor (1:13:49)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Bikman (1:18:21)


For more on Dr. Bikman you can follow him on Instagram @BenBikmanPhD, on Facebook @BenjaminBikmanPhD, on Twitter @BenBikmanPhD, and through his websites http://bikmanlab.byu.edu/ and https://www.insuliniq.com/. You can find his book, Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease―and How to Fight It, right here.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-HLTH Code Meal Replacement Shake - https://gethlth.com/


-Levels Continuous Glucose Monitor - https://www.levelshealth.com/


-Episode #94 with Alisa Vitti: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage by Harnessing the Power of Your Infradian Rhythm - https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/02/20/bb-ep94/


-Episode #133 with Dr. Stephanie Estima - How to Use Your Menstrual Cycle to Supercharge Your Diet, Reclaim Your Energy, and Honor Your Unique Biology - https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/07/06/bb-ep133/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally-packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.




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Sep 24, 2020
#153: One of the Top Regrets of the Dying (Being Too Busy for Your Friends)
13:37

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about one of the top five regrets of the dying. 


Dhru shares a story from palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware, who wrote the book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing. For many years she worked in palliative care. Her patients were those who had gone home to die, and she was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. Bronnie said, “People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.”


Bronnie shared that when questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. One of the regrets was, “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.” Here is an excerpt from Bronnie’s blog, “Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved.”


Will you be one of the people on their deathbed that regrets being too busy for their friends? If you haven’t been making time for your friends lately, use this episode as a reminder to prioritize your friendships and what truly matters the most. 


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643.


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Sep 23, 2020
The Secret to Better Sleep (Minisode #11)
27:31

Do you know the most important nutrient you need for healthy teeth and a healthy body? When you hear ‘nutrient’, you probably don’t consider oxygen, however, oxygen is by far our body’s most precious commodity—you simply can’t live without it. Yet, many of us do live without enough of it, and that’s due to our breathing habits and whether we breathe through our nose or mouth. 


In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Steven Lin and Dr. Mark Burhenne about how mouth breathing reduces the quality of our sleep, disrupts the balance of our oral microbiome, and makes you more prone to tooth decay. They discuss sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), and how it impacts our brain health. They also talk about the benefits of mouth taping for improved sleep and overall health. 


Dr. Steven Lin is a world leading functional dentist, TEDx speaker, and author of the best-selling book, The Dental Diet. As a passionate preventative, whole health-advocate, Dr. Lin focuses on the understanding of dental disease through nutritional principles. His work has highlighted that crooked teeth and the orthodontia epidemic are diet based problems, and the need for public health policy to prevent braces in the next generation of children. Dr. Lin’s work has reached millions of viewers worldwide being published in Esquire Magazine, Women’s Health, The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a regular contributor and expert at MindBodyGreen and VeryWell.


Dr. Mark Burhenne has been practicing dentistry in the greater San Francisco area for over 30 years. Dr. Burhenne is passionate about helping people understand the connection between oral and overall health. He is a TEDx speaker, and the author of the best-selling book, The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox. His advice regularly appears on media outlets like CNN, CBS, Yahoo! Health, The Huffington Post, Prevention, The Washington Post, and Men’s Health. He received his degree from the Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, and is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), and Dental Board of California.

 

Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Steven Lin here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrStevenLin/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Mark Burhenne here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrMarkBurhenne/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.



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Sep 21, 2020
#152: Preventing Colon Cancer Before it Starts with Dr. Elizabeth Boham
1:06:21

Did you know that colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women combined in the United States? While traditionally a disease of older adults, it has crept into younger and younger age groups. There are also racial and ethnic groups that see its devastating consequences at a higher rate. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Elizabeth Boham, a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The Ultrawellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing, she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the Functional Medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Boham talk about why we are seeing an increase in colon cancer incidence and mortality in young people. They discuss the risk factors and the importance of screening and early detection. They also talk about how to create a terrain in the body where cancer is less likely to grow through specific diet and lifestyle modifications. 


In this episode, we dive into: 

 

-Dr. Boham’s personal journey with breast cancer (4:46) 

-What causes colon cancer (11:22) 

-Why we are seeing higher rates of colon cancer in younger people (12:42) 

-Racial disparities in the risk of colon cancer (17:51)

-Testing and screening for colon cancer (19:53) 

-How to create an environment in the body where cancer is less likely to grow (25:59)

-The important role physical activity plays in cancer prevention (29:20)

-The connection between gut health and colon cancer (31:27) 

-Foods that support our microbiome and can lower our risk for colon cancer (40:28) 

-The connection between red meat and colon cancer (50:28)

-The fear of cancer and how to look at it in a different way (59:15)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Boham (1:02:17)


For more on Dr. Boham you can follow her on Instagram @ElizabethBohamMD, on Facebook @ElizabethBohamMD, on Twitter @DrBoham, and through her websites http://www.drboham.com/ and https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer DVD - http://www.drboham.com/order. Use code: breast30wellness to receive 30% off.

-Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests - https://nyti.ms/2FFPxIr

-The Journal of Physiology: Acute High Intensity Interval Exercise Reduces Colon Cancer Cell Growth - https://physoc.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1113/JP277648


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.


How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 


What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.  


It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.



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Sep 17, 2020
#151: 5 Reasons We Say “I Don’t Know What I Want?!” and How to Truly Find Clarity
30:11

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about 5 common reasons why we say, “I don’t know what I want,” and strategies to get around them.


(1) We haven’t taken the time to slow down, cut out the distractions, and ask ourself the question.

(2) We don’t even know what’s possible, because we haven’t looked outside our comfort zone.

(3) We’re too focused on making the wrong decision, instead of just taking the first step.

(4) We actually do know what we want; we’re just afraid to be honest and admit it to ourself.

(5) Sometimes we are rushing an answer in an area of life that just takes time.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643. Here is the instagram post that inspired today’s episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFDwzSyl8HU/.


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Sep 15, 2020
Lessons on Personalizing Your Diet from Modern-Day Hunter-Gatherers (Minisode #10)
16:28

Nutrition experts have long debated whether there is an optimal diet that humans evolved to eat. Studies show that modern hunter-gatherer groups across the globe generally have phenomenal heart and metabolic health, yet they eat a variety of diets, and tend to avoid the chronic diseases that kill most Americans. 


In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Anahad O’Connor and Chris Kresser about modern hunter-gatherer societies and why they tend to avoid chronic diseases, why one specific diet is not right for everyone, and how to personalize your diet to fit your lifestyle, genetic blueprint, and specific health conditions. 


Anahad O’Connor is a bestselling author and reporter for The New York Times. Anahad covers nutrition, medicine and chronic disease. He has published a number of groundbreaking investigative stories for the Times, including a series in 2015 that exposed Coca-Cola’s funding of scientific research that sought to downplay the role of sugar-sweetened beverages in the obesity epidemic. In 2018 he and his colleagues won an award from the Association of HealthCare Journalists for “Planet Fat,” a series that examined the food industry’s role in the spread of global obesity. Anahad is a frequent guest on national news programs, such as PBS NewsHour, Good Morning America, and NPR’s All Things Considered, and the author of four books. Anahad is a graduate of Yale University, and lives in San Francisco with his wife, a women’s rights attorney, and their son. 


Chris Kresser is the CEO of Kresser Institute for Functional & Evolutionary Medicine, the co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine, the creator of ChrisKresser.com, and the New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Cure. He is known for his in-depth research uncovering myths and misconceptions in modern medicine and providing natural health solutions with proven results. Chris was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by Greatist.com, and his blog is one of the top-ranked natural health websites in the world. He recently launched Kresser Institute, an organization dedicated to reinventing healthcare and reversing chronic disease by training healthcare practitioners in functional and evolutionary medicine. Chris lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and daughter.


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Anahad O’Connor here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/AnahadOconnor/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Chris Kresser here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/ChrisKresser/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Sep 14, 2020
#150: Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and Connected Parenting with Jennifer Kolari
2:08:21

I know many of you can relate to the challenges in parenting. Sometimes our emotions take over, our own past experiences drive big reactions, or we just can’t get through to our kids the way we want. 


One thing that we forget to stop and think about, though, is that children’s brains aren’t fully developed. When we say, “You should know better!” they physiologically can’t meet us at the same level we’re expecting. 


I find that fascinating and really powerful when it comes to communicating effectively with kids. That’s why I’m so excited to share this week’s episode of The Broken Brain Podcast with you, where Dhru does a deep-dive into a new approach to parenting with Child and Family Therapist Jennifer Kolari. 


Jennifer is one of the nation’s leading parenting experts and the founder of Connected Parenting. She is the author of Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great kid and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting

Jennifer was the Parenting expert on CBC’s Steven and Chris show for eight seasons and has appeared frequently on Canada AM and Breakfast Television. Her advice can be found in many Canadian and U.S. magazines, such as Today’s ParentRedbookParent Magazine and Canadian Family. Jennifer has been helping children, teens and families get connected for over twenty years.


Here are more of the details from this episode:


-How Jennifer discovered compassionate parenting and family therapy as her calling (4:50)

-The power of limbic bonding for you and your child (7:27)

-What traditional parenting got wrong about “You should know better!” (15:50)

-What are mirror neurons and how they can help (19:13)

-How yelling impacts the fight or flight response and stress hormones (24:40)

-Breaking down the CALM technique (27:00)

-Practicing active listening with the CALM technique in real situations (44:40)

-Approaching disagreements with teenagers more mindfully (52:20)

-Dealing with full-on tantrums and what happens when you give them permission to meltdown (57:10)

-Advice for couples and how to use mirroring for intimate relationships (1:15:50)

-Taking a modern approach to the modern problems kids are dealing with (1:30:05)

-Why too much power leads kids to feel anxious (1:50:30)

-Learn more about Jennifer’s work (1:54:20)


PS – You can find Jennifer’s books right here: Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great Kid and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting, and be sure to check out her podcast, Connected Parenting with Jennifer Kolari, right here


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Sep 11, 2020
How to Biohack Your Sexual Pleasure (Minisode #9)
20:39

Did you know that being sexually active is associated with closer relationships, better immune function, lower blood pressure, improved sleep, reduced stress, and lower mortality?


In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Amy Killen, Alisa Vitti, and Dr. Stephanie Estima about the importance of sexual pleasure to our wellbeing, how sex drive and orgasmic response change across a women’s cycle, and why orgasms should be a part of our self-care regime.


Dr. Amy Killen is an anti-aging and regenerative physician specializing in sexual optimization, aesthetics and longevity medicine. She is an international speaker, clinical practice owner, medical director of a national regenerative medicine physician training course, author, and frequent media guest. Dr. Killen has become an outspoken advocate for empowering patients to look and feel their best by merging lifestyle modification, hormone optimization, personalized medicine, and regenerative therapies.


Alisa Vitti is a pioneer of female biohacking, a women’s hormone and functional nutrition expert, and best-selling author of WomanCode and In the Flo. She is the creator of the Cycle Syncing Method™— a diet, fitness, and lifestyle program that is based on women’s biological rhythms for optimal health, fitness and productivity. She is the femme tech founder of FLOLiving.com and has built the world’s first menstrual healthcare platform that helps women around the world put their period issues like PCOS, Fibroids, Endometriosis, and PMS into remission naturally using her highly effective FLO Protocol and the FLO Balance Supplements. 


Dr. Stephanie Estima is an expert in female metabolism and body composition, and a chiropractor with a special interest in functional neurology, brain metabolism, and the specific application of the ketogenic diet and fasting to female physiology. Using her framework, The ESTIMA Method™, she is particularly focused on distilling strategies in nutritional proxies, movement, posture, and mindset to actualize human potential, healthspan, longevity, and achievement.


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Amy Killen here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrAmyKillen/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Alisa Vitti here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/AlisaVitti/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Stephanie Estima here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrStephanieEstima/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Sep 07, 2020
#149: What If It Only Took 5 Minutes To Change Your Health? with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee
1:26:34

Behavioral science shows that most health plans, whether they’re about losing weight, exercising more, or quitting bad habits aren’t designed to last. It’s because they’re based on an incorrect assumption that all you need is willpower and motivation. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, one of the most influential medical doctors in the UK and host of the most listened to health podcast in the UK and Europe, ‘Feel Better, Live More’. His first three books have all been #1 Sunday Times Bestsellers and his latest, Feel Better in 5, shows people how to transform their health in just 5 minutes. It has been a smash hit in the UK, selling almost 100,000 copies in just 7 months, and has just been published in the United States. Professor BJ Fogg, the world’s leading expert in human behavior, calls this book, “one of the best habit change programs he has seen—deceptively simple but remarkably effective.” Dr. Chatterjee regularly appears on BBC News and Television and has been featured in numerous international publications including The New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian and Vogue, and his TED talk, How To Make Disease Disappear, has been viewed almost 3 million times.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Chatterjee talk about the science of behavior change and the power of connecting change to an existing habit. They discuss why you can’t rely on motivation alone when it comes to behavior change. They also talk about the importance of human connection when trying to make lifestyle changes, and how a small action in one aspect of your life can very quickly ripple into other areas. 


In this episode, we dive into: 

 

-Dr. Chatterjee’s digital detox challenge (2:19)

-How to carve out time for yourself (9:22) 

-The secret to behavior change (19:41)

-Two rules to make any habit stick (31:00)

-The missing piece when it comes to our overall health (41:37) 

-The importance of daily human connection (44:09)

-The daily gratitude practice Dr. Chatterjee does with his family (55:36) 

-The importance of spending intentional time with the people who mean the most to you (1:01:57) 

-The importance of celebrating success when it comes to behavior change (1:09:39)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Chatterjee (1:21:19)


For more on Dr. Chatterjee you can follow him on Instagram @drchatterjee, on Facebook @drchatterjee, on Twitter @drchatterjeeuk, on YouTube @drranganchatterjee, and through his website https://drchatterjee.com/. Check out his podcast, Feel Better, Life More. You can find his book, Feel Better in 5: Your Daily Plan to Feel Great for Life, right here.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Sep 03, 2020
#148: How to Find Inner Peace in this Crazy and Divisive World
38:42

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about how to find inner peace in this often crazy and divisive world. 


Dhru shares a few thoughts that have helped him maintain inner peace while having different beliefs and opinions from other people: 


1.See the humanity in one another 

2.Recognize that most people are good people

3.Be open to other ideas that are not your own

4.Become a person who refuses to be offended by anyone, anything, or any set of circumstances

5.Understand that we don’t have to cancel our friends 


We don’t want to lose our inner peace in the process of fighting for our beliefs. As Byron Katie says, “Defense is the first act of war.” 


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643.


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Sep 01, 2020
How to Hack Your Limiting Beliefs and Step into Freedom (Minisode #8)
19:17

All behavior is belief driven. Beliefs create our reality, formed from past experiences that we attach meaning to whether it’s factual or not. Too often, the meaning doesn’t hold truth, and it goes on to wreak havoc on our happiness.

 

In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Shelly Lefkoe, Amber Rae, and Marie Forleo about mindset and how to change the beliefs that hold us back and prevent us from pursuing our goals and dreams. 


Shelly Lefkoe is the co-founder and Vice President of the Lefkoe Institute. Using The Lefkoe Method, Shelly has helped people world-wide handle issues such as eating disorders, phobias, depression, procrastination, fear of public speaking, and more. 


Amber Rae is an author, artist and global voice for emotional wellness and self-discovery. She turns highly relatable insights on the human experience into viral art, sold-out venues, and best-selling books. She’s the author of Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential, and her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, NY Mag, TODAY, SELF, Fortune, Forbes and Entrepreneur


Marie Forleo has created a socially conscious digital empire that inspires millions across the globe. Named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation, she’s the star of the award-winning show MarieTV, with over 50 million views, and host of The Marie Forleo Podcast, with more than ten million downloads. Marie runs the acclaimed business training program, B-School and has taught entrepreneurs, artists, and multi-passionate go-getters from all walks of life how to dream big and back it up with daily action to create results.  


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Shelly Lefkoe here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/ShellyLefkoe/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Amber Rae here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/AmberRae/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Marie Forleo here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/MarieForleo/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Aug 31, 2020
#147: How to Use Your Diet to Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and More with Dr. Uma Naidoo
1:00:25

When it comes to diet, most people's concerns involve weight loss, fitness, cardiac health, and longevity. But what we eat affects more than our bodies; it also affects our brains. And recent studies have shown that diet can have a profound impact on mental health conditions ranging from ADHD to depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, OCD, dementia, and beyond.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Uma Naidoo, a Harvard trained psychiatrist, Professional Chef, and Nutrition Specialist. Her niche work is in Nutritional Psychiatry, and she is regarded both nationally and internationally as a medical pioneer in this more newly recognized field. 


Dr. Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based clinical service in Nutritional Psychiatry in the US. She is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital Academy while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. She is the author of the newly released book, This is Your Brain on Food, which explains the ways in which food contributes to our mental health and how a sound diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Naidoo talk about how food is intricately tied to a range of mental health conditions. They discuss how the food we eat changes the type of bacteria present in our gut microbiome and why that’s important to know. They also talk about Dr. Naidoo’s breast cancer diagnosis and how she was able to lower her anxiety through her diet when she was going through treatment. 


In this episode, we dive into: 

 

-The side effects and limitations of SSRI medications (7:22)  

-The gut-brain connection (14:09) 

-The connection between gluten and anxiety (30:16) 

-Foods that can improve brain health (36:41)

-How diet can impact OCD (41:58)  

-How antibiotics impact our gut bacteria (44:40) 

-How to get started on Dr. Naidoo’s plan (46:15)

-The best way to support family members when it comes to eating healthy (50:27)

-Dr. Naidoo’s advice for supporting our mental health during the pandemic (53:23) 

-Where to learn more about Dr. Naidoo (56:47)


For more on Dr. Naidoo you can follow her on Instagram @drumanaidoo, on Facebook @drumanaidoo, on Twitter @drumanaidoo, and through her website https://umanaidoomd.com/. You can find her book, This is Your Brain on Food: An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods that Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and More, right here


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Aug 27, 2020
#146: How to Personalize Your Diet and Feel Amazing
1:00:49

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!


Good doctors know that almost every dysfunction and disease has a root cause. In the world of Functional Medicine, root causes are addressed by either adding things in that are missing to correct deficiencies, or removing obstacles that are getting in the way. 

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about how to personalize our diet using an elimination diet. He explains the difference between a food intolerance and food allergy, and why testing doesn’t always give us the whole picture when it comes to foods we should or shouldn’t be eating. He also shares how he was able to clear his acne, improve joint pain, brain fog, bloating, and boost his energy and immune system using an elimination diet. 


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance: Why the Difference Matters by Chris Kresser 

-Whole30 Program Rules  

-How to Effectively Navigate an Elimination Diet by Dr. Susan Blum

-Symptom Chart 

-A Functional Medicine Approach to Treating and Healing Acne with Dr. Robin Berzin 


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643.


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Aug 25, 2020
Time to Reconsider What You’ve Been Told About Aging (Minisode #7)
19:19

When you think of aging, what comes to mind? Do you view it as a positive rite of passage or a negative phenomenon that must simply be endured? You might assume that you’re destined for the latter, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can be an active participant in your own aging process. Your habits and your environment have a lot of influence on your longevity, and how you’ll feel in your later years.


In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Mary Pardee, Dave Asprey, and Dr. Steven Gundry about the difference between healthspan and lifespan, the pillars of aging, and the key components of the Mediterranean diet that support longevity. 


Dr. Mary Pardee is a naturopathic medical doctor and a certified Functional Medicine doctor who specializes in integrative gastroenterology and hormone balancing. She is the founder of modrn med, a telemedicine and virtual wellness company that provides medical and health services to clients across the world. 


Dave Asprey is the Founder & CEO of Bulletproof 360, creator of the global phenomenon Bulletproof Coffee, a two-time New York Times bestselling author, the host of the Webby award-winning podcast Bulletproof Radio, serial entrepreneur and global change agent. Dave has dedicated over two decades of his life identifying and working with world-renowned doctors, scientists, luminaries of human existence, and innovators to uncover the most advanced methods for enhancing mental and physical performance. Dave’s discoveries and the companies he has founded offer tools that enable people the opportunity to take control of body, mind and biology—elevating human performance far beyond what we ever dreamed possible. 


Dr. Steven Gundry is a renowned heart surgeon, three-time New York Times bestselling author, and medical researcher. He is the author of: Diet Evolution, The Plant Paradox, The Plant Paradox Cookbook, The Plant Paradox 30 and, The Longevity Paradox: How To Die Young at a Ripe Old Age. Dr. Gundry is the leading expert on the lectin-free diet as the key to reversing disease and boosting longevity. He 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 where he treats patients, seven days a week. And he's the co-founder of his own supplement and health food line, GundryMD, and the host of the weekly Dr. Gundry Podcast.


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Mary Pardee here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrMaryPardee/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dave Asprey here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DaveAsprey/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Steven Gundry here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrStevenGundry/


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Aug 24, 2020
#145: What You Need to Know Today to Prevent Alzheimer's in the Future with Dr. Dale Bredesen
1:27:52

What we call Alzheimer’s disease is actually a protective response to a wide variety of insults to the brain: inflammation, insulin resistance, toxins, infections, and inadequate levels of nutrients, hormones, and growth factors.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Dale Bredesen, an internationally recognized expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease. He has held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA, and the University of California, San Diego, and directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before coming to the Buck Institute in 1998 as its founding president and CEO. He is currently a professor at UCLA and the Chief Science Officer at Apollo Health. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The End of Alzheimer's, and his newly released book, The End of Alzheimer’s Program, which goes into greater detail on the protocol he uses with his patients and how it can be tailored to anyone’s needs, at any age.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Bredesen talk about his groundbreaking protocol to prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Bredesen shares inspiring stories from patients who have reversed cognitive decline and are now thriving. They discuss the contributing factors that lead to cognitive decline. They also talk about the importance of restorative sleep, targeted supplementation, exercise, and brain training for the prevention of cognitive decline. 


In this episode, we dive into: 


-How Alzheimer’s disease in the years to come will be a rare disease (3:09)

-Why we need to change the way we think about medicine and health (10:15)

-Why amyloid plaque is not the cause of Alzheimer's (13:37)

-Cognitive decline and nocturnal oxygen desaturation (16:59) 

-The global statistics on Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline (18:39) 

-How brain changes can be detected 20 years before Alzheimer’s symptoms are evident (22:38)

-How toxic exposure can lead to cognitive decline (44:26) 

-What you can do today to prevent cognitive decline (54:43)

-How to assess your risk for neurodegenerative diseases (1:05:52)

-The backlash Dr. Bredesen has faced for his work (1:13:48)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Bredesen (1:22:17)


For more on Dr. Bredesen you can follow him on Instagram @drdalebredesen, on Facebook @drdalebredesen, on Twitter @drdalebredesen, and through his website https://www.apollohealthco.com. You can find his book, The End of Alzheimer’s Program: The First Protocol to Enhance Cognition and Reverse Decline At Any Age, right here


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Cognoscopy - https://www.apollohealthco.com/solutions/

-https://www.apoe4.info


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Aug 20, 2020
How Movement Radically Transforms The Brain (Minisode #6)
23:31

The most common explanation for why exercise makes us happy is far too simplistic. The psychological effects of movement cannot be reduced to just an endorphin rush. Physical activity influences many other brain chemicals, including those that give you energy, alleviate worry, and help you bond with others. It reduces inflammation in the brain, which over time can protect against depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Regular exercise also remodels the physical structure of your brain to make you more receptive to joy and social connection. 

 

In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Kelly McGonigal, Ryan Glatt, and Dr. Rangan Chatterjee about how exercise can improve the treatment outcomes for depression and anxiety, how exercise decreases our chance of cognitive decline, and simple ways to build exercise into your everyday life.


Dr. Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. Her latest book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.


Ryan Glatt is a personal trainer and brain-health coach with over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry. He currently works alongside clinicians and researchers to study the effects of cognitively-enhanced and comprehensive exercise plans at the Pacific Brain Health Center in Santa Monica, California. 


Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is regarded as one of the most influential medical doctors in the UK and hosts the most listened to health podcast in the UK and Europe, Feel Better, Live More. His first three books have all been #1 Sunday Times bestsellers, and his latest book, Feel Better in 5, shows people how to transform their health in just 5 minutes. Dr. Chatterjee regularly appears on BBC News and Television and has been featured in numerous international publications including The New York Times , Forbes, The Guardian and Vogue, and his TED talk, How To Make Disease Disappear, has been viewed almost 3 million times.


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Kelly McGonigal here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrKellyMcGonigal/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Ryan Glatt here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/RyanGlatt/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/RanganChatterjee/


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Aug 17, 2020
#144: COVID Deep Dive: Understanding Hydroxychloroquine, Peptides, and Ozone Therapy with Dr. Matthew Cook
1:40:55

COVID-19 has had an incredible impact on all of our lives. The pandemic has got us all thinking seriously about our physical and mental health and what it means to have immune strength, now and in the future, as well as what we can do to support our mental health.

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Matthew Cook, a board-certified anesthesiologist and the founder of BioReset Medical, located in Silicon Valley. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He has been practicing medicine for over 20 years, focusing the last 14 years on Functional and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Cook has extensive experience using cutting-edge treatment protocols that support and modulate the immune system and help one’s own body to prevent and combat viral illness. 

 

His practice, BioReset™ Medical, provides treatments for conditions ranging from pain and complex illness to anti-aging and wellness. At BioReset™ Medical, he treats some of the most challenging to diagnose and difficult to live with ailments that people suffer from today, including Lyme disease, chronic pain, PTSD, and mycotoxin illness. Dr. Cook’s approach is to use the most non-invasive, natural and integrative ways possible.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Cook dive deep into the topic of COVID-19. They talk about hydroxychloroquine and Dr. Cook’s experience using it in his practice. They discuss peptides and how they can be used to support the immune system for chronic infections like mold, Lyme, as well as COVID-19. They also talk about ketamine and how Dr. Cook is using it to treat patients experiencing PTSD and post-COVID syndrome.


In this episode, we dive into: 

 

-What you need to know about hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19 (7:03) 

-What Dr. Cook is doing to support his immune system (13:41) 

-Why ozone therapy can be helpful in treating coronavirus (22:07) 

-What makes you more susceptible to catching COVID-19 and experiencing complications (35:36) 

-How peptides can help regulate your immune system and treat COVID-19 (42:12)

-What we need to know about a vaccine (51:05)

-How COVID-19 impacts the brain (1:08:10)

-Overcoming coronavirus and PTSD (1:13:39)

-How ketamine can help with depression and PTSD (1:29:52) 

-Where to learn more about Dr. Matthew Cook (1:37:13)


For more on Dr. Cook you can follow him on Instagram @bioresetmedical, on Facebook @bioresetmedical, on Twitter @bioresetmedical, and through his website https://www.bioresetmedical.com/.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-VirusReset Program - https://www.bioresetmedical.com/virusreset/

-KetamineReset Program - https://www.bioresetmedical.com/ketaminereset/

-BioReset Podcast - https://bioresetpodcast.com/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Aug 13, 2020
Conscious Parenting: The Power of Mirror Neurons, Showing Up, and Helping Your Child Process Big Feelings (Minisode #5)
16:22

One of the very best scientific predictors for how any child turns out—in terms of happiness, social skills, mental health, academic success, and meaningful relationships—is whether at least one adult in their life has consistently shown up for them.


In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Tina Bryson, Deena Margolin, and Jennifer Kolari about how to develop secure attachment in your kids, how providing a calm, safe presence can radically change how a child’s brain develops, and how to help our kids process big feelings. 


Tina Bryson is the founder and executive director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopmental lens. She is a licensed clinical social worker, providing pediatric and adolescent psychotherapy and parenting consultations. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, clinicians, and industry leaders around the world. She is the co-author, with Dan Siegel, of The Yes Brain, The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline, and The Power of Showing Up, as well as the upcoming book, Bottom Line for Baby.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.


Deena Margolin is a marriage and family therapist and mindfulness teacher in Los Angeles who works primarily with children and families. Trained in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, Deena explores how the mind, brain, and relationships come together to shape who we become—and how we can harness the potential of neuroplasticity, the mind’s incredible ability to change throughout the lifespan, to grow healthier and happier. In working with children, Deena has cultivated a unique approach to child therapy that blends mindfulness, neuroscience, art, and play. Through games, activities and reflective exercises, Deena helps children discover their natural strengths and build new tools for looking inside, making sense of what they are experiencing, and internalizing new ways to approach challenges and stress. Deena also worked at the Mindsight Institute, as Associate Director, with Daniel J. Siegel and Caroline S. Welch and trained at the Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles. 


Jennifer Kolari is a child and family therapist and one of the nation’s leading parenting experts and the founder of Connected Parenting. She is the author of Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great Kid, and You’re Ruining My Life!: Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting. Jennifer is a frequent guest on Canada AM, CBC, Breakfast Television, CTV News Channel, and Global’s The Morning Show. Her advice can be found in many Canadian and U.S. magazines, such as Today’s Parent, Redbook, Parent, and Canadian Family. Her entertaining workshops and insightful strategies, shared with warmth and humor, make her a highly sought-after speaker with schools, corporations and agencies throughout North America. Jennifer has been helping children, teens and families get connected for over twenty years.


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Tina Bryson here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/TinaBryson/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Deena Margolin here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DeenaMargolin/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Jennifer Kolari here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/JenniferKolari/


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Aug 10, 2020
#143: A Pediatrician’s Guide to COVID-19 and Cellular Resilience with Dr. Elisa Song
1:21:25

Now more than ever, we need to understand how to build cellular resilience for a lifetime of health for our kids. Our kids are facing an epidemic of chronic illness—by 2025, 8 in 10 kids will have a chronic diagnosis. We’ve seen with COVID-19 that preventable lifestyle diseases are the #1 risk factor for serious complications and death. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Elisa Song, an integrative pediatrician, pediatric Functional Medicine expert, and mama. In her integrative pediatric practice, Whole Family Wellness, she’s helped 1000s of kids get to the root causes of their health concerns and helped their parents understand how to help their children thrive— body, mind, and spirit—by integrating conventional pediatrics with Functional Medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and essential oils. 


Dr. Song created Healthy Kids Happy Kids, an online holistic pediatric resource to help practitioners and parents bridge the gap between conventional and integrative pediatrics with an evidence-based, pediatrician-backed approach.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Song talk about some of the underlying mechanisms occurring when kids get seriously sick with COVID-19, and sometimes go on to develop Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C. They discuss how to prevent serious complications when someone actually gets sick with COVID-19. They also talk about the best way to support the immune system during the pandemic. 


In this episode, we dive into: 


-Dr. Song’s family experience of both kids having COVID-19 (2:32) 

-How likely are kids to get COVID-19 and how sick will they get (10:39)

-Kawasaki syndrome and COVID-19 (16:04) 

-Immunity and antibody testing for COVID-19 (20:14)

-What we can do right now to support our immune system (24:43)

-What cellular resilience has to do with COVID-19 and children (25:53) 

-Should we send our kids back to school or not (36:55)

-How to build emotional resilience to get us through the pandemic (44:15)

-How to build immune resilience from a Functional Medicine perspective (51:49)

-Food and supplements to support the immune system against COVID-19 (55:52) 

-How to prevent complications from COVID-19 (1:04:09)

-What we need know when it comes to a vaccine for COVID-19 (1:10:45)


For more on Dr. Song you can follow her on Instagram @healthykids_happykids, on Facebook @drelisasongmd, on Twitter @elisasongmd, and through her websites http://www.wholefamilywellness.org/ and https://healthykidshappykids.com/.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Feeling Good Institute - http://www.feelinggoodinstitute.com/

-Insight Timer - Meditation App - https://insighttimer.com/

-Oak - Meditation and Breathing App - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/oak-meditation-breathing/id1210209691

-Stop, Breathe, and Think - Meditation and Mindfulness App - https://my.life/

-Square Breathing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFdZXwE6fRE

-Box Breathing - https://youtu.be/FJJazKtH_9I

-Food As Medicine for Coronavirus: Supporting Optimal Immune Health (Free Guide) https://healthykidshappykids.com/food-medicine-coronavirus/

-Integrative and Functional Medicine Strategies for the Pandemic (online program) https://healthykidshappykids.com/pandemic-strategies/

-A Holistic Pediatrician’s Guide to the Pandemic: How to Be Prepared, and What to Do If You Get It - https://healthykidshappykids.com/pandemic-masterclass-replay/

-Dr. Elisa Song’s open letter to Governor Newsom regarding SB 276 on vaccine mandates and medication exemptions - https://www.facebook.com/DrElisaSongMD/posts/dear-honorable-governor-newsom-i-am-a-california-licensed-board-certified-stanfo/967752240237235/

-Should My Kids Get the Flu Vaccine - https://healthykidshappykids.com/2017/11/05/should-my-kids-get-the-flu-vaccine-2017-2018/


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Aug 06, 2020
Why Meditation is Not About Stopping Your Thoughts (Minisode #4)
14:07

If there was something you could do everyday to boost your focus and productivity, feel energized, reduce stress, sleep better, maintain a positive outlook, and support whole-body health, wouldn’t you do it?


In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Megan Monahan, Emily Fletcher, and Light Watkins about the common myths around meditation, the science of meditation and how it impacts the brain, and how to bring meditation into your life in a practical and tangible way. 


Megan Monahan is a meditation teacher and author and is passionate about making meditation accessible and relatable. Her goal is to infuse a modern-day “realness” into the all too often esoteric landscape of meditation. Since learning to meditate in 2009 with Deepak Chopra and becoming a Chopra Certified instructor, she has taught thousands to meditate through her platform. She works with corporate brands like Lululemon, Chopra Global, Unplug Meditation, and Wanderlust while working privately with personal and corporate clients internationally, always bringing her spiritual real talk. Her first book, Don't Hate, Meditate, was published this past June.


Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva Meditation, the creator of The Ziva Technique, and regarded as a leading expert in meditation for high performance. The Ziva Technique is a powerful trifecta of mindfulness, meditation, and manifesting designed to unlock your full potential. It’s benefits include decreased stress, deeper sleep, improved immune function, increased productivity, and extraordinary performance. Emily is also the author of, Stress Less, Accomplish More.


Light Watkins is a former Gap fashion model and began attending yoga classes and meditation circles in between castings in New York City. Since 1998, Light has been active in the wellness space, first as a practitioner, and later as an apprentice to his Vedic Meditation teacher, and finally in 2007 as a meditation teacher himself. He now travels the world giving talks on happiness, mindfulness, inspiration, and meditation. Light’s most recent book, Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying was released in 2018. He writes articles on meditation and happiness, leads sold-out meditation trainings and retreats, and produces The Shine—a global pop-up inspirational variety show with a mission to inspire. Light also sends out a popular daily inspirational email each morning called The Daily Dose of Inspiration.


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Megan Monahan here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/MeganMonahan/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Emily Fletcher here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/EmilyFletcher/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Light Watkins here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/LightWatkins/


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Aug 03, 2020
#142: How to Find Mentors to Help You Level Up and Grow
23:27

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about how to find mentors to help you level up and grow. 

 

Think of someone you want to learn from, someone you respect, but don’t know. How do you show up on their radar? How do you get a bit of their time, council, and mentorship so you can grow?

 

The thing about people who are up to big things is that they tend to have a lot on their plate. That includes having a lot of people, sometimes hundreds or thousands, all wanting something from them. Everywhere they go someone’s asking for their help, time, or resources.

 

You could be a great person, a mini-Gandhi in the making, but if you approach them the same way that everyone else does, your voice will get lost in the crowd—the crowd of people who all “want” something from them.

 

So what’s the alternative?

 

Dhru shares that every mentor he has ever wanted to meet and learn from has something they care about that isn’t getting much attention or could use some extra support. It could be a little passion project they started or a non-profit they really care about for example. Whatever it is, it’s something that could use a little help, but chances are, most people don’t know about it—it’s under the radar.

 

Find that thing that they care about and authentically support it. Not as a means to an end, but because it deserves it. Support it because you respect them and believe in the project. Support it because the project could use your help and your unique skill set.

 

Everyone wants, few are willing to give. But as Dhru’s friend Sean Stephenson says, “The more you give, the more you live.”


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Aug 02, 2020
#141: Anxiety Is Not Always Anxiety: Understanding What’s Really Underneath Your Child’s Behavior with Dr. Pejman Katiraei
1:26:00

When kids present with an emotional or behavioral issue, many times it could be masking something completely unexpected, something physical. You might think your child has an anxiety issue when, in fact, it’s not actually anxiety at all! What looks like anxiety can be an intestinal problem, sleep apnea, or many other things. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Pejman Katiraei, a board-certified pediatrician who is also boarded and fellowship trained in integrative and holistic medicine. He completed his undergraduate at UCLA and then obtained his osteopathic medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences. He completed his pediatric residency at Loma Linda University, where he stayed on as Pediatric Chief Resident, and then as teaching faculty for over 4 years while he founded the Loma Linda University Wholistic Medicine Clinic. 


Dr. Katiraei is one of a few physicians in the country with mastery of osteopathy, functional medicine, functional endocrinology, medical herbalism and more. Dr. Katiraei is now in private practice in Santa Monica, where he focuses on helping children with severe behavioral challenges. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Katiraei talk about the reason your child might be acting out could be because of a physical imbalance that is causing him or her to suffer and be in pain. They discuss the impact gut health, nutritional deficiencies, and mitochondrial dysfunction can have on a child’s behavior. They also talk about why crawling is an essential part of a child’s development, and kids that go from sitting directly to walking have been shown to have sensory issues, anxiety, and nervous system issues, among other things. 


In this episode, we dive into: 


-Understanding what your child’s body is trying to survive (10:40)

-The connection between tongue ties and sleep apnea (20:15) 

-Why you should pay attention to your kid’s sleep (24:01)

-Dr. Katiraei’s challenges with his daughters health (28:27)

-What your child’s endurance says about their health and behavior (35:41)

-Why sensory issues develop (43:45)

-How to increase our child’s ability to handle stress (59:12)

-Dr. Katiraei’s supplement recommendations for children (1:16:35)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Katiraei (1:19:27)

-What’s really underneath your child’s behavior (1:19:59)


For more on Dr. Katiraei, you can follow him on Instagram @wholistickids, on Facebook @wholistickidsandfamilies, and through his websites https://wholistickids.com/ and https://wholisticminds.com/


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Anxiety Is Not Anxiety: When Mito Errors Cause the Nervous System to Falter https://www.neuroneeds.com/anxiety-is-not-anxiety-when-mito-errors-cause-the-nervous-system-to-falter/


-Mitochondria and Immunity - The Critical Link You Must Know About https://www.neuroneeds.com/mitochondria-and-immunity-the-critical-link-you-must-know-about/


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Jul 30, 2020
What the Pain We Experience in Our Body Really Means (Minisode #3)
17:11

Emotion is energy in motion. That stuck energy can get trapped in vulnerable areas of our body and show up as pain or dysfunction. Isn’t that crazy? We all assume we must have an injury to have body pain, but in so many cases an imbalanced gut, nutrient deficiencies, and even stored trauma and unprocessed emotions can have their hand in body aches and pains. The physical body is always trying to release emotion; if we don’t express it, that energy gets stuck in our joints, tissues, and organs—and stagnates within the body.


Dhru explores these topics in his past interviews with Dr. Shalini Bhat, Dr. John Amaral, and Lauren Roxburgh.


Dr. Shalini Bhat is a chiropractor and double certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the wellness field. She is the founder of The Movement Boutique, the designer of multiple virtual Functional Medicine programs, and the creator of The Perfect FIIT (a signature workout) and TMB FIIX (a unique treatment method using fascial release, movement, and acupuncture techniques). In her private practice, her treatments and programs focus on providing patients with actionable road-maps to moving, feeling, and looking their best using all her tools, from fascia and movement, to hormones and gut health. Dr. Bhat works with people who have been told they’re “normal” by their doctors, yet feel “off” (bloating, low energy etc.). She cuts through the noise and fads to bring you the most relevant, Functional Medicine testing and scientific research for your body, your mind, and your microbiome. 


Dr. John Amaral is a chiropractor, author, and educator who has worked behind-the-scenes helping A-List celebrities, entrepreneurs, athletes, influencers and thought-leaders elevate their energy so that they feel and perform their best. Dr. Amaral helps his clients self-heal physical injuries; reduce stress, anxiety, and depression; and stay in the energetic flow amidst the challenges of everything from running enterprises to pushing the envelope of human performance. He is also the founder of Body Centered Leadership, a program that combines cutting-edge neuroscience, quantum physics principles, and ancient wisdom practices to help participants create and sustain new levels of energy, clarity, and fulfillment. Dr. Amaral is featured in the recent GOOP Lab Netflix series with Gwyneth Paltrow.


Lauren Roxburgh is a board-certified Structural Integration practitioner, author, speaker, educator, and corporate presenter, frequently dubbed “The Body Whisperer.” Lauren is the go-to writer and expert on all things fascia, alignment, and movement medicine, and regularly works with Hollywood’s A-List along with some of the greatest athletes and orthopedic surgeons on the planet. Named the “Body Alignment Pro” by Vogue, Lauren has also been listed as one of the 16 Women in Wellness to Watch in 2019 by Chalkboard Magazine. She’s also the founder of the Aligned Tribe Community, the virtual Aligned Life Studio, and the creator of the signature Aligned Healing Tools.


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Shalini Bhat here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrShaliniBhat/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. John Amaral here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrJohnAmaral/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Lauren Roxburgh here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/LaurenRoxburgh/


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Jul 27, 2020
#140: The Brain-Boosting Benefits of Exercise with Ryan Glatt
1:26:30

Exercise is a non-negotiable part of good health, but that doesn’t have to mean logging hours at the gym or forcing yourself to go on a run.


There are so many benefits of movement that go far beyond the cardiovascular effects and weight management that are so often the focus of exercise. It’s actually an essential piece to maintaining prime cognitive function throughout life.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Ryan Glatt, a personal trainer and brain-health coach with over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry. He currently works alongside clinicians and researchers to study the effects of cognitively-enhanced and comprehensive exercise plans at the Pacific Brain Health Center in Santa Monica, California.


Ryan has pursued education from the Amen Clinics, The BrainFirst Training Institute, the Neuroscience Academy, and the Academy for Brain Health and Performance. He is currently enrolled in the Master's of Applied Neuroscience program at King's College of London. He actively consults with companies who leverage exercise for brain health, and educates health and fitness professionals with the first course to comprehensively address exercise and the brain called the Brain Health Trainer course, in which he has educated over 1,000 health and fitness professionals.


In this episode, Dhru and Ryan break down the benefits of exercise for brain health. They discuss why enjoyment is key when it comes to exercise. They also talk about how to create a brain-healthy exercise program. 


In this episode, we dive into: 


-Why exercise is so important and how it impacts the brain (7:20)

-How exercise decreases our chance of cognitive decline (12:30)

-Why enjoyment matters when it comes to exercise (16:55)

-How short bouts of exercise increase executive function (20:44) 

-The optimal amount of time and intensity you should exercise every week (24:35) 

-What role exercise can play during a pandemic (35:13)

-The three macronutrient ingredients in a brain-healthy exercise plan (44:31)

-The benefits of combining exercise with cognitive challenges (56:05)

-Three phases of skill learning and why beginners win (1:04:13)

-Where to learn more about Ryan (1:15:20)


For more on Ryan Glatt, you can follow him on Instagram @glatt.brainhealth, on Facebook @somatiqhealth, and through his website Ryanglatt.com.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Broken Brain Docu-series - brokenbrain.com/freepodcastoffer


-The Pacific Brain Health Center - https://www.pacificneuroscienceinstitute.org/


-Brain Health Trainer - https://www.brainhealthtrainer.com/


-Treating Chronic Pain with Stem Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine with Dr. Shounuck Patel - https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/06/27/bb-ep61/


-“The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise” TED talk by Wendy Suzuki - https://www.ted.com/talks/wendy_suzuki_the_brain_changing_benefits_of_exercise?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare


-Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by Dr. John Ratey - https://www.amazon.com/Spark-Revolutionary-Science-Exercise-Brain/dp/0316113514


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If you join Thrive Market today, you’ll get a $20 shopping credit when you place your first order. Any order over $49 ships free and since sustainability is a huge part of their mission statement it will be delivered with carbon-neutral shipping from one of their zero-waste warehouses. Just go to thrivemarket.com/brokenbrain, sign up, and start filling up your cart. You’ll see the credit automatically deducted at checkout.



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Jul 23, 2020
#139: How to Stop Struggling
21:09

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about how to stop struggling by turning our struggles into challenges.


Dhru’s shares with us something he wrote called, “Struggle or Challenge?” 


Are you in a struggle or challenge?

-A struggle is a burden.

-A challenge is an opportunity.

-A struggle is, “I can’t wait for this to be done.”

-A challenge is, “I can’t wait to see where this goes.”

-A struggle is being in one place, but needing to be in another.

-A challenge is fully being where you are, not needing to be anywhere else.

-A struggle is, “How can I get out?”

-A challenge is, “What more can I give?”

-A struggle is resistance.

-A challenge is acceptance.


Think about something important to you that you’re working on improving: a relationship, a project, a goal. Now think about the energy around the thing you picked. Are you in a struggle or are you in a challenge?


On the surface a struggle and a challenge look like the same thing. They are both tough. The biggest difference though is the energy around them. Plain and simple, a struggle is a challenge that is filled with resistance.


Is there something in your life that you’re struggling with that could be turned into a challenge? It can happen, all it takes is a mental shift.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643.


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Jul 22, 2020
True Healing and Freedom Begins with Acceptance (Minisode #2)
13:16

The number one thing holding us back in life is our own limiting narrative. We’ve literally become confined by the thoughts we think and the words we tell ourselves. These deep-seated constraints of our subconscious lead to self-sabotage, inhibited performance, procrastination, failed relationships, and dis-ease. When we understand that our behaviors and thoughts are a result of our subconscious programming, we can deconstruct where those limiting beliefs and fears came from, and we are able to free ourselves from them and experience true liberation. 


Dhru explores these topics in his past interviews with IN-Q, Peter Crone, and Diego Perez.


IN-Q is a National Poetry Slam champion, award-winning poet, and multi-platinum songwriter. His groundbreaking achievements include being named to Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 list of the world’s most influential thought leaders, being the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil, and being featured on A&E, ESPN, and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. He’s inspired audiences around the world through his live performances and storytelling workshops. Many of his recent poetry videos have gone viral with over 70 million views combined. 


Peter Crone is a writer, speaker and thought leader in human potential who works with world-class entertainers, professional athletes, and global organizations. Peter redesigns the subconscious mind that drives behavior to inspire a new way of living, from limitation and stress to freedom and joy.


Diego Perez is a meditator, writer, and speaker who is known on Instagram and various social media networks through his pen name Yung Pueblo. He reaches millions of people through his written works that focus on personal transformation and building self-awareness. His first book, Inward, was an immediate bestseller that is available in bookstores around the world. 


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with IN-Q here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/IN-Q/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Peter Crone here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/PeterCrone/


Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Diego Perez here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DiegoPerez/


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Jul 20, 2020
#138: The Blind Adventurer Who Climbed Everest and Broke Barriers with Erik Weihenmayer
1:25:43

As a blind adventurer, Erik Weihenmayer has been lucky to experience a life of meaning and purpose—of breaking through barriers. After he safely came down from the summit of Mt. Everest in 2001, becoming the first blind person to reach the highest peak in the world, his team leader told him something that would change the course of his life: “Don’t make Everest the greatest thing you ever do.”

 

These words stuck with him, and he has spent the last 16 years trying to live up to that challenge: climbing the tallest peak on each continent; kayaking the Grand Canyon; authoring three books; and starting a nonprofit movement, No Barriers.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Erik Weihenmayer, one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world. He is the author of the bestselling memoir, Touch the Top of the World, which was made into a feature film, as well as The Adversity Advantage, which shows readers how to turn everyday struggles into everyday greatness. His latest book, No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon is more than an adventure story; it illuminates how we move forward in our lives towards growth and purpose – despite the barriers that get in our way. He is an internationally recognized speaker and brings his message of living a No Barriers Life to audiences around the world. No Barriers is an organization that helps people with challenges tap into the human spirit, break through barriers, and contribute to the world.


In this episode, Dhru and Erik talk about loss and suffering and how to look deep within ourselves to find our strength, resilience, and purpose. They discuss breaking through limitations and turning our greatest challenges into our greatest triumphs. They also talk about gratitude and the importance of giving back. 


In this episode, we dive into: 


-Erik’s story of being diagnosed with a very rare disease, juvenile retinoschisis, and told he was going to lose his eyesight (3:52) 

-Breaking through limitations that society places on you (8:05) 

-Erik’s mental state when he finally lost his eyesight and how he responded to the external world (10:22) 

-Erik’s fear of being forgotten and dying an insignificant life (16:40) 

-Erik’s open heart policy (19:26) 

-The power of belief (42:10) 

-How to not let external pressure consume you (46:35)

-The moment Erik reached the top of Mount Everest (52:04)

-The power of creating connections (1:18:25)

-Erik’s lasting message (1:20:50)

-Where to learn more about Erik (1:24:12)


For more on Erik Weihenmayer, you can follow him on Instagram @erikweihenmayer, on Facebook @erik.weihenmayer, on Twitter @erikweihenmayer, on YouTube @touchthetop, on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/erikweihenmayer, and through his website https://erikweihenmayer.com/


Also mentioned in this episode:

-The Weight of Water - https://www.weightofwatermovie.com

-No Barriers Summit - https://www.nobarriers.live

-Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther than the Eye Can See: My Story - https://amzn.to/3j2TiqH

-The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness - https://amzn.to/2WiRDDw

-No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon - https://amzn.to/3iYowzr


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Jul 16, 2020
#137: This 5-Minute Tool will Help You Put the Past Behind You
30:27

Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about a 5-minute tool that we can use to leave the past behind. 


The problem with continuously living in the past is that it’s hard to be present with what’s happening right now in the present. There is a quote by Lao Tzu, a famous philosopher and author, and he says “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” 


In this episode, Dhru guides us through a mindfulness practice called, Falling Still, that was taught to him by his mentor Sarano Kelley, to bring us back into the present moment. 


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643.


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Jul 15, 2020
#136: How to Improve Your Sexual Pleasure with Dr. Amy Killen
1:11:03

Did you know that being sexually active is associated with closer relationships, better immune function, lower blood pressure, improved sleep, reduced stress, and lower mortality?


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Amy Killen, an anti-aging and regenerative physician specializing in sexual optimization, aesthetics, and longevity medicine. Board certified in emergency medicine with ten years of ER experience, Dr. Killen saw the impact of unchecked chronic disease and disability from the front lines before transitioning to anti-aging and regenerative medicine.


An international speaker, clinical practice owner, medical director of a national regenerative medicine physician training course, author, and frequent media guest, Dr. Killen has become an outspoken advocate for empowering patients to look and feel their best by merging lifestyle modification, hormone optimization, personalized medicine, and regenerative therapies.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Killen talk about how our modern lifestyle impacts our sexual health for the better or worse. They discuss the shame and stigma associated with sexual dysfunction. They also talk about some of the new, cutting edge therapies for sexual optimization, urinary incontinence, and erectile dysfunction.


In this episode, we dive into: 


-Common myths around sexual health (8:17)

-The importance of sexual pleasure to our wellbeing (18:30)

-How alcohol and sugar consumption impact our sex lives (30:42)

-Foods and supplements that support sexual vitality(38:40)

-How regenerative medicine can support sexual health (40:50)

-How stem cells can restore sexual function (43:06)

-Shockwave therapy to treat erectile dysfunction (49:43)

-Why Dr. Killen decided to specialize in this field(51:48)

-The safety of Botox (1:00:38)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Killen (1:08:02)


For more on Dr. Amy Killen, you can follow her on Instagram @dr.amybkillen, on Facebook @dramybkillen, and through her websites https://dramykillen.com/ and https://www.doceremedical.com/.


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Jul 13, 2020
#135: How to Tell Someone You Are Hurt
39:08

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Links Mentioned

* 7 Tough Things Podcast + Instagram Image

* Gottman: Soft Starter

* Therapist Michal Latimer


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Jul 12, 2020
#134: The Latest Science on Enhancing Focus and Developing a Growth Mindset with Dr. Andrew Huberman
1:33:12

Everyone wants to change their brain to think, feel, and act better, but how? Visual focus and mental focus are directly linked to one another via specific circuits in the brain. If we want to get better at focusing on tasks for the sake of learning, listening better, or engaging neuroplasticity we not only need to limit external distractions, we need to limit internal distractions through specific mindsets and behaviors.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Andrew Huberman, a neuroscientist and tenured Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has made numerous important contributions to the fields of brain development, brain function, and neural plasticity. 

 

Dr. Huberman is a McKnight Foundation and Pew Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Cogan Award in 2017, which is given to the scientist making the largest discoveries in the study of vision. His lab’s most recent work focuses on the influence of vision and respiration on human performance and brain states such as fear and courage. Work from the Huberman Laboratory at Stanford Medical School has been published in top journals including Nature, Science, and Cell and has been featured in TIME, Scientific American, Discover, on BBC, and other top media outlets.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Huberman dive deep into the topic of visual science and the connection between vision and the brain, and how our eyes are not connected to the brain, they are the brain. They discuss how to optimize our brain through performing specific actions each day, and how these set and enforce our cellular and circadian rhythm. They also talk about the importance of a growth mindset, and how we can cultivate motivation and sustain momentum in achieving our goals.


In this episode, we dive into: 


-The connection between vision and the brain (6:13)

-Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression (11:41)

-Why looking at your phone at night can lead to memory defects (16:37)

-Why the brightness of light is key when it comes to optimizing your circadian rhythm (21:10) 

-How the nervous system triggers the immune system (38:37) 

-How to enhance mental focus and create a growth mindset (49:48)

-The benefits of yoga nidra and how it enhances neuroplasticity (1:07:24)

-What Dr. Huberman does to focus (1:11:26)

-Why being hydrated helps you stay alert (1:14:08)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Huberman (1:26:36)


For more on Dr. Andrew Huberman, you can follow him on Instagram @hubermanlab, and through his website http://www.hubermanlab.com/.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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This episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Thrive Market.


I know everyone is trying to stay healthy at home right now, so I wanted to share one of my favorite resources with you for getting healthy food delivered right to my doorstep—it’s Thrive Market. When it comes to what I eat I’m really intentional. It’s super important to me to know exactly what I’m buying so I always take a deep dive into ingredients and company practices before adding anything new to my kitchen. 


If you join Thrive Market today, you’ll get a $20 shopping credit when you place your first order. Any order over $49 ships free and since sustainability is a huge part of their mission statement it will be delivered with carbon-neutral shipping from one of their zero-waste warehouses. Just go to thrivemarket.com/brokenbrain, sign up, and start filling up your cart. You’ll see the credit automatically deducted at checkout.



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Jul 09, 2020
#133: How to Use Your Menstrual Cycle to Supercharge Your Diet, Reclaim Your Energy, and Honor Your Unique Biology with Dr. Stephanie Estima
1:24:11

A woman’s hormonal landscape changes dramatically throughout her life. Because of this unique biology, understanding her menstrual cycle and its rhythm can be incredibly useful for optimizing productivity, weight, sex drive, energy, and mood. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Stephanie Estima, an expert in female metabolism and body composition. She is a doctor of chiropractic with a special interest in functional neurology, brain metabolism, and the specific application of the ketogenic diet and fasting to female physiology. Using her framework, The ESTIMA Method™, she is particularly focused on distilling strategies in nutritional proxies, movement, posture, and mindset to actualize human potential, healthspan, longevity, and achievement.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Estima talk about how to eat according to your menstrual cycle, and why women are not meant to calorie restrict over the long term or be in ketosis over the long term. They discuss when women’s bodies best tolerate fasting and the different types of fasts across a women’s cycle. They also talk about how to change your exercise routine based on your menstrual cycle and the importance of taking the time to recover and slow down.


In this episode, we dive into: 


-Why men and women respond differently to a ketogenic diet (6:55)

-Why a woman shouldn’t be on a ketogenic diet all the time (13:57)

-Why resistant starches are so important and how to incorporate them into your diet (15:49)

-What is a ketogenic diet and why has it become so popular (17:20)

-The four phases of a women’s menstrual cycle (25:31) 

-How to eat during the different phases of your cycle (38:03)

-The two ways you build muscle in the body (40:43)

-Outcome goals vs. behavioral goals (58:54) 

-Why orgasms should be part of your self-care regime (1:09:57)

-Nutrition, fasting, and exercise considerations if you are in menopause (1:12:06)

-Setting boundaries and prioritizing your health (1:14:55)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Estima (1:19:42)


For more on Dr. Stephanie Estima, you can follow her on Instagram @dr.stephanie.estima, on Facebook @drestima, and through her website here. Listen to her podcast, Better with Dr. Stephanie, here.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Better with Dr. Stephanie, Ask Me Anything Episode #5

-Better with Dr. Stephanie, Ask Me Anything Episode #6

-The Clue app for tracking your menstrual cycle: https://helloclue.com/

-The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings & How to Let Go and Be Happy by Stella Resnick: https://amzn.to/2VFip92


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Jul 06, 2020
#132: What a Top Brain Surgeon Can Teach Us About Fear with Dr. Mark McLaughlin
1:11:55

The first time neurosurgeon Mark McLaughlin cut open a patient's skull, he found himself confronting a powerful force that his fellow brain surgeons agreed was best never spoken of— fear.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Mark McLaughlin, a practicing board-certified neurosurgeon, a national media commentator, thought leader in performance enhancement, and author of the book, Cognitive Dominance: A Brain Surgeon’s Quest to Outthink Fear.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. McLaughlin talk about how so much of what we perceive as fear is wrapped up in a story. They discuss what prevents people from seeking help or counsel about a problem or fear they have. They also talk about tools and strategies for overcoming fear. 


In this episode, we dive into: 

-The first time Dr. McLaughlin was introduced to fear (2:09)

-What wrestling taught him about fear (3:59)

-The fear freakout (12:52)

-How to map out your fear (15:42)

-Where fear lives in the brain (21:14) 

-The fear of vulnerability (27:23) 

-The misconception that we have to get over our fears (30:10)

-The power of taking tiny actions to overcome fear (44:32)

-The importance of partnership when dealing with a challenge (49:57)

-Where to learn more about Dr. McLaughlin (1:09:53)


For more on Dr. Mark McLaughlin, you can follow him on Instagram @mmclaughlinmd, on Facebook @markmclaughlinmd, on Twitter @mmclaughlinmd, and through his website here. You can find his book, Cognitive Dominance: A Brain Surgeon’s Quest to Out-Think Fear, right here. Take the Cognitive Dominance Assessment here, and check out his blog here.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Maps of Meaning: The Architect of Belief by Jordan B. Peterson

-12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

-Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield

-Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

-10% Happier Revised Edition: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story by Dan Harris

-10 Percent Happier Meditation app


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Jul 02, 2020
#131: 5 Hidden Mental Addictions That Hold You Back
27:38

Welcome to Big Idea Tuesday!


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about the five hidden mental addictions that hold you back:


1) The addiction to prioritizing everyone else at the expense of your deepest work

2) The addiction to certainty and avoiding the unknown

3) The addiction to being let down, and expecting the worst in others

4) The addiction to blame and criticism

5) And most importantly, the addiction to being hard on yourself


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Jul 01, 2020
#130: Why Black Women Are 4 Times More Likely to Die During Childbirth with Latham Thomas
1:18:38

In the U.S., maternal mortality and morbidity disproportionately affect Black women at a rate four to five times greater than white women. On top of higher fatality rates, Black women are also statistically more likely to experience pregnancy complications, including hypertension, placental disorders, gestational diabetes, blood disorders, and preeclampsia.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Latham Thomas, a Celebrity Doula and Maternity Wellness Expert. Latham Thomas supports women in embracing optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to empowerment. Latham is leading a revolution in radical self-care, guiding women everywhere to “mother themselves first.” Latham is the founder of Mama Glow, a global women’s health and education brand serving women along the childbearing continuum. Mama Glow supports women and families during the fertility period, pregnancy, birth, as well as during postpartum offering hand-holding through their bespoke doula services. Latham is also one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, and the author of, Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen


In this episode, Dhru and Latham talk about how a system that is designed to help people actually ends up causing them harm when it comes to adverse birth outcomes. They discuss how a doula supports women during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. They also talk about reaffirming our children’s capacity for freedom during this time of racial unrest.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Racial disparities in adverse birth outcomes (6:53)

-The history of racial disparities in childbirth among Black women (17:27)

-Latham’s story of getting into birth work and what it means to have an advocate (27:30)

-Why you should consider having a doula help you through your childbirth (30:38)

-Why birth is really a meditative state and the importance of feeling safe during labor (32:12) 

-Latham’s early experience supporting women in birth (33:45)

-What informed consent looks like and standing up for your rights in childbirth (44:10)

-How to support the process of education and access for marginalized communities when it comes to doula trainings (52:15)

-How Latham is helping her son navigate the world when it comes to the racial unrest and protests (1:02:58)

-Where to learn more about Latham (1:12:59)


For more on Latham Thomas, you can follow her on Instagram @glowmaven, on Facebook @lathamthomasglowmaven, on Twitter @glowmaven, and through her website here. You can find her book, Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen, here. Learn more about her Doula Training Program here.


Also mentioned in this episode:

-Op-ed in Cosmopolitan, America Was Already Failing Black Mothers. COVID-19 is Making It More Dangerous Than Ever

-CDC report on racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy-related deaths

-NPR article: Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Jun 29, 2020
#129: History In The Making: Are You a Participant or Bystander? with Rev. Michael Beckwith
1:17:50

Are you a participant or bystander? It’s a very important question at this time, because as we look around the world we see history is happening right in front of us. You have to ask yourself, are you participating in the unfolding of this history, are you bystanding, or are you getting in the way? This is our opportunity to overcome separation and division and step into our power as one.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Reverend Michael Beckwith, an author and Founder and Spiritual Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a trans-denominational community headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Reverend Beckwith is regarded for his teachings on the science of inner transformation which include vehicles like a practical approach to spirituality utilizing meditation, affirmative prayer, and Life Visioning, a process he originated.


His teachings and the work that the Agape International Spiritual Center brings to the world, help people take the experience of inner peace and awakened awareness into their everyday lives. In 2012, Reverend Beckwith addressed the UN General Assembly during its annual World Interfaith Harmony Week. As co-founder and president of the Association for Global New Thought, he hosts conferences featuring harbingers of world peace including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


Three of his most recent books—Life Visioning, Spiritual Liberation, and TranscenDance Expanded are recipients of the prestigious Nautilus Award. Reverend Beckwith has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s SuperSoul Sunday, Dr. Oz, CNN, Larry King Live, Tavis Smiley, and in his own PBS Special, The Answer Is You


In this episode, Dhru and Reverend Beckwith talk about how we are in the ending of one world, and the beginning of the other, and what the possibility of this new world is. They discuss the true meaning of sacrifice, and what role it plays during these times. They also talk about what it means to participate in the unfolding of change that is happening in the world right now, and what we can do to make a difference.


In this episode, we dive into:

-The true meaning of the apocalypse (10:01) 

-Creating change for racial injustice (24:15) 

-What it’s like to live as a person of color in America (25:46)

-How we create our own internal violence and harm (34:24) 

-How many of us have "perfected the practice of worry" which shapes our vision of the future (37:57)

-The power of prayer (39:11)

-Reverend Michael Beckwith’s moment of awakening (42:18)

-What it really means to sacrifice something (53:58)

-How we can maintain the momentum for change for racial injustice (1:01:45)

-Where to learn more about Rev. Michael Beckwith (1:07:48)


For more on Rev. Michael Beckwith, you can follow him on Instagram @michaelbbeckwith, on Facebook @michael.b.beckwith, on Twitter @drmichaelbb, and through his website here. Livestream Agape’s Sunday Services here, and watch the Lifting The Veil Series here. Download his app, Take Back Your Life, right here. Lastly, watch the sermons from Rev. Beckwith that Dhru mentioned in the episode here and here.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Jun 25, 2020
#128: How to Find Peace Through Acceptance
39:03

Welcome to Big Idea Tuesday!


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about how to find peace through acceptance. 


Acceptance is such a powerful tool that we have. Eckhart Tolle said, “Whatever you cannot enjoy doing, you can at least accept that this is what you have to do. Acceptance means: For now, this is what this situation, this moment, requires me to do, and so I do it willingly.” 


When we are at peace with what is in this moment, then we’re truly at peace and we can take inspired action to move us forward and actually make a difference. 


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643.


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To learn more about Byron Katie and The Work visit https://thework.com. You can find her book, I Need Your Love - Is That True?, right here. Lastly, you can watch The Work documentary here.



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Jun 24, 2020
#127: 7 Ancient Practices Proven to Rewire Your Brain for The Better with Dr. Rick Hanson
1:05:13

Throughout history, people have sought the heights of human potential—to become as wise and strong, happy and loving, as any person can ever be. And now, recent science is revealing how these remarkable ways of being are based on equally remarkable changes in our own nervous system, making them more attainable than ever before. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Rick Hanson, a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. Dr. Hanson is an expert on positive neuroplasticity, and his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He is also the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Hanson talk about how to rewire your brain using both ancient wisdom and modern neuroscience. They discuss the brain-changing effects of mindfulness and meditation practices. They also talk about how to be more present, less distracted, and how to have compassion for yourself and others.


In this episode, we dive into:

-The importance of establishing a mindfulness practice (2:31)

-Mental time travel (10:11)

-The nature versus nurture debate (18:24)

-The seven fundamental ways of being (30:38)

-How we can change the circuitry of our own brain (37:37)

-Why negative inputs hijack of our brain (44:40) 

-How Dr. Hanson incorporates the seven fundamental practices into his life (46:32) 

-The importance of voting and claiming your power (55:10)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Rick Hanson (56:56)


For more on Dr. Rick Hanson, you can follow him on Instagram @rickhansonphd, Facebook @rickhansonphd, Twitter @drrhanson, and through his website here. Sign-up for his weekly newsletter here, and learn more about his online program Neurodharma here. You can find his latest book, Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of The Highest Happiness, right here.


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.


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Jun 22, 2020
#126: The Secret Formula to Creating New Habits That Stick with Dr. BJ Fogg
1:25:03

How many times have you attempted to start working out consistently, eat more veggies, or incorporate something new into your routine, but struggled to make it stick? I think we’ve all been there. Creating new habits that stick can be daunting. However, with Dr. BJ Fogg’s secret formula, creating new and even tiny habits can not only be easy, but enjoyable and rewarding.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. BJ Fogg, a behavior scientist with deep experience in innovation and teaching. For the past 20 years at Stanford University, he has directed a research lab. Dr. Fogg also teaches his models and methods in graduate seminars. BJ has personally coached over 40,000 people in forming new habits, using his breakthrough method called “Tiny Habits.” His New York Times bestselling book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything, was published in early 2020 and is contracted to be published in over 25 languages.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Fogg discuss how BJ’s upbringing helped shape his interest in pursuing behavior change and influence. They talk about how one of the most crucial aspects of getting a new habit to stick is celebrating yourself, even though it feels awkward at first. And importantly, they talk about how to make big changes by first focusing on creating tiny habits. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-Dr. Fogg's story growing up and how his early experiences shaped his views (4:14)

-Where Dr. Fogg gained influence and interest in behavior changes (12:05)

-The first time Dr. Fogg saw his research being used by businesses (17:34)

-How he applied behavior change tactics, the Fogg Behavior Model, to himself (21:50)

-Common misconceptions behind how to create a habit (25:45)

-Three aspects of the Fogg Behavior Model (36:00)

-An example for creating a habit using the Tiny Habit Model (37:52)

-How the process for creating habits and stopping habits is different (48:32)

-How to create new tiny habits (49:10)

-How important celebrating yourself is (55:50)

-How having high expectations can be holding us back and how to make big changes using the Tiny Habits Method (1:07:53)

-Diving deeper into the different approach to stopping a behavior versus starting one (1:15:00)


For more on Dr. BJ Fogg, you can follow him on Instagram @bjfogg, Twitter @bjfogg, and through his website here. To learn more about his book, Tiny Habits, click here


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Jun 18, 2020
#125: 5 Key Things I Tell Everyone Looking to Start a New Business
35:20

We are officially in a recession—many people have lost their jobs through the coronavirus pandemic. The interesting thing about a recession is that, as challenging as it is, looking back at the last one we see many people started new businesses during that time. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk about 5 ideas and practices to think about when starting a new business or any new project that you care about. 


(1) In most cases, it’s not a good idea to quit your day job or have no income going into a business.

(2) Keep expenses low.

(3) Your first financial goal should be to cover your base expenses.

(4) Focus on your MVP (minimum viable product). 

(5) In most cases, know that even in the best case scenario, it will take time for things to work out. Be patient and plan for the long term. As Bill Gates said, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643.


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Books mentioned in this episode:

-Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

-The Lean Startup by Eric Reis




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Jun 16, 2020
#124: Why The Things We Think Make Us Happy Don’t with Dr. Laurie Santos
56:07

Up to 40% of college students report being too depressed to function most days. Over two-thirds say they experience overwhelming anxiety, and the scariest statistic is that more than 1 in 10 college students right now report seriously considering suicide in the past year. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Laurie Santos, a Professor of Psychology and the Head of Silliman College at Yale University, as well as the host of the critically acclaimed podcast, The Happiness Lab. After observing a disturbing level of unhappiness and anxiety among her students, she began teaching a course entitled, Psychology and The Good Life, which quickly became the most popular course in Yale's history and has also reached almost 2 million people from all over the world through an online version. 


In this episode, Dhru and Laurie talk about the misconceptions of happiness and why money or a better job doesn’t create happiness. They discuss the importance of prioritizing our relationships and why they are key to our happiness. They also talk about “time famine” versus “time freedom” and how to think about the way we spend our time and what is really important.


In this episode, we dive into:

-The current racial pandemic (2:44)

-How we measure happiness (5:27)

-Why mental health disorders among young people are almost a national epidemic (11:01)  

-Societal expectations of happiness (15:11)

-How to rewire expectations (23:23)

-The importance of prioritizing relationships (32:43)

-“Time famine” and how it eats away at our happiness (42:43)

-How to maintain a sense of contentment and happiness and be an informed citizen of the world (52:42)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Laurie Santos (54:35)


For more on Dr. Laurie Santos, you can follow her Twitter @lauriesantos. Check out her podcast The Happiness Lab here. To learn more about her book, The Science of Well-Being, click here


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Jun 15, 2020
#123: How to Release Self-Criticism and Find Fierce Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff
1:12:38

“The difference is: loving yourself isn't contingent on making things better, you love yourself regardless. But because you love yourself, you're also going to take action to improve things at the same time.” Dr. Kristin Neff explains how crucial fierce self-love and self-compassion are right now. So often, givers put themselves last. But being fiercely dedicated to taking care of yourself is the only way to have the fuel to truly take care of others.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Kristin Neff. Dr. Neff is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, and a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and co-author of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook as well as Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals. She is also co-founder and board president of the nonprofit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Neff dive into the negativity bias and why our brain is like velcro for negative information. They discuss why it is so easy to be overly hard on ourselves and the biggest hurdles that stop us from self-love. They also discuss empirical scientific research on the documented benefits of self-compassion. To wrap up the episode, Dr. Neff leads us through a powerful practice she calls “Working With Difficult Emotions.” 


In this episode, we dive into:

-Dr. Neff and Dhru's background on getting into self-compassion (5:39)

-The power of checking in (9:08)

-Why beating yourself up or being overly hard on yourself isn't the best approach (15:48)

-Where self-criticism comes from (22:53)

-Where negativity bias comes from (27:14)

-The biggest hurdles that stop people from loving themselves (32:58)

-Empirical scientific research on self-compassion (37:50)

-The importance of wisdom (44:13)

-Breaking down our internal voice (48:42)

-Dr. Neff's personal story that led her to research self-compassion (51:08)

-How and why to have a dialogue with yourself (57:34)

-“Working With Difficult Emotions” practice with Dr. Neff (1:02:05) 

-Where you can find more about Dr. Neff (1:10:40)


For more on Dr. Neff, you can follow her on Twitter @self_compassion and through her website here. To learn more about her books: Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook


To access Dr. Neff’s 5-minute “Self-Compassion Break” practice, go here. To access Dr. Neff’s 15-minute “Soften, Soothe, Allow” practice, which is what today’s exercise was based on, go here


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Jun 11, 2020
#122: 5 Things People Do That Hurt Their Relationships and Friendships
28:39

Friendships make every area of our lives better. They contribute to a deep sense of belonging in the world, in knowing our place, in having people that count on us and that we can count on. And also, they’re just plain fun!


But, if you look at your list of friends on Facebook or group of people you interact with regularly, you’ll notice that the majority are luke-warm friends; those that you know pretty well, but aren’t deeply connected with. Today’s Broken Brain Podcast Big Idea Tuesday episode is all about taking those mediocre friendships and making them great. Turning them from someone you interact with to someone you connect with, build a kindred spirit with, and take this journey of life with.


Being a great friend isn’t about being perfect or living up to some crazy ideal of a person who is totally selfless and puts everyone else before them. That’s being a people pleaser.


Being a great friend means you’re willing to put in the work and grow together.


Sometimes putting in the work means having an honest look at things you might be doing that are hurting your friendships.


You probably aren’t doing these things on purpose, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have implications. In today’s episode, Dhru covers 5 things people do regularly that they may not be aware of that are hurting their friendships.


By talking about these 5 areas, Dhru challenges you to take a personal look at your own behavior within your friendships to become aware of patterns you might not have seen before. This is the first step to building deep, meaningful, and lasting relationships. 


Dhru discusses the 5 things people do that hurt their relationships:

Number 1: Poor and unclear communication

Number 2: Complaining instead of opening up

Number 3: Sarcasm

Number 4: Withholding or not expressing constructive feedback

Number 5: Withholding or not expressing gratitude


Self-reflection doesn’t come easy, but it’s always necessary in order to build connection. I hope you take the time to reflect on your role in your friendships and put in the work to take your relationships to the next level.


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Jun 10, 2020
#121: Behind Her Empire with Equinox Founder Lavinia Errico
1:29:33

Some of the biggest and best empires are built by women. However, we don’t hear about them nearly enough. Yasmin Nouri went on a quest to create her own empire by finding inspiration through other powerful women. This is how her new podcast, Behind Her Empire, was born.


On today’s special Broken Brain Podcast episode, our host Dhru turns over the mic to his significant other, Yasmin Nouri, to help promote her new podcast, Behind Her Empire. Yasmin has spent most of her life pursuing careers most would consider successful—careers that she thought would bring her happiness. But deep down inside, she still felt unfulfilled and had a deep craving to build an empire on her own terms.


This led her to seek out successful, self-made women and mentors whom she admired and who could help inspire her own journey. And now, with the launch of this podcast, she aims to bring that same experience to you.


Every week, she dives deep into the personal stories of CEOs, founders, investors, and fearless changemakers, and learns how they’ve mastered business, family life, and money along with key lessons they’ve picked up along the way. It is her hope that this will inspire you to build your own empire too.


Yasmin’s first guest is Lavinia Errico, founder of Equinox Fitness Clubs and the Inside Out Movement. In her 20s and 30s, Lavinia built a leading fitness company that forever changed the way Americans think about health and wellness. At the peak of her success, Lavinia sold Equinox for millions and was instantaneously wealthy beyond her needs and dreams.


Although she was living the “American Dream,” Lavinia realized that somewhere along the way she had lost the things that were most important to her—her essential self and identity. This experience pushed Lavinia to embark on a completely different path and journey to rebuild her identity from the inside out. Lavinia now inspires individuals and organizations with her unique, disruptive take on how to create a more powerful, authentic and inspiring life.


In this episode, Yasmin and Lavinia dive into Lavinia’s unique journey into creating the Equinox empire and more importantly, how she rediscovered her true self. They discuss how to get clear with your goals, find self-love, and create boundaries, and how these topics are all connected. They also talk about the profound impact love, support, and connection play in self-discovery, goal-setting, and creating an empire.


In this episode, they dive into:

-How Lavinia’s upbringing and mother taught her to create the life she desired (7:15)

-The importance of saying “yes” and being open to different career opportunities (22:05)

-Lavinia shares why there is no such thing as failure. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about winning and learning (31:00)  

-How Lavinia and her brothers started a gym (34:00)

-Why Lavinia chose to listen to her gut when she left her high paying job to start a gym (38:00)

-Lavinia describes the importance of a team when founding Equinox (41:28)

-Lavinia talks about her health scare and the importance of being spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy (52:25)

-The importance of being self-aware (55:53)

-Lavinia walks through the journey of selling her company (1:00:24)

-The lowest point in Lavinia’s life despite making millions (1:06:00)

-How to find your purpose, or as Lavinia says, “Your own lane” (1:12:00)

-How to create more self-love and self-expression in your life (1:20:38)


For more on Yasmin, you can follow her on Instagram @yasminknouri and be sure to follow her new podcast, Behind Her Empire. You can also listen through Apple or Spotify.


For more on Lavinia Errico, you can follow her on Instagram @laviniajoy, on Twitter @LaviniaErrico, or check out her Inside Out Movement here.



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Jun 08, 2020
#120: Breaking Free From Your Ego and Unleashing Your Brain’s Creativity with Diego Perez
1:48:39

“One of the most important qualities to develop in life is having a strong determination. At some point you just have to put your foot down and say, ‘I am going to move in this new direction and no person or situation is going to stop me.’ Great transformations always have a beginning.” Author Yung Pueblo (Diego Perez) speaks from his experience of personal rebirth and growth, sharing an ultimate truth: no matter what your goal, you have to start somewhere.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Diego Perez. Diego is a meditator, writer, and speaker who is known on Instagram and various social media networks through his pen name Yung Pueblo. He reaches millions of people through his written works that focus on personal transformation and building self-awareness. His first book, Inward, was an immediate bestseller that is available in bookstores around the world.


In this episode, Dhru and Diego talk about how Diego found himself in a self-inflicted life-or-death situation and how this was the beginning of a major transformation for him. Watching a close friend transform his life at a Vipassana meditation retreat was the life-changing experience he was so desperate for. Dhru and Diego dig into the emotional turmoil around acceptance so many of us experience and how to, as one of his poems guides, "Observe. Accept. Release. Transform." We can use these principles to truly change our lives.


In this episode, we dive into:

-How Diego is doing through the shelter in place (9:07)

-Diego's personal story that led him to meditation (11:58)

-How Diego's friend's discovery of meditation transformed his life (25:00)

-“Attributes of a Good Friend,” a poem by Diego Perez (27:25)

-How Diego's friends responded to his transformation (28:15)

-How Diego's relationship with his family shifted (32:13)

-Diego's experience with a Vipassana meditation retreat (36:55)

-The Four Words that resonate with Diego (41:08)

-What it means to "let it be" and find true acceptance of yourself (45:56)

-Where release shows up in Diego's journey (51:45)

-How to find a meditation modality that works best for you (55:13)

-How Diego came to the name "Yung Pueblo" (1:00:17)

-“Two of the Greatest Lessons,” a poem by Diego Perez (1:06:40)

-How reflections and learnings turned into writing for Diego (1:09:43)

-How important it is to put yourself out there (1:19:15)

-The importance of intentionally navigating social media, news, and daily routine (1:24:03)

-Diego's greatest hope through crisis (1:34:37)

-How to learn more about Diego (1:45:08)


For more on Diego, you can follow him on Instagram @yung_pueblo, on Facebook @yungpueblo, on Twitter @YungPueblo, and through his website here. To learn more about his book Inward, go here


Also mentioned in this episode is The Diamond Cutter book by Geshe Michael Roach


Three resources mentioned in the intro; take the time to educate, learn, and share.

Revisionist History Presents: The Limits of Power

https://play.acast.com/s/revisionisthistory/a88da1fe-a466-11ea-8510-13f0c0c47fa5

Tulsa Race Riots

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA6G1CtFoQ-/

Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist/



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Jun 04, 2020
#118: The Podcast Your Excuses Don't Want You To Listen To with Bassam Tarazi
1:14:30

The exact same situation often prompts very different reactions from different people. Bassam Tarazi outlines a range of personas and reactions in his Redefining Optimism Chart: https://www.bassam.com/single-post/2020/04/16/Redefining-Optimism

Though this is a spectrum and people can have mixed reactions, one scenario (the Realistic Optimist) experiences the greatest growth. They take a situation, don’t judge it as “good” or “bad,” and figure out how to use it to fuel their personal development. I like to think that I fit really well into this category (but only after years and years of work!)


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Bassam Tarazi. Bassam is the author of In 5 Years You'll Be Wrong, Borders, Bandits, And Baby Wipes and my personal favorite, The Accountability Effect. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded The Nomading Film Festival and The Ignition Lab. A wanderer at heart, he's also traveled to 73 countries and all 7 continents, having had such absurd experiences as getting to Everest Base Camp and the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, convincing Fidel Castro to sign his passport, living on an Alaskan glacier for 8 days, and being hunted by a pig-tailed macaque in the jungles of Borneo. 


In this episode, Dhru and Bassam talk about the importance of accountability, and how important it is for completing big goals and dreams. They discuss anchor friends and how to have open communication about your (and their) needs. They talk about how to live a fulfilled life and be the person you want to be. And they challenge you not to attempt to change the world, but to change the moment.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Why "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is not the right question to be asking (2:57)

-What the “accountability effect” is (7:40)

-Bassam shares a personal story about privilege (11:08)

-How to help change the moment (20:08)

-Bassam's Eulogy Exercise (23:15)

-Redefining optimism essay discussion (26:59)

-A time when Bassam struggled to step into accountability (34:27)

-How hiding can be the opposite of accountability (37:22)

-Outside resources that helped steer Bassam to accountability (40:42)

-How important anchor friends are (43:19)

-Why it's so important to have open (sometimes tough) communication with our closest tribe (50:23)

-How to get from hope to action (58:10)

-More about The Accountability Effect book (1:05:28)

-More info on Bassam's other books (1:08:33)

 

For more on Bassam, you can follow him on Instagram @bassamtarazi, on Twitter @BassamTarazi, on Facebook @bassam.tarazi, and through his website here. To access his free ebook, The Accountability Effect, click here.


To check out Bassam’s free resource: "ChangeX" assessment, go here


Also mentioned in this podcast are Bassam’s other books: In 5 Years You'll Be Wrong and Borders, Bandits, And Baby Wipes, His TedX talk, the book, Poke the Box by Seth Godin, and author Steven Pressfield


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Jun 01, 2020
#117: How to Unstuck Your Brain and Get Out of Your Funk with Antonio Neves
1:07:11

"Don't wait for a life-altering event to change your life." Author Antonio Neves challenges us to endorse ourselves, leave excuses in the dust, get out of the funk we’re in, and follow our dreams. Everyone knows someone who has experienced major adversity, like a divorce, drug overdose, near-death situation, life-threatening diagnosis, or deep trauma that helped turn their lives around. But don’t wait for something serious to happen to you. You can change your life today.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Antonio Neves. Antonio is a nationally recognized leadership speaker, author, and award-winning journalist. For over 10 years, Antonio worked as a correspondent in the television industry in New York City with top networks including NBC, PBS, and BET Networks. His podcast, The Best Thing, features Antonio asking others about the best thing to happen to them that would rarely appear on a resume, bio, or come up in conversation.  


In this episode, Dhru and Antonio talk all about getting out of your funk. It is normal to reach low points, feel stuck, or get in a rut from time to time. It’s okay to experience these hiccups. But don’t live there. If not for you, but because someone else needs you to; someone needs your work. Antonio tells us about his experience of reaching an ultimate low, feeling lost, and exactly how he overcame it to share his creative gifts with the world. We have all been there, and will be there again, but it’s important that we recognize the funk and work our way out.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Antonio's experience with Nickelodeon (3:00)

-Antonio's personal story (4:45)

-How to help people stuck in a funk (11:23)

-Why people stop being bold (19:33)

-How Antonio's personal funk shaped his life (24:06)

-How to be willing to endorse yourself (31:37)

-How to find a supportive community (40:26)

-How crucial friendship, community, and support are to your dreams (49:19)

-4 things that are important to getting out of a funk (52:40)

-How to learn more about Antonio (1:03:40)


For more on Antonio, you can follow him on Instagram @theantonioneves, on Twitter @theantonioneves, on Facebook @theantonioneves, and through his website here. To learn more about his podcast The Best Thing, go here


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May 28, 2020
#116: How to Stay Focused and Remove Obstacles (Big Idea)
20:15

Big Idea Tuesday:


We’ve all been there. We’ve gotten really excited about a project, made a goal, hit a roadblock, and lost momentum. When we lose sight of why we started in the first place, it becomes very easy to give up entirely.  


In today’s Big Idea Tuesday episode, Dhru takes us through exactly why we lose focus and drop our goals, projects, and dreams, and how to remove obstacles to get back on track. 


A big part of staying focused is checking-in on ourselves and remembering what we were excited to create and why. This gives us an opportunity to regroup, recenter, and ask the questions that matter so we can remind ourselves of the answers.


Why did I care about this project in the first place? What did I want to accomplish or see through? What was the vision? Do I still care? Is there something I’m afraid of? Even though things are tough, am I willing to keep going?


You would think asking ourselves these tough questions once would be enough, that somehow our mind would store the answers and keep them on file for future reference. And yet it just doesn’t work that way.


Thoughts of doubt, fear, and worry pile up. Obstacles and roadblocks happen. Other things can creep in and distract us. Living an everyday-life can easily cause these layers to build up, making it difficult to focus. That’s why it’s so important to be crystal clear about your goals and check-in with yourself often.


This practice helps us dig through all the nonsense, get through the layers, and arrive on the side of clarity. And when we are clear, focus just happens.


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May 27, 2020
#115: How Meditation Can Help You Let Go of the Past, Forgive Yourself, and Move Forward with Megan Monahan
1:05:28

There are many different modalities, types, and ways to meditate. There is no wrong way to meditate. No matter how young, old, new, or experienced you are with meditation, making space for your thoughts always comes with beneficial side effects: relief from yesterday, peace for today, and promise for tomorrow. Though healing through meditation is never easy, it’s always worth it. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Megan Monahan. Megan is a Chopra Certified meditation instructor that has taught thousands to meditate through her platform. She works with corporate brands like Lululemon, Chopra Global, Unplug Meditation, and Wanderlust while working privately with personal and corporate clients internationally, always bringing her spiritual real talk. Her first book, Don't Hate, Meditate, was published this past June by Ten Speed Press.


In this episode, Dhru and Megan discuss how most people, knowingly or not, tend to hang onto past situations that define who they are. Unfortunately, these are often negative influences that cause us to react a certain way to situations and can result in limiting beliefs. But Megan walks us through her story of recognizing her past struggles and trauma, working through them using meditation, and creating a bright and hopeful future through her practices.


In this episode, we dive into:

-What meditation looks like during a pandemic (2:02)

-The real talk around meditation (4:53)

-What happens when someone judges meditation as good or bad (9:46)

-Dispelling the myths around meditation (12:15)

-What results we can expect when meditating (13:30)

-Megan's personal story that led her to meditation (19:20)

-How the path of meditation brought Megan to acceptance (28:45)

-How to navigate the different types of meditation modalities (38:45)

-Megan's process for writing her book (42:20)

-A meditation exercise with Megan (49:30)

-Where you can find more on Megan (1:03:45)


For more on Megan, you can follow her on Instagram @megmonahan, on Facebook @megan.monahan50, and through her website here. To learn more about her book Don't Hate, Meditate, go here


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May 25, 2020
#114: How to go from Self-Critical to Radical Self-Love and Compassion During a Time of Crisis with Dr. Andrea Pennington
1:15:55

“May I be truly happy

May I be free from suffering

May I be truly well in body, mind, and heart

And may I live peacefully and with ease”


This loving-kindness meditation exercise from Dr. Andrea Pennington’s Real Self Love Handbook is a message to our inner-self that we deserve to be happy, healthy, and full of peace.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Andrea Pennington an integrative physician, acupuncturist, meditation teacher, #1 international bestselling author, and TEDx speaker. With her extensive medical expertise and training in trauma recovery combined with her experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, Dr. Andrea helps people to build resilience, reclaim vitality, and thrive despite the inevitable trauma and drama life brings.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Andrea discuss how to approach yourself with kindness, love, and compassion. They delve into where the self-critical voice comes from, how to recognize this voice and turn it around towards love, and how giving intention to our daily calendar can help put our minds at ease. Dr. Andrea tells us about her personal story that led her to find radical forgiveness and self-love.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Where self-criticism and self-love fall during these times of social isolation (5:35)

-Where the self-judgement voice comes from (8:15)

-Dr. Andrea’s personal story (11:50)

-An explanation of how acupuncture works (20:50)

-What happens in our bodies when we experience self-judging thoughts (23:57)

-How to explore different healing modalities to find the right fit (29:33)

-Dr. Andrea’s journey to self-love (36:41)

-How things like the social isolation and stay-at-home orders can be triggers for some people (43:45)

-How to unpack the belief or programming that achievements are due to being hard on ourselves (49:05)

-A self-compassion meditation exercise (52:45)

-How to help children cope through the pandemic (57:56)

-How to create an intentional morning routine (1:06:00)

-Where people can go to learn more about Dr. Andrea (1:11:50)


For more on Dr. Andrea, you can follow her on Instagram @drandreapennington, on Twitter @DrAndrea, on Facebook @andrea.pennington1, and through her websites AndreaPennington.com, www.RealSelf.love, and In8Vitality.com


Be sure to check out her free resources for helping you cope with COVID-19 and beyond:

How to Escape Victim Mentality & Reprogram Your Subconscious Mind and her 21-Day Compassion Meditation Series. You can also learn more about her books, The Real Self Love Handbook and The Top 10 Traits of Highly Resilient People.


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May 21, 2020
#113: Three Big Ideas on Finding Your Calling & Purpose with Dhru Purohit
25:38

Big Idea Tuesday


Why am I here? What’s the purpose of life? 


These are questions nearly everyone has asked at least once, or continue to ask daily. In today’s Broken Brain Podcast Big Idea Tuesday episode, Dhru challenges us to think about the difference between our “calling” and the “expression of our calling.” They sound similar, but they are two very different things.


A “calling” is your answer to the question, “Why am I here?” How we put our calling to use is what Dhru calls “the expression of our calling.” The expression is where our skill meet our passion and is the outward execution of our internal calling.


For example, Oprah’s calling is to use her passion for teaching to uplift others. The Oprah Winfrey Show, her magazines, speeches, movies, and overall empire are an expression of that calling. Her calling was always there, even from a young age. The mission in her life is to get better and better at expressing and executing that calling. And I think we can all agree that she is phenomenal at doing that.


In this episode, Dhru talks about his three big ideas on finding your calling and purpose:

#1 - Your calling has already found you.

#2 - There's a difference between our actual calling and the expression of our calling.

#3 - We find the expression of our calling in action.


Dhru says the number one most important thing to focus on is this: remember the answer to the question “Why am I here?”, and let go of anything that doesn’t serve that higher purpose, especially your own limiting beliefs.


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May 21, 2020
#112: How Environmental Toxins in Our Water, Air, and Products Wreak Havoc on Our Immune System with Dr. Aly Cohen
1:29:13

On most days, many of us go about our routine rarely thinking twice about the ingredients in our shampoos and conditioners, hand soaps, lotions, laundry detergent, or even the water we feed our pets. It wasn’t until her dog fell extremely sick with a mysterious illness that Dr. Aly Cohen started to wonder if there was something toxic in her dog’s environment. This quest led her on a life-long journey to uncover the toxins all around us. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Aly Cohen, a rheumatologist, integrative medicine specialist, and environmental health expert. Her medical practice, Integrative Rheumatology Associates P.C., focuses on both traditional Western medical management of rheumatologic and other ailments, as well as integrative options for total wellness. Her recent text, Integrative Environmental Medicine, was published through Oxford University Press, and her consumer book, Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World, will be out in September 2020. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Cohen discuss all things environmental toxins. From the water you drink, to the shampoo you use, to your cookware, toxins can be hidden in many places. Though it can feel overwhelming to switch out all of the areas where toxins lurk, Dr. Cohen assures us that making small swaps here and there can add up and have a major impact on our overall health.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Dr. Cohen's background that piqued her interest in environmental toxins (1:05)

-The history on how environmental toxins came to be an issue (7:50)

-A dive into endocrine disruptors (12:33)

-The issue with certain food washes (21:55)

-How to shape your diet to best support detoxification (26:50)

-A look at water quality (30:41)

-Different types of filters for drinking clean water (36:40)

-How there’s a disconnect between health education and environmental toxins (43:50)

-The effect of environmental toxins on the brain and other organ systems (49:02)

-A discussion of air pollution (55:38)

-Resources to find clean products (1:06:30)

-Populations and ages that are more vulnerable to chemical exposure (1:09:49)

-A lasting message from Dr. Cohen (1:16:55)

-Dr. Cohen discusses her website on resources on environmental health (1:21:51)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Aly Cohen (1:28:18)


Please note: This podcast was recorded prior to social isolation. Stay safe!


For more on Dr. Cohen, you can follow her on Instagram @thesmarthuman, on Twitter @TheSmartHuman, on Facebook @thesmarthuman, through her environmental health website, or her personal practice website


Also mentioned during this episode were environmental health resources Green Science Policy and the Environmental Working Group..


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May 18, 2020
#111: Turning Roadblocks Into Opportunities with Elissa Goodman
1:22:23

A hero’s journey is a narrative to describe the journey of a brave warrior who must overcome a major obstacle or turmoil in order to find victory, often transforming themselves along the way. Elissa Goodman’s hero’s journey included obstacle over obstacle over obstacle (and more) that she had to overcome in order to create the life of vibrant health that she lives today.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Elissa Goodman, a Holistic Nutritionist, Lifestyle Cleanse Expert, and Superstar Chef. She’s a cancer survivor and the author of Cancer Hacks: A Holistic Guide to Overcoming Your Fears and Healing Cancer. 


In this episode, Dhru and Elissa discuss her personal story of struggling with a deficient immune system and the multiple health effects it caused, her battle with cancer, losing her husband to cancer, and how she overcame two different autoimmune conditions using whole foods and a healthy lifestyle. She has used her many obstacles to create vibrant health, write books aimed at helping others, and coach hundreds on their own journeys.


In this episode, we dive into:

-How Elissa's life has been impacted by social isolation and things that have helped her cope (3:30)

-Elissa tells us her story about growing up with immune struggles and eventually getting diagnosed with cancer (8:20)

-How Elissa reacted when she learned about her cancer diagnosis (27:11)

-How stress-management played a role in her cancer treatment (34:22)

-Elissa's story after being in remission for cancer (38:31)

-Balancing immune function during COVID-19 (55:30)

-When Elissa made a major change in her life (1:02:00)

-Elissa's message to anyone going through challenges right now (1:10:40)

-How to find out more about Elissa (1:16:30)


For more on Elissa, you can follow her on Instagram @elissagoodman, or through her website. Be sure to check out her DIY 7 Day Reset and her book, Cancer Hacks.


Also mentioned in this episode, The Broken Brain Podcast episode featuring Peter Crone; the books Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin, MD and The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell; Medical Medium with Anthony William; and the therapists recommended by Elissa, Elizabeth Winkler and Ryan Weiss.


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May 14, 2020
3 Important Truths About Trying to Change Other People
21:40

“Anytime we argue with reality, we lose. But only 100% of the time.” This quote from Byron Katie speaks a lot of truth, especially when it comes to our interactions with the people we love. The truth is, we cannot change others. As much as we think that it’s right or we think we know what’s best for them, the only person who can decide to change and take steps in a new direction is that individual. 


In today’s Big Idea Tuesday episode, Dhru walks us through a fundamental question we’ve all likely been guilty of. Why do we try to change other people? He says there are three main reasons why: 

1. Because we think we know what's best for them.

2. We want to manipulate them into doing what we want them to do.

Or 3. Because we're afraid of the unknown—we don’t want other people to make a decision that might leave us behind.


However, it’s not up to us to change others. 

In this episode, Dhru takes us through three important truths and one bonus point about trying to change other people:

1) People rarely change, and when they do it’s on their timeline, not yours.

2) The truth is that you can’t possibly know what’s 100% right for someone else’s life.

3) This doesn’t mean you can’t support someone to or through change. But first and foremost, you must drop any judgement of them.

Bonus) Set Boundaries: When you 100% accept someone for where they are right now, you can be 1000% clear with them with what works and doesn't work for you!.

Do you have someone in your life that you wish would change? Take 20 minutes out of your day today to listen.


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May 12, 2020
#110: How to Transform Your Health Before Your Body Sends an Eviction Notice with Mona Sharma
1:19:14

Despite what most teenagers would say, we parents often do know best. For celebrity nutritionist and entrepreneur Mona Sharma, when she was forced by her parents to live at an Ashram several times throughout her teenage years, she was resistant and defiant. Little did she know the lasting impact of learning and practicing meditation, mindfulness, and wellness would literally save her life. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Mona Sharma, a dynamic leader and entrepreneur in the health and wellness industry who works with high-profile clients around the world. As Will Smith’s nutritionist, she has a recurring role on the Facebook series Red Table Talk where they profile her work with Will and the entire Smith family’s healing journey. Mona is also the founder of Xicama, an innovative line of functional beverage products that deliver gut-health and immune-boosting benefits of the superfood jicama.  


In this episode, Dhru and Mona discuss her incredible story of surviving two open-heart surgeries and the path that led her to drastically turn her health around. She uses her story to help thousands of others on their journeys to create vibrant health. 


In this episode, we dive into:

Mona's experience since her debut on Will Smith's Red Table Talk with Dr. Mark Hyman (2:37)

-Mona shares about growing up in an Ashram (4:56)

-Early signs of her own health struggles and her personal story (8:57)

-How to position yourself with joy (21:41)

-How to navigate mindfulness during this time of social isolation (29:25)

-How to set boundaries around media and information (37:10)

-How to stop judging yourself and return to joy during these current events (39:05)

-How to navigate motherhood and community (44:20)

-How Mona could tell it was time for her to move on in her healing journey (51:15)

-How mindfulness requires the most intention for Mona and why (58:38)

-The power of forgiveness (1:02:15)

-Mona's go-to COVID snack (1:05:05)

-How Mona's beverage company, Xicama, was created (1:07:45)

-What projects Mona is working on (1:10:08)

-Where to find more on Mona (1:18:21)


For more on Mona, you can follow her on Instagram @monasharma, on Facebook @monaleahsharma, through her website, or her website Xicamalife. Be sure to check out the Facebook series Red Table Talk and this amazing food and eating guide to Awaken Your Best Health featuring Mona Sharma and Dr. Mark Hyman.


Also mentioned in this episode is the book Limitless by Jim Kwik.


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May 11, 2020
#109: How to Rewire Your Brain from Negative to Positive with Jon Gordon
1:36:09

“If you love it, you can’t fear it.” Jon Gordon states that so many creative challenges are lost when people allow fear to dictate their lives. Living in fear is like living in a shadow, you can never truly shine. Jon challenges us to allow love to drive out fear, step into our positivity, and own our life.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Jon Gordon, bestselling author and speaker whose books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 16 books including 7 bestsellers.


In this episode, Dhru and Jon discuss positivity and how your outlook on life affects every area of your life and relationships. He recounts a story of how incorporating daily “gratitude walks” saved his marriage, discusses how to deal with the energy vampires in your life, and challenges you to step up and own your life. They encourage you to consider, what are you fueling up with? Is your cup filled with negativity and turmoil or positivity and hope? You get to choose every day. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-Why people are interested in his books (5:07)

-Jon Gordon's personal story and how positivity came into his life (7:08)

-How people find themselves in this negative mindspace (10:18)

-The two roads that are always available to us (16:00) 

-How Jon came back from a troubled relationship and financial hardship (19:02)

-Tips for someone who needs to set a difficult boundary (22:26)

-How to build a strong, successful relationship (25:01)

-How to respond to energy vampires (29:07)

-The story of the Energy Bus (book) (39:02)

-How to stick with a deadline to accomplish a project (44:48)

-How to focus and keep your vision alive (49:18)

-How to create a great team (also applies to your family clan) (55:21)

-How to see "signs" (1:02:38)

-How the Broken Brain Podcast was born and how to start small (1:13:10)

-How Jon views his work and purpose (1:21:24)

-Where to find more on Jon Gordon (1:29:20)


Please note: This podcast was recorded prior to social isolation. Stay safe!


For more on Jon, you can follow him on Instagram @jongordon11, on Twitter @jongordon11, through his website, his podcast Positive University, and be sure to check out his coaching program.


Interested in this topic? Check out these Positive University podcast episodes mentioned in today’s episode:

Featuring Matthew West

Featuring Evan Spiegel

Featuring Inky Johnson

Featuring Dabo Swinney

Featuring Nick Nurse

Featuring Zach Bush, MD


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May 07, 2020
3 Ways to Catch and Turn Around Our Brain's Negativity Bias
36:20

“The negative bias is our tendency not only to register negative stimuli more readily but also to dwell on these events. Also known as positive-negative asymmetry, this negativity bias means that we feel the sting of a rebuke more powerfully than we feel the joy of praise.”*


It’s easy for our minds to get into this negativity bias mindset. We spend so much of our time perusing social media, comparing ourselves to others, watching the news, and focusing on all the things going wrong. It’s a slippery slope, and when you’ve found yourself in this mindspace, it’s hard to get out. 


But, in today’s minisode, Dhru takes us through the 3 ways to catch and turn around our brain’s negativity bias:

  1. Step One: Catch the Negativity Bias. The faster we catch ourselves stuck in the negativity bias, the happier we'll become long term. It can be hard to know when we’re actually in it, but Dhru discusses how to tune into yourself and start becoming aware.
  2. Step Two: Question it, Name it, and Tame it. To turn around the negativity bias, we must understand what our mind is looking for, why it’s on the hunt, and how to shake off the negativity.
  3. Step Three: Create a Positivity Bubble. While we normally think about living “in a bubble” to be a bad thing, Dhru challenges you to see it as a good thing. Tune in to hear more!


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May 05, 2020
#108: Feeling Stuck? Tips From a World Class Entrepreneur to Get You Back on Track with Craig Clemens
1:10:58

Every top leader in every industry has a similar origin: in order to build something great, they had to begin somewhere. Often, they started with nothing but an idea. In order to turn that idea into a reality, it was crucial that they commit to action. And there’s no one better to talk about these topics than world class entrepreneur, Craig Clemens.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Craig Clemens, an American businessman and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Golden Hippo Media and has built a fortune around this enterprise. The company provides health and wellness focused beauty brands which are physician endorsed. Clemens, along with his two brothers, founded the business together.


In this episode, Dhru and Craig talk all about creating the life of your dreams and pursuing your creative passions. Craig tells us about his personal struggles with facing roadblocks and overcoming tough obstacles to build several top-performing businesses. He discusses how to change your mindset and commit to action in order to achieve your goals. If you are feeling stuck, this episode is for you.


In this episode, we dive into:

-How the current times have affected Craig in personal life and business (3:25)

-Silver linings that came out of Craig going through the previous recession in 2009 (5:02)

-How to start creative projects (10:00)

-What does it look like to take a major pivot in business or life (22:10)

-What people can do to improve their focus (26:20)

-Overcoming obstacles and challenges (32:45)

-How to set and achieve goals (44:50)

-You become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with (50:25)

-Sacrifices that Craig made that brought him closer to his goals (54:56)

-Recommendations and resources (1:00:00)

-A message for you, if you're struggling with your goals right now (1:04:22)

-How to learn more about Craig (1:07:45)


For more on Craig, you can follow him on Instagram @craig.


For the Broken Brain Podcast episode featuring Peter Crone, click here.


For Craig’s favorite resources, be sure to check out:

Books

Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

Opportunity: How to Win in Business and Create a Life You Love by Eben Pagan

Atomic Habits by James Clear

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Principles by Ray Dalio


Documentaries

Becoming Warren Buffet

Fantastic Fungi

Marjoe


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May 04, 2020
#107: An Integrative Approach to Cancer with Ralph Moss, PhD
1:37:26

Cancer is a topic that hits close to home for almost everyone. If you’re not the one in three diagnosed with cancer, you likely know someone who is. While there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to cancer, treatments, and prognosis, there’s also a lot we are learning every day that helps to increase survival rates. With experts like Dr. Ralph Moss leading the way in uncovering the best approach for cancer treatment, we are well on our way to find hope in any diagnosis.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Moss who has been at the leading edge of scientific investigative journalism for over forty years. His latest book, Cancer, Incorporated, is a blistering critique of the greed and lies of the cancer drug business, and shows how Big Pharma’s deceptions have caused suffering and cost lives. Dr. Moss has independently evaluated conventional and non-conventional cancer treatments all over the world to produce Moss Reports. These unique documents give readers an unbiased and in-depth look at conventional and alternative treatment options for most common cancer types. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Moss discuss the long and controversial history behind conventional and unconventional cancer treatments, the increased prevalence of cancer diagnoses, the various causes of cancer, and every day things we can do to reduce our risk. They also cover the roadmap to navigating a cancer diagnosis and what steps someone who is newly diagnosed might take.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Dr. Moss's backstory when it comes to cancer (4:20)

-Why unorthodox methods are suppressed within the oncology community (9:55)

-How the success of traditional cancer treatment is growing slowly (18:32)

-Why so many more people get cancer today (25:59)

-How genetic mutations related to cancer don’t tell the whole story (33:40)

-Promising unconventional treatments (40:20)

-Why it is that clinics do not recognize sugar as an issue regarding cancer (47:40)

-Additional information about immunotherapy (52:04)

-Roadmap of what's available for cancer treatments (1:01:13) 

-How Dr. Moss put his own team together for his prostate cancer (1:05:48)

-Steps everyone can take to help minimize the risk of cancer (1:13:07)

-New tests to help detect cancer earlier (1:20:05)

-Lasting message for someone navigating a cancer diagnosis (1:25:29)

-How to learn more about Dr Moss (1:32:12)


For more on Dr. Moss, you can find his books right here: Cancer Incorporated and be sure to check out his Moss Reports and consultations here. Also mentioned in the podcast are the Roche Foundation Medicine found here and the book Cancer as a Metabolic Disease found here.


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Apr 30, 2020
3 Big Reasons Why You’re So Hard On Yourself and How to Use Awareness to Stop
33:36

Big Idea Tuesday 

What's the difference between being necessarily hard on yourself versus unnecessarily?


Being necessarily hard on yourself is essential for growth and becoming the best version of yourself. It’s allowing you to face a challenge, step outside of your comfort zone, or push yourself to deal with something difficult. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.


However, being unnecessarily hard on yourself, beating yourself up after a “failure,” or being judgemental or hypercritical of yourself (or others) gets in the way of creating the life you desire. 


In today’s Big Idea Tuesday, Dhru discusses exactly why you’re so hard on yourself, but more importantly, how to stop.


He covers three big concepts to recognize when we fall into this mindset:


1. Being self-critical and/or hard on yourself has consequences.

2. A lot of the self-critical thoughts we have are not our own.

3. There's always something in it for us, why else would we keep doing it?


Dhru says there’s a reason we keep our patterns alive, but awareness is key to breaking free.


Tune in to hear more.


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Also mentioned in this episode: Broken Brain Podcast episode featuring Dr. Dan Siegel, this episode featuring Dr. John Kelly, and this episode featuring Peter Crone. Here’s the article from Current Psychiatry 2016, the article from Bassam Tarazi, this Realistic Optimist Graphic, and this website from Dr. Kristin Neff.



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Apr 28, 2020
#106: The Growing Concern with Electromagnetic Radiation and Frequencies with Dr. Carlos Ritter
1:31:01

In the beginning of his career as a neurologist, Dr. Carlos Ritter began to notice a peculiar similarity in stage 2 of sleep between some of his patients and those with chronic illnesses across the board—it was some sort of toxin messing with the body. After years of research in biology, neurology, and physics, Dr. Ritter came to understand this toxin could be coming from an invisible source all around us: electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs).


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Carlos Ritter, who has spent the last 15 years working to actively mitigate the effects of electromagnetic radiation. Now as CEO of EMF Knights, Dr. Ritter shields homes from EMF, protecting individual’s “biological restoration pathways” during sleep. As a doctor in pediatric neurology and extensive research in brain function, biology, and physics, Dr. Ritter has developed new protective technologies to safeguard people from the harmful effects of EMF. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Ritter discuss everything EMF: how Dr. Ritter’s career and education evolved around this topic, how EMFs and radiation can affect DNA, and importantly, some simple (and free) steps we can take in our own homes and lives that have the biggest impact on our sleep and resilience against EMFs.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Why a medical doctor would pursue researching EMFs (6:05)

-The basics of electromagnetic fields and waves (22:04)

-How EMFs can break down and affect the body and DNA (24:35)

-The effects of cumulative damage (30:15)

-How EMFs interfere with sleep pathways (34:38)

-How removing exposures to EMFs caused significant improvement in Dr. Ritter's patients (37:30)

-A deeper look at sleep and what we can do in our homes to help support sleep (47:13)

-How at-home EMF meters can be misleading (50:25)

-What you can do today to help reduce EMFs in your home (59:10)

-The benefits of a master switch box (1:08:31)

-Why, despite tremendous conclusive research, EMFs are still not considered dangerous (1:15:17)

-Additional resources on EMF research (1:20:21)

-One big takeaway regarding EMFs (1:22:40)

-How to learn more about Dr. Ritter (1:29:00)


For more on Dr. Ritter, you can visit his website here. Also mentioned in the podcast are the book, Handbook of Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields, the episode of This American Life, and the researcher Olle Johansson


To watch Dr. Carlos Ritter’s interview from Dr. Mark Hyman’s Broken Brain 2 docu-series, click here.


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Apr 27, 2020
#105: Are you truly healthy? A Deep Dive into Your Health and Labs with Dr. Mary Pardee
2:02:54

Have you ever felt symptoms, visited your doctor, run a plethora of tests, only to be told that everything is “normal”? This is far too common. When it comes to optimal health, there’s more to it than a few blood tests that look at reference ranges based on the average person. Dr. Mary Pardee walks us through exactly what’s wrong with traditional tests and what we can do to create optimal health.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Mary Pardee, a naturopathic medical doctor and a certified Functional Medicine doctor who specializes in integrative gastroenterology and hormone balancing in Los Angeles, California. She is the founder of modrn med, a telemedicine and virtual wellness company that provides medical and health services to clients across the world from the comfort of their homes. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Mary dive deep into a holistic and functional approach to overall wellness. Dr. Mary covers everything from hormones to cardio-metabolic health, general physical exams, blood work, and the difference between healthspan and lifespan. She introduces the idea of “optimal” ranges and explains how this can be quite different from “reference” ranges when it comes to wellness. They cover 13 different health areas so you can know exactly which tests your doctor should run and exactly where your results should be. This episode is everything you ever wanted to know about assessing your overall health and how to truly feel optimal.


In this episode, we dive into:

  • The Functional Medicine approach to a patient who is experiencing symptoms but has blood work all “within normal limits” (5:15)
  • Understanding the difference between healthspan and lifespan (7:07)
  • How to work with your doctor to get the answers you need (11:50)
  • 13 markers of optimal health and exactly what to look for:

1. The importance of general appearance (13:40)

2. Vital signs (16:20)

  • At home devices to measure HRV (21:41)

3. General physical exam (25:03)

4. Neurological system and exam (33:45)

5. Muscular system (39:57)

  • Explaining what “reference ranges” means when it comes to lab work (41:30)
  • A deep dive into nutrients (43:51)
  • What tests can be run to determine micronutrient levels (53:43)

6. Cardiovascular health (56:08)

7. Metabolic tests (1:05:52)

8. Hormones (1:12:35)

9. Immune function and tests (1:36:17)

10. Detox system (1:39:17)

  • Mitochondrial health (1:43:39)

11. Genetics (1:48:03)

12. Neurological system and health (1:52:22)

13. Anti-aging (1:52:46)

  • How to learn more about working with Dr. Mary (1:57:13)


For more on Dr. Mary, be sure to follow her on Instagram @dr.marypardee, check out her website here, or to schedule an appointment with her, click here. You can check out her OneCommune course on gut health here


For a comprehensive report of the reference ranges mentioned during this podcast, click here.


You can also check out Dr. Hyman’s OneCommune course, Hacking Your Healthcare. For more on Dr. Ben Lynch, listen to this podcast or check out his book Dirty Genes


Special Offering:

Dr. Mary is offering a complimentary Immune Education Virtual Zoom call Tuesday, April 28th, at 12:00 pm PST. This call will focus on natural immune support, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and lifestyle changes that can support you and your family during this time as well as a Q&A session. If you are unable to make the scheduled webinar time, you will be sent a recording of the call to view at your convenience. Sign up here: https://www.modrnmed.com/immunesignup


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Apr 23, 2020
#104: How to Parent in a Time of Uncertainty with Jennifer Kolari
1:51:08

Whether your children are grown or brand new, parenting alone is hard. Add in an unprecedented pandemic, and it can feel nearly impossible and quite overwhelming. However, family therapist Jennifer Kolari teaches us how to build strength in our relationships through connection, even in times of uncertainty.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru talks to Jennifer Kolari, a Child and Family Therapist and one of the nation’s leading parenting experts. She is the founder of Connected Parenting and the author of Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great Kid and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting.


In this episode, Dhru and Jennifer discuss the rise in childhood anxiety, especially during times of global crises, and what parents can do to help “CALM” their children. They talk about how some types of anxiety can actually be beneficial and what to do when anxiety becomes problematic. Jennifer tells us about the difference between living in fear and living in love and what we can do to be aligned with love. She gives us practical tips to help calm, comfort, and connect with our children, loved ones, friends, and partners. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-Why anxiety is increasing in children (4:22)

-How we parent differently these days (7:40)

-How essential play is to child development (10:10)

-Anxiety is actually a good thing (14:46)

-How to tell the difference between useful anxiety and useless anxiety (17:10)

-What are things parents can do to help our child through anxiety (19:57)

-More about connected parenting (25:25) 

-How to parent kids in today's world with increased knowledge and technology (28:20)  

-How to approach parenting a child with anxiety or other issues using the CALM technique (30:43)

-Teaching love versus fear (42:41)

-How school systems contribute to anxiety (49:41)

-What to do when caregivers have different parenting styles (54:37)

-How to navigate bullying (1:00:35)

-Delving deeper into love and fear (1:06:18)

-How to use the CALM technique on yourself (1:17:12)

-More techniques to help calm anxiety (1:21:10)

-The role medications could play in mental health (1:31:04)

-Other resources on anxiety (1:35:35)

-Questions from Dhru's nephew Jaimin (1:37:10)

-What's important to remember if you or your kids have anxiety (1:41:17)

-Additional resources and how to learn more about Jennifer (1:44:30)

-How Jennifer re-created her village when her family made a big move (1:47:00)


For more on Jennifer, you can find Jennifer’s books right here: Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great Kid and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting, and be sure to check out her podcast, Connected Parenting with Jennifer Kolari, right here. You can learn more about Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping) in this podcast.


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Apr 20, 2020
Bonus Episode - Why Not Fitting In Can Be A Good Thing with Dhru Purohit and Antonio Neves
51:25

Hey podcast community, Dhru here to bring you a special bonus podcast episode. I was recently interviewed on my good friend Antonio Neve’s podcast, The Best Thing, and I wanted to share it with you. 


In this episode, Antonio poses the question, “What is the best thing that’s ever happened to you that isn’t a traditional marker of success?” which is the premise of his amazing podcast.


My answer? Not fitting in.


It’s like my favorite quote by Joseph Campbell: “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” When you don’t fit in, you have an opportunity to step into the life you were meant to live. I ask, what is the world I want to fit into and how do I create it for myself? If you want to hear more, tune into this episode!


Be sure to check out more on my friend Antonio by following him on Instagram @theantonioneves, Twitter @theantonioneves, Facebook @theantonioneves, his website here, and his podcast here.



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Apr 18, 2020
#103: Wired, Tired, and Stressed? How Understanding Your HPA Axis Could be the Key to Achieving Optimal Health with Dr. Zandra Palma
1:09:20

Have you ever heard of the term “adrenal fatigue”? We commonly associate this term with the feelings of extreme fatigue, hormonal dysregulation, and other physical symptoms that can occur from chronic stress. Dr. Zandra Palma feels that this term is actually inaccurate but that we can look to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis for the cause of these discomforts. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru talks to Dr. Zandra Palma, a Functional Medicine physician with a background in internal medicine and anesthesiology. Her interest in root-cause medicine began in college when she studied human evolutionary biology at Harvard University. Zandra attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She wrote her thesis in the field of contemplative care after an apprenticeship with New York Prespetarian Hospital Chaplain Seigan Glassing, who taught her how to integrate mindfulness-based practices into the care of terminally ill patients. She completed her Functional Medicine training in the Kresser Institute’s ADAPT fellowship.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Palma talk all about the importance of the HPA axis and how if these systems experience dysfunction, it can affect every aspect of your health. More importantly, Dr. Palma discusses how to support your HPA axis, reduce stress, sleep better, and feel great. While HPA dysfunction affects many different systems and has a multitude of symptoms, even if you’re not affected, the first steps to recover and begin healing can benefit everyone. “Soft” interventions, like massage, meditation, sleep, rest, relaxation, and self-care can play a significant role in getting your stress under control and supporting your HPA axis.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Description of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and why the term "adrenal fatigue" is not accurate (2:08) 

-Events that cause HPA dysfunction (7:00)

-Symptoms of HPA dysfunction (9:37)

-What happens when our stress response system is always "on" (11:20)

-What conventional medicine doctors learn about the HPA axis in medical school (18:55)

-An example of a patient with HPA axis dysfunction (20:28)

-How to begin diagnosing HPA dysfunction (22:28)

-How the thyroid, gonads, and HPA axis are connected (25:41)

-How Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) affect the HPA axis (31:10)

-Where to start when assessing HPA axis dysfunction (32:41) 

-The powerful benefits of "soft interventions" (38:36)

-How stress affects your blood sugar more than what you eat (43:45) 

-How more is not always better when it comes to exercise (45:11)

-What in your environment can affect your inflammation levels and HPA axis (48:03)

-How crucial sleep is to supporting your adrenals (52:30)

-More about the study of evolutionary biology (57:44)

-How to find out more about Dr. Zandra (1:05:13)


For more on Dr. Zandra, be sure to follow her on Instagram @zandrapalma_md, on Parsley Health’s IG @parsleyhealth, and on Facebook @zandra.palma. Check out her website here and learn more about Parsley Health’s Care Anywhere program here.


To learn more about Ziva Meditation, listen to this podcast and check out the website here. For more podcasts on the topic of mold, check out this one. For more podcasts on ACEs, listen to this one, and to find the ACEs quiz, go here. To find out more about Grounded Beauty, visit this website.


To learn more about Dr. Zandra’s favorite books, check out A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield, Buddha in Blue Jeans by Tai Sheridan, and You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hahn.


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Apr 16, 2020
Bonus Episode - COVID-19: Relationship Do's and Don'ts During Quarantine with Marriage and Family Therapist Michael Latimer
1:26:34

Our closest relationships look a bit different these days. Our partners went from companions to our best friend, our therapist, our co-worker, and sometimes our parent or additional child at times. We are with them 24/7 navigating a global crisis all while doing our best. And it can be hard. Marriage and Family Therapist Michael Latimer is helping couples and families not only survive these times, but thrive. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru talks to Michael Latimer, who has incorporated cognitive-behavior techniques, mindfulness practice, narrative therapy, attachment theory, and the Gottman Method into his over 15 years experience as a therapist. He uses these approaches to help couples strengthen their friendship, repair after a fight, and compromise without giving up core needs.


In this episode, Dhru and Michael talk all about how to communicate in a way that creates connection instead of discourse. They discuss building relationships and using this time of social isolation to strengthen bonds and make repairs and how to both meet your partner’s needs and meet your own. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-What are the stressors that couples are encountering during this unprecedented times (2:40)

-How our personalities change during stressful times (6:50)

-A stress-relieving exercise (15:20)

-How to deal with a partner who did not grow up in a household with good communication (20:50)

-The importance of making repairs in relationships (31:45)

-What a gratitude practice looks like in relationships (33:55)

-What are love maps? (36:15)

-How to carve out alone time in our schedules even when we are together 24/7 (literally) (42:30)

-How can people with avoidance attachment styles cultivate connection during this time? (48:20)

-Why couples don't necessarily need to be 50/50 all the time (1:00:33)

-The importance of self-talk (1:03:50)

-The difference between traditional therapy and those trained in the Gottman Method and the importance of therapy (1:11:30)

-How to learn more about Michael (1:18:00)


For more on Michael, visit his website here.


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Apr 15, 2020
2 Big Ideas on Goal Setting During Quarantine
27:38

Big Idea Tuesday 


“The real question is: Are you putting your ass where your heart wants to be?” - Steven Pressfield challenges you to put intention into your goals, dreams, ambitions, etc. In a more challenging state than ever, it’s so important to check in on our mental health, focus on self-care, and continue to create goals.

In today’s minisode, Dhru discusses the importance of goal setting during this time of social isolation. He shares two main ideas:


1) The power of time-blocking

2) The “one thing” approach


This information is so important. I hope you tune in and find yourself inspired. (Remember: being inspired and having dreams, ambitions, and passions are empty without action!)


Mentioned in this episode: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield


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Apr 15, 2020
#102: How to Break Free From the Boxes You’ve Put Yourself In with Jim Kwik
1:27:21

“Whatever you ask for, you get more of.” My friend Jim Kwik mentions that our lives are kind of like Facebook filters. If you start clicking on ads for cat videos, more cat videos appear on your feed. So, if you allow your mind to focus on thoughts of feeling inadequate or incorrect ideas, the more limited, restricted, and boxed-in you’ll become.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Jim Kwik, the founder of Kwik Learning and a widely recognized world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning. Jim’s cutting-edge techniques, entertaining presentation style, and impressive brainpower feats have made him a frequent and highly sought-out trainer for top organizations. He is the host of the acclaimed Kwik Brain podcast, which is consistently the #1 training show on iTunes. 


In this episode, Dhru and Jim talk about how to become limitless. People tend to put themselves into boxes and create rules and limits that can cut into our true potential. When we allow ourselves to live by these rules, such as “I’m not good at remembering names,” or “I’m not good at math,” or “I’m not good at saving money,” our brain believes these rules as truth and we have no choice but to follow them. Dhru and Jim cover exactly how to break free from these arbitrary rules and limits and truly become limitless. 



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In this episode, we dive into:

-Jim Kwik's personal story (1:27)

-Core beliefs that Jim had to let go of in order to overcome his limitations (15:58)

-Mindset: The first circle of being limitless (22:48)

-How to overcome negative self-talk (26:30)

-What is available after mastering mindset (31:45)

-Motivation: The second circle of becoming limitless (35:03)

-Motivation formula (37:37)

-Passion versus purpose (39:30)

-An example of a small, simple step (49:45)

-Method: The third circle of becoming limitless (54:48)

-Benefit of learning how to learn (59:15)

-Why you shouldn't touch your phone for the first 30 minutes when you wake up (1:01:02)

-When we inherit incorrect ideas, they hold us back (1:08:45)

-Example of how our brain looks for validation for our limiting thoughts (1:13:30)

-Jim's dominant question today (1:17:16)

-Special promotion for viewers and action plan (1:20:50)

-The power of self-care (1:23:00)

-How to learn more about Jim Kwik (1:25:00)

 

For more on Jim, be sure to follow him on Instagram @JimKwik, on Facebook @JimKwik, and on Twitter @JimKwik. Check out his website here, podcast here, and learn more about his book, Limitless, here.


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Apr 13, 2020
#101: How to Die Without Regrets with Ben Nemtin
1:38:44

What do you want to do before you die? In 2006, Ben Nemtin and his group of friends set off to make a movie about completing their bucket list. Creating an epic list of 100 things to do before they died, Ben and his friends bought a barely-running RV and traveled across the country attempting to check items off their list while helping others complete their own. Though the movie was never made, their journey to discover what truly matters in life was the ultimate bucket list item.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru talks to Ben Nemtim, #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? and a star of MTV’s highest rated show ever on iTunes and Amazon called The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, and NBC News. President Obama called Ben and The Buried Life “inspiration for a new generation” and Oprah declared their mission “truly inspiring.” 


In this episode, Dhru and Ben talk about how to live a life without regrets. Ben shares his experience filming The Buried Life and how this led him to write What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? They discuss the importance of being intentional with goals, how to respond to roadblocks, and how to keep aspirations relevant. You’ll hear how to create your own bucket list and keep what’s truly important at the forefront of your mind.


In this episode, we dive into:

-The biggest regrets most people have when they get to the end of their lives (3:18)

-Ben's core life crisis that shaped his journey (5:40)

-How MTV's The Buried Life show was created (9:52)

-How Ben's family responded to him dropping out of school and how to approach people who are "dream killers" (15:15)

-What’s in Ben's mental health toolkit (19:38)

-How to redefine your bucket list (21:26)

-How helping other people with their bucket list creates connection and increases your own well-being (29:19)

-The ripple effect of happiness when you pursue your deepest goals and dreams (35:40)

-How creating accountability around personal goals makes you exponentially more likely to accomplish them (54:37)

-How to approach roadblocks (1:00:20)

-The 5 steps formula to accomplishing goals on your bucket list (1:04:40)

-How to check back in with your bucket list and how your bucket list is different from your to-do list (1:18:30)

-How and why to create a family or shared bucket list (1:24:00)

-What two items are left on Ben's original bucket list and where to find out more about Ben (1:34:44)


For more on Ben, be sure to follow him on Instagram @bennemtin, on Facebook @bennemtin, and on YouTube @bennemtin. Check out his website here and learn more about his book, What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?, here


Also mentioned during the podcast are the books, Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bonnie Ware and The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly.


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Apr 09, 2020
COVID-19 Special: Understanding and Supercharging your Immune System with Dr. Jeff Bland
48:31

One of the biggest buzz words being thrown around during this time of uncertainty is “immune function.” People are suddenly interested in how to support their immune systems and how the coronavirus can hijack the immune system to create a potentially-deadly cytokine storm. So, on today’s podcast, we dive deep into the immune system to ultimately answer the question: What exactly is the immune system?


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks with the father of Functional Medicine, Jeff Bland PhD. Dr. Bland is the Founder and President of the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute and is an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 35 years. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Nutrition where he is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry.


Dr. Bland has authored five books on nutritional medicine for the healthcare professional and six books on nutrition and health for the general public including The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life. He is also the principal author of over 120 peer-reviewed research papers on nutritional biochemistry and medicine.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Bland discuss the importance of gut health for overall immune function. We know that being over a certain age can increase the risk for contracting or experiencing complications from COVID-19; we also know that gut health is essential in rejuvenating your immune system and that this is something people of all ages can work on. They also cover how vital your nutritional status is and compare it to a rainforest—the more diversity, the more stability—and how now, more than ever, is the time to focus on eating whole, real foods and not food-like substances.


To read Dr. Bland’s article, “Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic”, click here. You can visit Dr. Jeff Bland's personal website or the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute here. Be sure to follow Dr. Jeff Bland on Instagram here.


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Apr 06, 2020
#100: How to Find Your Voice, Heal Your Past, and Change Your Life with IN-Q
1:24:36

“Learned fear can be overcome 

When you realize the voice inside your head 

Is not yours

It’s an imitation of the voices from before

Repeating on a loop inside your quiet core

And you can’t tell the difference

Cause it sounds the same

But trust me when I tell you

Most of what you think

Is from somebody else’s brain”

-IN-Q


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast our host, Dhru, talks to IN-Q, a National Poetry Slam champion, award-winning poet, and multi-platinum songwriter. His groundbreaking achievements include being named to Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of the world's most influential thought leaders, being the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil, and being featured on A&E, ESPN, and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. He's inspired audiences around the world through his live performances and storytelling workshops. Many of his recent poetry videos have gone viral with over 70 million views combined. 


In this episode, Dhru and IN-Q talk about his journey of becoming a poet, songwriter, and rapper. IN-Q shares about his book, Inquire Within, which is a poetic journey through his life and experiences, contemplating universal issues of love, loss, forgiveness, transformation, and belief. They discuss how our greatest pain can be our greatest teacher, how to turn failure into power, and how to break through the stories that we create for ourselves. And you know community is always one of my favorite topics—they get into the importance of building community, especially in pursuit of our goals and dreams.


In this episode, we dive into:

-“Learned Fear,” a poem by IN-Q (2:59)

-How learned fear can hold you back (7:31)

-The insecurities IN-Q had growing up that made him who he is today (10:49)

-When we internalize pain we create sickness in our body (11:27)

-What is was like for IN-Q being raised by a single mother and growing up without a father (12:52) 

-Why we look outside of ourselves for validation (23:23)

-Why you should start before you’re ready (25:48)

-“Evidence,” a poem by IN-Q (31:52)

-Understanding the difference between ideas and ideologies (35:10)

-How pain can be our greatest teacher (42:25) 

-Tools that have helped IN-Q in his life (51:36)

-How to embrace the artist within (1:00:52)

-“What If,” a poem by IN-Q (1:06:40)

-Where to learn more about IN-Q (1:23:41)


For more on IN-Q, be sure to follow him on Instagram @inqlife, on Facebook @inqlife, and on YouTube @inqonline. Check out his website https://in-q.com. You can find his book, Inquire Within, right here.


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Apr 02, 2020
How to Cope with Anxiety and Other Unpleasant Feelings with Dr. Joan Rosenberg
1:11:45

All this week we are sharing special episodes (some old, some new) to help our community navigate these challenging times.


Today's episode is a modified version of a past episode with Dr. Joan Rosenberg on the topic of how to cope with anxiety and other unpleasant feelings.


Here are the original show notes from the episode:


What often blocks most people from success and feeling capable in life is the ability to experience, move through, and handle unpleasant feelings, such as sadness, shame, helplessness, anger, embarrassment, disappointment, frustration, and vulnerability. 


Knowing how to deal with intense, overwhelming, or uncomfortable feelings is essential to building confidence, emotional strength, and resilience. Yet when we distract or disconnect from these feelings, we move away from confidence, health, and our desired pursuits, ultimately undermining our ability to fully realize our ambitions.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Joan Rosenberg, a psychologist who is known as an innovative thinker, acclaimed speaker, and trainer. She is a professor of graduate psychology at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA, and is a two-time TEDx speaker and member of the Association of Transformational Leaders. Dr. Rosenberg has been featured in the documentary I Am, The Miracle Mindset, Pursuing Happiness, and The Hidden Epidemic. She’s been seen on CNN’s American Morning, the OWN network, and PBS, as well as appearances and radio interviews in all of the major metropolitan markets. Her latest book, 90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience and Authenticity, was released this past February. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Rosenberg talk about how to work through unpleasant feelings, and how to build emotional strength to create the life of your dreams. They discuss why worrying about what other people think of you is really just a distraction from feeling vulnerable, and why harsh self-criticism is one of the most destructive things we can do to ourselves. They also talk about why speaking your truth is the most important action to take to cultivate confidence, authenticity, and resilience. 


For more on Dr. Joan Rosenberg, be sure to follow her on Instagram @drjoanrosenberg, on Facebook @drjrosenberg, and on Twitter @drjoanrosenberg. Check out her website https://drjoanrosenberg.com. You can find her book, 90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience and Authenticity, right here - https://www.90secondsbook.com


Lastly, here is a bonus gift from Dr. Rosenberg: https://drjoanrosenberg.com/gift.


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Mar 31, 2020
Navigating Financial Anxiety and the Coronavirus Stimulus Package with Financial Advisor Christopher Girbés
47:05

In light of current world events, many people are experiencing abrupt financial insecurity. Whether going from one or two incomes down to one or none, or owning a business directly impacted by COVID-19, millions of individuals are experiencing significant stress around finances. Financial anxiety is one of the top reasons for chronic stress, but it doesn't have to be.

 

On today's episode our host, Dhru Purohit, talks with Christopher Girbés, a Certified Financial Planner and a Partner at AdvicePeriod. They talk about the details of the Coronavirus Relief Bill, who will be getting the CARES Act stimulus, how much, and how it will be delivered. They also talk about immediate ways to acquire money if you’re struggling to find a way to make ends meet.

 

Dhru and Chris also discuss 4 big ideas to tackle financial anxiety head on, including:

  1. Understanding that real emergencies happen, that they’re not infrequent, and how to be prepared because it’s not a matter of ‘if,’ but when. 
  2. Remember that crises can actually be opportunities to understand how better to prepare for them.
  3. When emergencies happen, step into the moment and learn from them.
  4. Create a system and not a budget.

 

Being aware of personal finances is an opportunity to create a system that works and to be prepared for the future, even when the present feels uncertain. Take financial power into your own hands by learning from this experience and preparing for the next one.


For more on Chris, check him out on Instagram @chrisgirbes or send him an email to: chris.girbes@adviceperiod.com.


Check out the books they discussed: Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey and I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi.


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Mar 30, 2020
#99: Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It with Kamal Ravikant
1:22:41

In 2011, the company Kamal Ravikant spent three years of his life and all of his money building went under. In the wake of this loss he became profoundly depressed, he couldn’t get out of bed, and he felt emotionally empty and physically ill. In his darkest moment, Kamal made a vow to love himself, which ultimately saved his life. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Kamal Ravikant, the author of Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It. He's meditated with monks in the Himalayas, served as a US Army Infantry soldier, and co-founded several companies and a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley.  


In this episode, Dhru and Kamal talk about what it actually means to love yourself and simple ways that we can heal ourselves through self-love. They discuss why we need to give our mind the same attention we give our body. They also talk about how to get out of your own way so that you don’t sabotage your success and the four steps that can help you return to self-love, which Kamal refers to as The Practice. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-Kamal’s journey into a deep depression, hitting rock bottom, and what ultimately pulled him out of it (1:40)

-How to rise from failure (9:52)

-Why self-love is so important (13:32)

-The most important commitment you can make to yourself (18:28) 

-The power of writing your vows down (18:55)

-How to tame your mind with ten breaths (26:48)

-The importance of consistently working on your mindset (35:23)

-Why men struggle more with self-love (1:02:55)

-Why self-forgiveness is the first step in forgiving others (1:17:04)

-Where to learn more about Kamal (1:18:37)


For more on Kamal Ravikant, be sure to follow him on Instagram @kamalravikant, and Twitter @kamalravikant. Check out his website https://kamal.blog. You can find his book, Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On it, right here


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Mar 26, 2020
#98: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions with Dr. Terry Wahls
1:50:35

Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients’ ailments with drugs or surgical procedures—until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Within three years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a reclined wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments were failing her, and she feared that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life.


Dr. Wahls began studying the latest research on autoimmune disease and brain biology and decided to get her vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids from the food she ate rather than pills and supplements. To do this, she adopted the nutrient-rich Paleo diet, gradually refining and integrating it into a regimen of neuromuscular stimulation. First, she walked slowly, then steadily, and then she biked eighteen miles in a single day. In November 2011, Dr. Wahls shared her remarkable recovery in a TEDx talk that immediately went viral. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Terry Wahls, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, and the cookbook, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions


Dr. Wahls conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She also teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of the Paleo diet and therapeutic lifestyle changes that restore health and vitality to our citizens. Every August, she hosts a Wahls Protocol Seminar where anyone can learn how to implement her Protocol with ease and success.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Wahls talk about how she stunned the medical community by reversing her painful symptoms of MS. They discuss The Wahls Protocol and how it’s transforming the lives of people with autoimmune conditions and they get into the latest scientific findings on fasting, ketosis, neurorehabilitation, and behavior change when it comes to treating MS and other autoimmune conditions. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-Dr. Wahls’ MS diagnosis and what she did to reverse her symptoms (2:04)

-How Dr. Wahls changed her diet using Paleo principles (25:15)

-The important role vitamin K plays in the body, especially when it comes to myelin repair (30:54)

-How immunosuppressant drugs block the repair that your brain is attempting to do (45:57)

-The Wahls Protocol and how it helps other chronic autoimmune conditions (55:50)

-How research gets funded (1:00:05)

-How Dr. Wahls went from being banned from the National MS society to receiving funding for her research (1:10:37)

-The science of fasting (1:34:18)

-The importance of having a clear mission, purpose, and goal when it comes to your health (1:41:30)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Terry Wahls (1:47:08)


For more on Dr. Terry Wahls, be sure to follow her on Instagram @terrywahls, on Facebook @terrywahls, and on Twitter @terrywahls. Check out her website https://terrywahls.com. Watch her TedX Talk, Minding Your Mitochondria, here. Learn more about The Wahls Protocol Health Practitioner Certification here, and The Wahls Protocol Seminars, here. You can find her book, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, right here, and her research papers and gait videos here


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Mar 19, 2020
5 Critical Life Questions to Ask During Self-Quarantine
32:06

Welcome to Big Idea Tuesday! 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks about why it’s a great time to slow down and reflect and five critical life questions to ask during self-quarantine.


  1. Are you constantly worrying about letting others down?
  2. Is it extremely hard for you to speak up about what you want and don’t want?
  3. Do you feel guilty pursuing your goals and dreams?
  4. Do you please others to avoid short-term pain, but underestimate the pain of living a life of regret?
  5. Does the critical inner voice in your head prevent you from even starting?


At some point in your life, you come to a crossroads where you have to ask yourself, "Whose life am I living?"⁣

Am I living a life true to me? Or am I suppressing my goals and dreams to appease my parents, my boss, society, or some authority figure?⁣

Living a life true to you is scary. It usually requires you to set boundaries and remind those around you that your life is your own to live.⁣

Easier said than done, of course. ⁣

Setting boundaries and breaking expectations can be so painful, especially with the ones we love the most.⁣

But you know what is much more painful? Living a life filled with regret. And then one day waking up on your deathbed, realizing the opinions and projections of others were not as important as we once thought they were.⁣

No one has written about this more eloquently than Bronnie Ware, author of the Top Five Regrets of the Dying. You can follow Bronnie Ware here.


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Mar 18, 2020
#97: Heal Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Live a Genius Life with Max Lugavere
1:28:10

The human body was formed and refined under conditions that no longer exist. The modern world has changed dramatically since our days as hunter-gatherers, and it has caused widespread anxiety, stress, and disease, leaving our brains in despair. But science proves that the body and brain can be healed with lifestyle protocols that help us regain our cognitive birthright.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Max Lugavere, a filmmaker, health and science journalist, and the author of the New York Times bestselling book Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life. He is also the host of the #1 iTunes health podcast The Genius Life


Max appears regularly on The Dr. Oz Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and The Doctors. He has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, CNN, and The Daily Beast, has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and in The Wall Street Journal. He is a sought-after speaker and has given talks at South by Southwest, TEDx, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, and many others. 


In this episode, Dhru and Max talk about the evolving field of circadian biology and how we can set our internal clocks to create optimal energy, focus, clarity, and digestion. They also talk about how toxic industrial chemicals are perhaps the most harmful culprits in the battle against inflammation, and how they can disrupt our endocrine system, which governs our brain function, fat storage, sexual development, and everything in between. They also talk about the latest research on fasting, a technique proven to extend lifespan, and reduce the risk for many chronic diseases. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-Max’s personal story of losing his mom to a mysterious form of dementia and how that inspired the work he is doing today (2:54)

-How our allostatic load affects our immune system (17:23) 

-Chemical compounds in plastic products and why we need to be aware of them (20:37)

-Why we should prioritize protein in our diet (35:53)

-Circadian biology and why when we eat may matter as much as what we eat (46:13)

-Exercise and how to time your meals (56:14)

-The crucial role vitamin D plays in our health (57:58) 

-How to navigate the modern world in a way that supports mental health (1:05:23)

-What helped Max when he was grieving the loss of his mom (1:11:31)

-Where to learn more about Max Lugavere (1:20:11)


For more on Max Lugavere, be sure to follow him on Instagram @maxlugavere, on Facebook @maxlugavere, and on YouTube @maxlugavere. Check out his website https://www.maxlugavere.com. You can find his book, The Genius Life: Heal Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Become Extraordinary, right here. Listen to Max’s behind the scenes interview with Dhru about building a personal brand and turning your passion into a business here.


Check out Max’s podcast The Genius Life here, and listen to his top three episode recommendations:

-Sex, Hormones, and Your Brain on Birth Control with Dr. Sarah Hill: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/sarah-e-hill-phd-76


-Detox Your Brain to Lose Weight, Beat Stress, and Crush Life with Dr. David Perlmutter: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/david-perlmutter-88


-Where Medicine Fails, Is Dairy Healthy, Mercury in Fish, and Exercising for Longevity with Chris Kresser: https://www.maxlugavere.com/podcast/chris-kresser-87


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Mar 12, 2020
The Power of Quitting and Letting Go
16:17

Welcome to Big Idea Tuesday! 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks about the power of quitting and letting go.


When’s the right time to let go of something? A relationship, a project, an investment?


Seasoned investors have this great question for determining whether or not they should hold onto an investment. The question goes a little something like this: “If I wasn’t already invested in this business, would I invest in it today, knowing what I know?” Feel free to replace business with relationship, project or friendship.


The beauty of this question is that it cuts through the rationalization tactics that our mind uses to deal with our fear of loss. Sometimes we’re so scared of losing something, or admitting that it isn’t working, that it’s easier to pretend that it isn’t an issue than it is to deal with it.


The challenge with pretending is that it just prolongs the inevitable pain and, more importantly, makes it harder to genuinely turn things around.


When’s the right time to let go? I’m not sure there is an easy answer. But one thing that I think would help answer that question is if you notice that the main reason you are holding onto something is primarily because you’re afraid of losing it.


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Listen to the podcast interview with Alex Banayan on The Keys to Unlocking Your Larger-Than-Life Dream here: https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/08/08/bb-ep67/.


Below are the books Dhru recommends during the episode:

-The Dip: https://www.amazon.com/Dip-Little-Book-Teaches-Stick/dp/1591841666/

-The One Thing: https://www.amazon.com/ONE-Thing-Surprisingly-Extraordinary-Results/dp/1885167776/

-What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? https://www.amazon.com/What-You-Want-Before-Die/dp/B00D8230EA/



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Mar 10, 2020
#96: Why Women Are Twice As Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s and What They Can Do About It with Dr. Lisa Mosconi
1:39:04

Alzheimer’s is not a disease of old age. We tend to associate it with the elderly because that’s when the clinical symptoms become manifest, but in reality, Alzheimer’s begins with negative changes in the brain at least a decade prior. More often than not, in middle age.


Two out of every three Alzheimer’s patients are women. Today, Alzheimer’s is as real a threat to women's health as breast cancer is. A 45-year-old woman has a one in five chance of developing Alzheimer’s during her remaining life, while a man of the same age only has a one in ten chance. What happens to women and not to men, in midlife, that could potentially trigger an Alzheimer’s predisposition, and that could potentially initiate Alzheimer’s? 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Lisa Mosconi, the director of the Women's Brain Initiative and associate director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she serves as an associate professor of neuroscience in neurology and radiology. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at the NYU Department of Psychiatry and the author of Brain Food and The XX Brain.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Mosconi talk about the research on why women represent two thirds of the Alzheimer’s population. They discuss what happens to a woman’s brain when she goes through menopause, and the connection to Alzheimer’s disease. They also talk about how to care for women’s brains, how to prevent dementia, and the ground-breaking research that Dr. Mosconi and her team are conducting at the Alzheimer’s prevention clinic.


In this episode, we dive into:

-The statistics on Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on women (7:18)

-Dr. Mosconi’s family history of Alzheimer’s (10:52)

-The difference between the male and female brain (17:55)

-The early changes we are seeing in the female brain midlife (21:54)

-What is happening in the brain post-menopause for women (24:12)

-The correlation between a hysterectomy and a higher risk of dementia (28:38)

-The impact of diet on our hormones and brain health (30:21)

-What women can do to prevent dementia (41:32) 

-Why women internalize stress more than men (49:44)

-How toxins impact our risk of chronic diseases (57:42)

-How to know if hormone replacement therapy is right for you (1:29:09)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Lisa Mosconi (1:37:16)


For more on Dr. Lisa Mosconi, be sure to follow her on Instagram @dr_mosconi. Check out her website https://www.lisamosconi.com. Learn more about The Women’s Brain Initiative here. You can find her book, The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, right here.


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Mar 05, 2020
How to Stop Overthinking and Step Into Your Purpose
14:57

Welcome to Big Idea Tuesday! 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks about how to stop holding back and step into your purpose. 

From the beginning of time people have questioned their place on the planet. Our ancestors stared up at the same stars, and asked themselves the same questions we ask ourselves today.


Do I matter? Why am I here? Will my life leave a mark? What’s my purpose?


These are important questions, but their answers can’t be rushed. Because the answers are layers deep, we need to go through life lessons and experiences for them to show up. Those experiences take time.


If we put too much pressure on these questions we’ll drive ourselves into feeling stuck. We’ll hold off building new things and taking new risks. All because we’re waiting to “understand” ourselves before we start. All because we feel we need to know our purpose before we give life our all.


There have been so many times that our lives have been touched by the work of others. And you know what? Those people that touched our lives didn’t have it all figured out. And they didn’t always know if they were headed in the right direction. But their work still touched us. They still left an impact.


What would our life be like if those who impacted us held back? What would our life be like if they kept their gifts hidden from the world?

The bigger questions will always be there. And our answers to them will get clearer and clearer the more we live. Reflection is great, but there’s no need to hold off showing up until we feel like we have figured it all out.


There’s someone out there that needs your work. There’s someone out there that needs you to show up, in only the way that you know how.


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Mar 03, 2020
#95: Bulletproof Your Kids Immune System with Integrative Pediatrician, Dr. Joel Gator Warsh
1:38:01

Kids these days are getting sick more often with common infections, such as colds, sore throats and strep, coughs, ear infections, sinus infections, and the flu. Why is that?


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Joel Gator Warsh, an integrative and holistic pediatrician in Los Angeles, California. He earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College and completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He founded Integrative Pediatrics and Medicine in 2018, where he works today. Dr. Gator has published research in numerous peer-reviewed journals on topics including childhood injuries, obesity, and physical activity. He has been featured in numerous documentaries, films, podcasts, and articles including Broken Brain 2, the Dr. Nandi Show, CBS News, LA Parent, the Dr. Taz Show, and many others.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Gator talk about why our children are having chronic immune system problems. They discuss The Seeds of Health: stress, exercise, environment, diet, and sleep and how each seed impacts our overall health. They also talk about the best natural immune boosters for kids that may help decrease the frequency and severity of sickness. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-How Dr. Gator got into integrative pediatrics (4:35)

-Why kids are getting more sick than ever before (19:58)

-The seeds of health (21:12)

-Sleep training and why it’s so controversial (34:13)

-How avoiding exposure to toxins can help improve your child’s immune system (44:53)

-When to use antibiotics and when to avoid them (1:01:32)

-Why getting a fever isn’t necessarily a bad thing (1:06:49)

-The best way to find out if your child has a food sensitivity or food allergy (1:18:37)

-Dr. Gator’s supplement brand recommendations (1:30:15)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Gator (1:32:56) 


For more on Dr. Joel Gator Warsh, be sure to follow him on Instagram @drjoelgator, and on Facebook @drjoelgator. Check out his website https://integrativepediatricsandmedicine.com. Sign-up for the Integrative Pediatrics Summit here. Listen to episode 69 of the Broken Brain Podcast with Jennifer Kolari that Dhru mentioned in the interview on Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and Connected Parenting here. Learn more about Chris Kresser’s program, The Health Baby Code, here. Watch NASA’s bowling ball experiment here. Lastly, here is the study conducted in six Canadian cities that found a link between maternal consumption of fluoride during pregnancy and IQ scores in their offspring. 


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Feb 27, 2020
2 Big Ideas to Help You End and Overcome Confusion
17:47

Welcome to Big Idea Tuesday! 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit shares two big ideas to help you end and overcome confusion.


There is a difference between confusion and not knowing. Not knowing the answer to a question doesn’t mean you’re confused, it just means you don’t know. ⁣⁣⁣Confusion is not knowing, but needing to know. The “needing” changes everything; the needing is where the anxiety and stress comes from.⁣⁣⁣

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When people say, “I’m so confused, I don’t know what I want,” they are really saying one of two things:⁣⁣⁣

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1) “I don’t know what I want, but I feel I should know,” or⁣⁣⁣

2) “I do know what I want, but I’m afraid of the consequences of my decision.”⁣⁣⁣

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If you don’t know what you want, take a breath and slow down. The answer always comes if you are willing to be silent enough to hear it, and allow things to unfold. ⁣⁣⁣

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If you do know what you want, but are afraid of the consequences of your decision, address the fear by writing your fears down on paper. ⁣⁣⁣

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Here is the Instagram post that inspired today’s podcast. Check out the article Dhru mentioned in the podcast from the Gottman Institute about how to fight smarter, right here. Here is the Instagram post that inspired today’s podcast. You can find Dr. Mark Hyman’s new book, Food Fix, right here.



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Feb 25, 2020
#94: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage by Harnessing the Power of Your Infradian Rhythm with Alisa Vitti
1:22:45

Women have an important biological rhythm they experience every month that affects productivity, weight, sex drive, energy, and mood. It’s essential to stay aware of, but it has been widely ignored by medical, nutritional, and fitness research. Women often diet, deprive, and cram as much as possible into their day, striving to accomplish impossible to-do lists. I see so many of them scheduling their lives based on a 24-hour time cycle, ignoring the intuitive time their bodies naturally keep: a monthly cycle with four hormonal phases. Understanding these offers some incredible advantages.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Alisa Vitti, a pioneer of female biohacking, and a women’s hormone and functional nutrition expert. She is the bestselling author of WomanCode, and her new book, In the FLO is already a bestseller. She is the creator of the Cycle Syncing Method™— a diet, fitness, and lifestyle program that is based on women’s biological rhythms for optimal health, fitness, and productivity. 


In this episode, Dhru and Alisa talk about how we are overlooking a second biological rhythm that only women in their reproductive years have called the infradian rhythm. This is just as important for women to take care as their circadian rhythm in their reproductive years, because it affects six key systems of the body. They discuss how mainstream health plans, self-care routines, fitness regimens, and time management schedules, and even the power morning concept are all founded on a system that only optimizes male biology and leaves out the specialized and cyclical needs of women. They also talk about how to work with each phase of your cycle to support your hormones, unlock peak creativity and performance, and avoid burnout.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Alisa’s origin story and how she healed her PCOS (3:34)

-Why women in their reproductive years are left out of clinical research (12:04)

-The infradian rhythm and how it affects six key systems of a woman’s body (21:42)

-Why intermittent fasting is not optimal for women in their reproductive years (24:34)

-Why doing the same workout throughout your cycle negatively impacts your hormones (26:10)

-How to biohack your testosterone (29:35)

-How a female’s brain changes throughout the month and what it means (33:19)

-The Cycle Syncing Method that Alisa created (37:22)

-The four phases of a women’s cycle (46:23) 

-How birth control really impacts your hormones (1:09:22)

-Where to learn more about Alisa Vitti (1:18:17) 


For more on Alisa Vitti, be sure to follow her on Instagram @floliving and @alisa.vitti, on Facebook @floliving, and on Twitter @floliving. Check out her website https://www.floliving.com. Download MyFLO to help you get to know your infradian rhythm. Join the CycleSyncing Membership to get recipes, meal plans, grocery lists, and workout videos based on your infradian rhythm. You can find her book, In The FLO: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage and Revolutionize Your Life, right here. Get a copy of In the FLO and get your free quickstart guide here, and get your biological Rhythm Score here.


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Feb 20, 2020
#93: Energy: The Missing Link to Heal Your Body and Mind with Dr. John Amaral
1:40:06

We live in a hyper-connected world, but more people are more disconnected than ever before. Why? It’s easier than ever to get out of sync with the natural rhythms of our energy and spend the majority of life in a fight-or-flight state. It’s partly because of technology and screen time and because of a lack of integrated movement throughout the day. It’s largely because people just don’t know how to connect and find flow—that optimal state of being where we are one with our body and the universe and where we feel and perform at our very best.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. John Amaral, a chiropractor, author and educator who has worked behind-the-scenes helping A-List celebrities, entrepreneurs, athletes, influencers and thought-leaders elevate their energy so that they feel and perform their best. Dr. Amaral helps his clients self-heal physical injuries, reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and stay in the energetic flow amidst the challenges of everything from running enterprises to pushing the envelope of human performance. He is also the founder of Body Centered Leadership, a program that combines cutting-edge neuroscience, quantum physics principles and ancient wisdom practices to help participants create and sustain new levels of energy, clarity, and fulfillment. Dr. Amaral is featured in the recent GOOP Lab Netflix series with Gwyneth Paltrow.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Amaral talk about how disconnection from our inner world is caused by internalization, and how many of us don’t communicate our true feelings with the people we interact with in our day-to-day lives, often for fear of what they might think of us. They discuss how physical pain can be related to emotional stagnation, and how we can release stored stress, pain, and trauma from our body. They also talk about how to make a true connection with ourselves through the natural rhythms of our body and energy. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-What is our energy field and what makes it thrive or not (8:25) 

-How disconnection from our inner world can create stress, pain, and trauma in our body (22:23)

-How we release tension and energy from our body (30:35)

-How to change our conditioned patterns (35:25)

-What the pain we experience in our body really means (44:02)

-How unexpressed emotion can lead to dis-ease in the body (53:12)

-What the messages your get from your body mean and what happens when you ignore them (1:25:19) 

-Where to learn more about Dr. John Amaral (1:31:09) 


For more on Dr. John Amaral, be sure to follow him on Instagram @drjohnamaral, on Facebook @drjohnamaral, on Twitter @johnamaral, and on YouTube @johnamaral. Check out his website https://johnamaral.com. Learn more about his Body Centered Leadership program here, and how to work with Dr. Amaral one-on-one, right here. Sign up for the 7-day Fight-or-Flight to Flow Challenge here. You can watch Dr. Amaral in the GOOP Lab Netflix Series in Episode 5: The Energy Experience here



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Feb 13, 2020
7 Tough Things That Make You a Better Human
27:10

Welcome to Big Idea Tuesday! 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about the 7 tough things that make us better humans:


1) Saying no to “exciting” but wrong opportunities (2:05)

2) Deciding not to gossip about other people (5:57)

3) Having the humility to say sorry or repair even when it’s not 100% your fault (8:21) 

4) Having courage to tell others when you are hurt (12:32)

5) Keeping your heart open even after a loss (19:18)

6) Catching yourself needlessly complaining (22:01)

7) Being the bigger person even when wronged (22:45)


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Here is the Instagram post that inspired today’s podcast. Check out the article Dhru mentioned in the podcast from the Gottman Institute about how to fight smarter, right here



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Feb 11, 2020
#92: How to Create Happiness and Stop Letting Other People's Opinions Rule Your Life with Rob Mack
1:31:09

Science says that only 10% of our happiness comes from our external circumstances—our job and income, relationship status, health and weight, age, and where we live. That means that our happiness is largely up to us and the choices we make, the things we do, the thoughts we think. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Robert Mack, an Ivy League-educated Celebrity Happiness Coach, Positive Psychology Expert, author of Happiness from the Inside Out, and TV Host/Personality for OWN and E! Robert hosts and produces EverTalk Live, a daily live-streaming morning show focused on happiness in Hollywood. His work has been endorsed by Oprah and many others.


In this episode, Dhru and Robert talk about the most important key to happiness, and simple actions someone can take today to get on a path to happiness. They discuss why adversity is necessary for living our best life, and how we can find peace, love, and happiness from the inside out. They also talk about ways to build optimism, resilience, and real confidence.

 

In this episode, we dive into:


-Robert’s story of being suicidal and how that experience influenced the work he is doing today (4:46)

-Why true happiness is a state of being, and not dependent on external factors (22:30) 

-Two things that contribute to our happiness (35:00)

-How adversity can lead us to happiness (47:28)  

-How to have the happiest relationship possible (50:07)

-How to protect our happiness (58:46)

-Robert’s non-negotiable that set the foundation for his happiness (1:01:50)

-Robert’s book recommendations (1:17:30) 

-How to support a loved one going through a difficult time (1:18:39)

-Where to learn more about Robert Mack (1:28:55)


For more on Robert Mack, be sure to follow him on Instagram @robmackofficial, on Facebook @robmackofficial, and on Twitter @robmackofficial. Check out his website http://www.coachrobmack.com. You can find his book, Happiness from the Inside Out: The Art and Science of Fulfillment, right here. You can find the Family and Marriage Therapist Dhru mentions during the interview here. Lastly, here is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline if you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts: 1-800-273-8255.


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Feb 06, 2020
Why We're So Damn Lonely + 5 Things We Can Do to Turn it Around
27:59

Welcome to Big Idea Tuesday! 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about why loneliness is at epidemic levels in America and what we can do about it. 


In this episode, Dhru takes us through action steps for building intentional relationships and rituals:


Step 1) Take inventory and follow-up

Step 2) Go on “dates”

Step 3) Go where your tribe is / go where people grow

Step 4) The power of making and asking for introductions

Step 5) Creating rituals and why they matter


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Here is the Cigna study and the Loneliness and the Flu study that Dhru mentioned in the episode. 



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Feb 05, 2020
#91: Fascia: The Hidden Key to Reducing Pain, Releasing Stress, and Changing The Shape of Your Body with Lauren Roxburgh
1:23:23

Chances are your body feels some form of stress every day, whether it's inflammation, bloating, tension, discomfort, anxiety, or pain during sex. We're constantly distracted by ailments we can't quite seem to fix. 


Body alignment expert Lauren Roxburgh believes that all of these problems can be solved by first unlocking the foundation of your mental and physical health: the pelvic floor. Located at the root of our pelvis, it determines how firm our core is, how we handle stress, and how much energy reaches the rest of our body. Without addressing the health of our pelvic floor, we are all missing out on a powerful key component of our overall physical, emotional, and spiritual health. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Lauren Roxburgh, an international author, speaker, educator and corporate presenter, frequently dubbed “The Body Whisperer." Lauren is a board certified Structural Integration practitioner with a degree in nutrition and exercise physiology. 


She is the go-to writer and expert on all things fascia, alignment, and movement medicine, and regularly works with Hollywood's A-List along with some of the greatest athletes and orthopedic surgeons on the planet. Named the "Body Alignment Pro" by Vogue, Lauren has also been listed as one of the 16 Women in Wellness to Watch in 2019 by Chalkboard Magazine. She's also the founder of the Aligned Tribe Community, the virtual Aligned Life Studio and the creator of the signature Aligned Healing Tools.


In this episode, Dhru and Lauren talk about how the pain we feel in certain areas of our bodies—for example, our jaw or shoulders—is actually rooted somewhere else in the body like the diaphragm or the pelvic floor. They discuss the common ways our bodies become misaligned and how we can identify these problem areas. They also talk about some indicators that pain is related to emotional stagnation and how that energy connects to our physical experience.

 

In this episode, we dive into:


-Why we should reframe the way we view pain in our body (4:09)

-What is fascia and why is it important (8:47) 

-Why TMJ might actually be an issue with your pelvic floor (12:27)

-How trauma lives in our connective tissues (16:09)

-The 5 power centers in our body and how they affect our energy and all aspects of our life (19:45) 

-Tools to deal with modern day stress (54:48)

-Foods that are beneficial for your fascia (1:03:05)

-The root cause of painful sex and what you can do about it (1:06:45)

-How to find love and acceptance for our body (1:11:12)

-Where to learn more about Lauren Roxburgh (1:14:27)

-Lauren’s book recommendations (1:20:47) 


For more on Lauren Roxburgh, be sure to follow her on Instagram @loroxburgh. Check out her website https://laurenroxburgh.com. Join the Aligned Tribe Community. Check out the virtual Aligned Life Studio, and the Aligned Healing Tools. You can find her book, The Power Source: The Hidden Key to Ignite Your Core, Empower Your Body, Release Stress, and Realign Your Life, right here.


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Jan 30, 2020
1 Powerful Way to Break Free of Destructive Patterns
21:35

No matter how destructive our patterns are there is one thing worth remembering: there's a reason we keep our patterns alive; there’s always something in it for us whether we realize it or not. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about breaking free of destructive patterns. 


In this episode, we dive into:


-What you get when you keep your destructive patterns alive (2:35)

-Tony Robbins and The 6 Basic Human Needs (5:35)

-Three ways to figure out why we keep our destructive patterns alive (13:20)


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Listen to the Man Morning Thursday podcast interview here: https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/01/31/bb-ep40/. Lastly, here is the article by Tony Robbins that Dhru mentioned in the podcast: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/mind-meaning/do-you-need-to-feel-significant/.



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Jan 28, 2020
#90: The Science of Movement: How to Use Exercise to Defeat Depression, Anxiety, and Loneliness with Dr. Kelly McGonigal
1:24:44

The most common explanation for why exercise makes us happy is far too simplistic. The psychological effects of movement cannot be reduced to an endorphin rush. Physical activity influences many other brain chemicals, including those that give you energy, alleviate worry, and help you bond with others. It reduces inflammation in the brain, which over time can protect against depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Regular exercise also remodels the

physical structure of your brain to make you more receptive to joy and social connection. These neurological changes rival those observed in the most cutting-edge treatments for both depression and addiction. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. She is the bestselling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. Her latest book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.


In this episode, Dhru and Kelly talk about how exercise can improve the treatment outcomes for depression, anxiety, and addiction. They discuss the science of why people who are regularly active have a stronger sense of purpose, experience more gratitude, love and hope, feel more connected to their communities, and are less likely to suffer from loneliness or become depressed. They also talk about how during physical activity, muscles secrete hormones into our bloodstream that make our brain more resilient to stress, which scientists call “hope molecules.” 


In this episode, we dive into:


-The moment that changed Kelly’s life (1:58)

-The connection between joy and movement (8:13)

-How exercise can help with mental health (19:25)

-How to get past the mental barriers when it comes to movement and exercise (28:24)

-The role movement plays when it comes to loneliness (38:30)

-Why the so-called “Runner’s High” is more than just an endorphin rush, and how it helps to reduce inflammation in the brain (50:22)

-How exercise teaches us to be better at stress (56:27)

-Why you should set a goal that involves movement, not just weight loss (1:00:59)

-How exercise enhances healing (1:13:39)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Kelly McGonigal (1:22:40)


For more on Dr. Kelly McGonigal, be sure to follow her on Instagram @kellymariemcgonigal, and on Facebook @kellymcgonigalauthor. You can find her music playlists on Spotify by searching her name: Kelly McGonigal. Check out her website http://kellymcgonigal.com. You can find her book, The Joy of Movement, right here.


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Jan 23, 2020
2 Ways to Catch and Stop Self-Sabotage with Dhru Purohit
17:48

Jerry Colonna, an executive coach for CEO’s and leaders, asks us to reflect on an important question when it comes to taking responsibility for our lives, “How have I been complicit in creating the conditions I say I don't want?”.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about this question and how to catch and stop self-sabotage, and the two big ideas that will help you in the process. 


In this episode, we dive into:


-Big idea #1: we don’t speak up (4:48)

-How to stop people pleasing (7:05)

-Big idea #2: being honest with yourself (12:08)


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Jan 21, 2020
#89: How to Detox Your Brain for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness with Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter
1:06:25

Our modern day life provides us with infinite opportunities, along with endless temptations. We can eat whatever we want, whenever we want. We can immerse ourselves in the vast, enticing world of digital media. We can buy goods and services for rapid delivery with our fingertips or voice commands. But living in this 24/7 hyper-reality poses serious risks to our physical and mental states, our connections to others, and even to the world at large.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter. Dr. David Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist and four-time New York Times bestselling author. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Archives of Neurology, Neurosurgery, andThe Journal of Applied Nutrition. His books have been published in 34 languages and include the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, with over 1 million copies in print. 


Dr. Austin Perlmutter is a board-certified internal medicine physician. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his internal medicine residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon. His academic focus is in understanding the decision-making process, how it is influenced by internal and external factors, and how it changes our health and illness outcomes. Austin, along with David Perlmutter, M.D., is the co-author of the newly released book, Brain Wash


In this episode, Dhru and Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter talk about how our health, our relationships, and even our thinking has been damaged by our modern culture. They discuss how the modern world creates structural and functional alterations to our brains, and how this increases our poor choices. They also talk about how exercise rewires and restructures the brain for better functioning, the health benefits of nature, and how to start to incorporate more nature into our lives.


In this episode, we dive into:


-What it was like working on a book together (1:49)

-What is hijacking our brain and making it difficult to implement change (5:27)

-The new reality that we find ourselves in (11:47)

-How chronic inflammation impacts our ability to make healthy choices (16:44)

-The connection between poor sleep and increased hunger (18:50)

-Disconnection syndrome and how it impacts us (27:27)

-How technology changes our brain (31:00)

-The relationship between exercise and our decision making process (46:57)

-The Ten-Day Brain Wash reset for your brain and body (54:21) 

-Where to learn more about Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter (1:02:31)


For more on Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter, be sure to follow them on Instagram @davidperlmutter and @austinperlmutter, on Facebook @davidperlmuttermd, and on Twitter @austinperlmuttermd. Check out their websites: https://www.drperlmutter.com and www.brainwashbook.com. You can find their book, Brain Wash, right here.


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Jan 16, 2020
4 Powerful Tips on How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
37:12

New! Every Tuesday we'll be releasing a bonus episode with host Dhru Purohit.


Have a suggestion for a topic for a bonus episode? Text Dhru at (302) 200-5643


Today's Episode: 4 Ways to Break Free of the Cycle of Comparison


1) Understand the Pendulum Concept

2) How to catch yourself early using the Falling Still method

3) Create Clarity and unplugging from the matrix

4) Focusing on momentum, not just goals


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Jan 14, 2020
#88: How To Get Off The Unhealthy Roller Coaster And Regain Control Of Your Life And Health With Pilar Gerasimo
1:16:02

We currently live in a society where chronic illness, obesity, drug dependence, anxiety, and depression are rapidly becoming the prevailing norms. 


According to the CDC, more than half of U.S. adults have been diagnosed with a chronic disease. 68% are overweight or obese, 70% are taking at least one prescription drug, and 97% are not managing to maintain four of the most basic habits required for long-term health: decent nutrition, adequate exercise, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy body composition.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Pilar Gerasimo, an award-winning health journalist, pioneering social explorer, and author of, The Healthy Deviant: A Rule-Breaker’s Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World. Pilar is best known for her work as founding editor of Experience Life magazine, which today reaches more than 3 million people nationwide, Pilar has also served as chief creative officer for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and as top health editor for The Huffington Post.


Today, Pilar co-hosts a five-star rated podcast called The Living Experiment with Whole30 co-founder Dallas Hartwig. She speaks at universities and leads workshops at retreat centers like Kripalu, Sundance, and 1440 Multiversity. She also consults for organizations committing to transforming health and happiness around the globe. When she’s not travelling, Pilar hangs out on her family’s organic, communal farm in Wisconsin with a bunch of cows, chickens, and her goofy pit bull pal, Calvin.


In this episode, Dhru and Pilar talk about how to break out of the unhealthy matrix that society has us living in when it comes to believing we’re not enough, not good enough, or that we’re never going to be enough. They discuss why we value other people’s opinions more than our own, and why we try to fit in at the expense of our own health. They also talk about the Healthy Deviant approach to living, how to develop the skills of a healthy person, and the first thing you can do to start making healthy changes in your life. 


In this episode, we dive into:


-The current societal standards we’re living in today (1:35)

-Pilar’s health journey and what led to her breaking point (6:55)

-The unhealthy default reality (17:38)

-Why your health is heavily influenced by your peers (26:26)

-The most important thing to focus on in your life right now (34:29)

-The three nonconformist competencies of Healthy Deviance and how they support healthy self-regulation (46:10)

-Challenging the vicious cycle of helplessness (57:09)

-How you can inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle (1:03:14)

-Where to learn more about Pilar Gerasimo (1:13:51)


For more on Pilar Gerasimo, be sure to follow her on Instagram @pgerasimo, on Facebook @pgerasimo, and on Twitter @pgerasimo. Check out her website https://pilargerasimo.com and https://www.thehealthydeviant.com. Check out her podcast, The Living Experiment. Take the Healthy Deviant quiz here. You can find Pilar’s book, The Healthy Deviant: A Rule Breaker’s Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World, right here


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Jan 07, 2020
#87: 9 Things We Do That Hold Us Back from Our Goals & Dreams
55:25

Happy New year! Text me today at (302) 335-6565


In this episode host Dhru Purohit goes solo with the microphone to talk about 9 things he commonly sees people doing (whether they realize it or not) that hold them back from their goals and dreams.


Are you doing one of these 9 things?

See the instagram post that inspired this podcast: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp2MMvbAudw/


Let’s dive into this episode:


* (1) We obsess over what others think of us! (5:42)

* (2) Waste time on social media. (13:30)

* (3) We don’t ask for help or support from friends. (18:15)

* (4) We blame everyone instead of looking within. (23:20)

* (5) We avoid setting an invention for the day! (27:10)

* (6) We spend time with the wrong people. (31:10)

* (7) We don’t read books that help us level up. (34:29)

* (8) We live the life that others expect of us, instead of a life true to you! (39:10)

* (9) We are hard on ourselves all day, everyday! (46:15)


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Jan 02, 2020
#86: How to Supercharge Your Child's Brain with The Power of Secure Attachment with Dr. Tina Bryson
1:29:50

One of the very best scientific predictors for how any child turns out in terms of happiness, academic success, leadership skills, and meaningful relationships is whether at least one adult in their life has consistently shown up for them.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Tina Bryson, the founder and executive director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopmental lens.


She is a licensed clinical social worker, providing pediatric and adolescent psychotherapy and parenting consultations. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, clinicians, and industry leaders around the world. She is the co-author, with Dan Siegel, of The Yes Brain and the New York Times bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline, as well as the upcoming Bottom Line for Baby. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Bryson talk about what it means to be present and really show up for our kids, even if our own caregiver wasn’t really present. They discuss how to develop secure attachment in your kids and how providing a calm, safe presence can radically change how a child’s brain develops. They also talk about how every child needs to feel what Tina calls the Four S’s: safe, seen, soothed, and secure, and strategies for implementing them into your child’s daily life.  


In this episode, we dive into:


-The best predictor for how well our kids turn out is how we show up as parents (1:50)

-How the attachment between a parent and child impacts the development of a child’s brain (5:20) 

-The Strange Situation Study (7:47)

-The four attachment patterns (15:36)

-Why secure attachment is the ultimate goal in parenting (23:44) 

-A parents two primary jobs when it comes to making their kids feel safe (26:58) 

-Why traditional forms of disciple are counterproductive (32:10)

-Understanding what's really underneath your child's behavior and helping them feel seen (35:50) 

-The most powerful way to help your child in a state of distress (47:21)

-Behaviors that can manifest as adults when not feeling safe, seen, soothed and secure as a child (1:10:05)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Tina Bryson (1:25:06)


For more on Dr. Tina Bryson, be sure to follow her on Instagram @tinapaynebryson, and on Facebook @tinapaynebrysonphd. Check out her website https://www.tinabryson.com. You can find Tina’s book, The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired, right here


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Dec 26, 2019
#85: How Fungi Living in Our Mycobiome Influence Bloating, Brain Fog, and Even Mood with Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum and Afif Ghannoum
1:32:13

Most people understand the importance of a healthy gut microbiome for overall health, but have you heard of the mycobiome—the fungi that live inside our bodies, and how it impacts our health?


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum and Afif Ghannoum. Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum is a tenured professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He has spent his entire career studying medically important fungi and publishing extensively about their virulence factors, especially in microbial biofilms. Dr. Ghannoum is the scientist that named the mycobiome, the fungal community in the body, and was dubbed “the scientist who is now known as the leading microbiome researcher in the world” by the Washington Post. He is also the founder of the leading antifungal clinical testing company in the world, Next Trillion Sciences, and has been involved in the development of 95% of the antifungals that have come to market since the 1990’s.


Afif Ghannoum is a biotechnology attorney by training. He has turned his biotechnology innovations into consumer products that have sold in over 27,000 retail locations in the United States. He has also licensed a technology to a global pharmaceutical company that is now sold in over 100,000 retail locations. Afif is currently the CEO of BIOHM Health, where he has commercialized consumer probiotics and microbiome testing kits around the dual role that fungi and bacteria play in the digestive tract.


In this episode, Dhru, Dr. Ghannoum, and Afif talk about the mycobiome and how it can directly influence our weight, digestion, immune system, and mood. They discuss how fungi work in the human gut, in ways that are beneficial, neutral, or detrimental to our health. They also talk about how it can take months or years to shift your gut bacteria in a significant way, but you can alter your gut fungi profile for better or for worse in just 24 hours by changing your diet. Dr. Ghannoum and Affi also explain how their product, BIOHM, helps to maintain the balance of bacteria and fungi in the gut, all while breaking down digestive plaque.


In this episode, we dive into:


-The mycobiome and how it impacts our health (3:32)

-What happens when our fungi get out of balance (7:25)

-The damage antibiotics can cause when it comes to the mycobiome (12:31)

-Biofilm and how it impacts the mycobiome (15:36)

-How you can alter your gut fungi for better or worse in just 24 hours (25:19)

-Foods that traditionally get a bad rap and how might they have a positive impact on our mycobiome (38:38)

-What we should be eating to take care of our fungi community (45:13)

-How sleep impacts our gut health (49:42)

-How environmental factors positively or negatively impact the mycobiome (1:01:04)

-How Dr. Ghannoum started his career (1:21:22)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Ghannoum and Afif (1:30:11)


For more on Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum and Afif Ghannoum, be sure to follow them on Instagram @biohmhealth, @dr.microbiome, and @afifghannoum, as well as on Facebook @biohmhealth. Check out their website https://biohmhealth.com and https://drmicrobiome.com. You can find Dr. Ghannoum’s book, Total Gut Balance: Fix Your Mycobiome Fast for Complete Digestive Wellness, right here: https://drmicrobiome.com/preorder


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Dec 19, 2019
Why We Need Deep and Meaningful Relationships to Achieve Our Goals and Dreams with Dhru Purohit
1:02:14

Our friendships are an integral part of who we are and how we evolve. Even though we don’t need each other to survive anymore, we do need each other to thrive. All of the best things in life come from connection, community, and our relationships. 


⁣On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, we are sharing an interview with our host, Dhru Purohit, who was interviewed by our dear friend, Shawn Stevenson, on his podcast The Model Health Show. Dhru Purohit is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and documentary filmmaker. He is also the CEO of Dr. Hyman Enterprises and The UltraWellness Center, a Functional Medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine. Dhru is a contributing author to two New York Times bestsellers, Clean Gut and Clean Eats, and helped launch the global “clean eating” revolution by co-founding The Clean Program. 

 

In this episode, Dhru and Shawn talk about how our friendships are the most influential thing on our health, success, and happiness. They discuss how social media has made it easier than ever to connect with others, but the challenge comes when we trade our online friends for our offline friends. Our online connections can deepen our friendships, but they aren’t a replacement for real human connection. They also talk about the foundation of an incredible relationship, and why the bigger your goals and dreams are in life, the more you need community and friends to have your back. 


In this episode, we dive into:


-Why Dhru puts so much intention into friendship (4:23)

-The Framingham Study and why you are more likely to become obese when a close friend becomes obese (7:38)

-Why connection with other human beings is critical to thriving (11:30) 

-How selecting your group of friends is the ultimate form of biohacking (14:38)

-How to make intentional friends (20:41)

-How to create deeper, more meaningful friendships (28:30)

-The importance of an opt-out event (33:47)

-Why making friends is more difficult for men (37:37) 

-Why meaningful friendships and connections are about depth, not about quantity (38:53)

-Where to learn more about Dhru Purohit (56:23)


For more on Shawn Stevenson, be sure to follow him on Instagram @ShawnModel, and on Facebook @TheModelHealthShow. Check out his podcast The Model Health Show, and check his website https://themodelhealthshow.com. You also can find his book, Sleep Smarter, right here.


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Dec 17, 2019
#84: How Out of Control Blood Sugar Contributes to Body Fat, Brain Fog, and Alzheimer's with Dr. Ronesh Sinha
1:31:41

Excess insulin and chronic inflammation are powerful threats to our health and longevity, and the underlying thread that weave together virtually every chronic disease. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Ronesh Sinha, an internal medicine physician in Silicon Valley who works for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and serves as director for employer wellness, strategy, and product development. He has designed successful health education and wellness programs for over 20 major Silicon Valley companies, launched a medical mobile clinic providing primary care to busy employees, and developed a dedicated consult practice geared to Asians and Indians with insulin resistance and related conditions.


His groundbreaking work in reversing diabetes in culturally diverse populations has received global attention with front cover stories in Fortune Magazine and the LA Times, and earned him the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Excellence in Healthcare award. Dr. Sinha blogs actively on health at culturalhealthsolutions.com, and hosts a popular Bay Area weekly radio show on health. He is passionate about developing innovative, culturally tailored solutions to help diverse populations lead healthier lives. He is also the author of The South Asian Health Solution


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Sinha discuss what insulin resistance is, why it matters to your health, what happens when insulin resistance persists, and the impact it has on your brain. They talk about the role of ethnicity on insulin resistance and metabolism, and how a sedentary lifestyle impacts insulin resistance. They also talk about the difference between visceral fat and subcutaneous fat, and the lifestyle changes we can implement to address insulin resistance, metabolic dysregulation, and inflammation. 


In this episode, we dive into:


-How insulin resistance impacts our health (1:41)

-The connection between insulin resistance and Alzhiemer’s (6:07)

-Adaptive insulin resistance vs. chronic insulin resistance (10:47)

-Metabolic syndrome and the role triglycerides play in the body (14:03) 

-The impact of insulin resistance when is comes to specific cultures (29:33)

-The connection between a sedentary lifestyle and insulin resistance (35:48)

-The hidden danger of being “skinny fat” (39:29) 

-Statins vs. lifestyle interventions for treating insulin resistance (49:41)

-How sleep impacts insulin resistance (59:34)

-Fasting and insulin resistance (1:02:02) 

-Where to learn more about Dr. Ronesh Sinha (1:24:35)


For more on Dr. Ronesh Sinha, be sure to follow him on Instagram @roneshsinhamd. Check out his website http://culturalhealthsolutions.com, and his innovative education and wellness programs at culturalhealthsolutions.com/programs. You can find his book, The South Asian Health Solution: A Culturally Tailored Guide to Lose Fat, Increase Energy and Avoid Disease, right here


Lastly, you can learn more about Dr. Sinha’s 8-week online Whole Family Health program that focuses on individuals and families who want to prevent or reverse conditions involving insulin resistance and/or inflammation here: https://culturalhealthsolutions.com/programs/.


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Dec 13, 2019
#83: Breaking Through Depression, Perfectionism, and People Pleasing with Mia Lux
1:04:32

If you struggle with feeling hopeless, sad, or otherwise mentally fragile, you’re not alone. Depression is officially at epidemic levels, dramatically impacting hundreds of millions of lives. With its symptom-based medicine approach, conventional medicine tackles depression completely wrong. Rather than determine what actually creates that depression, many doctors immediately reach for their prescription pad. But what if there way another way to treat this epidemic?


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Mia Lux, a stand-up comedian, personal growth junkie, former high-school teacher, and recovering lawyer. Mia originally got into stand-up comedy as a way to learn how to fail—a sincere effort to overcome the perfectionist practices that kept her in perpetual burnout as a lawyer and high school teacher. In the process, she wound up working in the personal development space, originally as Director of Content for global transformational education company Mindvalley, and eventually stepping into her role over the past 5 years as host and facilitator, specializing in top wellness/personal development events around the world.


Mia always kept a toe in comedy, and found that laughing is just more effective than lecturing. Her newest project, The Conscious-ish Show, is the baby of both worlds: a Late Night style talk-show that takes on topics that really count—health, self-love, depression, sex, spirituality, and more. It is Mia’s mission to make the world's most powerful ideas more accessible by making them truly enjoyable; if you're laughing, you're learning!


In this episode, Dhru and Mia take a deep dive into the topic of depression. Mia openly shares her own personal struggle with depression, and the importance of understanding the emotional, psychological and physical causes of it. They discuss the best ways to support someone who is depressed, and some of the key ways to begin to heal. They also talk about understanding what’s really underneath perfectionism, how to get out of your own way, and how to stop people pleasing. Mia also explains how healing laughter and comedy can be.


In this episode, we dive into:


-Mia’s personal story of depression and being suicidal (2:31)

-What can be done about depression (9:31)

-What to do or not do if someone in your life is depressed (12:14)

-Fear of failure (20:01)

-What’s underneath perfectionism (20:42)

-How to stop people pleasing (27:34)

-The top regret of the dying (31:50)

-How to get out of your own way (33:37)

-The healing power of laughter and comedy (37:25)

-How to intentionally and mindfully create an extraordinary life (46:31)

-Self-love and understanding the language you use with yourself (47:36)

-Lucid dreaming (49:01)

-Where to learn more about Mia (59:55)


For more on Mia Lux, be sure to follow her on Instagram @consciousish and @mymialux, and on Facebook @consciousish and @mymialux. Check out her website www.consciousish.com and https://www.mialux.com.


Lastly, check out this article from the New York Times Magazine, about an Army veteran who was thought to have depression and PTSD by leading military doctors and commanders; turns out his symptoms were really caused by chronic lead poisoning.


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Dec 05, 2019
#82: How Dogs Can Help Us Become Better Humans with Celebrity Dog Trainer Tamar Geller
2:12:30

We spend countless hours training our dogs, but how often do we consider what they have to teach us? Dogs teach us so many important life lessons. They teach us about gratitude, love and compassion, being present, and so much more. When humans bring a dog into their lives, they are most often looking for a companion; what they may not realize is that they are getting a teacher as well. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Tamar Geller, a celebrity dog trainer, a New York Times bestselling author, and as Oprah says “A Life Coach for Dogs and their People.” Tamar has revolutionized the way dog training is done. The Loved Dog method that Tamar created over 30 years ago is based on the knowledge she acquired as an Intelligence Officer with the Israeli Elite Special Forces, from the respect she gained for the wisdom of nature while observing wolves in the wild, and her devotion to personal growth.


Tamar helps dogs and their people develop a relationship that is based on mutual devotion, as she helps the dog become the best version of himself. Instead of commands, she teaches dogs the life skills that allow them to self-regulate, think before acting, and make better decisions. She also teaches the “pawrents” how to understand their dog’s behavior and become great communicators. Tamar has helped celebrities like Tony Robbins, Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Affleck, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Courteney Cox, and of course Oprah, and many other non-famous dog lovers, to have the most awesome dogs.


In this episode, Dhru and Tamar talk about how conventional methods of dog training break the bond we are trying to build, and how we are ruining our dogs without even knowing it. They discuss Tamar’s philosophy of dog training, which is about improving the relationship between you and your dog, so your dog is not obedient to you; your dog is devoted to you. Tamar also explains the makeup of dogs’ brains and the core needs that dogs and humans share, as well as how dogs give us the most insight into how we actually show up in all of our relationships.


In this episode, we dive into:


-Tamar’s approach to dog training and what makes it different and so unique (4:59)

-Why traditional dog training environments are not conducive for learning (10:37)

-Tamar’s story and how she ended up working with dogs (26:16)

-What dogs teach us about being present in our relationships (47:37)

-The 6 core needs of dogs and humans (53:20)

-Why the need for certainty is vital for your dogs sense of safety (1:09:05) 

-Misunderstanding your dog’s aggression for fear (1:28:14)

-The misconception of unconditional love when it comes to dogs (1:30:03) 

-Two tips for raising a happy dog (1:33:31)

-Where to learn more about Tamar (2:06:23)


For more on Tamar Geller, be sure to follow her on Instagram @theloveddog, and check out her website https://theloveddog.com. You can order her books, The Loved Dog: The Playful, Non-aggressive Way To Teach Your Dog Good Behavior, and 30 Days To A Well Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method, right here.


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Nov 28, 2019
Behind The Scenes with Ara Katz, Pioneering Microbiome Entrepreneur, Mom, and Co-Founder of Seed
1:24:15

Despite the ever-increasing number of probiotic supplements, foods, and beverages out there, there’s still a lot of confusion about what probiotics are, how they work, and why we should take them. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Ara Katz, the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Seed Health, a microbial sciences company pioneering the application of bacteria to impact human and planetary health. A serial entrepreneur, she’s worked at the intersection of tech, media, and consumer brands. She co-founded the mobile commerce company, Spring, and advises and invests in companies like mindbodygreen and the healthcare startup, Mahmee. She was a fellow at the MIT Media Lab and named in Marie Claire’s The New Guard: The 50 Most Influential Women in the US.


In this episode, Dhru and Ara discuss the greatest lessons she has learned in her experience as an entrepreneur and co-founder, as well as the importance of finding the right business partner and nurturing that relationship. They talk about what Ara’s experience as an entrepreneur has taught her about self-care and how her own journey of having a miscarriage helped her to realign her focus to do something that had great meaning and purpose. They also talk about what steps you need to take if you are looking to conduct your own study or clinical research, as well as the importance of integrity when it comes to marketing your business or product. They dive deep into the topic of probiotics and how not all probiotics are created equal, as well as the common misconception that probiotics have to colonize your gut and alter the composition of your microbiome to be effective, which Ara says is actually not true.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Ara’s current venture, Seed (1:35)

-What Ara was doing prior to Seed (6:46)

-Ara’s journey into health and wellness and what she learned from her mother’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis and death (9:46) 

-The impact Ara’s miscarriage had on her and what shifted in her career (12:33)

-How Ara’s challenge breastfeeding was the driving force and inspiration for her company, Seed (21:09)

-What you should think about when choosing a business partner (34:16)

-The difference between a probiotic strain and a probiotic species (40:05)

-Why kombucha is not a probiotic (45:58)

-A common misconception about probiotics (47:58)

-Seed’s Daily Synbiotic (prebiotic + probiotic) and what makes it different from other probiotics (50:54) 

-What you need to know if you want to do your own clinical study (56:58)

-LUCA Biologics, the future of medicine for UTIs and the vaginal microbiome (01:02:15)

-SeedLabs probiotic for honey bees (01:10:10)

-Where to learn more about Ara and Seed (01:20:44)


For more on Ara Katz, be sure to follow her on Instagram @arakatz and @seed, and on Facebook @seedmicrobiome. Check out her website https://seed.com. To learn more about Seed University and to become an affiliate visit https://seed.com/seeduniversity/. If you are are a beekeeper and interested in SeedLabs probiotics for bees email bees@seed.com. Learn more about LUCA Biologics and the development of living medicines targeting the vaginal microbiome at https://luca.bio.


Lastly, use code BROKENBRAIN at seed.com for 15% off the first month of your Daily Synbiotic subscription. 


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Nov 26, 2019
#81: Getting Ready for Baby: How to Optimize Your Health for Fertility and Beyond with Dr. Afrouz Demeri
2:15:04

There are no guarantees when it comes to successfully conceiving a healthy baby, but there are steps you can take to make sure the very basis of your baby’s life, your genetic raw material, is as healthy as possible even before you conceive. It’s during the preconception period that your baby’s raw genetic material is being formed and influenced.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Afrouz Demeri, a licensed board-certified Naturopathic Medical Doctor specializing in integrative, Functional Medicine for women. Dr. Afrouz finds the root cause for hormonal imbalances, thyroid disorders, stress, weight or digestive issues, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. As faculty of the University of California Irvine, she sees patients at the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute or in her Ladera Ranch office in California.


Dr. Afrouz has been featured in publications such as Women’s Health, Now Magazine, Weight Wise Expo, and Vitality. When she’s not helping patients find their own lifelong wellness, you can find her studying yoga, cooking for her family of four, or teaching—and dancing—at the local Zumba studio.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Afrouz talk about all things fertility and how the 90-day period prior to conceiving a baby has the potential to change the genetic code of your baby. They discuss the toxins that can negatively affect your fertility and the overall health of your baby, as well as the importance of detoxing prior to conception. They also talk about how food is the most powerful form of medicine we can use to shift our epigenetics and how what we eat impacts overall egg and sperm quality, and the difference between a healthy diet and a fertility diet. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-Dr. Afrouz’s personal fertility story and journey into medicine (1:41)

-How Western medicine looks at miscarriages and what Dr. Afrouz learned in her naturopathic training (18:59)

-The importance of looking at both egg quality and sperm quality (24:32)

-How mold impacts your fertility and baby’s health (26:16) 

-Why a vegan diet is not optimal for fertility (43:23)

-What Dr. Afrouz did differently during her second pregnancy (54:55)

-What couples need to know about the health of sperm (1:00:30)

-Dr. Afrouz’s new online course: Trimester Zero (1:27:58)

-Why timeline matters when it comes to preparing your body for pregnancy (1:48:38)

-Lab testing for fertility (1:49:52)

-Eating for fertility (1:56:08)

-What you can do today when it comes to air, water, and toxins for optimal health (2:02:19)


For more on Dr. Afrouz Demeri, be sure to follow her on Instagram @drdemeri, and on Facebook @aimforwomen. Check out her website https://www.aimforwomen.com. To learn more and register for her new course Trimester Zero visit https://www.trimesterzerocourse.com, and her Spring Whole Body Detox at 1440 visit https://1440.org.


Below are the air and water filtration systems that Dr. Afrouz recommends: 

-IQAir - https://www.iqair.com

-PristineHydro - https://pristinehydro.com


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Nov 21, 2019
#80: How Red Light Therapy Can Help You Sleep Better, Recover Faster, Boost Testosterone, Improve Brain Health and More with Scott Nelson
1:07:09

Red light therapy has been studied and tested across hundreds of peer-reviewed clinical trials, with overwhelmingly positive results for skin health, collagen production, physical performance and muscle recovery, sleep, joint pain, inflammation, and more. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Scott Nelson, a co-founder of Joovv, the first company to develop a modular, full-body light therapy device. Prior to starting Joovv, he spent his entire professional career in leadership positions with some of the largest medical device companies in the world, including Medtronic, Covidien, and Boston Scientific. In his spare time, Scott is also the host of Medsider Radio, a top-ranked medical device podcast.


In this episode, Dhru and Scott talk about red light therapy, how it interacts with our body and the wide range of benefits to our overall health. They discuss how red light therapy improves brain health and cognitive function, and the emerging research that has shown red light therapy’s potential as a non-invasive treatment for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and traumatic brain injuries. They also talk about how it can be used as a tool to treat depression and other mental health challenges, as well as how it supports hormone production in both men and women.


In this episode, we dive into:

-What is red light therapy and how it can positively impact our health (2:16)

-How light affects our mitochondria (6:23)

-How Joovv got started (9:22)

-How red light therapy can improve cognitive function (22:34)

-The research on Alzheimer’s and red light therapy (30:19)

-The benefits of red light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and other mental health conditions (35:39) 

-How red light therapy increases testosterone (42:13)

-The importance of daily natural light exposure (47:06)

-The benefits of blue light blocking glasses (57:36)

-Where to learn more about Scott and Joovv (1:04:23)


For more on Scott Nelson and Joovv, be sure to follow him on Instagram @joovvsocial, on Facebook @joovvsocial, and on YouTube @joovv. Check out his website https://joovv.com and learn more about the clinical research on red light therapy here.


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Nov 14, 2019
#79: A New Way to Treat PTSD, Concussions, and Traumatic Brain Injuries with Dr. Erik Won
1:12:58

More than eight million Americans live with some of the devastating symptoms of PTSD, like Night terrors, flashbacks, and evenings spent in isolation—and it is estimated at least 600,000 post-9/11 veterans are part of that population.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Erik Won, the President of Wave Neuroscience, Inc; a biotechnology company that has innovated a breakthrough technology called Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT). This technology utilizes computational neuroanalytics and brain imaging to customize treatment protocols with the aim of restoring optimal neurological function. Dr. Won joined Wave Neuroscience after serving as the Chief Physician and Chief Technology Officer for a Fortune 50 Aerospace company. He also served as a US Navy Flight Surgeon for Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, and received the distinction of serving as the ACE (Aviation Combat Element) Flight Surgeon for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). 


Dr. Won has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and textbooks and presented in numerous academic conferences. He completed his residency at the Harvard OEM combined residency program and was appointed Chief Resident. He received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Won talk about Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT) and how it could address mental health disorders and revolutionize brain-based medicine. They discuss why the rate of suicide among veterans is twice that of the general population, the current standard of care for PTSD, and how MeRT can improve PTSD and traumautic brain injury outcomes. They also talk about how one night of poor quality sleep impacts the brain and what we need to know about the brain’s detoxification system.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Dr. Won’s experience in the Navy and the impact it had on his life (3:14)

-What people don’t understand about being an active service member and the transition from military to civilian life (7:10)

-The connection between PTSD and suicide (14:44)

-What is MeRT therapy (20:33) 

-How does MeRT therapy works and what takes place during a typical session (24:41)

-What conditions MeRT therapy can be used for (38:26)

-How the glymphatic system plays a key role in removing brain waste while you sleep (45:19)

-The difference between structural damage and functional damage in the brain (54:05)

-Learn more about Wave Neuroscience and where you can find clinics offering MeRT therapy (1:02:31) 

-Dr. Won’s own experience using MeRT (1:06:32)

-The risks and side effects of MeRT therapy (1:07:28)


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