Broken Brain with Dhru Purohit

By Dhru Purohit, Dr. Mark Hyman

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 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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 Aug 1, 2018


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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#33: Supercharge Your Brain and Prevent Alzheimer’s with Dr. David Perlmutter

Did you know that Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease? Our lifestyle choices today are extremely important variables, that are clearly connected to our brains destiny. Taking an active role in improving the health of our brain can help prevent some of the most debilitating chronic illnesses we face, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. David Perlmutter, a Board-Certified Neurologist and four-time New York Times best-selling author. In this podcast, we discuss the latest scientific research and the most effective ways you can maximize your brain’s potential. Dr. Perlmutter talks about how elevated markers of inflammation in your blood today are setting the stage for Alzheimer’s years from now, and how leveraging lifestyle factors can pave the way for a healthier brain.

Chronic degenerative conditions are the number one cause of death on the planet. The proactive steps we take today can safeguard ourselves against cognitive decline and neurological disease. We can change our destiny by making better choices, and Dr. Perlmutter tells us exactly how to do that!


In this episode, we dive into:

-Why Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease (7:33)

-Lifestyle factors and setting the stage for Alzheimer’s years from now (8:45)

-Blood sugar and the risk of dementia (11:44)

-What you should do today to support your brain health (14:10)

-The importance of the chemical BDNF on brain function (17:01)

-Ketones and super fuel for brain cells (23:01)

-Benefits of MCT oil (29:34)

-The importance of prebiotic fiber in your diet (33:01)

-Difference between Atkins and a ketogenic diet (34:30)

-Being vegetarian on a ketogenic diet (35:58)

-DNA testing (36:57)

-Alzheimer’s gene ApoE4 and the effectiveness of a ketogenic diet for brain function (39:28)

-Risk factors associated with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s (41:47)

-The connection to IBD and Parkinson’s disease (43:55)

-Dr. Perlmutter’s daily non-negotiables as it relates to brain health (49:25)

-The 5-year anniversary of Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain (59:50)

Dec 13, 2018
#32: Winning at Life through Gratitude, Sex, and Community with Dave Asprey

Gratitude is the gateway to happiness. Study after study has found that gratitude rewires your brain for positivity. What you put in your body determines what you get out of it. That’s true for food and exercise, and it’s also true for your thoughts, your relationships, and the community that you surround yourself with.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dave Asprey, founder and CEO of the Bulletproof movement and company, and one of the pioneers of the modern biohacking movement. In this podcast, we discuss and dive deep into some of the top lessons Dave covers in his new book, Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life. Dave talks about gratitude and what exactly happens in our brain when we practice it and why it is the ultimate biohack. He also talks about how winning in the bedroom is an important part of life, as well as intentional orgasms and how they impact the brain. Dave shares the importance of community and surrounding yourself with people who have similar values and can help you reach your goals and bring more joy into your life.


Dave is on a mission to share his knowledge with the rest of the world, helping people on their journey to a better self.


In this episode, we dive into:


-Why gratitude is the ultimate biohack (4:00)

-The relationship between gratitude and fear (8:07)

-The Polyvagal Theory (9:00)

-The Telomere Effect (9:55)

-Use sex to get the best drugs (16:36)

-Taoists formula for longevity (23:27)

-Weasel words and the impact on your nervous system (29:49)

-The power of no and mastering the art of doing what matters the most to you (35:32)

-What does it look like to win at life (43:18)

-The importance of community (48:10)

-Eat like your grandma, not like a caveman (57:57)

-Learn more about Dave and his work (64:23)

-Dave and Dhru share what they are grateful for today (66:36)

Dec 06, 2018
#31: Overcoming Hormonal Imbalances: PCOS, Hashimoto's, and More with Angelique Panagos

Sugar. It’s the one ingredient that so many of us have an unhealthy love affair with that we can’t quite figure out how to give up. It’s in practically everything that is packaged and in many restaurant meals. Sugar is one food that UK-based nutritional therapist and Functional Medicine practitioner Angelique Panagos credits with her many health issues, including hormonal imbalances that caused years of pain and suffering for her and her family.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Angelique about her personal story revealing her battle with several eating disorders, Hashimoto’s, PCOS, and more. Angelique also shares her very personal account of having two miscarriages, a devastating occurrence that 15-20% of women face. In this podcast, you will get tons of practical tips, insights, and reflections that will leave you with a much deeper understanding of why so many women face these health issues. Angelique is on a mission to educate women about hormones and how to balance them.


In this episode, we dive into:


-How sugar affects hormones (3:36)

-What is PCOS and what does it affect? (6:03)

-Angelique’s story (10:43)

-Biggest misconceptions of eating disorders (16:19)

-Getting a Hashimoto’s diagnosis (19:55)

-Using food to heal (25:06)

-Kicking old habits and making positive changes (27:58)

-Why excessive exercise isn’t the answer (29:53)

-Paying attention to protein and fats (36:14)

-Constipation and fiber needs (41:28)

-Angelique’s struggle with miscarriages (44:48)

-Preconception planning—the dad’s side (57:03)

-Writing a book on hormones (1:05:59)

-Being realistic about the postpartum period (1:11:01)

-Learn more about Angelique and work with her (1:18:09)

Nov 29, 2018
#30: The Power of Community, Connection, and Ritual with Dr. Michelle Peris

Our world is slowly becoming a lonelier place. Social isolation is on the rise and more people are reporting in surveys that they have fewer meaningful relationships. And yet we know how important community is to both our physical health and mental health. But how do we create it?

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, host Dhru Purohit interviews Dr. Michelle Peris about the power of community and ritual, and how we can create more connection in our world to improve our overall health.

Dr. Michelle Peris is the founder of The Poppy Clinic based in Toronto and the creator of Rebel Tribe, a community based health initiative designed to bring more connection into the lives of women.

Dhru and Dr. Peris cover a bunch of topics including the impact that community, and the lack of it, has on our brain, the root factors taking place today that are driving disconnection, and how purposeful friendships can dramatically improve our health.


In this episode, we dive into:


-Dr. Peris’s origin story (5:30)

-How our brains are wired for connection (8:20)

-Why community is so important for our health (10:26)

-Dr. Peris explains how lack of community impacts her patient's health (13:30)

-What are the root issues that are driving us to become more isolated today? (15:20)

-Dr. Peris talks about the importance of rituals in our modern society and the inspiration we can take from her Rebel Tribe (20:30)

-What are practical tips on building community and connection? (26:00)

-A few examples of how community has helped Dr. Peris's patients (32:15)

-How Dr. Peris helps women better understand their health and the unique challenges they go through (36:20)

-Addressing the toxic nature of unnecessary guilt and its impact on women's health (41:13)

-How our friends can help us in our healing journey (42:54)

-Dr. Peris talks about honoring the natural cycles that women go through (45:30)

-Where to find Dr. Peris and learn more about her work (52:44)

Nov 22, 2018
#29: The Optimal Morning Routine Plus Keto Tips with Dr. Stephanie Estima

Every day when we wake we are given a new opportunity to be our best selves—to be present for our loved ones, do the work we are meant to be doing, and feel at peace. However, in our day and age, technology is a part of every waking moment, that cell phone alarm that wakes us up can hijack our mornings, starting us off in a panic, and prompting us to seek out what has happened in the news overnight or who needs something from us.


We can choose a different path, if we want, that can set the pace for our productivity for the rest of the day while, at the same time, helping us feel balanced and happy. Dhru’s conversation on The Broken Brain Podcast this week is all about creating habits that contribute to balance with Dr. Stephanie Estima, founder of The Health Loft in Toronto. Dhru and Dr. Stephanie start off by talking about her morning routine—especially as a mom to three boys—and they meander through many important topics such as breakfast ideas, keto diet tips, isolation new moms can feel, and so much more.


In this episode, we dive into:


-Why is a morning routine important? (3:05)

-Core elements of a morning routine to set the tone for the day (5:22)

-Dr. Stephanie’s breakfast tips (13:14)

-How does mindset play a role in any routine? (19:14)

-Childhood habits that played a role in Dr. Stephanie’s mission (26:56)

-A learning journey to helping people (32:59)

-Is a keto diet right for everyone? (43:04)

-The importance of listening to your body (48:04)

-Dr. Stephanie’s evening routine (50:54)

-The isolation factor of being a new mom (58:16)

-How Tetris will help you grow your brain (1:02:22)

-Where to find Dr. Stephanie (1:08:29)

Nov 15, 2018
#28: Mood Altering Power of Food and Farming with Dr. Drew Ramsey

When Dr. Drew Ramsey, clinical psychiatrist and Columbia professor, bought a small farm in rural Indiana, he learned more about food than just how to grow a tomato (albeit, he grows one fine tomato!). He learned that putting our hands in the soil is therapeutic, that there is nothing like picking ingredients from your garden and assembling a meal for your family, and much more.


Today, in our Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru talks with Broken Brain docu-series expert speaker and kale evangelist, Dr. Drew Ramsey. Dr. Ramsey integrates nutrition into his clinical psychiatry practice as an important component of treatment.


Dhru and Dr. Ramsey discuss the need to put brain health and psychiatry into the vocabulary of our daily lives, the many benefits of growing your own food, nourishing our minds with community engagement, and much more. You’ll even get to hear Dr. Ramsey’s favorite kale recipe that anyone can make easily.


In this episode, we dive into:


-What is nutritional psychiatry? (2:53)

-The intersection of traditional psychiatry and Dr. Ramsey’s approach (5:56)

-Using food to improve mood and brain health (11:05)

-Farm life and its benefits (19:35)

-Regenerative agriculture (26:51)

-Eating locally in urban areas (34:37)

-Community as a form of nourishment (38:20)

-The latest science on food and brain health (43:31)

-Tips to choosing quality animal foods (46:35)

-Dr. Ramsey’s transition from vegetarianism to eating meat (49:22)

-Functional vs. dysfunctional medicine (54:33)

-Dr. Ramsey’s favorite kale recipe (56:16)

-Finding Dr. Ramsey online (1:02:35)

Nov 08, 2018
#27: Calming Your Anxious Mind with Ariel Garten

Have you ever wanted to be a more relaxed and less anxious person...someone who bounces back after setbacks that we all face? Someone who can take deep breaths in the midst of a stressful day and not react when something upsets you?


My life is full! I am often running from morning until late at night, and I could not do it without meditation. My twice daily meditation practice is what actually gives me the reserves and the presence to accomplish everything I need to in one day.


Today, we learn all about the inner workings of the brain, why we get anxious, and how meditation can help with neuroscientist, psychotherapist, and Muse co-creator Ariel Garten. Dhru and Ariel start off by getting real about mental health—it’s something we ALL need to deal with—no stigma here. It’s a part of the human condition. For all the moms out there, Ariel shares her story on postpartum depression and the anxiety she faced after having her son.


This episode is full of rich pearls to teach you about our precious organ, the brain; to encourage you to try meditation (even if you think you can’t do it); and even offer tips on how to incorporate meditation in your workplace or family life.


In this episode, we dive into:


-There is no stigma in mental health (4:02)

-Anxiety as the broken alarm system (5:42)

-What does “sitting with it” mean? (9:00)

-The role of our prefrontal cortex (11:09)

-Ariel’s experience with postpartum depression and anxiety (13:14)

-Making meaning out of everything (17:13)

-Changes in your brain during meditation (18:52)

-Daily routines to avoid anxiety (21:36)

-Meditating as a group - work or family (25:31)

-The story of Ariel’s inspiration (31:39)

-The origins of Muse (33:15)

-It’s ok to suck at meditation, please keep trying (38:57)

-Meditation’s role in creating something new (43:51)

-Identifying our story and how to change it (47:30)

-The launch of Muse 2 (50:53)

-How Ariel uses Muse in her life (52:55)

-Where to find Ariel online (53:56)

Nov 01, 2018
#26: What Do Genetics Really Tell Us? with Dr. Ben Lynch

Are there things happening in your body that you can’t see? We were all born with the genes that are code for everything in our physical bodies and even account for some personality traits. Genes determine hair and eye color, sleep patterns, how you detoxify, food sensitivities, and so much more!

Some genes have what are called SNPs and that’s when things can get complicated. Finding out if you have SNPs, and what they are, is important. Even though there are strengths and weaknesses to having SNPs, there are practical things you can do to support the genes you have so your body can function better—right now and in the future.

Today, our Broken Brain Podcast host Dhru talks to genetic expert and Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Ben Lynch, author of the best selling book Dirty Genes. Dhru and Dr. Ben discuss what dirty genes are and how we can clean them up! Dr. Ben shares his personal genetic testing story and how he manages with a SNP in his MTHFR gene. You’ll get to hear Dr. Ben’s advice on finding a doctor who knows how to work with genetics and so much more.

In this episode, we dive into:

-What are dirty genes? (2:45)

-Are we doomed or will epigenetics save us? (4:25)

-SNPs in our genes (8:14)

-What is the MTHFR gene all about? (10:50)

-Dr. Ben puts the pieces together (20:50)

-Other important SNPs we may have (29:57)

-Cleaning up the COMT gene (34:34)

-Practical tips to scrub those genes clean (36:12)

-Dr. Ben’s approach to testing (40:56)

-Where can I find a skilled practitioner? (47:36)

-Thriving with the genes we have (52:02)

-Dr. Ben’s dream vision for gene testing (53:25)

-Finding Dr. Ben online; bonus book chapter (58:36)

Oct 25, 2018
#25: Fascia: The Connective Tissue That Keeps You Healthy

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Shalani Bhat

Have you ever thought about how our organs are able to stay in place, exactly where they need to be? There is a stretchy webbing, or connective tissue, inside of our bodies called fascia that runs from head to toe around our organs and our muscles. We are learning more and more about this tissue, the role it plays in our health, and how to keep it healthy so you can feel your best.

Today, we dive into this topic with Functional Medicine practitioner Dr. Shalini Bhat, founder of The Movement Boutique in Toronto. Dr. Bhat and Dhru will start off by explaining what fascia is and why it’s so important. Then, they will talk in depth about how to keep fascia healthy through diet and movement—because after all “motion is lotion.”

As a Functional Medicine doctor, Dr. Bhat is always interested in finding the root cause of issues, so you’ll also get to hear her perspective on how fascia may impact digestion and brain health. And, finally, if you want to hear some practical tips on things you can do to support healthy fascia in our daily lives, listen to the end!

In this episode, we dive into:

-Dr. Bhat’s background and education (4:18)

-What is fascia? (12:16)

-Discovering fascia is an organ with an important function (18:41)

-Addressing nutrition to keep fascia healthy (20:30)

-Fascia and digestion (27:32)

-Does your fascia affect your brain health? (30:38)

-How has technology impacted our fascia? (35:12)

-Sitting properly in a chair and desk work (42:00)

-Fascial release at home (46:46)

-Finding root causes to help fascia (49:30)

-Emotions stored in the body (54:33)

-Where to find Dr. Bhat online (1:01:13)

Oct 18, 2018
#24: Practicing Awareness to Live Your Best Life with Dr. Dan Siegel

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Dan Siegel

What kind of person would you be if you were calmer, more centered, kinder, and relaxed? Do you think you would feel better about yourself and your relationships with others...make different more loving? The golden ticket to living your best life is within reach for every single human, and, best of all, it's free.

Today, mindfulness expert, psychiatrist, and professor Dr. Dan Siegel and our host Dhru have a noteworthy conversation about the awareness the brain is capable of, including tips on implementing the Wheel of Awareness as a daily practice, and how that can impact our lives from day to day and also in the long-term.

Starting with an awareness practice, this conversation is one you’ll want to be present for. Dr. Siegel also describes how the attention we give to certain thoughts can stimulate new neural connections, the science behind the changes in the brain when one is aware, and even gives you a glimpse into his daily awareness routine.

In this episode, we dive into:

-Opening awareness practice (2:40)

-Is awareness more important today? (6:07)

-What is the opposite of awareness? (8:38)

-Creating new brain wiring (11:30)

-Reducing reactions with awareness (16:20)

-Science of awareness in our brains (18:35)

-The Wheel of Awareness (21:57)

-Why your morning routine matters (27:31)

-Integrating practices into your life (33:12)

-How did Dr. Siegel get here? (46:30)

-Awareness leading to kindness, gratitude, and joy (53:15)

-Movement - Dr. Siegel’s love of dance (1:06:43)

-Where to find Dr. Siegel’s work (1:07:47)

Oct 11, 2018
#23: Cultivating a Resilient Mind with Dr. Yashar Khosroshahi

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Yashar Khosroshahi

You may take great care of your body, but do you take care of your mind? Do you sit with feelings when they arise or do you get weighed down by them and become resentful? Do you take time out of your productive day to slow down and sit quietly?

Our Broken Brain Podcast this week is all about our mindset. Dhru and our guest this week, Toronto-based naturopathic doctor and founder of “Mindshift Ninja” Dr. Yashar Khosroshahi, talk about going from knowing something to actually doing something...taking that knowledge you have acquired from years of reading and studying and applying it to actionable steps.

This is a special conversation that contemplates mind practices such as meditation, awareness, and reframing beliefs. There are practical tips, too, like how to become that mindshift ninja, mentoring your kids to start out young with a healthy mindset, and what you can do to increase resilience.

In this episode, we dive into:

-What is a Mindshift Ninja? (3:19)

-More than one brain (4:57)

-Dr. K’s personal mindset (7:12)

-Closing the knowing vs doing gap (8:58)

-B.R.A.I.N.—more than an organ (15:55)

-Acknowledging pain for what it is (27:40)

-The ego’s role in mindset (28:43)

-Dr. K’s patient story on reframing beliefs (30:43)

-The balance between “can do” and “slowing down” (36:28)

-Increasing awareness and resilience (41:13)

-The role of meditation in mindset (47:17)

-Biofeedback and heart rate variability (50:35)

-Healthy mindset in kids (56:57)

-Applying these tools in Dr. K’s life (1:00:49)

-Practical hacks (1:05:52)

-Finding Dr. K online (1:08:53)

Oct 05, 2018
#22: Wild Food, Brain Food, and All Things Nutrition with Josh Gitalis

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Josh Gitalis

We talk about the topic of food often—it gets a lot of airplay, but shouldn’t it? We eat three, sometimes more, times a day and we believe that food fuels our cells. It’s important! Today, we are talking with Toronto-based functional nutritionist Josh Gitalis who is passionate about helping his clients figure out the best approach to eating for their needs.

Josh and our host Dhru start off with wild foods and how they are nutritionally superior to your supermarket finds. Have you eaten any dandelion greens lately? (Just be sure they aren’t sprayed with pesticides!) Find out how you can incorporate wild foods into your meals and adapt to enjoy the taste of bitter foods.

You’ll also get to hear about why you may need a different diet for different times of your life, functional lab testing, how you can incorporate more greens in your meals, practical tips for feeding kids, and much more. This is a great one!

In this episode, we dive into:

-Josh’s love of wild greens and mushrooms (3:38)

-Wild food and brain health (6:15)

-Adapting and retraining taste buds to enjoy bitters (12:15)

-Cutting through the nutrition confusion (14:26)

-What is the FODMAPs diet? (20:36)

-When is it time to go back to a less restricted diet? (24:14)

-Using functional labs to dig deeper (25:44)

-Josh’s background and journey (29:12)

-Eating greens and their role in our microbiome (35:20)

-Tips to help you eat more whole foods (38:51)

-Freezing food for later (43:12)

-Tools for helping with meal prep (46:04)

-Bone broth—fad or a real healer? (48:21)

-What’s in a brain? (50:28)

-Genetic testing clues to help us (57:58)

-What does Josh eat? (1:03:24)

-Tips for feeding kids (1:11:07)

-Resources and where you can find Josh (1:15:49)

Sep 27, 2018
#21: Vision Therapy and the Brain with Dr. Fabian Tai

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Fabian Tai

Have you ever wondered how vision plays a role in the health of our bodies and our brains? Problems with our eyes can give us clues to what is going on inside—and, conversely, problems with many activities may be a result of compromised eye function. What you may not know is that using a treatment called vision therapy may improve so many things such as ADD, head injuries, reading comprehension, posture, throwing a ball, and much more.

Today, our host Dhru sits down with optometrist Dr. Fabian Tai, whose specialty is vision therapy. Vision therapy takes a different approach to vision, the eyesight, and the brain using a variety of tests and exercises to help strengthen and retrain the eyes.

In this episode, we dive into:

-Dr. Tai’s personal story (4:29)

-Symptoms that were signs of trouble (9:16)

-How does vision impact fight or flight? (13:25)

-Stress on the body from not using eyes properly (14:28)

-Vision as more than just what your eyes see (18:02)

-What is vision therapy? (19:30)

-Who benefits from vision therapy? (20:45)

-Vision’s role in ADD (23:04)

-Chronic inflammation affects brain and vision health (27:24)

-What else can we do to heal? (31:53)

-Being proactive in treating injuries (42:20)

-Protocol for a few exercises (47:02)

-Where can I find a vision therapist? (48:56)

-Conditions that may be helped by vision therapy (52:25)

-Vision therapy and stroke patients (55:05)

-Reducing eye strain when on screens (1:03:45)

-Myopia is not normal (1:07:10)

-Would reading glasses help? (1:09:36)

-Light sensitivity and how to help it (1:14:43)

-Dr. Tai’s family story about the tie between gut and vision (1:16:51)

-Where can I find out more about Dr. Tai (1:22:41)

Sep 21, 2018
#20: Depression and Trauma: Looking Beyond Medications

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Naim

Trauma comes in several forms and may be felt and held deeply in many different parts of the body. Whether it’s trauma experienced in childhood or a shock to the system from a car accident or act of violence, integrative psychiatrist Dr. Omid Naim, tells us “We can completely recover from trauma.” Did you hear that? We have hope.

Today, host of the Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru, sits down with Dr. Naim from Hope Integrative Psychiatry and La Maida Institute in Los Angeles, CA to discuss many topics that penetrate us to our cores. They discuss the nature of community and why it’s important, including how Dr. Naim has ditched his car and has become comfortable asking for rides from time to time. They also dig into the controversial topic of treating depression by using a variety of modalities - and digging into the root cause of the depression - rather than using medications alone or as the only option.

In this episode, we dive into:

-The importance of community and social connection (4:31)

-Sharing rides in a city that drives (7:54)

-What is integrative psychiatry? (13:27)

-A woman’s story of depression (17:45)

-The challenge of starting with meds first (25:42)

-Digging in to find the root of the problem (29:28)

-Dr. Omid’s approach with his patients (32:16)

-Integrative medicine is not the standard of care (36:15)

-The types of trauma (39:48)

-Tools to help release trauma (49:21)

-Daily routines that create new patterns (50:43)

-How can we connect with others in community (56:40)

-Where can I find Dr. Naim online? (1:01:57)

Sep 14, 2018
#19: The Keto Diet, Heart Health, and Alcohol with Dr. Will Cole

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Will Cole

If you’ve been wondering about the ketogenic diet and want to know if it’s really worth your time, effort, and discomfort in letting certain foods go, this interview with functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole will help you sort through it all. Our host of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru, sat down recently in LA with Dr. Will to get to the bottom of why a plant-heavy keto diet works well for improving metabolism, weight loss, and overall good health.

Are you still frightened by saturated fat? Do you think it will cause a heart condition? Dr. Will talks about that myth and also provides an in-depth look into the functional medicine tests that will be the true litmus test to know if you should be concerned about a heart condition or impending stroke. Get your pencil and paper handy!

Dhru and Dr. Will also cover much more in this podcast including the challenge a lot of people have with grains and legumes, how to empower your kids to eat well, and if and how much alcohol is OK. Are you curious? Tune in to listen!

In this episode, we dive into:

- Basics of the ketogenic diet (1:44)

-“Ketotarian”—what’s that? (3:32)

-Dr. Will’s diet journey (6:12)

-Health benefits Dr. Will sees in his patients (12:10)

-Will too much saturated fat cause a heart attack? (17:07)

-Dr. Will’s functional medicine tests for heart health (19:20)

-Fat and its impact on your brain (22:17)

-Eating grains and legumes and their challenges (25:55)

-What is metabolic syndrome? (29:04)

-A day in the life of Dr. Will Cole (31:24)

-Encouraging kids to eat well (34:19)

-Testing for ketones: should I do it regularly? (36:12)

-Are exogenous ketones helpful? (39:24)

-Tips to get back in alignment when you’ve gotten derailed (40:58)

-How long does it take to notice a difference on the ketotarian plan? (42:13)

-Will’s favorite keto recipes (43:47)

-The best keto sweetener options (45:34)

-Recommendations to help with gut repair (48:33)

-Yay or nay? Diet shortcuts and trends (53:50)

-What does “in moderation” really mean? (59:18)

-Where can I find Dr. Will Cole? (1:02:25)

Sep 06, 2018
#18: Uncovering Hidden Causes of Your Symptoms with Dr. Tom O'Bryan

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Tom O’Bryan

Dr. Tom O’Bryan, this week’s guest on The Broken Brain Podcast, is often found buried under scores of the latest scientific journal articles. Whether he is immersed in gluten sensitivity, leaky brain, effects of EMF, or molecular mimicry, you can be sure Dr. Tom has investigated it from all angles.

Have you ever thought about the electronics that are plugged in at your house—especially in your bedroom? One of Dr. Tom’s patients found that just unplugging her alarm clock stopped her seizures. What else is happening to us from the electromagnetic fields surrounding our televisions, computers, or iPhones? Learn more about what Dr. Tom has found that is happening to our brains from exposure to these fields.

Host of our podcast, Dhru Purohit, has a very lively discussion with Dr. Tom, who sees a real need for us to make changes now to improve our health. Dhru and Tom cover toxins that are impacting our brains, the four different immune systems in our bodies, molecular mimicry, and much more. There’s a lot to think about here, but as Tom says—if we commit to learning something new every week then we can take steps to improve our health.

In this episode, we dive into:

-Why write a book on brain health? (5:23)

-Dr. Tom’s Functional Medicine approach to health (9:46)

-The four pillars to consider for good health (12:05)

-Where do we start? (16:05)

-How do electronic devices impact us? (28:52)

-Toxins that cause brain issues (37:28)

-What is leaky brain? (41:17)

-No symptoms, no problems...right? (48:43)

-The mystery of molecular mimicry (56:01)

-Dr. Tom’s new book and a gift for listeners (1:11:40)

Aug 31, 2018
#17: Dental Dangers of Mercury, Root Canals, and Fluoride with Dr. Rouzita Rashtian

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Rouzita Rashtian

Your mouth is a part of the body that is often overlooked as the gateway to health problems. By educating ourselves, we can make better choices that will impact our health right now—and for years to come. The Broken Brain Podcast is a place where you can come to listen about any and all topics that impact your brain and your overall health.

Today, my partner and host of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru Purohit, talks to biological dentist and surgeon Dr. Rouzita Rashtian about topics that are controversial and misunderstood such as silver fillings, root canals, and fluoride.

What is really happening as you chew or grind your teeth that have silver fillings? When you kill the nerve in your tooth by doing a root canal, are you really removing the risk for future trouble, or are there other ways to treat persistent tooth pain? What about fluoride? Why does the ADA still promote fluoride usage even though we have data showing it’s a neurotoxin—and there is no developmental need for it?

In addition to these big topics, Dhru and Dr. Rashtian discuss the proper way to brush and floss, the deal on mouthwash, and if breastmilk from overnight feedings causes tooth decay.

In this episode, we dive into:

-Differences between a biological and conventional dentist (3:33)

-What are silver fillings made of? (7:55)

-What happens with silver fillings over time? (10:42)

-How to safely remove mercury fillings (16:43)

-Recommended filling materials (22:14)

-Dr. Rashtian’s dental path (26:20)

-Root canals - why are they done? (30:02)

-Alternatives to root canals (36:25)

-What to do after a root canal (40:57)

-Fluoride—what you need to know (48:04)

-Why is fluoride still used? (54:04)

-Is mouthwash helpful? (55:36)

-Nutrients for healthy teeth (1:00:38)

-Breastfeeding at night (1:03:50)

-Oil pulling (1:06:00)

-Flossing the right way (1:07:56)

-Working with Dr. Rashtian (1:12:00)

Aug 23, 2018
#16: Everything You Need to Know About Your Gut with Dr. Vincent Pedre

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Vincent Pedre

When you are stressed, did you know that your gut bacteria can change? Did you know that if you suffer from a Traumatic Brain Injury, even something as common as a concussion, within 30 minutes gut permeability increases? There are so many things that impact our gut that then can set off a cascade of events in our bodies. If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, IBS, or one of any number of conditions, you may want to turn to your gut first. It is called the second brain—for good reason—the gut can send signals and chemicals to change the health of your brain.

Dr. Vincent Pedre, gut guru and author of Happy Gut, talks with our Broken Brain Podcast host Dhru Purohit this week on the topic of gut health. They cover a wide range of fascinating topics from the simplest questions such as “Why is it called the gut?” to more complex topics like the role of butyrate in the gut to create new neural connections in the brain.

Dr. Pedre talks about how the gut and the brain are connected, the gut’s role in detoxification, how colon hydrotherapy works, and so much more!

In this episode, we dive into:

-Gut health 101 (3:11)

-Why do we call it the “gut”? (9:08)

-How Dr. Pedre healed himself of IBS (11:28)

-Then vs. now - new treatment protocols (17:41)

-How are the gut and the brain connected? (24:06)

-Detox through the gut (30:54)

-Colon hydrotherapy - is it a good idea? (33:43)

-Yoga and its stress relieving benefits (36:49)

-Dr. Pedre’s personal tips on keeping his gut healthy (39:47)

-Bacteria: increasing and building diversity (44:11)

-New and important gut information (49:24)

-What is the Gut C.A.R.E. Program? (57:47)

-Finding Dr. Pedre online (1:01:29)

Aug 16, 2018
#15: The Importance of Dental Care in Whole Body Health with Dr. Steven Lin

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Steven Lin

Have you noticed that some people can have a mouth full of cavities, while others don’t? Which category do you fall in? If you think that brushing and flossing alone will prevent cavities, you might be interested in hearing about the myriad of other ways we can have good oral health—and how a healthy mouth contributes to a healthy body.

Dr. Steven Lin sits down with host of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru Purohit, today to talk about functional dentistry. Just how is this different than conventional dentistry? You’ll find out in this podcast. Dhru and Dr. Lin also discuss the history of the development of our jaws, the ecosystem in our mouths, dangers of mouth breathing, what bleeding gums really mean, and many other fascinating topics.

In this episode, we dive into:

-The value of a smile (3:12)

-Development of our jaws (8:43)

-Dr. Lin’s personal story (12:34)

-Dental health is more than just brushing (16:29)

-What is functional dentistry? (19:24)

-Chronic disease starts in the mouth (23:18)

-The mouth’s ecosystem (28:01)

-Why does one person get cavities and another person doesn’t? (30:40)

-Breathing through your nose and your mouth (36:34)

-Sleep apnea and anxiety (40:34)

-Mouth taping (46:25)

-Nutrients to support a healthy mouth (50:40)

-Bleeding gums and the gut microbiome (54:23)

-Tongue exercises for digestive support (57:28)

-Where can I find a functional dentist? (1:00:43)

Aug 09, 2018
#14: My Personal Journey to Fixing My Brain with Dr. Mark Hyman

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Mark Hyman

As a practicing Functional Medicine doctor, you might be surprised to know that I got sick...really sick. I got so sick that I thought my brain had broken. I had brain fog and couldn’t remember my patients’ names; I was exhausted and just could not function. What I uncovered may surprise you. I’m sharing my story with you today because if you’re not feeling the best, there is hope you can turn your health around like I did.

We’re taking a short break from our regular Broken Brain Podcast episodes and sharing the full-length interview I did with Dhru for our Broken Brain documentary series. It will take you through all the details about how my health suffered and all the things I learned along the way. I will give you an in-depth look at how I healed and all the things you need to know about your own brain such as the importance of certain nutrients, how the brain changes, why chronic inflammation plays such a big role in disease, how toxins impact us, and much more.

In this episode, we dive into:

-Why I got sick (2:06)

-My healing process (7:00)

-How the body affects brain health (10:23)

-What’s the blood brain barrier? (12:04)

-The impact of chemical exposures (16:18)

-Exercise has profound effects on brain health (19:07)

-The new science of the brain—neuroplasticity (21:05)

-Sugar as a brain toxin (22:20)

-Dementia case study “Bud” (23:14)

-Abnormal aging in our culture (28:36)

-Hormones and the brain (34:49)

-Inflammation’s role in brain degeneration (36:12)

-The importance of fats (37:50)

-Nutrients critical for brain health (42:31)

-Learning through play at any age (44:32)

-The power of sleep (45:38)

Aug 03, 2018
#13: Meditation Takes You Deeper Than Sleep with Light Watkins

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Light Watkins

Why do people meditate? Is it because they need to de-stress—or is it because they want to work smarter and be more productive? It actually can be both and much more. Many benefits can’t even be measured. But, it is a common experience that if you meditate you will feel better; you’ll feel more relaxed, calmer, and focused.

Today, on The Broken Brain Podcast, host Dhru Purohit and expert meditation teacher and author Light Watkins have a deep discussion about the power of meditation in your life. Light and Dhru talk about the history of meditation, different meditation types (including the style Light teaches), and very practical tips on getting started.

Light explains why meditation elicits a relaxation response that is deeper than sleep, why it’s important to have your back supported and sit in a comfortable place, and how his community events called The Shine are wholesome places for people to come together to lift each other up.

In this episode, we dive into:

-What does successful meditation look like (1:48)

-The relaxation response that is deeper than sleep (9:30)

-Meditation types explained (15:25)

-What a consistent meditation practice offers (22:24)

-Steps to getting started (23:34)

-Light’s EASY meditation technique (26:44)

-What does it look like when Light meditates? (28:38)

-Fear of bringing up past trauma and pain while meditating (35:29)

-Real world benefits of meditating (40:30)

-Selling it all...Light reveals his new life (46:35)

-The Shine and bringing people together in real life (46:35)

-Making meditation a regular part of your life (1:02:56)

Jul 26, 2018
#12: Muscle: The Organ of Longevity with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Gabrielle Lyon

We use our muscles every day—from our brain to our quads—for the smallest and the biggest tasks. Muscles make up an impressive 45% of our body mass. Did you know that muscle is an endocrine organ and regulates metabolism? Did you know that using your muscles actually can help reduce systemic inflammation?

Today on The Broken Brain Podcast, Functional Medicine practitioner Dr. Gabrielle Lyon joins our host, Dhru Purohit, to talk about muscles and optimizing our body composition by eating protein, strength training, and more. Dr. Lyon specializes in muscle-centric medicine and works with her patients to fine-tune metabolism, balance hormones, and transform body composition.

If you want to learn all about protein, and what it can do for your muscles, how it can increase your energy, and increase your longevity, I hope you’ll tune in to our podcast.

In this episode, we dive into:

* Muscle: The organ of longevity (2:18)

* Obesogenic sarcopenia—what does that mean? (5:08)

* Brain and muscle health in the aging (8:13)

* Importance of maintaining muscle (10:18)

* Everything you need to know about protein (13:21)

* Sources of protein (15:58)

* Plant-based protein (18:04)

* Dr. Lyon’s personal daily diet (20:18)

* Aging healthfully (25:26)

* Building muscle—where to start? (27:51)

* How do I prioritize protein correctly in my daily diet? (32:55)

* Dr. Lyon’s favorite protein supplements (36:06)

* How can the right protein change my life? (37:43)

Jul 19, 2018
#11: Nutrition First, Practical Tools to Reduce Inflammation and Improve Brain Function with Dr. Elizabeth Boham

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Boham

If inflammation is implicated in so many diseases, then how do we know we have chronic inflammation? And, once we find out we do have it, how do we know where it’s coming from?

Dr. Elizabeth Boham is our guest this week on The Broken Brain Podcast with host and Broken Brain Executive Producer Dhru Purohit. Dr. Boham is the medical director of the Functional Medicine clinic, The UltraWellness Center, that I founded in Lenox, Massachusetts. She is a Functional Medicine trained physician and also a dietitian.

Dr. Boham devotes her life to helping people in a way that few others can—as a cancer survivor. And, because of her experience working through this disease and healing herself, she was the first person that Dhru turned to when his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now healthy, thriving, and cancer free, thanks to Dr. Boham and her compassion and guidance.

Dr. Boham also talks with Dhru about inflammation, including how to determine if you have it and places to look for it. She shares how she uses nutrition and other lifestyle modifications to turn her patients lives around every day, and so much more!

In this episode, we dive into:

  • How is the Functional Medicine approach different? (3:44)
  • Finding the root cause is a personal journey (7:24)
  • Why increasing movement is a must (10:23)
  • Moving beyond thoughts that hold you back (21:05)
  • Supporting older parents through lifestyle changes (23:28)
  • Practical tools to improve brain health (26:20)
  • Role of butyrates in health (28:42)
  • DHA and how it improves brain health (29:47)
  • Sugar’s impact on the brain (31:24)
  • The importance of sleep and how much we need (36:37)
  • All about inflammation (41:46)
  • What’s the gut’s place in inflammation? (48:07)
  • Nutrition as the first therapy (49:49)
  • Dr. Boham’s personal story with breast cancer (54:05)
  • Three things to do to improve your brain health (59:42)
Jul 12, 2018
#10: Rapid Biohacking, Rebuilding Our Brains and the Benefits of Time-Restricted Eating with Mike Mutzel

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Mike Mutzel

Have you, or a loved one, been on a destructive path, and wondered how on earth are things going to change? Our good friend and Functional Nutrition expert Mike Mutzel opens up for the first time here on The Broken Brain Podcast about his experience as a child and young person doing drugs, stealing, and being on a path that was going nowhere fast.

Mike shares with our host and executive producer of the Broken Brain docu-series, Dhru Purohit, how he pulled himself out of the deep dark hole of depression and turned his life around to be a Functional Nutrition scholar, interviewer extraordinaire, and social media master.

Dhru and Mike cover a wide range of topics in this episode including insulin and leptin resistance, why you want to reduce your body fat, the benefits of time-restricted eating, what plays a role in good health, and much, much more!

In this episode, we dive into:

  • What drugs do to your brain (2:50)
  • Mike’s life-shifting moments (9:54)
  • Who is Metabolic Mike? (12:05)
  • The detriment of insulin resistance (15:04)
  • Leptin’s role in health metabolism and insulin levels (17:50)
  • Reduce your fat, reduce your inflammation (24:17)
  • Skinny fat—why it’s just as dangerous (25:52)
  • Steps to pulling out of a negative cycle (28:05)
  • Benefits of time-restricted eating (31:48)
  • Safety of intermittent fasting through research (34:22)
  • Ketogenic diet - what is it and should I do it? (39:54)
  • Is there a best diet for everyone? (44:09)
  • What other factors play a role in good health? (46:56)
  • Gleaning information from Mike’s recent interviews (51:43)
  • Why would anyone want to be in discomfort? (59:49)
  • Raising healthy kids (1:04:37)
  • Let’s find Mike online (1:07:48)
Jul 06, 2018
#9: Genius Foods for your Brain with Max Lugavere

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Max Lugavere

What do you do when your mom’s health suddenly takes a nosedive and you don’t recognize the person you’ve known your whole life? If you are Max Lugavere, you drop everything and go on a mission, pouring through all the medical literature to put the pieces together about brain health in support of his mom, who has a rare form of dementia.

Our good friend, brain health researcher, and Broken Brain expert Max Lugavere joins host Dhru Purohit today on The Broken Brain Podcast. Dhru and Max really dig into what foods help your brain thrive like extra virgin olive oil, dark leafy greens, and eggs. They also share stories about the importance of sleep, community, and love.

It’s incredible how loved ones change our lives and inspire us to help others. Max is testament to this and wants to share all he’s learned with you.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • Max’s thoughts on a vegan diet (2:15)
  • What makes a scientific study trustworthy? (7:29)
  • Foods that help your brain thrive (13:00)
  • Max’s recipe for a brain healthy salad (17:13)
  • Benefits of bitter plant compounds (20:53)
  • Genius foods for your brain (22:23)
  • Which plays a bigger role—genes or diet? (26:48)
  • Which oils should we avoid and why (29:31)
  • Max’s inspiration: his mom (33:27)
  • Your brain on sugar (43:38)
  • What sources of research does Max recommend? (56:33)
  • Thoughts on food policy (1:00:16)
  • How important is community for health? (1:02:34)
  • Contemplating coconut oil as a healthy fat (1:04:45)
  • Optimizing brain health with sleep and love (1:08:24)
Jun 28, 2018
#8: Eating Well on a Budget and Tips for Cooking Healthy Meals Fast with Dr. Rupy Aujla

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Rupy Aujla

You’ve heard it said many times: Food is medicine. But, do we really understand how our day to day food choices can make or break our health? The good news is that there are people out there, like Dr. Rupy Aujla, who do, and who are passionate about the role of food in good health. And, he’s using his life to teach others—including the new generation of doctors—all about the healing power of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices.

Dr. Rupy Aujla, host of The Doctor’s Kitchen and Broken Brain docu-series expert speaker, explores the topic of food with Broken Brain Executive Producer Dhru Purohit in this recent episode of The Broken Brain Podcast. They cover everything from how food choices are contributing to sickness earlier in life to moving beyond barriers to healthy eating.

If you think healthy eating has to be time consuming, Dr. Rupy will share with you how he pulls together brightly colored meals in under ten minutes. Or, if you are on a budget, like so many of us, Dhru and Dr. Rupy talk about the true cost of eating organic fruits and vegetables.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • Using food as medicine: The grassroots movement (2:08)
  • Dr. Rupy’s journey to using food as medicine (3:32)
  • Why are we getting sicker at a younger age? (8:37)
  • Moving beyond barriers to healthy eating (15:46)
  • Tips for cooking healthy meals fast (17:02)
  • Eating well on a budget (20:57)
  • The real cost of organic fruits and vegetables (24:16)
  • Educating physicians in nutrition (27:31)
  • Research on food as an effective treatment (32:35)
  • Incorporating variety into everyday meals (34:34)
  • Improving brain health using food (39:47)
  • Tips for eating out at restaurants (47:18)
  • Dr. Rupy’s go-to 10-minute meals (50:54)
  • Practical ways to make a difference and be a role model (53:12)
Jun 21, 2018
#7: The Power of Dirt in Building a Healthy Brain and Microbiome with Dr. Maya Shetreat

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Maya Shetreat

In our 7th episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Broken Brain Executive Producer Dhru Purohit and Dr. Maya Shetreat—dirt expert, neurologist, and Functional Medicine practitioner—talk about the role of dirt and microbes in the body. In this discussion, you’ll learn all about hormesis, how small stresses actually stimulate the body to become more resilient. Plus, Dr. Shetreat talks about many ways to get your children outside (let them play in dirt...let them eat some dirt!) and the importance of a whole body approach to health that includes the physical, emotional, and spiritual.

This episode is packed with tips for parents and caregivers to cultivate a healthy microbiome in little people. Even if you’re not caring for little ones, you’ll be encouraged to put down your phone and take a walk in the woods.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • Dirt and the instinct to be sanitary (1:27)
  • Fearing dirt and bacteria (4:38)
  • Implications of a sterile environment (7:57)
  • Steps to a healthy microbiome (11:15)
  • Hormesis: Small stresses that are good for us (15:35)
  • Encouraging loved ones to get outside (22:25)
  • Fear of independent play (26:52)
  • Dr. Shetreat’s approach with patients (34:08)
  • How to create change in your daily life (41:02)
  • What whole body health looks like (49:39)
  • Dr. Shetreat’s inspiration and resources (51:50)
Jun 14, 2018
#6: Healing After a Brain Injury and Tips for Protecting your Brain with Dr. Titus Chiu

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Titus Chiu

In this sixth episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Executive Producer of Broken Brain and host of this podcast, Dhru Purohit, talks to our friend Dr. Chiu about his approach to brain health and recovery from brain injuries. You’ll hear about his personal story, what happens to your brain when it’s injured, why there is a gut-brain connection, which diet is best for brain health, and so much more.

If you are interested in learning about the best approach to healing after a brain injury, or just how to protect your brain in day-to-day life, check out this informative podcast.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • Dr. Chiu’s life-changing accident (2:47)
  • What is root cause neurology? (8:08)
  • The complexity of brain injuries (10:50)
  • Breakdown in neural networks (18:10)
  • Diet and brain repair (23:32)
  • How to give your brain a break (30:44)
  • Sports and brain injuries (36:13)
  • Neuroinflammation and gut-brain connection (41:02)
  • Tips for protecting your brain (45:33)
  • High-tech and low-tech healing modalities (53:02)
  • Diet for brain health (56:20)
  • Dr. Chiu’s book Brain Save! and where to find him (1:04:55)
Jun 08, 2018
#5: Ayurvedic Practices to Promote a Healthy Brain and Body with Dr. Akil Palanisamy

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Akil Palanisamy

In our fifth Broken Brain Podcast, our Broken Brain executive producer Dhru Purohit sits down with the author of The Paleovedic Diet and Functional Medicine practitioner, Dr. Akil Palanisamy (“Dr. Akil”) to talk about the ways in which Ayurvedic practices can promote a healthy brain and body.

Dr. Akil covers many helpful Ayurvedic topics, like what spices to include in your “Kitchen Pharmacy”, the connection between the gut and brain, if dairy is the right choice for you, social connection, and much more. Dr. Akil also shares his recipe for Saffron and Turmeric Spiced Milk.

In this fifth episode, we dive into:

  • Dr. Akil’s personal health crisis (2:05)
  • Ayurveda and its effect on brain health (4:31)
  • 13 spices in your “Kitchen Pharmacy” (6:01)
  • Alzheimer’s in India (7:57)
  • Ayurvedic practices to help strong digestion (11:12)
  • Dairy - friend or foe? (16:11)
  • Brain inflammation or “leaky brain” (18:20)
  • Improve your health with social connection (24:00)
  • The MIND diet (26:30)
  • Tips to get started to improve your health (31:20)
  • Ayurvedic mind and body practices (33:18)
  • Resources to help you go deeper into Ayurvedic Medicine (37:24)

and much more!

Jun 01, 2018
#4: Increase your Creativity, Imagination, and Well-Being with Dr. Deanna Minich

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Deanna Minich

In our fourth episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dr. Minich and host Dhru Purohit discuss the relationship between food and mood, and how what you eat can increase your creativity, curiosity, imagination, and well being. Improving your day to day life could be as easy as adding colorful foods to your shopping cart the next time you go grocery shopping.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • How food changes your mood (2:00)
  • Tying phytonutrients in foods to body functions (11:59)
  • What do the colors in foods mean? (14:00)
  • Foods, neurotransmitters, and brain health (18:18)
  • Getting out of a food rut with a diverse diet (29:37)
  • Do you have food sensitivities? (32:42)
  • Essential fatty acids and inflammation impact on the brain (44:20)
  • Moving beyond food: more ideas to support a healthy brain (49:56)
May 24, 2018
#3: Biohacking for Better Health: Intermittent Fasting, Ketogenic Diet and Lab Testing with Robin Berzin

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Robin Berzin

Dr. Robin Berzin, Founder and CEO of Parsley Health, sits down today in our third Broken Brain Podcast to talk to Broken Brain Executive Producer and my CEO, Dhru Purohit, about the pros and cons of these dietary approaches, plus functional lab testing that can provide inflammatory markers, and so much more.

Dr. Berzin also goes in depth into what biohacking is—which she describes as “principles and practices to help achieve optimal health”—and shares with you her favorite biohacks.

If you’ve been curious about functional lab testing and which tests to ask your doctor for, this is a great podcast for you to listen to! There are many other pearls of wisdom that you can incorporate into your life right now to improve your health, or feel even better than you already do.

Dr. Berzin has a gift for explaining complicated health issues in simple ways, so that they become easy-to-understand, approachable, and even interesting. When we take the fear factor out of health, amazing things can happen.

In this episode, we dive into:

* The “how to’s” of intermittent fasting (1:38)

* Ketogenic diet—good or bad? (8:17)

* Biohacking for better health (15:50)

* Functional lab testing and biomarkers (29:48)

* Community and our health (40:31)

* Parsley’s practice model (47:05)

May 17, 2018
#2: The Life-Changing Benefits of Meditation with Emily Fletcher

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Emily Fletcher

This week the executive producer of Broken Brain, Dhru, talks to Emily about how meditation can be life-changing. A regular practice can literally change the chemistry and biology of your brain as well as positively affect your relationships and your work. We’ll learn how meditation can actually give you time back, how it relaxes your central nervous system, can reduce effects of jet lag, is very helpful to new parents, and much more.

Topics Covered

* Why do we have a love/hate relationship with meditation? (2:16)

* All about Emily and her meditation journey (5:04)

* How does meditation help us manage stress? (9:52)

* The financial and emotional cost of stress (13:50)

* Why don’t people meditate? (15:46)

* The difference between mindfulness and meditation (18:40)

* Emily’s work with Dr. Hyman (24:22)

* Finding what matters in our lives using meditation (28:48)

* What does meditation look like for Emily? (36:25)

* Results and when to expect them (40:45)

Teaching kids meditation (47:52)

The science behind how meditation impacts brain health (50:12)

May 11, 2018
#1: Simple Changes to Improve Health through Food, Movement, Sleep, and Relaxation with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

Host: Dhru Purohit

Guest: Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

Dhru Purohit, executive producer of Broken Brain, sits down with our good friend and Functional Medicine colleague Dr. Rangan Chatterjee of BBC’s Doctor in the House to talk about how food, mood, sleep, and relaxation can be applied to conditions that affect brain health, such as anxiety.

Dr. Chatterjee has a deeply personal conversation with Dhru about his son’s health, how lifestyle contributes to chronic disease, and gives many tips on how to go from feeling sick to feeling fantastic. This is a conversation you won’t find anywhere else!

May 06, 2018