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July 2, 2020
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 appFor 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/. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
July 1, 2020
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 work2) The addiction to certainty and avoiding the unknown3) The addiction to being let down, and expecting the worst in others4) The addiction to blame and criticism5) And most importantly, the addiction to being hard on yourselfFor 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.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
June 29, 2020
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 BirthFor 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/. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
June 25, 2020
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.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 and Four Sigmatic.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.A new part of my morning ritual that I’ve really been loving is drinking Four Sigmatic’s Ground Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane and Chaga, instead of grabbing a regular cup of coffee. It gives me a ton of energy but also helps me feel calm and focused at the same time. I also find it’s way more gentle on my gut.All Four Sigmatic products are organic, vegan, and gluten-free. Every single batch is tested in a third-party lab for heavy metals, allergens, bad bacteria, yeasts, molds, mycotoxins, and pesticides, to check for purity and safety. And no worries if you don’t love it - Four Sigmatic has a 100% Money-Back Guarantee.I’m excited to share an exclusive offer with you from Four Sigmatic, just for Broken Brain listeners. From now through June 28th, Four Sigmatic is having their biggest sale of the year with savings up to 50% off. Plus Broken Brain listeners receive an extra 20% off with code BRAIN. To take advantage of this great deal go to foursigmatic.com/BRAIN or use code BRAIN at checkout. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
June 24, 2020
Text Me! I'd love to hear from you: (302) 200-5643- - - -For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here.- - - -Acceptance Excerpt Eckhart Tolle: taken from A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's PurposeWhatever 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.For example, you probably won’t be able to enjoy changing the flat tire on your car at night in the middle of nowhere and in pouring rain, let alone be enthusiastic about it, but you can bring acceptance to it. Performing an action in the state of acceptance means you are at peace while you do it. That peace is a subtle energy vibration which then flows into what you do. On the surface, acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it is active and creative because it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, that subtle energy vibration, is consciousness, and one of the ways in which it enters this world is through surrendered action, one aspect of which is acceptance. If you can neither enjoy or bring acceptance to what you do – stop. Otherwise, you are not taking responsibility for the only thing you can really take responsibility for, which also happens to be one thing that really matters: your state of consciousness. And if you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
June 22, 2020
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.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
June 18, 2020
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. Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your join request here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
June 16, 2020
New Big Idea Tuesday!5 Key Things I Tell Everyone Looking to Start a New BusinessDid you like this episode? Text me! 302-200-5643 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
June 15, 2020
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. Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your join request here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
June 11, 2020
“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. This episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Thrive MarketI 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
June 10, 2020
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 communicationNumber 2: Complaining instead of opening upNumber 3: SarcasmNumber 4: Withholding or not expressing constructive feedbackNumber 5: Withholding or not expressing gratitudeSelf-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.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your join request here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
June 8, 2020
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
June 4, 2020
“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 RoachThree resources mentioned in the intro; take the time to educate, learn, and share.Revisionist History Presents: The Limits of Powerhttps://play.acast.com/s/revisionisthistory/a88da1fe-a466-11ea-8510-13f0c0c47fa5Tulsa Race Riotshttps://www.instagram.com/p/CA6G1CtFoQ-/Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracisthttps://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
June 1, 2020
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-OptimismThough 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. Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by our partnership with the AquaTru Water Filter. To get exclusive access to this deal visit www.brokenbrain.com/filter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 28, 2020
"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. Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by our partnership with the AquaTru Water Filter. To get exclusive access to this deal visit www.brokenbrain.com/filter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 27, 2020
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.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your join request here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/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) 335-6565. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 25, 2020
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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 21, 2020
“May I be truly happyMay I be free from sufferingMay I be truly well in body, mind, and heartAnd 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.comBe 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.This episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Thrive MarketI 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. Thrive Market makes my life so much easier, I know you’ll love it as much as I do. Just go to thrivemarket.com/brokenbrain, sign up, and start filling up your cart - you’ll see the credit automatically deducted at checkout. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 21, 2020
There’s our “calling”, and then there’s 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?”This sounds like a big question, and it is, but the answer is simple.Talk to people you look up to, read the accounts of people you admire and you’ll see a pattern. The underlying theme that drives them, their calling, isn’t some long, drawn out purpose statement. It’s often a simple sentence or two.The other thing you’ll notice is that their calling is not a definition of what they do for a living. Their calling might be related to what they do, but it isn’t the title on their business card.How we put our calling to use is what I call “the expression of our calling.” The expression is where things get sophisticated. The expression is where our skill meets our passion. The expression is the outward execution of our internal calling.Oprah’s calling is to teach, and 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, from what I’ve read, was always there, even from a young age. The mission in her life was to get better and better at expressing and executing that calling.When I hear smart people say “I haven’t found my calling yet” I question their statement. Is it really that they haven’t found their calling? Or is it that they’re still working on how to express their calling? It could be both, to me it more often feels like the latter.Sometimes people think their calling is too simple. They think it needs to sound fancier or more complicated than it is. I know I used to feel this way.Growing up my dad placed a lot of importance on family and community. He taught me the same thing his dad taught him: at the end of the day it’s the relationships around us that make life rich. From a young age the thing I looked forward to the most was spending time with my family, especially my twenty-plus cousins. It didn’t matter if we were just sitting around the house, washing dishes, or doing homework, when I was with my cousins I felt like life was full. They got me and I got them. We had our our parents and grandparents to thank for creating that culture of support.As I grew up and realized how lucky I was to have the family I do, I also realized that I could bring the same lessons of support that I learned from my family to my larger community. I started building websites and hosting events for different groups that I was involved with. Groups like meditation clubs, people interested in wellness, and cultural groups too. The hope was that the skill of caring I learned from my family would bring these communities closer together. And it worked fantastically! When I brought groups closer together, in my unique way, people felt more supported and all sorts of deep friendships formed.One day, at an event I was hosting, someone asked me what my calling was. Without really thinking about it I just quickly replied back, “I think it has something to do with bringing community together.” Whoa! The speed of my answer kind of shocked me. It seemed so obvious and yet, after thinking about it a little more, it also seemed way too simple. I mean… bringing people together… is that even a calling?Bringing community together, that’s my calling. Who gives a shit if it sounds too simple. A calling isn’t something someone else picks for you. It’s something you pick for yourself. It’s your answer to the question, “Why am I here?” My answer to that question is simple, I’m here to build community.One day a friend asked me if being the co-founder and ceo of a wellness company is my calling. I told him it wasn’t. He looked a little confused and followed up with, “When do you think you’ll start living your calling?” I told him he was confused, I was living my calling.Being founder of a company isn’t my calling, but it does allow my calling to express itself. I love building community and through my companies I’ve had the opportunity to connect a lot of people. My business partners and I have brought a team together that really cares about each other. And that same team has helped build a world wide community of thousands of people who have similar values. Best of all, we’re having a blast doing it.I like talking about wellness, I like helping people get healthy, I’m good at business, but these things aren’t my calling. They’re all just part of the expression. I had to get good at them to allow my calling to unfold.Today when I talk about my love for building community it can seem obvious to others. But it’s only obvious in their minds because they think I’m successful. Translation, they see me making good money doing what I’m doing and they think I must have it figured out.If I can claim that I have anything figured out it’s this: don’t doubt your calling.I’ve known that building community was my calling for at least 15+ years now. When I was younger, I felt it, but as I grew older I found the words to express it.Even when I was making hardly any money and felt totally confused about what to do in life, I always knew what my calling was. I just didn’t know how it was going to express itself.And who knows how it will express itself in the years to come. Anytime I feel anxious about the future I remind myself that it’s not my job to worry about what may or may not happen. No, that’s a waste of time.My job, the number one most important thing for me 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 my own limiting beliefs. 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May 18, 2020
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.. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 14, 2020
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.This episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Parsley Health:Parsley Health goes a level deeper than conventional medicine. Their doctors assess your health risk factors with advanced diagnostics, and create a whole-body plan to treat and resolve chronic illness and persistent health issues. They personalize your care and guide you through diet, supplements, nutritional therapy, and exercise to achieve optimal health. Schedule a consult call today to learn how Parsley Health can help improve your persistent health issue. Mention Broken Brain to get one month free (up to $150 value). https://www.parsleyhealth.com/brokenbrain/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 12, 2020
Let's keep in touch! Follow me and say hi on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dhrupurohit/Today's topic: 3 Important Truths About Changing Other People inspired by this post: https://www.instagram.com/p/B6-6NNylKU8/Three Big Ideas1) People rarely change, and when they do it’s on their time line 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 change. But do it first by dropping your judgement of them4) Set Boundaries: When you 100% accept someone for where they are right now, you can be 1000% clear with them what works and doesn't work for you!⁣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) 335-6565. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 11, 2020
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 7, 2020
“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 WestFeaturing Evan SpiegelFeaturing Inky JohnsonFeaturing Dabo SwinneyFeaturing Nick NurseFeaturing Zach Bush, MDThis episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Thrive MarketI 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. Thrive Market makes my life so much easier, I know you’ll love it as much as I do. Broken Brain Podcast fans get an exclusive special $20 credit on their first order for new members. 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 5, 2020
“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: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.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.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!Links:*What is Negativity Bias?: https://www.verywellmind.com/negative-bias-4589618Negativity Bias and Kids: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3652533/pdf/nihms275010.pdf5 Minute Journal: https://www.intelligentchange.com/products/the-five-minute-journalDhru's Instagram Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/B63MX3_FR8C/Steven Pressfield Quote: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_0HCVhlasT/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) 335-6565. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 4, 2020
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:BooksReady, Fire, Aim by Michael MastersonInfluence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert CialdiniOpportunity: How to Win in Business and Create a Life You Love by Eben PaganAtomic Habits by James ClearThe War of Art by Steven PressfieldPrinciples by Ray DalioDocumentariesBecoming Warren BuffetFantastic FungiMarjoe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
April 30, 2020
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
April 28, 2020
- - - - - - Text Me! (302) 335-6565- - - - - - No matter how destructive our patterns are, there’s one thing worth remembering: There’s a reason we keep our patterns alive. There’s always something in it for us.What's in it for us when we're hard on ourselves? That's what we discuss in today's podcast!Links Mentioned* Article from Current Psychiatry 2016* Realistic Optimist Graphic | Original Article* https://self-compassion.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) 335-6565. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
April 27, 2020
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 23, 2020
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 20, 2020
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 18, 2020
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 16, 2020
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 15, 2020
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 15, 2020
Big Idea TuesdayTwo Big Ideas on Goal Setting During Quarantine1) The Power of Time Blocking2) The One Thing ApproachFor 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) 335-6565. Here is the Instagram post that inspired today’s podcast. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 13, 2020
“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. 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 9, 2020
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 wellbeing (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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 6, 2020
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 our 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 our immune system.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks with the father of Functional Medicine, Jeff Bland Ph.D. 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. Dr. Bland earned dual degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and completed his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Oregon. 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, the difference between being a certain age, and being that certain age plus being at higher risk for contracting or experiencing complications from COVID-19. They 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 Plan on Instagram here.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 2, 2020
“Learned fear can be overcome When you realize the voice inside your head Is not yoursIt’s an imitation of the voices from beforeRepeating on a loop inside your quiet coreAnd you can’t tell the differenceCause it sounds the sameBut trust me when I tell youMost of what you thinkIs from somebody else’s brain”-IN-QOn 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 31, 2020
All this week we are sharing special episodes (some old, some new) to help our community navigate these challenging times.Today's episode is 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.comLastly, here is a bonus gift from Dr. Rosenberg: https://drjoanrosenberg.com/gift. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 30, 2020
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: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. Remember that crises can actually be opportunities to understand how better to prepare for them.When emergencies happen, step into the moment and learn from them.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.For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. Check out his website https://dhrupurohit.com/. You can also text Dhru at (302) 335-6565. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 30, 2020
Financial anxiety is one of the top reasons for chronic stress, but it doesn't have to be.In today's episode we chat with Christopher Girbés, Certified Financial Planner and Partner Advisor at Advice Period, about the details of the Coronavirus Relief Bill, The CARES Act and 4 big ideas that will help you in the short and long term with financial anxiety.Contact Chris:* Chris on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrisgirbes/* Chris's email: chris.girbes@adviceperiod.comBooks:* Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey - https://www.amazon.com/Total-Money-Makeover-Classic-Financial/dp/1595555277/* I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi - https://www.amazon.com/Will-Teach-You-Be-Rich/dp/B07QR7GYF7/For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. Check out his website https://dhrupurohit.com/. You can also text Dhru at (302) 335-6565. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 26, 2020
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.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 19, 2020
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.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 18, 2020
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.Are you constantly worrying about letting others down?Is it extremely hard for you to speak up about what you want and don’t want?Do you feel guilty pursuing your goals and dreams?Do you please others to avoid short-term pain, but underestimate the pain of living a life of regret?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.For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. Check out his website https://dhrupurohit.com/. You can also text Dhru at (302) 335-6565. Read Dr. Mark Hyman’s blog post about COVID-19 here. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 12, 2020
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 10, 2020
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.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) 335-6565. 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/ For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 5, 2020
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 Alzhiemer’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 Alzhemier’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.
March 3, 2020
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 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 till 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) 335-6565. 
February 27, 2020
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. 
February 25, 2020
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.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣When people say, “I’m so confused, I don’t know what I want,” they are really saying 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, 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. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣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. ⁣⁣⁣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) 335-6565. 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.
February 20, 2020
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.
February 13, 2020
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. 
February 11, 2020
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)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) 335-6565. 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. 
February 6, 2020
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.
February 5, 2020
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-upStep 2) Go on “dates”Step 3) Go where your tribe is / go where people growStep 4) The power of making and asking for introductionsStep 5) Creating rituals and why they matterFor 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) 335-6565. Here is the Cigna study and the Loneliness and the Flu study that Dhru mentioned in the episode. 
January 30, 2020
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.
January 28, 2020
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)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) 335-6565. Here is the Instagram post that inspired today’s podcast. 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/.
January 23, 2020
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 thephysical 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.
January 21, 2020
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)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) 335-6565. You can find Jerry Colonna’s book, Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up, right here. 
January 16, 2020
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.
January 14, 2020
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 302-335-6565Today's Episode: 4 Ways to Break Free of the Cycle of Comparison1) Understand the Pendulum Concept2) How to catch yourself early using the Falling Still method3) Create Clarity and unplugging from the matrix4) Focusing on momentum, not just goalsFollow Dhru on Social Media:https://www.instagram.com/dhrupurohit/https://www.facebook.com/DHRUxPUROHIT/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBnLhz50WZAvsF4S72xtESA
January 7, 2020
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. 
January 2, 2020
Happy New year! Text me today at (302) 335-6565In 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)For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruXpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit.By the way! Text Me: (302) 335-6565
December 26, 2019
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. 
December 19, 2019
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
December 17, 2019
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 Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. 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.
December 13, 2019
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. 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/.
December 5, 2019
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.
November 28, 2019
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.
November 26, 2019
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. 
November 21, 2019
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
November 14, 2019
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.
November 7, 2019
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)For more on Dr. Erik Won, be sure to follow him on Instagram @braintreatmentcenter, and on Facebook @braintreatmentcenter. Check out his website https://braintreatmentcenter.com. If you are a member of the Special Operations Forces you can access this treatment for free. Learn more here: https://braintreatmentcenter.com/initiatives/sofDisclaimer: Patient response varies from individual and is case by case. Some patients may have no response to treatment. Consult with your physician.
October 31, 2019
For much of human history friendship was about survival. No one, no matter how strong or independent they were, could live life alone.⁣ So we invested in our village, in our community in our tribe and developed friendships because we needed to. It was a part of our existence.⁣⁣Today, most of us aren’t reliant on friends for daily survival. Our basic needs can be met through the efforts of a lot of people who we aren’t directly connected to. We still need people to grow food for us and keep the lights on, but these people aren’t individuals who we have a direct relationship with.⁣ That’s why we’re seeing more isolation in the Western world, because technically, we don’t “need” each other to survive on a daily basis.⁣But just because you might not need a friend to help you fetch water or grow food or build a house doesn’t mean you don’t need friends to thrive! Thriving in life means having deep and meaningful friendships that have your back and help you live a life of purpose, courage, creativity, and resilience.⁣⁣On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, we are sharing an interview with our host, Dhru Purohit, who was interviewed by our dear friend, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee on his podcast, Feel Better, Live More. 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 Best-Sellers, Clean Gut and Clean Eats, and helped launch the global “clean eating” revolution by co-founding The Clean Program.  In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Rangan Chatterjee talk about how the bigger your goals and dreams are the more you need friendships that have your back and help you thrive in life.⁣ They discuss why making friends is more difficult as an adult and why this is a particular problem for men—a fifth of whom say they don’t have any close friends. They also talk about why having friendships outside of our intimate relationship is essential, and how to create deeper, more meaningful friendships. In this episode, we dive into:-Why Dhru is so passionate about friendship (2:15)-How friendships are connected to every area of our life (5:02)-The epidemic of loneliness (6:33)-The impact of touch (12:32)-The importance of an opt-out event (24:44)-What to do if you don’t have any good close friends (41:28)-The foundation of an incredible relationship (59:25)-Fear of being a burden (1:01:24)-How to make time for friendships when you have a really busy life (1:11:40)-Dhru’s book recommendations (1:36:06)For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. Below are the book recommendations that Dhru made during the interview:-Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz-Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, by Seth Godin-The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert, by John GottmanLastly, below are links to the interviews Dhru recommends from Dr. Chatterjee’s podcast Feel Better, Live More:-How Our Childhood Shapes Every Aspect of Our Health with Dr. Gabor Mate-Stress - The Health Epidemic of the 21st Century with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee-Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression with Johann Hari Part 1-Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression with Johann Hari Part 2
October 24, 2019
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.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Robin Berzin, 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. 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. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Robin Berzin dive deep into the topic of acne. They talk about the gut-skin connection and what role our gut health plays when it comes to acne. They discuss why conventional acne treatments don’t actually work, and often end up doing more harm, and how to treat acne without medication. They 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. In this episode, we dive into:-Dr. Berzin shares her personal struggle with acne (2:09)-The most common underlying causes of acne (5:31)-The connection between gut health and skin issues (15:45) -The problem with topical antibiotics (25:55) -How omega-6 fatty acids may have a direct impact on acne development (27:56)-The connection between hormones and acne (38:55) -How cosmetics and personal care products alter your skin’s microbiota (45:39)-Lab testing for skin issues (58:03)-The problem with food sensitivity testing (1:01:32)-Learn more about Dr. Robin Berzin and her work (1:12:32)For more on Dr. Robin Berzin, be sure to follow her on Instagram @robinberzinmd, on Facebook @robinberzinmd, and on Twitter @robinberzinmd. Learn more about Parsley Health's new LA Flagship at: https://www.parsleyhealth.com/la and their national services at https://www.parsleyhealth.com/online-doctor.
October 17, 2019
When you look into just about every health problem that we face in the world today—anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive problems, hormone imbalances, diabetes, heart disease, or autoimmune conditions—they are all inflammatory in nature or have an inflammatory component. But inflammation starts brewing in the body long before these diseases become noticeable, not to mention diagnosable. By the time a health problem is advanced enough to be officially diagnosed, inflammation has typically already caused significant damage to the body.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Will Cole, a leading Functional Medicine expert who consults people around the world via webcam and locally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing health programs for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal dysfunctions, digestive disorders, and brain problems. Dr. Cole was named one of the top fifty Functional Medicine and integrative doctors in the nation and is a health expert for mindbodygreen and goop. Dr. Cole is the author of the book, Ketotarian in which he melds the powerful benefits of a ketogenic diet with a plant-based one. His new book, The Inflammation Spectrum, was just released. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Will Cole talk about why inflammation plagues so many people and how to create awareness to address this issue. They discuss how inflammation tends to develop in eight primary systems in the body, and how someone can identify where inflammation is rooted in their body and where they are on the inflammation spectrum. They also talk about how to design a personalized food and lifestyle plan to alleviate the effects of inflammation and optimize your health. For more on Dr. Will Cole, be sure to follow him on Instagram @drwillcole, on Facebook @doctorwillcole, on Twitter @drwillcole, and on YouTube @drwillcole. Check out his podcast, The goop Fellas, here, and check out his website https://drwillcole.com. You can order his new book, The Inflammation Spectrum, right here. Also, below are links to some of Dr. Cole’s favorite interviews from his own podcast The goop Fellas:Being Rob LoweWhy Relationships Fail with Terry RealWhen We Stop Filling The Void with Melissa Hartwig Urban
October 10, 2019
We are living in the middle of a stress epidemic. The World Health Organization calls stress “the health epidemic of the twenty-first century.” Common complaints such as low libido, anxiety, poor memory, the inability to concentrate, and many gut problems seem completely unrelated, but often have stress as a root cause. The way we’re living our modern lifestyle is causing us a lot of problems. We think we can get away with burning the candle at both ends forever, but the reality is very different.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, one of the most influential doctors in the UK who wants to change how medicine will be practiced for years to come. He hosts the biggest health podcast in Europe, Feel Better, Live More, which Apple has announced as one of the most downloaded new podcasts of the past year. He is known for finding the root cause of people's health problems, and he has highlighted his methods in the groundbreaking BBC television show, Doctor in the House, which has been shown in over 70 countries around the world. His first book, How to Make Disease Disappear, is an international bestseller, his most recent book, the #1 bestseller, The Stress Solution, tackles what the WHO calls the health epidemic of our time—stress. Dr. Chatterjee’s mission is to help 100 million people feel fantastic by restoring them to optimal health.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Chatterjee talk about practical solutions and simple interventions to help you destress and reset your life, and how implementing small changes to your routine can reduce or completely eradicate stress. They discuss the importance of prioritizing regular breaks and setting boundaries around personal time. They also talk about the power of human touch and why scheduling regular time with your family and friends is essential to our health. In this episode, we dive into:-The importance of a morning routine (3:06) -The 3M’s: Mindfulness, Movement, and Mindset (4:40)-Micro and macro stress doses and your personal stress threshold (19:07)-How stress is a key driver in overall blood sugar levels (25:10)-How your environment impacts your health (40:11)-The power of human touch on our health and stress levels (44:37)-The 3D greeting to create meaningful connection (58:52)-The importance of regular downtime (1:08:50)-The framework for finding meaning and purpose in your life (1:14:40)-Learn more about Dr. Rangan Chatterjee and his work (1:42:44)For more on Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, be sure to follow him on Instagram @drchatterjee, on Facebook @drchatterjee, on Twitter @drchatterjeeuk, and on YouTube @drchatterjee. Check out his podcast, Feel Better, Live More, here, and check out his website https://drchatterjee.com. You can order his new book, The Stress Solution, right here.Also, below are links to the podcast interviews Dr. Chatterjee mentioned in the interview from his own podcast Feel Better, Live More:-How Our Childhood Shapes Every Aspect of Our Health with Dr. Gabor Mate-Stress - The Health Epidemic of the 21st Century with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee-Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression with Johann Hari Part 1-Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression with Johann Hari Part 2
October 3, 2019
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.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dave Asprey, founder and 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. In this episode, Dhru and Dave talk about how he is on a mission to prove that humans can live to 180 in this lifetime, and not just live, but really thrive, by avoiding disease, having better sex, and supercharging our brain-power. They also talk about the Seven Pillars of Aging that contribute to degeneration and diseases, and how simple interventions like diet, sleep, exercise, and little-known but powerful hacks from ozone therapy to light therapy, can decelerate cellular aging and help your body’s ability to heal and rejuvenate.In this episode, we dive into:-Why Dave’s goal is to live to 180 (2:33)-The real cause of balding and hair loss (5:46)-The biggest fear around aging (10:47)-The four things that will most likely kill us as we age (30:37)-The benefits of ozone therapy (34:42)-Dave’s story and the key pillars that were aging him and making him sick (39:23)-The 7 Pillars of Aging (48:50)-How our environment affects how we age (53:07)-The anti-aging benefits of light therapy (59:27)-The most important investment you should make when it comes to your health (1:03:13)-Learn more about Dave and his work (1:15:40) For more on Dave Asprey, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dave.asprey, on Facebook @bulletproofexecutive, on Twitter @bulletproofexec, and on YouTube @bulletproof. Check out his podcast, Bulletproof Radio, here, and check out his website https://daveasprey.com. You can order his new book, Super Human, right here. 
October 1, 2019
Is there something that you’re dreaming about—that you would love to share with the world, but maybe you’re afraid to give a voice to it because you’re not sure how it will turn out, what others will think, or how you can make money doing something that you truly love? 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 best-selling 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. Lugavere 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 steps it takes to build your career in the wellness space, and how to put out content that is true to you. They also talk about the lessons he learned from putting out award winning documentaries, New York Times best-selling books, and a #1 ranked health podcast.In this episode, we dive into:-Max’s background story (4:30) -What inspired Max to create a documentary on the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases (14:10)-How to move through imposter syndrome (27:34)-How to find your voice (34:08)-How Max funded his first documentary (41:43)-How to financially support yourself when you are first starting out on your entrepreneurship journey (52:40) -How Max’s documentary ended up on the Dr. Oz show (1:09:02)-How to write a book proposal (1:26:04)-The process of writing a book (1:29:38)-How to pitch a podcast (1:37:45)-How to make a living in the field you are passionate about (1:46:10)For more on Max Lugavere, be sure to follow him on Instagram @maxlugavere, on Facebook @maxlugavere, on Twitter @maxlugavere, and on YouTube @maxlugavere. Check out his podcast, The Genius Life, here, and check out his website https://www.maxlugavere.com. You can order his book, Genius Foods, right here. His new book, The Genius Life: Heal Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Become Extraordinary, will be released March 2020.
September 26, 2019
Each of us is born with a unique set of gifts, talents, and strengths that we’re put on earth to express and contribute. When you hold back from sharing yourself and your gifts, you’re stealing from those who need you most. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Marie Forleo, a born-and-raised Jersey girl with nothing more than passion, a laptop, and a dream. 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 multipassionate go-getters from all walks of life how to dream big and back it up with daily action to create results.  In this episode, Dhru and Marie talk about how if you're having trouble solving a problem or making a dream happen, the problem isn't you, it's not that you're not hardworking, intelligent or deserving, but that you haven't yet installed the one key belief that will change everything — everything is figureoutable. They discuss the three most common excuses that derail us and how to reframe our thinking around it. They also talk about the importance of starting before you are ready, and how to turn fear into productive, creative fuel. In this episode, we dive into:-Where the phrase Everything is Figureoutable came from (6:49)-How to change the beliefs that hold you back (15:21)-The three rules of the Everything is Figureoutable philosophy (17:56)-The two destructive thoughts that will derail you from new opportunities (23:14)-How to shift your mindset around failure (39:17)-Why you should start before you’re ready (44:31)-How to create a support system when you don’t have one (47:15)-How to reframe your thinking around excuses (57:10)-Why it is your responsibility to share your gift with the world (1:08:40)-Learn more about Marie and her work (1:14:48) For more on Marie Forleo, be sure to follow her on Instagram @marieforleo, on Facebook @marieforleo, and on Twitter @marieforleo. Check out her website http://www.marieforleo.com. You can order her book, Everything is Figureoutable, right here. When you order the book you will receive a FREE 5-day, live online program (valued at $499). Learn more at EIFcourse.com. 
September 19, 2019
Creativity is a force inside every person that, when unleashed, transforms our lives and delivers vitality to everything we do. Left unexpressed, it can be a poison, leading to unhappiness, unfulfillment, and that feeling there is something missing.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Chase Jarvis, an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, and one of the most influential photographers of the past decade. He has created campaigns for Apple, Nike, Red Bull and others, was a contributor to the Pulitzer-winning New York Times story Snowfall, and earned an Emmy nomination for his documentary Portrait of a City. He also created Best Camera–the first photo app to share images to social networks, and is the Founder of CreativeLive, where more than 10 million students learn photography, video, design, music, and business from the world’s top creators and entrepreneurs. In this episode, Dhru and Chase talk about why establishing a creative practice is as important to our well-being as exercise or nutrition. They discuss Chase’s road map for unlocking your creative potential, pursuing your dreams and succeeding in the process. They also talk about the importance of cultivating meaningful relationships, and building your core community when working to accomplish a goal. In this episode, we dive into:-How to design the life you truly desire (1:46)-What creativity really means (18:42)-Why success is an inside job (19:56)-How to take the first step to pursue your dreams (24:05)-The four steps to unlock your creative potential (28:07)-How to design a daily practice to pursue your dreams (35:25) -The three challenges that can derail you from your creative pursuit (52:12)-Why the company we keep is so vital to our success (1:05:25)-Chase’s principles for goal setting (1:17:18)-Learn more about Chase and his work (1:29:36) For more on Chase Jarvis, be sure to follow him on Instagram @chasejarvis, on Facebook @chasejarvis and on Twitter @chasejarvis. Check out his website www.chasejarvis.com and www.creativelive.com. You can pre-order his book, Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life, right here. If you pre-order the book you will get access to a FREE 4-hour live workshop - learn more at https://www.creativelive.com/creativecalling. 
September 12, 2019
What do women’s health, dirt, and household pets have in common? More than you might think. When it comes to all living things, bacteria play a major role. Now, with emerging research in the microbiome contained within the soil, animals, and our bodies, we are able to find fascinating and helpful links for keeping good bacteria alive and well to support a wide variety of health functions. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Kiran Krishnan, a research microbiologist that has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 18 years. He comes from a university research background having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. Kiran established a Clinical Research Organization where he designed and conducted dozens of human clinical trials in human nutrition. Kiran is also a co-founder and partner in Nu Science Trading, LLC.; a nutritional technology development and research company. He is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Microbiome Labs. He is a frequent lecturer on the human microbiome at medical and nutrition conferences. He is an expert guest on national and satellite radio, has appeared in several international documentaries, and has been a guest speaker on several International health summits as a microbiome expert. He is currently involved in 16 novel human clinical trials on probiotics and the human microbiome.In this episode, Dhru and Kiran talk about a fascinating new study on dogs and leaky gut, and how it’s a major driver of chronic illness in dogs. They discuss how the vaginal microbiome is being destroyed, especially at OBGYN offices, and what dysbiosis in the vaginal microbiome can lead to. They also talk about another study on acne and the gut-skin axis and how Kiran discovered a method to modulate the gut microbiome to achieve healthier skin in 30 days. In this episode, we dive into:-Leaky gut and dogs (9:33)-Why you shouldn’t feed your dog coconut oil (15:46)-Is coconut oil really bad for us? (17:08)-Why diversity in our diet is so important (27:20) -How the vaginal microbiome is being destroyed (28:34) -Why you shouldn’t use coconut oil as a personal lubricant and what to use instead (34:21)-How spore-based probiotics can prevent the growth of acne (42:50) -Keystone stains and how they play a key role in keeping us healthy (48:59)-The challenge with probiotics on the market (1:08:31)-Probiotic companies that are doing it right (1:14:26)-What Kiran does in his daily life to support his overall health (1:16:07)-Why having a dog in your home lowers rates of allergies and asthma, especially in kids (1:24:21)-Learn more about Kiran and his work (1:26:08) For more on Kiran Krishnan, be sure to follow him on Instagram @kkiran_00 and on Facebook @kirankrishnan. Check out his website https://microbiomelabs.com. To learn more about the Microbiome Keynotes Symposium visit: https://live.microbiomekeynotes.com. Below are a few published studies by Kiran Krishnan on spore-based probiotics and the impact on the gut microbiome:IBS study: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/11/9/1968Leaky gut study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5561432/Synbiotic study: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590156719300350The studies Kiran mentioned during the interview are currently going through a peer-review process. Once they are published we will update the show notes with links to the studies.
September 5, 2019
We all know there are universal rules to follow when it comes to eating a healthy diet, but personalization should be at the top of the list. While we have a lot in common as human beings and there are certain nutritional guidelines applicable to all of us, we’re different in important ways too. We have different genetics, constitutions, health status, activity levels, lifestyles, and goals, and all of these factors determine what an optimal diet is for each of us. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Chris Kresser, 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 bestselling 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. In this episode, Dhru and Chris talk about an ancestral diet and lifestyle and the potential for preventing chronic disease. They discuss how to personalize your diet to fit your lifestyle, body type, genetic blueprint, individual needs, and specific health conditions. They also talk about the benefits of intermittent fasting and how you can determine the right approach for you, as well as when it is not recommended. In this episode, we dive into:-Why one specific diet is not right for everyone (3:08) -How to personalize your diet (6:12) -A current diet trend that might not actually be healthy (9:26)-The truth about the bioavailability of nutrients from plant-based foods (18:03) -What we can learn from the ancestral diet (34:35)-The biggest mistake in nutritional science (38:21)-A good starting place to determine your ideal macronutrient ratio (40:47)  -The most effective approach to intermittent fasting (45:03) -Who shouldn’t do intermittent fasting (50:38)-When lab testing is necessary (54:18)-Chris’s take on the latest health trends (1:07:17)-Learn more about Chris and his work (1:13:30) For more on Chris Kresser, be sure to follow him on Instagram @chriskresser, on Facebook @chriskresserlac, on Twitter @chriskresser, and on YouTube @chriskresser. Check out 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, right here. 
August 29, 2019
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 Parent, Redbook, Parent 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)Links:www.connectedparenting.comwww.connectedparenting.com/books/connected-parenting-book/www.twitter.com/jenniferkolari
August 22, 2019
Every time we eat, we have a chance to boost our brain function! That's why what we choose to put on our plate is one of the most critical health interventions er can make.Food not only affects our likelihood of disease, but it can lengthen our lives, change our mood, and even affect the expression of our DNA. By approaching disease with a holistic perspective, of which food is a vital part, we can tackle the root causes of illness and truly live well. We can change our destiny by making better choices today.In this special mini-episode, I speak with Dr. Rupy Aujla, Max Lugavere, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, and Dr. David Perlmutter about an empowered approach to supporting the brain, starting with food first.Follow today's guests in this mini-episode here:https://www.instagram.com/doctors_kitchen/https://www.instagram.com/maxlugavere/https://www.instagram.com/drchatterjee/https://www.instagram.com/davidperlmutter/Music: For the Night by Chill Study
August 15, 2019
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. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Anahad O’Connor, a bestselling author and reporter for The New York Times. He joined the paper in 2003 and writes for Science Times – the paper’s weekly science and health section – and the Well blog. 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 graduate of Yale University and is a frequent guest on national news programs, such as PBS NewsHour, Good Morning America, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He is also the author of four books.In this episode, Dhru and Anahad talk about what life is like in hunter-gatherer societies, what a typical hunter-gatherer diet looks like, the challenges that are faced in these societies, and if there really is an optimal diet for humans. They talk about time-restricted eating and how when you eat could be more important than what you eat, how food variety causes you to eat more, something known as sensory-specific satiety, and why this is one of the reasons people in hunter-gatherer socieites don’t overeat and become obese. They also discuss another article Anahad wrote in the New York Times, How to Get Strong, and how everyone knows that exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health, but most people ignore one crucial component of it: resistance training and how it can reverse the age-related cellular damage that contributes to sarcopenia and functional impairment. In this episode, we dive into:-Modern hunter-gatherer societies and why they tend to avoid chronic diseases (3:09)-The importance of eating local and seasonal foods (14:56)-Time-restricted eating (17:47)-Why food variety causes your to eat more (24:08) -Nature’s perfect food (31:04)-Anahad’s groundbreaking investigative report that exposed Coca-Cola’s funding of scientific research that sought to downplay the role of sugar-sweetened beverages in the obesity epidemic (41:23)-The impact of lifestyle and social connections on overall health (53:22)-Longevity and resistance training (1:02:07) -How to make resistance training practical (1:11:13)-Learn more about Anahad and his work (1:19:06)For more on Anahad O’Connor, be sure to follow him on Twitter @anahadoconnor, and check out his articles for the New York Times, right here.
August 8, 2019
The hardest part about achieving a dream often isn’t actually achieving it, it’s stepping through your fear of the unknown when you don’t have a clear plan. Having a teacher or boss tell you what to do makes life a lot easier. But nobody achieves a dream from the comfort of certainty. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Alex Banayan, the only national bestselling business author under 30 in America. His book, The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers, has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Over the course of his unprecedented seven-year journey, Alex interviewed the most innovative leaders of the past half-century, including Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones, and more.Alex has been named on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, Business Insider’s Most Powerful People Under 30, and has been featured in major media, including The Washington Post, Fortune, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and NBC News. Alex is an acclaimed keynote speaker, and has presented the Third Door framework to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Snapchat, Salesforce, and Disney.In this episode, Dhru and Alex talk about the seven year mission he undertook to unlock the secret to immense success from some of the most successful people in the world. They discuss the importance of mindset and that when you change what you believe is possible, you change what becomes possible. They talk about how to stay resilient in the face of rejection, and how our growth comes from our mistakes. They also talk about the importance of cultivating meaningful relationships, and the impact it has on our health and mindset when working to accomplish a goal.In this episode, we dive into:-The analogy of what the Third Door is (4:28)-Alex’s personal journey (7:01)-The difference between fearlessness and courage (33:30)-How to figure out what you want to do in life (41:11)-Alex’s 30-Day Challenge to uncover your path (42:37)-The importance of having an inside man to support you on your journey (54:11)-How to cultivate meaningful friendships (1:10:42)-Alex’s advice for difficult conversations (1:15:08)-How to overcome failure (1:24:52)-Learn more about Alex and his work (1:34:09)For more on Alex, be sure to follow him on Instagram @alexbanayan, on Facebook @alexbanayan, and on Twitter @alexbanayan. Check out his website http://thirddoorbook.com. You can find his book, The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Careers, right here.
August 1, 2019
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.
July 25, 2019
In Functional Medicine, we put a heavy emphasis on gut health. We know that a strong gut is not just essential for digesting food and absorbing nutrients, but that it plays a vital role in the immune system and affects the health of the entire body. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Marvin Singh, an integrative gastroenterologist. Dr. Singh graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and completed his residency training in internal medicine at the University of Michigan Health System, followed by a fellowship training in Gastroenterology at Scripps Clinic and Green Hospital. Dr. Singh was also trained by Dr. Andrew Weil, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Singh uses cutting-edge tests and personally designed protocols to develop a truly individualized plan for his patients based on their genetics, microbiome, metabolism, and lifestyle.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Singh talk about the cutting edge research of DNA methylation PhenoAge, which can predict things like aging, inflammation, and heart disease. They discuss how changes in the gut microbiome can impact gene expression, how our microbiome influences the dietary choices we make, and how our gut health can have a significant effect on healthy aging. They also talk about the implications of diet and the gut microbiome in neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative disease. In this episode, we dive into:-How DNA methylation can predict age and age-related outcomes (2:24)-How our gut microbiome influences our food choices (9:35)-The gut-brain connection (13:22)-The gut microbiome and neurodegenerative diseases (17:35)-Dr. Singh’s personal health journey (21:51)-Why personalization is so important when it comes to our gut health (43:29)-Food sensitivity testing (46:56)-Gut microbiome testing (54:05)-Probiotics (59:49)-How exercise impacts our gut health (1:07:12)-Prebiotics (1:09:59)-Digestive enzymes (1:13:05)-Fecal transplants (1:20:33)-Colon hydrotherapy (1:26:39)-How social connections impact our health (1:32:19)-Learn more about Dr. Singh and his work (1:38:16)For more on Dr. Marvin Singh, be sure to follow him on Instagram @DrMarvinSingh, on Facebook @DrMarvinSingh, and on Twitter @DrMarvinSingh. Check out his website https://drmarvinsingh.com, and download his FREE 4 Week Gut Reset e-book, right here. Dr. Singh was also featured in the Interconnected Docu-series which you can watch here. If you’re looking to work with an integrative practitioner you can search for one here:-The Institute for Functional Medicine: https://www.ifm.org/find-a-practitioner/ -The Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine: https://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/alumni.htmlLastly, check out the article Dhru referenced during the interview from Anahad O’Connor: Is There an Optimal Diet for Humans?
July 18, 2019
When it comes to addiction, Functional Medicine can offer a comprehensive approach to treating the whole person. Mind, body, and spirit need to be taken into account, as well as diet and lifestyle interventions and the ever-so-essential aspect of a supportive and uplifting community. With a systems-based approach, we can cover all of these areas and more, to create long-term recovery.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. David Haase, a leading educator and innovator in the emerging field of personalized systems medicine. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed his medical residency at the Mayo Clinic where, despite the undeniable brilliance and dedication of the doctors around him, he saw countless instances of patients getting better not because of medical advances, but in spite of them.After years of turbulent reflection, Dr. Haase founded the MaxWell Clinic in Tennessee with the expressed goal to better understand and enable the human body’s miraculous ability to create health. He treats a wide range of conditions and has a special expertise in neurodegenerative and other brain-related challenges, fatigue, and other conditions caused by mitochondrial, inflammatory, and immune dysregulation. Dr. Haase also teaches internationally, including for the Institute for Functional Medicine.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Haase talk about how Functional Medicine is a great way to address complex chronic conditions like substance use disorders. They discuss how early life trauma impacts brain development and increases the likelihood of stress, pain and addiction. They also talk about how we can use Functional Medicine to transition from acute care to long-term sustainable recovery.In this episode, we dive into:-The connection between stress, pain, and addiction (13:15)-How opioids affects the gut-brain interaction (19:07)-Addiction as a chronic disease (22:44)-How early life trauma impacts brain development (28:19)-How nutritional deficiencies impact stress, pain, and addiction (35:18)-Environmental toxins and the susceptibility to stress, pain, and addiction (42:02)-The importance of community when it comes to our health (51:46)-Dr. David Haase’s story of how he got into systems-based medicine (57:26)-How a Functional Medicine doctor can play an important role to support someone in their recovery (1:08:08)-Learn more about Dr. Haase and his work (1:13:49)For more on Dr. David Haase, be sure to follow him on Instagram @davidhaasemd, on Facebook @davidhaasemd, and on Twitter @davidhaasemd. Check out his website https://drhaase.com. You can find his book, Curiosity Heals the Human: How to Solve “Unsolvable” Medical Challenges with Better Questions and Advanced Technologies, right here.
July 11, 2019
Drug overdose and opioid-related deaths continue to grow at an alarming rate in the United States. According to the CDC, more than 700,000 people died from drug overdoses between 1999 and 2017, and on average, 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. John Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service, and Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine at MGH. He has served as a consultant to U.S. federal agencies and non-federal institutions and foreign governments. His clinical and research work has focused on enhancing the effectiveness of addiction treatment and recovery support services, stigma reduction, and addiction and criminal justice. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Kelly talk about the current approach to addressing addiction in our country, and the power of language when it comes to destigmatizing addiction. They discuss how the opioid crisis became a self-manufactured epidemic and the importance of building an effective public health infrastructure to combat the opioid crisis and other substance use disorders. They also talk about the best way to support a loved one with an addiction, and the importance of social connections for long-term recovery. In this episode, we dive into:-Changing the language around addiction (13:39)-The current model of treating addiction: admit, treat, discharge (23:56)-The National Recovery Study (26:40)-Pathways to recovery (33:31)-The social factors into and out of addiction (36:16)-Preventative approaches to substance use disorder (41:01)-The opioid crisis (45:27)-Mindfulness-based interventions for recovery (51:08)-Safe injection sites (57:38)-Resources for family members (1:01:08)-The power of AA for long-term recovery and reducing health care costs (1:04:53)-Learn more about Dr. Kelly and his work (1:16:44)For more on Dr. John Kelly, be sure to follow him on Facebook @RecoveryAnswers and on Twitter @RecoveryAnswers. Check out his website and sign up for his monthly newsletter at https://www.recoveryanswers.org.
July 4, 2019
How many times have you chalked up weight gain, brain fog, and feeling tired to getting older? The many symptoms we assume to be a natural part of the aging process are far too often related to one single pillar of health: sleep. In fact, 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, yet most people who have it never get diagnosed.  On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Mark Burhenne, a practicing sleep medicine dentist in Sunnyvale, California. 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, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, and the Dental Board of California. Dr. Burhenne is passionate about helping people understand the connection between oral and overall health. He spends a lot of time educating patients and readers about the importance of healthy sleep, and is the author of the #1 bestseller, The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Burhenne dive deep into the topic of sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS). They discuss who is at risk for sleep apnea, how to identify the underlying cause, and the long-term health risks associated with sleep apnea. They talk about the difference between mouth breathing and nose breathing, and how mouth breathing reduces the quality of your sleep, disrupts the balance of your oral microbiome, and makes your more prone to tooth decay. They also get into the benefits of mouth taping for improved sleep and overall health. In this episode, we dive into:-The connection between oral health and systemic health (5:55)-The risk factors for sleep apnea (9:24)-Sleep apnea and brain health (18:15)-The connection between mood disorders, TMJ, and sleep apnea (20:42)-How sleep apnea can cause anxiety (21:55)-Mouth breathing vs. nose breathing (25:19)-How mouth taping can improve sleep and overall health (30:32)-Why mouth breathing is the #1 cause of cavities (40:52)-The connection between gum disease and autoimmune conditions (1:04:21)-Why we should avoid fluoride (1:10:10)-Dr. Burhenne’s toothpaste recommendations (1:17:05)-Mouthwash and the root cause of bad breath (1:18:42)-Dr. Burhenne’s three step plan for improving sleep and overall health (1:23:11) -Learn more about Dr. Burhenne and his work (1:42:23)For more on Dr. Mark Burhenne, be sure to follow him on Instagram @askthedentist and on Facebook @askthedentist. Check out his website https://askthedentist.com and https://www.drburhenne.com. You can find his book, The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox, right here. 
June 27, 2019
More than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain according to the CDC, a debilitating reality that costs the country upward of $635 billion each year in treatment and lost productivity. At the same time, the United States is in the midst of a prescription painkiller epidemic. Widespread over-prescription of painkillers has resulted in opioid misuse and addiction, a problem that’s muddied the conversation surrounding chronic pain even further.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Shounuck Patel, an interventional and functional orthopedics specialist with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County, California. Dr. Patel has a clinical interest in the biomechanical etiology of musculoskeletal injuries and pain conditions, and the holistic treatment of the whole-body continuum with innovative orthobiologic treatments, osteopathic manipulation, and therapeutic exercise. Dr. Patel is board-certified in Sports Medicine, board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and fellowship trained in interventional pain management. Dr. Patel lectures at medical conferences across the nation, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Western University and Touro University colleges of osteopathic medicine, and is an expert instructor for the Interventional Orthopedics Foundation where he teaches other physicians how to do advanced stem cell and orthobiologic procedures. In addition to numerous publications including journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Patel is the illustrator/co-author of the recently published atlas, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Cross-Sectional Anatomy.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Patel discuss the current state of pain management, the opioid crisis, and the integrative and regenerative therapies Dr. Patel is using to help his patients address chronic pain. They discuss how platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) and stem cell therapy can amplify your body’s own ability to heal, and when it’s a realistic option for pain. They also talk about the importance of addressing the root cause when it comes to the treatment of pain, as well as the role nutrition plays in regenerative medicine.In this episode, we dive into:-What regenerative medicine is (5:21)-The current state of pain management (7:41)-The difference between DO vs. MD (9:49)-How stem cells work to facilitate healing in the body (15:28)-When platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy is a realistic treatment option for pain (22:37)-Can PRP or stem cell therapy heal your ACL tear without surgery? (28:14)-The problem with opioids for chronic pain management (33:24)-Can back surgery lead to future disk degeneration? (40:00)-Why cortisone injections are not a long-term solution for chronic pain (43:20)-Why nutrition is the first step when it comes to pain management (45:40)-Dr. Patel’s supplement recommendations for pain management (48:06)-How platelet rich plasma therapy can amplify your body's ability to heal (51:43)-Where you can find a regenerative medicine doctor (1:16:08)-What is legal when it comes to stem cell therapy (1:20:14)-Learn more about Dr. Patel and his work (1:24:51)For more on Dr. Patel, be sure to follow him on Instagram @stemcelldrpatel and check out his website https://www.healthlinkcenter.com. You can also watch Dr. Hyman's interview on The Doctor’s Farmacy about his own stem cell makeover, regenerative medicine, and what stem cell therapy can do for every part of the body from joints to hair and even our sex organs.
June 20, 2019
Big feelings are part of life. In fact, there are times when everyone will feel sad, angry, hurt, and disappointed. When it comes to helping our children process big feelings, we want to help them 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.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Deena Margolin, 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 our 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 this episode, Dhru and Deena talk about how trauma impacts the development of a child and their future stress response. They discuss how stress impacts our survival system, how to help your child regulate their nervous systems in a hard moment, and understanding what’s really driving our child’s behavior. They also talk about how parenting is about being present, not perfect, and how to raise resilient and mindful kids.In this episode, we dive into:-How Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) impact the development of a child (2:50)-The connection between a high ACEs score and the likelihood of developing a chronic disease (4:32)-How trauma impacts the brain (6:11)-The four F’s of survival (8:39)-What can happen when trauma gets stored in the body (9:50)-The three pillars to help kids build resilient qualities (19:48)-How nonverbal communication can trigger your child’s own threat state (26:08)-Time out vs. time in and creating a safe space for big feelings (41:15)-The power of pause when your feeling angry, confused, or overwhelmed (1:00:47)-Modern day parenting (1:07:09)-Learn more about Deena and her work (1:10:21)-Deena’s book recommendations (1:11:10)For more on Deena, be sure to follow her on Instagram @deenamargolin and check out her website http://www.deenamargolin.com.
June 13, 2019
Psychedelics were the subject of serious medical research in the 1940s to the 1960s, when many scientists believed some of the mind-bending compounds held tremendous therapeutic promise for treating a number of conditions including severe mental health problems and alcohol addiction. By the mid-60s, research into psychedelics was shut down for decades.After the blackout ended, the doctor we have on the podcast today was among the first to initiate a new series of studies on psilocybin—the psychoactive compound in “magic” mushrooms.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Roland Griffiths, a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has conducted extensive research with sedative-hypnotics, caffeine, and novel mood-altering drugs. In 1999, he initiated a research program at Johns Hopkins investigating the effects of the classic hallucinogen psilocybin that includes studies of psilocybin-occasioned mystical-type experiences in healthy volunteers, psilocybin-facilitated treatment of psychological distress in cancer patients, psilocybin-facilitated treatment of cigarette smoking cessation, psilocybin effects in beginning and long-term meditators, and psilocybin effects in religious leaders.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Griffiths talk about his extensive research with psilocybin in the treatment of psychological distress in cancer patients and cigarette smoking cessation. They discuss the connection between psilocybin, spirituality, and consciousness. They also talk about psychedelics and their potential for treating conditions ranging from drug and alcohol dependence to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.In this episode, we dive into:-The connection between psychedelics, spirituality, and consciousness (7:48)-The history of psychedelic research (8:28)-The reintroduction of psychedelic research by Dr. Roland Griffiths and others (12:27)-Why research participants rated their psychedelic experience as one of their most meaningful (16:36)-What is happening in the brain when using psychedelics (23:39)-How psychedelics can help us understand altered states of consciousness (29:09)-The therapeutic benefits of psilocybin for the treatment of addiction (40:16)-How a single dose of psilocybin substantially diminished depression and anxiety in cancer patients (44:52)-The future of psychedelics (48:07)-The downside and risks of psychedelics (56:14)-Learn more about Dr. Roland Griffiths and his work (1:00:24)For more on Dr. Roland Griffiths and his research on psychedelics check out his website https://hopkinspsychedelic.org.
June 6, 2019
What you choose to put on your plate is one of the most important health interventions you can make. Food not only affects our likelihood of disease, but it can lengthen our lives, change our mood, and even affect the expression of our DNA. By approaching disease with a holistic perspective, of which food is a vital part, we can tackle the root causes of disease and truly live well.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Rupy Aujla, an NHS medical doctor and founder of The Doctor's Kitchen, a project to inspire patients about the beauty of food and medicinal effects of eating well. Dr. Rupy is the founder of Culinary Medicine, a nonprofit organization which aims to teach doctors and medical students the foundations of nutrition as well as teaching them how to cook. He is also the author of two bestselling cookbooks The Doctor’s Kitchen and his latest book, Eat to Beat Illness.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Rupy talk about how our bodies can better fight off illness through eating well. They discuss how we can eat to reduce the risk of brain disease, cardiovascular problems, inflammation imbalance, poor immunity, and even reduce the chances of cancer. They also talk about how we can heal our bodies through simple lifestyle changes including exercise, stress reduction, sleeping well, and finding purpose in our lives.-Dr. Rupy shares how he healed his own heart condition through food and lifestyle intervention (1:45)-The connection between lifestyle and heart disease (5:01)-The impact our diet can have on the function of our brain (11:12)-Foods to support brain health (18:07)-Quality fats for brain health (21:15)-Lifestyle factors and tips for sleep (28:35)-The power of gratitude (33:41)-Exercise and why inflammation in small amounts might be a good thing (36:48)-Mitochondrial support, improving immune function, and boosting immunity (45:05)-The connection between the immune system and gut health (46:58)-Food additives in seemingly healthy foods and how they impact the body (55:12)-Skin health and acne (57:14)-Culinary Medicine (1:00:59)-Eat to beat cancer (1:11:59)-Dr. Rupy’s online course to learn the key aspects of healthy eating that have the biggest impact on your wellbeing (1:14:02)-Learn more about Dr. Rupy and his work (1:16:56)For more on Dr. Rupy, be sure to follow him on Instagram @doctors_kitchen, on Facebook @thedoctorskitchen, on Twitter @doctors_kitchen, and on YouTube @thedoctorskitchen. Check out his website www.thedoctorskitchen.com and his podcast, The Doctor’s Kitchen, here. You can learn more about his online course, here, and you can find his books, The Doctor’s Kitchen and Eat to Beat Illness, right here.
May 30, 2019
Do you often walk away from people wondering if you said the right thing? Or maybe you find yourself constantly feeling like you’re not good enough. And then there are those who don’t feel like it’s okay to be themselves for one reason or another, which holds them back from sharing their real gifts with the world. Most people are concerned about what others think about them, and often say and do things just to get the approval of others. These thoughts and behaviors seem to be so much a part of who we are that we assume it’s just part of being human. But you can actually eradicate these thoughts and behaviors by eliminating the deep-seated limiting beliefs that cause them.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Shelly Lefkoe, co-founder and Vice President of Lefkoe Institute, a San Francisco Bay Area firm whose mission is “To significantly improve the quality of life on the planet by having people recreate their lives and live as the unlimited possibilities they are.” Shelly has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients worldwide rid themselves of a wide variety of problems including phobias, relationships that never seem to work, violence, procrastination, unwillingness to confront people, health and wellness issues, and sexual dysfunction. Her clients have been able to eliminate emotional patterns such as fear, hostility, shyness, anxiety, depression, worry about what people think of them, and a negative sense of themselves.  In this episode, Dhru and Shelly talk about limiting beliefs and how they are formed. They discuss how most behavior is driven by our deeply ingrained and typically unconscious beliefs, and how we can reframe the negative meaning we have given to a particular situation to break through limiting beliefs. They also talk about parenting and how by being conscious in the way we raise our children we can create more confident, kind generations.In this episode, we dive into:-What underlies every problem that people have (2:13)-What are beliefs and when do they stop serving us (3:41)-Why you should stop worrying about what other people think of you (9:22)-Where our beliefs get formed (10:41)-Why our beliefs stay with us for so long (20:55)-The belief that ruins people's lives (32:38)-What couples fight about the most (47:27)-How meaning is related to beliefs (48:18)-Why what you do is not who you are (59:26)-Learn more about Shelly and her work (1:02:06)For more on Shelly Lefkoe, be sure to follow her on Facebook @LefkoeInstitute and check her website http://lefkoeinstitute.com and http://www.recreateyourlife.com. You also can learn more about her program Parenting the Lefkoe Way, right here.
May 23, 2019
1.7 million people suffer some type of traumatic brain injury each year in the US—from a mild concussion to coma to death. It is estimated that 5.3 million Americans suffer from a long-term disability from a traumatic brain injury.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to JJ Virgin, a celebrity nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer. JJ is the author of four New York Times best sellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook. Her latest book, Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience, shows mothers everywhere how to be strong, positive leaders for their families, while exploring the inspirational lessons she learned as she fought for her own son’s life.In this episode, Dhru and JJ talk about how she helped her son heal from a traumatic brain injury. They discuss some of the therapies that helped her son recover, like hyperbaric oxygen therapy, neurofeedback, and stem cell therapy. They talk about why fish oil is critical for mental health and traumatic brain injury recovery, as well as the benefits of a ketogenic diet. They also talk about the lessons she learned from this journey that are crucial to building a healthy, resilient mindset. In this episode, we dive into:-JJ’s personal story of her son’s traumatic brain injury (2:22)-How do you know if you’ve had a traumatic brain injury (7:19)-Traumatic brain injuries and depression (8:18)-Why fish oil is critical for mental health and traumatic brain injury recovery (9:27)-The benefits of a ketogenic diet for brain injuries (25:12)-Connecting the dots between what you eat and how you feel (27:41)-Hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help with brain healing (30:39)-Stem cell therapy (31:26)-Why putting your health first is not selfish (46:56)-The importance of asking the right questions to reframe a situation (50:05)-An important lesson for caregivers (56:38)-Traumatic brain injuries and the lack of support and community (57:25)-The single most important thing you can do to be healthy (59:59)-The importance of quality relationships with friends and family (1:03:46)-Mindshare Summit for health and wellness entrepreneurs (1:07:25)-Learn more about JJ and her work (1:13:22)For more on JJ Virgin, be sure to follow her on Instagram @jj.virgin, on Facebook @JJVirginOfficial, and on YouTube @JJVirgin. Check out her podcast The JJ Virgin Lifestyle Show, and check her website https://jjvirgin.com. You also can find her books right here.
May 16, 2019
Who would you be if you weren't defined by the limiting dialogue of your own mind? We exist within mental constructs that dictate our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Suffering is a byproduct of these mental constraints. To create an extraordinary life we have to reveal the limiting framework of our perceived reality and shift the perception we have of ourselves in order to become limitless.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to The Mind Architect Peter Crone, a writer, speaker and thought leader in human potential who works with entertainers, professional athletes, and global organizations.In this episode, Dhru and Peter discuss how our own perceptions and self-limiting beliefs shape our reality, and how to find freedom from a self-imposed mental jail cell. They talk about how to redesign the subconscious mind that drives behavior to inspire a new way of living, from limitation and stress to freedom and joy. They also talk about how the challenges that we experience in our lives are an opportunity to grow, and to be patient, trusting, loving, accepting, and understand that it all works out. We are beneficiaries of life, not victims of it.In this episode, we dive into:-What blocks us from having freedom in our life (2:21)-What is true happiness? (8:59)-Why the first step in healing is acceptance (9:45)-The impact of stress on our digestion (16:23)-Peter’s personal story of losing both parents at a young age (20:28)-How past hurt informs future fear (23:16)-Finding freedom in uncertainty (26:39)-How to break free from judgment (29:37)-Constraints of the subconscious (45:38)-The power of imagination (52:04)-How to be more mindful of language (1:05:29)-Perfectionism and the stories we make up about ourselves (1:20:22)-The Healed documentary (1:22:18)-Learn more about Peter and his work (1:31:38)For more on Peter Crone, be sure to follow him on Instagram @petercroneofficial and check out his website https://www.petercrone.com.
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