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 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 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 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 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: Lastly, here is the article by Tony Robbins that Dhru mentioned in the podcast:
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 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: and 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:
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 and 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:’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 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 and You can find Dr. Ghannoum’s book, Total Gut Balance: Fix Your Mycobiome Fast for Complete Digestive Wellness, right here:
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 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, 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 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:
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 and, 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 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 To learn more about Seed University and to become an affiliate visit If you are are a beekeeper and interested in SeedLabs probiotics for bees email Learn more about LUCA Biologics and the development of living medicines targeting the vaginal microbiome at, use code BROKENBRAIN at 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 To learn more and register for her new course Trimester Zero visit, and her Spring Whole Body Detox at 1440 visit are the air and water filtration systems that Dr. Afrouz recommends: -IQAir - -
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 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 If you are a member of the Special Operations Forces you can access this treatment for free. Learn more here: 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: and their national services at
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 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 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 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 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 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 
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 and 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 
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 To learn more about the Microbiome Keynotes Symposium visit: Below are a few published studies by Kiran Krishnan on spore-based probiotics and the impact on the gut microbiome:IBS study: gut study: study: 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, 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, 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 To learn more about his ADAPT Health Coach Training Program and his ADAPT Practitioner Training Program visit: 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)
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: 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 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 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:
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, 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: -The Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine:, 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 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
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 and 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 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
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
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 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 and 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, on Facebook @JJVirginOfficial, and on YouTube @JJVirgin. Check out her podcast The JJ Virgin Lifestyle Show, and check her website 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
May 9, 2019
Autism affects 1 in every 59 children in the US. This includes 1 in 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls, according to the CDC. The diagnosis of autism can be shocking and difficult for parents and families which may leave them feeling isolated, alone, helpless, and hopeless, but it doesn’t have to be that way.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Theresa Lyons, an International Autism Educator, Ivy League Scientist, and parent of an autistic child. Dr. Lyons is the premiere voice of scientific reason in the world of autism and has become known as “The Professor of Healing Autism.” Dr. Lyons works with hospital systems, private and non-governmental organizations, and parents to drastically diminish the knowledge gap between the cutting edge science of healing autism and current patient care, so that medical expenses are decreased, burdens on governmental programs, including education, are lessened, and the child flourishes.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Lyons talk about the science of treating autism spectrum disorder and why the life expectancy of someone on the spectrum is so low. They discuss Dr. Lyon’s Autism Healing Matrix and the necessary steps to take to begin to treat autism. They also talk about how to support parents who have kids on the spectrum, the importance of celebrating success, and how to bring more joy into the parent/child relationship.In this episode, we dive into:-The science of the autism spectrum (5:32)-Why the life expectancy of someone on the autism spectrum is so low (8:12)-Why autism is on the rise (10:25)-Dr. Lyon’s personal story of her daughter being diagnosed with severe autism (14:48)-The first steps of treating autism (20:27)-The Autism Healing Matrix (27:51)-How diet plays a role when it comes to autism (35:42)-The importance of building a healthcare team (42:47)-Supplements for autism (48:26)-Melatonin for sleep disorders in autism (54:24)-Gut dysbiosis and autism (58:10)-Educational approaches for the developmental catch-up phase (1:04:11)-The importance of celebrating successes (1:10:25)-How to support parents who have kids on the autism spectrum (1:21:16)-Learn more about Theresa and her work (1:30:04)For more on Dr. Theresa Lyons, be sure to follow her on Instagram @navigating_awetism, on Facebook @NavigatingAWEtism, on YouTube @NavigatingAwetism, and at her website Check out her online courses: Probiotics to Heal Awetism and Eat to Heal Awetism. Also, be sure to check out Dr. Mark Hyman’s exclusive interview with Dr. Suzanne Goh, a board-certified pediatric neurologist and leader in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder, right here.
May 5, 2019
We are a society that praises being busy. The more you cram into a day and the fewer hours you need to sleep the more productive and successful you seem, but are you? And at what cost?On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, an author, speaker, and board-certified internal medicine physician. Dr. Dalton-Smith is an international media resource on the mind-body-spirit connection and one of the top 100 medical experts in Good Housekeeping Doctors’ Secrets. She has been featured in many media outlets including Women’s Day, Redbook, First For Women, MSNBC, and Prevention. She is the author of Set Free to Live Free and Come Empty. Her newest release is Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Saundra talk about the seven types of rest and why a deficiency in any one of these areas can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity, and productivity. They discuss why so many people struggle with fatigue and insomnia, and the importance of giving yourself permission to embrace rest. They also talk about setting boundaries, and how to increase your overall happiness to live your best life.In this episode, we dive into:-Dr. Saundra’s personal story and what inspired her work (2:21)-Why so many people struggle with insomnia and fatigue (5:21)-The difference between sleep and rest (7:57)-The 7 types of rest (9:46)-How to prioritize rest using the R-E-S-T method (12:56)-The importance of rest when it comes to our overall health (15:14)-How to create boundaries when it comes to rest (23:22)-How a lack of rest negatively impacts brain function (24:20)-The Gifts of Rest (27:26)-Dr. Saundra’s tips for parents on rest (33:16)-The importance of community and intentional friendships (39:55)-Learn more about Dr. Saundra and her work (47:43)For more on Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, be sure to follow her on Instagram @DrDaltonSmith, on Facebook @DrSaundraDaltonSmith, on Twitter @DrDaltonSmith, and on Pinterest @DrDaltonSmith. Check out her website and her book, Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, right here. You can also take her free Rest Quiz to find out what type of rest you need to live your best life.
May 2, 2019
We all know the importance of getting enough sleep, though most of us scrape by with as little as possible. It turns out that sleep can make or break your ability to lose weight, age slowly, prevent cancer, and perform at a high level. When your sleep suffers, you suffer major consequences far beyond the dark circles under your eyes. Sleep is an incredible foundation for your overall health—and it’s one that you must lay the groundwork for on a daily basis. Making small changes to your habits can pay off tremendously when it comes to getting better sleep and transforming your overall health.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Shawn Stevenson, author of the international bestselling book, Sleep Smarter and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 health podcast on iTunes. He is the founder of the Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a company that provides wellness services for individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company, Forbes, Men's Health magazine, The Dr. Oz Show, ESPN, CNN, and many other major media outlets.In this episode, Dhru and Shawn talk about how sleep is the foundation of health and how it impacts your body, brain, and performance. They discuss how to create the ideal sleep sanctuary, how to regulate your circadian rhythm, the most important sleep nutrients, and stress-reduction exercises and fitness tips to keep you mentally and physically sharp. They also talk about how hitting rock bottom is a catalyst for change, the power of mindset, and the importance of finding your why.In this episode, we dive into:-How Shawn overcame degenerative disc disease (1:32)-Placebos and the power of the mind (4:08)-The importance of movement for nutrient assimilation (16:48)-What happens in our brain when we sleep (33:25)-Quantity vs. quality when it comes to sleep and getting efficient sleep cycles (35:21)-How your brain size actually shrinks when you’re sleeping (37:22)-The glymphatic system and brain detoxification (38:14)-How caffeine impacts your sleep (40:01)-How to counterbalance late night caffeine consumption (44:49)-Key nutrients for sleep (47:18)-The gut microbiome and sleep connection (52:05)-Sleep and fat loss (56:37)-How technology impacts our sleep (58:23)-The impact of temperature on sleep (1:07:14)-Mindset, hitting rock bottom, and finding your why (1:11:48)-Learn more about Shawn and his work (1:24:31)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 You also can find his book, Sleep Smarter, right here.
April 25, 2019
The human body is one of the most complex systems on the planet, and not all bodies are the same. Anyone who has struggled on a diet knows that what works for someone else may not work for you. We all have a unique body chemistry that needs to be addressed differently, and, without considering the hidden factors that may be affecting our ability to lose weight, we will continue to struggle. This is what Functional Medicine is all about: looking beyond the basics to determine what is right for each individual. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dana James, a triple certified nutritionist, Functional Medicine practitioner, and cognitive behavioral therapist. She takes a rare approach to women’s weight loss by putting self-worth at the center of the conversation. She is the author of the best selling book, The Archetype Diet, which has helped thousands of women improve their self-worth, release childhood shame and find equilibrium in their physical body. She has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Forbes, Vogue, Elle and Goop and offers a unique perspective on physical body and mind integration. In this episode, Dhru and Dana talk about how you can alter your diet to help feed your unique body chemistry while simultaneously examining how your sense of self-worth shapes your behaviors—including what you eat—in ways that may be working against your goals. They also talk about how the weight loss equation of “calories in, calories out” is inadequate, and how other factors, such as hormones, sleep, inflammation, the gut microbiome, unexpressed emotions, and genes all influence your ability to lose weight and keep it off. In this episode, we dive into:-The connection between unexpressed emotions and weight loss (2:43)-How subconscious beliefs inform our eating and our weight (7:53)-The social stigma around weight gain and obesity (11:47)-The Nurturer Archetype (18:26)-The Wonder Woman Archetype (22:56)-The Femme Fatale Archetype (34:51)-The 3-R reprogramming process (41:51) -The Ethereal Archetype (42:24)-The importance of personalization when it comes to diet (50:17) -Body acceptance (54:45)-Stress reduction techniques (56:18)-Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) (1:01:48)-Societal pressure around weight loss and body image (1:05:12)-Visceral fat and chronic disease (1:11:40)-Learn more about Dana and her work (1:13:20)For more on Dana James, be sure to follow her on Instagram @danajames and check out her website and You also can find her book, The Archetype Diet, right here.
April 18, 2019
With so much conflicting dietary advice, divided opinion, and contradiction, what should we be eating and doing from a dietary perspective? Food is more than just fuel; it's key in helping us live longer, healthier lives, so how do we create practical, delicious meals that are a pleasure to eat but also alleviate a variety of ailments and illnesses?On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dale Pinnock, a celebrity nutritionist and chef. He has an undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, a Postgraduate Degree in Nutritional Medicine, and a lifetime in the kitchen. Dale uses the culinary arts as a delivery system for the often confusing science of nutrition. He is the best selling author of 14 books and a regular face on UK Television. He co-hosts the hit show, Eat Shop Save on ITV, going into its 3rd season.In this episode, Dhru and Dale break down the science of nutrition to help us understand fact from fiction and how food truly is medicine for the body. They discuss simple, practical tips for turning the pattern of degenerative disease around. They also talk about how to make the right changes when it comes to our diet without confusion, restriction, or breaking the bank.In this episode, we dive into:-Why eating healthy can be so confusing (2:19)-How to interpret studies from fact and fiction (4:50)-Practical tips for choosing whole foods (6:30)-Dale’s story and what led him to a career in food and nutrition (7:05)-Food trends and fads (15:40)-The importance of diversity in our diet (25:15)-Tips for parents on getting their kids to eat healthier (27:59)-The benefits of intermittent fasting for longevity (30:28)-Food and the impact on brain health (35:40)-The secret to better sleep (42:15)-Dale’s flu-fighting soup recipe to boost the immune system (45:47)-Tips for clear skin (49:58)-Dale’s Nutrition Coaching Monthly program (54:20)-Dale’s TV series, Eat Shop Save (57:13)-Learn more about Dale and his work (1:06:21)For more on Dale Pinnock, be sure to follow him on Instagram @themedicinalchef, on Facebook @themedicinalchef, and on YouTube @themedicinalchef. Check out his podcast, The Medicinal Chef's Nutrition Nuggets, here and check out his website You can learn more about his monthly Nutrition Coaching program here, and you can find his books, right here. Lastly, check out his TV series, Eat Shop Save.
April 11, 2019
Breast implant illness is an issue that many doctors and surgeons simply don’t believe in. However, there are many ways in which breast implants can create dysfunction and disease in the body, leading to a wide range of devastating symptoms. Biofilms, compromised implant materials, and immune reactions are just some of the reasons women with breast implants can get sick. There are even studies showing an increased risk for various types of cancer in women with breast implants, as well as new FDA warnings coming to the surface.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to his good friend Sarah Anne Stewart, her doctor Suzanne Kim, and her plastic surgeon Dr. Lisa Cassileth. Sarah is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, founder of the Awesome Inside Out Movement, an advisor to international wellness brands, and soon to be Hay House author. Dr. Suzanne Kim is the Medical Director of Infusio in Beverly Hills where she treats patients with chronic degenerative diseases using a whole mind-body approach which includes the application of stem cell-based therapies, genetics, and peptides. Dr. Lisa Cassileth has been practicing plastic and reconstructive surgery in Beverly Hills for over 12 years. Her reputation for repairing failed cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries attracts patients from all over the United States and throughout the world.In this episode, Dhru and his guests dive into an important health topic that is not being talked about enough: breast implant illness. They discuss Sarah’s experience with breast implant illness, and why it’s commonly misdiagnosed. They talk about the risks associated with breast implants, who might be genetically predisposed to breast implant illness, and the role detoxification plays in our overall health. They also talk about the importance of looking at the psychological and emotional aspects involved in breast implants, explant surgery, and health issues as a whole.After his talk with Sarah and Dr. Kim, Dhru interviews Dr. Cassileth, Sarah’s doctor who removed her implants. They discuss the surgical side of implants and explants and the growing trend among women who want to have their implants removed. They also talk about how to find a surgeon who can perform explant surgery and the importance of having the entire capsule removed.In this episode, they dive into:-Sarah’s story about breast implant illness (4:13)-How breast implants trigger an autoimmune response (11:41)-Sarah’s emotional journey of getting her implants removed (14:14)-Using an En Bloc procedure to safely remove breast implants (16:20)-Dr. Kim’s protocol to follow prior to explant surgery (18:18)-The safety risks associated with breast implants (26:49)-Why breast implant illness is commonly misdiagnosed (30:34)-Genetic predisposition to breast implant illness (33:01)-The financial repercussions of breast implants (57:49)-The importance of being your own health advocate (1:05:53)-FDA statement that breast implant illness could be associated with ALCL cancer (1:26:24)-How to find a surgeon who can perform explant surgery (1:37:53)-Dr. Cassileth’s innovative auto-augmentation technique (1:41:53)-Specific techniques to use when getting implants to reduce risks associated with breast implant illness and ALCL cancer (1:43:30)For more on Sarah Anne Stewart, check out her website, and be sure to follow her on instagram @sarahannestewart and on Facebook @sarahannestewartcoaching.For more on Dr. Suzanne Kim, check out her website, and be sure to follow her on instagram @infusiobeverlyhills.For more on Dr. Lisa Cassileth, check out her website at
April 4, 2019
Most of us assume that aging means living with declining health, including prescription drugs, disease, and chronic pain. While we may be living longer, we’re not living better, so how do we solve the paradox of wanting to live to a ripe old age, but enjoy the benefits of youth? The “diseases of aging” we most fear are not simply a function of age; rather, they are a byproduct of lifestyle choices over decades.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Steven Gundry, a renowned heart surgeon, celebrity doctor, and medical researcher. Dr. Gundry is the leading expert on the lectin-free diet as the key to reversing disease and boosting longevity. He is the author of three New York Times best selling books: Diet Evolution, The Plant Paradox, The Plant Paradox Cookbook, The Plant Paradox 30, and his newest release, The Longevity Paradox: How To Die Young at a Ripe Old Age.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Gundry talk about how some of the foods we think are the healthiest may play a role in leaky gut, autoimmune disorders, and other diseases due to proteins called lectins. They discuss why olive oil is so good for you and how it can dramatically reduce your likelihood of developing dementia or other neurological diseases. They also talk about common myths of aging and longevity, and simple hacks to help anyone look and feel younger and more vital.In this episode, we dive into:-How to die young at a ripe old age (2:01)-Lectins and how they impact our health (15:15)-Common foods that are high in lectins (17:02)-Gluten, GMO’s, and lectins (27:42)-The connection between glyphosate and leaky gut (31:21)-The myths of aging and longevity and the Medeterrian diet (32:37)-How polyphenols can prevent heart disease (35:46)-Longevity and brain health (42:17)-Why Dr. Gundry writes prescriptions for dogs (45:56)-Dr. Gundry’s exercise routine (46:52)-What’s possible when it comes to longevity (49:54)-Learn more about Dr. Gundry and his work (52:34)For more on Dr. Steven Gundry, be sure to follow him on instagram @drstevengundry, on Facebook @drstevengundry, and on Twitter @drgundry. Check out his podcast, The Dr. Gundry Show, here and check out his websites and You can find his books, Diet Evolution, The Plant Paradox, The Plant Paradox Cookbook, The Plant Paradox 30, and his newest release, The Longevity Paradox: How To Die Young at a Ripe Old Age, right here.
March 28, 2019
More than 35 million Americans suffer from Hashimoto’s—the country’s fastest-growing autoimmune disease, which affects the thyroid gland and causes the body to attack its own cells. Symptoms can include weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, persistent pain, chronic cough, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, and brain fog. And many individuals who suffer the symptoms of this debilitating disease may not even be aware that they have it.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP, an internationally acclaimed thyroid specialist and licensed pharmacist who has dedicated her career to addressing the root causes of autoimmune thyroid disease after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in 2009. Dr. Wentz is the author of two New York Times best selling books Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause and Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back. She recently released her third book, Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology.In this episode, Dhru and Izabella talk about the standard care of treating Hashimoto’s versus her approach of treating the root cause, as well as the importance of proper testing for an accurate diagnosis. They discuss what nutrients are required for thyroid function and what foods are especially beneficial to those with Hashimoto’s. They also talk about creating healthy habits to help revitalize the immune system, and the importance of community in the process of healing.In this episode, we dive into:-What is Hashimoto’s and what are the common symptoms (4:03)-Izabella shares her story of being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (6:00)-How Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism affect the brain (9:30)-How environmental toxins impact the thyroid (18:19)-Why food plays such an important role in Hashimoto’s (24:21)-The importance of removing gluten and dairy if you have Hashimoto’s (25:55)-How to determine if you have a food allergy or food sensitivity (32:04)-The benefits of doing an elimination diet (33:55)-Histamines and how they can cause symptoms of Hashimoto’s (38:42)-The link between iodized salt and autoimmune disease (42:41)-How fluoride suppresses thyroid function (48:54)-Izabella’s perspective on using medication for Hashimoto’s (52:24)-How chronic infections affect the thyroid (61:19)-Supplements for Hashimoto’s (63:38)-Izabella shares what she eats on a daily basis (66:45)-Learn more about Izabella and her work (76:41)For more on Dr. Izabella Wentz, be sure to follow her on Instagram @izabellawentzpharmd, and on Facebook @thyroidlifestyle.Check out her website You can find her books, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause, Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back, and her newly released book, Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology: Nutrition Protocols and Healing Recipes to Take Charge of Your Thyroid Health, right here.
March 21, 2019
Do you ever feel that you spend way too much time on your phone or social media or comparing yourself to others? Many people use social media as a way to connect to one another, but increased use is actually associated with increases in perceived loneliness and social isolation. We want meaningful connections with other people, but we’re not really building them. Technology and media aren’t the problem—it's how we use them, or how we let them use us.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dallas Hartwig, co-founder of the Whole30 program and co-author of two New York Times best selling books, It starts with Food and The Whole30. His newest program, More Social Less Media, helps people change their relationship with technology and media in order to connect with real life.In this episode, Dhru and Dallas talk about how to use technology and social media as a tool, and not let it rule your life, or your mental health. They discuss how to change your relationship with technology and how to create more meaningful human connection. We also hear about community and friendship and why they are so important to our mental health and overall wellness goals, and how to ultimately bring more connection into our lives.In this episode, we dive into:-Dallas’s transition from best-seller The Whole30 to a focus on full-spectrum health (2:08)-The impact of disconnection (6:07)-What the modern technological world does to our brains (9:48)-Developing awareness of how media and technology affect us and how to create more meaningful human connection (18:10)-How technology impacts our productivity and what to do about it (23:25)-Creating healthy boundaries for technology and media (29:39)-How to live with technology and media in a healthy way (42:47)-Dallas’s More Social Less Media program (51:25)-Dallas’s new book (59:20)-Learn more about Dallas and his work (62:48)-The benefits of doing a social media detox (63:53)For more on Dallas Hartwig, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dallashartwig and @moresociallessmedia, and on Facebook @mrdallashartwig and @moresociallessmedia. Check out his website and learn more about his newest program, More Social Less Media, here. You can find his books, It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways and The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, right here.
March 14, 2019
Yoga, in its original form, was created as a science for liberation. In modern times, it is used by many for improving physical and mental health, helping us become more productive at work, more caring in relationships, and more responsible contributors to society and inhabitants of this planet. If yoga does accomplish all that—and many practitioners have experienced this to be true in their own lives—how exactly does yoga do it? How does yoga work?On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Eddie Stern, a yoga teacher, author, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his multidisciplinary approach to furthering education and access to yoga, as well as his teaching expertise in Ashtanga Yoga. He most recently created The Breathing App, which guides the user in a paced breathing exercise that balances the nervous system, improves sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety. His book, One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life was just released.In this episode, Dhru and Eddie talk about what makes yoga such an effective practice from a neurophysiological perspective, and how transcendence is wired into our biology. They talk about the mechanics beneath the surface of our bodies and how we can consciously use yogic practices to direct and change our lives in positive ways. They also discuss how what we do—from postures to meditation, from breathing techniques to chanting and to ethical practices—affects who we become, and how a steady routine of activities and attitudes can transform our bodies, our brain functions, our emotions, and our experience of life.In this episode, we dive into:-Why Eddie left his job and went to India to study yoga (3:31)-How Eddie met his yoga teacher and the lessons he learned (11:23)-Scientific studies to support the benefits of yoga (17:17)-What yoga is doing on a neurophysiological level (22:35)-The Polyvagal Theory and how the vagus nerve affects our brain chemistry (23:28)-Neural exercises and how they promote self-regulation, resilience, and social connectedness (29:54)-The purpose of yoga (44:56)-The connection between consciousness and our biology (62:51)-The Yoga and Science Conference (79:28)-The Breathing App and resonance breathing (86:34)-Learn more about Eddie and his work (96:12)
March 7, 2019
Why do we hold back from pursuing what matters most? Why do we listen to the voice inside our head that tells us we're not good enough, smart enough, or talented enough? How can we move beyond the fear and doubt that prevents us from creating a life that reflects who we truly are?On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Amber Rae, an author, artist, and speaker whose work invites you to live your truth, befriend your emotions, and express your gifts. She has been called a “Millennial Motivator” by Fortune and “The Brené Brown of Wonder” by Mind Body Green. She is the New York Times best selling author of Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential.In this episode, Dhru and Amber talk about how to face your fears, wake up to your truth, and get to the source of what’s holding you back. They discuss how to greet worry with wonder, and Amber’s three-step approach for dialoguing with and finding wisdom in your emotions—especially the messy ones—so you can get back to focusing on what matters most. Through a thoughtful blend of vulnerability and soulfulness, Amber Rae guides you in expressing the fullness of who you are and the gifts you are here to give.In this episode, we dive into:-Amber's personal story and how her father’s death influenced her (1:41)-What blocks us from pursuing our gifts (4:28)-Why Amber wanted to write a book about worry (6:59)-The first step to take when confronting worry (12:18)-The difference between toxic worry and useful worry (22:32)-How to use Amber's Three C's to overcome worry, fear, and self-doubt (26:34)-A daily practice to build your wonder muscle (30:50)-How our brain is wired to worry and how can we choose wonder over worry (33:30)-The process of reframing our emotions (36:35)-Strategies for navigating anxiety and stress (49:41)-Learn more about Amber and her work (62:15)
February 28, 2019
We each possess an extraordinary power to realize our greatest potential and live the life we want. Dr. James Doty is living proof of that. Having grown up in an environment of poverty and neglect, James Doty was 12 years old when he walked into a magic shop and met an extraordinary woman who introduced him to a series of teachings that changed the trajectory of his life. He overcame great odds en route to becoming a renowned neurosurgeon, neuroscientist, and one of today’s leading voices on the power of love and compassion.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. James R. Doty, a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, and the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He is also the New York Times best selling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Doty talk about how compassion and social connection have a powerful effect on our health, happiness, and well-being. They discuss inspiring teachings to help us master four central techniques: relaxing the body to become present and honor our highest values, training the brain through meditation and mindfulness, opening the heart to foster true connection, and clarifying our intentions as we navigate the journey of our lives.In this episode, we dive into:-Dr. Doty’s story growing up with an alcoholic father and chronically depressed mother (3:18)-Adverse childhood experiences and how they affect the nervous system (6:33)-The first lesson from the Magic Shop - Relaxing the Body (9:28)-Why magic works (13:07)-Teaching kids how to regulate their emotions (17:53)-The second lesson from the Magic Shop - Taming the Mind - (21:11)-The heart-brain connection (32:00)-Heart rate variability and compassion (35:37)-How our diet affects our emotional state (37:44)-The third lesson from the Magic Shop - Opening the Heart (38:34)-How to cultivate compassion (48:20)-The Alphabet of the Heart exercise (51:17)-Learn more about Dr. Doty and his work (60:12)
February 21, 2019
According to Harvard Medical School, stress is an epidemic that is responsible for 90% of all doctors visits. It can negatively impact our relationships and our ability to perform at the top of our game. It's become so widespread that we accept it as "normal" to have insomnia, digestive issues, and chronic anxiety. It’s clear that stress reduction needs to be a part of our personal wellness routines.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Emily Fletcher, the founder of Ziva Meditation and creator of The Ziva Technique. She’s been named one of the top 100 women in wellness to watch, has taught more than 15,000 students around the world, and has spoken on meditation for performance at Google, Harvard Business School, Viacom, and Wanderlust. Ziva graduates include Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award winners, NBA players, Navy SEALs, Fortune 500 CEOs, busy parents, and social entrepreneurs. Her debut book, Stress Less, Accomplish More,was just released by HarperCollins on February 19th.In this episode, Dhru and Emily break down the topic of stress and how we can use meditation to truly help us accomplish more, feel better, and live life with more intention. They also talk about how meditation can impact our sex life, performance, and enjoyment of life. Throughout their talk, we hear about the science of meditation and the positive effects it has on cellular aging. And Emily dismantles the #1 myth about meditation and discusses how to bring meditation into your life in a practical and tangible way.In this episode, we dive into:-How meditation can up-level our performance in the bedroom (5:30)-Mirror neurons and how they affect our sex lives (8:03)-Emily’s Come to Your Senses mindfulness technique (10:54)-The connection between sexual energy and creative (15:32)-Emily’s new book, Stress Less, Accomplish More and the inspiration behind it (16:45)-Emily shares her story and how she got into meditation (20:34)-Case studies of Emily’s students (22:30)-The science of meditation and how it impacts the brain (28:30)-How meditation supported Emily through her pregnancy and how she incorporates into her life as a new mom (36:03)-How meditation is a tool to build resilience (42:46)-How meditation lengthens telomeres and slows the rate of cellular aging (45:12)-Meditation and community (55:05)-The Ziva Technique (59:24)-Learn more about Emily and her work (62:59)
February 14, 2019
Are you jumping from diet to diet and nothing seems to work? Are you sick of seeing contradictory health advice from experts? Just like the tobacco industry lied to us about the dangers of cigarettes, the same untruths, cover-ups, and deceptive practices are occurring in the food industry. Vani Hari, aka The Food Babe, blows the lid off of the lies we've been fed about the food we eat—lies about its nutrient value, effects on our health, label information, and even the very science we base our food choices on.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Vani Hari, a food activist, New York Times best-selling author of The Food Babe Way, and co-founder of Truvani. Through corporate activism, petitions, and social media campaigns, Hari and her Food Babe Army have become one of the most powerful populist forces in the health and food industries. In this podcast, we talk about the deception by the food industry, scientists, and the media designed to manipulate us, suppress the truth, and ignore the unnecessary harm in our food supply. We also talk about action steps we can take now to be our own food advocate, and three simple questions we can ask ourselves before every meal to transform our health.In this episode, we dive into:-How the media, big food, academia, and “trusted” sources silence activists (6:45)-Vani’s personal story and what inspired her to get into this work (15:16)-The results of her advocacy efforts (27:24)-Astroturfing and how activists are being silenced to stifle the truth (36:06)-Wikipedia editors who are paid to deceive (36:50) -Front groups and how the food industry uses them (38:42)-How the food industry works with public university scientists to advance their agendas (43:54)-The American Heart Association’s advisory on coconut oil and how it was a major conflict of interest with the food industry (56:25)-How we can be better informed about real science and real nutrition (59:27)-Vani’s recommendation of organizations you can trust (1:01:37)-The three question detox that will transform your health (1:06:02)-Vani walks us through a day-in-the-life of what her and her family eat (1:08:21)-Vani’s product company, Truvani (1:15:08)-Learn more about Vani and her work (1:20:41)
February 7, 2019
The modern industrialized diet is the primary culprit behind the heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, and obesity epidemics. A massive study found that last year the modern diet fueled 678,282 deaths in the United States and 11 million worldwide. In just one year!On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Ocean Robbins, CEO and cofounder of the 500,000-plus-member Food Revolution Network—one of the largest communities of healthy eating advocates on the planet. He is also the author of 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, & Transform Your World. In this podcast, we talk about Ocean’s compelling family story of founding and leaving behind the Baskin-Robbins empire in favor of healthy, sustainable, plant-powered eating. We discuss the myths and truths about GMOs, and the problem with factory farming. We talk about Ocean’s food philosophy, and how his diet has evolved over the years to include a small amount of animal protein. We also talk about activism and transforming the industrialized food culture into one that celebrates and supports healthy people and a healthy planet.In this episode, we dive into: -Ocean’s family history/starting Baskin-Robbins (3:51)-The vision and purpose behind Ocean’s new book, 31-Day Food Revolution (10:28)-The myths and truths about GMOs (12:14)-Ocean’s food philosophy (23:00)-The problem with factory farming (26:45)-Laboratory grown meat (31:31)-Ocean’s diet as kid and what it looks like today (36:21)-Why Ocean decided to incorporate a small amount of animal products into his diet (40:21)-Foods that can make the biggest difference when it comes to brain health (44:15)-Personalizing your diet (51:09)-Activism and stepping into our own food revolution (58:58)-How to incorporate community into your own life (1:03:23)-Learn more about Ocean and his work (1:08:21)
January 31, 2019
Surrounding ourselves with people that elevate us not only leads to a more fulfilling life, it leads to a healthier and longer one too. In fact, loneliness poses the same risks as smoking and can even manifest as physical illness, including chronic pain. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, leads us through a fun conversation on practical ways to cultivate your own community, with a group of his friends who are all part of a weekly ritual called Man Morning. They get together and talk about important subjects that are going on in their health, business, families, and relationships. They discuss embracing the ritual of community,  deepening connections with others, and how to get out of small talk and go deeper into more meaningful conversations while creating safe space for our friends to be open and vulnerable and for us to do the same. In this episode, we dive into: -What is man morning and why it’s important to each of the group members (6:41)-How this group came together (10:14)-The rules and boundaries of the group to keep it intentional (14:35)-Why community is so important, especially for men (25:07)-The power of celebrating our success and wins (27:23)-How community supports you in your relationships (32:25)-How this group has helped them achieve some of their goals (41:02)-Practical advice on creating closer relationships (48:13)-How to bring intentional community and connection into your life (57:02)-Learn more about the members of Man Morning and their work (1:06:52)
January 24, 2019
Toxic mold is more common than you may think. Mold exposure causes a variety of health problems like hormonal imbalances, brain fog, headaches, asthma, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, hair loss, and autoimmunity, to name a few. It all begins with a feeling that something is "off." On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Ann Shippy, a physician, scientist, engineer, and mom. She is also the author of Shippy Paleo Essentials and the Mold Toxicity Workbook. In this podcast, we talk about all things mold including the unrecognized consequences of mold toxicity, the many illnesses triggered by mold, and how it isn’t always obvious when mold is present. We discuss what to do if you have toxic mold exposure, lab testing for mold toxicity, testing for your home, and how to eliminate symptoms and restore your health. In this episode, we dive into:-Dr. Shippy’s own health challenges with mold toxicity (5:03)-What is mold and what do we need to know for our health (7:40)-The long term effects of mold on our body (14:25)-Mold and the connection to Alzheimer's and Dementia (16:12)-Symptoms of mold toxicity (20:50)-Common places you might find mold even though you might not see it or smell it (23:50)-The best way to locate a potential issue in your home (28:26)-Testing for mold toxicity in our body (34:04)-What Dr. Shippy did to heal from mold toxicity (41:32)-What you can do if you suspect you have mold or mold exposure (46:13)-How to find a professional to test for mold and questions to ask the inspector (48:18)-Dr. Shippy’s air filter recommendations (56:57)  -The connection between mold, fungal infections, and Alzheimer's (58:33) -Alternative therapies for mold exposure (1:02:03)-Learn more about Dr. Shippy and her work (1:08:50)
January 17, 2019
Did you know that 77% of Americans say they regularly experience symptoms caused by stress, 50% experience fatigue, and 30% experience digestive issues? Digestive upset and fatigue together are an excellent combination for impairing the immune system, and therefore, it becomes a collective journey to heal the body. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Meghan Telpner, a Toronto-based author, speaker, nutritionist, and founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. She is also the bestselling author of UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health and The UnDiet Cookbook. In this podcast, we talk about the factors that contribute to autoimmune disease, potential triggers, and steps to begin the healing process. We talk about how to find the right practitioner to support you on your healing journey and the importance of being your own best health advocate. We also talk about the importance of spending time in your kitchen cooking meals from scratch and really paying attention to what is going into the food you are eating. Meghan shares with us a simple, attainable, and most importantly, a sustainable approach to living life well! In this episode, we dive into: -Meghan’s personal story and being diagnosed with Crohn’s (1:38)-The gut-brain connection and how the microbiome affects our mental health (11:04)-What is missing in treating most autoimmune diseases (13:25)-The importance of sleep in supporting our immune system (20:38)-Environmental triggers that upset your microbiome (21:31)-Three factors that contribute to autoimmune diseases (25:13)-How to find the right practitioner to support you on your healing journey (32:42)-How to write your own health resume (37:49)-Tips for families with kids and cooking (58:31)-The Academy of Culinary Nutrition (65:36)-Learn more about Meghan and her work (69:47)
January 10, 2019
Around the globe, we are waking up to how many of our ailments and illnesses can be attributed to our sedentary lifestyles. We have been told to move more to resolve our pain or decrease our risk for certain ailments, but we’re not sure where to start.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Katy Bowman, an internationally recognized biomechanist, author, and science communicator. She also directs and teaches at the Nutritious Movement Center Northwest in Washington State. In this podcast, we talk about the power of movement and how we can transform our bodies, families, communities, and planet, simply by moving more. We discuss how to easily integrate movement into everyday life, and how our cells respond to movement the way they respond to a healthy diet. We also talk about the difference between movement and exercise and the importance of embracing a variety of different types of movement, as well as basic exercises to wake up our trillion body parts.In this episode, we dive into:-What nutritious movement really means (8:03)-How sitting is the new smoking (10:20)-What an active lifestyle really looks like (12:17)-How our mental health is affected by our movement (22:22)-How to set up a dynamic workspace (39:24)-Katy’s footwear recommendations (44:16)-The importance of community (54:08)-The natural relationship between movement and food (55:54)-What keeps us from moving (60:36)-The influence of environment on the way we move our bodies (65:10)-Finding ways to nourish both the body and soul(66:04)-Learn more about Katy and her work (71:22)
January 3, 2019
Did you know that the postpartum hormone drop is considered the largest sudden hormone change in the shortest amount of time…and it has a tremendous impact on the brain? With such a dramatic drop in hormone levels it’s no surprise that 1 in 7 women struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety after birth. Why does postpartum depression happen so often, and more importantly, what is the cure? On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Maggie Ney, a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and women’s health advocate. She is also the founder and director of the Women’s Clinic at the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine in Santa Monica, California. In this podcast, we do a deep dive into the postpartum experience—from postpartum depression to “mommy brain” to hormonal shifts, and understanding the changes that happen in the brain during the postpartum period. Dr. Ney shares her own health challenges as a young adult and how that inspired her journey into naturopathic medicine. We discuss how the interaction of diet, lifestyle, mindset, and environment affect a woman’s hormones and the aging process. We also talk about the importance of developing an individualized treatment plan that addresses the root cause of hormone imbalances. Once obstacles to health are identified and removed, and the body is given appropriate support and nourishment, optimal health can be obtained. Dr. Ney’s mission is to empower women to understand their bodies and to help optimize their health, so they can live their best lives. In this episode, we dive into: -Navigating the postpartum period (5:43)-The impact of poor sleep on the brain (10:36)-The importance of nutrition and community in the postpartum period (18:04)-Changes in the brain during the postpartum period (22:10)-Dr. Ney’s recommendations for new moms (30:03)-Infertility, lab tests, and what obstacles to look for (34:32)-Hormonal shifts during perimenopause and menopause (39:36)-Benefits of acupuncture in supporting hormonal transitions (43:50)-Support tools during menopause (45:57)-Basic lab tests to ask your doctor for (47:53)-Genetics and Premenstrual Disorder (PMDD) (62:31)-Symptoms associated with thyroid dysfunction and what tests to ask your doctor for (64:50)-Optimizing liver function and gut health (70:02)-Learn more about Dr. Ney and her work (76:00)
December 27, 2018
When a hormonal imbalance is present in your body, did you know the symptoms can vary considerably? Symptoms can include anything from fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight gain, low libido, hair loss, heavy bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, and more. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Shawn Tassone, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist through the American Board of Integrative Medicine. He holds a medical degree, in addition to a PhD in mind-body medicine. In his 20 years of practice, Dr. Tassone has seen over 40,000 women and is a highly regarded patient advocate. In this podcast, we discuss how to address the root cause of hormonal imbalances, how our hormones impact our brain health, and the importance of not just treating symptoms, but your body as a whole. We also talk about the mind-body connection and how our mindset and spiritual health are even more powerful than the foods that we eat. Dr. Tassone has made it his life’s mission to educate women about hormones and how to balance them through an integrative approach. In this episode, we dive into: -What influenced Dr. Tassone in becoming an OB/GYN and his journey into integrative medicine (2:53)-The fundamental difference between female and male hormones (9:04)-The impact of modern day living on hormones (17:01)-An overview of hormones and how they function (20:14)-Signs of hormonal imbalances (22:30)-The relationship between hormones and brain health (32:17)-DUTCH hormone test (38:11)-The mind-body connection and the impact on our health (41:07)-The birth control pill and the long term effects on women’s health (44:37)-Alternative forms of contraception (48:08)-Essure device and complications associated with it (51:21)-Dr. Tassone’s top three recommendations to support hormonal health (55:16)-Learn more about Dr. Tassone and his work (58:21)
December 20, 2018
Did you know that 50% of human DNA is shared with fungi? Not quite plant and not quite animal, mushrooms occupy a pretty unique place in the biosphere. Mushrooms account for 25% of the Earth’s total biomass, and 92% of all plants are dependent upon mushrooms for their survival. When it comes to the idea of food-as-medicine, nothing really encapsulates the concept like mushrooms. Their antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties hold great potential to combat many of our largest health problems. Current research shows that functional mushrooms have a myriad of healing properties such as inhibiting cancer cell growth, balancing excess hormones, and reducing chronic fatigue. The list of vital nutrients found in mushrooms is extensive. With all these benefits packed into one delicate functional fungi, it’s no wonder mushrooms are referred to as the original superfood.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Tero Isokauppila, a Finnish foraging expert, and founder of Four Sigmatic, a company specializing in functional mushrooms, superfoods, and adaptogens. He is also the author of Healing Mushrooms: A Practical and Culinary Guide to Using Mushrooms for Whole Body Health and Santa Sold Shrooms, the untold story of Saint Nicholas. In this podcast, we discuss all things functional mushrooms and the power that these superfoods have to improve our health. We also talk about the difference between functional and culinary mushrooms, how mushrooms can improve our gut health, as well as the research on how mushrooms support cognitive function. Tero also shares with us the surprising story of the most famous person on earth, Santa Claus, and how he sold shrooms!There are so many incredible benefits yet to be realized from the fungi kingdom. Tero has dedicated his life to studying the link between health and mushrooms and shares with us how incorporating them into your daily routine can take your health and longevity to the next level.In this episode, we dive into:-Why mushrooms are important for humans and the similarity between our DNA (5:54)-The difference between culinary mushrooms and medicinal mushrooms (9:17)-How functional mushrooms support our immune system and the best mushrooms for health (12:45)-Mushrooms and brain health (14:29)-The best herbs used for cognitive function (17:18)-The connection between mushrooms and gut health (18:55)-How Tero got into medicinal mushrooms and made it his life mission to make mushrooms more accessible to everyone (23:35)-Why people with certain conditions should avoid some mushrooms (32:58)-Tero’s advice on creating something in the health space (40:17)-The story of Santa Claus and how he sold shrooms (47:19)-Tero’s recommendation for people who are just starting off using mushrooms (53:08)
December 13, 2018
Did you know that Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease? Our lifestyle choices today are extremely important variables, that are clearly connected to our brains destiny. Taking an active role in improving the health of our brain can help prevent some of the most debilitating chronic illnesses we face, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. David Perlmutter, a Board-Certified Neurologist and four-time New York Times best-selling author. In this podcast, we discuss the latest scientific research and the most effective ways you can maximize your brain’s potential. Dr. Perlmutter talks about how elevated markers of inflammation in your blood today are setting the stage for Alzheimer’s years from now, and how leveraging lifestyle factors can pave the way for a healthier brain.Chronic degenerative conditions are the number one cause of death on the planet. The proactive steps we take today can safeguard ourselves against cognitive decline and neurological disease. We can change our destiny by making better choices, and Dr. Perlmutter tells us exactly how to do that! In this episode, we dive into:-Why Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease (7:33)-Lifestyle factors and setting the stage for Alzheimer’s years from now (8:45)-Blood sugar and the risk of dementia (11:44)-What you should do today to support your brain health (14:10)-The importance of the chemical BDNF on brain function (17:01)-Ketones and super fuel for brain cells (23:01)-Benefits of MCT oil (29:34)-The importance of prebiotic fiber in your diet (33:01)-Difference between Atkins and a ketogenic diet (34:30)-Being vegetarian on a ketogenic diet (35:58)-DNA testing (36:57)-Alzheimer’s gene ApoE4 and the effectiveness of a ketogenic diet for brain function (39:28)-Risk factors associated with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s (41:47)-The connection to IBD and Parkinson’s disease (43:55)-Dr. Perlmutter’s daily non-negotiables as it relates to brain health (49:25)-The 5-year anniversary of Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain (59:50)
December 6, 2018
Gratitude is the gateway to happiness. Study after study has found that gratitude rewires your brain for positivity. What you put in your body determines what you get out of it. That’s true for food and exercise, and it’s also true for your thoughts, your relationships, and the community that you surround yourself with. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dave Asprey, founder and CEO of the Bulletproof movement and company, and one of the pioneers of the modern biohacking movement. In this podcast, we discuss and dive deep into some of the top lessons Dave covers in his new book, Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life. Dave talks about gratitude and what exactly happens in our brain when we practice it and why it is the ultimate biohack. He also talks about how winning in the bedroom is an important part of life, as well as intentional orgasms and how they impact the brain. Dave shares the importance of community and surrounding yourself with people who have similar values and can help you reach your goals and bring more joy into your life. Dave is on a mission to share his knowledge with the rest of the world, helping people on their journey to a better self. In this episode, we dive into: -Why gratitude is the ultimate biohack (4:00)-The relationship between gratitude and fear (8:07)-The Polyvagal Theory (9:00)-The Telomere Effect (9:55)-Use sex to get the best drugs (16:36)-Taoists formula for longevity (23:27)-Weasel words and the impact on your nervous system (29:49)-The power of no and mastering the art of doing what matters the most to you (35:32)-What does it look like to win at life (43:18)-The importance of community (48:10)-Eat like your grandma, not like a caveman (57:57)-Learn more about Dave and his work (64:23)-Dave and Dhru share what they are grateful for today (66:36)
November 29, 2018
Sugar. It’s the one ingredient that so many of us have an unhealthy love affair with that we can’t quite figure out how to give up. It’s in practically everything that is packaged and in many restaurant meals. Sugar is one food that UK-based nutritional therapist and Functional Medicine practitioner Angelique Panagos credits with her many health issues, including hormonal imbalances that caused years of pain and suffering for her and her family. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Angelique about her personal story revealing her battle with several eating disorders, Hashimoto’s, PCOS, and more. Angelique also shares her very personal account of having two miscarriages, a devastating occurrence that 15-20% of women face. In this podcast, you will get tons of practical tips, insights, and reflections that will leave you with a much deeper understanding of why so many women face these health issues. Angelique is on a mission to educate women about hormones and how to balance them. In this episode, we dive into: -How sugar affects hormones (3:36)-What is PCOS and what does it affect? (6:03)-Angelique’s story (10:43)-Biggest misconceptions of eating disorders (16:19)-Getting a Hashimoto’s diagnosis (19:55)-Using food to heal (25:06)-Kicking old habits and making positive changes (27:58)-Why excessive exercise isn’t the answer (29:53)-Paying attention to protein and fats (36:14)-Constipation and fiber needs (41:28)-Angelique’s struggle with miscarriages (44:48)-Preconception planning—the dad’s side (57:03)-Writing a book on hormones (1:05:59)-Being realistic about the postpartum period (1:11:01)-Learn more about Angelique and work with her (1:18:09)
November 22, 2018
Our world is slowly becoming a lonelier place. Social isolation is on the rise and more people are reporting in surveys that they have fewer meaningful relationships. And yet we know how important community is to both our physical health and mental health. But how do we create it?In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, host Dhru Purohit interviews Dr. Michelle Peris about the power of community and ritual, and how we can create more connection in our world to improve our overall health.Dr. Michelle Peris is the founder of The Poppy Clinic based in Toronto and the creator of Rebel Tribe, a community based health initiative designed to bring more connection into the lives of women.Dhru and Dr. Peris cover a bunch of topics including the impact that community, and the lack of it, has on our brain, the root factors taking place today that are driving disconnection, and how purposeful friendships can dramatically improve our health. In this episode, we dive into: -Dr. Peris’s origin story (5:30)-How our brains are wired for connection (8:20)-Why community is so important for our health (10:26)-Dr. Peris explains how lack of community impacts her patient's health (13:30)-What are the root issues that are driving us to become more isolated today? (15:20)-Dr. Peris talks about the importance of rituals in our modern society and the inspiration we can take from her Rebel Tribe (20:30)-What are practical tips on building community and connection? (26:00)-A few examples of how community has helped Dr. Peris's patients (32:15)-How Dr. Peris helps women better understand their health and the unique challenges they go through (36:20)-Addressing the toxic nature of unnecessary guilt and its impact on women's health (41:13)-How our friends can help us in our healing journey (42:54)-Dr. Peris talks about honoring the natural cycles that women go through (45:30)-Where to find Dr. Peris and learn more about her work (52:44)
November 15, 2018
Every day when we wake we are given a new opportunity to be our best selves—to be present for our loved ones, do the work we are meant to be doing, and feel at peace. However, in our day and age, technology is a part of every waking moment, that cell phone alarm that wakes us up can hijack our mornings, starting us off in a panic, and prompting us to seek out what has happened in the news overnight or who needs something from us. We can choose a different path, if we want, that can set the pace for our productivity for the rest of the day while, at the same time, helping us feel balanced and happy. Dhru’s conversation on The Broken Brain Podcast this week is all about creating habits that contribute to balance with Dr. Stephanie Estima, founder of The Health Loft in Toronto. Dhru and Dr. Stephanie start off by talking about her morning routine—especially as a mom to three boys—and they meander through many important topics such as breakfast ideas, keto diet tips, isolation new moms can feel, and so much more. In this episode, we dive into: -Why is a morning routine important? (3:05)-Core elements of a morning routine to set the tone for the day (5:22)-Dr. Stephanie’s breakfast tips (13:14)-How does mindset play a role in any routine? (19:14)-Childhood habits that played a role in Dr. Stephanie’s mission (26:56)-A learning journey to helping people (32:59)-Is a keto diet right for everyone? (43:04)-The importance of listening to your body (48:04)-Dr. Stephanie’s evening routine (50:54)-The isolation factor of being a new mom (58:16)-How Tetris will help you grow your brain (1:02:22)-Where to find Dr. Stephanie (1:08:29)
November 8, 2018
When Dr. Drew Ramsey, clinical psychiatrist and Columbia professor, bought a small farm in rural Indiana, he learned more about food than just how to grow a tomato (albeit, he grows one fine tomato!). He learned that putting our hands in the soil is therapeutic, that there is nothing like picking ingredients from your garden and assembling a meal for your family, and much more. Today, in our Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru talks with Broken Brain docu-series expert speaker and kale evangelist, Dr. Drew Ramsey. Dr. Ramsey integrates nutrition into his clinical psychiatry practice as an important component of treatment. Dhru and Dr. Ramsey discuss the need to put brain health and psychiatry into the vocabulary of our daily lives, the many benefits of growing your own food, nourishing our minds with community engagement, and much more. You’ll even get to hear Dr. Ramsey’s favorite kale recipe that anyone can make easily. In this episode, we dive into: -What is nutritional psychiatry? (2:53)-The intersection of traditional psychiatry and Dr. Ramsey’s approach (5:56)-Using food to improve mood and brain health (11:05)-Farm life and its benefits (19:35)-Regenerative agriculture (26:51)-Eating locally in urban areas (34:37)-Community as a form of nourishment (38:20)-The latest science on food and brain health (43:31)-Tips to choosing quality animal foods (46:35)-Dr. Ramsey’s transition from vegetarianism to eating meat (49:22)-Functional vs. dysfunctional medicine (54:33)-Dr. Ramsey’s favorite kale recipe (56:16)-Finding Dr. Ramsey online (1:02:35)
November 1, 2018
Have you ever wanted to be a more relaxed and less anxious person...someone who bounces back after setbacks that we all face? Someone who can take deep breaths in the midst of a stressful day and not react when something upsets you? My life is full! I am often running from morning until late at night, and I could not do it without meditation. My twice daily meditation practice is what actually gives me the reserves and the presence to accomplish everything I need to in one day. Today, we learn all about the inner workings of the brain, why we get anxious, and how meditation can help with neuroscientist, psychotherapist, and Muse co-creator Ariel Garten. Dhru and Ariel start off by getting real about mental health—it’s something we ALL need to deal with—no stigma here. It’s a part of the human condition. For all the moms out there, Ariel shares her story on postpartum depression and the anxiety she faced after having her son. This episode is full of rich pearls to teach you about our precious organ, the brain; to encourage you to try meditation (even if you think you can’t do it); and even offer tips on how to incorporate meditation in your workplace or family life. In this episode, we dive into: -There is no stigma in mental health (4:02)-Anxiety as the broken alarm system (5:42)-What does “sitting with it” mean? (9:00)-The role of our prefrontal cortex (11:09)-Ariel’s experience with postpartum depression and anxiety (13:14)-Making meaning out of everything (17:13)-Changes in your brain during meditation (18:52)-Daily routines to avoid anxiety (21:36)-Meditating as a group - work or family (25:31)-The story of Ariel’s inspiration (31:39)-The origins of Muse (33:15)-It’s ok to suck at meditation, please keep trying (38:57)-Meditation’s role in creating something new (43:51)-Identifying our story and how to change it (47:30)-The launch of Muse 2 (50:53)-How Ariel uses Muse in her life (52:55)-Where to find Ariel online (53:56)
October 25, 2018
Are there things happening in your body that you can’t see? We were all born with the genes that are code for everything in our physical bodies and even account for some personality traits. Genes determine hair and eye color, sleep patterns, how you detoxify, food sensitivities, and so much more!Some genes have what are called SNPs and that’s when things can get complicated. Finding out if you have SNPs, and what they are, is important. Even though there are strengths and weaknesses to having SNPs, there are practical things you can do to support the genes you have so your body can function better—right now and in the future.Today, our Broken Brain Podcast host Dhru talks to genetic expert and Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Ben Lynch, author of the best selling book Dirty Genes. Dhru and Dr. Ben discuss what dirty genes are and how we can clean them up! Dr. Ben shares his personal genetic testing story and how he manages with a SNP in his MTHFR gene. You’ll get to hear Dr. Ben’s advice on finding a doctor who knows how to work with genetics and so much more.In this episode, we dive into:-What are dirty genes? (2:45)-Are we doomed or will epigenetics save us? (4:25)-SNPs in our genes (8:14)-What is the MTHFR gene all about? (10:50)-Dr. Ben puts the pieces together (20:50)-Other important SNPs we may have (29:57)-Cleaning up the COMT gene (34:34)-Practical tips to scrub those genes clean (36:12)-Dr. Ben’s approach to testing (40:56)-Where can I find a skilled practitioner? (47:36)-Thriving with the genes we have (52:02)-Dr. Ben’s dream vision for gene testing (53:25)-Finding Dr. Ben online; bonus book chapter (58:36)
October 18, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Shalani BhatHave you ever thought about how our organs are able to stay in place, exactly where they need to be? There is a stretchy webbing, or connective tissue, inside of our bodies called fascia that runs from head to toe around our organs and our muscles. We are learning more and more about this tissue, the role it plays in our health, and how to keep it healthy so you can feel your best.Today, we dive into this topic with Functional Medicine practitioner Dr. Shalini Bhat, founder of The Movement Boutique in Toronto. Dr. Bhat and Dhru will start off by explaining what fascia is and why it’s so important. Then, they will talk in depth about how to keep fascia healthy through diet and movement—because after all “motion is lotion.”As a Functional Medicine doctor, Dr. Bhat is always interested in finding the root cause of issues, so you’ll also get to hear her perspective on how fascia may impact digestion and brain health. And, finally, if you want to hear some practical tips on things you can do to support healthy fascia in our daily lives, listen to the end!In this episode, we dive into:-Dr. Bhat’s background and education (4:18)-What is fascia? (12:16)-Discovering fascia is an organ with an important function (18:41)-Addressing nutrition to keep fascia healthy (20:30)-Fascia and digestion (27:32)-Does your fascia affect your brain health? (30:38)-How has technology impacted our fascia? (35:12)-Sitting properly in a chair and desk work (42:00)-Fascial release at home (46:46)-Finding root causes to help fascia (49:30)-Emotions stored in the body (54:33)-Where to find Dr. Bhat online (1:01:13)
October 11, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Dan SiegelWhat kind of person would you be if you were calmer, more centered, kinder, and relaxed? Do you think you would feel better about yourself and your relationships with others...make different more loving? The golden ticket to living your best life is within reach for every single human, and, best of all, it's free.Today, mindfulness expert, psychiatrist, and professor Dr. Dan Siegel and our host Dhru have a noteworthy conversation about the awareness the brain is capable of, including tips on implementing the Wheel of Awareness as a daily practice, and how that can impact our lives from day to day and also in the long-term.Starting with an awareness practice, this conversation is one you’ll want to be present for. Dr. Siegel also describes how the attention we give to certain thoughts can stimulate new neural connections, the science behind the changes in the brain when one is aware, and even gives you a glimpse into his daily awareness routine.In this episode, we dive into:-Opening awareness practice (2:40)-Is awareness more important today? (6:07)-What is the opposite of awareness? (8:38)-Creating new brain wiring (11:30)-Reducing reactions with awareness (16:20)-Science of awareness in our brains (18:35)-The Wheel of Awareness (21:57)-Why your morning routine matters (27:31)-Integrating practices into your life (33:12)-How did Dr. Siegel get here? (46:30)-Awareness leading to kindness, gratitude, and joy (53:15)-Movement - Dr. Siegel’s love of dance (1:06:43)-Where to find Dr. Siegel’s work (1:07:47)
October 5, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Yashar KhosroshahiYou may take great care of your body, but do you take care of your mind? Do you sit with feelings when they arise or do you get weighed down by them and become resentful? Do you take time out of your productive day to slow down and sit quietly?Our Broken Brain Podcast this week is all about our mindset. Dhru and our guest this week, Toronto-based naturopathic doctor and founder of “Mindshift Ninja” Dr. Yashar Khosroshahi, talk about going from knowing something to actually doing something...taking that knowledge you have acquired from years of reading and studying and applying it to actionable steps.This is a special conversation that contemplates mind practices such as meditation, awareness, and reframing beliefs. There are practical tips, too, like how to become that mindshift ninja, mentoring your kids to start out young with a healthy mindset, and what you can do to increase resilience.In this episode, we dive into:-What is a Mindshift Ninja? (3:19)-More than one brain (4:57)-Dr. K’s personal mindset (7:12)-Closing the knowing vs doing gap (8:58)-B.R.A.I.N.—more than an organ (15:55)-Acknowledging pain for what it is (27:40)-The ego’s role in mindset (28:43)-Dr. K’s patient story on reframing beliefs (30:43)-The balance between “can do” and “slowing down” (36:28)-Increasing awareness and resilience (41:13)-The role of meditation in mindset (47:17)-Biofeedback and heart rate variability (50:35)-Healthy mindset in kids (56:57)-Applying these tools in Dr. K’s life (1:00:49)-Practical hacks (1:05:52)-Finding Dr. K online (1:08:53)
September 27, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Josh GitalisWe talk about the topic of food often—it gets a lot of airplay, but shouldn’t it? We eat three, sometimes more, times a day and we believe that food fuels our cells. It’s important! Today, we are talking with Toronto-based functional nutritionist Josh Gitalis who is passionate about helping his clients figure out the best approach to eating for their needs.Josh and our host Dhru start off with wild foods and how they are nutritionally superior to your supermarket finds. Have you eaten any dandelion greens lately? (Just be sure they aren’t sprayed with pesticides!) Find out how you can incorporate wild foods into your meals and adapt to enjoy the taste of bitter foods.You’ll also get to hear about why you may need a different diet for different times of your life, functional lab testing, how you can incorporate more greens in your meals, practical tips for feeding kids, and much more. This is a great one!In this episode, we dive into:-Josh’s love of wild greens and mushrooms (3:38)-Wild food and brain health (6:15)-Adapting and retraining taste buds to enjoy bitters (12:15)-Cutting through the nutrition confusion (14:26)-What is the FODMAPs diet? (20:36)-When is it time to go back to a less restricted diet? (24:14)-Using functional labs to dig deeper (25:44)-Josh’s background and journey (29:12)-Eating greens and their role in our microbiome (35:20)-Tips to help you eat more whole foods (38:51)-Freezing food for later (43:12)-Tools for helping with meal prep (46:04)-Bone broth—fad or a real healer? (48:21)-What’s in a brain? (50:28)-Genetic testing clues to help us (57:58)-What does Josh eat? (1:03:24)-Tips for feeding kids (1:11:07)-Resources and where you can find Josh (1:15:49)
September 21, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Fabian TaiHave you ever wondered how vision plays a role in the health of our bodies and our brains? Problems with our eyes can give us clues to what is going on inside—and, conversely, problems with many activities may be a result of compromised eye function. What you may not know is that using a treatment called vision therapy may improve so many things such as ADD, head injuries, reading comprehension, posture, throwing a ball, and much more.Today, our host Dhru sits down with optometrist Dr. Fabian Tai, whose specialty is vision therapy. Vision therapy takes a different approach to vision, the eyesight, and the brain using a variety of tests and exercises to help strengthen and retrain the eyes.In this episode, we dive into:-Dr. Tai’s personal story (4:29)-Symptoms that were signs of trouble (9:16)-How does vision impact fight or flight? (13:25)-Stress on the body from not using eyes properly (14:28)-Vision as more than just what your eyes see (18:02)-What is vision therapy? (19:30)-Who benefits from vision therapy? (20:45)-Vision’s role in ADD (23:04)-Chronic inflammation affects brain and vision health (27:24)-What else can we do to heal? (31:53)-Being proactive in treating injuries (42:20)-Protocol for a few exercises (47:02)-Where can I find a vision therapist? (48:56)-Conditions that may be helped by vision therapy (52:25)-Vision therapy and stroke patients (55:05)-Reducing eye strain when on screens (1:03:45)-Myopia is not normal (1:07:10)-Would reading glasses help? (1:09:36)-Light sensitivity and how to help it (1:14:43)-Dr. Tai’s family story about the tie between gut and vision (1:16:51)-Where can I find out more about Dr. Tai (1:22:41)
September 14, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. NaimTrauma comes in several forms and may be felt and held deeply in many different parts of the body. Whether it’s trauma experienced in childhood or a shock to the system from a car accident or act of violence, integrative psychiatrist Dr. Omid Naim, tells us “We can completely recover from trauma.” Did you hear that? We have hope.Today, host of the Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru, sits down with Dr. Naim from Hope Integrative Psychiatry and La Maida Institute in Los Angeles, CA to discuss many topics that penetrate us to our cores. They discuss the nature of community and why it’s important, including how Dr. Naim has ditched his car and has become comfortable asking for rides from time to time. They also dig into the controversial topic of treating depression by using a variety of modalities - and digging into the root cause of the depression - rather than using medications alone or as the only option.In this episode, we dive into:-The importance of community and social connection (4:31)-Sharing rides in a city that drives (7:54)-What is integrative psychiatry? (13:27)-A woman’s story of depression (17:45)-The challenge of starting with meds first (25:42)-Digging in to find the root of the problem (29:28)-Dr. Omid’s approach with his patients (32:16)-Integrative medicine is not the standard of care (36:15)-The types of trauma (39:48)-Tools to help release trauma (49:21)-Daily routines that create new patterns (50:43)-How can we connect with others in community (56:40)-Where can I find Dr. Naim online? (1:01:57)
September 6, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Will ColeIf you’ve been wondering about the ketogenic diet and want to know if it’s really worth your time, effort, and discomfort in letting certain foods go, this interview with functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole will help you sort through it all. Our host of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru, sat down recently in LA with Dr. Will to get to the bottom of why a plant-heavy keto diet works well for improving metabolism, weight loss, and overall good health.Are you still frightened by saturated fat? Do you think it will cause a heart condition? Dr. Will talks about that myth and also provides an in-depth look into the functional medicine tests that will be the true litmus test to know if you should be concerned about a heart condition or impending stroke. Get your pencil and paper handy!Dhru and Dr. Will also cover much more in this podcast including the challenge a lot of people have with grains and legumes, how to empower your kids to eat well, and if and how much alcohol is OK. Are you curious? Tune in to listen!In this episode, we dive into:- Basics of the ketogenic diet (1:44)-“Ketotarian”—what’s that? (3:32)-Dr. Will’s diet journey (6:12)-Health benefits Dr. Will sees in his patients (12:10)-Will too much saturated fat cause a heart attack? (17:07)-Dr. Will’s functional medicine tests for heart health (19:20)-Fat and its impact on your brain (22:17)-Eating grains and legumes and their challenges (25:55)-What is metabolic syndrome? (29:04)-A day in the life of Dr. Will Cole (31:24)-Encouraging kids to eat well (34:19)-Testing for ketones: should I do it regularly? (36:12)-Are exogenous ketones helpful? (39:24)-Tips to get back in alignment when you’ve gotten derailed (40:58)-How long does it take to notice a difference on the ketotarian plan? (42:13)-Will’s favorite keto recipes (43:47)-The best keto sweetener options (45:34)-Recommendations to help with gut repair (48:33)-Yay or nay? Diet shortcuts and trends (53:50)-What does “in moderation” really mean? (59:18)-Where can I find Dr. Will Cole? (1:02:25)
August 31, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Tom O’BryanDr. Tom O’Bryan, this week’s guest on The Broken Brain Podcast, is often found buried under scores of the latest scientific journal articles. Whether he is immersed in gluten sensitivity, leaky brain, effects of EMF, or molecular mimicry, you can be sure Dr. Tom has investigated it from all angles.Have you ever thought about the electronics that are plugged in at your house—especially in your bedroom? One of Dr. Tom’s patients found that just unplugging her alarm clock stopped her seizures. What else is happening to us from the electromagnetic fields surrounding our televisions, computers, or iPhones? Learn more about what Dr. Tom has found that is happening to our brains from exposure to these fields.Host of our podcast, Dhru Purohit, has a very lively discussion with Dr. Tom, who sees a real need for us to make changes now to improve our health. Dhru and Tom cover toxins that are impacting our brains, the four different immune systems in our bodies, molecular mimicry, and much more. There’s a lot to think about here, but as Tom says—if we commit to learning something new every week then we can take steps to improve our health.In this episode, we dive into:-Why write a book on brain health? (5:23)-Dr. Tom’s Functional Medicine approach to health (9:46)-The four pillars to consider for good health (12:05)-Where do we start? (16:05)-How do electronic devices impact us? (28:52)-Toxins that cause brain issues (37:28)-What is leaky brain? (41:17)-No symptoms, no problems...right? (48:43)-The mystery of molecular mimicry (56:01)-Dr. Tom’s new book and a gift for listeners (1:11:40)
August 23, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Rouzita RashtianYour mouth is a part of the body that is often overlooked as the gateway to health problems. By educating ourselves, we can make better choices that will impact our health right now—and for years to come. The Broken Brain Podcast is a place where you can come to listen about any and all topics that impact your brain and your overall health.Today, my partner and host of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru Purohit, talks to biological dentist and surgeon Dr. Rouzita Rashtian about topics that are controversial and misunderstood such as silver fillings, root canals, and fluoride.What is really happening as you chew or grind your teeth that have silver fillings? When you kill the nerve in your tooth by doing a root canal, are you really removing the risk for future trouble, or are there other ways to treat persistent tooth pain? What about fluoride? Why does the ADA still promote fluoride usage even though we have data showing it’s a neurotoxin—and there is no developmental need for it?In addition to these big topics, Dhru and Dr. Rashtian discuss the proper way to brush and floss, the deal on mouthwash, and if breastmilk from overnight feedings causes tooth decay.In this episode, we dive into:-Differences between a biological and conventional dentist (3:33)-What are silver fillings made of? (7:55)-What happens with silver fillings over time? (10:42)-How to safely remove mercury fillings (16:43)-Recommended filling materials (22:14)-Dr. Rashtian’s dental path (26:20)-Root canals - why are they done? (30:02)-Alternatives to root canals (36:25)-What to do after a root canal (40:57)-Fluoride—what you need to know (48:04)-Why is fluoride still used? (54:04)-Is mouthwash helpful? (55:36)-Nutrients for healthy teeth (1:00:38)-Breastfeeding at night (1:03:50)-Oil pulling (1:06:00)-Flossing the right way (1:07:56)-Working with Dr. Rashtian (1:12:00)
August 16, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Vincent PedreWhen you are stressed, did you know that your gut bacteria can change? Did you know that if you suffer from a Traumatic Brain Injury, even something as common as a concussion, within 30 minutes gut permeability increases? There are so many things that impact our gut that then can set off a cascade of events in our bodies. If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, IBS, or one of any number of conditions, you may want to turn to your gut first. It is called the second brain—for good reason—the gut can send signals and chemicals to change the health of your brain.Dr. Vincent Pedre, gut guru and author of Happy Gut, talks with our Broken Brain Podcast host Dhru Purohit this week on the topic of gut health. They cover a wide range of fascinating topics from the simplest questions such as “Why is it called the gut?” to more complex topics like the role of butyrate in the gut to create new neural connections in the brain.Dr. Pedre talks about how the gut and the brain are connected, the gut’s role in detoxification, how colon hydrotherapy works, and so much more!In this episode, we dive into:-Gut health 101 (3:11)-Why do we call it the “gut”? (9:08)-How Dr. Pedre healed himself of IBS (11:28)-Then vs. now - new treatment protocols (17:41)-How are the gut and the brain connected? (24:06)-Detox through the gut (30:54)-Colon hydrotherapy - is it a good idea? (33:43)-Yoga and its stress relieving benefits (36:49)-Dr. Pedre’s personal tips on keeping his gut healthy (39:47)-Bacteria: increasing and building diversity (44:11)-New and important gut information (49:24)-What is the Gut C.A.R.E. Program? (57:47)-Finding Dr. Pedre online (1:01:29)
August 9, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Steven LinHave you noticed that some people can have a mouth full of cavities, while others don’t? Which category do you fall in? If you think that brushing and flossing alone will prevent cavities, you might be interested in hearing about the myriad of other ways we can have good oral health—and how a healthy mouth contributes to a healthy body.Dr. Steven Lin sits down with host of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru Purohit, today to talk about functional dentistry. Just how is this different than conventional dentistry? You’ll find out in this podcast. Dhru and Dr. Lin also discuss the history of the development of our jaws, the ecosystem in our mouths, dangers of mouth breathing, what bleeding gums really mean, and many other fascinating topics.In this episode, we dive into:-The value of a smile (3:12)-Development of our jaws (8:43)-Dr. Lin’s personal story (12:34)-Dental health is more than just brushing (16:29)-What is functional dentistry? (19:24)-Chronic disease starts in the mouth (23:18)-The mouth’s ecosystem (28:01)-Why does one person get cavities and another person doesn’t? (30:40)-Breathing through your nose and your mouth (36:34)-Sleep apnea and anxiety (40:34)-Mouth taping (46:25)-Nutrients to support a healthy mouth (50:40)-Bleeding gums and the gut microbiome (54:23)-Tongue exercises for digestive support (57:28)-Where can I find a functional dentist? (1:00:43)
August 3, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Mark HymanAs a practicing Functional Medicine doctor, you might be surprised to know that I got sick...really sick. I got so sick that I thought my brain had broken. I had brain fog and couldn’t remember my patients’ names; I was exhausted and just could not function. What I uncovered may surprise you. I’m sharing my story with you today because if you’re not feeling the best, there is hope you can turn your health around like I did.We’re taking a short break from our regular Broken Brain Podcast episodes and sharing the full-length interview I did with Dhru for our Broken Brain documentary series. It will take you through all the details about how my health suffered and all the things I learned along the way. I will give you an in-depth look at how I healed and all the things you need to know about your own brain such as the importance of certain nutrients, how the brain changes, why chronic inflammation plays such a big role in disease, how toxins impact us, and much more.In this episode, we dive into:-Why I got sick (2:06)-My healing process (7:00)-How the body affects brain health (10:23)-What’s the blood brain barrier? (12:04)-The impact of chemical exposures (16:18)-Exercise has profound effects on brain health (19:07)-The new science of the brain—neuroplasticity (21:05)-Sugar as a brain toxin (22:20)-Dementia case study “Bud” (23:14)-Abnormal aging in our culture (28:36)-Hormones and the brain (34:49)-Inflammation’s role in brain degeneration (36:12)-The importance of fats (37:50)-Nutrients critical for brain health (42:31)-Learning through play at any age (44:32)-The power of sleep (45:38)
July 26, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Light WatkinsWhy do people meditate? Is it because they need to de-stress—or is it because they want to work smarter and be more productive? It actually can be both and much more. Many benefits can’t even be measured. But, it is a common experience that if you meditate you will feel better; you’ll feel more relaxed, calmer, and focused.Today, on The Broken Brain Podcast, host Dhru Purohit and expert meditation teacher and author Light Watkins have a deep discussion about the power of meditation in your life. Light and Dhru talk about the history of meditation, different meditation types (including the style Light teaches), and very practical tips on getting started.Light explains why meditation elicits a relaxation response that is deeper than sleep, why it’s important to have your back supported and sit in a comfortable place, and how his community events called The Shine are wholesome places for people to come together to lift each other up.In this episode, we dive into:-What does successful meditation look like (1:48)-The relaxation response that is deeper than sleep (9:30)-Meditation types explained (15:25)-What a consistent meditation practice offers (22:24)-Steps to getting started (23:34)-Light’s EASY meditation technique (26:44)-What does it look like when Light meditates? (28:38)-Fear of bringing up past trauma and pain while meditating (35:29)-Real world benefits of meditating (40:30)-Selling it all...Light reveals his new life (46:35)-The Shine and bringing people together in real life (46:35)-Making meditation a regular part of your life (1:02:56)
July 19, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Gabrielle LyonWe use our muscles every day—from our brain to our quads—for the smallest and the biggest tasks. Muscles make up an impressive 45% of our body mass. Did you know that muscle is an endocrine organ and regulates metabolism? Did you know that using your muscles actually can help reduce systemic inflammation?Today on The Broken Brain Podcast, Functional Medicine practitioner Dr. Gabrielle Lyon joins our host, Dhru Purohit, to talk about muscles and optimizing our body composition by eating protein, strength training, and more. Dr. Lyon specializes in muscle-centric medicine and works with her patients to fine-tune metabolism, balance hormones, and transform body composition.If you want to learn all about protein, and what it can do for your muscles, how it can increase your energy, and increase your longevity, I hope you’ll tune in to our podcast.In this episode, we dive into:* Muscle: The organ of longevity (2:18)* Obesogenic sarcopenia—what does that mean? (5:08)* Brain and muscle health in the aging (8:13)* Importance of maintaining muscle (10:18)* Everything you need to know about protein (13:21)* Sources of protein (15:58)* Plant-based protein (18:04)* Dr. Lyon’s personal daily diet (20:18)* Aging healthfully (25:26)* Building muscle—where to start? (27:51)* How do I prioritize protein correctly in my daily diet? (32:55)* Dr. Lyon’s favorite protein supplements (36:06)* How can the right protein change my life? (37:43)
July 12, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Elizabeth BohamIf inflammation is implicated in so many diseases, then how do we know we have chronic inflammation? And, once we find out we do have it, how do we know where it’s coming from?Dr. Elizabeth Boham is our guest this week on The Broken Brain Podcast with host and Broken Brain Executive Producer Dhru Purohit. Dr. Boham is the medical director of the Functional Medicine clinic, The UltraWellness Center, that I founded in Lenox, Massachusetts. She is a Functional Medicine trained physician and also a dietitian.Dr. Boham devotes her life to helping people in a way that few others can—as a cancer survivor. And, because of her experience working through this disease and healing herself, she was the first person that Dhru turned to when his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now healthy, thriving, and cancer free, thanks to Dr. Boham and her compassion and guidance.Dr. Boham also talks with Dhru about inflammation, including how to determine if you have it and places to look for it. She shares how she uses nutrition and other lifestyle modifications to turn her patients lives around every day, and so much more!In this episode, we dive into:How is the Functional Medicine approach different? (3:44)Finding the root cause is a personal journey (7:24)Why increasing movement is a must (10:23)Moving beyond thoughts that hold you back (21:05)Supporting older parents through lifestyle changes (23:28)Practical tools to improve brain health (26:20)Role of butyrates in health (28:42)DHA and how it improves brain health (29:47)Sugar’s impact on the brain (31:24)The importance of sleep and how much we need (36:37)All about inflammation (41:46)What’s the gut’s place in inflammation? (48:07)Nutrition as the first therapy (49:49)Dr. Boham’s personal story with breast cancer (54:05)Three things to do to improve your brain health (59:42)
July 6, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Mike MutzelHave you, or a loved one, been on a destructive path, and wondered how on earth are things going to change? Our good friend and Functional Nutrition expert Mike Mutzel opens up for the first time here on The Broken Brain Podcast about his experience as a child and young person doing drugs, stealing, and being on a path that was going nowhere fast.Mike shares with our host and executive producer of the Broken Brain docu-series, Dhru Purohit, how he pulled himself out of the deep dark hole of depression and turned his life around to be a Functional Nutrition scholar, interviewer extraordinaire, and social media master.Dhru and Mike cover a wide range of topics in this episode including insulin and leptin resistance, why you want to reduce your body fat, the benefits of time-restricted eating, what plays a role in good health, and much, much more!In this episode, we dive into:What drugs do to your brain (2:50)Mike’s life-shifting moments (9:54)Who is Metabolic Mike? (12:05)The detriment of insulin resistance (15:04)Leptin’s role in health metabolism and insulin levels (17:50)Reduce your fat, reduce your inflammation (24:17)Skinny fat—why it’s just as dangerous (25:52)Steps to pulling out of a negative cycle (28:05)Benefits of time-restricted eating (31:48)Safety of intermittent fasting through research (34:22)Ketogenic diet - what is it and should I do it? (39:54)Is there a best diet for everyone? (44:09)What other factors play a role in good health? (46:56)Gleaning information from Mike’s recent interviews (51:43)Why would anyone want to be in discomfort? (59:49)Raising healthy kids (1:04:37)Let’s find Mike online (1:07:48)
June 28, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Max LugavereWhat do you do when your mom’s health suddenly takes a nosedive and you don’t recognize the person you’ve known your whole life? If you are Max Lugavere, you drop everything and go on a mission, pouring through all the medical literature to put the pieces together about brain health in support of his mom, who has a rare form of dementia.Our good friend, brain health researcher, and Broken Brain expert Max Lugavere joins host Dhru Purohit today on The Broken Brain Podcast. Dhru and Max really dig into what foods help your brain thrive like extra virgin olive oil, dark leafy greens, and eggs. They also share stories about the importance of sleep, community, and love.It’s incredible how loved ones change our lives and inspire us to help others. Max is testament to this and wants to share all he’s learned with you.In this episode, we dive into:Max’s thoughts on a vegan diet (2:15)What makes a scientific study trustworthy? (7:29)Foods that help your brain thrive (13:00)Max’s recipe for a brain healthy salad (17:13)Benefits of bitter plant compounds (20:53)Genius foods for your brain (22:23)Which plays a bigger role—genes or diet? (26:48)Which oils should we avoid and why (29:31)Max’s inspiration: his mom (33:27)Your brain on sugar (43:38)What sources of research does Max recommend? (56:33)Thoughts on food policy (1:00:16)How important is community for health? (1:02:34)Contemplating coconut oil as a healthy fat (1:04:45)Optimizing brain health with sleep and love (1:08:24)
June 21, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Rupy AujlaYou’ve heard it said many times: Food is medicine. But, do we really understand how our day to day food choices can make or break our health? The good news is that there are people out there, like Dr. Rupy Aujla, who do, and who are passionate about the role of food in good health. And, he’s using his life to teach others—including the new generation of doctors—all about the healing power of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices.Dr. Rupy Aujla, host of The Doctor’s Kitchen and Broken Brain docu-series expert speaker, explores the topic of food with Broken Brain Executive Producer Dhru Purohit in this recent episode of The Broken Brain Podcast. They cover everything from how food choices are contributing to sickness earlier in life to moving beyond barriers to healthy eating.If you think healthy eating has to be time consuming, Dr. Rupy will share with you how he pulls together brightly colored meals in under ten minutes. Or, if you are on a budget, like so many of us, Dhru and Dr. Rupy talk about the true cost of eating organic fruits and vegetables.In this episode, we dive into:Using food as medicine: The grassroots movement (2:08)Dr. Rupy’s journey to using food as medicine (3:32)Why are we getting sicker at a younger age? (8:37)Moving beyond barriers to healthy eating (15:46)Tips for cooking healthy meals fast (17:02)Eating well on a budget (20:57)The real cost of organic fruits and vegetables (24:16)Educating physicians in nutrition (27:31)Research on food as an effective treatment (32:35)Incorporating variety into everyday meals (34:34)Improving brain health using food (39:47)Tips for eating out at restaurants (47:18)Dr. Rupy’s go-to 10-minute meals (50:54)Practical ways to make a difference and be a role model (53:12)
June 14, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Maya ShetreatIn our 7th episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Broken Brain Executive Producer Dhru Purohit and Dr. Maya Shetreat—dirt expert, neurologist, and Functional Medicine practitioner—talk about the role of dirt and microbes in the body. In this discussion, you’ll learn all about hormesis, how small stresses actually stimulate the body to become more resilient. Plus, Dr. Shetreat talks about many ways to get your children outside (let them play in dirt...let them eat some dirt!) and the importance of a whole body approach to health that includes the physical, emotional, and spiritual.This episode is packed with tips for parents and caregivers to cultivate a healthy microbiome in little people. Even if you’re not caring for little ones, you’ll be encouraged to put down your phone and take a walk in the woods.In this episode, we dive into:Dirt and the instinct to be sanitary (1:27)Fearing dirt and bacteria (4:38)Implications of a sterile environment (7:57)Steps to a healthy microbiome (11:15)Hormesis: Small stresses that are good for us (15:35)Encouraging loved ones to get outside (22:25)Fear of independent play (26:52)Dr. Shetreat’s approach with patients (34:08)How to create change in your daily life (41:02)What whole body health looks like (49:39)Dr. Shetreat’s inspiration and resources (51:50)
June 8, 2018
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Titus ChiuIn this sixth episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Executive Producer of Broken Brain and host of this podcast, Dhru Purohit, talks to our friend Dr. Chiu about his approach to brain health and recovery from brain injuries. You’ll hear about his personal story, what happens to your brain when it’s injured, why there is a gut-brain connection, which diet is best for brain health, and so much more.If you are interested in learning about the best approach to healing after a brain injury, or just how to protect your brain in day-to-day life, check out this informative podcast.In this episode, we dive into:Dr. Chiu’s life-changing accident (2:47)What is root cause neurology? (8:08)The complexity of brain injuries (10:50)Breakdown in neural networks (18:10)Diet and brain repair (23:32)How to give your brain a break (30:44)Sports and brain injuries (36:13)Neuroinflammation and gut-brain connection (41:02)Tips for protecting your brain (45:33)High-tech and low-tech healing modalities (53:02)Diet for brain health (56:20)Dr. Chiu’s book Brain Save! and where to find him (1:04:55)
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