The Broken Brain podcast will help you take your brain health to the next level and teach you how to live your best life! Listen as host and serial entrepreneur Dhru Purohit interviews the top experts in the field of neuroplasticity, epigenetics, biohacking, mindfulness and functional medicine.
#56: Overcoming a Traumatic Brain Injury and Creating a Miracle Mindset with JJ Virgin
1.7 million people suffer some type of traumatic brain injury each year in the US—from a mild concussion to coma to death. It is estimated that 5.3 million Americans suffer from a long-term disability from a traumatic brain injury.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to JJ Virgin, a celebrity nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer. JJ is the author of four New York Times best sellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook. Her latest book, Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience, shows mothers everywhere how to be strong, positive leaders for their families, while exploring the inspirational lessons she learned as she fought for her own son’s life.In this episode, Dhru and JJ talk about how she helped her son heal from a traumatic brain injury. They discuss some of the therapies that helped her son recover, like hyperbaric oxygen therapy, neurofeedback, and stem cell therapy. They talk about why fish oil is critical for mental health and traumatic brain injury recovery, as well as the benefits of a ketogenic diet. They also talk about the lessons she learned from this journey that are crucial to building a healthy, resilient mindset. In this episode, we dive into:-JJ’s personal story of her son’s traumatic brain injury (2:22)-How do you know if you’ve had a traumatic brain injury (7:19)-Traumatic brain injuries and depression (8:18)-Why fish oil is critical for mental health and traumatic brain injury recovery (9:27)-The benefits of a ketogenic diet for brain injuries (25:12)-Connecting the dots between what you eat and how you feel (27:41)-Hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help with brain healing (30:39)-Stem cell therapy (31:26)-Why putting your health first is not selfish (46:56)-The importance of asking the right questions to reframe a situation (50:05)-An important lesson for caregivers (56:38)-Traumatic brain injuries and the lack of support and community (57:25)-The single most important thing you can do to be healthy (59:59)-The importance of quality relationships with friends and family (1:03:46)-Mindshare Summit for health and wellness entrepreneurs (1:07:25)-Learn more about JJ and her work (1:13:22)For more on JJ Virgin, be sure to follow her on Instagram @jj.virgin, on Facebook @JJVirginOfficial, and on YouTube @JJVirgin. Check out her podcast The JJ Virgin Lifestyle Show, and check her website https://jjvirgin.com. You also can find her books right here.
#55: How to Redesign the Subconscious Mind from Limitation to Freedom with Peter Crone
Who would you be if you weren't defined by the limiting dialogue of your own mind? We exist within mental constructs that dictate our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Suffering is a byproduct of these mental constraints. To create an extraordinary life we have to reveal the limiting framework of our perceived reality and shift the perception we have of ourselves in order to become limitless.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to The Mind Architect Peter Crone, a writer, speaker and thought leader in human potential who works with entertainers, professional athletes, and global organizations.In this episode, Dhru and Peter discuss how our own perceptions and self-limiting beliefs shape our reality, and how to find freedom from a self-imposed mental jail cell. They talk about how to redesign the subconscious mind that drives behavior to inspire a new way of living, from limitation and stress to freedom and joy. They also talk about how the challenges that we experience in our lives are an opportunity to grow, and to be patient, trusting, loving, accepting, and understand that it all works out. We are beneficiaries of life, not victims of it.In this episode, we dive into:-What blocks us from having freedom in our life (2:21)-What is true happiness? (8:59)-Why the first step in healing is acceptance (9:45)-The impact of stress on our digestion (16:23)-Peter’s personal story of losing both parents at a young age (20:28)-How past hurt informs future fear (23:16)-Finding freedom in uncertainty (26:39)-How to break free from judgment (29:37)-Constraints of the subconscious (45:38)-The power of imagination (52:04)-How to be more mindful of language (1:05:29)-Perfectionism and the stories we make up about ourselves (1:20:22)-The Healed documentary (1:22:18)-Learn more about Peter and his work (1:31:38)For more on Peter Crone, be sure to follow him on Instagram @petercroneofficial and check out his website https://www.petercrone.com.
#54: New Science-Based Approaches to Treating Autism with Dr. Theresa Lyons
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 https://awetism.net. 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.
The 7 Key Areas of Rest with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
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 https://ichoosemybestlife.com 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.
#53: Supercharge Your Sleep and Upgrade Your Brain One Night at a Time with Shawn Stevenson
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 https://themodelhealthshow.com. You also can find his book, Sleep Smarter, right here.
#52: How Your Mind Shapes Your Body with Dana James
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 https://danajames.com and https://foodcoachnyc.com. You also can find her book, The Archetype Diet, right here.
#51: Eat Your Way to Better Health with The Medicinal Chef, Dale Pinnock
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 https://www.themedicinalchef.co.uk. 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.
#50: Healing from Breast Implant Illness with Sarah Anne Stewart and Dr. Suzanne Kim
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 www.sarahannstewart.com, and be sure to follow her on instagram @sarahannestewart and on Facebook @sarahannestewartcoaching.For more on Dr. Suzanne Kim, check out her website http://infusiobeverlyhills.com, and be sure to follow her on instagram @infusiobeverlyhills.For more on Dr. Lisa Cassileth, check out her website at https://www.drcassileth.com.
#49: How to Die Young at an Old Age with Dr. Steven Gundry
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 www.drgundry.com and www.gundrymd.com. 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.
#48: How Hashimoto’s Impacts Brain Function and Restoring Thyroid Health with Izabella Wentz
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 https://thyroidpharmacist.com. 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.
#47: Giving Your Brain a Digital Detox to Create More Human Connection with Dallas Hartwig
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 http://dallashartwig.com 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.
#46: How Yoga Changes the Brain and Can Transform Your Life with Eddie Stern
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)
#45: Move Beyond Worry and Fear to Create a Life You Love with Amber Rae
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)
#44: Secrets of the Brain and Heart with Dr. James Doty
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)
#43: Supercharge Your Love Life & Career Through Meditation with Emily Fletcher
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)
#42: Uncovering The Food Industry's Lies and Reclaiming Your Health with Vani Hari
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)
#41: From Baskin-Robbins to a Food Revolution with Ocean Robbins
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)
#40: How Friends and Community Can Help You Level Up, Stay Accountable and Build Resilience
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)
#39: Is Toxic Mold Causing Your Symptoms? A Conversation with Dr. Ann Shippy
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)
#38: Understanding The Root Cause of Autoimmune Conditions and Navigating the Healthcare System with Meghan Telpner
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)
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)
#36: The Postpartum Experience and Women’s Health with Dr. Maggie Ney
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)
#35: A Holistic Approach to Balancing Your Hormones with Dr. Shawn Tassone
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)
#34: The Healing Power of Mushrooms with Tero Isokauppila
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)
#33: Supercharge Your Brain and Prevent Alzheimer’s with Dr. David Perlmutter
Did you know that Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease? Our lifestyle choices today are extremely important variables, that are clearly connected to our brains destiny. Taking an active role in improving the health of our brain can help prevent some of the most debilitating chronic illnesses we face, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. David Perlmutter, a Board-Certified Neurologist and four-time New York Times best-selling author. In this podcast, we discuss the latest scientific research and the most effective ways you can maximize your brain’s potential. Dr. Perlmutter talks about how elevated markers of inflammation in your blood today are setting the stage for Alzheimer’s years from now, and how leveraging lifestyle factors can pave the way for a healthier brain.Chronic degenerative conditions are the number one cause of death on the planet. The proactive steps we take today can safeguard ourselves against cognitive decline and neurological disease. We can change our destiny by making better choices, and Dr. Perlmutter tells us exactly how to do that! In this episode, we dive into:-Why Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease (7:33)-Lifestyle factors and setting the stage for Alzheimer’s years from now (8:45)-Blood sugar and the risk of dementia (11:44)-What you should do today to support your brain health (14:10)-The importance of the chemical BDNF on brain function (17:01)-Ketones and super fuel for brain cells (23:01)-Benefits of MCT oil (29:34)-The importance of prebiotic fiber in your diet (33:01)-Difference between Atkins and a ketogenic diet (34:30)-Being vegetarian on a ketogenic diet (35:58)-DNA testing (36:57)-Alzheimer’s gene ApoE4 and the effectiveness of a ketogenic diet for brain function (39:28)-Risk factors associated with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s (41:47)-The connection to IBD and Parkinson’s disease (43:55)-Dr. Perlmutter’s daily non-negotiables as it relates to brain health (49:25)-The 5-year anniversary of Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain (59:50)
#32: Winning at Life through Gratitude, Sex, and Community with Dave Asprey
Gratitude is the gateway to happiness. Study after study has found that gratitude rewires your brain for positivity. What you put in your body determines what you get out of it. That’s true for food and exercise, and it’s also true for your thoughts, your relationships, and the community that you surround yourself with. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dave Asprey, founder and CEO of the Bulletproof movement and company, and one of the pioneers of the modern biohacking movement. In this podcast, we discuss and dive deep into some of the top lessons Dave covers in his new book, Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life. Dave talks about gratitude and what exactly happens in our brain when we practice it and why it is the ultimate biohack. He also talks about how winning in the bedroom is an important part of life, as well as intentional orgasms and how they impact the brain. Dave shares the importance of community and surrounding yourself with people who have similar values and can help you reach your goals and bring more joy into your life. Dave is on a mission to share his knowledge with the rest of the world, helping people on their journey to a better self. In this episode, we dive into: -Why gratitude is the ultimate biohack (4:00)-The relationship between gratitude and fear (8:07)-The Polyvagal Theory (9:00)-The Telomere Effect (9:55)-Use sex to get the best drugs (16:36)-Taoists formula for longevity (23:27)-Weasel words and the impact on your nervous system (29:49)-The power of no and mastering the art of doing what matters the most to you (35:32)-What does it look like to win at life (43:18)-The importance of community (48:10)-Eat like your grandma, not like a caveman (57:57)-Learn more about Dave and his work (64:23)-Dave and Dhru share what they are grateful for today (66:36)
#31: Overcoming Hormonal Imbalances: PCOS, Hashimoto's, and More with Angelique Panagos
Sugar. It’s the one ingredient that so many of us have an unhealthy love affair with that we can’t quite figure out how to give up. It’s in practically everything that is packaged and in many restaurant meals. Sugar is one food that UK-based nutritional therapist and Functional Medicine practitioner Angelique Panagos credits with her many health issues, including hormonal imbalances that caused years of pain and suffering for her and her family. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Angelique about her personal story revealing her battle with several eating disorders, Hashimoto’s, PCOS, and more. Angelique also shares her very personal account of having two miscarriages, a devastating occurrence that 15-20% of women face. In this podcast, you will get tons of practical tips, insights, and reflections that will leave you with a much deeper understanding of why so many women face these health issues. Angelique is on a mission to educate women about hormones and how to balance them. In this episode, we dive into: -How sugar affects hormones (3:36)-What is PCOS and what does it affect? (6:03)-Angelique’s story (10:43)-Biggest misconceptions of eating disorders (16:19)-Getting a Hashimoto’s diagnosis (19:55)-Using food to heal (25:06)-Kicking old habits and making positive changes (27:58)-Why excessive exercise isn’t the answer (29:53)-Paying attention to protein and fats (36:14)-Constipation and fiber needs (41:28)-Angelique’s struggle with miscarriages (44:48)-Preconception planning—the dad’s side (57:03)-Writing a book on hormones (1:05:59)-Being realistic about the postpartum period (1:11:01)-Learn more about Angelique and work with her (1:18:09)
#30: The Power of Community, Connection, and Ritual with Dr. Michelle Peris
Our world is slowly becoming a lonelier place. Social isolation is on the rise and more people are reporting in surveys that they have fewer meaningful relationships. And yet we know how important community is to both our physical health and mental health. But how do we create it?In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, host Dhru Purohit interviews Dr. Michelle Peris about the power of community and ritual, and how we can create more connection in our world to improve our overall health.Dr. Michelle Peris is the founder of The Poppy Clinic based in Toronto and the creator of Rebel Tribe, a community based health initiative designed to bring more connection into the lives of women.Dhru and Dr. Peris cover a bunch of topics including the impact that community, and the lack of it, has on our brain, the root factors taking place today that are driving disconnection, and how purposeful friendships can dramatically improve our health. In this episode, we dive into: -Dr. Peris’s origin story (5:30)-How our brains are wired for connection (8:20)-Why community is so important for our health (10:26)-Dr. Peris explains how lack of community impacts her patient's health (13:30)-What are the root issues that are driving us to become more isolated today? (15:20)-Dr. Peris talks about the importance of rituals in our modern society and the inspiration we can take from her Rebel Tribe (20:30)-What are practical tips on building community and connection? (26:00)-A few examples of how community has helped Dr. Peris's patients (32:15)-How Dr. Peris helps women better understand their health and the unique challenges they go through (36:20)-Addressing the toxic nature of unnecessary guilt and its impact on women's health (41:13)-How our friends can help us in our healing journey (42:54)-Dr. Peris talks about honoring the natural cycles that women go through (45:30)-Where to find Dr. Peris and learn more about her work (52:44)
#29: The Optimal Morning Routine Plus Keto Tips with Dr. Stephanie Estima
Every day when we wake we are given a new opportunity to be our best selves—to be present for our loved ones, do the work we are meant to be doing, and feel at peace. However, in our day and age, technology is a part of every waking moment, that cell phone alarm that wakes us up can hijack our mornings, starting us off in a panic, and prompting us to seek out what has happened in the news overnight or who needs something from us. We can choose a different path, if we want, that can set the pace for our productivity for the rest of the day while, at the same time, helping us feel balanced and happy. Dhru’s conversation on The Broken Brain Podcast this week is all about creating habits that contribute to balance with Dr. Stephanie Estima, founder of The Health Loft in Toronto. Dhru and Dr. Stephanie start off by talking about her morning routine—especially as a mom to three boys—and they meander through many important topics such as breakfast ideas, keto diet tips, isolation new moms can feel, and so much more. In this episode, we dive into: -Why is a morning routine important? (3:05)-Core elements of a morning routine to set the tone for the day (5:22)-Dr. Stephanie’s breakfast tips (13:14)-How does mindset play a role in any routine? (19:14)-Childhood habits that played a role in Dr. Stephanie’s mission (26:56)-A learning journey to helping people (32:59)-Is a keto diet right for everyone? (43:04)-The importance of listening to your body (48:04)-Dr. Stephanie’s evening routine (50:54)-The isolation factor of being a new mom (58:16)-How Tetris will help you grow your brain (1:02:22)-Where to find Dr. Stephanie (1:08:29)
#28: Mood Altering Power of Food and Farming with Dr. Drew Ramsey
When Dr. Drew Ramsey, clinical psychiatrist and Columbia professor, bought a small farm in rural Indiana, he learned more about food than just how to grow a tomato (albeit, he grows one fine tomato!). He learned that putting our hands in the soil is therapeutic, that there is nothing like picking ingredients from your garden and assembling a meal for your family, and much more. Today, in our Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru talks with Broken Brain docu-series expert speaker and kale evangelist, Dr. Drew Ramsey. Dr. Ramsey integrates nutrition into his clinical psychiatry practice as an important component of treatment. Dhru and Dr. Ramsey discuss the need to put brain health and psychiatry into the vocabulary of our daily lives, the many benefits of growing your own food, nourishing our minds with community engagement, and much more. You’ll even get to hear Dr. Ramsey’s favorite kale recipe that anyone can make easily. In this episode, we dive into: -What is nutritional psychiatry? (2:53)-The intersection of traditional psychiatry and Dr. Ramsey’s approach (5:56)-Using food to improve mood and brain health (11:05)-Farm life and its benefits (19:35)-Regenerative agriculture (26:51)-Eating locally in urban areas (34:37)-Community as a form of nourishment (38:20)-The latest science on food and brain health (43:31)-Tips to choosing quality animal foods (46:35)-Dr. Ramsey’s transition from vegetarianism to eating meat (49:22)-Functional vs. dysfunctional medicine (54:33)-Dr. Ramsey’s favorite kale recipe (56:16)-Finding Dr. Ramsey online (1:02:35)
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)
#26: What Do Genetics Really Tell Us? with Dr. Ben Lynch
Are there things happening in your body that you can’t see? We were all born with the genes that are code for everything in our physical bodies and even account for some personality traits. Genes determine hair and eye color, sleep patterns, how you detoxify, food sensitivities, and so much more!Some genes have what are called SNPs and that’s when things can get complicated. Finding out if you have SNPs, and what they are, is important. Even though there are strengths and weaknesses to having SNPs, there are practical things you can do to support the genes you have so your body can function better—right now and in the future.Today, our Broken Brain Podcast host Dhru talks to genetic expert and Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Ben Lynch, author of the best selling book Dirty Genes. Dhru and Dr. Ben discuss what dirty genes are and how we can clean them up! Dr. Ben shares his personal genetic testing story and how he manages with a SNP in his MTHFR gene. You’ll get to hear Dr. Ben’s advice on finding a doctor who knows how to work with genetics and so much more.In this episode, we dive into:-What are dirty genes? (2:45)-Are we doomed or will epigenetics save us? (4:25)-SNPs in our genes (8:14)-What is the MTHFR gene all about? (10:50)-Dr. Ben puts the pieces together (20:50)-Other important SNPs we may have (29:57)-Cleaning up the COMT gene (34:34)-Practical tips to scrub those genes clean (36:12)-Dr. Ben’s approach to testing (40:56)-Where can I find a skilled practitioner? (47:36)-Thriving with the genes we have (52:02)-Dr. Ben’s dream vision for gene testing (53:25)-Finding Dr. Ben online; bonus book chapter (58:36)
#25: Fascia: The Connective Tissue That Keeps You Healthy
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)
#24: Practicing Awareness to Live Your Best Life with Dr. Dan Siegel
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 decisions...be 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)
#23: Cultivating a Resilient Mind with Dr. Yashar Khosroshahi
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)
#22: Wild Food, Brain Food, and All Things Nutrition with Josh Gitalis
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)
#21: Vision Therapy and the Brain with Dr. Fabian Tai
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)
#20: Depression and Trauma: Looking Beyond Medications
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)
#19: The Keto Diet, Heart Health, and Alcohol with Dr. Will Cole
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)
#18: Uncovering Hidden Causes of Your Symptoms with Dr. Tom O'Bryan
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)
#17: Dental Dangers of Mercury, Root Canals, and Fluoride with Dr. Rouzita Rashtian
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)
#16: Everything You Need to Know About Your Gut with Dr. Vincent Pedre
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)
#15: The Importance of Dental Care in Whole Body Health with Dr. Steven Lin
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)
#14: My Personal Journey to Fixing My Brain with Dr. Mark Hyman
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)
#13: Meditation Takes You Deeper Than Sleep with Light Watkins
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)
#12: Muscle: The Organ of Longevity with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon
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)
#11: Nutrition First, Practical Tools to Reduce Inflammation and Improve Brain Function with Dr. Elizabeth Boham
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)
#10: Rapid Biohacking, Rebuilding Our Brains and the Benefits of Time-Restricted Eating with Mike Mutzel
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)
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)
#8: Eating Well on a Budget and Tips for Cooking Healthy Meals Fast with Dr. Rupy Aujla
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)
#7: The Power of Dirt in Building a Healthy Brain and Microbiome with Dr. Maya Shetreat
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)
#6: Healing After a Brain Injury and Tips for Protecting your Brain with Dr. Titus Chiu
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)
#5: Ayurvedic Practices to Promote a Healthy Brain and Body with Dr. Akil Palanisamy
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Akil PalanisamyIn our fifth Broken Brain Podcast, our Broken Brain executive producer Dhru Purohit sits down with the author of The Paleovedic Diet and Functional Medicine practitioner, Dr. Akil Palanisamy (“Dr. Akil”) to talk about the ways in which Ayurvedic practices can promote a healthy brain and body.Dr. Akil covers many helpful Ayurvedic topics, like what spices to include in your “Kitchen Pharmacy”, the connection between the gut and brain, if dairy is the right choice for you, social connection, and much more. Dr. Akil also shares his recipe for Saffron and Turmeric Spiced Milk.In this fifth episode, we dive into:Dr. Akil’s personal health crisis (2:05)Ayurveda and its effect on brain health (4:31)13 spices in your “Kitchen Pharmacy” (6:01)Alzheimer’s in India (7:57)Ayurvedic practices to help strong digestion (11:12)Dairy - friend or foe? (16:11)Brain inflammation or “leaky brain” (18:20)Improve your health with social connection (24:00)The MIND diet (26:30)Tips to get started to improve your health (31:20)Ayurvedic mind and body practices (33:18)Resources to help you go deeper into Ayurvedic Medicine (37:24)and much more!
#4: Increase your Creativity, Imagination, and Well-Being with Dr. Deanna Minich
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Deanna MinichIn our fourth episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dr. Minich and host Dhru Purohit discuss the relationship between food and mood, and how what you eat can increase your creativity, curiosity, imagination, and well being. Improving your day to day life could be as easy as adding colorful foods to your shopping cart the next time you go grocery shopping.In this episode, we dive into:How food changes your mood (2:00)Tying phytonutrients in foods to body functions (11:59)What do the colors in foods mean? (14:00)Foods, neurotransmitters, and brain health (18:18)Getting out of a food rut with a diverse diet (29:37)Do you have food sensitivities? (32:42)Essential fatty acids and inflammation impact on the brain (44:20)Moving beyond food: more ideas to support a healthy brain (49:56)
#3: Biohacking for Better Health: Intermittent Fasting, Ketogenic Diet and Lab Testing with Robin Berzin
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Robin BerzinDr. Robin Berzin, Founder and CEO of Parsley Health, sits down today in our third Broken Brain Podcast to talk to Broken Brain Executive Producer and my CEO, Dhru Purohit, about the pros and cons of these dietary approaches, plus functional lab testing that can provide inflammatory markers, and so much more.Dr. Berzin also goes in depth into what biohacking is—which she describes as “principles and practices to help achieve optimal health”—and shares with you her favorite biohacks.If you’ve been curious about functional lab testing and which tests to ask your doctor for, this is a great podcast for you to listen to! There are many other pearls of wisdom that you can incorporate into your life right now to improve your health, or feel even better than you already do.Dr. Berzin has a gift for explaining complicated health issues in simple ways, so that they become easy-to-understand, approachable, and even interesting. When we take the fear factor out of health, amazing things can happen.In this episode, we dive into:* The “how to’s” of intermittent fasting (1:38)* Ketogenic diet—good or bad? (8:17)* Biohacking for better health (15:50)* Functional lab testing and biomarkers (29:48)* Community and our health (40:31)* Parsley’s practice model (47:05)
#2: The Life-Changing Benefits of Meditation with Emily Fletcher
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Emily FletcherThis week the executive producer of Broken Brain, Dhru, talks to Emily about how meditation can be life-changing. A regular practice can literally change the chemistry and biology of your brain as well as positively affect your relationships and your work. We’ll learn how meditation can actually give you time back, how it relaxes your central nervous system, can reduce effects of jet lag, is very helpful to new parents, and much more.Topics Covered* Why do we have a love/hate relationship with meditation? (2:16)* All about Emily and her meditation journey (5:04)* How does meditation help us manage stress? (9:52)* The financial and emotional cost of stress (13:50)* Why don’t people meditate? (15:46)* The difference between mindfulness and meditation (18:40)* Emily’s work with Dr. Hyman (24:22)* Finding what matters in our lives using meditation (28:48)* What does meditation look like for Emily? (36:25)* Results and when to expect them (40:45)Teaching kids meditation (47:52)The science behind how meditation impacts brain health (50:12)
#1: Simple Changes to Improve Health through Food, Movement, Sleep, and Relaxation with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee
Host: Dhru PurohitGuest: Dr. Rangan ChatterjeeDhru Purohit, executive producer of Broken Brain, sits down with our good friend and Functional Medicine colleague Dr. Rangan Chatterjee of BBC’s Doctor in the House to talk about how food, mood, sleep, and relaxation can be applied to conditions that affect brain health, such as anxiety.Dr. Chatterjee has a deeply personal conversation with Dhru about his son’s health, how lifestyle contributes to chronic disease, and gives many tips on how to go from feeling sick to feeling fantastic. This is a conversation you won’t find anywhere else!