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Author: Dhru Purohit, Dr. Mark Hyman

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The Broken Brain podcast will help you take your brain health to the next level and teach you how to live your best life! Listen as host and serial entrepreneur Dhru Purohit interviews the top experts in the field of neuroplasticity, epigenetics, biohacking, mindfulness and functional medicine.
43 Episodes
#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)
#37: Nutritious Movement with Katy Bowman
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)
Comments (5)

Jennifer Marie Hancock

I recently asked my Dr to check my hormone levels and, sure enough, everything came back "normal." how does this explain the crazy fatigue I've been experiencing the past year? how do we find drs that specialize in holistic medicine and would health insurance even cover something like that? I have no idea to whom I'm asking these questions, lol, just thinking out loud I suppose.

Jan 16th

Felipe Arenas Ortiz

Great podcast. I love the production, the quality of the questions within the interview and the information it gives us. Thanks!

Dec 3rd

Megan Rose Ryan

First episode I'm listening to from this podcast. Diggin' it! But what's up with the interviewer's mic? The echo makes it a bit hard to understand.

Nov 27th

Tom Bradley

Just ordered the doctors book after listening to this. great episode

Oct 8th


What an exceptional episode. I don't use that term lightly. I work as a personal trainer and am looking at going into medicine. Medicine as I know it has always been traditional, and that made me hesitate pursuing it as a career. As of late, I have come across functional medicine which touches on a lot of what I try to emphasize to my clients: the importance of sleep, stress relief, eating, etc...and how it affects your life. To be able to explain to someone the true science behind why their body responds the way it does is life-changing. Thank you for making this information available. I have now discovered the way to combine two fields I love. Keep the knowledge flowing!

Jun 15th
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