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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.

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Big Idea Tuesday:We’ve all been there. We’ve gotten really excited about a project, made a goal, hit a roadblock, and lost momentum. When we lose sight of why we started in the first place, it becomes very easy to give up entirely.  In today’s Big Idea Tuesday episode, Dhru takes us through exactly why we lose focus and drop our goals, projects, and dreams, and how to remove obstacles to get back on track. A big part of staying focused is checking-in on ourselves and remembering what we were excited to create and why. This gives us an opportunity to regroup, recenter, and ask the questions that matter so we can remind ourselves of the answers.Why did I care about this project in the first place? What did I want to accomplish or see through? What was the vision? Do I still care? Is there something I’m afraid of? Even though things are tough, am I willing to keep going?You would think asking ourselves these tough questions once would be enough, that somehow our mind would store the answers and keep them on file for future reference. And yet it just doesn’t work that way.Thoughts of doubt, fear, and worry pile up. Obstacles and roadblocks happen. Other things can creep in and distract us. Living an everyday-life can easily cause these layers to build up, making it difficult to focus. That’s why it’s so important to be crystal clear about your goals and check-in with yourself often.This practice helps us dig through all the nonsense, get through the layers, and arrive on the side of clarity. And when we are clear, focus just happens.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your join request here: more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 335-6565. See for privacy and opt-out information.
There are many different modalities, types, and ways to meditate. There is no wrong way to meditate. No matter how young, old, new, or experienced you are with meditation, making space for your thoughts always comes with beneficial side effects: relief from yesterday, peace for today, and promise for tomorrow. Though healing through meditation is never easy, it’s always worth it. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Megan Monahan. Megan is a Chopra Certified meditation instructor that has taught thousands to meditate through her platform. She works with corporate brands like Lululemon, Chopra Global, Unplug Meditation, and Wanderlust while working privately with personal and corporate clients internationally, always bringing her spiritual real talk. Her first book, Don't Hate, Meditate, was published this past June by Ten Speed Press.In this episode, Dhru and Megan discuss how most people, knowingly or not, tend to hang onto past situations that define who they are. Unfortunately, these are often negative influences that cause us to react a certain way to situations and can result in limiting beliefs. But Megan walks us through her story of recognizing her past struggles and trauma, working through them using meditation, and creating a bright and hopeful future through her practices.In this episode, we dive into:-What meditation looks like during a pandemic (2:02)-The real talk around meditation (4:53)-What happens when someone judges meditation as good or bad (9:46)-Dispelling the myths around meditation (12:15)-What results we can expect when meditating (13:30)-Megan's personal story that led her to meditation (19:20)-How the path of meditation brought Megan to acceptance (28:45)-How to navigate the different types of meditation modalities (38:45)-Megan's process for writing her book (42:20)-A meditation exercise with Megan (49:30)-Where you can find more on Megan (1:03:45)For more on Megan, you can follow her on Instagram @megmonahan, on Facebook @megan.monahan50, and through her website here. To learn more about her book Don't Hate, Meditate, go here. Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by our partnership with the AirDoctor Air Filter. To get exclusive access to this deal visit See for privacy and opt-out information.
“May I be truly happyMay I be free from sufferingMay I be truly well in body, mind, and heartAnd may I live peacefully and with ease”This loving-kindness meditation exercise from Dr. Andrea Pennington’s Real Self Love Handbook is a message to our inner-self that we deserve to be happy, healthy, and full of peace.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Andrea Pennington an integrative physician, acupuncturist, meditation teacher, #1 international bestselling author, and TEDx speaker. With her extensive medical expertise and training in trauma recovery combined with her experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, Dr. Andrea helps people to build resilience, reclaim vitality, and thrive despite the inevitable trauma and drama life brings.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Andrea discuss how to approach yourself with kindness, love, and compassion. They delve into where the self-critical voice comes from, how to recognize this voice and turn it around towards love, and how giving intention to our daily calendar can help put our minds at ease. Dr. Andrea tells us about her personal story that led her to find radical forgiveness and self-love.In this episode, we dive into:-Where self-criticism and self-love fall during these times of social isolation (5:35)-Where the self-judgement voice comes from (8:15)-Dr. Andrea’s personal story (11:50)-An explanation of how acupuncture works (20:50)-What happens in our bodies when we experience self-judging thoughts (23:57)-How to explore different healing modalities to find the right fit (29:33)-Dr. Andrea’s journey to self-love (36:41)-How things like the social isolation and stay-at-home orders can be triggers for some people (43:45)-How to unpack the belief or programming that achievements are due to being hard on ourselves (49:05)-A self-compassion meditation exercise (52:45)-How to help children cope through the pandemic (57:56)-How to create an intentional morning routine (1:06:00)-Where people can go to learn more about Dr. Andrea (1:11:50)For more on Dr. Andrea, you can follow her on Instagram @drandreapennington, on Twitter @DrAndrea, on Facebook @andrea.pennington1, and through her websites,, and In8Vitality.comBe sure to check out her free resources for helping you cope with COVID-19 and beyond:How to Escape Victim Mentality & Reprogram Your Subconscious Mind and her 21-Day Compassion Meditation Series. You can also learn more about her books, The Real Self Love Handbook and The Top 10 Traits of Highly Resilient People.This episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Thrive MarketI know everyone is trying to stay healthy at home right now, so I wanted to share one of my favorite resources with you for getting healthy food delivered right to my doorstep—it’s Thrive Market. When it comes to what I eat I’m really intentional. It’s super important to me to know exactly what I’m buying so I always take a deep dive into ingredients and company practices before adding anything new to my kitchen. Thrive Market makes my life so much easier, I know you’ll love it as much as I do. Just go to, sign up, and start filling up your cart - you’ll see the credit automatically deducted at checkout. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Big Idea TuesdayWhy am I here? What’s the purpose of life? These are questions nearly everyone has asked at least once, or continue to ask daily. In today’s Broken Brain Podcast Big Idea Tuesday episode, Dhru challenges us to think about the difference between our “calling” and the “expression of our calling.” They sound similar, but they are two very different things.A “calling” is your answer to the question, “Why am I here?” How we put our calling to use is what Dhru calls “the expression of our calling.” The expression is where our skill meet our passion and is the outward execution of our internal calling.For example, Oprah’s calling is to use her passion for teaching to uplift others. The Oprah Winfrey Show, her magazines, speeches, movies, and overall empire are an expression of that calling. Her calling was always there, even from a young age. The mission in her life is to get better and better at expressing and executing that calling. And I think we can all agree that she is phenomenal at doing that.In this episode, Dhru talks about his three big ideas on finding your calling and purpose:#1 - Your calling has already found you.#2 - There's a difference between our actual calling and the expression of our calling.#3 - We find the expression of our calling in action.Dhru says the number one most important thing to focus on is this: remember the answer to the question “Why am I here?”, and let go of anything that doesn’t serve that higher purpose, especially your own limiting beliefs.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your join request here: more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 335-6565. See for privacy and opt-out information.
On most days, many of us go about our routine rarely thinking twice about the ingredients in our shampoos and conditioners, hand soaps, lotions, laundry detergent, or even the water we feed our pets. It wasn’t until her dog fell extremely sick with a mysterious illness that Dr. Aly Cohen started to wonder if there was something toxic in her dog’s environment. This quest led her on a life-long journey to uncover the toxins all around us. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Aly Cohen, a rheumatologist, integrative medicine specialist, and environmental health expert. Her medical practice, Integrative Rheumatology Associates P.C., focuses on both traditional Western medical management of rheumatologic and other ailments, as well as integrative options for total wellness. Her recent text, Integrative Environmental Medicine, was published through Oxford University Press, and her consumer book, Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World, will be out in September 2020. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Cohen discuss all things environmental toxins. From the water you drink, to the shampoo you use, to your cookware, toxins can be hidden in many places. Though it can feel overwhelming to switch out all of the areas where toxins lurk, Dr. Cohen assures us that making small swaps here and there can add up and have a major impact on our overall health.In this episode, we dive into:-Dr. Cohen's background that piqued her interest in environmental toxins (1:05)-The history on how environmental toxins came to be an issue (7:50)-A dive into endocrine disruptors (12:33)-The issue with certain food washes (21:55)-How to shape your diet to best support detoxification (26:50)-A look at water quality (30:41)-Different types of filters for drinking clean water (36:40)-How there’s a disconnect between health education and environmental toxins (43:50)-The effect of environmental toxins on the brain and other organ systems (49:02)-A discussion of air pollution (55:38)-Resources to find clean products (1:06:30)-Populations and ages that are more vulnerable to chemical exposure (1:09:49)-A lasting message from Dr. Cohen (1:16:55)-Dr. Cohen discusses her website on resources on environmental health (1:21:51)-Where to learn more about Dr. Aly Cohen (1:28:18)Please note: This podcast was recorded prior to social isolation. Stay safe!For more on Dr. Cohen, you can follow her on Instagram @thesmarthuman, on Twitter @TheSmartHuman, on Facebook @thesmarthuman, through her environmental health website, or her personal practice website. Also mentioned during this episode were environmental health resources Green Science Policy and the Environmental Working Group.. See for privacy and opt-out information.
A hero’s journey is a narrative to describe the journey of a brave warrior who must overcome a major obstacle or turmoil in order to find victory, often transforming themselves along the way. Elissa Goodman’s hero’s journey included obstacle over obstacle over obstacle (and more) that she had to overcome in order to create the life of vibrant health that she lives today.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Elissa Goodman, a Holistic Nutritionist, Lifestyle Cleanse Expert, and Superstar Chef. She’s a cancer survivor and the author of Cancer Hacks: A Holistic Guide to Overcoming Your Fears and Healing Cancer. In this episode, Dhru and Elissa discuss her personal story of struggling with a deficient immune system and the multiple health effects it caused, her battle with cancer, losing her husband to cancer, and how she overcame two different autoimmune conditions using whole foods and a healthy lifestyle. She has used her many obstacles to create vibrant health, write books aimed at helping others, and coach hundreds on their own journeys.In this episode, we dive into:-How Elissa's life has been impacted by social isolation and things that have helped her cope (3:30)-Elissa tells us her story about growing up with immune struggles and eventually getting diagnosed with cancer (8:20)-How Elissa reacted when she learned about her cancer diagnosis (27:11)-How stress-management played a role in her cancer treatment (34:22)-Elissa's story after being in remission for cancer (38:31)-Balancing immune function during COVID-19 (55:30)-When Elissa made a major change in her life (1:02:00)-Elissa's message to anyone going through challenges right now (1:10:40)-How to find out more about Elissa (1:16:30)For more on Elissa, you can follow her on Instagram @elissagoodman, or through her website. Be sure to check out her DIY 7 Day Reset and her book, Cancer Hacks.Also mentioned in this episode, The Broken Brain Podcast episode featuring Peter Crone; the books Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin, MD and The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell; Medical Medium with Anthony William; and the therapists recommended by Elissa, Elizabeth Winkler and Ryan Weiss.This episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Parsley Health:Parsley Health goes a level deeper than conventional medicine. Their doctors assess your health risk factors with advanced diagnostics, and create a whole-body plan to treat and resolve chronic illness and persistent health issues. They personalize your care and guide you through diet, supplements, nutritional therapy, and exercise to achieve optimal health. Schedule a consult call today to learn how Parsley Health can help improve your persistent health issue. Mention Broken Brain to get one month free (up to $150 value). See for privacy and opt-out information.
“Anytime we argue with reality, we lose. But only 100% of the time.” This quote from Byron Katie speaks a lot of truth, especially when it comes to our interactions with the people we love. The truth is, we cannot change others. As much as we think that it’s right or we think we know what’s best for them, the only person who can decide to change and take steps in a new direction is that individual. In today’s Big Idea Tuesday episode, Dhru walks us through a fundamental question we’ve all likely been guilty of. Why do we try to change other people? He says there are three main reasons why: 1. Because we think we know what's best for them.2. We want to manipulate them into doing what we want them to do.Or 3. Because we're afraid of the unknown—we don’t want other people to make a decision that might leave us behind.However, it’s not up to us to change others. In this episode, Dhru takes us through three important truths and one bonus point about trying to change other people:1) People rarely change, and when they do it’s on their timeline, not yours.2) The truth is that you can’t possibly know what’s 100% right for someone else’s life.3) This doesn’t mean you can’t support someone to or through change. But first and foremost, you must drop any judgement of them.Bonus) Set Boundaries: When you 100% accept someone for where they are right now, you can be 1000% clear with them with what works and doesn't work for you!.Do you have someone in your life that you wish would change? Take 20 minutes out of your day today to listen.For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 335-6565.Today's topic was inspired by this post. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Despite what most teenagers would say, we parents often do know best. For celebrity nutritionist and entrepreneur Mona Sharma, when she was forced by her parents to live at an Ashram several times throughout her teenage years, she was resistant and defiant. Little did she know the lasting impact of learning and practicing meditation, mindfulness, and wellness would literally save her life. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Mona Sharma, a dynamic leader and entrepreneur in the health and wellness industry who works with high-profile clients around the world. As Will Smith’s nutritionist, she has a recurring role on the Facebook series Red Table Talk where they profile her work with Will and the entire Smith family’s healing journey. Mona is also the founder of Xicama, an innovative line of functional beverage products that deliver gut-health and immune-boosting benefits of the superfood jicama.  In this episode, Dhru and Mona discuss her incredible story of surviving two open-heart surgeries and the path that led her to drastically turn her health around. She uses her story to help thousands of others on their journeys to create vibrant health. In this episode, we dive into:Mona's experience since her debut on Will Smith's Red Table Talk with Dr. Mark Hyman (2:37)-Mona shares about growing up in an Ashram (4:56)-Early signs of her own health struggles and her personal story (8:57)-How to position yourself with joy (21:41)-How to navigate mindfulness during this time of social isolation (29:25)-How to set boundaries around media and information (37:10)-How to stop judging yourself and return to joy during these current events (39:05)-How to navigate motherhood and community (44:20)-How Mona could tell it was time for her to move on in her healing journey (51:15)-How mindfulness requires the most intention for Mona and why (58:38)-The power of forgiveness (1:02:15)-Mona's go-to COVID snack (1:05:05)-How Mona's beverage company, Xicama, was created (1:07:45)-What projects Mona is working on (1:10:08)-Where to find more on Mona (1:18:21)For more on Mona, you can follow her on Instagram @monasharma, on Facebook @monaleahsharma, through her website, or her website Xicamalife. Be sure to check out the Facebook series Red Table Talk and this amazing food and eating guide to Awaken Your Best Health featuring Mona Sharma and Dr. Mark Hyman.Also mentioned in this episode is the book Limitless by Jim Kwik. See for privacy and opt-out information.
“If you love it, you can’t fear it.” Jon Gordon states that so many creative challenges are lost when people allow fear to dictate their lives. Living in fear is like living in a shadow, you can never truly shine. Jon challenges us to allow love to drive out fear, step into our positivity, and own our life.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Jon Gordon, bestselling author and speaker whose books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 16 books including 7 bestsellers.In this episode, Dhru and Jon discuss positivity and how your outlook on life affects every area of your life and relationships. He recounts a story of how incorporating daily “gratitude walks” saved his marriage, discusses how to deal with the energy vampires in your life, and challenges you to step up and own your life. They encourage you to consider, what are you fueling up with? Is your cup filled with negativity and turmoil or positivity and hope? You get to choose every day. In this episode, we dive into:-Why people are interested in his books (5:07)-Jon Gordon's personal story and how positivity came into his life (7:08)-How people find themselves in this negative mindspace (10:18)-The two roads that are always available to us (16:00) -How Jon came back from a troubled relationship and financial hardship (19:02)-Tips for someone who needs to set a difficult boundary (22:26)-How to build a strong, successful relationship (25:01)-How to respond to energy vampires (29:07)-The story of the Energy Bus (book) (39:02)-How to stick with a deadline to accomplish a project (44:48)-How to focus and keep your vision alive (49:18)-How to create a great team (also applies to your family clan) (55:21)-How to see "signs" (1:02:38)-How the Broken Brain Podcast was born and how to start small (1:13:10)-How Jon views his work and purpose (1:21:24)-Where to find more on Jon Gordon (1:29:20)Please note: This podcast was recorded prior to social isolation. Stay safe!For more on Jon, you can follow him on Instagram @jongordon11, on Twitter @jongordon11, through his website, his podcast Positive University, and be sure to check out his coaching program.Interested in this topic? Check out these Positive University podcast episodes mentioned in today’s episode:Featuring Matthew WestFeaturing Evan SpiegelFeaturing Inky JohnsonFeaturing Dabo SwinneyFeaturing Nick NurseFeaturing Zach Bush, MDThis episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Thrive MarketI know everyone is trying to stay healthy at home right now, so I wanted to share one of my favorite resources with you for getting healthy food delivered right to my doorstep—it’s Thrive Market. When it comes to what I eat I’m really intentional. It’s super important to me to know exactly what I’m buying so I always take a deep dive into ingredients and company practices before adding anything new to my kitchen. Thrive Market makes my life so much easier, I know you’ll love it as much as I do. Broken Brain Podcast fans get an exclusive special $20 credit on their first order for new members. Any order over $49 ships free and since sustainability is a huge part of their mission statement it will be delivered with carbon-neutral shipping from one of their zero-waste warehouses. Just go to, sign up, and start filling up your cart - you’ll see the credit automatically deducted at checkout. See for privacy and opt-out information.
“The negative bias is our tendency not only to register negative stimuli more readily but also to dwell on these events. Also known as positive-negative asymmetry, this negativity bias means that we feel the sting of a rebuke more powerfully than we feel the joy of praise.”*It’s easy for our minds to get into this negativity bias mindset. We spend so much of our time perusing social media, comparing ourselves to others, watching the news, and focusing on all the things going wrong. It’s a slippery slope, and when you’ve found yourself in this mindspace, it’s hard to get out. But, in today’s minisode, Dhru takes us through the 3 ways to catch and turn around our brain’s negativity bias:Step One: Catch the Negativity Bias. The faster we catch ourselves stuck in the negativity bias, the happier we'll become long term. It can be hard to know when we’re actually in it, but Dhru discusses how to tune into yourself and start becoming aware.Step Two: Question it, Name it, and Tame it. To turn around the negativity bias, we must understand what our mind is looking for, why it’s on the hunt, and how to shake off the negativity.Step Three: Create a Positivity Bubble. While we normally think about living “in a bubble” to be a bad thing, Dhru challenges you to see it as a good thing. Tune in to hear more!Links:*What is Negativity Bias?: Bias and Kids: Minute Journal:'s Instagram Post: Pressfield Quote: more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 335-6565. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Every top leader in every industry has a similar origin: in order to build something great, they had to begin somewhere. Often, they started with nothing but an idea. In order to turn that idea into a reality, it was crucial that they commit to action. And there’s no one better to talk about these topics than world class entrepreneur, Craig Clemens.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Craig Clemens, an American businessman and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Golden Hippo Media and has built a fortune around this enterprise. The company provides health and wellness focused beauty brands which are physician endorsed. Clemens, along with his two brothers, founded the business together.In this episode, Dhru and Craig talk all about creating the life of your dreams and pursuing your creative passions. Craig tells us about his personal struggles with facing roadblocks and overcoming tough obstacles to build several top-performing businesses. He discusses how to change your mindset and commit to action in order to achieve your goals. If you are feeling stuck, this episode is for you.In this episode, we dive into:-How the current times have affected Craig in personal life and business (3:25)-Silver linings that came out of Craig going through the previous recession in 2009 (5:02)-How to start creative projects (10:00)-What does it look like to take a major pivot in business or life (22:10)-What people can do to improve their focus (26:20)-Overcoming obstacles and challenges (32:45)-How to set and achieve goals (44:50)-You become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with (50:25)-Sacrifices that Craig made that brought him closer to his goals (54:56)-Recommendations and resources (1:00:00)-A message for you, if you're struggling with your goals right now (1:04:22)-How to learn more about Craig (1:07:45)For more on Craig, you can follow him on Instagram @craig.For the Broken Brain Podcast episode featuring Peter Crone, click here.For Craig’s favorite resources, be sure to check out:BooksReady, Fire, Aim by Michael MastersonInfluence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert CialdiniOpportunity: How to Win in Business and Create a Life You Love by Eben PaganAtomic Habits by James ClearThe War of Art by Steven PressfieldPrinciples by Ray DalioDocumentariesBecoming Warren BuffetFantastic FungiMarjoe See for privacy and opt-out information.
Cancer is a topic that hits close to home for almost everyone. If you’re not the one in three diagnosed with cancer, you likely know someone who is. While there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to cancer, treatments, and prognosis, there’s also a lot we are learning every day that helps to increase survival rates. With experts like Dr. Ralph Moss leading the way in uncovering the best approach for cancer treatment, we are well on our way to find hope in any diagnosis.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Moss who has been at the leading edge of scientific investigative journalism for over forty years. His latest book, Cancer, Incorporated, is a blistering critique of the greed and lies of the cancer drug business, and shows how Big Pharma’s deceptions have caused suffering and cost lives. Dr. Moss has independently evaluated conventional and non-conventional cancer treatments all over the world to produce Moss Reports. These unique documents give readers an unbiased and in-depth look at conventional and alternative treatment options for most common cancer types. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Moss discuss the long and controversial history behind conventional and unconventional cancer treatments, the increased prevalence of cancer diagnoses, the various causes of cancer, and every day things we can do to reduce our risk. They also cover the roadmap to navigating a cancer diagnosis and what steps someone who is newly diagnosed might take.In this episode, we dive into:-Dr. Moss's backstory when it comes to cancer (4:20)-Why unorthodox methods are suppressed within the oncology community (9:55)-How the success of traditional cancer treatment is growing slowly (18:32)-Why so many more people get cancer today (25:59)-How genetic mutations related to cancer don’t tell the whole story (33:40)-Promising unconventional treatments (40:20)-Why it is that clinics do not recognize sugar as an issue regarding cancer (47:40)-Additional information about immunotherapy (52:04)-Roadmap of what's available for cancer treatments (1:01:13) -How Dr. Moss put his own team together for his prostate cancer (1:05:48)-Steps everyone can take to help minimize the risk of cancer (1:13:07)-New tests to help detect cancer earlier (1:20:05)-Lasting message for someone navigating a cancer diagnosis (1:25:29)-How to learn more about Dr Moss (1:32:12)For more on Dr. Moss, you can find his books right here: Cancer Incorporated and be sure to check out his Moss Reports and consultations here. Also mentioned in the podcast are the Roche Foundation Medicine found here and the book Cancer as a Metabolic Disease found here.Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by our partnership with the AquaTru Water Filter. To get exclusive access to this deal visit See for privacy and opt-out information.
Big Idea Tuesday What's the difference between being necessarily hard on yourself versus unnecessarily?Being necessarily hard on yourself is essential for growth and becoming the best version of yourself. It’s allowing you to face a challenge, step outside of your comfort zone, or push yourself to deal with something difficult. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.However, being unnecessarily hard on yourself, beating yourself up after a “failure,” or being judgemental or hypercritical of yourself (or others) gets in the way of creating the life you desire. In today’s Big Idea Tuesday, Dhru discusses exactly why you’re so hard on yourself, but more importantly, how to stop.He covers three big concepts to recognize when we fall into this mindset:1. Being self-critical and/or hard on yourself has consequences.2. A lot of the self-critical thoughts we have are not our own.3. There's always something in it for us, why else would we keep doing it?Dhru says there’s a reason we keep our patterns alive, but awareness is key to breaking free.Tune in to hear more.For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 335-6565.Also mentioned in this episode: Broken Brain Podcast episode featuring Dr. Dan Siegel, this episode featuring Dr. John Kelly, and this episode featuring Peter Crone. Here’s the article from Current Psychiatry 2016, the article from Bassam Tarazi, this Realistic Optimist Graphic, and this website from Dr. Kristin Neff. See for privacy and opt-out information.
In the beginning of his career as a neurologist, Dr. Carlos Ritter began to notice a peculiar similarity in stage 2 of sleep between some of his patients and those with chronic illnesses across the board—it was some sort of toxin messing with the body. After years of research in biology, neurology, and physics, Dr. Ritter came to understand this toxin could be coming from an invisible source all around us: electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs).On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Carlos Ritter, who has spent the last 15 years working to actively mitigate the effects of electromagnetic radiation. Now as CEO of EMF Knights, Dr. Ritter shields homes from EMF, protecting individual’s “biological restoration pathways” during sleep. As a doctor in pediatric neurology and extensive research in brain function, biology, and physics, Dr. Ritter has developed new protective technologies to safeguard people from the harmful effects of EMF. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Ritter discuss everything EMF: how Dr. Ritter’s career and education evolved around this topic, how EMFs and radiation can affect DNA, and importantly, some simple (and free) steps we can take in our own homes and lives that have the biggest impact on our sleep and resilience against EMFs.In this episode, we dive into:-Why a medical doctor would pursue researching EMFs (6:05)-The basics of electromagnetic fields and waves (22:04)-How EMFs can break down and affect the body and DNA (24:35)-The effects of cumulative damage (30:15)-How EMFs interfere with sleep pathways (34:38)-How removing exposures to EMFs caused significant improvement in Dr. Ritter's patients (37:30)-A deeper look at sleep and what we can do in our homes to help support sleep (47:13)-How at-home EMF meters can be misleading (50:25)-What you can do today to help reduce EMFs in your home (59:10)-The benefits of a master switch box (1:08:31)-Why, despite tremendous conclusive research, EMFs are still not considered dangerous (1:15:17)-Additional resources on EMF research (1:20:21)-One big takeaway regarding EMFs (1:22:40)-How to learn more about Dr. Ritter (1:29:00)For more on Dr. Ritter, you can visit his website here. Also mentioned in the podcast are the book, Handbook of Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields, the episode of This American Life, and the researcher Olle Johansson. To watch Dr. Carlos Ritter’s interview from Dr. Mark Hyman’s Broken Brain 2 docu-series, click here.Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by our partnership with the AirDoctor Air Filter. To get exclusive access to this deal visit See for privacy and opt-out information.
Have you ever felt symptoms, visited your doctor, run a plethora of tests, only to be told that everything is “normal”? This is far too common. When it comes to optimal health, there’s more to it than a few blood tests that look at reference ranges based on the average person. Dr. Mary Pardee walks us through exactly what’s wrong with traditional tests and what we can do to create optimal health.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Mary Pardee, a naturopathic medical doctor and a certified Functional Medicine doctor who specializes in integrative gastroenterology and hormone balancing in Los Angeles, California. She is the founder of modrn med, a telemedicine and virtual wellness company that provides medical and health services to clients across the world from the comfort of their homes. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Mary dive deep into a holistic and functional approach to overall wellness. Dr. Mary covers everything from hormones to cardio-metabolic health, general physical exams, blood work, and the difference between healthspan and lifespan. She introduces the idea of “optimal” ranges and explains how this can be quite different from “reference” ranges when it comes to wellness. They cover 13 different health areas so you can know exactly which tests your doctor should run and exactly where your results should be. This episode is everything you ever wanted to know about assessing your overall health and how to truly feel optimal.In this episode, we dive into:The Functional Medicine approach to a patient who is experiencing symptoms but has blood work all “within normal limits” (5:15)Understanding the difference between healthspan and lifespan (7:07)How to work with your doctor to get the answers you need (11:50)13 markers of optimal health and exactly what to look for:1. The importance of general appearance (13:40)2. Vital signs (16:20)At home devices to measure HRV (21:41)3. General physical exam (25:03)4. Neurological system and exam (33:45)5. Muscular system (39:57)Explaining what “reference ranges” means when it comes to lab work (41:30)A deep dive into nutrients (43:51)What tests can be run to determine micronutrient levels (53:43)6. Cardiovascular health (56:08)7. Metabolic tests (1:05:52)8. Hormones (1:12:35)9. Immune function and tests (1:36:17)10. Detox system (1:39:17)Mitochondrial health (1:43:39)11. Genetics (1:48:03)12. Neurological system and health (1:52:22)13. Anti-aging (1:52:46)How to learn more about working with Dr. Mary (1:57:13)For more on Dr. Mary, be sure to follow her on Instagram @dr.marypardee, check out her website here, or to schedule an appointment with her, click here. You can check out her OneCommune course on gut health here. For a comprehensive report of the reference ranges mentioned during this podcast, click here.You can also check out Dr. Hyman’s OneCommune course, Hacking Your Healthcare. For more on Dr. Ben Lynch, listen to this podcast or check out his book Dirty Genes. Special Offering:Dr. Mary is offering a complimentary Immune Education Virtual Zoom call Tuesday, April 28th, at 12:00 pm PST. This call will focus on natural immune support, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and lifestyle changes that can support you and your family during this time as well as a Q&A session. If you are unable to make the scheduled webinar time, you will be sent a recording of the call to view at your convenience. Sign up here: This episode is sponsored by our partnership with the AquaTru Water Filter. To get exclusive access to this deal visit See for privacy and opt-out information.
Whether your children are grown or brand new, parenting alone is hard. Add in an unprecedented pandemic, and it can feel nearly impossible and quite overwhelming. However, family therapist Jennifer Kolari teaches us how to build strength in our relationships through connection, even in times of uncertainty.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru talks to Jennifer Kolari, a Child and Family Therapist and one of the nation’s leading parenting experts. She is the founder of Connected Parenting and the author of Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great Kid and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting.In this episode, Dhru and Jennifer discuss the rise in childhood anxiety, especially during times of global crises, and what parents can do to help “CALM” their children. They talk about how some types of anxiety can actually be beneficial and what to do when anxiety becomes problematic. Jennifer tells us about the difference between living in fear and living in love and what we can do to be aligned with love. She gives us practical tips to help calm, comfort, and connect with our children, loved ones, friends, and partners. In this episode, we dive into:-Why anxiety is increasing in children (4:22)-How we parent differently these days (7:40)-How essential play is to child development (10:10)-Anxiety is actually a good thing (14:46)-How to tell the difference between useful anxiety and useless anxiety (17:10)-What are things parents can do to help our child through anxiety (19:57)-More about connected parenting (25:25) -How to parent kids in today's world with increased knowledge and technology (28:20)  -How to approach parenting a child with anxiety or other issues using the CALM technique (30:43)-Teaching love versus fear (42:41)-How school systems contribute to anxiety (49:41)-What to do when caregivers have different parenting styles (54:37)-How to navigate bullying (1:00:35)-Delving deeper into love and fear (1:06:18)-How to use the CALM technique on yourself (1:17:12)-More techniques to help calm anxiety (1:21:10)-The role medications could play in mental health (1:31:04)-Other resources on anxiety (1:35:35)-Questions from Dhru's nephew Jaimin (1:37:10)-What's important to remember if you or your kids have anxiety (1:41:17)-Additional resources and how to learn more about Jennifer (1:44:30)-How Jennifer re-created her village when her family made a big move (1:47:00)For more on Jennifer, you can find Jennifer’s books right here: Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great Kid and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting, and be sure to check out her podcast, Connected Parenting with Jennifer Kolari, right here. You can learn more about Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping) in this podcast.Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by our partnership with the AquaTru Water Filter. To get exclusive access to this deal visit See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hey podcast community, Dhru here to bring you a special bonus podcast episode. I was recently interviewed on my good friend Antonio Neve’s podcast, The Best Thing, and I wanted to share it with you. In this episode, Antonio poses the question, “What is the best thing that’s ever happened to you that isn’t a traditional marker of success?” which is the premise of his amazing podcast.My answer? Not fitting in.It’s like my favorite quote by Joseph Campbell: “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” When you don’t fit in, you have an opportunity to step into the life you were meant to live. I ask, what is the world I want to fit into and how do I create it for myself? If you want to hear more, tune into this episode!Be sure to check out more on my friend Antonio by following him on Instagram @theantonioneves, Twitter @theantonioneves, Facebook @theantonioneves, his website here, and his podcast here. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Have you ever heard of the term “adrenal fatigue”? We commonly associate this term with the feelings of extreme fatigue, hormonal dysregulation, and other physical symptoms that can occur from chronic stress. Dr. Zandra Palma feels that this term is actually inaccurate but that we can look to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis for the cause of these discomforts. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru talks to Dr. Zandra Palma, a Functional Medicine physician with a background in internal medicine and anesthesiology. Her interest in root-cause medicine began in college when she studied human evolutionary biology at Harvard University. Zandra attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She wrote her thesis in the field of contemplative care after an apprenticeship with New York Prespetarian Hospital Chaplain Seigan Glassing, who taught her how to integrate mindfulness-based practices into the care of terminally ill patients. She completed her Functional Medicine training in the Kresser Institute’s ADAPT fellowship.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Palma talk all about the importance of the HPA axis and how if these systems experience dysfunction, it can affect every aspect of your health. More importantly, Dr. Palma discusses how to support your HPA axis, reduce stress, sleep better, and feel great. While HPA dysfunction affects many different systems and has a multitude of symptoms, even if you’re not affected, the first steps to recover and begin healing can benefit everyone. “Soft” interventions, like massage, meditation, sleep, rest, relaxation, and self-care can play a significant role in getting your stress under control and supporting your HPA axis.In this episode, we dive into:-Description of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and why the term "adrenal fatigue" is not accurate (2:08) -Events that cause HPA dysfunction (7:00)-Symptoms of HPA dysfunction (9:37)-What happens when our stress response system is always "on" (11:20)-What conventional medicine doctors learn about the HPA axis in medical school (18:55)-An example of a patient with HPA axis dysfunction (20:28)-How to begin diagnosing HPA dysfunction (22:28)-How the thyroid, gonads, and HPA axis are connected (25:41)-How Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) affect the HPA axis (31:10)-Where to start when assessing HPA axis dysfunction (32:41) -The powerful benefits of "soft interventions" (38:36)-How stress affects your blood sugar more than what you eat (43:45) -How more is not always better when it comes to exercise (45:11)-What in your environment can affect your inflammation levels and HPA axis (48:03)-How crucial sleep is to supporting your adrenals (52:30)-More about the study of evolutionary biology (57:44)-How to find out more about Dr. Zandra (1:05:13)For more on Dr. Zandra, be sure to follow her on Instagram @zandrapalma_md, on Parsley Health’s IG @parsleyhealth, and on Facebook @zandra.palma. Check out her website here and learn more about Parsley Health’s Care Anywhere program here.To learn more about Ziva Meditation, listen to this podcast and check out the website here. For more podcasts on the topic of mold, check out this one. For more podcasts on ACEs, listen to this one, and to find the ACEs quiz, go here. To find out more about Grounded Beauty, visit this website.To learn more about Dr. Zandra’s favorite books, check out A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield, Buddha in Blue Jeans by Tai Sheridan, and You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hahn.Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by our partnership with the AquaTru Water Filter. To get exclusive access to this deal visit See for privacy and opt-out information.
Our closest relationships look a bit different these days. Our partners went from companions to our best friend, our therapist, our co-worker, and sometimes our parent or additional child at times. We are with them 24/7 navigating a global crisis all while doing our best. And it can be hard. Marriage and Family Therapist Michael Latimer is helping couples and families not only survive these times, but thrive. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru talks to Michael Latimer, who has incorporated cognitive-behavior techniques, mindfulness practice, narrative therapy, attachment theory, and the Gottman Method into his over 15 years experience as a therapist. He uses these approaches to help couples strengthen their friendship, repair after a fight, and compromise without giving up core needs.In this episode, Dhru and Michael talk all about how to communicate in a way that creates connection instead of discourse. They discuss building relationships and using this time of social isolation to strengthen bonds and make repairs and how to both meet your partner’s needs and meet your own. In this episode, we dive into:-What are the stressors that couples are encountering during this unprecedented times (2:40)-How our personalities change during stressful times (6:50)-A stress-relieving exercise (15:20)-How to deal with a partner who did not grow up in a household with good communication (20:50)-The importance of making repairs in relationships (31:45)-What a gratitude practice looks like in relationships (33:55)-What are love maps? (36:15)-How to carve out alone time in our schedules even when we are together 24/7 (literally) (42:30)-How can people with avoidance attachment styles cultivate connection during this time? (48:20)-Why couples don't necessarily need to be 50/50 all the time (1:00:33)-The importance of self-talk (1:03:50)-The difference between traditional therapy and those trained in the Gottman Method and the importance of therapy (1:11:30)-How to learn more about Michael (1:18:00)For more on Michael, visit his website here. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Big Idea Tuesday “The real question is: Are you putting your ass where your heart wants to be?” - Steven Pressfield challenges you to put intention into your goals, dreams, ambitions, etc. In a more challenging state than ever, it’s so important to check in on our mental health, focus on self-care, and continue to create goals.In today’s minisode, Dhru discusses the importance of goal setting during this time of social isolation. He shares two main ideas:1) The power of time-blocking2) The “one thing” approachThis information is so important. I hope you tune in and find yourself inspired. (Remember: being inspired and having dreams, ambitions, and passions are empty without action!)Mentioned in this episode: The War of Art by Steven PressfieldFor more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 335-6565. Here is the Instagram post that inspired today’s podcast. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Comments (15)

Annika Ringaby Woehr

soooooo good! thank you for introducing me to this artist! I will buy his book. Such deep and important conversations!!

Apr 5th


really great advice about why we get stuck

Mar 1st

Holly Anderson

OMG, hearing Meghan tell her story is so much like mine... I've had a complete 180 in my health and went through similar experiences with doctors. I had to fix myself and I did! Thanks for the great podcast!

Feb 14th

David C

I'm a recent subscriber and I just wanted to say thanks for this week's topic. I'm looking forward to listening to previous episodes.

Feb 10th


Didn't want to text you but leaving a comment instead. Enjoyed this content a lot, made a lot of sense, I could relate to it a lot and it helps me look at how I'm doing things, and how I can move myself forward. Being hard on ourselves every day is one area that resonated most, but I can use/work with the other tips also. Thanks!

Jan 7th

Mariam Korea

Absolutely love this podcast series! I learn so much from different professionals in different areas on my drive to school every single day. Dhru is an exceptional host and conversationalist, keeps you interested throughout the entire interview.

Oct 21st

Niclas Daniels

48:40 #supplements for #neuropathy.

Jul 5th

Sanja Lovrečič

Love it!

May 22nd

Randall Wilkinson

had to listen to this one twice

May 20th


Thank you so much for most insightful podcast,first time listener to your podcast which was forwarded by a friend. Presentation on science behind the yoga beautiful connections on how The Practice can change your body on a cellular level. As a Yoga teacher and a Family medicine provider i most definitely interweave both. I did my research and I studied ( and continue to study)along with taking a 200hour class. We all start from somewhere the key is to continue to grow while learning. "I can only bring someone as far as I have gone," Love it! Ericajane

Mar 16th

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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