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A podcast by Dhru Purohit and Dr. Mark Hyman

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 neu... More
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2019-9-19

#72: Harness Your Brain’s Creative Potential to Pursue Your True Calling with Chase Jarvis

Season 1, Ep. 72

Creativity is a force inside every person that, when unleashed, transforms our lives and delivers vitality to everything we do. Left unexpressed, it can be a poison, leading to unhappiness, unfulfillment, and that feeling there is something missing.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Chase Jarvis, an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, and one of the most influential photographers of the past decade. He has created campaigns for Apple, Nike, Red Bull and others, was a contributor to the Pulitzer-winning New York Times story Snowfall, and earned an Emmy nomination for his documentary Portrait of a City. He also created Best Camera–the first photo app to share images to social networks, and is the Founder of CreativeLive, where more than 10 million students learn photography, video, design, music, and business from the world’s top creators and entrepreneurs. 


In this episode, Dhru and Chase talk about why establishing a creative practice is as important to our well-being as exercise or nutrition. They discuss Chase’s road map for unlocking your creative potential, pursuing your dreams and succeeding in the process. They also talk about the importance of cultivating meaningful relationships, and building your core community when working to accomplish a goal. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-How to design the life you truly desire (1:46)

-What creativity really means (18:42)

-Why success is an inside job (19:56)

-How to take the first step to pursue your dreams (24:05)

-The four steps to unlock your creative potential (28:07)

-How to design a daily practice to pursue your dreams (35:25) 

-The three challenges that can derail you from your creative pursuit (52:12)

-Why the company we keep is so vital to our success (1:05:25)

-Chase’s principles for goal setting (1:17:18)

-Learn more about Chase and his work (1:29:36) 


For more on Chase Jarvis, be sure to follow him on Instagram @chasejarvis, on Facebook @chasejarvis and on Twitter @chasejarvis. Check out his website www.chasejarvis.com and www.creativelive.com. You can pre-order his book, Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life, right here. If you pre-order the book you will get access to a FREE 4-hour live workshop - learn more at https://www.creativelive.com/creativecalling. 

2019-9-19

#72: Harness Your Brain’s Creative Potential to Pursue Your True Calling with Chase Jarvis

Season 1, Ep. 72

Creativity is a force inside every person that, when unleashed, transforms our lives and delivers vitality to everything we do. Left unexpressed, it can be a poison, leading to unhappiness, unfulfillment, and that feeling there is something missing.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Chase Jarvis, an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, and one of the most influential photographers of the past decade. He has created campaigns for Apple, Nike, Red Bull and others, was a contributor to the Pulitzer-winning New York Times story Snowfall, and earned an Emmy nomination for his documentary Portrait of a City. He also created Best Camera–the first photo app to share images to social networks, and is the Founder of CreativeLive, where more than 10 million students learn photography, video, design, music, and business from the world’s top creators and entrepreneurs. 


In this episode, Dhru and Chase talk about why establishing a creative practice is as important to our well-being as exercise or nutrition. They discuss Chase’s road map for unlocking your creative potential, pursuing your dreams and succeeding in the process. They also talk about the importance of cultivating meaningful relationships, and building your core community when working to accomplish a goal. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-How to design the life you truly desire (1:46)

-What creativity really means (18:42)

-Why success is an inside job (19:56)

-How to take the first step to pursue your dreams (24:05)

-The four steps to unlock your creative potential (28:07)

-How to design a daily practice to pursue your dreams (35:25) 

-The three challenges that can derail you from your creative pursuit (52:12)

-Why the company we keep is so vital to our success (1:05:25)

-Chase’s principles for goal setting (1:17:18)

-Learn more about Chase and his work (1:29:36) 


For more on Chase Jarvis, be sure to follow him on Instagram @chasejarvis, on Facebook @chasejarvis and on Twitter @chasejarvis. Check out his website www.chasejarvis.com and www.creativelive.com. You can pre-order his book, Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life, right here. If you pre-order the book you will get access to a FREE 4-hour live workshop - learn more at https://www.creativelive.com/creativecalling. 

2019-9-12

#71: Supporting the Vaginal Microbiome, The Root Cause of Acne, and Why Your Dog Has Leaky Gut with Kiran Krishnan

Season 1, Ep. 71

What do women’s health, dirt, and household pets have in common? More than you might think. When it comes to all living things, bacteria play a major role. Now, with emerging research in the microbiome contained within the soil, animals, and our bodies, we are able to find fascinating and helpful links for keeping good bacteria alive and well to support a wide variety of health functions. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Kiran Krishnan, a research microbiologist that has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 18 years. He comes from a university research background having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. Kiran established a Clinical Research Organization where he designed and conducted dozens of human clinical trials in human nutrition. 


Kiran is also a co-founder and partner in Nu Science Trading, LLC.; a nutritional technology development and research company. He is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Microbiome Labs. He is a frequent lecturer on the human microbiome at medical and nutrition conferences. He is an expert guest on national and satellite radio, has appeared in several international documentaries, and has been a guest speaker on several International health summits as a microbiome expert. He is currently involved in 16 novel human clinical trials on probiotics and the human microbiome.


In this episode, Dhru and Kiran talk about a fascinating new study on dogs and leaky gut, and how it’s a major driver of chronic illness in dogs. They discuss how the vaginal microbiome is being destroyed, especially at OBGYN offices, and what dysbiosis in the vaginal microbiome can lead to. They also talk about another study on acne and the gut-skin axis and how Kiran discovered a method to modulate the gut microbiome to achieve healthier skin in 30 days. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-Leaky gut and dogs (9:33)

-Why you shouldn’t feed your dog coconut oil (15:46)

-Is coconut oil really bad for us? (17:08)

-Why diversity in our diet is so important (27:20) 

-How the vaginal microbiome is being destroyed (28:34) 

-Why you shouldn’t use coconut oil as a personal lubricant and what to use instead (34:21)

-How spore-based probiotics can prevent the growth of acne (42:50) 

-Keystone stains and how they play a key role in keeping us healthy (48:59)

-The challenge with probiotics on the market (1:08:31)

-Probiotic companies that are doing it right (1:14:26)

-What Kiran does in his daily life to support his overall health (1:16:07)

-Why having a dog in your home lowers rates of allergies and asthma, especially in kids (1:24:21)

-Learn more about Kiran and his work (1:26:08) 


For more on Kiran Krishnan, be sure to follow him on Instagram @kkiran_00 and on Facebook @kirankrishnan. Check out his website https://microbiomelabs.com. To learn more about the Microbiome Keynotes Symposium visit: https://live.microbiomekeynotes.com


Below are a few published studies by Kiran Krishnan on spore-based probiotics and the impact on the gut microbiome:


The studies Kiran mentioned during the interview are currently going through a peer-review process. Once they are published we will update the show notes with links to the studies.


2019-9-5

#70: A Step-by-Step Approach to Personalizing Your Diet with Chris Kresser

Season 1, Ep. 70

We all know there are universal rules to follow when it comes to eating a healthy diet, but personalization should be at the top of the list. While we have a lot in common as human beings and there are certain nutritional guidelines applicable to all of us, we’re different in important ways too. We have different genetics, constitutions, health status, activity levels, lifestyles, and goals, and all of these factors determine what an optimal diet is for each of us. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Chris Kresser, the CEO of Kresser Institute for Functional & Evolutionary Medicine, the co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine, the creator of ChrisKresser.com, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Cure. He is known for his in-depth research uncovering myths and misconceptions in modern medicine and providing natural health solutions with proven results. Chris was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by Greatist.com, and his blog is one of the top-ranked natural health websites in the world. He recently launched Kresser Institute, an organization dedicated to reinventing healthcare and reversing chronic disease by training healthcare practitioners in Functional and evolutionary medicine. 


In this episode, Dhru and Chris talk about an ancestral diet and lifestyle and the potential for preventing chronic disease. They discuss how to personalize your diet to fit your lifestyle, body type, genetic blueprint, individual needs, and specific health conditions. They also talk about the benefits of intermittent fasting and how you can determine the right approach for you, as well as when it is not recommended. 


In this episode, we dive into:


-Why one specific diet is not right for everyone (3:08) 

-How to personalize your diet (6:12) 

-A current diet trend that might not actually be healthy (9:26)

-The truth about the bioavailability of nutrients from plant-based foods (18:03) 

-What we can learn from the ancestral diet (34:35)

-The biggest mistake in nutritional science (38:21)

-A good starting place to determine your ideal macronutrient ratio (40:47)  

-The most effective approach to intermittent fasting (45:03) 

-Who shouldn’t do intermittent fasting (50:38)

-When lab testing is necessary (54:18)

-Chris’s take on the latest health trends (1:07:17)

-Learn more about Chris and his work (1:13:30) 


For more on Chris Kresser, be sure to follow him on Instagram @chriskresser, on Facebook @chriskresserlac, on Twitter @chriskresser, and on YouTube @chriskresser. Check out his website https://chriskresser.com. To learn more about his ADAPT Health Coach Training Program and his ADAPT Practitioner Training Program visit: https://kresserinstitute.com. You can also find his book, The Paleo Cure, right here

2019-8-29

#69: Mirror Neurons, Empathy and Connected Parenting with Jennifer Kolari

Season 1, Ep. 69

Jennifer is one of the nation’s leading parenting experts and the founder of Connected Parenting. She is the author of Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great kid and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting.


Jennifer was the Parenting expert on CBC’s Steven and Chris show for eight seasons and has appeared frequently on Canada AM and Breakfast Television. Her advice can be found in many Canadian and U.S. magazines, such as Today’s Parent, Redbook, Parent Magazine and Canadian Family. Jennifer has been helping children, teens and families get connected for over twenty years.


Here are more of the details from this episode:


- How Jennifer discovered compassionate parenting and family therapy as her calling (4:50)

- The power of limbic bonding for you and your child (7:27)

- What traditional parenting got wrong about “You should know better!” (15:50)

- What are mirror neurons and how they can help (19:13)

- How yelling impacts the fight or flight response and stress hormones (24:40)

- Breaking down the CALM technique (27:00)

- Practicing active listening with the CALM technique in real situations (44:40)

- Approaching disagreements with teenagers more mindfully (52:20)

- Dealing with full-on tantrums and what happens when you give them permission to meltdown (57:10)

- Advice for couples and how to use mirroring for intimate relationships (1:15:50)

- Taking a modern approach to the modern problems kids are dealing with (1:30:05)

- Why too much power leads kids to feel anxious (1:50:30)

- Learn more about Jennifer’s work (1:54:20)


Links:

www.connectedparenting.com

www.connectedparenting.com/books/connected-parenting-book/

www.twitter.com/jenniferkolari

2019-8-15

#68: Is There an Optimal Diet for Humans? with Anahad O'Connor

Season 1, Ep. 68

Nutrition experts have long debated whether there is an optimal diet that humans evolved to eat. Studies show that modern hunter-gatherer groups across the globe generally have phenomenal heart and metabolic health, yet they eat a variety of diets, and tend to avoid the chronic diseases that kill most Americans. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Anahad O’Connor, a bestselling author and reporter for The New York Times. He joined the paper in 2003 and writes for Science Times – the paper’s weekly science and health section – and the Well blog. Anahad covers nutrition, medicine and chronic disease. He has published a number of groundbreaking investigative stories for the Times, including a series in 2015 that exposed Coca-Cola’s funding of scientific research that sought to downplay the role of sugar-sweetened beverages in the obesity epidemic. In 2018, he and his colleagues won an award from the Association of HealthCare Journalists for Planet Fat, a series that examined the food industry’s role in the spread of global obesity. 


Anahad is a graduate of Yale University and is a frequent guest on national news programs, such as PBS NewsHour, Good Morning America, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He is also the author of four books.


In this episode, Dhru and Anahad talk about what life is like in hunter-gatherer societies, what a typical hunter-gatherer diet looks like, the challenges that are faced in these societies, and if there really is an optimal diet for humans. They talk about time-restricted eating and how when you eat could be more important than what you eat, how food variety causes you to eat more, something known as sensory-specific satiety, and why this is one of the reasons people in hunter-gatherer socieites don’t overeat and become obese. They also discuss another article Anahad wrote in the New York Times, How to Get Strong, and how everyone knows that exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health, but most people ignore one crucial component of it: resistance training and how it can reverse the age-related cellular damage that contributes to sarcopenia and functional impairment. 


In this episode, we dive into:


-Modern hunter-gatherer societies and why they tend to avoid chronic diseases (3:09)

-The importance of eating local and seasonal foods (14:56)

-Time-restricted eating (17:47)

-Why food variety causes your to eat more (24:08) 

-Nature’s perfect food (31:04)

-Anahad’s groundbreaking investigative report that exposed Coca-Cola’s funding of scientific research that sought to downplay the role of sugar-sweetened beverages in the obesity epidemic (41:23)

-The impact of lifestyle and social connections on overall health (53:22)

-Longevity and resistance training (1:02:07) 

-How to make resistance training practical (1:11:13)

-Learn more about Anahad and his work (1:19:06)


For more on Anahad O’Connor, be sure to follow him on Twitter @anahadoconnor, and check out his articles for the New York Times, right here.

2019-8-8

#67: The Keys to Unlocking Your Larger-Than-Life Dream with Alex Banayan

Season 1, Ep. 67

The hardest part about achieving a dream often isn’t actually achieving it, it’s stepping through your fear of the unknown when you don’t have a clear plan. Having a teacher or boss tell you what to do makes life a lot easier. But nobody achieves a dream from the comfort of certainty. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Alex Banayan, the only national bestselling business author under 30 in America. His book, The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers, has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Over the course of his unprecedented seven-year journey, Alex interviewed the most innovative leaders of the past half-century, including Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones, and more.


Alex has been named on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, Business Insider’s Most Powerful People Under 30, and has been featured in major media, including The Washington Post, Fortune, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and NBC News. Alex is an acclaimed keynote speaker, and has presented the Third Door framework to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Snapchat, Salesforce, and Disney.


In this episode, Dhru and Alex talk about the seven year mission he undertook to unlock the secret to immense success from some of the most successful people in the world. They discuss the importance of mindset and that when you change what you believe is possible, you change what becomes possible. They talk about how to stay resilient in the face of rejection, and how our growth comes from our mistakes. They also talk about the importance of cultivating meaningful relationships, and the impact it has on our health and mindset when working to accomplish a goal.


In this episode, we dive into:


-The analogy of what the Third Door is (4:28)

-Alex’s personal journey (7:01)

-The difference between fearlessness and courage (33:30)

-How to figure out what you want to do in life (41:11)

-Alex’s 30-Day Challenge to uncover your path (42:37)

-The importance of having an inside man to support you on your journey (54:11)

-How to cultivate meaningful friendships (1:10:42)

-Alex’s advice for difficult conversations (1:15:08)

-How to overcome failure (1:24:52)

-Learn more about Alex and his work (1:34:09)


For more on Alex, be sure to follow him on Instagram @alexbanayan, on Facebook @alexbanayan, and on Twitter @alexbanayan. Check out his website http://thirddoorbook.com. You can find his book, The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Careers, right here.