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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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2019-11-7

#79: A New Way to Treat PTSD, Concussions, and Traumatic Brain Injuries with Dr. Erik Won

Season 1, Ep. 79

More than eight million Americans live with some of the devastating symptoms of PTSD, like Night terrors, flashbacks, and evenings spent in isolation—and it is estimated at least 600,000 post-9/11 veterans are part of that population.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Erik Won, the President of Wave Neuroscience, Inc; a biotechnology company that has innovated a breakthrough technology called Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT). This technology utilizes computational neuroanalytics and brain imaging to customize treatment protocols with the aim of restoring optimal neurological function. Dr. Won joined Wave Neuroscience after serving as the Chief Physician and Chief Technology Officer for a Fortune 50 Aerospace company. He also served as a US Navy Flight Surgeon for Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, and received the distinction of serving as the ACE (Aviation Combat Element) Flight Surgeon for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). 


Dr. Won has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and textbooks and presented in numerous academic conferences. He completed his residency at the Harvard OEM combined residency program and was appointed Chief Resident. He received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Won talk about Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT) and how it could address mental health disorders and revolutionize brain-based medicine. They discuss why the rate of suicide among veterans is twice that of the general population, the current standard of care for PTSD, and how MeRT can improve PTSD and traumautic brain injury outcomes. They also talk about how one night of poor quality sleep impacts the brain and what we need to know about the brain’s detoxification system.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Dr. Won’s experience in the Navy and the impact it had on his life (3:14)

-What people don’t understand about being an active service member and the transition from military to civilian life (7:10)

-The connection between PTSD and suicide (14:44)

-What is MeRT therapy (20:33) 

-How does MeRT therapy works and what takes place during a typical session (24:41)

-What conditions MeRT therapy can be used for (38:26)

-How the glymphatic system plays a key role in removing brain waste while you sleep (45:19)

-The difference between structural damage and functional damage in the brain (54:05)

-Learn more about Wave Neuroscience and where you can find clinics offering MeRT therapy (1:02:31) 

-Dr. Won’s own experience using MeRT (1:06:32)

-The risks and side effects of MeRT therapy (1:07:28)


For more on Dr. Erik Won, be sure to follow him on Instagram @braintreatmentcenter, and on Facebook @braintreatmentcenter. Check out his website https://braintreatmentcenter.com


If you are a member of the Special Operations Forces you can access this treatment for free. Learn more here: https://braintreatmentcenter.com/initiatives/sof


Disclaimer: Patient response varies from individual and is case by case. Some patients may have no response to treatment. Consult with your physician.

2019-11-7

#79: A New Way to Treat PTSD, Concussions, and Traumatic Brain Injuries with Dr. Erik Won

Season 1, Ep. 79

More than eight million Americans live with some of the devastating symptoms of PTSD, like Night terrors, flashbacks, and evenings spent in isolation—and it is estimated at least 600,000 post-9/11 veterans are part of that population.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Erik Won, the President of Wave Neuroscience, Inc; a biotechnology company that has innovated a breakthrough technology called Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT). This technology utilizes computational neuroanalytics and brain imaging to customize treatment protocols with the aim of restoring optimal neurological function. Dr. Won joined Wave Neuroscience after serving as the Chief Physician and Chief Technology Officer for a Fortune 50 Aerospace company. He also served as a US Navy Flight Surgeon for Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, and received the distinction of serving as the ACE (Aviation Combat Element) Flight Surgeon for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). 


Dr. Won has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and textbooks and presented in numerous academic conferences. He completed his residency at the Harvard OEM combined residency program and was appointed Chief Resident. He received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Won talk about Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT) and how it could address mental health disorders and revolutionize brain-based medicine. They discuss why the rate of suicide among veterans is twice that of the general population, the current standard of care for PTSD, and how MeRT can improve PTSD and traumautic brain injury outcomes. They also talk about how one night of poor quality sleep impacts the brain and what we need to know about the brain’s detoxification system.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Dr. Won’s experience in the Navy and the impact it had on his life (3:14)

-What people don’t understand about being an active service member and the transition from military to civilian life (7:10)

-The connection between PTSD and suicide (14:44)

-What is MeRT therapy (20:33) 

-How does MeRT therapy works and what takes place during a typical session (24:41)

-What conditions MeRT therapy can be used for (38:26)

-How the glymphatic system plays a key role in removing brain waste while you sleep (45:19)

-The difference between structural damage and functional damage in the brain (54:05)

-Learn more about Wave Neuroscience and where you can find clinics offering MeRT therapy (1:02:31) 

-Dr. Won’s own experience using MeRT (1:06:32)

-The risks and side effects of MeRT therapy (1:07:28)


For more on Dr. Erik Won, be sure to follow him on Instagram @braintreatmentcenter, and on Facebook @braintreatmentcenter. Check out his website https://braintreatmentcenter.com


If you are a member of the Special Operations Forces you can access this treatment for free. Learn more here: https://braintreatmentcenter.com/initiatives/sof


Disclaimer: Patient response varies from individual and is case by case. Some patients may have no response to treatment. Consult with your physician.

2019-10-31

#78: Why We’re So Lonely and How to Create Deeper, More Meaningful Friendships with Dhru Purohit and Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

Season 1, Ep. 78

For much of human history friendship was about survival. No one, no matter how strong or independent they were, could live life alone.⁣ So we invested in our village, in our community in our tribe and developed friendships because we needed to. It was a part of our existence.⁣

Today, most of us aren’t reliant on friends for daily survival. Our basic needs can be met through the efforts of a lot of people who we aren’t directly connected to. We still need people to grow food for us and keep the lights on, but these people aren’t individuals who we have a direct relationship with.⁣ That’s why we’re seeing more isolation in the Western world, because technically, we don’t “need” each other to survive on a daily basis.

But just because you might not need a friend to help you fetch water or grow food or build a house doesn’t mean you don’t need friends to thrive! Thriving in life means having deep and meaningful friendships that have your back and help you live a life of purpose, courage, creativity, and resilience.⁣


⁣On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, we are sharing an interview with our host, Dhru Purohit, who was interviewed by our dear friend, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee on his podcast, Feel Better, Live More. Dhru Purohit is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and documentary filmmaker. He is also the CEO of Dr. Hyman Enterprises and The UltraWellness Center, a Functional Medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine. Dhru is a contributing author to two New York Times Best-Sellers, Clean Gut and Clean Eats, and helped launch the global “clean eating” revolution by co-founding The Clean Program. 

 

In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Rangan Chatterjee talk about how the bigger your goals and dreams are the more you need friendships that have your back and help you thrive in life.⁣ They discuss why making friends is more difficult as an adult and why this is a particular problem for men—a fifth of whom say they don’t have any close friends. They also talk about why having friendships outside of our intimate relationship is essential, and how to create deeper, more meaningful friendships. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-Why Dhru is so passionate about friendship (2:15)

-How friendships are connected to every area of our life (5:02)

-The epidemic of loneliness (6:33)

-The impact of touch (12:32)

-The importance of an opt-out event (24:44)

-What to do if you don’t have any good close friends (41:28)

-The foundation of an incredible relationship (59:25)

-Fear of being a burden (1:01:24)

-How to make time for friendships when you have a really busy life (1:11:40)

-Dhru’s book recommendations (1:36:06)


For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit


Below are the book recommendations that Dhru made during the interview:

-Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz

-Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, by Seth Godin

-The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert, by John Gottman


Lastly, below are links to the interviews Dhru recommends from Dr. Chatterjee’s podcast Feel Better, Live More:

-How Our Childhood Shapes Every Aspect of Our Health with Dr. Gabor Mate

-Stress - The Health Epidemic of the 21st Century with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

-Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression with Johann Hari Part 1

-Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression with Johann Hari Part 2



2019-10-24

#77: A Functional Medicine Approach to Treating and Healing Acne with Dr. Robin Berzin

Season 1, Ep. 77

Our skin is a reflection of what’s going on with our health beneath the surface. Acne and other skin problems are signals that something is off in our body. Conventional medicine deals with symptoms, so their solutions for acne include lathering on potions and lotions, popping and pricking pimples and taking antibiotics or strong liver-damaging medications. There’s got to be another way, right?


Fortunately, there is with Functional Medicine, which addresses the problem’s root cause. From this lens, we can understand that numerous factors contribute to acne, including nutrition, stress, toxicity, inflammation and hormonal and gut imbalances. That’s actually good news because it empowers us to make dietary and lifestyle changes that reverse acne and improve our overall health without the adverse side effects of pharmaceuticals and other invasive procedures.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Robin Berzin, the founder and CEO of Parsley Health. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Robin completed medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She has also trained in Functional Medicine with the Institute for Functional Medicine. In 2011, she co-founded the physician communication app Cureatr and subsequently has advised numerous startups in the healthcare space. Robin founded Parsley Health in order to make whole-body, transformative medicine accessible to everyone through better services and smart technology. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Robin Berzin dive deep into the topic of acne. They talk about the gut-skin connection and what role our gut health plays when it comes to acne. They discuss why conventional acne treatments don’t actually work, and often end up doing more harm, and how to treat acne without medication. They also talk about how the cosmetics we use on our skin can increase inflammation which inturn leads to acne, and the best skincare routine and products for someone suffering with acne. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-Dr. Berzin shares her personal struggle with acne (2:09)

-The most common underlying causes of acne (5:31)

-The connection between gut health and skin issues (15:45) 

-The problem with topical antibiotics (25:55) 

-How omega-6 fatty acids may have a direct impact on acne development (27:56)

-The connection between hormones and acne (38:55) 

-How cosmetics and personal care products alter your skin’s microbiota (45:39)

-Lab testing for skin issues (58:03)

-The problem with food sensitivity testing (1:01:32)

-Learn more about Dr. Robin Berzin and her work (1:12:32)


For more on Dr. Robin Berzin, be sure to follow her on Instagram @robinberzinmd, on Facebook @robinberzinmd, and on Twitter @robinberzinmd. Learn more about Parsley Health's new LA Flagship at: https://www.parsleyhealth.com/la and their national services at https://www.parsleyhealth.com/online-doctor.

2019-10-17

#76: Discover Where You are on The Inflammation Spectrum and Reclaim Your Health with Dr. Will Cole

Season 1, Ep. 76

When you look into just about every health problem that we face in the world today—anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive problems, hormone imbalances, diabetes, heart disease, or autoimmune conditions—they are all inflammatory in nature or have an inflammatory component. But inflammation starts brewing in the body long before these diseases become noticeable, not to mention diagnosable. By the time a health problem is advanced enough to be officially diagnosed, inflammation has typically already caused significant damage to the body.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Will Cole, a leading Functional Medicine expert who consults people around the world via webcam and locally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing health programs for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal dysfunctions, digestive disorders, and brain problems. Dr. Cole was named one of the top fifty Functional Medicine and integrative doctors in the nation and is a health expert for mindbodygreen and goop. Dr. Cole is the author of the book, Ketotarian in which he melds the powerful benefits of a ketogenic diet with a plant-based one. His new book, The Inflammation Spectrum, was just released.  


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Will Cole talk about why inflammation plagues so many people and how to create awareness to address this issue. They discuss how inflammation tends to develop in eight primary systems in the body, and how someone can identify where inflammation is rooted in their body and where they are on the inflammation spectrum. They also talk about how to design a personalized food and lifestyle plan to alleviate the effects of inflammation and optimize your health. 


For more on Dr. Will Cole, be sure to follow him on Instagram @drwillcole, on Facebook @doctorwillcole, on Twitter @drwillcole, and on YouTube @drwillcole. Check out his podcast, The goopFellas, here, and check out his website https://drwillcole.com. You can order his new book, The Inflammation Spectrum, right here


Also, below are links to some of Dr. Cole’s favorite interviews from his own podcast The goop Fellas:

2019-10-10

#75: How a Morning Routine, Human Touch, and Nourishing Relationships Can Radically Lower Your Stress with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

Season 1, Ep. 75

We are living in the middle of a stress epidemic. The World Health Organization calls stress “the health epidemic of the twenty-first century.” Common complaints such as low libido, anxiety, poor memory, the inability to concentrate, and many gut problems seem completely unrelated, but often have stress as a root cause. The way we’re living our modern lifestyle is causing us a lot of problems. We think we can get away with burning the candle at both ends forever, but the reality is very different.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, one of the most influential doctors in the UK who wants to change how medicine will be practiced for years to come. He hosts the biggest health podcast in Europe, Feel Better, Live More, which Apple has announced as one of the most downloaded new podcasts of the past year. He is known for finding the root cause of people's health problems, and he has highlighted his methods in the groundbreaking BBC television show, Doctor in the House, which has been shown in over 70 countries around the world. His first book, How to Make Disease Disappear, is an international bestseller, his most recent book, the #1 bestseller, The Stress Solution, tackles what the WHO calls the health epidemic of our time—stress. Dr. Chatterjee’s mission is to help 100 million people feel fantastic by restoring them to optimal health.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Chatterjee talk about practical solutions and simple interventions to help you destress and reset your life, and how implementing small changes to your routine can reduce or completely eradicate stress. They discuss the importance of prioritizing regular breaks and setting boundaries around personal time. They also talk about the power of human touch and why scheduling regular time with your family and friends is essential to our health. 


In this episode, we dive into:


-The importance of a morning routine (3:06) 

-The 3M’s: Mindfulness, Movement, and Mindset (4:40)

-Micro and macro stress doses and your personal stress threshold (19:07)

-How stress is a key driver in overall blood sugar levels (25:10)

-How your environment impacts your health (40:11)

-The power of human touch on our health and stress levels (44:37)

-The 3D greeting to create meaningful connection (58:52)

-The importance of regular downtime (1:08:50)

-The framework for finding meaning and purpose in your life (1:14:40)

-Learn more about Dr. Rangan Chatterjee and his work (1:42:44)


For more on Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, be sure to follow him on Instagram @drchatterjee, on Facebook @drchatterjee, on Twitter @drchatterjeeuk, and on YouTube @drchatterjee. Check out his podcast, Feel Better, Live More, here, and check out his website https://drchatterjee.com. You can order his new book, The Stress Solution, right here.


Also, below are links to the podcast interviews Dr. Chatterjee mentioned in the interview from his own podcast Feel Better, Live More:

-How Our Childhood Shapes Every Aspect of Our Health with Dr. Gabor Mate

-Stress - The Health Epidemic of the 21st Century with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

-Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression with Johann Hari Part 1

-Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression with Johann Hari Part 2

2019-10-3

#74: How to Age Backwards and Live to 180 with Dave Asprey

Season 1, Ep. 74

When you think of aging, what comes to mind? Do you view it as a positive rite of passage or a negative phenomenon that must simply be endured? You might assume that you’re destined for the latter. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can be an active participant in your own aging process. Your habits and your environment have a lot of influence on your longevity, and how you’ll feel in your later years.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dave Asprey, founder and CEO of Bulletproof 360, creator of the global phenomenon Bulletproof Coffee, a two-time New York Times bestselling author, the host of the Webby award-winning podcast Bulletproof Radio, serial entrepreneur, and global change agent. 


Dave has dedicated over two decades of his life identifying and working with world-renowned doctors, scientists, luminaries of human existence, and innovators to uncover the most advanced methods for enhancing mental and physical performance. Dave’s discoveries and the companies he has founded offer tools that enable people the opportunity to take control of body, mind and biology—elevating human performance far beyond what we ever dreamed possible. 


In this episode, Dhru and Dave talk about how he is on a mission to prove that humans can live to 180 in this lifetime, and not just live, but really thrive, by avoiding disease, having better sex, and supercharging our brain-power. They also talk about the Seven Pillars of Aging that contribute to degeneration and diseases, and how simple interventions like diet, sleep, exercise, and little-known but powerful hacks from ozone therapy to light therapy, can decelerate cellular aging and help your body’s ability to heal and rejuvenate.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Why Dave’s goal is to live to 180 (2:33)

-The real cause of balding and hair loss (5:46)

-The biggest fear around aging (10:47)

-The four things that will most likely kill us as we age (30:37)

-The benefits of ozone therapy (34:42)

-Dave’s story and the key pillars that were aging him and making him sick (39:23)

-The 7 Pillars of Aging (48:50)

-How our environment affects how we age (53:07)

-The anti-aging benefits of light therapy (59:27)

-The most important investment you should make when it comes to your health (1:03:13)

-Learn more about Dave and his work (1:15:40) 


For more on Dave Asprey, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dave.asprey, on Facebook @bulletproofexecutive, on Twitter @bulletproofexec, and on YouTube @bulletproof. Check out his podcast, Bulletproof Radio, here, and check out his website https://daveasprey.com. You can order his new book, Super Human, right here

2019-10-1

Behind The Scenes: Max Lugavere on Building a Personal Brand and Turning Your Passion into a Business

Season 1

Is there something that you’re dreaming about—that you would love to share with the world, but maybe you’re afraid to give a voice to it because you’re not sure how it will turn out, what others will think, or how you can make money doing something that you truly love? 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Max Lugavere, a filmmaker, health and science journalist, and the author of the New York Times best-selling book Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life. He is also the host of the #1 iTunes health podcast The Genius Life. Lugavere appears regularly on the Dr. Oz Show, The Rachael Ray Show, and The Doctors. He has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, CNN, and the Daily Beast, has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and in The Wall Street Journal. He is a sought-after speaker and has given talks at South by Southwest, TEDx, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, and many others.


In this episode, Dhru and Max talk about the steps it takes to build your career in the wellness space, and how to put out content that is true to you. They also talk about the lessons he learned from putting out award winning documentaries, New York Times best-selling books, and a #1 ranked health podcast.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Max’s background story (4:30) 

-What inspired Max to create a documentary on the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases (14:10)

-How to move through imposter syndrome (27:34)

-How to find your voice (34:08)

-How Max funded his first documentary (41:43)

-How to financially support yourself when you are first starting out on your entrepreneurship journey (52:40) 

-How Max’s documentary ended up on the Dr. Oz show (1:09:02)

-How to write a book proposal (1:26:04)

-The process of writing a book (1:29:38)

-How to pitch a podcast (1:37:45)

-How to make a living in the field you are passionate about (1:46:10)


For more on Max Lugavere, be sure to follow him on Instagram @maxlugavere, on Facebook @maxlugavere, on Twitter @maxlugavere, and on YouTube @maxlugavere. Check out his podcast, The Genius Life, here, and check out his website https://www.maxlugavere.com. You can order his book, Genius Foods, right here. His new book, The Genius Life: Heal Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Become Extraordinary, will be released March 2020.