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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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2019-12-5

#83: Breaking Through Depression, Perfectionism, and People Pleasing with Mia Lux

Season 1, Ep. 83

If you struggle with feeling hopeless, sad, or otherwise mentally fragile, you’re not alone. Depression is officially at epidemic levels, dramatically impacting hundreds of millions of lives. With its symptom-based medicine approach, conventional medicine tackles depression completely wrong. Rather than determine what actually creates that depression, many doctors immediately reach for their prescription pad. But what if there way another way to treat this epidemic?


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Mia Lux, a stand-up comedian, personal growth junkie, former high-school teacher, and recovering lawyer. Mia originally got into stand-up comedy as a way to learn how to fail—a sincere effort to overcome the perfectionist practices that kept her in perpetual burnout as a lawyer and high school teacher. In the process, she wound up working in the personal development space, originally as Director of Content for global transformational education company Mindvalley, and eventually stepping into her role over the past 5 years as host and facilitator, specializing in top wellness/personal development events around the world.


Mia always kept a toe in comedy, and found that laughing is just more effective than lecturing. Her newest project, The Conscious-ish Show, is the baby of both worlds: a Late Night style talk-show that takes on topics that really count—health, self-love, depression, sex, spirituality, and more. It is Mia’s mission to make the world's most powerful ideas more accessible by making them truly enjoyable; if you're laughing, you're learning!


In this episode, Dhru and Mia take a deep dive into the topic of depression. Mia openly shares her own personal struggle with depression, and the importance of understanding the emotional, psychological and physical causes of it. They discuss the best ways to support someone who is depressed, and some of the key ways to begin to heal. They also talk about understanding what’s really underneath perfectionism, how to get out of your own way, and how to stop people pleasing. Mia also explains how healing laughter and comedy can be.


In this episode, we dive into:


-Mia’s personal story of depression and being suicidal (2:31)

-What can be done about depression (9:31)

-What to do or not do if someone in your life is depressed (12:14)

-Fear of failure (20:01)

-What’s underneath perfectionism (20:42)

-How to stop people pleasing (27:34)

-The top regret of the dying (31:50)

-How to get out of your own way (33:37)

-The healing power of laughter and comedy (37:25)

-How to intentionally and mindfully create an extraordinary life (46:31)

-Self-love and understanding the language you use with yourself (47:36)

-Lucid dreaming (49:01)

-Where to learn more about Mia (59:55)


For more on Mia Lux, be sure to follow her on Instagram @consciousish and @mymialux, and on Facebook @consciousish and @mymialux. Check out her website www.consciousish.com and https://www.mialux.com.


Lastly, check out this article from the New York Times Magazine, about an Army veteran who was thought to have depression and PTSD by leading military doctors and commanders; turns out his symptoms were really caused by chronic lead poisoning.

2019-12-5

#83: Breaking Through Depression, Perfectionism, and People Pleasing with Mia Lux

Season 1, Ep. 83

If you struggle with feeling hopeless, sad, or otherwise mentally fragile, you’re not alone. Depression is officially at epidemic levels, dramatically impacting hundreds of millions of lives. With its symptom-based medicine approach, conventional medicine tackles depression completely wrong. Rather than determine what actually creates that depression, many doctors immediately reach for their prescription pad. But what if there way another way to treat this epidemic?


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Mia Lux, a stand-up comedian, personal growth junkie, former high-school teacher, and recovering lawyer. Mia originally got into stand-up comedy as a way to learn how to fail—a sincere effort to overcome the perfectionist practices that kept her in perpetual burnout as a lawyer and high school teacher. In the process, she wound up working in the personal development space, originally as Director of Content for global transformational education company Mindvalley, and eventually stepping into her role over the past 5 years as host and facilitator, specializing in top wellness/personal development events around the world.


Mia always kept a toe in comedy, and found that laughing is just more effective than lecturing. Her newest project, The Conscious-ish Show, is the baby of both worlds: a Late Night style talk-show that takes on topics that really count—health, self-love, depression, sex, spirituality, and more. It is Mia’s mission to make the world's most powerful ideas more accessible by making them truly enjoyable; if you're laughing, you're learning!


In this episode, Dhru and Mia take a deep dive into the topic of depression. Mia openly shares her own personal struggle with depression, and the importance of understanding the emotional, psychological and physical causes of it. They discuss the best ways to support someone who is depressed, and some of the key ways to begin to heal. They also talk about understanding what’s really underneath perfectionism, how to get out of your own way, and how to stop people pleasing. Mia also explains how healing laughter and comedy can be.


In this episode, we dive into:


-Mia’s personal story of depression and being suicidal (2:31)

-What can be done about depression (9:31)

-What to do or not do if someone in your life is depressed (12:14)

-Fear of failure (20:01)

-What’s underneath perfectionism (20:42)

-How to stop people pleasing (27:34)

-The top regret of the dying (31:50)

-How to get out of your own way (33:37)

-The healing power of laughter and comedy (37:25)

-How to intentionally and mindfully create an extraordinary life (46:31)

-Self-love and understanding the language you use with yourself (47:36)

-Lucid dreaming (49:01)

-Where to learn more about Mia (59:55)


For more on Mia Lux, be sure to follow her on Instagram @consciousish and @mymialux, and on Facebook @consciousish and @mymialux. Check out her website www.consciousish.com and https://www.mialux.com.


Lastly, check out this article from the New York Times Magazine, about an Army veteran who was thought to have depression and PTSD by leading military doctors and commanders; turns out his symptoms were really caused by chronic lead poisoning.

2019-11-28

#82: How Dogs Can Help Us Become Better Humans with Celebrity Dog Trainer Tamar Geller

Season 1, Ep. 82

We spend countless hours training our dogs, but how often do we consider what they have to teach us? Dogs teach us so many important life lessons. They teach us about gratitude, love and compassion, being present, and so much more. When humans bring a dog into their lives, they are most often looking for a companion; what they may not realize is that they are getting a teacher as well. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Tamar Geller, a celebrity dog trainer, a New York Times bestselling author, and as Oprah says “A Life Coach for Dogs and their People.” Tamar has revolutionized the way dog training is done. The Loved Dog method that Tamar created over 30 years ago is based on the knowledge she acquired as an Intelligence Officer with the Israeli Elite Special Forces, from the respect she gained for the wisdom of nature while observing wolves in the wild, and her devotion to personal growth.


Tamar helps dogs and their people develop a relationship that is based on mutual devotion, as she helps the dog become the best version of himself. Instead of commands, she teaches dogs the life skills that allow them to self-regulate, think before acting, and make better decisions. She also teaches the “pawrents” how to understand their dog’s behavior and become great communicators. Tamar has helped celebrities like Tony Robbins, Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Affleck, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Courteney Cox, and of course Oprah, and many other non-famous dog lovers, to have the most awesome dogs.


In this episode, Dhru and Tamar talk about how conventional methods of dog training break the bond we are trying to build, and how we are ruining our dogs without even knowing it. They discuss Tamar’s philosophy of dog training, which is about improving the relationship between you and your dog, so your dog is not obedient to you; your dog is devoted to you. Tamar also explains the makeup of dogs’ brains and the core needs that dogs and humans share, as well as how dogs give us the most insight into how we actually show up in all of our relationships.


In this episode, we dive into:


-Tamar’s approach to dog training and what makes it different and so unique (4:59)

-Why traditional dog training environments are not conducive for learning (10:37)

-Tamar’s story and how she ended up working with dogs (26:16)

-What dogs teach us about being present in our relationships (47:37)

-The 6 core needs of dogs and humans (53:20)

-Why the need for certainty is vital for your dogs sense of safety (1:09:05) 

-Misunderstanding your dog’s aggression for fear (1:28:14)

-The misconception of unconditional love when it comes to dogs (1:30:03) 

-Two tips for raising a happy dog (1:33:31)

-Where to learn more about Tamar (2:06:23)


For more on Tamar Geller, be sure to follow her on Instagram @theloveddog, and check out her website https://theloveddog.com. You can order her books, The Loved Dog: The Playful, Non-aggressive Way To Teach Your Dog Good Behavior, and 30 Days To A Well Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method, right here.

2019-11-26

Behind The Scenes with Ara Katz, Pioneering Microbiome Entrepreneur, Mom, and Co-Founder of Seed

Season 1

Despite the ever-increasing number of probiotic supplements, foods, and beverages out there, there’s still a lot of confusion about what probiotics are, how they work, and why we should take them. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Ara Katz, the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Seed Health, a microbial sciences company pioneering the application of bacteria to impact human and planetary health. A serial entrepreneur, she’s worked at the intersection of tech, media, and consumer brands. She co-founded the mobile commerce company, Spring, and advises and invests in companies like mindbodygreen and the healthcare startup, Mahmee. She was a fellow at the MIT Media Lab and named in Marie Claire’s The New Guard: The 50 Most Influential Women in the US.


In this episode, Dhru and Ara discuss the greatest lessons she has learned in her experience as an entrepreneur and co-founder, as well as the importance of finding the right business partner and nurturing that relationship. They talk about what Ara’s experience as an entrepreneur has taught her about self-care and how her own journey of having a miscarriage helped her to realign her focus to do something that had great meaning and purpose. They also talk about what steps you need to take if you are looking to conduct your own study or clinical research, as well as the importance of integrity when it comes to marketing your business or product. They dive deep into the topic of probiotics and how not all probiotics are created equal, as well as the common misconception that probiotics have to colonize your gut and alter the composition of your microbiome to be effective, which Ara says is actually not true.


In this episode, we dive into:

-Ara’s current venture, Seed (1:35)

-What Ara was doing prior to Seed (6:46)

-Ara’s journey into health and wellness and what she learned from her mother’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis and death (9:46) 

-The impact Ara’s miscarriage had on her and what shifted in her career (12:33)

-How Ara’s challenge breastfeeding was the driving force and inspiration for her company, Seed (21:09)

-What you should think about when choosing a business partner (34:16)

-The difference between a probiotic strain and a probiotic species (40:05)

-Why kombucha is not a probiotic (45:58)

-A common misconception about probiotics (47:58)

-Seed’s Daily Synbiotic (prebiotic + probiotic) and what makes it different from other probiotics (50:54) 

-What you need to know if you want to do your own clinical study (56:58)

-LUCA Biologics, the future of medicine for UTIs and the vaginal microbiome (01:02:15)

-SeedLabs probiotic for honey bees (01:10:10)

-Where to learn more about Ara and Seed (01:20:44)


For more on Ara Katz, be sure to follow her on Instagram @arakatz and @seed, and on Facebook @seedmicrobiome. Check out her website https://seed.com. To learn more about Seed University and to become an affiliate visit https://seed.com/seeduniversity/. If you are are a beekeeper and interested in SeedLabs probiotics for bees email bees@seed.com. Learn more about LUCA Biologics and the development of living medicines targeting the vaginal microbiome at https://luca.bio.


Lastly, use code BROKENBRAIN at seed.com for 15% off the first month of your Daily Synbiotic subscription. 

2019-11-21

#81: Getting Ready for Baby: How to Optimize Your Health for Fertility and Beyond with Dr. Afrouz Demeri

Season 1, Ep. 81

There are no guarantees when it comes to successfully conceiving a healthy baby, but there are steps you can take to make sure the very basis of your baby’s life, your genetic raw material, is as healthy as possible even before you conceive. It’s during the preconception period that your baby’s raw genetic material is being formed and influenced.


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Afrouz Demeri, a licensed board-certified Naturopathic Medical Doctor specializing in integrative, Functional Medicine for women. Dr. Afrouz finds the root cause for hormonal imbalances, thyroid disorders, stress, weight or digestive issues, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. As faculty of the University of California Irvine, she sees patients at the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute or in her Ladera Ranch office in California.


Dr. Afrouz has been featured in publications such as Women’s Health, Now Magazine, Weight Wise Expo, and Vitality. When she’s not helping patients find their own lifelong wellness, you can find her studying yoga, cooking for her family of four, or teaching—and dancing—at the local Zumba studio.


In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Afrouz talk about all things fertility and how the 90-day period prior to conceiving a baby has the potential to change the genetic code of your baby. They discuss the toxins that can negatively affect your fertility and the overall health of your baby, as well as the importance of detoxing prior to conception. They also talk about how food is the most powerful form of medicine we can use to shift our epigenetics and how what we eat impacts overall egg and sperm quality, and the difference between a healthy diet and a fertility diet. 


In this episode, we dive into:

-Dr. Afrouz’s personal fertility story and journey into medicine (1:41)

-How Western medicine looks at miscarriages and what Dr. Afrouz learned in her naturopathic training (18:59)

-The importance of looking at both egg quality and sperm quality (24:32)

-How mold impacts your fertility and baby’s health (26:16) 

-Why a vegan diet is not optimal for fertility (43:23)

-What Dr. Afrouz did differently during her second pregnancy (54:55)

-What couples need to know about the health of sperm (1:00:30)

-Dr. Afrouz’s new online course: Trimester Zero (1:27:58)

-Why timeline matters when it comes to preparing your body for pregnancy (1:48:38)

-Lab testing for fertility (1:49:52)

-Eating for fertility (1:56:08)

-What you can do today when it comes to air, water, and toxins for optimal health (2:02:19)


For more on Dr. Afrouz Demeri, be sure to follow her on Instagram @drdemeri, and on Facebook @aimforwomen. Check out her website https://www.aimforwomen.com. To learn more and register for her new course Trimester Zero visit https://www.trimesterzerocourse.com, and her Spring Whole Body Detox at 1440 visit https://1440.org.


Below are the air and water filtration systems that Dr. Afrouz recommends: 

-IQAir - https://www.iqair.com

-PristineHydro - https://pristinehydro.com

2019-11-14

#80: How Red Light Therapy Can Help You Sleep Better, Recover Faster, Boost Testosterone, Improve Brain Health and More with Scott Nelson

Season 1, Ep. 80

Red light therapy has been studied and tested across hundreds of peer-reviewed clinical trials, with overwhelmingly positive results for skin health, collagen production, physical performance and muscle recovery, sleep, joint pain, inflammation, and more. 


On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Scott Nelson, a co-founder of Joovv, the first company to develop a modular, full-body light therapy device. Prior to starting Joovv, he spent his entire professional career in leadership positions with some of the largest medical device companies in the world, including Medtronic, Covidien, and Boston Scientific. In his spare time, Scott is also the host of Medsider Radio, a top-ranked medical device podcast.


In this episode, Dhru and Scott talk about red light therapy, how it interacts with our body and the wide range of benefits to our overall health. They discuss how red light therapy improves brain health and cognitive function, and the emerging research that has shown red light therapy’s potential as a non-invasive treatment for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and traumatic brain injuries. They also talk about how it can be used as a tool to treat depression and other mental health challenges, as well as how it supports hormone production in both men and women.


In this episode, we dive into:

-What is red light therapy and how it can positively impact our health (2:16)

-How light affects our mitochondria (6:23)

-How Joovv got started (9:22)

-How red light therapy can improve cognitive function (22:34)

-The research on Alzheimer’s and red light therapy (30:19)

-The benefits of red light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and other mental health conditions (35:39) 

-How red light therapy increases testosterone (42:13)

-The importance of daily natural light exposure (47:06)

-The benefits of blue light blocking glasses (57:36)

-Where to learn more about Scott and Joovv (1:04:23)


For more on Scott Nelson and Joovv, be sure to follow him on Instagram @joovvsocial, on Facebook @joovvsocial, and on YouTube @joovv. Check out his website https://joovv.com and learn more about the clinical research on red light therapy here.

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