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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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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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    How to Supercharge Your Brain Health (Minisode #26)

    How to Supercharge Your Brain Health (Minisode #26)

    The decisions we make each and every day, like what we eat, how much sleep we get, and how often we move are all steps that can dramatically shift the health of our brain for the better. 
    In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Max Lugavere, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, and Dr. David Perlmutter about taking an empowered approach to supporting the brain, starting with food first. 
    Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, health and science journalist, and the author of the New York Times bestselling 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. 
    Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is regarded as one of the most influential medical doctors in the UK and hosts the most listened to health podcast in the UK and Europe, Feel Better, Live More. His first three books have all been #1 Sunday Times bestsellers and his latest book, Feel Better in 5, shows people how to transform their health in just 5 minutes. Dr. Chatterjee regularly appears on BBC News and Television and has been featured in numerous international publications including The New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian, and Vogue, and his TED talk, How To Make Disease Disappear, has been viewed almost 3 million times.
    Dr. David Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist and four-time New York Times bestselling author. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Archives of Neurology, Neurosurgery, andThe Journal of Applied Nutrition. His books have been published in 34 languages and include the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, with over 1 million copies in print. 
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Max Lugavere here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/MaxLugavere1/
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee here: 
    https://broken-brain.lnk.to/RanganChatterjee/
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. David Perlmutter here: 
    https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrDavidPerlmutter/
    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) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.
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    #198: What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond with Dr. Bruce Greyson

    #198: What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond with Dr. Bruce Greyson

    We often think the mind is a creation of the brain, or that the mind and the brain are one and the same. But when the brain is offline for a number of reasons, like illness or injury, the mind can sometimes still be very active.
    Today on The Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru talks to Dr. Bruce Greyson about this phenomenon in the context of near-death experiences or NDEs. We have to remember that even just 20 years ago new scientific ideas were emerging that people thought were crazy. People are always skeptical of things they haven’t been taught. Now, the study of near-death experiences is pushing the boundaries of modern research. 
    Dr. Greyson is a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the UVA School of Medicine. He served on the medical school faculty at the Universities of Michigan, Connecticut, and Virginia. He was a co-founder and President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, and Editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies. His award-winning research led him to become a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and to be invited by the Dalai Lama to participate in a dialogue between Western scientists and Buddhist monks in India. His book, AFTER, is the culmination of almost half a century of scientific research.
    Dr. Greyson’s interest in near-death experiences began just a few months after graduating from medical school, when he treated an unconscious patient in the emergency room who stunned him the next morning with an account of leaving her body. That event challenged his beliefs about the mind and the brain, and ultimately led him on a journey to study near-death experiences scientifically, leading to more than a hundred publications in medical journals. 
    In this episode, Dr. Greyson shares some of the most dramatic first-person accounts of near-death experiences from his book After. Dhru and Dr. Greyson discuss how NDEs reveal a lot about dying and what might come after, but they also reveal just as much about life and living, about the value of compassion and our interconnectedness with one another, and about what makes a life meaningful and fulfilling. They also talk about how NDEs can help to transform the fear of dying that pervades our culture—into a healthy view of it as one more milestone in the course of our lives. 
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -Dr. Greyson’s first experience with a patient who had a near-death experience (4:32)
    -A near-death experience story from Dr. Greyson’s book (15:51) 
    -What near-death experiences tell us about the mind-body connection (19:37) 
    -The parallels between psychedelic experiences and near-death experiences (29:06) 
    -The misconceptions around near-death experiences (34:58) 
    -How near-death experiences reduce the fear of death (39:08) 
    -How to get the benefits of a near-death experience without actually having one (41:54)
    -The history of near-death experiences (46:51) 
    -Reincarnation beliefs among near-death experiencers (49:22)
    -How near-death experiences change people’s lives (1:01:45) 
    For more on Dr. Greyson you can follow him on Instagram @BruceGreysonMD, on Facebook @BruceGreysonMD, on Twitter @BruceGreyson, and through his website https://www.brucegreyson.com. Get his book, After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond at https://www.brucegreyson.com/after-a-doctor-explores-what-near-death-experiences-reveal-about-life-and-beyond/.
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -Life After Life: The Bestselling Original Investigation That Revealed "Near-Death Experiences" by Raymond Moody - https://www.amazon.com/Life-After-Bestselling-Investigation-Experiences/dp/006242890X
    -International Association for Near-Death Studies - https://www.iands.org/
    -Why Dying Can Bring You Back to Life -  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-9275623/Psychiatrist-stu

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    #197: 5 Signs You Are Living A Life That Others Expect Of You

    #197: 5 Signs You Are Living A Life That Others Expect Of You

    Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks about 5 signs you are living a life that others expect of you, instead of a life true to you. 
    1) You constantly worry about letting others down
    2) It’s extremely hard for you to speak up about what you want and don’t want
    3) You feel guilty pursuing your dreams
    4) The critical inner voice in your head prevents you from even starting
     
    5) You please others to avoid short-term pain but underestimate the pain of living a life of regret
     
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -The Top 5 Regrets of The Dying: A Life Transformed by The Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware - https://bronnieware.com/regrets-of-the-dying/
    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) 200-5643. 
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    • 35 min
    Treating Addiction, Depression, and Anxiety with Psychedelics (Minisode #25)

    Treating Addiction, Depression, and Anxiety with Psychedelics (Minisode #25)

    We’re all just trying to figure out what this world and this life are all about, and do our best at living well. At least I know I am!
    But wouldn’t it be nice to have a little help when it comes to recovering from traumas, treating anxiety and depression, understanding spirituality on a new level, successfully overcoming addiction, and even reducing our fear of death?
    Well, research and clinical trials in the field of psychedelics is showing that we can. 
    Psychedelics were the subject of serious medical research in the 1940s to the 1960s, when many scientists believed some of the mind-bending compounds held tremendous therapeutic promise for treating a number of conditions including severe mental health problems and alcohol addiction. By the mid-60s, research into psychedelics was shut down for decades. After the blackout ended, the doctor we have on the podcast today was among the first to initiate a new series of studies on psilocybin—the psychoactive compound in “magic” mushrooms.
    On today’s mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Roland Griffiths, a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Griffiths’ principle research focus in both clinical and preclinical laboratories has been on the behavioral and subjective effects of mood-altering drugs. 
    His research has been largely supported by grants from the National Institute of Health, and he is the author of over 360 journal articles and book chapters. In 1999 he initiated a research program at Johns Hopkins investigating the effects of the classic hallucinogen psilocybin that includes studies of psilocybin-occasioned mystical-type experiences in healthy volunteers, psilocybin-facilitated treatment of psychological distress in cancer patients, psilocybin-facilitated treatment of cigarette smoking cessation, and psilocybin effects in long-term meditators.
    In this episode, we discuss the therapeutic benefits of psilocybin for the treatment of addiction, and how a single dose of psilocybin substantially diminished depression and anxiety in cancer patients. 
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Roland Griffiths here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrRolandGriffiths/
    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) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.
    Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.
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    How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world. 
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    • 13 min
    #196: A Deep Dive on Food, Love, and Community with Dr. Mark Hyman

    #196: A Deep Dive on Food, Love, and Community with Dr. Mark Hyman

    We can eat really well, get great sleep, and workout several times a week in an effort to feel our best. These steps are all clearly important, but they don’t mean anything if we’re missing love and connection. 
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk to my good friend and business partner Dr. Mark Hyman, a practicing family physician and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine. He is the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, a thirteen-time New York Times best-selling author, and Board President for Clinical Affairs for The Institute for Functional Medicine. He is the host of one of the leading health podcasts, The Doctor’s Farmacy, and he is a regular medical contributor to several television shows and networks, including CBS This Morning, Today, Good Morning America, The View, and CNN. He is also an advisor and guest co-host on The Dr. Oz Show. 
    In this episode, Dr. Hyman and I talk about the power of love, community and friendship as a key ingredient for overall health. Dr. Hyman’s new book, The Pegan Diet just hit shelves yesterday, and we talk about where the concept of Pegan came from and why this way of eating is sure to help everyone create a healthier body and planet. We discuss how to combat emotional eating, precision nutrition, and how to eat like a regenetarian. We also talk about COVID-19 and why food is such an essential piece of staying resilient. Dr. Hyman shares his thoughts on the vaccine, and some of the other most common questions and concerns around the virus. 
    In this episode, we dive into: 
    -The most potent form of medicine besides food (1:47) 
    -The power of love, community, and friendship on overall health (3:59) 
    -Techniques and tools to change your emotional state (9:16) 
    -How to become resilient in terms of food and your biology (12:29) 
    -The real truth about dairy (15:32) 
    -Where the term Pegan diet came from (23:15) 
    -How to leverage personalized nutrition for your health (28:05)
    -The power of polyphenols (41:04)
    -The importance of diversity in your diet (45:01)
    -How to eat like a regenetarian (48:14) 
    -The COVID-19 dilemma America is facing (52:52)
    -How do we make America more immune resilient (1:04:59) 
    For more on Dr. Hyman you can follow him on Instagram @DrMarkHyman, on Facebook @DrMarkHyman, on Twitter @DrMarkHyman, on YouTube @DrMarkHyman, and through his website https://drhyman.com. Get his book, The Pegan Diet: 21 Practical Principles for Reclaiming Your Health in a Nutritionally Confusing World at https://pegandiet.com/.
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -Himalayan Tartary Buckwheat - https://bigboldhealth.com/htb-rejuvenate/
    -The Doctor’s Farmacy Episode 131: Why Most Everything We Were Told About Dairy Is Wrong with Dr. David Ludwig - https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/08/19/podcast-ep131/
    -Milk and Health by Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Walter Willett - https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMra1903547
    -Kiss The Ground Documentary - https://kisstheground.com/
    -A Functional Medicine  Approach to COVID-19 - https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/04/01/a-functional-medicine-approach-to-covid-19/
     
    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) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    #195: 5 Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking with Dr. Caroline Leaf

    #195: 5 Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking with Dr. Caroline Leaf

    Toxic thoughts, depression, anxiety—our mental mess is frequently aggravated by a chaotic world and sustained by an inability to manage our runaway thoughts. While we can’t control the events and circumstances of life, we can learn to control our reactions, which help us deal with and manage the many challenges we face and will face in our life. So, how exactly do we do that?
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Caroline Leaf, a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a master’s and PhD in Communication Pathology, and a BSc in Logopedics, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980s, she has researched the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health, and the formation of memory. She was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change with directed mind input. Dr. Leaf has helped hundreds of thousands of students and adults learn how to use their minds to detox and grow their brains to succeed in every area of their lives, including school, university, and the workplace through her theory called the Geodesic Information Processing Theory of how we think, build memory, and learn. Dr. Leaf’s podcast, Cleaning Up The Mental Mess, YouTube videos, and TV appearances have reached millions globally. She has been featured on Elle, TED, Bustle, Medium, Huffington Post, The O Magazine, Thrive Global, Something You Should Know, Getting Curious, and many other TV, radio, podcast, and print outlets.
     
    In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Leaf talk about her five-step mind-management process, called Neurocycle, and how it helps to find and eliminate the root of anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts. They discuss how to apply mind-management to unwire toxic habits and trauma. They  also talk about how the way we manage our mind and our emotional state impacts our telomeres. 
     
    In this episode, we dive into:  
    -The power of vulnerability and authenticity (5:58)
    -Dr. Leaf’s family member’s suicide attempt (8:28) 
    -The 5-step Neurocycle mind-management system (12:02)
    -How to put boundaries around your true intentions (14:41)
    -How to cultivate awareness (16:05)
    -The main driving source of our longevity (29:06) 
    -The reconceptualization process (48:33) 
    -How to use the 5-step Neurocycle process during a disagreement (52:42) 
    -The 10-second pause exercise (58:18) 
    -Brain building and why it matters for our mental health (1:18:34) 
    -Dr. Leaf’s eating disorder and her recovery process (1:21:58)
    For more on Dr. Caroline you can follow her on Instagram @DrCarolineLeaf, Facebook @DrLeaf, on Twitter @DrCarolineLeaf, on YouTube @DrCarolineLeaf, and through her website https://drleaf.com/. Get her book, Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess: 5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking at https://www.cleaningupyourmentalmess.com.
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -Cleaning Up The Mental  Mess Podcast - http://podcast.drleaf.com/
     
    -Switch App - https://theswitch.app/
     
    -Free Neurocycle Workshop, February 27th from 12 - 1:30pm EST - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neurocycle-workshop-with-dr-caroline-leaf-tickets-137609456589
    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) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.
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