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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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    #143: A Pediatrician’s Guide to COVID-19 and Cellular Resilience with Dr. Elisa Song

    #143: A Pediatrician’s Guide to COVID-19 and Cellular Resilience with Dr. Elisa Song

    Now more than ever, we need to understand how to build cellular resilience for a lifetime of health for our kids. Our kids are facing an epidemic of chronic illness—by 2025, 8 in 10 kids will have a chronic diagnosis. We’ve seen with COVID-19 that preventable lifestyle diseases are the #1 risk factor for serious complications and death. 
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Elisa Song, an integrative pediatrician, pediatric Functional Medicine expert, and mama. In her integrative pediatric practice, Whole Family Wellness, she’s helped 1000s of kids get to the root causes of their health concerns and helped their parents understand how to help their children thrive— body, mind, and spirit—by integrating conventional pediatrics with Functional Medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and essential oils. 
    Dr. Song created Healthy Kids Happy Kids, an online holistic pediatric resource to help practitioners and parents bridge the gap between conventional and integrative pediatrics with an evidence-based, pediatrician-backed approach.
    In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Song talk about some of the underlying mechanisms occurring when kids get seriously sick with COVID-19, and sometimes go on to develop Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C. They discuss how to prevent serious complications when someone actually gets sick with COVID-19. They also talk about the best way to support the immune system during the pandemic. 
    In this episode, we dive into: 
    -Dr. Song’s family experience of both kids having COVID-19 (2:32) 
    -How likely are kids to get COVID-19 and how sick will they get (10:39)
    -Kawasaki syndrome and COVID-19 (16:04) 
    -Immunity and antibody testing for COVID-19 (20:14)
    -What we can do right now to support our immune system (24:43)
    -What cellular resilience has to do with COVID-19 and children (25:53) 
    -Should we send our kids back to school or not (36:55)
    -How to build emotional resilience to get us through the pandemic (44:15)
    -How to build immune resilience from a Functional Medicine perspective (51:49)
    -Food and supplements to support the immune system against COVID-19 (55:52) 
    -How to prevent complications from COVID-19 (1:04:09)
    -What we need know when it comes to a vaccine for COVID-19 (1:10:45)
    For more on Dr. Song you can follow her on Instagram @healthykids_happykids, on Facebook @drelisasongmd, on Twitter @elisasongmd, and through her websites http://www.wholefamilywellness.org/ and https://healthykidshappykids.com/.
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -Feeling Good Institute - http://www.feelinggoodinstitute.com/
    -Insight Timer - Meditation App - https://insighttimer.com/
    -Oak - Meditation and Breathing App - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/oak-meditation-breathing/id1210209691
    -Stop, Breathe, and Think - Meditation and Mindfulness App - https://my.life/
    -Square Breathing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFdZXwE6fRE
    -Box Breathing - https://youtu.be/FJJazKtH_9I
    -Food As Medicine for Coronavirus: Supporting Optimal Immune Health (Free Guide) https://healthykidshappykids.com/food-medicine-coronavirus/
    -Integrative and Functional Medicine Strategies for the Pandemic (online program) https://healthykidshappykids.com/pandemic-strategies/
    -A Holistic Pediatrician’s Guide to the Pandemic: How to Be Prepared, and What to Do If You Get It - https://healthykidshappykids.com/pandemic-masterclass-replay/
    -Dr. Elisa Song’s open letter to Governor Newsom regarding SB 276 on vaccine mandates and medication exemptions - https://www.facebook.com/DrElisaSongMD/posts/dear-honorable-governor-newsom-i-am-a-california-licensed-board-certified-stanfo/967752240237235/
    -Should My Kids Get the Flu Vaccine - https://healthykidshappykids.com/2017/11/05/should-my-kids-get-the-flu-vaccine-2017-2018/
    For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit,

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    Why Meditation is Not About Stopping Your Thoughts (Minisode #4)

    Why Meditation is Not About Stopping Your Thoughts (Minisode #4)

    If there was something you could do everyday to boost your focus and productivity, feel energized, reduce stress, sleep better, maintain a positive outlook, and support whole-body health, wouldn’t you do it?
    In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Megan Monahan, Emily Fletcher, and Light Watkins about the common myths around meditation, the science of meditation and how it impacts the brain, and how to bring meditation into your life in a practical and tangible way. 
    Megan Monahan is a meditation teacher and author and is passionate about making meditation accessible and relatable. Her goal is to infuse a modern-day “realness” into the all too often esoteric landscape of meditation. Since learning to meditate in 2009 with Deepak Chopra and becoming a Chopra Certified instructor, she 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.
    Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva Meditation, the creator of The Ziva Technique, and regarded as a leading expert in meditation for high performance. The Ziva Technique is a powerful trifecta of mindfulness, meditation, and manifesting designed to unlock your full potential. It’s benefits include decreased stress, deeper sleep, improved immune function, increased productivity, and extraordinary performance. Emily is also the author of, Stress Less, Accomplish More.
    Light Watkins is a former Gap fashion model and began attending yoga classes and meditation circles in between castings in New York City. Since 1998, Light has been active in the wellness space, first as a practitioner, and later as an apprentice to his Vedic Meditation teacher, and finally in 2007 as a meditation teacher himself. He now travels the world giving talks on happiness, mindfulness, inspiration, and meditation. Light’s most recent book, Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying was released in 2018. He writes articles on meditation and happiness, leads sold-out meditation trainings and retreats, and produces The Shine—a global pop-up inspirational variety show with a mission to inspire. Light also sends out a popular daily inspirational email each morning called The Daily Dose of Inspiration.
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Megan Monahan here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/MeganMonahan/
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Emily Fletcher here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/EmilyFletcher/
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Light Watkins here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/LightWatkins/
    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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    #142: How to Find Mentors to Help You Level Up and Grow

    #142: How to Find Mentors to Help You Level Up and Grow

    Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about how to find mentors to help you level up and grow. 
     
    Think of someone you want to learn from, someone you respect, but don’t know. How do you show up on their radar? How do you get a bit of their time, council, and mentorship so you can grow?
     
    The thing about people who are up to big things is that they tend to have a lot on their plate. That includes having a lot of people, sometimes hundreds or thousands, all wanting something from them. Everywhere they go someone’s asking for their help, time, or resources.
     
    You could be a great person, a mini-Gandhi in the making, but if you approach them the same way that everyone else does, your voice will get lost in the crowd—the crowd of people who all “want” something from them.
     
    So what’s the alternative?
     
    Dhru shares that every mentor he has ever wanted to meet and learn from has something they care about that isn’t getting much attention or could use some extra support. It could be a little passion project they started or a non-profit they really care about for example. Whatever it is, it’s something that could use a little help, but chances are, most people don’t know about it—it’s under the radar.
     
    Find that thing that they care about and authentically support it. Not as a means to an end, but because it deserves it. Support it because you respect them and believe in the project. Support it because the project could use your help and your unique skill set.
     
    Everyone wants, few are willing to give. But as Dhru’s friend Sean Stephenson says, “The more you give, the more you live.”
    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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    • 23 min
    #141: Anxiety Is Not Always Anxiety: Understanding What’s Really Underneath Your Child’s Behavior with Dr. Pejman Katiraei

    #141: Anxiety Is Not Always Anxiety: Understanding What’s Really Underneath Your Child’s Behavior with Dr. Pejman Katiraei

    When kids present with an emotional or behavioral issue, many times it could be masking something completely unexpected, something physical. You might think your child has an anxiety issue when, in fact, it’s not actually anxiety at all! What looks like anxiety can be an intestinal problem, sleep apnea, or many other things. 
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Pejman Katiraei, a board-certified pediatrician who is also boarded and fellowship trained in integrative and holistic medicine. He completed his undergraduate at UCLA and then obtained his osteopathic medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences. He completed his pediatric residency at Loma Linda University, where he stayed on as Pediatric Chief Resident, and then as teaching faculty for over 4 years while he founded the Loma Linda University Wholistic Medicine Clinic. 
    Dr. Katiraei is one of a few physicians in the country with mastery of osteopathy, functional medicine, functional endocrinology, medical herbalism and more. Dr. Katiraei is now in private practice in Santa Monica, where he focuses on helping children with severe behavioral challenges. 
    In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Katiraei talk about the reason your child might be acting out could be because of a physical imbalance that is causing him or her to suffer and be in pain. They discuss the impact gut health, nutritional deficiencies, and mitochondrial dysfunction can have on a child’s behavior. They also talk about why crawling is an essential part of a child’s development, and kids that go from sitting directly to walking have been shown to have sensory issues, anxiety, and nervous system issues, among other things. 
    In this episode, we dive into: 
    -Understanding what your child’s body is trying to survive (10:40)
    -The connection between tongue ties and sleep apnea (20:15) 
    -Why you should pay attention to your kid’s sleep (24:01)
    -Dr. Katiraei’s challenges with his daughters health (28:27)
    -What your child’s endurance says about their health and behavior (35:41)
    -Why sensory issues develop (43:45)
    -How to increase our child’s ability to handle stress (59:12)
    -Dr. Katiraei’s supplement recommendations for children (1:16:35)
    -Where to learn more about Dr. Katiraei (1:19:27)
    -What’s really underneath your child’s behavior (1:19:59)
    For more on Dr. Katiraei, you can follow him on Instagram @wholistickids, on Facebook @wholistickidsandfamilies, and through his websites https://wholistickids.com/ and https://wholisticminds.com/
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -Anxiety Is Not Anxiety: When Mito Errors Cause the Nervous System to Falter https://www.neuroneeds.com/anxiety-is-not-anxiety-when-mito-errors-cause-the-nervous-system-to-falter/
    -Mitochondria and Immunity - The Critical Link You Must Know About https://www.neuroneeds.com/mitochondria-and-immunity-the-critical-link-you-must-know-about/
    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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    What the Pain We Experience in Our Body Really Means (Minisode #3)

    What the Pain We Experience in Our Body Really Means (Minisode #3)

    Emotion is energy in motion. That stuck energy can get trapped in vulnerable areas of our body and show up as pain or dysfunction. Isn’t that crazy? We all assume we must have an injury to have body pain, but in so many cases an imbalanced gut, nutrient deficiencies, and even stored trauma and unprocessed emotions can have their hand in body aches and pains. The physical body is always trying to release emotion; if we don’t express it, that energy gets stuck in our joints, tissues, and organs—and stagnates within the body.
    Dhru explores these topics in his past interviews with Dr. Shalini Bhat, Dr. John Amaral, and Lauren Roxburgh.
    Dr. Shalini Bhat is a chiropractor and double certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the wellness field. She is the founder of The Movement Boutique, the designer of multiple virtual Functional Medicine programs, and the creator of The Perfect FIIT (a signature workout) and TMB FIIX (a unique treatment method using fascial release, movement, and acupuncture techniques). In her private practice, her treatments and programs focus on providing patients with actionable road-maps to moving, feeling, and looking their best using all her tools, from fascia and movement, to hormones and gut health. Dr. Bhat works with people who have been told they’re “normal” by their doctors, yet feel “off” (bloating, low energy etc.). She cuts through the noise and fads to bring you the most relevant, Functional Medicine testing and scientific research for your body, your mind, and your microbiome. 
    Dr. John Amaral is a chiropractor, author, and educator who has worked behind-the-scenes helping A-List celebrities, entrepreneurs, athletes, influencers and thought-leaders elevate their energy so that they feel and perform their best. Dr. Amaral helps his clients self-heal physical injuries; reduce stress, anxiety, and depression; and stay in the energetic flow amidst the challenges of everything from running enterprises to pushing the envelope of human performance. He is also the founder of Body Centered Leadership, a program that combines cutting-edge neuroscience, quantum physics principles, and ancient wisdom practices to help participants create and sustain new levels of energy, clarity, and fulfillment. Dr. Amaral is featured in the recent GOOP Lab Netflix series with Gwyneth Paltrow.
    Lauren Roxburgh is a board-certified Structural Integration practitioner, author, speaker, educator, and corporate presenter, frequently dubbed “The Body Whisperer.” Lauren is the go-to writer and expert on all things fascia, alignment, and movement medicine, and regularly works with Hollywood’s A-List along with some of the greatest athletes and orthopedic surgeons on the planet. Named the “Body Alignment Pro” by Vogue, Lauren has also been listed as one of the 16 Women in Wellness to Watch in 2019 by Chalkboard Magazine. She’s also the founder of the Aligned Tribe Community, the virtual Aligned Life Studio, and the creator of the signature Aligned Healing Tools.
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Shalini Bhat here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrShaliniBhat/
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. John Amaral here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrJohnAmaral/
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Lauren Roxburgh here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/LaurenRoxburgh/
    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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    • 17 min
    #140: The Brain-Boosting Benefits of Exercise with Ryan Glatt

    #140: The Brain-Boosting Benefits of Exercise with Ryan Glatt

    Exercise is a non-negotiable part of good health, but that doesn’t have to mean logging hours at the gym or forcing yourself to go on a run.
    There are so many benefits of movement that go far beyond the cardiovascular effects and weight management that are so often the focus of exercise. It’s actually an essential piece to maintaining prime cognitive function throughout life.
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Ryan Glatt, a personal trainer and brain-health coach with over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry. He currently works alongside clinicians and researchers to study the effects of cognitively-enhanced and comprehensive exercise plans at the Pacific Brain Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
    Ryan has pursued education from the Amen Clinics, The BrainFirst Training Institute, the Neuroscience Academy, and the Academy for Brain Health and Performance. He is currently enrolled in the Master's of Applied Neuroscience program at King's College of London. He actively consults with companies who leverage exercise for brain health, and educates health and fitness professionals with the first course to comprehensively address exercise and the brain called the Brain Health Trainer course, in which he has educated over 1,000 health and fitness professionals.
    In this episode, Dhru and Ryan break down the benefits of exercise for brain health. They discuss why enjoyment is key when it comes to exercise. They also talk about how to create a brain-healthy exercise program. 
    In this episode, we dive into: 
    -Why exercise is so important and how it impacts the brain (7:20)
    -How exercise decreases our chance of cognitive decline (12:30)
    -Why enjoyment matters when it comes to exercise (16:55)
    -How short bouts of exercise increase executive function (20:44) 
    -The optimal amount of time and intensity you should exercise every week (24:35) 
    -What role exercise can play during a pandemic (35:13)
    -The three macronutrient ingredients in a brain-healthy exercise plan (44:31)
    -The benefits of combining exercise with cognitive challenges (56:05)
    -Three phases of skill learning and why beginners win (1:04:13)
    -Where to learn more about Ryan (1:15:20)
    For more on Ryan Glatt, you can follow him on Instagram @glatt.brainhealth, on Facebook @somatiqhealth, and through his website Ryanglatt.com.
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -Broken Brain Docu-series - brokenbrain.com/freepodcastoffer
    -The Pacific Brain Health Center - https://www.pacificneuroscienceinstitute.org/
    -Brain Health Trainer - https://www.brainhealthtrainer.com/
    -Treating Chronic Pain with Stem Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine with Dr. Shounuck Patel - https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/06/27/bb-ep61/
    -“The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise” TED talk by Wendy Suzuki - https://www.ted.com/talks/wendy_suzuki_the_brain_changing_benefits_of_exercise?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
    -Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by Dr. John Ratey - https://www.amazon.com/Spark-Revolutionary-Science-Exercise-Brain/dp/0316113514
    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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