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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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    #164: Monsanto's World of Deception, Greed, and Glyphosate with Carey Gillam

    #164: Monsanto's World of Deception, Greed, and Glyphosate with Carey Gillam

    Known as Monsanto's Roundup by consumers, and as glyphosate by scientists, the world's most popular weed killer is used everywhere from backyard gardens to golf courses to millions of acres of farmland. It's the pesticide on our dinner plates, a chemical so pervasive it’s in the air we breathe, our water, our soil, and even found increasingly in our own bodies. For decades it's been touted as safe enough to drink, but a growing body of evidence indicates just the opposite, with research tying the chemical to cancers and a host of other health threats.  
     
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Carey Gillam Carey, a veteran investigative journalist with more than 25 years of experience covering corporate news, including 17 years as a senior correspondent for Reuters international news service. She is the author of “Whitewash- The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science,” an expose of corporate corruption in agriculture. The book won the coveted Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists in 2018. Gillam works now as Research Director for the non-profit US Right to Know and as a columnist for The Guardian. Her second book will be out in early 2021.
    In this episode, Dhru and Carey talk about the health hazards of glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides, which is most commonly found in the weedkiller Roundup. They discuss Monsanto’s efforts to promote increased uses of glyphosate, and how Monsanto (now Bayer) is facing thousands of lawsuits from customers who now have cancer. They also talk about how most of us are probably consuming several different pesticides in our daily meals, and what we can do to avoid them. 
     
    In this episode, we dive into: 
    -Rachel Carson’s warning about the unrestricted use of pesticides (2:42) 
    -How Carey Gillam started reporting on Monsanto and glyphosate (7:01)
    -Monsanto’s argument for why the world needs GMO foods and Roundup Ready crops (11:59) 
    -The first concerns over the use of glyphosate-based herbicides (15:19)
    -How Carey became a target of the industry and how Monsanto tried to silence her (17:18) 
    -The deception behind Monsanto and the safety of glyphosate (19:41)
    -How the public and lawmakers were fooled to believe that glyphosate is safe (23:02) 
    -Lawsuits against Monsanto (30:07) 
    -Why we need to pay attention to what’s happening in our food system and the importance of getting corporate wealth out of Washington (39:59)
    -The truth about the chemicals in our food and what you can do about it (48:21)
    -The connection between high rates of Covid-19 and junk food consumption (54:46)
    -Pesticides in drinking water and rainfall (1:00:38)
    -Carey’s upcoming book, The Monsanto Papers (1:05:02) 
    -Where listeners can learn more about Carey Gillam (1:08:48)
    For more on Carey Gillam you can follow her on Twitter @careygillam, and through her website https://careygillam.com/. Get Carey’s book, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, at https://careygillam.com/book.
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    US Right to Know - https://usrtk.org/
    How Monsanto Manipulates Journalists and Academics - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/02/monsanto-manipulates-journalists-academics
    Silent Spring by Rachel Carson - http://www.rachelcarson.org/SilentSpring.aspx
    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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    #163: Do You Need an "Avoid List"?

    #163: Do You Need an "Avoid List"?

    Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!
     
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit, talks to us about creating an “avoid list”, and how it can help you achieve your goals and dreams.
    We're all familiar with a to-do list. But most of us have never heard about an “avoid list." 
     
    The thing to understand about avoiding things or avoidance is that it's just a code word for fear. There's a great quote from Tony Robbins where he says, "Procrastination is just a code word for fear. But people say it because it sounds more romantic or better. No one just wants to flat out say I'm afraid, but that's exactly what they are."
     
    Most people don't even know they are avoiding something. It's often in the background of their mind, and they are trying to make progress on their to-do list in the week, but they keep hitting roadblocks of lack of motivation or lack of excitement. This is where an avoid list can be very powerful!
     
    So how does it work? 
     
    Take out a blank piece of paper, and ask yourself this question: “Is there anything in my life right now that I'm avoiding or afraid to give attention to”? 
     
    Once you have the answer—ask yourself the following questions:
     
    -What story do I believe about this topic?
    -When did I start believing that story?
    -What's my ideal intention?
    -How do I want to re-write this story?
     
    The quicker we are aware of what we're avoiding or resisting, the quicker we can unravel the story and energy around it. When that happens we are left with the freedom to do anything we want to do.
     
    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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    • 28 min
    #162: Becoming a Food Advocate in Your Own Kitchen with Vani Hari

    #162: Becoming a Food Advocate in Your Own Kitchen with Vani Hari

    We live in a world where our food is making us sick, tired, and overweight. Big Food brands design their packaged products to be addictive, so we over consume unhealthy ingredients, including cheap additives that are banned in other countries. Product labels are deceiving, hiding risky chemicals that contaminate our food and tout approval from organizations we’re led to believe are protecting our health, but in reality are doing anything but that. 
     
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Vani Hari, the revolutionary food activist behind foodbabe.com, co-founder of organic food brand Truvani, New York Times best selling author of, The Food Babe Way, and Feeding You Lies. She has led campaigns against food giants like Kraft, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Subway and General Mills that attracted more than 500,000 signatures, and led to the removal of several controversial ingredients used by these companies. Through corporate activism, petitions, and social media campaigns, Vani and her Food Babe Army have become one of the most powerful populist forces in the health and food industries. 
    Her drive to change the food system inspired the creation of her new company, Truvani, where she produces real food without added chemicals, products without toxins, and labels without lies. Vani has been profiled in the New York Times and The Atlantic, and has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and NPR. 
    In this episode, Dhru and Vani talk about tactics used by the food industry, scientists, and the media to disguise the unnecessary harms in our food supply. They discuss the many food companies selling similar products overseas with healthier ingredients, and why the food industry doesn’t remove these ingredients from their American products. Vani also shares her advice for reading food labels, including the top things we need to look out for, and what it means when a product includes “natural flavors.”
     
    In this episode, we dive into: 
    -Vani’s personal health journey that led her to food activism (4:22)
    -The prevalence of harmful food additives and chemicals in our food supply (11:08)
    -Individual responsibility vs governments role when it comes to our food choices (18:09) 
    -How Starbucks removed controversial ingredients in their pumpkin spice latte (20:05)
    -Three question to train your mind to eat real food (33:49)
    -How Vani consulted with Chick-fil-A to change the ingredients in their food (36:10) 
    -The importance of reading food labels and ingredient lists on our food (44:14)
    -Recipes highlights from Vani’s new cookbook (48:07)
    -What “natural flavors” really mean (57:06)
    For more on Vani Hari you can follow her on Instagram @thefoodbabe, on Facebook @thefoodbabe, on Twitter @thefoodbabe, and through her website https://foodbabe.com/. Get Vani’s new cookbook, “Food Babe Kitchen: More than 100 Delicious, Real Food Recipes to Change Your Body and Your Life,” at https://foodbabekitchen.com/.
    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 5 min
    #161: 9 Things We Do That Hold Us Back from Our Goals & Dreams with Dhru Purohit

    #161: 9 Things We Do That Hold Us Back from Our Goals & Dreams with Dhru Purohit

    In a culture that’s obsessed with adding things in (we want more, more, more), we can forget how powerful removing things can be. We need to take away that which is preventing us from reaching our goals in order to truly move forward.
     
    On this week’s episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru talks about nine things he commonly sees people doing that hold them back from their goals and dreams (whether they realize it or not). This episode was originally released at the beginning of the year.
    I’m willing to bet these nine habits will hit home with many of you. Do you obsess over what other people think of you? Do you waste time on social media as a way of avoiding other things? Or maybe you’re the kind of person who is constantly hard on yourself and lives according to other people’s expectations instead of your own desires. There are so many tendencies we fall into, for many different reasons, but that doesn’t mean we’re stuck with them. 
    We can change, we can grow, we can shift our mindset and actions to finally reach those meaningful goals.
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -Why we obsess over what others think of us (1:49) 
    -Why we waste time on social media (11:27) 
    -Why we don’t ask for help or support from friends (16:17)
    -Why we blame everyone instead of looking within (21:17)
    -Why we avoid setting an intention for the day (25:08)
    -Why we spend time with the wrong people (29:10)
    -Why we don’t read books that help us level up (32:28)
    -Why we live the life that others expect of us, instead of a life true to you (37:11)
    -Why we are hard on ourselves all day, everyday (44:56)
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -The instagram post that inspired this podcast - https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp2MMvbAudw/
    -Moss Reports on Cancer by Dr. Ralph Moss - https://www.mossreports.com/
    -Dr. Elizabeth Boham - http://www.drboham.com/
    -Broken Brain Podcast episodes on friendship
    -https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/10/31/bb-ep78/
    -https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/12/17/why-we-need-deep-and-meaningful-relationships/
    -https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/06/10/bb-ep122/
    -https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/09/23/bb-ep153/
    -Broken Brain Podcast Episode 55 - How to Redesign the Subconscious Mind from Limitation to Freedom with Peter Crone - https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/05/16/bb-ep55/
    -Broken Brain Podcast Episode 75 - How a Morning Routine, Human Touch, and Nourishing Relationships Can Radically Lower Your Stress with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee - https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/10/10/bb-ep75/
    -The One Thing by Gary Keller - https://www.the1thing.com/
    -The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware - https://bronnieware.com/regrets-of-the-dying/
    -The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle - https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808
    -The Landmark Forum - https://www.landmarkworldwide.com/
    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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    #160: Getting to the Root of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Dr. Soyona Rafatjah

    #160: Getting to the Root of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Dr. Soyona Rafatjah

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a widely-diagnosed, yet often misunderstood condition that affects approximately 60 million Americans. IBS is characterized by abdominal pain, discomfort, and changes in bowel habits, and is diagnosed when IBD or celiac disease have been ruled out. In other words, IBS is a “diagnosis of exclusion.” The range of symptoms, poorly defined pathogenesis, and functional nature of IBS make it a notoriously difficult disorder to treat. Because there is no widely recognized cause of IBS in the mainstream medical community, standard treatment is based primarily on symptom suppression and management. 
     
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Soyona Rafatjah, a board-certified Family Medicine physician and Medical Director and Co-Founder of PrimeHealth in Denver, CO.  PrimeHealth is a team of medical providers and health coaches that provides full-spectrum Functional Medicine and primary care, with an emphasis in treatment and reversal of hypothyroidism and irritable bowel syndrome.
    Prior to starting PrimeHealth, she was a physician at Parsley Health in New York City, a technology-forward Functional Medicine practice where she was integral to its rapid growth. Dr. Rafatjah worked and received expert mentorship at the renowned Mount Sinai Beth Israel Center for Health and Healing, Dr. Frank Lipman’s Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, and Dr. Robert Rountree’s Boulder Wellcare.
    In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Rafatjah dive deep into the topic of IBS. They discuss the difference between the conventional medicine approach versus the Functional Medicine approach when it comes to testing and treatment options for IBS. They also talk about the importance of identifying food intolerances, and the benefits of a low-FODMAP diet which can significantly reduce the severity of IBS symptoms.
     
    In this episode, we dive into: 
     
    -Testing for IBS (9:29)
    -SIBO and the real problem with having the wrong bacteria in the small intestine (17:15)
    -The carnivore diet for treating IBS (23:17)
    -Common foods that trigger IBS (27:42) 
    -The relationship between stress and IBS (38:21)
    -What you can do today to improve your overall gut health (41:57) 
    -Where to learn more about Dr. Rafatjah (50:31)
    For more on Dr. Rafatjah you can follow her on Instagram @primehealth_denver, on Facebook @primehealthdenver, and through her website https://primehealthdenver.com/.
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -Gut Healing Course - primehealth.teachable.com/p/guthealth. Use code: BROKENBRAIN to receive 50% off.
    -Dr. Saladino and The Carnivore Diet - https://carnivoremd.com/the-carnivore-diet-start-here/
    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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    • 54 min
    #159: The Science of Yoga with Eddie Stern

    #159: The Science of Yoga with Eddie Stern

    Yoga, in its original form, was created as a science for liberation. In modern times, it is used by many for improving physical and mental health, helping us become more productive at work, more caring in relationships, and more responsible contributors to society and inhabitants of this planet. If yoga does accomplish all that—and many practitioners have experienced this to be true in their own lives—how exactly does yoga do it? How does yoga work?
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Eddie Stern, a yoga teacher, author, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his multidisciplinary approach to furthering education and access to yoga, as well as his teaching expertise in Ashtanga Yoga.  He most recently created The Breathing App, which guides the user in a paced breathing exercise that balances the nervous system, improves sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety. His book, One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life was just released.
    In this episode, Dhru and Eddie talk about what makes yoga such an effective practice from a neurophysiological perspective, and how transcendence is wired into our biology. They talk about the mechanics beneath the surface of our bodies and how we can consciously use yogic practices to direct and change our lives in positive ways. They also discuss how what we do—from postures to meditation, from breathing techniques to chanting and to ethical practices—affects who we become, and how a steady routine of activities and attitudes can transform our bodies, our brain functions, our emotions, and our experience of life.
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -Why Eddie left his job and went to India to study yoga (3:31)
    -How Eddie met his yoga teacher and the lessons he learned (11:23)
    -Scientific studies to support the benefits of yoga (17:17)
    -What yoga is doing on a neurophysiological level (22:35)
    -The Polyvagal Theory and how the vagus nerve affects our brain chemistry (23:28)
    -Neural exercises and how they promote self-regulation, resilience, and social connectedness (29:54)
    -The purpose of yoga (44:56)
    -The connection between consciousness and our biology (62:51)
    -The Yoga and Science Conference (79:28)
    -The Breathing App and resonance breathing (86:34) 
    -Learn more about Eddie and his work (96:12) 
    For more on Eddie Stern, be sure to follow him on Instagram @eddiestern. Check out his website https://eddiestern.com, and learn about The Breathing App, here. You can find his new book, One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life, right here. Lastly, learn more about the Yoga and Science Conference https://yogaandscience.com/, and the Urban Yogis Program he co-created with Deepak Chopra and Erica Ford http://www.urbanyogis.org.
    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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