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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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    #116: How to Stay Focused and Remove Obstacles (Big Idea)

    #116: How to Stay Focused and Remove Obstacles (Big Idea)

    Big Idea Tuesday:
    We’ve all been there. We’ve gotten really excited about a project, made a goal, hit a roadblock, and lost momentum. When we lose sight of why we started in the first place, it becomes very easy to give up entirely.  
    In today’s Big Idea Tuesday episode, Dhru takes us through exactly why we lose focus and drop our goals, projects, and dreams, and how to remove obstacles to get back on track. 
    A big part of staying focused is checking-in on ourselves and remembering what we were excited to create and why. This gives us an opportunity to regroup, recenter, and ask the questions that matter so we can remind ourselves of the answers.
    Why did I care about this project in the first place? What did I want to accomplish or see through? What was the vision? Do I still care? Is there something I’m afraid of? Even though things are tough, am I willing to keep going?
    You would think asking ourselves these tough questions once would be enough, that somehow our mind would store the answers and keep them on file for future reference. And yet it just doesn’t work that way.
    Thoughts of doubt, fear, and worry pile up. Obstacles and roadblocks happen. Other things can creep in and distract us. Living an everyday-life can easily cause these layers to build up, making it difficult to focus. That’s why it’s so important to be crystal clear about your goals and check-in with yourself often.
    This practice helps us dig through all the nonsense, get through the layers, and arrive on the side of clarity. And when we are clear, focus just happens.
    Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your join request here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/
    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) 335-6565.

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    • 20 min
    #115: How Meditation Can Help You Let Go of the Past, Forgive Yourself, and Move Forward with Megan Monahan

    #115: How Meditation Can Help You Let Go of the Past, Forgive Yourself, and Move Forward with Megan Monahan

    There are many different modalities, types, and ways to meditate. There is no wrong way to meditate. No matter how young, old, new, or experienced you are with meditation, making space for your thoughts always comes with beneficial side effects: relief from yesterday, peace for today, and promise for tomorrow. Though healing through meditation is never easy, it’s always worth it. 
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Megan Monahan. Megan is a Chopra Certified meditation instructor that 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 by Ten Speed Press.
    In this episode, Dhru and Megan discuss how most people, knowingly or not, tend to hang onto past situations that define who they are. Unfortunately, these are often negative influences that cause us to react a certain way to situations and can result in limiting beliefs. But Megan walks us through her story of recognizing her past struggles and trauma, working through them using meditation, and creating a bright and hopeful future through her practices.
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -What meditation looks like during a pandemic (2:02)
    -The real talk around meditation (4:53)
    -What happens when someone judges meditation as good or bad (9:46)
    -Dispelling the myths around meditation (12:15)
    -What results we can expect when meditating (13:30)
    -Megan's personal story that led her to meditation (19:20)
    -How the path of meditation brought Megan to acceptance (28:45)
    -How to navigate the different types of meditation modalities (38:45)
    -Megan's process for writing her book (42:20)
    -A meditation exercise with Megan (49:30)
    -Where you can find more on Megan (1:03:45)
    For more on Megan, you can follow her on Instagram @megmonahan, on Facebook @megan.monahan50, and through her website here. To learn more about her book Don't Hate, Meditate, go here. 
    Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by our partnership with the AirDoctor Air Filter. To get exclusive access to this deal visit www.brokenbrain.com/filter

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    #114: How to go from Self-Critical to Radical Self-Love and Compassion During a Time of Crisis with Dr. Andrea Pennington

    #114: How to go from Self-Critical to Radical Self-Love and Compassion During a Time of Crisis with Dr. Andrea Pennington

    “May I be truly happy
    May I be free from suffering
    May I be truly well in body, mind, and heart
    And may I live peacefully and with ease”
    This loving-kindness meditation exercise from Dr. Andrea Pennington’s Real Self Love Handbook is a message to our inner-self that we deserve to be happy, healthy, and full of peace.
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Andrea Pennington an integrative physician, acupuncturist, meditation teacher, #1 international bestselling author, and TEDx speaker. With her extensive medical expertise and training in trauma recovery combined with her experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, Dr. Andrea helps people to build resilience, reclaim vitality, and thrive despite the inevitable trauma and drama life brings.
    In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Andrea discuss how to approach yourself with kindness, love, and compassion. They delve into where the self-critical voice comes from, how to recognize this voice and turn it around towards love, and how giving intention to our daily calendar can help put our minds at ease. Dr. Andrea tells us about her personal story that led her to find radical forgiveness and self-love.
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -Where self-criticism and self-love fall during these times of social isolation (5:35)
    -Where the self-judgement voice comes from (8:15)
    -Dr. Andrea’s personal story (11:50)
    -An explanation of how acupuncture works (20:50)
    -What happens in our bodies when we experience self-judging thoughts (23:57)
    -How to explore different healing modalities to find the right fit (29:33)
    -Dr. Andrea’s journey to self-love (36:41)
    -How things like the social isolation and stay-at-home orders can be triggers for some people (43:45)
    -How to unpack the belief or programming that achievements are due to being hard on ourselves (49:05)
    -A self-compassion meditation exercise (52:45)
    -How to help children cope through the pandemic (57:56)
    -How to create an intentional morning routine (1:06:00)
    -Where people can go to learn more about Dr. Andrea (1:11:50)
    For more on Dr. Andrea, you can follow her on Instagram @drandreapennington, on Twitter @DrAndrea, on Facebook @andrea.pennington1, and through her websites AndreaPennington.com, www.RealSelf.love, and In8Vitality.com
    Be sure to check out her free resources for helping you cope with COVID-19 and beyond:
    How to Escape Victim Mentality & Reprogram Your Subconscious Mind and her 21-Day Compassion Meditation Series. You can also learn more about her books, The Real Self Love Handbook and The Top 10 Traits of Highly Resilient People.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    #113: Three Big Ideas on Finding Your Calling & Purpose with Dhru Purohit

    #113: Three Big Ideas on Finding Your Calling & Purpose with Dhru Purohit

    Big Idea Tuesday
    Why am I here? What’s the purpose of life? 
    These are questions nearly everyone has asked at least once, or continue to ask daily. In today’s Broken Brain Podcast Big Idea Tuesday episode, Dhru challenges us to think about the difference between our “calling” and the “expression of our calling.” They sound similar, but they are two very different things.
    A “calling” is your answer to the question, “Why am I here?” How we put our calling to use is what Dhru calls “the expression of our calling.” The expression is where our skill meet our passion and is the outward execution of our internal calling.
    For example, Oprah’s calling is to use her passion for teaching to uplift others. The Oprah Winfrey Show, her magazines, speeches, movies, and overall empire are an expression of that calling. Her calling was always there, even from a young age. The mission in her life is to get better and better at expressing and executing that calling. And I think we can all agree that she is phenomenal at doing that.
    In this episode, Dhru talks about his three big ideas on finding your calling and purpose:
    #1 - Your calling has already found you.
    #2 - There's a difference between our actual calling and the expression of our calling.
    #3 - We find the expression of our calling in action.
    Dhru says the number one most important thing to focus on is this: remember the answer to the question “Why am I here?”, and let go of anything that doesn’t serve that higher purpose, especially your own limiting beliefs.
    Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your join request here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/
    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) 335-6565.

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    • 25 min
    #112: How Environmental Toxins in Our Water, Air, and Products Wreak Havoc on Our Immune System with Dr. Aly Cohen

    #112: How Environmental Toxins in Our Water, Air, and Products Wreak Havoc on Our Immune System with Dr. Aly Cohen

    On most days, many of us go about our routine rarely thinking twice about the ingredients in our shampoos and conditioners, hand soaps, lotions, laundry detergent, or even the water we feed our pets. It wasn’t until her dog fell extremely sick with a mysterious illness that Dr. Aly Cohen started to wonder if there was something toxic in her dog’s environment. This quest led her on a life-long journey to uncover the toxins all around us. 
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Aly Cohen, a rheumatologist, integrative medicine specialist, and environmental health expert. Her medical practice, Integrative Rheumatology Associates P.C., focuses on both traditional Western medical management of rheumatologic and other ailments, as well as integrative options for total wellness. Her recent text, Integrative Environmental Medicine, was published through Oxford University Press, and her consumer book, Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World, will be out in September 2020. 
    In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Cohen discuss all things environmental toxins. From the water you drink, to the shampoo you use, to your cookware, toxins can be hidden in many places. Though it can feel overwhelming to switch out all of the areas where toxins lurk, Dr. Cohen assures us that making small swaps here and there can add up and have a major impact on our overall health.
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -Dr. Cohen's background that piqued her interest in environmental toxins (1:05)
    -The history on how environmental toxins came to be an issue (7:50)
    -A dive into endocrine disruptors (12:33)
    -The issue with certain food washes (21:55)
    -How to shape your diet to best support detoxification (26:50)
    -A look at water quality (30:41)
    -Different types of filters for drinking clean water (36:40)
    -How there’s a disconnect between health education and environmental toxins (43:50)
    -The effect of environmental toxins on the brain and other organ systems (49:02)
    -A discussion of air pollution (55:38)
    -Resources to find clean products (1:06:30)
    -Populations and ages that are more vulnerable to chemical exposure (1:09:49)
    -A lasting message from Dr. Cohen (1:16:55)
    -Dr. Cohen discusses her website on resources on environmental health (1:21:51)
    -Where to learn more about Dr. Aly Cohen (1:28:18)
    Please note: This podcast was recorded prior to social isolation. Stay safe!
    For more on Dr. Cohen, you can follow her on Instagram @thesmarthuman, on Twitter @TheSmartHuman, on Facebook @thesmarthuman, through her environmental health website, or her personal practice website. 
    Also mentioned during this episode were environmental health resources Green Science Policy and the Environmental Working Group..

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    #111: Turning Roadblocks Into Opportunities with Elissa Goodman

    #111: Turning Roadblocks Into Opportunities with Elissa Goodman

    A hero’s journey is a narrative to describe the journey of a brave warrior who must overcome a major obstacle or turmoil in order to find victory, often transforming themselves along the way. Elissa Goodman’s hero’s journey included obstacle over obstacle over obstacle (and more) that she had to overcome in order to create the life of vibrant health that she lives today.
    On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Elissa Goodman, a Holistic Nutritionist, Lifestyle Cleanse Expert, and Superstar Chef. She’s a cancer survivor and the author of Cancer Hacks: A Holistic Guide to Overcoming Your Fears and Healing Cancer. 
    In this episode, Dhru and Elissa discuss her personal story of struggling with a deficient immune system and the multiple health effects it caused, her battle with cancer, losing her husband to cancer, and how she overcame two different autoimmune conditions using whole foods and a healthy lifestyle. She has used her many obstacles to create vibrant health, write books aimed at helping others, and coach hundreds on their own journeys.
    In this episode, we dive into:
    -How Elissa's life has been impacted by social isolation and things that have helped her cope (3:30)
    -Elissa tells us her story about growing up with immune struggles and eventually getting diagnosed with cancer (8:20)
    -How Elissa reacted when she learned about her cancer diagnosis (27:11)
    -How stress-management played a role in her cancer treatment (34:22)
    -Elissa's story after being in remission for cancer (38:31)
    -Balancing immune function during COVID-19 (55:30)
    -When Elissa made a major change in her life (1:02:00)
    -Elissa's message to anyone going through challenges right now (1:10:40)
    -How to find out more about Elissa (1:16:30)
    For more on Elissa, you can follow her on Instagram @elissagoodman, or through her website. Be sure to check out her DIY 7 Day Reset and her book, Cancer Hacks.
    Also mentioned in this episode, The Broken Brain Podcast episode featuring Peter Crone; the books Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin, MD and The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell; Medical Medium with Anthony William; and the therapists recommended by Elissa, Elizabeth Winkler and Ryan Weiss.
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    • 1 hr 22 min

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Favorite podcast!

Love your show and the focus on neuroplasticity! Would love to hear you interview Becky Curtis from Take Courage Coaching. She was in a rollover years ago and lives with central nerve pain yet started a coaching business for people who live with chronic pain. Very inspiring!

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Top podcast to empower yourself!

I start my days listening to Dhru and all his unique guests. Empowering, well produced, smart questions, always something new to learn or refresh, he is truly amazing! You can’t miss it!

Vintage French ,

A worthy investment of my time

Although absorbing information via hearing is my weakest way of learning, Dhru’s guests and podcast never fail to captivate me (so thanks for helping me build that muscle!).
His growth-mindset oriented topics are exactly the content that lights me up. He is a well-prepared interviewer and I also enjoy picking up on the subtext of mutual respect that he has for his guests, and they for him. My only point of frustration: I can’t find the show notes! I use Apple & have looked everywhere that I can think of.

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