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Exploring the inner workings of the brain and the body with the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.
Hosted by Dhru Purohit. Formerly known as the Broken Brain Podcast.

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Exploring the inner workings of the brain and the body with the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.
Hosted by Dhru Purohit. Formerly known as the Broken Brain Podcast.

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    #207: The Dangers of Fluoride on the Brain and IQ with Dr. Mark Burhenne

    #207: The Dangers of Fluoride on the Brain and IQ with Dr. Mark Burhenne

    If we want to continue learning how to optimize health, we have to stay open to new information that might contradict previous research, even if it questions the status quo. 
    Fluoride and dental health are great examples of this process. Fluoride gained support due to an observation one man made many years ago, which has progressed into many cities fluoridating their water and most dentists singing its praises. But over the years the research on fluoride has greatly evolved, to the point that we can now see large differences in how it works topically versus internally, and identify risks that come with consumption. 
    Today’s guest on The Dhru Purohit Podcast spent much of his time as a new dentist and new parent grappling with whether it was a good idea to give fluoride to his kids. Dr. Mark Burhenne is a functional dentist, and  the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox. He has appeared in Dr. Hyman's Sleep Masterclass, the oral microbiome docuseries Gateway to Health, NPR, and many more. 
    Dhru and Dr. Burhenne talk about the emerging research that supports connections between fluoride and IQ changes, neurotoxicity, arthritis, osteosarcomas, and changes in metabolism, among other concerns. Dr. Burhenne explains how fluoride works in the body, and why using it topically is very different than consuming it. They also talk about the root cause of cavities—it’s not a deficiency in fluoride, but the sugary and starchy foods making up the Standard American Diet, an altered oral microbiome, and mouth breathing.
    In this episode, we dive into: 
    -What made Dr. Burhenne first question fluoride (3:24) 
    -Why fluoride is added to our water (8:52) 
    -Conventional dentistry and fluoride use (14:22) 
    -Studies that show why we need to rethink adding fluoride to our water (21:47) 
    -The EPA Federal lawsuit that could limit fluoride in drinking water (24:25) 
    -The effects of fluoride on the brain (31:42) 
    -How we get fluoride in water (35:29) 
    -Why fluoride in toothpaste doesn’t really work (37:59) 
    -How to choose a water filter (50:18) 
    -Dr. Burhenne’s toothpaste recommendations (56:36) 
    -What actually creates cavities and healthy teeth (1:05:02) 
    -What we can learn from modern hunter-gatherers when it comes to dental health (1:11:22) 
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -The EPA Federal lawsuit that could limit fluoride in drinking water - https://www.ewg.org/news-insights/news/federal-lawsuit-could-limit-fluoride-drinking-water
    -Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6-12 Years of Age in Mexico - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28937959/
    -The Association Between Maternal Fluoride Exposure During Pregnancy and IQ Scores in Offspring in Canada - https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2748634
    -Fluoride Action Network - http://fluoridealert.org/
    -ZeroWater Filter - https://zerowater.com/
    -RiseWell Toothpaste - https://risewell.com/
    -Boka Oral Care - https://www.boka.com/
    -The Secret to Better Sleep? Stop Doing This One Thing with Dr. Mark Burhenne - https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/07/04/bb-ep62/
    For more on Dr. Burhenne you can follow him on Instagram @askthedentist, on Facebook @askthedentist, and through his website https://askthedentist.com/. Check out his podcast Ask The Dentist. Get his book, The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox: How We Are Sleeping Our Way to Fatigue, Disease and Unhappiness at https://askthedentist.com/the-book. You can search for a Functional Dentist at https://askthedentist.com/directory/.
    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 28 min
    #206: Are You a Chronic People-Pleaser? Do These 3 Things!

    #206: Are You a Chronic People-Pleaser? Do These 3 Things!

    Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!
    On today’s episode of The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru talks to us about how to stop being a chronic people-pleaser. 
    In this episode we dive into:
    -10 signs you’re a people pleaser (3:48)
    -Definition of people pleasing (7:51)
    -Understanding the origins of people pleasing (8:15)
    -How to break free from people pleasing (22:21)
    -Why you have a difficult time saying no (23:50)
    -Why you don’t admit when your feelings are hurt (30:55)
    -Why you apologize way too often (33:24)
    -How to get out of chronic people pleasing (41:38)
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    -https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201708/10-signs-youre-people-pleaser
    -https://hhs.uncg.edu/pcs/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2019/11/2017-Soderberg-Fry-Anthropological-Aspects-of-Ostracism-ch.17.pdf
    -https://tim.blog/2019/06/11/jerry-colonna/
    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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    • 50 min
    Environmental Toxins Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Inflamed (Minisode #31)

    Environmental Toxins Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Inflamed (Minisode #31)

    It’s no secret that the environment we live in today is having a negative effect on our health. Eighty thousand toxic chemicals have been released into our environment since the dawn of the industrial revolution, yet very few have been tested for their long-term impact on human health. 
     
    From the polluted air we breathe, to the food additives we consume, untested skin products that we lather on, and vast chemical soups that bombard us daily, most people agree that our environment is making us sick.
    In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Aly Cohen and Carey Gillam about the effects of environmental toxins on the brain and other organ systems; the health hazards of glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides; and practical strategies for keeping toxins out of our homes. 
    Dr. Aly Cohen is a rheumatologist, integrative medicine specialist, and environmental health expert. She is also the author of Integrative Environmental Medicine, and Non-Toxic: A Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World.
    Carey Gillam is a veteran investigative journalist with more than 25 years of experience. She currently works as a Research Director for the non-profit US Right to Know, and as a columnist for The Guardian. She is the author of Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science, and her recently published book, The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice. 
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Aly Cohen here: https://lnk.to/DrAlyCohen/
     
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Carey Gillam here: https://lnk.to/CareyGillam/
     
    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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    • 27 min
    #205: We Got it Wrong When it Comes to Weight Loss with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

    #205: We Got it Wrong When it Comes to Weight Loss with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

    Our culture puts a lot of emphasis on blame when it comes to being overweight. People are villainized for being lazy or unaware of the “right” way. But there is no one right way to lose weight, and when we take steps to improve our overall wellness, weight loss comes as an added bonus. 
    Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru talks to our good friend Dr. Rangan Chatterjee about creating a customized weight loss plan and digging into the real reasons we struggle with weight (hint: it’s not a lack of willpower). 
    Dr. Chatterjee is regarded as one of the most influential medical doctors in the UK and wants
    to change how medicine will be practiced for years to come. His mission is to help 100 million people around the globe live better lives. He hosts the most listened to health podcast in the UK and Europe, Feel Better, Live More—which regularly tops the Apple Podcast charts and is listened to by over 2 million people every single month. Each of Dr. Chatterjee’s four books have been Sunday Times bestsellers including his latest, Feel Great, Lose Weight, which was just published in the US and Canada.
    In this episode, we dive into: 
    -Getting off the blame game when it comes to weight loss (4:32) 
    -Why what you eat might not be the most important thing when it comes to weight loss (24:14)
    -Eating behavior and stress response (29:44)
    -The connection between trauma and obesity (31:24)
    -Why we continue to eat foods that we know are sabotaging our efforts, despite our best intentions (38:06) 
    -The Freedom Exercise to overcome cravings (43:26) 
    -Foods that are hijacking our ability to make good decisions (49:21)
    -Why weight loss is not about willpower (52:51)
    -How food is engineered to be addictive (55:51) 
    -How sleep impacts our eating habits (1:00:33)
    For more on Dr. Chatterjee you can follow him on Instagram @drchatterjee, on Facebook @drchatterjee, on Twitter @drchatterjeeuk, on YouTube @drranganchatterjee, and through his website https://drchatterjee.com/. Check out his podcast, Feel Better, Life More. Get his book, Feel Great Lose Weight: Simple Habits for Lasting and Sustainable Weight Loss at https://drchatterjee.com/feel-great-lose-weight/.
    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 23 min
    How to Use Your Breath To Heal Your Body and Mind (Minisode #30)

    How to Use Your Breath To Heal Your Body and Mind (Minisode #30)

    It can be all too easy to take the body for granted, especially those functions that we don’t absolutely have to think about in order to survive. Breathing is one of those things, but it deserves more attention than most of us give it. 
    In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with James Nestor and Dr. Louis Ignarro about the forgotten power of breathing, why breath is the anchor for all systems in the body, and how we can tap into it to dramatically improve how we feel.
    James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Scientific American, Outside, The New York Times, and more. His latest book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, explores how the human species has lost the ability to breathe properly—and how to get it back. 
    Dr. Louis Ignarro is a medical research scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his breakthrough discovery of nitric oxide, and how it positively impacts health and longevity. Nitric oxide is currently being utilized all over by hospitals and universities as possible treatment for COVID-19. 
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with James Nestor here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/JamesNestor/
     
    Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Louis Ignarro here: 
    https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrLouisIgnarro/
     
    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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    • 23 min
    #204: How to Get Your Energy Back TODAY with Dr. Amy Shah

    #204: How to Get Your Energy Back TODAY with Dr. Amy Shah

    Does it feel like your life is too busy, your days are too short, and you're feeling overworked, overstressed, and overtired? Chances are you’ve asked your doctor for help, only to be told that it’s because of your age, or your workload, or, worse, that it’s just “normal.” If so, you’re not alone. 
    Women in particular are suffering from an epidemic of fatigue and burnout. So many women feel alone in their inability to manage all of their personal and professional demands. Many assume their fatigue is just a normal and inevitable part of life, but it’s not normal at all. 
    On today’s episode of The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru speaks with Dr. Amy Shah, a double board-certified medical doctor and wellness expert specializing in allergy, immunology, hormones, and gut health. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University's School of Nutrition and went on to complete her MD, residency and fellowship training at Einstein, Harvard, and Columbia University hospitals. She's been named in the Top Doc list 2016, '17,'18, '19 and '20 by Phoenix Magazine and featured on National TV and magazines such as Elle, People, Shape, and Allure. She lives in Phoenix, AZ, loves being active and is married with two children. Her first book, I'm So Effing Tired was just released.
    In this episode, we dive into: 
    -The car accident that changed Dr. Shah’s life (8:40)
    -The army inside our body and the role nutrition plays when it comes to burnout (18:59) 
    -Fasting with our circadian rhythm (28:42) 
    -The importance of getting sunlight first thing in the morning (33:03) 
    -The most important change Dr. Shah made in her diet (35:31)
    -The 4S’s for creating healthy meals (43:11) 
    -How to optimize our biological rhythms (54:48) 
    -How to create a morning and evening routine to sync with our circadian rhythm (1:02:30) 
    -Setting boundaries and not feeling guilty about it (1:16:19)
    -Why fasting is different for women and the right way to do it (1:27:18)
    For more on Dr. Shah you can follow her on Instagram @FastingMD, on Facebook @AmyShahMD, on Twitter @AmyShahMD, and through her website https://amymdwellness.com/. Get her book, I'm So Effing Tired: A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy, and Reclaim Your Life at http://imsoeffingtired.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 58 min

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