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The biggest misconception when it comes to tooth decay is that it’s an infection of harmful bacteria, in large part from eating sugar, but it’s not. Tooth decay actually results when the body doesn’t have adequate fat-soluble vitamins, which causes an imbalance of the oral microbiome. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Stev…
 
All Things Covid: Vitamin D, Masks and More with Chris Kresser As humans, we often fall into black and white thinking. It can be easy to let the constant waterfall of media information and social snippets wash over us without stopping to think of the full context. In this age of COVID-19, though, it’s more important than ever to pause and look at w…
 
Our skin is a reflection of what’s going on with our health beneath the surface. Acne and other skin problems are signals that something is off in our body. Conventional medicine deals with symptoms, so their solutions for acne include lathering on potions and lotions, popping and pricking pimples, and taking antibiotics or strong liver-damaging me…
 
Most of us hear the term “metabolic health” and think it only applies to our ability to burn food and manage our weight. And while those are certainly big pieces of metabolic health, it also impacts everything from our cardiovascular health to cognition, mood, infertility, and so much more. That’s because our metabolism is actually our body’s abili…
 
How do you start your day? Do you jolt awake at the sound of your alarm, or do you mindfully ease into the morning with a healthy meal, exercise, and setting goals for what you plan to accomplish? Your morning can set the tone for your entire day. It can mean the difference between a productive day or a sluggish one, having a powerful ripple effect…
 
Our understanding of cancer is slowly undergoing a revolution, allowing for the development of more effective treatments. For the first time ever, the death rate from cancer is showing a steady decline, but the “War on Cancer” has hardly been won. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Jason Fung, a physician, author, and resea…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about how to trust our gut and get better at listening to our intuition. He shares three big ideas on this topic: (1) Practice listening - our intuition doesn’t just speak to us in life’s big events, it speaks to us in life’s small events too. L…
 
EMDR therapy, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing has been proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders, by resolving unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories a…
 
Root canals have become ubiquitous—almost 60 million are performed each year in the United States. “You need a root canal‟ is now almost as common as hearing “you need a filling.” It is the only treatment protocol available to retain a tooth that is diseased. Yet, just how safe are root canals? And, what is the science behind there being a non-toxi…
 
In our unpredictable and continually changing world, we are constantly in a state of figuring out how to create a happy life, which means tending to the needs of our health, career, family and friends, passions, and desires. Unfortunately, time never seems to be on our side, and, if anything, often it seems out of our control. But what if it wasn't…
 
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 ou…
 
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 th…
 
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 orga…
 
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…
 
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 sym…
 
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 practitione…
 
How many times have you attempted to start working out consistently, eat more veggies, or incorporate something new into your routine, but struggled to make it stick? Changing an old habit or creating a new one can be challenging, but when we use science to understand the secrets to lasting behavior change, it’s clear there are ways to overcome the…
 
It was only a few decades ago that people started paying attention to nitric oxide. Named molecule of the year in 1992, it previously had been a pretty undervalued aspect of human health. Several years later, in 1998, three scientists were given a Nobel Prize for their discovery that nitric oxide is a key molecule in the cardiovascular system that …
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit, talks to us about the power of boundaries, limits, and constraints. He shares that without some limits and boundaries it’s hard to remain grounded, and without constraints it can be hard to grow. Dhru talks about how constraints build creativity, and he sh…
 
Did you know that Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease and not a disease of old age? We tend to associate it with the elderly because that’s when clinical symptoms manifest, but in reality, Alzheimer’s begins with negative changes in the brain at least a decade prior. More often than not, in middle age. In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Da…
 
What often blocks most people from success and feeling capable in life is the ability to experience, move through, and handle unpleasant feelings, such as sadness, shame, helplessness, anger, embarrassment, disappointment, frustration, and vulnerability. Knowing how to deal with intense, overwhelming, or uncomfortable feelings is essential to build…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! Are you stuck in comparison and jealousy? On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit and his sister and colleague, Kaya Purohit talk to us about the two ways we can break free from the grips of jealousy and comparison: Catch yourself early and question your thoughts Reframe your jealousy For more on…
 
Science says that only 10% of our happiness comes from our external circumstances—our job and income, relationship status, health and weight, age, and where we live. That means that our happiness is largely up to us and the choices we make, the things we do, and the thoughts we think. In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Robert Mack and Dr. Lauri…
 
Around the world, we struggle with diseases that were once considered rare. Cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes affect millions each year. Many people are also struggling with hypertension, weight gain, fatty liver, dementia, low testosterone, menstrual irregularities and infertility, and more. We treat the symptoms, not realiz…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about one of the top five regrets of the dying. Dhru shares a story from palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware, who wrote the book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing. For many years she worked in palliati…
 
Do you know the most important nutrient you need for healthy teeth and a healthy body? When you hear ‘nutrient’, you probably don’t consider oxygen, however, oxygen is by far our body’s most precious commodity—you simply can’t live without it. Yet, many of us do live without enough of it, and that’s due to our breathing habits and whether we breath…
 
Did you know that colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women combined in the United States? While traditionally a disease of older adults, it has crept into younger and younger age groups. There are also racial and ethnic groups that see its devastating consequences at a higher rate. On today’s Broken …
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about 5 common reasons why we say, “I don’t know what I want,” and strategies to get around them. (1) We haven’t taken the time to slow down, cut out the distractions, and ask ourself the question. (2) We don’t even know what’s possible, because…
 
Nutrition experts have long debated whether there is an optimal diet that humans evolved to eat. Studies show that modern hunter-gatherer groups across the globe generally have phenomenal heart and metabolic health, yet they eat a variety of diets, and tend to avoid the chronic diseases that kill most Americans. In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks wi…
 
I know many of you can relate to the challenges in parenting. Sometimes our emotions take over, our own past experiences drive big reactions, or we just can’t get through to our kids the way we want. One thing that we forget to stop and think about, though, is that children’s brains aren’t fully developed. When we say, “You should know better!” the…
 
Did you know that being sexually active is associated with closer relationships, better immune function, lower blood pressure, improved sleep, reduced stress, and lower mortality? In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Amy Killen, Alisa Vitti, and Dr. Stephanie Estima about the importance of sexual pleasure to our wellbeing, how sex drive and o…
 
Behavioral science shows that most health plans, whether they’re about losing weight, exercising more, or quitting bad habits aren’t designed to last. It’s because they’re based on an incorrect assumption that all you need is willpower and motivation. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, one of the most inf…
 
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 inner peace in this often crazy and divisive world. Dhru shares a few thoughts that have helped him maintain inner peace while having different beliefs and opinions from other people: 1.See the humanity in one another 2.Recogni…
 
All behavior is belief driven. Beliefs create our reality, formed from past experiences that we attach meaning to whether it’s factual or not. Too often, the meaning doesn’t hold truth, and it goes on to wreak havoc on our happiness. In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Shelly Lefkoe, Amber Rae, and Marie Forleo about mindset and how to change th…
 
When it comes to diet, most people's concerns involve weight loss, fitness, cardiac health, and longevity. But what we eat affects more than our bodies; it also affects our brains. And recent studies have shown that diet can have a profound impact on mental health conditions ranging from ADHD to depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, OCD, dementia, …
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! Good doctors know that almost every dysfunction and disease has a root cause. In the world of Functional Medicine, root causes are addressed by either adding things in that are missing to correct deficiencies, or removing obstacles that are getting in the way. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Puro…
 
When you think of aging, what comes to mind? Do you view it as a positive rite of passage or a negative phenomenon that must simply be endured? You might assume that you’re destined for the latter, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can be an active participant in your own aging process. Your habits and your environment have a lot of influence…
 
What we call Alzheimer’s disease is actually a protective response to a wide variety of insults to the brain: inflammation, insulin resistance, toxins, infections, and inadequate levels of nutrients, hormones, and growth factors. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Dale Bredesen, an internationally recognized expert in the m…
 
The most common explanation for why exercise makes us happy is far too simplistic. The psychological effects of movement cannot be reduced to just an endorphin rush. Physical activity influences many other brain chemicals, including those that give you energy, alleviate worry, and help you bond with others. It reduces inflammation in the brain, whi…
 
COVID-19 has had an incredible impact on all of our lives. The pandemic has got us all thinking seriously about our physical and mental health and what it means to have immune strength, now and in the future, as well as what we can do to support our mental health. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Matthew Cook, a board-cer…
 
One of the very best scientific predictors for how any child turns out—in terms of happiness, social skills, mental health, academic success, and meaningful relationships—is whether at least one adult in their life has consistently shown up for them. In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Tina Bryson, Deena Margolin, and Jennifer Kolari about how t…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 cogniti…
 
Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week! On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit talks to us about how to stop struggling by turning our struggles into challenges. Dhru’s shares with us something he wrote called, “Struggle or Challenge?” Are you in a struggle or challenge? -A struggle is a burden. -A challenge is an opportunity. -A stru…
 
The number one thing holding us back in life is our own limiting narrative. We’ve literally become confined by the thoughts we think and the words we tell ourselves. These deep-seated constraints of our subconscious lead to self-sabotage, inhibited performance, procrastination, failed relationships, and dis-ease. When we understand that our behavio…
 
As a blind adventurer, Erik Weihenmayer has been lucky to experience a life of meaning and purpose—of breaking through barriers. After he safely came down from the summit of Mt. Everest in 2001, becoming the first blind person to reach the highest peak in the world, his team leader told him something that would change the course of his life: “Don’t…
 
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