Broken Brain

By Dr. Mark Hyman, Dhru Purohit

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The goal of the Broken Brain podcast is to continue to the conversations that Dr. Hyman started during the Broken Brain docuseries. Each week we'll invite a new guest that we highly respect to help us dive deeper into the topics of brain health, longevity and living our best life. This podcast is hosted by Dhru Purohit, executive producer of Broken Brain.

Episode Date
Episode 8 with Dr. Rupy Aujla


You’ve heard it said many times: Food is medicine. But, do we really understand how our day to day food choices can make or break our health? The good news is that there are people out there, like Dr. Rupy Aujla, who do, and who are passionate about the role of food in good health. And, he’s using his life to teach others—including the new generation of doctors—all about the healing power of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices.

Dr. Rupy Aujla, host of The Doctor’s Kitchen and Broken Brain docu-series expert speaker, explores the topic of food with Broken Brain Executive Producer Dhru Purohit in this recent episode of The Broken Brain Podcast. They cover everything from how food choices are contributing to sickness earlier in life to moving beyond barriers to healthy eating.

If you think healthy eating has to be time consuming, Dr. Rupy will share with you how he pulls together brightly colored meals in under ten minutes. Or, if you are on a budget, like so many of us, Dhru and Dr. Rupy talk about the true cost of eating organic fruits and vegetables.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • Using food as medicine: The grassroots movement (2:08)
  • Dr. Rupy’s journey to using food as medicine (3:32)
  • Why are we getting sicker at a younger age? (8:37)
  • Moving beyond barriers to healthy eating (15:46)
  • Tips for cooking healthy meals fast (17:02)
  • Eating well on a budget (20:57)
  • The real cost of organic fruits and vegetables (24:16)
  • Educating physicians in nutrition (27:31)
  • Research on food as an effective treatment (32:35)
  • Incorporating variety into everyday meals (34:34)
  • Improving brain health using food (39:47)
  • Tips for eating out at restaurants (47:18)
  • Dr. Rupy’s go-to 10-minute meals (50:54)
  • Practical ways to make a difference and be a role model (53:12)
Jun 21, 2018
Episode 7 with Dr. Maya Shetreat

In our 7th episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Broken Brain Executive Producer Dhru Purohit and Dr. Maya Shetreat—dirt expert, neurologist, and Functional Medicine practitioner—talk about the role of dirt and microbes in the body. In this discussion, you’ll learn all about hormesis, how small stresses actually stimulate the body to become more resilient. Plus, Dr. Shetreat talks about many ways to get your children outside (let them play in dirt...let them eat some dirt!) and the importance of a whole body approach to health that includes the physical, emotional, and spiritual.

This episode is packed with tips for parents and caregivers to cultivate a healthy microbiome in little people. Even if you’re not caring for little ones, you’ll be encouraged to put down your phone and take a walk in the woods.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • Dirt and the instinct to be sanitary (1:27)
  • Fearing dirt and bacteria (4:38)
  • Implications of a sterile environment (7:57)
  • Steps to a healthy microbiome (11:15)
  • Hormesis: Small stresses that are good for us (15:35)
  • Encouraging loved ones to get outside (22:25)
  • Fear of independent play (26:52)
  • Dr. Shetreat’s approach with patients (34:08)
  • How to create change in your daily life (41:02)
  • What whole body health looks like (49:39)
  • Dr. Shetreat’s inspiration and resources (51:50)
Jun 14, 2018
Episode 6 with Dr. Titus Chiu

In this sixth episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Executive Producer of Broken Brain and host of this podcast, Dhru Purohit, talks to our friend Dr. Chiu about his approach to brain health and recovery from brain injuries. You’ll hear about his personal story, what happens to your brain when it’s injured, why there is a gut-brain connection, which diet is best for brain health, and so much more.

If you are interested in learning about the best approach to healing after a brain injury, or just how to protect your brain in day-to-day life, check out this informative podcast.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • Dr. Chiu’s life-changing accident (2:47)
  • What is root cause neurology? (8:08)
  • The complexity of brain injuries (10:50)
  • Breakdown in neural networks (18:10)
  • Diet and brain repair (23:32)
  • How to give your brain a break (30:44)
  • Sports and brain injuries (36:13)
  • Neuroinflammation and gut-brain connection (41:02)
  • Tips for protecting your brain (45:33)
  • High-tech and low-tech healing modalities (53:02)
  • Diet for brain health (56:20)
  • Dr. Chiu’s book Brain Save! and where to find him (1:04:55)
Jun 08, 2018
Episode 5 with Dr. Akil Palanisamy

In our fifth Broken Brain Podcast, our Broken Brain executive producer Dhru Purohit sits down with the author of The Paleovedic Diet and Functional Medicine practitioner, Dr. Akil Palanisamy (“Dr. Akil”) to talk about the ways in which Ayurvedic practices can promote a healthy brain and body.

Dr. Akil covers many helpful Ayurvedic topics, like what spices to include in your “Kitchen Pharmacy”, the connection between the gut and brain, if dairy is the right choice for you, social connection, and much more. Dr. Akil also shares his recipe for Saffron and Turmeric Spiced Milk.

In this fifth episode, we dive into:

  • Dr. Akil’s personal health crisis (2:05)
  • Ayurveda and its effect on brain health (4:31)
  • 13 spices in your “Kitchen Pharmacy” (6:01)
  • Alzheimer’s in India (7:57)
  • Ayurvedic practices to help strong digestion (11:12)
  • Dairy - friend or foe? (16:11)
  • Brain inflammation or “leaky brain” (18:20)
  • Improve your health with social connection (24:00)
  • The MIND diet (26:30)
  • Tips to get started to improve your health (31:20)
  • Ayurvedic mind and body practices (33:18)
  • Resources to help you go deeper into Ayurvedic Medicine (37:24)

and much more!

Jun 01, 2018
Episode 4 with Dr. Deanna Minich

In our fourth episode of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dr. Minich and host Dhru Purohit discuss the relationship between food and mood, and how what you eat can increase your creativity, curiosity, imagination, and well being. Improving your day to day life could be as easy as adding colorful foods to your shopping cart the next time you go grocery shopping.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • How food changes your mood (2:00)
  • Tying phytonutrients in foods to body functions (11:59)
  • What do the colors in foods mean? (14:00)
  • Foods, neurotransmitters, and brain health (18:18)
  • Getting out of a food rut with a diverse diet (29:37)
  • Do you have food sensitivities? (32:42)
  • Essential fatty acids and inflammation impact on the brain (44:20)
  • Moving beyond food: more ideas to support a healthy brain (49:56)
May 24, 2018
Episode 3 with Dr. Robin Berzin

Dr. Robin Berzin, Founder and CEO of Parsley Health, sits down today in our third Broken Brain Podcast to talk to Broken Brain Executive Producer and my CEO, Dhru Purohit, about the pros and cons of these dietary approaches, plus functional lab testing that can provide inflammatory markers, and so much more.

Dr. Berzin also goes in depth into what biohacking is—which she describes as “principles and practices to help achieve optimal health”—and shares with you her favorite biohacks.

If you’ve been curious about functional lab testing and which tests to ask your doctor for, this is a great podcast for you to listen to! There are many other pearls of wisdom that you can incorporate into your life right now to improve your health, or feel even better than you already do.

Dr. Berzin has a gift for explaining complicated health issues in simple ways, so that they become easy-to-understand, approachable, and even interesting. When we take the fear factor out of health, amazing things can happen.

In this episode, we dive into:

* The “how to’s” of intermittent fasting (1:38)

* Ketogenic diet—good or bad? (8:17)

* Biohacking for better health (15:50)

* Functional lab testing and biomarkers (29:48)

* Community and our health (40:31)

* Parsley’s practice model (47:05)

May 17, 2018
Episode 2 with Emily Fletcher

This week the executive producer of Broken Brain, Dhru, talks to Emily about how meditation can be life-changing. A regular practice can literally change the chemistry and biology of your brain as well as positively affect your relationships and your work. We’ll learn how meditation can actually give you time back, how it relaxes your central nervous system, can reduce effects of jet lag, is very helpful to new parents, and much more.

Topics Covered

* Why do we have a love/hate relationship with meditation? (2:16)

* All about Emily and her meditation journey (5:04)

* How does meditation help us manage stress? (9:52)

* The financial and emotional cost of stress (13:50)

* Why don’t people meditate? (15:46)

* The difference between mindfulness and meditation (18:40)

* Emily’s work with Dr. Hyman (24:22)

* Finding what matters in our lives using meditation (28:48)

* What does meditation look like for Emily? (36:25)

* Results and when to expect them (40:45)

Teaching kids meditation (47:52)

The science behind how meditation impacts brain health (50:12)

May 11, 2018
Episode 1 with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

Dhru Purohit, executive producer of Broken Brain, sits down with our good friend and Functional Medicine colleague Dr. Rangan Chatterjee of BBC’s Doctor in the House to talk about how food, mood, sleep, and relaxation can be applied to conditions that affect brain health, such as anxiety.

Dr. Chatterjee has a deeply personal conversation with Dhru about his son’s health, how lifestyle contributes to chronic disease, and gives many tips on how to go from feeling sick to feeling fantastic. This is a conversation you won’t find anywhere else!

May 06, 2018