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A podcast by Dhru Purohit and Dr. Mark Hyman

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 neu... More

#89: How to Detox Your Brain for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness with Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter

Season 1, Ep. 89

Our modern day life provides us with infinite opportunities, along with endless temptations. We can eat whatever we want, whenever we want. We can immerse ourselves in the vast, enticing world of digital media. We can buy goods and services for rapid delivery with our fingertips or voice commands. But living in this 24/7 hyper-reality poses serious risks to our physical and mental states, our connections to others, and even to the world at large.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter. Dr. David Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist and four-time New York Times bestselling author. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Archives of Neurology, Neurosurgery, andThe Journal of Applied Nutrition. His books have been published in 34 languages and include the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, with over 1 million copies in print. 

Dr. Austin Perlmutter is a board-certified internal medicine physician. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his internal medicine residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon. His academic focus is in understanding the decision-making process, how it is influenced by internal and external factors, and how it changes our health and illness outcomes. Austin, along with David Perlmutter, M.D., is the co-author of the newly released book, Brain Wash

In this episode, Dhru and Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter talk about how our health, our relationships, and even our thinking has been damaged by our modern culture. They discuss how the modern world creates structural and functional alterations to our brains, and how this increases our poor choices. They also talk about how exercise rewires and restructures the brain for better functioning, the health benefits of nature, and how to start to incorporate more nature into our lives.

In this episode, we dive into:

-What it was like working on a book together (1:49)

-What is hijacking our brain and making it difficult to implement change (5:27)

-The new reality that we find ourselves in (11:47)

-How chronic inflammation impacts our ability to make healthy choices (16:44)

-The connection between poor sleep and increased hunger (18:50)

-Disconnection syndrome and how it impacts us (27:27)

-How technology changes our brain (31:00)

-The relationship between exercise and our decision making process (46:57)

-The Ten-Day Brain Wash reset for your brain and body (54:21) 

-Where to learn more about Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter (1:02:31)

For more on Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter, be sure to follow them on Instagram @davidperlmutter and @austinperlmutter, on Facebook @davidperlmuttermd, and on Twitter @austinperlmuttermd. Check out their websites: and You can find their book, Brain Wash, right here.


#88: How To Get Off The Unhealthy Roller Coaster And Regain Control Of Your Life And Health With Pilar Gerasimo

Season 1, Ep. 88

We currently live in a society where chronic illness, obesity, drug dependence, anxiety, and depression are rapidly becoming the prevailing norms. 

According to the CDC, more than half of U.S. adults have been diagnosed with a chronic disease. 68% are overweight or obese, 70% are taking at least one prescription drug, and 97% are not managing to maintain four of the most basic habits required for long-term health: decent nutrition, adequate exercise, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy body composition.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Pilar Gerasimo, an award-winning health journalist, pioneering social explorer, and author of, The Healthy Deviant: A Rule-Breaker’s Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World. Pilar is best known for her work as founding editor of Experience Life magazine, which today reaches more than 3 million people nationwide, Pilar has also served as chief creative officer for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and as top health editor for The Huffington Post.

Today, Pilar co-hosts a five-star rated podcast called The Living Experiment with Whole30 co-founder Dallas Hartwig. She speaks at universities and leads workshops at retreat centers like Kripalu, Sundance, and 1440 Multiversity. She also consults for organizations committing to transforming health and happiness around the globe. When she’s not travelling, Pilar hangs out on her family’s organic, communal farm in Wisconsin with a bunch of cows, chickens, and her goofy pit bull pal, Calvin.

In this episode, Dhru and Pilar talk about how to break out of the unhealthy matrix that society has us living in when it comes to believing we’re not enough, not good enough, or that we’re never going to be enough. They discuss why we value other people’s opinions more than our own, and why we try to fit in at the expense of our own health. They also talk about the Healthy Deviant approach to living, how to develop the skills of a healthy person, and the first thing you can do to start making healthy changes in your life. 

In this episode, we dive into:

-The current societal standards we’re living in today (1:35)

-Pilar’s health journey and what led to her breaking point (6:55)

-The unhealthy default reality (17:38)

-Why your health is heavily influenced by your peers (26:26)

-The most important thing to focus on in your life right now (34:29)

-The three nonconformist competencies of Healthy Deviance and how they support healthy self-regulation (46:10)

-Challenging the vicious cycle of helplessness (57:09)

-How you can inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle (1:03:14)

-Where to learn more about Pilar Gerasimo (1:13:51)

For more on Pilar Gerasimo, be sure to follow her on Instagram @pgerasimo, on Facebook @pgerasimo, and on Twitter @pgerasimo. Check out her website and Check out her podcast, The Living Experiment. Take the Healthy Deviant quiz here. You can find Pilar’s book, The Healthy Deviant: A Rule Breaker’s Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World, right here


#86: How to Supercharge Your Child's Brain with The Power of Secure Attachment with Dr. Tina Bryson

Season 1, Ep. 86

One of the very best scientific predictors for how any child turns out in terms of happiness, academic success, leadership skills, and meaningful relationships is whether at least one adult in their life has consistently shown up for them.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Tina Bryson, the founder and executive director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopmental lens.

She is a licensed clinical social worker, providing pediatric and adolescent psychotherapy and parenting consultations. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, clinicians, and industry leaders around the world. She is the co-author, with Dan Siegel, of The Yes Brain and the New York Times bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline, as well as the upcoming Bottom Line for Baby. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Bryson talk about what it means to be present and really show up for our kids, even if our own caregiver wasn’t really present. They discuss how to develop secure attachment in your kids and how providing a calm, safe presence can radically change how a child’s brain develops. They also talk about how every child needs to feel what Tina calls the Four S’s: safe, seen, soothed, and secure, and strategies for implementing them into your child’s daily life.  

In this episode, we dive into:

-The best predictor for how well our kids turn out is how we show up as parents (1:50)

-How the attachment between a parent and child impacts the development of a child’s brain (5:20) 

-The Strange Situation Study (7:47)

-The four attachment patterns (15:36)

-Why secure attachment is the ultimate goal in parenting (23:44) 

-A parents two primary jobs when it comes to making their kids feel safe (26:58) 

-Why traditional forms of disciple are counterproductive (32:10)

-Understanding what's really underneath your child's behavior and helping them feel seen (35:50) 

-The most powerful way to help your child in a state of distress (47:21)

-Behaviors that can manifest as adults when not feeling safe, seen, soothed and secure as a child (1:10:05)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Tina Bryson (1:25:06)

For more on Dr. Tina Bryson, be sure to follow her on Instagram @tinapaynebryson, and on Facebook @tinapaynebrysonphd. Check out her website You can find Tina’s book, The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired, right here


#85: How Fungi Living in Our Mycobiome Influence Bloating, Brain Fog, and Even Mood with Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum and Afif Ghannoum

Season 1, Ep. 85

Most people understand the importance of a healthy gut microbiome for overall health, but have you heard of the mycobiome—the fungi that live inside our bodies, and how it impacts our health?

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum and Afif Ghannoum. Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum is a tenured professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He has spent his entire career studying medically important fungi and publishing extensively about their virulence factors, especially in microbial biofilms. Dr. Ghannoum is the scientist that named the mycobiome, the fungal community in the body, and was dubbed “the scientist who is now known as the leading microbiome researcher in the world” by the Washington Post. He is also the founder of the leading antifungal clinical testing company in the world, Next Trillion Sciences, and has been involved in the development of 95% of the antifungals that have come to market since the 1990’s.

Afif Ghannoum is a biotechnology attorney by training. He has turned his biotechnology innovations into consumer products that have sold in over 27,000 retail locations in the United States. He has also licensed a technology to a global pharmaceutical company that is now sold in over 100,000 retail locations. Afif is currently the CEO of BIOHM Health, where he has commercialized consumer probiotics and microbiome testing kits around the dual role that fungi and bacteria play in the digestive tract.

In this episode, Dhru, Dr. Ghannoum, and Afif talk about the mycobiome and how it can directly influence our weight, digestion, immune system, and mood. They discuss how fungi work in the human gut, in ways that are beneficial, neutral, or detrimental to our health. They also talk about how it can take months or years to shift your gut bacteria in a significant way, but you can alter your gut fungi profile for better or for worse in just 24 hours by changing your diet. Dr. Ghannoum and Affi also explain how their product, BIOHM, helps to maintain the balance of bacteria and fungi in the gut, all while breaking down digestive plaque.

In this episode, we dive into:

-The mycobiome and how it impacts our health (3:32)

-What happens when our fungi get out of balance (7:25)

-The damage antibiotics can cause when it comes to the mycobiome (12:31)

-Biofilm and how it impacts the mycobiome (15:36)

-How you can alter your gut fungi for better or worse in just 24 hours (25:19)

-Foods that traditionally get a bad rap and how might they have a positive impact on our mycobiome (38:38)

-What we should be eating to take care of our fungi community (45:13)

-How sleep impacts our gut health (49:42)

-How environmental factors positively or negatively impact the mycobiome (1:01:04)

-How Dr. Ghannoum started his career (1:21:22)

-Where to learn more about Dr. Ghannoum and Afif (1:30:11)

For more on Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum and Afif Ghannoum, be sure to follow them on Instagram @biohmhealth, @dr.microbiome, and @afifghannoum, as well as on Facebook @biohmhealth. Check out their website and You can find Dr. Ghannoum’s book, Total Gut Balance: Fix Your Mycobiome Fast for Complete Digestive Wellness, right here: