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Latest Episode9/24/2020

#154: The Mind-Blowing Science of Fat-Burning and Insulin Resistance with Dr. Benjamin Bikman

Season 1, Ep. 154
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 realizing that all of these diseases and disorders have something in common. Each of them is caused or made worse by a condition known as insulin resistance. Over half of all adults in the United States are insulin resistant, with most other countries either worse or not far behind.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Benjamin Bikman, a renowned metabolic research scientist, and a popular speaker on human metabolism and nutrition. Backed by years of research, Dr. Bikman’s mission is to help the world appreciate the prevalence and relevance of insulin resistance. He is the author of the newly released book, Why We Get Sick, which offers a thought-provoking yet real solution to insulin resistance and how to reverse pre-diabetes, improve brain function, shed fat, and prevent diabetes. Dr. Bikman has a Doctor of Philosophy in Bioenergetics from East Carolina University, a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Bikman talk about why insulin resistance has become so prevalent and why it matters. They discuss what makes us insulin resistant in the first place, and the evidence linking many major diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, to it. They also talk about how to reverse and prevent insulin resistance through specific diet and lifestyle modifications.In this episode, we dive into:-Fat cells and the role they play in the body (3:01)-The recipe for weight loss (12:23)-The role of insulin in our bodies (18:05)-How to know if you are insulin resistant (45:22)-Lab testing for insulin resistance (50:09)-The role cholesterol plays in insulin resistance (52:40)-4 steps to improve insulin resistance (1:01:57)-Why movement is so important when it comes to insulin resistance (1:11:57)-The power of wearing a continuous glucose monitor (1:13:49)-Where to learn more about Dr. Bikman (1:18:21)For more on Dr. Bikman you can follow him on Instagram @BenBikmanPhD, on Facebook @BenjaminBikmanPhD, on Twitter @BenBikmanPhD, and through his websites http://bikmanlab.byu.edu/ and https://www.insuliniq.com/. You can find his book, Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease―and How to Fight It, right here.Also mentioned in this episode:-HLTH Code Meal Replacement Shake - https://gethlth.com/-Levels Continuous Glucose Monitor - https://www.levelshealth.com/-Episode #94 with Alisa Vitti: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage by Harnessing the Power of Your Infradian Rhythm - https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/02/20/bb-ep94/-Episode #133 with Dr. Stephanie Estima - How to Use Your Menstrual Cycle to Supercharge Your Diet, Reclaim Your Energy, and Honor Your Unique Biology - https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/07/06/bb-ep133/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.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world.What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally-packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.
9/24/2020

#154: The Mind-Blowing Science of Fat-Burning and Insulin Resistance with Dr. Benjamin Bikman

Season 1, Ep. 154
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 realizing that all of these diseases and disorders have something in common. Each of them is caused or made worse by a condition known as insulin resistance. Over half of all adults in the United States are insulin resistant, with most other countries either worse or not far behind.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Benjamin Bikman, a renowned metabolic research scientist, and a popular speaker on human metabolism and nutrition. Backed by years of research, Dr. Bikman’s mission is to help the world appreciate the prevalence and relevance of insulin resistance. He is the author of the newly released book, Why We Get Sick, which offers a thought-provoking yet real solution to insulin resistance and how to reverse pre-diabetes, improve brain function, shed fat, and prevent diabetes. Dr. Bikman has a Doctor of Philosophy in Bioenergetics from East Carolina University, a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Bikman talk about why insulin resistance has become so prevalent and why it matters. They discuss what makes us insulin resistant in the first place, and the evidence linking many major diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, to it. They also talk about how to reverse and prevent insulin resistance through specific diet and lifestyle modifications.In this episode, we dive into:-Fat cells and the role they play in the body (3:01)-The recipe for weight loss (12:23)-The role of insulin in our bodies (18:05)-How to know if you are insulin resistant (45:22)-Lab testing for insulin resistance (50:09)-The role cholesterol plays in insulin resistance (52:40)-4 steps to improve insulin resistance (1:01:57)-Why movement is so important when it comes to insulin resistance (1:11:57)-The power of wearing a continuous glucose monitor (1:13:49)-Where to learn more about Dr. Bikman (1:18:21)For more on Dr. Bikman you can follow him on Instagram @BenBikmanPhD, on Facebook @BenjaminBikmanPhD, on Twitter @BenBikmanPhD, and through his websites http://bikmanlab.byu.edu/ and https://www.insuliniq.com/. You can find his book, Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease―and How to Fight It, right here.Also mentioned in this episode:-HLTH Code Meal Replacement Shake - https://gethlth.com/-Levels Continuous Glucose Monitor - https://www.levelshealth.com/-Episode #94 with Alisa Vitti: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage by Harnessing the Power of Your Infradian Rhythm - https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/02/20/bb-ep94/-Episode #133 with Dr. Stephanie Estima - How to Use Your Menstrual Cycle to Supercharge Your Diet, Reclaim Your Energy, and Honor Your Unique Biology - https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/07/06/bb-ep133/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.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world.What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally-packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.
9/23/2020

#153: One of the Top Regrets of the Dying (Being Too Busy for Your Friends)

Season 1, Ep. 153
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 palliative care. Her patients were those who had gone home to die, and she was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. Bronnie said, “People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.”Bronnie shared that when questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. One of the regrets was, “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.” Here is an excerpt from Bronnie’s blog, “Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved.”Will you be one of the people on their deathbed that regrets being too busy for their friends? If you haven’t been making time for your friends lately, use this episode as a reminder to prioritize your friendships and what truly matters the most.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. Here is the instagram post that inspired today’s episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFDwzSyl8HU/.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here.
9/21/2020

The Secret to Better Sleep (Minisode #11)

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 breathe through our nose or mouth.In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Steven Lin and Dr. Mark Burhenne about how mouth breathing reduces the quality of our sleep, disrupts the balance of our oral microbiome, and makes you more prone to tooth decay. They discuss sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), and how it impacts our brain health. They also talk about the benefits of mouth taping for improved sleep and overall health.Dr. Steven Lin is a world leading functional dentist, TEDx speaker, and author of the best-selling book, The Dental Diet. As a passionate preventative, whole health-advocate, Dr. Lin focuses on the understanding of dental disease through nutritional principles. His work has highlighted that crooked teeth and the orthodontia epidemic are diet based problems, and the need for public health policy to prevent braces in the next generation of children. Dr. Lin’s work has reached millions of viewers worldwide being published in Esquire Magazine, Women’s Health, The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a regular contributor and expert at MindBodyGreen and VeryWell.Dr. Mark Burhenne has been practicing dentistry in the greater San Francisco area for over 30 years. Dr. Burhenne is passionate about helping people understand the connection between oral and overall health. He is a TEDx speaker, and the author of the best-selling book, The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox. His advice regularly appears on media outlets like CNN, CBS, Yahoo! Health, The Huffington Post, Prevention, The Washington Post, and Men’s Health. He received his degree from the Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, and is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), and Dental Board of California.Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Steven Lin here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrStevenLin/Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Mark Burhenne here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/DrMarkBurhenne/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.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world.What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.
9/17/2020

#152: Preventing Colon Cancer Before it Starts with Dr. Elizabeth Boham

Season 1, Ep. 152
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 Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Elizabeth Boham, a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The Ultrawellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing, she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the Functional Medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Boham talk about why we are seeing an increase in colon cancer incidence and mortality in young people. They discuss the risk factors and the importance of screening and early detection. They also talk about how to create a terrain in the body where cancer is less likely to grow through specific diet and lifestyle modifications.In this episode, we dive into:-Dr. Boham’s personal journey with breast cancer (4:46)-What causes colon cancer (11:22)-Why we are seeing higher rates of colon cancer in younger people (12:42)-Racial disparities in the risk of colon cancer (17:51)-Testing and screening for colon cancer (19:53)-How to create an environment in the body where cancer is less likely to grow (25:59)-The important role physical activity plays in cancer prevention (29:20)-The connection between gut health and colon cancer (31:27)-Foods that support our microbiome and can lower our risk for colon cancer (40:28)-The connection between red meat and colon cancer (50:28)-The fear of cancer and how to look at it in a different way (59:15)-Where to learn more about Dr. Boham (1:02:17)For more on Dr. Boham you can follow her on Instagram @ElizabethBohamMD, on Facebook @ElizabethBohamMD, on Twitter @DrBoham, and through her websites http://www.drboham.com/ and https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/.Also mentioned in this episode:-Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer DVD - http://www.drboham.com/order. Use code: breast30wellness to receive 30% off.-Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests - https://nyti.ms/2FFPxIr-The Journal of Physiology: Acute High Intensity Interval Exercise Reduces Colon Cancer Cell Growth - https://physoc.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1113/JP277648For 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.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.This episode is brought to you by the Pegan Shake.How you start your morning sets the tone for the day. I’m a huge fan of morning routines, because I think they can transform your ability to focus, sleep well, and get the most out of your day, especially in this busy, modern world.What I’ve found is that the best way to begin your day is to feed your body the right information or the right nutrients. That’s why Dr. Mark Hyman and I created the Pegan Shake. It’s a nutritionally packed morning blend designed to support healthy blood sugar, energy, and brain power.It contains some of my most favorite brain boosting foods like MCT and avocado. It also features acacia fiber for healthy gut function and collagen, pumpkin, and pea protein to support muscle synthesis. Check it out at getfarmacy.com/peganshake.
9/14/2020

Lessons on Personalizing Your Diet from Modern-Day Hunter-Gatherers (Minisode #10)

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 with Anahad O’Connor and Chris Kresser about modern hunter-gatherer societies and why they tend to avoid chronic diseases, why one specific diet is not right for everyone, and how to personalize your diet to fit your lifestyle, genetic blueprint, and specific health conditions.Anahad O’Connor is a bestselling author and reporter for The New York Times. Anahad covers nutrition, medicine and chronic disease. He has published a number of groundbreaking investigative stories for the Times, including a series in 2015 that exposed Coca-Cola’s funding of scientific research that sought to downplay the role of sugar-sweetened beverages in the obesity epidemic. In 2018 he and his colleagues won an award from the Association of HealthCare Journalists for “Planet Fat,” a series that examined the food industry’s role in the spread of global obesity. Anahad is a frequent guest on national news programs, such as PBS NewsHour, Good Morning America, and NPR’s All Things Considered, and the author of four books. Anahad is a graduate of Yale University, and lives in San Francisco with his wife, a women’s rights attorney, and their son.Chris Kresser is the CEO of Kresser Institute for Functional & Evolutionary Medicine, the co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine, the creator of ChrisKresser.com, and the New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Cure. He is known for his in-depth research uncovering myths and misconceptions in modern medicine and providing natural health solutions with proven results. Chris was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by Greatist.com, and his blog is one of the top-ranked natural health websites in the world. He recently launched Kresser Institute, an organization dedicated to reinventing healthcare and reversing chronic disease by training healthcare practitioners in functional and evolutionary medicine. Chris lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and daughter.Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Anahad O’Connor here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/AnahadOconnor/Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Chris Kresser here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/ChrisKresser/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.Interested in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.
9/11/2020

#150: Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and Connected Parenting with Jennifer Kolari

Season 1, Ep. 150
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!” they physiologically can’t meet us at the same level we’re expecting.I find that fascinating and really powerful when it comes to communicating effectively with kids. That’s why I’m so excited to share this week’s episode ofThe Broken Brain Podcastwith you, where Dhru does a deep-dive into a new approach to parenting with Child and Family Therapist Jennifer Kolari.Jennifer is one of the nation’s leading parenting experts and the founder of Connected Parenting. She is the author ofConnected Parenting: How To Raise A Great kidandYou’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting.Jennifer was the Parenting expert on CBC’s Steven and Chris show for eight seasons and has appeared frequently on Canada AM and Breakfast Television. Her advice can be found in many Canadian and U.S. magazines, such asToday’s Parent,Redbook,Parent MagazineandCanadian Family. Jennifer has been helping children, teens and families get connected for over twenty years.Here are more of the details from this episode:-How Jennifer discovered compassionate parenting and family therapy as her calling (4:50)-The power of limbic bonding for you and your child (7:27)-What traditional parenting got wrong about “You should know better!” (15:50)-What are mirror neurons and how they can help (19:13)-How yelling impacts the fight or flight response and stress hormones (24:40)-Breaking down the CALM technique (27:00)-Practicing active listening with the CALM technique in real situations (44:40)-Approaching disagreements with teenagers more mindfully (52:20)-Dealing with full-on tantrums and what happens when you give them permission to meltdown (57:10)-Advice for couples and how to use mirroring for intimate relationships (1:15:50)-Taking a modern approach to the modern problems kids are dealing with (1:30:05)-Why too much power leads kids to feel anxious (1:50:30)-Learn more about Jennifer’s work (1:54:20)PS – You can find Jennifer’s books right here:Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great KidandYou’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting, and be sure to check out her podcast,Connected Parenting with Jennifer Kolari, right 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