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Broken Brain with Dhru Purohit

Heal your body, heal your brain - 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
Latest Episode7/2/2020

#132: What a Top Brain Surgeon Can Teach Us About Fear with Dr. Mark McLaughlin

Season 1, Ep. 132
The first time neurosurgeon Mark McLaughlin cut open a patient's skull, he found himself confronting a powerful force that his fellow brain surgeons agreed was best never spoken of— fear.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Mark McLaughlin, a practicing board-certified neurosurgeon, a national media commentator, thought leader in performance enhancement, and author of the book, Cognitive Dominance: A Brain Surgeon’s Quest to Outthink Fear.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. McLaughlin talk about how so much of what we perceive as fear is wrapped up in a story. They discuss what prevents people from seeking help or counsel about a problem or fear they have. They also talk about tools and strategies for overcoming fear.In this episode, we dive into:-The first time Dr. McLaughlin was introduced to fear (2:09)-What wrestling taught him about fear (3:59)-The fear freakout (12:52)-How to map out your fear (15:42)-Where fear lives in the brain (21:14)-The fear of vulnerability (27:23)-The misconception that we have to get over our fears (30:10)-The power of taking tiny actions to overcome fear (44:32)-The importance of partnership when dealing with a challenge (49:57)-Where to learn more about Dr. McLaughlin (1:09:53)For more on Dr. Mark McLaughlin, you can follow him on Instagram @mmclaughlinmd, on Facebook @markmclaughlinmd, on Twitter @mmclaughlinmd, and through his website here. You can find his book, Cognitive Dominance: A Brain Surgeon’s Quest to Out-Think Fear, right here. Take the Cognitive Dominance Assessment here, and check out his blog here.Also mentioned in this episode:-Maps of Meaning: The Architect of Belief by Jordan B. Peterson-12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson-Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield-Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb-10% Happier Revised Edition: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story by Dan Harris-10 Percent Happier Meditation appFor 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/.
6/29/2020

#130: Why Black Women Are 4 Times More Likely to Die During Childbirth with Latham Thomas

Season 1, Ep. 130
In the U.S., maternal mortality and morbidity disproportionately affect Black women at a rate four to five times greater than white women. On top of higher fatality rates, Black women are also statistically more likely to experience pregnancy complications, including hypertension, placental disorders, gestational diabetes, blood disorders, and preeclampsia.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Latham Thomas, a Celebrity Doula and Maternity Wellness Expert. Latham Thomas supports women in embracing optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to empowerment. Latham is leading a revolution in radical self-care, guiding women everywhere to “mother themselves first.” Latham is the founder of Mama Glow, a global women’s health and education brand serving women along the childbearing continuum. Mama Glow supports women and families during the fertility period, pregnancy, birth, as well as during postpartum offering hand-holding through their bespoke doula services. Latham is also one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, and the author of, Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen.In this episode, Dhru and Latham talk about how a system that is designed to help people actually ends up causing them harm when it comes to adverse birth outcomes. They discuss how a doula supports women during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. They also talk about reaffirming our children’s capacity for freedom during this time of racial unrest.In this episode, we dive into:-Racial disparities in adverse birth outcomes (6:53)-The history of racial disparities in childbirth among Black women (17:27)-Latham’s story of getting into birth work and what it means to have an advocate (27:30)-Why you should consider having a doula help you through your childbirth (30:38)-Why birth is really a meditative state and the importance of feeling safe during labor (32:12)-Latham’s early experience supporting women in birth (33:45)-What informed consent looks like and standing up for your rights in childbirth (44:10)-How to support the process of education and access for marginalized communities when it comes to doula trainings (52:15)-How Latham is helping her son navigate the world when it comes to the racial unrest and protests (1:02:58)-Where to learn more about Latham (1:12:59)For more on Latham Thomas, you can follow her on Instagram @glowmaven, on Facebook @lathamthomasglowmaven, on Twitter @glowmaven, and through her website here. You can find her book, Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen, here. Learn more about her Doula Training Program here.Also mentioned in this episode:-Op-ed in Cosmopolitan, America Was Already Failing Black Mothers. COVID-19 is Making It More Dangerous Than Ever-CDC report on racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy-related deaths-NPR article: Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving BirthFor 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/.
6/25/2020

#129: History In The Making: Are You a Participant or Bystander? with Rev. Michael Beckwith

Season 1, Ep. 129
Are you a participant or bystander? It’s a very important question at this time, because as we look around the world we see history is happening right in front of us. You have to ask yourself, are you participating in the unfolding of this history, are you bystanding, or are you getting in the way? This is our opportunity to overcome separation and division and step into our power as one.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Reverend Michael Beckwith, an author and Founder and Spiritual Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a trans-denominational community headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Reverend Beckwith is regarded for his teachings on the science of inner transformation which include vehicles like a practical approach to spirituality utilizing meditation, affirmative prayer, and Life Visioning, a process he originated.His teachings and the work that the Agape International Spiritual Center brings to the world, help people take the experience of inner peace and awakened awareness into their everyday lives. In 2012, Reverend Beckwith addressed the UN General Assembly during its annual World Interfaith Harmony Week. As co-founder and president of the Association for Global New Thought, he hosts conferences featuring harbingers of world peace including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.Three of his most recent books—Life Visioning, Spiritual Liberation, and TranscenDance Expanded are recipients of the prestigious Nautilus Award. Reverend Beckwith has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s SuperSoul Sunday, Dr. Oz, CNN, Larry King Live, Tavis Smiley, and in his own PBS Special, The Answer Is You.In this episode, Dhru and Reverend Beckwith talk about how we are in the ending of one world, and the beginning of the other, and what the possibility of this new world is. They discuss the true meaning of sacrifice, and what role it plays during these times. They also talk about what it means to participate in the unfolding of change that is happening in the world right now, and what we can do to make a difference.In this episode, we dive into:-The true meaning of the apocalypse (10:01)-Creating change for racial injustice (24:15)-What it’s like to live as a person of color in America (25:46)-How we create our own internal violence and harm (34:24)-How many of us have "perfected the practice of worry" which shapes our vision of the future (37:57)-The power of prayer (39:11)-Reverend Michael Beckwith’s moment of awakening (42:18)-What it really means to sacrifice something (53:58)-How we can maintain the momentum for change for racial injustice (1:01:45)-Where to learn more about Rev. Michael Beckwith (1:07:48)For more on Rev. Michael Beckwith, you can follow him on Instagram @michaelbbeckwith, on Facebook @michael.b.beckwith, on Twitter @drmichaelbb, and through his website here. Livestream Agape’s Sunday Services here, and watch the Lifting The Veil Series here. Download his app, Take Back Your Life, right here. Lastly, watch the sermons from Rev. Beckwith that Dhru mentioned in the episode here and here.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 of Broken Brain is brought to you by Thrive Market and Four Sigmatic.I know everyone is trying to stay healthy at home right now, so I wanted to share one of my favorite resources with you for getting healthy food delivered right to my doorstep—it’s Thrive Market. When it comes to what I eat I’m really intentional. It’s super important to me to know exactly what I’m buying so I always take a deep dive into ingredients and company practices before adding anything new to my kitchen.If you join Thrive Market today, you’ll get a $20 shopping credit when you place your first order. Any order over $49 ships free and since sustainability is a huge part of their mission statement it will be delivered with carbon-neutral shipping from one of their zero-waste warehouses. Just go to thrivemarket.com/brokenbrain, sign up, and start filling up your cart. You’ll see the credit automatically deducted at checkout.A new part of my morning ritual that I’ve really been loving is drinking Four Sigmatic’s Ground Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane and Chaga, instead of grabbing a regular cup of coffee. It gives me a ton of energy but also helps me feel calm and focused at the same time. I also find it’s way more gentle on my gut.All Four Sigmatic products are organic, vegan, and gluten-free. 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6/22/2020

#127: 7 Ancient Practices Proven to Rewire Your Brain for The Better with Dr. Rick Hanson

Season 1, Ep. 127
Throughout history, people have sought the heights of human potential—to become as wise and strong, happy and loving, as any person can ever be. And now, recent science is revealing how these remarkable ways of being are based on equally remarkable changes in our own nervous system, making them more attainable than ever before.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Rick Hanson, a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. Dr. Hanson is an expert on positive neuroplasticity, and his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He is also the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Hanson talk about how to rewire your brain using both ancient wisdom and modern neuroscience. They discuss the brain-changing effects of mindfulness and meditation practices. They also talk about how to be more present, less distracted, and how to have compassion for yourself and others.In this episode, we dive into:-The importance of establishing a mindfulness practice (2:31)-Mental time travel (10:11)-The nature versus nurture debate (18:24)-The seven fundamental ways of being (30:38)-How we can change the circuitry of our own brain (37:37)-Why negative inputs hijack of our brain (44:40)-How Dr. Hanson incorporates the seven fundamental practices into his life (46:32)-The importance of voting and claiming your power (55:10)-Where to learn more about Dr. Rick Hanson (56:56)For more on Dr. Rick Hanson, you can follow him on Instagram @rickhansonphd, Facebook @rickhansonphd, Twitter @drrhanson, and through his website here. Sign-up for his weekly newsletter here, and learn more about his online program Neurodharma here. You can find his latest book, Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of The Highest Happiness, right here.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) 200-5643or click herehttps://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.Interested in joining Dhru’sBroken Brain PodcastFacebook Community? Submit your request to join here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.
6/18/2020

#126: The Secret Formula to Creating New Habits That Stick with Dr. BJ Fogg

Season 1, Ep. 126
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? I think we’ve all been there. Creating new habits that stick can be daunting. However, with Dr. BJ Fogg’s secret formula, creating new and even tiny habits can not only be easy, but enjoyable and rewarding.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. BJ Fogg, a behavior scientist with deep experience in innovation and teaching. For the past 20 years at Stanford University, he has directed a research lab. Dr. Fogg also teaches his models and methods in graduate seminars. BJ has personally coached over 40,000 people in forming new habits, using his breakthrough method called “Tiny Habits.” His New York Times bestselling book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything, was published in early 2020 and is contracted to be published in over 25 languages.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Fogg discuss how BJ’s upbringing helped shape his interest in pursuing behavior change and influence. They talk about how one of the most crucial aspects of getting a new habit to stick is celebrating yourself, even though it feels awkward at first. And importantly, they talk about how to make big changes by first focusing on creating tiny habits.In this episode, we dive into:-Dr. Fogg's story growing up and how his early experiences shaped his views (4:14)-Where Dr. Fogg gained influence and interest in behavior changes (12:05)-The first time Dr. Fogg saw his research being used by businesses (17:34)-How he applied behavior change tactics, the Fogg Behavior Model, to himself (21:50)-Common misconceptions behind how to create a habit (25:45)-Three aspects of the Fogg Behavior Model (36:00)-An example for creating a habit using the Tiny Habit Model (37:52)-How the process for creating habits and stopping habits is different (48:32)-How to create new tiny habits (49:10)-How important celebrating yourself is (55:50)-How having high expectations can be holding us back and how to make big changes using the Tiny Habits Method (1:07:53)-Diving deeper into the different approach to stopping a behavior versus starting one (1:15:00)For more on Dr. BJ Fogg, you can follow him on Instagram @bjfogg, Twitter @bjfogg, and through his website here. To learn more about his book, Tiny Habits, click here.Interested in joining Dhru’sBroken Brain PodcastFacebook Community? Submit your request to join here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819627591487473/.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) 200-5643or click herehttps://my.community.com/dhrupurohit.