Dhru Purohit Podcast
How Magic Mushrooms Change The Brain, Help Us Heal from the Past, and Become Kinder, Happier Human Beings with Dr. Ellen Vora
Season 2, Ep. 176
This episode is brought to you by Mitopure, BiOptimizers, and InsideTracker.Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Dr. Ellen Vora to talk about the power of psychedelics in healing from traumatic experiences and unlocking deeper meaning and purpose in life. Dhru and Ellen talk about the difference between psychedelics and antidepressants and why psychedelics may be a safer option for long-term relief by getting to the actual root cause of the pain. They also discuss how race and culture play into our beliefs about humans and why everyone deserves a seat at the table to feel loved and accepted as they are.Dr. Ellen Vora is a board-certified psychiatrist, acupuncturist, yoga teacher, and author of The Anatomy of Anxiety. Dr. Vora received her BA from Yale University and her MD from Columbia University. She takes a Functional Medicine approach to mental health, considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Vora dive into: -Using psychedelics for treating depression (2:13)-The “chemical imbalance” theory and the pitfalls of prescription antidepressants (9:24)-How psychedelics can help broaden perspective and relieve anxiety (28:25)-Dr. Ellen Vora’s psychedelic experience with psilocybin (39:33)-How to prepare, interpret, and integrate lessons from ceremonies (48:08)-How psychedelics can help you access and release deep emotional pain (55:49)-Awakening to familiar patterns and unlearning them (1:05:24)-Looking at life through the lens of other cultures (1:19:51)-Approaching psychedelics with reverence and surrendering to the bigger picture (1:48:41)Also mentioned in this episode:-The Anatomy of AnxietyFor more on Dr. Ellen Vora, follow her on Instagram @ellenvoramd, Facebook @ellenvoramd, YouTube @ellenvoramd, or through her website, https://www.ellenvora.com.Mitopure is the first and only clinically tested pure form of a natural gut metabolite called urolithin A that clears damaged mitochondria away from our cells and supports the growth of new, healthy mitochondria. Head on over to https://www.timelinenutrition.com/dhru for 10% off.Magnesium Breakthrough really stands out from the other magnesium supplements out there. BiOptimizers is offering my community 10% off plus special gift with purchase, so just head over to https://www.magbreakthrough.com/dhru with code DHRU10.InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 20% off. Just go to https://www.insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount and try it out for yourself.
Psychedelics: Treating Addiction, Depression, and Anxiety with Dr. Roland Griffiths
Season 2, Ep. 175
This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker and Pendulum. Psychedelics were the subject of serious medical research from the 1940s through the 1960s, when many scientists believed some of the mind-bending compounds held tremendous therapeutic promise for treating a number of conditions, including severe mental health problems and alcohol addiction. But by the mid-1960s, research into psychedelics was shut down, a policy that would last for decades.After the blackout ended, the doctor we have on the podcast today was among the first to initiate a new series of studies on psilocybin—the psychoactive compound in “magic” mushrooms.Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Dr. Roland Griffiths, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Griffiths has conducted extensive research with sedative-hypnotics, caffeine, and novel mood-altering drugs. In 1999, he initiated a research program at Johns Hopkins investigating the effects of the classic hallucinogen psilocybin. The program includes studies of psilocybin-facilitated treatment of psychological distress in cancer patients and cigarette-smoking cessation as well as the compound’s effects in beginning and long-term meditators and religious leaders.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Griffiths discuss his research on psilocybin in the treatment of psychological distress in cancer patients and cigarette-smoking cessation. They discuss the connection between psilocybin, spirituality, and consciousness and their potential for treating conditions ranging from drug and alcohol dependence to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Griffiths dive into:-The connection between psychedelics, spirituality, and consciousness (3:30)-The history of psychedelic research (12:32)-The reintroduction of psychedelic research by Dr. Roland Griffiths and others (16:31)-Why research participants rated their psychedelic experience as one of their most meaningful (20:57)-What is happening in the brain when using psychedelics (27:39)-How psychedelics can help us understand altered states of consciousness (33:13)-The therapeutic benefits of psilocybin for the treatment of addiction (44:20)-How a single dose of psilocybin substantially diminished depression and anxiety in cancer patients (48:56)-The future of psychedelics (52:11)-The downside and risks of psychedelics (1:00:18)-Learn more about Dr. Roland Griffiths and his work (1:04:28)For more on Dr. Roland Griffiths and his research on psychedelics, check out his website https://www.hopkinspsychedelic.org.InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 20% off. Just go to https://www.insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount and try it out for yourself.Pendulum is the first company to figure out how to harness the amazing benefits of Akkermansia in a probiotic capsule. To receive 20% off your first purchase of Pendulum’s Akkermansia probiotic supplement, go to https://www.Pendulumlife.com and use code DHRU20.
Whistleblower Exposes the Dirty Tactic that Coca-Cola Used to Rig the System and Keep Vulnerable Populations Unhealthy with Calley Means
Season 2, Ep. 174
This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker, Joovv, and Beekeeper’s Naturals.Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Calley Means to discuss his viral Tweet stating that he “saw inside the room” of Coca-Cola’s tactics to ensure sugar-sweetened beverage taxes failed and that soda was permitted in government-funded nutrition programs. Calley and Dhru talk about why diet and nutrition guidelines are a bipartisan issue that deserves equal attention from the left and the right. Calley Means is the founder of TrueMed, a company that enables Americans to buy exercise equipment and healthy food with FSA/HSA dollars. He is also the coauthor (with his sister, Dr. Casey Means) of an upcoming book on food as medicine. Earlier in his career, he was a consultant for food and pharma companies and is now exposing the practices they use to weaponize our institutions of trust. He is a graduate of Stanford and Harvard Business School. In this episode, Dhru and Calley dive into:-Calley Mean’s viral tweet about the soda industry’s hidden agenda (2:35)-The biggest lie we’re taught is that health and nutrition need to be complicated (14:40)-How processed food and nutrition play into mental illness (19:23)-Calley’s message for policy change is non-tribal and bipartisan (30:03)-Controversies around Ozempic, the “miracle weight-loss drug” (35:30)-How we’ve lost our way when it comes to diet and health care (45:00)-Doctors aren’t incentivized to help people get healthy (50:11)-Calley’s mom’s abrupt cancer diagnosis and how it changed his views on diet, nutrition, and cancer treatment in medicine (58:30)-The tipping point that inspired Calley to pursue a career that educates and empowers people to make good health choices (1:10:38)-How Calley plans to incentivize health and his company, True Medicine (1:17:24)Also mentioned in this episode:-https://www.truemedicine.care-Sign up for Calley’s daily newsletter here. For more on Calley Means, follow him on Instagram @calleymeans and Twitter @calleymeans. InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 20% off. Just go to https://www.insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount and try it out for yourself.Enhance your health with red and infrared LED light therapy with Joovv. Right now, Joovv is offering an exclusive offer on your first order. Head over to https://www.Joovv.com/dhru and apply my code DHRU.Right now, Beekeeper’s Naturals is giving my community an exclusive offer. Just go to https://www.beekeepersnaturals.com/dhru and enter code “DHRU25” to get 25% off your first order.
Is Mold the Surprising Toxin That's Impacting Your Child's Health? With Dr. Pejman Katiraei
Season 2, Ep. 173
This episode is brought to you by ButcherBox and WHOOP. Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Dr. Pejman Katiraei to talk about the link between mold toxicity and unexplained health challenges in children. Dr. Katiraei has helped parents find radical relief for their children’s gut, immune, and behavioral problems after identifying and removing the sources of mold in their lives. Dr. Pejman Katiraei is a board-certified pediatrician who is also boarded and fellowship trained in integrative medicine. He completed his undergraduate at UCLA and obtained his osteopathic medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences. He completed a pediatric residency at Loma Linda University, where he stayed on as a teaching faculty member for over four years. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Katiraei dive into:-Dr. Katiraei’s discovery of the role mold toxicity plays in children's illnesses (0:00)-Case examples of mold toxicity in children (5:05)-What mold exposure does to the body (13:07)-Mold toxicity as a cause of PANDAS, behavioral, and gut imbalances (28:21)-Symptoms of mold toxicity in parents (51:39)-The challenges of mold in the home, inspection, and testing (1:14:10)-Dr. Katiraei’s online community and database, Wholistic Minds (1:44:18)-Nutrition and supplemental support for mold detoxification (1:51:30)For more on Dr. Katiraei’s online community and database, Wholistic Minds, follow them on Instagram @wholisticminds, and Facebook @Wholistic Minds, or through his website, https://www.wholistickids.comAlso mentioned in this episode:-Deaths related to mold exposure at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital -The International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness (ISEA)-ERMI Mold Test by EnviroBiomics, Inc. -@moldfinders Instagram-History of how hand-washing became a part of medical careButcherBox has a variety of different boxes, and you can choose your box and frequency. For a limited time, you can sign up today and get two pounds of ground beef free for a whole year PLUS $20 off by going to https://www.butcherbox.com/dhru.WHOOP is a personalized digital fitness tracker and health coaching platform that monitors your physiology 24/7 and provides personalized recommendations based on what your body needs. To get yours, go to https://www.join.whoop.com and get 15% off your membership with code DHRU15.
Answering Your Top Questions on Fasting, Snacking, Longevity, Alcohol and Caffeine with Cynthia Thurlow
Season 2, Ep. 172
This episode is brought to you by Cozy Earth and InsideTracker. Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Cynthia Thurlow to answer all your questions regarding hormonal health and how middle-aged women can tailor their diet and lifestyle to feel empowered and set themselves up for optimal health.Cynthia Thurlow is a nurse practitioner, CEO and founder of the Everyday Wellness Project, and international speaker, with over 13 million views for her second TEDx talk (“Intermittent Fasting: Transformational Technique”). With over 20 years of experience in health and wellness, Cynthia is a globally recognized expert in intermittent fasting and nutritional health and has been featured on ABC, FOX5, KTLA, CW, Medium, Entrepreneur, and The Megyn Kelly Show.In this episode, Dhru and Cynthia dive into:-The macronutrient goals Cynthia hits in a day (2:16)-If working out in a fasted state is beneficial for most women (5:58)-Signs that you’ve overextended yourself or are out of balance (21:24)-How Cynthia prioritizes sleep (24:13)-Bioidentical hormone therapy and how to know if it’s right for you (27:35)-Understanding your relationship with snacking and if you really need to do it (38:58)-How dehydration might be causing your fatigue (45:08)-Cynthia’s take on alcohol (57:21)-Cynthia and Dhru’s thoughts on caffeine and when it’s time to take a break (1:12:12)-Getting enough protein on a plant-based diet (1:26:43)-The research on supplementing with melatonin (1:30:03)Also mentioned in this episode:-Try This: Why You Need a Coffee Break and How to Do It-Why Women Are More Likely To Develop Alzheimer’s and How to Prevent It with Dr. Lisa Mosconi-Cynthia’s Podcast, The Intermittent Fasting Podcast-Cynthia's free Facebook Group: Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle/Cynthia ThurlowFor more on Cynthia Thurlow, follow her on Instagram @cynthia_thurlow_ and through her website, https://www.cynthiathurlow.com. Get her book, Intermittent Fasting Transformation here. Cozy Earth has the most comfortable, temperature-regulating, and nontoxic sheets on the market. Right now, get 40% off your Cozy Earth sheets. Just head over to https://www.cozyearth.com and use code DHRU.InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 20% off. Just go to https://www.insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount and try it out for yourself.
The Power of Changing Your Mind and Why We Need Strong Relationships to Make Us Happier, Healthier, and More Resilient
Season 2, Ep. 171
This episode is brought to you by BiOptimizers and InsideTracker. Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru welcomes his Man Morning group back for a third episode. This time Dhru sits down with Antonio Neves, Mark Lebowitz, and Adam Cobb to talk about the life-changing force of community and how investing time, effort, and energy into your friendships can bring newfound joy and perspective into your career, marriage, and other relationships. Antonio Neves is an entrepreneur, award-winning journalist, and world-renowned speaker known for helping people get unstuck and confidently make their next move. He is the bestselling author of Stop Living on Autopilot, the founder of the Man Morning newsletter, and host of The Antonio Neves Show podcast.Mark Leibowitz is a director and photographer whose work has been commissioned by advertisers, brands, studios, and other media outlets worldwide. His commissions range from high-end visuals for studios and brands to campaigns of cultural movers and shakers.Adam Cobb is a performance coach, speaker, nutritionist, and movement and mindset coach. Adam is on a mission to share his vision of living life as if you have an extra day, a mindset he calls “8 Days A Week,” through the art of moving well, eating well, and thinking well daily. In this episode, they dive into:-Examples of how Dhru and the guys have embraced other people’s opinions and perspectives (4:00) -How we can learn from the people we disagree with (12:28)-What Man Morning is and how it changed the guys' lives (20:32)-Why it’s important to check in on your “strong” friends (27:05)-How to maintain a community of friends throughout life (54:12)-How the guys optimize joy in their lives (1:09:01)Also mentioned in this episode:-Sign up for the Man Morning newsletter here -Instagram clip on men neglecting friendships when they get into a serious relationship-Quote from Esther Perel Magnesium Breakthrough really stands out from the other magnesium supplements out there. BiOptimizers is offering my community 10% off plus a special gift with purchase. Just head over to https://www.magbreakthrough.com/dhru with code DHRU10.InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 20% off. Just go to https://www.insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount and try it out for yourself.
The Mind Blowing Science of Hypnotherapy and its Ability to Heal Chronic Pain, Reduce Stress and Improve Sleep Quality with Dr. David Spiegel
Season 2, Ep. 170
This episode is brought to you by Cozy Earth and ButcherBoxToday on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Dr. David Spiegel, a psychiatrist with more than 40 years of clinical and research experience with hypnosis and psychotherapy. Dhru and Dr. Spiegel discuss the many misconceptions about hypnotherapy and how it can be used as a tool to gain control over the mind and body to help people overcome trauma, heal from disease, and rewire the neurocircuitry of their brains to align with their goals and ambitions. Dr. Spiegel is a professor and the Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition, he directs the Center on Stress and Health at Stanford, where he is also the Medical Director of its Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Spiegel has been a pioneer in integrating the principles of psychiatry with hypnosis and applying them to cancer therapies, chronic stress, pain control, trauma, and sleep disorders. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Spiegel dive into:-The categories of life that hypnosis can help improve (2:22)-A summary of what hypnosis is and what it isn’t (10:32)-What’s happening in the brain when it undergoes a state of hypnosis (24:27)-The history of hypnosis and how it plays into our evolution (35:10)-Common examples of how we tap into the power of hypnosis (39:59)-What makes some people more hypnotizable than others (49:00)-How Dr. Spiegel has used hypnosis to benefit his own life (1:00:45)-The difference between hypnosis and meditation (1:04:21)-Some of the limitations of hypnosis (1:24:42)-Using hypnotherapy to help you pursue a goal or dream (1:34:08)-Other areas where people have benefited from hypnotherapy (1:37:24)Also mentioned in this episode:-Dr. Spiegel’s app, Reveri-Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis -American Society of Clinical Hypnosis-Division 30: Society of Psychological Hypnosis-Psychology Today’s Find a Hypnotherapist databaseFor more on Dr. David Spiegel’s app, Reveri, check it out on Instagram @reveri and Facebook @tryreveri or head on over to reveri.com. Cozy Earth are the most comfortable, temperature-regulating, and nontoxic bed sheets on the market. Right now, get 40% off your Cozy Earth sheets. Just head over to https://www.cozyearth.com and use code DHRU.ButcherBox has a variety of different boxes, and you can choose your box and frequency. For a limited time, you can sign up today and get two pounds of ground beef free for a whole year PLUS $20 off by going to https://www.butcherbox.com/dhru
What Women Need to Know About Fasting and How to Do It Correctly with Dr. Mindy Pelz
Season 2, Ep. 169
This episode is brought to you by Birch Mattress by Helix and InsideTracker.Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with holistic health expert, and one of the world’s leading experts on fasting, Dr. Mindy Pelz to talk about the benefits of fasting and how women, in particular, can cultivate a fasting routine in a way that honors their hormones. Dr. Mindy is the author of three bestselling books—The Menopause Reset, The Reset Factor, and The Reset Kitchen—and her members-only Facebook group, The Resetter Collaborative, includes over 50,000 active members who regularly participate in Dr. Mindy’s exclusive monthly “Fast Training Week” programs. Her newest book, Fast Like A Girl, is a definitive guide for women everywhere to harness the benefits of fasting while making sure they are supporting and caring for their hormones throughout the different stages of their cycle and throughout perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Mindy dive into: -Top misconceptions around fasting as a tool for women (3:25)-The impact of estrogen and progesterone on fasting (6:40)-Why women should approach fasting differently than men (14:21)-How rising progesterone levels impact fasting leading up to menstruation (20:28)-The impact of perimenopause and menopause on fasting protocols (23:54)-Why it’s important for women to personalize fasting (30:19)-The benefits you can get from fasting beyond losing weight (42:40)-The “do’s” of a prolonged fasting window (52:46)-The “don’ts” of prolonged fasting (1:05:07)-How to properly break a fast (1:10:06)-A few testimonials from Dr. Mindy’s clients (1:15:01)Also mentioned in this episode:-Dr. Mindy Pelz's YouTube channel-Dr. Mindy’s podcast, The Resetter Podcast-Dr. Mindy’s Facebook group, The Resetter CollaborativeFor more on Dr. Mindy Pelz, follow her on Instagram @dr.mindypelz, Facebook @drmindypelz, and YouTube @DrMindyPelz. Get her new book, Fast Like A Girl, here. InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 20% off. Just go to https://www.insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount and try it out for yourself.Birch Mattress by Helix is made from organic latex, organic cotton, New Zealand wool, and American steel springs. To get $200 off your Birch Living mattress plus two free Eco-Rest Pillows, head over to https://www.birchliving.com/dhru today.
The Silent Killer of Life Expectancy with Dr. Elissa Epel
Season 2, Ep. 168
This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker and Birch mattress by Helix.Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Dr. Elissa Epel to discuss how we can break free from the bonds of chronic stress. They share practical strategies for coping with stress when things go wrong, the importance of social support, spending time in nature, and cultivating true, restorative practices. Dr. Epel is an internationally renowned health psychologist who focuses on how to live well and thrive with existential stress, despite the challenges we face personally and globally. She is a professor at UCSF and the director of UCSF’s Aging, Metabolism, and Emotion Center. She is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Telomere Effect, which has been translated into 30 languages.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Epel dive into:- What happens when chronic stress is pervasive in our lives (0:07)- Why having the goal of an anxiety-free life is not practical (6:32)- Reframing your mindset when things go wrong in life (19:10)- The mental blocks that get in the way of understanding that things are going to go wrong (22:02)- Identifying and becoming aware of your personal cues for stress (26:42)- Practical ways to step into creating purpose for yourself (32:40)- The top practices that can help you reset when you’re feeling stressed(39:08)- Using walks in nature to connect and check in with ourselves (54:15)- The difference between “relaxing” and “restorative” (1:00:30)- Why the media can be an unforeseen source of stress in our lives (1:05:29)Also mentioned in this episode:-New York Times article, How Loneliness Is Damaging Our Health-The Roseto effect: a 50-year comparison of mortality rates-Dr. Epel’s new book, The Stress PrescriptionFor more on Dr. Elissa Epel, follow her on Instagram @elissa.epel, Facebook @TelomereEffect, and Twitter @Dr_Epel. Get her new book, The Stress Prescription, here. InsideTracker provides detailed nutrition and lifestyle guidance based on your individual needs. Right now, they’re offering my podcast community 20% off. Just go to https://www.insidetracker.com/DHRU to get your discount and try it out for yourself.Birch mattress by Helix is made out of organic latex, organic cotton, New Zealand wool, and American steel springs. To get $200 off your Birch Living mattress plus two free eco-rest pillows, head over to https://www.birchliving.com/dhru today.