Broken Brain with Dhru Purohit


#118: The Podcast Your Excuses Don't Want You To Listen To with Bassam Tarazi

Season 1, Ep. 118

The exact same situation often prompts very different reactions from different people. Bassam Tarazi outlines a range of personas and reactions in his Redefining Optimism Chart:

Though this is a spectrum and people can have mixed reactions, one scenario (the Realistic Optimist) experiences the greatest growth. They take a situation, don’t judge it as “good” or “bad,” and figure out how to use it to fuel their personal development. I like to think that I fit really well into this category (but only after years and years of work!)

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Bassam Tarazi. Bassam is the author of In 5 Years You'll Be Wrong, Borders, Bandits, And Baby Wipes and my personal favorite, The Accountability Effect. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded The Nomading Film Festival and The Ignition Lab. A wanderer at heart, he's also traveled to 73 countries and all 7 continents, having had such absurd experiences as getting to Everest Base Camp and the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, convincing Fidel Castro to sign his passport, living on an Alaskan glacier for 8 days, and being hunted by a pig-tailed macaque in the jungles of Borneo. 

In this episode, Dhru and Bassam talk about the importance of accountability, and how important it is for completing big goals and dreams. They discuss anchor friends and how to have open communication about your (and their) needs. They talk about how to live a fulfilled life and be the person you want to be. And they challenge you not to attempt to change the world, but to change the moment.

In this episode, we dive into:

-Why "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is not the right question to be asking (2:57)

-What the “accountability effect” is (7:40)

-Bassam shares a personal story about privilege (11:08)

-How to help change the moment (20:08)

-Bassam's Eulogy Exercise (23:15)

-Redefining optimism essay discussion (26:59)

-A time when Bassam struggled to step into accountability (34:27)

-How hiding can be the opposite of accountability (37:22)

-Outside resources that helped steer Bassam to accountability (40:42)

-How important anchor friends are (43:19)

-Why it's so important to have open (sometimes tough) communication with our closest tribe (50:23)

-How to get from hope to action (58:10)

-More about The Accountability Effect book (1:05:28)

-More info on Bassam's other books (1:08:33)


For more on Bassam, you can follow him on Instagram @bassamtarazi, on Twitter @BassamTarazi, on Facebook @bassam.tarazi, and through his website here. To access his free ebook, The Accountability Effect, click here.

To check out Bassam’s free resource: "ChangeX" assessment, go here

Also mentioned in this podcast are Bassam’s other books: In 5 Years You'll Be Wrong and Borders, Bandits, And Baby Wipes, His TedX talk, the book, Poke the Box by Seth Godin, and author Steven Pressfield

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#159: The Science of Yoga with Eddie Stern

Season 1, Ep. 159
Yoga, in its original form, was created as a science for liberation. In modern times, it is used by many for improving physical and mental health, helping us become more productive at work, more caring in relationships, and more responsible contributors to society and inhabitants of this planet. If yoga does accomplish all that—and many practitioners have experienced this to be true in their own lives—how exactly does yoga do it? How does yoga work?On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Eddie Stern, a yoga teacher, author, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his multidisciplinary approach to furthering education and access to yoga, as well as his teaching expertise in Ashtanga Yoga. He most recently created The Breathing App, which guides the user in a paced breathing exercise that balances the nervous system, improves sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety. His book, One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life was just released.In this episode, Dhru and Eddie talk about what makes yoga such an effective practice from a neurophysiological perspective, and how transcendence is wired into our biology. They talk about the mechanics beneath the surface of our bodies and how we can consciously use yogic practices to direct and change our lives in positive ways. They also discuss how what we do—from postures to meditation, from breathing techniques to chanting and to ethical practices—affects who we become, and how a steady routine of activities and attitudes can transform our bodies, our brain functions, our emotions, and our experience of life.In this episode, we dive into:-Why Eddie left his job and went to India to study yoga (3:31)-How Eddie met his yoga teacher and the lessons he learned (11:23)-Scientific studies to support the benefits of yoga (17:17)-What yoga is doing on a neurophysiological level (22:35)-The Polyvagal Theory and how the vagus nerve affects our brain chemistry (23:28)-Neural exercises and how they promote self-regulation, resilience, and social connectedness (29:54)-The purpose of yoga (44:56)-The connection between consciousness and our biology (62:51)-The Yoga and Science Conference (79:28)-The Breathing App and resonance breathing (86:34)-Learn more about Eddie and his work (96:12)For more on Eddie Stern, be sure to follow him on Instagram @eddiestern. Check out his website, and learn about The Breathing App, here. You can find his new book, One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life, right here. Lastly, learn more about the Yoga and Science Conference, and the Urban Yogis Program he co-created with Deepak Chopra and Erica Ford 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 in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Bioptimizers.My new favorite magnesium is from a company called Bioptimizers—their Magnesium Breakthrough formula contains 7 different forms which all have different functions in the body. There is truly nothing like it on the market. Right now you can try Bioptimizers Magnesium Breakthrough for 10% off, just go to and use the code BRAIN10 at checkout.

The Secret Formula for Making Habits Stick (Minisode #14)

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? Changing an old habit or creating a new one can be challenging, but when we use science to understand the secrets to lasting behavior change, it’s clear there are ways to overcome the struggle and get the results we want.In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee and Dr. BJ Fogg about the secret formula for creating new habits that stick, and how it can not only be easy, but enjoyable and rewarding.Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is regarded as one of the most influential medical doctors in the UK and hosts the most listened to health podcast in the UK and Europe, ‘Feel Better, Live More’. His first three books have all been #1 Sunday Times best sellers and his latest book, Feel Better in 5, shows people how to transform their health in just 5 minutes. It has been a smash hit in the UK, selling almost 100,000 copies in just 7 months, and has just been published in the United States. Professor BJ Fogg, the world’s leading expert in human behavior, calls this book, ‘one of the best habit change programs he has seen—deceptively simple but remarkably effective.’ Dr. Chatterjee regularly appears on BBC News and Television and has been featured in numerous international publications including The New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian, and Vogue, and his TED talk, How To Make Disease Disappear, has been viewed almost 3 million times.Dr. BJ Fogg is a Behavior Scientist at Stanford University and has focused his research on what he calls “persuasive technology.” He’s the founder of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University and teaches industry innovators how human behavior really works, so they can create products to help people be healthier and happier. He’s culminated his life’s work and teaching into his first book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything, which became a New York Times best seller.Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee here: Dhru’s full-length conversation with Dr. BJ Fogg here: 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 in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: 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

#158: This Miracle Molecule will Supercharge Your Health with Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Louis Ignarro

Season 1, Ep. 158
It was only a few decades ago that people started paying attention to nitric oxide. Named molecule of the year in 1992, it previously had been a pretty undervalued aspect of human health. Several years later, in 1998, three scientists were given a Nobel Prize for their discovery that nitric oxide is a key molecule in the cardiovascular system that helps keep blood vessels healthy and regulates blood pressure. We now know that nitric oxide can boost health in even more ways.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Louis Ignarro, a medical research scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his breakthrough discovery of Nitric Oxide (NO), and how it positively impacts health and longevity. His groundbreaking research on nitric oxide paved the way for—among other innovations—Viagra. Nitric oxide is currently being utilized all over by hospitals and universities as possible treatment for COVID-19. He is an award-winning Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has his PhD in Pharmacology with over 35 years of experience teaching.Dr. Ignarro is a widely sought-after international speaker on nitric oxide, cardiovascular health, and the importance of nitric oxide to a healthy lifestyle. Based on his scientific work, Dr. Ignarro started a biotech company that focuses on the development of nutritional supplements designed to boost the body’s production of nitric oxide.In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Ignarro talk about how important nitric oxide is to our overall health, and how it impacts our cardiovascular health, brain health, immune system, and nervous system. They discuss the problem with not having adequate levels of nitric oxide in the body, and how to naturally boost your production of it. They also talk about how nitric oxide is currently being used as an intervention in clinical trials to treat COVID-19.In this episode, we dive into:-Why nitric oxide is so fundamentally connected to our health (6:26)-How the body creates nitric oxide (12:48)-The problem with not having adequate levels of nitric oxide in the body (14:45)-The impact of nitric oxide on the brain (16:32)-Why breathing through your nose is so important to overall health (18:26)-One of the first indicators you may be suffering from inadequate levels of nitric oxide (24:10)-How Viagra was discovered (25:38)-The impact of salt and sugar on nitric oxide production (30:53)-Nitric oxide as a treatment for COVID-19 (34:50)-Why you shouldn’t use mouthwash (40:54)-Exercise and nitric oxide production (59:52)For more on Dr. Ignarro, you can follow him on Instagram @dr.louisignarro, on Facebook @drignarro, on Twitter @drignarro, and through his website mentioned in this episode:-Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor - 15 with Dr. Steven Lin: The Importance of Dental Care in Whole Body Health - 62 with Dr. Mark Burhenne: The Secret to Better Sleep? Stop Doing This One Thing - 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 in joining Dhru’s Broken Brain Podcast Facebook Community? Submit your request to join here: episode of Broken Brain is brought to you by Thrive Market.Right now, Thrive is offering all my listeners an amazing deal - When you sign up for a new membership, you will receive a free gift. And, any time you spend more than $49, you’ll get free carbon-neutral shipping from one of their zero-waste warehouses.Thrive Market makes it so easy to stay stocked with healthy ingredients so you can make the best salads in your own kitchen. Just go to, sign up, and start filling up your cart - you’ll see the credit automatically deducted at checkout.