Broken Brain with Dhru Purohit


Why Meditation is Not About Stopping Your Thoughts (Minisode #4)

If there was something you could do everyday to boost your focus and productivity, feel energized, reduce stress, sleep better, maintain a positive outlook, and support whole-body health, wouldn’t you do it?

In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Megan Monahan, Emily Fletcher, and Light Watkins about the common myths around meditation, the science of meditation and how it impacts the brain, and how to bring meditation into your life in a practical and tangible way. 

Megan Monahan is a meditation teacher and author and is passionate about making meditation accessible and relatable. Her goal is to infuse a modern-day “realness” into the all too often esoteric landscape of meditation. Since learning to meditate in 2009 with Deepak Chopra and becoming a Chopra Certified instructor, she has taught thousands to meditate through her platform. She works with corporate brands like Lululemon, Chopra Global, Unplug Meditation, and Wanderlust while working privately with personal and corporate clients internationally, always bringing her spiritual real talk. Her first book, Don't Hate, Meditate, was published this past June.

Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva Meditation, the creator of The Ziva Technique, and regarded as a leading expert in meditation for high performance. The Ziva Technique is a powerful trifecta of mindfulness, meditation, and manifesting designed to unlock your full potential. It’s benefits include decreased stress, deeper sleep, improved immune function, increased productivity, and extraordinary performance. Emily is also the author of, Stress Less, Accomplish More.

Light Watkins is a former Gap fashion model and began attending yoga classes and meditation circles in between castings in New York City. Since 1998, Light has been active in the wellness space, first as a practitioner, and later as an apprentice to his Vedic Meditation teacher, and finally in 2007 as a meditation teacher himself. He now travels the world giving talks on happiness, mindfulness, inspiration, and meditation. Light’s most recent book, Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying was released in 2018. He writes articles on meditation and happiness, leads sold-out meditation trainings and retreats, and produces The Shine—a global pop-up inspirational variety show with a mission to inspire. Light also sends out a popular daily inspirational email each morning called The Daily Dose of Inspiration.

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#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 and mentioned in this episode:-Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer DVD - Use code: breast30wellness to receive 30% off.-Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests - Journal of Physiology: Acute High Intensity Interval Exercise Reduces Colon Cancer Cell Growth - 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

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, 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, 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: Dhru’s full-length conversation with Chris Kresser 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: