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. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Anahad O’Connor, a bestselling author and reporter for The New York Times. He joined the paper in 2003 and writes for Science Times – the paper’s weekly science and health section – and the Well blog. 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 graduate of Yale University and is a frequent guest on national news programs, such as PBS NewsHour, Good Morning America, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He is also the author of four books.
Breast implant illness is an issue that many doctors and surgeons simply don’t believe in. However, there are many ways in which breast implants can create dysfunction and disease in the body, leading to a wide range of devastating symptoms. Biofilms, compromised implant materials, and immune reactions are just some of the reasons women with breast implants can get sick. There are even studies showing an increased risk for various types of cancer in women with breast implants, as well as new FDA warnings coming to the surface. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to his good friend Sarah Anne Stewart, her doctor Suzanne Kim, and her plastic surgeon Dr. Lisa Cassileth. In this episode, Dhru and his guests dive into an important health topic that is not being talked about enough: breast implant illness. They discuss Sarah’s experience with breast implant illness, and why it’s commonly misdiagnosed. They talk about the risks associated with breast implants, who might be genetically predisposed to breast implant illness, and the role detoxification plays in our overall health.
Most of us assume that aging means living with declining health, including prescription drugs, disease, and chronic pain. While we may be living longer, we’re not living better, so how do we solve the paradox of wanting to live to a ripe old age, but enjoy the benefits of youth? The “diseases of aging” we most fear are not simply a function of age; rather, they are a byproduct of lifestyle choices over decades. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dr. Steven Gundry, a renowned heart surgeon, celebrity doctor, and medical researcher. Dr. Gundry is the leading expert on the lectin-free diet as the key to reversing disease and boosting longevity. He is the author of three New York Times best selling books: Diet Evolution, The Plant Paradox, The Plant Paradox Cookbook, The Plant Paradox 30, and his newest release, The Longevity Paradox: How To Die Young at a Ripe Old Age.
More than 35 million Americans suffer from Hashimoto’s—the country’s fastest-growing autoimmune disease, which affects the thyroid gland and causes the body to attack its own cells. Symptoms can include weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, persistent pain, chronic cough, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, and brain fog. And many individuals who suffer the symptoms of this debilitating disease may not even be aware that they have it. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP, an internationally acclaimed thyroid specialist and licensed pharmacist who has dedicated her career to addressing the root causes of autoimmune thyroid disease after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in 2009. Dr. Wentz is the author of two New York Times best selling books Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause and Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back. She recently released her third book, Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology.
Do you ever feel that you spend way too much time on your phone or social media or comparing yourself to others? Many people use social media as a way to connect to one another, but increased use is actually associated with increases in perceived loneliness and social isolation. We want meaningful connections with other people, but we’re not really building them. Technology and media aren’t the problem—it's how we use them, or how we let them use us. On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Dallas Hartwig, co-founder of the Whole30 program and co-author of two New York Times best selling books, It starts with Food and The Whole30. His newest program, More Social Less Media, helps people change their relationship with technology and media in order to connect with real life.
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.
Why do we hold back from pursuing what matters most? Why do we listen to the voice inside our head that tells us we're not good enough, smart enough, or talented enough? How can we move beyond the fear and doubt that prevents us from creating a life that reflects who we truly are? On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Amber Rae, an author, artist, and speaker whose work invites you to live your truth, befriend your emotions, and express your gifts. She has been called a “Millennial Motivator” by Fortune and “The Brené Brown of Wonder” by Mind Body Green. She is the New York Times best selling author of Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential.
In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Doty talk about how compassion and social connection have a powerful effect on our health, happiness, and wellbeing. They discuss inspiring teachings to help us master four central techniques: relaxing the body to become present and honor our highest values, training the brain through meditation and mindfulness, opening the heart to foster true connection, and clarifying our intentions as we navigate the journey of our lives. Dr. James R. Doty is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, and the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He is also the New York Times best selling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.
On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Emily Fletcher, the founder of Ziva Meditation and creator of The Ziva Technique. She’s been named one of the top 100 women in wellness to watch, has taught more than 15,000 students around the world, and has spoken on meditation for performance at Google, Harvard Business School, Viacom, and Wanderlust. Ziva graduates include Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award winners, NBA players, Navy SEALs, Fortune 500 CEOs, busy parents, and social entrepreneurs. Her debut book, Stress Less, Accomplish More, was just released by HarperCollins.
On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Vani Hari, a food activist, New York Times best-selling author of The Food Babe Way, and co-founder of Truvani. Through corporate activism, petitions, and social media campaigns, Hari and her Food Babe Army have become one of the most powerful populist forces in the health and food industries. In this podcast, we talk about the deception by the food industry, scientists, and the media designed to manipulate us, suppress the truth, and ignore the unnecessary harm in our food supply. We also talk about action steps we can take now to be our own food advocate, and three simple questions we can ask ourselves before every meal to transform our health.