Episode 30

The Power of Community, Connection, and Ritual

With Dr. Michelle Peris

Our world is slowly becoming a lonelier place. Social isolation is on the rise and more people are reporting in surveys that they have fewer meaningful relationships. And yet we know how important community is to both our physical health and mental health. But how do we create it?

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, host Dhru Purohit interviews Dr. Michelle Peris about the power of community and ritual, and how we can create more connection in our world to improve our overall health.

Dr. Michelle Peris is the founder of The Poppy Clinic based in Toronto and the creator of Rebel Tribe, a community-based health initiative designed to bring more connection into the lives of women.

Dhru and Dr. Peris cover a bunch of topics including the impact that community, and the lack of it, has on our brain, the root factors taking place today that are driving disconnection, and how purposeful friendships can dramatically improve our health.

I know you’ll love all the amazing information in this episode of The Broken Brain Podcast as much as I did.

Studies Referenced:

General Social Survey

Obesity and Social Network

Isolation and Flu Recovery

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. Dr. Peris’s origin story
  2. How our brains are wired for connection
  3. Why community is so important for our health
  4. Dr. Peris explains how lack of community impacts her patient’s health
  5. What are the root issues that are driving us to become more isolated today?
  6. Dr. Peris talks about the importance of rituals in our modern society and the inspiration we can take from her Rebel Tribe
  7. What are practical tips on building community and connection?
  8. A few examples of how community has helped Dr. Peris’s patients
  9. How Dr. Peris helps women better understand their health and the unique challenges they go through
  10. Addressing the toxic nature of unnecessary guilt and its impact on women’s health
  11. How our friends can help us in our healing journey
  12. Dr. Peris talks about honoring the natural cycles that women go through
  13. Where to find Dr. Peris and learn more about her work


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads. His interviews focus on the inner workings of the brain and the body and feature the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.

Dhru Purohit is also a serial entrepreneur and investor in the health and wellness industry.

Dr. Michelle Peris

Dr. Michelle Peris is a naturopathic doctor (ND), community builder, speaker, women’s empowerment advocate and mother.

Dr. Peris is the clinic director of The Poppy Clinic, a integrative medical clinic based in Toronto, Canada. Michelle is also the creator of the popular community health initiative, Rebel Tribe.

Dr. Peris a private practice in the city of Oakville, while also dedicating her time on cultivating a community health programs aimed at health education and women’s empowerment. She believes that connection is essential for optimal health and living a vibrant life. She is passionate about helping women of all ages and life stages how to listen to their bodies and tune into the wisdom inside, helping them create a life that feels good to live, with energy and passion that had been long forgotten.

As an ND, Dr. Peris is immensely passionate about helping women (and their families) become their own best health advocate and believes that empowered, health conscious individuals can achieve a superior quality of life. Michelle graduated from both the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) as well as the University of Calgary.

As a clinician, Dr. Peris focus is on women and children, hormone health, and digestion. She is the proud creator of Dr. Mom ND, an online resource for health conscious moms and their natural babies.

When Michelle is not working through health concerns with her patients, you’ll find her sipping bulletproof coffee, hanging out with her tribe which includes her super cool husband, playing with her two young kids, or staying up entirely too late with her husband and a few goofy pets.

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