Episodes

Episode 27: Health Insurance?

Health Insurance?

1 in 3 GoFundMe campaigns today are for covering medical bills. It’s also been noted that even in countries where there are both public and private health plans, the majority of those who can afford it still opt not to subscribe. Could it be a lack of faith in the system? We sent a note to a few friends in five countries across the continent for their thoughts on this, and in this episode, we’ll have a listen to what they had to say. We also have a very insightful discussion with the CEO of the AMREF Health, who also happens to be the Co-Chair for the World Health Organization committee on Universal Health Cover, Dr Githinji Gitahi for some facts on the economics of it all.

Episode 26: How stress affects our immune system

How stress affects our immune system

If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched. That’s a  quote I recently heard on the theme of stress and health, and when we assess things on a medical basis, it’s spot on.  This week I discuss how stress affects our immune system, give a couple tips on how to ensure it doesn’t clinch your lifespan. I also have a very candid discussion on the theme of mental health services, black men, and the fatal repercussions of insufficient care, with the communications lead for Black Thrive, Sadiki Harris.

Episode 25: Why we should donate blood

Why we should donate blood

The amazing thing about blood is that it is constantly being produced. A single blood cell lives for an average of 120 days as it travels through our body, providing oxygen to our organs before it is broken down and replaced. This fact makes the concept of donating blood a very intriguing act of giving! For 10 minutes of our time, it causes no harm to us, and we’ll be getting it all back in a way. In this episode we discuss why we would be doing a great thing if we donated blood. We also interview Kehnide Salami, Founder of the Sickle Cell advocacy organisation SickleKan on his journey with Sickle Cell Disease, and why blood donations from people of African and Caribbean heritage are of great importance.

You can also listen to the full episode on YouTube, iTunes & SoundCloud.

Hosted by Dr. Yemisi Bokinni – A trained medical doctor, researcher, and long-standing promoter of public health. Dr. Bokinni graduated with a Medical degree and BSc in Human Genetics from King’s College London. She also has postgraduate training in nutritional genomics and personalised medicine.

Episode 24: Why good posture matters

Why good posture matters for our health

We’ve all seen it, and do it, neck and upper back hunched over our phones and laptops as we type away. ‘Text neck’, medically termed ‘Upper crossed syndrome’ is a very common issue, and over time our head begins to tilt permanently forward due to tight muscles in our neck, head and chest. But did you know that there are far more health-related issues that can occur as a result of poor posture? Everything from slower digestion, to fatigue. Today we’ll be discussing three reasons why good posture matters for our health. We also interview Jemima Kola-Abodunde, a Senior Physiotherapist on myths and tips on the very issue of back pain.

You can also listen to the full episode on YouTube, iTunes & SoundCloud.

Hosted by Dr. Yemisi Bokinni – A trained medical doctor, researcher, and long-standing promoter of public health. Dr. Bokinni graduated with a Medical degree and BSc in Human Genetics from King’s College London. She also has postgraduate training in nutritional genomics and personalised medicine.

Episode 23: How air pollution changes your genes

How air pollution changes our genes

Exposure to high levels of toxic air is equivalent to having lost a year of education. Those were the findings of a report published by the Yale School of Public Health as they made links between pollution and brain health. But did you know that air pollution also has an ability to negatively affect your Genes? It occurs daily, in a process known as epigenetics, and we’ll be looking into what this means for our health. This week we’ll be discussing how air pollution changes your genes! We also interview Josephine Tumwesige, an Engineer and Researcher at Cambridge University working on sustainable solutions, specifically within the context of environmental pollution and climate change.

You can also listen to the full episode on YouTube, iTunes & SoundCloud.

Hosted by Dr. Yemisi Bokinni – A trained medical doctor, researcher, and long-standing promoter of public health. Dr. Bokinni graduated with a Medical degree and BSc in Human Genetics from King’s College London. She also has postgraduate training in nutritional genomics and personalised medicine.

Episode 22: Is Eating Fish Healthy?

Is eating fish healthy?

We’re in a bit of a dilemma! Environmental pollution is messing with our food in a way, meaning that some foods that were previously deemed highly nutritious, with confirmed health benefits, now pose some risk to health. Eating fish falls directly into this category as pollutants known as PCB’s, dioxins & heavy metals are known to build up in them. This is the reason why some governments advise that pregnant women, or those planning to conceive, limit their consumption of certain types of common fish. This week we’ll be answering a question we receive fairly regularly. Is eating fish healthy? We also interview the award-winning Chef Malcolm Riley, popularly known as ‘The African Chef’ for creative plant-based high protein recipes.

You can also listen to the full episode on YouTube, iTunes & SoundCloud.

Hosted by Dr. Yemisi Bokinni – A trained medical doctor, researcher, and long-standing promoter of public health. Dr. Bokinni graduated with a Medical degree and BSc in Human Genetics from King’s College London. She also has postgraduate training in nutritional genomics and personalised medicine.

Episode 21: Reversing High Blood Pressure

Reversing High Blood Pressure

It has never been our intention to scare people into making healthy lifestyle choices, but if you’ve ever witnessed someone have a major stroke, or indeed have had one yourself, then it’s one of the most terrifying things you’re ever likely to experience. You can literally be having a normal conversation one minute, and be unable to speak the next. That’s one reason why high blood pressure, the leading cause of stroke, is nothing to be played with. Studies have shown that as little as a 5-10 point drop in blood pressure can cut risk of Stroke by 30%. Today we’ll be discussing three steps for reversing high blood pressure. We also interview Dr. Mariam Adebayo, a GP trainee on some of the practical steps she and her family members took at home to support the recovery process of a relative who had suffered from a Stroke.

You can also listen to the full episode on YouTube, iTunes & SoundCloud.

Hosted by Dr. Yemisi Bokinni – A trained medical doctor, researcher, and long-standing promoter of public health. Dr. Bokinni graduated with a Medical degree and BSc in Human Genetics from King’s College London. She also has postgraduate training in nutritional genomics and personalised medicine.

Episode 20: Overcoming Binge Eating

Overcoming Binge Eating

Food can bring comfort, it even has an ability to relieve physical pain. However, emotional or physical discomfort is understood to be the primary reasons why we comfort eat. Binge eating is perhaps a more severe form of comfort eating. It occurs when we have episodes of uncontrollable eating, usually done in private, and often followed by feelings of guilt and shame. This is the first of a two-part series on eating disorders. We’ll be exploring binge eating and bulimia, and I’ll be joined by specialists in the process. This week we discuss the first steps to overcoming binge eating with Dr. Sarah Shillingford, a senior counselling psychologist who conducted her PhD research in this area.

You can also listen to the full episode on YouTube, iTunes & SoundCloud.

Hosted by Dr. Yemisi Bokinni – A trained medical doctor, researcher, and long-standing promoter of public health. Dr. Bokinni graduated with a Medical degree and BSc in Human Genetics from King’s College London. She also has postgraduate training in nutritional genomics and personalised medicine.

Episode 19: The Power of Vitamin D

The Power of Vitamin D

Nicknamed the ‘sunshine vitamin’, the last decade has revealed Vitamin D to be far more crucial to our health than many could ever have imagined. Vitamin D was primarily seen as a nutrient crucial for bone health, but we now know that symptoms of low levels can include everything from trouble sleeping, low mood, to even a dysfunctional immune system. Such revelations have even led some governments to consider making it mandatory to include in common foods, as it has been estimated that at least 15% of the world’s population, are deficient or have insufficient levels. Today we’ll be discussing the power of Vitamin D. We also interview Kwame Peprah, a Senior Pharmacist & University Lecturer on whether or not multivitamins are actually worth your money.

You can also listen to the full episode on YouTube, iTunes & SoundCloud.

Hosted by Dr. Yemisi Bokinni – A trained medical doctor, researcher, and long-standing promoter of public health. Dr. Bokinni graduated with a Medical degree and BSc in Human Genetics from King’s College London. She also has postgraduate training in nutritional genomics and personalised medicine.

Episode 18: Healing stomach ulcers

Healing stomach ulcers

Several years ago, I witnessed the type of medical emergency I had until then only ever encountered in books. A patient literally vomited up what looked like most of the blood in his body. It turns out he had a large stomach ulcer and suffered significant blood loss as a result. While few cases as so severe, smaller amounts of blood loss in our stool is more common than you might think. In this episode we discuss medically sound principles for preventing and healing stomach ulcers. We also interview Dr. Ola Olabintan, a senior house officer training to become a specialist on this, in an area of medicine known a gastroenterology.

You can also listen to the full episode on YouTube, iTunes & SoundCloud.

Hosted by Dr. Yemisi Bokinni – A trained medical doctor, researcher, and long-standing promoter of public health. Dr. Bokinni graduated with a Medical degree and BSc in Human Genetics from King’s College London. She also has postgraduate training in nutritional genomics and personalised medicine.