Episodes

Episode 17: Intermittent fasting – Is it any good?

Intermittent fasting - Is it any good?

The first investigations on the effects of fasting on health date back to animal studies in 1946, where is was found that fasting increased lifespan by 15-20%, and slowed the growth of tumours. Fast forward to 2018, and intermittent fasting has been suggested to influence everything from ageing, to weight loss, better manage blood sugar levels, reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol. But how much of this is simply the outcome of eating less as opposed to the process of fasting in itself? We assess the evidence. We also interview Alice Ojwang, a nutrition consultant and PhD researcher on Obesity at North-West University for some practical tips on weight management.

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 16: Heavy Flow? – Try this

Heavy Flow? - Try this

On average, 30% of women report having heavy periods, and figures are likely much higher specifically in the context of black women due a link with fibroids, a condition we are 3 times more likely to develop. A few years back, while reading a journal article on pathways involved in building up the lining of the womb, which determines how heavy your period will be, I mapped out how lifestyle factors have an ability to influence this process. I really hope this helps. If you’ve got a heavy flow, then you may want to try this… We also interview Charles Muteshi, a fertility specialist & research fellow in reproductive medicine at Oxford University.

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 15: How coffee protects your Liver

How coffee protects your Liver

The liver is the only organ in the body that is able to completely remake itself, even when up to 75% of it has been removed, and it’s that self-healing power that makes it one of the most remarkable organs in the body. But there are limits. There are a multitude of things out there that can wreak havoc with your Liver. Everything from excess alcohol, hepatitis infections, weight gain and even toxins on peanuts! This theme is more important than you might initially imagine. Today we’ll be discussing how coffee, decaf included, protects your Liver. We also interview Agricultural specialist Yusuf Dramani in Ghana, on the important theme of aflatoxins, a type of invisible mould present on many crops and snacks like groundnuts in hot climates.

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 14: Health, healing & the power of hope

Health, healing & the power of hope

Science shows that thoughts, both positive and negative have a direct influence on our immune system, and influence everything from our ability to deal with infections ranging from the flu and controlling HIV, all the way through to its influence on our ability to heal after an operation. There is something powerful about having a positive outlook, which is most definitely easier said than done. The scientific community have finally put a label on it – Psychoneuroimmunology! We also interview PhD researcher at the University of Cape Town, and Mental Health practitioner, Remmy Shawa on a few practical tips for improving mental wellbeing.

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 13: Organic vs GM food

Organic vs GM food

There are a wide range of benefits to genetically modified food in agriculture. However, I was intrigued by an experience I had several years ago while on a degree in human genetics. A senior member of the department with a range of genetic discoveries to his name was actually against genetically modified food. He was largely alone on that campaign, but it got me thinking. In this episode we discuss the difference between Organic vs GM food from the perspective of our health. We also interview PhD researcher in Plant sciences at Cambridge University, Carol Ibe on this theme.

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 12: Reversing diabetes

Reversing diabetes

We all know the stats, diabetes is a major health challenge, primarily because of the consequences of diabetes, which many are actually unaware of; such as gradual loss of vision, kidney failure, the list goes on. But not to worry! this week we give a run through of the steps and science out there for indeed reversing Type 2 Diabetes.

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 11: Yes, you need sunscreen!

Yes, you need sunscreen

Skin bleaching creams are often used in attempts to even out skin tone. However, most are unaware that dark patches and hyperpigmentation on the face, medically termed ‘melasma’ is often linked to skin damage from intense sun exposure. We also touch on the theme of skin cancer, and discuss how to avoid all of the above! We also answer questions submitted this week from Finland, Ghana and Nigeria.

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 10: How good sleep keeps you lean

How good sleep keeps you lean

As we approach those infamous New Year’s resolutions for perfect health in 2019, in this episode we discuss three ways sleep, or rather a lack of it, was probably sabotaging your weight loss goals in 2018.

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 09: Dr. WhatsApp

Dr. WhatsApp

They say lies spread faster on social media than truth does, and the stakes are greatest when it comes to our health. Fake health news can be fatal. This week we discuss three health myths on vaccines, cancer cures and quick fixes that i’ve received over our much favoured app – WhatsApp!

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 08: Three African Superfoods

Three African Superfoods

African local herbs, fruits, vegetables and grains have quite often been the basis of the global ‘superfoods’ industry which is worth an estimated $43 billion dollars every year. In this episode, we feature Teff, the Ethiopian grain favoured by Hollywood actresses, Hibiscus, which commonly consumed as a drink in much of west Africa, as well as the scientifically proven anti-inflammatory benefits of the fruit Tamarind. We also answer questions sent in from Nigeria & the UK.

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.