O. H. Okoye, MD, MBA, MSEpi

About O. H. Okoye, MD, MBA, MSEpi

Dr. Obianuju Helen Okoye is a US Health Care Consultant with a Medical Degree (MD), an MBA in Healthcare Management, and a Masters in Epidemiology/Public Health. Her background includes being a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Research Fellow, and State of Michigan HIV/AIDS Epidemiologist. She has a plethora of clinical research experience and has presented at US and International Medical Conferences. Dr. Okoye has authored some publications, such as the impact of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on medical tourism in the USA, the Market Analysis on US Health Reform (Impact on Supply and Demand for Health Care Services), and on lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic. Dr. Okoye’s interests include disease prevention, empowering under-served communities globally, bridging access (to) and streamlining the delivery of healthcare services.

Could the bacteria in your gut be the key to your anemia?

Introduction An essential part to healthy living and Paleo is making sure that you are getting the right amount of key nutrients. One such element is iron.1 Maintaining a proper balance of iron in the body is crucial to ensure the body can make red blood cells.1 Red blood cells act as oxygen carriers taking oxygen from the lungs to your body’s tissues. In cases where a shortage of iron exists, an anemia occurs. Extreme fatigue due to decreased ATP energy production from the insufficient amount of red blood cells,2 is a key symptom. Ward anemia away by including Paleo

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Could Dopamine Be the Key to Health and Happiness?

Ah, the joy of being both happy and healthy. I can bet my last dollar that many reading this would like to find the magic solution to what is for many, a far-reaching statement. While many Paleo followers can ride high on the claim of being healthy, the same cannot be said for many about being happy. Intellectual scholars have been debating the key to happiness. Research studies found that certain neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine, are key to your happiness.1 While this may sound familiar, understanding the nature in which the brain’s reward center functions will help

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Organic Produce, GMOs and Herbicides

For Paleo dieters who want fresh food that’s free of contaminants, making the right choice is hard. There has been a huge trend toward purchasing organic produce, which is believed to contain no pesticides, unlike conventional produce.1 When people hear the word organic, they picture a product created through methods that support soil and water conservation and decrease pollution.2 In actuality, organic produce does not necessarily mean chemical-free.3 Furthermore, the use of natural pesticides by organic farmers is controversial, as they can be toxic.4 Recently, there has been a rise in farmers’ use of a weed-killer known as glyphosphate or

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Refined Carbohydrates May Increase Your Risk of Depression

At the core of healthy living and Paleo lies the movement against refined carbohydrates. In addition to the risk of excess weight gain, many already know that it leads to further known health complications such as poor cardiovascular health, and diabetes. Adherence to the right nutrition is associated with not only promoting good physical well-being, but mental health as well. A recent study conducted at Columbia University was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed consuming a diet full of refined carbohydrates such as white bread and pasta increases an individual’s risk of depression.1 On the flip side,

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Hunger Pangs? Need to Lose Weight? Try This Vegetable

In the journey of healthy living, we eagerly seek options that are not only tasty, but nutritious as well. What if there was an easily accessible vegetable that contains packed nutrients, while curbing your hunger pangs. Introducing spinach, a vegetable, that is familiar to many people following a Paleo lifestyle. In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of an abundant component of spinach, known as thylakoids.1 Previous scientific studies have shown that thylakoids promote the release of the satiety hormone cholecystokinin (CCK). This hormone signals to your brain that you feel full, after a meal, and affects appetite

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil: The Magic Pill for Healthy Living?

The tremendous benefits of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) cannot be overstated. Most significantly it has long been associated with keeping the heart healthy.1 This is one of the many reasons why it is recommended for Paleo, and well living. Scientific studies have already shown the possible link between EVOO and stroke prevention.2 EVOO has also been shown to play a key role in preventing diabetes, through some unclear mechanisms. Based on this, do you need any more reasons why you need to cook with EVOO? Well actually to a recent study published in the prominent Nature journal, there is

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African Vegetables: A Welcome Addition to Paleo and Healthy Living

A great aspect about Paleo is that it transcends geographic and physical boundaries. Indeed it is a global healthy living lifestyle. In recent years, many are gaining awareness about the tremendous benefits that come from eating Paleo. On the other hand, for many in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Paleo way of life may be quite familiar. According to an article in the prestigious Nature publication, some indigenous vegetables found in African countries like Nigeria, and Kenya, contain greater nutritious value than that seen in the popular kale and collard greens.1 You have probably tried these veggies unknowingly. Take for instance, okra

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Are Sugary Drinks Killing Your Liver?

Everyone knows that increased sugar intake increases your risk for type 2 diabetes and obesity. The consumer market competes daily on how to cater to the average individual’s sweet tooth. In a society that loves the indulgence of super-sized drinks, it becomes easy to fall prey. Given the metabolism and breakdown of sugar takes place in the liver, it is no surprise excess sugar intake can lead to major liver problems. According to a recent study conducted at Tufts University, and published in the Journal of Hepatology, drinking sugary drinks daily puts you at risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.1

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Grapefruits: The Best Boost for Your Arteries

INTRODUCTION: HERE IS A GRAPEFRUIT If you are a devout follower of Paleo, then you know that we encourage eating fruits such as grapefruit. In addition to being low in calories, it is also a great source of vitamin C, as well as vitamin A, vitamin B5, and vitamin B9.1 Furthermore grapefruit is packed with fiber, and phytonutrients like lycopene, limonoids and flavanones.2 Over the years, many scientific studies have shown the great health benefits, including decreasing cancerous growth3, and possibly being as effective in treating diabetes type II as metformin.4 An exceptional study just published in the American Journal

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Research Suggests Magnolia Flower Could Be the Cure To Cancer

For many, the magnolia tree/shrub is known and grown for its beautiful, showy, sweet-smelling flowers. Yet, within this beauty, lays an even greater treasure, the cure to head and neck cancers.1 According to a breakthrough study by researchers in Alabama, a phytochemical honokiol, offers a chemotherapeutic effect on a form of cancers in this region known as head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. This means it stops the growth of cancerous tumors, and may be as effective as chemotherapy, without the rigors and harsh side effects.2 BACKGROUND Head and neck squamous carcinomas (HNSCC) are common cancers seen globally,3 with an

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