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Author: Dr. Hokehe Eko

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Brain Power with Dr. Eko is a podcast dedicated to sharing practical strategies for addressing the 4 pillars of health: Brain, Gut, Emotional and Environmental health for both parents and children. 

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Unlock the secrets behind your child's hyperactivity or inattention as we welcome Dr. Ruan, CEO of the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, on this eye-opening episode of Brain Power with Dr. Eko. Could chronic mouth breathing or sleep apnea be masquerading as ADHD in your adolescent? Dr. Ruan sheds light on the skull-brain connection, revealing how sleep disorders might be at the root of behaviors often misdiagnosed as ADHD or ADD. He guides us through the "five whys" approach, encouraging p...
Could you be missing crucial developmental milestones for your child simply because intervention came too late? Join us in today's heartfelt episode where we share an emotionally charged story of a mother's six-year struggle to get her child evaluated for developmental delays. We underscore the profound impact of early intervention during the critical period from birth to age five, and why timely access to speech, occupational, or physical therapy can make all the difference. Listen as we str...
Can early intervention in ADHD and autism truly revolutionize a child's development? In this episode, I passionately discuss the critical importance of timely evaluations and the comprehensive process my practice implements to support families. From filling out forms and submitting videos to engaging in virtual appointments, I unveil the detailed journey toward diagnosis. Following a diagnosis, what happens next? I break down the subsequent steps, including referrals to occupational therapy, ...
Are screens turning our kids’ lives upside down? Join me for an eye-opening conversation that explores the hard-hitting realities of screen time and its impact on ADHD symptoms in children. You'll discover why instant digital rewards can worsen hyperactivity and attention issues, as well as practical steps for setting boundaries around screen use. I also delve into the American Academy of Pediatrics' guidelines and share strategies for balancing screen time in a world where digital learning i...
Can changing a single word in your vocabulary transform your stress levels and parenting experience? Join us as we welcome Dr. Samara Potter, a pediatric oncologist and certified life coach, to discuss the profound impact of negative self-talk on parents, especially those caring for children with cancer. Dr. Potter offers transformative advice on shifting from "should" to "can" or "want to," empowering parents to reclaim control and alleviate stress.Dive deep into the emotional landscape of p...
Ever wondered how resilience born from hardship can be transformed into entrepreneurial success? Erica Myers, the dynamic founder of Fosterpreneur, joins us to share her inspiring mission of guiding young adults who have experienced foster care toward starting their own businesses. Erica delves deep into how her trauma-informed, holistic approach not only supports these budding entrepreneurs in their business ventures but also ensures their overall well-being. By focusing on resilience and ad...
Discover the transformative power of a plant-based lifestyle with Dr. Amanda Adkins, a double board-certified lifestyle and internal medicine doctor whose personal health journey will leave you inspired. After struggling with her weight as a teenager, Dr. Adkins made the life-changing decision to embrace a healthier way of living, eventually becoming a staunch advocate for plant-based nutrition. She shares her story of overcoming nearly 200 pounds to become a passionate supporter of sustainab...
Navigating the educational landscape for children with learning disabilities can be a labyrinth of confusion and frustration for parents and educators alike. That's where the expertise of educational therapist Dr. Bibi Pirayesh comes in, guiding us through the complexities with a mix of professional insight and compassionate advocacy. In an enlightening conversation, she reveals the nuanced challenges these children face and how a tailored, understanding approach is key to their success. We u...
Discover the essential life skills that can transform your child's future as we sit down with Katie Kimball, the visionary behind Kids Cook Real Food. Katie, a beacon of inspiration for parents, unfolds her narrative from confronting the everyday challenges of healthy cooking and budgeting to pioneering a platform that empowers children with culinary prowess. Tune in for a riveting conversation about the necessity to end the cycle of culinary inadequacy and the power of involving our children...
When a mother's intuition sparked a quest for answers, it led to the discovery of early signs of autism in her young child. Our latest episode features an intimate discussion with this devoted mom who walked the path from uncertainty to advocacy, highlighting the life-altering power of early diagnosis and intervention. Together, we traverse the landscape of child development, spotlighting the formative years that shape a lifetime and the crucial support systems that can make all the differenc...
Unlock the mysteries of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders as we host the remarkable Dr. Adame, a pediatrician who advocates for a "Veggies Over Pills" approach to health. Our enlightening conversation traverses the challenging landscape of PANS and PANDAS, conditions that often confound both parents and healthcare professionals alike. Dr. Adame's insights into the immune system's missteps that lead to these disorders are not only informative but also pivotal in reshaping how we ...
Unlock the secrets to safeguarding your child's neurological health with the brilliant Dr. Fernandes, a pediatric neurologist who brings the latest insights on the concerning rise in pediatric headaches since the dawn of the pandemic. It's more than just an episode; it's a journey into the complexities of a child's brain, where Dr. Fernandes unravels the impact of disrupted routines, excessive screen time, and the pivotal role of diet and sleep. As parents grapple with these challenges, our c...
Ever wondered how a calmer heart could transform your family life? Emma O'Brien, a HeartMath practitioner and life coach, joins us to share the secrets of emotional regulation and its profound effects on parenting. Emma's insights into nervous system coherence teach us how to respond to our little ones with more compassion, enhancing decision-making and promoting a nurturing environment. This episode isn't just about breathing with your heart; it's about learning to infuse every interaction w...
Unlock the secrets to rejuvenating sleep with Dr. Bhopal from Pacific Integrative Psychiatry, who gracefully dissects the intricate dance between sleep and mental health. Our enlightening chat navigates through her holistic approach to well-being, targeting nutrition, gut health, and mind-body practices. Dr. Bhopal unveils her three pillars of sleep—circadian rhythm, sleep drive, and the nervous system—and sheds light on actionable advice to sync our body clocks. She emphasizes the transforma...
This episode is an intimate exploration of why keeping those pearly whites healthy matters more than you might think, especially for our little ones. Dr. Valerie Mukanga from Healing Wings Dental joins us to shed light on pediatric oral care, focusing on children with ADHD and autism. Together, we navigate through practical tips and strategies to make dental care less daunting for kids and parents alike. Brushing aside myths and fears, we get to the tooth of the matter on fluoride, its r...
When your child receives a diagnosis of Autism or ADHD, it can feel like you're venturing into unknown territory without a map. In our latest episode, I delve into this very journey with you. I'm Dr. Hokehe Eko, a pediatrician dedicated to nurturing the development of children with these diagnoses.My philosophy goes beyond symptom management; it's about embracing the unique journey each child and their family must embark upon. Throughout our conversation, I offer a wealth of knowledge, from t...
Unlock the secrets to a thriving work life with neuro-immunologist Dr. Mary Rensel, who joins us to illuminate the path to professional well-being entrenched in joy and vitality. Dr. Rensel, with her profound expertise, shares neuroscience-backed strategies that go beyond the norm, showcasing how fun can powerfully rejuvenate our neurological state. We delve into the intricacies of brain health, revealing how it plays a pivotal role in our everyday professional success and fulfillment. The di...
Unlock the secrets of holistic pediatric care with Staten Island's own Dr. Vladimir Barayev, a pediatrician whose heart beats for his community. On today's Brain Power, we're not just celebrating Dr. Vlad's third practice anniversary; we're gaining a treasure trove of advice for families. Discover how Dr. Vlad's Direct Primary Care model revives the old-school charm of house calls, creating a personal touch in our high-speed world. This episode promises to guide you through nurturing not just...
Unlock the secrets to nurturing the best possible relationship with your child's pediatrician, as Dr. Emeka Obidi, a luminary in pediatric care, joins us to discuss the art of making the right choice for your little one's health. Feel the weight of decision lift, as Dr. Obidi, with his rich experience and founder of Newborn Prep Academy, guides us through the often-overwhelming process with ease and expertise. From the critical zero to five years to addressing special needs, we cover the spec...
Ready to conquer the kitchen chaos and give your family's meals a nutritious makeover? Join me, as I team up with the inspiring Dr. Sandra Luyindula, lovingly known as Dr. L, to unravel the art of meal prepping for the busiest of bees. In a candid chat, Dr. L spills her secrets on whipping up a week's worth of delicious, healthy meals without breaking a sweat, all while keeping everyone's taste buds dancing. Together, we tackle how to make mealtime a breeze, getting your little ones on board ...
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