A First Responder Health Program That Addresses Mental AND Physical Wellness - Dr. Michael Ruscio, DC

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A First Responder Health Program That Addresses Mental AND Physical Wellness

How the right diet, sleep, stress management, and detoxification strategies benefit overall health with Dr. Sunjya Schweig

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In this episode, Dr. Sunjya Schweig—an expert in complex chronic illnesses—speaks about the first responder health program he devised for the Berkeley Fire Department. 

Exposure to extreme stressors leaves first responders prone to many health risks themselves. To date, the top two killers within this profession are cancer and suicide. 

Recognizing the need to help first responders with their physical and mental health, Dr. Schweig built a program that follows many of the best practices we use at our clinic. 

Hear what gut health, nutrition, stress management, and sleep techniques can help improve overall health. 

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00:00 Intro 

05:33 What the Right Care Looks Like 

09:30 The First Responder Program

14:00 EMS Stress Management

18:35 Hallmark Symptoms of PTSD

22:00 Effective Stress Tools 

24:27 Useful Apps

26:48 The Impact of Breathwork

29:07 EMS Cancer Risks

32:28 Structuring Shiftwork

37:39 The Conditions Being Seen

39:41 The Tools Being Used

42:30 Ketamine & Psilocybin

45:36 Avoiding Burnout

46:59 Time in Nature

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