Most people associate firefighter deaths while in the line of duty with smoke inhalation, or as a results of the flame itself. In reality, the highest percentage of deaths are of cardiovascular origin. Since cardiovascular disease is preventable, and originates primarily from our diet and lifestyle, there are various changes that are necessary to mitigate the risks, and maximize health. This lecture, prepared for the Firefighters of Centre Wellington Ontario is based on minimizing obstacles to cardiovascular health, and discusses how to best optimize health through diet, lifestyle, physical activity, and detoxification, from an evidence based perspective. The goal of this lecture is for firefighters to understand their unique health risks, and learn how to circumvent them, in order to do what they do best--selflessly help others.
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