Understanding Stress, HRV & Feeling Safe as a Woman with Dr. David Rabin

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Dr. David Rabin, armed with a medical degree and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Albany Medical College, guides us through the realms of distress, bad stress, and eustress, the good stress that can benefit us – with exercise as a prime example. The conversation unravels the collective stress epidemic and delves into the physiological consequences of chronic inflammation and stress.

“We can remind ourselves through mindfulness and self-awareness practices that email and traffic are not actually threatening to our survival.”Dr. David Rabin

Dr. Rabin shares his insights on mechanisms and interventions that can enhance parasympathetic function. From breathing exercises to meditation, Dr. Estima and Dr. Rabin explore a vast array of tools for healing. Heart rate variability takes center stage, becoming a crucial predictor for longevity. The duo explores its origins, manipulability, and the intriguing variations between individuals – addressing questions about age, genetics, and nutrition and their impact on HRV.

Dr. Estima and Dr. Rabin also venture into the fascinating realm of the female stress response and feeling safe, uncovering the unique and distinct ways women navigate stress compared to their male counterparts. The exploration of this topic promises an engaging and enlightening discussion that sets this episode apart.

Episode Overview:

0:00 Intro
00:40 Understanding the Difference Between Eustress and Distress
05:03 Individual Responses to Stress Based on Personal History
07:16 The Meaning of Wearing Masks: Personal Choice or Political Statement?
16:05 Training the Mind-Body Connection for Resilience
19:07 Collective Distress and Hyper-vigilance in Society
22:02 The Connection Between Stress and Learning Difficulties
24:04 The Primitive Stress Response: Survival Threats and Fear
27:52 Biomarkers for Stress and Sympathetic Dominance
30:48 Understanding Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Its Significance
34:04 Factors Affecting HRV: Individual Differences and Upward Trends
45:23 The Importance of Feeling Safe for Sleep and Health
54:33 The Benefits of Soothing Touch and Apollo Wearable
59:13 Introducing Apollo Neuro: Frequencies for Body Wellness
1:02:55 The Benefits of Apollo Neuro for Sleep and Recovery


Dr. David Rabin, MD, PhD, is a neuroscientist, board-certified psychiatrist, health tech entrepreneur & inventor who has been studying the impact of chronic stress in humans for more than a decade. He is the co-founder & Chief Medical Officer at Apollo Neuroscience, which has developed the first scientifically validated wearable technology that actively improves energy, focus & relaxation, using a novel touch therapy that signals safety to the brain. Find out more at drdave.io

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