The Lifetime Affect of Childhood Trauma

In the mid-’90s, the CDC and Kaiser Permanente discovered an exposure that dramatically increased the risk for seven out of 10 of the leading causes of death in the United States. In high doses, it affects brain development, the immune system, hormonal systems, and even the way our DNA is read and transcribed. Folks who are exposed in very high doses have triple the lifetime risk of heart disease and lung cancer and a 20-year difference in life expectancy. And yet, doctors today are not trained in routine screening or treatment. Now, the exposure I’m talking about is not a pesticide or a packaging chemical.It’s childhood trauma.” –  Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, pediatrician. Watch Dr. Harris’ full TED talk here: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime This talk addresses the root cause of so many physical and psychological adult ailments. 

And, if you’re intrigued by the video and want more detailed information, read Scared Sick. A terrific book that shares important details from the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study that is changing the way health professionals treat disease.

 

About nicolekahn

I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified Imago relationship therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and Trauma Touch Therapist. Using an integrative approach that blends solution-focused strategies of the West with mindfulness practices of the East, clients are guided towards authentic self-expression, embodiment, and full aliveness.
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