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Adverse Childhood Experiences

Green Cities = Calmer Minds and Stronger Hearts

Jad Daley | Posted 09.26.2016 | Green
Jad Daley

If you're like me, even a short summer getaway from the city, like to the mountains or shore, helps to calm your mind and strengthen your heart. Imagine if our cities were more like the natural places we visit--what beneficial impact could this have on our health? This question has special importance as it pertains to lower-income city-dwellers who can't afford to escape to a quieter place.

Childhood Trauma Leads To Lifelong Chronic Illness -- So Why Isn't The Medical Community Helping Patients?

Donna Jackson Nakazawa | Posted 07.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Donna Jackson Nakazawa

When physicians help patients come to the profound revelation that childhood adversity plays a role in the chronic illnesses they face now, they help them to heal physically and emotionally at last.

Economic Medicine For Lifelong Health

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

As doctors and child advocates who care for children, we want them to have the opportunity to grow up to be healthy, productive members of our society. To help them realize their potential, healthy economics may be one of the best remedies of all.

A Memo to Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

The Gates Foundation has done remarkable work across the globe. How about taking some of your formidable resources and bringing them on home to America's children and communities?

Dear Mom, I'm so Sorry You Grew Up Living With Domestic Violence

Brian F. Martin | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Brian F. Martin

A card for Mother's Day takes time to pick out. For a person who grew up living with domestic violence, it takes even longer. There is so much they ...

Why Children Growing Up With Domestic Violence Struggle to Find Help Online

Brian F. Martin | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Brian F. Martin

ven by simply using the term "CDV," you are making a difference.

Pediatricians Screen Parents for ACEs to Improve Health of Their Kids

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 08.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Ellen Stevens

Eventually, say Pettersen and Gillespie, all pediatricians will be integrating ACEs into their practice, because it's crucial to making sure that kids have a healthy childhood -- which helps them avoid chronic disease and mental illness when they're adults.

Most Californians Have Childhood Trauma That Links to Chronic Disease, Depression, Violence

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Ellen Stevens

Nearly two-thirds of California adults have experienced at least one type of major childhood trauma, such as physical, verbal or sexual abuse, or living with a family member who abuses alcohol or is depressed, according to a report released yesterday.

Four Things the NFL Can Do to Stop Abuse and Keep Players on the Field

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 11.26.2014 | Sports
Jane Ellen Stevens

By learning about the science of childhood adversity, and following the lead of many other organizations that are becoming trauma-informed, the NFL could have players whose families are happier and healthier, it could have better players.

It's Not in Your Head, It's in Your Body

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

The 1998 study known as the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study clearly shows with a gigantic amount of evidence that our life stories matter a great deal to our health.

David Freeman

Shocking Food Addiction Study Points Finger At Sexual Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 06.07.2013 | Science

What makes people fat? All sorts of things have been blamed, from too much eating and too little exercise to slow metabolisms and fast food—even air...

With Thousands of Schools Curbing Suspensions, There's No Excuse for the Growing Discipline Gap

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
Jane Ellen Stevens

More than 23,000 schools out of 132,000 nationwide have or are discarding a highly punitive approach to school discipline in favor of supportive, compassionate and solution-oriented methods. Those that take the slow-but-steady road can see a 20 percent to 40 percent drop in suspensions.

Teen Moms, Young Moms Endure Alarmingly-High Levels of Childhood Trauma, Crittenton Study Finds (Part Two)

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Ellen Stevens

The good news is that services provided by organizations such as Crittenton can help people turn their lives around and interrupt the cycle of parents passing on their high ACE scores to their children.

Teen Moms, Young Moms Endure Alarmingly-High Levels of Childhood Trauma, Crittenton Study Finds

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Ellen Stevens

Some alarming data from a recent pilot study of Crittenton clients show that, compared with a general population, teen and young mothers suffer up to seven times the levels of child abuse and other maltreatment. This explains why they become addicted, pregnant or drop out of school.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study -- the Largest Public Health Study You Never Heard Of, Part Three

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 12.08.2012 | Impact
Jane Ellen Stevens

Flight, fight or freeze hormones work really well to help us accelerate when we're being chased by a vicious dog with big teeth, fight when we're cornered, or turn to stone and stop breathing to escape detection by a predator. But they become toxic when they're turned on for too long.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study -- the Largest Public Health Study You Never Heard Of, Part Two

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 12.08.2012 | Impact
Jane Ellen Stevens

If you were Dr. Vincent Felitti, chief of Kaiser Permanente's revolutionary Department of Preventive Medicine in San Diego, CA, whom would you pick as your first audience to reveal your stunning findings that many morbidly obese people in an obesity clinic had been sexually abused during their childhood?

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study -- the Largest Public Health Study You Never Heard Of

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 12.08.2012 | Impact
Jane Ellen Stevens

The ACE Study -- probably the most important public health study you never heard of -- emerged from an obesity clinic on a quiet street in San Diego.