Adverse Childhood Experiences

What determines an abused person’s risk for becoming abusive?

Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation passed around regarding how likely a person who was abused is to become an abuser and abuse their own (or other people’s) children. This post is my attempt to clear things up. In this post, we’ll take a look at how the effects of abuse and other …

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Why the ancestral trauma narrative is causing more harm than good (and what you REALLY need to know about how trauma is passed on across generations)

There’s been a lot of talk lately about “ancestral trauma,” which is the notion that the effects of traumatic events are passed down from generation to generation. It’s the idea that you can be negatively affected by the choices and experiences of your parents, grandparents, and even your great grandparents and further back. While this …

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How Your Stressful Childhood Led to Metabolic Syndrome

The ACE study, conducted by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente, found that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) significantly increase our risk for multiple chronic health concerns. These chronic health concerns include metabolic syndrome-related concerns, such as insulin resistance, type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol, overweight and obesity, hypertension, heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular concerns. But how could …

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How Your Stressful Childhood Led to Autoimmune Disease

Is childhood stress really connected to chronic disease? There is definitely a distinct connection between the mind and the body. Ongoing research continues to validate this fact. Some of the most interesting research about this topic, in my opinion, revolves around the connection between childhood trauma and the immune response, specifically the risk for autoimmune …

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How Your Stressful Childhood is Messing With Your Hormones

Do you remember a time when you were under so much psychological or even physical stress that it altered your normal menstrual cycle? Maybe your period came early or late, or maybe it didn’t come at all that month. We’ve known for many years that high levels of acute stress can negatively affect reproductive function, …

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How Your Stressful Childhood Led to Mental Health Concerns

You’ve likely heard about the mind-body connection—it’s the idea that the mind and the body are intimately connected, with each affecting the other, despite the fact that we frequently try to separate them. In reality, our minds are more intimately connected to our bodies than many of us realize. I’m not just making this up; …

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