Video: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

Some Takeaways – From Nadine:

  • Childhood trauma: 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.
  • Children are especially sensitive to this repeated stress activation of the fight or flight response, and it goes from being adaptive, or life-saving, to maladaptive, or health-damaging.
  • High doses of adversity not only affect brain structure and function, they affect the developing immune system, developing hormonal systems, and even the way our DNA is read and transcribed.
  • In the words of Dr. Robert Block, the former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today.”

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