Childhood traumas are not the stuff of which passed as submission of the age. Pediatrition Shawn Burke Harris explains that repetitive stress caused by abuse, neglect, parents who are suffering from a mental illness or an addiction has tangible effects on the development of the brain.
They manifest themselves along, leaving those who were traumatized to a higher risk of three to face a heart disease or lung cancer. A fervent plea for pediatric medicine to take the horns and treatment prevenț injury problem.
In the mid-‘ 90, the CDC and Kaiser Permanent have discovered a factor that dramatically increases the risk of seven out of 10 causes of mortality in the United States.
In high doses, affects brain development, immune system, endocrine system, and even reading the transcription of DNA.
Exposure to very high doses tripled the risk of heart disease and lung cancer and life expectancy drops by 20 years. And yet, doctors today are not trained to prescribe routine investigations and treatments.
Factor in that I mean not a pesticide or a chemical packaging. It’s childhood trauma. What kind of trauma want to talk? It’s not about the failure of an examination or the loss of a basketball game.
Talk of threats that are both serious and persistent, that they are able to take control, we Physiology: such as abuse or neglect, or to a parent raising mentally ill or addicted to alcohol or other substances.
Long I watched these things through the prism of education received, either as a matter for Social Affairs-social services-either as mental health problems-competence of psychological services. Then something happened that made me recalculate the approach. After my rezidențial, I wanted to choose a place to feel really useful, a place where I might have influenced some. I chose to work for California Pacific Medical Center, one of the best private hospitals in Northern California, and together we opened a clinic in Bay view-Hunters Point, one of the poorest neighborhoods and degraded in San Francisco.
Before, one pediatrician from Bay view served more than 10,000 copies. I opened the clinic and I was able to provide quality services regardless of ability to pay. It was awesome! Aimed at disproportionately typical medical: access to medical care, hospitalization, vaccination asthma.
And we have succeeded. I was proud of us. Then I observed a disturbing trend. Many children were coming to treat ADHD attention deficit, i.e. with the hyperactive syndrome, but after thorough investigation and consultation of patients, we find that almost none of them, I could not diagnose ADHD.
Most of the children had suffered trauma consult so serious that I felt like I actually transpire. As if I can escape anything important.
Before leaving, I have followed courses in public health degrees and one of the things we’ve learned from this is that, if you are a physician and you see that from 100 children who drink water from the same source, 98, you can make diarrhea prescribe antibiotics indefinitely or you can ask, “what the hell is in that fountain?”
So I started to read everything I found about how exposure to troubles affect the brain and body. One day, my colleague came to the desk and asked: “Dr. Burke, did you read this?”
Have in hand a copy of a study called “learning about unpleasant experiences from childhood”. That day changed my approach to health and, ultimately, his career.
This study about unpleasant experiences from childhood is a study that should know everyone. It was done by Dr. Vince Felitti, the Kaiser and Dr. Bob Abdullah, from the CDC.
They quizzed 17,500 adults about their exposure in the past at what we call “unpleasant experiences from childhood” (ACES).
These include sexual abuse, physical and emotional; emotional or physical negligence; parent mentally ill or addicted to a substance, owned by his parents, separation or divorce or domestic violence.
For each selected trauma, is allocated a point to score ACES. Then they tied the score with ACES. The result was something amazing.
1 of these experiences is incredibly widespread. 67% of the population has at least one point selected ACES and 12.6%, i.e. 1 of 8, have checked 4 or more points.
2-who had been traumatic experiences and quantitative health indicators: the score is greater, ACES the health indicators are more sad.
A person with a score equal to or greater than EAC with 4, runs the risk of chronic obstructive lung disease
2.5 times more towards people with score 0.
And hepatitis risk increases by 2.5 times.
For depression, the risk was 4.5 times higher.
The risk of suicide increased 12 times.
A person with a score of ACES of more or equal with 7, the risk of lung cancer throughout his life is tripled, cardiac diseases are 3.5 times more frequently the main cause of mortality in the US.
Updated by editor on 04.07.2019