Many people find themselves facing health difficulties both psychological and physical, despite active efforts to relieve these ailments. Research has found a correlation between Adverse Childhood Experiences (or ACEs) and lifelong health conditions. Thus drawing the conclusion that some aspects of our health and wellness may require us to dig deeper into ourselves and our emotions for healing.
Initial studies regarding this began with the discovery of a link between obesity and traumatic life experiences such as sexual abuse. Dr. Vincent Felitti found a correlation between the two at a rate of approximately 50% within his weight loss clients! Further research conducted by Dr. Felitti and Dr. Robert Anda found that adverse childhood experiences were linked to several additional health conditions including neglect, family dysfunction of 5 types, sexual, verbal and physical abuse.
People who reported high instances of adverse childhood experiences had increased instances of depression, aggression, various psychological issues and physical health problems. The reason for these findings is rooted in neurobiology. When a child’s neurodevelopment is disrupted it has a negative impact on social, emotional and cognitive development. As adults, these people perceive all life’s moments as if they were viewing them from their childhood. For healing, research provides some suggestions for resolution including writing, meditation and therapy.
- Developments in ACEs represent one of the rare forays of “mainstream” medical thinking into something resembling a more holistic, less reactive style of healthcare
- Clearly, it’s only one small offshoot, and as the CDC has cut virtually all funding to this area of research it has many roadblocks ahead of it, but it shows some serious promise
- We are the culmination of a lifetime of experiences, and not all of those experiences are positive. A Primal approach to health should be open-minded and even fearless
“Through the use of an uncomplicated questionnaire and scoring system, each participant was assigned an ACE score.”
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