new study released this week suggests a significant connection between childhood trauma and cellular aging. The length of chromosomal end-caps, called telomeres, are increasingly being found to be related to increased risk of disease and shorter lifespans and were found to be in this study most likely to be affected by the predominance of childhood emotional trauma.
“The science is clear: ACEs dramatically affects health, across a lifespan…That’s where the hope lies…This is treatable. This is beatable…The single most important thing that we need today is the COURAGE to look this problem in the face: This is Real. This is ALL of us. WE are the movement.”
When we are born we are hard-wired to connect with our caregivers. Human beings mature slowly, our brains learn through social interaction and we are dependent upon our parents for our survival longer than any other mammal. When those connections, also known as attachment styles, are strong, the result is a more emotionally, psychological and physically healthy adult complete with a strong sense of self. However, when that fails to be the case, it commonly leads to poor health, fragile egos, and beliefs of not being enough or that the world is unsafe.
I think of the amygdala as a satellite dish that is never turned off and receives emotional and sensory information which it then processes and passes along to get stored in our cortex. I think of my amygdala as my security camera, that act as an early warning system in the middle of my head, working to keep me safe from harm.
Personally I have known about and written about the ACE studies (link) for many years, but it was not until recently when I was asked to be interviewed for the upcoming Tapping for Weight Loss film documentary with John Gabriel and Carol Look that I discovered the most interesting aspect of the back-story that makes this paradigm-changing study so remarkable.
After 22 years as a chiropractor, I have no doubt that most of my patients’ symptoms have their origins in more than just the obvious physical causes. There is nearly always more involved than a patient having “slept wrong” or “moved the wrong way.”
Every day I take patient histories, I’m told what they think caused their headache or sciatic pain. When I inquire deeper, I will often uncover a significantly stressful event that occurred prior to the onset of their pain.