The adverse childhood experiences (ACE) studies show that trauma in childhood increases the risk of chronic disease as shown by the groundbreaking study by Felitti et al.,1998 (all references are provided at the end of this post). For more on the MINDBODY connection, you can read more HERE.
Felitti and Anda were stunned. “I wept,” Dr. Anda says. “I saw how much people had suffered and I wept”.
Once you have found your ACE score, read below.
Having a high level of ACEs are correlated with a dramatic increase in the risk of developing 7 of the top 10 causes of death
TWO OR MORE ACES
100% more likely to be diagnosed with a rheumatic disease
70 % more likely with Th1 auto-immune conditions
80% more likely with Th2 auto-immune conditions
Th1 includes: Celiac Disease, Chronic viral infections, Crohn’s Disease, Grave’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Multiple Sclerosis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type I diabetes
Th2 includes: Allergic Dermatitis, Allergies, Asthma, Atopic Eczema, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Lupus, Multiple chemical sensitivity, Sinusitis, and Ulcerative Colitis.
FOUR OR MORE ACES
4.22 times increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease
the risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) is 2.5 times higher versus people with 0 ACEs
2.5 times higher risk of hepatitis
2.6 times higher risk of stroke
1.6 times higher risk of diabetes
2.5 times higher risk of cancer
4.5 times higher risk of depression
SIX OR MORE ACES
reduced lifespan by 20 years
EIGHT OR MORE ACES
3.5 times higher risk from ischemic heart disease
3 times the risk of lung cancer
There is no shortage of SOLID research indication the impact of ACEs on disease in adulthood. Trauma does not change only brain development, function, and structure but it also impacts epigenetics (gene functions), the autonomic nervous system and stress responses.
Felitti VJ, Anda RF, Nordenberg D, et al. Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study [see comments]. Am J Prev Med. 1998;14(4):245-258
Dube SR, Fairweather D, Pearson WS, Felitti VJ, Anda RF, Croft JB. Cumulative Childhood Stress and Autoimmune Diseases in Adults. Psychosom Med. 2009;71(2):243-250.
Hughes K, Bellis MA, Hardcastle KA, et al. The effect of multiple adverse childhood experiences on health: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Public Health. 2017;2(8):e356-e366
Romens SE, McDonald J, Svaren J, Pollak SD. Associations between early life stress and gene methylation in children. Child Dev. 2015;86(1):303-309.
If you score high or feel your childhood has impacted your life today, you can work with a practitioner that uses methods that do not only encompass MINDBODY consciousness but also ACE aware. These therapies include Rapid Transformational Therapy, Homeopathy, CBT, Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique and Psychotherapy that ideally integrates one of the former therapies mentioned so the process is not un-necessarily extended.