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Book Title: Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal|
The author of the book: Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 886 KB
Edition: Atria Books
Date of issue: July 7th 2015
ISBN 13: 9781476748351
Read full description of the books Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal:A groundbreaking book showing the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and adult illnesses such as heart disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer. Childhood Interrupted also explains how to cope with these emotional traumas and even heal from them.
Your biography becomes your biology. The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, it also affects our physical health, longevity, and overall well-being. Scientists now know on a bio-chemical level exactly how parents, chronic fights, divorce, death in the family, being bullied or hazed, and growing up with a hypercritical, alcoholic, or mentally ill parent can leave permanent, physical fingerprints on our brains.
When we as children encounter sudden or chronic adversity, excessive stress hormones cause powerful changes in the body, altering our body chemistry. The developing immune system and brain react to this chemical barrage by permanently re-setting our stress response to high, which in turn can have a devastating impact on our mental and physical health.
Donna Jackson Nakazawa shares stories from people who have recognized and overcome their adverse experiences, shows why some children are more immune to stress than others, and explains why women are at particular risk. Groundbreaking in its research, inspiring in its clarity, Childhood Interrupted explains how you can reset your biology and help your loved ones find ways to heal.
Read information about the authorDonna Jackson Nakazawa’s writing career began when she was twelve years old. Her father, a journalist, had passed away unexpectedly, his death a mystery she couldn’t seem to solve, and she found herself recording in a forgotten journal everything she was feeling, everything the people around her were feeling, who said and did what, what it all might mean. Writing helped her to make sense of a world without her father; to diminish the pain of loss; and above all, to feel relief. When she came to the last page of her first journal, she wrote, “I’m going to be a writer.” She didn’t know that she had become one already.
As she got older, she published a handful of poems and short stories, joined the staff of Duke’s literary journal, published still more. She won awards; she received a grant to write in France. When she returned home, however, it became painfully apparent that poetry couldn’t cover the cost of an electric bill or repair a hot water heater, so she enrolled in the Radcliffe Publishing Program and found work in the magazine industry. She worked long hours, and met incredible people, but she missed recording what she felt, what people said, what people knew, and what it all might mean.
She began writing books on health science issues. She got married, and had two children. Then, life interrupted: she was diagnosed with a host of chronic conditions, some of the same ones from which her father had suffered. In the span of one decade, she’d gone from being a healthy working mother who could swim sixty laps and stay up until two in the morning decorating a toddler’s birthday cake to being a revolving-door hospital patient—perpetually worried, exhausted, and often in pain.
Still, she wrote, even in the hospital, even between the onslaught of doctors’ visits and physical therapy appointments that came afterward. It was the only thing that made her feel good (that, and the sight of her children’s faces when she was discharged from another hospital stay). Her third book, The Autoimmune Epidemic, which tackles the exploding prevalence of autoimmune disease, led to her invitation to speak at health conferences worldwide and earned her an award for diligent reporting, but most importantly, it drew much-needed attention to a silent national health crisis.
Although writing had helped her through her grief and made her feel better, it wasn’t a cure-all; it couldn’t make her chronic conditions disappear—but maybe, with a few changes, her own brain could. An appointment with a young doctor, the Head of Integrative Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, transformed the way she saw her illnesses and gave her hope. The Last Best Cure chronicles her year-long journey of meditation, yoga, and acupuncture to awaken the healing parts of her mind and bring about lasting change.
Not long into her year of crash-testing various mind-body therapies, she was introduced to a number of studies that showed a profound link between childhood adversity and chronic illnesses later in life, which brought about an epiphany: what if her immune-mediated diseases had, in part, been set in place long ago, during the profound period of stress that began with her father’s death, and what if she could help others suffering in the aftermath of traumatic childhood experiences to embark on their own healing journeys? Her latest book, Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal, explores the science linking chronic childhood stress to chronic adult health conditions and guides readers through a series of simple, scientifically proven steps to reverse the toxic impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on their bodies and brains, and help them to live their best, healthiest lives.
Today, Donna lives with her husband, children, and three dogs in Stevenson, Maryland, where she continues to fill blank books with what she feels, what people say, what people know, and what it all might mean—only now she publishes them.
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