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Two-thirds of us have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience, or ACE, such as abuse, neglect, parental substance dependence, or mental illness. Even though these events may have occurred long ago, they have the power to haunt us long into adulthood, and now we have found that they may even contribute to lifelong illness.
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the founder/CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness and recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, expands on similar topics as in her popular TED talk as she demystifies the connection between adversity and ill health. After surveying more than 17,000 adult patients, she found that the higher a person's ACE score, the worse their health. This led Burke Harris to an astonishing breakthrough - childhood stress changes our neural systems, and its impact lasts a lifetime.
Through vivid storytelling that combines both scientific insight with deeply moving stories about her patients and their families, Burke Harris illuminates her journey of discovery from the academy to her own pediatric practice in San Francisco's poverty-ridden Bayview Hunters Point. She reroots the story of childhood trauma and its aftermath in science to help listeners see themselves and others more clearly.
For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood or who cares about the millions of children who do, the innovative and acclaimed health interventions outlined in the The Deepest Well represents vitally important hope for change.
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By Diana Hager on 02-09-18
Blown away with the content of The Deepest Well
As a physician myself, this book has life changing and life giving information. I will be using what I have learned from Dr. Burke Harris in my medical practice, my community, my family and personally. My ACE (AChE) score is 7/10 and I am amidst a several year journey of recovery. The author/Dr. is spot on over and over throughout her book, her medical practice and her research. Universal application of the principles of her work and her passion will be a quantum leap to the improvement of health care and mental health care, simultaneously.
The Deepest Well is by far the most meaningful and relevant book I have read in years.
Thank you Dr. Nadine Burke Harris (and her family) for the valuable contribution of this book and your work.
Diana, MD, Oklahoma
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By rona renner on 03-16-18
A masterpiece for our time
It was so inspiring to hear Dr. Nadine Burke Harris read her book. Her passion and wisdom comes across with every word. We will look back on this book as one of the most important cries for change to break the cycle of toxic stress. She covers the research better than most, and combines it with compelling stories of her patients and her own life. I’m just amazed that she had time to write this, considering all that she is doing to change the landscape of Adverse Childhood Experiences. This book is for everyone!!! My deepest gratitude to all of the people who have supported this work .
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