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Early Childhood Stressors

The experiences of early childhood shape our adult lives in every way. If a child is unable to predict that home is a safe place, or that mother or father are anxious or angry, the child naturally falls back to the feeling that they must be at fault and causing the family's problems.  


“This biological blueprint depicts our proclivity to develop life-altering illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia and depression. It also lays the groundwork for how we relate to others, how successful our love relationships will be and how well we will nurture and raise our own children ”

(Childhood Disrupted, Donna J Nakazawa)


These traumas may be hidden in plain sight, times when we have been verbally put down, blamed, being hospitalised without parental support, being emotionally or physically neglected. Where physical or sexual abuse has occured, or living with a depressed parent, a parent with mental health issues, or a parent with drug or alcohol issues.


Other examples could be witnessing ones’ mother being abused, physically or verbally.  Parents separating and divorce or death of a parent. Seeing one's siblings being abused or hurt, being bullied by a classmate or teacher when not resolved, are all forms of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). Brain chemistry becomes altered, due to ACES and stress chemicals also alter the expression of genes. Which in turn sets up the pain cycle.


This stressor experience can be reversed, the brain is malleable/neuroplastic (“The Brain that Changes Itself” Norman Doidge) 

ISTDP and TMS  treatment modalities have been researched and proven to  reverse chronic pain and autoimmune dis-ease.


* The ACE’s study measured ten types of adversity: WHO’s “Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire” examines the link between community violence, peer violence, domestic violence, and later adult health outcomes: 



See our guest Dr Michael Quinones discussing the impact of ACES: 


See our guest Jon Frederickson author of the “Lies We Tell Ourselves” speak about anxiety and the relationship to chronic pain.

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