Monday, July 25, 2011

The Ace Study Revealed

The ACE Study is perhaps the largest scientific research study of its kind, analyzing the relationship between multiple categories of childhood trauma and health and behavioral outcomes later in life. Beginning in 1992, over 17,000 people participated in this comprehensive, ongoing collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente.

An Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) is defined as "physical abuse, emotional abuse or sexual abuse" before the age of 18. It also includes growing up experiencing;

-an alcohol and/or drug abuser in the household

-an incarcerated household member

-living with someone who is chronically depressed, mentally ill, institutionalized, or suicidal

-mother is treated violently

-having one or no parents

-emotional or physical neglect

The ACE definition so closely matches the one for Adult Children Of Alcoholics, they are practically synonymous.

The majority of people have at least one ACE.

All of these lead to trauma and whether the abuse was physical in nature or not, actually cause physical changes to a developing child's brain including abnormal development of the cortex. The amygdala of insecurely attached children are hyperactive and larger than those of securely attached children. They have a greater surging of cortisol and adrenaline (fight or flight response). Plus their prefrontal cortexes are smaller and so they are less able to control their fear and anger.

Unresolved ACEs can effect the health and behavior of the victim for decades and and even shorten their lifespan up to twenty years. The more types of ACEs you were exposed to, the more likely you will have resulting issues such as depression, addiction, heart disease, obesity and cancer later in life. People who have experienced 4 or more categories of ACEs are 4 to 12 times more likely to experience depression, drug abuse, alcoholism and suicide attempts than a person who has not experienced any. You can calculate your personal ACE score here:

An introduction to The ACE Study:


Essayist, author, and host of the Freedomain Radio Podcasts, Stefan Molyneux, believes that therapy with a good counselor can help reverse the effects of ACEs and lead to a healthier, happier life. In Part 1, Molyneux explains the correlation between childhood trauma and it's negative effects later in life:


Part 2 features an interview with one of the leaders of the ACE study, Vincent J. Felitti, MD:


This eye opening information points to the cause of many common problems and dysfunctions. The more this material is discovered and acknowledged, the better chance for understanding the cause, effectively treating it and stopping the cycle.

The ACE Study is an ongoing collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente. Led by Co-principal Investigators Robert F. Anda, MD, MS, and Vincent J. Felitti, MD.

Check out the Orange County ACA website at: Orange County Adult Children

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Meditation, Music And Stress Relief

Free Download: Native American Flute Lullabies

Meditation relieves stress as does music. Here's a whole album of chilled out grooves to download for FREE and relax to. Features ethereal flutes, guitars and nature sounds.

Click here for the free download: Native American Flute Lullabies

Happy Listening!

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Check out the Orange County ACA website at: Orange County Adult Children

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

High Correlation Between ACAs And Nurses

According to

46% of American households have alcoholism.

Wow, almost HALF by their count.

75-80% of helping professionals in the U.S. under the age of 55 are adult children of alcoholics and 60% of physicians (who are U.S.-born) under the age of 55 are first-born children of alcoholics.

83% of nurses are adult children of alcoholics.

This is a staggeringly high number! Helps explain the stats that follow...

The American Nurses Association states that 20% of nurses have 'substance abuse issues' with an an estimated 40,000 nurses in the U.S. experiencing alcoholism. Binge drinking was highest among oncology, emergency, and critical care nurses.

Odds of marijuana use are 3.5 times higher among emergency nurses. Pediatric and emergency nurses reported a higher use of cocaine than other specialties. Oncology nurses reported the highest overall drug use – for all substances combined.

Looks like growing up in an environment of substance abuse combined with having a genetic predisposition to it, is taking it's toll here. Nursing has traditionally been a profession known for compassion and empathy. Looks like nurses (and doctors) could use a bit of this medicine themselves.

Check out the Orange County ACA website at: Orange County Adult Children