Did You Know that Fear and Stress during infancy and early childhood has a cumulative impact on childhood development, but there is GOOD NEWS…
What is the ACE study and why might It be important to you?
During my work as an Emotional Freedom coach and an Inner Child Advocate, using Emotional Freedom Technique to help women break free from old emotional baggage still running their lives, the ACES study explains exactly what I’ve been experiencing with myself and my clients all along. Our wounded and traumatized inner child (don’t worry, I’m not singling you out! We all had wounds and trauma’s as little children. Remember a trauma can be anything that makes us feel helpless, powerless and /or overwhelmed. Who, as a child, never experienced those feelings at one time or another? It’s safe to say that we ALL have.) And, those trauma’s and wounds have been held subconsciously in our bodies and are sabotaging us (or as I like to say, trying to protect us) as adults. The following information about the ACES study was taken from the website http://www.americasangel.org.
[NOTE: I will be sharing 4 follow up blog posts with more specifics about the ACES study over the next month… I invite you to join me on the journey.]
“The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study is one of the largest scientific research studies of its kind, with over 17,000 mostly middle income Americans participating. The focus was to analyze the relationship between childhood trauma and the risk for physical and mental illness in adulthood. Over the course of a decade, the results demonstrated a strong, graded relationship between the level of traumatic stress in childhood and poor physical, mental and behavioral outcomes later in life. The ACE Study is an ongoing collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente.”
How does fear impact childhood?
The key concept underlying the ACE Study is that stressful or traumatic childhood experiences can result in social, emotional, and cognitive impairments. Examples: Increased risk of unhealthy behaviors, risk of violence or re-victimization, disease, disability and “early death.” Breakthroughs in neuro-biology demonstrate that fear-based childhoods disrupt neuro-development, and can actually alter normal brain structure and function. Fear during infancy and early childhood has a cumulative impact on childhood development. Results of the ACE Study link the exploding rates in America’s physical, mental, and social pathologies with our national failure to strengthen families and protect children.
What increased health risks are associated with an ACE?
The young brain is especially vulnerable to stress. When prolonged stress occurs during infancy and childhood, the stress hormone cortisol is released throughout the young brain and body. These stress hormones compromise normal brain development and the immature immune and nervous systems.
[NOTE: Prior to age 7 or 8 years old our minds are in a hypnotic state and we are experiencing the world through FELT perception, or FEELINGS, so the trauma we experience is embedded within our system. We don’t begin really THINKING about the world until about 8 years old. This is why EFT Tapping is so effective because we are able to focus on the FEELINGS of STRESS that has been stored in our bodies, vs the words. Research has shown that EFT Tapping is an amazing tool for reducing the cortisol and other stress hormones in our brains and bodies, releasing the long held stress in our bodies.]
The ACE Study demonstrates that early stress is a strong factor for developing the following national health problems.
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart attacks
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain (especially abdominal fat)
- Reduced Growth Hormone Levels
- Compromised immune function
- Bone loss
Lifelong Impacts on the Brain and Body from the Following:
A decade of rigorous research demonstrates that sustained stress in childhood results in overproduction of cortisol, with profound, lifelong impacts on the brain and body when growing up experiencing any of the following conditions in the household prior to age 18:
- Recurrent physical abuse
- Recurrent emotional abuse
- Contact sexual abuse
- An alcohol and/or drug abuser in the household
- An incarcerated household member
- Family member who is chronically depressed, mentally ill, institutionalized, or suicidal
- Mother is treated violently
- One or no parents
- Physical neglect
- Emotional neglect
If you can relate to any of the above experiences perhaps you can benefit from EFT Tapping too! The GOOD NEWS is that EFT Tapping is a very powerful yet gentle tool in helping to process and release some of the stress, fears and trauma’s that come from childhood and in turn help to stop the repetitive patterns of the repressed EMOTIONS from childhood stress and trauma’s in our adult lives, even when we don’t know what they are at a conscious level.
[NOTE: That’s the number 1 question that I get asked, what if I don’t know what my childhood issues are? My answer is, most of the time we don’t because they are held in our subconscious. That’s totally ok. That’s what we are able to do with EFT, as an Inner Child Advocate I am able to help you take the sting out of them allowing you to FEEL CALMER and SAFER in the process of finding them!! In fact, I’ve successfully worked with many women who never even had to “go there” we simply tapped on “that feeling” or “that incident” and didn’t have to TALK about it at all!
More to come…
Over the next 4 weekly blog posts I will be sharing more about the ACES study. I invite you to join us and remember your comments below are very valuable. Plus if you know anyone else who might benefit from this information please invite them to join us by signing up at my website Your Strongest Life www.yourstrongestlife.com.
PS Have you read hundreds of self help books and spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in talk therapy only to continue feeling discouraged that you still FEEL stuck in your emotional baggage but you don’t know what it is or what to do about it? EFT may be what you are looking for! It has been for me!