“All healing is essentially the release of fear.” – A Course In Miracles
“Fear and sickness are identical.” – Mary Baker Eddy
Circumcision is only one of many sources of trauma children face. Even what we consider entertainment is full of shock and awe, emotional roller-coaster. It is important to learn to release fear. Should be taught in elementary school and in religious institutions. It’s important to release fear as soon as possible so it doesn’t leave its mark in the body.
Every day, we are exposed to things such as pollution that can increase our risk of illness. Many people take on additional risks—due to tobacco smoke, fast food, or alcohol, for example.
But there’s a less-recognized exposure that is even more common than smoking and increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung diseases, sexually transmitted infections, chronic pain, and mental illness, and reduces one’s life by as much as 20 years.
This public health hazard that hides in plain sight is childhood adversity: experiences such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.
Childhood Adversity Is Common
In the United States, more than two-thirds of children reported at least one traumatic event by age 16, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In Canada, one child in three is physically or sexually abused, or witnesses violence between adults in their home. Other adversities such as emotional neglect, living in an unsafe neighborhood, or experiencing prejudice and bullying are even more common. Studies in the United States show about 60 percent of children and teenagers have these adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. The more severe the exposure, the greater the health risk.
The reason that ACEs contribute to so many diseases is that they are associated with many things that trigger other causes of disease. Think of ACEs as a “cause of causes.”
Health Risk Behaviors and Physiological Changes
As kids who have had adverse experiences grow up, they are more likely to smoke, drink excessively, and use nonprescription drugs. They are more likely to engage in risky sexual activity and to become obese.
Growing up in conditions that are consistently frightening or stressful affects the biology of developing bodies, especially the development of the systems that regulate our reactions to threats, from predators to viruses. ACEs are even associated with changes in our chromosomes that are linked to early mortality.
Interpersonal and Psychological Effects
As psychiatrists for adults who experience physical and mental illness in combination, our patients often tell us about the personal impact of ACEs. One man said he didn’t “have even the slightest shadow of a doubt that a loss of human connection is the most substantial negative impact” of these experiences. The health costs of human disconnection are profound. Indeed, lacking interpersonal support may hasten mortality as much or more than smoking, excessive drinking, inactivity, obesity, or untreated high blood pressure…
It greatly increases the risk of depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addictions. The one in three adults who experienced childhood sexual or physical abuse or witnessed interpersonal violence at home have at least twice the incidence of these disorders compared to others…
No mention of the satanic ritual abuse and brainwashing of needless circumcision. See