nadine burke harris

nadine burke harris

tedmed sept 2014

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

the adverse childhood experiences study –

Over 17,000 Kaiser patients participating in routine health screening volunteered to participate in The Study.  Data resulting from their participation continues to be analyzed; it reveals staggering proof of the health, social, and economic risks that result from childhood trauma.

suicide – 12 times (if score of 4 – aces)

7 min – the science of exposure to early adversity… even if you don’t engage in high risk behavior – your risk is higher

8 min – fight/flight response – ready to fight/run from bear – wonderful if you’re in a forest and there’s a bear – problem is what happens when the bear comes home every night.. and this system is activated over and over again.. no longer helpful.. but mal adapted..

9 min – when we know the mechanism of a disease… it’s our job to work with that..

why haven’t we taken this more seriously? – maybe because it’s about all of us.. and we’d rather be sick. (than look at it)

early adversity dramatically affects health across a lifetime

this is treatable/beatable.. it is all of us..


Nadine is founder and ceo of center for youth wellness:



a nother way



cure violence



mental health