By Anne Dachel
A study from the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis has solved the mystery surrounding the decline in the health of America’s children and the explosion in behavioral/developmental disorders overwhelming our schools.
A report released on Oct 30, 2017 entitled, Early childhood adversities linked to health problems in tweens, teens gave us the details of the study which has already been talked about in the media over the last several months.
Here the opening:
“Study is first to point to brain changes that underlie poor health in some children.”
What that actually means is “adverse childhood events” (ACEs) cause brain damage in early childhood and this can result in all kinds of problems like “severe depression by their preteen and early teen years and …physical health problems, such as asthma and gastrointestinal disorders.”
ACEs are the things that happen to kids in their home environment and they ‘can have serious health consequences evident as early as the teen and preteen years,’ according to senior investigator and Washington University child psychiatrist Joan L. Luby, MD.
We’re seeing more children with behavioral problems in schools and this could tell us why. Dr. Luby went on to say, ‘People exposed to adversity early in life experience changes in the volume of the inferior frontal gyrus that probably can make children more vulnerable to behavioral issues and bad decision-making. We suspect that such changes are associated with issues such as poor diet, risky and more dangerous behavior and generally not taking very good care of yourself, and overall, this contributes to poorer mental and physical health outcomes.’
We’ve seen huge increases in physical health problems in children that can’t be dismissed with the claim of “better diagnosing,” like they’ve done with autism, and what this study does is lay the blame for asthma, GI disease and more on childhood trauma. It’s a deceptively clever way to further marginalize anyone who says that the toxins our children are exposed to everywhere have any ill effects on them, and it puts parents on the defensive.
IF parents are poor or divorced, IF there’s been a death in the family, IF anyone has had mental health problems or addiction—any of these things could cause mental or physical illness in children.
Forget the toxic foods we feed children daily or the multiple toxics we routinely inject into their little bodies and developing brains. INSTEAD, IT’S “TOXIC STRESS” FROM HOME THAT’S HURTING THEM. (“Toxic stress” is another new term often used with “adverse childhood event,” so get used to them.)
Luby explained how the tables have been turned on us: ‘We know toxins in the environment can contribute to disease, but this study suggests that kids can experience physical and mental health problems from exposure to psychosocial toxins, too.’
Luby is going to continue to study these children AND to begin “a multidisciplinary study to follow pregnant women and their infants to see whether psychosocial stressors and adversity experienced during pregnancy and the first three years of a child’s life also affect brain development and overall health.”
We were told that these findings could "alter the way doctors and researchers think about the development of disease."
I’m sure they will. They can just blame parents for whatever is wrong with their children. I’ve already been convinced because of the massive amount of news stories about how childhood trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression are affecting schools around the world.
We’ll be spending piles of money on more studies, programs, teacher workshops and services that focus on undoing the bad things parents are doing to their kids. All this is well coordinated with experts and sources around the world all saying the same thing. And no one will be allowed to argue that stress has always been around, and so has poverty. Everyone will jump on board with this neat, simple explanation for all our ills. I can’t wait to read about ACEs triggering autism.