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The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Overall Health

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Exposure to childhood trauma dramatically increases the risk for seven out of ten of the leading causes of death in the United States. People exposed to intense levels of trauma in childhood have three times the lifetime risk of heart disease and lung cancer and a 20 year decrease in life expectancy.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris strongly advocates for pediatricians to become active participants in the prevention and treatment of trauma.

Please see her spirited TED Talk below: