A Leap Forward In Social Evolution: ACEs Going Mainstream In California?

These news could have far, far reaching implications. A profound paradigm shift is underway.

The first Surgeon-General in California, Dr Nadine Harris, is a leading advocate for the new understanding that our greatest diseases spring from emotional trauma in childhood. She will promote screening sick children for Adverse Childhood Experiences, ACEs.

This is a huge game-changer! The beginning of the end of the ‘Pharmaceutical Theory of Everything’ – that makes a market from human sickness. It also marks a great leap forward in our awakening to the primacy of childhood in all human endeavour. Better policy for better childhoods.

It all has to start somewhere. But you have to admit: California is one hell of a somewhere!

Nadine Harris: you are a giant change-maker.  May you be a domino. Check out her TED talk. Perfect summary of the gigantic, world-changing ACE study. The implications are utterly transformative, revolutionary. The end of the Drug Era, the beginning of health.


VIDEO: “The single most important thing that we need today is the courage to look this problem in the face and say this is real and this is all of us.” – Dr. Nadine Burke Harris on Adverse Childhood Experiences’ Impact on lifelong health.


Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate

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