Last month, I shared some advice about how to be the best mother you can, given your style, your maternal blueprint, and your soul’s desires. I reminded you that when you’re happy, you’re likely to be a better mother. The foundation you create in your home for your children is one that will impact their health for a lifetime. If you are happy and live joyfully, which by the way is your birthright, you give your children (and friends and family) the best possible lifestyle to model.
No one has the perfect childhood, though. No one. And that’s OK. We are lucky to live in a time when we understand how our past affects us. My work with women has been, to a large extent, to help them recognize patterns in life that need to improve in order for their health to improve. Sometimes these patterns are our thoughts. And sometimes those thoughts are buried so deeply they become part of our physical and chemical makeup.
To break the hold your past has on you, I encourage you to learn more about the ACE study in this month’s blog. If you’ve adopted some unhealthy lifestyle habits, it may be time to consider what, if anything, from your past is holding you back. I also hope you will listen to the wise words of Louise Hay who said the source of all illness is lack of love for yourself. You were born a perfect, lovable being, and that can never change, regardless of your past.
Thrive in the Future by Understanding the ACE Study
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study scientifically validates something many physicians, including me, have experienced. The environment that you are raised in can have a significant impact on your health and habits for a long, long time. The ACE study comprehensively documents the long-term affects of abuse and household dysfunction, linking it to health risks and even death. You are not your past. You are not your genes. But certain health outcomes are tied to certain risk factors. This is actually great news! While you can’t change your genes or your past, you CAN make changes in your life today that reduce or even eliminate those risk factors… And then, you can even take it up a notch and flourish!
In 1998, Dr. Vincent Felitti, the head researcher on the ACE study, published his findings in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine1. This huge study was conducted with more than 17,000 participants, all middle-class and middle-aged, by the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Center in San Diego. What he found was that adverse childhood experiences were vastly more common than was previously recognized or acknowledged.
In fact, slightly more than half of the participants had grown up in a) dysfunctional homes, with missing or alcoholic (or drug using) parents, or with a depressed or mentally ill person, b) had suffered sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, or c) a experienced a combination of “a” and “b.”
Adverse childhood events often lead to adult shame and illness. Back in the early 1980s, I realized that every case of severe PMS I saw was in a woman who had come from an alcoholic home or was currently residing in one. Many others with chronic pelvic pain had been sexually abused. This sort of information was what prompted me to write Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom in the first place. My original work was based on my observations in a small town in Maine. The ACE study shows that women’s experiences are the same the world over. Click here to continue reading this month's blog.
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay is hands down one of my favorite books. I’m not the only one. This New York Times bestseller has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Louise’s key message in this powerful work is: “If you are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.” Louise explains how limiting beliefs and ideas are often the cause of illness, and how you can change your thinking—and improve the quality of your life! Packed with powerful information and beautiful affirmations, you'll love this gem of a book.
More Health Resources for June
I’ve chosen these special resources to help you on your journey to vibrant health.
Articles and Blogs Flourishing in Times of Transition
A strong first chakra is linked to a sense of safety, security, and well being. Do you remember the first time you were away from home and got sick? Maybe it was going off to camp or college, or on a sleepover at a friend’s home. You may have had a sinking feeling or felt like you were all alone in the world. This isn’t a coincidence. It has to do with the health of your first chakra. Click here to read more.
Naming Your Needs Elegantly
Unmet needs are also the basis for just about all of our stress. That means there is a tremendous amount to be gained by learning the skills of non-violent communication. Not only will these skills enhance every relationship in your life, they will also give you a way to get your needs met elegantly. Click here to read more.
Podcast Dr. Northrup on the Teachings of Abraham
Are you familiar with The Law of Attraction? Listen as Dr. Northrup discusses the inspirational work of Esther and Jerry Hicks, and the Teachings of Abraham.
A Special Film: Hungry for Change
Over a year ago, I was interviewed by James Colquhuon and Laurentine ten Bosch, the directors of the hugely popular documentary Food Matters. They asked to capture my thoughts and insights on the diet and weight loss industry for their new film, Hungry for Change: Your Health Is in Your Hands. I am proud to be part of this incredible documentary!
In addition to me, Hungry for Change features interviews with bestselling health authors and leading medical experts, including Kris Carr, Jon Gabriel, Dr. Alejandro Junger, Evita Ramparte, Jason Vale, Daniel Vitalis, and more. There are also transformational stories from people who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight.
I’ve watched this film a number of times and can honestly say that Hungry for Change is the first film in its kind to discuss what’s really happening in the food industry in a way that truly empowers the consumer. The film contains practical and realistic solutions that will help you figure out what's keeping you from having the body and health you deserve.
September 7-9, 2012
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Vincent J. Felitti, et al, The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study: Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults, American Journal of Preventive Medicine 1998;14(4)
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