Doctor: Childhood trauma can destroy your health decades later yet America ignores it. Alternet.

And so does the UK.

This is so important in the debate about cuts in the UK budget.

Poverty has a very severe and lasting impact on the health of children.

‘It turns out this is exactly where the science comes in. We now understand better than we ever have before how exposure to early adversity affects the developing brains and bodies of children. It affects areas like the nucleus accumbens, the pleasure and reward center of the brain that is implicated in substance dependence. It inhibits the prefrontal cortex, which is necessary for impulse control and executive function, a critical area for learning. And on MRI scans, we see measurable differences in the amygdala, the brain’s fear response center. So there are real neurologic reasons why folks exposed to high doses of adversity are more likely to engage in high-risk behavior, and that’s important to know.’

We need to urgently educate our politicians making these detrimental decisions.

http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/doctor-childhood-trauma-can-destroy-your-health-decades-later-yet-america-ignores-it

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