How Childhood Can Haunt Us - Dr. Vincent Felitti (


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Vincent Felitti is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Diego, and the founder of the Department of Preventive Medicine for Kaiser Permanente, where he served as the chief of preventive medicine for 26 years, during which time his department provided comprehensive medical evaluations to 1.1 million individuals, becoming the largest single-site medical evaluation facility in the western world.

In today‚Äôs episode we discuss the history and origins of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, how childhood trauma can later manifest as physical illness such as cancer and heart disease, why things like obesity and smoking are often protective reactions to childhood trauma, how people with an ACE score 6 or higher have a 5000% greater risk of suicide, and how doctors and mental health professionals can better care for people suffering the consequences of childhood trauma. 

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It is always great to hear Felitti. Listening to it was a great refresher on ACEs. What stood out for me was on smoking and it's short term treatmeant for depression. It's my best indicator in the field of EMS to present ACEs awareness to my patients. I just visited with a Physician yesterday that has never heard of the ACE Study or even Trauma Informed Care. We have to do a better job in New York State of getting the word out. She recieved one of my handouts.