By Ted Roelofs, Bridge, December 13, 2019
By now, the medical evidence is clear: Childhood trauma can have profound effects on physical and mental health.
Even so, Michigan physicians like Timothy Kval remain all too rare. Working out of a Muskegon clinic, Kval evaluates more than a patient’s symptoms, blood pressure readings and cholesterol scores.
He also screens adult patients for past traumatic events like physical abuse, neglect, domestic violence in the home or the loss of a parent through divorce or death. He is looking for links between what researchers call Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and higher rates of everything from obesity to heart disease to heavy drinking and depression.