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.
Dr. Felitti has also served on advisory committees at the Institute of Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association.
But he is perhaps most famous for being co-principal investigator of the world famous Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, a long-term, in-depth, analysis of over 17,000 adults investigating how our emotional experiences during childhood relate to and possibly influence our physical and mental health as adults.
In today’s 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.
ACEs Connection – the most active, influential ACEs community in the world.
ACES Too High – a news site that reports on research about adverse childhood experiences, including developments in epidemiology, neurobiology, and the biomedical and epigenetic consequences of toxic stress.
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