How are you doing on reading for the Healthy Living Reading Challenge?
I have had a little more time for reading in May. A few nights I have sat on the back deck and read while enjoying our dog. Very relaxing after long days. Nice to do it before it gets too hot, and mosquitoes come out.
For the Healthy Living Reading Challenge I chose a book by Donna Jackson Nakazawa. I read her book, The Last Best Cure, and enjoyed her writing style. Entertaining, but filled with information that is backed by her research. I have had an interest in ACE, Adverse Childhood Experiences, since I read her book. I chose this one for the book on relaxation, meditation or gratitude since it was focusing on childhood trauma and how to heal. My favorite part of the book was the chapters on tools to heal.
Science is discovering that the traumatic experiences a person has in her childhood, affects her health later in life. It changes the brain and causes trauma to the physical body, not just the mental. We truly are complete individuals. Donna spends most of the book explaining what ACE is, but there are two chapters on tools to use to heal by yourself or through therapy. There is also a chapter on what you can do as a parent to help your child.
Here are a few favorite quotes from the book.
“Science tells us that biology does not have to be destiny. ACEs can last a lifetime, but they don’t have to. We can reboot our brains. Just as physical wounds and bruises heal, just as we can regain our muscle tone, we can recover function in underconnected areas of the brain. The brain and body are never static; they are always in the process of becoming and changing.” Page 150. Yes, there is hope.
“We found that a remarkable, disproportionate number of individuals who had experienced childhood adversity were later hospitalized for an autoimmune condition–and a disproportionate number of these individuals were women The more childhood adversity a woman had, the higher her risk became…” DeLisa Fairweather, PhD. Page 98. Women are affects by ACEs more than men, and the more ACEs the higher your health risks.
“We’re not talking about the need to eliminate stress, Jack Shonkoff, MD explains. In children’s lives, learning to deal with normative stress is part of healthy development.” Normative stress helps kids learn to seek out resourceful strategies, self-soothe, recover, and build the biological capacities for resilience. Toxic stress, however, occurs when a child’s stress response systems are activated in the absence of supportive, calming relationships, and stay activated for prolonged periods of time, when that’s basically what life is usually like for a child.” Page 66-67. Some stress with support can help your child be resilient.
“If you can perceive past stressors in your childhood as catalysts to your growing into who you hope to become, that reframing can be a critical step in your personal journey in healing, forgiveness, and transformation.” page 82. Perception of stress can help you heal.
If you want to take a quiz to see what your ACE score is, go to the ACE Study. You can also go to ACEsTooHigh.com to find out what your resilience score is. If you want to listen to a podcast on ACE, the Functional Forum has one.
This month my local healthy living book club chose, One Spirit Medicine: Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.
I only rated this book an ‘ok’. There really wasn’t anything new in the book I didn’t know about health. Also, I never really understood what and how to use one spirit medicine.
Some of my favorite quotes.
“Most microbes only harm us when our body is out of balance and our immune system isn’t responding properly. You may not have the power to ensure that no deadly parasite will attack you, but you do have the power to prevent and correct imbalances in your body and your relationships with others.” This give us the power to be healthy.
“Often themes run in families, passed down from parent to child. In the Amazon, they call this a generational curse. It can trigger the genes for disease.” We do pass our health on to our children.
“The number one change that can repair a leaky gut and reverse the toxin overload that leads to it is to eliminate sugar and gluten from your diet, and replenish the friendly intestinal flora.” This is something I feel strongly about as well. Sugar and gluten are toxic to most of our bodies.
“Nature designed the brain to deal with only one lion roaring at us at a time, not the entire jungle turning against us.” We were never made to handle the barrage of stressors coming at us each day. We need to learn to slow down.
If you decide to read this book, let me know what you think.
What are you reading now? Comment below if you recommend your current read or not?