“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Ephesians 5:11
Did you know, “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as violence, victimization, substance misuse in the household, or witnessing intimate partner violence, has been linked to leading causes of adult morbidity and mortality?”
In the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2019;68(44):999-1005. by Melissa T. Merrick, Ph.D. et al. titled “Estimated Proportion of Adult Health Problems Attributable to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Implications for Prevention – 25 States, 2015-2017” the association between life outcome and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) were assessed.
The US study used BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) with 144,017 respondents from 25 US states, reporting on a range of health conditions and risk behaviors.
The respondents reported adverse childhood experiences, ranging from none, to four or more, i.e. exposure to abuse: mental, physical, emotional; household challenges, i.e. household member with substance misuse, incarcerated, mentally ill, parental divorce, or witnessing intimate partner violence, before the age of 18.
The study group also reported if they had any of these conditions (as advised by their health care professional): coronary heart disease, stroke, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancer (excluding skin), kidney disease, diabetes and depression.
Other topics in the survey included reporting BMI (Body Mass Index) to determine participants’ overweight or obesity status, smoking history and current use, and heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages.
The respondents also recorded socio-economic challenges, including lack of health insurance, unemployment status, and level of education.
The researchers concluded:
“Nearly one in six adults of the study population reported four or more adverse childhood experiences.”
“Adverse childhood experiences were significantly associated with poorer health outcomes, health risk behaviors, and socioeconomic challenges.”
“Efforts that prevent adverse childhood experiences could also potentially prevent adult chronic conditions, depression, health risk behaviors, and negative socioeconomic outcomes.”
“States can use comprehensive public health approaches derived from the best available evidence to prevent childhood adversity before it begins.”
“By creating the conditions for healthy communities and focusing on primary prevention, it is possible to reduce the risk of adverse childhood experiences while also mitigating consequences for those already affected by these experiences.”
“Adverse childhood experiences can derail optimal health and development by altering gene expression, brain connectivity and function, immune system function, and organ function. Adverse childhood experiences can also compromise the development of healthy coping strategies, which can affect health behaviors, physical and mental health, life opportunities and premature death.”
“Adverse childhood experiences have been linked to increased risk for alcohol and substance use disorders, suicide, mental health conditions, heart disease, other chronic illnesses, and health risk behaviors throughout life.”
“At least five of the 10 leading causes of death have been associated with exposure to adverse childhood experiences, including several contributors to declines in life expectancy.”
“Preventing adverse childhood experiences is critical to addressing multiple public health and social challenges and to improving the lives of children, families, and communities.”
The results of this survey and research by other organizations across the world, regarding the negative social, economic and health outcomes of childhood adversity are paralyzing. Yet, why aren’t these facts making front-page news?
It’s time to educate the public about the life-altering effects of childhood adversity.
Studies such as this, conclude, “Reducing adverse childhood experiences is critical to avoiding multiple negative health and socioeconomic outcomes in adulthood.”
I have invested decades of my life, educating the public about social problems that are affecting individuals, families and communities.
I’ve worked in policing and witnessed horrible things. The disgusting truth – most people in custody, suffer from addiction and/or mental illness, and had a childhood history of neglect, abuse and/or witnessed violence.
FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES ARE IN SOCIAL AND MORAL PERIL
Systems (healthcare, social, judicial, law enforcement) are overwhelmed, unable to keep up with the totality of illnesses and social problems.
The church was created to teach God’s word, speak truth and be the governing authority over communities, ensuring spiritual connection, justice, health and wellness.
I would like to attend your congregation, to provide a presentation about the results of the study, stressing the importance of early childhood intervention and prevention strategies, and to provide tools to help families thrive.
The presentation will also benefit adults who carry unresolved pain, perhaps silenced about childhood abuse, trauma, or household dysfunction. This will help them connect the dots, understand their flaws and struggles, and most importantly, heal and flourish.
The goal is to relieve people of their disparity while renewing their trust in the church and connecting fully with God.
My presentation is about one hour in length and is geared to an adult audience. Your members are provided with an open forum to ask questions or share insights, at the end of the presentation.
The presentation can be delivered in person or through a broadcast platform such as Zoom. I will arrange the Zoom meeting and send you the Zoom link to share with your members.
I will also introduce a unique teaching and therapy character/book set, designed to teach children about health, safety, faith and life skills. This tool is highly recommended by doctors, therapists, and parents, as a way to prevent childhood adversity through early childhood education.
In my presentation, I will quote scripture about protecting children, healthy parenting and families.
Investment in Lives and The Authority of the Church
My goal is to collaborate with churches in Canada and the USA, to share this important message.
I realize churches are struggling to make ends meet, especially since the COVID.
I will do my best to ensure your church is part of this North American movement. I believe this widely needed forum, endorsed by the church, will attract interest and participation from your community.
My work has been featured in Canadian and American media, magazines, podcasts and radio stations. I have an upcoming story in the inaugural edition of Top Doctor Magazine in the USA.
I live to serve God.
He has put fire in my spirit to keep moving and believing, regardless of the enormous task at hand.
My mission is to end childhood adversity, through prevention, transparency, collaboration, and education.
I am seeking those who are willing to leave the comfort of the status quo.
Please contact me today, to discuss how we can enrich lives, while building a church filled with love, truth and unity.