Energy Is Healing | Juliana Allen | Certified Practitioner

What are ACEs?

ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences that harm children’s developing brains and lead to changing how they respond to stress. ACEs cause much of our burden of chronic disease, most mental illness, and are at the root of most violence.

"Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

ACEs can be prevented. Learn more about preventing ACEs in your community 

What is ACE Science?

ACEs science refers to the research on the prevalence and consequences of adverse childhood experiences. It comprises:

1. CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study — how those with ACEs have an increased risk of adult onset of chronic health problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, suicide, and alcoholism.

2. Brain science (neurobiology of toxic stress) — how toxic stress caused by ACEs damages the function and structure of kids’ developing brains.

3. Health consequences — how toxic stress caused by ACEs affects short- and long-term health, and can impact every part of the body, leading to autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis, as well as heart disease, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc.

4. Historical and generational trauma (epigenetic consequences of toxic stress) — how toxic stress caused by ACEs can alter how our DNA functions, and how that can be passed on from generation to generation.

ACE Study

The CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) uncovered a stunning link between childhood trauma and the chronic diseases people develop as adults, as well as social and emotional problems. This includes heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes and many autoimmune diseases, as well as depression, violence, being a victim of violence, and suicide.

Take the test.

Prior to your 18th birthday:

1. Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often… Swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you? or Act in a way that made you afraid that you might be physically hurt?

Yes___      No___    

2. Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often… Push, grab, slap, or throw something at you? or Ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured?

Yes___      No___    

3. Did an adult or person at least 5 years older than you ever… Touch or fondle you or have you touch their body in a sexual way? Or attempt or actually have oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse with you?

Yes___      No___    

4. Did you often or very often feel that … No one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special? or Your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?

Yes___      No___    

5. Did you often or very often feel that … You didn’t have enough to eat, had to wear dirty clothes, and had no one to protect you? or Your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed it?

Yes___      No___    

6. Were your parents ever separated or divorced?

Yes___      No___    

7. Was your mother or stepmother:
Often or very often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at her? or Sometimes, often, or very often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard? or Ever repeatedly hit over at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife?

Yes___      No___    

8. Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic, or who used street drugs?

Yes___      No___    

9. Was a household member depressed or mentally ill, or did a household member attempt suicide?                        

Yes___      No___    

10. Did a household member go to prison?

Yes___      No___    

Now add up your “Yes” answers:  __________

This is your ACE Score