Self-Care

Has Your Biography Become Your Biology?

If you have been plagued by physical illnesses since exiting a cult you can benefit by checking out a book by science journalist and writer, Donna Jackson Nakazawa. The book is, “Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal“.

The research in this book is particularly significant for people raised in an oppressive cult environment as it demonstrates the undeniable link between adverse childhood experiences, chronic childhood stress and illness throughout the lifespan. As the title says, current research shows that, “… your biography becomes your biology … ” The description of this book on Amazon adds, “When we as children encounter sudden or chronic adversity, excessive stress hormones cause powerful changes in the body, altering our body chemistry. The developing immune system and brain react to this chemical barrage by permanently resetting our stress response to “high,” which in turn can have a devastating impact on our mental and physical health.

With frequent anecdotal reports of illness such as chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, multiple sclerosis and a myriad of other autoimmune maladies among former, long-term cult members, help is desperately needed and this book is, therefore, a must read. It not only provides the scientific research showing how a childhood filled with stress and adversity can produce measurable changes in our brain, nervous system, cells and immune system, but also points to easily accessible remedies that can actually repair and reboot our brains and immune systems after childhoods of unrelenting undue influence and stress.

After being so inspired about the relevance of Nakazawa’s above book for anyone who suffered from undue influence and undue stress in their childhood, I decided to read her previous book, “The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy, and My Life.” And what an inspiring, hope-full read it was!

In “The Last Best Cure“,Nakazawa outlines her year-long quest (in concert with her doctor of integrative medicine) to repair, renew and heal her severely ailing body ravaged by multiple autoimmune diseases. She describes her stress-filled childhood, the resulting physical issues experienced as an adult, and her year long journey embracing several, simple, healing modalities, and the amazing, encouraging results she obtained.

As the research in “Childhood Disrupted” demonstrates, simple lifestyle interventions such as mindfulness, naming and disengaging from catastrophic thoughts, hatha yoga, meditation, and acupuncture can rewire our brain and immune system and effect significant, measurable changes in our health and well-being. Nakazawa’s results changed her life and could change yours!

If you are looking for hope, if you need a doable plan for recovery from dis-ease, if you do not want to delay your healing for one more moment, do yourself a huge favor and get this book! “The Last Best Cure” will help you better understand years of suffering from mysterious ailments after living a repressive, stressful childhood of adverse experiences in a cult.

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