Paul Tough, Author of How Children Succeed
Bryan Stevenson, Author of Just Mercy
Michelle Alexander, Author of The New Jim Crow
Kamala D. Harris, United States Senator for California
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was already known as a crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was Diego—a boy who had stopped growing after a sexual assault—who galvanized her to dig deeper into the connections between toxic stress and the lifelong illnesses she was tracking among so many of her patients and their families.
A study by healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Disease Control of more than 17,000 adult patients has led to our understanding that “Adverse Childhood Experiences”—like abuse, neglect, parental addiction or mental illness, and even divorce—can have lasting effects on human health. But the stunning news of Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ research is just how, and how deeply, our bodies can be imprinted for life by these ACEs. Childhood adversity changes our biological systems, and lasts a lifetime. From stress responses to growth rates to diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and more, we are all a product of our childhood environments.
Through powerful storytelling and fascinating scientific insight, Burke Harris illuminates her journey of discovery, from research labs nationwide to her own pediatric practice in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of children who do, the innovative and acclaimed health interventions outlined in The Deepest Well will represent vitally important hope for preventing lifelong illness for those we love and for generations to come.