NW48: Impact of Deep Roots of Adult Health on Childhood Trauma

Naturopathic Webinar 48

The Impact of the Deep Roots of Childhood Trauma on Adult Health

with Dr. Lylen Ferris, ND

TUESDAY, June 15th 2021
: 6:30 - 8:30pm

2 CEs* (approved by CNDA and OBNM)

2 CEs for CA LAc* (pending)

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Presentation Description:

Biomedical scientists and brain researchers have shown how “fight or flight” stress chemicals, like epinephrine and cortisol, which flood the body when someone encounters danger, can cause lasting damage in the brain and body of a child. When that child is under prolonged or repeated and unmitigated stress, now commonly known as “toxic stress,” it can weaken the architecture of the developing brain. This in turn can lead to lifelong problems in learning, behavior, and physical and mental health.

Events significant enough to cause toxic stress are known as Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs). ACEs include physical/sexual abuse, neglect, violence or substance abuse in the home, parental separation or divorce, death of a loved one, etc. Questionnaires are available to screen children for ACEs. As the number increases, so does the risk for health problems. Compared to people with no childhood trauma, adults who scored a four or more (each instance of toxic stress is given a score of 1) were twice as likely to be diagnosed with cancer or heart disease, seven times more likely to be alcoholic, six times more likely to have depression, and 12 times more likely to have attempted suicide. Adults exposed to six or more ACEs in childhood died 20 years sooner than those who had none.

Teaching children and families coping mechanisms can help to constructively deal with whatever stressors come their way. Additionally, supporting the body’s HPA axis can help children become more physiologically resilient to the effects of stress. In adult patients, when testing reveals suboptimal or low cortisol levels and the patient denies any stress, it is pertinent to ask them about childhood stressors which can have long reaching implications.

After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently:

1. Identify the ways in which the HPA axis responds to different types of stress.

2. Recognize how toxic stress in childhood can affect adult health.

3. Understand screening questionnaires and functional laboratory testing that may help identify and reflect the impact of toxic stress.

4. Consider various treatment protocols which address stress utilizing trauma informed, non-pharmacological therapies.

Category 1 TM Credits
CE Provider #805
310 670 8100
This course is pending approval by The California Acupuncture Board for 2 hours of continuing education
This course will be available as a self study after the date of the live webinar. 
*Refunds not available




Lylen Ferris is a naturopathic physician with a degree from the National College of Natural Medicine (now NUNM) in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Ferris completed a residency in advanced women’s health and gynecology at the NCNM clinic. Her love of teaching began in her residency where she taught numerous clinical education classes while mentoring students. Dr. Ferris has continued to teach other medical professionals by developing curriculum and presenting at numerous national and international integrative and alternative health conferences. Her practice has expanded from focusing on women’s health to include males and females of all ages. Considering the impact of stress on health is a cornerstone of her practice. She currently sits on the advisory board of Functional Medicine University.


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