“Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and the workaholic. The wound may not be as deep and the ache not as excruciating, and it may even be entirely hidden—but it’s there. As we’ll see, the effects of early stress or adverse experiences directly shape both the psychology and the neurobiology of addiction in the brain.” ― Gabor Mate, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
Sure, Gabor has a way with trauma, and his own life as a Jew in Hungary, young, and his mother giving him to a neighbor for a few weeks to protect the young Gabor from the Nazis, that is what Gabor sees as both early childhood trauma and epigentic trauma.
The documentary focusing on the Canadian is good. Alas, he is also part of a group attempting to heal, but for a fee. All sorts of access to Gabor, extended conversations, and ways to work with trauma.
Here’s a list on the resources link/drop down: The Wisdom of Trauma.
- Adverse Childhood Experience short video explaining toxic stress (by KPJR Films)
- ACE Study (by Academy on Violence and Abuse)
- Breakthrough: The Trauma Chaser
- Cormac Russell on Asset Based Community Development (Podcast)
- CRACKED UP
- Former Jail Warden Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia | We Are Witnesses
- Gabor Mate & Adyashanti: Emotional and Spiritual Maturity
- Hannah Beach, trauma work with students using movement and stories, Each of Us Has a Story
- Higher Practice (Podcast)
- How childhood trauma effects health across a lifetime (TED talk with Nadine Burke Harris)
- Is Your Story Making You Sick?
- Oprah reports on Childhood Trauma’s long term effects
- Paper Tigers: One High School’s Unlikely Success Story
- PBS Newshour: Childhood Trauma
- Professor Julianne Holt Lunstad on the the amazing impact of social relationships on health and longevity (Podcast)
- Professor Steve Cole on human social genomics amongst many others with fantastic insight into the power of community (Podcast)
- Reasons I Drink (Alanis Morrissette)
- Reclaiming Our Students, 12-session online educational series for educators
- Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
- Step Inside the Circle
- Surgical Empathy
- Tashi and The Monk (Film)
- This Might Hurt (Film)
- Trauma and The Nervous System: A Polyvagal Perspective
There are other ways to also see how the world works, how people in both the West and the Global South are dealing with microaggression and macroaggression after aggression. Of course, patriarchy, capitalism and many variations on that theme are killing the human soul, the human body, from pre-birth to seven generations out. Trauma is also the synergy of chemical x mixed with chemials a,b,c on. Imagine that, a world where we barely talk about Rachel Carson, why the eagle egg thins out and why the sperm counts drop, but then, we are in a world of constant organic chemistry alchemy. The countless science going into products to make them sleeker, thinner, cooler, softer, harder, bigger, smaller, less flammable, more flammable, more slippery, less stinky, more glowing, better looking, easier to digest, more aromatic, less shiny.
That is the Faustian Bargain we all have engaged in, for our new species, Homo Consumopithecus, Erectus Plasticus. That bargain also involved a world of more complicated diodes and self-replicating genetically engineered stuff, a world where computing and virtual reality and augmented reality and artifiial intelligence and machine learning, all of that, we have accepted in our toys and in our mundane jobs, but then we shudder to think of the truly monsterous matrix and biopiracy we have allowed the data hogs and the surveillence soldiers to deploy to control our lives.
So, yes, adverse childhood experiences make sense, and it is a scale, a way to look at children who are struggling in school, and sometimes as a predictor of what might befall a student who has seen daddy put in jail, mommy hooked on booze, seen the repo man come into the home, found the beat up Ford Taurus hooked up to a tow truck for lack of payment. You know, just in a home with chaos, violence between parents, and then add up homelessness, and their own abuse, i.e. physical and sexual.
The devil, though is in the details of what ACEs really mean to the titans of finance, to the masters of social impact investing, on the Fourth Industrial Revolutionaires:
“Factors associated with adverse childhood experiences in Scottish children: a prospective cohort study” (source)
Pay for success or social impact partnership: Return on investment for social impact, as in the cost of special education, or what is the cost of depression. All that money attached to issues, but they want to tie in money and making money on those profiles — pre-crime — to preemptively fix you when you ARE not broken! Investing on disaster (disaster capitalism) or investing on your childhood or household or prison sentence. Scary stuff.
Beware of Kaiser Permanente and Silicon Valley and Futures Markets and Hedge Funds and Human Capital Markets. Making money on trauma? Prenatal shit, too.
These are nefarious human beings. These are the Inquisition’s offspring, in skinny jeans and fancy pant suits. The human capital market is contradictory in terms of health and mental care. Making money, man.
What concerns me about ACEs is the “scoring.”
Why should a standardized rubric developed under the auspices of one of the largest managed healthcare systems, Kaiser Permanente, label clients and structure the way a doctor, therapist, social worker, or educator can care for them? How did this tool come to have such a far reach, and whose interests will it ultimately serve?
Is a reliance on “scores” an intentionally-constructed framework that allows providers to limit their scope to “fixing” individuals and families rather than advancing a more radical approach whereby systemic causes of community trauma, trauma rooted in our country’s deep racist history, can be acknowledged, holistically assessed, and begin to be ameliorated?
And finally, will this “scoring” system be used to transform the treatment of childhood trauma into a machine for “pay for success” data speculation?
I believe it will.
A September-October, 2017 article for Academic Pediatrics, “Financing Mechanisms for Reducing Adversity and Enhancing Resilience Through Primary Prevention,” shows why ACE interventions will be an extremely attractive investment option for predatory social entrepreneurs. The authors note interventions that “prevent or mitigate the effects of ACEs can have impact across multiple sectors including: behavioral health, general health, child welfare, and “future criminal justice.” Every sector represents potential profit for investors. It appears there’s a lot of money in trauma remediation.
The paper references work done by the Washington State Institute on Public Policy (WSIPP) in which sophisticated cost/benefit models were created that estimate future cost savings across sectors so that the savings can be used to repay investors. WSIPP is one of eight data labs, operating under the purview of the NYU Gov Lab. Among the policy recommendations presented in this paper were: 1) setting “a conceptual framework to understand and account for outcomes across a broad range of public and private investment” 2) “validating metrics to estimate society costs and benefits” 3) adopting integrated budgets that combine health and social welfare finance and 4) disseminating information about innovative policies and finance mechanisms like “pay for success.”
The bottom line is that investors see children who have been harmed as potential sources of vast quantities of “impact” data, since the damage inflicted upon them extends across so many domains. The fact that the harm is so pervasive is, sickeningly, what makes so profitable. Interoperable databases are key to the program. All the data must be pooled in data lakes to claim the future cost offsets that enable the profit taking. WSIPP and its counterparts have been key collaborators in developing a national data architecture upon which impact investment markets will be built. More details in my post “Interoperable Data To Fuel Human Capital Hedge Funds.” (Adverse Childhood Experience Scores: Part of the “Pay for Success” Plan?)
More on this later. But for now, it comes back to ground truthing. The father-in-law tipped over at home, had a headache, slurred speech, so 911 was called, EMT’s came out, and the idea was maybe a stroke.
He already has ambulatory issues with a genetic issue with his feet and legs (he’s 79, was a truck driver, and he is in his Seventh Day Adventist world) and he has a hip replacement that went south, both because of that traumatic sawing of bone event, and I suppose because he didn’t “do” the hard end rehab program.
He is also a veteran, so he loves the VA since just four years ago, at my urging and assistance, got on that welfare-socialist gravy train. Good resources for equipment, rehab, and a listening nurse or PA.
That was a month ago, and they found the 2-inch mass in his frontal right lob, and he went under the knive a week ago, and the gliobpastoma was the result. Stuck in a Kaiser hospital, and alas, he “tested” positive for the Bioweapon Covid19, so did his wife and his visiting son (from Amerian Somoa) and grandson (from Texas).
Stuck in a hospital, and no visitors, and there you have it. Now, he has been shifted to a rehab place, and he again, tested positive for Bioweapon Covid19, and so, two days there, no visitors because he is in a “Covid19 wing of the national for-profit rehabilitation unit (Regency).
My wife and I live three hours from Portland area, and we wanted to visit her mother and this husband, but the lockdown is in effect (he’s been jabbed four times, his wife three but Jonesing for the 4th one).
My fear is the reality of 2020 and 2021. The horror stories of families separated from loved ones who ended up dying alone in a hospital. This is the madness of these mandates and these rotten dictatorial systems. ALL of it.
The trauma (mental) of this fellow in a rehab clinic, locked down, and he has opted for chemo therapy and radio therapy. The predicted lifespan for this 79 year old, according to surgeon and cancer specialists and his primacy care doctor is a year.
One year lifespan. Do not return to sender. Do not expect a refund. And, the radiation, and the poison pill or IV, those treatments (they will have to be at the VA, so transportation is an issue, as in $), what will those medical interventions do to his mind, his mental capacity, his neuro net? What about the gut and the pain and confusion and amazing body-complete aches and heaves?
Yeah, we all say we would not do this, go through this hell, for another 12 months? Or, really, the diagnosis is one year without the poisons? I am not sure they have had that conversation, since I am not a lynchpin in their lives.
Of course, the father-in-law is looking toward getting back to his small apartment and his fragile wife helping with the catheter and comode and transfering from hair to toilet to shower to bed.
It aint going to happen. He thinks he’ll be back on his scooter and tooling around Costco, etc. He believes he’ll be back dragging his legs and feet using a walker, to the curb, to the family handicap van, etc.
This is trauma, for me and for my wife and for his wife and for the grandson who had never met the granddady for his 24 years of life until the cancer diagnosis and his father footing the bill to have him come out to Sandy, OR. The son, 53, did not spend much time with this father, who is now ailing and has an expiration date, AKA medical diagnosis.
I get why people who read my stuff all over the internet, including Dissident Voice, might not get into the nitty-gritty of personal lives, my own vagaries of living, or the ground truthing I attempt to do while still tying into that with my belief that we as a nation and globe we have to throw off the chains and do some hard hard work about getting back to our tribal selves, the neo-tribal selves. Oh, yes, eco-socialism, retrenchment, global thinking, global cooperation, true human to human work. Away from the elites, the rich (there shall be no billioniaires or multimillionaires).
It’s getting complicated, though, not going along with the so-called progressives who want mandates, forced vaccinations, and of course, these impact bonds, these systems of holding poor people and struggling people accountable vis-a-vis the investors and the social impact pogroms. On Dissdient Voice, we have those who think carbon dioxide as we spew has no effect on climate, and then we have others talking about the climate emergency.
We have so many emergencies, and these medical issues will be hitting more and more people, not just indirectly with the aging Baby Boomers, but witht the anxiety, self-harm, the childhood trauma leading to destructive behavior, addiction, obesity, workaholic behavior. The constant stream of negative news, the war drums, the incompetent Western governments, the Nazis and right wing conservative anti-human, anti-ecology movement, the openly dumb censoring and cognitive dissonance of the fake progressives wanting control, mandates, and pusing techno fascism of the Google Types.
We will not see the revolution televised:
Poverty, sickness, community decay, environmental disaster will not be solved by the billionaires, the investors, the bloody idiots investing in “the developing child.”
And, more people moving to Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona will not solve a bloody thing: Imagine that, one generation’s damming of the river, flooding the desert for unchecked growth is another generation’s major major problem. Water, baby, water, and Lake Mead! The largest reservoir in the United States, is a critical source of water for 25 million people across seven states as well as some of the country’s largest agricultural valleys.
Here are the 10 states with the fastest growth rates:
- Utah (1.53%)
- Idaho (1.45%)
- Texas (1.35%)
- North Dakota (1.35%)
- Nevada (1.28%)
- Colorado (1.27%)
- Washington (1.26%)
- Florida (1.25%)
- Arizona (1.05%)
- South Carolina (0.95%)
And, the Gates Formula for land grabbing. These are real struggles: “This website contains news about the global rush to buy or lease farmlands by agribusiness, governments and financial investors — and people’s resistance against it. Its purpose is to serve as a resource for those monitoring, researching or organising around the issue, particularly activists, non-government organisations and journalists. It was initially set up by GRAIN, to share evidence of the new global farmland grab documented in Seized: The 2008 land grab for food and financial security.”
It call comes down to family, no, the battered family, the epigenetic trauma, the cities and towns flagging, the infrastructure crumbling, the fires and droughts, the heat waves, the inflation, and of course, broke medicine, and the for-profit model of everything. And the question: Who will undergo the chemo and radiation and bed-riddennes and non-ambulatory life stuck in a hospital bed and rehab or hospice for that one year lifespan?
The costs, man, mental, familial, the community impact. And, just the bills, man, the hospital bills.
How much money does a brain tumor surgery cost? For patients not covered by health insurance, the typical cost of brain tumor treatment can range from less than $50,000 for a small benign tumor in an accessible location that can be treated with surgery alone up to $700,000 or more for a malignant tumor that must be treated with some combination of surgery, radiation ….The median total direct cost of patient care was $91,000, with radiotherapy and imaging costs being the most expensive (approximately $14,000 each). The majority of direct costs were incurred in the first four months of treatment with a plateau in costs beyond 1 year, reflecting the poor survival of this disease.