{VIDEO} The Lifelong Health Impact of Childhood Trauma

Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician and the founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness. Her organization seeks to create a multidisciplinary clinical model that effectively treats toxic stress in children.

In her recent TED Talk, Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress from traumatic circumstances like war has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer.