Yesterday I attended a workshop with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett at SEAHEC’s 2014 Breast Feeding Summit entitled “Hot Topics in Breastfeeding: Disparities, Depression, Obesity, Sexual Trauma, and Sleep.” Some of the topics, including trauma and the effects on the physical body were so similar to what I have learned with Koaverii Weber in the 500-hour training. Until we start addressing trauma when talking about bodily experiences such as yoga, birth and breastfeeding, we are really missing out on the big picture. Here is a summary of some of the most fascinating research that Kendall-Tackett presented. Please consider everything below cited for Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and check out her website at http://www.uppitysciencechick.com.
In the SWAN, Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, 342 middle-aged women were studied on the effects of childhood sexual abuse. 34 percent of the women studied had a history of abuse. According to the study, a history of childhood physical abuse had a direct correlation to metabolic syndrome in midlife women. This study directly relates to the ACE study, which notes that the more adverse childhood experiences a child undergoes, the more likely the child is to have increased risk for morbidity and early death.