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Childhood trauma hurts health – but what’s the remedy?

Childhood trauma isn’t just bad for the psyche; it’s debilitating for the body, and years later, can lead to adult illness. Researchers who studied 17,000 patients at a Kaiser Permanente clinic in San Diego in the 1990s found that traumatized kids grew into adults who were not only more likely to smoke or drink or overeat, but also more likely to die young, suffer heart and lung problems, and develop cancer.