Our 2019 “Live Intentionally” Speaker Series is titled “Healing through Connection: Overcoming Trauma, Toxic Stress and Disease” with speaker Dr. Thomas Cabell. This third annual event was held Friday, April 26th at 9:00 AM at Brentwood Baptist Church. Almost 400 people were in attendance!
Through Dr. Cabell’s personal story and practice as a cardiologist, he is passionate about the importance of emotional health as it relates to the nervous and immune system function, or dysfunction, which results in dis-ease in our bodies.
We talked about the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) score for childhood trauma and explore the ways adverse childhood experiences have been linked to a variety of adult conditions, ranging from increased headaches to depression to heart disease. An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. Take the test here. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is likely to be and the higher your risk for later health problems. The ACE score isn’t a crystal ball; it’s just meant as guidance. It tells you about one type of risk factor among many.
We also focused on intentional ways and ideas for supporting our body and mind through relationships, nutrition, movement, play, and meditation in mini sessions following Dr. Cabell.
The event was free for the public, but donations to The Refuge Center’s services and programs are encouraged.