By: Jennifer Chubinski, in collaboration with Judith Harmony, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
“Imagine if scientists discovered a toxic substance that increased the risks of cancer, diabetes and heart, lung and liver disease for millions of people. Something that also increased one’s risk for smoking, drug abuse, suicide, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, domestic violence and depression – and simultaneously reduced the chances of succeeding in school, performing well on a job and maintaining stable relationships? It would be comparable to hazards like lead paint, tobacco smoke and mercury. We would do everything in our power to contain it and keep it away from children. Right?”
This is one of the best article introductions I have read. It appeared in The New York Times in a story by David Bornstein about protecting children from toxic stress. His point was that researchers have understood for a long time that toxic stress is associated with an alarming collection of lifelong health and socio-emotional problems for kids, including everything listed above.