July 28 2017

Bakersfield Californian – ‘An invisible crisis’: Toxic stress is helping to shorten life spans in many Kern County communities

…The premature death rates point to a disturbing trend cited by researchers, policy analysts and doctors: enduring a childhood of traumatic struggles like food insecurity, parental divorce and abuse creates an environment so toxic that it can have physiological impacts, wrecking the health of those it touches by leaving them at higher risk for heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular issues. It sets others on a course of alcoholism and drug abuse — things that lead to what one researcher has called “deaths of despair.”

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