Trauma and Black Women’s Experiences

Black women’s trauma maybe different from other ethnic groups traumatic experiences.  Of the 17,400 people who answered the ACE’s  questionnaire, most were  middle class, college educated, Whites. They responded indicating that they had experienced several ace’s prior to their 18th birthday.

However, there are situations in Black communities across the nation that are not on the questionnaire. Many African Americans have suffered depression, anxiety, or suffered through the death of a loved one by violence. Black women experience high rates of trauma and other disparities, such as gun violence, health care, foster care placement, and pregnancy-related complications. Black women’s trauma maybe different from other ethnic groups traumatic experiences.

Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that produces psychological injury or emotional pain. Many traumatic experiences  occur during childhood. Positive and negative experiences have a tremendous impact on future violence, victimization, perpetration, and lifelong health outcomes. These early experiences are important public issues.

Here are the five types of trauma

  1. Physical
  2. Verbal
  3. Sexual
  4. Physical neglect
  5. Emotional neglect

Risky behaviors are linked to early traumatic experiences, such as chronic health conditions, low potential, and premature death in adults. Much of the research in this area is called Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s). As the number of ACE’s increases, so does the risk for these outcomes.

Anyone who has experienced, or witnessed trauma, has been traumatized. Furthermore those who have read about, or heard about a tragic event in the media, has been traumatized as well.

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” Pema Chodron

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me,” is an old saying that we used to say. We believed it but it isn’t true. The names we’re called cut as deep as any knife. Tears flowed as a client of mine recalled the words her mother said to her as a child. If you think words can’t hurt you just think of something someone said to you during your childhood. Now notice how you feel? Notice your emotions.

Is Trauma Affecting Learning In American Schools?


Students across our country experience unrelenting trauma. These experiences often go unspoken and untreated.

Researchers determined that “ACEs—adverse childhood experiences harm young people’s developing brains so profoundly that the effects show up decades later, and they cause most chronic diseases, and mental illness, and furthermore they are at the root of most violence.”

Researchers found 13% of adults in Pennsylvania have an ACEs score of 4 or higher. And 30-45% of adults nationwide reported an ACEs score of 4 or higher.

Trauma doesn’t turn off because the school bell rang. People talk about the importance of educating “the whole child.” This holistic approach includes art, music, social, emotional learning, computer science, etc. But what we fail to realize is that the whole child extends beyond school curriculum and requires support for the traumatic experiences that many of our students encounter daily.

Educators are now becoming aware of the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on the brains and well-being of children. Although, our collective actions haven’t kept pace with the research. We have a better understanding of the PTSD of soldiers, and many child advocates say that there is no “post” -traumatic for our youth. The ‘P’ in “post-traumatic” for our youth often stands for “persistent trauma.” Students deal with a constant barrage of decisions that adults make that perpetuate the trauma: racist redlining, deliberate under-funding of schools, and more.

Those facing persistent trauma, have difficulty building trust and maintaining healthy relationships. It is a barrier to learning. Schools must make decisions about how to support students. Parents and the community look to schools to provide the space and time to help students cope and thrive beyond the trauma they’ve experienced. Although, it is challenging to help students evolve beyond their persistent trauma. Strong school relationships, help kids cope and feel whole.


When adults don’t practice self-care, they make matters worse. Children need stable, level-headed caregivers. Adults need to help students learn self-care. The road to liberation is long and arduous. Self-care must be a part of our students’ and those who serve them daily.

Angela Davis said, “Self-care has to be incorporated in all of our efforts. And this is something new.”

This is what we need to prepare our students for. Not only do they face trauma, but they will also deal with racism, sexism, and a whole lot of other “isms” of oppression that are traumatic. Our students need to be prepared to handle the oppression, while they help dismantle it.


Adult decisions can perpetuate the trauma students experience.

Trauma-informed schools have ongoing professional development and reflection. “We make it a whole school project with every adult participating in building knowledge, increasing self-care, and thinking about how to support, rather than punish students when they are struggling. We know our students are bright and capable and we must hold them to the highest standards; we know they can achieve, and we support them in making decisions that will set them up for success.” Schools must also continue growing, being more reflective, and solutions-oriented as we help our youth and community.

Schools across the country are working hard to ensure students feel whole, despite what they have been exposed to and experience. We also must ensure that our schools don’t contribute to students’ experiences of persistent trauma.

Heddy Keith, author of Through It All: A Memoir of Love and Loss, The Men I Chose to Love and Lessons Learned

Childhood Trauma Affects Adults Later in Life

By Heddy Keith M. Ed, CH, CI

Trauma is an experience that produces psychological injury or emotional pain. Traumatic experiences often occur during childhood. Both positive and negative experiences have a tremendous impact on future violence, victimization, perpetration, and lifelong health outcomes. These early experiences are important public issues.

Risky behaviors are linked to early traumatic experiences, such as chronic health conditions, low potential, and premature death in adults. Much of the research in this area is referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). As the number of ACEs increases so does the risk for these outcomes. Research indicates that victims of one assault are most likely to have other assaults. People who have been violent in one context are likely to be violent in another.

With these different forms comes sharing common consequences that have effects across the lifespan such as mental, emotional, physical or social problems. They may contribute to chronic health problems such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, or diabetes. These children share familiar risks and protective factors

A risk factor is a characteristic that increases the likelihood of a person becoming a victim or perpetrator, it could be early aggressive behavior, lack of parental supervision, academic problems, undiagnosed mental health issues, peer substance use, drug availability, poverty, peer rejection, and child abuse or neglect.  The presence of a risk factor does not mean a person will always experience violence. Victims are never responsible for the harm inflicted upon them.

A protective factor is a characteristic which decreases the probability of a person becoming a victim or perpetrator, such as parental resilience, social connections, the social emotional competence of the children, as well as good parenting and child development skills, It provides a buffer against the risk.

Maltreatment of children includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role. There are five types of trauma:


  1. Physical
  2. Verbal
  3. Sexual
  4. Physical neglect
  5. Emotional neglect

An estimated 1 in 4 children has some form of child abuse or neglect in his or her lifetime. In 2015 about 1,670 children died nationwide from abuse or neglect. The total lifetime costs are estimated at $124 billion a year.

Today’s Youth is always in hyperarousal. Post and Present Trauma is ongoing chronic stress. “Hurt, people, hurt people.”

Anyone who has experienced, witnessed, read about, participated in, or heard about a tragic event on the radio, television, magazines, newspapers, or on social media has been traumatized.

A Harvard study found that with repeated trauma the hippocampus gets overloaded–fight or flight response in the brain begin to generalize. Youth are overloaded with stress hormones. Many modern-day teenagers:

  • Are always in fight or flight mode
  • Have trouble learning
  • Don’t trust adults.
  • Have anxiety can’t sleep.
  • Have trouble handling emotions.
  • Have stomach aches or headaches.
  • Have self-destructive behavior.
  • Are at risk of becoming victims or perpetrators and or turning to drugs and alcohol.

Trauma affects children. Some learn to suppress and protect themselves, by pretending it never happened. The mind suppresses it to survive the pain. The brain knows how to protect us. The child functions as usual. Memories start to come out gradually. There will come a day when the child or adult gets flashbacks or dreams. The brain says it’s time to deal with this; you’re ready.

The mind says, “I’m not going to let you deal with this trauma, but you will remember the smell, and you won’t like it.” The subconscious mind stores and records millions of bits of information.

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” Pema Chodron

Classroom teachers see these behaviors every day in disruptive students, not knowing why they are behaving in such a way. Disruptive students not only shut down their learning process, but they also become an obstacle to other students who want to learn. Traumatized children suffering from multiple traumas need special attention.To Love and Lesso

Heddykeith, author of Through it All: A Memoir of Love and Loss, The Men I Chose To Love and Lessons Learned

Discover Your Power with Self-Hypnosis


Self-hypnosis is a trance-like state characterized by increased suggestibility, extreme relaxation, and heightened imagination. If you can put yourself into a hypnotic state) of consciousness at will, then you can get the benefits of improved mental power and well-being. Self-hypnosis refers to a situation where you intentionally put yourself in this relaxed state without the help of anyone, not even a hypnotherapist.

Self-Hypnosis improves the power of the mind because it induces a state of increased suggestibility and extreme relaxation to treat a host of physical and mental conditions. This technique is medically recognized, and it uses innate powers to promote all kinds of physical and mental improvements. Some health care professionals are trained in hypnotherapy — chiropractors, nurses, doctors, dentists, and psychotherapists. However, with self-hypnosis, you don’t have to rely on someone else to guide you into this powerful mental state – it is something you can do on your own.

But how does self-hypnosis feel? If you’ve ever found yourself entranced or mesmerized by ripples in a pond, ocean waves, or a crackling fire, then you’ve experienced self-hypnosis. These experiences make you feel profoundly relaxed and lost in your thoughts; you become temporarily unaware of the world around you – just like someone absorbed in a novel or a movie.

Hypnosis can help alleviate anxiety and other stress-related disorders. It helps with situational anxiety such as fear of taking exams or of public speaking. Self-hypnosis is also useful if you have a medically related concern such as that experienced before or during chemotherapy, surgery, a dental procedure, or other medical treatments and tests.

It can minimize the symptoms of panic attacks and generalized anxiety disorder. Medical experts have used it successfully for a long list of chronic diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure, asthma, migraines, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, eating disorders, chronic pain, and bruxism. It also helps those with dementia, Tourette syndrome, sexual problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, memory issues, insomnia and sleep disorders, epilepsy and depression.

You can use hypnosis to improve all areas of your life. It is most commonly used for weight loss, to sleep better, quit smoking, or for general stress relief. Hypnosis is used to increase concentration, focus, and productivity, improve self-esteem and confidence, and enhance relationships. You can use self-Hypnosis to make you whatever you want to be —healthier, happier, and more successful.

Since the 1950s, many medics have acknowledged hypnosis as a valid medical therapy. It is therefore not surprising that a wide variety of healthcare professionals have integrated it into their practice.


Discover Your Power with Self Hypnosis

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Salute To Veterans

“Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well.” —Jennifer M. Granholm

Veteran's Day Graphic for Meals & DealsAll across our nation we celebrate and pay tribute to our veterans, to those who give their lives to protect our lives. It is with this heartfelt gratitude that I offer Free introductory hypnosis sessions to our veterans during the month of November.

“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.” —Wallace Bruce

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” —Bruce Lee

A life worth remembering… as I think about this and the sacrifices these courageous men and women make in our country’s behalf,  my heart is overflowing with appreciation and compassion. It is our duty to not only remember them on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, but everyday.  I am so grateful for our soldiers and the sacrifices they make everyday, sacrifices that we take for granted.                                                            Veterans Thank You 13 - 1

“When the soldiers came home from Vietnam, there were no parades, no celebrations. So they built the Vietnam Memorial for themselves.” —William Westmoreland. 

Let’s make sure from now on we honor our soldiers and take care of them when they return. For information about Veterans Day Appreciation meals and discounts go to:

Let It Go

Sometimes we cause ourselves much dreaded pain, because we don’t let go emotionally.

Natural Awakenings Milwaukee Community Blog

Every 30 days for the past 10 years, I pull a word or a phrase from a blessed bag that contains 12 words or phrases that were researched and found by myself and a few loved ones prior to the start of every New Year. I believe spirit places the selected word into my hand, and this is the word or phrase that I need to focus on and master for the next 30 days. June 1st, I pulled the phrase, LET IT GO. What initially came to mind when I pulled this is that I need to take my hands off all situations that are beyond my scope or control, and let the creator do His job.

By nature, I tend to want to control my own destiny, orchestrating the way I want things to go or expect that they should go. When the outcome is less than desirable for me…

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Life is a Bowl of Cherries

Natural Awakenings Milwaukee Community Blog

Just like styles are cyclical, so are life’s circumstances. However, there are some experiences that we never want to repeat, but how we handled them the first time around or rather how we didn’t handle them the first time they occurred, may cause certain outcomes to be redundant in our lives.

As much as we look forward to our future, we also fear what it could bring — responsibility, commitment, hard work, uncomfortable situations, and non-productive relationships. These fears cause us to remain motionless to our dreams, leaving us in a dormant state of mind. This in turn creates unwanted recurring behaviors that we choose to reproduce because the outcome is
familiar and sadly, comfortable.

Some recurrent behaviors are nice surprises that softly tickle our noises like a feather. Making us smile and feel the warm and fuzzy of nostalgia. These circles remind us of inclusion and positive friendships that have…

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The Problem with Lectins

An interesting article.

Natural Awakenings Milwaukee Community Blog

Have you ever heard of lectins? Could you give me the one sentence summary of what they do to you? This column will teach you what that means.

Lectins are the proteins made by plants to protect themselves from their predators. They are, in effect, poisons that prevent the plant from being eaten. Plants need to be eaten to propagate – at least their seeds do. That delicate balance leads to lectins needing to be poisonous enough to keep the bugs away long enough so that animals will eat the seeds and spread them around.

Animals need to be able to tolerate the poison to not be too harmed, but still be benefited by eating some of the plant while spreading the seeds around. Lectins are sticky. That results in many useful functions, such as allowing cells to bind to one another, like Velcro. But it also leads to lectins binding to…

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The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection

By Sharon Glembocki CHt

Most of us are well versed in the mind/body/spirit connection. We have moved well past the limited awareness that arose at the start of the scientific revolution in the 1700′s and deepened in the 20th century. The split between these three spheres of our consciousness was man created, as science and religion diced us, and this deepened when the mind/body/spirit trinity was replaced with the scientific / medical model. This split created an imbalance and inner conflict arose within us.images Mind body soul 7

Life is about balance and true abundance includes this self-actualization. Many people are aware that they are missing something in their lives, but they don’t quite know what it is they lack. They may feel that they need more money to be happy, a perfect relationship to feel whole, a super body to be loved. It isn’t until a person realizes that they are not just a body, not just a mind, and not just a soul/spirit, and comes to a point in their lives where they are ready to transcend to a higher, healthier and balanced level of existence that they find what they are missing. Developing a balanced life will help you to unearth the awesomeness within you.

In order to develop a balanced life, you need to be able to acknowledge the fact that you are: mind, body, and spirit. The three are interconnected, not separate from the other. They are alive in everything you do. Strengths and weaknesses in one area can influence all other areas.

A few basic needs of the Mind Body Spirit:

Mind: Needs creativity, knowledge and a sense of security. Your mind is always ready to learn new things. Be sure that you feed it healthy, positive and thought provoking experiences. Try to keep from overindulging in useless behavior that will pollute your thoughts and possibly create addictions that are difficult to overcome and prevent you from achieving balance in your life.

Body: Needs movement, nutrition and rest. This is the house of the mind and the soul while here on earth. If you don’t take care of your body, where will the rest of you live? Good nutrition, daily exercise, and adequate rest help you feel your best and contribute to your mind health, can help with focus, and can help the body resist disease and even enhance spiritual growth.

Spirit: Requires purpose, faith and meaningful relationships. Your spirit is a living part of you that needs nourishment just like your mind and body. Many people find this nourishment through prayer and meditation.  Build your faith and find your purpose. Relationships, hope, faith and love all rely on the strength of your spirit.  Cultivate true relationships that can help awaken your spiritual side.

Example of Mind Body Spirit inner connectedness and conflict:

If you think negatively, your body will suffer from stress. Stress can cause disease and hasten the aging process just to mention a few concerns. If you think positively, your body relaxes and becomes more resistant to diseases and you age more gracefully. Your spirit seeks beauty and there is beauty in everything. When a person can’t see the beauty in all humans, animals and plants, they find enjoyment in negative things.  This is because they are so far away from their true selves and they only feed their addictive ego for a temporary false high. Positive ways to feed the soul/spirit is in kind words of appreciation, seeing the beauty in nature’s creations, sitting in your garden, and talking with your loved one(s) from the heart. The list goes on…

When you nurture all three aspects of you equally, you get a perfect balance, nourishment and growth within all of you. This gives you great health, pure positivity and happiness. You feel free and secure, you lose fear and you get into the flow of life. Once you start your journey to balance, you will discover things about yourself that were hidden from your consciousness—some good and some not so good. Each experience is an awakening, and the discoveries on your new journey to self-actualization are nothing short of amazing. You will know when you have reached an awakening.  The experience is true bliss.

If stress is something you live with and would like to work at lessening or eliminating harmful stress in your life, Hypnotherapy may work for you. Hypnotherapy can replace negative thoughts in the subconscious with more appropriate thoughts; thoughts that ultimately feed the body, mind, and soul/spirit so that you can live a happy and balanced lifestyle.

Give Hypnosis a try…

Can Hypnosis Help Relieve the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

Loudoun County, Virginia (PRWEB) May 06, 2015



Can hypnosis be used to help the symptoms of multiple sclerosis? Two Dragons Hypnotherapy is pleased to release the results of a year-long case study on the effects of hypnosis on the symptoms of multiple sclerosis for MS sufferer Kristen.

Kristen was 24 when she noticed her vision was a little blurry. She didn’t think it was a big deal, but swung by the optometrist across from her office for a quick check-up just in case.

Kristen didn’t need glasses. The doctor told her she was likely suffering optic neuritis – widely considered the first sign of multiple sclerosis (MS), a nerve disorder with no known cause or cure.

“I said, Oh my God.” Kristen tells us. “That’s when I started to freak out.”

Affecting an estimated 350,000 people in the U.S., MS can lead to blindness, loss of hearing and even paralysis. There are medications that slow the progression of the disease but they far from guarantee a good quality of life. Enter Mind Body Medicine (MBM) therapies like yoga, acupuncture and hypnosis. Widely used by the American public, NIH funded studies have begun to reveal MBM therapies are effective in improving quality of life, anxiety, and pain intensity for a variety of conditions. There is preliminary evidence to suggest these techniques may affect coronary artery disease and cancer.

Kristen leads a healthy lifestyle and until she connected with Cynthia Chauvin, a family friend, her approach had been traditional. A certified hypnotherapist in Northern Virginia, Chauvin had been using her techniques for over ten years to help patients battle stress or break unwanted behaviors. She’d wanted to explore other medical applications for hypnosis, ones with measurable physical results.

“I’ve been interested in seeing if hypnosis could be used to help someone literally heal themselves,” explained Chauvin. “But it needed to be the right person.”

It had to be someone who truly believed the technique could work. After a couple initial conversations, Chauvin decided Kristen was the perfect candidate for hypnosis.

Kristen has a form of MS called “relapsing remitting,” as opposed to the more serious “progressive.” She can have an attack and then go back to normal. Doctors have told her that she will likely reach progressive, where attacks lead to lasting damage and symptoms worsen. Wanting to postpone that day for as long as possible Kristen was open to anything.

“Sure,” she said. “I’ll give it a shot.”

Hypnosis comes in two flavors. There’s the stage variety, where hypnotist showmen use the power of trance to “suggest” behaviors in participants for comedic effect.

“Sing in Martian, believe that a belt is a snake or fall in love with a complete stranger.” said Chauvin. “It’s all in good fun. But it’s also a clue as to what’s possible.”

In hypnotherapy, the practitioner also uses the power of trance to suggest behaviors in his or her clients. But instead of getting them to think they are talking to their imaginary friend, the, hypnotherapist may help a person un-learn a smoking habit, for example. Chauvin calls her technique “trance-based learning.”

Medicine has known about the “relaxation response” and the “placebo effect” for many years. But Chauvin believes something else is going on and she wondered if hypnosis could literally help someone heal themselves.

Last June, Kristen settled into her first 90-minute session. At that point, Kristen’s symptoms included numbness and a consistent and a sandpapery feel in her hands. In six sessions, over a six week period, Chauvin would put Kristen in a trance, and then directly and indirectly told her body to repair the connections that MS was breaking down.

“We’re visualizing building bridges and getting the body and nerves talking again, something that multiple sclerosis literally interferes with,” explained Chauvin. “I don’t think this is just about changing her body to a relaxed state; I suspect we’re actually re-wiring her system on some level.”

And there was never any discussion of MS.

“I don’t talk about the malady at all,” said Chauvin. “The entire session is about connectivity, working with Kristen’s deepest innate abilities and letting her body do the rest.” Cynthia adds, “I never use the words healing, it infers disease. I only refer to the body establishing a healthy balance on a cellular level.”Hypnotherapy

Cynthia describes the sessions plainly. “Each session is pretty simple. I put her into a deep relaxed state and using a basic structure I have developed, I improvise the session from that point.”

Once a point of derision within the medical establishment, mind-body medicine techniques such as yoga, meditation, tai chi and hypnosis are now recognized as having real positive effects on certain conditions. Large medical schools including Harvard University and Georgetown University have launched programs on the mind-body connection and the National Institutes for Health is actively funding complementary medicine studies through the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

“Since its establishment 16 years ago, the center has funded thousands of important research projects. Without this work, the American public would lack vital information on the safety and effectiveness of many practices and products that are widely used and readily available,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.”

Cynthia’s experiment was not an actual scientific experiment. It was just one young woman. But after two sessions, Kristen said the rough feel of her hands had vanished. And an MRI done 12 weeks later found that the lesions in her brain had gone from inflamed to stable. One of them was completely gone.

It could be an anomaly, but Kristen doesn’t think so and while Kristen leads an active lifestyle, does yoga and is under a doctor’s care, she attributes her progress to her work with Chauvin.

“I’m a lot more grounded, not as much mind chatter,” she said. “Things don’t bother me as much as they used to. I’ve reduced my stress level, and I don’t react the same way to things, my body doesn’t react the same way.”

That’s good for MS.

Chauvin is now starting to use the techniques on other clients with chronic issues, and said she’s seeing the same anecdotal progress.

There is no hard proof; that would require extensive and expensive double-blind trials with many participants. But for Kristen, whose symptoms went from daily to non-existent, it’s proof enough.

“I would recommend Cynthia for any physical ailment you’re trying to move past,” said Kristen. “Especially if you’ve been told you have something chronic and incurable. Before you get stuck in that mindset, I would definitely recommend Cynthia’s work with hypnotherapy because I think it will make a big difference.”

Chauvin puts it more pointedly: “Those that believe they can be healed, can be healed.”

Kristen gained access to hypnotherapy at Two Dragons Hypnotherapy in Northern Virginia. After six weeks she reported relief from her symptoms. She was provided service starting in June of 2014, and continues to see Two Dragons Hypnotherapy as she continues to benefit.. She is under the care of a neurologist.