Here are my available free downloads.
Ebooks “The Chronic Illness and Trauma Connection” Series
My chronic illness and trauma connection series introduces research showing how adverse life experiences (ALEs) increase risk for chronic conditions of all kinds. Book #1 provides an overview of what I’ve learned in the past 15 years of scouring the research. Book #2 offers tools for learning how to recognize if any of your symptoms might also be symptoms of trauma or adverse events and what you can do about it. In book #3, I describe why the effects of stress, trauma and ALEs are not psychological and how a history of such experiences does not make chronic illnesses and other health conditions psychosomatic or all in your head.
ALEs increase risk for chronic health conditions because they affect our nervous systems and our genes. Such events are often so subtle that we dismiss them as just a normal part of everyday life – as I did. They also include overt trauma such as abuse, accidents and natural disasters, which are easier to recognize as being traumatic yet often also disregarded for being “not that severe” or “not as bad as what others have experienced.”
I’ll be adding more to the series over time.
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Excerpts from My Publications
I was invited to write a book chapter by Nova Science publishers in 2007. The risk factors presented here have turned out to be very similar and applicable to other chronic illnesses beyond asthma and type 1 diabetes, including my experiences with ME/CFS. You can download the excerpts below without submitting your email.
Download Early Risk Factors for Type 1 Diabetes (no email required)
Download Early Risk Factors for Asthma (no email required)