We are only just now beginning to understand the depth of changes and damage caused by childhood trauma. People who are exposed to intense levels of trauma are triple the risk for lung cancer and heart disease, along with a 20 year difference in lifespan, but these are symptoms of a bigger issue. These childhood traumas change how translation and transcription occurs in our DNA.

Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician working in California, reaches out to underserved neighborhoods in San Francisco, working with children to treat not just the superficial ailments but to heal the root of the problem.