- Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s essay, “How to Win The Doctor Lottery: Not every doctor-patient encounter is healing, and it can seem a game of chance. One patient explores what it takes to win” appears in the April 2017 issue of the journal, Health Affairs. Listen to Donna read this essay on the Health Affairs podcast.
- NPR interview with Donna Jackson Nakazawa on WYPR Baltimore Public Radio, Midday with Dan Rodricks, talking about Childhood Disrupted.
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa is featured on Johns Hopkins Health News Health Minute on NPR on WYPR in three one minute audio clips about childhood trauma and how we can heal. Part I, “Childhood Trauma,” Part II, “Childhood Insult,” and Part III, “Getting Docs Involved.”
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa writes OpEd, “Childhood Trauma Leads to Lifelong Chronic Illness — So Why Isn’t the Medical Community Helping Patients?” for ACEsTooHigh, and for HuffingtonPost.
- Video interview from Studio4 with Donna Jackson Nakazawa on why our new understanding of how early emotional adversity causes adult illness must change the way we do medicine.
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s article in Aeon Magazine, “Childhood, Disrupted” — on how our childhood biography forms adult biology.
- Q. and A. with Donna Jackson Nakazawa on ACEsConnection about why she wrote Childhood Disrupted, and how she hopes it will help individuals.
- Interview with Donna Jackson Nakazawa on VoiceAmerica Talk Radio, The Katherine Zox Show.
- Podcast interview with Donna Jackson Nakazawa, discussing what therapists need to know about childhood adversity, and how to heal, on The West Coast Trauma Project.
- Donna’s blog in Psychology Today: 7 Ways Childhood Adversity Changes the Brain.
- Donna’s piece in Psychology Today: 8 Ways to Recover from Post Childhood Adversity Syndrome.
- Donna’s article on MindBodyGreen.com on Why Stress From Your Childhood May Be Hurting Your Health and How to Heal.
- Donna’s article for Fearless Parent: Five Scripts for Building Resilience in Children with Chronic Conditions.
- Donna’s feature in the article Burdens of the Past in Experience Life Magazine.
- Donna’s article in Huffington Post: Childhood Trauma Leads To Lifelong Chronic Illness — So Why Isn’t The Medical Community Helping Patients?
- Q. and A. with Donna on Huffington Post.
- Q. and A. with Donna Aces Too High.
- Videos of Donna reading from and discussing Childhood Disrupted at The Annapolis Bookstore.
- Videos of Donna’s Lecture at Legal Aid of New York.
- Interview with Donna on Life After Pain.
- Interview with Donna and The Mississippi Modern Homestead Center.
- Interview with Donna on Richmond Times-Dispatch.
- Interview with Donna on the podcast, Conversations in Care.
- Interview with Donna on the podcast, PhoenixHelix.
- Interview with Donna on Inspire Nation with Michael Sandler.
- Interview with Donna on Radio MD Healthy Talk with Dr. Michael Smith, discussing the Link Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Health.
- Interview with Donna on The Changing Behavior Network with Dr. Jim Sutton, discussing Groundbreaking Research on Childhood Trauma and Issues of Adult Health.
- Interview on The Michael Dresser Radio Show.
- Interview on the Irene Lyons Podcast.
- Interview on Happy Healthy You! Podcast with Connie Bowman.
Praise & Reviews
- Jack Kornfield, PhD, Author of A Path With Heart, “A truly important gift of understanding — illuminates the heartbreaking costs of childhood trauma and like good medicine offers the promising science of healing and prevention.”
- Tara Brach, PhD, Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge, “This groundbreaking book connects the dots between early life trauma and the physical and mental suffering so many live with as adults. Author Donna Jackson Nakazawa fully engages us with fascinating, clearly written science and moving stories from her own and others struggles with life-changing illness. Childhood Disrupted offers a blend of fresh insight into the impact of trauma and invaluable guidance in turning toward healing!”
- Amy Myers, MD, author, New York Times Best Seller, The Autoimmune Solution “Childhood Disrupted helps shift the paradigm in our understanding of health and well-being by unveiling the role that early adversity plays in our physical and emotional adult health. Donna offers a missing piece of the puzzle as to why women suffer in disproportionate numbers from chronic physical and mental health conditions, and opens a new and much-needed door for healing.”
- Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, Professor of Child Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “Long overdue … Childhood Disrupted is a courageous, compassionate and rigorous every-persons guide through the common roots and enduring impact of childhood trauma in each of our lives. Linking breakthrough science with our everyday lived experience, Childhood Disrupted inescapably and artfully leads the reader to take practical steps and grasp the urgency of coming to terms with and taking a stand to heal the legacy of trauma in our personal and collective lives. This book reframes the common experience of childhood trauma through a lens of possibility for a life and society with an inexhaustible commitment to the safe, stable and nurturing relationships our health and healing require.”
- Gerard E. Mullin MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, author of The Gut Balance Revolution, “Childhood Disrupted is a must have book for every person with facing mental or physical health challenges and their loved ones — and an inspiring read for every health care professional.”
- Shannon Brownlee, MS, author of Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer and Senior Vice President of the Lown Institute, “Every few years a book comes along that changes the way we view ourselves, our society, and our place in the world. This is such a book. Compulsively readable and deeply moving, Childhood Disrupted contains surprising insights into the power of childhood experience on every page.”
- Vincent J. Felitti, MD, CEO, The California Institute of Preventive Medicine, “Childhood Disrupted is a book of major significance that describes clearly and understandably what has been learned in recent years about the important subject of human development and how what happens in childhood affects our well-being, biomedical health,and life expectancy as adults. It will be appreciated by many.”
- Margaret M McCarthy, PhD, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, “Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s Childhood Disrupted masterfully captures the complexity of how early life adversity imprints on our biology and stalks our health into adulthood. Heart rending stories of hardship and triumph laced with medical facts and findings creates a framework of practical advice for remaining unbroken in a challenging world.”
- DeLisa Fairweather, PhD, Director of Cardiovascular Translational Research, Mayo Clinic, “Donna has once again taken a difficult medical topic and made it not only easy to understand, but a great read. Eye-opening and inspiring, Childhood Disrupted provides a paradigm-shifting roadmap for understanding how early stress is linked to later illness, and offers a must-read vision for how to begin healing at any age. This book will help readers and especially women better understand the biology of stress, and jumpstart important new conversations about our health and well-being!”
- Ryan Herringa, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, “Childhood Disrupted is a timely book that summarizes the effects of childhood adversity,incorporating the current science in a very personalized and approachable way. The more we understand about childhood adversity and its imprint on our body and brain, the more we can help each other recover from its harmful effects. This is an important read for anyone looking to help those afflicted by childhood adversity, whether personally or in a caring role such as parents, teachers, and health care workers.”
- Ruth A Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harris-Woodman Chair, Director, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Research Unit, University of Western Ontario, “In this stimulating book that eloquently describes the effects of one’s biography on mind, brain, and body, Nakazawa guides us through a step by step path to recovery. This work represents an invaluable source of hope and inspiration for anyone who is suffering from the aftermath of early adverse experience.”
- Jane Stevens, editor, ACEsConnection.com, “If you want to know why you’ve been married three times. Or why you just can’t stop smoking. Or why the ability to control your drinking is slipping away from you. Or why you have so many physical problems that doctors just can’t seem to help you with. Or why you feel as if there’s no joy in your life even though you’re “successful”…..Read Childhood Disrupted, and you’ll learn that the problems you’ve been grappling with in your adult life have their roots in childhood events that you probably didn’t even consider had any bearing on what you’re dealing with now. Donna Jackson Nakazawa does a thorough and outstanding investigation of exactly how your childhood made you ill and/or joyless, and how you can heal.”
- NPR interview with Donna Jackson Nakazawa on WYPR Baltimore Public Radio, Midday with Dan Rodricks, talking about The Last Best Cure
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa on TV discussing The Last Best Cure with guest host Montel Williams, on Joy Behar‘s TV show “Say Anything”
- The Marilu Henner Show, an interview with Donna Jackson Nakazawa
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s latest piece in her series for More Magazine on women, chronic illness, and healing, “What To Say to a Friend Who’s Ill.” Also view this article as a pdf.
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s OpEd “I’m Not Cured, but I Am Healed“ on PBS‘ online magazine, Next Avenue
- WPR Wisconsin Public Radio interview with Donna Jackson Nakazawa on The Last Best Cure, The Veronica Reuckert Show
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s journey in The Last Best Cure in Brainworld Magazine
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s The Last Best Cure Blog in Psychology Today
Praise & Reviews
- Katrina Kenison, author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day: “The Last Best Cure will change lives; it may even save some.”
- Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness is An Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life: “This is a genuine page-turning science/non-fiction thriller!”
- Andrew Weil, M.D. author of Spontaneous Happiness: “Donna Jackson Nakazawa has written a moving account of her recovery from severe autoimmune disorders and her success with innovative mind/body therapies.”
- Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom: “As both a science journalist and someone struggling with serious health issues, Donna Jackson Nakazawa offers clarity, heart, and hope for recovery and well-being.”
- Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge: “Grounded in scientific research and presented with great lucidity and warmth, Donna’s story will guide, comfort and inspire you as you journey toward full aliveness and wellbeing.”
- WPR Wisconsin Public Radio interview with Donna Jackson Nakazawa on The Last Best Cure, The Veronica Reuckert Show
- Santa Fe Public Radio’s The Journey Home, an interview with Donna Jackson Nakazawa
- Conversations in Care: The Autoimmune Epidemic and The Last Best Cure with Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Excerpts from The Last Best Cure on the Web
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa on TV discussing The Last Best Cure with guest host Montel Williams, on Joy Behar’s TV show “Say Anything”
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa and THE AUTOIMMUNE EPIDEMIC on THE TODAY SHOW.
- “Body Wars,” a Q. & A. with Donna Jackson Nakazawa about today’s autoimmune epidemic in The Baltimore Sun.
- Scientists worldwide puzzle over an alarming and unexplained rise in the rates of autoimmune disease. Yet the media remain mute on this crisis. Excerpt from THE AUTOIMMUNE EPIDEMIC posted on Alternet.org
- “Q. & A. with Donna Jackson Nakazawa,” posted on Alternet.org
- Dr. Mark Hyman’s Ultrawellness Blog and YouTube video discussing THE AUTOIMMUNE EPIDEMIC
Articles by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
- “Four Minutes with My Father: A Near-Death Experience” (July/August 2010) MORE magazine (download as pdf)
- “Ill in a Day’s Work” (February 2009) and “How a Marriage Survives When One Partner Gets Sick” (September 2009) a two-part series in MORE magazine detailing the effects of chronic illness on the personal and professional lives of mid-life women.
- “Your Family Flu-Prevention” Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s article on boosting your family’s immune systems and fending off H1N1 and other nasty viruses in Ladies Home Journal. (Dec 09/Jan 10)
- “Disease Like Mine Are A Growing Hazard,” Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s essay about the autoimmune epidemic in the Outlook section of the Washington Post. (March 2008)
- “The Scariest Health Threat You’ve Never Heard Of,” Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s article on the autoimmune epidemic facing young women in Glamour. (September 2008)
Praise & Reviews
- Publishers Weekly: “Everyone with a friend or family member with an autoimmune disease will find this a must read.”
- Library Journal: “Nakazawa articulates highly complicated medical processes in extremely comprehensible language. . . Highly recommended.”
- Booklist / Starred review “A straight-talking alarm. . . [a] comprehensive heads-up.”
- U.S. Senator John F. Kerry: “An important book. . . . I urge every American to read [it].”
- Fred Miller, MD, Ph.D. Chief of the Environmental Autoimmunity Group, National Institutes of Health: “An insightful exploration.”
- Douglas Kerr, MD, Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center: “Compelling… as necessary as ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’”
- Mark Hyman, MD, author of the New York Times bestsellers UltraPrevention and UltraMetabolism: “Provides answers and a roadmap for recovery.”
- Congressman Fortney H. “Pete” Stark (California): “Brilliantly blends personal stories with pure science highlighting…the role everyday environmental toxins play….We must heed her warnings.”
- Noel R. Rose, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research: “Ms. Nakazawa deserves credit for putting this important issue before the public“.
- National Public Radio WBFO Meet the Author – download mp3
- Wisconsin Public Radio (NPR) podcast
- Utah Public Radio (KCPW) – download mp3
- Health Talk with Dr. Ronald Hoffman on WOR Radio 710 HD – February 5, 2008 – download mp3
- Natural Living with Gary Null / WPFW-FM / Washington, DC
- You the Owner’s Manual with Dr. Michael Roizen / Health Radio Network – download mp3
- Healthy Talk Radio with Dr. Julian Whitaker/Sirius Satellite Radio
- Nutritional Medicine Update with Robert Crayhon
- Healthline with Dr. Alan Pressman/Air America Radio
- What Women MUST Know with Sherrill Sellman, ND / Progressive Radio Network
- The Joanie Greggains Show with Joanie Greggains, KGO Talk Radio San Francisco
- Christine Craft Show, KGO Talk Radio San Francisco
- The Today Show
- Your Total Health / NBC
- Newschannel 8 / Washington, DC
Does Anybody Look Like Me?
Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Articles by Donna Jackson Nakazawa:
- A New Generation Is Leading the Way, Parade, July 6, 2003
- Living Longer: Diet, AARP: The Magazine, September/October 2006
- Red Wine and Chocolate: The Reality, AARP: The Magazine, September/October 2006
- 5 Foods That Can Add Years To Your Life, AARP: The Magazine, September/October 2006
Other Articles of Interest:
- Where I Got Daisy, Parenting, May 2007