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Introducing a new online course from Donna Jackson Nakazawa

“Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s new course comes just in time to soothe our minds and bodies.”
—Jane Stevens​, ​founder, publisher​, ​
ACEs Connection, California

Your Healing Narrative: Write-to-Heal With Neural Re-NarratingTM

A powerful Neural Re-Narrating™️ program using science-based writing-to-heal and mindfulness techniques to help you recognize and override your brain’s old thought patterns, creating a new, transformative healing narrative to help you flourish in your life, even in the face of adversity.

For Young Women and Girls

Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning journalist and internationally recognized speaker exploring the intersection of neuroscience, immunology and human emotion. She is the author of six books, including her latest, The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine. Her mission is to translate the latest science to help those suffering from chronic conditions find hope and healing.

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Donna Jackson Nakazawa1 day ago
Governments with strong female leaders are more likely to deliver on campaign promises, according to new research from Rice University.
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The study examined campaign promises and policymaking by parties in power in the United States, Canada, and 10 European countries along with data on women in party leadership positions and elected offices. Bottom line: women leaders were more likely to not just talk the talk but also walk the walk and live up to their word.
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This research suggests the importance of women playing a larger role in the policymaking process. According to researchers, most female leaders are more effective at following through and staying true to their promises and purpose than male leaders —even when faced with the same social and political challenges. https://bit.ly/2VSI5lj
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If you’re dealing with unresolved childhood trauma or feeling chronically stressed and want to learn how to rewire your brain for health and build resilience back into your life, then click the link in my bio for my books and courses ❤️.

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Donna Jackson Nakazawa2 days ago
A disturbing read. Feels like what Phillip Morris knew and hid on tobacco and nicotine. #Facebook internal docs show they've long known that #Instagram is highly toxic to #teen girls #mentalhealth and well-being. A few stats: 32% of teen girls say Instagram makes them feel WORSE about their bodies. 40% of teen girls say feelings of being "unattractive" began when they started using the Instagram app. Some traced feeling suicidal to their first exposure to Instagram. As the mom of a girl and as someone who writes about childhood adversity, toxic stress, and mental health, this is hard to read. As parents we may even have come to accept how toxic ubiquitous social media affects our girls as "just the way it is." But it's the way it is because we have let tech giants create a false world which makes our girls feel that they are less-than.
P.S. I wonder if Facebook and Instagram will allow this post to fully up-circulate?
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Donna Jackson Nakazawa3 days ago
#8 on the list of 8 Powerful Healing Tools to Overcome Trauma: Building social and emotional connections.
Across evolutionary time, being on one’s own meant being exposed to the elements, starvation, predators, and hostile tribes – making one much more likely to be physically wounded, and, as a result, at the mercy of infectious pathogens.
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Similarly in modern times, a sense of isolation or the feeling of being left out can, in turn, signal the immune system to go on alert and, over time, become over-activated. Healing professionals all report a surge of anxiety, depression, psychological distress, fear, and chronic pain in patients during the pandemic, due to periods of recent isolation and uncertainty about the future.
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The loss of social and emotional connections during the pandemic as well as the loss of social safety are the costs we’ve had to pay to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Recent studies tell us that the pandemic has created a perfect storm – like pouring gasoline on a fire: for those with a history of trauma, adversity, depression, or anxiety, the consequences of social isolation on well-being have been especially dire. Recent neuroscience coupled with trauma science tell us that America is poised for an epic mental health crisis.
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At the start of the pandemic, I created a powerful, interactive online healing program offering an array of science-based tools for calming the nervous system and inner flourishing: Your Healing Narrative: Write-to-Heal With Neural Re-Narrating™. My goal was to help ease some of the suffering we’ve all experienced for both individuals and healing professionals. I’m very excited to announce that this fall I’ll be adding in a LIVE Q. and A. discussion to my course offerings – to help us all connect during the challenging year ahead as we navigate this next phase of pandemic life. Stay tuned! https://bit.ly/35Wxxnv
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If you’re dealing with unresolved childhood trauma or feeling chronically stressed and want to learn how to rewire your brain for health and build resilience back into your life, then click the link in my bio for my books and courses ❤️.

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Donna Jackson Nakazawa5 days ago
Restorative power of Tree Hugging. Yes, I feel a tad silly when I do it, and you might too. But it always leaves me feeling centered — as if I’ve filled my cells with a big happy smile. We all need moments of relief from our worried lives. Give it a try! (If you can’t hug a tree the next best option is Tree Staring: pick a tree and spend just two minutes watching the wind and light and shadows play through its branches and leaves.) Breathe. Notice how you feel! Do you feel any different?
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Donna Jackson Nakazawa1 week ago
A new study finds that two-thirds of romantic relationships begin as platonic friendships. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,900 university students and crowdsourced adults, and found that 66 percent reported their current or most recent romantic relationship began as a friendship.
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Nearly half of the students reported that starting as friends was their preferred way of developing a romantic relationship versus meeting at a party or online.
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We’re often taught that romance and friendship are dissimilar types of relationships that form in different ways and meet distinct needs. But this study reinforces the power of friendship, respect, feeling valued and known, as the seeds from which romantic love grows, blossoms, and flourishes. https://bit.ly/3lYfshF
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If you’re dealing with unresolved childhood trauma or feeling chronically stressed and want to learn how to rewire your brain for health and build resilience back into your life, then click the link in my bio for my books and courses ❤️.

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Donna Jackson Nakazawa1 week ago
The unpredictable stress you grow up with may cause epigenetic shifts to genes that oversee the stress response and how able you are to regulate your emotions.
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If you never know when the next stressful event is coming, you get stuck in the first half of the stress cycle, living in a low-grade, constant state of alertness, hypervigilance—essentially a low-grade state of fight, flight, or freeze.
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Over time, this heightened stress response leads to increased production of inflammatory chemicals and stress hormones, which can lead to long-lasting shifts in the genes that oversee the stress response. This, in turn, can lead to increased inflammation, physical illness, and mental health concerns in adulthood, including anxiety and depression.
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However, the adversity you've faced before (or are facing now) does not define you. Your biology is not your destiny. Neuroscience tells us that the wonderfully neuroplastic brain is exquisitely responsive to intervention once we figure out how to intervene.
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In my new course, I teach you how to harness the latest neuroscience by engaging in the processes of writing-to-heal and Neural Re-Narrating™. By working to overcome the impact of trauma, you can begin to create healthier neural connections in the brain. It’s a bit like doing physical therapy for your mind! https://bit.ly/35Wxxnv
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If you’re dealing with unresolved childhood trauma or feeling chronically stressed and want to learn how to rewire your brain for health and build resilience back into your life, then click the link in my bio for my courses ❤️.

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How adverse childhood experiences or ACEs impact your current wellbeing - Often, people who have a history of trauma in childhood find themselves struggling to flourish in adulthood. Trauma affects the brain in ways that can make you more likely to experience difficulty when faced with emotionally stressful and demanding situations in your relationships, at work, and as a parent. Throughout my life, both growing up and as … Continue reading How adverse childhood experiences or ACEs impact your current wellbeing
How to care for yourself during difficult times - Many people with #ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are finding that the early #trauma and sense of unsafety they endured growing up are being re-triggered during these fear-laden times, amidst the #Covid #pandemic, political upheaval, and feeling isolated. Stress and uncertainty can trigger old, sticky feelings of fear, anxiety, or loss from long ago and bring … Continue reading How to care for yourself during difficult times
Paperback Release of The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine - When I sat down in my attic to write THE ANGEL AND THE ASSASSIN: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine, I never imagined that it would be so needed in our world! 2020 has been chock-full of adversity, uncertainty and distress on so many levels: the worst pandemic in a hundred … Continue reading Paperback Release of The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine
Quiet Your Body and Mind - Hello Friends. As a SciComm journalist with 30 years of reporting and 6 books under my belt, which focus on how our stress response governs our immune health, I’ve been thinking about what I have learned, and how I might help you quiet your body and mind during this #pandemic.
Big Women, Little Women, Small Oscars - The Oscars are this Sunday, and as war movies and films about repressed male feelings take center stage, I’ve been thinking about why Greta Gerwig’s Little Women had me wiping away tears during the last 30 minutes of the film – something that also happened to me while watching another Gerwig film, Lady Bird.
The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine – now available everywhere! - Dear Readers, Friends, All,  I’m thrilled to announce that THE ANGEL AND THE ASSASSIN: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine in now on bookshelves and available everywhere! When I first told you, my readers, that I was setting out to tell the story of these tiny brain cells, microglia (remember that name!) … Continue reading The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine – now available everywhere!
The Angel and The Assassin: Book Launch and Tour Info - Dear all, The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine will be out in just 6 days! If you haven’t yet, I hope you’ll consider pre-ordering from your local bookstore or seller of your choice! You can also check out this review in Kirkus, or read the prologue … Continue reading The Angel and The Assassin: Book Launch and Tour Info
The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine - My new book, THE ANGEL AND THE ASSASSIN: THE TINY BRAIN CELL THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF MEDICINE will be out in just 2 months, on January 21st, 2020! After two years of reporting, researching, writing, factchecking, I can’t wait to share it with you!
Why We Need to Talk About the Unique Biological Effects of #ToxicChildhoodStress and #FemaleAdversity on Women’s Bodies and Brains. - The Female Body and Brain on Toxic Stress (CRUCIAL NOTE HERE BEFORE YOU READ: Boys’ immune systems become dysregulated in response to #toxicstress too, and that leads to disease and changes to the brain that we also need to talk about more openly AND compassionately. Today I’m focusing on girls’ unique immune response to #toxicstress.) … Continue reading Why We Need to Talk About the Unique Biological Effects of #ToxicChildhoodStress and #FemaleAdversity on Women’s Bodies and Brains.
Why Girls Who Face Toxic Stress are More Vulnerable to Adult Illness: The Shocking Relationship Between Being Female, #ACEs, Autoimmune Disease and Depression - Hi All, This blog is about WHY Adverse Childhood Experiences are a #METOO ISSUE. I want to talk about how and why toxic childhood stress – also as #ACEs — is a #metoo issue of the greatest magnitude. For girls and for the adult women they become. One thing readers know about the work I … Continue reading Why Girls Who Face Toxic Stress are More Vulnerable to Adult Illness: The Shocking Relationship Between Being Female, #ACEs, Autoimmune Disease and Depression
Female Adversity: The Female Body and Brain on Toxic Stress - Hi All, Three things I wanted to let you know about: later this weekend I’ll be posting a three part essay about women, toxic stress, and the female immune system — and why this topic matters now more than ever (more on that below!); an update on my next book, The Angel and the Assassin; and … Continue reading Female Adversity: The Female Body and Brain on Toxic Stress
Hope You’ll Come Say Hi at One of My Upcoming Talks - Hi Friends: First I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the hundreds of women who reached out to me, offering to be interviewed for my next book, THE ANGEL AND THE ASSASSIN: The Tiny Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine, and Gives us a Radically New Way of Looking at Human Well-Being, which … Continue reading Hope You’ll Come Say Hi at One of My Upcoming Talks
Want to Be Part of My Next Book Project? - Hello friends: For my next book, I’m interviewing women and young adults experiencing mood, anxiety and/or learning/cognitive issues, who are curious about the concept that brain based symptoms have neurobiological, immunological, physical roots. If you are, or know, a woman in mid-life, for whom this resonates, and are in an extended family that faces depression, … Continue reading Want to Be Part of My Next Book Project?
How to Win The Doctor Lottery - Hi All, and Happy Spring! I’m proud to share this very personal essay I wrote for the April 2017 issue of the journal, Health Affairs, “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.” Or, if … Continue reading How to Win The Doctor Lottery
Childhood Trauma Leads to Lifelong Chronic Illness — So Why Isn’t the Medical Community Helping Patients? - Hi All, I hope you’ll enjoy this essay I wrote for Huffington Post, “Childhood Trauma Leads to Adult Chronic Illness — So Why Isn’t the Medical Community Helping Patients?” I put my heart into it. My team has also gathered some of readers’ favorite articles and video clips in which I address the link between … Continue reading Childhood Trauma Leads to Lifelong Chronic Illness — So Why Isn’t the Medical Community Helping Patients?
Updates and Reader Feedback! - Hi All, I wanted to update you on recent events, and ask for a bit of advice as my team gears up for the paperback release of Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, And How You Can Heal — which will be out on July 26th. Earlier this week I was happy and … Continue reading Updates and Reader Feedback!
Paperback Giveaway! - In two weeks (July 26th) Childhood Disrupted will be out in paperback! To help spread the word about how the book can help individuals who are suffering find healing, our team is offering a free book giveaway! Three winners will receive a free signed copy and a second free copy for a friend! Here’s how … Continue reading Paperback Giveaway!
Early Trauma and Adult Chronic Illness — VoiceAmerica Talk Radio - Why do childhood traumas — like being frequently put down, losing a parent, living with a mom or dad who is depressed, or alcoholic, emotional neglect, and other early adversities — leave permanent physical “fingerprints” on our brains? In this VoiceAmerica Talk Radio interview, I share my thoughts with host Katherine Vox about the link … Continue reading Early Trauma and Adult Chronic Illness — VoiceAmerica Talk Radio
How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Adult Illness - Hi All, Here is a recent video interview, in which I share my thoughts on How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Adult Illness, why our new understanding of this science must change the way we do medicine, and why I wrote my book, Childhood Disrupted. Produced by Studio4. Hope you’ll enjoy! Donna
Childhood Disrupted – Pub Date Has Arrived! - I can’t believe it’s finally here: Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal hit stores yesterday and has been steadily climbing on Amazon (as of this afternoon, it was the #1 best-seller in Developmental Psychology and #787 overall!) and gaining traction on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and various news outlets, … Continue reading Childhood Disrupted – Pub Date Has Arrived!
Is depression caused by inflammation? - Increasingly doctors are looking at depression as an inflammatory reaction, rather than a standalone neurological disorder — and in some cases depression may even be exacerbated by an allergic reaction. This theory could lead to never-before-prescribed methods that can be used in conjunction with traditional antidepressants to combat inflammation. This new understanding of depression could … Continue reading Is depression caused by inflammation?
Come Join Me For Talks & Booksignings in July 2015 on Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal! - Hope you can come join me on Tuesday July 7th at 7:00 at Baltimore’s lovely Ivy Bookshop for a talk, chat, and booksigning! Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 7:00 p.m. Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal — a Discussion & Book Signing with Donna Jackson Nakazawa http://www.theivybookshop.com/ Or, come … Continue reading Come Join Me For Talks & Booksignings in July 2015 on Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal!
My Next Book! Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal - Every once in a while, as a writer, I sort of “disappear” — taking a break from blogging and social media to fully immerse myself in finishing a new book. I’m happy to say, in 2015, you’ll be able to see what I’ve been so busy working on (and why I’ve been so quiet)!
The Art of Doing Everything Twice - My mom said something recently that really stuck with me. She’s 82. “It used to be that we did everything once, and now we have to do everything twice!” I kind of brushed it off as a subtle sign of aging, but then I noticed, over the next forty eight hours: the washing machine/dryer repair … Continue reading The Art of Doing Everything Twice
Come Join Me on June 8th at Breathe Bookstore! - Hope you can come join me on Sunday June 8th at 1:00 at Baltimore’s lovely Breathe Bookstore and Cafe for a chat and booksigning! Sunday, June 8th, 2014 1:00 to 2:30 The Last Best Cure — a Discussion & Book Signing with Donna Jackson Nakazawa
What is the Green Solution for Toxic Thinking? - Is Someone Driving you Nuts? Fifteen insights on how to stop thinking about someone who’s driving you crazy. Have you ever found that you just can’t stop thinking about someone and what they did or said, and how bewildered or hurt you were by their actions? When someone hurts us, our children, or someone we … Continue reading What is the Green Solution for Toxic Thinking?
A Q. and A. with “Between the Covers” on What Compelled me to Write The Last Best Cure - I recently spoke with Melanie Brevis, blogger at Baltimore County Public Library System, and we had a great chat! Between the Covers with Donna Jackson Nakazawa Baltimore author Donna Jackson Nakazawa discusses her latest book, The Last Best Cure, on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Perry Hall Branch, sponsored by the Friends … Continue reading A Q. and A. with “Between the Covers” on What Compelled me to Write The Last Best Cure
Not Cured, But Healing - Hi All, I wrote this for the PBS website, Next Avenue, and have recently had a number of requests to share it. So, I’ve included the essay here, and a link to the original below. I’m Not Cured, but I Am Healing After years of pain and chronic illness, an author finds relief through breakthrough … Continue reading Not Cured, But Healing
Thank You Readers – The Last Best Cure hit #10 in Bestselling Books in Health Memoir - Thank you readers, I just found out that last night THE LAST BEST CURE hit #10 on AMAZON in BESTSELLING BOOKS IN HEALTH MEMOIR! That made me smile, and I realize I have all of you to thank for spreading the word, one woman, one reader at a time! In gratitude, I thank you.http://amzn.to/1dIIyVd
Talking on NPR about The Last Best Cure - I really enjoyed a great discussion today with Dan Rodricks, the host of the NPR show, Midday, on WYPR, Baltimore’s Public Radio station. Dan is smart, genuine, and asks great questions. We really delved into why I wrote The Last Best Cure, the science behind it, and how I hope it can help readers with … Continue reading Talking on NPR about The Last Best Cure