The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine
- WIRED Magazine, “The Tiny Brain Cells That Connect Our Mental and Physical Health”
- The Boston Globe OpEd, “From Lab to Clinic: Hope for Those Suffering from Depression”
- The Boston Globe Interview, “Author Donna Jackson Nakazawa Searches for Answers, Cell by Cell”
- STAT OpEd, “Microglia: A New Target in the Brain for Depression, Alzheimer’s, and More?”
- Kirkus Review
- The New York Post: “How Brain Hacking Could Help Fight Alzheimer’s, Depression and More”
- Salon Magazine (originally appeared in UnDark): “The Amazing Brain Cells that Link Mind and Body”
- ACES Connection: “The Tiny Cell that Connects our Physical and Mental Health, and Solves a Decades-old Mystery of Why Toxic Stress Leads to Brain Changes that Spark Depression, Anxiety”
- engadget.com review and excerpt: “Hitting the Books: These Cells Could Hold Clues to the Concussion Crisis”
- LitHub: “We’re Just Scratching the Surface of the Modern Environment’s Effect on Brain Health”
- Reviewer Lisa Thaler on “The Angel and the Assassin”
Podcasts, Television, and Radio
- The Link Between our Mental Health and our Physical Health, hosted by Stephen Quinn on The Early Edition – CBC Radio
- The Brain Cell That Revolutionizes Mental Health, hosted by Steve Paikin on The Agenda – TVO
- Body of Wonder, “Friendly Fire: How the Brain’s Tiniest Cells Hold Hope,” hosted by Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Victoria Maizes
- “Think” NPR Dallas, hosted by Krys Boyd
- “On The Record” NPR Baltimore, hosted by Sheila Kast
- The 15-Minute Matrix, hosted by Andrea Nakayama
- Goopfellas Podcast, “What’s Driving our Brain,” hosted by Dr. Will Cole
- Phoenix Helix Podcast, hosted by Eileen Laird
- Into the Fold, hosted by Ike Evans, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
- Healing Our Ghosts, hosted by Ana Joanes
- Talk Nerdy, hosted by Cara Santa Maria
- Therapy Chat Podcast, hosted by Laura Reagan
- The 15-Minute Matrix: Mapping COVID-19 Brain Related Stress with Donna Jackson Nakazawa, hosted by Andrea Nakayama
Praise & Reviews
- Susannah Cahalan, New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire, “A fascinating deep dive into the unsung heroes (and villains) inside our skulls ….Donna Jackson Nakazawa has a journalist’s eye for story, a scholar’s understanding of the research, and patient’s appreciation for high the stakes truly are.”
- Dan Siegel, MD, Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine, author of Mindsight,
“An inspiring account…will provide a game-changing view of health for generations of researchers, clinicians and citizens for years to come. Bravo!”
- Terry Wahls, MD, author of The Wahls Protocol, “The Angel and the Assassin is riveting, engaging. Nakazawa’s work is visionary.”
- Shannon Brownlee, Senior Vice President of the Lown Institute, author of Overtreated, “Few non-fiction writers can tell the tale of scientific inquiry so vividly the reader can feel the excitement of discovery with every word. Donna Jackson Nakazawa is one of those writers, and this book tells the tale of one of the most intriguing and groundbreaking discoveries in all of medicine.”
- Mark Hyman, MD, Director, The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, New York Times bestselling author of Food, “[This] is the rarest of books, a combination of page-turning discovery and remarkably readable scientific journalism. A book to both savor and share.”
- Peggy Orenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Girls & Sex, “The Angel and the Assassin is one of those astonishing medical yarns that you almost can’t believe: how the power of this tiny cell was so long overlooked, how integral it has become to our understanding of neuroscience and immunology, the way it has transformed the most basic ideas of who we are as humans. It is especially essential reading for women, who face depression, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune disorders at higher rates than men.”
- Amy Myers, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution, “Colorful, page-turning, and accessible…. I have great hope for the practical application of what [Jackson Nakazawa] reveals.”
- Andrew Weil, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Healthy Aging, “Jackson Nakazawa puts forth a revolutionary new way of thinking about the brain’s immune system and its interactions with [the] rest of the body….Much of the information here was new to me, and has made me more optimistic about the future of medicine.”
- Thomas Insel, MD, Former Director, National Institute of Mental Health 2002 – 2015, “A deft, scientific story about the ‘Cinderella’ cell of the brain, microglia . . . Jackson Nakazawa explains the possible translation of the science into solutions for brain disorders, health and disease.”
- Christina Bethell, PhD, MBH, MPH, Professor of Child Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “A captivating, page-turning story of the scientific discoveries that overturn centuries of medical dogma. The Angel and the Assassin offers extraordinary promise and heralds new hope … paradigm shifting reading for us all.”
- Susannah Tye, PhD, Director of the Translational Neuroscience Laboratory, Mayo Clinic, “An impressive, inspiring, timely call to arms.”
- Maya Dusenbery, author of Doing Harm, “A captivating look at the new science altering our understanding of a range of conditions that especially affect women.”
- Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry University of Western Ontario, coauthor of The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease, “Provocative and eloquent of the cutting-edge research that proves the intimate connection between mind and body… Sets the stage for a paradigm shift for clinicians and researchers in the decades to come.”
- Louann Brizendine, MD, author of The Female Brain and The Male Brain, “The Angel and the Assassin is a must read for everyone interested in the new science of brain health.”
Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal
- May 2017 The Washington Post, “I won the Doctor Lottery – but only after some bad encounters.”
- April 2017, 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. Listen to Donna read this essay on the Health Affairs podcast.
- NPR WYPR Baltimore , Midday with Dan Rodricks.
- Johns Hopkins Health News Health Minute on NPR WYPR. Part I, “Childhood Trauma,” Part II, “Childhood Insult,” and Part III, “Getting Docs Involved.”
- HuffingtonPost OpEd.
- “Childhood Trauma Leads to Lifelong Chronic Illness — So Why Isn’t the Medical Community Helping Patients?” for ACEsTooHigh.
- Video interview from Studio4.
- Aeon Magazine, “Childhood, Disrupted” — on how our childhood biography forms adult biology.
- Q. and A. with Donna on ACEsConnection about Childhood Disrupted.
- Podcast interview, The West Coast Trauma Project.
- Donna reading at The Annapolis Bookstore.
- Donna’s lecture, Legal Aid of New York.
- Interview with Donna on Richmond Times-Dispatch.
- Podcast interview, Conversations in Care.
- Podcast interview, PhoenixHelix.
- Podcast interview, Irene Lyons Podcast.
- Donna’s address to the 2019 Children’s Home Society’s annual conference on NBC Winston-Salem.
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.”
- 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.”
- 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!”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
The Last Best Cure
- NPR WYPR , Midday with Dan Rodricks.
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s OpEd “I’m Not Cured, but I Am Healed“ on PBS‘ online magazine, Next Avenue
- NPR WPR Wisconsin Public Radio, The Veronica Reuckert Show
- Donna on Joy Behar‘s “Say Anything”
- The Marilu Henner Show.
- Donna’s 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.
- Conversations in Care
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.Excerpts from The Last Best Cure
The Autoimmune Epidemic
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa and THE AUTOIMMUNE EPIDEMIC on THE TODAY SHOW.
- “Body Wars,” a Q. & A. with Donna 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 on Alternet.org
- “Q. & A. with Donna Jackson Nakazawa” on Alternet.org
- “Disease Like Mine Are A Growing Hazard,” Washington Post.
- “Four Minutes with My Father: A Near-Death Experience” (July/August 2010) MORE (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.
- “Your Family Flu-Prevention” Ladies Home Journal. (Dec 09/Jan 10)
- “The Scariest Health Threat You’ve Never Heard Of,” Glamour.
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.”
- 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“.
- 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.”
- NPR WBFO Meet the Author – download mp3
- Wisconsin Public Radio (NPR) podcast
- Utah Public Radio (KCPW) – download mp3
- You the Owner’s Manual with Dr. Michael Roizen / Health Radio Network – download mp3
- 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