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Donna Jackson Nakazawa



Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an American award-winning journalist and speaker whose work explores the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how the brain and immune system evolve throughout life.

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Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal

Your biography becomes your biology. The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, but it also affects our physical health, longevity, and overall well-being.

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The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine

Hailed as a “riveting,” “stunning,” and “visionary,” The Angel and the Assassin offers us a radically reconceived picture of human health and promises to change everything we thought we knew about how to heal ourselves.

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The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy, and My Life

Over the course of one year, Nakazawa researches and tests a variety of therapies including meditation, yoga, and acupuncture to find out what works.

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Childhood, Disrupted, and How we Can Heal Communities, Families, and Ourselves

In my keynote for the 2019 New Jersey Prevention Network Annual Conference in Atlantic City, I explain how childhood adversity can change body and brain, triggering epigenetic shifts that affect physical and mental health later in life; why girls are at higher risk for Adverse Childhood Experiences...

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The Autoimmune Epidemic

With the help of leading experts, Nakazawa explores revolutionary preventions, treatments, and cures emerging around the world and offers practical advice for protecting your immune system and reducing your risk of autoimmune disease in the future.

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15 Ways to Get Someone Out of Your Head

How can we stop being caught up in other people’s thoughts? How can we stop thinking about a person or situation—what we should have or could have done differently—when the same thoughts keep looping back, rewinding, and playing through our minds again and again?

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This Brain Cell Revolutionizes Mental Health - The Agenda

It's one of most paradigm-shifting and powerful stories in the history of medicine, writes Donna Jackson Nakazawa. From MS to Parkinson's to Lupus and depression and schizophrenia the microglia, a tiny brain cell, is changing how we understand physical and psychiatric illness.

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Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?: A Parent's Guide To Raising Multiracial Children

"Am I black or white or am I American?" "Why don't my eyes look like yours?" "Why do people always call attention to my 'different' hair?" Helping a child understand his mixed racial background can be daunting, especially when, whether out of honest appreciation or mean-spiritedness, peers and...

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7 Ways Childhood Adversity Changes a Child’s Brain

If you’ve ever wondered why you’ve been struggling a little too hard for a little too long with chronic emotional and physical health conditions that just won’t abate, or feeling as if you’ve been swimming against some invisible current that never ceases, a new field of scientific research...

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NeuroMovement Revolution Podcast: Healing Trauma and Building Resilience with Neural Re-Narrating

In this episode, Anat Baniel and Donna Jackson Nakazawa discuss: • the smallest cell in the brain—microglia—how it works and its function as an immune system; • groundbreaking discoveries about the brain and how microglia link mental and physical health; • how chronic stressors and trauma...

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