The Cost of Poverty: A Price We All Must Pay

Current research regarding the impact of economic distress continues to establish the relationship between chronic poverty and well-being, and elucidates the biological, physiological, and sociological, mechanisms behind the toxic association. The child pays the greatest price of the poor. Economic distress produces lifelong effects of childhood adversity and toxic stress. Given that racial and ethnic […]

The Dangers of Toxic Stress

Imagine 1000 years ago you were walking through a woody grassland and found yourself face to face with an angry bear.  In the blink of an eye, your body would sense danger and immediately begin to respond by triggering a cascade of serious stimulating hormones.  Three key hormones, adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol, are released by the […]


The Price the Poor Pay

Having little can mean giving up even more. A colleague recently sent me a public broadcasting video segment on the link between poverty and stress. While viewing the video, I began to think of the many people who are sinking in the quagmire of poverty-a lot of them kids. The aftershock of starting life in […]