Edward Duff – I Can’t Separate Pollution and Recovery

I do not know if I have ever experienced “wellness,” but it does sound like a very good concept or status. I suspect that it was relatively short-term if I did.

Forget Recovery; I Could Not Breathe

What Is Recovery When You Can't Breathe?

I remember fighting for breath and clean air to breathe in a haze of cigarette smoke in cars, homes, businesses, and public spaces indoors and out. Smoking was ubiquitous throughout my entire childhood, adolescence, and only relatively recently have I been able to stay clear of those 125 chemicals and drugs for any extended length

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Edward Duff – Mental Illness or Injury Come From Too Many Factors to Sort Out

Illness or Injury?

What is the difference between injury and illness? Could it boil down to who is doing it and who is being done in? Who is the referee? Is the rule book written in Farsi or Swahili?

Local factors make several public health issues relevant to the mental injury or illness question.

In fact, there are too many factors to know for sure if a problem is an illness or injury.

Pollution Causes Illness or Injury

Industrial pollution. People are literally being poisoned by industrial operators. Rachel Carson gives a pretty good rundown of this in her

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Edward Duff – trauma after natural disasters – Joplin tornado a year later

How to fix trauma after natural disasters

Edward Duff is a Joplin tornado survivor and has an incredible story about trauma after natural disasters. Joplin is about three days by bike or three hours by car from Kansas City. On May 22, 2011, 5:41 pm, Joplin was hit by a huge tornado that wiped out an entire half mile by one mile strip of the city and damaged up to 70% of the buildings in other parts of the city. Edward says, “The worst thing about that tornado was in the aftermath, we’d be walking around what used to be

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Edward Duff: How truama changes the brain and behavior templates

Edward Duff talks about how trauma changes the brain. This is a response to an essay to be posted soon on Corinna’s personal site about “What Winning the Olympic Trials Taught me about Trauma-informed care.”

This post is an email conversation between Wellness Wordworks creative director Corinna West and Edward Duff about how trauma changes the brain. It’s reprinted with small edits and permission. Edward Duff is a policy analyst in Missouri. This means a lobbyist. We’ll post soon about what lobbyists really do and some ways around this. Edward is a survivor of many psychiatric diagnoses, incarceration, brain injury,

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