We have known for years that unmitigated youth distress is associated with a higher risk for alcohol and other drug use and other high-risk behaviors. The Center for Disease Control's Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study also links unmitigated childhood distress with increased risks for illness, disease and mental health disorders, from digestive and elimination problems to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, infections and inflammations, and anxiety and depression. Dealing with these health risks also increases the risks for substance abuse. New information about our gut, which is called our second brain, has revealed the science behind how this happens. This session explains the science in a way that is easy to understand and apply to real life.