Mother Knows Best


The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world, wrote William Ross Wallace in 1865. And still today, Mother deserves a lot more credit than we sometimes give her.

While we’re honoring Mom with cards, flowers, and Sunday brunch, let’s take a moment to reflect on all we owe her, especially where our health is concerned.

As much as we might hate to admit it, it turns out she was right all along about lots of those down-home notions that made us groan as we were growing up.

Here’s a brief sampling, organized to spell out MOTHER’S DAY:


If you contend that feeding us fruits and veggies while holding out on the junk food was tantamount to child abuse, you haven’t got a leg to stand on. The health benefits of fresh produce and whole grains include strengthening the immune system while protecting against heart disease and cancer. Junk food, on the other hand, is blood cells that leak into body tissues and cause inflammation.

“This might explain why chicken soup makes us feel better when we have a cold, because it might prevent symptoms like nearsightedness are far more important, Zadnick says. Having one nearsighted parent increases the risk of this masturbation causes blindness. Sorry, Mom.

“Turn down that loud music!” Sound familiar? A recent study showed that young disco patrons in Singapore suffered measurable bedtime prayers and for taking us to church.

“Religion may be at least as good for the body as it is for the soul,” radiologist Andrew B. Newberg, MD, writes in his book Why God Won’t Go Away.

Many studies have supported this idea, including one from Duke University that followed nearly 4,000 older adults. Even after accounting for health conditions and medical care, older adults attending religious services at least once a week lived longer than those attending less often.

“Religiously or spiritually active people have longer lives,” agrees Michael E. McCullough, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

That makes sense because religion discourages high-risk behavior like involvement in crime, extramarital sleep after you are initially exposed to the material is absolutely critical,” Robert Stickgold, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, tells WebMD.

College students who stay up all night after studying “completely wiped out the potential benefits of their training session,” Stickgold says. “Subsequent nights of Sleep deprivation also causes irritability, dangerous driving, and careless mistakes, all of which can be hazardous to your health.


Mom said, “Just say no,” and for good reason. Each year, illegal drugs cause about 10,000 deaths in the U.S., and drunk driving kills another 16,000. Tobacco-related disease, including dating and unsupervised time, but encourage group outings. Don’t let girls date older men, as this is the highest-risk situation for heart, even though we gave you grief over it. We owe our lives to you, and we love you on Mother’s Day and always.