Mothers and Daughters - The Health Connection
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In her new book, "Mother-Daughter Wisdom," Christiane Northrup, MD, explores how and why the mother-daughter bond sets the stage for a woman's physical and emotional health for life. Dr. Northrup joined us on March 23 to answer your questions.
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Our mother's state of health during pregnancy helps determine our birth weight. Our birth weight is a factor in later heart health versus heart disease, and also diabetes. If our mothers smoked we were far more apt to develop respiratory diseases. If our mothers favored our brothers over us our bodies felt that, too.
But, let me be clear. Though our mother's influence on our physical health is enormous, our soul's influence wins in the end. I strongly believe that we choose our mothers and though it's imperative that we feel the inevitable grief, resentment, and anger about our mother's shortcomings, we still, as adult women, must assume responsibility for our own choices and not blame our mothers.
The good news is that our bodies have the same ability to rebirth themselves and rejuvenate themselves -- that is the basis for our existence in the first place. As adult women, we must eventually learn to give ourselves the unconditional acceptance and positive regard that we longed for from our mothers. This positive self-regard and self-acceptance is the basis and motivation for all health-enhancing behaviors, including eating right and exercising.
All of us inherit a legacy of positive aspects from our mothers and also negative things that would be best healed and left behind. I want to read you my definition of legacy from page 210 of Mother-Daughter Wisdom : "I define legacy as the huge amount of information about our own past and our family's past which affects our energy, health, and potential for change in each generation. This information is passed on unconsciously through repeated behavior and consciously in the form of advice."