When I was in high school, I picked up the newspaper every morning on my way to school. I would read the sports pages first, then the Op-Ed and political cartoons, do the crossword puzzle and then take a peek at my horoscope. I didn’t put any stock in what was printed about my zodiac sign; even back then I couldn’t make sense of the idea that one-twelfth of the world was going to share the same fate as me on any given day.
New research, however, has “uncovered” some startling correlations between birth month, birth season, birth order and the impact that these have on overall health. Some of the findings reconfirm older information, but other discoveries shed new light on what affects these seemingly inconsequential and arbitary conditions have on the long-term health prospects for everyone. Some of the findings (quoted directly from the AOL site) were:
- If You Were Small and/or Poor… By the time you reach your 30s and 40s you may have the health of someone 12 years older than you, according to a 2007 study conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.
- If You Were Born to a Teen Parent…You may have a raised suicide risk if your mom was a teenager. And, if your dad was a teenager you may have the health problems associated with low birth, according to two different studies. A study from ‘Human Reproduction’ found that children fathered by teenagers were more likely to be born prematurely, have a low-birth weight and be less healthy at birth.
- If Your Mother Smoked, Used Drugs or Drank…You may have or may later develop a wide range of health problems. Drug and/or alcohol use during pregnancy has been linked to low birth weight, small head size, hyperactivity and attention problems, learning and memory disabilities, deformity and issues with social and emotional development.
© 2008 henry toromoreno