There have been many studies that show touch and nurturing in the first few years of life are necessary for survival. New research from Harvard University underscores that theory. Dr. James Dobson has all the details:
"A Harvard study shows unmistakably that the quality of the bonding between a boy and his mother is related to his physical health 40 or 50 years later. 91% of college men who said they had not enjoyed a close relationship with their mothers developed Coronary Artery Disease, Hypertension, Ulcers, and Alcoholism in their mid-life years. Only 45% of men who recalled material warmth and closeness had similar illnesses. The same is true of men in relationships with their fathers and listen to this: 100% of the participants in this study whose mothers and fathers were cold and distant suffered numerous diagnosed diseases in mid-life. In short, the quality of early relationships between boys and their parents is a powerful predictor of life-long health, and you can be sure the same is true of girls and women. When early needs are not met, trouble looms down the road."
You can watch Dr. Dobson every day on NewsChannel 11 at Noon. His series "Focus On The Family" includes a lot of good health information and relationship advice.