Offspring of stay at home mothers have fewer health problems, study indicates.

This was the headline of my local newspaper a few days ago. All of us who have been stay at home moms appreciate the validation that this study brings.

‘The study found that kids of working moms have a 200 percent increase in the risk of experiencing overnight hospitalizations, asthma episodes and injuries or poisonings.’

I am not posting this to take a stab at the moms who have to work outside the home. God knows that whether a mom works inside or outside is a tough call. My late husband and I decided before we became pregnant that my staying at home after the children were born was essential to my emotional well-being. Biblically speaking, mothers are given the day-to-day task of raising the children while the husbands/fathers are out making a living. Personally, my greatest goal in child rearing was to have children that would not only be a credit to us as parents, but who were also ‘brought up in the training and admonition of the Lord.’ (Eph 6:4) I just did not see how putting my children in the care of a nanny or in a daycare would accomplish that goal.

The study looked at 89,000 children aged 7-17. The data was pulled from the federal National Health Interview Survey. I am happy to report that my children are nearing their third decade, and they enjoy great health. As young children, they were very healthy. I can only remember one time when one of them was off school for an illness.

The reasons postulated for the better health of the children of stay at home moms ranged from the moms having time to prepare healthy meals to the moms having the time to clean the home properly. While I believe that these two factors do make for healthier children, I believe there is another underlying factor. It is thought that as much at 85% of illness is emotionally based. I personally believe that the children of stay at home moms are happier. They feel a greater sense of security and emotional stability. This could translate into less stress on the immune system, which would allow for greater/quicker response to illness. An immune system that responds quickly can defeat an invader before it has time to become a full-blown disease.

Until next time,



About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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