Put Your Left Hand in and Shake It All About
Yes, Left-Handers Day is a thing. It’s celebrated on 13 August 2020. Cellnutrition feels it very apt for two reasons. First, left-handers were persecuted for centuries right up until the 1860s because they were in league with the devil. They’ve earned the right to be celebrated after that malarky. Second, because four of our team members are left-handers and what are the chances of that? Rather rare and another cause for celebration! We thought we’d bolt down some fun facts and light-hearted statistics about the significance of the lefty loosey and righty tighty’s amongst us all.
When we say rare, we mean it. 87% of us have never given a thought about the writing instruments we use, how to use a pair of scissors, which way to hug or even how to shake hands. That’s because most of us are right-handed. 12% of the population are left-handed and have had to unlearn what would come naturally to most of us while making slight adjustments to the world in which we operate. 1% are ambidextrous. Oh, the joys.
Scientists are baffled as to the cause. Perhaps because there isn’t one. In a world of normal why not celebrate and embrace our differences? It takes many colours to create a painting and cacophony of sounds to make music. Speaking of music, art and creativity, although we always use both hemispheres our brains simultaneously, left-handers tend to use the right-hand side of the brain more. This hemisphere is attributed to creativity, music ability, holistic thought, insight and intuition, art and general awareness.
Perhaps being left-handed is genetic. A study called Why are some people left-handed? An evolutionary perspective conducted by Llaurens, Raymond and Faurie in 2009, confirmed that the chances of it being inherited are as follows:
- If both parents are left-handed then then the chances of the son being left-handed is 27% while its 21.4% for daughters.
- If the father is right-handed and the mother is left-handed then the chances are 1% for the new-born son and 21.7% for the daughter.
- If the father is left-handed and mother is right-handed, parents have 18% chance of their boy being a lefty and a 15% chance of the daughter opting for the same.
- If both parents are right-handed then there remains a 10% chance that the son will be left-handed and 9% chance for the daughter.
Strangely enough, there are 23% more male left-handers than female. Either way left- handers are proven to be better at multi-tasking and significantly more intelligent to boot!
But left-handers are also twice more likely to have allergies and suffer from migraines according to the Cerebral Dominance: The Biological Foundations. Could it be because left-handers are prone to suffer from sleep deprivation too? We all experience periodic limb movement whilst we sleep. In a 2011 study called ‘Assessment of Periodic Limb Movements in Right-Handed Versus Left-Handed Patients, it was found that 69% of right-handed individuals have bilateral limb movements while snoozing compared with 94% left-handed participants.
Cellnutrition gives a left-handed salute to all left-handers this Left-Handers Day. And remember, if you’re prone to migraines and allergies, our Quinton Isotonic Nasal Spray works with either hand in both nostrils and might be just the ticket.