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Left-Handed Health Issues

Because of the way our brains are cross-wired to our bodies, left-handers think differently and do things differently to right-handers and this can have some strange impacts on our health.

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The Left hand is better at reading Braille as it reports to the right hemisphere - better at spatial intelligence patterns. The right ear is better at processing language.

It is thought that changing a natural left-hander to become a right hander may cause stuttering. King George VI was a well known case of this.

It is still thought that there is a common link between left-handedness and speech defects.

Some left-handers slip unintentionally into mirror writing. Two famous practitioners were Lewis Carroll and Leonardo da Vinci.

Stuttering and dyslexia occur more often in left-handers.

Health issues

Usually, left handers reach puberty 4 to 5 months later than right handers.

According to the recent report by Prof. Stanley Coren of the University of British Columbia, it is suggested that left-handers on average have a shorter lifespan that right-handers. This claim has been refuted by many scientists and is currently being studied by British researchers.


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