Left-Handers Club Newsletter - February 2005

In this issue...

1. Left-Handers - Nature's Fighters?
2. The loneliness of the left-handed surgeon
3. Left-handers in sport – is there an advantage?
4. First Hand Knowledge - members' experiences
5. Member offers

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Welcome to the February edition of the Left-Handers Club newsletter. Some interesting, and controversial research has been published in recent weeks, showing left-handers in a new light. One suggests that the reason for left-handers’ continued success in society is our advantage in combat. Left-handed surgeons have also been subject to analysis, in an effort to find out if they are disadvantaged in the operating theatre.

Left-Handers - Nature's Fighters?

If anyone picks a fight with you, tell them you're left handed and they may well think again! Scientists have found we lefties often have the upper hand in combat.
The endurance of left-handedness has puzzled researchers, considering the links to disadvantages including an increased risk of some diseases. But researchers at the University of Montpellier in France believe left-handers continue to thrive because they do well in combat.


The team, who recently published the results of their study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, saw that left-handers had the advantage in sports such as fencing, tennis and baseball. They said that Western interactive sports such as these can be classed as "special cases of fights - with strict rules, including the prohibition of killing and intentionally wounding the opponent".

The media were quick to pick up on this research, and the Left-Handers Club were quickly asked for our comments, taking part in a number of national radio and newspaper interviews in the U.K. You can see the full details of the study, and our comments on these findings on our page at

The loneliness of the left-handed surgeon

A new study into left-handed surgeons claims they lack access to left handed instruments while training, receive little mentoring about their left handedness, and are more prone to needle stick injuries than their right handed colleagues. They also have considerable difficulty handling some instruments.
Having basic sets of left-handed instruments (scissors, clamps, and needle holders) available in the teaching hospitals for medical students and surgical residents may minimise the inconveniences associated with learning," the authors wrote in the Jan.2005 edition of the British Medical Journal.
To read this report go to

Left-handers in sport – is there an advantage?

The research highlighting left-handers’ advantage in sport has got us thinking in the LHC office. Do you agree that left-handers seem to excel in sports like tennis and cricket? It seems that being a minority has actually benefited players like Greg Rusedski and Brian Lara. It certainly helps them to get ahead of the game! In fact, it appears that being left-handed is such an advantage that left-handed players are actively searched for and encouraged.

Unfortunately playing left-handed is not always welcome in some sports; in fact sometimes it’s completely against the rules. The fact is that you cannot play polo or field hockey left-handed, as it is deemed too dangerous.

What is your personal experience? We would like to know is if being left-handed has hindered or helped you in the sports that you play. Click this link to email Lauren

First Hand Knowledge
Thoughts and ideas from LHC Members on life as a left-hander...

Lynn Robertson, Denver, Colorado, USA. shared her observations on how people tilt the paper/hold their hand when writing.
'I always believed that lefties tended to have a backslant to their writing and had a crooked wrist while writing because well-meaning right-handed teachers felt they needed to tilt the paper in the opposite direction from righties. (That was my experience with the nuns, who insisted on tilting my paper to the right -- as soon as they moved on, I tilted it back.) I write with a straight wrist and push the pencil across the paper at a somewhat upward slant, but have a very nice forward slant to my script writing -- though I usually print, script being too much effort, requiring continual, unbroken pushing of the pencil.

Anyway, I thought that was why I didn't have that sharp bend to the wrist when writing. Wrong! It appears to be genetic. A certain portion of lefties write with a straight wrist and the rest write with a sharp bend -- pretty common knowledge. What you may not know is that the same thing is true of righties! Really weird to see a crooked-wrist right-handed writer.'

And a final thought from Club Member Trish S
'The tradition of shaking the right hand comes from medieval times, when knights traditionally held their weapon in their right hand. In order to show that he meant no harm, the knight would empty his right hand, and present it to the other person.
My way of shaking hands is like this. If I know that the person is a lefty, I shake their left hand. It's my way of letting them know that we share something in common, and that it's also more comfortable for me to use my left hand!”

If you have any thoughts, experiences or ideas about left-handedness that you would like to share with other members, we would love to hear from you. Click this link to email Lauren

We regret we cannot enter into personal correspondence, but your email will be considered for possible inclusion in a future newsletter.

Left-Handers Club Member offer

FREE RIGHT-HANDED NAIL SCISSORS with every purchase of left-handed nail scissor or manicure set. Think about it: your left-handed nail scissors will make a beautiful job of cutting the nails on your RIGHT hand, but what about the LEFT hand? Everone ideally should have one set of each, and with our special offer you can – at no extra cost! A brilliant idea! Make cutting nails on both hands, whether right or left-handed, a snip for everyone! Order any item from our manicure range and you will receive one pair of right-handed nail or cuticle scissors absolutely free.
(One pair per household)

We only have limited stocks of the right-handed scissors - If you can see them on our web site you can still get them free!

CHILDREN’S SCISSORS – Buy one pair, get another HALF PRICE!
Where do all the pens, scissors, rulers and pencils we buy our children go? No-one knows, but they are forever disappearing. This special offer means you can always have a spare pair of scissors to hand for your little leftie. Purchase any of our children’s scissors, and get a second pair 50% off. Ideal for home and school.

We'll be in contact again soon

Keith and Lauren Milsom
and all at the Left-Handers Club