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Is It Dangerous To Be Left-Handed?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

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  • Research suggests it is more dangerous to be left-handed than right-handed, as lefties are at a greater risk of accidents, breast cancer and early death, among other concerns
  • About 10 percent of the population in western countries is left-handed and the rates are believed to be just 4 to 6 percent in Africa, Asia and South America
  • Lefties have been shown to drink alcohol more often, earn less money, experience increased fear, sleep restlessly and struggle in school more frequently than their right-handed peers
  • On the positive side, left-handers are thought to be better at processing information at a fast rate and have been shown to engage in right-brain activities such as music and painting more readily than righties

An article published in Reader’s Digest suggests you are at a greater risk for certain negative health and life outcomes if you are left-handed, including accidents, certain mental and physical problems and even early death.

While it’s obvious left-handers face challenges with respect to using everyday items like keyboards, notebooks, scissors and zippers, which are typically designed to favor right-handed users, does research support the notion left-handedness is actually dangerous to your health?


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