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Why Left Hand?

Well first of all, Jen Alberti, one of the founders of the clinic is a lefty. Second, because of the importance of the left hand. The Japanese style of Kototama Inochi is one of ways Caroline practices acupuncture. In this style, the left hand is considered more important that the right hand. The right hand is used to insert the acupuncture needle. However, it is the left hand that feels the Qi of the patient rising to meet the needle. It also makes the connection between the acupuncturist and the person receiving treatment. Third, with our name we pay tribute to Chief Left Hand, for which Left Hand Canyon, northwest of Boulder is named. North of Lafayette, the town of Niwot (“Left Hand” in the Arapahoe language) also bears his name. Chief Left Hand was the leader of the Southern Arapahoe tribe. He was a man of peace who strove for harmony between the Native Americans and the white settlers. The strife between the two groups eventually ended in the tragedy of the Sand Creek Massacre. For more about Chief Left Hand we recommend Margaret Coel’s fascinating account of his life and the struggles of his people, Chief Left Hand: Southern Arapaho.


Some interesting facts about left-handed people:

Only seven to ten percent of the adult population is left-handed.
Left-handers adjust more readily to seeing underwater.
Higher levels of auto-immune disorders and learning disabilities have been tied to left-handedness. However, left-handers also show a higher degree of spatial ability, mathematical thinking and creativity.
Left-handers excel particularly in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing.
Peoples of the Andes consider that lefthanders possess special spiritual abilities, including magic and healing.
Four of the five original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed.
One in four Apollo astronauts were left-handed - 250% more than the normal level.
A Few Famous Lefties:

Gerald Ford
Ronald Reagan
George H.W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Barack Obama
Joan of Arc, French heroine
Lloque Yapanqui, Inca monarch
Alexander the Great
Charlemagne, Holy Roman emperor
Julius Caesar, Roman general
Henry Ford, automobile manufacturer
Helen Keller, advocate for the blind
Edward R. Murrow, correspondent
Ted Koppel, journalist
Jay Leno, host
John Wesley Hardin, Western gunslinger
Bart Simpson, cartoon character
Lewis Carroll
H.G. Wells
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, composer
David Byrne (Talking Heads)
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
Dick Dale (guitarist)
Jimi Hendrix
Chuck Mangione, trumpet
Paul McCartney (the Beatles; Wings)
Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)
Albrecht Dürer
M.C. Escher
Paul Klee
Leonardo da Vinci
Dan Aykroyd
Carol Burnett
George Burns, comedian
Charlie Chaplin
Tom Cruise
Matt Dillon
Robert DeNiro
W.C. Fields
Greta Garbo
Whoopie Goldberg
Cary Grant
Kermit the Frog
Rock Hudson
Angelina Jolie
Steve McQueen
Marcel Marceau, mime
Harpo Marx
Marilyn Monroe
Kim Novak
Richard Pryor, comedian
Robert Redford
Julia Roberts
Mickey Rourke
Eva Marie Saint
Jerry Seinfeld, comedian
Dick Smothers, comedian
Brent Spiner
Emma Thompson
Bruce Willis
Oprah Winfrey
Joanne Woodward
Greg Louganis (diving)
Mark Spitz (swimming)
Bruce Jenner (decathlon)
Dorothy Hamill (skating)
Marvin Hagler (boxing)
Oscar de la Hoya (boxing)
Norman "Boomer" Esiason (
John McEnroe (tennis)
Martina Navratilova (tennis) - ambidexterous
Monica Seles (tennis)
"Shoeless" Joe Jackson (baseball)
Reggie Jackson (baseball)
Babe Ruth (baseball)
Casey Stengel (baseball)
Darryl Strawberry (baseball)
Ted Williams (baseball)

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