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Posted by: Robyn Mc, Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 7:42pm
I will start this by saying that, yes, I am obsessive about details!  :D  or  :(, depending on the situation.

Swami has the left vs right-handed question and both my husband and I were decidedly left-handed as babies, but our mothers, in their infinite wisdom, decided that being left-handed was in a culture of mostly right-handed people, was a bad thing, so they forced us to use our right hands.

So, which answer should we put in?  I would be inclined to go with our proclivity as babies, even though we are right-handed adults, if our mothers hadn't intervened, we would be left-handed.  

It probably won't change the diet--just an interesting 1% change in your geno-type percentage, but somewhat interesting, at least to me, the obsessive detail person!  

What have others done with this question?  

Also, ethnicity, I left blank, because I wasn't sure what to put.  Nothing really fit completely in my category!  I am a little over half Irish and goodness-knows-what-else.  The other half is mostly Native American (mixed tribes, of course, to further complicate matters) with another little dose of Irish/Spanish and ???  

Now, I was told years ago by my then herbalist/healer guru that my native heritage trumped my euro heritage when it came to treating conditions with herbs and food, but, of course, that was a really biased opinion.  That's another very small percentage in the gt calculator, either way.  

Clearly, all the other measurements weigh in much heavier, because despite one's lineage, those are a better indicator of what traits you inherited from your ancestors.  

What does everyone else do with that?

Just curious--not critical information, I realize, but interested to find out what the majority of folks have done with that information.  
Posted by: shoulderblade, Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 8:13pm; Reply: 1
Quoted from robydoo
So, which answer should we put in?  I would be inclined to go with our proclivity as babies, even though we are right-handed adults, if our mothers hadn't intervened, we would be left-handed.  


As one who was converted away from left-handedness as I child I would go with the left handedness. Biologically you still are a lefty even though you don't exhibit the behaviour, mainly in handwriting I think. You could assume the handedness choice is genetic and take it from there.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 8:15pm; Reply: 2
I d add left handed, since being right handed was an acquired trait.
concerning your ethnicity, there s bound to be a dominant trait.....
Posted by: C_Sharp, Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 8:29pm; Reply: 3
Here is an expensive solution to the ethnicity issue: Test both mitochondrial DNA and y-chromsome DNA and enter the haplogroup data.

My testing seemed to indicate that adding this data makes more difference in my SWAMI than changing the ethnicity.

Until it is convenient to test ancestoral DNA you could run SWAMI with no ethnicity specified then with Native American, and then with Northern European and see what difference it makes.
Posted by: Squirrel, Thursday, November 26, 2009, 1:04am; Reply: 4
I write with my right hand (mostly) but do everything else with my left or either. My Mum says she didn't direct me either way, and I remember only getting into the school badminton team because nobody noticed that I switched hands whenever there was a backhand shot. ;)
I entered that I'm left-handed.

Are those two fields locked? I can't remember. If they aren't, does it make a difference to the food lists if you change them?
Posted by: C_Sharp, Thursday, November 26, 2009, 1:21am; Reply: 5
Neither ethnicity or handedness is time locked.

I discussed ethnicity effect above.

Handedness changes my percentage by 2%. Did not lead to any noticeable change in diet.
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