Monday, May 10, 2010

The perfect disease

On Friday I was diagnosed with the perfect ailment: a genetic disorder of the little finger. Called Dupuytren’s disease—and also known as Vikings disease—the condition, as I manifest it, is characterized by the inability to fully straighten my little finger because of cording of the connective tissue. I noticed it only because I couldn’t flatten my hands for downward dogs and handstands. If I weren’t a yogini, I would never have noticed. It’s that minor. In women, the disease is limited to the hands, mostly the little or ring finger, and rarely, the toes. In men, however, it can cause bending of the penis. I wonder, Does Bill Clinton have Dupuytren’s disease?

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