Monday, August 3, 2009
As Swine Flu Spreads Globally, Handshakes Are Out and Shoulder-touches, Japanese-style greetings and namaste Take Over in Age of Global Pandemics...
As Swine Flu Spreads Globally, Handshakes Are Out and Namaste, Japanese-style greetings and Shouldershakes Take Over as Human Greetings in the Age of Pandemics!
Doctors now advise about NOT shaking hands or kissing on the lips or even cheeks as a form of greeting as the SWINE FLU PANDEMIC spreads worldwide, putting millions at risk. So as handshakes go out of fashion, upon doctors' medical advice, a new kind of human greeting is taking over, and for want of a better word, it is being called the SHOULDER TOUCH. Other alternatives include Namaste greetings, based on Indian traditions, and Japanese style bow greetings. And more: new alternative greetings will likely spring up, too. Send in your ideas and suggestions with photos to:
To do a shoulder-touch, extend your right hand out straight in front of you with the palm down, place it gently on the person you are greeting's right shoulder, as he or she does the same to you. This way, your hands do not TOUCH and no germs or bacteria are exchanged, flesh to flesh.
See photos for illustrations. Will this catch on? Perhaps.
Hat tip to Professor Solomon in Maryland who first broached this subject with this blog in his book about UFOs, in which he described a similar human to alien shoulder touch greeting. I thought to myself: THIS MIGHT BE AN IMPORTANT WAY FOR HUMANS TO GREET EACH OTHER IN THIS AGE OF PANDEMIC SWINE FLU OUTBREAKS!
From Professor Solomon's book: "Can I Smoke Aboard a Flying Saucer?" (pdf)
"He raised his right arm and I thought he was going to shake hands. But he laid his open palm down on my left shoulder, which was evidently their form of greeting or salutation."
Swine flu forces border crossers to swap handshakes for elbow bumps
[Serrano calls himself a tour organiser; he hooks up American tourists with guides, and also sells bus tickets to Mexicans to cities all over the US.
Usually, he has all kinds of hand contact; now he is exceedingly careful. As we met, he instinctively reached out his arm - but then pulled back at the last minute, opting for an improvised elbow bump instead.]
Nobel laureate Dr. Peter Agre, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, demonstrates a special handshake intended to help prevent swine flu....
[just a 27 second YouTube video clip]
Kimberly Brooks at www.kimberlybrooks.com says on May 4, 2009:
"Curb The Swine Flu: Lose The American Handshake"
[In 2005 during the Avian Flu hysteria, I wrote a column here called "Curb The Avian Flu: Lose the American Handshake". I had just come back from living in India with my family and found myself enthralled with the practice of Namaste -- pressing both palms together and making a bow to greet others in lieu of the handshake.]
UFO REFERENCE: Part Humor/Part Medical Seriousness
[Professor Solomon tells me: As for that shouldershake, it's described in a book titled "UFOs: Key to Earth's Destiny!" by Winfield Brownell. Brownell has individual chapters on various UFO contactees. One of them, Dick Miller of Michigan, claimed to have been aboard a flying saucer, where he experienced the shouldershake.]
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