Reading Your Body’s Book Of Disease!

By Trevor Chetcuti on 21 Apr 2015
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It often amazes people how, after just a few minutes, we can have a good idea of where to look and what to check to find the root of their health issues. What many people aren’t aware of is there is a very close link between our physical being and our physiology/biochemistry. In short, the stuff going on inside is often visible on the outside, you just need to know where to look.

As an I’ve spent my life looking at the way our altered state of health is expressed in our structure. The way our nervous system changes muscle function, the way our physiology changes our posture and the way disease can change our pain patterns.

The doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient

As you become more aware of these physical changes it gets quicker and quicker to ‘read’ someone’s health. Everything is interconnected. 

Whilst these characteristics are not truly diagnostic in themselves, they do provide information as to where to look. Whilst no uneducated or untrained person should ever diagnose or treat themselves, these indicators can be used as awareness indicators highlighting the need for a more thorough assessment. 

Here’s a few to quickly check:

Thyroid – the most basic visual sign of thyroid dysfunction is the loss of the outer aspect of the eyebrow and loss of the half moons in the fingernails. These people often feel lethargic and put on weight. They tend to feel enlivened by exercise.

Cardiovascular – Patients with cardiovascular issues have many visual signs. The nails can become grey rather than a vibrant pink and the skin can become discoloured. One commonly missed marker though is a diagonal crease through the ear lobe.

Stress – Generally speaking the neurological mechanisms that control stress are more delicate in women and more so in those that are fair. When these mechanisms are being affected tenderness often develops at the bottom ribs along the spine. In addition, tenderness can also be seen by pinching the Achilles tendon just where it joins the calf.  These people often tend to get sleepy or tired after activity.

Blood Sugar – People with insulin issues find it hard to sit or stand up straight for long periods without slouching. They develop tenderness over the bottom ribs on the left near their sternum and at the middle of their back just to the left of the spine. They tend to put on weight around their waist. This can be assessed by measuring the narrowest point of your waist and dividing by the widest point of your hips. This should be less than 0.8 for women and less than 0.9 for men.

Cholesterol – People with poor cholesterol utilisation often deposit it in tissues. The most common place is the eye. This can be seen as a white ring around the coloured part of the eye or yellow mustard like dots near or on the eyelid.

Tight Hands – Inability to fully close your fingers can be a vague sign of an inability to process vitamin B6 or, a B6 deficiency.

Inflammation – A yellowing light tinge in the lateral aspect of the eye can be a sign of inflammation occurring within. A broader yellowing is indicative of liver dysfunction seen in hepatitis. 

Tongue – A bright red tip to your tongue or a purple tip can often be associated with B vitamin problems.

Hormones – Acne around the mouth or along the beard line is a common sign of hormone irregularities. 

The list of physical characteristics seen in various conditions is enormous. In the mind of a properly trained practitioner they can often allow one to quickly source the root of illness, discomfort and disease. Whilst no one characteristic is 100% diagnostic of a specific condition, knowing where to look prevents heaps of tests needing to be run and potentially helps eliminate treatment options that may not have been successful in the long run.

About the Author

Dr Trevor has a passion for helping people that goes beyond what most people expect. He has a knack for getting to issues quickly and an amazing knowledge for all things health and wellbeing. With extensive study in areas such as Physiology, Nutrition, Supplementation, Applied Kinesiology, Neuro Emotional Technique and Chiropractic, Dr Trevor's skills at working with a wide range of health and performance issues have become widely respected.

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