Living the WELL Life

The Diagnosis

Monday, November 23, 2009

How To See Your Health
Looking in the mirror each morning can be...interesting at best.  For some of us, it’s downright terrifying.  What face will we see today?  What new sign of aging will have marched across our faces as we innocently slept?  Will we be puffy-eyed or will we see dark rings under our weary bloodshot eyes?  Are we pale and listless?  Pimples?  Blotches?  Or will we see more dreaded wrinkles?  And then there are the bad hair days, which for many, are more the norm than the good ones.

Making The Connection

With diagnosis, practical observations are made by observing the complementary and antagonistic relationship between structure and function that appear in the constitution and condition.  As we observe ourselves and others, we must establish the link between our constitution and condition in order to see our health.

During fetal development, our naval functioned as the center of our being, the center of our structure.  As we developed internally, we developed externally and so as organs developed inside the body, our face was developing as an external balance.  The result is that we can observe our internal health by observing our faces and discerning between constitution and condition.  With this kind of understanding of our bodies, we can see our health.  Along with this ability to observe, we also have the ability to act on what we see, because we have developed an understanding of the affects of food on organ health and can become proactive in affecting change.

After birth, the center of the body shifts to the mouth and neck region.  From here, upper and lower extensions of the body develop, with the head as the upper sphere and body as the lower sphere.  As a result, they correlate very well during development.  According to this ancient principle, specific areas of the face reflect the condition and function of each organ of the body.  We “grow into” our faces, as we mature and develop internally.

a.         The cheeks reflect the condition and function of the lungs.

b.         The tip of the nose--heart

c.         The nostrils--the bronchi (connecting the lungs)

d.         The bridge of the nose--stomach

e.         The sides of the bridge of the nose--liver

f.          The top of the bridge of the nose--pancreas

g.         The eyes--kidneys, ovaries, testicles

            Left eye-spleen, pancreas...Right eye-liver, gall bladder

h.         The under eye area--kidneys

I.          Between the brows--liver

j.          Temples--spleen

k.         Forehead--small intestines, peripheral area of forehead--large intestines

l.          Hairline--bladder

m.        Ears--kidneys

n.         Mouth-digestive system

            n-1.  Upper lip--stomach...

            n-2. center of lower lip--small intestines,

            n-3. periphery of lower lip--large intestines

o.         Corner of mouth--duodenum

p.         Upper lip (above mouth)--reproductive organs

q.         Chin--reproductive organs

r.          Jawline--kidneys

So what does this all mean to us?  What we looking at--or looking for?  What makes a healthy face?  Once you know where to look to find the health of various organs, it’s important to know what you are looking at--how to see imbalance, what the imbalance is and, most importantly, how to shift the imbalance back to the center, so that you look your best.  Let’s take it from the top...grab a mirror and let’s take a look...

First, know that no one has a perfectly symmetrical face.  One side will vary slightly from the other--one eye may be a bit larger, one nostril shaped slightly differently, the nose may bend either left or right.  These dissimilarities are part of our constitution and are caused by differences in the health and strength of our parents during conception and pregnancy, which create different influences in our development.  In classic Asian healing, it is said that the health of the father influences the left side of the body and the mother influences the right side--both inside and out.       

On the face--and internally--we can see who was constitutionally more influential quite easily.  For example, if the left eye is more defined and strong, your father was stronger than your mother during your conception.  Wherever you see specific, defined traits, you can determine the constitutional strengths of your parents, depending on which side shows more strength and definition.  You can take this further.  Let’s say that you have a more defined left eye, but if you were to examine your life, most of your injuries, accidents and disorders have occurred on the left side.  That indicates that while your father was quite a strong influence at the time of conception, your mother was a stronger influence during pregnancy and gave your greater strength on the right side, overpowering your father’s influence.  It is said in Asian healing, for instance, that most people are right-handed because our mothers’ influence is stronger, since we spend the nine months after conception in her womb. 

People who appear to be symmetrical are people whose parents maintained similar strengths and health from conception to birth.  Familial influences run much deeper than whether we got our mother’s eyes or our father’s chin.

Our Forehead

More than just the area of our head that we slap in frustration, the forehead is said to reflect the condition and function of the intestines.  In truth, it is an indication of our overall mental and physical condition.  For purposes of Asian healing, the forehead can be divided into four sections--upper forehead, middle forehead, lower forehead and temples.

Upper Forehead

This region of the forehead, immediately below the hairline, shows the function of the circulatory and excretory systems, heart, kidneys and bladder.  When this area is well-developed, with smooth, clear skin, these organs are functioning at their best.  Any abnormal changes that occur in color or texture are indicative of imbalance in these organ systems.

Red color indicates that the circulatory system is overworked and aggravated, due to the excessive consumption of liquid, in particular, fruit juices, alcohol, coffee and other stimulating beverages.  This condition is often accompanied by a faster pulse, frequent fevers and indigestion. 

White color or patches of white will appear with the excessive consumption of dairy fats.  Often found coupled with tiny, silver “baby hairs,” this condition is indicative of high levels of cholesterol and fatty acids in the bloodstream.  A weakened heart can result if this condition is left unchanged.

Dark color or patches of darker skin are caused by the excessive consumption of simple sugar, including fruit and fruit juice, white flour products, honey, maple syrup and other simple sugar products.  Cysts and stones from accumulating fat are beginning to form in the kidneys, as well as frequent bladder infections, are just two of the symptoms that often accompany this condition.

Yellow color or patches of yellow show the skin’s attempt to discharge excess fat and protein from meat, poultry, eggs and cheese.  You may also find this discoloration in people who eat large amounts of fatty fish or who take fish oils as a supplement to their diet.  This condition is often accompanied by disfunction of the liver and gall bladder, with a high cholesterol level in the bloodstream.

Pimples on this area of the forehead are an attempt by the body to eliminate some kind of excess--red pimples are from sugar; white pimples are from fats; yellowish pimples are from animal protein and cholesterol; dark pimples are from dense protein and fat together, like those found in meats.

A receding hairline, showing as a balding forehead, is caused by the excessive  consumption of sweets, fruit, juices and alcohol over a long period of time.  This condition shows that the heart and circulatory system are overworked because the quality of the blood and lymph have been compromised and are thinner and weaker, thereby working the heart much harder in order to service the body’s needs.

Middle Forehead-This area shows the health and function of the nervous system.  When this area is clear and well-developed, it is an indication of healthy nervous function.  Any changes or disorders in this area are signs of nervous disfunction.

Red color, which is due to the over consumption of stimulants and soft drinks is often accompanied by frequent nervousness, anxiety, over sensitivity and emotional instability.

White color or white patches, caused by an excess of dairy foods in the diet, are often accompanied by dulled nervous response and cloudy mental activity.

Yellow color, caused by excessive amounts of eggs and poultry in the diet, are accompanied by nervous response that is alert, but narrow and inflexible, unable to adapt well to change.  Interestingly, a similar condition is often found in vegetarians who take in large amounts of carrot juice, showing an overworked gall bladder.  Balance is important in all areas of eating...even veggies.

Dark spots or freckles show the body’s attempt to eliminate simple sugars, medications and chemicals.  A balanced diet can help to fade these spots.

Red pimples are the body’s attempt to eliminate excessive consumption of white flour products and dairy foods. 

Horizontal lines across the middle forehead are normal--if there are only three lines--any more than that is an indication that we are consuming too much food--healthy or not.  We used to  develop these lines as we aged, after years of overeating.  Now we see them in younger and younger people, as we eat more and more.  At the same time, notice older people without craggy foreheads.  They most likely came from leaner times and are not accustomed to consuming large quantities of food--to their benefit.

Lower Forehead-This area of the forehead represents the respiratory and digestive systems of the body, as well as being reflective of their condition.  It is also said that sensor discrimination is reflected in this area of the forehead.  When clear and well-developed, this area shows efficient function of these two systems, with our mental energies being clear and focused.  Any changes or disorders in this area are indicators that there are dysfunctions in the respiratory and digestive systems.

Red color shows that our digestive function is aggravated, with expansion in the stomach and intestines occurring, with the accumulation of fat and mucus in the organs.  Caused by overeating of extreme foods, both animal fats and protein, as well as simple sugars, this condition is also indicative of inflammation in the respiratory system. 

Dark color or patches of dark color indicate that metabolism in the respiratory and digestive systems are slowed as a result of excess animal protein in the diet, particularly meat, eggs, cured meats and salt.  This condition is often accompanied by shortness of breath and chronic constipation.

White color or white patches represent the body’s attempt to eliminate accumulations of fat and protein in the lungs, stomach and intestines, mainly due to excessive consumption of poultry, eggs, cheese and milk.  This condition can be accompanied by both loose bowels and constipation.

Red pimples indicate that the body needs to eliminate excesses of sugar, fruit, juices and chemicals. 

Green color is an indication of serious disfunction of the respiratory and digestive systems.  Caused by overeating, especially extreme foods, both meat, eggs and sugars and fruits, this condition very likely indicates that cysts and possibly tumors are forming in the lungs, stomach and intestines.

Central Region of the Lower Forehead, between the eyebrows, reflects the health and function of the liver and gall bladder.  When clear and free of lines, hair, pimples, puffiness or other disorders, we can be confident that our liver is happy and doing its job well.  Abnormalities in this area of the forehead indicate that our liver needs our attention.

The most commonly-seen disorder in this area, are vertical lines between the brows.  Seen more often than not in modern people, these little lines are indicative of fat and mucus accumulating in the liver, causing hardness and expansion of the organ.  The longer and deeper the lines, the worse the condition of the liver.  Sometimes you see one line, sometimes many lines--the more lines, the harder the liver.  Small lines that come and go are indicative of the liver’s response to fatty foods.  Greasy take-out tonight can mean little lines between the brows tomorrow.  The good news is that these tiny lines will often disappear by noon.  However, should greasy take-out become a food group for you, these lines will deepen, lengthen and not go away so easily, as the liver continues to overwork and harden.  And, as the liver is associated with impatience and anger, in the Asian healing arts, people with these little lines tend towards short tempers and impatience--we even call them “frown lines.”

Puffiness in this area is indicative of the excessive consumption of sweets, causing the liver to swell and grow flaccid.  Usually pale in color, this condition is often accompanied by feelings of self-pity.

Moving down ever so slightly to the top of the bridge of the nose, just below the area between the brows, we see the condition and health of the pancreas.  If horizontal lines appear in this area, the pancreas is growing hard from overwork and needs a break--seriously in need of some vacation time.  Caused by excessive consumption of shellfish, eggs and on the other end of the spectrum, simple sugar and sweets, this condition is more commonly found today and can be an indication that there is serious pancreas trouble on the way.  A diet change is really in order here...

White or yellow patches in this area indicate that gall stones may be developing, as fat continues to accumulate in the liver, causing it to swell and harden.

Pimples in this area of the forehead indicate that hard fat deposits are forming in the liver and stones in the gall bladder, both due to excessive consumption of animal protein, particularly meat and eggs. 

If the skin in this area grows dry and flaky, it shows that your diet is excessive in the consumption of fats--both animal and vegetable--even good quality oils can cause this condition, if eaten in excess.  This condition also indicates a lack of adequate vegetable consumption.


Temples-These areas of the forehead correspond to the health and function of the spleen, pancreas, liver and gall bladder.  Clear, smooth and free of puffiness, the temples indicate smooth, efficient function of these excretory organs.

Green colored vessels in the temples indicate that the lymph circulation is abnormal, due to an overactive spleen and underactive gall bladder--both conditions caused by excessive consumption of fluids and simple sugar, alcohol and stimulants.

Dark color on the temples indicates that the body is trying to eliminate excessive amounts of extreme foods in the body--including sugar, honey, maple syrup, chocolate, fruits, syrups, milk and white flour, as well as salts, cured meats and hard, dry foods.  This skin conditions shows that the liver, spleen and kidneys are sluggish, while the pancreas function grows erratic in response to excessive sugar in the diet.

Pimples or discoloration on the temples show the body’s effort to eliminate excess from these organs--everything from sugar to meat to salt to refined flour products. 

Overall, the forehead is indicative of our entire physical health.  A clear, smooth forehead shows that our organ systems are functioning smoothly, with various metabolisms in harmony. 


Our Eyes and Eyebrows


They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, making the eyebrows the awnings.  In the Asian healing arts, the eyes and eyebrows reveal a great deal about our constitutional and conditional health.  Your eyes and eyebrows conceal nothing. 

The eyebrows reflect the health and condition of the nervous, digestive, circulatory and excretory systems--in other words, every organ system in the body.  That means that the eyebrows reveal how our constitution developed during pregnancy, as well as revealing our condition on a day to day basis. 

By simply looking at our eyebrows, we can see our mother’s health during our time in her womb.  The inner portion of the brows reflect the first trimester, the middle of the brow, the second trimester, with the outer tips of the brows showing the final months of development.  By examining our eyebrows, we can determine a lot about our constitutional strengths and weaknesses. 

The space between the eyebrows is created by our mother’s eating habits, especially during the third month.  A more narrow space is created when a woman chooses more animal protein, salt or long-cooked vegetables, seasoned with lots of salt during pregnancy, while a wider space is the result of more fruit, sugars, raw foods or tropical foods. 

The more narrow spaced brows show that, constitutionally, our more compact organs, the liver, pancreas, kidneys and heart, will be our inherent weak spots and require more tender loving care during our life.  The wider spaced brows reflect inherent weakness in our more expansive organs, the lungs, intestines, bladder and gall bladder. 

The more narrow the space, it is said, the more strong-willed, determined and stubborn the personality.  A wider space between the brows creates a personality that is more easy-going, even to the point of indecisive. 

The angle of the eyebrows is quite telling--and very interesting.  This aspect of the eyebrows shows our mental and physical strength.  Upward slanting brows (going up at the outer tips), are formed by the excessive consumption of dense animal protein.  These eyebrows reveal great physical strength, but also strong aggression in the personality.  These people are also prone to liver and heart trouble in life, should they neglect their health.

Downward slanting brows (pointing down at the outer tips) are the result of minimal animal protein, with the majority of the diet coming from vegetable sources.  This personality is more passive and gentle, with their kidneys and intestines needing more attention than other organs.

Peaked brows, looking almost pointed as they arch at the center are created when the diet chosen during pregnancy was more erratic, bouncing from excesses of animal food to excesses of sugar and fruit.  The personality associated with these brows is a person who is physically active, socially gentle, appearing quite strong, but with periods of timidity.  Usually, these people are quite physically active in their early lives, but turn to spiritual practices later in life.  In these people, the extremes in food choices can contribute to weakness in the spleen, liver and kidneys throughout life. 

Brows with a more balanced angle, beautifully arched and graceful, are created when a mother chooses a well-balanced diet throughout most of her pregnancy.  These brows reflect an overall physical strength and mental and emotional stability.

The hair quality of the eyebrows is reflective of our inherent vitality.  The denser the brows, the more vitality, while the thinner the brows, the more delicate the constitution.  It is important to note that as we age the brows usually begin to thin, especially if our health grows delicate.  If we have been seriously ill during our life, even in youth and even if we recover fully, the brows may thin.  Physical trauma or malnourishment may cause thinning of the brows.  So it is important to know what a person’s life has been like before diagnosing them at a cocktail party.

It is said that the length of the brows is indicative of the length of life.  Longer brows, which indicate strong vitality, indicate longevity, while shorter brows can show a shorter life and more delicate constitution. 

Hair growing between the brows is said to be caused by the excessive consumption of dairy food and fatty animal food during the first trimester.  A personality with this tendency in the brows will be easily affected by the consumption of animal protein and fatty foods, as their liver, pancreas and spleen have more delicate natures.

Finally, it is said that eyebrows with breaks or irregular growth of hair indicate a tendency toward serious illness at some point during life.  Note, of course, that all of our constitutional tendencies can be altered with healthy life choices.  This self-knowledge gives us an edge on maintaining our health, as we know our inherent strengths and weaknesses, so we know where to focus our self-care.


The eyes, those most hypnotic parts of the face, tell it all.  When we are feeling well and at our best, the eyes are powerful--clear, sharp, alert, seductive and soulful, revealing all about our moods and desires.  When our health is in decline, we see it all too clearly in our eyes, as they lose their clarity, their power and strength.

The study of the eyes can be a lifelong passion, with no end.  It seems the more that we look at the eyes, the more we learn about the miracle of humanity.  Here, we will discuss how to see our day to day health and what our eyes reveal about both our constitution and our daily condition.  Representing our entire physical and mental condition, the eyes are our most expressive tool, reflecting every change, trauma, imbalance and balance in our nature.  They reveal everything about us.

Beginning with our constitution, there is the size, shape and placement of the eyes to consider.  Close set eyes are created by the consumption of more animal protein during pregnancy and indicate a sharp intelligence and intense nature.  Wide set eyes are created by the consumption of more expansive foods, like fruit, sugars, raw foods, salads and indicate a gentle, more passive character, with a more poetic nature.

The angle of the eyes is quite interesting.  Eyes that slant upward at the outside corners, as in Asian eyes, are said to be indicative of a diet rich in long-cooked and strongly salted foods, as in the typical Asian diet, which includes heavy amounts of salt, long-term pickled foods and long-cooked grains.  The character associated with these eyes is said to be intellectually oriented.

Eyes that slant downward at the outside corners are said to be created by a more relaxed diet, with very little salt and a tendency toward very lightly cooked vegetables and more fruit.  These eyes are said to reflect a more passive, peaceful and accepting character.

Eyes with no strong slant in either direction reflect a diet that was more balanced during pregnancy, with both strong cooking and light, fresh foods in balance.  These eyes reflect a balanced nature, with both strength and peacefulness present.

The size of the eyes indicates basic characteristics in our personality.  Smaller eyes, caused by the consumption of well-cooked foods, both animal and vegetable, indicate a determined, self-confident character, with strong vitality and endurance.  Larger eyes, caused by the consumption of lightly cooked foods, more sweets and juices, indicate a more delicate and gentle nature, with a tendency toward more creative thinking.

Longer eyelashes are caused by the intake of more sweets and fruit during pregnancy and indicate a gentle, romantic personality, while shorter lashes are caused by more well-cooked animal and vegetable foods and is said to indicate a more pragmatic nature.

Looking at the eyeball itself, so much is revealed about our health.  While part of the nervous system, the eyeballs indicate a great deal about our overall health. 

The iris, which differs in color based on ancestry, constitution and environmental conditions during pregnancy, is reflective of our various cultures and traditions.  A lighter iris, blue, green or light grey, indicates a person with ancestry from more northern parts of the world, where there is less cumulative sunlight.  A light or medium brown iris, the most common iris colors, are created in a temperate, four-season climate, where we experience both sun and clouds.  Dark brown and nearly black iris colors are created in sunny, tropical environments.

Using the iris, an incredible method of diagnosis, known as iridology was developed by Dr. Bernard Jensen and is a life-long study.  In general terms, the iris is a clear reflection of every organ and brain function.  Iridology divides the iris into many sections, each reflective of a specific organ and its function.  Completely accurate and always fascinating, iridology is a tried and true method of diagnosis used in many natural healing modalities.

The basis of iris diagnosis is that each spot, dot, line and color mean something in the iris.  Divided into many sections, a general view is that the upper part of the body, neck, face and brain are reflected in the upper portion of the iris; the sides reflect the middle body, the thorax and lungs; the lower portion of the iris reflects the lower body, from the abdomen to the pelvis.  Any abnormality in the iris reflects an imbalance in a particular organ or system.

The pupils of the eyes clearly reflects the health and function of the autonomic nervous system.  Responding to the brightness or dimness of the surrounding environment, the pupils allow the light we need into the eyes.  The speed of the response to changes in light indicates the alertness of the autonomic nerves.

Finally, the iris should be clearly defined around its perimeter; a cloud around the rim of the iris indicates that there is a high level of cholesterol and fat accumulating in the bloodstream.

The whites of the eyes reveal even more about us.  Representing, as the iris does, various organ systems of the body, the whites of the eyes are a bit easier to read and diagnose.  The whites of the eyes are divided in a similar manner to the iris.

The upper part of the whites of the eyes reflect the health and function of the upper body, including the brain, face, neck, chest, lungs, heart and upper spine.  The middle whites reflect the health of the middle of the body, including stomach, duodenum, spleen, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, kidneys and mid-spine.  The lower whites of the eyes show the health of the lower body, including the small and large intestines, bladder, reproductive organs, buttocks and lower spine.

The whites of the eyes should be just that...white.  Any discoloration, marks, lines, spots or other changes to them indicate that imbalances exist in the body. 

Yellow color, particularly around the peripheral areas of the white indicates an accumulation of fat in the liver and gall bladder.  In the case of yellow color, the fat is generally from vegetable oils or fish.  A blue color, on the other hand, indicates an accumulation of harder fats in the liver and gall bladder, generally from more dense animal protein, like meat, eggs and poultry. 

Grey or dark patches, most often seen in the middle regions of the whites indicate sluggish function in the organs and glands, including disorders in lymphatic function.

Translucent, pale color, like a cloud over the whites indicates advanced accumulation of congestion and fat, which is progressing toward the formation of cysts in the body.  Lymph and hormonal imbalances are often present here as well.

Overall red coloring in the whites is caused by expanded capillaries and indicates irregularities in the circulatory and respiratory functions.  Caused by excessive consumption of simple sugar, alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants, this condition shows that the circulatory and respiratory systems are overworked and aggravated. 

A straight red line in the whites of the eyes is somewhat rare, but significant.  It indicates abnormal malformation of muscle, tissue or blood vessels.  This condition is caused by physical trauma, like accident or surgery, showing up in the whites in the corresponding area of the damaged tissue. 

Red spots and broken veins that accumulate in the whites of the eyes indicate circulatory stagnation in various organs, glands and muscles of the corresponding organs.

If dark spots appear here and there in the whites, it is an indication of a more serious accumulation of fat in the body, possibly progressing towards the formation of cysts and even tumors.  This is a condition that should get our attention--ignoring it can lead to more serious health concerns.

Examining the insides of the upper and lower eyelids can be very telling.  When we are balanced and healthy, the insides of the lids will be smooth and pink.  When an imbalance occurs in the body, certain changes can occur.

If the color is more red than pink, this indicates an expansion of blood vessels, caused by excessive consumption of simple sugar, sweets, soft drinks, caffeine and other stimulants or chemicals.  This condition can indicate difficulties with reproductive functions. 

If the coloring turns red with a yellowish cast, then fat is hardening and accumulating in the heart, liver and kidneys, as well as expansion of blood vessels.

Very pale pink or white color is a clear indication of anemia and can be caused by excessive consumption of either (or both) salt or simple sugar, sweets and chemicals. 

Tiny pimples on the insides of the lids show the body’s attempt to eliminate excessive saturated fat from meat, eggs, poultry, dairy foods and even fish.

Finally, if the eyes appear to be red-rimmed, around the perimeter of the eyes, not in the whites or inside the lids, but looking as thought a red line was drawn around it, this indicates a condition of immune dysfunction, with our natural defenses weakening as the body continues to overwork to defend itself. 

Any of these conditions of  the eyes can be corrected with a more balanced approach to eating.

Which leads us to the skin around the eyes...that delicate skin that we spend billions of dollars on to preserve, revive and refresh.  The color of the skin around the eyes varies according to our health and can change daily based on our lifestyle and diet choices.  Clear, smooth skin around the eyes is a clear indicator that our physical and emotional health is balanced and harmonious.  Color changes can occur in any area of skin around the eyes, but is most dramatically seen in the skin just below the eyes.

Dark color under or around the eyes occurs when the kidneys and adrenal glands grow exhausted and can be caused by the excessive consumption of dense, dry or salty foods, as well as excessive strain from activity and stress.  With this condition, the function of the kidneys grows stagnant and the organs themselves, dry and over time, if ignored, we will grow weak with constricting tightness in the lower back.

Reddish color anywhere on the upper eyelids or under the eye, is caused by simple sugar, excessive amounts of fruit, chemicals, medications and stimulants and indicates that the heart and circulatory system are overworked and aggravated.  Interestingly, this condition can come and go, often appearing when we are nervous or, in women, when menstruation is due.

If a purplish color arises, it is an indication that the symptoms of an aggravated heart and circulatory system were ignored and the condition is growing a bit more serious and is often accompanied by chronically cold hands and feet, an indication of poor circulation.

A yellowish cast to the skin anywhere around the eyes indicates that the liver and gall bladder are over-worked, usually from the excessive intake of cheese and other dairy products, although this condition is often seen in people who consume large amounts of carrot juice as well. 

Greyish color around or under the eyes indicates malfunction of the lungs and kidneys, caused mainly by excessive consumption of heavy, fatty, dense animal foods, as well as salt.  Along with weakening lung and kidney function, the endocrine and lymph systems are growing sluggish.  Not only caused by imbalances in the diet, this condition commonly arises from poor air conditions, like that on airplanes and in high rise buildings without proper ventilation systems.

Pimples anywhere around the eyes are the body’s attempt to eliminate excess fat and protein.  If the pimples are yellow, the excesses are more animal in origin, while red pimples arise from simple sugars.  These pimples indicate that the kidneys, spleen and lymphatic system are temporarily overworked from excessive eating of any kind.

And then there’s puffiness.  Swelling anywhere around the eyes indicates the pooling of liquid.  The body, particularly the liver and kidneys are unable to process toxins efficiently and so excess accumulates. 

The area of skin above the eyes, under the eyebrows, is an indication of overall vitality.  As we age, we worry obsessively about this skin sagging and growing puffy and loose.  Erratic eating patterns and internal imbalance will cause this skin to deteriorate.  The longer we remain imbalanced and overwork the body’s various organ systems, the more quickly this skin will puff and sag.  Altering our eating patterns in ways that nourish and serve us in our chosen lifestyle can keep this delicate skin strong and supple and even restore it to its former perfection.

Puffiness under the eyes seems to be the plague of modern people, right up there with dark circles.  We have tried everything to reduce these puffy bags, even applying Preparation H to this skin to shrink them...everything, that is, except altering the cause.

It used to be that puffiness didn’t begin to occur until late adulthood, but it has become a problem for increasingly younger people.  Eyebags are caused by either pooled liquid or pooled mucus.  While similar, the causes are different.  Both types of eyebags indicate chronic disorders of kidney, bladder and other excretory functions.  When the eyebags are caused by excessive fluid intake, they are often accompanied by frequent urination, as well as not sleeping well, both indications that the kidneys are over-active and aggravated. 

When the eyebags are caused by excessive accumulation of mucus, they indicate that kidney function has grown sluggish, due to fat and mucus accumulating in the kidney tissue.  When this happens, the kidneys can no longer absorb and discharge fluids and toxins from the body. 

Both types of these eyebags are accompanied by a decline in our vitality.  As the kidneys continue to overwork and weaken, we also weaken and grow chronically tired.  Caused by the excessive consumption of fluids and animal fats, eyebags make us look as tired outside as we are inside.  Simply balancing our intake of fluids and fats can restore our eyes to bright alertness--and our kidneys to efficient function.

Double eyebags, which are more commonly seen in the modern world, are caused by excessive intake of liquids and chemicals, like soft drinks and diet soft drinks.  Double bags are a more serious version of the eyebags above.

Wrinkled, crepe-like skin under the eyes is an indication that the kidneys are growing dry and exhausted and are the result of excessive consumption of salt and animal proteins, as well as a lack of minerals (caused by a lack of them in the diet or the inability to absorb them into the bloodstream).  A return to a balanced diet, rich in nutrients and variety will restore our eyes to their original glowing vitality.         

I told you the eyes were the windows of the soul...


Our Nose

Ah, the noble nose.  Our nose reflects the health and function of the nervous system, circulatory system and certain functions of the digestive system.  It is said that the type of nose--size, shape and other conditions reveal a great deal about our character, as well as our health.

It seems that all babies are born with cute button noses and as we grow, our diet, culture and environment determine the final shape of our nose.  A well-formed nose of average length, with slight roundness shows a balanced, stable character, with a strong ability to remain calm.  A long, straight nose shows a more sensitive nature, while a shorter, flatter nose shows a tendency toward great determination.  A larger nose indicates a capacity for great thinking.

The sides of the nose, reflecting the health of the liver, also show how we think.  If the bones in the sides of the nose slope inward, making a graceful arc towards the tip, this shows a tendency toward clear, logical thinking.  If the bones swell outward, this shows an ability to follow obscure thought patterns quite well.

Moving to the nostrils, they’re more than how we breathe.  Well-developed nostrils are said to reflect courage and determination.  Less developed nostrils show a tendency towards timidity, with a sensitive, creative nature. 

Once our nose develops, we are responsible for its condition.  Life and diet choices influence its shape and size.  Various changes in the normal shape of a nose indicate specific physical and mental conditions.

A high, sharp nose, often called an “eagle nose,” is caused by the excessive consumption of poultry and eggs and shows that the arteries are hardening.  This type of nose may also reflect a self-centered, restless nature.

If the tip of the nose tilts upward, this is caused by an excessive intake of fish and seafood, resulting in poor circulation, cold hands and feet and a tendency toward shortsightedness in thinking.

A pointed nose, pointing strongly forward, is caused by the over consumption of fruit and can result in diminished heart function, with a tendency toward an excitable nature.

If the tip of the nose is swollen, like W.C. Fields, this is caused by many excesses in the diet, especially simple sugars, sweets, fats and alcohol.  This condition of the nose reveals an enlarged, weakened heart and a nervous, daring nature.

If the tip of the nose droops down, this reflects the excessive intake of raw foods and fruit and juices, resulting in weaknesses in the heart, kidneys and bladder functions.

If the tip of the nose grows hard, this shows that the diet contains excessive amounts of saturated fats from animal foods, in particular, poultry, eggs and cheese.  This condition of the nose indicates that the arteries and muscles are hardening and fat is accumulating around the heart, liver, spleen and pancreas. 

A cleft in the tip of the nose is a sign of nutritional imbalance, specifically showing a deficiency in minerals.  Caused by an excessive consumption of simple sugars and sweets that can deplete the blood of minerals, this condition can also be caused by chemical additives in the foods we choose.  A cleft in the tip of the nose shows a tendency toward irregular heartbeat and is growing more common in these modern times, as we eat more and more foods not natural for us.

The color of the nose can be a clear gauge of our health and strength as well.  If our health is balanced and vital, our nose is the same color as the rest of our face (sunburn, notwithstanding).  The quality of the skin will match the rest of the face, as will moisture or dryness.  If the pores are enlarged or the skin is oily, for instance, that indicates a condition of imbalance.

If the tip of the nose is red, it shows that capillaries are expanding, due to an excessive intake of liquid, alcohol, stimulants and spices.  This can indicate irregular blood pressure and a tendency toward hypertension.  If the entire nose is red, the liver is also overworked and inflamed and is a more serious indicator of this imbalance.

If the nose should turn purple, put 911 on speed dial, as this is an indication that there is a tendency toward very low blood pressure and heart failure.

Expanded, broken capillaries in the skin of the nose indicate that the liver and heart are extremely over-taxed, with serious disorders of the heart and circulatory system on the horizon.

A pale, white nose demonstrates contraction of the heart and surrounding capillaries, due to an excessive consumption of salt.  It can also be caused by a diet devoid of vegetables and enough fluids.  Along with this condition, you will usually find coldness in the extremities, cold, clammy skin and a hesitant nature.

Pimples on the nose, as anywhere else on the body, are an attempt to eliminate excess.  In the case of yellow or white pimples, the body is trying to discharge animal fats, specifically dairy foods.  Reddish or dark pimples show the body attempting to discharge excessive amounts of simple sugar and sweets.

And should we break our nose?  An accident that damages the nose, shows a weakness in the corresponding organ at the time of the break.

Finally, a word about nosebleeds.  Most often, we see nosebleeds in children, as a way for them to discharge excesses and, for the most part, they grow out of them.  But as our diet degenerates, we see them more often in adults.  In both men and women, they are an attempt by the body to discharge excess simple sugar and sweets.  However, in the case of women, nosebleeds are most often seen in women whose menstrual periods are irregular and often disappear when the cycle normalizes.  In men, a nosebleed indicates that they are growing internally weak, from too many sweets and a diet shift is in order.  More strongly cooked foods, with more minerals in the diet-- and far fewer sweets--will return men to their normal strength.

The nose knows...

Our Cheeks

Our cheeks, those lush bits of flesh that every Italian grandmother loves to pinch, those smooth orbs of skin that beg to be bussed, are meant to be irresistible.  When the skin of the cheeks is clear and smooth, supple and GLOWing with health, we know that the health of our respiratory and circulator systems are doing just fine.  Any irregularities in this skin of the face will show any number of imbalances that need our attention.

If the skin on the cheeks appears very thin, with veins visible, this indicates poor balance in nutrition, particularly protein and fats.  With this condition, you will usually also find weakness, shallow breathing and poor circulation and an overly thin body.  There’s just not enough nutrients to keep the body functioning in strength.

Firm, tight flesh over the cheeks shows great physical strength, with very vital circulation and lung capacity.  This appearance indicates deep vitality, due to proper eating and exercise.  Drooping cheek flesh, of course, would indicate weaker circulation and respiration, usually due to over eating and sedentary living.. 

Overall, the color of the cheeks, should match the rest of the face, without inflamed color, paleness or other discolorations or marks.

Red or pink cheeks, except during exertion from exercise or in cold weather, is an indication that blood capillaries are abnormally expanded.  Caused by the excessive intake of liquids, particularly soft drinks, chemicals, fruit juices, and sugary drinks, this condition shows that the heart and circulatory system are overworked and aggravated.  With this condition, there may also be a tendency toward hypertension and an overly sensitive nature.  Breathing may also be more shallow and faster than is normal, since circulation is quite rapid.

Milky white cheeks or cheek color that is more pale than the rest of the face is caused by the excessive intake of dairy foods, especially milk, soft cheeses, cream and yogurt.  Overeating of white flour products may also cause this discoloration, as can lack of aerobic exercise.  In both cases, this condition shows the accumulation of fat in and around the lungs and large intestines and is often accompanied by sluggish, lethargic energy and can indicate anemia.

Pimples on the cheeks show the body’s attempt to eliminate excess fat and protein accumulating in the intestines and lungs.  Caused by animal foods, dairy foods and saturated fats and oils, this condition can be chronic, changeable and long-lasting, if our diet remains unchanged.

If the pimples are more white in color, they are caused more by milk and simple sugar, while if they have a yellowish cast, they are caused by eggs and cheese.  Reddish pimples are caused by sugar and chemicals, including antibiotics, which can actually worsen the condition of acne.  Pimples appearing in the center of the cheeks, with an inflamed and fatty appearance to them are caused by fat hardening in various organs, possibly tending towards the production of cysts.

If a darker shade appears to be brushed across the cheekbone, this shows sluggish function of the kidneys and excretory system and is caused by the excessive consumption of simple sugar, in particular honey.  Interestingly, though, this condition can also be caused by too much salt in the diet.  Both extremes over tax the excretory function.

If the cheeks take on an overall darker cast, it indicates a more serious weakening of the respiratory function and reduced lung capacity.  Caused by chemicals and medications, this condition shows that there is blood stagnation in the lungs.    

If you should notice a greyish cast to the cheeks, your liver needs attention.  Excessive amounts of salt, animal protein, eggs, shellfish and alcohol have caused the liver to move into over-drive.  Often accompanied by a short temper, this condition shows that the liver and gall bladder are hardening from overwork.

Freckles on the cheeks simply show the elimination of sugar and sweets from the respiratory and digestive systems.  Always harmless, freckles are the easiest way for the body to discharge any sugar it doesn’t want.

Tiny hair on the cheeks, like fine silvery baby hair or down, indicates the excessive consumption of dairy products and shows that fat is accumulating in the reproductive organs.  You may also see diminished lung capacity with this condition, as fat is accumulating in the lungs.

Rosy, red color on the apples of the cheeks can be an indication of hypoglycemia, with blood sugar levels all over the charts.  This condition can be caused by excessive intake of extreme foods--from protein to simple sugar.  Most often, food is needed on a frequent basis to keep the condition stable.  If the diet is adjusted to include whole grains, beans and vegetables, minimizing simple sugars, utilizing complex carbohydrates, the blood chemistry will be stabilized over a relatively short period of time.

Makes a pinch on the cheeks take on a whole new meaning...


Our Ears

The ears, those delicate shells that conduct the music of life into our lives, that love to be nibbled and kissed, actually reflect our entire physical and emotional condition, but most especially the kidneys and their function.

The size and shape of our ears are determined while we are in the womb and are, therefore, constitutional and not likely to change in our lifetime.  They do, however, reflect our inherent tendencies, strengths and weaknesses and can help us to understand our health.

A balanced constitution shows itself as larger ears that begin at eye level and extend down to the mouth level and have a large lobe that is detached from the head.  It is said that the larger the lobes, the longer your life and the stronger your vitality.  Interestingly, if you look at our older generation, whose diet was more natural, with less additives and processing, even though not vegetarian, you will find many people with larger lobes, while most modern people have smaller lobes, since our diet is less natural and balanced. 

A bit of legend about the ear lobe.  It is said than in traditional societies, girls didn’t pierce their ears until the age of nine (at the earliest), as it was said that to pierce the lobes stimulated the female side of our nature.  It was believed that they would prematurely reach puberty and would grow sexually mature too early.

Smaller ears show an imbalanced diet, especially lacking in minerals, either due to simple sugar, which take minerals from the blood--or by not including mineral-rich foods in the diet.  This condition can also be caused by eggs and meat.  These types of ears can indicate a more delicate character that works harder to maintain vitality.  These people tend to be more conceptual in their thought patterns, and, while they have good vitality, it is only in short bursts.

Pointed ears are formed from a large amount of animal protein in the diet, not balanced by vegetables. These ears can reflect a more narrow-minded and stubborn nature and though they appear physically strong, these are people that tire easily as their internal organs are a bit weak from overwork since the womb.  Ears that are positioned high on the head are also an indication that excessive amounts of animal food was consumed during our time in the womb.

  Thickly textured ears are the result of a proper, balanced diet and show a sound physical condition and emotional stability.  Thin ears, on the other hand, are a sign of nutritional deficiencies and can indicate inherent weakness.

Ears that lay close to the head also indicate a proper, balanced diet; ears that are slightly separated from the head indicate that the diet was richer in raw vegetables and fruits; ears that stick out from the head can be caused by simple sugars, medications and chemicals.

The color of the ears has great import in showing our health.  The ear is divided into three layers, inner, middle and outer.  The inner ear, the part of the ear that wraps around the actual opening into the ear, reflects the health and function of the digestive and respiratory systems.  The middle ear, the area of the ear that is the largest scoop of the shell of the ear, reflects the health and function of nervous system.  The outer rim of the ear, the tougher flap that makes the perimeter, reflects the health and function of circulatory and excretory functions.  The earlobe corresponds to the health of the kidneys and reproductive system.

Redness anywhere on the ears, unless its cold outside or you are exerting yourself during exercise, indicates expanded blood capillaries and shows overwork and aggravation of the corresponding systems.  Purple color anywhere on the ear, on the other hand, shows weak circulation and is usually accompanied by poor energy levels.

So listen to your ears...they’re more than just a place to hang your earrings.

Our Mouth

Oh, the mouth...kissable, seductive, smiling.  Luscious lips, moist and inviting.  This small area of the face gives us the ability to convey our messages, our sadness, our joy.  With it, we can seduce...or destroy.  We need the mouth to nourish and be nourished in so many ways, from physical food to affectionate cooing.  Our mouths can also communicate volumes about us, without uttering a word.  The mouth and lips reflect both the constitution and day to day condition of our health and vitality.  Specifically, the mouth and lips reflect the health and function of our digestive systems and related organs.  As the beginning of the digestive tract, the actual entrance for the food and drink we choose, the mouth very clearly shows the internal condition of the intestines.    

An interesting fact about the evolution of the mouth, as we have “modernized’ our diets.  Just a few generations ago, the average, normal mouth was the same width as the nose, a reflection of an inherently strong and vital constitution.  As our diets have changed to include more sugar, chemicals, processed foods and saturated fats, the average mouth has grown much wider, reflecting a more delicate constitution, with weaker organ function and a lower resistance to environmental changes and pollutants, due to deficiencies of minerals in the diet from either chemicals and simple sugar or excessive protein, all of which leach minerals from the blood.  Look at the astonishing number of people developing allergies today.  As we eat more and more foods devoid of life, we grow less able to be an harmonious part of our environment.  The wider the mouth, the more delicate the constitution of the person.

Different areas of the mouth and lips reflect specific organs, their functions and health.  The upper lip, for example, shows the health and function of the stomach, while the lower lip shows the health and function of the small and large intestines, specifically, the middle portion of the lower lip shows the small intestines, while the peripheral area of the lower lip shows the condition of the large intestines.

The corners of the mouth reflect the health and function of the duodenum, specifically, with the right corner corresponding to the duodenum’s reaction to the bile secretion of the liver and gall bladder and the left corner reflecting the pancreatic secretions.

Besides the constitutional and ancestral conditions of the mouth--wide or narrow mouth, a bow mouth or thinner lips, the lips should be clear and uniform in color and size, with neither lip being substantially larger or smaller than its partner--or than is normal for a particular culture. 

There are several conditions of the body that will be reflected in specific conditions of the mouth and lips.  Interestingly, these conditions will change slowly or quickly, depending on the diet and life choices we make to alter the disharmony in the body.

Pinkish, red lips show that our respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems are working at the optimal best, with our blood quality being strong, nourishing organ function to be its most efficient.

Overly, vivid red lips indicate that the blood capillaries are expanded, showing high blood pressure and most likely, rapid breathing and racing circulation.  Most often, however, you only see this color in the lips when the body is working to balance an infection or inflammation in the body.

Whitish lips indicate strong constriction in the capillaries, which can be caused by anemia, sluggish circulation or blood stagnation.  Whitish lips are most often caused by the excessive consumption of simple sugar, chemicals, which weaken the blood and dairy foods, which clog circulation, causing stagnation.

Dark lips are caused by sluggish circulation, specifically caused by the blood plasma accumulating excessive amounts of fatty acids and salts.  This constriction of the capillaries results in the disfunction of the kidneys and urinary tract, with the liver and gall bladder beginning to harden from overwork.  Dark lips, with a reddish tinge to them show excessive consumption of protein and saturated fats, as well as salts.  Indicating weakening functions of the heart and circulatory systems, this condition also shows weakening functions of the liver, spleen, gall bladder, pancreas, kidneys and urinary tract--basically, the body is showing signs of totally wearing down.  Along with this coloring on the lips, you will most likely see an overall decline in vitality and physical strength and endurance.

Pale lips, a pale pink with a whitish tint show the excessive consumption of soft dairy foods, like ice cream and milk, sugar and soft fats, like butter.  Indicating a weakening of lymphatic function, this condition is often accompanied by allergies, tendencies toward skin eruptions, asthma and hormonal imbalances.

A yellowish tint to the lips is the result of the excessive consumption of poultry, eggs and harder cheese.  These kinds of dense, saturated fats cause the liver and gall bladder to harden and weaken in their ability to aid the body in the discharge of toxins.


The State of the Mouth

Cliches are always based on the truth.  When we think of someone as close-mouthed, the impression is strength of character, someone who can keep your secrets safe, not a gossip.  On the other hand, loose lips sink ships.  These two conditions of the mouth reflect our strengths and weaknesses.

Lips that naturally come together when at rest, gently closing the mouth show that the nervous system function is sound and efficient, as well as strong, smooth circulation and respiration. 

A tightly closed mouth, with lips clenched show that the liver, gall bladder and kidneys are hardening from overwork, due to the excessive consumption of meat, poultry, eggs and salts.

Loose lips, on the other hand, a mouth that, when relaxed, hangs open, with lips parted, shows that the stomach, lungs, liver, gall bladder and kidneys are growing swollen and weak, unable to contract and work efficiently, due to the excessive consumption of raw foods, simple sugars, sweets, fruit juices, artificial sweeteners, chemicals and even medications.  Loose lips can also be an indication that, in general, a person is excessively consuming both food and drink.

Swollen lips, those “bee-stung” lips that enchant us so, actually show digestive disorders.  A swollen, expanded upper lip indicates chronic stomach trouble, usually the result of excessive amounts of poor quality food in the daily diet.  The stomach is losing its ability to function efficiently.  A swollen lower lip indicates intestinal difficulties, including chronic indigestion, constipation or diarrhea and bloating.  Just about seven out of ten people have swollen lower lips, showing that minor digestive disorders of the intestines are more common than those of the stomach.  I was amazed when injections into the lips to make them appear full came into vogue.  I was puzzled as to why we would want to look like we had digestive trouble when we didn’t. Go figure...

If the mouth accumulates a crusty discharge at the corners, this shows the excessive intake of oily, greasy foods.  This disorder of the duodenum is caused when this little valve grows sticky with fats and loses its ability to function well.  Usually yellowish in color, this condition of the mouth indicates that the liver and gall bladder are excreting abnormal amounts of bile, due to the excessive consumption of saturated fats from meat, eggs, poultry, hard cheese and fatty seafood.

A clearly defined mouth is the reward for not overeating or overdrinking.  A clear, smooth, defining line around the mouth shows that digestion is sound, neither overworked nor under-nourished.  If the mouth is not clearly defined, it shows that digestion is overworked and that we are eating too much--even if the choices are healthy.  This condition indicates that digestion is weak and tired from overwork--indulging a bit too much.

Vertical lines that appear on the lips are an indication that hormonal function is receding, that sexual functions are declining.  These lines usually occur later in life and many times in older people who are alone and not in a relationship.  In younger people, these lines will usually appear if there is dehydration present from an excessive consumption of salts and dry foods.  You will also see these lines in women who have had hysterectomies, particularly if the surgery was at a young age.

If the center of the lips, the delicate little dip in the center of the top lip is clearly shaped, this shows that the mineral balance in the bloodstream is in harmony.  Showing a balanced diet, this condition reflects strong, efficient functioning of the heart, small intestine and reproductive system (including virility and desire).  An ill-defined center dip in the upper lip, on the other hand, indicates that the heart, small intestine and sexual strength are weaker, as the stomach and pancreas overwork to process excessive amounts of sugars and fatty foods in the diet. 


Our Upper Lip

The upper lip, just above the mouth, indicates the condition of our reproductive organs, as does the chin.  Just like the face, this skin shows healthy sexual function when the skin is clear and smooth, matching the color of the rest of the face.  Any abnormalities in the skin show a disfunction in our reproductive system.

Reddish color indicates that the capillaries are expanded, due to the excessive intake of simple sugars, chemicals and heat-producing spices, like cinnamon, curry and cayenne.  This condition is often seen in women with PMS or hot flashes or painful menstruation.  In men, this condition indicates that the prostate is aggravated and inflamed.

Pimples on the upper lip indicate that the body is eliminating accumulated fat and protein from soft dairy products, meat and eggs.

If the upper lip takes on a grey cast, particularly near the corners of the mouth, it indicates stagnant blood circulation, due to the accumulation of fat in the ovaries in women and in the prostate in men.  This discoloration is often seen in women whose menstrual cycle is irregular.

Hair on the upper lip has two very different meanings in men and women.  In women, we don’t want to see a moustache, even tiny fine hair.  This indicates and excessive intake of protein, which is causing fat to harden and accumulate in the ovaries and uterus.  The hair is the body’s attempt to discharge the excess protein and preserve the hormonal balance in the reproductive system.  This condition can also be caused by over eating, in general.

In men, strong facial hair indicates balanced production of testosterone and sexual virility.  Understand, however, that in some cultures, strong facial and body hair is not the norm.  For instance, most Asian men, Native American, many African American men and some other cultures do not naturally have a lot of facial or body hair, so that differentiation must be made.  In these cultures, the health of their testosterone production is seen in the uniformity of the hair growth.  If the hair growth is patchy or irregular, it shows hormonal imbalance.


Our Teeth

I have a Japanese friend who is perpetually perplexed by what he perceives as the American obsession with perfect teeth.  He’s right.  We adore perfect teeth, a beautiful smile.  Think Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts.  We wear braces, apply veneers, get caps, bleach our teeth, spending billions of dollars on perfecting our smile.  What is it about mega-watt smiles of white teeth that drive us to such lengths?  The size, shape, color and quality of our teeth show what we are made of--literally.

            We all know that, as children, we have twenty teeth and as adults, we have thirty-two teeth.  The shape and condition of our teeth indicates the quality of food consumed as we were growing and developing as children.  The size, shape, color, pattern and even number of teeth can vary depending on our childhood diets. 

As adults, we generally have eight incisor teeth, four canines, eight premolars and twelve molars.  A full set of molars, however, doesn’t grow unless our diet is well-balanced.  Often, an imbalance in our diet causes our third molars--our wisdom teeth--to develop abnormally, causing pain and in some cases, will not develop at all.  The various teeth correspond to various organs and their function and can help us in diagnosing our health.  The incisors reflect the health and function of the respiratory, circulatory and glandular systems; the canines show the health of the liver, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas and stomach; the premolars show the health of the upper digestive tract and the excretory system; the molars show the health of the small and large intestines and the reproductive system.  This becomes important information when we consider dental work and decay.  Decay in teeth indicate imbalances in the corresponding organs and their functions.

The pattern of growth of our teeth is a result of dietary choices made as we grew and reflect a great deal about our tendencies, both physically and emotionally. 

When the front teeth push outward, this indicates an excessive intake of raw vegetables, fruit and juices, while the teeth were developing, while teeth that grow inward are an indication that the diet contained more animal foods, salt and over-cooked foods.  Teeth that grow in different directions, some in, some out, overall more crooked, shows that the eating patterns were chaotic, with many extreme foods, bouncing back and forth between meat, eggs, poultry, cheese and simple sugars, ice cream, soft drinks, chemicals and alcohol.  Think of how many modern people need braces to straighten crooked teeth.  Then reflect on how much of our modern diet is centered on animal foods, processed foods and junk foods.  Legend has it that people with irregular teeth are prone to be quite fickle and changeable.

Teeth that are naturally straighter show that the diet is generally balanced nutritionally.  We rarely see that occur naturally today.  Most often, the teeth must be corrected.

Spaces between the teeth are the result of the jaws and gums expanding due to the excessive intake of simple sugars and chemicals.  If the spaces occur overall in the mouth, the condition is more delicate, with a tendency toward weakness.  If the spaces occur between the two front teeth, it shows inherent weakness in respiratory and circulatory function.  Italian folklore also says that space between the front teeth mean that this person will grow quite rich in their lifetime, while in Asia, space between the front teeth indicates that the person will leave home at an early age.

The size of the teeth show what foods were predominant in our diet as the teeth developed, with larger teeth being the result of larger proportions of protein, fat and sweets, while smaller teeth show that the diet was richer in carbohydrates, minerals and salt.

Many people are frustrated by abnormal surfaces on their teeth.  Vertical ridges on our teeth are due to the excessive intake of salts and carbohydrates, with a deficiency of fat in our diet.  Tiny, pin holes in our teeth indicate a deficiency of both protein and vegetables, with an excessive amount of salt and other minerals in our diet.  If our front teeth have serrated edges on their bottoms, this is caused by an excessive intake of salt, without enough fat and protein in our diet.     

Healthy, normal teeth will have a light ivory color, showing balanced organ function due to proper diet.  Other colors will appear on our teeth as a result of poor eating habits, drinking, chemicals and smoking.

A light yellow color is simply the result of poor dental hygiene, with our teeth staining because they aren’t properly cleansed.  A deeper yellow or dark brown color on our teeth is caused by smoking, commercial tea or coffee, whose acids can penetrate the enamel of our teeth and deeply stain them.

Grey color on our teeth is caused by a lack of dark, leafy green vegetables in our diet.  This coloring on our teeth shows sluggish function in our liver, gall bladder, spleen and pancreas, due to excessive intake of eggs, shellfish and cheese.  Grey color can also be caused by antibiotics taken during the developmental years of life, often showing as grey stripes on our teeth.

A purplish color on our teeth is caused by an extremely excessive intake of simple sugar, specifically, fruit and juices and chemical sweeteners.  This coloring on our teeth can indicate that our respiratory function is weakening.  Such an excessive amount of sugar in our diet will cause our lungs to expand, but lose their ability to contract to expel air.

Teeth that chip or break easily is an interesting condition occurring in the body, caused by an excessive intake of salt, after years of excessive consumption of simple sugar and milk.  The combination of extremes in our diet cause our teeth to become quite brittle.

If the teeth don’t grow normally, especially during childhood years, it is the result of an imbalance in nutrition, but specifically, it is the result of the excessive intake of milk--even mother’s milk.  If taken for more time than is reasonable, milk will weaken the teeth’s ability to grow.  When an infant begins to grow teeth, it is the natural time to begin to wean from breast-feeding to solid food.

Ah, tooth decay.  The cause, of course is the excessive consumption of simple sugar and simple carbohydrates, which leach minerals, including calcium, as well as some vitamins from the blood, causing the teeth to grow malnourished.  Tooth decay occurs symmetrically, affecting the teething a specific pattern.  If the upper left molar has decay, the upper right molar or lower left molar will also show decay.  The thirty-two teeth correspond to the thirty-two vertebrae in the spine, which is how the connection between the teeth and the organ systems and glands of the body was made.  When decay occurs then, it is usually accompanied by a weakening of the corresponding organ function.  Think about how tired you get after a dental visit.  With the teeth corresponding directly to organ function, when the teeth are traumatized by the work being done, the corresponding organ will also feel the affects of the trauma.  And you thought it was just the anxiety of the visit to the dentist...

Like the teeth and the mouth, the gums are reflective of specific conditions of our health.  Normal gums are pink and firm, holding the teeth and setting off their respective colors to create a healthy smile. 

If the gums are swollen and painful, this indicates that we are over-indulging in fats, simple sugar, fruit and juices, chemical sweeteners and soft drinks.

Receding gums is an extreme condition caused by extremes in the diet.  When the diet includes large quantities of meat, eggs, cheese and poultry, as well as sugar, soft drinks, chemicals, chocolate and honey, the gums will pull away from the teeth.

Abnormally red or purplish gums, without swelling, are caused by salt and chemicals.  If there is swelling, this condition is caused more by simple sugar and chemicals, rather than salt.

Pale, whitish gums are generally a sign of anemia, due to nutritional deficiencies.

Pimples on the gums or in the mouth cavity are the result of the body trying to discharge accumulating protein, fat and oil--from both animal and vegetable sources. 

Bleeding gums are caused by broken capillaries, which have been weakened by the lack of salt and minerals in the bloodstream, as well as from a lack of fresh vegetables in the diet.

Puts the value of that 1000-watt smile in a whole new light, yes?

Our Tongue

More than the seductive pink sliver that slips between the lips, the tongue shows a lot about our physical and emotional constitution.  In fact, the tongue is the window to your metabolic function.  It is the only internal organ you can see.  The shape, color and texture of you tongue indicate the level of your vitality and ability to produce blood, which, in turn affects your ability to digest food, breathe, eliminate toxins and resist illness. 

The shape of the tongue is determined by the foods consumed by our mothers during pregnancy.  A wider tongue is caused by more vegetable-quality food in the diet during pregnancy and results in a generally strong, vital constitution and emotional stability.  A narrow tongue, with a pointed tip is caused by the consumption of more animal protein during pregnancy.  While the constitution is healthy, this type of person is prone to muscle tightness in life, as well as having a more stubborn nature.

A flatter, thinner tongue is the result of a properly balanced diet during pregnancy, resulting in a strong, calm nature, while a thicker, coarse tongue is caused when the diet during pregnancy tends to have more animal protein than vegetables and is said to produce a strong will.

The tongue is reflective of the health and function of our entire digestive system, with specific areas of it showing the condition of various organs.

The tip of the tongue reflects the health and function of the descending colon of the large intestine, with the periphery of the tongue showing the condition of the large intestine as a whole.

The center of the tongue shows the health and function of the small intestine, with the back edge of the tongue showing the condition of the duodenum, liver, gall bladder and pancreas.  The area of the tongue just to the rear of the center shows the health of the stomach, with the root of the tongue (behind the back edge), showing the condition of the esophagus. 

The underside of the tongue shows the health and function of the blood and lymph circulation of each corresponding organ reflected on the top side of the tongue.

The color of a normal, healthy tongue, showing that the digestive system is strong and efficiently working, is a rich pink.  Any changes in the color of the tongue, specifically or overall, indicate a dysfunction in the corresponding organ--or digestion as a whole.

If the tongue takes on a dark red color, it indicates that there is an ulcer forming in the corresponding organ.  If the color is an overall dark red, then the digestive tract is inflamed and aggravated.

A white coating anywhere on the tongue shows that circulation is sluggish, usually from the accumulation of fat in the digestive tract.  It can also indicate anemia.

A yellowish color or coating on the tongue shows that the liver and gall bladder are secreting excessive amounts of bile, due to the accumulation of animal fat in the body, caused by meat, poultry and eggs, specifically.

White spots or patches on the tongue are caused by the excessive intake of dairy foods and animal fats.  This condition is indicative of an exhausted digestive system.

A blue or purplish cast to the tongue is caused by chemicals, drugs and medication and indicates that circulation is tired and sluggish.

If pimples appear on the tongue, it shows the digestive tract eliminating excessive accumulations of animal protein, fat and sugar.  Pimples can also be caused by too much acid-producing foods in the diet, like citrus juice, acidic vegetables, alcohol and poor-quality vinegars.

The tongue tells the tale...


Our Chin

“Not by the hairs on my chinny-chin-chin...”  Hopefully, that little pig was a boy and not a girl...just one of the places you don’t want to find any little hairs, but boys, on the other hand...but let’s start at the beginning.

Not just the part of the face used for resting on our hand, the chin reflects the health and function of our reproductive organs and, like the rest of the face, will have smooth, clear skin if the condition of the organs is healthy.  Any irregularity or discoloration of the skin on the chin is an indicator that there is disfunction in the reproductive system.

In women, if the chin is red, this is an indication that the blood capillaries have expanded, due to the excessive intake of sugar and heat-producing spices, like cinnamon, curry and cayenne.  Usually, this condition is accompanied by strong PMS symptoms or hot flashes.  In men, a red cast to the chin indicates an irritated and inflamed prostate. 

In men or women, if the chin is irregular, dimpled or with creases and lines, this indicates an accumulation of fat in the uterus or the prostate.  In women, if a horizontal line appears across the chin, there is a tendency toward the formation of fibroids.  In men, the same kind of line indicates an enlarging of the prostate.

Pimples on the chin indicate that the body is trying to eliminate accumulating fat in the uterus, ovaries or prostate, caused by the excessive consumption of meat, eggs, poultry, dairy foods and sugar.

Hair on the chin is similar to hair on the upper lip--very different in men and women.  In women, as on the lip, healthy reproductive function and hormonal balance is shown when there is no hair on the chin.  In men, cultural implications considered, strong and uniform hair on the chin indicates hormonal balance and reproductive health.


Re-Balancing Our Face

Now that you know what you’re looking at in the mirror, what do you do?  The art of seeing the condition of your health is a method of diagnosis that is meant to give you the power to be proactive in the creation and maintenance of your health.  Once you know what you are seeing--and what caused what you are seeing, it becomes easy to figure out how to rebalance any disorder to restore your natural radiant glow.

Natural facial care begins with our daily food choices.  The appearance of our face is simply a reflection of our overall health and well-being.  We are not doomed to premature signs of age--wrinkles, spots, lines and creases.  We don’t have to live with pimples, splotchy color and inflamed breakouts.  Our face can be a reflection of our health.  With understanding and appropriate life and diet choices, we can look our very best.   

Dietary imbalances are the primary causes for our face not looking its very best.  Distortions of our facial features, irregularities in our skin, abnormal growth of facial hair and unwanted bumps and lumps can all be avoided by eliminating--or at least minimizing--extremes in our diet.  Natural, appropriate food choices that are balanced for our condition are the most valuable cosmetics we can use.  A balanced, well--prepared diet makes it so much easier to maintain your health, resulting in a youthful, vital appearance--in both face and body


Advanced Study of Diagnosis

The Seven Chakras

1. Crown-meridiens begin here, stimulating the brain

2. Third Eye-the seat of intuition, instinct

3. Throat-the seat of expression

4. Heart-the seat of emotions and compassion

lungs-right--upward energy, expressive emotion; left--downward energy,                         introspective emotion

5. Solar Plexus-the seat of intellect

liver-expressive; spleen-studious; pancreas-balance of both


kidneys-right--outgoing, left--introspective

6. Hara-the seat of social conscience and personal relations

small intestine-stability; ascending colon-expressive; descending-introspective


7. Sex-the seat of reproduction, sexual vitality

testicles-expressive; ovaries-introspective, uterus-stability


DNA reflects the spiral path of energy in the body as it descends.  DNA reflects the 64 hexagram structure of the I Ching. That is why DNA has memory.

The body is simply the physical appearance of our spiritual entity.  When we die, energy gathers into the chakras and leaves through the skull to return to spirit world.



Pulses in the wrists

There are 96 pulses in the body that can be used in diagnosis. The most commonly-used are 6 in each wrist.  Right hand-(moving from the thumb toward the elbow)-surface pulses--large intestine, stomach, triple heater; deep pulses--lungs, spleen/pancreas, heart governor.  Left hand-surface pulses--small intestine, gall bladder, bladder; deep pulses--heart, liver, kidney.



Abdomen diagnosis-make a visual Five Transformations of Energy chart over the belly with Soil in the center, so Metal moves opposite Tree.  Press gently on each area, feeling pulse and for hardness.  Each area of the belly that you press on should be soft and pliable.  You will press in a clockwise direction, always three fingers from the belly button.


Each finger corresponds to some function of the body as well as a relationship in your life.  So much can be told from the hands. Left hand-father, right hand-mother.  Fingernails should be clear and pink and lightly shiny.  Top side of hand should be uniform in color--redness indicates discharge of chemicals, drugs, other excess yin.  From hand, check inside of forearm--green shading or line indicates breast or lung trouble.  The power of your handshake grip is the strength of your heart.  First thing in the morning, make a fist--if unable to make a firm fist, heart is growing weak.


Thumbs-lungs, intellect, parents

Index finger-large intestine, social conscience, friends

Second finger-heart (governor), emotion, your will

Third finger-triple heater, stomach, intellect, family

Pinky finger-small intestine, kidneys, reproductive

Center of palm-overall vitality

Mound of Venus (meat between thumb and index)-intestinal condition



Feet are the exit points of meridiens, as well as our entry points for receiving energy from the earth.  Toes and feet can be used to diagnose organ function as well as hands and the body.  Feet should be uniform in color and free of dry skin and callouses.  Toe nails should be uniform and strong.

Large toe-outer side--spleen, expressive emotion; inner side--liver, intellect

Second toe-stomach, intellect

Third toe-stomach, intellect

Fourth toe-gall bladder, sexual vitality

Baby toe-bladder, social emotion      

Ball of foot-kidney function

Pressure Points

Pressure points are points on the body that exist along the meridiens where trouble can be diagnosed.  These points are places at which energy will pool or stagnate or grow depleted.  Depending on what you feel, you can know what is going on.  Pain always indicates stagnation or aggravated excessive energy at that point, in certain organ.

Top of head-center-whole body is tired

One finger from center of top of head-nervous system is taxed

Under eyebrows (dent)-myopic vision

Corners of eyes-stigmatism

Under cheekbones-mucous in sinus cavities

Temples-gall bladder

Under earlobe (neck)-inner ear has mucous, meaning kidneys are stagnant

Base of neck (on shoulders)-weak bronchial

Tops of shoulders-intestinal weakness

Shoulder blade-small intestines

Spine (between blades)-lungs, pancreas

Front, under collar bone-weak lungs

Between rib cage-enlarged heart

Lower edge of rib cage (indented area)-liver, pancreas

Side of rib cage-gall bladder

3-finger width, 45o from naval-liver

5 fingers above ankle bone (inside)-sexual vitality

5 fingers above that point-intestines, kidneys

Just below inside of knee-liver

3 fingers above inside of knee-spleen

Outside of leg, 3 fingers down from knee-stomach, gall bladder

Back of thigh, calf-bladder

Outside of ankle-bladder, kidney


The Basics of Diagnosis

There are various stages of diagnosis, various levels of determining a person’s condition.  Diagnosis must always come from the standpoint of yin and yang and balance within one’s environment.  Diagnosis is about overall observation, not just physical symptoms--but diagnosing with our eyes, ears, nose, hands and intuition.

Understanding Humanity

Spiritual and mental condition-is the person bright, happy, positive?

Gratitude-to ancestors, family, nature, for food, for difficulties, to the universe

Take responsibility-can the person respond to situation with understanding

Clear and orderly-discuss home environment, pattern of speech

Dreams, desires-is there a goal, a vision for their life?


Physical Condition

Good appetite

Good elimination

Good activity

Good sleep

Good posture

Orderly mannerisms

Flexible, adaptable attitude

Interested in life


Social Condition (human relations)




Responsible, will come to the aid of others

Physically and mentally active and alert


From what you initially observe (from above), you may begin to diagnose.  This healthy standard is the basis for your observations of symptoms.  Next, you must observe the individual constitution.

Mental, spiritual, social orientation

Native environment


Birth month--summer--more yang (contracted) constitution

          (Food eaten during pregnancy was more yang)

          winter-more yin (expanded) constitution

                      (Food eaten during pregnancy was more yin)

Food eaten during childhood

Parents’ conditions-at conception and through life--their health

So in diagnosis, we have the standard of health, but must bear in mind that each person is born with imperfections that are carried from generation to generation.  Once a person’s consitution is determined, we can move on to he diagnosis of symptoms and determine how far from their own personal center they have allowed their condition to become.


Individual health standard


Visual, meridiens, pulse, touch/pressure, speech patterns, art, motion, behavior, emotion, strength (physical, emotional-can they look you in the eye?)

Discovery of cause of illness

Current diet, environment, lifestyle, traditions, attitude

Evaluation of ability to recover

Will (inner strength), perseverance, accurate practice, willingness to learn a new way, flexibility, desire to get well, optimism, natural ability to recover (digestion, appetite, elimination, circulation), can the client master a new life?

            In conclusion, the responsibility of diagnosis is quite daunting.  While there are the standards that help us learn and observe, we must always bear in mind that no two people are he same. Therefore, there is no standard “breast cancer diet” or “arthritis diet,” but from the standards, we must draw our own conclusions and help the client to create their path to their own health.




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