Scott: So, Donna, you have a book out that helps people diagnose nutritional deficiencies by looking at things like their skin, their tongue, fingernails. People might kind of raise their eyebrows and say, how can you diagnose things by looking at that, but that's been done for decades if not hundreds of years, hasn't it?
Donna Burka Wild: It has. It has been done for hundreds of years. Before they had these fancy tests medical tests and drew blood. That's how doctors would diagnose people, from signs and symptoms. And actually a lot of the non-invasiving testing that I have in my book is actually 75 to 80 percent effective in diagnosing nutritional deficiencies, which is the same as blood work and lab work.
Scott: So, the tongue is a diagnostic tool that, when I first heard about it, I kind of raised my eyebrow and thought, ok, this doesn't make any sense. But the more I learned about it and the more doctors I've talked to, you really can learn a lot from looking that. What sort of things can you learn just from looking at the tongue if you know what to look for?
Donna: Oh, you can see if... excuse me, if the tongue is too thick, it has ripples around the edges and those are teeth marks coming in and that can indicate thyroid or pituitary insufficiencies. Look at the coating. It should have a nice light, white coating. If the coating gets too thick, that could mean gut dysbiosis or a fungal infection that's going on. Also with Chinese tongue diagnosing, different parts of the tongue correspond to different organs of the body because the meridian lines go through the tongue. So if there's cracks or fissures or marks on the tongue, I look to corresponding organs that it might be reflecting on the tongue. Also the tongue has a huge blood supply going to it and the top layer of the tongue gets replaced every couple of days. So you're always seeing something new because of that rapid rate of cell recovery, it reflects what's going on in the body at the time.
Donna Wild is the author of a book about diagnosing nutritional deficiencies. You can start by doing it yourself at home. It's the same way physicians and other experts have been doing it for well over a hundred years. Find out how you can start by looking at this part of the mouth!
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