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Stick Your Tongue Out to Detect Your Health

Good morning to everyone.  Well, today is the beginning of a new week and also puts an end to the holiday weekend.   I hope that everyone remained safe and healthy.  I got in a lot of work sitting on the couch and doing a lot of hand sewing.  There is always a lot of work to be done.  Fortunately, I was entertained at the same time watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel.  I LOVE Christmas!  Watching those movies were quite inspiring for me.  A lot made me look back in time and realize the changes that have occurred through the years.  I thought of writing about Christmas, but decided it was just a bit too early to venture in that direction.  I received a call from the Niles Historical Cultural Center to firm up the details on my appearance coming up this month.  I will be appearing there on July 27th at 2:00.   The program is "Love in Bloom"  The life and loves of Jack Benny.  If you are out and about in the Niles area, come out and enjoy and afternoon there with me.  This is perhaps one of my favorite programs to do.  It tells the unrevealed facts of an Illinois man and his love for his work and family.  This man went from Vaudeville to radio to television and still kept an amazing connection to his family.  So, come on out and spend a bit of your afternoon with me.  If you know me...GREAT!  If you have never met me...please come up and introduce yourself.  I always look forward to meeting a reader. 
Now, onto today's blog.  It is today's topic because the past few days, I have not felt well, and consequently stuck my tongue out in the mirror and did not like what I had seen.  Now, I bet you are questioning my doing this.  Let me explain.  You see, many years back, I had a group of us who met on a weekly basis.  During the 7 years of meeting, we chose to study different forms of diagnostics, along with meditations and various holistic health and healing measures.  One of these was tongue diagnostics. 
If you are a bit older and remember going to the doctor, or perhaps see an older television program, one of the first things a doctor asked you to do once you were seated on the examining table was to stick out your tongue.  REMEMBER?? 
Well, it seems that today, the thing that most physicians do is look at your chart instead.  We learned though our studies about how a healthy tongue should look and how an illness can change that.  The tongue is actually diagramed out to show where specific parts of the body are effected.  The type of color can also determine different things as well as the coating that is on it. It can be a tell tale sign of problems.  
When my eldest granddaughter was just a baby, and there were some serious problems with her breathing, I continually pushed the doctor into having an exray done of her lungs.  I kept instisting that there was a problem and he, I think was insulted with my trying to tell him his business.  He got so frustrated with me, he finally let me take her for the test. The results were staggering.  She evidently had swallowed some amniotic fluid which collected into a somewhat of a pocket in her lungs.  He hated to admit it...but I was right!  He prescribed a really strong antibiotic which in turn caused her to get thrush...a thick white coating all over her tongue, which I had to clean off continuously with hydrogen peroxide.  
biotic.  This morning, my tongue is still not right....but is improving, as well as the visits to the bathroom.  I think I am on the mend and will not need a doctor visit...which would have probably ended with antibiotics and more distress on my intestines. 
Today, it is becoming more and more of a popular thing to be using probiotics and I question why.  You see the advertisements for all the Activa, and the yogurts all over the place.  The active cultures that are needed.  Why is this now such a problem?
A probiotic is an organism which contributes to the health and balance of the intestinal tract. A probiotic is also referred to as the "friendly", "beneficial", or "good" bacteria which when ingested acts to maintain a healthy intestinal tract and help fight illness and disease.
People who have compromised immune systems often have trouble and could benefit from their use.  Stress is another attacker to the immune system...so..if something appears and your stress levels has been amped up...this might also be helpful
Well, back to the tongue. There are many books on tongue diagnostics.  It is recommended to brush your tongue.  Yes, they have tongue brushes!  Our mouth is the only place where we can easily see our insides. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners will look at the tongue as one of the first steps toward a diagnosis. One of the reasons that the tongue is so capable of providing an accurate portrayal of the state of the body is that the Epithelial layer in the mouth is replaced every 2-3 days, so shifting malnutrition, deficiencies, and unhealthy conditions are reflected constantly.
The coloring, the shape, the coating, splitting, notching canal mean something.  I must say, studying this diagnostic technique is an interesting approach to helping to keep myself on track.  I am not a medical doctor, but I am open to other means of natural and holistic treatments and this is one of the best ways to watch myself on a daily basis.  There is plenty of books and charts on tongue diagnostics...pick one up one day and read one if this is something new to you.  I am sure glad I did this last night....I believe I just saved myself a visit to the doctor today.  Something I ate a number of days ago, evidently didn't agree with me and really caused some havoc.  I let it leave naturally and then stopped it.  Hope this not only helps open your eyes, but has you open your mouth, stick out your tongue and say AHH!!

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