Other signs like small yellow bumps on the eyelid, for instance, may be fatty deposits that signal high cholesterol, which in turn raises the risk of heart disease. Or, have you recently noticed that your eyebrows no longer extend over the corners of your eyes? This may signal an iodine deficiency or indicate an underactive thyroid.
Some body signs can have a confusing range of meanings: Does that bulging tummy signify middle-aged spread or the beginning of ovarian cancer? The problem is that many of us don’t recognize the warnings even when they are staring us in the face. I don’t want you to panic and jump to conclusions, but instead, just begin to really take notice of what your body is trying to tell you. I often ask my body these questions: “Body what’s going on? What do I need to pay attention to?” This may seem strange to many of you, but our body actually has its own consciousness which we all too often override with our being a.k.a ‘Ego’.
There’s no need to rush off to the doctor at the first sign of an anomaly, as many of the anomalies you’ve had for years are probably harmless. Instead, be aware of signs and symptoms that are unusual for you or are painful or debilitating. For women it’s especially important to check our breasts regularly for lumps, dimples and discharge from the nipples which can all be signs of breast cancer. Not all breast lumps are bad, but they all should be checked out. Men can also develop breast cancer with many of the same symptoms. Enlarged breasts in men known as gynecomastia, generally indicates an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone, which can occur from puberty or aging. Alternatively, it could be a sign of kidney disease, or a pituitary tumour.
Skin cancer is also on the rise throughout the world. “When evaluating a spot, remember “ABCDE,” says Margaret Parsons, a dermatologist in Sacramento, California. It may be malignant if it has A, for an asymmetrical shape; B for a jagged or irregular border; C for a suspicious colour; D for a diameter larger than a pencil eraser; and E for being elevated and uneven. Basal-cell carcinomas and squamous-cell carcinomas tend to be red to pink and crusty, and bleed easily. “If you see anything like that, you should be checked,” says Dr. Parsons.
Our nails can also tell us a great deal about our general state of health. White nail beds — the skin underneath the nail — can signify anaemia. Nails that are white near the cuticle and red or brown near the tip can be a sign of kidney disease. Irregularly shaped brown or blue spots in the nail bed can be melanomas. Fingertips that are blue or clubbed can be a sign of lung disease — although generally, there would be more significant signs as well.
Many of the same signs occur in toenails. But the feet are critical for other reasons. “Feet tell you a huge amount about the health of the circulation,” says Dr. Denman, the Duke nursing instructor. “The first place that vascular disease can show up is where the blood vessels are the smallest and the farthest away from the heart.”
An indicator of a heightened risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, gall-bladder disease and numerous cancers is excess belly fat. Waist-to-hip ratios are especially telling: If a man’s waist is larger than his hips, or a women’s waist is more than four-fifths her hip circumference, that’s a sign that dangerous visceral fat is surrounding an abdominal organ.
Our bodies are an incredible barometer for our health if we are just willing to be totally present and ask questions about what’s going on. There is no need to be paranoid or hyper-alert if we are in communion with our bodies and truly listen to the messages that IT is communicating to us. Also remember, that your point of view creates your reality, so to ensure that you can live a happy and healthy life, keep thinking positively about your body, your life and your being.
Michele Cempaka is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Transformational Coach, Reiki Master, BARS & Body Process Facilitator/practitioner who facilitates transformation & healing for others. She has studied a wide variety of healing systems which she integrates into her work. Michele offers private sessions, retreats & meditation practice at her home on Bali and abroad for individuals and groups.
Copyright 2013 © Michele Cempaka
Originally posted @ New Earth Institute – Academy of Health & Wellness