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How You Can Tell That Your Body Is Inflamed? The Fleckenstein Finger Diagnosis (FFD):

September 23, 2015

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Inflammation lies at the bottom of chronic disease - diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, some forms of depression and anxiety, heart disease, stroke, COPD (chronic bronchitis), osteoporosis, certain cancers, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, allergies, asthma, eczema and other skin diseases, heartburn, gastritis – and so many more. Yes, often you would not get these diseases if you didn’t have the right (or wrong) genes. But let’s face it: Most of us carry the genes for those diseases. All we need is a bad lifestyle to trigger chronic ailments. All of which make your life miserable.

Of course, the main reason for the development of chronic diseases is that we are reaching older age than we used to – we have more time to hatch illness. But it is not that old age automatically renders you invalid and decrepit. One can have a healthy old age! But it takes some luck, and some effort.

So what are the habits that trigger chronic inflammation and chronic diseases? The usual – and well-known - culprits: Inappropriate diet, too little movement (or too much!), environmental pollution of water, air and soil, psychological stress, unhappy relationships, unfulfilling jobs, drugs (medical and recreational), deficient water intake, unnecessary drugs, overweight and obesity, vitamin D deficiency, unnecessary antibiotics that kill the natural microbiome in our guts and on our skin. Another list that could go on and on.

How do you tell that inflammation is damaging your body? Well, if you already have a chronic disease - that is the proof of the pudding. But If you are at the stage before a doctor runs some tests and finally makes the diagnosis – if you are in the pre-stages of disease – you might inspect your fingers for the telltale signs of inflammation: a red halo around the root of the nail, at the area of the nail bed.

That halo can be thin and faint, and it can be thick and swollen. In some patients, the redness goes up half their digits, or higher. It is an early sign of inflammation, and one doctors usually don’t know about. In fact, I didn’t learn this in medical school – I observed it in my patients.

The beauty of it? If you clean up your act, the halos get smaller and paler – you see within a few days that you are on the way to improvement. Especially if you leave out some offending allergenic food – the most common guilty parties here are dairy, gluten, nuts, sugar.

Why is it that your fingertips can tell me the state of your health, the degree of inflammation? Traditional Chinese Medicine uses the tongue to tell about illness and well-being. My favorite European teacher Sebastian Kneipp used to base his diagnoses and prognoses on the shape and color of the earlobes; he must have come to it by simple observation, just as I did. The tongue, the earlobes, the fingertips – why those? Mainly because they are easily visible. For sure, if your body is riddled with inflammation, you will have signs of it in nearly all your inner organs. But the inner organs are hidden from direct inspection. For evaluating the tongue, I’d have to ask the patient to open her mouth. Earlobes and fingers are there for the looking. – Your fingers and nails can tell the doctor much more about your health (or un-health). But the FFD is easy for lay people.

Let me tell you right away that I don’t yet know if only food allergies can trigger the redness of the fingers, or if other toxins or pathology processes do it too. I would think so. But there has been no study yet, just quiet observation on my patients.

What I like about the Fleckenstein Finger Diagnosis (FFD): It is a do-it-yourself tool. You don’t need me to tell you something is wrong. You just need to look down on your fingertips. And if you see a reddish halo: Get up from your chair, and do something for your health: Go for a walk, and clean out your pantry!

Comments

  1. October 27, 2015 5:50 PM EDT
    Reverse print is not easy to read. I am loving the information but ask Ted Nicholas (the world's best seller ever and ace guy -The original 5 billion dollar man)
    He has tested all these things exhaustively. A lot of us are 'Baby Boomers' with fading eyesight. Give us a chance.
    Many many thanks---Just a bit of feed back to help.
    Gordon Thistlethwaite
    - Sorry do not have an online signature at present
  2. October 27, 2015 6:46 PM EDT
    Dear Gordon Thistlethwaite,

    That is very good information - I had no idea!

    I thought the big print is easy to read. And I don't know if I can change the design so many years after I built the website - I will look into it!

    Also, you should look if you can stop the deterioration of your eyesight. Make sure you take enough antioxidants to prevent macular degeneration, check your metabolic status that you are not going diabetic, and keep your blood pressure down because that often is also related to higher eye pressure. Enjoy your golden years!

    Thank you for your suggestion!
    - Alexa Fleckenstein
  3. August 21, 2017 1:45 PM EDT
    Wow!! This diagnosis should be more well known. I have suffered from fibromyalgia for the last three years and didn't realize how tied to diet and body inflammation it is. I did the finger test on myself and found that I am definitely inflamed. I am taking your advice on fixing my diet -- also, i recently bought a new mattress after seeing this research that has helped me sleep longer. I hope longer sleep helps rid my body of inflammation too!
    - Tobin Schneider
  4. September 3, 2017 2:57 PM EDT
    Sleep is perfect. Good, clean foods, too. And movement for elimination of toxins. Walking is healing.

    All the best for your health!
    - Alexa Fleckenstein
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