Nutritional deficiencies – What signs to look for if you think you may have them
This list has been compiled by Dr Patrick Kingsley – so thank you Patrick! I have added in a few of my own.
Symptoms are actually better indicators of nutritional deficiency than signs – indeed a BMJ article pointed out that 80% of diagnoses are made on the history, 6% on signs and 6% on investigations (although they didn’t say how the other 8% was accounted for!) Anyhow, the following can be pointers to deficiencies, but they do not apply in all cases.
cold hands – magnesium deficiency, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigeu with low cardiac output
white spots – mineral deficiency but often low zinc
ridges – zinc deficiency
soft or brittle nails – magnesium deficiency
bitten nails – general mineral deficiency
stretch marks – zinc deficiency
follicular hyperkeratosis – vitamin A deficiency
spontaneous bleeds – vitamins C or K or platelet deficiency
dry scaly skin with hair follicles plugged with coiled distorted hairs and a red halo – vitamin C deficiency
yellow palms – excessive beta carotene intake
pimply rough skin at the back of the upper arms “chicken skin” – essential fatty acid deficiency
pale fissured tongue – iron deficiency
sore painful fissured tongue – vitamin B3 deficiency
sore burning tongue and lips and peeling of lips – vitamin B2 deficiency
swollen tongue with lateral teeth indentations – food intolerance
painful sore tongue with a smooth appearance – folic acid deficiency
cracked lips – vitamin B2 deficiency, thrush
pyorrhoea – Co Q 10 deficiency
bleeding gums – vitamin C deficiency
gum disease – co Q 10, folica acid, vitamin C deficiency
SKIN OF FACE
greasy red scaly skin of face and sides of nose – vitamin B2 deficiency
seborrhoeic dermatitis around nose and an acne like forehead rash – vitamin B6 deficiency
cataracts – chromium deficiency or excess free radicals – see Antioxidants
bags or dark rings under eyes – allergies or food intolerances
blue eyes and blond hair are often found in hyperactive male children – zinc magnesium, B6 and essential fatty acids deficiencies
blue eyes and premature grey hair – vitamin B12 deficiency – a feature of pernicious anaemia
thyroid swelling – iodine deficiency, hypothyroidism
any problem with the heart, including irregular beat, high blood pressure, cardiomegaly – magnesium and Co Q 10 deficiencies and sensitivity to caffeine. See Ischaemic Heart Disease – what really causes it?
tender calf muscles – magnesium deficiency
brisk knee reflexes – magnesium deficiency
The following problems can suggest particular deficiencies or allergies:
Nasal polyps – salicylate sensitivity
Catarrh, sinusitis, history of removal of tonsils or adenoids – milk intolerance
Poor healing – zinc deficiency
Can’t remember dreams – vitamin B6 deficiency
Sugar craving, blood sugar swings, low blood sugar – chromium deficiency, carbohydrate intolerance and gut fermentation syndrome
Pre-menstrual syndrome – magnesium, zinc and essential fatty acid deficiencies
Glandular fever – inadequate liver detoxification mechanisms
Sensory symptoms – B12, B1, magnesium deficiencies
Mental symptoms – any B vitamin deficiency! Allergies, toxic stress.
Cervical dysplasia – vitamin B6 and folic acid deficiency
Arthritis – Boron and sulphur (MSM) deficiency
Measles – vitamin A deficiency
Persistent diarrhoea leading to fatigue – magnesium and potassium deficiencies
Many diuretics cause magnesium and potassium deficiencies
Muscle cramps – magnesium deficiency
Shaking hands – magnesium and vitamin B1 deficiencies
Hypertension – magnesium deficiency
Dysphagia – magnesium deficiency
Sensitivity to light – magnesium deficiency
Osteoporosis – don’t forget to think about magnesium
High blood pressure in pregnancy – magnesium deficiency
Hair loss – thyroid, iron stores (must measure serum ferritin), biotin, zinc and essential fatty acid deficiencies
Frequent colds – zinc and vitamin C deficiencies
Infertility, miscarriages and premature labour – zinc deficiency
Poor sense of smell and taste – zinc deficiency
Poor vision or night blindness – zinc and vitamin A deficiencies
Dry eyes – vitamin A deficiency
The contraceptive pill and HRT can cause an increase in copper levels and zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6 deficiencies
Blocked nose with red wine – molybdenum deficiency
Any cancer or family history of cancer – selenium deficiency
Mercury amalgams in teeth – selenium and glutathione deficiencies
Cardiomyopathies (Keshan Disease) – selenium deficiency
Heart attacks – vitamin E deficiency (Shute brothers)
Hair loss, dandruff, eczema, excessive ear wax production, poor wound healing, excessive thirst (especially in hyperactive children), pre-menstrual symptoms of any sort– essential fatty acid deficiency
Carpal tunnel syndrome – vitamin B6 deficiency
Vegans – vitamin B12, zinc and Fe deficiencies
Gastrectomy – vitamin B12 and hydrochloric acid deficiencies
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy – vitamin B12 deficiency
Elderly – low everything, especially vitamin Bs and HCI deficiencies
Persistent infections vitamin C and zinc deficiencies
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What Is Iridology?
Iridology is the science and practice of analyzing the iris, of the eye which is the most complex tissue structure in the human anatomy. The iris reveals the level of constitutional strength, inherited weaknesses, state of health and the metabolism that take place in our organs, glands and tissues according to the way we live our lives.
Iridology is an eye analysis that reveals a person’s relative state of health; it concerns itself with tissue integrity that can tell an individual if they have over or under activity in specific areas of the body.
The iris records information through reflex response about the state and functioning of every organ in the body. It is similar to how acupuncture and reflexology looks at the body as an energy system. Iridology is one of the best assessment tools available to be able to assess systems of the body that are genetically strong. It is a safe, painless, non invasive and inexpensive method of analysis.
What Do Your Eyes Reveal?
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- Physical traits that we inherit.
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- Which mental and emotional aspects significantly affect our physical health
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