The 7 Simple Signs of Low Nutritional Status

These 7 signs are the basis for determining one’s nutritional status. Because they are so indicative of one’s nutritional strength, they will soon become part of America’s language.

Nutrition is the single most influential element in all of health care. It effects everything that happens in your body – from thoughts to actions – and the dentist now has mastery over it.

The 7 Simple Signs of Low Nutritional Status

 “An ill population cannot sustain a great nation”

When asked how the patient’s nutritional status is determined, neither the physician, nutritionist nor dietitian could answer except to say that they did not do it because they did not know how; there was no way to do it. The physician went further and said: “We can take the patient into the hospital and perform a battery of tests, some expensive and some very sophisticated – and not all hospitals are capable of performing all of them. At the end of the testing period, we will have no more than a static view of the patient and only for those things we can measure, which are only a very tiny fraction of the bits and pieces of the entire human biological mechanism.”

Understanding that others have faced and been stymied by those limitations, our new diagnostic approach provides a panorama of the patient’s biological systems in both depth and breadth; not only of the moment but of the months and years previous and gives a good idea of what’s in store for the patient in the future. All of this information is gathered without using any lab tests.

The diagnostic/therapeutic approach that has been used for generations has gotten us into a downward health spiral that is quickening and worsening and every further drop into the abyss makes it exponentially more difficult to pull out of the subtle morass of illness that shrouds our nation. It is unwise to continue to follow those who lead us here.

We speak of the health of the American population and face grim statistics:

**    More people get cancer now than ever before.

**     70% of 12-year-olds already show signs of arterial disease.

**    85% of all illnesses have a major malnutrition component to them.

**     60% of the adult population and 25% of our children are obese or notably overweight – and the percentages are rapidly increasing.

**   Although our lifespan has increased, we now spend more of our latter years sick, ill and suffer the ravages of ongoing and long-term disability from infirmity.

**    Nutrition is the single most influential element in all of health care – and the most neglected.

**  Americans spend well over $2 trillion on health careyearly.

**  We spend more money on health care in the last few years of our lives than all the years before – combined!

If you awoke with a hole in your leg, would you be alarmed? Of course you would. A hole in your tooth should sound the same alarm bells. When the hardest structure in your body (tooth enamel) turns into a soft, smelly, decayed mass, it’s an obvious and glaring sign that something is wrong; that biological systems of the body are not functioning as they should because no body part is designed to develop holes. For the dentist to merely fill the hole and move on to the next tooth is the response of a repairman. The response of a doctor is very different.

Of a dentist’s entire professional education, only about 20% of the information learned related to fixing teeth (the technician training). The other 80% represents a storehouse of knowledge containing the secrets of the human body; why it gets sick and how it stays healthy. Unfortunately, the other 80%, the part that separates the doctor from the technician, is shelved and forgotten once the shingle is hung and practice begins. Every dental practice in America is built solely on the 20%, the mechanical aspect of the dentist’s training.

Whereas the state of technology in dentistry has progressed to flat panels, pixels and digitalization, the state of the art has remained stuck in the concepts of the early 1800’s; totally focused on teeth and gumsand forgetting (ignoring) that there is a person behind the teeth. Once the unused 80% is incorporated into the practice of dentistry, everything changes.

When you wash your hands, do they bleed? If they did, you’d be alarmed. When you brush your teeth, your gums should not bleed. Bleeding is a cardinal sign and it is the professional responsibility of the doctor to address such a finding. Healthy tissue does not bleed upon slight provocation.

New questions and insights like these herald a new paradigm with new thought processes. This fosters a restructuring of the entire health care industry that places the dentist at the forefront with a new power and influence; new, not taken from someone else.

Nutrition is the single most influential element in all of health care – and the most neglected. The development of the new oral examinationenables the dentist to accurately and scientifically determine the patient’s nutritional status. In addition, the dentist can also determine if the patient will be a high or low risk on the operating table and can easily lower the risk. It now behooves the general surgeon to have his patient evaluated pre-operatively by the dentist. If a low nutritional status is found (high risk), the (non-emergency) surgery can be postponed and the problem addressed. One’s nutritional status is the ability to fend off the negative effects of stress and a surgical procedure is very stressful to the human body.

The new oral examination is an evaluation process that uses no lab tests yet tells the dentist everything a routine dental exam reveals plus critical things no one ever saw. It’s based on the essence of science:keen observation with a trained eye and deft interpretation by an educated mind.  7 items (of the 30 that are evaluated) are highly indicative of low nutritional status. One should not have any of the 7 signs.

Our goal is to have The 7 Simple Signs of Low Nutritional Statusbecome part of the American lexicon; taught in schools, hung from corporate walls and prominently displayed in health care offices, on billboards, in print, through broadcast media, on t-shirts and buttons and via all manner of information transfer; in a coordinated program designed to disseminate this message ubiquitously. Once such knowledge becomes commonplace, the awareness of low nutritional status by the individual as well as nationally will influence change and the ramifications of such change are staggering to contemplate and quite positive.

Noting the statistics at the beginning of this article, it becomes obvious that, within a mere 18 months, we can halve the cost of healthcare expenditures and thus free up – every year –$1/2  trillion (five hundred billion dollars), money no longer needed for the ill because they are no longer ill. That already-being-spent money can be redirected for redesigning our failing education system, increasing police and firefighting protection, rebuilding city infrastructure, paying off our horrendous national debt and funding research that will deliver the promises of the 21st century. Not to mention that we’d have a population healthier by 50%. It is far past the time to change the focus from health care to health.

 “Can you imagine what a healthy American population can accomplish!”

The 7 Simple Signs of Low Nutritional Status


If you had a hole in your leg, you’d be alarmed. A hole in your tooth should sound the same alarm bells. No body part is designed to develop holes and when the hardest structure in your body (tooth enamel) turns into a soft, smelly, decayed mass, it’s obvious that something is very wrong. Body systems are not functioning as they should or you wouldn’t have this – or any – negative finding.

 Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is caused by 2 factors: unclean teeth and a low nutritional status. The first causes the problem and the second worsens it.

 Acidic Saliva

Acid states promote disease. Human resting saliva should be neutral or slightly alkaline.

 Canker Sores (Cold Sores, Fever Blisters)

These sores are blatant signs that your body is at a low nutritional level. Nutritionally strong people never get such sores.

 Visual Changes in the Tongue

Cracks, colored coatings, teeth marks, blotches, blue-black spots and other findings are all signs outside the parameters of health and indications that body systems are not functioning as they should. Something is wrong. A tongue should not look like that.

 Visual Changes in the Fingernails

Streaks, no lunulae (half moons), lackluster, discolorations, white spots, ripples and improper shape are all signs that body systems are not functioning as they should and some deeper problem is happening. Healthy body systems form healthy nails.

 Digestive Problems

Gas, diarrhea, indigestion, constipation, the need to take antacids and other signs are all indications that your digestive system is malfunctioning; impeding – and substituting for – natural and beneficial processes.

Awareness of the problem is the major obstacle that must first be overcome before correction and solution can be attained. Promotion and widespread infiltration of The 7 Simple Signs of Low Nutritional Status into the American culture will achieve that.

Further, we identified these signs (and many more) and showed how, through a few simple nutritional changes, they can be easily rectified. Some change quickly (acidic salivary pH, colored coatings of the tongue, canker sores) and others take much longer (teethmarks on the border of the tongue, lack of lunulae).

As Plato said many years ago – and whose words have been echoed by many icons in medical history: The mouth is a reflection of the body and the tongue is the mirror of the body.

 “Understanding nutrition as the most crucial of all therapies is the keynote of successful 21st century health care.”

3 thoughts on “The 7 Simple Signs of Low Nutritional Status

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