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A special thank you to Dr Chi for permission to reproduce his work on our website. Dr. Tsu-Tsair Chi is a biochemist and Board Certified Naturopathic Physician, and the founder of Chi’s Enterprise, Inc. Dr. Chi has worked in the fields of infectious disease, cancer, and artherosclerosis. He also consults worldwide. Dr. Chi developed an innovative diagnosis technique based on the observations and conditions of tens of thousand of cancer patients from the lunulae (half moon markings) of the fingernails and the teeth marks on the tongue to better combat the possibilities of disease in seemingly healthy people. Since Dr. Chi first published this book in 1997, thousands of doctors and patients have learned his method to self diagnose and detect illness early. Featured Story A.E., a 52-year-old male from California, was a heavy smoker. In 2006, Dr. Chi warned him of his risk for lung cancer. He was already showing early markers of the disease:All his nails were very opaque with slight clubbing. His tongue had dry and yellowish-white coating. Two years later, in late 2008, he was indeed diagnosed with lung cancer. He had a 7cm tumor in the upper left lobe of his lung. The doctors couldn’t operate immediately because of the size of the tumor. He immediately the recommended herbs and supplements while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. After 6 months, his tumor reduced to less than 1cm in diameter. It was surgically removed but he still continued with his therapy. Now, more than 5 years later, he is still doing well with no recurrence. Detecting Early Markers of Lung Disease In A.E.’s case, his history of being a heavy smoker already put him at high risk for lung cancer. But there are cases where lung disease occurs even among individuals who do not smoke at all. Lung disease can range from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) like bronchitis and emphysema to lung cancer. So how can we tell if we are at risk for lung disease? Well, there are the obvious symptoms that we associate with lung problems. The typical coughing (with or without, phlegm), shortness of breath and chest heaviness are good signs of a lung issue, especially if they are frequent and chronic. There are other physical markers of lung conditions that appear very early, even before the above symptoms, and are very strong indicators of lung problems: -Nail clubbing -White coating on tongue -Geographic tongue Nail clubbing is a major indication of lung disease. According to one study, nail clubbing on both hands is associated with conditions such as cystic fibrosis, Mesothelioma, Hepatopulmonary syndrome and more (Figure 1). A white coating on the tongue is usually an indication of low immunity or a lung problem. A thicker coating may signify a more severe condition. You will often notice a thick white coating on the tongue whenever you have a cold or cough (Figure 2). Understanding this information provided from your body can assist you in understanding your next steps in your health journey. This can lead you to looking at further testing, working with a qualified natural health practitioner to address these challenges and most importantly, turn this around while you are still maintaining a level of health to work through this with ease. As example, wouldn’t you rather know that you have a risk factor for stroke and address this in a preventive fashion, or wait until you have a stroke and make the low percentage transition into a full recovery? If you are a following Depke Wellness, I already know your answer, you understand that prevention as the key. If you have any comments or questions about this article, feel free to post this below and we will address this personally.