The Best Test for Oral Cancer: Tongue Reading

Did you know…that the very best test for oral cancer and many other major health problems is to stick out your tongue?

Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, a well-respected and innovative dentistry expert, recently appeared on The Dr. Oz Show to discuss the importance of regular screening for oral cancer.

Although oral cancer is highly curable, it kills one person every hour. Sadly 60% of all cases of oral cancer are found too late, says Dr. Oz. The disease is easy to spot—a quick examination of your tongue will do the trick—and can be treated and cured 80-90% of the time—if caught early enough.

But by no means is oral cancer the only health issue that can be diagnosed, or even prevented, with a quick “reading” of the tongue. Within minutes, Dr. Levine identified the health challenges of two audience members on The Dr. Oz Show. tongue reading

The 3 most common symptoms and conditions Dr. Levine spots when reading someone’s tongue are…

  • Lesions: often indicative of oral cancer
  • Ulcers: tend to coincide with high stress
  • Filmy, white coat: ideal host for infectious bacteria

Tongue reading is just the beginning of how our faces reveal health problems. According to experts in China, good doctors can identify 70% of a person’s health problems by examining the patient’s face.

What’s in a Face?

These Chinese experts are referring to a medical practice called mien shiang or mien xiang (pronounced MYEN-SHUNG) that originated in China nearly 3,000 years ago. The most wonderful aspect of this diagnostic philosophy is that it can be used to prevent illness.

Experts say the health conditions indicated by face readings aren’t set in stone. They’re simply warning signs. You can heed these signs and make adjustments to protect your long-term health.

Originally, Taoist monk healers practiced this medical art. Today, Eastern practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) use face reading and tongue reading in their diagnostic practices. But the skill is rarely included in TCM training conducted in the U.S. because we have too few masters here to teach it.

Face Reading in Modern Western Science

Not surprisingly, Western clinical research has largely ignored face reading as a health tool. However, there is one very notable exception to this rule. Several prestigious Western medical journals, including American Journal of Cardiology, have reported a high correlation between a diagonal earlobe crease and coronary artery disease in people under age 70.

Face reading specialists ask why we should believe that only one solitary facial trait would be linked to a health state. If an earlobe crease is proven to indicate higher risk of coronary artery disease, why is it not likely that a cleft in the chin or an arched eyebrow also offer health clues?

Hopefully the success of “tongue reading” in diagnosing and treating oral cancer while it’s still curable will spark greater interest in the many benefits of face reading for warning us of health issues and improving our long-term well-being.