Re: I thought fingernail half moons are a sign of iodine and vitamin B-12 sufficiency? Don’t the lack of half moons indicate hypothyroidism and/or liver disease?
Yes, No, Maybe.
YES, there’s lots of information floating around in cyberspace saying that.
According to one blog writer …
“…hypothyroid patients, with very slow metabolism, always have very little lunula (usually they do not have them at all), while hyperthyroid ones have very large. Some thyroid patients use lunula size as sign of hypo or hyperthyroidism, so they can change their medicine dose. Number of diseases cause lunula to disappear, such as liver damage or kidney disorder – they all affect metabolism.”
NO, I can’t find any specific research studies – names, dates, places, protocols, statistics – to back up these contentions.
The information – a viral phenomenon in cyberspace – seems to originate from palmistry and Macrobiotic Nutrition.
If any of my readers can send me specific evidence, please do so. My knowledge is not set in stone.
Dr. Oz mentioned fingernail lunulae in a positive light on his TV show, but cited no references.
One fact in favor of large lunulae indicating hyperthyroidism is the prominent red lunulae associated with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), a medical condition proven to be linked to hyperthyroidism.
What about toenail lunulae?
I’ve looked at fingernail photos on the Internet, and seen prominent lunulae on the fingernails of people with hypothyroidism and other “diseases.”
Also hard to explain are comments like …
“If this is true the metabolism on my right side is much higher as the lunula are more prominent on my right fingernails.”
Lunulae are actually a secondary inner nail underneath the primary outer nail.
They appear in a fetus after about 100 days in the womb.
The lunula is invisible unless gas causes light to scatter and make it appear white.
Fingernail lunulae (the plural of lunula, “little moon”) indicate “a problem with protein absorption,” according to Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty).
So-called “milk spots” (leukonychia) on fingernails are definitely associated with protein absorption (low albumin) syndromes.
All my fingernail lunulae disappeared after being on Solar Nutrition for a year or two.
They returned again when I went through a stressful time in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Nowadays I have a trace of a lunula on my left thumb and an even slighter trace of one on my left index finger.
I have no lunulae on my toenails.
I have a larger lunula on my right thumbnail, an indicator of a right lung problem.
Pressing down on the nail bed of my right thumb is painful, while pressing down on my left nail bed doesn’t hurt.
I do have some vertical fingernail ridges, an indicator of aging and nutrient imbalances.
I don’t have any Beau’s lines, Mees’ lines, Muehrcke’s lines, or “milk spots” on any of my fingernails or toenails.
My Significant Other – Vibrant Gal – has no lunulae on any of her fingernails or toenails.
She’s been a vegetarian since 1975 and a “raw fooder” since 1991.
Eggs were added to her diet a year ago when she started eating Solar.
MAYBE, it’s important to know as much about the nail bed as possible.
My April 23, 2012, One Radio Network blog entry, “Psychic Powers At Your Fingertips,” explained why.
In 1975, the renowned Madrid cardiologist and heart surgeon, Dr. J.M. Sanchez-Perez, asked me to be his U.S. representative for teaching his system of developing psychic abilities.
Dr. Sanchez-Perez showed me numerous microscopic slides of the arterio-venous glomic anastamoses at the nail beds of both hands and feet.
He discovered a fundamental correlation between these anastamoses and the paranormal abilities universally demonstrated in lesser or greater degree by human beings.
He examined the fingernail beds of numerous psychics and people with paranormal abilities, including Uri Geller and Ted Serios (1918-2006).
The “nerve yarns” comprising these anastamoses are essentially ANTENNAE that can be activated in various ways.
According to Dr. Sanchez-Perez …
“… the vascular sensitive neurocells of the arterial system, mainly found at the bottom of the fingernails and in the carotid sinus, serve as an antenna for that marvelous transmitter and receiver called the brain.”
He discovered that any paranormal ability is a HYPERACUSIA of any given sense …
(1) smell – clairolfaction.
(2) taste – clairgustance.
(3) sight – clairvoyance,
(4) touch – clairsentience.
(5) sound – clairaudience.
According to DiFiore’s Atlas of Histology With Functional Correlations, 11th Edition, 2008 …
“In numerous tissues, direct communications between arteries and veins called arteriovenous anastomoses bypass the capillaries. Their main functions are regulation of blood pressure, blood flow, and temperature, and conservation of body heat. A more complex structure that also forms shunts is called a glomus. A glomus consists of a highly coiled arteriovenous shunt that is surrounded by collagenous connective tissue. The function of the glomus is also to regulate blood flow and conserve body heat. These structures are found in the fingertips, external ear, and other peripheral areas that are exposed to excessive cold temperatures and where arteriovenous shunts are needed.”
These structures in the fingertips and external ear are also found in the lips, cheeks, nose, elbows, ovaries, corpus cavernosum of the penis, kidneys, stomach, intestines, mesentery of the abdominopelvic cavity, and the skin on the inside of the hands and feet.
They are most numerous under the nail beds of the fingers.
A single arterio-venous glomic anastomosis is capable of increasing blood flow 1000 fold.
CCHE (counter-current heat exchange) is linked to psychic powers.
After my initial meeting with Dr. Sanchez-Perez, I ran to the nearest telephone booth to tell Adano about AVA (arerio-venous anastamoses)..
Adano groused back …
“Well, that’s no big deal, brother. He’s simply rediscovered the Akabane points that have been known in the Orient for thousands of years.”
Akabane points were thoroughly investigated by Japanese acupuncturist Dr. Kobei Akabane.
Vernon Jenkins (“Logan Basic Apex Contact Adjustment and Its Effect Upon the Bladder Meridian Akabane Diagnostic Points,” Aug.11, 1988) wrote …
“Akabane points are the terminal points of the meridians located on the fingers and toes slightly outside the nail bed angles. They form part of the 66 antique points and play an important role in energy exchanges that take place at the level of the meridians which they serve. At the Akabane point a communication occurs (via a small secondary vessel) in the flow of Nutritive Chi energy between two coupled meridians, one Yang and the other Yin. At the same time, there is a transfer of Protective Chi energy from the main meridian to the muscle meridian, whose point of origin it is. The Akabane point also regulates the transfer of Spirit Chi energy in the divergent meridian which, in its first portion, has a common course with the main meridian. The lower extremity Akabane points represent he entrance into the six energy levels of the External Pernicious Influences. The Akabane points, by their privileged anatomical position and their important role in the energy economy of the body, may be considered as command points whose functional state might furnish information on the quantity and quality of energy of the meridian on which the are to be found.”
Adano explained that Akabane points are “mediators” between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
These points affect “compression on the left side of the brain” and “suction on the right side of the brain.”
Adano explained …
“Transference points are passage points located in the nail beds at the extremities. The capillary action is used for extrasensory perception. These self-oxidizing centers act as antennae.”
On a “Reflex Areas & Points” T-shirt I marketed in the 1990s (copyright 1991), I wrote …
“ACU-POINTS are code receptors for transaction flows between internal chronobiological rhythms and external cosmoterrestrial periodicities. The resultant wave-length correspondences create HARMONICS that synchronize the psychophysiological body with the environment’s pervasive and ambient electrodynamic environmental field. The arterio-venous glomic anastomoses (AKABANE POINTS) are acu-loci for transcutaneous data base accessing of extracerebral memory.”
(To Be Continued By Request)