Learn to Recognize Three Basic Body Types
When diagnosing a person’s tendency to heart disease we look for one of three basic body types. These three basic groups will also have related personality traits that are generally consistent for each group. Of course, human nature is never as clear-cut as writers would like it to be, and characteristics from one group will sometimes overlap the characteristics of another. However, using these suggestions as a basic guideline, you should be able to make quite a few interesting diagnoses the next time you’re in a crowded bus or subway.
The first group of people susceptible to heart disease are those who suffer from high blood pressure and are prone to heart attacks of a sudden, violent nature which often result in immediate death. Such attacks usually occur between the ages of forty and fifty, and the condition is often complicated by tendencies to atherosclerosis, or the clogging of the arteries because of the accumulation of fat. Clogged arteries would also lead us to suspect that other organs are suffering in similar ways, and this is indeed the case. The fats that accumulate in the arteries also tend to cause kidney stones, prostate cancer, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, cirrhosis of the liver, and cramps during menstruation.
When looking for people who might be developing these conditions watch for a red to pink skin color, an overly talkative nature, and a personality that is outgoing, socially oriented, confident, practical, and given to emotional outbursts, particularly anger. These people are generally shorter, broader, and tend to have thicker bones. Well-known examples of such persons include Leonid Brezhnev, W.C. Fields, Winston Churchill, and Bella Abzug. The facial features of this type of person tend to be close together; ears are large, the hands and tongue are square. In addition there will often be lots of body hair, although there is an inclination to baldness.
Such people are usually very concerned with appearance, and often express overt joy or anger which can conceal deep-seated fears. Their assertive, straightforward attitudes can make them disregard any incipient health problems they may have, so that you often hear them boasting that they were never sick for a day in their lives. This very stubbornness and self-assurance may prevent them from changing their diet or lifestyle until it is too late or until they have suffered a severe heart attack.
The most common dietary causes of this type of heart problem are excessive animal foods, especially beef and pork, salty food, sugar, and excessive intake of liquids. Such foods also weaken the kidneys, signs of which appear as bags under the eyes. Horizontal lines on the forehead show the intestines have also been weakened by these foods and indicate a predisposition to constipation.
The second group of people prone to heart disease are those who suffer from irregular or rapid heartbeat, heart murmur, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and occasionally high blood pressure. Along with these symptoms there is a tendency to pancreatic cancer, jaundice, diabetes, low blood sugar, oily or dry skin, and alternating diarrhea and constipation.
Such people are often of medium height, build, and bone structure, with almost no body hair and often a cleft in the nose. (The nose is the area of the face that corresponds to the heart in traditional Oriental diagnosis. A cleft nose is a sign that the two sides of the heart were not strongly fused while the person was an embryo.) In diagnosing such people you should also look for a brown or yellowish skin color.
People of this type tend to be nervous and impatient, very talkative, sensitive, self-conscious, and giggly. Their personalities tend to be emotionally or intellectually oriented, while their thinking is often changeable and scattered. They can be excitable, worried, skeptical, and uncomfortable in crowds, although they often cannot stand to be alone. Notice also whether the pupils of the eyes are large and if their eyes blink excessively. Because of their nervous nature, these people are often shaking their legs or drumming their fingers. Their lips tend to be swollen and thick and they favor the spring and fall. A prominent figure who suffered from this condition was Anwar Sadat. Peter Sellers and the Shah of Iran also fell into this category.
Heart problems of this type are generally caused by over consumption of fowl, fish, eggs, cheese, fruit, fruit juices, and sugar. A recommended diet for this condition would consist of: 50 percent whole grains, especially millet and sweet corn; 25 to 30 percent vegetables, especially ground vegetables, squashes, and sweet root vegetables, moderate cooking with little or no salad; 5 to 50 percent beans and seaweed, especially aduki beans; 5 percent moderate miso or shoyu broth soup; moderate use of salt and oil; occasional animal food; no fruit desserts; and light bancha tea or roasted millet tea.
The last group are those who suffer from low blood pressure. These people can have many heart attacks and still survive. They are prone to anemia and leukemia, lung and respiratory ailments, diarrhea, sadness, depression, and fear.
Our first impression when meeting such people is that they are passive, tired, quiet, reclusive, lacking in confidence, and tend to get sick quite often. Their introversion makes them artistic and spiritually oriented. Constitutionally they are small in stature with long hands, delicate bones, moderate body hair, rounded tongue, small ears, long nose, and facial features that are spread apart. Their skin color is frequently pale, swollen, and watery.
The thinking of such people is usually altruistic and future-oriented. They enjoy the summertime best of all the seasons, since the warmth of the summer balances their cool, inward nature. You often see these people slouching with rounded shoulders, as though the effort of standing were too great and they would prefer to be lying down. Good examples of this kind of person are the Ayatollah Khomeini and Giscard D’Estaing.
The problems of this group are caused primarily by the over consumption of sugar (especially sugared drinks), tropical fruits, milk, butter, yogurt, drugs or medications, and loss of essential minerals.