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The Apothecary let’s you analyze the state of your health using 4 diagnostic tools that analyze breath, tongue, skin and eyes. These tools help inform you of the state of your health and in particular your health balance. Breath and saliva testing show the state of intestinal flora while optical scans and skin tonality tests provide other metrics for ‘slow diagnosis’.

The tools, from upper left clockwise.

Breath tool:

A new laser technique could enable doctors to detect certain diseases, such as lung cancer or asthma, simply by analyzing a patient’s breath. Among the numerous applications of trace gas detectors, the analysis of human breath for (early) diagnosis of diseases has certainly one of the highest potential impacts on public health and quality of life. In clinical medicine, breath testing is the least invasive of all diagnostic tests, presenting minimal risk and negligible discomfort to patients.

Skin tool:

The Skin tool gives you information about skin redness, smoothness and skin type. Based on this analysis it gives advice on how to treat your skin.

Tongue tool:

Your tongue accurately reflects the state of your digestive systemfrom rectum to esophagus, including the stomach, small intestines, colon (large intestine), pancreas, spleen, liver and gall bladder. As a whole the tongue reflects the condition of the digestive system and the organs associated with blood, nutrient assimilation, and excretion. You can also see how ‘hot’ or how ‘cold’ your internal organs are. Therefore it has a high value as a diagnostic tool. A tongue analysis considers; color, condition and coating

Eye tool:

Many health problems show up in your eyes, potentially creating non-invasive tests for everything from cocaine to sickle cell anemia. Cocaine, alcohol, and other drugs can make the OSI a non-invasive drug test. Infectious diseases such as malaria, AIDS, syphilis, Lyme disease, and chicken pox all show up in your eyes. Interestingly enough, so does pregnancy­–no more pink lines.... Even genetic diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and sickle cell anemia affect the eyes. In addition, your eyes show signs of chronic health conditions like bleeding or clotting disorders, congestive heart failure, arthrosclerosis, and high and low cholesterol.

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Comment by Kimberly J. Valley on January 16, 2012 at 6:44pm

Not unlike the evaluation you receive from your loving pet when he/she smells your breath, etc.  I have always felt this behavior was a friendly look at the state of the organism. 


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