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Posted Apr 24th, 2012 by Pat Brown
You really need to look. I know it sounds disgusting [and it probably is to some] butonce you understand how important it is it will become second nature. You already understandhow important good nutrition is to your body. You can see it in how your skin glows and knowit is true by how good you feel. Equally important but not really talked about much is whatcomes out of the body. Nobody talks about that at the dinner table or any place else I know of.It does not appear that anybody wants to know until the body is sick or not functioning well.You do not know the answers the doctor needs from you because you did not look. Nobody goesinto the bathroom with you so nobody else could know but you. To look means you have begunthe diagnostic process. Beginning and monitoring this process daily keeps you informed of yourhealth status. In the event of an illness, this information helps your doctor help you get treatmentquickly and accurately.

Let us start with what you already know before we get to the gross stuff. Ever went tothe lab or took somebody to give a sample of blood? Well, that is diagnostics. The doctor hasordered that sample to test the blood for a number of things. Everything tested has a normalrange [just right], a too low range [not enough], and a too high range [too much]. The doctor hastaken the signs and symptoms you gave him and is now looking at the lab results to see what isin or out of whack [not in normal level]. A blood sample can tell your doctor for example if youhave an STD [sexually transmitted disease]. Now for your MD [meaningful diagnostic] training,you need to look at your sputum [what you cough up from your lungs, not spit from yourmouth]. You need to look at your urine [what comes from your kidney and out of your bladder]and your feces or stool [what comes out of your gastrointestinal tract (GI)]. The excrement orwaste product is from three separate parts of the body: the respiratory, urinary, and GI systems.

In the respiratory system normal sputum should be clear or a pale-whitish color and itis slimy like a lubricant, [some say uncooked oysters look like sputum]. In the urinary system,the norms are a consistent stream, a pale-yellow color, and a mild barely noticeable urine odor.There should be no waiting for urine to come out, no interruptions or dribbles, no got to go rightnow, or cannot go at all. In the GI system, the norms are a soft-formed bulk of stool that expelseasily and the color is medium to dark brown. The odor will be pungent but it should not be sohorrific that it sparks an asthma attack and the odor should diminish with a complimentary flush.There is much to tell but more is rated R; detailed and graphic in Look, the sequel.

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About the author

Ms. Pat Brown MSN, APN, RN
Doctoral Candidate - RN for Luten Nursing Services and ADJ FCLTY at UOP

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