Michael Jackson's fingernails at the World Music Awards, november 15, 2006.Michael Jackson's fingernails spotted earlier this year (february, 2009).
Michael Jackson’s fingernails in 2006 (left) & 2009 (right) – ‘click’ for larger versions!

Michael Jackson’s abnormal fingernails, not related to the vitiligo nor the lupus!

While the autopsy results related to Michael Jackson’s death are still unknown (which will likely be presented later this week), there are still many discussions about the state of Michael Jackson’s health – less than 2 weeks before his death his health was described by Dr. Tohme Tohme (a spokesman of Jackson) as: a ‘perfect health‘…?

Michael Jackson was diagnosed in 1986 with vitiligo and lupus. Lupus is known as a potentially lethal disease (heart disease is a major complication in lupus!), but in Michael Jackson it was described to be in remission. Nevertheless, one can wonder: can his fingernail problems be related to the vitiligo and/or the lupus? The answer appears to be a ‘no’:

Vitiligo is related to the following nail disorders:

• Longitudinal striations;
• Trachyonychia (thin & lusterless nails);

Lupus is related to the following nail disorders:

• Nail spooning;
• Irregular, twisted, and dilated vessels at the cutticle.

CONCLUSION:

Out of the 4 described fingernail disorders related to vitiligo and lupus, the 4th can be related to his hand deterioration that was observed in 2009. But none of these fingernail disorders can be related to the typical looks of Michael Jackson’s fingernails during the last 3 years of his life.

But one should not forget that Michael Jackson’s fingernail problems were first recognized by the media in 2006, when members of Michael Jackson’s family were terrified that his escalating dependence on prescription drugs had become a danger to his life.

While Michael Jackson’s lupus was considered to be in remission, one could also speculate that his hand deterioration + his sudden death might have signaled a lupus relapse … due to an excessive use of prescription drugs???

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:

In memoriam: ‘The hands of Michael Jackson’!
Michael Jackson’s white hand glove was to cover the skin disease vitiligo’!
Michael Jackson’s hand cast at Madame Tussauds!
Michael Jackson’s hands: a clue to his sudden death?
Michael Jackson’s single white hand glove!
Michael Jackson’s hands: a manicurist’s worst nightmare!

Another example which illustrates that the “King of Pop” had severe nail problems:
Michael Jackson's dark fingernails.

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Finger length measurements.

Tall, short, or got a small head?
Don’t forget to take a look at your fingers!

Recently Roger Dobson – author at MailOnline.co.uk presented an interesting article titled: ‘Tall, short – or got a small head? Here’s what your physique reveals about your health’. In his article he described how various body dimensions – varying from your height to your foot size – can indicate a wealth of information about your risk of conditions, from cancer through to dementia and heart disease. You can read below what Roger Dobson wrote about the 2D:4D finger length ratio – a hand characterstic that has become very well-known in the past few years through the work and the two books of ‘the finger’ Professor John T. Manning

Roger Dobson wrote in his article about the hand:

“IF YOU HAVE LONG FINGERS

Autism and ADHD, mental illness/depression

A range of disorders has been linked to the length of fingers, and in particular the ratio between index and ring fingers. The ratio is thought to be a marker of what was happening hormonally in the womb when the foetus developed.

It’s thought a relatively long ring finger is a sign that the foetus was exposed to higher levels of the male hormone testosterone, while a relatively long index finger is a marker of the female hormone, oestrogen.

Conditions associated with a long ring finger compared to the index include autism and ADHD. Those associated with a longer index include depression.

Males, who are more likely to develop autism and ADHD, tend to have a longer ring finger relative to their index finger.

Exposure to certain hormones might increase or reduce the risk of certain conditions and traits.

‘It has been suggested that autism may arise as the result of exposure to high concentrations of prenatal testosterone,’ say researchers at Liverpool University.”

The EndoPAT is a product developed by the Israelian company: Itamar.

In 1998, three American scientists won the Nobel prize in medicine for proving that tiny cells in the blood vessels (endothelial cells), play a vital role in regulating vascular functions. The activity of these endothelial cells has become a marker of cardiovascular health, but backthen nobody had developed a method to measure the actvity of these cells quickly (and cheaply). In 2008 an Israelian company, Itomar Medical, presented a decive named EndoPAT – which measures the health of endothelial cells by measuring blood flow.

A full EndoPAT test takes about 15 minutes. Two thimble-like finger probes are placed on each index finger and connected to a machine that measures blood flow. They spent five years perfecting the technology, which involves “listening” to minute vascular functions through sensors attached to a patient’s index fingers and interpreting the readings via software. Results are presented on a scale from 1 to 5: Healthy adults score around 3, while a mark below 1.7 raises red flags.

2009: NEW RESEARCH

A few days ago a study has been presented which confirms that the EndoPAT can ‘measure’ heart disease. The US (Boston) study included 270 patients, ages 42 to 66, who had a low-to-medium risk of a major cardiac event and were followed from August 1999 to August 2007. During that time, 49 percent of patients whose EndoPAT test indicated poor endothelial function suffered a cardiac event. The findings were to be presented on march 31 at the annual scientific session of the American College of Cardiology, in Orlando, Fla.

• Dr. Amir Lerman (cardiologist) says:

“Fifty percent of those who arrive at emergency rooms with heart attacks don’t have conventional risk factors, such as high cholesterol or blood pressure. Measuring endothelial function via the index fingers may be the missing link.”

Sources: New device ‘fingers’ heart risk & Itamar: hearing heart disease