Wisdom in Living

Monday, July 16, 2018

Be Drug-Free As Much As Possible

Dealing with an autoimmune disease is often difficult because your doctor may have prescribed you with steroid medications. In addition, you have other daily health issues that you have to cope with, such as a common cold. Don't readily reach out for any over-the counter drug; it is important to stay drug-free as much as possible.  

This makes sense: taking too many pharmaceutical drugs means your body is stressed by physical ailments. Ironically, these drugs may do a further disservice by ingesting more toxins into an already toxic body. However, it does not imply that you must desist from taking your medications prescribed by your doctor. Rather, it suggests you should be more alert to the side effects of the drugs you are currently taking; you should not readily reach out for unsafe pharmaceutical drugs without second thoughts as if they were coupons. 

Remember, healthy living should be drug-free, as much as possible.  Even depression does not require anti-depressant drugs; it requires TAO wisdom:

Stephen Lau


Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Prognosis of Myasthenia Gravis


Myasthenia gravis is one of the many autoimmune diseases caused by an autoantibody attack on the receptor responsible for the communication between the nervous system and voluntary muscles. In other words, the disorder is due to miscommunication between the nerves and the muscles.

Given that, according to Western medicine, there is no known cure for the disorder (its causes still remain relatively unknown, although there are many contributing factors), patients diagnosed with myasthenia gravis would be interested to know the prognosis of their autoimmune disease. 

According to Dr. Janice M. Massey, M.D., professor of neurology and director of the Myasthenia Gravis Clinic at Duke University Medical Center. "If myasthenia gravis doesn't become severe early on, it may stay on a plateau." This is good news to all those afflicted with this autoimmune disorder. As a matter of fact, some 20-25 percent of the patients experience some remission of the initial symptoms of myasthenia gravis.

The bad news is that some may have symptoms that worsen rapidly, such as difficulty in speech, chewing and swallowing, and even smiling because their bulbar muscles (around the mouth and the throat) are affected by the antibodies.

Of course, the prognosis of myasthenia gravis is also affected by the kind of treatment undertaken by the patient. For example, taking corticosteroid drugs, such as prednisone, may relieve some of the symptoms while the patient may feel much weaker in the beginning. Taking immune-suppressant drugs, such as Azathioprine (Imuran), may strengthen the muscles as long as the drug is taken. Using plasma exchange (exchange of clear fluid of the blood from another healthy individual) may provide rapid improvement, but it is only a short-term treatment of the symptoms of myasthenia gravis.

Myasthenia gravis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. Taking cholinesterase inhibitors--the mainstay of treatment of this immune disorder may improve muscle strength but has many undesirable side effects, such as increasing nasal and bronchial secretions, making the pupil smaller, increasing urination and urinary tract infections To improve the prognosis of myasthenia gravis, it is important to focus on exercise to strengthen muscles, and a well balanced anti-inflammatory diet. In other words, a holistic approach to autoimmune diseases holds the key to eliminating many of the symptoms.

I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis more than a decade ago. Now, I am completely drug free, and my symptoms are only minimal. How did I do it? A change in lifestyle and a holistic approach to the disease.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Monday, July 9, 2018

Limited Treatment Options for Autoimmune Diseases


Autoimmune disorders occur when your immune system attacks your own body cells or tissues, instead of the foreign invaders from the outside. In other words, your dysfunctional immune system results in the occurrence of autoimmune diseases, which plague millions of Americans. Worse, there are over one hundred types of such disorders, which come in many different forms affecting many different organs and tissues

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for any autoimmune disorder because the causes are still medically unknown: it could be due to genes, the toxic metals in the environment, the lifestyle, and a host of other factors contributing to the complications of autoimmunity. 

As of now, the medical community strives to control the symptoms of autoimmune disorders using immune suppressants. Essentially, they are drugs to suppress the overactive immune system. The objectives of such treatment are to alleviate the many symptoms and to slow down the disease progression. This mainstay of treatment is not only ineffective for many autoimmune diseases but also dangerous for the patient. By suppressing the potency of the autoimmune system, these immune suppressants may increase the risks for infections and cancer. 

Most of these new drugs targeting specific immune cells are synthetic corticosteroids, such as prednisone, which have many undesirable side effects. These dangerous steroid drugs can cause rapid weight gain, stomach ulcers, mood swings, high blood sugar levels, and among others.

The alternative to taking dangerous steroid medications is the treatment option of taking non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as aspirin. Unfortunately, this option may also cause kidney and liver damage, as well as gastrointestinal bleeding. 

There is yet another treatment option, which requires the infusion of antibodies taken from the blood of others (after sterilization) into the body of the patient. The drawbacks of this treatment option are the immense cost as well as the inability to provide long-term positive results.

To sum up, all pharmaceutical drugs can remove only some of the many symptoms of an autoimmune disorder, and cannot affect its progression further down the road. As a result, many disease-modifying drugs will have to be administered to reduce the frequency and severity of the autoimmune disease, as well as to deal with the many side effects from the drugs taken. To conclude, there are only limited treatment options for autoimmune diseases.

The light at the end of the dark tunnel is that there is a holistic approach to treating autoimmunity -- which involves the body, the mind, and the spirit. I myself have experienced this transformation: more than a decade ago, I was taking prednisone and other steroid medications for my autoimmune disorder; now, I am completely drug free. Read my book My Myasthenia Gravis to find out how I got myself completely drug free. Visit my site: Wisdom in Living.

Also, go to Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry. It contains well-researched and proven-effective alternatives to expensive medications and surgical procedures, as well as information on how to distinguish between truths and myths, such as some commonly held “beliefs” and even maladies which are nothing more than the inventions of marketing experts to help sell more products.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, once said: "No man is a better physician than himself, who knows his own constitution."


To have a clean bill of health, you need to empower yourself with information about the pros and cons of taking drugs.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau

Thursday, June 28, 2018

My Myasthenia Gravis - the Book


Myasthenia gravis is one the many autoimmune diseases, which, according to contemporary Western medicine, offers no known cure, except controlling or suppressing its symptoms.


This book is based on the author’s own experience of battling against his myasthenia gravis: how he stopped all his medications through a holistic approach to controlling and managing the disease. This book provides insight and well-researched information that he would like to share with those who are afflicted with myasthenia gravis or any other autoimmune disease.

Albert Einstein once said: “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” Believe in the miracle of self-healing. Healing comes only from within, and not from any external source. Every individual should avail every opportunity to initiate the self-healing process, which is innate in the human body. Just believing in a miracle cure, however, is not enough; you must also empower yourself with knowledge and information to overcome myasthenia gravis through a holistic approach to the wellness of the body, the mind, and the spirit.

This book covers every aspect of holistic health to cope with autoimmunity: body detox, diet, lifestyle changes, exercises for muscle weakness, and mental relaxation techniques for vision problems.

“The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient’s hopes are the physician’s secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.” (Norman Cousins) Find your own ingredients in your prescription for a cure of your myasthenia gravis.

CONTENTS
FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION
  The Immune System
  Autoimmune Diseases
  The Alternatives
ONE:  Autoimmunity Attack
  Autoimmunity
  Autoimmune Disorders
  The Potential Causes
  The Risk Factors
  The Cellular Health
  The Damage of Body Cells
  The damages by free radicals
   Boosting Immunity
   Protecting the Immune System
  Eating Natural Foods
TWO:  My Story
   Myasthenia Gravis
   My Story
  My Conditions
  My Treatment
  My Rude Awakening
  The Road to Self-Healing
THREE: Understanding Self-Healing
The Miracle of Self-Healing
The Essentials of Self-Healing
   The Power of the Mind
   Changing the Subconscious Mind to Heal
   Optimizing Subliminal Messages
FOUR: Stopping All Dangerous Drugs
   No Cure for Autoimmune Diseases
   The Dangers of Drugs
   The Controversy of Flu Shots
FIVE: Internal Cleansing
 A Toxic Body
 Sources of Toxins
 Common Symptoms of a Toxic Body
 Internal Cleansing
 Different Ways of Detoxification
SIX:  Foods As Medicine
Foods for Acid-Alkaline Balance
Acidification
Sources of Acidification
Diseases Caused by Acidification
Symptoms of Excess Acidification
Measuring Acid-Alkaline Levels
Foods to Balance Acid-Alkaline Levels
 Food Allergies
Gastrointestinal Tract Infection
Basics of Eating for a Healthy Immune System
Eating to Live, Not Living to Eat
Eating Less, Not More
Eating Frequently, Not Three Times a Day
Eating Living Foods, Not Dead Foods
Eating Sea Salt, Not Table Salt
Eating No Refined Sugar
Eating Raw Occasionally
Chewing Thoroughly
Smart Cooking
Foods for the Immune System
Chlorella
Wheat Grass
Foods to Boost the Immune System
Apples
Brown Rice
Garlic
Sea Vegetables
Sweet Potatoes and Yams
Drinks to Heal the Immune System
Burdock and Daikon Drink
Four Greens Drink
Pine Needles Drink
Foods for Balance and Harmony
The Yin and Yang Diet
The Five Elements
Foods to Avoid to Protect the Immune System
Sugar
Dairy Products
Soy
SEVEN: Lifestyle Changes To Heal
     Cigarette Smoking
The Health Hazards
Secondhand Smoke
Quitting the Habit
Alcohol Drinking
Beer Drinking
Stress
Understand the Causes of Stress in Your Life
Ways
to Handle Stress

Stress Management
Dealing with Life’s Problems
EIGHT: Relaxation To Boost Immunity
    Stress
   Signs and Symptoms of Stress
Sleep
Other Relaxation Techniques
   Deep Relaxation
   Meditation
   Mind Aerobics
   Color Therapy
   Mind Concentration
NINE: Overcoming Muscle Weakness
  Muscle Weakness
Yoga
Qi Gong
Walking
Exercises to Balance and Stretch
TEN:     Overcoming Vision Problems
     Weak Eye Muscles
     Double Vision
     Eye Relaxation
   Relax the Body to Relax the Eye
   Self-Massage to Relax the Eye
   Strengthening Vision
ELEVEN: Journey Of Discovery And Recovery
APPENDIX A: Meditation
 The Meditation Process
 Meditation Basics
 How to Meditate
APPENDIX B: Alternate Nostril Breathing
 How to Practice
 A Summary of Alternate-Nostril Breathing
APPENDIX C: Awareness Walking
 How to Walk with Awareness
APPENDIX D:  Acid Alkaline Balance
APPENDIX E:  An Anti-Inflammation Diet

To get your paperback 2nd edition, click here.
To get your Amazon Kindle edition, click here.


Monday, June 25, 2018

Ancient Wisdom in Healing


To be diagnosed with myasthenia gravis is a devastating experience, especially when your doctor told you there is no known cure to date, except managing the symptoms of your autoimmune disease. Don't feel desperate and despondent because you have no idea how you got the autoimmune disease; despair  will only lead to worsening of your autoimmune disease symptoms. Self-efficacy, which is self-belief, is critically important in healing any disease. Since time immemorial, it has been human nature to get healed from disease and disharmony in the body and the mind. For thousands of years, physicians and sages have acquired and assimilated wisdom in healing.

What is wisdom in healing?

Wisdom is the ability to interpret information in order to influence one' s choices in actions that will ultimately transform the body and the mind. Wisdom in healing is therefore the use of right choices for right actions to facilitate the natural self-healing process innate in humans.

The wisdom of some of the ancient health and healing systems manifests the importance of holistic wellness and the power of natural healing:

(1) Hippocrates (born around 450 B.C.) was the Father of Medicine. His Greek medical system was based on moderation for a balanced lifestyle in harmony with nature for natural healing. Hippocrates once said: "A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession, and learn how to treat his illnesses by his own judgment." In other words, if an individual takes good care of his or her health, that individual is in fact saying: "Doctor, you're fired!"

(2) The Tibetan health system came under the influence of Buddha, and Tibetan monks who practiced compassion and mindfulness. Tibetan medicine emphasizes virtuous conduct, a healthy diet, regular daily activity and seasonal routines to promote all-round health and natural healing. In addition, its medical system heavily relies on herbal cures for natural healing. For more information on Tibetan natural healing, go to: The Five Tibetan Rites, a set of physical activities to promote physical and mental wellness.

(3) The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also embraces an extensive herbal medicine. For thousands of years, Chinese doctors have believed that "qi" (internal life energy) flows throughout the body by way of channels or meridians. This internal life force is capable of continuous circulation to provide oxygen and nutrients to different parts of the body when there is balance between opposite of "yin" and "yang." Essentially, these internal “qi” energies are enegies of the universe. Imbalance results in stagnation or blockage of "qi", which is the cause of disease. (For more information, visit my website: Chinese Natural Chinese Natural Healing.)

(4) The Ayurveda system in India is the "science of life" that has been practiced for thousands of years. This medical system advocates all inclusiveness for natural healing. Essentially, any doctrinal or ideological imperative must defer to the well-being of the patient. In other words, Ayurveda not only eliminates the process of disease but also restores the health of the patient to its original physical, mental, and emotional wholeness.

The major difference between the wisdom of these long-standing health systems and that of modern Western medicine is that the former focuses on the prevention and natural healing, while the latter emphasizes the cure and the removal of disease symptoms. There is a saying that if the only tool you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail to you. For Western doctors, their hammers are the prescription drugs. They emphasize eliminating the symptoms of disease, instead of eradicating the causes. 

Western medicine provides invaluable medical knowledge through experimental research, while the ancient medical systems provide wisdom. Knowledge does not necessarily make one wise; true wisdom is the intuition, interpretation, and application of right knowledge.

To find out more about wisdom in living, read my book: The Book of Life and Living.

The first step towards coping with myasthenia gravis is to empower yourself with knowledge about the autoimmune disease, and then take appropriate actions to eradicate its symptoms. Healing is possible if you believe it.

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Myasthenia Gravis and the Diet


Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, once said, "Let food be your medicine; and your medicine be your food."

There is so much truth in that statement. All foods contain molecules that are messengers telling your body cells to respond in a certain way, either positively or negatively. In other words, the communication between your body cells impacts how your body functions, in particular, your immune system. Good foods are always better than medications, which work for only 50 - 60 percent of people at best. Therefore, the pivotal role of food on those with myasthenia gravis disorder cannot be overstressed. As a matter of fact, research showed that some patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis had their symptoms cured simply by changing their diets. 

So, food matters, when it comes to autoimmune diseases, such as myasthenia gravis. When we eat something we are not supposed to eat, our bodies send us a message in the form of inflammation, causing irritation and inflammation in our bodies. Unfortunately, many a time, we fail to recognize the message, or simply ignore it. If similar messages as warning signs continue to be overlooked or ignored, the improper food may cause damage to body cells and the immune system.

Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system becomes dysfunctional, such that it has become incapable of differentiating foreign invaders to the body, such as viruses and bacteria, from natural parts of the body, such as cells and tissues. In addition, a compromised immune system may cause imbalance between killer T cells and antibody-providing B cells (the former are like warriors fighting against foreign invaders into the body's immune system, and the latter are like the weapons and ammunitions used in the fight).

To alleviate your myasthenia gravis symptoms, change your diet.

Avoid foods that cause inflammation, given that inflammation is one of the common denominators of many autoimmune diseases. Consume gluten-free foods.

Avoid foods that are high in glycemic index, that is, foods that are loaded with sugar. Bagels, breakfast cereals, cakes, cookies, crackers, and all soft drinks are not good for your immune system. All processed foods made with white flour and white sugar are not recommended. Also, beware of hidden sugar; read food labels before purchase or consumption.

Avoid animal fats from beef because cows nowadays are corn-fed, rather than grass-fed; their meat is loaded with artificial hormones that cause inflammation in humans. Accordingly, dairy products should also be avoided as much as possible. Conversely, good fats are good for the immune system; consume more fish, flax, avocados, coconuts, nuts and seeds that promote a healthy immune system.

Remember, you are what you eat, and you become what you eat. Use food to help your myasthenia gravis disorder. It may not cure your disease, but it will certainly reduce the severity of your disease symptoms.

Read my book My Myasthenia Gravis to find out more about the disease.

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

Monday, June 18, 2018

Walking to De-Stress


To be diagnosed with an autoimmune diseases is not only devastating but also stressful, especially if the doctor tells you that there is no cure, except controlling the disease symptoms with steroid medications.

The first and foremost thing to do is to de-stress yourself so that you will have clarity of mind to deal with the health issue and its related implications in your life.

Walk to de-stress as if everything is a miracle. Yes, walking can de-stress you, provided you are mindful of how you walk.

Walking is one of the most common exercises because it is simple and easy to do—you just walk. You may walk to your workplace or any destination, or you simply walk as a physical exercise. But walking is more than a physical activity that promotes your physical health; walking can enhance your mind power to help you cope with your everyday stress—if you have the know-how.

Most of us just walk with our feet, but without fully utilizing the exercise of walking to benefit the mind, because walking is so automatic and mechanical that we no longer pay any attention to our walking. In other words, we don’t concentrate when we are walking or doing the exercise of walking. We are so caught up with our destination—such as attending a meeting, or going shopping—that we have no awareness of the process of walking. Many of us have put our feet on automatic pilot, and we just walk like robots.

The human brain is the hardware of your whole being. Your brain is responsible for your stress. It is all in your mind. You are what you think, and you have become what you think—or the realities you have created for yourself. Stress is all in your perceptions; what is stress to you may not be stress to others. Therefore, manage your stress through you mind. You control your own thinking, and your brain creates your own world: how you live your life, and how happy you are, and how you see your everyday stress. And you are responsible for how you feel—even the stresses in life.

This is what happens when stress occurs. You have a thought (usually a negative one) about the stressful event or situation. Your thought sends electrical signals to your brain, which releases chemicals, and you become aware of your own thinking. No matter what you think, your thought is real to you, and must be treated as real. The goal is not to discard that thought or to distract yourself from that thought, but to change your perception of that thought.

So, how to walk to de-stress?

When walking, first and foremost, pay attention to your breaths: your breathing in and breathing out, as well as the intensity of your breaths. Next, pay attention to the sensations of your body, such as the feelings of your soles and toes as your shoes touch the ground. Also, pay attention to the shifting of your body weight as you move from your right foot to the left foot. Just be mindful of what is happening to your body as you are walking. The objective of mindfulness walking is to stop your thinking mind for deep relaxation to de-stress yourself. It is like walking meditation

To be able to change that thought, you must be aware of your body's reactions to the chemicals released by your brain as that thought occurs. For example, notice how your muscles tense up when you are distressed.

The next step is to talk back to that negative thought. Change your thought, and do not believe it. Learn how to train your mind to change your thought, and accordingly change your feeling about that thought. Reinforce your changed feeling by talking back to that thought which gives you the stress. Always use positive affirmations.

Next time, when you are confronted by a stressful situation, think "STOP!" Take a deep breath. Do some mental reflection, such as asking yourself why you think you are distressed. Acknowledge any feeling of anxiety, and become aware of the subtle changes in your physical body. Talk back to any negative thought responsible for creating the stress. The final step is to take appropriate action. Make a list of possible solutions to the problem. If it requires tackling the problem immediately, take the action at once: procrastination only aggravates the situation. But defer taking action if you are able to deal with it more effectively later on. Relax, such as taking a deep meditation, or doing something enjoyable to calm yourself.


https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fir-na.amazon-adsystem.com%2Fe%2Fir%3Ft%3Dwritilearnres-20%26l%3Das2%26o%3D1%26a%3D0861719069&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*Use your mind to manage your daily stress. Your brain is like your body muscle: you need to exercise it to improve your memory, enhance your cognitive power, and increase your IQ. 

All in all, use meditation to give clarity of mind, and use mindfulness to enhance your walking exercise/

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Autoimmune Diseases


Your Creator has given your body an immune system that protects you from disease and infection. Sadly, your immune system may attack itself in the form of autoimmune diseases, which can affect many parts of your body, including your nerves, muscles, endocrine system (the system that controls your body’s hormones and other chemicals), and digestive system.

There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosistype 1 diabetes mellitusrheumatoid arthritis, and myasthenia gravis, among many others.

Many of these diseases associated with autoimmunity are often chronic, requiring lifelong care and monitoring.

Most of these diseases strike women more than they do men, particularly women of working age and during their child-bearing years.

Essentially, autoimmunity can affect almost any organ or body system. The exact problem you may have with autoimmunity depends on which body tissues are targeted by your immune system. For example, if your skin is targeted, you may have skin rashes, blisters, or color changes; if your thyroid gland is affected, you may feel extremely tired, sensitive to cold, and muscle aches; if your joints are attacked, you may have severe joint pain, stiffness, and loss of function.

Risk Factors

(1) Stress is a major factor triggering the onset of an autoimmune disease, especially if you already have an over-stressed or a weakened immune system. As you age, your stress may increase with increased limitations on your life. In order to cope with daily living, you need to conquer your stress, which may lead to depression and anxiety, which are commonly associated with aging.

(2) The genes you inherit may predispose your susceptibility to developing an autoimmune disease.

(3) Viruses may also contribute to the development of an autoimmune disease.


Myasthenia gravis is one of the many autoimmune diseases, which, according to contemporary Western medicine, offer no known cure, except controlling or suppressing their many disease symptoms. This book is based on the author's own experience of battling against his myasthenia gravis: how he stopped all his medications through a holistic approach to controlling and managing the disease. This book provides insight and well-researched information that he would like to share with those who are afflicted with myasthenia gravis or any other autoimmune disease.

This book covers every aspect of holistic health to cope with autoimmunity: body detox, diet, lifestyle changes, exercises for muscle weakness, and mental relaxation techniques for vision problems associated with myasthenia gravis.

Click here to get your digital copy, and here o get your paperback edition.

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

Monday, June 11, 2018

Tao Wisdom and Holistic Health for Autoimmune Diseases


What Is Tao Wisdom?
Tao wisdom is the ancient wisdom from China based on the the sage Lao Tzu who was born a few centuries before Christ.
Lao Tzu was the author of the immortal ancient classic "Tao Te Ching" which has become one of the most translated works in world literature. The word "tao" literally means "way" or "pathway", and hence "the Way" referring to Tao wisdom, which is the wisdom of Lao Tzu. It must be pointed out that Lao Tzu was reluctant to write "Tao Te Ching" because he believed that true wisdom must be intuited and therefore could never be expressed in words. But he was told explicitly that he would be permitted to leave China for Tibet until he had finished his book. Very much against his will, he deliberately put down his wisdom in exactly 5,000 words, without any punctuation mark. As a result, his profound wisdom was concise, intriguing, and even controversial.
Tao Wisdom and Holistic Health
Autoimmune diseases involve not just the body, but also the mind -- in fact, the whole body or the personality of the individual afflicted with the autoimmune disease; in other words, holistic health holds the key to coping with the symptoms of autoimmune diseases.
Tao wisdom plays a pivotal role in wisdom in living. For one thing, Tao wisdom enables you to live a stress-free life, which is almost impossible in this day and age. For another, it shows you how to have an empty mind, giving clarity of thinking without any conditioned mindset. The essentials of Tao wisdom provide a blueprint for living a life of balance and harmony, which is the prerequisite of self-healing or recovery from any autoimmune disease.

“Like water, soft and yielding,
Yet it overcomes the hard and the rigid.
Stiffness and stubbornness cause much suffering.
We all intuitively know

that flexibility and tenderness are the way to go.
Yet our conditioned minds

tell us to go the other way.”
(Chapter 78, Tao Te Ching)


Do not have a conditioned mindset that you must take toxic pharmaceutical drugs, including toxic steroids, to treat your autoimmune disease.

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Foods As Medicine


Myasthenia gravis, like many other autoimmune diseases, has many different disease symptoms, which may be difficult to cope with. Given that there is no known cure, according to modern medicine, the only way to reduce its disease symptoms is through your diet.

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, once said, "Let foods be your medicine; and your medicine be your food."

There is so much truth in that statement. All foods contain molecules that are messengers telling your body cells to respond in a certain way, either positively or negatively. In other words, the communication between your body cells impacts how your body functions, in particular, your immune system. Good foods are always better than medications, which work for only 50 - 60 percent of people at best. Therefore, the pivotal role of food on those with myasthenia gravis disorder cannot be overstressed. As a matter of fact, research showed that some patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis had their symptoms cured simply by changing their diets. 

So, food matters, when it comes to autoimmune diseases, such as myasthenia gravis. When we eat something we are not supposed to eat, our bodies send us a message in the form of inflammation, causing irritation and inflammation in our bodies. Unfortunately, many a time, we fail to recognize the message, or simply ignore it. If similar messages as warning signs continue to be overlooked or ignored, the improper food may cause damage to body cells and the immune system.

Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system becomes dysfunctional, such that it has become incapable of differentiating foreign invaders to the body, such as viruses and bacteria, from natural parts of the body, such as cells and tissues. In addition, a compromised immune system may cause imbalance between killer T cells and antibody-providing B cells (the former are like warriors fighting against foreign invaders into the body's immune system, and the latter are like the weapons and ammunitions used in the fight).

To reduce your myasthenia gravis symptoms, change your diet.

Avoid foods that cause inflammation, given that inflammation is one of the common denominators of many autoimmune diseases. Consume gluten-free foods.

Avoid foods that are high in glycemic index, that is, foods that are loaded with sugar. Bagels, breakfast cereals, cakes, cookies, crackers, and all soft drinks are not good for your immune system. All processed foods made with white flour and white sugar are not recommended. Also, beware of hidden sugar; read food labels before purchase or consumption.

Avoid animal fats from beef because cows nowadays are corn-fed, rather than grass-fed; their meat is loaded with artificial hormones that cause inflammation in humans. Accordingly, dairy products should also be avoided as much as possible. Conversely, good fats are good for the immune system; consume more fish, flax, avocados, coconuts, nuts and seeds that promote a healthy immune system.

Remember, you are what you eat, and you become what you eat. Use food to help your myasthenia gravis disorder. It may not cure your disease, but it will certainly reduce the severity of your disease symptoms.

Read my book My Myasthenia Gravis to find out more about the disease.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau