Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Wisdom of Letting Go



Many human diseases, in particular, autoimmune diseases such as myasthenia gravis, come from stress. To overcome stress, human wisdom is needed. We need human wisdom to ask the right questions, and spiritual wisdom to seek self-enlightening answers to the questions asked throughout our life journey.

Human wisdom comes from the mind: an empty mindset with reverse thinking; mindfulness living in the present with no expectation and no picking; and spontaneity with understanding of the natural cycle of all things, that is, what goes up must also come down. The ancient Tao wisdom from China may enhance human wisdom.

With human wisdom, we may see the wisdom of letting go of all attachments in the material world. Attachments are the raw materials with which we often create the self-delusive realities of the ego-self. Letting go of the ego and all its attachments may let us see the true nature of everything: who we really are, not who we wish we were, and what we really need, not what we desire.

The ego is the human flaw that not only undermines the natural human wisdom but also distorts the lens through which we see the world around us. Therefore, we need spiritual wisdom to complement the inadequate human wisdom, to guide the soul on our life journey. Spiritual wisdom can only be attained through trust and obedience to the Creator, which is letting go to let God.

Mindfulness is the result of letting go of all attachments -- our attachments to the ego-self, to the material world, to our past and our expectation of the future. Consciously and subconsciously, these attachments become our "realities" and  stress us, causing diseases. 

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Stephen Lau

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Enhanced Immune System to Avoid Autoimmune Diseases

As with any disease, there are risk factors associated with autoimmunity, as well as triggers of the development of an autoimmune disease.

The risk factors for autoimmunity

Women are more susceptible to autoimmunity than men are. Autoimmune disease strikes women more than it strikes men, particularly women of working age and during their child-bearing years.

The genes of parents who have developed an autoimmune disease may increase the risk factor for autoimmunity.

Viruses, due to a weakened or compromised immune system, may also contribute to the development of an autoimmune disease.

The autoimmunity triggers

The No.1 autoimmunity trigger is stress. Emotional stress, mental stress, and physical stress may trigger autoimmunity, in particular when the immune system is weak.

Other autoimmunity triggers may include behavior and wayward lifestyle, such as alcohol addiction and nicotine consumption.

How to enhance the immune system?

Scientists have discovered that the healthy functioning of the immune system is dependent on your own behavior. In other words, the efficiency of your immune system depends on how well you live. More specifically, foods, herbs, and lifestyle factors all play a pivotal part in the health of your immune system. Therefore, only YOU can enhance immune system because only YOU are responsible for your own health.

We are living in a culture that relies on external means for healing, such as the use of pills, potions, and surgeries. What is missing in the Western medical system is the philosophy that the body is capable of protecting itself against any illness, as well as healing itself of the illness, and that the role of the physician is to promote the self-healing process of the patient to re-establish health and wellness. Without this missing link, the immune system becomes compromised and vulnerable.

The criteria for a strong immune system

A strong immune system must have the following: 

Effective  communication between the immune cells (they fight against foreign invaders)

Increased production of immune cells

Reduced production of free radicals (damaging oxidation produced in the natural process of growth and rejuvenation of human cells)

Optimum environment for blood and tissues where immune cells work

The immune system diet

In addition to taking immune system vitamins to boost immune system, you need to use diet, such as a natural thyroid diet, to protect your immune system.

Eat fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts daily.

Eat natural foods. Cooking, food processing, and freezing destroy some of the health-promoting nutrients in your foods.

Eat phytonutrients, which are plant nutrients. They include carotenoids, flavonoids, and phytosterols, among others.

Carotenoids

Dark green, yellow, red, and orange vegetables and fruits are rich in carotenoids. They are potent antioxidants against free radicals, and they include the following: bilberries, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, citrus fruits, ginkgo biloba, grapes, green tea, onions, peppers, and tangerines.

Pytosterols

Phytosterols are plant fats (just like animal fats). Plant fats inhibit the secretion of inflammatory cytokines (pain-causing agents), and are therefore effective in controlling rheumatoid arthritis, one of the most debilitating and difficult-to-treat diseases today.

Foods rich in phytosterols include the following: almonds, cashews, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, barley, peas, and soybeans.

Vitamin A to prevent thymus shrinkage (5,000 IU daily dosage)

Vitamin B6 to maintain hormone levels and to prevent thymus shrinkage (50 mg daily dosage)

Vitamin C to regulate T-cell (white blood thymus cells) function (at least 1,000 mg daily dosage or up to bowel tolerance)

Vitamin E to increase infection resistance (400 0800 IU daily dosage)

Selenium to increase T-cell activity and antibody production for detoxification (100 mcg daily dosage)

Zinc to boost your thymus for maturing T-cells to fight invaders (15 mg daily dosage)

Coenzyme Q10 to increase energy production for cells’ activities

L-glutathione to regenerate immune cells in the immune system (200 mg daily dosage)

Magnesium to increase enzymatic reactions (100 mg daily dosage)

DHEA to control cortisol, the stress hormone (5 mg daily dosage)

The immune system herbs

Your body is a self-cleaning mechanism, which uses your liver, kidneys, urine, feces, breath, and sweat to detoxify your body of toxins. Herbs can provide you with safe, natural, time-tested methods to improve the natural functions of your body to support and boost the immune system.

Some of the most immune system herbs include: black walnut, cascara sagrada, cayenne, dandelion, echinacea, fennel seed, Indian rhubarb root, licorice root, milk thistle, psyllium husk, red clover, slipper elm inner bark, and yarrow.

Use some of these herbs to boost immune system, and they are obtainable on the Internet.

Relaxation

Stress is not only one of the most contributing factors to but also a major trigger of an autoimmune disease in a compromised and weakened immune system. Therefore, relaxation is an important immune system booster because it de-stresses you. But living a life of relaxation is not easy. Relaxation has to do with having a holistic, practical, and honest approach to life, involving the physical body, the mind, and the soul. Relaxation is not about taking a holiday, going fishing, watching a movie, or reading a book; relaxation is about living -- how to live your life without stress. Relaxation is an integral part of life, without which there is no stress relief. Relaxation is about learning how to deal with life natural flow, and how to go along with it -- that is, going around life problems, instead of avoiding them or confronting them head on. Relaxation is about spontaneity of living.

Learn how to use Tao wisdom, the ancient human wisdom from China, to relax your mind, thereby instrumental in relaxing your body as well. 

Learn how to use meditation healing to cope with everyday stress to relax both the body and the mind.

Conquering stress helps you get back your life by overcoming stress, depression, and anxiety, without the use of drugs and medications. These ailments and disorders are commonly associated with aging and autoimmune diseases.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau


 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Alcohol Drinking and the Immune System

If you have an autoimmune disease, such as myasthenia gravis, stay away from alcohol, which may easily lead to alcohol addiction, resulting in alcoholism, the root cause of auto accidents, divorces, loss of employment, and health deterioration, among other disasters in life. Anyway, alcohol is bad for the immune system.

Alcohol dependence

Alcohol dependence may start with being a social drinker, who drinks a little too much. Then comes the frequent use of alcohol for self-medication to overcome loneliness and stress, among other psychological and emotional problems in life.

Development of alcohol dependence often comes in different phases:

From a heavy social drinker, you begin to develop alcohol tolerance.

During drinking episodes, you may have memory lapses.

You begin to have little or no control over your drinking.

You experience prolonged binges of drunkenness, accompanied by both mental and physical complications.

Behavioral signs of alcohol dependence include personality changes, such as irritability, uncontrolled rage, and selfishness.

Physical symptoms include nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, tingling and trembling sensations, irregular pulse, confusion and memory loss.

Alcohol  detoxification

Alcoholics require detoxification to overcome withdrawal symptoms experienced after quitting.

Detoxification has to be followed by long-term therapy treatments:

Medical treatments to deal with withdrawal symptoms and cravings

Psychological treatments to deal with behavioral and emotional problems (often in a group setting)

Social treatments to deal with problems at work and at home

Beer drinking

If you drink more than two glasses of beer a day, you may gradually develop alcohol tolerance, ending up in drinking more. If you have problems with your immune system, abstain from alcohol!

Alcoholism is a complex problem affecting the body, the mind, and the soul. The bottom line: overcome your alcohol addiction at all cost to help you eliminate the symptoms of autoimmune disease.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Drugs Or No Drugs?

To take or not to take myasthenia gravis medications—that is the question.

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease. The main characteristic of myasthenia gravis is weakness of muscles, which can affect the limbs, the eyes, and the throat. Weak muscles of limbs may result in immobility; of the eyes may result in doubt vision and other vision problems, of the throat may result in difficulty in swallowing food. This muscular dysfunctional condition is believed to result from an immune disorder that causes the neurotransmitter acetylcholine to become less effective.

According to conventional Western medicine, there is no known cure, except controlling its severe disease symptoms through medications.

To take or not to take myasthenia gravis medications?

Consider the pros and cons of medications to control the disease symptoms of myasthenia gravis.

The disease symptoms can be distressing, devastating, debilitating—even life threatening if there is difficulty in swallowing due to weak esophagus muscles. Getting the autoimmune disease changes completely your way of living.

Remissions and relapses are common even with medications.

The severity of the disease symptoms varies considerably even from day to day. As a result, it may be difficult to control the dosage of the medications taken.

Mestinon, Regonol, and Prostigmin are the most commonly used oral medications to treat muscle weakness without affecting the underlying disease that causes it. Therefore, these drugs are often given in conjunction with other treatments. All these drugs have different side effects: narrowing of the muscle of the iris in the eye, causing the pupil to become smaller; increased nasal and bronchial secretions, as well as increased saliva and urination; loose stools, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps; and urinary tract infections, among many others.

Doctors may be dangerous, and so are their drugs. Is the doctor just treating the disease symptoms or the patient? This is an important factor to consider. After all, myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease that involves the whole body of the patient. Does the doctor have a holistic approach to the disease? Does the doctor give advice to the patient about diet and exercise other than just prescribing the medications?

Western doctors are taught in medical schools that illnesses are self-limiting—that is to say, we can get better on our own. If that is the case, then why do some doctors readily prescribe drugs to their patients?

It is a fact that the multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry has been aggressively promoting their products with little or no regard for their safety and long-term side effects. In addition, the media have been convincing the public with myths about the potency of pharmaceutical drugs. Of course, the general public also plays a pivotal part in the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. According to a journal of the American Psychiatric Society, the seniors are using prescription drugs three times more than people in the general population.

Modern Western medicine has led many of us to believe that healing is a complex process, involving high technology, complex drugs and procedures. It is human nature not only to learn but also to accept belief systems, theories, and so-called facts without challenging them. Truly, medical professionals are experts in their respective fields, and, obviously, they know more than we do, and have more experience than we have. However, that does not imply that we must accept all their opinions without fully understanding what they are.

Most people are just too ready and too willing to look for a quick fix. They overlook that the human body is equipped with its own self-healing organism; this is demonstrated by the fact that when you accidentally cut yourself, the wound will heal by itself. Unfortunately, many of us may have doubt about the body's own capability in self-healing. Instead, we are willing to go along with what our doctors say, although many mistakes, even fatal ones, are made by these professionals. As a matter of fact, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than 100,000 Americans died in hospitals from the side effects of dangerous drugs in 1998.

Because of the abuse and misuse of dangerous drugs, millions of people are suffering needlessly as a direct consequence of the unconscionable zeal of the pharmaceutical industry to rake up billions of dollars of profit aided and abetted by scientists and researchers who have been paid handsomely, even to the extent of falsifying test and research results.

It is a fact that billions of dollars are spent on treating diseases, while relatively little is spent on investigating the causes of diseases. This partly explains why many individuals have now begun to explore the avenues of alternative medicine for natural healing. They would just love to tell their doctors: "Doctor, you're fired!"


Take control of your health, and escape the sickness industry. This informative and inspirational book by Elaine Hollingsworth, the movie star turned heath crusade, explains in detail how understanding dangerous drugs, unreliable medical tests, and often-times unnecessary procedures may help you escape the sickness industry through natural self-healing.

Empower yourself with knowledge to make the right medical decisions regarding your health, especially your myasthenia gravis. 

Teach yourself self-responsibility—your greatest weapon in improving health, and your first step in beginning natural self-healing against any autoimmune disease.

Stop taking dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, especially steroids, to begin your long but safe self-healing process!

Read my book for information on how I cope with my myasthenia gravis.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Monday, June 26, 2017

Why and How to be a Better and Happier You


Be a better and happier you even if you have an autoimmune disease. The right mindset is the groundwork for healing and recover from any disease. To do just that, you need wisdom -- the ancient wisdom of Tao.

Do you have an empty mindset? Having an empty mindset means your mind is not preconditioned to believe that there  is no cure for your autoimmune disease.


Are you living in the present? You are if you don't regret what you did in the past that has probably damaged your immune health, and if you don't worry about the prognosis of your autoimmune disease.


Do you have no expectation? Having no expectation means you do what you need to do, but no more and no less. In other words, you just begin to take good care of your health to initiate your natural healing, but without using toxic pharmaceutical drugs as magic bullets. 


Do you believe in the natural cycle of everything? If you do, you will just do your best and let God do the rest. Remember, everything follows a natural cycle: what goes up must also come down, and nothing is permanent.


Saying YES to all of the above is the essence of Tao wusdin.

Get this book from Amazon: “Be A Better And Happier You With Tao Wisdom.” 

This 132-page book is based on the profound human wisdom expressed in “Tao Te Ching” written by Lao Tzu, an ancient sage from China. BE A BETTER AND HAPPIER YOU WITH TAO WISDOM not only contains the translation in simple English of the complete text of this 5,000-word immortal classic, but also shows you how to attain true human wisdom through asking self-intuitive questions, creating an empty mindset with reverse thinking to let go of the ego-self to become a better and happier you. 

If you are a better person, you will be happier and live longer. Find out how the ancient wisdom from China some 2600 years ago will help you change your mindset to live as if everything is a miracle. Human wisdom and happiness play a pivotal role in the prevention as well as the management of an autoimmune disease. 

Stephen Lau

Copyright © by Stephen Lau

Friday, June 23, 2017

Harness Your Mind Power to Heal

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease that is treatable but not curable, according to modern medicine. Remember, nothing to set in stone; develop an empty mind. Healing always begins with the mind first and not the body. Therefore, harness your mind power to heal, and see the prognosis of your disease.

The mind is powerful in that it is the origin of all your thoughts, which determine not only who you are but also how you experience your life. Life is a journey of experiences, throughout which the mind plays a pivotal part. Whether an individual is going to be healthy, successful, or happy in life depends on the power of the mind. Mind power is the essence of being. Mind power holds the key to recovery from any disease, including yours from your autoimmune disease. Every thought counts in the process of self-healing.

If you wish to combat, if not to totally cure yourself of, an autoimmune disease, you must first of all have the intent to heal, without which there is no self-cure or recovery, and your battle against the autoimmune disease is already half-lost.

With intent, come concentration and focus to seek self-help to empower yourself with knowledge of self-healing, without which you may be at a loss as to what to do next. Out of sheer ignorance, many simply turn to conventional medicine for treatment; unfortunately, it may be a case of jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

Mind power is also evidenced in its capability to create "reality." Yes, it is all in the mind, and it is always mind over matter.

A placebo effect attests to the power of the mind.

Placebo effect is not just offering magic, hope, and comfort for a cure of a disease. The truth is that the placebo effect is significant—as much as between 35 and 75 percent of patients benefit from taking a dummy pill in studies of new drugs.

My Myasthenia Gravis

According to Western medicine, there is no cure for autoimmune diseases, including myasthenia gravis.

This book is based on the author’s own struggle with his myasthenia gravis. After more than two decades, he is now completely drug-free  with only very minor symptoms.

Follow the author's holistic approach to overcome your autoimmune disease.   

To get your digital copy, click here; to get your paperback copy, click here.

Stephen Lau

Copyright © Stephen Lau

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Natural Healing

Natural healing is holistic healing. It is a process by which a person’s health is restored in the most natural way without the use of conventional medicine throughout the healing process. The human body is blessed with divine gifts in the form of natural resources that enable not only the enhancement of health but also the freedom from any type of illness.

Natural healing is effective because it uses the power of the mind through affirmation and visualization, meditation, the goodness of nature through natural herbs and healthful foods, and the energy of your body through hand massage, yoga, and acupuncture to bring about healing of the body, the mind, and the soul. In order to prevent any future relapse and to guarantee long-term cure, the healing has to be complete and wholesome. In addition, in natural healing, there is no need to take any form of chemicals or to undergo any invasive procedure, which may not only produce negative side effects but also interrupt with the natural healing process.

Natural healing has long proven to be a very good alternative to the traditional way of healing practiced by medical doctors. As a matter of fact, many natural healing clinics have sprung up across the United States. People are using natural healing techniques more than anything else mainly because they are highly effective with minimal or zero side effects, and they are less expensive than treatments of conventional medicine.

Be a natural healer of your own disease.

First of all, you must know the difference between healing and treatment: treatment originates from the outside, whereas healing comes from within; treatment aims at removing symptoms of disease, while healing tackles the source of disease.

Next, natural healing begins with the mind first. Your mind controls your body, and everything you do and think. Therefore, to heal, your mind must express the intention to heal, without which there is no cure or healing. Your intention to heal is then manifested in focus, which directs your mind towards the goal to heal. To reach that goal, you need resources; that is, you must empower yourself with knowledge so that you may know how to heal yourself. Knowledge is power: it may establish a connection to your true self, and thereby instrumental in allowing you to make the right health decisions and to live your life in a lifestyle in accordance with your higher purpose. Through the many facets of mind power, such as affirmation, visualization, and meditation, your mind begins its healing process. Healing begins with the mind, and mind healing is always mind over matter. Natural healing is always slow: it does not happen overnight. You need to set your goals, and make your commitment, which is your mental responsibility. Living is a challenge, and so is healing. During the healing process you may have to face different challenges before you can overcome the illness.

Natural healing is a miracle by itself. Bu you have to believe in it first, then empower your mind with knowledge to.prepare your body for the natural healing process. With the help of your soul, you can initiate natural healing as if everything is a miracle

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Friday, June 16, 2017

Why Human Breath Can Heal

Human breath can heal. It may seem incredible to many, but this is the truth of the matter. Human breath has much to do with wisdom -- your wisdom to focus on the present moment, to de-stress yourself (the source and the underlying cause of many diseases and disorders).

Breath is the gift of life. Without breath, you are going to die within minutes. Breath is critically important not only to life and living, but also to healing. However, it is equally important that you are aware of your breath, because your awareness means you are aware of many other things in life, such as your heath, your diet, and, in particular, your thinking, which is mindfulness. This awareness will let you make changes in your lifestyle, such as giving up smoking and drinking.

Unfortunately, you may have become totally unaware of your breath because breathing is so spontaneous that it is second nature to you.

Everyday you may also be bombarded with hypes by the multi-media and modern technology; they become toxic thoughts in your mind, controlling how you think, just as the French philosopher Descartes’ famous statement: “I think; therefore, I am.” In other words your thinking mind controls your everyday decisions that may affect your capability to heal over the long haul.

But how is breath related to healing?

First of all, correct breathing is critical to your health. Babies breathe naturally. But as you grow up, your breath becomes compromised, getting worse and not better with each day passing.

Correct breathing affects your posture, which affects your physique, including your physical health. Correct breathing means you breathe in sufficient oxygen and breathe out as much as possible all the toxic fumes and carbon dioxide from your body. Breathing is a natural rejuvenation and detoxification process. Unfortunately, you may have incomplete or compromised breathing, leading to shortness of breath and accumulation of toxins inside your body. To have correct breathing (which means the breathing out should be longer than the breathing in) and complete breath (which means you use your diaphragm—the muscle between the lungs and the tummy—to push air and fill up the upper lungs), you have to be mindful of your breath—the breath to heal.

Awareness of your breath also means quieting your mind. A quiet mind—when you are totally aware of how your breathe in and breathe out, how the air goes in and out of your nostrils, how your diaphragm muscles move up and down—momentarily stops your compulsive mind from thinking. In other words, a quiet mind relaxes your whole being.  According to St. Theresa of Avila, the mind is like an unbridled horse wandering randomly, and your role is to train your horse, and gently bring it back to the right course. When your mind is quiet, your stress disappears, and your healing begins to take place.

The Chinese breath is healing breath: it helps you effectively and efficiently use oxygen 24 hours a day. The Chinese breath lowers your blood pressure, calms your nerves, and alleviates your body pain, if there is any. In addition, the Chinese breath improves the overall emotional health through clarity of the mind.

According to Chinese medicine, the two most important health regulators of the body are breath and blood flow. Optimum breathing brings oxygen to every cell in your organs and tissues; while smooth blood flow carries nutrients to nourish them. Without the efficient functioning of breath and blood flow, the overall health of an individual is compromised, resulting in imbalance and disharmony, which are the obstacles to healing.

Hence, the importance of the human breath cannot be overstated. Your body organs, including the liver, spleen, kidneys, glands, and digestive valves are all connected to the diaphragm, which basically moves the air circulation within the body when you breathe (not the chest) in and out. Without moving the diaphragm, you breathe only partially and incompletely. The Chinese breath focuses on correct breathing with the diaphragm. Essentially, when your diaphragm does down, your lungs fill up with air; when your diaphragm goes up, your lungs push the air out, expelling the toxic carbon dioxide. Incomplete breathing (when you use your lungs, instead of the diaphragm, to breathe in and breathe out) leads to accumulation of toxic wastes in the lungs and in other parts of your body organs and tissues. Diaphragm breathing is correct breathing to boost health and wellness, thereby promoting self-healing.

Tai Chi Exercises for Life and Health: You only need to change the way you breathe to transform your physical and mental health! Learn to breathe right!

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Monday, June 12, 2017

Rethink Your Mind to Heal

Descartes, the famous French philosopher, made this famous statement: "I think, therefore I am." Yes, it begins with the mind, and it is all in the mind, because your mind creates your own "reality" which is no more than the byproducts of your thoughts, resulting in actions and reactions that become the fabrics with which you weave your own reality. Your life experiences are perceived by your mind through your five senses, and they then become your memories stored at the back of your subconscious mind. Your mind controls your body, which may positively or negatively affect your mind, and ultimately your soul. Therefore, wisdom in living begins with the mind. If you can control your mind, you can control your thoughts, and hence how you live your life. If you wish miracle in living, enhance your mind power to have optimum health so that you may say: "Doctor, you're fired!"
Rethink your mind, renew your body, and reconnect your soul to live your life as if everything is a miracle, otherwise you will be living as if nothing is a miracle. Click here for your digital download, and here for your paperback copy of As If Everything Is A Miracle.


Mind Secrets Exposed: Learn the art of getting what you want out of life. If you find yourself facing constant frustration from never-ending problems in life, or you feel as though your life is a proverbial treadmill, not going anywhere. Now is the time to take charge of your life. It is all in your subconscious mind that is the real power center of your being and the "headquarters" of your body. Use state-of-the-art subliminal messages to transform your subconscious mind in order to change your conscious mind.


Stephen Lau
 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Mindfulness for Myasthenia Gravis

To be diagnosed with myasthenia gravis is a devastating experience, especially when the doctor tells you that there is no cure, except controlling the symptoms with long-term use of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. This may lead to depression and despair.

Myasthenia gravis is one of the many autoimmune diseases attacking humans. The major characteristic of the disorder is weakness of muscles, which can occur in any part of the body, but most notably in the eyes and the limbs. The hallmark of myasthenia gravis is double vision and general physical disability.

No matter what, we must accept the reality, and believe in miracles, just as Albert Einstein said: “There are two ways to live your life: believing that nothing is a miracle, or believing as though everything is a miracle.” Believe in the miracle of healing, with or without drugs.

But how can we believe in the miracle of healing. God has given us an innate self-healing mechanism that enables us to fight and recover from diseases, including autoimmune disorders. Unfortunately, many of us ignored this natural healing; instead we have sought healing through science (I am not saying that science does not play a pivotal role in medicine and healing, but we often put too much emphasis on its efficacy that we have disregarded the natural laws of healing. As a result, our natural self-healing mechanism may have become compromised and ineffective.

Mindfulness plays an important role in our lives: it affects how we think, how we live our lives, and how we look at our health.

What is mindfulness? 

Mindfulness is deliberate presence of mind in a non-judgmental way, often focusing on something apparently insignificant, such as our breathing. Mindfulness is letting go of doing, at least for now, and learning how to be in the present moment. Say, you have been diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, and you feel distressed and distraught. Instead of taking drastic actions to cope with the disease symptoms, you let yourself to be doing less, but noticing more, with the ultimate objective of probe into your mind to release wisdom on how to deal with your myasthenia gravis. Very often, humans rush to actions without much thinking. The downside of this is rashness is making the wrong decisions, creating the anticipation that not only causes stress but may ultimately bring about disappointment, which only further aggravates the stress. Remember, stress is not only the underlying cause of myasthenia gravis but also the major contributor to the worsening of the disease symptoms. Essentially, the function of mindfulness is to quiet the mind so that it may see things as they really are, and not what they appear to be. Being to be in the present moment and to act later with wisdom is preferred to acting and reacting without second thoughts.

Mindfulness is a way of being—it has been around for millennia. It is not a new concept, although recent scientific research has attested to its health benefits. Its major contribution to mental health is that mindfulness can alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. Mindfulness also contributes to physical health in that it helps the immune system recover and speed up any healing process. In addition, mindfulness is instrumental in correcting behavior patterns, such as sleep which plays a pivotal role in reducing stress and improving symptoms of myasthenia gravis. All in all, mindfulness changes your brain chemicals to help you cope with your disease symptoms.

But how do you develop mindfulness?

Mindfulness begins with breathing. Mindful of your breathing is the way. We all breathe, and few of us are mindful of how we breathe. When you are mindful of your breathing in and breathing out, you become aware of the presence of your mind in the now. When your mind slows down, you become mindful of what is happening around you. So, begin to spend some time each day to notice your breaths. You can do this while you are waiting for the bus or train.

Stephen Lau

Copyright© by Stephen Lau


Monday, May 22, 2017

Confront the Challenge of an Autoimmune Disease

If you are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, it must be a very devastating experience. It might even get worse if your doctor tells you that there is no cure. But don’t get distressed; embrace the reality by understanding autoimmune diseases and the miracle of natural healing. Confront the challenge!

More than two decades ago, I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease, such strikes women mostly younger than 40 and men mostly older than 60. This autoimmune disease is characterized by varying degrees of weakness and fatigue of the skeletal (voluntary) muscles of the body, in particular, the eye muscles, the face and throat muscles, and muscles in the arms and legs. 

Essentially, the hallmark of the disease is muscle weakness, which increases during periods of activity and improves after periods of rest. Muscle weakness may adversely affect the way of life, such as vision, (muscles that control eye and eyelid movements), facial expression (facial muscles), breathing, talking, chewing and swallowing (neck and throat muscles), and body movements.

Natural healing is holistic healing. It is a healing process by which a person's health is restored in the most natural way without the use of conventional medicine throughout the entire healing process. The human body is blessed with divine gifts in the form of natural resources that enable not only the enhancement of health but also the freedom from any type of disease or illness.

Natural healing is effective because it uses mind power through affirmation and visualization, meditation, the goodness of nature through natural herbs and healthful foods, and the energy of your body through hand and body massage, yoga, and acupuncture to bring about healing of the mind, the body, and the soul. In order to prevent any future relapse and to guarantee long-term cure, the healing process has to be complete and wholesome. In addition, throughout the healing process, there is no need to take any form of chemicals or to undergo any invasive procedure, which not only may produce negative side effects but also may interfere with the healing process.

Natural healing has long proven to be a very good alternative to the traditional way of healing practiced by medical doctors. As a matter of fact, many natural healing clinics have sprung up across the United States. People are using holistic healing techniques more than anything else mainly because they are highly effective with minimal or zero side effects, and they are less expensive than the treatments of conventional medicine.

Be a natural healer of your own autoimmune disease. But how do you bring about natural or holistic healing?

First of all, you must know the difference between healing and treatment: treatment originates from the outside of an individual, whereas healing comes from within that individual; treatment aims at removing symptoms of disease in an individual, while healing tackles the source of disease in that individual.

Next, natural healing begins with the mind first, not the body. Your mind controls your body, and everything you do and think. Mind healing precedes body healing.

For natural healing to take place, your mind must express the intent to heal, without which there is no cure or healing. Your intent to heal is then manifested in focus, which directs your mind towards your goal to heal yourself. In other words, the mind creates the action to heal the body.

To reach that goal, you need resources; that is, you must empower yourself with knowledge so that you may know "how" to heal yourself. Knowledge is power: it may establish a connection to your true self, which is known as self-awakening, and thereby instrumental in allowing you to make the right health choices and decisions, as well as to live your life in a lifestyle that is in accordance with your higher purpose. Self-awakening is an important component of self-healing.

Through the many facets of mind power, such as affirmation, visualization, and meditation, your mind begins its healing process. Self-healing begins with the mind, and mind healing is always mind over matter.

Natural healing is always slow: it does not happen overnight. You need to set your short-term and long-term goals, and make your commitment to reach those goals. Your commitment is your mental responsibility to heal yourself. Living is a challenge, and so is self-healing. During the healing process you may have to face different challenges before you can ultimately overcome the disease or illness. Facing challenges requires mind power.

Once your mind is healed, natural healing of the body will follow. Your body is the product of what your mind thinks and the choices it makes. If your mind wants to heal, your body will be healed. Natural healing is just that simple.


Stephen Lau
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