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
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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
Copyright© by Stephen Lau


Monday, May 15, 2017

Enhance Your Vision Health

An individual afflicted with myasthenia gravis will have vision problems, such as double vision. More than two decades ago, I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. Now, I don't have double vision because my eyes have adjusted themselves over the years. But it came with a cost: one of my eyes has lost part of its vision; that is, subconsciously, I have been using more of one eye and much less of the other. The price is that my vision has become blurry. The explanation is that we are supposed to use both eyes, and not one eye more than the other. 

The bottom line: if you have myasthenia gravis, you should take extra care of your eyes. I am past 70, and I do eye exercises everyday. Read my book: Vision Self-Healing Self-Help to find out more on vision health.

Your eyes are one of the most important of your body organs. Without good vision, the quality of your life will be greatly compromised. But your vision deteriorates as you continue to age. As a matter of fact, as you get into your golden years (that is 65 and beyond)), you will have noticed the dramatic decline in your vision. As early as in the 30s, vision loss begins and accelerates in the 40s and 50s. Now, if you are already in your golden years (that is, 65 and above) you might have much impaired vision, especially they could have been further aggravated by your decline in health, such as getting diabetes. Getting older will take its toll on your body in many ways and your eyesight is just one of the many organs that start to deteriorate with age.

Some of the obvious signs and symptoms of vision deterioration are: difficulty in focusing as well as in seeing either long or short distances. These common problems include nearsightedness (an eye condition in which your eyeball is too long, such that light rays fall short of achieving a point of focus on your retina, which is the sensory membrane at the back of the eye), farsightedness (also known as hyperopia, a condition in which you can see distant objects very well, but have difficulty focusing on objects that are up close), and astigmatism (a condition in which your eyes have an irregular shape, causing light rays entering your eyes to split into different points of focus, and thus resulting in blurry vision).

Macular degeneration is another eye problem that may come with age. Macular degeneration affects as many as 30 million Americans aged 65 and above. If you are 65, you have 25 percent of developing macular degeneration; and your risk increases to 30 percent if you are over 75. Macular degeneration is a devastating condition because it may lead to blindness.

The macula is a small central part of the retina that enables detailed vision. As such, it is critical to correct vision. Due to various reasons, such as heredity, hypertension, high cholesterol, sun damage, and smoking, the macula may accelerate its decline, which might have started even at an early age. Macular degeneration is a slow, progressive disease that affects both eyes, typically one after the other. Due to its slow development, macular degeneration may take years to become noticeable. By the time you notice it, the onset is already well underway. Therefore, prevention is always better than cure. Vision health is an important component of self-healing of the eye.

Another change in vision due to aging is the inability to see in dim light. Vision is possible only when light passes through the lens to the retina at the back of the eye. Through years of wear and tear, your lens becomes denser and less sensitive, and thus decreasing the amount of light getting to the retina. On average, a 60-year-old person needs 3 times more light to read than a young adult. This explains why you may react more slowly to changes in light. In addition, if you have developed cataract, which is a cloudy condition of the eye, you may have increasing sensitivity to glare.

Perception of colors is yet another change in you golden years. The reason is that your lens tends to yellow slightly; this may cause you to have problem reading black letters against a blue background or reading blue letters.

Other vision-related problems include floaters, which are tiny solidified fluids within the eye, and dry eyes due to decline in tear-production cells.

Consider the use of eye exercises to help correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or presbyopia. Eye exercises are easy and simple to do and you can even do them anywhere and anytime. A few exercises each day can really help you improve your vision significantly.

When you "exercise" your eyes, you move your eye muscles to create up-and-down, side-to-side or circular motion. These movements "work" the muscles controlling back-and-forth movement of your eye's natural lens, to help achieve sight at multiple distances. In addition, eye exercise can change the basic shape of your cornea, thereby instrumental in changing the angle of light entering your eyes for better and more correct focus.

To maintain natural vision health, eat a healthy diet. Antioxidants and vitamins and minerals are critical to boosting vision health.  You need high doses of beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc. Nutritional therapy is an important component of natural self-healing and vision health. Beta-carotene facilitates your body to convert plants into vitamin A, thereby instrumental in boosting normal cell reproduction in the eye, protecting the eye from free radicals, and enhancing night vision, Vitamin C is an important immune system booster, and an agent for making collagen to maintain healthy blood vessels in the eye. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant to protect cell membranes. Zinc is a mineral required by more than 300 enzymes to repair wounds, to optimize vision health, and to protect the eye from free radicals. 

Nutritional therapy also includes supplements of lutein, Taurine, DHA, and ginkgo biloba. Lutein is a carotenoid found in vegetables and fruits, such as collard greens, kale, and spinach. Lutein promotes vision health through its potent antioxidant properties. Taurine transports nutrients to the eye as well as eliminates toxic accumulation in the eye; it promotes retinal health and night vision. DHA, which is an essential Omega-3 fatty acid, enhances the development of the retina. 

Ginkgo biloba is an ancient Chinese herb for vision health.
Most vision problems, whether nearsightedness, farsightedness, or presbyopia, have to do with eye stress and strain affecting the shape of the eyes, and hence their capability to focus correctly. Of course, the eyes cannot be relaxed if the body and mind are not. Therefore, it is important to have a holistic approach to vision self-healing.

If you are in your golden years, it is important to have a holistic approach to your health and wellness, which is the wisdom in happy and successful aging. Read my book Your Golden Years and Santa Claus to find out how to live your golden years as if everything isHYPERLINK "http://www.createspace.com/4843542" a miracle. Indeed, life is full of challenges, and you must learn how to overcome those challenges, especially in your golden years.

Stephen Lau
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