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Friday, November 7, 2014

Free Radicals and Myasthenia Gravis


Your body is composed of negatively and positively charged molecules, which must be balanced in order to enable your cells to function normally. A free radical is formed when there is imbalance in these molecules. The presence of free radicals may also damage other molecules, and thus causing them to produce more free radicals—and this is how  a vicious chain reaction of damages by free radicals is created, resulting in the scourges of aging and the sources of disease and disorders, in particular, autoimmune diseases.

Myasthenia gravis is one of the many autoimmune diseases. The damage of free radicals is only one of the many factors that may have contributed to a dysfunctional immune system. The underlying causes of myasthenia gravis are complex, and medical science has not been able to identify the real causes. Without really knowing the causes, it is difficult to design a treatment plan to cure myasthenia gravis.  Therefore, to date, there is no cure, only control of the disease symptoms.  .  

There are several types of free radicals, and oxygen free radicals are most damaging, especially to your DNA and cell membranes.

Your cells require oxygen for survival. Unfortunately, what gives life also takes away life. In the process of oxidation, harmful oxygen free radicals are produced. Oxygen free radicals and other free radicals in your body cause damages to your cells.

The neurons in your brain may become damaged by free radicals. The damage may be irreparable because the neurons, unlike other cells, cannot replicate themselves.

The cumulative damage to your DNA by free radicals is a major contributing factor to many autoimmune diseases, including human cancers.

\When your LDL or “bad cholesterol” is attacked by free radicals, they become more attached to the walls of your arteries, and thus forming plagues to block the free flow of blood to your heart.

The only way to fight free radicals is by boosting your body’s own immunity. As you age, your immune system becomes weaker, as evidenced by the high incidence of influenza and pneumonia after age 25, not to mention among the elderly. Therefore, it is important to boost your immunity, which is closely related to your thymus (the commander-in-chief of fighters in your immune system against foreign invaders).

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Stephen Lau
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Natural Cure of Myasthenia Gravis Disease Symptoms

Myasthenia gravis is one of the many autoimmune diseases due to a dysfunctional immune system. The hallmark of myasthenia gravis is muscle weakness. To cope with the disease symptoms in the limbs and the eyes, learn to relax. Nowadays, the human mind is often too preoccupied with thoughts and worries about career, money, children, relationships, health, and social responsibilities that it is almost impossible to slow down. A compulsive mind is the underlying cause of many human diseases, including myasthenia gravis. Understandably, it is not easy to quiet a compulsive mind. It is even more difficult to overcome stress, which is a complex problem involving the body's response to increased mental tension, which is a byproduct of modern living. Knowing how to relax is the only solution to this complex body-mind problem that may inhibit the nature cure of myasthenia gravis disease symptoms.

Relax with mindfulness

Mindfulness is a way of being—it has been around for millennia. 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.

As an illustration, 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. Mind empowering is important to recovery and recuperation from any disease. Read my book: As If Everything Is A Miracle to find out how to use the body, the mind, and the spirit to live as if everything is a miracle in your life.

Mindfulness begins with breathing. Be mindful of your breathing is the first step towards learning how to be mindful of everything around you. Notice how you breathe in and breathe out. We all breathe, but not many of us are mindful of our breaths, that is, how we breathe.

Relax by way of Zen

Learn how to relax by way of Zen by taking a holistic, practical, and honest approach to relaxation, which involves the body, the mind, and the spirit. Relaxation is not about taking a holiday, going fishing, watching a movie, or reading a book. According to Zen, relaxation is an integral part of life, without which there is no ultimate stress relief.

Learn how to deal with life's natural flow, and how to go along with it; that is, going around life's problems, instead of confronting them head on. It is all about spontaneity of living. Spontaneity is embracing all life problems; in any life situation, you can be either a student or a teacher, and make the most out of it.

Remember, according to Zen, life is simple, and never a problem. If life is a problem, it is because YOU have created the problem for yourself. If there is no problem, then why do you need a solution? Fixing a non-existing problem in life is only creating more problems for yourself.

Learn how to relax by acquiring the wisdom of neither avoiding problems in life, nor seeking solutions to problems that may not even have existed in the first place.

Start Zen: Learn the healing art of Zen meditation. Free yourself from the thoughts and emotions that are holding you back in your life. Dramatically improve the quality of your life by enhancing the quality of your mind.

Relax with natural sleep

Sleep relaxes and rejuvenates both the body and the mind. Natural sleep is a natural human instinct for relaxation of muscles. According to Chinese medicine, natural sleep is holistic health and wellness. .

In a most recent CNN news report, sleep deprivation affects the size of your brain. In the article, Dr. Neal Maru, a neurologist and sleep specialist with Integrated Sleep Services in Alexandria, Virginia, says: “Poor sleep can affect our immune system, our cardiovascular health, weight, and, of course, memories.” Indeed, insomnia is an immune system wrecker. Therefore, it is important to have natural sleep to protect your immune system to alleviate, if not to cure, your myasthenia gravis disease symptoms. 

Given that sleep is a natural process, it is against nature to artificially induce sleep with medications. Do not use sleep medicine to overcome insomnia. The reason is that all pharmaceutical drugs are loaded with toxic chemicals that further damage your compromised immune system.

Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry: is an informative and inspirational book by Elaine Hollingsworth, the movie-star-turned-heath-crusader, who explains in detail how understanding dangerous drugs, unreliable medical tests, and often-times unnecessary procedures may help you escape the sickness industry through healthy sleep and natural health. Do not fall into the trap of the sickness industry by taking more dangerous drugs, such as sleep medications, which not only are dangerous but also create the drug-dependence.

All in all, relaxation holds the key to relaxing your body muscles. To relax your eyes, read my book Vision Self-HealingSelf-Help to find out all the eye exercises to relax your eyes.

Stephen Lau

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Natural Sleep and Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune diseases due to a dysfunctional immune system. According to Western medicine, there is no cure, only control and suppression of its disease symptoms, which are essentially muscle weakness, especially in the eyes and the limbs.
In a most recent CNN news report, sleep deprivation affects the size of your brain. In the article, Dr. Neal Maru, a neurologist and sleep specialist with Integrated Sleep Services in Alexandria, Virginia, says: “Poor sleep can affect our immune system, our cardiovascular health, weight, and, of course, memories.” Indeed, insomnia is an immune system wrecker. Therefore, it is important to have natural sleep to protect your immune system to alleviate your myasthenia gravis disease symptoms. 
Sleep, which relaxes and rejuvenates both the body and the mind, is a natural human instinct. According to Chinese medicine, natural sleep is holistic health and wellness.
A Swiss research study demonstrated that sleep is so natural to all living things that even gold fish requires sleep: having been deprived of sleep for an extended period of time, gold fish would remain still for an extended period of time to make up for its sleep deprivation. In other words, all animals need sleep and instinctively know how to sleep. Man is no exception. Therefore, to cope with muscle weaknesses due to myasthenia gravis, get enough sleep without the aid of medications.
The Chinese have different ways of getting natural sleep. To overcome insomnia or get natural sleep, perform this simple Chinese Taoist exercise:
  • Lie on your back. Bend both knees.
  • Use both hands to pull your knees towards your chest, and breathe naturally.
  • Hold for one to two minutes, and relax.
  • Straighten your legs, putting your arms and hands at your sides. Relax for one to two minutes.
  • Take a deep breath, and stretch both arms upwards above your head.
  • Then, slowly bring your hands down while you breathe out.
  • Massage your body from your chest to your abdomen for a few minutes.
  • Bring both hands at your sides, and relax.
  • Repeat as necessary until you feel drowsy and fall asleep.

This Taoist exercise is good not just for insomnia, but also for your lower back pain, if it is performed on a hard surface.


Meditation is another natural way to induce natural sleep. Go to my site: How to Meditate to find out how to do simple meditation as well as to understand the substantial intrinsic benefits of meditation.
Given that sleep is a natural process, it is against nature to artificially induce sleep with medications. Do not use sleep medicine to overcome insomnia. The reason is that all pharmaceutical drugs are loaded with toxic chemicals that further damage your compromised immune system.


Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry: is an informative and inspirational book by Elaine Hollingsworth, the movie-star-turned-heath-crusader, who explains in detail how understanding dangerous drugs, unreliable medical tests, and often-times unnecessary procedures may help you escape the sickness industry through healthy sleep and natural health. Do not fall into the trap of the sickness industry by taking more dangerous drugs, such as sleep medications, which not only are dangerous but also create the drug-dependence.


Stephen Lau
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Immune System - Your Friend Or Foe?

The human immune system is very complex because it involves the whole human body, and not just certain body organs and tissues. Its main function is to protect your body from viruses and infections by giving out signs and symptoms of imminent dangers. Unfortunately, you may have either ignored them or failed to notice them in your body system.
To protect your body, your immune system "remembers" foreign invaders or antigens that attack your body. The purpose is to identify similar invaders in future in order to give your body better protection from disease. This innate built-in disease prevention is achieved by the white blood cells in the immune system that produce antibodies (chemicals that attach to and attack specific antigens). In response to an injury or antigen, these white blood cells can also cause "inflammation" to prevent an infection from spreading elsewhere. In other words, the immune system is responsible for producing "chemical instructions" to nip diseases or infections in the bud. It is akin to a police department in a city: it recognizes the city's potential crime scenario, takes strong measures to protect its citizens, trains the local police force, and regulates the law and order of the city. Likewise, the immune system serves different functions of identification, activation, mobilization, and restoration to maintain the body in health and wellness.
Your immune system, however, can be your friend or your foe. When it becomes compromised or dysfunctional, your immune system can cause autoimmunity, in which the immune system attacks its own cells, mistaking them for foreign invaders. To illustrate, in myasthenia gravis, which is an autoimmune disease, it is an auto-antibody attack on the receptor responsible for the communication between the nervous system and voluntary muscles. As a result, there is miscommunication between them that results in muscle weakness, which is a hallmark characteristic of myasthenia gravis.
What causes autoimmunity?
Environmental agents can trigger the onset or deterioration of autoimmuity. Heavy metal, in particular, mercury, is responsible for a compromised immune system. According to Dr. Ahmet Hoke of John Hopkins University Medical Center, there are many toxic chemicals found in humans; many Americans whose work has no direct contact with heavy metals may have more than 200 chemicals in their bodies. This huge volume of toxicity is beyond what the immune system can handle. Therefore, given the very toxic environment we are living in, the immune system may easily become dysfunction, leading to errors and mistakes, which are the root causes of autoimmune diseases.
Another important factor in the causes of autoimmune diseases is the genetic factor. Unfortunately, there is little you can do about your genes inherited from your parents..
Lifestyle and diet may also trigger an attack. For example, inadequate vitamin D from the sun may be implicated in autoimmune diseases; however, too much ultraviolet rays from the sun may not be beneficial to the immune system. A diet with too much gluten, which is a protein, may cause inflammation in the small intestine, resulting in pain, and thus blocking the absorption of nutrients. If you are allergic to gluten, it may cause celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder. The iodine in seafood is problematic to mice, although it has not been proved to affect humans.

All in all, an autoimmune disease may be caused by not just one factor but a combination of several factors. Given the complexity of autoimmune diseases, it is important to have a holistic approach to treating as well as to preventing autoimmune diseases and disorders. Using medications alone is an inadequate approach to treating autoimmune diseases because, at best, they can only suppress some of the disease symptoms, and, at worst, they can further impair the immune system. Using steroid medications to suppress an "overactive" immune system is just putting the patient in a catch-22 situation.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Aromatherapy to Help Myasthenia Gravis Symptoms

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease with the hallmark characteristic of muscle weakness. One of the best ways to treat the disease symptoms is muscle relaxation, and aromatherapy using essential oils is one of the most potent ancient methods of natural healing.

If you are diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, it can be a devastating experience, especially if your doctor tells you that there is no known cure. Yes, according to Western medicine, autoimmune diseases cannot be cured, and only their disease symptoms can be controlled. So, what should one do when one is diagnosed with myasthenia gravis.
Empower yourself with knowledge about the disease: such as, the causes, the symptoms, and the prognosis. If you wish to take steroid medications to control the disease symptoms, ask questions about the long-term side effects of the drugs and their efficacy in controlling the symptoms. More importantly, ask how long you will be on those medications. The choice to take or not to take those prescribed medications is all yours.

Understand that relaxation is a potent antidote to muscle weakness and other related symptoms of myasthenia gravis. As a matter of fact, stress is the underlying cause of many autoimmune diseases. Therefore, deep relaxation may help you remove some of your disease symptoms.

Aromatherapy is one of the oldest healing arts known to mankind. It was practiced in ancient China, Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and the Roman Empire thousands of years ago. Essential oils are used in aromatherapy to improve health and balance of your skin, body, and mind.

According to Ayurvedic wisdom, plants are "receptacles of light." Therefore, the radiant life-giving energy of the sun for therapeutic purposes is retained in plants. Therapeutic essential oils are extracted from medicinal plants to heal the body of many disease, especially those related to stress. To illustrate, if you squeeze hard on a sage leaf, you can actually smell its aroma because your squeeze has burst the tiny glands in the sage leaf, thereby releasing its oil together with its aroma.


The Ayurvedic healing approach is based on attaining balance and harmony between your body systems and your constitutions associated with the basic elements of air, fire, water, and ether (similar to the Five Elements of the Chinese medical system; for more information, visit my web page: Chinese Healing).

Ayurvedic aromatherapy is the use of daily massage or self-massaging of the body with different essential oils from medicinal plants to create the balance between your body systems and your specific constitutions. For example, the loose skin between your toes, the insides of your nostrils and your ears are all full of reflex areas that respond well to a few drops of diluted essential oils.

All essential oils have different medicinal properties, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and bactericidal, among others. Essential oils that are most volatile are those that are most uplifting and invigorating, but they also evaporate most quickly; essential oils that are less volatile are often used therapeutically for their calming and sedating effects.

The physical ailments associated with aromatherapy are: anxiety, depression, lack of concentration, and mood disorder—they are often the byproducts of an autoimmune disease diagnosis.


Use essential oils to help you relax your mind as well as your muscles.

Be that as it may, buyers beware! Buying essential oils may not be as easy as you think. For one thing, imported essential oils are often adulterated due to the consideration for price and aroma stability. Therefore, you need to be knowledgeable and be able to test the essential oils for purity.

Also, visit my website: Self-Healing Self Help.

Stephen Lau
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Self-Cure As If Everything Is A Miracle

According to Western medicine, there is no known cure for autoimmune diseases, just management of the disease symptoms. Therefore, to be diagnosed with myasthenia gravis or any autoimmune disease is a devastating experience. 

Is there a self-cure for autoimmune diseases? There is no definitive answer. But I can relate my own experience with my myasthenia gravis.

More than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. I was devastated with all the related symptoms such as vision loss and muscle weakness, among others. For the first two or three years, I was put on steroid medications as well as other prescriptions to offset the adverse side effects of those steroid medications. I looked upon my disease as a blessing in disguise: it transformed my life completely, especially how I viewed my health and wellness. I began to live as if everything is a miracle.

My medications did little to improve my conditions. So, I made the most important decision in my life: to stop all medications. I did not do it cold turkey, but slowly and gradually over a period of several months. Now, after more than a decade, I am 100 percent drug free.

Is this a miracle? Am I 100 percent cured of my myasthenia gravis? I think I am 80 percent cured of my disease symptoms: I still have double vision but without drooping eyelids; my muscles on the left side are slightly weaker than those on the right side of the body. I believe I can never be 100 cured because I had been on those toxic medications for two to three years, and they ironically damaged the immune system. But to be free of medications is a miracle in itself. We all have to believe as if everything is a miracle.


This 125-page book is about wisdom in living as if everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein once said: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle."

Life is a miracle; even your breath is a miracle in itself. To live your life as if everything is a miracle, you need wisdom of the body, the mind, and the soul -- in other words, holistic wellness of the body, the mind, and the soul, which are all interconnected to provide wellness and well-being. .

Life is a miracle; even your breath is a miracle in itself. To live your life as if everything is a miracle, you need wisdom of the body, the mind, and the soul. The mind provides the map for your body to go on your life journey, and your soul is the compass; without the compass and the map, you are going nowhere, and you live your life as if nothing is a miracle. Learn how you can rethink your mind about medications and self-healing; renew your body with the miracle of detoxification for ultimate recuperation and rejuvenation from disease; and reconnect your soul for realignment of your being to live your life as if everything is a miracle. 

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If you want to know more about my struggle with myasthenia gravis, read my book: My Myasthenia Gravis (2nd edition). You can get the paperback edition or the kindle edition from Amazon.

Stephen Lau




Thursday, March 13, 2014

How the Quiet Mind May Help Myasthenia Gravis Symptoms

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease characterized by weakness of muscles in the body, in particular, the eye muscles. One of the main causes of the disease is a dysfunctional immune system, and stress is a major contributing factor. The severe symptoms of myasthenia gravis are stressful themselves, and thus creating a vicious cycle of stress that may further impair the immune system Chronic stress can cause your body to maintain physiological reactions for long periods of time, and these reactions can damage different parts of your organs and tissues, including your immune system. In addition, stress can lead to depletion of vital nutrients in your body, particularly DHEA (a hormone critical to aging and longevity), vitamin C, and the B-complex vitamins. Therefore, it is important to stress proof your body to help your myasthenia gravis symptoms.

Stress has to do with the mind: how the mind perceives stress. Help your mind to help your stress.

The human mind is most powerful in that it controls everything the body does, and therefore determines the quality of life of an individual. Descartes, one of the great philosophers, made his famous statement: "I think, therefore I am." That is to say, your thinking thoughts shape you into who you are and transform you into what you have become. Accordingly, if you can effectively control your mind and thoughts, you can successfully turn your mind into your friend instead of your enemy. The importance of mind power cannot be overstated.

Unfortunately, your mind can be your enemy in that it may be a dangerous place where hard life lessons have to be learned, where truths are distorted, and where self-delusions are spun. How? Your mind can generate self-doubt when you try to use natural medicine instead of the dangerous steroid medications; it confuses and distracts you when you try to concentrate; it pushes your thoughts back and forth between the past and the future when you try to focus on the present moment.

In contemporary living, you may have become addicted to hurry or speed that your mind is unable to quiet down. Indeed, many people are afraid of the sound of silence because once their minds quiet down, they begin to generate doubt and fear of what they are going to do with their failing health. To avoid that, they simply rush their lives forward. Once the human mind has become a compulsive mind, it creates undue stress for both the body and the mind

There are ways to quiet the mind: meditation and aromatherapy.

Meditation is easy to learn. Find a quiet place for yourself. Sit erect and gently close your eyes. Soon thoughts will come to your mind. Dismiss them by focusing on your breaths. Then more thoughts will return, and, once again, dismiss them by concentrating on your breaths and body sensations. Repeating and repeating the process will quiet your mind. All you need is practice and perseverance. For more information on meditation, go to my web page: How to Meditate.

Aromatherapy, one form of natural medicine, can also effectively quiet the mind. It makes use of essential oils, which are concentrated substances obtained from plants. Based on the concept of smell, which affects your emotions as well as your moods, aromatherapy can relax both your body and mind. Aromatherapy has a long history and tradition: the Arabs were the first to use essential oils to promote health and wellness through body-mind relaxation to help you cope with the severe symptoms of myastheniagravis.

Learn How to Use Essential Oils: Get everything you need to know about aromatherapy, including making your own recipes for natural healing of some of the symptoms of myasthenia gravis through total relaxation of the body and mind.

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Stephen Lau
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