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Monday, December 31, 2018

Inflammation and Autoimmune Disease Symptoms

Inflammation is a natural immune response to injury, toxins, allergy or infection. Because 70 percent of your immune system cells are located on the lining of your digestive tract, your immune response is greatly affected by the foods you ingest, especially foods that may cause inflammation. Unfortunately, inflammation may worsen symptoms of an autoimmune disease, such as myasthenia gravis.

Eat a moderately low-calorie diet with emphasis on weight loss or weight control. Foods that are high in calories are linked to higher amounts of inflammation, and the greater amount of fat tissue you have, especially around your midsection, the more inflammation you are going to have.

Most fresh fruits and vegetables are anti-inflammatory. Eat red, yellow, or orange fruits and vegetables that are particularly loaded with antioxidants such as carotenoids, vitamin C, and quercetin. However, if you are sensitive to food allergies, avoid all “nightshade vegetables” that include eggplant, tomatoes, and potatoes because they contain a chemical called solanine that may trigger an inflammatory response in some individuals who have food allergies. Eggs, dairy products, and wheat are also associated with food allergies in some individuals.

Eat high-fiber whole grains, seeds and nuts to reduce levels of C-reactive protein.

Avoid all highly processed cereals, sweets, fruit juice, white breads and pasta that increase blood-sugar levels that may trigger the release of insulin and pro-inflammatory chemicals in your body.

Cook with anti-inflammatory herbs and spices, such as ginger, cayenne, clove, feverfew, nutmeg, oregano, and rosemary.  Avoid charred or over-grilled foods.
Drink anti-inflammatory beverages, including white, green, and black tea (they contain antioxidant polyphenols), and red wine (no more than 2 drinks per day).

An anti-inflammation diet enhances your immune system to enable you to live longer and healthier.

The body lives in the physical world. Its fitness affects both positively and negatively the mind and the spirit. Get the resources to take care of the body to take care of the mind and the spirit.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, December 27, 2018

No Anxiety No Fear

To be diagnosed with myasthenia gravis is devastating, creating anxiety and fear, especially if your doctor tells you there is no cure, only treatment of the disease symptoms.

The good news is that we were all born with a natural gift -- freedom from anxiety and fear, expectation and regret, ambition and disappointment. However, as we grow older, we knowingly or unknowingly abuse or misuse that natural gift.

This is how.

We begin to develop our sensations and become affected by them. We all have our five senses: seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting; they then become our perceptions and sensations that are stored as memories in our subconscious minds. Over the long haul, these accumulative experiences form our beliefs and personalities, and make us who we are. In other words, these memories become our bondage and we no longer have that innate freedom.

It is difficult to regain that natural gift once we have relinquished it. To illustrate, if we experienced something unpleasant in the past, we might have anxiety and fear that it would happen again. On the other hand, if we experience something pleasant, we would expect it to happen again; our expectations begin to precondition our minds to do certain things that we think will enable us to fulfill that expectations; by doing so, we pick and choose; any wrong choice or decision may lead to regret. By the same token, disappointment may be the consequence of ambition. 

Develop the mindset of living in the present. Essentially, it means focusing on what is real in the now, rather than letting the mind shuffle between the past and the future. The past was gone and therefore unreal; the future is yet to come, and therefore also unreal. Only the present is real; it is a gift, and that is why it is called "present." If we live in the present, we appreciate what we have, and not what we are supposed to have; more importantly, we have no fear and worry of what might or might not come.

This 125-page book is about how to live your life as if everything is a miracle, instead of as if nothing is a miracle. To do just that, you need wisdom to "rethink" your mind, which may not be telling you the whole truth about your thoughts and life experiences; you need wisdom to "renew" your body, which lives in a toxic physical environment; you need spiritual wisdom to "reconnect" your soul, which is the essence of your spirituality. Most importantly, you need wisdom to "realign" your whole being because the body, the mind, and the soul are all interconnected and interdependent on one another for your well-being to live your life as if everything is a miracle. Your mind is the roadmap and your soul is the compass; without them, your body is going nowhere, and you will live your life as if nothing is a miracle.

Without anxiety and fear, you will become a better, happier, and healthier you. With enlightenment, you will live a stress-free life. Learn how to overcome your stress by letting go your ego-self. No Ego No Stress!

Stephen Lau
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Monday, December 24, 2018

Friend Or Enemy?

Is your immune system your friend or your enemy?

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 enemy. 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 autoimmunity. 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.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Steroid Therapy

Steroid Therapy

Steroid therapy is the use of steroid medications, also known as corticosteroids, to treat many types of autoimmune disease, including myasthenia gravis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis, and other disorders, such as asthma. Steroid medications may include some medications like prednisone and cortisone. Corticosteroids can be taken orally or in other ways, such as by inhalation.

According to Western medicine, steroid medications are medically necessary to treat many conditions and diseases. But steroid medications have major effects on the metabolism of calcium and bone, which may lead to severe bone loss, osteoporosis, and bone fractures. As a matter of fact, high dosage of steroid medications can cause rapid bone loss, up to as much as 15 percent per year. If you are on steroids, you are more than twice as likely to have a fracture on the spine or the ribs as compared to a person not taking steroids. In addition, there are even different rates of bone loss among individuals on corticosteroids. Bone loss occurs most rapidly in the first six months after starting oral steroid medications. After 12 months of chronic steroid use, there is a slower rate of bone loss. Fracture risk generally increases as the daily doses of steroid medications increase, although not all patients who take steroid medications experience bone loss.

Other adverse side effects of steroid medications are elevation of blood pressure, weight gain, decreased resistance to infection, indigestion, thinning of skin, and potential development of cataracts and glaucoma.

For example, prednisone is a medication that is  commonly prescribed for ocular myasthenia. However, four factors should be carefully considered prior to the use of steroids, especially if your myasthenia gravis is related only to ocular muscles:

Can steroids improve or eradicate your symptoms?

Are there other safer forms of therapy to treat your myasthenia gravis?

Does the severity of the symptoms warrant the risk of steroid adverse effects?

Do steroids reduce the chance of a relapse?

It stands to reason that the high risk of taking pharmaceutical drugs to treat only the symptoms without producing a cure may not warrant the continuation of the medications over a long period.

The bottom line: Set your goal to ultimately stop all medications. It may take weeks, months, or even years, but that should be your ultimate goal in your health pursuit.

Do not stop all medications right away.

Talk to your doctor about your concern. Express your wish to reduce your medications slowly and gradually.

If your doctor does not agree to your suggestion, look for another naturopathic doctor.

No matter what, make it your ultimate objective to stop all medications eventually.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, December 17, 2018

Nature Cure for Myasthenia Gravis 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.

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.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Compulsive and the Unquiet Mind

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 compulsive and the unquiet 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. 

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 myasthenia gravis.

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.

Stephen Lau

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Monday, December 10, 2018

A Miracle or No Miracle?

Can an autoimmune disease be self-cured?

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.

Nearly three decades 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.

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. 

Stephen Lau        

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Aromatherapy to Treat Myasthenia Gravis Disease 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 medicine, 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.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Natural Sleep and Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease 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.

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.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, November 26, 2018

Free Radicals and Myasthenia Gravis

Free Radicals and Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia gravis is one of the many autoimmune diseases. It is closely related to the presence of free radicals in the body, causing internal imbalance.  As a matter of fact, disease is but a reflection of internal disharmony, in particular, in the immune system. 

A malfunctioning immune system is the major cause of autoimmune diseases, which come in many different forms with many different symptoms; there are as many as 80 to 100 autoimmune diseases. An autoimmune disease occurs when the immune cells "attack" the body's own organs and tissues, instead of protecting them from foreign invaders. As an illustration, in allergies, the body perceives something harmless, such as pollen, as potentially dangerous, and begins to produce large amounts of pollen antibody. In the next pollen encounter, the immune system "remembers" the first exposure, and consequently releases powerful chemicals causing sneezing, wheezing, and other allergic symptoms. In an autoimmune disease, the "attack" will repeat itself, and thus causing long-term damage.

According to Western medicine, there is no cure for autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, and myasthenia gravis, among many others. 

The human body is composed of negatively and positively charged molecules, which must be balanced in order to enable these cells to function normally. When any imbalance occurs, a free radical is formed in these molecules. A free radical may damage other nearby molecules, causing them to produce more free radicals, and thus producing a free radical chain reaction.

Free radicals can also be caused by external factors: alcohol and tobacco; chemicals and pesticides from foods and pharmaceutical drugs; heavy metals, such as cadmium and lead, from the environment; radiation from the sun and other sources, such as cell phones.

Oxygen free radicals and other free radicals in the human body may cause damages to cells and neurons, such as the neurons in the brain, the cumulative damage to the DNA, resulting in human cancers, heart damage in the form of plague formation on the walls of heart arteries.

Most importantly, the presence of free radicals weakens the human immune system, which is essentially a network of cells and organs that communicate with one another in order to identify the invaders and attack them so as to protect the body from diseases and infections.

The best remedy is to prevent an autoimmune disease from developing. Once an autoimmune disease is triggered by an internal or external factor, such as stress, using medications, such as prednisone, to suppress the immune system in order to slow down the attack by the immune system may not work. The reason is that once the medications are stopped, the attack comes back with a vengeance because the immune system "remembers" the unhealthy tissue or organ that initiates the attack in the first place. Given that autoimmune diseases are complicated, involving many different parts of the human body, the best cure, if there is any, is a holistic approach to health, instead of targeting the symptoms with highly toxic pharmaceutical drugs. In other words, to combat autoimmune diseases, remove free radicals that not only damage body organs and tissues, but also weaken the immune system, causing it to go awry in attacking, instead of protecting, the damaged organs and tissues.

Bottom line: regular internal cleansing is essential to removing free radicals from your body.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Should Or Should Not Take Steroid Medications?

If you have been diagnosed with myasthenia gravis or any autoimmune disease, your doctor might have told you that there is no cure for your disease, and that the only option for you is to treat your disease symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs, such as some toxic steroids.

The question is: Do you have other options?

But before making your decision, you must know and understand the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs and their lasting effects on your overall health and ultimate recovery.

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 tests and research results in some cases.

Some years ago, three of the top executives of Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to criminal charges of misleading the public on the risk of addiction and abuse associated with the painkiller drug OxyContin. That was only another of the many scandals of pharmaceutical companies doctoring research findings of the safety of drugs and masking their undesirable side effects.

For decades, unreliable drug tests have abounded in the medical and pharmaceutical research community, not only in the United States but also in other parts of the world.

It is not uncommon for pharmaceutical companies to “influence” researchers through coercion, incentive, and even threat, to produce the desired results in clinical trials. Fabricating data, such as in the case of OxyContin, is no surprise to the pharmaceutical industry.

Clinical trials, usually involving a small number of people, may not truly reflect the outcome of those who will ultimately be using those drugs after their approval by FDA.
In addition, drugs tested on some animal models may be biased and even irrelevant on humans. An artificially induced disease in non-human animal models may yield results incompatible to a spontaneous, naturally occurring human disease. In short, there is no absolute safety or reliability of many pharmaceutical drugs that are readily available to the public.

The pharmaceutical companies and the FDA have convinced not only the medical establishment but also the gullible public that costly drugs are the only answers to all their health problems, despite their dubious track records and often-deadly side effects.

The use, misuse, and abuse of drugs account for 250,000 to 500,000 deaths each year in the United States. And do you still believe that pharmaceutical drugs provide all the possible answers to your health problems? Dr. O. W. Holmes, Professor of Medicine, Harvard University, had this to say regarding pharmaceuticals putting you in harm’s way: “If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity.” Dr. Holmes’ statement speaks volumes of the potential harm in using pharmaceuticals.

When you give your body a drug that replaces a substance your body is capable of making itself, your body then becomes weaker, not stronger, and begins not only to manufacture less of that substance, but also to become more dependent on the outside source, which is usually the drug you have been taking.

Unfortunately, no drug can give you insight into the circumstance that created your problems. At best, it can only temporarily reduce the symptoms or physical pain created by your medical condition. A drug “cures” your symptoms at the expense of creating more potential symptoms further down the road. For a while, you may be symptom-free, but soon enough new symptoms may emerge, requiring yet a more potent drug to deal with them, and thus forming a vicious cycle of taking more toxic pharmaceutical drugs.

Remember, there is no miracle cure, only natural self-healing, which is holistic health of the body, the mind, and the soul.

According to Dr. John Tilden, author of Toxemia, the first and only cause of disease is toxemia, which is the accumulation of toxic wastes over a long period of time. In other words, toxicity retained and stored in our bodies is the common denominator for the causes of all human diseases, including autoimmune diseases.

The bottom line: I was on steroid medications for my myasthenia gravis for a few years, but I have besen 100% drug free for more than two decades now. The challenge to overcome the use of toxic drugs prescribed by my doctor was huge but ultimately rewarding.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, November 19, 2018

Chinese Diagnostic Approach to Myasthenia Gracvis

Chinese medicine, with its thousands of years of history of development through trial and error, is different from Western medicine in many respects, and one of which is its diagnostic approach to disease and healing. According to Chinese medicine, disease diagnosis is important not just from the standpoint of healing but also from the perspective of preventing disease in the future.

In traditional Chinese medicine, disease diagnosis is not about running tests on the patient, as in the case of Western medicine; instead, it is about taking and evaluating data of the patient in terms of "yin" and "yang" as well as the "deficiency" or "excess” of "qi," which is the internal life energy coursing through the meridians connecting all the body organs. Given that Chinese medicine focuses on the balance of "yin" and "yang" Chinese healing is based on the harmony of "yin" and "yang" expressed in the Five Elements, which represent different body organs, as well as the free flow of "qi." Any blockage or stagnation of "qi" will result in "deficiency" or "excess," either of which will lead to disharmony or disease. The purpose of Chinese diagnostic approach to disease and healing is to find out not only the causes but also the underlying patterns of disharmony, thereby instrumental in promoting natural cures as well as preventing relapses in the future.

For thousands of years, in Chinese health system, disease diagnosis has been comprehensive in that it includes the environment, the social factors, and the conditions of the patient, such as food and nutrition, as well as lifestyle. Therefore, Chinese diagnostic approach to disease and healing is detailed and all-inclusive.

In Chinese medicine today, diagnosis begins with data collection through observing, asking, listening, and touching.
The first level of Chinese disease diagnosis is visual inspection and observation of shen or spirit. Shen is the spirit of the body, manifested in the consciousness, personality, intellect, and other abstract qualities. Disharmony of shen in the patient is reflected in confused or distorted thinking, heavy body motion, dull and slow response, insomnia, and other mental and psychological disorders and problems. On the other hand, good shen is revealed in good eye contact, clear skin, and healthy complexion. The presence of shen, or the lack of it, is basically a reflection of the balance or disharmony of “yin” and “yang.”

The second visual diagnosis is the examination of the colors associated with the internal organs on the surface of the skin, such as red for heart, green for liver, yellow for spleen, white for lungs, and black for kidneys. Chinese medical practitioners look for specific places to identify the colors associated with different body organs; for example, the skin under the eyes, the temples, the skin by the nose, the lips, and the forearms are strategic areas for physicians to identify colors of the patient for disease diagnosis.

The most important observation is that of the tongue. For centuries, Chinese physicians have extensively observed the size and shape (e.g. long or short; swollen or thin; cracked or smooth), the contour, the margins, and the color of the tongue to determine the presence of disease and the overall health of an individual. To illustrate, the light or heavy coating of the tongue indicates the absence or presence of body fluids (stomach fluids); if the coat is thick, the fluids are sluggish; a thick white coat is considered normal and indicative of a relative fluid balance; a blackish coat indicates internal imbalance.

The lifestyle of the patient, such as his or her appetite, diet, digestion, elimination, sweat, sleep, energy level, exercise, and sexual activity, among others, is also part of the diagnostic approach to disease and healing.

Listening and smelling are other unobtrusive methods of disease diagnosis. In listening diagnosis, the Chinese physician listens for sound of voice and quality of speech to determine the health conditions of the patient. In smelling, the physician uses body odor, or quality of breath to determine the intensity of internal imbalance of the patient.

Touching is based on the pulse of the patient--a major index of the patient's internal health. In Chinese medicine, there are twenty-eight types of pulses, according to their speed, width, length, and rhythm. The abnormalities of the pulse indicate weakness or excess of "qi" in different body organs.

In Western medicine, doctors look for one single point where disease begins, and treatment is applied to remove or suppress the symptoms associated with the disease. The Chinese diagnostic approach to disease and healing is much more comprehensive and extensive in that the diagnosis aims at finding an underlying pattern of disharmony and identifying the organ and meridian that are the culprits, thereby instrumental in designing healing strategies for the disease.

For more information on Chinese healing, visit my website: Chinese Natural Healing.

Stephen Lau

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