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Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Healthy Immune System (1)


The Immune System

A healthy immune system is the best way to prevent the occurrence of an autoimmune disease, such as myasthenia gravis.

The human immune system is complicated in that it affects the whole body system in many different ways. As such, it can heal you but it can also harm you. It protects your cells and maintains your overall health through its production of antibodies (specific proteins) to fight against antigens (invaders to your body system). However, an impaired immune system can adversely affect your health because it is the common denominator of more than 100 autoimmune diseases.

The Cellular Health

Cells make up your organs. When cells die, your organs fail and health deteriorates, and you age and die.
To maintain and sustain life, some of your cells replicate themselves continually, such as epithelial cells in your intestine, while others do not divide, such as your heart cells and neurons in your brain.

The good news is that, on average, most normal human cells have more than 100 years of lifespan built into them.

The bad news is that all human cells require energy and oxygen to function normally, and in this oxidative process free radicals are created. For example, when you breathe in life-giving oxygen, you also breathe out harmful carbon dioxide. This oxidative process is how your Creator has ingeniously built normal cell death into your body system to ensure your immortality. Slowly and accumulatively, these free radicals build up in your cells, leading to premature cell death. You cannot prolong life indefinitely, but you can extend lifespan by slowing down the oxidative process of free radicals. In other words, eradication of free radicals holds the key to health and longevity.

Premature cell death is due to both human and environmental factors, such as bacteria and viruses, free radicals, toxins, and trauma, which can cause irreparable damage to your cells, and thus instrumental in accelerating the demise of these cells. However, many of these factors are not only avoidable but also preventable.

Essentially, genes play an important role in determining the quality of your genes. In other words, your genetic time clock governs how long your cells will live, and this is partially determined at birth. However, your objective is to outpace your genetic time clock. Remember, nothing is set in stone; you always have a choice—the choice is all yours.

(Next time: how body cells may damage your immune system)

Stephen Lau
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Expectations and Disappointments

Expectations and Disappointments

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Alexander Pope                     

If you are diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, one of the many autoimmune diseases, you may feel devastated when the doctor tells you that there is no cure. When the doctor prescribes some medications for you to treat your disease symptoms, you expect they will be effective; when they don’t work, you then become disappointed.

Given that nearly all of us go through life expecting certain things to happen, we become greatly disappointed when things do not turn out the way we think they should. As a matter of fact, in life, things seldom go our ways, and life is never what it should be. Our disappointments can easily turn into anger, anxiety, despair, regret, and many other negative emotions that adversely affect who we are and how we process our thoughts.

To offset or diminish the devastating emotional consequences as a result of not meeting our expectations, many of us may resort to mentally expecting the worst, instead of the best, while hoping against hope that we may still be pleasantly surprised; deliberately lowering our life expectations to proportionately reduce the extent of our disappointments; and consciously expecting no expectation whatsoever with our complete detachment.

Processing expectations is more complex than we may think. The mental exertion to “expect the unexpected”, to “go with the flow”, and to “live in the present without any future expectation” is easier said than done, and may be even difficult or impossible for most of us. 

So, how do we live our lives in these circumstances? How should we process our life expectations?

THE BOOK OF LIFE AND LIVING may provide you with the wisdom in the art of living well. This 200-page book explains in simple language with common everyday examples to illustrate the essence of Tao wisdom and how it may integrate with conventional wisdom to live a life of your choice as if everything is a miracle..

THE BOOK OF LIFE AND LIVING is the wisdom in the art of living well.



Stephen Lau
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Spirituality Is Enlightening

Spirituality enlivens an individual. Spirituality is especially important when one has an autoimmune disease, such as myasthenia gravis, which the doctors say there is no cure. If one has to deal with an autoimmune disease for the rest of one’s life and cope with its many symptoms.

Your whole being is composed of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual. Your body, which is the physical, is controlled by your mind, which is the mental, which is controlled by your soul, which is the spiritual, which oversees your whole being. The wellbeing of any one of these elements affects the wellbeing of the others.

First of all, your body has to be well before you can engage in any mental and spiritual matters. Jesus attested to this when He said that fasting (the physical) and praying (the mental) prepares you for your spiritual walk with God. So everything begins with the body, then the mind, and finally leading to the soul. Even Buddha and Mohammed and many other spiritual leaders all shared the need of the physical and the mental for higher spiritual advancement.

Spirituality oversees your whole being. Nothing transforms you as much as changing from a mundane to a spiritual attitude towards all your everyday problems.

Your Creator has created you to be a steward of all your assets. With a healthy body, you can discard your anxieties and fears out of your consciousness, and then concentrate your mind on the spiritual, which will provide answers to your daily problems. Once you learn to relax and prioritize your goals in life, a vista of the purposes of your life will be unfolded to you.

A purposeful life is a way to being younger and healthier for longer: you need to know the meaning of your existence. You live in order to fulfill the purpose for which you were born to do the will of your Creator.

Of course, you may not really know the purpose of your creation, or the will of God. Nobody does—at least not consciously with the mind. However, you need not know: just let yourself be guided step by step, one step at a time, by following your spiritual guidance or simply obeying your highest ideals in life. That is spirituality! It is the way by which you find meaning, comfort, hope, and inner peace in your life.

Basically, man is spiritual in that he needs a belief system of some sort to guide or mange his emotions in an effective way (self-efficacy). Your emotions – which may adversely affect your immune system – determine how you feel about yourself and life in general. Your emotions are not only a result of your social interactions, but also of your yearning for spirituality. Searching for a philosophy of life that makes you happy and healthy is already the beginning of spirituality.

Being spiritual, however, is not the same as being religious, which involves following the creed of a proclaimed religion, though on the higher levels of consciousness true religion and spiritually ultimately merge.. 

Spirituality may change the way you look at your myasthenia gravis.

Stephen Lau     
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Monday, January 15, 2018

A Simple Lifestyle for Myasthenia Gravis

Living a simple lifestyle is the key to stress relief to help symptoms of myasthenia gravis..

In this day and age, living in this complex world of technology is not easy: The complexity of this world has taken a toll on the human mind, creating undue stress, as well as many emotional, mental, personal, and psychological attachments in the material world. For these reasons, profound human wisdom in living is essential to overcoming stress and letting go of all attachments. Simplicity is the first step towards detachment, which holds the key to unlocking the door to happiness. Live a simple lifestyle, deleting all the trimmings of life and living, as well as all the attachments that may have a negative impact on your mind.

Epicurus, the Greek philosopher, had this advice on how to lead a pleasant life: avoiding luxuries, and living simply. The explanation is that luxurious living may make you into a “needy” person whose happiness always depends on things that are impermanent and easily lost.

The late Robert Kennedy once said: “Sometimes I think that the only people in this country who worry more about money than the poor are the very wealthy. They worry about losing it, they worry about how it is invested, they worry about the effect it’s going to have. And as the zeroes increase, the dilemmas get bigger.” 

The bottom line: live a simple stress-free lifestyle to help you let go of all the trimmings of life.  A stress-free lifestyle goes a long way to helping your myasthenia gravis symptoms.

A classic example is Ann Russell Miller, a celebrated socialite from San Francisco, also known as Sister Mary Joseph, She, who had ten children and nineteen grand-children, had grown up in luxury and privilege, and had been living a life of incredible wealth. Instead of shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue, and decorating herself with jewelry from Tiffany, she suddenly decided to give up everything, and became a nun devoted to living in poverty for the rest of her life. That unbelievable event happened more than two decades ago, and was then widely reported in the media across the country. Why did she make such a drastic and incredible change in her life? She said she had a calling, a true vocation that was hard to understand for the general public, even for the close members of her family.

This 154-page book is about how to live your life as if everything is a miracle if you just don’t die as you continue with you life journey with the many changes and challenges confronting you, including your loss of vision.

Human existence is meaningless without life purpose and human happiness. The pursuit of longevity has been going on since time immemorial. Consciousness holds the key to the success of this pursuit. Consciousness of living is wisdom of the mind to understand the self, others, as well as how and why certain things happen. Wisdom in living enables one to complete the rest of one's life journey and reaching the destination.

To live to 100 and beyond—if you just don’t die—you must ask questions about life; after all, living is about asking questions and seeking answers to the questions asked, and thereby instrumental in providing wisdom or a blueprint to continue the rest of your life journey.

The objective of this 154-page book is neither to convince you to crave longevity, nor to show you how to live to one hundred and beyond. It simply presents you with the consciousness of living the rest of your years—if you just don’t die!

Click here to get your digital copy.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

How Yoga May Help Myasthenia Gravis

How Yoga May Help Myasthenia Gravis

Firstly, practice the different types of yoga for myasthenia gravis like Pranayama (breath control) is very effective in the treatment. Abnormalities in breathing are usually the cause in most disorders which is why yoga can be very helpful.

Other forms of yoga for myasthenia gravis are Kundalini yoga and Lyengar yoga which are very useful alternative therapy methods. These forms of yoga also help in dealing with various other neuromuscular disorders. Yoga for myasthenia gravis also includes the practice of meditation which is very beneficial..

Terrible weakness of the body muscles caused by myasthenia gravis which is a highly impairing autoimmune condition can be greatly eased with the help of yoga. Pranayama is highly recommended for the treatment of myasthenia gravis.

Mild physical training can also be of benefit for patients with myasthenia gravis as physical and bodily movement in simple exercises can develop some form of improvement in the overall muscle strength in the patient. A gradual advance to moderate exercise and advanced yoga may also improve and enhance the immunity of the patient. However, meditation alone holds the key in treating myasthenia gravis

In addition to exercise and meditation, you will also need to alter your lifestyle and eating habits in order to treat the condition.  Asparagus is an excellent food and should be a part of your daily diet as some herbalists are of the belief that it contains some components resembling steroids to control myasthenia gravis.  Also, have plenty of sprouts and whole meal bread and yoghurt along with a diet of high fiber foods, fresh fruits and vegetables.  Foods rich in vitamin A, vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are also important nutrients for the treatment of myasthenia gravis.

Finally, take ashwagandha, which is a powerful immunomodulator, as well as a good antioxidant. It improves the strength of the weak muscles associated with myasthenia gravis.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Body Detox

To manage the symptoms of myasthenia gravis, body detox is a must. Use foods for regular detoxification, further rejuvenation, and daily maintenance.

Alfalfa sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts are excellent “health food.” Recent research shows  that in addition to being a superb source of nutrients, they also have important cleansing ability due to their concentrated amounts of phytochemical (plant compounds).

Sprout some alfalfa seeds at home for your daily salad or soup. Fresh alfalfa sprouts are also obtainable at some supermarkets.

Beets

Beets help you detoxify your liver and blood while providing important support nutrients to your body. By providing nutrients critical to liver function and healthy kidneys, beets break down toxins before they accumulate in your liver. In addition, the vitamins and other nutrients contained in beets also enable proper fat absorption, transportation, and metabolism. Include fresh beets in your vegetable juice or salad.

Burdock

Burdock, a carrot-like root grown in China, Europe, and the United States, has a sweet taste and a sticky texture. It is a good source of minerals and essential oils. As such, burdock serves as a staple vegetable in Japan.

Burdock, with its potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, is a popular folk medicine around the world. As a main source for a variety of herbal preparations, it serves also as a diuretic and, more recently, as a tea (Essiac tea) in the treatment of cancer and a number of other maladies.

Burdock is a potent “blood purifier” which clears toxins from your bloodstream by enhancing the function of many organs of elimination, including your liver, kidneys and bowels. For example, it induces sweating as an aid in neutralizing and eliminating toxins, thereby instrumental in helping your kidneys to filter uric acid from your bloodstream.

Burdock is a very safe herb and food product. However, consider the source and quality prior to purchasing burdock root due to the possible contamination of the root. If available, buy organic burdock.
Put fresh burdock in your soup, or make a drink of burdock by simmering it in boiling water for 10 minutes (you can repeat the process until its taste is gone).

Green barley

The young barley leaf is a green cereal grass that contains the greatest and most perfectly balanced concentration of nutrients found in nature. It contains enzymes, minerals, many vitamins, including Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and B vitamins, and has the perfect balance of amino acids, essential fatty acids, carotenoids, bioflavonoids and chlorophyll, supplied in their proper balance as Nature has perfectly provided. The chlorophyll in green barley, which is the substance allowing plants to photosynthesize, has the ability to break down carbon dioxide and release oxygen, thereby enabling the destruction of anaerobic bacteria.

Green barley, in addition to its natural form, is available in capsules or power.

Rice

Rice is one of man’s oldest foods. First introduced in Asia around 3,000 B.C., rice has become a staple food of the Asian diet, with some 300 pounds consumed per person each year. However, in the United States, the average American consumes only about 20 pounds per year.

Brown rice (organic) is a light, gluten-free food, which is easily digestible and rich in antioxidant. Brown rice protein is essential to tissue detoxification.

If you can boil water, you can cook rice. Rice is most versatile—you can eat rice even as a dessert.
Eat only brown rice, not white rice, because most of the nutrients in white rice have been stripped.

Herbs to detoxify

Your body is a self-cleansing mechanism, which utilizes your liver, kidneys, urine, feces, breath, and sweat to detoxify your toxins.

Herbs can provide you with safe, natural, time-tested methods to improve the natural functions of your body to continue to support its natural cleansing process to enhance your immune system

Some of the most common herbs for detoxification include: black walnut; cascara sagrada; cayenne; dandelion; echinacea; fennel seed; Indian rhubarb root; licorice root; milk thistle; psyllium husk; red clover; slipper elm inner bark; yarrow

These herbs not only promote efficient elimination but also boost your immunity and wellness.

Stephen Lau

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Meditation and Myasthenia Gravis

Meditation is a powerful tool for holistic healing for myasthenia gravis, which is an autoimmune disease, and stress is one of its underlying causes. Relaxation also helps to reduce the symptoms of the disease.

Meditation is a proven mind-body therapy for body-mind relaxation.

The healing power of meditation lies in its capability to focus the mind solely on the very present moment, thereby removing memories of the past and worries of the future. Meditation helps you focus your mind on the present moment to the exclusion of past and future thoughts. The mind in its natural and perfect stillness relaxes completely.

In contemporary living, your mind is often riddled with thoughts of what you just did, what you will do, or should have done. Nearly all your thoughts, including your desires and fears, are based on either the past or the future. Your desires are no more than recollections of the past pleasures and hopes of repeating them in the future. Fears are also memories of past pain, and your efforts to avoid the pain in the future. All these rambling thoughts in your subconscious mind indirectly affect your conscious mind, and hence your body and your eyes.

In the present, your mind is always preoccupied with the past or the future, leaving little or no room for the present moment, which, ironically enough, is the only reality. The past was gone, and the future is unknown; only the present is “real.” The present is a gift, and that is why it is called “present.” But, unfortunately, most of us do not live in the present, not to mention appreciate it, because the present is interlaced with the past and the future. Meditation is about re-focusing on the present moment.

The mental focus of meditation is not quite the same as the mental concentration, such as solving a difficult math problem or while performing a complex mental task. Meditation is focusing on something seemingly insignificant (such as your breathing) or spontaneous (such as eating and even driving) such that your mind can be conditioned to focusing on only the present moment. In this way, your mind concentration excludes all past and future thoughts, thereby instrumental in giving your mind a meaningful break. It is in this sublime mental state that you are capable of understanding the true nature of things, and their relativity to the meaning of life and existence. Meditation awakens you to what is real or what is quasi real.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, January 1, 2018

A Better and Happier You in 2018

A Better and Happier You in 2018

There is an old Latin axiom: “nemo dat quod non habet” — meaning, one cannot give what one does not have.

If you don’t have the wisdom to know your real self, you won’t have the wisdom to understand others, especially who they are and what they need. In order to understand others to have better human relationships, you must first and foremost have the wisdom attained through asking self-intuitive questions throughout your life.

Then, with mindfulness, you observe with a nonjudgmental mind what is happening to you, as well as around you. Gradually, you will be able to see things as what they really are, and not as what they may seem to you: anything and everything in life follows its own natural cycle, just as the day becomes night, and the night transformed into dawn. With that wisdom, you may become enlightened, which means you begin to know your true self—what you have and what you don’t have, and you were created to be who you are, and not what you wish you were or want to become. Knowing what you have, you can then give it to others. It is the giving, rather than the receiving, that will make you become a better and happier you in 2018.

Stephen Lau
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