Prevention is always better than cure. A change in lifestyle is heading toward the right direction in preventing gallstones in the liver and in the gallbladder.
A healthy liver needs regular detoxification.
Eat a raw diet of only fruits and vegetables, with no dairy products, for 2 to 3 days.
Drink a mixture of organic pure olive oil (4 ounces) and equal amount of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Shake well and drink immediately before going to bed.
Add one teaspoon of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to one glass of water. Drink this first thing in the morning for up to three weeks. Do this treatment twice a year.
Fasting to detoxify
Drinking enough water
Eating natural unrefined sea salt
Adopt a healthy lifestyle
Get some detox and cleanse recipes for healthy eating, such as eating beets.
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What is myasthenia gravis?
Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease, which strikes women mostly younger than 40 and in men mostly older than 60. This autoimmune disease is characterized by varying degrees of weakness and fatigue of the skeletal (voluntary) muscles of the body, in particular, the eye muscles, the face and throat muscles, and muscles in the arms and legs.
Essentially, the hallmark of the disease is muscle weakness, which increases during periods of activity and improves after periods of rest. Muscle weakness may adversely affect the way of life, such as vision, (muscles that control eye and eyelid movements), facial expression (facial muscles), breathing, talking, chewing and swallowing (neck and throat muscles), and body movements.
In short, myasthenia gravis affects everyday life and living. The impact varies according to the intensity of the disease symptoms in different individuals.
Myasthenia gravis and autoimmunity
Because all autoimmune diseases involve the immune system (that is to say, the whole body system), it is difficult to put a finger on the exact cause or causes of over one hundred autoimmune disorders. This is one of the reasons why a holistic approach is important.
As for myasthenia gravis, the dysfunctional neurotransmitter acetylcholine is believed to be one of the major causes of the muscular dysfunctional conditions of the disorder. However, given that myasthenia gravis is a complex autoimmune disease due to a compromised immune system, such that the antibodies designed to fight against external invaders begin to attack the body’s own cells indiscriminately, there may be many other underlying factors triggering the onset of autoimmunity, which is essentially the malfunctioning of the immune system.
The concept of autoimmunity as the cause of many human illness is relatively new; as a matter of fact, it was accepted into the mainstream Western medicine only about half a century ago. At present, the medical community is still very much at a loss as to how autoimmunity develops in an individual, although there is increasing evidence linking environmental agents to autoimmune diseases. These include infectious agents, such as viruses, pharmaceutical and chemical agents, heavy metals, dietary factors, as well as a number of biological agents, including genetic disposition; in other words, the contemporary lifestyle. Because medical scientists are still unable to pinpoint the exact cause of autoimmune diseases, many experimental drugs have been developed to treat autoimmunity. Unfortunately, many of these experimental drugs may also be toxic to the body with long-term adverse side effects on the health of the patient.
Myasthenia gravis and the immune system
The human immune system is complicated in that it affects the whole body system in many different ways. As such, it can heal but it can also do harm. It protects cells and maintains overall health through its production of antibodies (specific proteins) to fight against antigens (invaders to the body system). However, a compromised immune system can also adversely affect human health because it is the common denominator of more than 100 autoimmune diseases, including myasthenia gravis.
Myasthenia gravis and free radicals
The body organs are composed of cells. To maintain and sustain life, some of these body cells replicate themselves continually, such as epithelial cells in the intestine, while others do not divide, such as cells in the heart and neuron cells in the brain. When cells die, body organs fail, health deteriorates, leading to diseases, such as autoimmune diseases; as a result, aging accelerates, leading to ultimate death.
All human cells require energy and oxygen to function normally and optimally. During this oxidative process, free radicals are created. For example, when you breathe in life-giving oxygen, you also breathe out harmful carbon dioxide. During this oxidative process, free radicals are formed. Remember, cells are made up 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, forming free radicals. A free radical also damages other molecules, causing them to produce more free radicals—and thus creating a chain reaction of damages that may cause autoimmunity, and hence autoimmune diseases. Free radicals, however, are unavoidable because they are designed by the Creator to ensure gradual demise of body cells and ultimately guarantee human mortality. Slowly and cumulatively, these free radicals continue to build up in body cells, leading to premature cell death.
Myasthenia gravis and immune system boosters
No matter how one lives, life cannot be prolonged. Having said that, one can extend lifespan by slowing down the oxidative process of free radicals, as well as preventing autoimmune diseases that may damage the quality of life. In other words, boosting the immune system to control free radicals may hold the key to preventing and overcoming autoimmune diseases.
Read my book: My Myasthenia Gravis: A Holistic Approach to Autoimmune Diseases (the 2nd edition, available on Amazon in both digital and paperback.).
Copyright© by Stephen Lau
Natural healing is holistic healing. It is a healing process by which a person’s health is restored in the most natural way without the use of conventional medicine throughout the entire healing process. The human body is blessed with divine gifts in the form of natural resources that enable not only the enhancement of health but also the freedom from any type of disease or illness.
Natural healing is effective because it uses mind power through affirmation and visualization, meditation, the goodness of nature through natural herbs and healthful foods, and the energy of your body through hand and body massage, yoga, and acupuncture to bring about healing of the mind, the body, and the soul. In order to prevent any future relapse and to guarantee long-term cure, the healing process has to be complete and wholesome. In addition, throughout the healing process, there is no need to take any form of chemicals or to undergo any invasive procedure, which not only may produce negative side effects but also may interfere with the healing process.
Natural healing has long proven to be a very good alternative to the traditional way of healing practiced by medical doctors. As a matter of fact, many natural healing clinics have sprung up across the United States. People are using holistic healing techniques more than anything else mainly because they are highly effective with minimal or zero side effects, and they are less expensive than the treatments of conventional medicine.
Be a natural healer of your own disease. But how do you bring about natural or holistic healing?
First of all, you must know the difference between healing and treatment: treatment originates from the outside of an individual, whereas healing comes from within that individual; treatment aims at removing symptoms of disease in an individual, while healing tackles the source of disease in that individual.
Next, natural healing begins with the mind first, not the body. Your mind controls your body, and everything you do and think. Mind healing precedes body healing.
For natural healing to take place, your mind must express the intent to heal, without which there is no cure or healing. Your intent to heal is then manifested in focus, which directs your mind towards your goal to heal yourself. In other words, the mind creates the action to heal the body.
To reach that goal, you need resources; that is, you must empower yourself with knowledge so that you may know “how” to heal yourself. Knowledge is power: it may establish a connection to your true self, which is known as self-awakening, and thereby instrumental in allowing you to make the right health choices and decisions, as well as to live your life in a lifestyle that is in accordance with your higher purpose. Self-awakening is an important component of self-healing.
Through the many facets of mind power, such as affirmation, visualization, and meditation, your mind begins its healing process. Self-healing begins with the mind, and mind healing is always mind over matter.
Natural healing is always slow: it does not happen overnight. You need to set your short-term and long-term goals, and make your commitment to reach those goals. Your commitment is your mental responsibility to heal yourself. Living is a challenge, and so is self-healing. During the healing process you may have to face different challenges before you can ultimately overcome the disease or illness. Facing challenges requires mind power.
Once your mind is healed, natural healing of the body will follow. Your body is the product of what your mind thinks and the choices it makes. If your mind wants to heal, your body will be healed. Natural healing is just that simple.
(From an article “The Whys and Hows of Natural Healing” by Stephen Lau. Visit the author’s website: Self-Healing Self-Help to get everything you need to know about healing the body, the mind, and the soul. The site is NOT a web directory. To find out more about the author, visit All About Stephen Lau.)
Aging is a natural process of getting old. There are theories of aging:
The free radical theory of aging
This theory is based on the damage of cells due to cumulative free radicals, leading to disease and, ultimately, death.
Free radicals are molecules within the human cells. Due to regular oxidation (e.g. breathing), and other environmental factors (e.g. tobacco smoke), these molecules become damaged and unstable, and begin to affect other healthy cells close by, creating many more similar unstable free radicals, and thus initiating a chain reaction of cell damage by free radicals.
Damaged cells lead to disease and ultimate death.
This theory implies that antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, and E, which reduce the formation of free radicals, not only slow down the aging process, but also prevent disease.
The genetic theory of aging
This theory is based on the pre-programming of human genes to induce aging and death—your Creator ensures that you will not be immortal. Therefore, aging is not just the consequence of wear and tear over the years. The fact of the matter is that you are not meant to live forever.
Other than disease and other environmental factors, there is no great variation in the lifespan of humans, and this may partially explain the role of genes in aging.
The hormone theory of aging
This theory is based on the gradual changes in the human body due to the decline and degeneration of the endocrine system, which is responsible for producing hormones to regulate many body functions and processes. Changes in the human hormone production, such as menopause, account for the changes responsible for aging.
There is no scientific evidence that hormone replacement will in fact increase human lifespan. So, think twice before you decide on a hormone replacement therapy.
The immunity theory of aging
This theory is based on the failure of the immune system to give adequate protection against contaminants, viruses, and stress, among other agents contributing to a weakened or compromised immune system.
This theory attests to the important role of the immune system in longevity health and overall wellness.
The rate of living theory of aging
This theory is based on the rate of breathing: faster oxygen metabolism leads to a shorter lifespan. In the animal kingdom, rodents, with the fastest heartbeats have the shortest lifespan, while tortoises with the slowest breaths live the longest.
This theory vindicates that breathing right is one of the key factors in longevity in humans. Learning to breathe right is critical to remaining younger and healthier for longer.
To sum up, the human aging process is best explained not by one single theory but by a combination of these theories.
The bottom line: get the wisdom to live the rest of your life as if everything is a miracle, if you just don’t die!
Copyright© by Stephen Lau
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” Mohandas K. Gandhi
We are living in an age of speed. Whatever your perception of time may be, avoid a common behavior and personality time-related problem: time–stress.
Forget about time-stress
In everyday life, time-stress is a stress factor detrimental to both physical and mental health. Do not let the constraints of your life mold your time. To be able to do this, you need to change your perception of time. Everybody has only twenty-four hours a day. Come to think of it, time is really an equalizer of man. Do you really have more work that needs to be done than everyone else? Do you need to be a “thief of time” by sleeping less than others so that you may have more time than everyone else to do what needs to be done? No! Time is all in the mind—your mind as a result of your own thinking.
How can you overcome time-stress?
The solution is surprisingly quite simple: deliberate non-doing. Yes, you simply do nothing. It’s just that simple!
Deliberate non-doing gives you a sense of inner calmness that enables you to re-consider the importance of doing only what is the most important, and to see in perspective all the things you consider important in your life. Only when you start doing what is the most important to you, then you will begin to have enough time for everything else. This may sound stranger than fiction, but this is the only way to overcoming time-stress in your golden years.
This evening, when you get home, you may feel that you are overwhelmed and hard-pressed for time, such as there is a TV program that you want to watch, a dinner that you need to cook for yourself, some laundry that you need to do, some phone calls that you need to make, or your children or grandchildren’s homework that you need to supervise and attend to.
At that very moment, when you think you are going to go crazy, stop short of doing anything—that is, do nothing! Be mindful of only that very present moment. Live in that now. Sit down, close your eyes, and meditate for fifteen to twenty minutes: you just have to sidestep the flow of time. If you don’t know how to meditate, then just close your eyes, and pay attention to your breathing. If thoughts come to your mind, do not deliberately dismiss them, but just continue to concentrate on your breathing and let your thoughts just come and go; do not even strive to stop them.
After that brief mental relaxation, you may have a totally different perspective of your needs and wants in life. If you have missed your favorite TV show, so what? If you haven’t made your dinner, go across the street and grab an unhealthy hamburger that you’re not supposed to eat. If you haven’t done your laundry, just let the pile of dirty clothing stack up. If you haven’t made those phone calls, that’s not the end of the world. If you haven’t helped your grand-children with their homework, it doesn’t mean that they would never go to Harvard or Yale. What is the most important to you is your inner calm, which is the absence of time-stress. Maybe you have just avoided a heart attack due to your time-stress. Just think about the possible alternative!
Remember, time-stress occurs when you are spread too thin. So, prioritize and simplify your life. The first step to achieving this is deliberate non-doing amidst the hustle and bustle of contemporary life to purposely forget about time-stress.
Try to let go of your attachments to life, especially those that define your ego-self.
The human brain is a miracle. You have an amazing mind! Your brain is made up of about 100 trillion brain cells. These nerve cells called neurons are responsible for releasing chemicals known as neurotransmitters. They are all inter-connected, and, as such, the more connections you have, the greater is your brain power. Yes, you do have an amazing brain, which is a miracle in itself!
Your brain is like a recorder, which records all information on a tape (your neurons). A good memory means your brain knows when to turn on and turn off the recorder. This is crucial. However, the “when” factor is no more than your basic memory skills, without which, you just turn on the recorder all the time. The problem is that you may have just too many tapes: when you want to look for a certain tape, you may have problems finding it right away — which is reflected in your forgetfulness, or inability to retrieve the desired information when needed.
When you are in your forties (the beginning of senility, whether you like it or not), it takes you longer to recall things. As you continue to age, you will take longer time to process new information. Things could get worse with time: you develop the common tip-of-the-tongue problem in remembering a common word, or a familiar name. Mental deterioration will continue if you live long enough: for example, you don’t remember directions, or recall lists, among other daily annoyances and frustrations. Poor memory is associated with old age and the elderly. But you can retard, if not reverse, your mental deterioration, as if everything is a miracle, because you have used up only 10 percent of the billions of your brain cells. This is the good news.
Another piece of good news is that you may not have dementia or Alzheimer’s if your brain is still healthy. But you do want to avoid, or at least defer, for as long as you possibly can the occurence of the above-mentioned memory-lapse problems.
Yes, you have an amazing brain. Just learn to harness its power and potential. Powerful Brain Formula: provides everything you need to turn your brain into a miracle.
1. Memory has to do with your senses: sight, sound, smell, and touch. They are your memory skills, that is, tools for you to remember, store, and process information. Therefore, sharpen your senses to sharpen your mind. Protect and preserve your senses, for example, take care of your vision health, which is critical to having good memory, because sight is an important tool for remembering, storing, and processing information.
2. Avoid emotional upheavals, such as depression or stress, which can adversely affect your brain power. Practice daily meditation to calm your nerves, and let your brain relax and rest. Meditation is a powerful tool to optimize your memory skills. Learn how to meditate from my web page: Meditation Techniques. All you need is patience and consistency.
3. Avoid pharmaceutical drugs wherever possible, especially over-the-counter ones, such as cold remedies and sleep aids. Drugs are dangerous chemicals that may damage your brain cells. Remember, brain cells, unlike other cells, do not regenerate, although you have billions and trillions of them. Use natural herbs and home-made medicine, which are less toxic and have fewer side effects than the chemicals of pharmaceutical drugs.
4. Good nutrition enhances brain health. The rule of thumb is: What is good for the heart is also good for the brain. Eat a diet low in animal fat.
5. Try not to do too many things too quickly at the same time. This not only creates time stress but also disorients the mind. Learn to develop the presence of mind, which is focusing your mind on the present moment. One way to do this is to the mindful of your breaths, that is, consciously aware of your breathing in and breathing out. You can practice this at any time, such as while waiting for the bus or the train.
Your brain is amazing. And you can keep it amazing for as long as you wish. If there is a will, there is a way.
Read my most recent book publication: You Just Don’t Die! to find out how you can rethink your mind to harness its wisdom to live the rest of your life, if you don’t die, and turn it into a miracle.
Copyright© by Stephen Lau
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The Miracle of Doing
The Benefits of Rituals
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The Ancient Centenarian: Luigi Cornaro
The Contemporary Centenarian: Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara
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The Meditation Process
How to Meditate
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Likewise, eye disorders are related to free radicals and oxidation. According to research studies, oxidation is involved in the development of most eye disorders, including cataracts, retinal disease, and glaucoma.
Natural wellness is anti-aging. But to live to 100 and beyond requires much more.
“Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, from Japan, turned 104 recently, and he is one of the world’s longest-serving physicians and educators. Since 1941, he has been healing patients at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching at St. Luke’s College of Nursing. He has published around 15 books since his 75th birthday, including his bestseller “Living Long, Living Good.”
As the founder of the New Elderly Movement, Hinohara encourages others to live a long and happy life with the following wisdom he would like to share with all:
(1) Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara stresses the importance of not becoming overweight.
(2) For breakfast, Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara drinks coffee, milk, and orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil, which is for healthy arteries and healthy skin. For lunch, he drinks milk with a few cookies. For dinner, he eats vegetables, a bit of fish and rice, and, sometimes some lean meat.
(3) He always keeps him busy with a full schedule ahead. He recommends that any retirement should be a lot later than 65. He shares what he knows-one of the reasons why he is still working and teaching. When he teaches, he always stand to stay strong.
(4) He recommends having a second thought or always seeking a second opinion whenever a doctor recommends a test, a procedure, or a surgery.
(5) He believes doctors cannot cure everyone. Instead, he thinks that music and animal therapy.
(6) He recommends taking the stairs and carrying your own stuff to stay healthier and younger.
(7) He uses doing fun things to forget his pain, both physical and emotional.
(8) He recommends letting go of all material things because nobody knows when his or her number is up, and nothing can be taken to the next place.
(9) He believes that each person is unique, and illness is therefore individualized. But medical science lumps all and sundry together; an individual should understand why he or she is sick, and not the doctor. Science alone cannot cure or help you; you must learn to help yourself.
(10) He believes that life is always filled with unpredictable incidents.
(11) He stresses the importance of finding a role model to help with setting life goals and life purposes.
(12) He believes that energy comes from doing good and feeling good, and not from good food or good sleep.
To Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, it is always wonderful to live long, and he loves every minute of it.
TIPS: The key question: WHY do you wish to live long or longer? If you know the WHY, it won’t be too difficult to find out the HOW. Everything begins with the intent of the mind.”
The above is from Health and Wisdom Tips.
An autoimmune disease is caused by a dysfunctional immune system that attacks its own cells, mistaking them for foreign invaders.
Any autoimmune disease is problematic in that its cause is relatively unknown. In general, there are multiple causes of autoimmune diseases: the genetic factor; the toxic environmental agents leading to the deterioration of the immune system; the unhealthy lifestyle, such as smoking and drinking; and even a diet rich in gluten, which is a protein, causing inflammation in the small intestine, resulting in pain, and thus blocking the absorption of nutrients.
Because of its multiple causes, an autoimmune disease is incurable according to Western medicine. Due to the complexity of the disease, it is important to have a holistic approach to treating the autoimmune diseases. Using medications alone is an inadequate approach to autoimmune diseases.
A holistic approach to autoimmune diseases may be a solution. Essentially, it means an alternative approach to autoimmune diseases. In the past two decades, many people have sought alternative medicine after they have exhausted all treatments of conventional medicine with respect to autoimmune diseases. Thousands of research studies on plant nutrients and herbs, and vitamins and minerals performed in university laboratories and clinical settings have attested to the efficacy of alternative and complementary medicine.
To cure any autoimmune disease you may have to empower yourself with knowledge and information before you can embark on a holistic approach to your autoimmune disease, if you unfortunately have been inflicted with one.
Copyright © by Stephen Lau