Heal your MYASTHENIA GRAVIS naturally and holistically
DISCOVERY AND MYASTHENIA GRAVIS NO MORE
Some three decades ago, I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. I was frustrated and devastated.
Understandably, to be diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease, is a devastating life experience for anyone, especially when the doctor says there is no known cure.
After a year or two taking the prescribed steroid medications together with several other medications to control the undesirable side effects, such as weight gain, high blood pressure and cholesterol level, I finally decided not only to stop ALL medications but also to stop seeing the neurologist.
Was that a mistake or a miracle?
Now, I am 100 percent drug free.
I would like to share my thoughts on my own discovery and recovery from my myasthenia gravis. It was a long journey of healing with many side tracks and detours. Yes, it was difficult and challenging.
3 DRINKS AND MYASTHENIA GRAVIS NO MORE
Myasthenia gravis is one of the many autoimmune diseases that have to do with a dysfunctional immune system. So, begin your "myasthenia gravis no more" with a healthy immune system with healthy drinks every day.
Burdock and Daikon Drink
Burdock root has been used as both food and medicine in Asia and Europe for thousands of years. Recently, it has been used as a nourishing tonic for cancer, liver disease, and rheumatism. Burdock root is a staple diet of the Japanese, who are among the people with the longest lifespan in the world.
Fresh burdock root is available at many greengrocers, Asian supermarkets, and natural food stores in the United States.
Daikon is Japanese radish. Its phytochemicals have well-recognized healing and anti-carcinogenic properties:
·It cleanses the blood (the kidneys).
·It promotes energy circulation.
·It increases the metabolic rate (a weight-loss remedy in Asia).
·It treats hangovers.
·It decongests the lungs, clears sore throat, colds, and edema.
The burdock and daikon drink can be taken any time, and as much as you like.
·One burdock root (about 24 inches long)
·One daikon with green tops
·One small carrot with green tops.
·Cut all ingredients into small pieces.
·Place them in a pot with water double the volume of the ingredients.
·Bring to a boil.
·Pour out the content and drink it.
You can repeat the process one more time. This time, after bringing it to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer it for another 20 minutes. Let the ingredients steep in the hot water for another 20 minutes before drinking it.
Four Greens Drink
Bitter melon, a popular Asian vegetable, is well known for blood glucose control. It contains a substance similar to bovine insulin, which has been shown in experimental studies to achieve a positive sugar regulating effect by suppressing the neural response to sweet taste stimuli.
Celery is a good source of insoluble fiber as well as essential nutrients, including vitamin C, calcium, and potassium. In addition, it may reduce blood pressure, and block cancer cells.
Cucumber has been associated with healing properties in relation to diseases of the kidney, urinary bladder, liver, and pancreas. In addition, cucumber juice is an excellent skin tonic.
Green pepper is loaded with vitamin C (a potent antioxidant) and beta-carotene (to prevent cataracts).
Make the nutritious four greens drink by juicing them in approximately equal portions. Drink immediately.
Pine Needles Drink
Pine needle drink is a perfect drink made from evergreen pine needles. Select your pine needles by picking the newest green ones from a pine tree. Wash the pine needles thoroughly. Put them in a cloth bag, and steep it in a pot of boiling water-if you don’t use a cloth bag, then strain the needles before drinking. Cover and let it sit for 30 minutes.
Pine needle drink is loaded with vitamin C and other nutrients to offer the following benefits: eyesight; fatigue; heart disease; kidney ailments; sclerosis (inflammatory nerve disorder); and varicose veins.
Remember, myasthenia gravis has everything to do with your immune system.
Copyright© by Stephen Lau
RELAXATION AND MYASTHENIA GRAVIS NO MORE
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 in the eyes, learn how to relax. Yes, relaxation holds the key to healing.
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 for the mind 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 natural 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 your mind in a non-judgmental way, often focusing on something apparently insignificant, such as 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 just let yourself be doing less, while noticing more, with the ultimate objective of probing into your mind to attain 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 finding 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 toward learning how to be mindful of anything and 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.
Zen and the Art of Happiness
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 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, all 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.
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.
Say Good Night to Insomnia
All in all, relaxation holds the key to relaxing your body muscles if you have myasthenia gravis. Relaxation helps and strengthens your immune system.
Copyright © by Stephen Lau
BREATHING RIGHT AND MYASTHENIA GRAVIS NO MORE
Autoimmune diseases are complex disorders involving a compromised immune system. To date, the Western medicine has not been able to come up with any effective cure of myasthenia gravis, one of the many autoimmune diseases, except recommending toxic pharmaceutical drugs to control the symptoms. One of the underlying causes of autoimmune diseases is stress, which also plays a pivotal role in aggravating the disease symptoms.
Surprisingly, stress has much to do with breathing-yes, the way you breathe can adversely affect your entire body system, including your immune system. In addition, breathing right can also reduce your stress, both the physical and the mental stress.
Your Creator has given you powerful lungs, capable of taking any strenuous workout well into your seventies. But your respiratory system may be severely compromised due to cigarette smoke, alcohol, gallstones in the liver causing allergies, disorders of the nose and nasal cavities, and diseases of the bronchi and lungs.
Your myasthenia gravis recovery replies on your breathing right.
Breathing gives you invisible food to all your body cells and organs by supplying them with life-giving oxygen. Your intake of oxygen depends on the quality of the air as well as the how deeply you breathe in and out. All centenarians have one thing in common: they all breathe deeply and slowly. Conscious deep breathing may calm and integrate your body and mind, contributing to overall peace of mind, which is important to your physical and mental health.
The secret of breathing right is to take your lungs everywhere and breathe deeply and slowly. It’s that simple. Unfortunately, many people simply take breathing right for granted.
The wrong way to breathe
·Hold in your stomach or have a flat stomach while breathing in and out.
·Take rapid, small, and shallow upper-body breaths (leading to aches and pain).
·Exhale carbon too quickly (disturbing the balance of acidity and alkalinity in your body-known as the pH level).
·Use your neck and upper-back muscles to breathe (resulting in high blood pressure and racing heartbeats).
The right way to breathe
Breathe with the diaphragm: breathe deeply through your nose; your belly and diaphragm should move noticeably while breathing.
How to breathe right:
·Sit comfortably in a relaxed mode with your feet resting comfortably on the floor.
·Place your hands on your stomach.
·Breathe in slowly through your nose on a count of five, while gently pushing your hands up on
·Hold your breath for a count of five.
·Breathe out slowly through your mouth on a count of five, while pushing your hands down on
·Repeat. Allow your eyes to close as your breath deepens and your belly begins to rise and
·Begin your 10-15 minute breathing session several times a day until your breathing becomes
second nature to you.
Yoga, Qigong, and Zen meditation -- all teach correct breathing as the basic principle for practice.
Breathing right leads to correct posture, which also affects the natural flow of qi, which is the internal life force energy responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrients to different organs and tissues in your body. Good posture contributes to breathing right. Incidentally, rodents, with the shortest breaths in the animal kingdom, also have the shortest lifespan. Therefore, breathing right is an important component of your body's overall wellness, which plays a pivotal role in your myasthenia gravis recovery.
Breathing Right Now
Copyright© by Stephen Lau
EYE EXERCISE AND MYASTHENIA GRAVIS NO MORE
Eye palming to relax the eye
This unique eye-relaxation exercise uses your healing hands to direct energy to your eyes, as well as to rest your optic nerve and relax your entire nervous system.
Unlike sleep, which is unconscious and passive relaxation, palming is conscious and active relaxation. Therefore, palming is one of the best exercises for eye relaxation.
Practice palming at least for 10 to 30 minutes per session for three or more sessions daily to completely relax your eyes. Even at work, you can palm your eyes for 2 minutes, if possible, to relieve your eyestrain from the computer.
Sit comfortably with your elbows resting on a table in front of you--preferably in a darkened room, such as a bathroom without any window.
·Rub your palms together to generate some warmth.
·Place your palms over your eyes, without touching them, while resting them on the boney ridge
surrounding your eyes with the heels of your hands on your cheekbones. Your eyes should be
·Relax your mind, and breathe deeply through your nose, not your mouth. The slower your
breathing is, the more relaxed your mind becomes.
·Feel your abdomen and back expand and contract as you inhale and exhale, respectively.
·Visualize complete darkness to relax your mind.
·Feel your neck and shoulders expand and contract as your deep and slow breathing continues.
·Visualize every part of your body-hands, fingers, toes, knees, and thighs-expand and contract
with your inhalation and exhalation.
Practice eye palming whenever you feel fatigue in your eyes. It is impossible to palm for too long or for too much; some palm for hours to reap the benefits of both relaxation and meditation. If you feel any resistance to palming, it may probably be due to your subconscious resistance to relaxation. If you become more relaxed, you will see complete blackness. However, it is all right if you do not see complete blackness; just continue with your daily palming exercise.
Remember, you are living in a stressful world, and you simply cannot relax, even if you very much would like to. Attesting to the inability to relax, you may easily and often stare without blinking-and, worse, without being aware of it. As a result, your vision may have slowly and gradually deteriorated over the years, with or without myasthenia gravis.
Do not let a day pass by without palming your eyes.
The “8” eye exercise
Do the following “8” eye exercise as often as required to relax your eye muscles as well to increase their flexibility.
·Sit comfortably in a relaxed posture.
·Consciously breathe in and breathe out through your nose until you attain a natural rhythm.
·Imagine the figure “8” in the distance.
·Let your eyes trace along the imaginary figure without moving your head.
·First, trace it in one direction, and then in the opposite direction.
You can modify the exercise by imagining other alphabets and figures. The objective of this exercise, in addition to promoting relaxation and flexibility, is to train your eyes to consciously shift when focusing on an object in the distance.
The Taoist squeeze-and-open eye exercise
This ancient Chinese exercise developed by Taoist monks thousands of years ago increases blood circulation to the eyes, prevents watery eyes, and alkalizes the eyes to detoxify the liver. It removes eyestrain and soothes eye-muscle tension.
·Inhale slowly, while squeezing your eyes tightly for 10 seconds.
·Then, slowly exhale your breath, making the sh-h-h-h-h sound, while opening your eyes wide.
Repeat as many times and as often as required to cleanse the eyes and the liver.
Vision Self-Healing Self-Help
Copyright© by Stephen Lau
FASTING AND MYASTHENIA GRAVIS NO MORE
Fasting is internal cleansing and rejuvenation-one of the most efficient ways to detoxify your body of toxins. Fasting is to recovery, as sleep is to recuperation.
Fasting is voluntary abstinence from food and drink, except water, for an extended period. Fasting is the best way to detoxify your body.
The benefits of fasting are many, and they are as follows:
·Fasting accelerates the self-healing process of your body because fasting temporarily stops the continuing work of your digestive system, and therefore instrumental in reserving that energy for your self-healing.
·Fasting benefits your cardiovascular system by softening your blood vessels to help decrease your blood pressure.
·Fasting activates the immune system in your body to protect you from disease.
·Fasting relieves the burden of not only your digestive tract, but also your liver and kidneys, which have to work extra hard to remove additives and toxins accumulated in your body through improper eating. Fasting removes the cause of any chronic disease you may have by removing the toxins, not just the symptoms, as in the case of medication.
·Fasting enhances your body’s metabolism to control and manage your body weight.
·Fasting enhances your taste, hearing, and eyesight. The ancient Greeks utilized fasting to purify their bodies and to sharpen their minds. The American Indians used fasting to induce better vision.
·By conserving the energy otherwise used in digesting food, fasting provides you with more, not less, energy, contrary to the
myth that fasting makes your body weak. Remember, eating and digesting food expends your energy too.
·Fasting may alleviate your body pain and rid your body of drug dependence. Fasting facilitates you, if you are a smoker, to
quit smoking during a fast.
·Fasting slows down your aging process by keeping your arteries young (often hardened by cholesterol, fats, inorganic
minerals and fibrous tissues).
·Fasting facilitates the removal of accumulated substances that may damage cell functions, thereby slowing down your aging
process and extending your lifespan. By removing stresses on your cellular cells, fasting may give your face a more radiant
complexion, with fewer wrinkles. Rejuvenation in the skin helps your anti-aging. You would be no older in the body in the
year’s end than you were in the beginning. Fasting rejuvenates an aging body.
The process of fasting
In the process of fasting, eat more vegetables and fruits prior to a fast; reduce the consumption of meat, and refrain from eating any meat the day before a fast.
·On the first day, you may feel pangs of hunger, with a white coating on your tongue.
·On the second day, you may begin to feel gradual dissipation of hunger, with more white coating on your tongue.
·On the third day, you may feel complete disappearance of hunger and the clearance of coating on your tongue.
The first three days of a fast are most challenging. However, once the challenge is overcome, you are well on the way to rejuvenation of your entire body.
What to do during a fast
Drinking plenty of water is required since your body may easily become dehydrated due to the discharge of body fluids.
Continue your normal daily routine activities, but avoid all strenuous activities, especially those outdoor ones. Exercise as normal.
Bathe more frequently. Brush your body to stimulate your skin to rid toxins from your body.
Stop taking your daily vitamins while fasting.
Stop smoking if you are a smoker. That is as good a time as any to quit smoking for good.
Stop taking medications but consult your physician first regarding any prescribed medication.
How to break a fast
·Break a fast on fruits and vegetables juice. An apple is ideal for breaking a fast.
·Gradually increase your intake of solid food. Eat slowly and chew thoroughly. Overeating too soon may cause abdominal pain and even vomiting.
·Avoid taking salt and pepper immediately after a fast, lest they damage your stomach lining.
·Continue to drink plenty of water after a fast.
Remember, the longer the fast, the less you should eat at the first meal.
The duration of a fast is often determined by a clear tongue and clean breath, indicating that the cleansing is more or less complete.
The length of a fast depends very much on an individual.
Fasting is the best way to remove toxins from your body to enhance your immune system to remove some of the symptoms of myasthenia gravis. Also, fasting makes you younger and healthier for longer.
My Myasthenia Gravis
Copyright© by Stephen Lau