Monday, April 30, 2018

Breast Cancer and Diet


Breast Cancer and Diet

You are what you eat and you become what you eat. There is much truth is this: after all, what you eat gives you not only the energy but also the nutrients to support and sustain your health.

According to CNN reporting, Dr. Alison Estabrook, chief of breast surgery at St. Luke's-Roosevelt and director of the Breast Center, breast cancer has much to do with eating habits. Women in the United States have a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer, despite the decline in breast cancer in recent years. According to the report, soy products, kale, sweet potatoes, squash, salmon, haddock, cod, beans, and whole grains are strongly recommended for daily diet for prevention of breast cancer in women.

Unfortunately, not all oncologists embrace the link between nutrition and breast cancer, citing insufficient research evidence. Some of them are blind to the fact that cancer has to do with the holistic balance within the body, and not just the dysfunctional cell multiplication within the body.

According to Chinese medicine, cancer is internal disharmony caused by nutrition and other environmental factors. Its approach to cancer is quite different from that of Western medicine. As an illustration, a patient diagnosed by Western doctors as suffering from stomach cancer might be described differently by Chinese physicians, because the pathogenic conditions of the patient could vary. The patient could be suffering from energy blockage of the spleen meridian, from poisonous heat in the stomach system, or from accumulation of fire at the intermediate level. In addition, Chinese physicians would not be so concerned with the spread of the disease, or the degree of its malignancy. Instead, their focus would be on clearing blockage of the spleen system, eliminating poisonous heat in the stomach system, or dispersing fire at the intermediate level. All these could be achieved through diet and detoxification. Once these pathogenic causes are removed, recovery of the patient will be only a matter of time.

Understandably, to be diagnosed with cancer of any type is a devastating experience. But to prevent and to cure cancer begin with the mind first, and not the body. Read my book: Congratulations. You've Got Cancer! to find out how to harness your mind power to do just that.

In addition to diet, you must also keep your body free from toxins to prevent any type of cancer. The first step is to eliminate the use of drugs as much as possible, especially those over the counter. Decades ago, I used to be taking more than 10 toxic drugs, including corticosteroids, for my autoimmune disease myasthenia gravis. Now, I am completely drug free. You can do it if you empower yourself with knowledge about the dangers of drugs from the pharmaceutical industry.

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Stephen Lau
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Knowing Your Baby


To be a smart parent, you need to know your baby. Knowing your baby will help you make your baby smarter.

Observing and Bonding

Your baby grows incredibly fast. Observing your baby’s unique personality development is critically important. In general, babies may be grouped into three types: the easy, the slow, and the difficult.

If your baby is “easy,” congratulations! You must have done an excellent job throughout your pregnancy. If your baby happens to be “slow” or even “difficult,” don’t get disheartened; you just need more energy and effort to help your baby turn around to live up to his fullest potentials and to reach his personal best.

How do you know which classification your baby may fall into during the first few weeks?

For one thing, there are no hard-and-fast rules governing each classification. Just do your best to observe your baby’s behavior, personality, and temperament.

Types of Baby

Easy Babies

Easy babies usually eat and sleep well, and they are generally very responsive to your attention and the environment. In addition, they do not cry that often, and are less irritable.

Slow Babies

Slow babies take time to warm up, as well as to respond to your attention and the environment. They generally smile less often, and require a stronger stimulus or greater attention.

Difficult Babies

Difficult babies cry a lot during their sleep. They fuss a great deal during their waking time; they scream and struggle, and are more difficult to be comforted.

Which type does your baby fall into? Pay attention to how your baby eats and sleeps, how your baby moves his arms and legs, how your baby reacts to the environment with different sounds. Be very observant of your baby’s unique behavior and personality development.

Does your baby react strongly and quickly to different sounds?
Is your baby eager to touch, grasp, and mouth anything within his reach?
Is your baby easily contented?
Is your baby moving a lot?
Does your baby easily become restless during sleep?
Does your baby easily become accustomed to any new stimulus?

Finding answers to the above questions may help you know the personality of your baby. For example, if you ring a bell, and your baby easily becomes accustomed to the sound of a bell—that is, without becoming startled or turning his head; that means your baby has the capability to “block out” the distraction and to concentrate on something new or specific. This is often a positive sign of early cognitive development.

Remember, nothing is set in stone: you can always help your baby grow out of any type.     

Accepting and Appreciating

No matter what type your baby may fall into, it is your baby. Develop a gently loving approach to understand, accept, and appreciate your baby’s behavior, capability, personality, and temperament. Remember, you can always improve his personality and temperament. Appreciate your baby’s uniqueness is important to his personality growth. The bonding between the baby and the parents plays a pivotal role in the baby’s own physical and mental development. This relationship is the groundwork for the baby’s learning experience, as well as the baby’s individual personality traits and abilities. If you want your baby to become super smart, always enhance this bonding and relationship.

Remember the following:

Always create a nurturing environment in which your baby can grow cognitively.

Learn to relax if your baby is too demanding; try to take a nap while your baby is sleeping.

Learn to smile when approaching your screaming baby. Remember, your baby may be as miserable as you are, and he is there not to annoy you.

Accept a difficult baby: things will change for the better sooner or later.


Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau


Monday, April 23, 2018

Breast Cancer and Exercises

Breast Cancer and Exercises

Stress is major factor in the cause of disease and disorder. When you are in chronic stress, your body uses its DHEA and thus impairs the normal functioning of your body's hormonal glands as well as your immune system. Stress may be caused by work, time-stress, financial stress, relationship stress, and health stress, among others. Accumulated stress may be an underlying cause of breast cancer.

According to studies, exercise can offer women significant protection against breast cancer, especially in Caucasian mothers 40 years old or younger. The explanation is that exercise relieves stress and depression, which are common among young mothers; exercise indirectly brings about emotional transformation that enhances the immune system, and thus offering extra protection against the mutation of cancer cells.

Studies have also indicated that aerobic exercise has a greater impact than anaerobic exercises, such as weight training. Aerobic exercises for at least 20 minutes several times a week benefit the immune system to protect against breast cancer. However, it must be pointed out that the exercise benefits depend on the intensity, that is, the degree of exertion, rather than on the length of the exercise.

Another way to cope with stress using exercises is to use Oriental exercises, which focus on natural movements, posture, and correct breathing to bring about holistic health of the body and the mind. There is a close connection between the body and the mind when it comes to stress control, where yoga plays a pivotal part. Yoga is more than an exercise: it is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years, based on ancient theories, observations, and principles about the connection between the mind and the body. The intrinsic benefits of yoga have been proven by modern medicine.

Tai Chi is another Oriental exercise based on body movements to circulate your body's invisible energy called qi. Smooth circulation of qi energy ensures a healthy and relaxed body. Stagnant and blocked qi energy causes all sorts of chronic disease. Tai Chi is an ancient exercise that has been practiced for thousands of years as an effective alternative healing for the body and the mind. By strengthening the immune system, Tai Chi can improve your health slowly but steadily. More importantly, it can relieve your stress and calm your nerves.

Qi Gong is a set of self-healing exercises designed to balance your qi, bringing you back into harmony with your inner self, as well as with Nature. bringing you back into harmony with your Nature. These exercises incorporate your breathing, posture, movement, meditation, and visualization to move oxygen and nutrients from your blood to different body organs and tissues. As a result, distress and anxiety are dispelled during meditation, positive thinking with great confidence is affirmed, and deep concentration  of the mind is also emphasized. Through qi gong, you gain control of your body and mind, thereby instrumental in stimulating the circulation of your blood and qi for total body ad mind relaxation..

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Science of Happiness about Parenting


The Science of Happiness about Parenting

Parenting may bring you satisfaction only if you are intentionally starting a family. But parenting is undertaking a difficult new venture fraught with many responsibilities, which are often very unpredictable. In addition, you are also forfeiting a lot of things that made you happy in the past.

Economist Andrew Oswald once said: “It’s not that children make you less happy; it’s just that children don’t make you more happy.”

But, according to a team of Californian psychologists, “overall, parents report happier, more satisfied, and thinking more about the meaning in life than non-parents do.”

Given that children create more work for those who love them, young parents, single parents, and moms may not find happiness in bringing up their children.

Remember:

If you are thinking of having kids to make you happier, think again! A parent’s first job is not to raise kids, but to enjoy them.

Stephen Lau

Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau

Monday, April 16, 2018

Avoid Dangerous Drugs


Avoiding Drugs During and After Pregnancy

If possible avoid taking any drug during or after your pregnancy. Optimum health is always drug-free.

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 test and research results in some cases.

To illustrate, 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 yet another scandal 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.

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.

In addition, drugs tested on animal models may be biased and even irrelevant. 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 pharmaceutical drugs.

The pharmaceutical companies and the FDA have convinced not only the medical establishment but also the gullible public that costly drugs are the answer 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 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 of pharmaceuticals.

When you give your body a drug that replaces a substance your body is capable of making itself, you 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.

Unfortunately, no drug can give you insight into the circumstance that created your problems. At best, it can only temporarily reduce the physical pain created by your situation. A drug "cures" your symptoms at the expense of creating more potential symptoms 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.

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. 

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Don't Over-Stress Yourself


Parenthood is often stressful, especially when one has to bring up several kids.

But stress is often the underlying cause of many diseases, including autoimmune diseases. There are more than 100 types of autoimmune diseases, and women are more vulnerable to them than men are. These diseases are devastating in that they can attack anyone at any age, although the vulnerability to these autoimmune diseases increases with age; worse, there is no known cure, at least according to conventional medicine.

Knowing the causes of autoimmune diseases may help you prevent and fight against them.

The healthy human body is equipped with immunity to fight against viruses, bacteria, and parasites—in short, diseases. Unfortunately, this immunity, known as the immune system, may become compromised such that, instead of attacking the unwelcome foreign invaders to the body, it begins to attack the cells and tissues in the body itself. In a healthy individual, the immune defenses protect the cells from outside invaders. However, when a person develops autoimmunity, the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own cells instead of protecting them.

The good news is that autoimmunity is present in everyone to some extent. The bad news is that autoimmunity can be triggered by many environmental, physical, as well as emotional factors, such that it can cause a broad spectrum of human illnesses, known as autoimmune diseases, which, according to modern medicine, has no cure.

Essentially, autoimmunity can affect almost any organ or body system. The exact problem you may have with autoimmunity depends on which body tissues are targeted by your immune system. For example, if your skin is targeted, you may have skin rashes, blisters, or color changes; if your thyroid gland is affected, you may feel extremely tired, sensitive to cold, and muscle aches; if your joints are attacked, you may have severe joint pain, stiffness, and loss of function, known as rheumatoid arthritis.

Stress plays a pivotal role in a compromised immune system. If you are living in a stressful environment, you may be at a high risk for developing an autoimmune disease down the road. As a matter of fact, stress is the underlying cause of many diseases, including cancer. The bottom line, try to live a stress-free life. It is not easy, but it is doable if you have the wisdom to let go of all your attachments to this material world. Surely, it is easier said than done, because we all have an ego that we want to enhance and protect. However, the reality is that our ego-self is not our real self; it is someone we wish we were, and in the process of expanding the ego, we create the stress that may lead to the development of an autoimmune disease.

Stephen Lau 
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau

Monday, April 9, 2018

Do Exercise Regularly During Pregnancy


DO EXERCISE REGULARLY
    
Exercise on a regular basis not only helps you overcome many of the physical challenges but also offers many health benefits throughout your pregnancy.
    
Exercise increases the brain’s production of serotonin, dopamine and endorphins, which are brain chemicals to balance mood swings, reduce stress, and promote positivity.
Exercise enhances body posture, which ultimately affects breathing.
Exercise improves heart and lung functions.
Exercise reduces digestive discomfort.
Exercise strengthens muscles, relieves muscle aches and cramps.
Exercise controls weight gain.
Exercise provides stamina to get through the long hours in labor.
Exercise helps faster recovery from childbirth.

The Dos and Don’ts of Exercise

Do exercise on a regular basis.
Do exercise safely based on your physical fitness level.
Do exercise to maintain, and not to improve, your physical fitness.
Do exercise preferably with a friend or your partner.
Do keep your breathing even and regular throughout the exercise.
Do maintain a healthy body temperature throughout the exercise, especially in the first trimester (why: a core temperature of over 39.2°C may harm the baby).
Don’t over-exercise or push yourself to the limit.
Don’t exercise with the intention of losing weight.
Don’t exercise with reduction in fetal movement.
Don’t exercise with respiratory disorders, or cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure.
Don’t exercise when bleeding occurs.
Don’t exercise when diagnosed with severe anemia (due to lack of iron in the blood).
Don’t exercise when diagnosed with placenta previa (a low-lying placenta, diagnosed in routine scan after 20 weeks).
Don’t exercise when diagnosed with an incompetent cervix (a high risk for miscarriage in the second trimester).

Do choose the right exercise

Yoga

Yoga is an ancient exercise that teaches body awareness through breathing and relaxation, thereby instrumental in facilitating labor and childbirth.

Yoga poses relax the mind and relieve muscle tension. Certain yoga poses also help indigestion and constipation frequently experienced during pregnancy.

Do get the book: YOGA FOR PREGNANCY, BIRTH, AND BEYOND by Francoise Barbira Freedman (Amazon) The book focuses on different yoga poses for different trimesters, including childbirth and beyond.
    
Walking

Walking is an ideal exercise, especially during the first two trimesters.

Do practice awareness walking, which is walking with full attention to what you are doing—noticing the movement of your limbs, the shifting of your body weight as you move your right and left foot. Awareness walking enhances your concentration and mental focus, which play a pivotal role during labor and childbirth.

Don’t walk while talking on the cell phone, or listening to music. Avail the opportunity to focus on your body, or any subliminal message you have created, such as “I’m going to have a healthy baby.”

Stephen Lau
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