Thursday, March 15, 2018
Ernest Hemingway in his book Farewell to Arms described how once he was sitting all by himself as he watched the ants busily working under his feet, and then after a while he stamped out the ants under his feet. Tomorrow, we could become those ants. Today, living in the now ushers us into grateful living, preparing us for tomorrow, which is just another day.
Scarlet O’Hara in Gone With the Wind said at the end of the movie: “Tomorrow is another day.”
Yes, tomorrow is another day, but that day may or may never come. We always choose to believe that it will come. The truth of the matter is that it might never come. Our self-delusion that it will come may give us expectations that often lead us into doing many things to anticipate that our expectations will be fulfilled. This is one of the reasons why many of us have a compulsive mind, such that the mind is forever shuffling between the past and the future, except staying in the present, which is the only reality; the past was gone, and the future is yet to come.
Tao wisdom focuses on mindfulness, that is, living in the present moment, which is the reality of living. By the same token, Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will take care of itself. Living in the now is basic human and fundamental Biblical wisdom. Do you really believe in that? More importantly, do you put that in your everyday life and living?
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau
Monday, March 12, 2018
Due to the many health problems related trans fat, the food industry has ingeniously come up with another “man-made” fat to replace the now-unpopular trans fat. Well, it may well be a case of “jumping from the frying pan into the fire.”
This new process of making fat is called interesterification, which is a chemical process of making butter-like products from liquid vegetable oils. This chemical process uses enzymes to alter the molecular structure of a vegetable oil so as to give it the properties of a fat. Simply, it involes adding enzymes to a batch of vegetable oil to separate a triglyceride molecule into a glycerol and 3 fatty acids, and through the process of hydrogenation, the vegetable oils become hardened.
Some preliminary testing indicates that interesterified oils have the same health risks as trans fat.
Currently, there is no legislation covering interesterification, and the food industry takes advantage of this to make you believe that the “vegetable oil” you see on food labels of cakes, biscuits, and other food products are “healthy” ingredients.
No matter what is said on the food label, processed food is unnatural food. The more ingredients you find on the food label, the unhealthier it is for you. Eat natural whole foods.
Living and Raw Foods: To eat healthy, go on a living and raw diet.
Organic Food Gardening Beginner’s Manual: A 103-page manual with step-by-step guidelines to help you grow your own healthy organic food!
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau
Monday, March 5, 2018
Money matters in life. You cannot do without money. Your money matters to you. But money can often create irrational behavior in rational people, resulting in harmful and even painful consequences in their lives.
Examples of irrational behavior in rational people are:
Money matters so much to some people that they feel so contented and will not even ask for more, even though they may rightly deserve it.
Money matters so much to some people that they simply refuse ever to go into debt, blindly believing in the virtue of being debt-free no matter what.
Money matters so much to some people that they allow their greed to get better of their sound financial judgment, resulting in bad investments.
Money matters so much to some people that they do not let on about the family finances, such as couples concealing bank accounts or credit card payments from each other.
The Obstacles to Understanding Your Money Matters
You spend more than you earn. You buy things you don’t need with the money you don’t have.
You think you need more money. You save and save. Money has become security to you.
You want quick returns and big payoffs for your money.
You go with the crowd when it comes to investment and spending.
You lie about money, because you measure yourself on the basis of money.
You refuse to talk about money, because you are uncomfortable about it. Or you hate money because it is the root of all evils.
To overcome these obstacles, you must simply do exactly the opposite.
Once you can free yourself from the irrational behavior regarding money matters, you will perceive how money really matters in your life such that you will know how to sell yourself, how to invest wisely, and how to make more money. You will be richer for life—in every way. At the end of the day, your money matters.
One of the objectives of this site is to free yourself from such irrational behavior that prevents you from truly understanding how your money matters to you.
Once your understand how your money matters, you will look at money with new perspectives and you will know how to invest and make your money.
The Myth and the Truth in Investing in the Financial Markets
The myth: The financial markets are dangerous, risky, and unpredictable, and you need expert help to make money.
The truth: The financial markets, over the long term, are steady and predictable. To illustrate, an investor with little or no training, who invested in the S&P 500 Index, would have performed better than the average professional investor with an MBA in finance. This attests to the truth that expert help is no help when it comes to investing in the financial markets. Just empower yourself with knowledge in the field of your financial investment, and do it yourself, as long as you understand how your money matters to you.
Copyright © 2018 by Stephen Lau
Thursday, March 1, 2018
According to Dr. William Bates (1860 - 1931), the founder of natural vision improvement, poor vision is the result of eyestrain, due to mental and physical stress on the eye, and hence the distortion of the eye shape, leading to nearsightedness and farsightedness. Dr. Bates strongly believed that eye relaxation holds the key to improving vision. Given that vision health is holistic health, which means it includes the health of the body, the mind, and the spirit as well, the eye exercises recommended by Dr. Bates may help only partially to correct eyesight. Eye relaxation begins with the mind first, and not the eye. The mind must be completely relaxed before it can relax the body—and then the eye, which is only one of the organs of the body. In other words, eye exercises can relax the eye only when the body is also completely relaxed. You can relax the body and the mind through meditation.
Given that natural healing always takes time, natural vision improvement through eye exercises also takes time. Eye exercises are instrumental in both relaxing and strengthening eye muscles in order to correct eyesight.
However, if you want to have a quick-fix, then eye exercises are not for you. Indeed, many people are unwilling to try eye exercises to improve their vision. For one thing, many are still skeptical about the body’s capability to heal itself; for another, many consider poor vision a handicap rather than a physical condition that needs to be addressed. Indeed, many people believe that their poor vision can easily be fixed with eyeglasses or contacts, so they do not see the reason to use tedious eye exercises to correct their vision.
Practicing eye exercises has to be diligent and consistent. In addition, it is recommended that you stop wearing glasses or contacts as much as possible. That means you must get yourself accustomed to blurry vision around you as a result of not wearing eyeglasses or contacts. In addition, you must not strain to see clearly when your vision is blurry. The only promise is that you will see clearly only when your vision improves, and not before. All these pre-conditions may turn many away from the use of eye exercises to correct vision.
That said, eye exercises in conjunction with body and mind relaxation can indeed improve and correct eyesight. You have nothing to lose, even if you cannot completely dispense with your eyeglasses or contacts—at least your vision may not deteriorate any further with age. The bottom line: wearing eyeglasses or contacts will never improve your vision; they will only make it worse, not better.
Copyright © 2018 byStephen Lau
Monday, February 26, 2018
Prostate problems usually begin after age 35. By age 50, about 25 percent of all men have enlarged prostate, and by age 80, nearly 80 percent have prostate problems of some sort.
There are two major factors contributing to prostate problems: obesity and hormonal changes.
Maintaining kidney health is integral to your prostate health. Treating prostate problems with medications often affects the health of the kidneys.
Prostate cancer has to do with testosterone levels in the body. Patients diagnosed with prostate cancer are often prescribed female hormones to reduce the male testosterone.
A plant-based or vegetarian diet reduces testosterone levels. The fiber in plant foods facilitates the removal of testosterone from the body. When the liver filters the blood, it removes testosterone through the bile duct into the small intestine. The fiber from plant foods then soaks up the testosterone and removes it with other waste products out of the body. Another reason for consuming plant foods is that a protein known as sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in plant foods is responsible for keeping testosterone inactive until needed.
The lycopene in tomatoes reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Cooked tomatoes are more protective than raw ones. Other foods that contain lycopene include watermelon, strawberries, and pink grapefruit.
If diagnosed with prostate cancer, avoid all animal products. Eat plenty of grains and green vegetables to accelerate the removal of excess testosterone. Use diet to control prostate cancer. Surgery should be the last option, since prostate cancer occurring at advanced age seldom leads to fatality.
Healthy Prostate provides good information to provide you with a healthy prostate.
Copyright © 2018 by Stephen Lau
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Avoid Cancer Stress
The high incidence of cancer has continued to increase at an alarming rate, especially in the last century. But the disease is as old as age.
Indeed, many people who are apparently living a healthy lifestyle (that is, not smoking and drinking, exercising regularly, and eating healthy) are being diagnosed with cancer. Cancer has become the disease of the century despite all the medical efforts to fight the disease.
There are many reasons why and how you may get cancer. That is to say, in many ways you are responsible for it. Lack of medical knowledge is one the many reasons. Some knowledge of cancer may help you avoid the deadly disease.
First of all, cancer is not a mysterious disease. If someone does not smoke, how does he or she get lung cancer? The myth of the mysterious affliction is mainly due to the holistic nature of the disease; that is to say, cancer has multiple causes, resulting in internal disharmony that provides an optimal environment for the pre-existing cancerous cells to thrive, grow, and become malignant. Worse, the conventional methods of cancer cure are often compartmentalized, that is, focusing exclusively on the cancerous organ or tissue. To illustrate, for decades, the medical community had ignored the role of diet in cancer. Accordingly, any cancer approach, whether it is prevention or treatment, must be holistic because cancer is a multifaceted disease.
As such, in many ways you are responsible for it.
It is a common assumption that cancer is genetically inherited. This assumption has led many people to exonerate themselves from their role in cancer diagnosis. Some scientists have contested with the assumption that cancer is mainly due to family history, that is, genetically predisposed to cancer. In the middle of the 20th century, about one in 20 American women had breast cancers; now the the incidence of breast cancers has skyrocketed to one in ten. This drastic and dramatic increase does little to justify the genetic cancer theory.
If cancer is not a genetically predisposed disease, then there must be many other factors contributing to the disease; or, rather, many triggers in modern life that are responsible for the rampancy of cancer. In other words, you may be responsible for the disease. Understanding how and why you may get cancer may help you avoid the deadly disease.
To illustrate, given that cancer may involve genes, that is, certain genes may promote, while others may inhibit, the growth of cancer, the human role is also a contributing factor that may trigger the disease. According to some medical research, calcium deficiency may be culprit. The explanation is that calcium deficiency enables carcinogens to penetrate cell walls, and thus causing mutations of genes within those cells. If you do not consume a calcium-rich diet, are you not in some way responsible for the disease?
Modern diet has become more processed and unnatural, depleting the body of nutrients, and thereby compromising the immune system. What you can do is to eat natural foods, as well as to avoid overcooking them because heat destroys enzymes in foods (eating raw occasionally is the way to go). On the other hand, eating processed and dead foods and overcooking them are some of the ways you may get cancer.
The environment, its toxins from fluoride, herbicides, pesticides, mercury, and industrial wastes, is another factor contributing to cancer growth. You may not be in a position to control the environment, but you are in a position to go organic, to drink clean water, and to remove mercury fillings from your teeth, among others. Most importantly, you can detox your body to remove harmful chemicals.
Metal detoxification is a must for protect your health from toxic metals from the environment, the processed foods, and your drinking water.
Stress is yet another major factor in causing disharmony within the body, and the underlying cause of cancer. It must be mentioned that cancer diagnosis, cancer treatments, and cancer recovery journey--only further aggravate the stress in life. Again, you can control and manage your stress through mind power to change perceptions, effective time management, natural sleep, and meditation for relaxation.
Start Zen: Meditation holds the key to total relaxation of the body and mind.
The bottom line: Help your mind help your cancer through empowerment of knowledge and information about cancer, which is, after all, a multifaceted disease.
Copyright © 2018 by Stephen Lau
Monday, February 19, 2018
As you continue your life journey, you will notice that every day you look older, because aging is no respecter of persons. Look at the mirror, and see if you’ve wrinkles.
Everyone likes to look forever younger. The reasons are obvious.
The youthful look of a person is primarily based on the skin of that individual. The first impression of a person is the face: the perception of youthfulness in that individual is determined by the following factors:
Feel and touch of the skin
Your skin renews itself every 35 to 45 days. Your skin maintains its youthfulness through its continual rejuvenation. Aging begins to take its toll on the skin when the rejuvenation or renewal process is interrupted. Such interruption varies with different individuals, and that variation determines how the skin of that individual may age, as well as how it may look as it ages.
Intrinsic aging is caused by internal factors in your body, some of which are beyond your control.
Cessation or interruption of skin cell replication process
Your skin cells divide and replicate continually. However, after a while, they stop the replication process. Surprisingly, the skin cells do not perish; instead, they accumulate in your skin and secrete substances that further interrupt the natural renewal process of other healthy skin cells. Such interruption adversely affects the level of collagen, which is the most abundant protein in your body. Given that collagen makes up approximately six percent of your body weight, its breakdown takes away support of the skin, and thus causing fine wrinkles to appear on your face.
Decline of hormone production
In chronological aging, your body’s production of hormones declines as you age.
Being a woman, your estrogen (hormones) level may decline by as much as 30 percent during the first ten years of menopause. This significant loss of estrogen not only causes your skin to become thinner and less elastic, but also prolongs the renewal process of your normal skin cells.
Change in physical structure of the face
Over time, the physical structure of your face changes due to the loss of bone mass and the decline in the volume of fat under the skin.
Stress may cause the flare up of acne, eczema (red swollen skin), and rosacea (a chronic skin disease in people with fair or light skin).
There are ways to reverse your aging if you take care of your skin, have an anti-aging lifestyle..
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Healthy Liver the
Chinese medicine is about qi, which is internal life energy coursing through the meridians in the body in order to bring oxygen and nutrients to different body organs and tissues. Qi is the invisible energy that flows through not just the human body but also the universe; the human body is but a microcosm of the universe. Therefore, if the flow of qi is disrupted for any reason, the entire body system will be in jeopardy.
The liver is responsible for promoting the smooth flow of qi and "blood" throughout the body. In Chinese medicine, liver health is longevity health because a healthy liver maintains the overall wellness of an individual. In Chinese medicine, "blood" is quite different from that observed in Western medicine. To the Chinese, "blood" serves three major functions in the body system:
1. It nourishes the body by providing nutrients. After your food and drink are digested in you stomach, they are extracted by your spleen and transformed into "blood."
2. It moistens and lubricates the body by giving it movement and flexibility in the form of qi.
3. It stabilizes the mind, making your thoughts clear and stable.
In Chinese medicine, a healthy liver regulates the amount of blood circulation. If you are active, your liver will produce and release more blood, and your blood flow will be strong and flexible. If our liver is impaired, your blood flow will be disrupted. Liver disharmony, due to liver damage, often leads to emotional disharmony, such as anger and sudden outbursts. Emotional problems are often stress-related. People suffering from mental depression often have a weak liver constitution.
Because liver function affects your blood, liver problems also have an adverse impact on tendons, that is, your movements and flexibility. Liver problems are manifested in your nails and your eyes. Nails are seen by the Chinese as tendons. Good liver health is indicated by strong nails, and liver problems result in pale and brittle nails. Your eyes, considered by the Chinese as "windows" of your internal health, require nourishment of your liver. A healthy liver gives you good vision, while liver damage results in inability to see clearly, both visually and mentally.
Do not damage your liver with alcohol. If you have a drinking problem, stop alcohol addiction right away.
Copyright © 2018 by Stephen Lau
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Health Strategies for Natural Healing
Preparing to heal is an integral part of the natural healing process. Health strategies to maximize health fitness and minimize chronic disease prepare you for natural healing.
(1) The first health strategy is to stop auto-intoxification, which is self-poisoning of your body with toxins from the environment you are exposed to, the processed food you eat, and the unclean water you drink. Protecting yourself from these toxins prepares you for the self-healing process.
(2) Next, detoxification is a necessary health strategy for internal cleansing, without which self-healing cannot occur. Health strategies for internal cleansing may include: fasting, use of foot patches, skin brushing, foods and herbs, exercise, and water therapy.
(3) Healthy eating is one of the important health strategies for natural -healing. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, once said. "Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food." Always eat whole foods, not their processed counterparts. Include these foods in your daily diet:
- Alfalfa sprouts: a super food for superb nutrients and effective detoxification
- Beets: a unique vegetable for a healthy liver for internal cleansing
- Burdock: a potent "blood purifier" with anti-cancer properties
- Green barley: a green cereal grass with balanced concentration of nutrients found in nature
- Brown rice (not white rice): one of man's oldest foods for tissue detoxification, as well as a pain-free staple food
(4) Providing an optimum environment for health rejuvenation is another health strategy to sustain natural healing. A balanced acid-and-alkaline environment is conducive to cell replication and rejuvenation. Acid and alkaline are substances with opposing qualities. Your body functions at its best when the pH (acid-alkaline) is optimum, which is slightly alkaline. The pH of your blood, tissues, and body fluids directly affect the state of your cellular health. The pH scale ranges between one and fourteen. Seven is neutral. Anything below seven is considered acidic, while anything above seven is considered alkaline. Any deviation above or below 7.30 and 7.40 pH range can signal potentially serious symptoms of disease.
Too much acidification not only decreases enzyme activity for proper digestion of foods and assimilation of nutrients; but also depletes alkaline minerals, leading to bone loss and joint inflammation.
Some of the common sources of acidification are animal products, cereals, sugars and sodas, alcohol and tobacco.
Natural healing takes time, and nature can never be rushed. Diligent application of health strategies will bring about ultimate natural healing.
Copyright © 2018 by Stephen Lau
Monday, February 5, 2018
The Chinese Approach to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is becoming an epidemic in the
, affecting more than 25 million
people, and 70 percent of them being women. United
IBS is a disorder of the intestines, resulting in pain, bloating, gassiness, and changes in bowel movements.
The Chinese approach to IBS is based on the concept of balance and harmony between yin and yang. In Chinese medicine, the liver not only stores the blood but also regulates the amount of blood in circulation. Hence, the health of the liver is dependent on the sufficiency of blood for nourishment.
Chinese medicine is also about qi, which is internal life energy. The good circulation of qi contributes to optimum health; on the contrary, the stagnation of qi affects the normal functioning of the spleen, which plays a pivotal role in the circulation of body fluids, as well as oxygen and nutrients for nourishment and maintenance of body organs, especially those of the digestive system. Given that IBS is about movement and transportation of foods in the digestive system, the spleen has a critical role in the digestive health with respect to digestion processes and their related diseases.
In Chinese medicine, pensiveness or over-thinking affects the general health of the spleen, resulting in loss of appetite, abdominal bloating after meals, and indigestion in general.
In Chinese medicine, "dampness" (both internal and external) may damage the spleen and weaken its functions. For example, foods, such a sugars and dairy products, create “internal dampness” in the spleen. Flour products, such as bread, noodles and pasta, are dampening, because wheat (as opposed to rice) is dampening by nature. All oils and fats are also dampening by nature, and hence spleen-damaging. By the same token, all milk products are dampening.
The best diet for the spleen is a clear, bland diet of unrefined grains, such as brown rice and beans, and low-fat meat, with lightly cooked vegetables.
Copyright © 2018 by Stephen Lau
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Why You Must Quit Smoking
You must quit smoking if you wish to live longer and healthier. Longevity has no room for a cigarette smoker. Cigarette smoking is not a way of life for healthy living for longevity.
Cigarette smoking is the worst health hazard in
today. According to the Surgeon General of the America , approximately
one-quarter-million of Americans die each year as a result of cigarette
smoking. If you wish to age healthily, quit smoking. United States
(1) Cigarette smoking is one of the three major factors—the other two factors are high blood pressure and bad cholesterol—contributing to heart attacks and strokes. A smoker is 10 times more at risk than a non-smoker.
(2) Cigarette smoking is bad for the lungs, resulting in emphysema, chronic lung disease, and chronic bronchitis. Cigarette smoking is also implicated in cancers of the lungs, esophagus, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, and bladder.
Understandably, it may be extremely difficult to quit smoking. Many cigarette smokers have been led to believe that cigarette smoking is just a "habit," not an addiction; they have the illusion that it is just one of those "bad habits" in life. Unfortunately, due to its mood-altering effects, cigarette smoking promotes consistent and repetitive use, leading to tolerance, and subsequently the cigarette addiction.
According to research, approximately 75 to 85 percent of the 50 million smokers in the
would want to quit
smoking, but find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to give
up smoking. That is because quitting always inevitably leads to many
undesirable withdrawal symptoms, including weight gain. If you are among one of
those struggling to fight the addiction, you should exert extra effort to quit
smoking. United States
Do not erroneously believe that "filter cigarettes" are safer than regular ones. They are not! Research studies have shown that smoking lower-nicotine cigarettes may result in inhaling more deeply, taking longer puffs, and smoking longer to compensate for the lower level of nicotine. Filter cigarette is as deadly as non-filter cigarette.
So, if you are still a cigarette smoker, you must quit smoking!
Copyright © 2018 by Stephen Lau
Monday, January 22, 2018
There is an old proverb: “He who cannot ask cannot live.”
Human life is complex, and living is complicated. In order to truly understand what life is all about, you must distill life to one simple but difficult question: “Am I happy?”
This is a simple question, but the answer may not be as simple and straightforward as you may think. This simple question is about life, which is never simple; living for life may, indeed, be very complicated, especially for those who are always unhappy.
If your life is getting more complicated, you may have problems with life and living. If, on the other hand, you never have problems with feelings of anger, fear, frustration, or you never have felt that life is meaningless, you are probably not human.
Generally speaking, the purpose of living is two-fold: to enjoy life, and to expand happiness.
But how can one enjoy life if one is not happy by nature, or how can one expand happiness if one has no idea what happiness is all about? Indeed, living for life begins with that simple question: “Am I happy?”
You may want to ask another poignant question: “Why would one even bother to ask or answer that question if one is already unhappy with life?”
So, if you wish to be happy, you must ask yourself on a regular basis that one simple question: “Am I happy?”
Focusing on so-called goals in life, many of us lose our true selves in the pursuit of our dreams. If you are one of them, you must re-direct your life. If you wish to re-discover your "new" self, or never want to go back to your "old" life, THE BOOK OF LIFE AND LIVING is right for you.
Copyright© by Stephen Lau
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Key to Successful Weight Loss
The key to successful weight loss is eating less and eating naturally.
Understanding the fundamentals of weight loss
Before you attempt any weight loss, understand the fundamentals of weight loss.
Do not become obsessed with your body weight. The bathroom scale does not tell you how much fat or muscle you may have; nor does it tell you if you are healthy or not, unless you are grossly overweight.
Remember, your body weight always fluctuates—which is a fact, and which is only normal.
Counting calories is irrelevant in weight loss, although calories are critically important to weight loss. Weight loss occurs only when the calories you consume are fewer than the calories you use up. Overweight is a result of consuming too many more calories than your body can expend.
Counting calories is not only difficult but also inaccurate for the following reasons:
Inability to accurately quantify the mathematic values of foods
Discrepancy in the biochemical differences in different foods
Differences in each individual’s biochemical and genetic makeup
Differences in metabolism rate due to age, sex, health, and energy output.
Counting calories will drive you crazy. Did your ancestors count calories? If they didn’t, then why should you? So, stop counting calories!
More muscle mass means more weight loss. Given that lean muscle mass requires calories even at time of rest, the amount of muscle mass you maintain affects your metabolism in a positive way: you burn calories while you sleep. Therefore, the more muscles you have, the higher your metabolism rate becomes, and the more calories you will burn. The converse is also true: as you lose your muscle mass, the metabolism rate decreases, and so does your weight-loss rate.
Water loss is not the same as weight loss. The maximum amount of weight loss (fat or muscle) in one day is about one half pound. Since your body is made up of 60 percent water, and one gallon of water weighs about eight pounds, any additional weight loss greater than one half pound may only be water, and not your body fat. Therefore, when your body replaces the water lost, weight gain will resume, and you may be right back to where you started at an unhealthy weight.
Why losing weight is so difficult
Many people wish to lose weight, but many of them become victims in the battle of the bulge. There are several reasons:
If you want to lose 10 pounds, consider this: 3,500 calories equal one pound of your body weight. To lose 10 pounds of body weight, you have to expend 35,000 more calories than you consume. Mathematically, to lose 10 pounds in two weeks, you need to burn 2,500 more calories a day. You know this is not a piece of cake!
If you want a quick-fix to your weight problem, forget it! There is no magic bullet to weight loss.
If you want to jump from one diet to another, your body weight only yo-yos more, creating more frustration (which often leads to binge eating), and many more health problems further down the road.
If you want to use low-calorie foods to lose weight, forget it! Low-calorie foods are generally disagreeable and unpleasant to the palate.
Good luck to your weight loss!
Copyright© by Stephen Lau