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Surface-Germs Live a Week

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM

That's one of the many reasons why I never go out without gloves or fly without covering up completely. And now, with MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome going around, flying is more dangerous than ever...ARTICLE

Whisky a Go Go and Johnny Rivers

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Musician Johnny Rivers, who topped the record-charts for years in the 1960s, was instrumental in founding the Hollywood music venue, Whisky a Go Go, which is now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. ARTICLE in the L.A.TIMES

1886 House in Orange, CA

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

William Booker, Tuskegee Airman

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

A New Addition to the Elegant Survivors List

William Booker, Seattle Native, Tuskegee Airman  and Boeing Engineer: Memorial Service

Photo of Wiliam Booker Courtesy of KING 5 News


Posted on November 15, 2013 at 7:35 PM
Thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!  

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)


Posted on November 15, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Here is what I said in 2010: a Payback to the Health Insurance Industry--and now, the government has let it slip that the insurance companies are going to be paid--after all, they DID support this corrupt, bait-and-switch scheme.

Chicken Will Sicken

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Get Ready for Chicken Suits as the USDA Gives You CHICKEN THAT SICKENS
  As if the president and his cronies needed another way to trash the United States' economy--but they are very creative when it comes to "change".  This next sick scheme  ought to make you retch, and avoid the lure of tasty chicken dishes, baked or fried. From Mike Adams, Editor of NATURAL NEWS:

USDA to Destroy the Domestic Poultry Industry by Selling out to China

It's also a disastrous policy. If put into action, it will not only further destroy the economic base of U.S. farmers and chicken growers, it will also wildly contaminate the chicken supply across the U.S. with China-grown chicken laced with arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium and toxic chemicals.     Click Here to Read M-J's Main Website, Elegant Survival

The Prescient Dr. Benjamin Rush

Posted on November 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM

"The Constitution of this Republic should make special provision for medical freedom. To restrict the art of healing to one class will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic. Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship and force people who wish doctors and treatment of their own choice to submit to only what the dictating outfit offers."

Dr. Benjamin Rush, the Father  of American Medicine (1746--1813)

Portrait of Dr. Benjamin Rush by Charles Willson Peale

Masao Abe, Elegant Survivor, Dies at 96

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Japanese-American Masao Abe received two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and a Congressional Gold Medal for his service in the U.S. Army. He died of natural causes in Issaquah, Washington on Aug. 6, 2013.

ARTICLE by Lewis Kamb in the Seattle Times

Common Chinese Plant Kills Cancer

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 3:05 PM
Compound from Common Chinese Plant Blasts Cancer-Cells
Known as the ‘thunder god vine’ or lei gong teng, this Chinese plant is actually integrated into Chinese medicine and has been used for ages in remedying a number of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis.
According to new research at the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center, a compound isolated from the thunder god plant led to “no evidence of tumors” after a 40-day period of ingestion by subjects, even after discontinuing the treatment. The results of this study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The scientists working on the project were stunned by the anti-cancer properties of the compound. The thundergod vine contains triptolide, a substance which has been identified as a cancer-fighter in previous research for its tumor-inhibiting properties.
Study leader and vice chairman of research at the Cancer Center,  Ashok Saluja explained  to Bloomberg News that he was blown away by the beneficial effects of such a simple plant: “This drug is just unbelievably potent in killing tumor cells,” he said.
As with numerous other powerful plant-substances like turmeric, dandelion and ginger, mainstream science is extremely reticent in confirming what many traditional practitioners have long recognized. This is likely because there is simply no money for major corporations in researching the healing powers of natural herbs and compounds such as that which is  found in the thunder god vine. Turmeric and ginger, for example, have been found to be amazing anti-cancer substances that are virtually free compared to expensive and dangerous cancer drugs. Cynical, disingenuous and venal elements within the behemoths running the pharmaceutical industry, and its regulators see no benefit to themselves, thus continue to discount the usage of  benign and relatively pure plant-based compounds and traditional spices in the treatment and prevention of cancer.
 Big Pharma-sponsored scientists have managed to ignore these spices as much as possible. In fact, they have often been caught  faking thousands of studies to fraudulently demonstrate the supposed value of pharmaceutical drugs pushed by giant pharma perps—many of which are later forced to pay millions in fines which only slightly stack up against their billions in profits.
Those profits are threatened by the many real studies that were performed by independent scientists examining the rejuvenating power of cheap ingredients like turmeric, which has been found by peer-reviewed research available on PubMed to positively influence over 590 conditions.
While it is great news that this study is bringing the beneficial effects of inexpensive plant-compounds to light, the bad news is that the individuals responsible for the aforementioned research are actually looking to create a pharmaceutical drug from the Chinese plant’s essential component, triptolide. A drug that Big Pharma will seek FDA approval for is likely to be nutritionally ruined by a mass-production process and sold for exorbitant amounts of cash. Before that eventuality, we ought to stock up on the benevolent stuff.
Source of  the preceding information: Natural Society
The Original Article Has Been Edited for Clarity and Language by Elegant Survival News
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Jocasta Innes, 1934--2013

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Jocasta Innes, cookery and interior design writer: born at Nanjing, China 21 May 1934; married 1960 Richard Goodwin (divorced 1967; one daughter), one son (by John Michell, adopted by Goodwin), 1967 Joe Potts (divorced 1979; two daughters), partner to Sir Richard MacCormac; died in London 20 April 2013. Obituary in The Independent******************************************************************************************************* Obituary for Authoress Jocasta Innes in the Telegraph U.K. Click Here to Read M-J's Main Website, Elegant Survival

Terrific Turmeric

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

The Health-Benefits of Turmeric (pronounced "ter-mer-ik"--though the name is often badly mispronounced as "toomerick")

 Turmeric helps reduce fat in the liver, and helps the liver metabolize fats that have been produced in it from glucose (sugar) and refined carbohydrates like white flour. To be more effective in the liver,  turmeric should be ingested with a beneficial fat. I recommend swallowing a teaspoon of coconut oil just before or after taking turmeric. Turmeric is also known for reducing trigylcerides, inflammation, blood-sugar and the duration of viruses.

My Low-Cost Source for High-Quality Turmeric


Happy Easter from Elegant Survival

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Aspartame/Diet Soda Warning

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

A friend of mine who works in health-care sent me the following message, and I would like to share it here at Elegant Survival, with some minor editing. Though the article may have been written a few years ago, it is still relevant in 2012.


In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick. She had stomach-spasms and was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.  By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick she just knew she was dying.  She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter's name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.  She also wanted her last "hooray", so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for on March 22nd.  On March 19th  I called  to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn't find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS.  I recalled an article a friend of mine e-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda. She told me that she did. As a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack one open that moment.  I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the diet soda! I e-mailed her an article my friend, a lawyer, had sent. My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the diet soda AND she could walk! The muscle-spasms went away. She said she didn't feel 100% but, she sure felt a lot better.  She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me when she got home.  Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed! He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind. In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in diet soda.. and literally dying a slow and miserable death.  When she got to Florida on March 22, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning! She is well on her way to a complete recovery. And she is walking.  No wheelchair! This article on Aspartame saved her life.


I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on 'ASPARTAME,' marketed as  Nutra Sweet, Equal, and Spoonful.

In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant. I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.

I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: when the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus.

Many people were being diagnosed in error. Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is!

Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers.

The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use, enhancing the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition. We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptomatic, once taken off diet sodas.

In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disappear. We've seen many cases where vision loss returned and hearing loss improved markedly.

This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia. During a lecture I said, "If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains, numbness in your legs, cramps,  vertigo, dizziness, headaches,  tinnitus, joint pain, inexplicable depression, anxiety attacks,slurred speech, blurred vision or memory loss, you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!"

People were jumping up during the lecture saying, "I have some of these symptoms. Is it reversible?"


STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels! Many products are sweetened with it. This is a serious problem. Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his recent visit to ahospice; a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence.

Diet soda is NOT a diet product. It is a chemically-altered, high-sodium and ASPARTAME-containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates.

"Diet Soda" is far more likely to make you GAIN weight!

These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve tissue specimens.

Many products we use every day contain this chemical, but we SHOULD NOT store it IN our bodies!

Dr. H. J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of these so-called diet products, and with no significant increase in exercise, his patients lost an average of 19 pounds over a trial period.

Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that some physicians, who believed that they had patients with retinopathy found that their symptoms may have been caused by Aspartame. Aspartame elevates  blood sugar. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for proper balance.

Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE. Especially with diabetics, Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain, causing various levels of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic-attacks, uncontrollable anger and rage.

Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well. Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turn-arounds in their behavior when these chemicals were removed from their diets.

So called "behavior-modification prescription drugs" (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place!

Most of these children were being 'poisoned' on a daily basis with the very foods that were "better for them than sugar".

It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.

Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i.e. mental retardation, if taken by the mother at the time of conception and during early pregnancy. Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NEVER be given artificial sweeteners.

There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering grandmal seizures and other neurological disturbances talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.

Herein lies the problem: there were Congressional hearings when Aspartame was included in 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent ones, and still nothing has been done.The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets.

Sadly, MONSANTO'S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED! There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced. Everybody wants a 'piece of the Aspartame pie".

I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is.

And isn't it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians?

This corrupt activity has been exposed in the New York Times. These organizations cannot criticize any additives or reveal their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.

Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants.    The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.  The bill was killed.

It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public. Well, you're informed now!

Please print this out and/or e-mail it to your family and friends.

~~Author Unknown~~


Humiliation at the Hands of TSA Hacks

Posted on October 5, 2011 at 12:50 PM

After reading this article, I'm wondering why anyone still flies, unless they absolutely must. There are high-tech ways of holding business meetings and visiting with loved ones. "Being There" ain't the end-all, be-all, after all! Reject the perverted tyranny that poses as "security" and find alternate means of transportation until this inane window-dressing stops. And imagine how small your carbon-footprint will be....

Man's Inhumanity to Man: Movies

Posted on October 3, 2011 at 10:30 AM


A beautiful, horrifying, true story by  Khaled Hosseini.


(No, it is not about the late saboteur of the same name)

Time to Make Muesli

Posted on August 8, 2011 at 12:45 PM

In these days of of economic malaise (and though I warned of such disaster beginning in 2006, the trillions in "stimulus" spent by a Democrat congress and president back in early 2009 rendered it inevitable), we cannot depend upon electricity, gas, or the dollar. I had a surplus of oatmeal, and decided this past weekend that it was time to bake the stuff into muesli before it's too late. Some of us cannot afford solar ovens or panels.  If there is no electricity or gas to bake or cook the oatmeal, it would likely go to waste in an emergency, I reckoned. I created one variety of muesli/"granola" with home-made apple syrup, cinnamon, walnuts and almonds, and another batch with shredded coconut, coconut milk, pineapple and banana. There are many recipes for granola and muesli on the internet. Muesli can be a health-promoting emergency food. ©M-J de Mesterton