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M-J's Miscellany

Laundry Symbology

Posted on December 28, 2015 at 11:10 AM


I received a beautiful dressing gown for Christmas. I looked at the laundering label and was a bit puzzled about what some of the symbols there represented. Then I found a good page on laundry, ironing and dry-cleaning symbols:


Eat Spicy Food, Live Longer

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Don't Eat that Dreck!

Posted on May 25, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Eat Pure Foods for Good Health

Having avoided eating both fish and the bottom-feeders known as "shellfish" all my life, and known many people to have been poisoned by them, I'm happy to report that my instinct was good. Shellfish contain domoic acid, which is responsible for kidney damage in humans as well as in sea-creatures who live on them. Domoic acid from shellfish is also known to cause a brain-condition known as amnesic shellfish poisoning. On my page, "Elegant Health", there are several articles about the dangers of fish and seafood. Here is an instructive report from February, 2014:

‘Safe’ levels of neurotoxin found in seafood may cause kidney damage

By Loren Grush Published February 07, 2014 FoxNews

M-J's Elegant Macrobiotic Dish

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Shredded apple and Romaine lettuce adorn a bed of cool brown rice. Please visit Elegant Cook by M-J de Mesterton for this and other elegant macrobiotic recipes.

Health-Promoting Turmeric and Ginger

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 2:55 PM

Labels: Antioxidant Turmeric, Celery, Cucumber, Elegant Survival, Elegant Vegetables, Ginger, Ginger Root, Health-Benefits Turmeric, Red Onion, Turmeric Okinawa Diet, Vegetables for Good Health, Yams

ARTICLE at Natural News: Turmeric for Cancer-Prevention

Buttress Your Bosom in Bed

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 7:50 PM

NightLift Bras

Developed by renowned plastic surgeon Randal Haworth, MD, FACS, NightLift® is the first and only sleepwear collection specifically designed to protect the breasts and décolletage. During his 20 years of private practice in Beverly Hills, Dr. Haworth found that those breast patients who wore a bra while sleeping had higher, firmer bosoms. NightLift helps to prevent sagging and drooping over time by keeping the breasts perfectly immobile, but always comfortably supported.

M-J's Review of the NightLift Bra


Tanning Does Damage

Posted on February 15, 2015 at 3:10 PM

The so-called "unretouched" photo of Cindy Crawford dressed as a rapper-thug, with her torso and legs bare, is causing a lot of comment. What it should tell women and girls of all ages is that getting a suntan is really stupid, and will be a source of regret later on, when formerly soft skin turns to something that looks and feels like elephant hide.


Posted on February 2, 2015 at 12:15 AM

You ought to consider stocking up on ginger this winter; eating it will help reduce the symptoms and duration of rhinovirus and influenza.

©M-J de Mesterton

Lymphatic Health

Posted on November 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Epsom Salt, the Elegant, Economical, Classic Bath Additive

After your refreshing, health-promoting soak in the hot bath with Epsom salt (add a cup-full to running water), stand in the tub with the water off, and brush your lymph-node areas (see chart, courtesy of Natural Health School) in a circular motion with this sturdy, elegant brush by Swissco. Then, rinse. Vigorously using a white, crisp, line-dried towel on your clean skin is the ideal spa-like coda to this health-promoting process.

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

"Dr. Fiber" Writes

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Dr. Joseph Mercola has written a new, encouraging article about the health-benefits of fiber (fibre).

Ingesting dietary fiber (also known as "roughage") can reduce one's chances of developing heart disease and diabetes, as well as help rid the system of yeast and other mycotoxins. Dr. Mercola explains and lists the many health-benefits of this essential diet-component HERE.


Below: Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Sautéed Vegetables


Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Since 2006, I have been writing about the benefits of wearing gloves. Now, there is more justification than ever for my admonitions and recommendations on the topic. Currently plaguing Americans and the rest of the world are norovirus and MRSA; the deadly ebola virus is rampant in Africa, and other antibiotic-resistant diseases are proliferating. Most of these viruses are spread by surface-contact. Wearing gloves while out in public, especially while shopping, and disinfecting them when you get home can save your life. And hospital-acquired diseases are now common, so do your best to avoid hospitals and other heath-clinics. 


Hospital-acquired infections can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites; they are spread by touching contaminated surfaces, clothing and implements, or skin-contact with infected people. Viruses may be contracted from surgical procedures, catheters, or by inhaling airborne pathogens.

Common hospital infections are MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) and C Difficile.These micro-organisms may already exist dormantly in the patient's body or be contracted from the air, contaminated surfaces and hospital equipment, healthcare workers or other patients. Hospitals must employ pre-screening for MRSA or C-Difficile prior to surgery.

These infections and viruses are often resistant to antibiotics, and the lack of effective therapies may necessitate amputation of fingers or limbs. If you find yourself having to be in the hospital as a patient or visitor, wear disposable gloves before touching any surface, tool, item of clothing or person.

Relying on antibacterial gels and liquids is no longer adequate for self-protection against dangerous germs. Wearing gloves not only enhances your elegance, but will give you confidence in your safety and survival.

©M-J de Mesterton 2014

Protect Yourself from the Elements

with Gloves, Hats and Parasols




M-J's New Smoothie

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM
  Pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant, broccoli is anti-carcinogenic, and daikon radish is beneficial to the liver and kidneys. Combining these three ingredients in a morning smoothie is an excellent idea. I add some pure apple juice as the liquid component, and sometimes turmeric powder for its anti-inflammatory properties.©M-J de Mesterton 2013
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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

Careful What You Wish for...

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM

...you just might get it--so goes the old admonition. Some of us have been warning for years that "health insurance" is inimical to and totally different from "health care". It certainly is not synonymous with medical services. If huge corporations and other behemoths can deny you benefits and dwindle your budget while doing it, they will--that's their nature. Here's another ancient adage that ought to have come to mind in 2009: There IS NO Free Lunch!

Suddenly, those who insisted that the emperor's new clothes were something glorious are having a rude awakening. ENLIGHTENING ARTICLE

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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