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Posted on January 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM

You must understand the enemy in order to thwart him. Mice can wreck your life in an otherwise desirable house or apartment. Here is an excellent tutorial on what motivates mice, and preventing an insalubrious infestation, by my good neighbour in Victoria, B.C., Steffani Cameron: Six Tips for Mouse-Proofing Your House

An Additional Tip:

Get a cat, but make sure that you keep the dry cat-food in plastic buckets with a tight lids.

Cats are cheap to keep, and will rid your home of dangerous, unhealthy vermin.

They are also calm and beautiful to look at, while being good companions.

Domestic felines are good company for humans, but once they are living inside one's home, mice are apt to avoid your place like the plague that vermin are famous for spreading.

Cats are elegant and clean--the perfect house-pets!


©M-J de Mesterton 2011


Words to the Wise

Posted on August 9, 2014 at 6:05 PM
Burgeoning Viruses and Plagues are Spreading Thanks to Frequent Flyers, Poor Sanitation, Lax Medical Industry Waste-Disposal and Over-Use of Antibiotics
“Don’t Touch the Walls” 
So goes the admonition about local clinics that have seen ebola patients within Sierra Leone on the African continent. The disease has been known to be extremely contagious for decades, yet some entities would have you believe that it is difficult to contract. (Not airborne? Bodily fluids do exist in the air as infinitesimal particles which are easily inhaled, and once the virus is deposited onto surfaces, it continues to live.) Concurrent with the denials of this hemorrhagic fever's virulence, dire warnings are issued. Confused? Just read the linked article in Telegraph U.K. for a bit of enlightening reality: ARTICLE
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"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

Check It & Chuck It Update

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM



Many shampoos contain cancer-causing chemicals. Jonathan Benson, a writer at NATURAL NEWS, explains in his new article: Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Nearly 100 Common Shampoos and Soaps

What Black-Hearted Ingredients Have They Put in Those Bubbles, I Wonder?

Sprouts for Survival

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Sprouting Wheat, Beans and Seeds
Grow your own tiny, highly nutritious vegetables in a few days, anywhere.
Put into glass storage jars, or plastic tote-bins, a year’s supply of alfalfa seeds, mustard seeds, wheat berries (whole wheat kernels) and the beans of your choice. The best ones for sprouting are pinto beans, adzuki beans, small red beans, mung beans, peas, lentils, and any small red or white kidney beans. The smaller the bean, the better crop of sprouts you will have. You are certainly able to sprout large kidney beans, but they may sour faster once sprouted. Use sterile glass jars with relatively wide mouths, and some nylon, cheesecloth, or plastic window screen material (it’s soft and comes on a roll, available at big hardware stores) attached to their rims with rubber bands. Put a half-inch or so of little beans or alfalfa seeds at the bottom of a jar, and add clean water up to half-jar full. Soak the beans or seeds overnight. The next morning, drain the jar through the porous material attached to the rim. Rinse seeds or beans with water through the top of the jar, no need to remove straining material; drain well, and set in a place with little light. Rinse again in the evening. Repeat this process daily, and on the third or fourth day, you’ll have sprouts. If you would then like to enhance the sprouts with a little chlorophyll, or green leaves, set the jars on a windowsill for a day. There’s a variety of ways to prepare and eat sprouts. One is in salads, another is in sandwiches. I like to put them on whole-grain bread that has been spread with labneh, or strained, thickened yogurt. Some people grind up sprouts and cook them into meatless spaghetti sauce. Sprouts can be baked into breads, as well. Sprouts are the perfect survival food, if one has the little bit of water required to soak and rinse the seeds or beans. Seeds and beans are easy to store in glass jugs or plastic bulk-bins. They have longevity, just as you will if you treat yourself right. ~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2008


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Honey for Health

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Inside and Out, Honey Helps Maintain Good Health

Using Honey to Promote Good Health

Honey helps to kill viruses and bacterial infections, especially when mixed and eaten with raw, minced ginger. Honey boosts energy, reduces fatigue, stimulates mental alertness; honey strengthens immunity by providing minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. Help to preserve your eyesight by eating a spoonful of honey every day. Honey alleviates sore throats, and is used as a natural replacement for cough syrup. Honey helps to prevent heart disease by improving blood flow; honey protects your capillaries. Reduce anxiety by using honey as a mild sedative; it promotes calmness and restful sleep. Honey helps to adjust the human body's alkalinity, thereby mitigating general interior inflammation. Anti-cancer properties in honey inhibit the formation of tumors. Honey helps to relieve indigestion and acid reflux; honey is instrumental in healing peptic ulcers. Ingesting honey promotes the expulsion of parasites from the liver and colon. Honey helps to control blood pressure. Honey improves and promotes proper digestion with its natural enzymes. Build immunity to hay fever by mixing honey and bee pollen; ingest this potion daily in advance of and during allergy-season. Honey helps to quench thirst and alleviate heat-stroke. Mitigate the effects of toxins in the human body by using honey in green tea. Honey speeds metabolism, thereby stimulating weight-loss. Drink a mixture of honey, lemon and warm water in the morning for a beneficial interior cleanse. Honey aids the healing of diabetic ulcers with daily topical applications. Relieve hangovers by eating honey in tea or mixed with raw ginger Honey acts as a mild laxative; mixing it in a cup of hot tea enhances its efficacy . Honey can reduce asthma symptoms when mixed with pepper and ginger. Alleviate symptoms of hay fever by chewing on honeycomb. Honey, a natural antibacterial, is used to cleanse wounds; rubbing it regularly on wounds promotes and accelerates healing. Applying honey to healing wounds aids in preventing scars. Sooth burns, disinfect wounds, reduce inflammation, and promote skin-healing with honey. Scrub with honey to exfoliate facial skin and reduce wrinkles; apply lightly to soften dry, rough skin elsewhere. Protect hair from split ends by using honey as a conditioner; adding honey to rinse-water promotes shine. Honey makes a skin-friendly lip balm and is beneficial as a component of herbal cleansing-washes. To kill acne-causing bacteria and can reduce scarring, rub some honey on acne at night to help heal while you sleep. Adding a bit of honey softens hard bath-water. Anti-fungal properties in honey help to resolve internal yeast-infections and athlete's foot. Honey protects internally and externally against pathogens such as Staphylococcus Aureus, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus or “MRSA”.

Inspired by an article in Natural News, with thanks to Mike Adams, the Health Warrior

Survival Essentials

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Dangers of Statin Drugs

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses the many ill effects of statin drugs on the human body, including the liver and brain.  ARTICLE in Dr. Mercola Newsletter

Swiss Rescue Tool

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

The Rescue Tool by Victorinox of Switzerland comes with a matching nylon holster that, like the tool itself, can be found in low light.

Our Elegant Victorinox Swiss Army Rescue Tool

Warmth and Safety for Feet

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Film: Zelary

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM

An Oscar-nominated film made beautifully with a low budget in eastern Europe, Zelary portrays the dangers of living under an oppressive regime. Nazis and then communists figure large in this touching, gripping movie from 2003. Subtitled.

Film: The Reader

Posted on October 27, 2011 at 2:10 PM


The Reader is a film about the banality of evil, of a nation that stood by mutely intimidated by an oppressive, murderous regime--one that scapegoated certain participants many years later, and let the rest go unchallenged.


The Green Pan, Made in Belgium

Posted on October 9, 2011 at 10:15 AM
Frying Eggs Neatly in the Revolutionary Green Pan
The foods that I have cooked in my Green Pan slide right out; resultant residue is easily rinsed off, making clean-up easy and water-efficient. ©M-J de Mesterton

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Stockholm Hit by Bedbugs

Posted on October 9, 2011 at 8:20 AM

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)

"They All Laughed"...

Posted on October 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM

"But oh, oh, oh, who's got the last laugh now?"--the old standard song asks. The listeria outbreak generated by poorly-washed cantaloupe melons reminds me of something egregious that I brought to the attention of the Health Department at Princeton in the late 1990s, which they flippantly laughed-off and ridiculed. Yet, people are now dying from that very sort of carelessness and ignorance. I wrote about the experience in 2007 on this website's Elegant Cuisine page:


Don't buy prepared foods at the supermarket. Instead of spending a lot on dubiously produced dishes, you are better off spending twenty minutes cooking, and will be in control of what goes into your dishes, as well as of its quality and cleanliness. Many expensive restaurants get demerits from their respective municipal health departments. Some of them are shut down for infractions. Cooks at restaurants are often carriers of hepatitis and other ills. Roaches, mice, rats and flies get into the food supply in restaurants, and carry disease. Imagine, then, the food-preparation area in the back room of a supermarket, with various non-professional employees having a hand (perhaps dirty hands) in making your food. I once bought half a watermelon from a fancy supermarket in Princeton, New Jersey. When I got it home, I noticed that they had carelessly cut it in half while it had a coating of dirt and no doubt manure on its outside--their knife must have gone right through that hazardous material, causing the interior of the melon to be contaminated. I had to return the offending item to that store, and talk to a callous store manager. His lack of proper response brought me to the health department at Princeton Borough Hall, where I was met with more complacency. No one cares what goes into your food like you do. Think of how infrequently supermarkets are inspected. Protect yourself and save money by buying your own ingredients, preferably from factories with standards.

The officials are recommending care in washing produce to prevent listeria and other food-borne infections. To prevent catching a disease (or two) from fresh fruits and vegetables, do not buy them pre-cut or halved at the market. Take them home whole, and scrub them with vinegar or anti-bacterial soap until you see no vestige of dirt on their outsides before cutting into them. 

©M-J de Mesterton

The Tyranny of Gaia-Worship

Posted on April 24, 2010 at 2:59 PM

September 10, 2009 at 7:08 am, by M-J de Mesterton

Save Our Corn

To produce one gallon of ethanol, fifty gallons of water must be used. How exactly is this “helping the planet”, especially since auto-emissions from ethanol are equal to those of regular gasoline (petrol)? And the ethanol craze has caused the price of corn (maize) to go sky-high. Derivatives of corn permeate the food-supply, thus its high price trickles over to innumerable food products. Corn is the food staple of poor nations in the western hemisphere. Eschewing gas and oil in favor of ethanol has devastating consequences for nations dependent on corn, not to mention those addicted to Cheetos!~~M-J, January 2009

Do Environmentalists Hate Poor People?

Corn (maize), traditionally a popular foodstuff in the Americas, is now used to produce a motor fuel called ethanol. Ethanol is created by converting corn’s starches into a combustible liquid that can be mixed with gasoline, or burned straight, if the vehicle in question has had the modifications needed to do so.The environmentalists’ propaganda claims that ethanol is good for the earth because it will reduce American dependence on foreign oil. However, there are mixed data about perceived energy gains, and evidence of detrimental environmental impact from the use of ethanol. In 2006, University of Minnesota researchers found that ethanol returns only 25 percent more energy than it takes to produce it. Detractors emphasise that the study did not calculate all the variables that go into the ethanol-making process–to wit, the power it takes to run irrigation equipment used to water the corn crops, the power consumed in making the necessary fertilizers, the cost of farm equipment used to harvest it, and of the fuel required to power those machines. Scientific studies have found that burning ethanol will produce smog–namely, ozone pollution. Everyone wants to get into the ethanol act: auto-makers, who want their colossal S.U.V.s and trucks to seem like they consume less fuel (they don’t), and the oil industry (it sells oil to producers of ethanol). Ethanol production in the United States rose from 1.6 billion gallons in 2000 to 5 billion gallons in 2006. This new endeavour is diverting at least 20 percent of the U.S. corn crop away from the food industry. Thus, a tortilla crisis burgeons in Mexico, where masa and corn-flour prices have gone up at least 25 percent in price, in a country with a large population of very poor citizens.

The proposed “tortilla tax” in southwestern states presents an ironic dilemma: how is it more socially and environmentally responsible to starve the poor to run one’s S.U.V? Soybean prices are expected to hit their second-highest ever, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports, thanks to the diversion of soybean oil to use as an alternative, “bio-diesel” fuel. The amount of soybeans used for processing biofuel rather than for food has jumped from 2 percent to 12 percent, and is expected to go much higher. So far, Americans have not seemed to notice what is happening to the price of soybean and corn-based comestibles. Just wait till they see the price of beer bubbling up because of the agricultural focus on corn and soybeans, which results in farming fewer barley and hops. The environmentalism cult has already ruined the abundant farming tradition in California’s Central Valley, because of their deference to a minnow that no one had previously heard of–they are “protecting” the miniature, non-food fish while forcing farms to go fallow. These false philanthropists pressured and threatened California leaders to prohibit use of river-water for crops. They don’t want America’s farms to be fertile enough to produce food, but still believe that their “cause” makes the morally superior. Well, how benevolent are they, really, when they cause people to starve because of the lack of produce from western America’s best farming region, not to mention making hundreds of farming families go out of business? How is that good for either people or the economy? A large portion of the enviro-cult is composed of trust-fund babies who couldn’t care less about the realities of average people’s lives; they are a new class of oppressors, just like the ones they claim to abhor. They need to look in the mirror and analyse just how devoid of brotherly love they are, when they sacrifice their fellow human-beings for the sake of “Gaia”. The prices of food will be astronomical as a result of their thug-like behaviour, as I have been saying for many months since learning of the California travesty. Coupled with the new focus on “bio-fuels’, which are a waste of water, oil and other types of energy, the misanthropic environmental cult is going to be controlling your food costs to a degree that even a superpower cannot support. This wouldn’t have happened if certain American leaders hadn’t given into the demands of environmental thugs. Will the U.S. continue to shoot itself in the foot until they are dependent on foreign oil and foreign food as well? Caving in to domestic terrorists will turn freedom’s paradise into a deprived, depraved Hell. ~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2009