Health Bytes, August 23rd

Elegant Photography by M-J de Mesterton: Ginger Jar

Kids are now in school, catching and spreading germs galore. Many working mothers send their offspring to school in contagious conditions, and even bring them to the local shops after school to buy supplies. Maybe their child-care options are limited by economic circumstances (don’t expect, under the current leadership, that this situation is going to get anything but worse…).  It seems that “sick” is the new “healthy”. People of all ages seem to be coughing, sneezing and spewing pathogens in public like a modern-day plague. Protect yourself by having a bottle of chewable Zicam with you, and when you get home, take ginger-root raw, candied or in capsules (we like to mix the chopped, fresh ginger with honey). Taking cayenne pepper capsules helps as well–my husband uses the “Cool Cayenne” ones by Solaray, whereas I just use the spice on my cottage cheese every other day. Wear gloves in public whenever possible (it may seem odd and old-fashioned, but gloves are very elegant and practical). If a checker at the grocery store has obviously been infected (coughing, sniffling and nose-blowing are bad signs), move to another cash-register. Cashiers would do well to wear disposable latex gloves (a Wal-Mart worker told us that her colleague caught Staphylococcus Aureus and died). And if people in a store-aisle are coughing or sneezing near you, hold your breath and vacate the position as quickly as possible. Also, try to disinfect the handlebar on your shopping carts. Many markets have dispensers of disinfecting wipes near the cart-storage area. Using these simple measures has kept me rhinovirus-and-influenza-free for six years (knocking on wood). There was a rare incident of me getting a virus: a schoolteacher at one of our dinner parties sat next to me, generously sharing the deadly cough she had picked up from some student. It was a particularly tenacious, painful ailment that lasted a month. The bitterness lingers on, six years later…. Below, you will find some links that can help you maintain general good health.

~~M-J

Ginger, an Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Bacterial Root, at World’s Healthiest Foods

Detox Naturally: JB Bardot at Natural News

Also Relevant from Natural News:
http://www.naturalnews.com/027434_cilantro_natural_detox.html

http://www.wheatgrasskits.com/issue17.htm

http://www.ei-resource.org

http://www.naturalnews.com/035177_chlorella_cilantro_detox.html

Consider Wearing Gloves in Public

The Merits of Wearing Gloves
by M-J de Mesterton, 2006

The Merits of Wearing Gloves, and the Scourge of Staphylococcus Aureus

Famous Las Vegas Artist, Mystic Painter M-J de Mesterton

Staphylia Oil on Canvas 16″ X 20″ by M-J de Mesterton, Copyright 2006

I first posted this little piece about wearing gloves in December, 2006:
 I had worn long kid gloves to an evening holiday party, and my husband wore elegant gloves as well. A young lady commented favourably on our style. I spoke briefly about the merits of wearing gloves, expressing the hope that it would again become routine. I mentioned the scourge of staphylococcus aureus, whereupon she held up her hand with its missing finger–lost to the superbug!
For years, I was regarded as an oddball simply for wearing driving gloves. I also wore gloves at the supermarket to ward-off transference of germs on carts, et cetera*. I’ve read somewhere recently that glove-wearing is back in style. I hope that’s true.
*I also wash every grocery item which enters our house.

I have been writing about this for six years, and no doubt some people have scoffed. Eyes glaze over when this subject is mentioned, and the speaker is written-off as a germophobe.
That attitude seems to have changed overnight. MRSA, or antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus isn’t just a hospital-acquired disease anymore. Elegant Survival’s Face and Figure page alludes to the intrinsic unhealthiness of health-clubs and public gyms. The noise level of the “music” played can deafen you, and the transmission of germs and viruses on the surfaces there may sicken. However, I wanted to be a bit delicate and not graphic, so I determined to return to the topic with a well-crafted, diplomatic way of saying, “If you value your health, stay out of health-clubs!”

I belonged to three such clubs in the past, beginning with the old Henry Hudson Health Club on 57th Street in New York City. I was disgusted when, using the women’s sauna, I found the panties of other members hanging up to dry in there. Being of Scandinavian descent, this abuse rankled; I also knew that moisture in the sauna (“sow-nah” is the correct pronunciation) would defeat their idiotic purpose. I cleaned-off every piece of gym equipment before use, using rubbing alcohol. It has been thirteen years since I have darkened the door of one of those clubs, because the noise got louder and the germs deadlier. Now, my logic has borne out, with the major press agencies finally giving the flesh-eating disease MRSA, or antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (staphylia means “grapes” in Greek–the virus is shaped like a bunch of them), the attention it deserves. Human nature usually demands that someone die before a danger is recognised, but there have been more deaths from this than the AIDS virus, going unnoticed until now.

My husband and I, as I am fond of telling you, wear gloves everywhere we go, even in very hot weather. We keep hand-sanitizer in the car and in our bags. Consider the objects one must handle outside the home, in public–pens, products, door-handles–there’s an infinite variety of things which can bear germs and viruses. If you don’t like to wear gloves in public, at least use something to clean the shopping cart handle when you’re marketing. Some supermarkets offer them in a dispenser near the carts.
Thoughtfulness in life, and keen awareness of our surroundings and habits, can help us survive even the most rampant modern scourge.  After all, carelessness wrought by jaded arrogance has created just that: a deadly epidemic.
©M-J de Mesterton 2006
Posted by M-J de Mesterton, 2006

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How to Protect Yourself from H1N1 or Swine Flu

Wear Gloves in Public for Your Protection~~Elegant Survival Recommendation
Wear Gloves in Public for Your Protection

Protecting Yourself from H1N1 Flu, Grippe, or Influenza Infection

The only advice given is to “wash your hands”. And then, they tell people to cover up when coughing or sneezing. That only works for carriers of the disease.

Hand-washing is always a good idea, and some of us live every day as if there were a rampant infection on the land. It will do you no good if you touch something with live germs on it, and the virus enters your skin. Or, if you just accidentally touch your face before washing or sterilizing hands with antibacterial gel. Nearly everyone has a torn cuticle or papercut, through which the virus will immediately invade the body.

The only way to protect your hands from germs in everyday contact with the public is to wear gloves. This includes while grocery shopping and visiting other public establishments. And, since this flu virus is airborne, run like Hell when someone coughs or sneezes, and do not let a cashier with a runny nose ring up your purchases. Once you bring your supplies home,unpack them wearing latex or rubber gloves, throw them into the sink and wash them before storage.

Taking Vitamin-D3 and C in large doses daily is said to help boost your immune system and reduce the chances of contracting the current flu viruses. Please see Elegant Survival Health for more tips.

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009

Irresponsible Parents Spawn Flu Outbreak; Protect Yourself from Disease

Health and Happiness
Health and Happiness

There they go again: sending high-school teens to foreign resorts for “spring break”, where kids can indulge in barbaric activities, while risking kidnapping, disease and even death. Like the parents of the teenage girl who disappeared in Aruba, these New Yorkers thought it was chic to allow under-age kids to go gallivanting about in tropical climes. For all their purported sophistication, none among these geniuses received the memos about kidnapping, the white slave-trade, and rampant murder in Mexico. And now, because of their mindless allegiance to convention,  which dictates that even the quite young should be allowed to participate in this increasingly toxic “spring break” tradition, these ridiculous parents have imported a deadly flu. We all remember the imbecilic attitude of the Columbine murderers’ parents, and what that  lax bunch spawned….

The authorities tell you to use hand-sanitizer. That’s a good idea. Maybe that little precaution taught to President Obama by President Bush when they shook hands, and which was castigated as “racist” by vicious left-wingers, has possibly saved the president’s life. After all, Mr. Obama shook hands on April 16th with a Mexican official who died from the new influenza just a few days later.

My husband and I have always gone out in gloves. We hate germs of all stripes. I’ve never gone grocery shopping without gloves. For one thing, the carts are filthy, and carry spittle from little kids, a population that seems to often be sick. Once we are home, I wash every item to the best of my ability to kill whatever exterior bacteria they carry; the possibility of surface germ-transference is something I never ignore.

Don’t be afraid to wear gloves. People wore them all the time forty or fifty years ago, and had done so for centuries. Would you rather get a look that could kill or acquire a disease that may kill you from some boorish cad who goes out into the public to spread virulence for sport? And while you’re at it, you may consider following the new fashion embraced by our Mexican neighbors and wear a matching mask; this thing is airborne, as well as communicable through surfaces.

Of course, wearing stylish gloves with today’s inelegant hip-hugging pants and skirts will look silly. I recommend dumping these muffin-top-inducing clothes, as well, and covering up your skin to the waist (unless , of course,  you are planning a belly dancing career and wish to serve as your own best advertising gimmick).

Well, I always look for a silver lining: maybe this outbreak of worrying disease will cause people to wear actual clothing, shoes, gloves and hats…. No, I’m just dreaming–even the threats of economic ruin and dread disease haven’t mitigated the self-destructive behaviour of Americans.

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009