My Rabbits Star on YouTube!

(Something-or-other non-warning: the following 2 video vlogs and blogpost from The-Labyrinth discuss rabbits as pets and rabbit fur used as angora ‘wool’. There is NO graphic or saddening footage. Just fluffy stuff, I promise.)

After writing and publishing the book, Netherland Dwarf Rabbits: taking care of them in Australia—now published at Amazon and Smashwords—I developed an even closer relationship with Tirian and Minxy. You try following two young dwarfs around with a camera for a few days, experiencing the intimacy of their everyday lives, while also getting them to sit in giant coffee cups and wheelbarrows for free food. Chickens and rabbits, never work with them!

"She gave me food."

However, I do have a house to build! Photographing rabbits artistically takes time. And Patience. And it brings in little cash, you can buy my book here. Rabbits want to eat, sleep, play and run a muck up over social order and food. Politics: Minxy gets fed first otherwise he scratches whoever is in the vicinity of his wild, double-paw-claws-sticking-right-out spin. He (the tan Agouti) looks cute but he’s a nasty piece of work.

His dwarf rabbit brother, also from the Netherlands but bred in Australia, Tirian (the Chocolate Otter), is one mild-mannered, cuddly, placid totally chilled out bunny. He’s always up for a pet or a cuddle with fur so soft…

Still, no need to make a jumper out of him! Lucky our boys, Minxy and Tirian, live in Australia and not China! Besides, Netherland Dwarfs are bred for there cuteness, not their fur.

Did you know rabbits are vegan, like, mine are anyway? Like even if they were starving to death I don’t think they would start gnawing on each others raw flesh like ‘human carnivores’ would given that situation… Well, not all men carnivores, only the human ones who are adamant that we mere humans are meant to slaughter animals and eat meat. You know, the ones that say, “Look! at my canines.”, while pointing furiously at their teeth, created perfectly pointy for breaking into nuts.

I’d like to show you a video I made in spring of 2015. It’s kind of embarrassing but I’m getting over that; after all, my world is online and this was my first or second video published online.

Meet Mixie and Tirian (forever immortalised Anne Geddies style on my book cover):

Netherland Dwarf Rabbits: taking care of them in Australia

Netherland Dwarf Rabbits: taking care of them in Australia by Mischa van Loder

I had the most fun ever, all huddled up in my bubble of clean air, the fragrance-free study supplied to students with fragrance Allergy (and other conditions impacted on by chemical sensitivity) by Victoria University, St Albans, Australia. Terrifically good people over there.

I poured my heart and soul into this book; I hid from trauma and heartache in this book. I also got to work with my Established Author and Friend, Kim Cook, who taught me the finer details of the Adobe program, inDesign; while also smashing it with me with a different self-published Author platform, Smashwords. While working on my cookbook, ‘Vegan Indulgences ~ for those transferring to a HCLF lifestyle’, Cook is my role model (for writing not cooking!). Like, especially when I get stuck. It’s like: [I hear Kim’s voice in my head, talking to themselves (meaning ‘self’ in the pronoun of ‘they’)] “Mmm… Google this, do that. Oh, yeah. Ah uh.”, and, vamoose! We have cutest damn rabbit bullet. A. Rabbit. Bullet! (For listing text into a short list so that it’s easy to read in bullet form, in case you don’t use computers much, which I know that is exactly how it is for many of my readers. You can always post me a letter, I do write back on well aired out paper written on in pencil.)

Now, juxtaposed against the cuteness of my adorable, cheeky balls of fluff is the following video, where, just the other night actually, I found out that the jumper, one of my absolute favourites that I just happened to be wearing had fur, in the form of ‘Angora’, sewn, gruesomely embedded in amongst its nylon and acrylic fibres. I took it off to read the tag: Angora, Nylon, Acrylic ‘fibres’. Then I put back on my soft batwing cape and made the following video:

Here is the YouTube link to ‘My Favourite Jumper is made from Angora‘. I’ve not decided on what, if anything, to do with this jumper. Keep wearing it? (Use it to wrap my bunnies in? Sounds good to me.) Or:

Like the scarlet letter painted on the town wench, the jezebel of Melbourne flaunting sin in capes of purple velvet, I’m surrounded by animals skins, their furs. It’s weird waking up to the truth of what goes on with the animals in our world. The specism, I’ve got a collection of ugg boots that I don’t believe could ever keep me warm again. Not without that cold, disconnected sense of being taking over my perception, clouding reality once again. (What am I going to do? I can’t buy new boots. I do own a lot of socks, I could just put on 9 pairs of socks, especially if I am still in this draughty Beach-house this winter. Come on house, just get built will you? No solvents in plaster to outgass. Pray the epoxy grout is going to be okay. Or just kill me now. There are animals dying every minute.

Are you vegan? How have you handled your guilt over past atrocities committed against the animals in the name of luxury brands? If you’re not vegan, how do you feel about fur used in clothing. Leather?

(If you feel misaligned, maladjusted and marginalised to the point of invisibility; if you feel subjected, effected and rejected my society because of 3 letters, MCS (or EHS (Electrohypersensitivity)), then imagine how animals right now right this very minute are feeling. Is that okay with you?)

Yes, I’m using oxygen in this video, which I might make another video (vlog) about later. It’s helping me by giving me relief from painful upper airway inflammation. It’s nearly as good as going to the beach!

The Guardian: Can Angora fur ever be ethical? (Warning: Graphic Footage that needs to be shown in schools)

(This post has been updated)

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Proof Paleo Diet Makes you Overweight

(Warning this post might use adult language to discuss adult topics.)

In the last post, ‘Where is the Love‘, we touched on the real-world scenario of testing on animals, thinking it will help humans; now I bring you an epic fail, to say the least: testing a dairy and meat-based diet on naturally vegan animals, mice. (No, I certainly did not find this in; and I’m bloody I’m insulted you’d think I’d even go there looking for cherries for my Journalistic pieces (at least they wouldn’t have made me get fat–unless I had a thyroid issue or something.) Guess what happened to the mice who were forced to go on a Paleo diet? They got fat. Which might explain why we too get bigger when we eat too many animal products including and not limited to, dogs.

Vegan humour: If I eat that dog is it still Paleo?

“If I eat that dog is it still Paleo?”

(Ergo, even if they had used monkeys that have a similar genetic make-up, there is a good chance they still would have stuffed up the testing. I mean look at Pantene, they were allegedly busted testing on animals yet people still use their products. Gee, lucky they did actually test this stuff on animals so us chemically sensitive humans won’t ever get inflamed airways when we breathe that shit in, hey? I mean surely the results came back and it’s all fine to shampoo our hair with any and all brands of chemical-irritant based concoctions called fragranced shampoo?)

Because they used mice and fed them a paleo diet, we will now hear more on the subject from Pete Evens, who, even himself said: 

“The first question I’d ask is: ‘Why are they testing mice on a diet that isn’t their natural diet in the first place?”‘

Yes, why Pete? Why feed people mice food that they’re not designed to eat? Why not use humans?

More from the blog piece, ‘Paleo Diet makes MICE fat – your tax dollars at work‘ over at the blog, Let’s End Animal Experiments:

The chimpanzee genome (complete genetic material) is 98.77 percent identical to that of humans, therefore, researchers argue that chimpanzees will be the species most likely to replicate human outcomes in scientific (biomedical and toxicity) testing. However this small genetic variation between human and chimpanzees accounts for very significant differences in the way diseases affect the two species.  You only need to look at the tragic results ofwhat happened in France recently when a new drug (BIA 10-2474, to treat pain and anxiety) ‘successfully’ tested in chimpanzees was translated to humans.  One man dead and others suffering permanent brain damage.”

People who know I’m against animal testing also know I’m all for testing on humans, but only the evil ones. (That’s a whole other post.) However, out-dated popular culture and humanity failed at testing on humans (evil and innocent ones) too cause they tested the Paleo diet on the masses and the masses became overweight. Please, remind me again why they ran this study on the poor vegan mice: I’m confused?

For more on this, we’ll now go over to the news in video form from Plant Based News with Holly Fit Brown:


YouTube: Holly Fit Brown

Plant Based News: Actual News on the Latest Vegan Topics including good news stories relating to animals (as opposed to mass slaughterhouse footage)

Let’s End Animal Experiments

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Where is the love?

For those of us who suffer symptoms from fragrance exposure from other peoples’ (or our own) use of products that have apparently and allegedly been ‘tested’ by the fragrance industry, themselves, and then deemed safe for human use, you need to see this short clip, ‘Where is the Love‘, from Vegan Revolution: it’s changed the way I make personal-care product choices:

At least we have a voice that we can use to say what’s acceptable and what isn’t; we can lobby; we can protest; we can blog; we can write articles; we can make YouTube clips; we can tweet. The animals can’t do a thing.

I see a mahoosive connection between ethical veganism and medical illnesses that have symptoms of chemical sensitivity, and with the condition Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. James Bourne, a Neurobiologist says that testing on animals is important so that our lives, or those of our grandparents can be saved.

But if this is true—and I’m an ardent believer in the fact that science will save us—why is it then that so many of us get so ill from breathing in fragrance-irritants used to make products smell nice, industrial solvents used to disperse them, and even natural substances used in their formulations? And, as the video, ‘Where is the Love’ clearly shows, these products are in fact tested on animals, and because they’re on our shelves, they appear to be deemed to be safe for personal use. (When was the last time you heard someone say: “Don’t use Pantene, it can make you sick?”)

Rhesus Macaque

Rhesus Macaque but mostly it’s the marmoset monkey used for testing

Without swearing, I am just going to say: This can’t be right!

Science might be saving some of us but there’s this concealed crack in Australian medicine and our very own chemical regulation system that many of us have slipped through. Where is the proof that fragrance chemicals are safe? Where’s the statistics for those animals used for Teaching and Research purposes for products known to contain chemical-irritants that impact on human health?

(May I make the suggestion that we test drugs and pharmaceuticals on actual humans? Say humans who’ve committed horrific crimes such as mass-pedophillia and murder, instead of animals who are innocent?)

I can’t find any research papers or published literature on the testing of fragrance ingredients on animals but, James Bourne, who bravely wrote the Guardian article, ‘You might find my research using monkeys abhorrent, but it could save your life‘ transparently passed on these statistics in regards to the use of animals for testing purposes of Research and Teaching in Victoria via Twitter:

Animals Used for Research and Teaching In Victoria 2014

2014 Statistics – frequently asked questions

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Animals Used for Research and Teaching In Victoria 2013

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You can read the the preceding years’ Annual Statistics from Agriculture Victoria here

The Good News

I slept better after reading the tweet above. Or maybe it’s the medication I’m on. Cell based research and imaging sounds like a great option but will it work for testing fragrance ingredients like those that go into Pantene?

Yeah, I know, give the self-regulated fragrance industry, IFRA, a break from the ‘Wellness’ bloggers and the ‘Caution’ community. Perhaps no one is at fault here. Or, maybe our immune systems are to blame? If that is the case then, what if the research subjects, the animals that they test on have faulty immune regulation and/or inhalant allergies, autoimmune disorders or real Somatoform disorders (like for really real, yes?) What if they have MTHFR  mutations (nearly swore big time there, caught myself just for journalistic purposes, of course)? Are they using the same Biomarkers to identify the right or wrong monkey to use for their tests? That would make their testing methods on animals faulty, as well as wrong. And what if they are not even using biomarkers for CFS/ME (SEID actually) or MCS and their chimpanzee has chemical sensitivities and they just deny the poor bugger even has it? If someone, like myself, breathes in personal care products that don’t contain fragrance-irritants, my respiratory system doesn’t get inflamed; yet if I breathe in fragrance, perfume, spray deodorants, hair products, all containing fragrance-irritants and industrial solvents, I’m bed ridden for days. At the time of writing this, I am using oxygen twice a day and after exposures.

You can read medical documentation proving that chemical-irritants impact my health greatly, here. (I don’t yet have a post about how pharmaceuticals (mostly, but not always) help my health but the way things are going, it’s sure to arrive soon. Can I offer you a pancreatic enzyme made from pigs’ stomachs while you wait?)

Thank Dog for the pharmaceutical industry because, sometimes, it feels like fragrance-chemical-irritants (and mould exposure) are ruining my life: besides being sick, besides getting chronically ill each time I go out, I need to spend an extraordinary amount of time on organising fragrance-free accomodations with dentists, Uni, doctors, and the workpeople building our Allergy-Free, Eco-Friendly House; but inhaling these are not, nor are they going to end my life. (Sure, it’s possible that fragrance exposure while undergoing medical treatment may cause complications that could then end my life (probably from staying sedentary, unable to walk around the hospital because I need to practice chemical avoidance, therefore dying from a blood clot!), but who cares, really. Live for today, I always say!)

And it’s not like us humans are the ones being tested on here, anyway, is it? (Did you see what I did there?)

Say that they (‘They’ being IFRA, a Pharmaceutical company, or a Neurobiologist) use a monkey to test the drugs used to treat CFS/ME (SEID, actually.) or a Neurological or Biological disorder, perhaps the drugs are for your dying grandfather, it’s still wrong but is it as wrong?; but is it worth testing on animals for your Spicebomb aftershave if that aftershave has not even been proven to be safe? Or sorry, unsafe. (I mean, don’t listen to the 12,000 or so Canaries who say fragrances impact on their health, making them chronically ill. Read the statistics instead.)

Where’s your statistics on animal testing, IFRA?

My views may or may not be right but testing on animals, especially in regards to products that are deemed safe yet make many of us incredibly, indescribably sick, is ludicrous. Testing on animals. Is. Just. Wrong. I know this in my body. Now you know it, too.


The Guardian: You might find my research using monkeys abhorrent, but it could save your life

The Guardian: Drugs research hampered by substandard animal testing procedures

Fairfax Media: The Sydney Morning Herald: Baboons used in ‘Frankenstein-like’ medical experiments

MCS Review Factsheet: From the Australian Government National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)

Plant Based News: REACH: EU’s Shocking (& Avoidable) Animal Testing Programme

Agriculture Victoria: The full list of Annual Statistics on Animals used for Testing for Teaching and Research Purposes in Victoria, Australia, dating back to 2009

Let’s End Animal experiments: It was Supposed to Be Safe, a well-written blog piece about how drugs tested on animals and deemed safe for humans, one man ended up dead, others ended up with brain damage.

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Information, products and views presented by guest bloggers @The Labyrinth are not necessarily the same as those held by this blog's author, Michellina van Loder. Reviews are my own personal opinions (unless stated otherwise); and satire is used throughout personal posts. Any health topics discussed are not to be taken as medical advice. Seek out medical attention if needed and do your own research; however, you're welcome to use mine as a start.
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