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December 2012

Monroe Happenings:

Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year to all of our loyal customers

 thank you from Maurine, Rosa, Cathy and June.

Holiday Hours:  Health Matters will be open Christmas Eve and New Years Eve 10-1

Closed Christmas and New Years Day

Holiday gift baskets and gift certificates available upon request.

Annual Holiday Drawing December 21st at 3pm

Gift items: $25.00 gift certificate, Michigan basket; homemade washcloth, soap and soap dish.  Fill out entry form (with purchase) during each visit.

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-1 hour $50.00; ½ hour $30.00

Solid State Energy Work-Initial consultation 1 ½ hour $100.00; weekly follow up consultation 15-30 minutes $25.00; for more information or to make appointment call

Maurine @ 734-240-2786

Live Blood Analysis January 10 12-5 Call 734-240-2786 for appointment

Family Farms Coop: orders due December 5 at noon; Pickup December 7

Southgate 2:30-3:30

Yoga with Shannon: Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM

Check facebook at yoga Shannon McElvany for schedule at other locations.

Healthy Happenings: Diabetes-Insulin Resistance-Hypoglycemia

I know it is tough to talk about diabetes during the Christmas holiday but I think it is necessary to help people limit the damage that this season brings.  I believe all of us should be eating to prevent elevating blood sugar.  When I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia several years ago, I began my SLOW progression to healthful eating.  I learned to eat something with protein every 3 hours, which keeps blood sugar stabile.  Many customers have been diagnosed with insulin resistance, syndrome X, or polycystic ovarian syndrome which all are problems utilizing sugar in the system.  If blood sugar and /or insulin is not controlled, eventually, these problems can result in Type 11 diabetes.  Sooo when you celebrate this holiday season come prepared.  Bring your own healthier snack items or choose to sample (small portions) of decadent foods. I have noticed how pervasive advertising for unhealthy food items are at this time of year.  I realize how difficult it is to turn away from tradition and choose a new path but your health depends on it.



1.      Optimal Health Food Pyramid: from How to Prevent and Treat Diabetes with Natural Medicine Dr. Michael Murray, N.D.

v  Filtered and Way Back Water-at least 8 12oz glasses of pure water per day

I also drink 2 12 oz glasses of Way Back Water daily for ultimate hydration.

v  Good oils 4 servings per day-natural or crispy nuts, seeds, coconut oil, butter, olive oil.

v  Vegetables 5-7 servings per day-fresh or frozen and in season whenever possible

v  Whole grains 3-5 servings per day-old fashioned oats, quinoa, millet, sprouted grain breads, whole grain pasta

v  Beans (legumes) 2-3 servings per day-any type of beans, lentils, refried beans, peanuts

v  Fruit (not fruit juice) 2-3 servings per day-1 cup berries, ½ apple, ½ banana, 1 small orange, etc. variety is the key to getting enough vital vitamins and fiber.

v  High quality protein 2-3 servings per day- wild caught fish, grass fed meat and poultry, hemp seeds

v  Dairy 1-2 servings per day-plain whole yogurt, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, whole or natural milk.


2.      Nutritional Supplements:

v  Good quality multivitamin at least 2 times per day; vitamin D3 2,000 IU daily;  Vitamin C 2,000-3,000 mg daily; B-Complex 50 mg daily; magnesium 400-800mg at night; zinc 30-50 mg daily.

v  Chromium (ChromeMate which is niacin-bound to enhance absorption)

v  Alpha Lipoic Acid used to protect pancreatic cells and used for neuropathy


3.      Herbal Remedies:

v  Bilberry, a botanical relative of blueberry, increases natural insulin production in the body.  Bilberry is also used to decrease vision problems

v  Bitter Melon aids in the regulation of blood sugar

v  Garlic can be helpful in regulating blood sugar.  Take at least 1 fresh clove or 1,000 mg of dried (not odor free) garlic daily.

v  Gymnema sylvestre, can decrease the cravings for sweets and help control blood sugar.

v  New this year-green coffee bean extract has been shown to increase metabolism and reduce fat storage and cravings. 

Contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions.  Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies.


Raw cow & goat milk and Amish grass fed meat or call 1-269-476-8883

Door to Door Organics

Local Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies or Organic Vegetables Juices-Small $4.50; Large $5.50




Store News:

·         United Natural Foods Special Orders:  Due December 5

  • Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

·         Local Delivery to shut-ins available

  • Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.
  • Free Muscle Testing


Save the Earth Tip

Countertop Baking- If you bake small meals, consider investing in a toaster oven, which uses half as much energy as a conventional oven.  I purchased one this year, this would be a great eco-friendly Christmas gift.


Recipe of the Month:


Martha Stewart Meat Loaf 

2 ½ pounds ground chuck

Process 4 slices of bread in a food processor-Set aside

Process in food processor to chop`                            ½ cup ketchup

2 onions                                                                        1 egg-slightly beaten

2 stalks of celery                                                          2 teaspoons dry mustard

2 carrots                                                                       1 ½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

2 cloves of garlic                                                          2 teaspoons pepper

½ cup flat leaf parsley


Preheat oven to 375 degrees


2 tablespoons brown sugar or Rapadura,

½ cup ketchup

1 teaspoon dry mustard. 

In a large bowl, combine ground chuck, vegetables and bread crumbs.  Add remaining ingredients and mix together with hands if necessary.  Do no overmix.

Form meat loaf in a large baking pan.  Spread glaze over meatloaf.

Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour.


Maurine Natural Nurse

Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161


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