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July 2013

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July 2013

Monroe Happenings:

Health Matters monthly sale!!!!

10% off select books & publication


Sign up for a tour of Trader Joe’s Ann Arbor either Friday July 12 or July 26-I have room for 3-4 people in my car-

The tour includes a goodie bag from Trader Joe’s

Call 734-240-2786 or come in to sign up


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


Solid State Energy Work-Video available 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


Family Farms Co-op:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Orders due July 17 at noon; Pickup July 19 Southgate 2:30-3:30


Yoga with Shannon: Every Other Saturday in July sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM. Scheduled July 6 and July 20


Visit Cathy at Monroe Farmers Market every Saturday 7:00-1:00 PM


Food Stamps accepted May-December; Double Up Bucks July-October


Health Matters Calendar e-mailed upon request or pick up copy at the store


****A few customers sent in suggestions regarding tick removal and sun care;


  1. For tick removal M.D. recommended putting rubbing alcohol on the tick for 60 seconds then remove.

  2. Sun care straight from Hawaii- blend aloe vera gel and cocoa butter together and massage into skin day and night.


Healthy Happenings: GMO’s

I have decided to take a little break this month. Since many of my subscribers do not see our local paper-The Monroe Evening News, I am including an editorial I wrote last month in response to a letter written by one of our local farmers, Herb Smith. He wrote an editorial explaining his knowledge as a farmer using GMO’s to grow his crops. Customers know my passion for locally grown food. What bothers me is how difficult it is to purchase organic grains and even produce in Monroe. I attempted to find a local source for bulk non-GMO grains to sell in the store. At that time I was told all of the feed, seed and grains they sold were genetically modified. A few years ago I found Hampshire Farms at Eastern Market and have been purchasing most of my organic grains from them. I also choose to purchase organic grains and seeds whenever possible.

For produce I receive a bitty box every other Tuesday from Door to Door Organics for personal use. Monroe Farmers Market lost the one certified organic grower this year.


In response to the letter written by Herb Smith regarding the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) I would like to take a look at GMO’s from a health perspective. I have been a registered nurse for over 40 years and I have noticed an increase in chronic illnesses in both adults and children. The health challenges range from severe allergies, hormone issues, to multiple digestive disorders. GMO products include alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, flax, papaya, rice (from China), soy, sugar beets, zucchini and yellow summer squash. At Health Matters my “healthy” grocery store I have made a commitment to eliminate GMO products by purchasing organic products (which are GMO-free).


Monsanto, the creator of Round-Up, Agent Orange and other chemicals has misled the public regarding the safety of GMO products. Regulatory agencies have former Monsanto employees on their boards charged with making decisions regarding the safety of GMO’s. I was part of the March against Monsanto on May 25, 2013, Detroit was just one of 436 cities and 52 countries to call attention to the dangers of these chemicals and GMO seeds to humans and the honey bees. The bees have been affected by Colony collapse disorder, (CCD) since 2006. Without bees to pollinate our crops the cost of food will sky rocket. Monsanto seeds have been removed and banned by Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, France, and Switzerland. What we need is the right to choose nutritious foods for our families. Without the labeling of foods that contain GMO’s we cannot make informed decisions.


I appreciate the challenges that our farmers face every day. I have been part of the St. Mary Organic Garden for about 10 years and have learned a lot about organic gardening from Sharon McNeil and other members of our garden. My other source of information regarding organic practices comes from ACRES USA, a monthly publication with a focus on Eco-Agriculture. Many farmers are using natural practices, such as crop rotation and cover crops, as did our ancestors before GMO’s were created. People from the 1920’s and many of my customers who choose to eat produce and meats without chemicals and GMO’s have less chronic diseases and obesity.


As always, contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions. Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies.


Organic Fruits and Vegetables delivered every other week-


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


Local Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies Small $4.50; Large $5.50


Store News:


  • Local Delivery to shut-ins available

  • United Natural Foods Special Orders: Due July 3 and July 17, 2013

  • Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

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

  • Free Muscle Testing



Maurine is available for Natural Health & Nutritional

Consultations by appointment


Save the Earth Tip: Pass on unwanted footwear-Charities are always grateful to accept lightly worn shoes and boots that you’ve grown out of or gotten bored with for sale in their shops or for delivery to needy recipients. So clear out that dusty shoe graveyard under your bed, and send you unloved footwear packing.


Recipe of the Month: Repeating a few easy recipes for the summer


Wheat Free Trail Mix


Trader Joe’s Triple Berry O’s

Trader Joe’s either Honey Nut O’s or Multigrain O’s

Barbara’s Gluten FreePuffins

Newman’s Spelt Pretzels

Vita Spelt Whole Grain Spelt Sesame Sticks

Trader Joe’s Rainbow Trail Mix

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins



Mix all ingredients together and keep in an airtight container. Feel free to create your own mixture.


***Cookies that require no mixer***


Date Nut Cookies


1 cup of dates with oat flour

¾ cup walnuts

¾ cup unsweetened coconut

2 tablespoons ground flax

½ cup organic sweetened condensed milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees


I cut the dates smaller then add remaining ingredients until well combined. Drop on to parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake 9-10 minutes until set. These taste like magic cookies bars without all of the chocolate and calories.




Monster Cookies


1/4 cup butter softened

½ cup natural peanut butter

1/3 cup Rapadura or brown sugar

¼ cup natural sugar

1 ½ egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups old fashioned oats

¼ cup ground flax seed

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ cup chocolate chips

½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes or raisins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Combine butter and peanut butter in a large bowl. Add sugar and rapadura beating well with wooden spoon until well blended. Mix in egg and vanilla. Combine oatmeal with flax seeds and baking soda. Beat oat mixture into creamed mixture, and then fold in chocolate chips and coconut or raisins.


Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes rotating baking sheet half way through. Store cookies in refrigerator or freezer for freshness.



Maurine Natural Nurse

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



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