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Dec 2014

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December 2014

Wishing All of our Loyal Customers a Very Merry Christmas

And A Happy and Healthy New Year!!!

Holiday Hours:  December 24 & December 31 10-2; Closed Christmas Day

Monroe Happenings:

 Health Matters monthly sale!!!!

10% off select anti-inflammatory supplements

Our time at the Monroe Farmers Market has come to an end, however, I will continue to coordinate

       Food Stamp Program.  Customers can use their Bridge Cards until the end of the year to obtain the green script worth $1.00 each.  The script cards can be used year round.  See Kristi McIntosh at the Hippie Chick Herbal Table inside.   


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

  call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

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

Orders due December 17 at noon; Pickup December 19 2:30-3:30-New Location for pickup is VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate.

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

Namaste Yoga Center 8177 Secor Rd. Lambertville for schedule you can go to www.namasteyogacenter.weebly.comor pick up schedule at the store.

Healthy Happenings: Natural Remedies for Gout from Smart Medicine for Healthier Living

As the holiday season is in full swing I thought is might be a great time to talk about one of the disorders that is affected by rich foods.  Gout is a metabolic disorder that causes extremely painful attacks of arthritis, usually in a single joint, most notably the joint at the base of the big toe.  However, it can affect other joints, including the knees, ankles, wrists, feet, and the small joints of the hands. Gout occurs when uric acid in the body migrates into the tissue surrounding a joint.  As the excess uric acid accumulates, needle-shaped crystals form that become lodged within the joint.  The surrounding tissue becomes inflamed and the nerve endings become severely irritated.

*      Dietary Recommendations

1.      Emphasize fruits and vegetables to reduce the body’s acid levels.

2.      Increase your intake of citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, peppers, and leafy greens, which are high in natural vitamin C and the bioflavanoids that reduce inflammation.

3.      Enjoy tart cherries and tart cherry juice often.  Cherries are an old nutritional remedy to help reduce uric-acid levels.

4.      Drink at least 8 glasses of pure/filtered water daily.

5.      Avoid foods that are high in purines, including shellfish, red meat, organ meats, poultry, sardines, anchovies, and legumes.   Alcoholic beverages are also a source of purines.

6.      Avoid saturated and hydrogenated fats, refined sugars, and foods and beverages containing caffeine.  These promote inflammation, which increases pain.

*      Nutritional Supplements

1.      Take a good multi-vitamin at least twice daily.  Make sure is contains no more than 5,000 vitamin A, and that the form of vitamin B3 it contains is niacinamide rather than niacin.  Niacin raises uric acid levels and increases heat and inflammation.

2.      Ground Flax seed and/or Omega 3 fatty acids act as natural anti-inflammatories.

3.      Glucosamine Sulfate helps relieve pain.

4.      Green food supplements such as, chlorella, spirulina and green barley are among the most densely packed bioavailable whole-food sources of cleansing chlorophyll.

5.      Vitamin C with bioflavanoids work together to reduce inflammation, which helps ease the pain.

*      Herbal Remedies

1.      Bilberry contains compounds called anthocyanidins that have proven valuable against gout.

2.      Hawthorn offers some of the same properties as bilberry.

3.      Juniper Berry is a diuretic herb that helps reduce uric acid.

4.      Nettle Root increases the excretion of uric acid from the kidneys.

5.      Pine-bark and Grape seed extracts actto reduce inflammation thus easing pain.

6.      Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory action.

*      Exercise Recommendation

1.      Don’t be afraid to exercise, but avoid heavy-duty exercise that causes pain.  Instead, do stretching exercises, low impact aerobics, or best of all water aerobics.  Exercise increases circulation and can help you body eliminate toxins faster.


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


Store News:

*     Local Delivery to shut-ins available


*    Bridge Cards accepted at the store.


*    Family DiscountDay: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.


*    Free muscle Testing


Save the Earth Tip: “Green” Tea   Even the humble cup of tea can be made more eco-friendly.  Your first step should be to buy organic, Fair Trade tea.  Check that the tea bags are made from recycled, unbleached paper.  Use each tea bag twice.  Unless you’re a fan of extremely strong tea, this will allow you to get two cups for the price of one.  If you are making tea for more than one person use a teapot.


Of course there’s no need to use tea bags at all.  Why not opt for loose-leaf tea instead.  You will save on paper, processing and financial costs.  Whichever method of infusion you go for, remember to compost you tea leaves.  They are a great source of nutrients.


Words to Live By:  We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.


Recipe of the Month

This is a great “Healthy” grain-free dish to bring to family or community dinners. 

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Beef and Vegetables

1 spaghetti squash, halved and seeded                                    1 14.5 oz can Italian diced tomatoes, drained

1 pound of ground beef or turkey                                          ½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ cup diced green pepper                                                       ½ teaspoon dried basil

½ cup diced red pepper                                                          ¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

¼ cup diced red onion                                                            ¼ teaspoon pepper

1 clove garlic, minced                                                           2 ¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1.       Place squash face down on a baking sheet, bake 40 minutes, or until tender, remove from heat, cool, then shred pulp with a fork.

2.      Return oven to 350 degrees.

3.      In a skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef or turkey until evenly browned.  Drain an mix in peppers and red onion, continue to cook and stir until vegetables are tender.  Add garlic and cook 30 seconds.

4.      Mix in shredded squash, tomatoes, and seasonings.  Cook and stir until heated through.  Remove skillet from heat, add 2 cup of shredded cheese, and stir until cheese is melted.  Transfer to greased baking dish.

5.      Bake 25 minutes in preheated oven.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese, continue baking 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.                                                                    


Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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December 2014 Gout

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