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Feb 2015

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February 2015

Monroe Happenings:

 Health Matters monthly sale!!!!

10% off select heart healthy supplements  


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.

Namaste Day Saturday February 7-10:00-2:00 Registration begins at 9:00

For more information visit

Cost $15.00 per student

Orders due January 14 at noon; Pickup January 16 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.

Community Education Classes at Health Matters: Sign up for winter and spring classes through Monroe Community Education 734-265-4950

Vitamins & Herbs Help or Hype-Tuesday Feb 3 6:30-7:30

Homemade Herbal #1-Tuesday Feb 17 6:30-7:30

Homemade Herbal #2-Tuesday Feb 24 6:30-7:30

Kitchen Transition-Tuesday March 10 6:30-7:30

Healthy Happenings: Healthy Cholesterol & Triglycerides from Stop Heart Disease Now Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, MD and James C. Roberts, MD (Dr. Roberts practices alternative cardiology in Toledo, Ohio)

There seems to be much confusion regarding the risks of heart disease and what part cholesterol plays in heart attacks and strokes.  Contrary to cholesterol’s negative reputation, you and your body cannot function without it.”  The advise I have been given is to keep total cholesterol between 180 and 220, just as previous generations have had without heart issues.  I have been concerned about the pharmaceutical industries influence recommending lower and lower cholesterol levels using their Statin drugs to 150 or below.  Studies have found low levels of cholesterol can cause memory loss, brain fog and depression.    Another issue is the muscle weakness and muscle wasting this is the result of interference with the production of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), needed for the muscles to function.  Heart failure rates have doubled since the advent of Statin drugs.  The heart is a muscle that depends on a plentiful supply of CoQ10.  Triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood, also appear to promote clogged arteries.  The main reason for elevated triglycerides is dietary intake of refined sugars and starches.   

*       Dietary Recommendations

1.       Avoid processed food, especially foods containing processed vegetable oils and trans fats.

2.       Eat plenty of wild-caught seafood.

3.       Increase fiber in your diet, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, oats and oatmeal.

4.       Add garlic and onions to you foods.

5.       Snack on nuts and seeds.

6.       Avoid coffee and other beverages that contain caffeine,  drinking large amounts of coffee increases the amount of cholesterol circulating in the bloodstream.

*       Nutritional Supplements

1.       Fish oil/cod liver oil 2-3 grams of combination of EPA & DHA which is usually 2-6 capsules per day.  To prevent heart disease 1000mg is recommended; for lowering triglycerides the dose is 3,000mg per day.

2.       Vitamin C 1000-2000 mg per day appears to lower cholesterol levels, specifically LDL cholesterol.

3.       Niacin (B3) has been known to be effective in lowering both cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  Niacin can cause “niacin flushing” which can be lessened by using timed-released preparations.

4.       Coenzyme Q10 enhances cellular oxygenation throughout the body.  Customers over 40yrs benefit from Ubiquinol form of CoQ10 due to enhanced absorption.

5.       Policosanol seems to decrease cholesterol production in the liver and increase breakdown of LDL cholesterol; also can decrease the stickiness of platelets in the blood which may reduce blood clots.

6.       Beta-Sitosterol are plant sterols found in vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds; used to decrease heart disease and lower cholesterol.

*       Herbal Remedies

1.       Artichoke leaf extract can reduce cholesterol levels.

2.       Dandelion thins bile and has been shown to lower cholesterol.

3.       Garlic reduces cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.  I take a clove of garlic cut into small pieces (to activate allicin leave on counter for 10 minutes before consuming) and swallow daily.

4.       Hawthorn has been shown to both reduce cholesterol levels and decrease the size of existing plaques in the arteries.

5.       Gugulipid contains plant sterols called guggulsterones, which are thought to increase the liver’s uptake of LDL’s, thereby lowering circulating cholesterol levels in the blood.

*       Exercise

1.       Regular exercise increases HDL and reduces LDL.  As little as 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, three to five times per week is enough to make a real difference.

2.       Practice stress reduction with yoga, meditation or tai chi regularly.  


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

*Free Muscle Testing

Save the Earth Tip: Home infusions.  Try growing your own herbal tea.  Even the smallest windowsill can support a potted mint or chamomile plant.  Simply pick a sprig every time you want a drink, rinse it, and leave to stand in a cup of freshly boiled water for five minutes.  Delicious!


Words to Live By:  Regrets about yesterday and fear of tomorrow rob us of the spirit of the moment. 


I have been recycling many of my tried and true recipes, so I am looking for your help.  Just e-mail me some of your family favorites.  Thank you.


Recipe of the Month

Dried Cherry, Apple, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad

 From the Cherry Stop in Traverse City


 6 cups organic spring mix                                                  2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

 4 ounces blue cheese-crumbled                                        ¼ cup red wine vinegar

 1 organic apple-cored and slice thin                                                2 tablespoons sugar or xylitol

 ½ red onion, sliced into rings                                             ½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

 1 cup toasted walnuts                                                         dash fresh ground pepper

 2 tablespoons ground flax                                                 ¼ teaspoon rosemary

 ½ cup dried cherries                                                            ¼ teaspoon thyme


Toss together spring mix, blue cheese, apple slices, red onion rings, toasted walnuts, and dried cherries in a large bowl.  Combine red wine vinegar, sugar, Celtic sea salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme in a pint jar.  Add olive oil and shake to combine.  Toss salad with dressing just before serving.


Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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February 2015 Healthy Cholesterol & Triglycerides

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