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October 2016 Cold and Flu Season

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October 2016

October is Non-GMO month we are having a weekly drawing for Non-GMO grocery bags; we are also donating a portion of total sales to the Non-GMO Project.

The Bridge Card/Double Up Buck program at the Market.

Chantelle will be coordinating the program at the market year this year.  She is selling healing and homemade tea, heirloom vegetables, and sourdough breads on Saturdays from 7am-12noon.

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

  Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

Ionic Foot Bath now available by appointment-1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00

Orders due October 19 at noon; Pickup October 21 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First FridayDowntown Monroe October 7-Bonus Discount Day 5% off for First Friday

Join many businesses with art exhibits, food and drink specials.

Transitions for Women a support group for women that have lost their partners-Next Meeting October 15 3 PM held at First Presbyterian Church

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

Community Education Classes at Health Matters: Sign up for fall classes through Monroe Community Education

Homemade Herbal #1 Oct 4 6:30-7:30 #K62

Homemade Herbal #2 October 11 6:30-7:30 #K62


Healthy Happenings: Natural Remedies for Flu Season Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine

The school season is in full swing and we already have many customers dealing with viral infections including colds, flu, and stomach virus.  The flu season typically runs from November to April. The flu is often confused with cold or stomach flu, but both are caused by other viruses. There is no such thing as stomach flu.  A sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, and upset stomach is often caused by a virus (not influenza) that infects the digestive tract or by a change in diet.  A cold is also caused by a virus (rhinovirus), but is differs from the flu in that it has a slower onset and is not usually associated with high fever or muscle or joint aching.  Cold symptoms are also less severe that influenza.  We can do much in the way of prevention.   Hand washing with soap and water remains the most effective way to prevent the spread of viruses.

·          Signs & Symptoms: Once you are in contact with the virus, it takes about 48 hours for symptoms to develop.

1.        Chills and sweating

2.        Headache

3.        Loss of appetite

4.        Nasal congestion

5.        Nausea and vomiting (more common in children)

6.        Sore throat, dry cough

7.        Sudden onset of fever (102-103 degrees), muscle and joint aching, weakness, and fatigue

**in most cases, the symptoms resolve in a week to 10 days.  However, young children, the elderly, and  those with a weakened immune system are at risk for developing complications such as ear infections, acute sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia.

·         Dietary:

1.        Citrus fruits and berries contain vitamin C, which helps support immune function.

2.        Drink plenty of fluids, especially during the first few days of infection, to prevent dehydration and weakness.  Choose water, natural juices, herbal teas, and broth (bone broth is very nourishing). Elderberry concentrate contains compounds that can speed healing.

3.        Eat light meals of nutritious foods such as soups and stews with vegetables and beans, brown rice, fish, and poultry.

4.        Garlic, ginger and onions contain antioxidants that support immune function.

** Foods to Avoid

v  Dairy products can worsen mucous.

v  Minimize sugar (candy, soft drinks, and pastries) it can hamper immune function

·         Nutritional Supplements:

1.         Vitamin C with bioflavonoids has anti-inflammatory properties and can ease the course of respiratory illnesses.

500-1000mg up to 5 times a day during acute infections.

2.        Zinc helps boost the immune system



·         Herbal Remedies:

1.        Echinacea:  I prefer Esberitox, contains compounds that are thought to stimulate the immune system. Taking Esberitox at the first signs of either cold or influenza has been known to stop progression of the illness.  Many customers take one dose a day when they are living or working with people infected with any number of viruses.

      Taking Echinacea throughout the flu season has not been shown to be effective.  Use only when needed.

2.        Garlic: Has antiviral properties and enhances immune function.  I swallow one clove of garlic (cut in small pieces and rested at least 10 minutes) daily to boost my immune system and as a cardio protective remedy.

3.        Oil of Oregano: Has antiviral and antibiotic properties.

4.        Elderberry: Can stimulate the immune system and inhibit viral growth.

5.        Panax Ginseng: Strengthens immune function.  A few studies have shown that it can reduce the risk of cold and flu.

·         Homeopathic Remedies:

1.        Oscillococcinum: Is taken at the first sign that flu is developing

2.        Influenzinum: Is a homeopathic remedy made from the current influenza vaccine.  One dose per week during the winter month can be taken as a preventative.

  **other homeopathic remedies are symptom specific.

·         Lifestyle Suggestions:

1.        Get adequate rest as this is essential to help your body recover.  Not getting enough rest on a regular basis can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to the flu and other infections

2.        Minimize stress, which can hamper immune function.  Try medication, yoga, tai chi, and relax breathing techniques.

3.        Get regular exercise to support proper immune function.  Studies have shown that those who exercise regularly have less severe symptoms and recover quicker than those who don’t exercise. 

4.        Wash your hands frequently (especially after touching your eyes, nose, or mouth and after coughing or sneezing) to prevent spreading germs to others.

Maurine is happy to provide her opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.


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


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call 1-269-476-8883

Store News:

v  Local Delivery to shut-ins available

v  Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

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

v  Free Muscle Testing


Save the Earth Tip: Organic Growth – Drawing heavily on nutrients to fuel their rapid development, babies and children are particularly affected by the content of their food.  So to give them the best possible start and protect them from the health risks associated with exposure to pesticide residues, try to feed your children organic food whenever you can—even if the rest of the family is still on conventional foods.


Words to Live By

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.  Napoleon Hill


Recipe of the Month

Local apples and apple cider are available at our Monroe Farmer’s Market

Apple Cider Cookies

*Apple cider cookies are available for purchase for a limited time only at the store, and are located in the bottom of our beverage cooler.

½ cup butter, softened                                                                                             1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup Rapadura or brown sugar                                                                             ¾ cup chopped crispy almonds

¼ cup cane sugar or Xylitol                                                                                   1 large apple, peeled and diced

1/3 cup apple cider                                                                                                 Glaze

1 ½ large farm fresh eggs                                                                                        1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 ¾ cup spelt or whole wheat pastry flour                                                              2 Tablespoons apple cider

¼ cup ground flax

1 teaspoon baking soda


 Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In medium bowl combine flour, flax seed, baking soda, and cinnamon

In large bowl, cream butter, Rapadura and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Beat in eggs and cider.  Stir in flour mixture until well blended.  Fold in apples and almonds.

Drop by tablespoons onto cookies sheet.  Bake 10 minutes (rotating at 5 minutes) until golden brown.  Wait 5 minutes then remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely. 

Glaze:  Blend apple cider and confectioners’ sugar until smooth.   Brush on cooled cookies.

Store in refrigerator or freezer for freshness.


Maurine Sharp Natural Nurse

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


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October 2016 Natural Remedies for Flu Season  

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