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December 2016 Shingles

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December 2016

Wishing all of our wonderful customers a Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year!!!

If you are looking for healthy Christmas gift giving idea; Rosa and Cathy have homemade soap baskets for $10.00; also we have gift certificates.

The Bridge Card/Double Up Buck program has been extended through December 17th 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 via email December 14 at noon; Pickup December 16 at 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First FridayDowntown Monroe December 2-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 December 17 at 3 PM held at First Presbyterian Church

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

Yoga with Chantelle-Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday- Calendar available at the Store


Healthy Happenings: Natural Remedies Shingles (Herpes Zoster) from The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Dr. Michael Murray N.D. /Sherry Torkos PHM

We have had several customers that have been diagnosed with Shingles the last few months so I thought it would be good to give all of you a prevention plan.  During this stressful, yet happy time of year we deal with excessive amounts of stress due to heighten expectations, constant shopping, decorating, cooking and baking.  The consequence of this stress is a weakened immune system that may lead to outbreaks of cold sores or shingles which are both members of the herpes virus family (there are more than 70 members of the herpes family).  HSV-1 is frequently acquired in early childhood, with evidence of past exposure in nearly 90% of adults.  After the initial infection the virus can become dormant in the nerve cells.


·         Signs & Symptoms:

1.        Clear, fluid-filled blisters

2.        Fever, chills, and headache

3.        Pain, burning, tingling, itching, numbness, or extreme sensitivity in a certain area of the body

4.        Red rash

5.        Upset stomach

****Note: Shingles can lead to other complications, such as postherpetic neuralgia (nerve pain), inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), and other neurological problems.  If shingles occurs on your face, it can cause hearing problems, temporary or permanent blindness, and loss of facial movement, which is rare.

·         Shingles is Contagious:

A person with shingles can pass the varicella-zoster virus to anyone who hasn’t had chicken pox before.  This usually occurs through direct contact with the blister or open ores of the shingles rash.  Once infected, the person will develop chickenpox (not shingles). Until the blisters scab over, those with shingles should avoid contact with:

1.        Anyone who has a weak immune system (HIV, Diabetes)

2.        Anyone who has never had chickenpox

3.        Newborn babies

4.        Pregnant women (chickenpox infection can be dangerous for a developing baby)

·         Dietary:

1.        Increase foods rich in B-vitamins: whole grains, legumes, seeds, poultry, and fish.

2.        Include citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, red pepper, and tomatoes that contain vitamin C, which supports the immune system.  Orange, yellow, and red vegetables contain beta-carotene, which supports immune function and skin recovery.

3.        Minimize intake of simple sugars, found in candy, soda pop, cereals, fruit juice, and baked goods.   Because they hamper immune function.

4.        Limit arginine rich foods; chocolate, peanuts, wheat, walnuts,  and almonds

·         Nutritional Supplements:

1.        Multivitamin with minerals at least twice a day

2.        Vitamin C with bioflavonoids-3,000-5,000 mg per day

3.        Vitamin D3-2,000-4,000 IU per day

4.        Omega 3 fish oils-1,000mg per day 

5.        Lysine-1,000mg three times per day

6.        Grape Seed Extract or Pine bark extract-take either one 100-300 mg per day

7.        Proteolytic Enzymes-They aid digestion and are thought to benefit shingles by decreasing the body’s inflammatory response and regulating immune response to the virus.

8.        Alpha-lipoic Acid-is a powerful antioxidant and protector of the nerve tissue.  Take 300-600mg per day

·         Herbal Remedies:

1.        Capsaicin (an extract of cayenne (capsicum)-can be helpful for postherpetic neuralgia.  Choose a topical cream containing 0.025% capsaicin. Apply several times per day.

2.        Cat’s Claw-has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.  Take 1,000mg three times per day for two weeks, then reduce to 500mg three times per day until all pain and inflammation are gone.

3.        Oat Straw-calms and tones the nervous system.  Take 500mg three times per day

4.        Reishi Mushrooms-stimulate the immune system.  Take 500mg three times per day

5.        St. John’s Wort-has antiviral properties

6.        Turmeric-helps to reduce the inflammatory response.

·         Homeopathic Remedies:

1.        Newton Shingle- Formulated for symptoms associated symptoms such as pain, burning, itching, swelling and skin eruptions.

2.        Rhus Tox-is good for skin that is red and swollen, with pain and intense itching.

  **other homeopathic remedies are symptom specific.

·         Essential Oils:

1.        Add a few drops of one or more of eucalyptus, geranium, and lemon to olive oil and apply it to the affected area to reduce inflammation.  Or you can add them to a tubful of water and enjoy a soothing aromatherapy bath.

·         Lifestyle Suggestions:

1.        Get regular exercise and lots of rest.

2.        Reduce the stress in your life.  Have a massage at least once a month.  Start looking after yourself.  Do one thing you love to do at least once a day.  Tell your loved ones you “need” extra love, attention and help.  It is OK to ask.

3.        To soothe itching, soak in an oatmeal bath and apply cream containing calendula to lesions.

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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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: The Christmas season would be a great time to start a toy library – Get together with other like-minded parents and contribute slightly used toys and games to start the collection.  The system works along the lines of a book library and will give your child and others access to more toys than you can afford to buy.  Or, if you just want to recycle those that have lost their appeal, donate toys to a local doctor’s office, hospital ward or thrift shop.

Words to Live By

  History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed.  B.C Forbes

Recipe of the Month

Maurine’s “healthier” Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/2 cups spelt or whole wheat pastry flour                                           1 large farm fresh eggs           

¼ cup ground flax                                                                                   1 egg white

½ teaspoon baking soda                                                                          1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoons baking powder                                                                  1 cup old fashioned oats or barley flakes

1 stick butter, softened                                                                            ½ cup chocolate chips or Stevia sweetened chocolate chips

1/3 cup Rapadura or brown sugar                                                           ½ cup roasted walnuts, chopped                                                                                            ¼  cup cane sugar or xylitol                                                   

¼ cup extra light olive oil                                                                                       

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In medium bowl combine flour, flax, baking powder, baking soda.

In large bowl, beat butters, Rapadura, sugar, until well blended, about 2 minutes   

Add flour mixture, mix until well.  Blend in oats.  Add chocolate chips and walnuts.

Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake in oven for 12-13 minutes, rotate cookie sheets at 6 minutes. 



Maurine Sharp Natural Nurse

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


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December 2016 Natural Remedies for Shingles

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