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May 2012

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May 2012

8th Anniversary winners

Barb $25.00 Gift Certificate

Cindy Michigan Basket

James Tea Basket

Kay Mini Cod Liver Oil

Monty Mini Cod Liver Oil


Monroe Happenings:

Things are changing at Health Matters

This is the second month with new e-mail and newsletter distribution. With the help of Rob from Gessner Technical Services this month’s newsletter should be on time.

Health and nutrition consultations with Maurine are now ½ hours consultation $30.00; 1 hour consultation $50.00.

Solid State Energy Work-Initial consultation 1 ½ hour $125.00; weekly follow up consultation 15-30 minutes $25.00; for more information or to make appointment call Maurine 734-240-2786

Live Blood Analysis coming soon

Medication Drop Off –Mercy Memorial Hospital May 5

Great Starts Kid Walk Downtown Monroe May 16

Family Farms Coop orders due May 23 at noon; Pickup May 25 Southgate 2:30-3:30

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

Check facebook at yoga Shannon McElvany for schedule at other locations.

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

Growing Healthy Kids May 14 6:30-8:00

Introduction to Homeopathy May 21 6:30-7:30


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


Healthy Happenings: Healthy Digestion


These times have been very tough on digestion. Whether from anxiety from the latest news reports, political ads, job losses, medical bills or our poor eating habits it seems like an epidemic of digestive issues. We all know someone who lives with constant reflux (GERD), constipation and/or diarrhea, excessive amount of intestinal gas. What is happening? I just finished an article by Nora T. Gedgaudas that points the finger at gluten. Geduaudas reports gluten sensitivity or celiac disease is diagnosed in one in every two hundred people. Some researchers have recently hypothesized that the number may be closer to one in thirty. Gluten can affect all organ systems (including your heart, brain, and kidneys). Maybe this is at least one of the issues related to the increase in depression, anxiety and ADHD. Gluten can also be looked upon as a“gateway food sensitivity.” Which may lead to autoimmune disorders, researchers reported “autoimmune disorders occur 10 times more commonly in celiac disease than in the general population.” So what can we do today? When customers come in with digestive problems we have them eliminate wheat and other wheat products from their diets. I learned several years ago that in the 1950’s scientists hybridized wheat to make it grow faster and in doing so increased the gluten (think GLUE) content by 500%. But it is not easy; however, several customers have reported a significant improvement. When you decide to eliminate wheat for 4-6 weeks you should notice a difference. Gedguaudas recommends strict elimination for 6 to 8 months. If digestion does not improve eliminating other forms of gluten may be necessary. Be aware that when people chose to replace wheat with gluten free packaged products nutrition is compromised. Customers find eating protein, natural milk, eggs, yogurt, vegetables, seeds, nuts and a small amount of fruit makes the transition easier.


  1. Supplements-Look for supplements that are gluten free


  • Digestive enzymes containing protease (at least 20,000 H.U.T.), aylase, and lipase

  • Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) a combination of fish, cod liver oils and flax is good to reduce inflammation in the GI tract.

  • Probiotic (good bacteria) with a minimum of two to six billion cultures

  • Fiber supplement with a balance of both soluble and insoluble fibers

  • Herbs such as slippery elm, marshmallow, and fennel seeds

  • L-Glutamine powder 10,000-20,000 mg once a day on an empty stomach to help rebuild the mucosal lining

  • Quality multivitamin taken at least two times a day

  • Antioxidant supplement including Vitamin C 1,000-3,000mg daily, Vitamin A 10,000 I.U. daily (naturally occurring in Cod Liver Oil); and zinc 30-60mg with meals

  • Raw apple cider vinegar-Donna Gates, author of Body Ecology Diet, recommends sipping 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water while eating protein to stimulate the body’s production of hydrochloric acid for digestion


Contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions. Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies.


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

Door to Door Organics

Local Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies or Organic Vegetables Juices-Small $4.50; Large $5.50

Guernsey Ice Cream with organic cones-$1.50


Store News:


  • Store Spotlight: Taking orders for organic herbs and vegetable plants from Whole Foods Market.

  • United Natural Foods Special Orders: Due May 23, 2012

  • Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

  • Local Delivery to shut-ins available

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

  • Free Muscle Testing




Maurine is available for Natural Health, Solid State Energy Work, & Nutritional

Consultations by appointment



Save the Earth Tip

Vinegar for fighting germs


  1. Cleaning fruits and vegetables with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water; scrub produce with a brush; and simply rinse with clean water. This method removes 98% of bacteria.

  2. Vinegar as a disinfectant with hydrogen peroxide (the 3 percent solution) used to disinfect raw meats, cutting boards and other cutting surfaces this method is more effective than chlorine bleach or any commercially available kitchen cleaner.



Recipe of the Month:

Organic Granola


Organic Cinnamon Walnut Granola                                                                                     Organic Maple Pecan Granola

1 ½ cup organic old fashioned oats                                                                                         1 ½ cup organic old fashioned oats

2 tablespoons organic ground flax                                                                                           2 tablespoons organic ground flax

¼ cup organic unsweetened coconut                                                                                    1/3 cup pecans chopped

1 teaspoon organic cinnamon                                                                                                 ¼ cup Michigan maple syrup

¼ cup walnuts chopped

¼ cup local honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Mix together oats, flax, coconut or cinnamon, if using, nuts

  3. Mix in honey or maple syrup

  4. Spread granola on a rimmed baking pan lined with parchment paper

  5. Bake 9-12 minutes; stirring every 3 minutes, until golden brown.

  6. Store granola in refrigerator for freshness.


I add 1 tablespoon granola to plain yogurt or use as breakfast cereal replacement.


Maurine Natural Nurse

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



Store Hours: Monday –Friday 10:00-5:30; Saturday 10:00-2:00

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