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April 2017 Healing or Harmful Fats

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April 2017

Health Matters will be celebrating our 13th anniversary with a 13% discount from April 10-14 this year.  We appreciate all of your support!!!!!

Monroe Farmer’s Market is open year round from 7am-12noon

Chantelle’s Medicinal Teas and ceremonial (sage) smudge sticks now available at Health Matters

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

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Orders due via email April 5 and April 19 at noon; Pickup April 7 and April 21 at 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First FridayDowntown Monroe April 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 April 15 at 3 PM held at Health Matters

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

Community Education Classes at Health Matters: Sign up for winter and spring classes through Monroe Community Education 734-265-3170

Family Guide to Homeopathy April 4 6:30-7:30 #K67

Homemade Herbal Remedies #1 April 186:30-7:30 #K68

Homemade Herbal Remedies #2 April 25 6:30-7:30 #K68

Healthy Happenings: Healing or Harmful Fats? From Eat Fat, Get Thin by Mark Hyman, MD

It is so tough to understand dietary fats right now.  I remember listening to the medical information for several years and taking all of the fat out of my diet.  I was not very healthy following that advice.  Both of my parents had cardiovascular disease and I thought I was preventing the same fate eating all low fat foods.  I spent most of the 70’s and 80’s eating very little fat but tons of sugar and carbohydrates.  I ended up with very little energy, poor skin tone and severe depression.  It took me several more years to start using my farm fresh egg yolks instead of cooking them up for the birds.  I was introduced to whole foods eating by the Weston A. Price Foundation about 15 years ago and really have not looked back.  This lifestyle is easier to maintain, my weight is stable, cholesterol levels are good (between 180-220 mg/dl), and my energy and stamina have improved. 

·          Types of Fats:

v  Saturated (SFA) stays firm at room temperature

v  Monounsaturated (MUFA)

v  Polyunsaturated (PUFA) Omega-3 and Omega 6

v  Trans fats (TFA)

o    What defines them is their structure:  a saturated fat has zero double bonds (thus it is “saturated with hydrogen), a monounsaturated fatty acid has one double bond, and a polyunsaturated fatty acid has more than on double bond. 

o    Trans fats are funny-shaped fats, not normally found as part of the human biology; the double bonds are on the opposite side of the fat chain (or “trans”) from where they are found in naturally occurring fats.  Your body does not like them at all. 

·          Saturated Fats:  There are four types of saturated fats laurate, myristate, palminate and stearate. Several important saturated fatty acids provide excellent energy sources for the body: lauric acid, found in coconut oil, myristic acid, found in coconut oil and dairy fats, and palmitic acid, found in palm oil, meat, and dairy fats.  Palmitic acid plays a part in regulation of hormones, and both palmitic and myristic acid assist in cell messaging and immune function. 

Good brain function depends on saturated fats.  In fact, most of your brain is made up of saturated fats and omega-3 fats.  One study showed that consumption of saturated fats had the potential to reduce the risk of dementia by 36 percent.  Saturated fats also assist the brain in renewal and regeneration of nerve cells.

v  Critical Roles

o    Lauric acid (from coconut) and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) from organic butter strengthen the immune system and help your cells communicate better, thus protecting you against cancer.

o    Saturated fats help your lungs work better.   Children given butter and full fat (Natural Milk) have much less asthma than children given reduced-fat milk and margarine.

o    Saturated fats are required for you to make hormones such as testosterone and estrogen.

o    Saturated fats are critical for your nerves and nervous system to work properly.

o    Saturated fats help suppress inflammation.

o    Saturated animal fats contain essential fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients that we need to be healthy, including vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin K2.

·          Monounsaturated Fats:

v  Monounsaturated fats are good for you.

o    Dietary sources are whole olives, olive oil, avocados, lard, tallow (beef or sheep fat), certain types of fish, and many nuts, including macadamias, almonds, pecans, and cashews. 

o    Monounsaturated fats are also found in dairy and animal foods.  Modern grain-fed meat doesn’t have much monounsaturated fats, but pasture-raised (grass fed) animals have as much as wild meats, which contain a lot of monounsaturated fats.

o    Monounsaturated fats are rich in vitamin E and other antioxidants.  They improve insulin sensitivity and therefore reduce diabetes risk, reduce breast cancer risk, reduce pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis, promote weight loss, and reduce belly fat.

****Avoid canola and other vegetables oils due to the fact that they are created applying high heat and using harsh chemical solvents in the refining process.

·          Polyunsaturated fats:  ***healthy ratio omega 6-omega 3 should be 1:1 to 4:1; due to our Standard American Diet the ratio is 10:1 to 20:1.

v  Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids are considered essential meaning we can’t make it in our bodies.

1.        Omega 3 fats contain alpha linolenic acid (ALA) found in organ meats, pastured egg yolks, macadamia nuts, walnuts and flax seeds.  Omega 3’s  make up much of your cell membranes and regulate insulin function, inflammation, and even your neurotransmitters, which is why they are critical for preventing and treating diabetes, depression, and arthritis and autoimmune disease.

o    Dietary sources include walnuts; sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, and chia seeds; and fish.

o    DHA found in fish or algae or wild or pasture-raised animals.  EPA is a good anti-inflammatory fat found in fish or wild or pasture-raised animals.

2.        Omega 6 fats contain LA-Linoleic acid are found in commercial seed and vegetable oils.  We need LA Omega 6 fats in moderation, but only from whole foods like nuts and seeds, or from cold-or expeller-pressed vegetables oils (and only in small amounts).

o    Unrefined oils are a better choice. The polyunsaturated unrefined oils that have the best omega 3 to omega 6 fats are flaxseed oil, walnut oil, and hemp seed oil, but make sure they are not used in cooking,

****GLA: A Long Chain Omega 6 found in borage or evening primrose oil.  New research reveals this nutrient’s power t combat chronic inflammation, eczema, dermatitis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and obesity ---even cancer. 

·          Trans fat:

v  Trans fat is created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil (a process called hydrogenation) to make it more solid.  They were created around 1890 it was touted as cheap and thought to be healthier than butter, but is far worse.  It should never be consumed by humans or other living things.  Even flies know better.  They won’t land on a tub of shortening.  I have replaced shortening in my cookies with extra-light olive oil.  I use coconut oil, bacon grease, and lard in frying.

o    As early at 1981 scientists suggested there could be a link to coronary artery disease. 

o    In 1993 a study by Harvard strongly linked partially hydrogenated oils with heart attack risk.

o    In 1994, it was estimated that trans fats caused 30,000 deaths annually in the USA from heart disease.

o    Trans fats cause increases in small, dense, dangerous LDL (bad cholesterol) particles, and they reduce HDL (good cholesterol).  This in turn causes inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and sudden death.  It also increases the risk of cancer.

o    The link between trans fats and cancer is also a serious concern.  A study of post-menopausal women who had high levels of trans fats in their blood doubled their risk of getting colon cancer.   Another study found a woman’s risk of breast cancer doubled if she had high levels of trans fats in her blood.

·          Healthy Cooking Oils:

v  Butter (Saturated Fat) Preferably grass-fed or organic-replaces margarine for light sautéing, baking, or over vegetables or a spread.

v  Coconut Oil (Saturated Fat)-over vegetables or as spread, cooking or baking, in smoothies, over popcorn

v  Ghee or Clarified Butter (Saturated Fat)-replacement for casein sensitive people, higher smoke point than butter, baking, stir frying, dipping sauces or condiments.

v  Palm Oil (Saturated Fat)-replaces shortening, baking, French fries

v  Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Monounsaturated Fat)-light sautéing (not as stable as coconut oil), salad dressings over vegetables and in spreads and condiments

v  Peanut and Sesame Oils (Monounsaturated Fat) - occasional stir frying


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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 Recipe of the Month


Tuna Stuffed Avocado from

1 avocado

1 4.5oz can skipjack tuna

¼ cup diced red pepper

1 tablespoon minced jalapeno

¼ cup chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon lime juice

Celtic sea salt and pepper to taste

Scoop out some avocado from each half.  Mash avocado and add tuna, bell pepper, jalapeno, and cilantro mix well.

Spoon the tuna mixture into avocado halves.  Season with salt and pepper



Maurine Sharp Natural Nurse

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


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April 2017 Healing or Harmful Fats

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