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June 2017 Menopause

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June 2017

The Bridge Card/Double Up Buck program began May 6th at the Market.

Chantelle will be coordinating the program at the market.  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

Family Farms Co-op:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orders due via email June 14 by noon; Pickup June 16 at 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

First FridayDowntown Monroe June 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 June 17 Meeting at Health Matters at 2PM of a trip to English Pantry and Tea Garden in Tecumseh

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

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


Healthy Happenings: Menopause from Smart Medicine for Healthier Living  by Janet Zand.  

I had a customer come in last week inquiring about menopause and found out I had overlooked this important subject for 13 years.  It was probably because I dealt with menopause so many years ago.  Perimenopause was one of the first health issues that I was able to successfully managed with herbal supplements and lifestyle changes.   I have always questioned the use of HRT, whether bioidentical or pharmaceutical based, due to the issues many women deal with when for, whatever reason, they are discontinued.  What they have reported is severe hot flashes that are difficult to manage.  It is usually easier to manage symptoms naturally initially; however, physicians seem to prefer birth control and HRT which might include Premarin (which is isolated from the urine of pregnant mares).   Estrogen is very complicated because the three we focus on are; Estrone (E1), Estraiol (E2), and Estriol (E3).  Of these three Lorna Vanderhaeghe recommends Estriol because it is a weaker form of estrogen that she believes is the safest form that does not cause abnormal cell growth in the breasts and endometrial lining.  

What I have found is most women have an excess of estrogen due to “Xenoestrogens” (pronounded zeno-estrogens) found in pesticides, cosmetics, plastic, cleaning chemicals, dryer sheets, bleaching chemicals (found in tampons and bleached toilet paper), farmed fish, conventional beef and dairy.  Most women have low progesterone levels which can be remedied using Vitex (chaste tree) or natural progesterone creams.

  • Dietary Recommendations:  

  • Eat a diet high in fiber.  Increase your consumption of organic fruits and vegetables.

  • Avoid refined sugars, red meat, chocolate, alcohol and caffeine.  These foods worsen menopausal symptoms and stress the body.

  • Increase your consumption of filtered water.  Hot flashes can cause dehydration.  In a kind of vicious cycle, the more dehydrated you become, the more difficulty you will have with hot flashes, headaches, fatigue, and dry skin.

  • Increase your consumption of foods rich in phytoestrogens (plant estrogens).  I do not consume soy products due to the majority of soy being genetically modified (GMO).  Other foods include organic apples, barley, beets, cabbage, fennel, flaxseeds, oats, olives and olive oil, papaya, pumpkin, adzuki and kidney beans, red clover, rice sesame seeds, split peas, sunflower seeds, and yams.

  • Nutritional Supplements:

  • Take a good multivitamin and mineral supplement at least twice daily.

  • Take vitamin c 500-1000 mg at least 3 times a day.  Make sure the supplement includes bioflavonoids which have been used successfully to reduce hot flashes, as well as to reduce heavy bleeding.

  • Black currant seed, borage, and evening primrose oil contain GLA, which have been used by many women to reduce menopausal symptoms.

  • The amino acid glutamine helps to improve mental clarity and lift depression.

  • Pantothenic acid is useful for relieving hot flashes.  Take 250mg twice daily for up to one week at a time, as needed to relieve symptoms. If you take a B-complex take it at a different time, due to flushing of water soluble vitamins.

  • Herbal Supplements:

  • Black cohosh acts to enhance the production of estrogen and helps to diminish hot flashes.  

  • Chamomile, passionflower, and valerian are botanical relaxants that can help if you are unable to sleep due to recurrent hot flashes and insomnia.

  • Chaste Tree Berry (also known as Vitex) balances hormones by promoting the production of progesterone and reining in the production of estrogen.

  • Dong quai, sometimes referred to as “female ginseng” is a highly effective blood tonic and estrogen modulator.  It helps to minimize menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, nervousness, and anxiety by providing an available form of phytoestrogen.  

  • Homeopathy:

  • Newton Menopause: combines several homeopathic remedies to reduce menopausal symptoms.

  • Essential Oils:

  • Essential oil of peppermint has cooling properties; geranium and lavender oils are centering, either calming or energizing, depending on your need.  Add several drops of any or all of these oils to a lukewarm bath to cool hot flashes---or if that is not possible, simply add them to cool water in a spray bottle and give yourself a cooling spritz.     

  • Geranium, jasmine, myrrh, and vetiver oils are good for counteracting the visible signs of aging.  Make a skin oil using one or several of these oils, or add a few drips of them to your favorite skin-care products (no more than 10 drops  per ounce of product).

  • General Recommendation:

  • Exercise!!  Not only does exercise keep your muscles tones and lift the spirits, but it is an important part of a program for preventing osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.


*** For more information you can visit Lorna Vanderheaghe’s website



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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  • 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

  • Ionic Food Bath available by appointment only; 1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00

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Save the Earth Tip: Bean bags Save aluminum and other resources by buying dried lentil and other legumes rather than canned ones.  They’re much lighter and less bulky to transport, as well as being much cheaper to buy.  Soak dried legumes for as long as possible, ideally between 12-24 hours to reduce the time, and therefore energy, needed to cook them.  A teaspoon of baking soda in the soaking water can help soften tough skins.


Words to Live By: Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.

William Feather

Recipe of the Month


Egg and Dairy Free Monster Cookies

¼ cup ghee

½ cup natural peanut butter

1/3 cup whole cane sugar (Rapadura)

¼ cup organic cane sugar or xylitol

3 teaspoons EnerG egg replacer mixed with 5 tablespoons

Warm water- to replace 2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cups organic oats or barley

¼ cup organic flax, optional

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ cup dairy free chocolate chips (Enjoy Life or Lily’s)

½ cup coconut flakes or organic raisins


In large mixing bowl blend together ghee and peanut butter, add Rapadura and sugar or xylitol mix well.  Blend in egg replacer and vanilla until well mixed.  Fold in oats or barley flakes, chocolate chips and coconut or raisins.

Drop 1 tablespoon of batter on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through cooking.  Bake until golden brown.

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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June  2017 Menopause

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