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July 2017 Sun Safety

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 July 2017

Health Matters will be closed Saturday July 22 for training.

Due to a legal problem we will no longer be stocking items from Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe’s is located in Ann Arbor 2398 East Stadium Blvd.

The Bridge Card/Double Up Buck program will run through December 30 at the Monroe Farmers 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 July12 by noon; Pickup July 14at 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First FridayDowntown Monroe July 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 July 15 Meeting at Health Matters at 3PM

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: Sun Safety  

We have always been advised to stay out of the sun or to apply sunscreen to block the cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) rays.  Dr. Mercola agrees that excessive sun exposure resulting in sunburn may increase your risk of skin cancer; he believes the key is the right balance.  Sun exposure is necessary and therapeutic when it is done in appropriate and measured time frames.

Sunburn can occur with excessive sun exposure; this is an inflammatory response in the skin to UVB overexposure.  However UVB exposure is precisely what you want in appropriate amounts, because when UVB strikes the surface of the skin, your skin converts a cholesterol derivative into vitamin D3.  

The benefits of optimizing your vitamin D stores cannot be overstated.  One of the benefits is actually a significant reduction in cancer risk-

both skin cancer and many other cancers.

·         UBA versus UVB

v  Ultraviolet A (UVA) considered the unhealthy wavelength because it penetrated your skin more deeply and causes more free radical damage.  Sunblocks containing SPF filter out the beneficial UBV, not the cancer causing UVAs, unless they contain a UVA blocking ingredient.

v  Ultraviolet B (UBV) is considered the “healthy” wavelength that helps your skin produce vitamin D.  While both UVA and UVB can cause tanning and burning. UVB does so far more rapidly.

Contrary to UVAs, which are more readily available, UVB rays are low in morning and evening, and high at midday or solar noon, making this the most optimal time for vitamin D production (roughly between 10-2).  Most conventional physicians warn you to stay out of the sun during these times.

ü  To optimize your vitamin D levels, you need to expose 40 percent of your skin uncovered for 10-20 minutes, depending on your skin tone and other factors, such as location and cloud cover.

·         How to avoid sunburn;

v  Protect your face and eyes by wearing a wide brimmed hat.

v  Limit your initial exposure and slowly work your way up.

v  Build an internal sunscreen with beneficial antioxidants.

ü  Astaxanthin –a potent antioxidant-has been found to offer effective protection against sun damage when taken as a daily supplement.    Do note that it takes a couple of weeks to build up in your system. 

v  Moisturize your skin naturally by applying organic coconut oil to the exposed areas of your skin.   This will not only moisturize your skin to prevent dryness, but will also give you additional metabolic benefits.

·         Dietary Recommendations to avoid sunburn:

v  Eat your veggies-The amount of antioxidants you get from your diet actually play a major role in how effectively you avoid sunburn.  The more antioxidants you have in your skin, the lower your risk of getting burned.  They act as an internal type of sunscreen and allow you to maximize your sun exposure while minimizing the risks.

    By consuming plants or organisms that contain carotenoid pigments, you gain similar protective benefit.  Vitamin A and C are

    Also important- yours cells use them to regulate both light and protection against sun overexposure.  Dietary sources of

    Effective antioxidants include whole fresh vegetables and fruits such as raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.

·         Treating sunburn naturally:

v  Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. 

v  Apply raw aloe vera gel topically to the burn.  It is loaded with powerful glyconutrients that accelerate healihg.

v  Apply cold compresses to the sunburned area.

v  Do not use harsh soaps.

v  Avoid applying petroleum jelly on your sunburn, as it may exacerbate the burn.  It is also a petrochemical that is loaded with toxins you do not want in your system. 

v  Vinegar contains acetic acid and is said to reduce pain, itching and inflammation.  Add a cup of apple cider vinegar into your bath water and soak your burned skin in it.  It can also work like a natural aspirin. Simply dab a bit of white vinegar on to your sunburn for 20 minutes of instant pain relief.

v  Calendula has natural anti-inflammatory and healing properties that are especially beneficial for burns.  You can make your own calendula poultice using fresh calendula blossoms for faster healing. 

v  Green tea contains catechin and tannic acid that helps soothe sunburn pain.  Soak a couple of tea bags in cool water.  You can either use the tea bags themselves as a cold compress on the burnt areas, or wash your face gently with the cold tea extract.  Studies also suggest that drinking just two cups of green tea a day can provide additional sun-protective benefits.

·         The problem with sunscreens:  check Skin Deep at before purchasing sunscreens

Ø  SPF 15-Blocks 93 percent of UVB radiation

Ø  SPF30-Blocks 97 percent of UVB radiation

Ø  SPF50-Blocks 98 percent of UVB radiation

This means that when you apply sunblock, even at a lower SPF 15, you’re effectively eliminating any chance of raising your vitamin D levels.   Most sunscreens do not filter out the more damaging UVAs, unless it contains a UVA block.

Many sunscreens contain toxic and/or hormone-disrupting ingredients, which migrate through your skin directly into your bloodstream.  Products that contain vitamin A and retinol and retinyl palmitate, may increase the speed at which malignant cells develop.


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

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

v  New Weston A. Price Podcast on YouTube or Itunes look for Wise Traditions



Save the Earth Tip: Give it a rest Unless you happen to be a doctor or nurse on call or the president of a nation in crisis, remember to switch of your cellphone before you go to bed.  This will save battery power an stop you from being woken up at four in the morning by a text message offering you’re free ring tones.

Words to Live By: Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.

Samuel Smiles

Recipe of the Month


Raw Energy Bites- Several types of bites are available for purchase at the store


1 cup organic oats or barley flakes

¼ cup organic flax, optional

2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

¼ cup cacao nibs ,  mini chocolate chips, or currants

2 tablespoons maca powder or protein powder

1 tablespoon chia seeds or hemp hearts

½ cup natural peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup raw honey



In large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients; add peanut butter, honey and vanilla mix well.  Roll into small bites.

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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July 2017 Sun Safety

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