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August 2017 Plastic Safety 101

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August 2017


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 August 9 by noon; Pickup August 11at 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First FridayDowntown Monroe August 4 Bonus Discount Day 5% off for First Friday

Join many businesses with art exhibits, food and drink specials.

Jazz Festival August 11-13 and Monroe Fine Art Fair: August 12-13

Transitions for Women a support group for women that have lost their partners-Next Meeting August 19 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: Plastic Safety 101 Cornucopia Institute  by Anne Ross

I have been reducing my plastic use for several years by switching to glass baking dishes, using only glass drinking glasses and water bottles.  BPA (Bisphenol A) is found in plastic bottles, can linings, and other packaging materials.  Because of issues with children and infants BPA was removed from baby bottles and other toys.  But the USDA currently allows BPA in conventional and even organic products.  REALLY!!! BPA is linked to a multitude of adverse health effects, including cancer, obesity, diabetes, neurological and behavioral problems, and reproductive issues. 

The entire population is at risk for BPA related adverse health effects.  Numerous peer-reviewed studies, show that BPA is and endocrine disrupting chemical.  Through highly complex mechanisms, the endocrine system regulates human metabolism, reproduction, and development of the body and the brain.

In women, BPA accumulates in reproductive organs and, due to its structural similarity to estrogen, impairs the structure and functions of the female reproductive system, affecting puberty and ovulation.  BPA is also linked to female infertility. 

In men, exposure to low-dose BPA has been found to disrupt the cell duplication cycle, which is related to the development of prostate cancer.

Our children are especially vulnerable to the effects of BPA.  Because the human placenta does not act as a barrier to BPA, fetuses are subject to its toxic effects.  This exposure is linked to neurological disorders and impaired behavioral development, including hyperactivity, aggression, anxiety, cognitive deficits, and learning-memory impairment in children.  \

Now what do we do to limit exposure?   It is very tough right now because all plastics can be a problem.  Many of my supplements even homeopathic remedies are bottled in plastic containers.  Here is a guide to choosing the least harmful products. 

·         Better Plastics: (these plastics are not known to leach any chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer or disrupting hormones)

v  Polyethylene terephthalate #1 (PET or PETE) Hard Plastic

Found in some water bottles, ketchup and salad dressing bottles, and peanut butter and jelly jars.

v  We use PET containers for our ground flax.

v  High density polyethylene #2 (HDPE)

Found in milk, some water, and juice bottles, yogurt, and grocery, trash, and retail bags.

·         Moderate Risk: (Some of these are hazardous during production, but not known to leach any chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer or disrupting hormones.  They are not as widely recycled as the good plastics.)

v  Low-Density polyethylene #4 (LDPE)

Some bread and frozen food bags and squeezable bottles

v  Polypropylene #5 (PP)

Some ketchup bottles and yogurt containers    

·         Plastics to Avoid: (These plastics either contain hormone disruptors or human carcinogens.  They are less recyclable than the better plastics)

v  Polyvinyl chloride #3(V or PVC)

Most cling-wrapped meats, cheeses and other foods sold in delicatessens and groceries

v  Polystyrene#6(PS)

Styrofoam containers

v  Other (usually polycarbonate) #7 contains BPA

Baby bottles, microwave ovenware, eating utensils, plastic coating for metal cans


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.


Organic Fruits and Vegetables delivered every other week-

Raw cow & goat milk and Amish grass fed meat e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

call 1-269-476-8883

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 I tunes look for Wise Traditions



Save the Earth Tip: Make a Positive Difference “If many little people in many little places do many little deeds, they can change the face of the Earth” (African proverb).   Never underestimate the impact of your actions.  Today think about how many plastic items you use; take reusable bags on shopping trips, replace plastic bowls with glass, etc.


Words to Live By: Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility—the one quality that all successful people have.

Michael Korda



Recipe of the Month

Zucchini Bake


3-4 medium zucchini, sliced

1 large onion, sliced

1 large red pepper, cut into strips

8 oz. sliced mushrooms, I use mini portabella  

½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

15 oz. Eden pizza sauce or your favorite spaghetti sauce

8 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Sauté zucchini, onion, red pepper, and mushroom in large skillet or electric fry pan for about 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper; add spaghetti or pizza sauce.  Cover and simmer 20 minutes until tender, pour out some of the extra liquid.  Place in a baking dish cover with shredded cheese.  Place in oven for 5 minutes until cheese is melted.


Maurine Sharp Natural Nurse

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


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August  2017 Plastic Safety 101

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